WE MOVED!!

In April we made the crazy decision to sell the home we never thought we'd leave and move across Atlanta. Our decision wasn't made easily, we weighed so many pros and cons and ultimately felt that being closer to Soren's ABA therapy, having a fresh start in a new home and taking advantage of the market in our area in order to make a profit and get OUT OF DEBT ya'll! (Bye-bye Berry College student loans!!)...was the best decision we could make for our family. We covered it in prayer and asked for strong direction in our decision and that we would pick the best house for our family and our needs. 

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Once that decision was made in April we had our real estate agent (Hi, Kate!!) come over and give us advice on ways we could update our home and give it a little extra love. We sketched out a hardcore plan and made a huge list of to-do's and got busy!! In three weeks we painted, got new flooring, fixed up parts of our home that needed love, updated a ton of hardware and lights and cleared out a TON of stuff. We had a garage sale, we took loads of items to goodwill, we even got a dumpster so we could finally clean out our poor garage. It was an intense and tiring 3 weeks but we did it and managed to somehow get our house on the market in May. 

I was able to capture a lot of the process of selling the home we loved, finding a new perfect home for us (although there were a few "toads" along the way) and the big moving day! You can check them out over on my channel here or watch them below! 

Planning a "just moved in" house tour of our new home soon! Just waiting on a few little pieces to come in the mail and then we can have fun chatting about my ideas and maybe I can get a little help from you on what we should do to really make this place special! xoxSav

CAPSULE WARDROBE SEASON 1

Last year one of my resolutions for 2018 was to simplify my closet, hone in on my style and challenge myself to do a capsule wardrobe. I had previously been stuck in a rut, not really comfortable with my style after having kids and working to find something that fit in better with my day to day lifestyle. I worked through my closet and ended up started my capsule wardrobe challenge in mid-December with the intention to go through March. With life happening, here I am at the beginning of June and just now switching out my capsule wardrobe for the summer! So 5 months of wearing 40 pieces of clothing, whew! Let's break down my experience and chat about what I wore, the process and what's next! 

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THE RULES
I really wanted to challenge myself a little here. I wanted to be intentional and thoughtful and really think through each piece I kept for my wardrobe. I selected 40 pieces total, including shoes, bottoms, tops, dresses and coats. NOT including workout wear, PJs and underwear etc. 

* 40 Pieces of Clothing.
* NOT including workout wear, PJs and underwear etc. 
* Timeframe: 3-4 months.

TIP: When creating your own capsule wardrobe there isn't a magic number of clothing items, pick what works best for you! I personally felt like 40 pieces offered me everything I needed. Also, you can select your own time frame. My initial thought was to do JAN-MARCH, APRIL-JUNE, JULY-SEP & OCT-DEC...but it looks like I'll be adjusting that to a summer capsule and a fall/winter capsule. 

THE PROCESS
The Prepwork: In order to get my capsule wardrobe ready I did a few things to prep...I went to my beloved Pinterest boards and started looking through my old style pins and pinning styles I loved. I wanted to get a clearer picture of what I truly enjoy wearing and feel my best in so when I started going through my clothes I had confidence in what I selected. I found the Un-Fancy wardrobe planner on getting a capsule wardrobe started to be really helpful as well as The No Brainer Wardrobe course. Both offer some GREAT insight! 

Going Through my Closet: I really took my time with this part, this is the most time consuming part of getting your capsule wardrobe set up. I started by making three different piles.

1. Donate/Sell
2. LOVE
3. Maybe

TIP: If you have A LOT of clothes and feel really overwhelmed by this process, make it easier on yourself. Spending one evening just working through bottoms, another day focus on shoes and so on. Breaking it down like this makes it SO much easier to process.

After going through my closet initially I went to my LOVE and maybe pile and tried on pretty much every piece of clothing. I wanted to see how I felt in the pieces and if they fit me well. This part is so much easier if you have a friend or significant other that can help you! Trying everything on helped me also see that while I loved some pieces, I didn't feel right in the color or pattern. They just didn't feel like me. For example: I'm totally drawn to the color red and stripes, but anytime I wear red or a striped shirt, I don't feel like myself. It's weird I know, but it totally helps to see everything on and really think through those things!

Really think about the colors, cuts, styles, patterns, textures of the pieces you love. What do they have in common and what are you drawn to the most? What pieces make you feel like 100 when you put them on? The try-on process helped me to narrow down my clothes even more and completely get rid of my maybe pile so I was just left with my Donate/Sell pile and my LOVE pile. 

TIP: For your donate/sell pile consider selling some of your nicer pieces online to make money to go toward your capsule wardrobe, or host a little "shop my closet" party at your place with friends. For any of the pieces you decide to donate, don't forget to keep track of what you giveaway for tax write-off benefits! 

Selecting Your Capsule Wardrobe: So in order to start selecting your wardrobe you need a few supplies. 1. Matching Hangers (believe me, this makes your closet look SO much better!) 2. Storage Bins. 3. Pen & Paper.

Now you are tasked with picking those special pieces you love to be worn throughout a season. Go ahead and store pieces that aren't weather appropriate in your storage bins. I personally filled two medium sized bins with clothing I loved but didn't want included in my capsule wardrobe. In general you'll want a good variety of shoes, coats/cardi's, tops, bottoms and dresses. Think about what's appropriate for your lifestyle and what you love wearing the most. I am a HUGE fan of layering so I kept a lot of coats, cardigans and layering pieces in my closet. I also love dark colors like black, grey, navy...so most of my wardrobe was very neutral in color and didn't have a lot of patterns. As you are going through and putting together your capsule, don't forget to write down pieces of clothing that might be missing from your capsule, keeping track will help you know what to buy when you need to fill in the holes! For example: maybe you tossed out a white top because it was stained, but you need one to replace it for your current capsule, go ahead and write that down so you know what to shop for! 

Once you've put together your capsule with what you have, start shopping for the remaining pieces you might need, if any. Set a budget and shop smart. Remember to keep in mind quality, durability and what you feel awesome in! 

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MY WARDROBE
I tried to keep a good variety in each category based on what I loved wearing the most. For me it's all about layers so I gave myself a lot more room in the tops categories. Here's a little breakdown of what I wore...

Shoes - 5
Black Converse
Cognac Booties
Pointed Black Slip-Ons
Grey Lace-Up Booties
Black Sport Slip-Ons

Pants - 7
Jeans - I picked 5 pairs of jeans in different washes and styles. I'm a total jeans girl! 
Overalls - I didn't wear these as much as I thought I would. 
Black Mesh Panel Leggings

Coats - 4
Jean Jacket
Faux Leather - I love wearing this style so I picked a heavy one and a lighter faux leather jacket. 
Dark Green Winter Coat - For those cold days! 

Sweaters & Cardigans - 7
Hoodie - I wore this ALL. THE. TIME. Loved layering with my jackets. 
Cardi's/Kimonos - I picked 4 in a few different styles with mostly neutral tones. 
Sweaters - I'm not a big sweater person so I just picked 2 grey ones. 

Dress - 1
I don't wear dresses very often but I wanted to have at least one for the winter season for special occasions. 

Shirts - 16
For this category I picked a lot of neutral toned, band t's, graphic t's, button ups and solid tops. I wanted a good variety and pieces that layered well with lots of other pieces! 

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MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON SEASON 1
Getting my wardrobe set up definitely took some time and care but after I got everything put together and started wearing my pieces day by day I found it SO freeing! It was easy to put together outfits because I took a lot of care selecting pieces I loved and felt good in. My closet didn't feel overwhelming anymore. I didn't feel like I was wasting money on disposable clothing willy nilly whenever I thought I needed a new outfit. 

If I could re-do my season 1 wardrobe I would have been more intentional about starting a new one and switching things up sooner, instead of waiting 5 months. Haha! I definitely felt myself feeling less inspiring and a little more dull after the first 4 months. So I think keeping the time-frame from 3-4 months at a time is ideal for me personally! 

I also found that I wore pretty much everything consistently with the exception of 3-4 pieces that I either didn't wear at all or only wore 1-2 times. I might have over-worn a few pieces and I think next season I'll challenge myself to keep things fresh and not just gravitate to a small handful of items so I don't get bored too fast! 

