7.16.2018
Essential Oil Blends: Morning to Night

Essential Oil Blends: Morning to Night

7.16.2018


I typically diffuse essential oils at night when I am sleeping or mix them with carrier lotion to soothe a sunburn or other skin irritation. I recently decided to try using them in a new way - mixed with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle.

Using Eden's Garden "Goodnight" and "Shine" blends, I filled each roller bottle about 2/3 of the way with fractionated coconut oil, then added about 15 drops of the blend and topped it off with more fractionated coconut oil until the bottle was full.


The "Shine" blend will be great for rolling on first thing in the morning to wake up and invigorate the senses. Energizing and revitalizing, its floral and sweet aroma captivates the senses and inspires strength. Shine is an effective mix of Lavandin, Lavender, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Elemi, Osmanthus and Lemon Myrtle essential oils. It can also be mixed with unscented lotion, diffused with distilled water, or mixed into the running water of your bath.


The "Goodnight" blend promotes calm and rest. The essential oils that makeup Good Night have unique soothing properties to help you sink deeply into the pillow. Good Night is an even blend of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Chamomile, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Key Lime, Lime and Vanilla CO2. I'm looking forward to trying out an evening blend in a new way instead of diffusing like I typically do.


Do you use essential oils? Do you have any favorite blends or mixtures you make yourself? What is your favorite way to use them? Let me know in the comments, I'm always looking for new ideas!


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7.09.2018
Bean Dip Recipe

Bean Dip Recipe

7.09.2018

Lunch ideas are a challenge as it is since, unfortunately, I'm not one of those people that can eat the same few things week after week. Though, I wish I was because that'd make life a lot easier!! Since being pregnant, lunches have become even more difficult since deli sandwiches and cured meats are a no-go. I generally pack a variety of healthy snacks (nuts, granola bar, fruit, hummus, veggies, etc). Protein is what's missing. This bean dip is loaded with it and the perfect fix!



Ingredients:

Dressing
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c olive oil

Dip
1 can pink beans
1 can black beans
1 can black eye peas
1 can shoe peg corn
1/2 c red onion
1/2 c green pepper
1/2 c celery



Directions:

In a sauce pan over low to medium heat, dissolve the dressing ingredients. Stir constantly.
Once dissolved, remove from heat and let cool completely.

Drain the pink beans, black beans, black eye peas and shoe peg corn and combine in a large mixing bowl. Finely chop the red onion, green pepper and celery. Add the veggies to the bowl and mix together. Pour the cooled dressing over the mixture and toss well. Let the flavors combine over night in the fridge.

Enjoy with crackers, dip chips or straight up with a spoon!





1.23.2018
Winter Neutrals

Winter Neutrals

1.23.2018

I've been loving the rise of online boutiques due to their super unique pieces at an affordable price. Tobi, an online women's boutique, was so kind to send me a few of their best neutral pieces that work seamlessly with my already established capsule-esque wardrobe. So I wanted to share how I am styling them for winter in a simple way! They are all pieces that are easy to layer with and can certainly cross into fall or spring as well.

When I'm deciding what to add to my collection, I always look for quality pieces that will easily mix into my existing wardrobe and work well for at least two or three of our ever changing New England seasons.


This first outfit is a soft and cozy ribbed top (Tobi) that I've paired with skinny jeans for some definition and my daily driver booties. This could easily be dressed up with some heels or chic pointed flats and dainty gold earrings.


Oh how I love olive. It pairs so well with almost anything and is just a tad bit more unique in the neutral scale of things. My go to and easy way to style this olive tunic dress (Tobi) is with black sheer tights and black leather booties with a bit of a heel. I'm excited to transition this into spring with brown leather sandals and a jean jacket layered on top!

Tobi | MADEWELL BOY JEANS | LUCKY BRAND HEEL BOOTIESOversized sweaters are everything. I'm picky about which ones I add to my collection since I know they are workhorses in my wardrobe. They have to stand up to lots of wearing, washing as well as easily mix and match. I'm in love with this oversized mock neck navy blue knit sweater (Tobi). Neutral pieces that have subtle but interesting textures or details are my sweet spot. This sweater has a zipper detail up both sides and a mixed diagonal and vertical knit pattern. It's the subtle things! It's a comfy sweater so I paired it with my comfiest boy jeans and added some heeled booties to elongate the line of the look. I will also most definitely be wearing this sweater with leggings, slippers, a top knot and hot mug of tea in hand on a Sunday too ;)
I hope these easy neutral outfits are inspiration for your wardobe as we strike just about the very middle of winter. Spring is not far off, but I'm okay with winter for a while longer... it's been a wonderfully slow and simple one.
Cheers,
9.21.2017
Year One

Year One

9.21.2017


It has been exactly five months since I've published a post here. Life has a crazy way of flying by and moving forward. At the same time, we just passed the one year mark of our marriage to which we celebrated, reflected and commemorated with these beautiful photos taken by Julia Matson Photography.

I feel like a broken record talking about how much has changed and grown for us in the past year as well as just the past five months alone — but I think that is because it is a revolving humming narrative in my thoughts as I've been focusing on processing it all. Lucky are we that it has been a year of good, positive and forward moving growth and changes. But growth and changes, nonetheless. A territory that comes with adjusting, processing and realigning by nature.

Year one of our marriage brought upon a flurry of new adventures for both of us. We both made quite life altering leaps in our careers, sold our first home / built a new home in New Hampshire and walked along side our families as they settled into new paths of their own as well. As for us, these changes were in our minds as far off — at least two or three years or so. However, the time for each blared in our lives much much sooner than anticipated. That's the part that is taking me a while to wrap my mind around. Yes, we wanted all of this and it's all such a blessing. It's the sheer speed of it all that has my head spinning.

It's been a ricochet effect with things falling into place over time and one after another. We're still in the thick of that. We always will be, that's life isn't it? That's the best part.

I wouldn't trade our first year for anything. Had it panned out the way we planned, what a shame it'd be to have missed out on all of the life we've lived and faced together to get to this point. It's exactly what we needed and we're exactly where we're meant to be — even if the big picture isn't totally clear to us yet.

Before we got married we were curious as to whether or not we'd feel any different once we were husband and wife. Prior to our wedding we had lived together for three years and combined our lives in nearly every aspect. Well a year later we both agree we absolutely feel different, if you want to call it that. Marriage has proven to truly be a gift and a bond on a level that can't totally be explained since so much of it is felt.

This year has evermore widened our love, respect and service for one another. Our marriage is our rock, our foundation and our haven in times of celebration and struggle... and everything in between. 

After we took these photos, we went to dinner and talked about what we see this next year / chapter holding for us. It is not lost on me how grateful I am that we are where we are and are looking forward in pursuit of our dreams. We hope to continue to situate ourselves in our new home and community, live in the moment - enjoy where we are - enjoy the simple things, travel to a few places on our bucket list and fervently prepare for the next few years for our ultimate dream of starting a family.

Though change can be uncomfortable and confusing at times, taking a leap into the unknown has revealed a lot of truth. Though there is still more to solidify, each day I am pursuing the present and not shying away from diving deep into the heart behind it all.



My mission here with the Common Day remains the same: to encourage the celebration of the beautiful common everyday moments of an intentional life. This is a mission I truly do my best to live out in my own day to day as well. I'm excited to continue to share more of what we're up to.

Until then, thanks for stopping back over to my little home on the web. I'm happy to have taken this time to really focus on the present without the pressure of keeping up with it all on here. With the fall season about to officially begin tomorrow (!) I can't wait to jump in!!




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