A New Year, a New YOU with Helix

Ever since I can remember I’ve had a sensitive stomach. Some of it, of course, caused by my anxiety and sensitivities to different foods. It’s taken some time to figure out what I can and can’t tolerate; I am still on a journey of figuring it all out! So when Helix sent me the at-home food sensitivity kit from EverlyWell I was really excited to see what my results would be like I once I got them!Do you find yourself wishing you had easier access to taking care of your body and knowing more about the very things that keep you energized and in check? Our bodies have such an amazing way of telling us when things are off or feel funny. But sometimes we want answers to why we feel a certain way, or what is causing sleeplessness, irritability, or maybe even exhaustion. I am truly excited to be sharing my personal experience using Helix a product called FoodSensitivity+by EverlyWell (one of Helix’s partners). Helix is dedicated to making DNA learning accessible and actionable for everyone. They strive to help others make more informed choices on their health, fitness, nutrition, and much more. Helix is on a mission to empower and educate others to discover the sequencing and storing of DNA. Helix “believes in a world where everyone benefits from their biological information and is able help all of humanity lead better lives.”

The process of opening up my kits and following the instructions was quite simple, informative and easy to follow. You simply order your at home test kits online, pick it up at your door-step, and follow the easy instructions to send back your samples. I can hardly wait to see what my results will be and some ways to better my health and overall wellness. I love that this product was made to save time, educate, and build stronger bodies to better serve and nourish what we have.

Empower your-self and others by taking an active step to get to know your whole self. Find out what foods your body may be sensitive to and how your DNA may influence nutrient levels with the ease of an at-home blood and saliva kit from EverlyWell. Use my personal code ‘CULTIVATEMOTHERHOOD’ to receive 30% off an product on the Helix platform. Click here to shop: DNA kit!



This is a paid/sponsored post, however the opinions stated are my own.


All We Have Is Now

Memories..photos..notes…become the very things you want to keep, hold onto, bottle up, and save for a life time. My family is truly one of Gods greatest gifts to me. Each one of them blessing me in a different way each day. Each one of them unique and full of grace and love. Each one of them reminding me that I am stronger, braver, and more adventurous with them by my side. This year my husband Aaron will be deploying overseas for the first time. For those who maybe don’t know my husband is in the national Guard reserves, he flies Black Hawks for the Minnesota Guard part-time alongside his civilian job. Although he would say I am the glue to this family I too feel the same way about him. We compliment each-other is so many different ways. He is gentle, kind, and always understanding. We have graciously learned over the years how to better support one another and truly listen and be heard and seen by each-other. Since finding out-we both have taken quite a bit of time processing both personally and together and continue to do so each day. As we hold on to each present day we are trusting and believing in the power of grace and strength to get us through our time apart. When I found out about his deployment I really wanted to capture our family unit through photos. Photos we both can hold onto, look at, and remember why were in this together. To remember that what we have is magic, sacred, and full of love.To remember even on the messiest and hardest days that what we have is pure goodness. We had the chance to work with a beautiful photographer  named Chrystal in her cozy white studio a few weeks back and I am so thrilled with what she captured. Crystals Photography  

I am so excited to be sharing her amazing work with you, and giving you a glimpse into the day!

I love this photo because it captures what my girls love to do each and every day. Dance and make believe! These dresses are from our favorite small shop Mien Studios

This photo above melts me. Aaron was made for girls but I know our creator knew that long before he was formed and conceived. His heart is tender yet strong with his girls. I admire his desire to see them flourish and be exactly who they are.

My heart already aches for how missed this man will be when he is gone. But I will trust, and I will remember my purpose, our purpose. I will remember that this is a season for growth to expand our hearts in love and grace. This is a season of pressing into strength and vulnerability. This is a season for asking for help when I may need it. This is a season of great purpose because on the other side we will see the fruit and we will build upon our story, our family story, our individual stories. All we have is now.



If you are interested in booking a photography session with Crystal click on the link below. Crystal is located in Cambridge Minnesota.




