Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Fall Love

Good morning! We have had quite the month in my family so because things have been a little crazy around here, I haven't had the chance to share more of my work with the October Gossamer Blue kits. I knew I wanted to create a layout highlighting our time at a little pumpkin patch near our house. 

I love all the natural elements in the kits this month - the wood veneer and beautiful fall colors.

When I saw these Teresa Collins tags, I knew I wanted to print some of the photos to fit on them and make them a focal point of the layout.  

Thank you for stopping by today! :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Stitch Fix Review #10

Hello! It's been quite a while since I have had a Stitch Fix so I was excited to get one this month. I had some credit leftover from the Mother's Day gift card I won so I saved it to get another fix for fall.  Maggie was my stylist again this month. My items ranged in price from $34-$88.
Here are my reviews for previous fixes: Stitch Fix Review #1, Stitch Fix Review #2, Stitch Fix Review #3, Stitch Fix Review #4, Stitch Fix Review #5, Stitch Fix Review #6, Stitch Fix Review #7, Stitch Fix Review #8, Stitch Fix Review #9.

Here is what I received:
1) Pixley Ivy Petal Print Blouse - I always ask for something floral and while I really loved this blouse, I was not a fan of the $68 price tag. It was a flattering fit but I could not justify paying that much for it. 

2) LA MADE Nettie Thermal Dress - I had asked for a navy or black dress that I could wear this winter. I was extremely disappointed in this dress. It was $88 and THERMAL and it was about as flattering as a potato sack. It was way too big on the top.


3) Market and Spruce - Margarie Stripe & Dot Open Cardigan -  I did like the fit and colors of the cardigan. The contrasting patterns were cute but I felt that also limited how I could wear it and for the price ($68), I wanted to have more of a classic piece.

4) LA MADE Mendoza Striped Henley Tank - I also asked for casual tops that I could wear with jeans. I was hoping for something with long sleeves but was sent a couple of tank tops. They are great for layering but this tank felt like something I could buy from Old Navy for much less. I liked it but not the price tag.

5) Olive & Oak Kira Mixed Stripe Racerback Tank - I immediately fell in love with the berry color of this tank - very pretty for fall. And I knew that it would be something I would wear a lot. I tend to like tanks and cardigans with jeans as my fall and winter wardrobe. I don't have anything in this color either.

I ended up keeping the berry tank. It's a great classic piece and the least expensive item that was included. I liked the fall color palette and I know I will wear it often. I have a tiny bit left on my gift card so looks like I'll be getting another fix this winter. Thanks for checking out my review!
Note: This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix. I used my own money for the styling fee/items. But, I do earn a referral credit if you sign up via my referral link.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Always

Good morning! I'm sorry I seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth the past few weeks. Life has just been very, very busy and I have much to catch up on this week.

Today I have a layout to share with you using the October Gossamer Blue main kit. This one highlights the relationship I have with Miss Lily. I like to create individual layouts about the relationships I have with each of my daughters. And I love to write letters to them on these layouts.

I cut out the circles using my Cameo and just made a variety of sizes. Each circle was then backed with patterned paper and then some were further embellished. 

I love the movement from all the circles...this was a fun layout to put together!

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back with more soon! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Holiday Magic

Good morning! Today I have a new layout to share with you featuring Gossamer Blue's new collection "Get Happy." I'm so excited that Gossamer Blue has branched out into the manufacturing world of products and their new collections do not disappoint!

I chose a few of my favorite Christmas photos from last year of the girls visiting Santa at the mall. I love the colors and patterns in this collection - traditional but not.

"Get Happy" also includes stickers, wood veneer, these great plaid puffy alphabet stickers and enamel dots. 

I punched some stars from vellum and outlined them with a gold pen for some extra details. 

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Before & After

Good morning! This is such a crazy week for us - starting homeschooling, AWANA and tonight the girls are trying soccer for the first time! Along with all that is a benefit and silent auction for my 2-year-old nephew this weekend. 

Today I have another layout to share with you (using the September Gossamer Blue kits) of my girls recent hair cuts and "make-overs" - ha! I can't believe how grown up they look with their new 'do's! Anyway, I had fun putting this layout together.

I love the gold in the kits - that scalloped glitter tape and gold alphabet - just gorgeous! 

I wanted to carry on the "split" theme I had going here so I used two pages out of the 6x6 paper pad in the Bits & Pieces kit to split up the page.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Gossamer Blue: She's 5

Good morning! It's an exciting day at the Cornell household as we start homeschool kindergarten! While we are busy getting down a routine and starting all the fun, I wanted to share one of my layouts using the September main kit from Gossamer Blue. I added just a tiny bit of purple cardstock to this one to draw balance out the purple napkin in the photos. We had a Frozen themed birthday party for the girls this year.

