Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February Faves! Link Up!

Hey friends!

The first Wednesday of each month, Mia and I come together to host this awesome link-up so that we can hear about your favorites from the previous month.  There aren't any rules!  If you'd like to grab our button and link back up to us, we'd greatly appreciate it!

A Deeper Joy

February was a fun month!  I've got some random faves for you today!  

The Superbowl was at the beginning of February and I made some delicious jalapeno poppers for the party we attended.  Yum!

On a much healthier note, this was my favorite smoothie that I made last month...

Frozen peaches
One whole ripe banana
Handful of fresh spinach
One scoop of Naturade Soy Protein
One tablespoon chia seeds
Agave Nectar
Almond Milk

My hubby totally spoiled me for Valentine's Day (after we decided not to get each other gifts...grr...I honestly didn't get him anything).  He got me this Monogram Scroll "B" Initial Necklace in gold.  I absolutely love it!

I found the cutest little bakery/cafe ever, called Bird Bakery, last week!  Actually my friend invited me to meet her for lunch there and I fell in love.  My photos are only with my iPhone but y'all, this was the most Pinterest-y bakery I've EVER seen.  So cute.  And they have really good food/desserts!

I really look forward to reading about your February faves!  The link-up will stay live all throughout the month of March so if you haven't posted today, that's okay!  Do it anytime in the next month!

Love you, friends!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An Oily Day in the Life of Kelli...

I've been SO excited to share this post!  A huge part of EVERY SINGLE DAY of my life is using my Young Living essential oils.  You know how people do the "day in the life of..." posts?  Well, this is my "oily day in the life of Kelli" post!  I'll show you how and why I use essential oils through the day - some every day, some more often than not.

Side note...some of these are embarrassing photos!

So let's get started with when I wake up!

As soon as I wake up, I normally head to the shower.  The day I took these photos just happened to be Wednesday, the day that I do the 5:45am spin class at my gym - crazy...I know.

I came back from spin class a little sore so I used my PanAway on my neck and shoulders.  I guess I tense up while I spin.  I also do it throughout the day at my desk and PanAway helps loosen up my muscles and relax.



I'll be honest, it takes me a while to wake up in the mornings.  I always take a shower to physically make myself wake up.  Putting a drop of Peppermint in the shower, DEFINITELY wakes me up!


Every morning, I use Sclaressence and Progessence Plus to help regulate my "woman hormones". They help with my PMS symptoms, help regulate ovulation, help my level of progesterone, help my sleep patterns and mood swings. :)

2 drops of each on my forearms


Then I put a drop of Ocotea under my tongue to help keep my blood sugar level throughout the day.  I'm hypoglycemic.  Ocotea helps me to not have blood sugar crashes during the day and TMI...helps keep yeast infections's something about the pH balance in my body.

a drop under my tongue


If seasonal allergies are bad, I put 2 drops each of Lavender, Frankincense and Copaiba in a veggie capsule and take it internally.  I've found that this is the best solution for my allergies!  See another option HERE.

taken internally


I put grapefruit and lime in my water bottle.  They help curb cravings and add a little flavor to my water without being something sugar-y.  Grapefruit has been known to help with weight-loss.


StressAway makes an appearance when I'm in traffic.  A little dap on my wrists and I calm down...

on my wrists

I totally use StressAway throughout the day too - work gets stressful y'all!

Now I'm at work, doing my tax returns like a good little CPA and need to pull out my oils bag (a former Ipsy bag)...


When I get indigestion, nausea or acid reflux...Peppermint

a drop under my tongue


When the stomach issues are worse...DiGize

on my stomach or internally


When I get headaches...Deep Relief

on my temples, behind my ears, on my neck


If I'm feeling sick, I take a drop or two of Thieves internally.  I also get ulcers in my mouth occasionally and I put a drop of Thieves on it to numb it and help it go away.

internally or topically


I've heard that Lemongrass helps with varicose veins so I try to remember to put it on mine in the evenings...


When I have a pimple, I put a little Purification on it and it's dried up the next morning!

Ha!  Real life, folks!


Now to help with sleeping ~


Since Kevin and I have issues with allergies, we use the "allergy bomb" in the diffuser to help us sleep at night.  Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint.


At night, I either put RutaVaLa or Cedarwood on my feet with a little coconut oil to rub it in. Cedarwood helps me sleep normally, RutaVala is for when I REALLY need help with sleeping.  It knocks me out! (You can also diffuse these)

Rub one or two drops with coconut/grapeseed oil on the bottom of my feet

So that's my daily oily routine!  I obviously don't do all of these every single day, but there are definitely some staples.  I don't know how I'd make it through the day without my peppermint, for one.

Feel free to ask me any questions!  I'm not a salesperson, just a passionate lover of Young Living essential oils!

Here are some links to other posts I've written about the oils:

**Hey friends!  Don't forget that tomorrow is the Monthly Faves link-up!  What did you love in February???  Post about it, come back and link up!

I am not a medical professional, and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you.  This information is for educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Always consult a doctor first.  More than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Oh Hey Friday! & February Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey friends!  It's been a good week!  I don't have much to report except that I had a really fun girls night yesterday with my new friends here in San Antonio.  I seriously feel so blessed by these girls, y'all.  They are amazing ladies!

Tomorrow is my sister's bridal shower and I'm excited about it!  I've been buying decor and thinking up games so I think she's going to have a blast.

It's that time again!  I got my Ipsy Glam Bag and I've used most of them so I can tell you what I think.  These are my 5 things this Friday!!!