THOUGHTS GOING INTO THE NEXT SEASON
I am REALLY excited about putting together a new wardrobe for Season 2 and getting creative with my look. I'm still keeping it to 40 pieces and I've found as I'm in the process of putting my capsule together that it's MUCH easier to go through everything the second time around than when I initially had to go through my closet. It definitely makes continuing a capsule wardrobe easy to maintain! 

So right now, I'm getting rid of/selling a few pieces from my capsule and from storage that I'm not into anymore, I'm keeping a few pieces from my previous capsule in my new season, I'm pulling a few things from storage and I'll be making a few purchases to fill in the rest! 

As soon as I get my summer capsule finished, I will be sure to share everything I selected! 

I would love to hear your thoughts, resources and questions on having and maintaining a capsule wardrobe! Have you ever done one? What pieces did you gravitate towards the most? What were some of your favorite places to shop to fill in your capsule? xoxSav 

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE, OAT & GINGER COOKIES!

Are you surprise that I have a cookie recipe two days after I ended Whole30?! These past few days off of my diet I've found myself really being intentional and wanting to make better choices. For some meals, I'm still eating Whole30 compliant. For treats, I'm looking for ways to make them healthier and a better option. Since I've been craving cookies like a mad woman I wanted to create something that would satisfy that craving but still offer yummy health benefits.

PLUS, any excuse I can create that includes me using my essential oils, I'm in! ;)

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These are simple to make, they include mainly rolled oats, dark chocolate and only 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. So they are WAY less sugary than most cookies. Also, they are YUMMY and the oats make them really filling. Not too sweet, just sweet enough. Plus that ginger spice after-taste from the EOs is killer!! Let's get to baking!

INGREDIANTS
* 3/4 Cup Rolled Oat Flour (easy to make, see below!)
* 1/2 Cup Regular Rolled Oats
* 1/4 Cup Quick Oats
* Pinch of Pink Salt
* 3/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
* 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
* 4 drops Ginger Essential Oil
* 2 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil 
* Large Egg
* 4 Tablespoons of Dark Brown Sugar
* 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
* 1/4 Cup Coconut Butter (you can make your own! blog post coming soon!)
* 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

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STEP ONE: In a food processor, add in 1 cup of rolled oats. Mix until it becomes a floury texture. Measure out 3/4 Cup of your oat flour and add to a mixing bowl. 

STEP TWO: Mix together your oat flour, rolled oats, quick oats, baking soda and pink salt into a bowl and set aside. 

STEP THREE: In a separate mixing bowl add in your vanilla extract, ginger oil, cinnamon oil, large egg, dark brown sugar, melted coconut oil & melted coconut butter. Note: Before adding in the coconut oil/butter after it's melted, let it cool for just a bit before adding! 

STEP FOUR: Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and stir until blended. Fold in your chocolate chips. Store your dough in the fridge for 30-40 minutes to firm everything up. 

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STEP FIVE: Preheat oven to 350F, use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon and roll into balls, make sure they are packed tightly so they don't fall apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden around the edges. Let cookies cool, they will firm up! 

Enjoy my sweet friends!! 
 

I FINISHED WHOLE30 + MY EXPERIENCE!

Hello my friends! For those of you that follow me on my @magickalbabebrigade IG account, you might have kept up with me and my Whole30 updates via stories. Well today, I completed Whole30!! I did it!! I wanted to write up a post and capture my experience for you. The good, the bad, the ugly, my favorite recipes and what I'm planning on doing now. And of course, if you want to catch up on my IG stories updates, check out my highlight reel on my profile for a compilation of all 30 days! 

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THE WHY
Jon and I have been through a lot these past two years. Both good and bad and we've really had to shift gears in a lot of ways to focus on each other and our kiddos. With that, we definitely let food be a comfort for us. We INDULGED. We went to Chick-fil-A so much. We got lazy with our meals and we were both feeling heavy and unhealthy. Jon has suffered from some inflammatory issues and I was struggling with some of the normal mom brain/low energy/hardcore PMS that can come along with motherhood. We were both feeling like we needed to make some positive changes but we had lost a little bit of trust in ourselves with following through so we talked and talked and finally decided to take on the Whole30 challenge. We wanted to see how it would make us feel and to give our bodies a reset.

THE DIET
What does the Whole30 diet entail? It's considered an elimination diet. You're eliminating foods that can have an inflammatory response to your system and slowly adding things back in after the diet to see how your body reacts. That way you can be more aware of the foods that make you feel like jazz hands and the foods that make you feel like dog do-do. You are eating WHOLE foods like fruits, vegetables, meat, some nuts and cutting out processed food, sugar/sweeteners of any kind, dairy, grains and legumes. It's pretty intense. It makes paleo look like a DREAM. You can read more about the diet and the reasons for the diet here

THE BAD & UGLY
When I say I wept for pizza, I literally mean I WEPT for pizza. Ask Jon, Jenny or Katie...they all witnessed it. I started craving pizza about a week into Whole30 and it plagued me every. single. day. I'm actually getting pizza tonight to celebrate Valentine's Day and finally eat that good good pizza, hopefully it will taste as good as it does in my mind. Haha. 

At some point in August of last year I started having IBS issues. This was mainly due to highly emotional circumstances that triggered everything. My body takes stress and manifests it physically, hardcore! So I always try to avoid stress, but sometimes it's out of your control. I was hoping the Whole30 diet would help heal my body BUT I actually found it to make things worse. For the entirety of the Whole30 I've had digestive issues. I was looking into the FODMAP diet (specifically for IBS suffers) a few days ago and it turns out things like Apples, Garlic, Broccoli, Asparagus and Pistachios are all on there and listed as foods to avoid. ALL of these things I was eating pretty regularly throughout. I have some more work to do to figure out WHAT the culprit is, my guess might be garlic, because we've been seasoning with garlic like fools. I DO appreciate that this has brought my digestive health into the spot-light and I plan to find the foods that are affecting me the most, avoid those and incorporate probiotics and food enzymes into my daily ritual. DoTERRA has BOMB probiotics and enzymes so I'm living for that. 

SO. MANY DISHES...It takes some prep and some work my friend! We've been constantly doing dishes because we haven't been going out to eat! While it IS work, there is a plus to this. See below in "The Good" section. 

EMOTIONS & CRANKINESS, I found myself getting highly emotional every few days. I was SO close to calling it quits probably 3-4 times. I would call my friends and tell them, unless you can offer me life-changing encouragement, I'm ordering PIZZA! They were of course, always amazing and really believed in me and cheered me on. They knew I needed to complete what I set out to do even though I threw every excuse in the book at them for why I should probably stop. Because of the emotions and weight of FOOD...food I can have, food I can't have, celebrations where I had to pass on all the cake and meals, just all the food. It felt really heavy to me. I have always had a fairly good relationship with food. Some seasons I was just plain LAZY and ate whatever I wanted whenever, but this really caused me to have food on the brain during all my waking hours and I did not love it. It felt like an unhealthy place to be and my goal is to create a lifestyle and diet for myself that frees me from that while eating whole foods and enjoying treats sometimes. 

I was NOT perfect on this diet. I did my very best to give myself a range of foods...vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts, lots of water but I did allow myself some smoothies during the last half of Whole30. I also totally made myself some compliant paleo banana muffins. And I totally had a wee bit of honey three different days. Sue me. ;) Other than that, I was good and really did my best to abide by all of the rules and pay close attention to my labels. 

THE GOOD
So now that I've dumped all the negative on you, let's chat about the good parts! 

I love how it made me be more intentional about the food I eat. We could not be lazy on this diet and it really stretched up to get up and make some food. It challenged me to cook things we've never tried cooking before and we found a lot of dishes that we LOVED and will continue to incorporate into our new lifestyle. 

I've definitely had energy! I've been sleeping wonderfully, my skin has been looking good and I've gotten A LOT accomplished. I tend to take my time with things, but I was re-arraging, painting, redecorating, getting rid of stuff and checking things off of my to-do list like a beast. I felt focused and productive and it was good. This was the best part of the diet for me and is something I want to maintain. Sometimes the energy was overshadowed by the woes of missing pizza and homemade chocolate chip cookies, but it was still good energy. ;) 

MY FAVORITE RECIPES & RESOURCES
I utilized pinterest a lot for recipes and I also loved the Whole30 Fast & Easy book. You can check out my Pinterest board here. There were several recipes in the Fast & Easy book that I loved and that we made a few times. My friend Kristen also has some great resources on her blog and recipes that I definitely referenced. 