I love all the gold accents in the kit this month - the stars, the polka dot paper and the stickers are amazing!

The ribbon sticker from Crate Paper is a perfect place to highlight a special number!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

10 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Cold & Flu Season!

So, cold and flu season is approaching and I'm already hearing from a lot of friends about their sick kids and illness wreaking havoc in their households. Those back to school germs are on the prowl - looking for an immune system to attack. We are homeschooling our girls but we are involved in plenty of church and sports activities and I know it won't be long before we are picking up some bug or another.

Today, I'm going to share my top 10 ways of using essential oils to fight cold and flu symptoms. And these are ways to fight symptoms without having to use over-the-counter meds - all with pure, therapeutic grade essential oils!

1) Thieves, Thieves and more Thieves - This is THE oil you want to have in your arsenal to deal with any type of illness. If my kids are sick, I will rub this one on their chests and backs and feet. We also diffuse it regularly to keep the germs at bay.

2) Fever reducer - I use lavender and/or peppermint oils to bring a fever down. Honestly, fevers are a good thing! They are a sign that your body is working and fighting off a bug. But, as numbers climb higher, most mamas become more concerned and will turn to over-the-counter medications to reduce the fever. What I do now is use essential oils to help bring that fever down by applying them diluted on the spine, under the arms and on the feet. I do this with both of my kids and I have done this for myself. Recently I had a low grade temp and tried this method and I could (literally within minutes) tell it was bringing my fever down.

3) Hot tea - At the first sign of an illness coming on for myself, I make a hot tea with 1 T. apple cider vinegar (helps balance the p.H. of the body), 1 T. honey and 1 drop of Thieves oils - all in a mug of hot water and drink that down. It's very soothing and the honey helps with the taste as well as having therapeutic benefits itself. You guys - it has worked like a charm every time!

4) Ear ache - I use lavender and Purification oils and rub along the outside of the ear and down the lymph nodes to help the ear open up and drain.

5) Nausea/vomiting/constipation/diarrhea - Peppermint oil works really well for any of these symptoms - either rubbed diluted directly on the belly - or for an adult, a drop in a capsule or on the tongue. I am also a fan of Di-Gize, an exclusive blend from Young Living and like this one rubbed on the stomach as well.

6) Congestion - We are huge fans of the "allergy trio" in my house and it works really well for congestion. I don't suffer from allergies but I have used lemon, lavender and peppermint oils to help with sinus congestion and drainage. 

7) Cough - Breathe Again and R.C. have both worked really well for coughing and wheezing. Both of my girls are asthmatic and so is my husband. I have started diffusing R.C. at night for the girls to help with their symptoms. And we rub Breathe Again on their chests and feet as needed.

8) Headaches - My "go-to" method for dealing with a headache is Lavender and PanAway with Peppermint to drive in the other oils. I rub them diluted with a carrier oil on my neck and shoulders and temples if need be.

9) Sore throat - Along with the hot tea method I described earlier, I also will rub Purification on the front of my neck along the throat. I also do this with my kids if they are complaining of a sore throat.

10) Probiotics - Did you know that 70-80% of the immune system is located in the gut? If you think solely eating yogurt is going to make a difference, it won't. Most yogurts only have one strain of bacteria in them and it is not likely an active culture. I take Young Living's Life 5 probiotic every single night before bed. It has 10 billion active cultures and builds up the gut with 5 strains of "good" bacteria. I can't emphasize enough how big of a difference a good probiotic has made in my digestive and overall health!

Many of the oils I mentioned are available in Young Living's premium starter kit. And for just a few short weeks, Young Living is substituting Di-Gize for Purification and Sacred Frankincense for Frankincense. The kit is the same price but has an added value of more than $40 - making the total value of the kit around $340. 

During the month of September, I'm also sending anyone who picks up a premium starter kit an Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide, a glass spray bottle, a glass dropper bottle, two glass roll-on bottles and a month's supply of capsules. It's my gift to you to help you get started! 

How to get your hands on the Premium Starter Kit:

1. Click over to the sign-up page: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1581200&enrollerid=1581200

2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this secures you the 24% off discount on all future orders).

3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you.  If they aren’t, fill in 1581200 in both spots.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligated to sell anything EVER).

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils (and make sure you keep that information handy!)

6. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend either the Premium Starter Kit with the home diffuser for $150 or the Premium Starter Kit with the Aroma Diffuser, which is $160. 

7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. I recommend saying no to this for now - there are some great benefits but we can chat about these later! :)
8. Agree to Terms & Conditions.

9. Be sure to CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

10. Wait and be excited! :)
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