Beatrice’s Big Girl Room Reveal

Excuse my while I wipe away my tears..a big girl bed, a new bedroom style, a new Beatrice these days. My little girl is maturing and becoming more aware of others feelings, becoming more independent, and beautiful everyday. I had the pleasure of partnering with some beautiful companies for her bedroom reveal and will be listing and linking them all here!

For Beatrice’s new style I wanted something soft, feminine, and whimsical. When it comes to Bea’s personality she is all girl. She’s sparkly, passionate, wild at heart, smart as a whip, and fully present about life and others. I hope she likes her bedroom as much as mama does 😉

ShopBdarling is one of our favorite wallpaper companies out there! They make damage free wallpaper that is SO easy to put on. The colors and patterns are vibrant, quality, and unbelievably beautiful!

PehrDesigns makes the softest and dreamiest bedding! Beatrice has the Meadow Duvet set which includes a reversible Meadow/Dotty Duvet Cover, the Dotty Sheet Set and two Meadow/Dotty Quilted Pillow Shams. The fun pops of color make for such a fun and whimsical feeling.

For Beatrice’s mattress we partnered with Tomorrow Sleep who makes memory foam mattresses that are so comfortable and support a full nights rest. Pictured here is their “full size” mattress.

This beautiful doll collection was handed down to me by my precious grandmother. As a little girl I use to be mesmerized by my grandmothers china hutch full of dolls, now my Beatrice has something quite special and meaningful to fill her tiny wall.

This handmade Peacock comes from one of my favorite stores! Everything she makes is truly whimsical, fun, and always unique. I thought this beautiful peacock was the perfect touch for above her bed. Feminine, whimsical, and truly one of a kind.

Wallpaper Vinyl Decals: ShopBDarling

Mattress in a box: Tomorrowsleep

Feathered Peacock: WhimsyWonderlandCo

Bedding: PehrDesigns (Use my personal code “cultivatemotherhood25” to receive 25% off your purchase!)

Hanging Wall Lamp: PeachStream

Floating shelves: Shelfology

Lamb stuffy: Cuddleandkind






My Holiday Gift Guide for kids!

So fun to be joining a few of my blogging friends from #themomblogcollective to bring you a very simple holiday gift guide! If you’re new here, here’s the scoop. Once a month, our group of amazing and inspiring mamas will discuss the same topic having to do with blogging, Instagram, photography, collaborations, sponsored posts, balancing it all with motherhood, and more.

We each have different perspectives and different opinions, so this is a fun way to learn from one another. We hope you’ll join along! Check out the hashtag #themomblogcollective to see everyone on Instagram, and I will also link you to all of the amazing blog posts here at the bottom of my post!

We thought it would be kind of fun to switch it up and talk about something besides blogging. This week, 6 of us mamas are talking all about the holidays! We have a total of 13 kids between us ranging in ages from 3 months to 7 years and we each put together a gift guide for our littles in this installment of #TheMomBlogCollective.

1) First up is the lovely natural dollhouse from IKEA! This dollhouse is $30.00 so such a steal of a deal. I plan to spray paint this wooden dollhouse light pink and add some handmade table legs to the bottom of it from a beautiful shop called PRETTYPEGS! They specialize in making custom legs for tables, consoles, coffee tables and much more. They offer an array of fun pops of colors for every piece of furniture. For this particular dollhouse I have purchased the below Plan-house dollhouse furniture pieces from Amazon! I love the natural wood and darling wooden people figures. I think it will fit nicely with the simplicity of the dollhouse! Each furniture grouping was under $24.00 dollars!

This photo above was my inspiration for Beatrice’s dollhouse! Her legs will be the ones pictured painted light pink! I will be adding some wallpaper to each room to give it a little extra shine and fun!

I love this tea set because it’s natural looking with a few pops of color! Elouise loves anything that has a cup and spout:) I found this beautiful set on Amazon for $22.95

These onesies come from a beautiful shop I follow and support on Instagram Mini&Meep! Her onesies, shirts, and bibs are seriously so amazing and 100% organic cotton.

The girls have lived in their soft organic cotton pinafore dresses from Mien studios! The colors and patterns she designs are like none else! The cotton is thick yet breathable! One of my favorites for sure!

