Archives for July 2017

07.31.17

Back•to•school•with•Boomdash

Can you believe summer is almost coming to an end and soon we will be back in the full swing of school schedules and packing lunches? Crazy! If you’re like me back to school shopping sneaks up out of nowhere and I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed with all the different shops out there. Beatrice is such a girly girl, she loves anything sparkly, bedazzled, purses, and pink of course. As her momma I really strive to let her be who she is and let her take part in what she feels her “style” is! I love that she is bold, kind, sassy, and confident since the day she was born. These two outfits that she picked showcase her creative style and love for life. 



Recently we partnered with Boomdash [http://bit.ly/2vGx852], a one-stop shopping and parenting destination for the modern mom and dad to browse their favorite brands and discover new ones, receive customized style recommendations, and complete purchases across multiple stores in one shopping cart. It’s a personalized shopping experience that makes my life easier and allows me to spend more time enjoying the best parts of parenting Beatrice and Elouise! I was so happy with all the different brands of children’s clothes and had such a fun time picking out different styles with Beatrice that fit her sparkly personality. 


If you’re a busy parent and need some help with back to school consider checking out Boomdash!


 You can sign up for an account right on Boomdash by taking a short quiz about your child’s age, size, and style preferences so that they can match his/her personality with the best outfits. When you are logged in and browsing, Boomdash will filter your shopping experience based on what your child likes. How cool is that?!

To shop these styled pictures below click these links:

Petit Bateau, Girls Print Dress: http://bit.ly/2vTNKFA
Splendid, Tie Dye Romper: http://bit.ly/2uqBBdA



Xo,

Sophia 

07.26.17

Herbs {Part-one} Mullein Oil natural ear drops


Good morning beautiful friends, as promised I have documented the process of making homemade mullein oil to support and help ear aches, pain, aid in relaxation, and supper respiratory health. 

What is mullein flower?

Mullein is a biennial herbaceous member of the Scrophulariaceae family, bearing silvery green and extremely fuzzy leaves,3 and growing up to 8 feet in height. In the first year it appears as a basal rosette of leaves, and in the second year, it sends up huge flower spikes with many bright densely clustered yellow flowers which only open for one day

Presently, mullein can be found at health food stores often prepared as soothing leaf tea or an ear oil made of the infused flowers. You can also find mullein plant right in your back yard or on a nature walk if you are familiar with what it looks like! Source: (https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/mullein-flower/profile)


How To Make Garlic and Mullein Oil:
What you will need:

2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced

2 tablespoons mullein flowers

olive oil – enough to cover the garlic and mullein

Equipment Needed:

Slow cooker or double boiler (If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water) that is what I used!

Glass dropper bottle (find at your local health food store or amazon)


Making the oil:

Place mullein flowers and garlic in a clean, dry glass jar. Next, pour in the olive oil – add enough so that the mixture is covered.

Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid.

Place a kitchen towel in the bottom of your slow cooker and place your jar inside. Add enough water to cover about half the jar and set to the lowest setting for 2-3 hours.

Strain out the oil using cheesecloth and pour the oil in a clean, glass jar. Store in the fridge or the freezer (to preserve freshness) until needed.

How To Use Mullein And Garlic Oil

Place your glass dropper bottle in warm/hot water until it reaches body temperature, then place “3 or 4 drops into the ear. Massage the outer ear and around the base of the ear after applying the oil. Administer the warm herbal oil every 30 minutes or as often as needed. Any excess oil will drain out on its own within a few minutes.” (Source: https://www.mommypotamus.com/mullein-garlic-oil-recipe/ )



I am not an expert on herbs nor am I schooled in herbalism. This is just something I am intrigued by and care about as a way to take care and better my families health. I hope you enjoy this recipe and will leave any comments or questions for me below:) 

Xo,

Sophia