first year slideshows

Last birthday post. 
I promise.
I think. 
I think I promise.

During our little party, we had a couple of slideshows going and I thought I'd post them here too. Because you know, this blog just doesn't have enough pictures yet. But guys. This is different. Pictures AND music. Is it just me or are pictures a million times better when put to music? I don't know. But here you go!


double the fun

We had a little party this past weekend. It was basically the same exact party that we had two years ago. Same house. Same hanging pictures. Same little white pumpkins. Same orange "1" shirt. Same candy corn mix. Same amazing quiches made by Dan. But ya know? Sometimes it's just easier to do things the easy way. The simple way. The same way. And so that's what we did. But this time there were TWO birthday boys. And you know what that means ... double the fun. And double the champagne too. Happy birthday, birthday boys. We sure do love you.

birthday boys

I need a nap.



You are three today, Porter Gray!
We love you so much and are so extremely proud of you.
Now bring on the cupcakes!


essential oils // tiff's tips

Oh Joy. Joy Joy Joy. I love Joy.

The boys and I went to Target this morning and we were checking out when a young girl said "what perfume are you wearing? It smells so good." Little did she know I haven't showered in three days (why am I blogging instead of showering?) and I've changed approximately 14 diapers in the last 24 hours. Maybe she was delirious. Or maybe she really did smell my perfume instead of sweat and dirty diapers. If the latter is correct, then I feel I must share with you this easy peasy DIY perfume that is extremely budget friendly PLUS it has health benefits in addition to smelling good. 

JOY is an oil blend that contains Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa and Rose. So basically all the good ones.

JOY costs around $42 and contains 290 drops of essential oil (15 ml bottle). I typically just wear one drop on my wrists and rub over my heart, as it has a very strong floral smell. That means my $42 perfume will last me 290 days. PRAISE.

JOY is said to bring togetherness and joy to your life and invites a sense of romance, bliss and warmth. Did you read that little part above regarding 14 diapers and 0 showers? I need all the "romance and bliss" I can get.

If you prefer to make a roller bottle for your perfume, I simply put somewhere between 30-50 drops of essential oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and fill up with fractionated coconut oil and wa-la! A simple perfume roller for easy application and transportation. Plus you can customize your scent by using any of your favorite essential oils (I also love Stress Away blend for a perfume). The sky is the limit! Or Young Living's stock is the limit. But you know what I mean.

Now go forth and bring joy to you and others!
Just like that sweet Target gal who said I smelled like flowers instead of poop.
So extremely kind of her.