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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), 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!

Sweet moment…

“We don’t even need it, but God loves us SO much that he gives us second chances.. ” “and He wants us to have internal life” (hehe… eternal, but she understands what it means!)
“I want to see Jesus and go to heaven someday”…

Ashlyn was telling me what she learned about Jonah today at church.  There is truly nothing that makes my mama heart swell more than hearing these sorts of things from my children’s mouths..  Love, love, love to see them growing in Christ! <3

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Kindergarten Spring Concert | Ashlyn

Her very first Kindergarten program… She was so excited about the songs that they would sing.  We even got a sneak preview “in home” prior to the concert 😉  The kids did such a great job singing, and were so proud to be on the risers..   Since she looked so dang cute, we had to do a quick portrait session when we got home.  Can we say sassy?  Ohhhhh  yes… plenty of that! 🙂

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Young Living Essential Oils | Premium Starter Kit

Often I’m asked, “Where do I start?”… This  is the collection that I first purchased when becoming a wholesale member/distributor w/ Young Living.  It’s a great deal!  The Everyday Oils kit by itself retails for $163.16, while the Premium Starter Kit includes this collection, as well as a home diffuser, lots of samples, and an additional oil, Citrus Fresh.. I LOVE this one.. It’s an amazing blend of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, and spearmint.  The Premium Starter Kit is definitely the best way to go, and really has so many of the most common oils that you will love to use on a daily basis.

Everyday Oils Essential Oil Collection includes:
1 – 5 ml Frankincense
1 – 5 ml Lemon
1 – 5 ml Lavender
1 – 5 ml Melaleuca Alternifolia
1 – 5 ml Peppermint

1 – 5 ml Joy™
1 – 5 ml Purification®
1 – 5 ml PanAway®
1 – 5 ml Thieves®
1 – 5 ml Stress Away™

Premium Starter Kit includes:
Everyday Oils collection, Home Diffuser, Welcome to Young Living booklet, Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide, Distributor Resource Guide, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet, Citrus Fresh 5-ml, AromaGlide Roller Fitment, two Lavender Sample Packets, two Peppermint Sample Packets, two Peace & Calming Sample Packets, two Lemon Sample Packets, two Thieves Sample Packets, Sample Packet Business Cards, two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples, Distributor Agreement, Product Guide and Product Price List

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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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