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Essential Oils with Estrogenic Properties and Endocrine Disrupting


As I type this it all seems like common sense now, but looking back I realize I was like most women with essential oils. I assumed they would provide only the best + natural health benefits without the risk. I believed in the power of plants, I still do, actually even more so now. 

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From baby dolls to...


My sisters and I went from playing with baby dolls to this! Our girls (and Ollie - not pictured) are the best of friends & when they are together it is literally NON-STOP LAUGHTER. As always, summer flew by way too fast, but I can tell you we made some magical memories. This pink camper session with pink flamingos & our girls in matching leopard print swimsuits was the best wrap up to our summer 2021. 

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Florida 2021 - MEMORIES


Two weekends ago, my sister and her family & ours, packed up our cars and very excitedly set out on a road trip to FLORIDA!!! Five out of six of us were very naive to what a 20 hour drive to the ocean would be like. Ryan warned us, but we insisted anyway. Oh what fun it would be!!! OMG it was B-R-U-T-A-L!!! We even stayed in a hotel at the halfway point in Tennessee. The kids did way better than the adults - thank goodness for iPhones + iPads and the ability to nap in the car. Magnolia said the coolest part of all was seeing all the cities and big buildings along the way, and I have to say the absolute worst part of all were some of the bathrooms we had to use. NEVER AGAIN. New roadtrip rule: EIGHT HOURS MAX! 

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Summer Lovin'


Hello there! We've been so busy enjoying summer this little space of mine has been on the back burner. I was looking at photos of Magnolia in 2019 & my heart was taken back in time. I'm a broken record when I say this to the mamas - TAKE ALL THE PHOTOS - even the simple things that don't seem like such a big deal! The last photo on here is Mag's being a loving mama bear to her Elsa doll & I just want to cover her in kisses when I look at it.  

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Father's Day 2021


I'm sure some of you reading this remember the summer of 2016 when we had a gender reveal party and found out our baby was a BOY! And for months we planned our life with little Alfred (to be named after my grandpa). Ryan dreamed about all the fishing they'd do & all the hot summers they'd spend watching the Royals play at Kauffman Stadium. Meanwhile I googled "raising a son" every single day because I felt very clueless to all things "little boy." Like any new dad to-be he was ecstatic to have a son. And then one August morning we sat in a cold dark sonogram room and the nurse repeatedly referred to our baby as a girl & all of his dreams of having a son were squashed in an instant when we were told it was a "typo" mistake. I'll never forget the drive home when he literally went down a list of all the things he dreamed of doing with Alfred that would no longer happen. By the time dinner rolled around that day he was in a new state of mind & was equally if not more excited about having a daughter. 

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The Start of Summer 2021


Our home has been filled with the pinkest peonies from our yard, the brightest sunshine after a cold winter, and smiles + giggles that warm my heart like no other. 

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Mother's Day Weekend & Joy


Mother's Day weekend was perfect. All that I wished it to be and so much more. Ryan came home from a work trip on Friday night with a bouquet of white roses in his hand. Flowers are always a nice surprise for me because I'm an Ennegram 8 (known for buying their own gifts) and usually buy my own flowers. We had brunch on Saturday with New Orleans style beignets and fruit. My little brother works at the cutest place called The Market at Meadowbrook  and after brunch we went there for cappuccinos and cookies (two desserts in one day is always a good idea in Maggie Mermaid's world). Adding flowers to our yard and ferns to our front porch was my one and only wish for the day and so that is what we did. 

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Boho Motherhood Photographs to Cherish


We are going into Mother's Day weekend & as always my heart takes me back to life in 2016. Five years ago Magnolia was a five day old embryo frozen in time and stored at a hospital 45 minutes away. I know all of us have moments in life that are frozen in our hearts & minds, stored away just as vividly as the day they were created. I remember this time of year in 2016 like it was yesterday. I remember it so richly that tears are flowing down my face. Today, five years ago, we were exactly two weeks away from transferring our baby girl to my uterus. The life we live now was just a dream in our hearts then. Oh my goodness the grateful tears...

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Cheers to 40! A List of 40 Random Thoughts, Reflections & Loves.


40 feels like such a strange number, but also feels like a number full of all the best.  When I was 20 the age of 40 seemed so old, but now that I'm here I must say it's way better than 20. And before I get into any deep thoughts or reflections, I have to say that I thought I'd have a head full of gray hair by now & I don't. I am celebrating that. I have lighter brown & gray popping in right at my part & I also have my sweet sister that covers it for me every few months! I certainly don't want to sound vain talking about how age affects hair color & the body because at the age of 40 I think all my friends have come to realize the body is simply the seat of the soul. Although, I do believe loving the body & soul are equally important. I am a firm believer in taking supplements, drinking lots of water, meditating daily, getting enough sleep, moving the body, eating healthy, laughing often, finding joy in the simple, & practicing gratitude. If I could tell 20 year old Wendy one thing it would be this: "fall madly in love with yourself before anyone else." If I would have loved & protected my soul tenderly through my 20s and early 30s I would have saved myself from a lot of heartache. I don't have regrets, but I do have a heart full of lessons & for that I am grateful. 