This is my favorite bonnet shop around! I have people stop me at stores all the time asking where Eloise’s bonnet is from! This a favorite shop of many called Specific Pigeon each bonnet and hanker chief is hand dyed naturally with pressed botanicals. They are truly one of a kind!

Well my friends I think that rounds up my simple gift giving ideas for girls ages 1-5yrs old! Giving gifts is so much fun and I think you can’t go wrong with these ideas and shops listed above! Please be sure to check out my lovely friends from #themomblogcollective who have all written and shared their own Christmas gift guide for kids of many different ages! Here are their direct links below!






Happy Holidays!




Holiday inspired tablescape with The•Company•Store

The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling. -Fabienne Fredrickson

The holiday season…is there anything more magical and festive? From Bing Crosby’s holiday music, to warm hot chocolate, wood fires, the smell of sugar cookies, hot soup, warm blankets, and a decorated tree…it truly brings so much joy and comfort to me every year when the holiday season comes around. I wanted to share with you all how easy and fun it can be to prepare a beautiful tablescape for your friends and family this year. Whether your hosting a small and intimate get-together or having a few girlfriends over, The Company Store has everything you need and more!

One thing I’ve really been exploring this year are my passions; things that inspire me, challenge me, and things I feel called to that bring great purpose and connection to my personal life as well as my families lives. Hospitality has always been a part of who I am, engrained and stamped upon my heart with great intention and purpose.

For me hospitality is the art of deep connection, laughter, and acceptance. When I host, I am not inviting them over as a guest but rather a friend, someone that will feel a part of my family; accepted and heard. My goal is to create a space that is welcoming and fully inspired by all of my favorite things. My goal is not to make the tastiest most delicious meal (although that’s a bonus;)) but rather to connect, accept, and be intentional about forming relationships that are purposeful around my table.

I was really inspired to keep this tablescape warm, neutral, earthy, and simple. I love the pops of greens, the touches of gold and silver metal, and the intricate details of the leaf napkin rings. The first thing I focused on to achieve this look was color choice! Here I have white, green, pops of red, gold and silver. The second thing I did was create the centerpiece of the table by taking simple holiday greens and clipping them into the appropriate length to be placed in various sized glass vases. I added gold berries my grandmother found to bring out the greens even more. When you decide on your colors and themes, you’ve already done the hardest part! From there you get to be creative and put together something that represents your style and aesthetic. Creating this space that just calls for glasses of deep red wine, crusty bread, and delicious homemade soup. Your friends will be cozy, and surrounded by the view and ambience you’ve created.

To shop specific pieces in my dining room click on the links below!

Linen table runner, Silver wood holiday tree, Hanging ornaments, Leaf brass napkin rings, Linen napkins, Evergreen gold holiday tree, White felt holiday garland, Thyme throw blanket

Sea grass basket: AllModern

This blog post was in collaboration with the amazing The Company Store! They have the perfect assortment of holiday decor to cozy up your home and get you in the holiday spirit. From table decor to bedrooms, bathrooms, they have you covered this holiday season to welcome and hold special memories in your home and with your family.




{Part Four} How to balance motherhood, blogging and Instagram

Hello friends, I feel like this is a topic that is not talked about enough and I couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with so many of my favorite bloggers and friends in real life!

If you’re new here, here’s the scoop. Once a month, our group of amazing and inspiring mamas will answer the same set of questions to do with blogging, Instagram, photography, collaborations, sponsored posts, balancing it all with motherhood, and more. We each have different perspectives and different opinions, so this is a fun way to learn from one another. We hope you’ll join along! Check out the hashtag #themomblogcollective to see everyone on Instagram, and I will also link you to all of the amazing blog posts here at the bottom of my post!

How do you balance motherhood and posting on Instagram and your blog?