A few of my favorite recipes & resources included:
Cashew Crusted Chicken Tenders (Fast & Easy Cookbook)
Turkey Meatballs (Fast & Easy Cookbook)
Coconut Fat Balls
Bars - Larabars, RX Bars & Epic Bars (make sure the flavor is complaint tho!)
Banana Muffins
Bacon Wrapped Dates 
Whole30 Snack Ideas
Trader Joes Shopping List
Turkey Egg Breakfast Casserole 
Roast Stew with Potatoes and Carrots (Fast & Easy Cookbook)

OILS THAT SAVED MY LIFE
Frankincense & Peppermint - Headaches! So many detox headaches the first week!
Peppermint & DigestZen - For all of the tummy woes. 
Lemon & Tangerine - Make my water happy! Also lemon helps naturally cleanse your body too.

More essential oils that are bada$$ for Whole30 support!

ALL the essential oil information here!

THINGS I MISSED THE MOST
Pizza (we established this), whole grains (gimme dat ezekiel bread), feta, sweeteners in my drinks and homemade chocolate chip cookies. 

THINGS I ENJOYED THE MOST
Steak, shrimp, pork loin, chicken tenders, sweet potato baked fries, sautéed veggies, pears, dried mango, pistachios, Larabars and Epic Bars. Also, smoothies tasted like a dream on this diet! 

HOW TO COMPLETE WHOLE30 SUCCESSFULLY  
1. PREP! Meal plan and meal prep. Collect all of the recipes you're interested in, create grocery lists and have a good variety. It's easy to get bored on this diet so sprinkle in some new and exciting meals here and there so you don't get into a rut. If you can make several things ahead of time at the beginning of each week that will go such a long way for you!

2. ACCOUNTABILITY - Find people that will do it with you or have already done it to be your accountability partner. They will help keep you grounded, shed light on the reality of the diet and encouraging you to keep going when you don't feel like you can continue anymore. 

3. DAY BY DAY - This Whole30 timeline really helped me realize a lot of the things I was feeling were completely normal. For some reason, that really helped propel me forward because I felt more peaceful knowing it was part of the process instead of feeling like a crazy person. 

4. TRICK YOUR BRAIN - Some days I just had to tell myself, just eat one more meal and then you can be done...just do one more day and then you can be done. This really helped me push past weak moments and move forward. By the time the next meal came around or next day, I was feeling better and stronger to keep going. 

Quick tip: Track your days, how you are feeling and what you are eating. It's so insightful to look back on especially if you come across issues or you start feeling awesome. 

WHAT NOW?
This has been the big question! Something I've been thinking about since I started. I want to create a lifestyle that is sustainable for Jon and I, something that encourages good, healthy eating and continues to challenge us to not be lazy BUT still enjoy the occasional out to eat meal and treat. I've been thinking a lot about adopting the A Beautiful Mess Weekday/Weekend way of eating where you eat whole foods 5 days a week. Similar to Whole30 but you are incorporating whole grains, legumes and sweeteners like maple syrup and honey. I might also keep a few light cheeses like feta, mozzarella and goat cheese in there too since we aren't bothered by dairy. Two days a week we'll allow ourselves more flexibility to enjoy some treats or go out to eat. Still being mindful and not going crazy bananas but enjoying some of our guilty pleasures now and then. 

But I want to continue meal planning, cooking and being intentional. I'm excited to try this new plan out and see how it works for us! 

For today, Jon and I are unashamedly enjoying some delicious pizza and going out to see a movie and I can't wait!! Happy Valentine's Day!! 

Thanks so much for following along these past 30 days. I seriously didn't think I would make it here and here I am! Whew!! Dear Whole30, you kicked my butt. Sincerely, butt sore Sav. 

MASSAGE OIL CANDLE!

I've been loving my Romance & EOs Series this month! I taught a fun class for my Facebook girls at the beginning of the month all about romance and intimacy with essential oils and have been doing a post series on IG with lots of DIYs and romance related recipes. ;) 

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I couldn't wait to post about this DIY. Most of you know that I run a small candle business called Lindbergh Candle Co. so I LOVE me some candles. I wanted to create a playful candle that could be fun for love. And voila, a massage oil candle made with all-natural ingredients and essential oils! Yas! Use this candle to create a beautiful atmosphere and then use the melted oil to give your loved one a massage. Wanna make one? Here's how! 

INGREDIENTS & SUPPLIES FOR TWO CANDLES
* Two 4oz vessels for your candles. Can be glass or tin. 
* Candle Wick
* 2 Clothes Pins
* Hot Glue Gun
* Scale
* Thermometer
* 1.6oz Shea Butter
* 1.4oz Soy Wax
* 1.4oz Cocoa Butter
* 1.4oz Sweet Almond Oil
* 1/8 TSP Vitamin E Oil
* Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
* Rose or Bergamot Essential Oil

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STEP ONE: Using a hot glue gun, attach your wicks to the bottom-center of your candle vessel. 

STEP TWO: In a double boiler add your shea butter, soy wax, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil. Stir slowly until melted. I would use a scale to measure out your needed butters, oils and waxes to get the right amounts. Once melted take off heat and let it cool to about 130F. This is important because you don't want your oils to be destroyed by the heat. 

STEP THREE: Once melted and cooled add in your essential oils and vitamin E. Add in 30 drops of Ylang Ylang and 15 drops of Rose OR 20 drops of Bergamot. Using a clothes pin, center the wick and let the candle set overnight before using. 

STEP FOUR: To use your massage candle; light the candle 5-10 minutes before planning to use as a massage oil. You don't want the candle to burn too long otherwise the vessel and oil will get too hot. After 5-10 minutes, blow out the candle, pour wax into your hands and use it to massage your loved one. It's SO nice and warm!! 

Enjoy and have FUN with your beau this Valentine's Day! 
-Savannah xox 

NOURISHING ESSENTIAL OIL BATH MELTS!

I was never really a DIY gal until essential oils happened in my life and now I want to make ALL the things! I just taught such a blush-worthy class last night on Romance & Intimacy with Essential Oils (you can catch the replay on my Facebook page!) and it was filled to the brim with special DIYs I put together. One of which were these nourishing bath melts, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THEM! 

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Because of the cocoa and shea butter, these little beauties melt slowly in a hot bath. They smell like citrus and chocolate (because of the cocoa butter) and they make your skin feel like a babies bootaay. I made these with the idea of having a romantic bath in mind for Valentine's Day. I mean, imagine a glass of wine (or sparkling grape juice!), candles flickering, maybe your significant other has gone above and beyond and brought home some chocolate covered strawberries?! And you, my friend, get to just lay back and soak in a hot bath that smells like dreams and chocolate wishes. You're welcome! 

So they smell incredible, they make your skin feel super soft and for those of you that enjoy some good ol dry brushing before bathing/showering, this is a plus! AND I used mine to rub on my legs in place of a shaving lotion and it worked beautifully. SO, put these on your next DIY night wishlist. You won't be sorry! ;) 

SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE 6 MELTS:
* 3/4 Cup Cocoa Butter
* 3/4 Cup Shea Butter 
* 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
* 30 Drops Citrus Bliss (smells like oranges and cream!)
* 20 Drops Bergamot
* 10 Drops of Ylang Ylang
* 10 Drops of Peppermint 
* Silicon Mold 
* BONUS: Dried Rose Petals 

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STEP 1 In a double boiler melt together the cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil. STEP 2 Once melted, take mixture off the heat and add in your essential oils. Stir together. STEP 3 Pour into your silicon mold and let it set in the fridge. Store in cool place, I like to just keep mine in the fridge! When ready to use, draw a bath and drop in one of your melts. Enjoy! 

I hope you love these as much as I do, I think they would make a pretty great "Galentine's" gift too! ;) AND girl, if you need to get some magickal essential oils into your life, click that Babe Brigade link in my nav! 

Happy Wednesday my friends!

COCONUT & ESSENTIAL OIL FAT BALLS!

