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  • Welcome!…

    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Essential Oils | Starting Out & My First Experiences

I am LOVING essential oils!… If you have not tried them, you should!  I’ve been joking w/ my husband, that the new phrase in our house is “there’s a blend for that”.. Similar to “there’s an app for that” in the Apple world;)

We’re always willing to try natural wellness methods before medicinal… So when I first started hearing about essential oils, I knew we’d have to give it a shot.  I’m so glad we did!  After looking at some different options, I ordered & became a wholesale member through Young Living.  I love their seed to seal guarantee, and the fact that they really pride themselves on the quality of their oils.

Essential oils (EO) are extremely concentrated, so usually they will need to be diluted w/ a carrier oil (coconut, grapeseed, etc).  I ordered roller bottles and coconut oil from Amazon.  Super easy to make your own blends!


The very first needed use, after ordering the premium starter kit, was for congestion & sniffles for my little guy… Considering it’s the middle of winter, it’s not surprising that colds have been a battle.  I started w/ a combination of Thieves, Lavender, and Peppermint in the diffuser for him.  From the very first night on, he slept great!  Typically nighttime is the worst for coughing, so I know for sure the diffused oils helped that immensely.

cough blend


Another use that I wasn’t expecting for oils, was for an earache.  My kids have never been prone to ear infections/earaches, so I was a fish out of water on this one.  Rowen awoke during the night, crying in pain, holding his ear.  He was so upset and in so much pain, I considered taking him to the ER.  Instead, off to Pinterest I went, to find an EO recipe.  Since oils are not to be used IN the ear, I made a blend of Purification, Lavender, and Thieves, and put some on a cotton ball and put that in his ear.  I also ran the roller from his ear down his jaw line and around the back of his ear.  In about 5 minutes, he went from circling the room, still crying and holding his ear in pain, to resting comfortably, and falling back asleep.  He then slept the entire rest of the night, and was so happy in the morning telling me, “I’m healed mom, I’m healed!”

I had to laugh at his testimony, but was so relieved that it actually worked!  I wouldn’t say I’m a skeptic when it comes to natural means for wellness, but I was so excited that it helped him so much.

earache blend


If you’ve had a good day at the gym, you often will feel it in the day or two following..  Recently after a leg day, I was already feeling muscle soreness in my legs the same evening.  This wasn’t even the “good sore” feeling, but more of a throbbing ache.  I decided to wait it out before searching for muscle rub (the normal go-to) in our bathroom cabinet.  By morning, I remembered that there was an oil called PanAway.  I had no idea it was soon going to become my bff.

I made a blend using a few drops of PanAway w/ a carrier oil (coconut oil) to dilute it.  Applied several streaks from the roller, and literally w/in 10 minutes the throbbing stopped completely.  Score!


I’m seriously loving essential oils… I signed up for to become a wholesale member so that I received 24% off my orders, and the premium starter kit was a great value.  It was super easy!  If you’d like to check out more information, visit the Young Living Products site..  Also, you may use my member #2468099 as your referral.  If you’d like to make a purchase, leave the check mark on “Wholesale” so you’re able to buy a kit… Also wait to create an account until you’re ready to make a purchase!:)

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Rowen’s 4th Birthday | Spiderman

Rowen has been obsessed w/ Spiderman for the last few months.  So when I asked him what he’d like to do for his 4th birthday party, I was pretty sure he’d say Spiderman.

The day of his birthday he got to take treats to preschool, and came home w/ a birthday crown… Now that is exciting stuff!

IMG_8390-2And a little birthday dancing w/ Ashlyn;


We had a mommy & Rowen lunch date, and then took a trip to Toys-R-Us and I let him pick out a toy… He picked Hot Wheels… no surprise there!:)






For his birthday evening we  had pizza and went to Chuck-E-Cheese for some game fun..
IMG_2774IMG_2775IMG_2776Sunday was party day, and I don’t think he could have been more excited!  I put the “spiderweb” up after he was in bed.. I loved seeing his reaction the next morning..



IMG_8540-2Lots of “power” and superhero goodies to eat.. I made the labels in Word, using shapes w/ text added over.


I love the the Dollar Tree has some Spiderman themed party items… The straws, cups, plates & napkins were all from there. 2015-02-06_0003
I found the banner online and Spiderman crossword puzzles too. 2015-02-06_0002







IMG_8614-2So glad our family & friends were here to make this little boy’s 4th birthday so special!…  We love you so much, Rowen Zane.  You are so silly, loving, thoughtful, and funny!

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Snow Fun

When it snows, how can you NOT go out to play and build snowmen?!

Payton got in on the fun too…. He had to have a warm bath after coming in though, as his hair apparently is perfect for holding mini snowballs.. lol

This snow was the BEST for packing & building!  

Kaylor joined us briefly, but wasn’t up for photos:P

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