I think this is a really good question we probably all wonder about and question with some of our favorite bloggers we scroll through daily. Do they just do it all and be it all so effortlessly all the time? The answer is definitely “NO.” Just like any other momma out there I have good and challenging days. I have days where I feel like balance is my best friend and other days where I can’t seem to figure out how to be present with my children and get my work done, and complete deadlines for sponsored posts! Especially on the days my daughter is fighting naps and or sleeping very little 😉 My best piece of advice is to figure out what your priorities are with Instagram and blogging. For me Instagram has turned into a source of income for my family I never thought imaginable. It has created a way to for me to be home with my babies, present with their milestones and everyday smiles. It has created a way for me to be creative, share my heart through writing, and share about things I find interesting and helpful all while making a monthly income that supports our lifestyle. So for me sometimes I can’t take a lot of time commenting and engaging with all of my favorite accounts simply because I don’t have the time. Most of my time that is carved out goes to editing and submitting content for sponsored/paid posts. If I ever do get some extra time I like to catch up with my friends and favorite accounts giving them as much love as I can. But just like any job it has it’s ups and downs. Some days I feel very uninspired while other days I have a lot of inspiration. For me I have created somewhat of a loose schedule for my work.

How do you work Instagram into your daily schedule?

When all three of us go to the gym in the mornings I take that time to catch up and respond to emails, edit photos, and write captions that can easily be copied and pasted into my notes for sponsored posts so they are ready to go when I need to meet a deadline. In the afternoon when the girls are having quiet times I catch up on household things and generally tie up any other things I need to get done such as blogging, editing, or communication with companies and friends on Instagram. It’s definelty a balancing act I will be trying to find for awhile. As with any job some days I have to finish up my work when the girls go to bed, but I try to do that as little as possible as I like to put my phone away after dinner to read, watch a show, and spend time with my husband.

How often do you post to Instagram?

I usually post everyday with the exception of weekends. If I am feeling overwhelmed and have gotten all deadlines posted I will take a break and come back on a Monday.

How many collaborations do you take on in one week or a month?

I would say generally I take on about two-three collaborations a week just depending on the flow and feel of my week! Lately I have been taking on more paid sponsored posts and very few unpaid so that I can better manage my time and also have time and inspiration to post what’s on my heart or a photo that is sentimental to me. Month to month it’s always different, but one thing I feel strongly about is only sharing products I genuinely love and use as well as my family! For me two to three collaborations a week feels balanced as I can still have room to post things on my heart or photos that make me smile.

Thanks so much for reading, I have linked all the other blogs below! Be sure to check them out as these mommas have so much wisdom and talent when it comes to motherhood and blogging!

The girls are dressed in Tea collection apparel to shop these wallpaper party dresses Click here!


occasionallyperfectstyle.com | @occasionally_perfect

mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon

britthavens.com | @britthavens

koleimpressions.com | @steph__pollock

cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood

www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_

hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown

thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife

our guests this week:

henaandcompany.com | @henaandco

momwifefoodie.com | @momwifefoodie

amandapahls.com | @amandapahls


You were made for meaningful connection. 

Dear Beatrice and Elouise, did you know you were made for meaningful and purposeful connection? That love is meant to be soulful and ablaze with passion? Did you know that freedom to be yourselves is a gift that was given to you before the beginning of time? Did you know that life is meant to be felt deeply, softly, and wholeheartedly? I hope and dream for you two to find great purpose in serving others and caring deeply for their needs. I pray and dream that you will never question your abilities to conquer challenges, your strength to lean into pain, or your courage to be who you were designed to be. I pray you never spend your days at the alter of productivity and striving just to prove that you can keep up with the hustle and fast pace of life our culture begs us to have. Instead I hope you will lead a culture that seeks rest, peace from within, sharing meaningful connections with others, sharing kindness, vulnerability, and welcoming people with open arms through hospitality and acceptance. I dream for you to raise up a culture that seeks out meaningful living, truth, passion, and real self love. Letting go of the false hope that you can do and be all to everyone. Instead hold on to the power of what you know your body needs to be fueled and nourished in this life. Hold on to what makes your heart flutter, hold on to what your body needs and craves, hold on to what is meaningful and good in this life. May you nourish the softest parts of your souls by giving space and time a chance to find hold ground in your hearts. Giving peace and joy a chance to flood in and cover the areas of hopelessness and sorrow. I hope you say YES to a life that is present and fully aware of the beauty and need for your unique selfs. I love you more than life itself. I just know that you both will be the brightest light shining through the trees, illuminating kindness, courage, and beauty in the face of darkness. The girls and I are dressed in MIEN. This beautiful shop out of California uses only organic cotton and hand dyes all of their clothing. This collection is responsibly made in the USA which is pretty amazing if you ask me! The clothing is beyond comfortable, versatile, and fitting for day wear/evening. 

