Current Reads v.2

Hey, friends! I’m back with my current reads! I’ve finished some of my books from before and have started some new ones, so I wanted to update y’all. And as always drop what you’re currently reading in the comments!

Current Reads v.2

Humble Roots- Hannah Anderson// I’m still working through this one. But it is so good!

The Life Giving Table- Sally Clarkson// again, still working through this one, but I feel like I underline all the things! Plus I love the practical tips at the end of each chapter.

A Woman’s Guide to Personality Types- Donna Partow// I’m only into the second chapter but this is going to be a good book, I can tell!

The 5 Love Languages of Children- Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell// Ouch. This book is stepping on my toes in a very good way. It’s been opening my eyes to see how I can best love my boys.

The Book of James in the Bible// Ouch again. Such a needed reminder on guarding my tongue and working out my faith by my actions. “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” James 1:22. “Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone.” James 2:17

The Mission of Motherhood-Sally Clarkson// I’m reading through this book with some good friends of mine to discuss and grow with each other in Christ.

What’s currently speaking to your heart through the written word right now? Do you prioritize reading in your busy schedule? How?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Best Gifts for Baby

I don’t care if your mama friend is having their first, fifth, or fifteenth baby, there are some things a new baby just needs!

Best Gifts for a New Baby

One thing I never got with my first was real swaddle blankets- and I wish I had. They just never got bought. Then I was almost 40 weeks with baby #2 when I realized I didn’t have any swaddle blankets! I wanted them quickly in case baby came soon, so I just pick up some at TjMaxx. I liked them- very handy, cute and they did the job. But I’m going to be prepared the next time around– and for all my mom friends!

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The first thing on my list for a new baby is swaddles!
I’ve been following Bebe Owl on Instagram for a while and just loved their stuff! They offered to send me some swaddles for Silas, and also a mattress pad that we were in desperate need of (second child problems!). Let me tell you….these are the softest swaddle blankets you will ever find!
I love that they’re made out of 100% bamboo and y’all, the print is adorable. I love the colors! They will go great in the boys room once I get it painted! And, as a side note, the mattress pad is the best one I’ve ever seen! I really had a hard time finding a good one that I felt safe for my little one and this covered it!

Essential Oils for Babies

Secondly, and y’all should not be surprised, are essential oils! They are life-savers when it comes to babies…and two blends in particular are the best. Tummygize is specially formulated and prediluted for babies’ sensitive skin…and tummies! Silas had the hardest time with acid & tummy problems until I figured out he was allergic to dairy. Tummygize saved us many late nights and grumpy & uncomfortable afternoons!

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I also love to gift Sleepyize to new mommies…or mommies of toddlers who are having a sleep strike. Ahem. Again, made especially for babies and its so amazing! I absolutely love the smell, and adding a drop in their lotion for a before bedtime massage is the best!

And my third go-to gift? This should be a no brainer, but so many people forget about it….Diapers! I personally never get people newborn diapers just because my first never fit into them and my second baby was only in them for about a week. I like to gift size one just to be safe. And I’ll tell ya, the diapers have always been appreciated!

Stay tuned….I’m going to share with y’all soon the perfect thing to get Mama for after baby is born!

Question…what was your favorite baby gift ever, that you just could not have lived without?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Current Reads v.1

Hey, lovely people! Today I want to share with you the books I am currently working through. I love seeing what others are reading, so I thought I’d regularly start sharing some of my current books and why I am (or am not!) loving them!

Current Reads v.1

Humble Roots– Hannah Anderson: this one I am only through the first two chapters. It is SO good so far. I didn’t realize I struggled with lack of humility (pride) as much as I thought, so keeping this theme in my life is really good for me. I love the slogan- “How humility grounds and nourishes your soul”. I don’t know about you, but I need some grounding & nourishing going on in my life!

Oola For Women– Dave Braun & Troy Amdahl: “How to balance the 7 key areas of life to have less stress (and) more purpose”. This is my “business” book I’m reading and it’s been giving me lots of areas to work and grow in as I juggle stay at home mom work and also growing a side business.

The Life Giving Table– Sally Clarkson: who isn’t reading this book? If you aren’t you need to be diving into this one! It’s been so good- I love all of Sally’s mothering books! ❤

Parenting Your Powerful Child– Dr. Kevin Leman: Wow. Y’all. I’ve been diving into all the parenting books because I have a very powerful child. I started this book last night and it is hitting home for me in so many ways! I can’t wait to read more of this…and I have 2 weeks to do it, because it’s a library book. This one may need to be bought and reread!

Spiritual Mothering– Susan Hunt: “The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women”. I’ve been reading this book and discussing it in our ladies’ meeting at church and it’s been a huge encouragement and blessing to me! This is a must-read for all women, in all walks of life for sure.

Beautiful in God’s Eyes– Elizabeth George: I’ve been going through this book with a dear friend of mine and it has so much practical application for a woman striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman. This has been slow going for both of us because there is SO MUCH information to take in.

