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.

Fighting for Date Night While in the Throes of Parenting Littles

Got kids? I mean little kids, toddlers even? We do and date night isn’t as easy as it used to be, but we are committed to fighting for date night, even if we fall asleep in the middle of it from exhaustion. While we love our babies to pieces, we also recognize that it’s important to continue cultivating our pre-kid relationship. We are proponents of sowing quality time into our relationship and having kids– and sometimes no babysitter has forced us in an ungrudging way to get creative.  So, I thought I’d pass along six ways that some of our friends and us fight for date night.

Dinner on the Deck
When Shiloh was first born, we weren’t used to not being able just to go. The first few months of parenthood were an adjustment. One of the ways we got some time alone was having a date on our deck. Shiloh was born in the summer, so the weather wasn’t a problem. We pulled out our “fine china,” stemware, and cooked a delicious meal. Shiloh wasn’t sleeping a lot at the time, but we got at least a good hour of alone time, and It was special.

Bedroom Picnic
The weather, in St. Louis, isn’t deck friendly at the moment– unless you like the cold– so this gem came from our good friends Mark and Marqueta Goins– parents of four under five years old. I thought this was such a sweet idea. They spread out a blanket on the bed with some bubbly, cheese, and grapes and they will look at their wedding photos or watch their wedding video or a movie. How romantic? Looking at old photos and videos serves as a great reminder of how and why you fell in love and got married in the first place, and it’s probably a reason for all the babies:).

Lunch Date
Kenny and I both work, and it’s a blessing that we don’t work far from each other. After I had gone back to work after having Tiago, Kenny and I started taking advantage of our lunchtime to hang out with one another. Sometimes he would come to my work, and we would eat there, other times we would meet for coffee, and whenever our schedule was flexible enough, we would go to a restaurant. If you don’t work super close to each other, you could cut down on time by packing a lunch and meeting in the middle.

Do Something Creative
This one is really cool and something that I want to try with Kenny. This idea comes from some New Jersey friends of ours– Victor and Amy Chambers. They are parents of one, and they don’t have a lot of family near them to babysit, so they thrive on discovering ways to spend time alone. They are both exceptionally talented musicians, and when their little one goes down for the night, they spend some time together playing their instruments and singing. Maybe music isn’t your thing, but painting or experimenting with food or playing games is– Do something creative together.

Night Drive
Here’s another great idea from Mark and Marqueta. If you can’t get away from the kids a night drive is always a good idea. Take a scenic drive through your city, let the kids fall asleep, hold hands, talk, and enjoy each other’s company.

Workout Together
The YMCA is a great place to have an active date night. They offer 2-hour child watch while parents enjoy a worry-free workout. Kenny and I love seizing the opportunity to get in shape, spend some time together all the while our kids are having fun and meeting new friends.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are plenty of other ways to date your mate even though you have little people hanging on your leg. Please share with me how you keep the fire going!

~xo

Christia

 

 

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Mark, Marqueta, Mabry, Macey, Mayla, and Marky Goins

 

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Victor, Amy and Brennan Chambers

 

 

New Adventures

So it’s almost been 3 months since the birth of our sweet boy Tiago Cruz DeShields. He’s the most lovable thing ever and absolutely loves to cuddle. Look at that face👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾!!


Having two babies makes life really busy for the hubs and I. It’s both challenging and rewarding.  It’s both exhausting and exhilarating. It’s taken us a while but we are really figuring out our new normal. We took some amazing advice from some sweet friends of ours and we’ve decided that we should  write our own adventure. We both love to do new and exciting things and that shouldn’t stop because we started a family. One of those adventures are our datenites. The past couple of weeks they’ve been falling on Sunday nights. Yesterday we went to a music festival to hear Pokey Lafarge. If you haven’t heard of him and you like Americana music, I highly recommend him.

I took this pic in front of this door because it reminded me of my trip to Cuba a few years back when I was single and had no children This  was just one more reminder that we should keep pursuing our traveling dreams. We are going to show our children the world 🌍.

Outfit deets

Hat: H&M

Dress: Target

Backpack: Target

Sandals: Bronx Diba