Women’s collection pictured: Lakeside wide leg jumper in zinc, Maven open side tunic, Lakeside wide leg culottes Shop this look here!

Madrid low woven clogs: Sandgren Clogs
Mini collection featured on Bea and Elouise: Mini pinefore dresses is color terra-cotta and zinc grey. Shop this look here!




Nourishing from the inside out.

Self care…we all are aware that this is an essential part of nourishing our bodies and souls but all too often life is full of anxiety, to-do lists, and on the go activities that leave us sometimes feeling alone and fully exhausted mentally and physically. I’ve been very aware of the feelings and emotions after going through a rough month of anxiety attacks that were brought on by insomnia. I personally have never experienced insomnia until a couple months ago and I hope I never experience it again. I was dealing with some fears and worries personally that lead me to sleepless nights, a brain that couldn’t shut down, and feelings of exhaustion and stress I’ve never felt so strongly before. Maybe this is you. Maybe you feel like life is moving along at lightening speed. You feel tired, alone in your anxiety, and want to give yourself the self care you know you need but you don’t know how. It took me some time and deep reflection to truly listen to what my body was needing/still needing to this day  and what would get me back on track. 

Here’s a few things I personally did to make sure that I was taking care of my whole self and finding the helpful tools to set my mind at peace. 

1) Go to your Dr. tell them the ways in which you are struggling. My dr recommended adding magnesium to my diet, as magnesium is a natural supplement that supports energy levels, sleep, and anxiety. Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions happening on a constant basis daily. Magnesium is crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation. Basically every person could benefit from magnesium in their everyday diet! I am so thankful I found Natural Calm it’s a powder form of magnesium that easily dissolves into hot water or cold water. They have quite a few flavors but my favorite being the lemon raspberry! I like to add fresh lemon juice and ice and take it with me on the go.

2) Reach out to friends and family close to you that could understand or empathize with you and offer support. Be open and let them know you are struggling. This takes courage but it’s really important in your journey to remember self care for yourself. 

3) My dr recommended buying a journal and journaling all of my fears and concerns. Good or bad get them written down on paper every night and then close that journal and be done with it for the day. 

4)Turn your phone off at a designated time you pick for yourself every night. Do something instead that gives your body rest and relaxation. For me I take a lavender, epsom salt bath every night before bed. I light a candle and turn the light off and soak in silence. This has helped my body and mind reprogram back to restful sleep and peace.

5) Meditate on positive things such a scripture, poems, music that you find inspiring. Repeat mantras such as “I am worthy and deserving of self care” maybe you repeat that ten times a day or more until those words start to resonate with who you are instead what you think you aren’t in the moment. 

6) Practice gentleness. Gentleness is what we need to truly grasp what beautiful and worthy humans we truly are. Gentleness is full of grace and love for a body that serves us and works for us everyday to heal and nourish the deepest parts of our souls. Reach deep inside and you will find strength and wisdom that have been there from the start. Dust off the parts of you that feel frail, tired, and insecure. Let the sun shine in and illuminate the beautiful and soft parts of you. Let your body be nourished by what is good and truthful in your life. Give yourself permission to feel silence, to feel the calm, to feel the sensations of the body when self care is truly in place. 

How do you practice self care?


#Momsdopalms Trip

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing Instagram bloggers in real life that I met online nearly a year ago. Flying in from all over the US we met up at the sweetest getaway house in Palm Springs for a week of fun in the sun! I seriously am better and richer for knowing these sweet women and feel so grateful for the time away I had with them. Palm Springs was such a fun experience with all the cactus, brightly colored doors, and delicious food. I left these women and house feeling refreshed with a full heart and huge smile. Our accommodations at @thewkndhouse was nothing short of perfect. You will find the modern inspired, fun, eclectic home welcoming from the moment you step in and fall in love with the gorgeous blue door, different themed bedrooms, and amazing pool yard. Swimwear by @kortnijeane

To book the Weekend house AirBnB click here!

