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Fashion for Good Friday: Sseko Designs

Today’s Fashion for Good Friday feature is another FAVORITE of mine… I’m sensing a theme here. Yep, I am a HUGE, huge, huge fan of Sseko Designs. They have an amazing story… it started as a company with a goal of helping women in Uganda be able to pursue an education, but it has become so much more than that.

Sseko is a fashion brand that works to create an environment of dignity, honor, and dedication to a craft. It is a brand that gives women the opportunity to pursue their dreams. They also partner with artisan groups in other areas of east Africa to produce ethically made textiles and fine leather goods.

Here’s a powerful video from Sseko that shares a little bit about the Sseko way.

Sseko Way from Sseko Designs on Vimeo.

Here are some of the Sseko items I’ve featured on this blog before…

First? This gorgeous leather foldover clutch from Sseko Designs. I actually got this in my Stitch Fix in February (yes, Stitch Fix carries fair trade items, too!!!), but you can purchase this exact clutch from my girl Emily at The Flourish Market (use code “STILLBEINGMOLLY” for free shipping!)

SSEKO Designs "Terra Leather Convertible Crossbody Bag"

Here are a couple of ways I have worn my beloved Sseko strap sandals… Here are some videos on how to tie them!Coral shorts, Sseko sandals, floral top, sunglasses

Brown leather sandal base and Similar gold shimmer ribbonspeplum top, red jeans, Sseko sandals, Nickel and Suede earrings, The Mighty River Project bag

And here are some more of the gorgeous Sseko straps and accents… Sseko Designs #SsekoBrave Fair Trade Products Sseko Designs #SsekoBrave Fair Trade Products

More of the gorgeous Sseko bags and scarves. Sseko Designs #SsekoBrave Fair Trade Products

Here are some of my favorite pieces from their Spring 2016 collection:

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Bright Emerald Bucket Bag | Caramel and Gold Crossover Sandal | Tiko Tote in Safari and Black

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Black Leather Wedge Sandals | Roseline Chiffon Ribbons | Arroyo Chiffon Sandal Ribbons

SO many gorgeous pieces! I can’t even.

Be sure to check out Sseko Designs! You will fall in LOVE with their gorgeous sandals, shoes, accessories, bags, etc.! Also, follow them on Instagram – they share GORGEOUS images and stories of their artisans.

What about you? Have you heard of Sseko before? 

*Not sponsored! Just another installment of my fashion for good series. They don’t even know that I’m doing this post. :) 

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My Second Pregnancy Must-Haves & Essentials

I have kept things MUCH simpler this pregnancy. I remember when I was pregnant with Lilly, I had ALL THE THINGS… I tried so many different “products” and “special pregnancy things” and most of it was just unnecessary. I’ve realized this time, anything to make life a little simpler and more comfortable is KEY. I’m not trying to take over the world, I’m not trying to do it all… I just need to do the best job that I can taking care of myself, my family, and the growing baby inside me.

So, I thought it would be helpful to share a few (seven, to be exact) of the “must haves” and “essentials” that have helped me to get through this pregnancy!

7 Must-Haves & Essentials for Pregnancy

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Blue, Green, and Brown Ikat Living Room Decor | Home Tour (1)

I was sitting in our living room the other day and I suddenly realized… Man, I haven’t shared an updated “Living Room” decor post! WAY over a year ago I shared a little mini-living room tour to show the progress we were making in our new house. And now we’ve been in this house almost two years! Crazy! And, in that time, we’ve slowly but surely been making progress on turning this house into a home.

While we liked the way we had the living room somewhat situated / decorated, it was still lacking a lot of seating and it just felt a little “cold” and something was missing. So over the last year we’ve been adding little bits and pieces here and there and now I’d say the living room is really complete!

I still would love to paint the wall where the TV is, but that’s a project for another day and time. In any event, the living room has really become one of my favorite places in our house. We LOVE to have people over and having more seating and having the room FEEL much cozier has made a world of difference!

I hope you guys like the updated living room tour! Check out my previous living room tour to REALLY see the difference!

And… here are a couple before and afters to show the difference, too…

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Three Essential Oil Blends for a New Baby - Baby's First Essential Oils

I have been doing ALL OF THE oily DIYS lately. We are really in the “countdown” mode preparing for this baby and in so many ways, I feel like I just don’t know what to do. And, as much as I want to nest, I don’t have MUCH to nest right now (the nursery is an undertaking that I am not even ready to discuss yet…). So, instead, I’m finding myself just doing a lot of reading about and making things with my beloved essential oils.