A few things, it's day 1 of Whole30 for Jon and I and I'm. Making. It. Haha. I'm actually doing better than I thought but it's just day 1 ya'll so we'll see how this goes. I'm committed to it though...so I'm totally doing it, I just can't promise there won't be much anguish. ;) I've been wanting to make these fat balls for so long and since getting into oils, adaptogens and all those fun, natural, beautiful ingredients I was dying to use them in a super healthy recipe. 

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It just so happens these are Whole30 compliant. A GREAT source of healthy fats and protein. They are pretty filling and easy to grab on-the-go for a quick pick-me-up snack. They taste AMAZE-BALLS ;) and you can easily adapt this recipe to change it up. 

I got the idea and the framework for this recipe from LeefromAmerica. She's my hero right now in all things health and wellness related. Please go check her out, you will love her! 

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup of Coconut Shreds
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (softened or melted)
1/4 Cup Coconut Butter - I like to make my own, easy recipe here
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 Cup Cashews
1/2 Cup Almonds
3 Medjool Pitted Dates
1/3 Cup Almond Milk

OPTIONAL SEASONINGS & OILS I ADDED TO MINE TO GIVE THEM FLAVOR & HAPPINESS
1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen (optional but adds lots of extra protein) 
1 TSP Moondeli Energy Tonic
1 TSP Cacao
1 Drop DoTERRA Clove Oil
1 Drop DoTERRA Cassia Oil
3 Drops DoTERRA Wild Orange Oil
1 TSP Trader Joes Pumpkin Pie Spice 

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STEP 1
Using a food processor, add in Medjool Pitted Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Pepitas and Sunflower seeds. Blend until finely chopped. You're also welcome to add in a few larger chunks of almonds and cashews if that floats your boat. 

STEP 2
Once the Dates and Nuts are blended add in the remainder of the ingredients and blend. Your dough will be a wet consistency, which is perfect! 

STEP 3
On parchment or wax paper roll out the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball. Place in a lidded container and store in the freezer. These will last in your freezer for months (unless you eat them by then, which you will!) I recommend taking them out of the freezer and letting them thaw for 5-8 minutes before eating. 

I love that these have so many GOOD for you ingredients! Have fun adapting the recipe to make it your own too! I loved the taste of the oils and the adaptogens, it made it taste like chai, and I'm down with that. ;) 

Happy Monday my friends!! 

DIY: ALL PURPOSE ROSE BEAUTY BALM

This has been on my DIY list for a few months now and I'm SO excited I finally created the balm of my dreams! This time of the year all of us suffer from dry and random skin issues. I wanted to create a balm that was gentle enough for my kiddos and of course all-purpose to address all of the needs we have. I curated some of my favorite ingredients and oils to create a balm that was perfect for chapped lips, dry noses, cuticles, feet, scrapes, rashes and dry patches. It feels velvety soft and smells so yummy too!!

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INGREDIENTS:
Beeswax
Coconut Oil
Lanolin or Shea Butter
Sweet Almond Oil
Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Oil
Rose Essential Oil*
Frankincense Essential Oil*
Lavender Essential Oil*
Peppermint Essential Oil* 
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil*
Helichrysum Essential Oil* 
2oz Jars

* I use and recommend pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for this DIY. I love and use doTERRA! You can pick these up in my Magickal Babe Brigade shop

STEP ONE: Boil water on the stove top and in an oven safe glass container (I like to use a glass  pyrex measuring cup) add in 2 tablespoons of beeswax. Double-boil the wax over the stove top. Stir slowly and allow wax to melt all the way. Make sure you don't get any water in the wax. 

STEP TWO: Once the wax has melted thoroughly, add in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Stir slowly until melted. Next combine 1 tablespoon of lanolin OR shea butter. Lanolin has a little bit of a stronger scent but both are SO good for the skin. Stir until combined. 

STEP THREE: Take the glass pyrex pitcher out of the double boiler and place on the counter. In a 1/4 cup add in equal parts sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, top off the 1/4 cup with Vitamin E oil. You are also welcome to use just almond oil or just jojoba oil just make sure the oils you use equal 1/4 cup. 

STEP FOUR: Add in your essential oils. I used:
40 Drops Rose - doTERRA has a Rose rollerball, I pop off the rollerball piece and use a pipet to add the drops to my recipes. 
15 Drops Peppermint  
15 Drops Frankincense
15 Drops Ylang Ylang
10 Drops Lavender
5 Drops Helichrysum

STEP FIVE: Stir all of your ingredients together and before your recipes cools, pour into your 2oz jars. This recipe will fill two 2oz jars. One to keep by your bed and one for your bag! 

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INGREDIENT BENEFITS:

Beeswax - Beeswax inhibits the growth of bacteria which can help treat skin conditions. It helps protect and repair rough, dry or chapped skin since it locks in moisture. It's anti-inflammatory, antiseptic (which is great for acne) and helps with pain. 

Coconut Oil - We all know there are hundreds of uses for coconut oil! The MCT in coconut oil helps with conditioning the skin. It's loaded with antioxidants too so it makes your skin extra happy! 

Lanolin - Ultra-hydrating and helps nourish dry skin! 

Sweet Almond Oil - Almond oil also helps reduce inflammation, moisturize skin and improve complexion. Psst, it's also really good for dark circles! 

Jojoba Oil - Moisturizes, removes sticky buildup and excess oil. Keeps oil levels balanced in the skin. Prevents irritations, can help remove makeup. Doesn't clog pores, protects and cleanses skin!  

Rose - Has anti-aging properties, helps stimulate collagen production. Helps with scarring. Boosts the immune system and it basically skin magic! 

Frankincense - Promotes healthy cellular function, can help reduce inflammation and is liquid gold for skin health! 

Peppermint - This one is great for muscles, joints and I love the slight cooling effect it adds to the balm. 

Ylang Ylang - Can help improve skin's natural sebum productions by balancing pH levels. It's anti fungal, antiseptic and smells amazing. 

Lavender - Lavender is one of my favorites for skin health. It's amazing for dry skin, rashes, cuts, scrapes, burns, acne. ALL the skin things! 

Helichrysum - This oil is pretty incredible. It helps repair the skin and skin tissue. It's such an incredible oil to add to ANY skin related blend. 

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Friends, this balm is SO good!! I can't wait for you to try it out and use it in your beauty routine and for your kiddos!! Check out my Babe Brigade page for info on how to get 25% off your essential oils too! Love, Sav. 

2017 FAVORITES: RESOURCES, PODCASTS, BLOGS & BOOKS!

The end of each year is always a huge reflection time for me, it's also a huge moment to think about the year ahead and the ways I want to grow and challenge myself. One of my favorite traditions is rounding up favorites from the previous year to share with you. My last post was all about some of my favorite songs from 2017...on Friday I'm going to share a video with ALL of my favorite products and beauty goods from 2017 (get ready!!) and today I'm going to round up my very favorite resources, blogs, podcasts and books that have resonated with me throughout 2017!


PODCASTS
Lore - A creepy podcast that explores the darker side of history. I listened to so many of these episodes while road tripping with my friend Lyndsay last spring. 

Productivity Paradox - From the creator of Inkwell Press, my favorite planner of all time. Tonya shares tips on goal setting, productivity, the myth of "balance" and highlights to many wonderful practical tools for getting things together!

Wonderful! - This podcast just makes me so happy and makes me laugh. I love Griffin and Rachel McElroy and all their quippy stories and jokes. ;)

Let it Out with Katie Dalebout - Lots of wellness and self care goodness! I loved the interview with the founder of Four Sigmatic episode! 


BOOKS
Essentially Happy - Ways to help heal depression naturally. Such an incredible book and FILLED with practical routines and tips. 

I am Fabulous - A book all about essential oil blends. Anytime I make a rollerball from this book, it becomes my new favorite. The smells and blends are to DIE FOR.

Emotions & Essential Oils - A beautiful book pairing essential oils with your emotions. Powerful for helping to pinpoint and support your emotions naturally. 

Love Your Life, Not Theirs - An easy read on getting your finances together. VERY inspiring and a good kick in the butt. 

Enneagram in Love & Work - This is MY FAVORITE personality tool that exists. I studied this for years in college and afterward and to this day, this has been one of the most meaningful tools Jon and I have used in our marriage and that I've used in my relationships. It's INCREDIBLE!

