Oily Life with REM Sleep, Bruschetta, and Airplanes | Be Well Do Well

Happy weekend loves!! Last week we looked at better ways to think. I shared a little about my husband and I’s oily life, and why we love using essential oils to help our thought life. When it comes to healthy practices, the big hurdle is implementing them into the daily routine. This Huffington Post article explains the study done by a health psychology team who examined the habits of 96 people over 12 weeks. Each person chose one new habit for the 12 weeks and reported each day on whether or not they did the behavior and how automatic the behavior felt. Some people chose simple habits like “drinking a bottle of water with lunch.” Others chose more difficult tasks like “running for 15 minutes before dinner.” At the end of the 12 weeks, the researchers analyzed the data to determine how long it took each person to go from starting a new behavior to automatically doing it.

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas

Before I had a baby, I was really unsure of whether I would stay home with him / her or not. I’m a big advocate for encouraging mothers, no matter what they decide to do, because being a mama is already hard enough without all the unnecessary guilt others like to impose. We all have different circumstances, challenges and struggles. When we had Cove, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to decide for myself whether I wanted to stay at home or not, and after returning from maternity leave (to the most amazing job, which I loved), I felt like God had another plan for my life. There was a little guy at home who I wanted to spend every second with and a husband who was all in with their startup. More than my boys needing me, I needed them. I was so excited when the beautiful Hannah Rennee asked me to be a part of the “Let’s Be Honest Mama’s” interview group to share some insight into my life as a stay at home mom. Motherhood itself…

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The Oily Life | Be Well Do Well

There is real estate in your brain just like there is real estate in a city. Think of your brain as a city. When a city’s community is wrought with discord, crime, and a lack of care, that community becomes difficult to live in and its population suffers. When your brain is anxious, dwells on the negative, and is not taken care of, it will become a difficult place to live in. The brain is the unsung hero of the body. We are so familiar with our limbs, our faces, our hair, our skin, and how they are doing, but are we familiar with the beauty of our brains? Maybe your next thought is why should I think about the beauty of my brain? Because it is where you are living. The brain is the seat for our mind. Last week we said our mind is our very soul. Our brain captures what our mind dictates. Why is that a big deal? It is because our brain is constantly changing according to what we think on.

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A Little Book Goes A Long Way

In my mind, every year is a year for the books. Whether it is the best year of our lives or we’ve been to hell and back, each year is one of growing, shaping and celebration. After all, we aren’t promised tomorrow. Every day we have here counts. With that in mind, Ian and I have always done yearly photo books. We love to take pictures. We are so grateful we enjoy documenting things all the time because it is so great to look back and remember seasons and specific memories we shared with each other. In the past it has taken us days to sort through and edit photo books just the way we want them, but I was so excited when Shutterfly reached out to us to try their new Make My Book Service. For an additional $9.99, Shutterfly will edit and compile your book for you. I chose the theme and color scheme I wanted and uploaded all my pics (I think there were over 400). There team then sifts through all the images and places them perfectly…

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Editors Box

I was so excited to see the FabFitFun Editors box on my front porch. I love a good mail day, and a box full of goodies is like a serious reward after you spent the morning cruising down the aisles at Costco with a toddler. The Editors box came with a super soft, Modcloth Loch and Key scarf in the cutest plaid, which we used as a makeshift blanket to sit on that day. Cove really loves to be outside, so if we’re going to spend the morning in the car or running errands, I try to make sure he has some time to run around and play at the park or in the backyard. The blanket scarf was perfect and it’s also great for a little peek-a-boo fun. The box also came with a Created Co. To-Go Coffee Mug, FabFitFun Coloring Book & Colored Pencils, Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain (which I am obsessed with), Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Hair Oil, O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face, and the cutest Jook & Nona Tag Necklace. I’ve tried a few subscription boxes and I have to…

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Snow Days | Rare Days

Snow days are rare days around here. When they do happen, our grocery stores are usually nightmares until the shelves are empty, no milk and no bread. Does anyone else ever wonder why those are the essentials? I’m thinking we really need chocolate, red meat (for Ian) and plenty of sweet tea since Chick-fil-a won’t be open. This is Cove’s second snow day. Last year I can’t say he enjoyed himself, but this year was a different story. He loved walking on it and had a great time laughing as we danced and made total fools of ourselves sliding around on the ice. I’ve always been a beach kind of girl, but I really love a good snow day when we’re iced in at home. There’s something about being cozied up in the house with a fire, hot chocolate and not being able to leave that I love. Although, by the next day, I’m ready for it to melt because I go stir crazy. In reality, days like this are not just rare because of the snow. The fact we…

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Happy New Years

Happy New Year! Thank you so much to everyone who has followed along with The Southern Trunk this past year. Your support and encouragement means more than you know. We are so excited to keep growing and introduce some new projects this year and we’re eager to see what 2017 has in store. This past New Years Eve was pretty much like the last two years. Ian and I cooked ourselves dinner and talked about all the things 2016 brought us, taught us and the goals we are setting for 2017. Our night also included being cozied up in our pajamas on the couch. I have always believed in setting goals for myself. Not for personal achievement or really even success. Setting short and long terms goals keeps me motivated and passionate. When you know what you’re working towards, it’s far less easy to get distracted, and easier to adapt to life changes the require you to alter certain plans.

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Christmas Recap | 2016

I can now say that there are few things sweeter than watching your child run with excitement to the tree filled with gifts, and then sitting on your lap as he opens each one with a sweet glimmer in his eyes. I feel like each year is going to get more excited as he learns what Christmas is all about. I think the best part for me was when he first saw all of his gifts, he went to his books first, grabbed one and brought it to us to read. We’re raising a book worm and I am totally okay with it! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday with your family and were able to relax and rest. Our prayer and wish for you is Romans 15:13 – “May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE in believing, that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may ABOUND in HOPE.”  Please enjoy a few highlights from our Christmas morning!

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