DIY Rose Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub with Doterra Essential Oils

One of my favorite things about working in the event industry and having this blog is the relationships I make.  I met Melody Brandon, owner of Sweet & Saucy, a few years ago and liked her right away!  Obviously I admired her savvy business sense but she’s also kind, thoughtful and funny!

This talented lady is also the owner of Obsessed with Essentials and Life on Loma, which you may follow as well.  She’s my guru of essential oils and has gotten me hooked.  Not to mention, she’s my neighbor!  We moved into her neighborhood a little under a year ago and it’s the BEST!  Each holiday we get together with all the other families and it’s just so fun!!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photo

Back to Melody being my essential oil guru… Occasionally I will text her for advice when I need it and she’s always there to help.  As a matter of fact, a few weeks ago Cruz was pretty sick and she even dropped off some oils and other goodies for him!  Now that’s a good friend!

Today Melody is sharing an easy DIY Rose Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub with her favorite Doterra Oils.  She came over to my house to share it with me, and it smells amazing!!  Plus, it’s just so easy!!!  Keep reading for her recipe!


3 tbs Coconut oil (can sub almond oil) 

1/2 a cup Himalayan  fine Salt

5 drops Geranium Essential Oil (the natural botox)

5 drops ylang ylang essential oil

5 drops of rose essential oil

Rose petals 

Melt the coconut oil gently and then mix all the ingredients together.  Apply to face and body

Thank you Melody for sharing your essential oil guru ways!!  Make sure you follow her for more fun tips!



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A Valentine’s Day Pop Up & Mini Sessions with Alison Bernier

This past Sunday we were part of a fun local event at Lido Marina Village.  It was a Valentine’s Day pop up and mini sessions with Alison Bernier!  We styled and designed the photo booth backdrop and had a table inside showcasing our work.  While a few of our friends were selling some really adorable and beautiful items that were perfect for Valentine’s Day!  

Keep scrolling to see all the pretty and stay tuned on our Instagram for another fun event soon!!

All photos by the talented Alison Bernier, below is our set up!  Thank you to Wild Child Party for the fun balloons, Rooted & Wild for the gorgeous flowers, Poppy Jack Shop for the hand held signs and Witty for the perfect rentals!

Rooted & Wild had a bouquet bar at the event, look at all of those pretty flowers!!  I can’t get enough of them!  Obviously flowers are always a great idea on Valentine’s Day!!

Another reason this was a special event was because it was the launch of our friend Kasey Blue Kid’s clothing line!  She has the prettiest pieces for girls and some great tees for the boys!

Of course our friend Carissa, owner of The Daydream Republic, brought the accessories!  From heart eyed sunglasses to the cutest headbands and even hats, there was too much cuteness!

We wanted to showcase a tablescape at the event so we set something up with the help of Wild Child Party, Poppy Jack Shop and Rooted & Wild.  However most people didn’t realize it was a display table and place their old cupcakes and drinks on it haha!  But it was pretty before that and at least it was useful, ha!
  In addition to all of that goodness, we had Sweet & Saucy Shop desserts for our guests!  You know it’s gonna be delicious and pretty when you hear their name!

Lastly, we had Violet’s Nook set up with crafts for the littles!  We can’t say enough about this amazing idea, we will definitely be using them at future kids parties, they were a hit!

And now for a whole lot of cuteness!!  Here are some of our little friends that had their photos taken by Alison Bernier…  Gotta start with these ladies because they are seriously killing me!!!!

Gotta end with these two, haha!  Florists have all the fun ;)

Thank you to all of the families who came out to visit on Sunday!!  Can’t wait till the next one!



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Pretty and Pink Mini Heart Pancakes

Have you seen that cooking show where they show you some of the most fantastic pancake designs? You know the ones where it’s a cartoon version of someone? No, I can’t do that, but what I can do is make adorable pretty and pink heart mini pancakes! Valentine’s Day month gives me an excuse to serve these little guys to my kids. And shh.. don’t tell them that I threw in a few ingredients that they would never touch or think to put in their pancakes. Sneaky! Sneaky!, I am. Serve up these mini heart shaped pancakes for the kids, a brunch, or just a Monday! And tomorrow, especially! 

Photos by Ashley Baumgartner

Did you know?

Beetroot and beetroot leaves are full of Vitamins A, B6 and C, magnesium, iron, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, proteins, and soluble fiber. Of course, beetroot is loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants. So, yeah its good for you! Sneak it in wherever you can! 


1 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1 3/4 cup organic oats
1/4 cup  flaxseed, ground
One medium organic banana
One tablespoon honey
One teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large organic eggs
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup strawberries (your desired choice of fruit)
Heart cookie cutter


Fresh organic berries for topping
Coconut whipped cream
(find this in the frozen aisle in most stores, definitely whole foods)
beetroot powder


Prior to making the batter, I will freeze some raspberries and blueberries. It adds a crunchy and sweet element to the toppings. Plus it creates that pretty frozen fruit look you see in all those Pinterest breakfast smoothie pictures. 