Daring Greatly - This was a powerful book both Jon and I read early in the year. It talks a lot about shame, guilt, fear and how that plays into depression. It was deeply inspiring and moving. A book I would recommend for everyone to read. 

Woman Code - Um, tired of your hormones being psycho?? This book is beautiful and incredible. So empowering to know more about your body, your period, your hormones and how to support your health with food and a good lifestyle. If you ever have period problems or hormones problems, stop, go get this book and read it!

Alchemy of Herbs - A beautiful reference book I recently got about all the wonderful herbs and how they can be used to support your body.

The MoonJuice Cookbook - Lots of beautiful recipes that support your body with adaptogens and whole foods. Visually SO beautiful too!

The Miracle Morning - If you want to change your life and your morning, GET THIS BOOK. It has been such a game changer for me and it's a super quick read too. 


BLOGS
Lee From America - LOVE Lee and all of her wellness recipes and posts. She has been a major inspiration to me especially over the past few months.

A Beautiful Mess - I couldn't go without mentioning an always favorite. I had the pleasure of writing for ABM for a year and I loved every minute. This is my favorite reference blog for DIYs, recipes, tips/tricks/hacks, home decor...etc. It's wonderful!

Wu Haus - Alison is magickal! I love all of her beautiful recipes and wellness tips.  

Simply Quinoa - A practical blog with TONS of amazing, HEALTHY recipes! 


RESOURCES
Forth Guide - My friend Mattie put together a kick-ass resource guide for entrepreneurs and I had the honor of helping contribute to it! It's an incredible price and filled to the BRIM with amazing resources.

Everydollar App - How I keep a daily budget. I would be lost forever without it! 

MyFlo App - This goes hand in hand with the Woman Code book. One of my favorite period tracker apps with lots of tips on supporting your body through the different phases of your cycle.

Think Dirty App - Ready to dump some of the toxic waste floating around in your beauty products and home goods? I LOVE this app. You can easily scan your products to learn about their toxic "grade" as well as discover some great non-toxic products! 

Ok your turn! Please share some of your very favorites from 2017! 


PLAYLIST: THE SOUNDTRACK OF 2017

 Photography by Lee Jeffries 

Photography by Lee Jeffries 

Music has always been an escape for me. It changes my mood, it makes me hope, it makes me cry, it makes me laugh. I grew up with music all around me. I was raised on The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Van Morrison, Kenny Loggins, Neil Young, Boston, Tom Petty...my dad would play covers on his acoustic in the living room. 

Earlier this year I took a road trip with one of my best friends to Virgina. We each took turns showing each other our favorite songs and talking about why they moved us so much. It was a really touching look into her soul. Being able to share that part of me and see that part of her was so meaningful. We did this back and forth for about 3 songs each and at the end I felt like we knew so much more about each other. It's amazing how telling someones favorite song can be about who they are. 
 

All this to say, I really wanted to share more music with you and I wanted to start by sharing some of the songs I listened to on repeat in 2017. 

It includes music from Lovedrug, First Aid Kit, Bowerbirds, Rogue Valley. The cover of "I Will Follow You" by Toulouse makes me weep. Also "Down Towards the Healing" and "Mess is Mine" put into words so much of some of the things and the feelings that Jon and I went through this year. These songs wrap my heart in hugs. I'm totally being mushy right now, but music just does that to me. ;) I can't wait for you to take a listen. PLEASE share with me your favorites from 2017 and any music you are loving! 
 


HELLO & GOODBYE 2017

My friends! Hello! A huge, gigantic welcome to my refreshed space.

I've spent 2017 missing my blog, missing my YouTube channel and mulling over the best way to start incorporating these pieces into my business and daily life again. I took an unexpected break from YouTube this entire year and it was needed and good. I put my focus on my families health as well as my Babe Brigade and Lindbergh businesses. 

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2017 was an incredibly challenging time for us. My husband and I walked through the beginning stages of healing for his mental health struggles. We've had many dark days and MANY victories. More of which I hope to share with you in the future. In short, I'm so in love with this man and proud of how hard he has fought and pushed forward in healing this year for himself and his family. We've also put a lot of focus on Soren and the therapies that he has needed for his Autism diagnoses. ABA therapy has been a complete godsend and we are forever grateful for how much it has helped Soren THRIVE! Although Soren is considered non-verbal right now, we have seen him grow and develop SO much in his communication and start to actually use words little by little. This is a big year for him and we are praying and believing in more communication breakthroughs for our sweet boy. 

The man I consider my second dad, Jon's father, was diagnosed with cancer in the fall. We have wept and grieved over his diagnoses but we have also come together as a family to fight. He is a strong man and is doing so well in his treatments. We are forever grateful to our Papa and the incredible grandpa and father he is, we are praying for healing and complete remission. 

We've had to hold onto each other tightly this year. We've had to put down a lot of selfish desires to be a team, encourage each other and remain strong. We have learned so much and experienced so many growing pains, and there is still a long road ahead but our foundation as a family is strong and unshakable. So we'll make it through together. 

For the moments we celebrated, my brother and his beautiful wife had their sweet boy, Oliver in the summertime. He is all smiles and rolls and I just love him. They moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana so it's been a few months since I've seen them but they were in town for Christmas and I loved seeing them and holding my sweet nephew! My baby sister got married in August to a wonderful man and my new brother. It was a beautiful wedding. God brought them together in a beautiful way and we loved celebrating through tears and laughter. They are expecting their first, a boy, and we are all SO thrilled!

This season, has also been a beautiful time of community for me. I've had girlfriends rally around me, allow me to be myself, open up their lives to me, let me cry with them, let me laugh with them and watch lots of The Bachelor/Bachelorette (sorry not sorry). I am THANKFUL for rich friendships that are deep and loving and encouraging. So to you ladies, you know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it's true that you're a combination of the people you spent the most time with, I'm honored that it's you. 

Let's get to the big question, what now? I am SO excited about 2018. This site represents a lot of exciting focuses and projects. My Babe Brigade community bloomed in 2017 and it's been such an exciting thing to be part of! This blog will be an extension of that in some ways as I write not only about life but also share beauty, wellness, motherhood and some really fun DIYs with you. Blog posts will be showing up in your feed 3x a week and they're gonna be gooood! I'll be back at it with my YouTube channel too! Yes, it's really happening! I've missed my YouTube community so much and I can't tell you how excited I am to come back. Things are going to shift around a little since the last time I posted. I want my channel to feel like we are BFFs chatting in my room about awesome stuff and things we love. I'll be doing casual VLOG style posts as well as sharing more about beauty, wellness and lifestyle there. My first video in a year is coming next week and I'll be posting regularly 1x a week! 

I've also got a couple of projects up my sleeve, including an e-book I'm planning to launch in January/early February. I CANNOT WAIT!

So, feel free to take a second and explore the space! See what I'm up to and join in! Thank you so much for reading and being part of this little community we've created here!! Also, MERRY (belated) CHRISTMAS!!

Life Lately

Why is it already the end of April!? We got sick near-ish the beginning of April so naturally this month became a time warp and I feel like one of those abductees from X-Files that lost time. It should be only mid-april rn...NOT days away from May! I'm learning to accept this and move on. ;)

You know what I love about this blog? It has no rules. I needed this space, just someplace to post when I want about what I want with really no rhyme or reason or schedule. I have intentions for the future. I always do. ;) But for now, this is my little getaway space free of expectation and I love it. Today, I really just wanted to brain dump on you and share a little bit about whats been going on as of late and a few things I'm really into...

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1. You know what takes forever? Insurance! We've been in the process of getting Soren "started with ABA therapy" for months and months. We are on the literal verge of getting things going and I'm doing my best to be so so patient. I'm SO excited about getting him started and I know it will make such an impact on him and in our home. So I'm counting down the days. Last I heard, they were working out scheduling so....I'm crossing my fingers for May! 

2. I went to an amazing conference last week called Business Boutique and it rocked my world. It is probably one of the most practical, applicable and actionable conferences I've ever attended and is perfect for my dreamers, starters and builders out there that are creating or growing their own business. I found all of the information super applicable for any woman whether you have kids or not and whether you are a small biz owner, blogger or part of an MLM structure. SO good! They are doing their full 2.5 day event in November in Nashville and I'm so going! Christy's book, Business Boutique was also released recently and I can't wait to dive into it.

