How I Use Essential Oils In Our Home: Part 1

how to use essential oils in your home and for your family. ways a formerly skeptical mom of 3 has incorporated oils into her home.

Ok, so I imagine you are one of two camps when it comes to essential oils: 1. The Eye-Rolling Skeptic or 2. The All-Natural Oil Lover. But the truth is I think most of us fall somewhere in the middle — at least I do. I don’t shun all Western medicine in favor of all-natural remedies, but I also think trying out all-natural or homeopathic treatments before medication can be beneficial. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not an oils expert. I’m just a mom who used to roll my eyes at things like essential oils and baltic amber teething necklaces — until I got desperate and tried them myself and realized “these things might actually work.” Read More

Mother’s Day Gift Guide + Treat Yo Self Giveaway

Mother's Day Gift Guide full of wonderful gift ideas for the mom in your life, plus a giveaway of all of it to one lucky momma! #treatyoselfgiveawayI know two things to be true about mothers everywhere: They work their asses off and they don’t treat themselves enough. Me included. No matter how many kids they have, whether they are brand new or full grown, whether they work in the home or out, whether they have lots of help or none  —  motherhood is a tough business and every mom deserves to be spoiled. This year’s Mother’s Day gift guide is all about Treating Yo Self, or that special mom in your life. These are things I love, or want, or both. They are things I might start to buy and then stop myself because I always have mom guilt over spending money on myself. They are things I think mommas would love. And because I love this community of readers, followers, sharers, mothers — I’ve teamed up with all of the brands in my guide to give everything in it to one lucky momma! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter. But first, gift ideas for the mom in your life:

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Real Talk with Real Moms: Our Morning Routine

real talk with real moms on morning routinesToday’s post is really fun because I’ve been asked to be part of a Real Moms Series with a group of other bloggers who are also mommas to share our experiences on different topics. They’ve been doing the series for about a year and have covered lots of issues that are must-reads. For me, this fits in perfectly with my mission of sharing real experiences and taking an honest look at motherhood — both beautiful and challenging and sometimes really effing hard. Because in the battlefield of motherhood, we are all on the same side and we are all better when we help, and are helped, by each other. So I’m honored to join this group of women in sharing a bit more about my own experience below.Read More

Feeding and Mealtime Essentials for Babies + Toddlers

If you have a baby or a toddler, or both at the same time, you know how messy and frustrating mealtime can often get. Figuring out baby’s first foods and letting them explore self-feeding; managing picky toddlers and their insistence on feeding themselves combined with their inability to actually get any of that food in their mouths — you’ve got a lot on your plate (pun intended!). I find it really helpful to have feeding tools that simplify mealtime and help facilitate the actual eating of the food and drinking of the drinks. I’ve been really vocal about my love of the feeding products from Munchkin here on Oh Lovely Day and in my instagram feed. Their products take both safety and convenience into account, which really makes things easier for both the little ones and the grown ups. So I thought I would share some of my absolute essential feeding and mealtime tools and why we love them so much. I’ve also linked to where you can get them all at the bottom of the post for your convenience.

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Creative Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs

30 Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Looking for unique and creative ways to decorate Easter eggs this season? I’ve rounded up 30 for you — some simple, some elaborate, most kid-friendly, and all super festive! If you are looking for a way to get creative or have older children, many of these are sure to please. Scroll down for lots of ideas!

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Oh Lovely Day’s Favorite Places in LA: The Getty Center

Best kid-friendly places to visit in LA that grown-ups will also love: The Getty Center

One of my favorite places to visit before I had kids was The Getty. It is such a beautiful compound, perched high above the 405 freeway. While it is an art museum, the entire place is one large piece of art in itself. It contains beautiful gardens, has breathtaking views of the city, and is a wonderful place to get lost for the day. But the last time I had been to The Getty prior to this visit was a week before I was due with my first child. It never occurred to me to be a kid-friendly place and it sort of fell off my radar for years. It is no secret that LACMA is our favorite museum to visit as a family, but The Getty is also incredibly family-friendly and definitely should be a place on your list to visit. And I’m adding it to my Oh Lovely Day’s Fave Places in LA list.Read More