Place all ingredients, except eggs, coconut oil, and strawberries in a good quality blender. Blend until oats are ground and everything is mixed well. Add eggs and pulse until incorporated. Add pink/red food coloring to create your perfect pink. 

Kinda reminds you of the overnight raspberry oats we posted not to long ago, right? Yum!

Heat a griddle over medium heat and melt a teaspoon or two of coconut oil or butter. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Brown on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side) and set on a cooling rack to cool. Once cooled, take your heart cutter and create mini heart-shaped pancakes.

Now let’s get to the toppings!

Serve with more fruit, coconut whipped cream, and a sprinkle of the beetroot powder for color (not taste) especially for the kids. They will totally catch your secrets, and not be happy! Serve immediately!


Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!





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By on February 13, 2018 in Uncategorized


A Pretty and Pink Adorable First Birthday Party for London

This birthday party may have happened a few months ago, but we’ve been saving it for a good reason.  Obviously, from the very first photo, there’s a whole lot of pink!  This pretty and pink first birthday party was just so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

When London’s mama Danielle reached out to us that she wanted to make her birthday extra special, we knew we were going to have fun!  We came up with a pink ombré theme and carried it through-out the party.  From balloons to flowers, you have to see the pretty to believe it!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet today!

Beautiful photos by Lyndsey Yeomans

Let’s just start with this gorgeous ombré balloon backdrop by Wild Child Party…  I think this is my favorite they’ve ever done!!!

For the tables we had Felisa from Of The Flowers create more ombré prettiness.  Together with the beautiful tabletop from L’entramise, it was really quite a stunner.  I love the way it all came together, so simple yet feminine and eye catching.

And how about those copper chairs from Found Rentals?  Look familiar?  We love them so much we used them in our shoot last week!  They really are a great addition to any event….

Next up, the most adorable little birthday girl you’ve ever seen!

Good looks obviously run in the family!  And they are just as beautiful on the inside…

Of course our friend Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop had to put her touch on this party!  She created all of the beautiful signage pieces for the event.  No first birthday is complete without a milestone and photo sign!!

I think this has to be the lounge of all first birthday party lounges… Found Rentals has so many amazing rental options, it’s alway fun to play with their collection.

Another thing a first birthday party deserves?!  A bar!!!  Truly this is for the parents, because they definitely deserve a big old drink!!!

Lastly, the desserts at this birthday party were insanely good.  So good, I am about to share about a million photos of them, haha!  Sweet & Saucy Shop does it again…

As long as we’re talking about desserts, we’ve gotta look at the smash cake!  This is such a fun tradition for a first birthday, and I love to make it special.  Each child is different with their cake, and London was of course incredibly sweet.  Hers was set in front of the prettiest backdrop from Foto Vibe Photostation.

Hope you liked this one as much as I did!



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By on February 12, 2018 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, KIDS


Dessert and Wine Pairings for Valentine’s Day

Get ready to get your drool on because I’ve got the ultimate combo for you today!  Dessert and wine pairings for Valentine’s Day totally need to be a thing, am I right?!  Well I sure think so, so I’m making it one!  Truly, one of the best blog posts ever, because if has two of my favorite things!

Of course I teamed up with our friends at One Hope and Colette’s Catering to bring this one to ya!!  As a matter of fact, how about we  just forget about that whole “dinner” part on February 14th and go straight to the good stuff?!  Without further ado, let’s check these yummy combos out!

Photos by Alison Bernier

First we are starting with a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Violet & Cassis Petit Fours.  Perhaps you’re like me and saying what the heck is that?!  In short, they are delicious little bite sized cakes, and you need them… With a big ol’ glass of Cab!

Second on the list is one of my favorites, Pinot Noir.  Colette’s paired this rich and fruitful wine with their Petite Blueberry Cornmeal Cakes.  I love blueberry muffins, does that mean I should start drinking Pinot for breakfast?!  Now how do I convince my husband this is ok….   

I happened to shoot this post on my Dad’s birthday… And he happens to LOVE carrot cake and coconut… So this next one couldn’t have been more perfect!  Yep, Colette’s paired this delicious Rosé with their Petite Carrot & Coconut Cakes… My dad’s dreams were made and I’m still the favorite daughter!!  Just kidding Janna…

Obviously Valentine’s Day is a celebration, so we definitely need something sparkly to sip!  How perfect is it to pair a Rosé Sparkling Wine with Funfetti Whoopie Pies?!  After all, that’s a party right there!  These are also a great kiddo pleaser… My advice is to let them join in on the fun then put them to bed and have your own celebration… Bow Chicka Bow Wow!

Last but not least are my husband’s favorites… Now I know what to serve next week!  He was popping these suckers in like there was no tomorrow, ha!  They are Lemon Apricot Mini Cheesecakes and I think my husband loves them more than me.  Colette’s paired them with their light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.  The crisp finish pairs perfectly with the sweet & tartness of the dessert.

Now what will you be serving this Valentine’s Day?!  Truly, we set the bar pretty high…  But, I have faith in our readers to make this the best Valentine’s Day yet!!!  Cheers!



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