3. Podcasts! Twice a week I drive Soren to speech and OT and 1-2 each week, after the kids go to bed, I head out for a meeting or some other type of shenanigan while Jon's at home. I've been working on being more intentional with my car rides and do some podcast listening. Lately these are my LOVES: Business Boutique, yep she also has a podcast, so good! The Goal Digger, a good variety but mostly business focused. The Marie Forleo Podcast, she's a business genius and I love her. And for fun...Rose Buddies, I love their reviews on The Bachelor franchise...hilarious! Lore, creepy folklore told in an amazing way. 

4. So this month I bought actual, real live plants. I'm usually known for having a slew of fake plants all over my house from Hobby Lobby and Target. They look great and I only have to dust them! This month, however, I made the leap and bought myself some somewhat hardy plants to work on taking care of even though I've typically been the opposite of a plant lady. I guess being a plant lady is learned and is a choice?? Hah, well...I'm happy to report that all of my babies...the ferns, the rubber tree, the snake plant, the hens n' chicks and the herbs are HAPPY! And growing! *movie clip from Hook plays...."You're doing it Peter!! You're doing it!"*

5. This Sunday my family and friends are getting together to participate in the Autism Speaks walk in Atlanta! I've never participated in anything like this before so I'm not sure what to expect but I'm so proud and excited to be walking alongside my loved ones in honor of Soren! I'm even making matching t-shirt because I'm in hardcore mom mode rn. ;)

6. For the remainder of April, 10% of the proceeds from our candle company, Lindbergh Candle Co. are going towards Autism Speaks!

7. Did you know I have an obsession with essential oils? Come hang out with me over on my @MamaTribeOils instagram account where I make A LOT of DIYs and post fun tips and recipes for using your oils!

8. So about the whole YouTube thing...guys, I want so bad to get back into the swing of things. I don't know when this will be if I'm being honest. It will happen again, just not sure when. I miss it so much tho!

9. Aria's favorite words right now are "Cracker" "Good Girl" "MORE!" "Ball" and "Baba". She is also a dancing fool. Can't wait to put her in dance when she gets a little older. :)

10. Jon and I are celebrating 7 years of marriage in May. We are doing a mini getaway for two nights with a huge priority on going out to eat and eating really good food! CANNOT WAIT.

Thanks for catching up with me friends. Chat with you again soon.

With love, Sav.

About Our Soren Lind

"Your son has Autism."

I sat in a small room for an hour going over page after page of Soren's diagnostic results. The words were not a surprise. We had been anticipating his diagnoses for 12 months since his second birthday. But it finally became real and it became part of our story.

My last post about our sweet boy went in depth regarding his speech delays. At the time I was writing that post we were aware that there was likely more to it than just a speech delay but we were playing the common waiting game of appointments, assessments and follow ups.

At year two Jon and I knew he was delayed in his speech. We didn't know why at the time...we mostly thought that is was because he was 1. the oldest and 2. a boy...sometimes common reasons for a speech delay. Our pediatrician (who is pretty great!) recommend we pursue Babies Can't Wait which is an early intervention program that provides speech therapy and other incredible services for babies under three. We started with a speech therapist. Mary came to our house weekly to work with Soren. Soren definitely struggled through these sessions but now and then he would respond and engage which always brought huge smiles to our faces! We started seeing more and more red flags pop up in his development over 2016...his speech didn't seem to improve, he seemed to crave sensory input, he didn't prefer playing with kids and very often focused in on his own activities. Around August we put him in a 3 day preschool. We hoped it would encourage his development and speech to be around other kiddos, however, Soren desperately struggled. He had a difficult time participating in the day and often experienced melt-downs. I remember attending a few parent-teacher meetings where the teachers expressed their concerns with Soren. At that point we were still learning more and more about Soren so I just didn't have answers for them. I wanted nothing more than to understand what he needed and what we could do for him as a family and our experience with his preschool propelled that desire and passion forward.

I began researching and reading and asking questions and doing everything I could to learn about our buddy. I especially loved reading "The Out-of-Sync Child" that really dives deep into Sensory Processing Disorder. We had somewhat landed on the thought that he might have Apraxia of speech and SPD (sensory processing disorder). This gave us a starting ground to discover more about how we could parent and teach Soren. The book especially provided SO much context and resources that we started feeling like we were getting answers.

Not too long after we started Soren into preschool we unfortunately had to pull him out. The teachers, as lovely as they were, just weren't equipped and confident in working with Soren. I remember his last day, I sat in the car and just cried for him after I dropped him off. I knew he enjoyed his time there but I could also see the deep struggle and the need for something more. Picking him up was the hardest. His sweet teacher fought back tears. I did too, but did everything I could to hold it in.

I realized that day that I needed to grieve the fact that Soren wouldn't be "normal" so I could truly celebrate that he would be special, and unique and brave and see the world with such an incredible mind.

While we were waiting for appointments to line up with the school system and with a pediatric psychologist for an official diagnoses, we started the process of finding him a new speech therapist and an occupational therapist. Thankfully we found a recommended therapy service close to us with amazing therapists that Soren just loves. He's been going to OT there for a handful of months and just recently started his new speech services there too.

In December and January we went through many assessments to get him a diagnoses around his three year mark. Part of me felt a deep sense of urgency to get him on track with the therapies he needed and another part of me had to remind myself that we are doing good, we are taking the right steps and we just need to be patient and proactive.

For both of the separate assessment days (one through the county school system and one through a pediatric psychologist) I found myself so emotional. I remember the first day of his pediatric assessment the psychologist stopped, looked me in the eye and asked me, "how are you doing?" I stopped, tears welling up in my eyes and I told her that this means everything, we've been waiting all year to get answers and we are finally on the cusp of knowing. She told me that day before the final testing that she believed his speech delay and his sensory seeking was a symptom of autism. This was the first time that word was confirmed and it changed everything for us. She set up a time to do the final testing but suggested we prioritize speech, OT and seek out ABA (Behavioral Therapy) services for Soren. I was proud to know we were already on the right track.

So here we are in March of 2017. Since my initial meeting with the doctor, Soren has officially been diagnosed with Autism by both the county school system diagnostics and our pediatric psychologist. We are still working through the insurance and paperwork process of getting Soren into ABA but we should be starting those therapy services within the next week or so! While speech and OT are outside of the home a few hours a week, ABA is inside the home for several hours each week (15-25!)...they will work with Soren 1:1 and with us on things like sitting at the table, playing with others, potty training (yes!), social skills, speech...I can hardly wait to get started and at the same time I'm intensely praying for a therapist that fits within our family well and that Soren loves, especially since this person will essential become part of our family!

We really felt strongly about early intervention with Soren and pursuing therapy services. Everything I've read has said over and over again how valuable early intervention is for children with autism.

So, where are we emotionally? Jon and I feel passionate about the fact that Soren was meant for us and we were meant for him. Soren is Soren no matter his diagnoses. We celebrate his diagnoses because it empowers us to know how we can help Soren thrive! All we want is for Soren to be his best self, we want him to experience everything life has to offer and to never feel held back by Autism, instead we want him to view Autism as a beautiful part of him...something that makes him incredible and wonderful!

The hardest part? There is a huge difference between a tantrum and a melt-down. I like to compare an autistic melt-down to something like a panic attack. It's triggered by one or a series of things that sends him off into an emotional breakdown. During these times it's hard to console him, it's hard for him to communicate with us and our hearts break so much for his agony. Not too long ago Soren had a meltdown that lasted nearly 1.5 hours. Jon sat outside with him...stroking his hair, holding him and speaking truth to him while he cried and cried. I fell into the arms of my friend that day because I was so overcome by Soren's sadness and for not being able to understand him.

Most of the time he's so creative in expressing his needs, he uses constant jargon to tell us stories and lots of actions to communicate what he wants...but in those moments he tends to loose that ability and we're left with him so frustrated and sad that he can't make us understand what he needs and what he's saying. All we can do during those moments is hold him and love him and be there. These are the moments that are the "stuff of parents"...being a rock and a haven for your babies, letting them feel your love and know your love in the hard times is sometimes all you can do and usually just what they need.