DON'T LIKE: I wanted to like this eye lash curler so badly.  I'm in need of a new one so I was excited to receive it.  But I'll be honest, it was weird.  Maybe I need to give it another shot but it didn't curl my eyelashes the way I like.  

LOVE: This is my absolute favorite item this month!  The more I use lipsticks, the more I like color on my lips.  This lip stain is just the right color and stays on for hours.  I usually use it and then put some lip gloss on after it dries.  I highly recommend it!

DON'T LIKE: Ok, this is probably my least favorite item that I've received from Ipsy.  What is a face oil and why do I need it??  AND...if you know my love of essential oils, surely you'd know that I don't like fake oils.  One of the ingredients in this face oil is parfum (fragrance).  See Caroline's post HERE for why I don't use items with "parfum".

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray

OKAY: I like the way this stuff smells, but I honestly haven't noticed much of a difference in my hair.

ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder

LOVE: I really like this blush!  It's a great color and stays on my cheeks for a long time.  Good job, Ipsy!

I LOVE the makeup bag this month too!  Isn't it cute?!

Want to start getting your monthly Ipsy bag?  It's so fun to get in the mail each month.  It's kind of like Christmas all year long.  It's just $10 a month which is so worth it to me.  You always get a cute little makeup bag and 5 items.  Use this link if you want to sign up!

Have a great weekend, friends!! XOXOXO

Linking up with KarliAprilErika and Amanda today!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Happy Places

Before I get started with this post, I want to introduce you to my sweet bloggy friend, Joey!  I know a lot of my readers know her, but some of you don't so you need to check out her blog, Hodgespodges. She's written a book and I can't wait to read it!  It's called Yeah, Maybe and the e-book is available on Amazon for $1.99 this week!  You should download it today!


Do you have a happy place?

I currently have three.  I know that sounds like a lot, but seriously, I get giddy in these three places:

Target, HEB (a local grocery store) and Hobby Lobby

I won't go into it but my home with my hubby would top the list.  But let's talk stores today!

The second I walk into Target, I get giddy.  I don't even know where to start - I love the clothes, the home decor, the stationary, the box wine (you know it!), the shoes, the purses, the jewelry, the makeup, I could go on and on.  Here are some of my current favorites:

I have a confession.  My toes are literally busting through my current nude flats so I'm super in need of new ones.

I, obviously, need flats right now!

I can't wait to start wearing all the spring nail polishes!  Target has a great selection - my favorites being Essie and OPI.

I don't have any great photos from HEB, but I love the quality of food, beauty products, natural options, bulk items and ready-to-eat options.  I buy the sushi often, pre-made salads and love going after work to try all of the samples that they're offering. Haha!  And the prices are great for the quality that you get!

Hobby Lobby is my go-to store for decor.  I could spend hours just walking up and down the aisles admiring the decor.  I wish I had more rooms to fill!

I recently put up my gallery wall and I love it!  You may have seen this photo on Instagram a while back.  I got most of the items here from Hobby Lobby.

I need your help.  I think the top left is missing something.  I think it needs something slender and kind of long.  I'm thinking something like this arrow?  What do you think would look good there?

Where are your happy places?  I look forward to hearing about them!

Linking up with Erika and Andrea for the Favorite Things link-up

Monday, February 23, 2015

My First "Home Sweet Home"

I was an eager young college grad in 2005 ( was that already 10 years ago?!) with a drive to be successful.  I had a job lined up in public accounting that I was committed to starting in 2006 after I finished graduate school.

So I moved up to Dallas and subleased an apartment for a couple months while I searched for a condo with my realtor.  Yeah...a single, 22-year-old buying her first home with no income yet.  Sounds crazy and honestly, it was.  I had no business buying a condo yet, but this was back when they'd give a loan to anyone - even a graduate student with no income.  Thankfully, I knew that I had a good job lined up that I'd start in a year and would have no problem paying the mortgage.

After searching for a couple of months, I closed on the purchase of a cute 1,221 sq ft condo in North Dallas and loved it!

This was the first home that I could call my own.  It was also the first place after leaving my parents' home that felt like "home" - do you know what I mean?  I felt comforted when I got home, felt like it was my little space of the world that I could be me and just relax.

There were so many good memories that happened in this condo.

I graduated with my masters degree here, got my sweet little Luci dog, had many roommates throughout the years, threw many parties, laughed, cried, cooked, started my first post-college job, dated, went through break-ups, decorated, had visitors and eventually planned my wedding here.

First, I'll show you some of the renovations that we made, then give you a tour at the bottom of this post.

I had carpet for years.  The condo was built in 1982 and they LOVED carpet back then.  It was even in my bathrooms.  Right before I sold it in 2013, Kevin (we were dating at the time) and my parents helped tear up the carpet and we laid laminate (that I think totally looks like hardwood).  We also had tile laid in the bathrooms upstairs and re-carpeted the bedrooms.

Finished product of the living room:

That one time that a plumber caught my condo on fire and the hot firefighters came to put it out...

Now here's a little tour of my condo... (this is right before putting it on the market so the bedrooms are very plain).  I had taken all of my decor down and painted the walls a neutral color.

 This is what the master bedroom looked like before I had to stage it...

 I have so many great memories from living in that condo.  I spent 8 years there.  It'll always hold a special part of my heart.  It's where I became the woman that I am today.

I'm sharing this post as a part of Compass's Starter Stories series.  Compass is a real estate platform that connects people searching for apartments with the neighborhood that fits their personality in NYC and Washington D.C.  I wish Dallas had this type of service when I moved there years ago.  I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this series.

Tell me about your first home - house, apartment, condo, etc.  Other than the place that you were raised, where would you consider to be your "starter" home?  I'd love to hear stories!