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MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL WHO IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL


The other day she ran to the mirror and said "MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL WHO IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?" ✨✨✨ And since then we've been playing a game of swapping out the word "fairest" with other words like kindest, sweetest, funniest, prettiest, bravest and so on. Her confidence is off the charts! It's my mom mission to make sure the world doesn't take one single bit of 'four year old Magnolia's' confidence away from her. I just want to bottle it all up right now so every time she looks in the mirror she sees this little girl full of that matters plus some. ✌🏻

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Easter 2021


I think it goes without saying that Easter 2021 was a special one for so many! Last year we did Easter basket exchanges between a window of glass & this year we were all together again. The sound of the kids laughter was that much more beautiful. 

This was the year that Magnolia asked the sweetest questions from the backseat of the car. One sunny afternoon she asked, "mom, what does the Easter bunny look like?" I said I wasn't sure & asked what she thought he looked like. She told me she wasn't sure, but she'd dream about him and get back to me. A few days later she dreamed of the Easter Bunny! We found out that "SHE wears a pink & blue tutu, a princess crown, and she's tiny. She also goes apple picking in Grandma's woods!" 

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Well Mom, it's just YOU & ME now!


The other day my sister texted & reminded me of a story I cannot believe I forgot to write down. 

It was the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day. Ryan left for a work trip. Magnolia & I had my mom, sisters, and cousins over to our house. We had a little impromptu St. Patty's Day Heavenly birthday party for our grandma nanny in Heaven. The kids all wore their matching green lucky charm t-shirts, they ate cupcakes, and danced the afternoon away. Nothing lights up Magnolia's world more than playdates with her sweet cousins. As the fun day came to an end and dinner was approaching my mom decided to head home. Then my sister Haley & her girls left. Mallory & her babes stayed a little longer so the kids could play and we could chat. When it was time for them to head home, we walked them to the door & watched them load up the car. Magnolia & I were standing on the front porch. She took her little hands & put them on her hips and cheerfully said "Well Mom, it's just YOU & ME now!" She said it in a way that I knew she was looking forward to going back in the house & hanging with just me. I'm tearing up as I type this because in that very moment I was washed over with joy & peace. And a huge sense of relief. I cannot tell you how often I worry about her being lonely because she is an only child. All I know about siblings is that my sisters are my best friends. I cannot imagine life without them. I always felt we needed to give Magnolia that same blessing. 
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It's Feeling Like Spring Around Here


It's feeling like SPRING around here! It might be nine days from now, but we are already enjoying the sunshine + fresh air, birdies singing in the trees, and all the spring + Easter decor around our home. Last night the sky was illuminated with lighting and the sound of thunder boomed in the distance. Mags and I stayed up later than we had planned just to enjoy the strange blissfulness of the weather. 

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Don't Trade Your Authenticity for Approval


I turn 4-0 in April! And she turned 4 in February! 

I look at her & think about all that life has taught me that I am blessed to teach her. When I'm in deep thought, I realize she is the one teaching me. She loves with purity, she does what she wants, she never worries about what anyone thinks of her, she speaks her mind, she is kind & true. She is her authentic self. She is MAGGIE MERMAID full of all that sparkles and shines. I promise to do my damndest to keep her light shining bright always.

As I consciously parent her, one of the many things I have to be careful of doing is granting "approval." And saying this is good or this is bad, or you should say this or do that. As I make this effort to let her soul shine in its truest form I see that I get to relearn the same lessons.

+ It's okay NOT to be everyone's cup of tea.
+ It's okay to say no to things that you don't want to do. "NO THANKS!" carries a lot of power & the freedom feels so damn good.
+ Create boundaries that support YOUR flourishing.
+ Don't do things out of obligation. Do things out of love & joy.
+ You need to know who you are so you aren't told who you are.

I want unshakeable confidence to be her guiding light. Her love for herself should rise above all else. She only has one person to please - MAGGIE MERMAID. I hope she spends time in prayer and meditation so listening to her heart and following her dreams is as natural as eating, sleeping, & breathing.

Thanking God for the gift of motherhood & the gift of Magnolia. All children offer a gift - a reminder of how to be TRUE & AUTHENTIC!

p.s. off to make her toast with ketchup for breakfast!



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A Slice of Heaven on Earth


I often ask Mags what is her favorite thing that her & I do together. She always says "when we go to the park!" 