I think when I hear him say "I love you, Mommy" for the first time I'll melt 1,000 times. The doctor predicts that he'll be talking between 4-5 and we await with joy for that time. For now, we are celebrating the little things, Soren has taught us THAT more than anything. We celebrate when he says a word, we celebrate when he listens and when he is teachable, we celebrate him learning independent tasks, we secretly video tape the moments he interacts and plays with his sister, the giggles are so contagious! :) He has challenged us to be present in our parenting and to see beauty in simple moments. For that I will be forever thankful to him.

Even though he's not saying "I love you"...we feel it in every hug and in every little kiss and in every cheesy smile that he gives us. :)

Soren is a brilliant boy. He brings an incredible amount of joy to our lives constantly. I envy his energy and passion. The laughter, fun and joy that he has managed to bring to our family was everything we needed and everything we prayed for. We adore watching him get excited about his favorite show, Curious George, or dance around to music in the kitchen after dinner. He ADORES being outside and going to the park. His eyes literally sparkle and are filled with so much wonder. (I can't wait until we can put him into something like Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts! I think he would LOVE it!) He is affectionate and saves lots of kisses for his mommy...Jon and Soren have such a special relationship too, I can already tell that Soren looks up to Jon in everyway and is happier when he gets time with his daddy. He's great at puzzles, loves to color and is SO silly! We are SO proud of our boy and we love him with a crazy, fierce and big kind of love. As parents of Soren we feel so much honor in doing right for him and at the same time we hope with everything we are that we can continue to grow into great parents for him and for our little Aria.

This road is new for us but we are ready and hopeful. We have an incredible community of family and friends that shower love on us constantly and help us with SO MUCH. We anticipate these next few years as Soren understands more and more and is unable to communicate as much as he would like to be the most difficult BUT we are praying and hoping and excited for him to continue hitting milestones and growing. We know that there is a lot ahead for Soren but we also know that he is capable and smart and kind and incredibly gifted. My prayer is that we, as his parents, can really foster those strengths in Soren throughout his life.

I recently finished a book called Daring Greatly by Brené Brown and at the end of the book was a beautiful parenting manifesto that resonated so much with my heart and what Jon and I hope to cultivate in our home with Soren and Aria.

I would love for you to read it...

Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions - the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.

I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worth of love, belonging and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.

We will practice courage in our family by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our home for both.

We will teach you compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other. We will set and respect boundaries, we will honor hard work, hope and perseverance. Rest and play will be family values, as well as family practices.

You will learn accountability and respect by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I ask for what I need and talk about how I feel.

I want you to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.

I want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.

When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will be able to draw from the spirit that is part of our everyday life.

Together we will cry and face fear and grief. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.

We will laugh and sing and dance and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.

As you begin your Wholehearted journey, the greatest gift that I can give to you is to live and love with my whole heart and to dare greatly.

I will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you. Truly, deeply seeing you.
— Brene Brown - Daring Greatly

Before I wrap up this novel of a post, I wanted to personally thank all of you for your incredible support and encouragement. When I wrote my first post about Soren I was able to connect with so many of you and hear your stories about your own children, grandchildren, friends and siblings. It means everything to me and it's such an encouragement to feel a tribe of people along side my family, to resonate with your stories and know that we are in this together.

So THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart and on behalf of my entire family. It is a pleasure to share our lives with you.

With love, Sav.


During the month of April we will be recognizing Autism Awareness month. On April 30th we will be walking with friends and family in honor of Soren for the Autism Speaks walk in Atlanta. We are hoping to raise $1,000 as a team to generate funds that fuel innovative research and continued support and services for Autism. To learn more about how you can participate, hop on over to our team page here. Also, as many of you know I run a candle business called Lindbergh Candle Co. we donate 10% of our proceeds to St. Jude but during the month of April we will be donating 10% of our proceeds to Autism Speaks. xox

Post Credits: Photographs by Natalie of Four Corners Photography during our Star Wars PJ session near Christmastime. :)

The Girl Who Turned One

On December 30th 2015 my water broke in our living room around 9:00AM. I called my parents and promptly stated..."water broke, water broke...911!" That was their cue to hit the road (thankfully they are only 20 minutes away) and take over Soren duties while Jon and I drove to the hospital. 

The delivery was quick, she was here and we were in love. She laid on my chest for the first hour of her life. Getting checked, cleaned up and learning the warmth of her mama. That first hour we met and held each other was magic. I was awe-struck and could FEEL my heart growing inside of my chest. Aria Fox Wallace was here. 

After the doctors cleaned her up Jon scooped her in his arms. He paced the room with tear filled eyes and took in every detail and moment of her. All of me wanted my sweet baby back in my arms but I stopped myself and watched as the daddy/daughter bond was created in front of my eyes. She, the fourth in our family of four became the bright spot and the sweetness and the joy our family was looking for. For a year that brought us great concerns, challenges and tremendous growth, she was our constant smile. Watching our Soren become a brother made my heart swell. And while he pays her little attention, the attention that most often is given is filled with softs pats and delicate play.

Every month we watched her grow. She is the dictionary term for a "sucker baby"...you know, those babies that trick you into thinking all babies are this cute and well behaved and sweet and then you believe it, get pregnant again and realize all babies ARE DIFFERENT. ;) Btw, I will note that one of my goals for 2017 is NOT to be pregnant so I've resisted our sucker baby for now!

Being able to celebrate her first birthday at the end of December was a dream. I blinked I was standing in a room with all of our closest friends and family singing Happy Birthday to our second baby, already. The smell of her newborn head as we cuddled in the hospital was so clear in my mind and to be here now is honestly scary but SO incredible. 

I often think about her owl-like eyes, tiny lashes that curl out and give her the sweetest femininity. Her tiny and perfect lips, her soft fair skin, precious grasping hands...those toothy smiles! I can't get over them. I loved being able to celebrate her. Although Soren has his developmental struggles, we want both Soren and Aria to feel acceptance and unconditional love from us. We never want Aria to feel like she has to compete for our attention. Although we are desperately learning daily what it means to be parents, with complete confidence I know my children will know what it is to be loved. Jon and I love them undyingly...and so do the many many family members and adopted family members (our beloved friends and community). 

Let me tell you a little something about Aria's personality...she LOVED her party. I went all "winter one-derland" on every room on our main floor. I can now cut a pretty freaking fantastic snowflake. ;) She was in every moment. She loved having her favorite people there. She loved opening her gifts. She LOVED her cake. She loved being sung too. She the loved the attention. I can tell her heart for her people is filled. My little extrovert. 

And here we are finally in 2017. On a personal level 2016 was challenging on so many many levels BUT and I do want to highlight that it was still so good. The turmoils, the unknowns, the dark places...all of it grew us. It challenged us, it challenged our faith, our family, ourselves and it felt frightening and good to be stretched. I would not change anything that happened. I am thankful for it. I am thankful for the opportunity to see health flourish in my beloved ones. I am thankful we are all here, alive! I am thankful for a God that gives an ocean deep of hope. I have to rest in that daily, and that brings me joy.

2017 for me is intentionality and joy. 

I hope to share more of our story and more of my ideas and goals for 2017 soon. Until next time. xox

The Boy Who Won't Say Mama

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It started in January 2016. Our boy turned two years old. Intelligent, strong, full of energy and those baby blues that look like the sea killed me EVERY time. So much wonder behind his eyes and SO much love for his family and life and playing. My once small baby, born when the snow fell in Georgia, was now two. So much ahead of him and so much we looked forward to. 

I remember when I was pregnant with Soren. I prayed for a boy with energy and joy. I knew that's who he was and seeing that's who he IS gives me nothing but joy everyday. He is everything I knew he would be even when he was just a small thing growing inside of me.

Soren was always quick on his feet. Mastered motor-skills both fine and gross well before other little ones his age. He has also always been very aware of himself and his placement in space. It's rare to see him fall or trip. Along with this, Soren also became my "runner"...strollers have been a personal lifesaver for me with my little explorer.

When he was a baby we worked on all of the basic words, "da-da" "ba-ba" (bottle) "ma-ma"...for a short phase in his life he said "ba-ba" every night. Matter of fact, I believe it was his first word. During bath time he would stand up and proclaim, "ba-ba!"...he looked forward to this moment all day. Cuddles, songs and his beloved ba-ba.