So tell me, what are you currently reading? What books have been a blessing to you lately? I want to know so I can put them on my list! ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Crunchy Mom

Can you believe Mother’s Day is a week and a half away? Crazy! My husband asked me the other day what I would want for Mother’s Day and I actually had some ideas….since I needed to write them down for him anyway, I’d thought I’d share them here for some other husband’s inspiration! 😉

Gift Ideas for the Crunchy Mama

Books. Crunchy Mamas are all about learning. They love learning new things, and usually like reading for fun, too. Check out her Amazon cart or other list of books she may be wanting. Some of the ones on my list are….
1) Mama Natural’s Week by Week Pregnancy Guide
2) The First Forty Days
3) Magic of Motherhood
4) Long Days of Small Things

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Gardening. If your wife is the gardening type, treat her to a garden day together! Either pick up some plants you know she’s been wanting (blueberry bushes, fruit trees or rose bushes are a good place to start), or a trip to the garden center, and spend the day as a family working in the garden! Some things to help her out with her gardening would be an awesome bonus!
1) A cool gardening kit like this!
2) Cute gloves like these.
3) A fun knee pad like this!

Self-Care. All mommas need to work on self-care! Getting her somethings to encourage her to take care of herself, and watching the kids so she can, is such a great gift! Some self-care ideas would be….
1) A trip to get a massage, or mani/pedi
2) Toxin-free nail polish! Did you know that there are tons of hormone distrupting chemicals in nail polish? Gross. I would absolutely love to get the Crescent Crush or the Pothole Polish colors from Native Polish!
3) Young Living Starter Kit!!! MEN. This is the best gift you could ever give her! The health of your wife & kids is definitely worth it. She will love the diffuser, and trying out all of the 11 oils it comes with! A super awesome BONUS during the month of May is the extra 15mL bottle of Tangerine. It smells devine and she’ll find so many different uses for it! You can order it for her HERE, plus, she’ll get added to an awesome community full of like-minded women who love natural health!
4) Bath bombs– y’all. These scream self-care! Make sure you get your wife some- but make sure the ingredients are actually good for her and not full of yucky chemicals!

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Snacks. Men, women need their snacks- especially chocolate. Whether it’s that time of the month, or pregnancy cravings, your wife will always want a special stash of healthy stuff just.for.her. She’ll love you for it, promise. Some of my favorite are….
1) Lily’s sugar-free chocolate! She would love a bar {or 3!} of these!
2) These Wolfberry Chocolate Bars are so good for her health, and she’ll enjoy them!
3) Any other of her favorites…..

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Cookbooks. Healthy cookbooks can sometimes get pricey, but we women love them! The great thing about this gift is, you’re also treating yourself! 😉 Some great ones would be….
1) Against All Grain
2) Necessary Food 
3) A Better Weigh to Healthy 

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You know the woman in your life. Use these to give you some inspiration, but use this day to make her feel extra special and totally loved. ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Rainbow Rice

Happy Wednesday, people! I know it’s been wayyyyyy too long since I had a “real” post up. Oh well. I’m really, really going to try to do better! Today I want to share with you this super easy project to put together for your toddler!

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I was needing a new, “big boy” activity for my son to play with while I cook supper in the afternoons. He’s pretty much given up his afternoon nap, so I have to get pretty creative to keep him out under foot. Up until recently I was letting him watch a movie (Thomas, Bible stories, ect), but I don’t like him having screen-time everyday, so I knew I had to come up with something.

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I wanted some kind of sensory play, so I decided on rainbow rice. Before having a child, I always thought it looked fun, so we took a quick trip to Dollar General (we took Grandmomma along with us!) to get the stuff I didn’t have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

-white rice (I got 3 bags for $.80 each)
– plastic box with locking lid
-food coloring
-plastic zipper bags
– small things to play in the rice with

All I did was put the rice in 4 different plastic bags and added food color to them. Then I just mixed and combined the rice with the color. I did a green, red, blue and a purple{ish}. Then I put them on paper plates to dry. Once it was dry, I poured it into the tub for Caleb to mix up and play with! 🙂

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I ended up getting some measuring spoons, a wooden spoon and some small party cups at DG plus I had some popsicle sticks on hand for Caleb to use for the activity. Let me tell ya, it kept him occupied for over an hour!!!! Momma score! Everytime some rice came out of the box I just told him, “oh no! Keep the rice in the box so you don’t run out!”, and he did his very best at keeping it in. After he was done, I just swept the floor in 5 minutes and was all cleaned up. 🙂

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Tell me, how do you keep your toddler occupied while cooking? Do you think rainbow rice would be a hit for your little one?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Mama’s Sanity {Unicorn Roller}

Emotions. Feelings. We, as women, can have a lot of them all at once. The two best things that help me during crazy times? More Jesus time and lots of oils. ❤

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I always start with a drop or two of Stress Away on my wrist and Caleb’s little wrists. He loves getting oils put on him! He smells it and says, “Mmmm!”. If Caleb will play nicely (inside or out), I’ll settle down with my Bible and pray some and seek the Lord.

My other secret weapon? The unicorn roller blend! Oh…my….y’all. It’s amazing!! I mixed mine up in an old oil bottle and put a roller top on it, then decorated it with washi tape. Caleb also likes this blend, but I try to keep it to myself! 😉

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You have got to give it a try….and let me know if you do! ❤

Interested in oils, but don’t know how to begin? Start here. If you don’t have Young Living’s Seed to Seal guaranteed oils (perfect for little bodies), but want some, click this link to get started! You’ll get a fun welcome package in the mail from me!

Oh, and did I mention now through January 31, you’ll also get the coveted Peace & Calming?!? #youneedsome #naptime #nuffsaid

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Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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