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A Valentine's Day to Remember


A Valentine's Day to remember. Magnolia, age four, her favorite love day gift: GLITTER PRESS ON NAILS! Mommy wore a robe around the house LITERALLY all weekend long #noshameinmygame! I added some red lipstick and mascara to spice up my look before our romantic candlelit dinner at home Sunday night. The house was full of fresh blooms thanks to the guy that spoils us rotten and puts up with a whole lotta sass from his two ladies.  Over a dozen shiny heart shaped balloons floated from room to room because Magnolia insisted we carry them around the house all weekend long, even to the bedroom for our attempted V-day nap. We made dark chocolate covered strawberries for dessert & they are to blame for the failed nap! The weekend was spent watching the snow fall as we blamed Magnolia's friend Elsa for freezing the town. We listened to a good share of romantic music. Ryan and Mags talked me into walking out in the bitter cold to watch a rom-com at the carriage house. Water was served in wine glasses for our carryout romantic dinner by candlelight. The living room became a dance floor. And my favorite part of the whole entire weekend was Magnolia's giggles as she was sandwiched between her mommy and daddy singing and dancing to our first dance wedding song "From Here to the Moon and Back" by Dolly Parton + Willie Nelson. Ryan is setting the bar very high for our Sweet Magnolia. He is the kindest husband and gentlest daddy. We didn't get fancy and go out on the town, but I have a really good feeling when we are old and thinking back on our life this will be the kind of weekend we miss the very most. 

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Freedom


Reflections on motherhood, because she is FOUR now & I get so sentimental around her birthday. 

If I had to describe my mom & grandparents "parenting/grand-parenting style" in one word it would be FREEDOM. As a grown woman I see so many children (& adults) that are constantly seeking the approval & validation of their parents and/or another person. And it makes me sad. If there is one thing I hope Magnolia grows up knowing it is that we will love her unconditionally no matter what. I didn't now this as a child, but I do now, that having the FREEDOM to be me is a huge blessing. I read this quote & felt like I needed to print it out for our walls, I WANT MAGNOLIA TO ALWAYS FEEL THIS FREEDOM!!! She might not always please the world (actually I hope she ruffles some feathers), but I pray she'll be happy, secure, and authentic. I pray that she follows her dreams & the path God has set out for her. 

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Magnolia's Frozen Fourth Birthday Party


MAGNOLIA CAROLINE IS FOUR YEARS OLD!!! How can it be!?! I feel like I've known her FOREVER, but I also feel as though it was just yesterday she was an itty-bitty baby. 

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A Valentine's Day Love Basket


January always feels like an extension of the holiday season as we have Magnolia's birthday party to plan the first week of February & we have one of our very favorite holidays to get excited about at the same time. VALENTINE'S DAY! 

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The Most Magical Month of 2020


December 2020, the most magical month of the year, unless of course we want to count February (also Maggie Mermaid's birthday month) when the whole entire world was naive to how it was all going to change right before our eyes. Christmas this year was nothing like years past, and I know that is true for anyone reading this. While many traditions were sadly skipped, I know Ryan & I felt the absence in our hearts much deeper than our sweet girl. I pray that Magnolia remembers this December as the one when her Elves - Poppy Poppy & Little Girl - arrived from The North Pole. The little stinkers TP'd our house on Christmas Eve. How dare they when 2020 is the year of the TP shortage? She will probably remember video chatting with Santa Claus and how he convinced her to use her electric tooth brush again. December was the month we also drank hot chocolate by the roaring fire literally every single day as Christmas movies played on repeat. We also tried hot chocolate bombs for the first time and they are as delightful and fun as they sound. And hot chocolate covered in whipped cream + chocolate syrup at all the restaurants and Starbucks too, of course, because we are obsessed. Santa's Bake Shop with my sister & nieces was a special night as the girls danced under the faux falling snow! We went shopping as much as we could, but we also had Amazon, FedEx & UPS at our house pretty much daily. We wore Christmas jammies for long afternoon naps cuddling together, Mag's did her usual modeling for Little Lucca Love, and we got fancy for our Christmas Tree Farm photos! We made the cutest Salt Dough Santa ornaments for the grandparents. I had the most fun decorating every inch of our house so that it would feel merry & bright for all of us to enjoy. Christmas music started playing on Alexa every single morning as the sun came up. We got dressed up fancy for dinner on the Country Club Plaza & then drove around after dinner to see all the mansions shining bright with the very best Christmas decorations. The Annual Gingerbread Party with the cousin crew was a day filled with too much sugar, lots of crazy laughter, and some not-so-structurally-sound gingerbread houses. Magnolia & I used the cute Gingerbread House decorations, that didn't make it on her crumbling house, to bake a cake for Christmas Eve. Our traditional dinner reservations were cancelled so we did carry-out and sat by glowing candles at our kitchen table. Mags & I drank out of wine classes and she felt as special as can be. We talked about our blessings together and to be honest the romance & intimacy may have been better than eating at the actual restaurant. And THEN SANTA ARRIVED with all her wishes and then some. It didn't snow on Christmas, BUT it snowed on New Year's Day & it was BEAUTIFUL. Magnolia laughed and screamed "THIS IS SO MUCH FUN" as Ryan pulled her rosy cheek baby doll face around our neighborhood. On Christmas break we went to the park & went for walks in the warm winter sunshine. Lastly,  I'm mushing a bit of January in here because my mom & I took Mags to my brother's restaurant earlier this week. We talked about her upcoming birthday party & he's going to bake her an extra special Frozen + Elsa cake & we CANNOT WAIT to see + taste it.  And now onto all the photos I have saved & need to share in my special spot here. 

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