As I’ve been prepping for baby, I wanted to make some oily DIY products that are JUST for baby. Everything that baby will need that is safe, non-toxic, and properly diluted so they are each ready and rearing to go once baby arrives. Everything from custom essential oil blends for baby, my DIY diaper cream and baby body butter, etc. etc. etc.

Anyway, I thought some of you might be curious to know what some of my “custom essential oil blends” are for our new baby!

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is for informational purposes ONLY and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed physician. I always consult with my children’s pediatrician before using essential oils. I have used oils on Lilly since she was about eight or nine months old (that’s when we started using them). I always, always, always say to use common sense when using oils. The difference is all about quality (which is why I ONLY use Young Living because I know the quality of what I’m using) and using the oils in the appropriate manner for which they are intended. 

Safety tip: Never put essential oils directly in eyes or ear canals. If oils somehow get in eyes or ears, dilute with a fatty carrier oil like olive or grapeseed oil – NOT WATER. 

Suggested dilution ratios for babies and kiddos*:

  • 0-2 months: 1 drop of essential oil per 75 drops of carrier oil
  • 2-6 months: 1-2 drops of essential oil per 75 drops of carrier oil
  • 6-12 months: 1-3 drops of essential oil per 75 drops of carrier oil
  • 12 months-4 years: 1-5 drops of essential oil per 75 drops of carrier oil
  • 4 years-7 years: 3-6 drops of essential oil per 75 drops of carrier oil
  • 8 years-12 years: 5-10 drops of essential oil per 75 drops of carrier oil

*Source: Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valarie Worwood

As ALWAYS, I have said this before and I will say it again… use common sense and do what is comfortable for you, your baby, and your family. You know your kids best!

I always spot test on a small area of skin on the bottom of feet to test baby’s sensitivity and monitor any possible skin reaction. I also cover baby’s feet immediately with socks to reduce the risk of the sweet, busy baby possibly transferring any essential oils from feet to hands or eyes.

And again, talk with your pediatrician and / or a licensed aromatherapist if you have ANY concerns or questions. The difference is all about quality (which is why I ONLY use Young Living because I know the quality of what I’m using) and using the oils in the appropriate manner for which they are intended.

Three Essential Oil Blends for a New Baby

Three Essential Oil Blends for a New Baby - Baby's First Essential Oils

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instagram-lately

Raise your hand if you’re on Instagram! Just about everyone? Yeah, pretty much. I realize that nearly all of you are on everyone’s favorite social network… It’s so funny to me how when Instagram first came out, I signed up for an account and I thought, “Well this is weird… I don’t know that this will ever catch on as a thing. But, I guess it’s cool for making my pictures look all vintagey.”

In any event, I clearly am eating my words all these years later and now Instagram is one of the fastest growing social networks. Telling you something you already know, I know… :) I just love seeing a little more of a personal glimpse into the lives of so many friends, family, and others in the blog community!

I realized I haven’t done an Instagram-lately roundup in FOREVER (like, probably a few years!), so I thought I’d share a little round up with you from what’s going on on my Instagram lately. :)  Continue Reading →

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Looks to Love: a Fun & Flirty, Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial #MNYLooksToLove

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MNYLooksToLove #CollectiveBias 

WOOHOO! I am so excited to be sharing part TWO of my “Looks to Love” Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial with Maybelline today. I shared my review and tutorial last week using the new foundation and contouring palette, and I promised I would be sharing a full tutorial of my Valentine’s Day date night makeup look this week.

As you guys know, I love makeup and I also love sharing tutorials that feature a particular line of makeup. Especially when it’s a line as accessible, affordable, awesome, well known and high quality as Maybelline! I really hope y’all love this look!

There’s only about two weeks left until John and I welcome baby Stillman 2.0 and we also will celebrate Valentine’s Day and our wedding anniversary in that time. So, I know we will be doing all we can to get dressed up and go on a date or two while we can. Plus, I love getting the chance to just spend some time and do my makeup because it makes me feel beautiful. Seems silly, I know… but it really does relax me! :)

Anyway!

Once again, I hit up Walmart to snag all the other fabulous makeup accoutrements for this Maybelline tutorial.

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