Until next time Palm Springs…




(Part 3) Tips for better photography & A cohesive Instagram feed :

So happy to be sharing Part three with the loveliest group of bloggers and social influencers to share a new series I have started here on my blog called #TheMomBlogCollective. Twice a month, a group of 10 of us will be sharing a blog post on the same topic — related to blogging, instagram, working with brands, making money, photography, motherhood and more. More than almost anything else, each of us get asked how we started blogging, what tips we have for someone looking to start, how to work with companies for sponsored posts and more, so those questions are the starting point for our series! Today’s topic will cover editing, apps, and tips for creating a cohesive feed.

Share a little about your Instagram feed and style what is the look you go for and why?

I’ve always been drawn to a more earthy, organic, moody feel when it comes to my photos and the esthetic feel of my instagram. I feel I’ve achieved this best by trial and error. I’ve tried many different filters and many different apps for editing my photos. But when I finally picked the filter and editing apps I felt was in line with my style and look I started using that for every photo. I also started paying more attention to my color scheme and asking myself what colors i’m drawn too. 

How do you create a cohesive feed on Instagram:

I like to think about the colors and tones that will appear on my feed. I generally stick with green, white, cream, and some pops of grey and blue. I also always use the same editing apps and filter to keep each photo cohesive with the next. I find planning apps very useful when your trying to keep a cohesive feed. Right now I use Planoly, that way I can see my photos in front of me and can see where to place my next photo! I think it’s incredibly helpful and essential for keeping things true to your style and esthetic on your feed. Below is a photo of my feed and the colors I have talked about above!

 What do you use to take your photos and how do you typically edit them apps filters tips:

I have always used my phone which is an iPhone 7. I find that it’s easily accessible to me and easy to use for everyday use when I’m out and about. I have three apps I use to edit in this order: First being Filmborn (this brightens a photo that is dark , but I use it for every photo I edit regardless if it’s dark or not) the next would be Snapseed for this app I use the exposure and sharpening tools. I love the exposure because I can darken or brighten a pair of jeans for instance or make my lip color darker or lighter. It’s also amazing for sharpening your photo, making it more clear and defined. The third app I use is VSCO which offers many different choices with filters. Some you can purchase but most are free. Find one that fits with your color scheme and stick with it. Here below I will show an example of using Filmborn to brighten a photo! The one on the right is a bit darker. Because of that I simply used kodak P160 to brighten up this image and then used the sharpening tool/brightening tool. It’s a subtle difference but makes the image pop and feel lighter and more fresh. 

Below is an example of using the Snapseed app for exposure and  sharpening (I used the exposure to help the framed photos in the back pop out more as well as darkening the paint color as it was washed out a bit. I also used the exposure to bring out the flowers in Beatrice’s dress and added some rosy cheeks. After that I used the vsco filter for the finished photo! 

How do you get your kids to participate and smile for the camera ?

Haa! This can sometimes be tricky with my four year old as she has to be in the right mood to participate and have fun with it! Elouise on the other hand is easier to photograph right now except that she started walking lol and is so quick! I’ve found lollipops to be the best way to get some pretty darn cute photos lol of the both of them together. They usually last for a good 5 min 😉 I try to be as playful as I can and not to serious! Beatrice understandable that brands send us stuff to take photos in and she enjoys getting packages in the mail so that helps a lot!

Please feel free to comment with any additional questions my friends! I hope you found this helpful and will incorporate this into your next editing session 🙂

Also be sure to visit these links below for more amazing advice from other bloggers from the #momblogcollective!

Blogs and IG handles:

You can find links to all of the other blog posts below:

darlingnightingale.com | @darlingnightingale
occasionallyperfectstyle.com | @occasionally_perfect
mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon
britthavens.com | @britthavens
koleimpressions.com | @steph__pollock
cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood
www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_
hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown
www.a-blessed-nest.com | @blessednestblog
thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife
www.helloerin.com | @helloerinv
hopefeathersphotography.com | @hopefeathers
psimfromthemidwest.com | @hollynbaron