I remember his two year check-up. Jon and I had already had conversations about our concerns with his speech. He didn't say much. His words were inconsistent, rare and mostly consisted of, "uh-oh" "done" "da" and the occasional attempt at the word "juice". ;) We knew at this age we might expect a handful of more words and maybe a few two-word sentences. But his words were hardly there, I could count them on one hand. My heart started beating fast as I realized the concern on the doctors face. She asked me a series of questions and I remember my fears being affirmed and at the same time deepened. The process was set forward to begin early intervention. We started with hearing screenings, a brief surgery to get tubes put into his ears and started Soren into speech therapy. Between weekly speech sessions, Jon and I worked on signing, flashcards, pointing out objects to get him to mimic us, we lived for the receptive moments. The times when we was open and receptive to learning and hearing were rare.

We were told over and over again by ourselves and others:
"He's a boy, they always take longer."
"First born children tend to take longer to speak."
"Just you wait, one day he'll wake up and start talking!"
"He probably CAN talk but just doesn't want to."
"As soon as he starts talking, you won't be able to keep him quiet!"
and our personal favorite...
"Einstein didn't talk until he was four!"

We hoped preschool would be a turning point for Soren. It was something we worked towards and we put a lot of hope in...a time to be around little ones his age a few times a week. We hoped it would propel him forward and inspire him to see other kids his age talking and communicating. However, preschool proved to only be a point of stress, anxiety and frustration for Soren. He didn't hate going but he had an extraordinarily hard time doing what the other kids were doing.

Seeing Soren attend preschool for a few short months made us realize there might be something even more to this then we originally thought. More red flags, more worries and more unanswered questions.

I was called into several parent-teacher meetings about how they could best work with Soren and practices we have at home that could translate there...my heart was so heavy. I hated the day I had to pull him out, I held back tears and watched his teacher do the same. It was heartbreaking. We wanted so much for it to be great for him, but our sweet boy needed more, more than preschool could give him and more than we were giving him.

Our journey with doctors, pediatric psychologists, occupational therapists, books, resources, conversations, phone calls, appointments, began. At this point we knew it was beyond a speech delay, we could feel it in our heart and see it in Soren. Our mission became to find answers so we could give Soren the tools he needed to thrive and be himself.

As Soren began realizing more and more about the world around him, I could read a fascination in his eyes and an incredible intelligence. At the same time, Jon and I watched as he grew with age he grew in frustration.

We knew he so badly wanted to communicate with us; tell us his thoughts, desires, feelings...tell us he loves us. What I would GIVE a thousand times to hear those three words.

Meltdowns became more frequent as he approached three.

Soren, however, has always been very clever and found many ways to communicate with us to the best of his ability. We would grab us by the hand and lead us around the house to show us what he wanted to play with, eat, watch or do. And even though Soren couldn't say anything, he SAID so much. He loves pulling us down to eye level and going off on 15 minutes rants in his own language. He has SO much to say, so many hand gestures, facial expressions, movements. Usually we can't help but sit and smile at him during these times. We dream of the day when we can get insight into that little mind and hear his stories. Although his words are few, even now he communicates and speaks in his our language constantly. His mind is going 24/7. I love watching him work. He loves puzzles and coloring the most. He can put together a magnetic map of the United States perfectly without help. I could never dream of doing that at his age!

At just over a month out from his third birthday, our little Soren still only speaks a few understandable words. Every now and then he'll actually surprise us with a new word, but I think he's just teasing us because 9 times out of 10 he won't repeat the word or phrase again. ;)

Since our first moments realizing something was different we've learned SO much and encountered so many amazing people and programs that are all working to help our Soren. We are currently in the process of learning a lot more about Soren and we look forward to continuing to share that journey with you as we gain more knowledge.

Jon and I wanted to share this story with you because we wanted to celebrate Soren. To us, no matter the diagnoses, no matter the journey, Soren is who God created him to be. I don't want a different Soren, we just want to give him everything he needs to thrive and be the best Soren he can be. I remember when I first feared the worst, I sat at our table in the kitchen and wept. I feared for his future, for his relationships...but now I sit here in freedom, grace and incredible peace. Knowing more about him is empowering. Knowing how we can help him and educate him is worth more than anything. We are thrilled for his future and we are overjoyed for the man he will become one day.

So here's to our bright boy. Our boy filled with joy, laughter, LOUDNESS and cheesy grins. A boy that's hard to catch and easy to hug. A boy that's already so incredibly handsome. A boy that is gentle and shares precious hugs and kisses with his loved ones. A boy that would give anything to play and run, especially with his daddy. A boy who will have so many stories to tell and so many things to say.

We love you up to everything in the world Soren Lind Wallace.

That Time She Started Blogging Again

When I said goodbye to blogging over a year and a half ago, I was almost certain it was forever. Finding myself here now is...unexpected, but it was something I craved. Something I wrestled with over and over again. Not because I wanted what I said goodbye to, but because I wanted to share a new voice and a new heart.

It started during my pregnancy with my second, Aria. An uncertainty and an unsettled heart washed over me like I had never experience before. All of these feelings honestly centered around time. I haunted myself and my closest confidants with questions..."what should I spend my time doing?" "Am I making the most of what I have?" "Am I doing too much?" "Am I doing too little?" "What is my end goal?" "How can I become a better mother?" "How can my marriage thrive?" "How can I 'balance' what is most important and be at peace with the rest?" "What should I start doing?" "What path will be the best for my family?" -- I intensely and almost insanely desired (and currently desire) intentionality in everything.

I honestly couldn't tell you how many conversations I started with these questions and how much I've wrestled with each thought internally. It's been a WEIRD season. For a person who is naturally very driven, filled with ideas and confident in my direction, I felt almost none of that for most of the year.

These moments, however, have been so good for me too. I've been forced to stop and think and really plan out my time and my intentions. No kidding, like a geek, I've been spending the past two months intensely thinking through 2017 and how I can make exciting and healthy changes. I'm really kinda pumped for the new year...like a lot!

2016, however, was a surprise, one that I plan to unpack for you and share. It wasn't a surprise in the sense that is was "so hard" or "such a valley"...honestly, I've never felt more strength and GRACE in my entire life than during this year. When I look back at the events and circumstances that have transpired, I know without a doubt in my mind that God carried me through. God grew me, challenged me and encouraged me. We went through a lot as a little family, learned a lot and changed a lot.

Along with these circumstances, on the side I started growing weary of social media and the internet. At moments I enjoyed it and found a spark of passion that I once had and at other moments I grew to hate it. I grew to hate the worth that so many of us place in numbers and statistics. I grew to hate the embarrassingly horrible way people treat each other. I grew to hate the guilt I so often felt when comparing my ability to "have it together" or "be a great mother" when scrolling through the dreamy feeds of moms.

But a moment stopped me in my tracks...and this is when a dear friend shared with me that a friend felt insecure about the fact that she didn't always wear makeup or dress cute "like Savannah" for her husband and family. My heart hit the ground. That's never what I wanted. My desire is to make women feel supported and encouraged and inspired. NOT worried that they don't have it all together or wear makeup enough...THAT means nothing.

So this is why I'm here.

I'm here to take off my mask, to escape "sponsored" content, collaborations, perfect images and curated posts...this is my break from everything to share with you my story. I want to share the moments that fill me with joy, I want to share the heartbreak and the struggles, I want to share the REALITY of what it's like to be a mama of two at home and working to manage a small handful of businesses. I want to share that I'm the opposite of perfect or together and that I usually don't wear makeup and can be found lounging in PJs as much as possible...and not cute ones either. ;) I want to share the funny moments and the things that make me laugh. I want to share how God has molded my marriage into a ship that keeps both Jon and I afloat during the most frightening storms. I want to share my faith and how it brings me constant joy and hope.

I hope to make you feel connected here and most importantly NOT alone! I'm sure we'll have a lot of "AMEN MAMA!" moments together.

I have a lot to unpack, a lot of stories to write from the past and I'm sure a lot of stories to write in the future. So, I welcome you...to the secrets of a stay at home working mom. It's honest, it's unplanned and it's sometimes a little TMI. ;) I'm so glad you're here.

With love, Sav.