3 reasons why I love the CWE

I’ve had the great pleasure to participate in the Lucky to Live Here Campaign sponsored by Explore St. Louis, and I get to tell you a few reasons why I feel lucky to live in the Central West End❤️

1. The architecture<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
St. Louis has some really cool picturesque views, and I especially like the ones that are close to where I live. I love walking down Euclid and admiring the buildings and landscape. The neighborhood is so walkable and has been a go-to date night for the hubs and I or the entire family.

2. Free Attractions for the family

Have you ever just wanted to hang out with friends that you haven’t seen in a while for a couple of hours but not spend any money? Well, we did just that when we visited the St. Louis zoo! It’s the best zoo ever, it’s free, and really close to home. Not just the zoo but Forest Park, the Science Center, and much more are all located in the Central West End. I love that we always have something fun to do close to home.

3. Great Place for Foodies

Raise your hand if you’re a foodie! Well, we definitely are and the Central West End offers an array of cuisines. From diner to fine dining and ethnic restaurants, the CWE has it all. One of my favorites is KingSide Diner. If you love breakfast you will love this place!

only a few reasons why I feel lucky to live in the Central West. I discover new things to love all of the time. How about you? Do you like the Central West End? What’s your favorite part of St. Louis?<<<<<<<

100 teenagers + Simply Earth Essential Oils

A few weeks ago I spent a week with about 100 teenagers as a facilitator at a youth leadership camp, and it was an amazing experience!  These kids stepped off the bus to camp unsure, nervous, and highly skeptical, but left roaring with courage and a new sense of confidence. They formed bonds with people they’d probably never talk to or sit with at lunch, and they all committed to doing the right thing even if no one else does. It was such an honor to be a part of that process, and the facilitators felt privileged for those kids to choose to come to camp when they could be doing anything else. The week was not just life changing for them, but for me too! A lot of people complain about this generation, but I see our future, and it’s blindingly bright!

You might be asking what this has to do with oils? Well, I’ll tell you! I was emotionally and physically drained by the end of the week. So much so that on my way home I was making an appointment for a massage, and because Jesus loves me, and He knew I needed a really good one, the spa gave me the master masseuse. Hallelujah!

She was spectacular! She got every knot there ever was out, and she used a variety of essential oils on me, which got me thinking about Simply Earth Essential Oils. I had gotten a box of oils to try from them a few months ago but hadn’t gotten around to trying them.

These oils are pretty dope! The oils are GMO-free and farmed responsibly. You can buy them individually or sign up for a monthly subscription box. They will send you oils and recipes for each month. This month’s box is called “Fun in the Sun.”I like how you’re able to get involved, mix and match the oils, and create something unique. The last perk about this brand that I think is worth mentioning is that they are a brand with a cause. 13%% of all of their sales go to end human trafficking. If you are looking to try some essential oils, Simply Earth is worth trying.





This was a sponsored post by Simply Earth.

5 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Eckert’s Summer Concert Series

Are you looking for something new to do this summer? Well I’ve got you covered. This weekend my family and I had a date night at Eckert’s Country Farm for their annual Summer Concert Series. This was the first time we’d ever gone, and I can assure you it won’t be the last time. Each weekend during the months of June, July, and August they have a different band with a different style of music. The night we went there was a jazz band, and it was enjoyable for the entire family. Exposing our kids to different types of music at an early age is part of our parenting strategy. We both love music and want them to be able to appreciate its beauty as well. We had such an awesome time, and here’s 5 reasons why you should go too:

1. You’ve probably never gone. This can be a great time to experience something new with friends and family. It’s pretty laid back. All you need is a lawn chair, or you can reserve a table. They are limited however, and they cost, but you get prime seating and chips +salsa — yum!  Also, you will hear great music from talented musicians.




2. It’s free! That’s right.  It’s free for the whole family. Now that’s what I call an economical date night.

3. The food is really good! You can not bring outside food, but don’t worry, because the food there is really good, reasonably priced, and there are healthy options as well. I had this chicken salad, and it was delicious and filling! 

4. There’s an area for kids! When your kids get tired of sitting still, there’s a fun area next to the stage set up just for them. They can run around until they tire themselves out! Mine sure did!


5. Don’t forget about the custard!​ So we were actually really full and couldn’t fit the custard in. But from the looks of the people that were eating the custard, it seemed like it was really good! Next time we go, we’ll have to try the custard!


The Summer Concert Series is a fun time for everyone. Check the calendar here to enjoy free music and great ambience.





This post was sponsored by Eckert’s Country Farm.