oil routine: after yard work

I love getting my hands dirty in our yard.  We have a lot of yard, so it is a lot of dirt and a lot of work! I often get on a roll and keep working as long as possible but that means I end up with a horribly sore lower back and tons of bug bites and a hand that I can barely un-fist from all of the weed pulling and pains in the most random spots from squatting and lifting and pulling.  Who needs a gym membership when you have a big yard, can I get an amen??

After I come inside and drink a huge glass of water with a couple of drops of Wild Orange oil, I prep myself for my post-yard work essential oil routine.

Nashville Moms Oil Routine: After Yard Work

Deep Blue oil and rub:  ahhhhh just thinking about it makes my muscles relax.  This is comparable to an icy/hot situation that you can get at the pharmacy but it is so so so much better because it is all natural!  It is a delicious smelling soothing balm to my sore and achy body. This has a blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue Chamomile, helichrysum and osmanthus.  It comes in an oil or rub.  I use the oil straight on the most painful spots like my hand or wrist and use the lotion for a larger area like my low back.

Frankincense + Marjoram:  These two oils together are magical for relieving the pain deep inside that I can’t reach with my Deep Blue oil.  I put a few drops of each into an empty veggie cap and take them internally and the relief is almost instant.  Frankincense is the most power anti-inflammatory oil that you can get.  Marjoram works to relax muscles and eliminate spasms.

Purify: this blend works for those pesky bug bites behind the knee, on the ankle, everywhere that can just drive me crazy.  This blend is made up of lemon, lime, pine, citronella, melaleuca (tea tree oil) and cilantro. These oils work together to clean your skin and help pull out the toxins from the bug bite and almost instantly take the sting and itch away.  I also use lavender oil as well if it needs extra oil lovin’.

If you are interested in ordering or learning more about dōTERRA CPTG Essential Oils, please email us at thenashvillemoms @ gmail.com

Livelong Vitality

I have never really been a vitamin taker.  They always made me think of my grandparents who would take at least 15 with their meals and whose house often smelled a bit like a vitamin bottle.  So, I was pretty slow to jump on the LLV train.  However- I am now a believer and cannot praise these things enough!  The Lifelong Vitality vitamins from dōTERRA have been game changers for me in regards to my energy level (I only take a half dose and my energy level is through the roof), my mood, and my overall gut health.

dōTERRA Lifelong Vitality supplements

dōTERRA Lifelong Vitality supplements

One of the things I love most about dōTERRA is that they understand how important a strong nutritional foundation is for overall health.  Essential oils are magical but they won’t work on their own. The oils work to help your body heal itself, but that goes along with nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc.  Unfortunately, in this culture it is often really hard to find the nutrition we need from our foods (thanks for nothing, GMOs).  That is where LLV can come in to help!

Some of the reported results of Lifelong Vitality are

- cellular inflammatory response

- cellular longevity/lifespan

- increased energy/metabolism

- immune system support

- cardiovascular health

- bone and joint health

- stress management

- digestive health

- brain/cognitive health

- and so much more!

From dōTERRA: “dōTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality supplements are formulated with potent levels of essential nutrients and powerful metabolic factors for optimal health, energy, and longevity. Couples with dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils and a lifelong commitment to dōTERRA’s Wellness Lifestyle, they naturally support a lifetime of looking, feeling, and living younger, longer.”

dōTERRA is actually running an incredible deal right now where you can get a FREE one month trial of the oils.  Email us at thenashvillemoms @ gmail.com for more info!



Open House

A couple of weeks ago we went to Salt Lake City for dōTERRA’s annual convention.  It was amazing to get to know the wonderful company, meet so many new people, and see all of the fabulous new products!  We want to give you the opportunity to see, try, smell and fall in love with all of the new (and old) products.  So….we are hosting an open house and you are invited!   This is not a formal class and we will not be selling anything.  We just want to have you over to get to know you better and for you to get to know dōTERRA better.  This is a drop in from 3-5 this Sunday- October 5 at Joy’s house.  We will be having a little giveaway too!! FREE stuff, woohoo!  Please email us for the address or with any other questions: thenashvillemoms @ gmail .com

Hope to see you there!


We love oils!

If you follow us on instagram you know by now that we love us some dōTERRA Essential Oils!  We have both used them consistently for over a year now and don’t want to keep them a secret from you anymore.  We want everyone to know and experience what we have found in these all natural and completely amazing oils! We have used the oils to help maintain health, strengthen our immune systems, sleep more soundly, lift our moods, and oh so much more!  We have seen this plant “medicine ” transform our lives!  We are so excited to share what we have learned as well as tips on how to utilize these oils to implement more happy and healthy into your life too!

We are definitely planning lots of posts but wanted to give you a quick “what are essential oils anyway?” in case you have not been introduced to their amazingness before now! Essential oils are extracts from the roots, stems, flowers, bark, seeds, etc of plants.  In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease.  Essentially they do the same thing in us!  Essential oils can be used topically (on your skin), internally, or aromatically (by diffusing them or even just smelling them).  We are going to explain specifically how we use them and why we love them in future posts.

We have seen such improvements in our homes and lives and we are thrilled to be including you on our journey!

Nashville Moms top 5 essential oils

Joy: Balance, Bergamot, and On Guard.  I use Balance every single day to help with my anxiety- I can definitely notice a drastic difference in my overall mood if I skip this oil- it is my magic potion! Bergamot is in my diffuser every day- it works well with pretty much every other oil to make my house smell amazing.  On Guard is the best at keeping up our immune systems and we use it daily during cold/flu season especially on Dylan’s feet before school/church.

Rachel: Frankincense, Balance, and Whisper. These three are my holy trinity of oils. Since using Balance and Frankincense daily, I haven’t had a single vertigo attack. Y’all. That is huge for me. I was having them monthly, and it has now been 9 months since my last. They do a huge list of other things as well, that we will dive into another time. Whisper I use as a perfume but it also balances hormones and much more.

Sidenote: We are not doctors and have never been to medical school. We are just two moms who have found something that works amazingly well for us and we want to share. So feel free to follow along here on the blog, and on instagram. We are excited for what is to come!


We ADORE instagram.  It is by far our favorite social media forum.  We have both made dear friends via our beloved ig and post possibly too many photos of our darling girls but we are totally ok with that ;)  We are new to ig as @nashvillemoms so we do not have a ton of photos up yet, but please- let’s be instafriends!

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Here are our darlings, being darling.



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party: Audrey turns 2!

My darling niece turned 2 and she had a princess party!  I love a good party so I volunteered to help my brother and sis-in-law out any way they needed.  Fran was on top of the planning but I had fun adding some thing to the mix.  I had so much fun in fact, that I am considering starting a party consulting business of some sort.  Am I crazy?  If I am, then Rachel is crazy too because she wants to do it with me!  Let us know if you are interested! :)

Here are some pics of Audrey’s perfect princess party.

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I made the cake on the left.  It is strawberry cake with buttercream and fondant icing.  I love making cakes!  The cupcakes on the right are from Ivey Cake and they are DIVINE!

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I made the tassel garland that hung across the front of the porch.  It was super simple and I plan on posting a tutorial soon, so keep an eye out!

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Birthday girl!

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They had this awesome water slide and kiddie pool for the kids to play in…I am not going to lie, I wanted to get in that thing and play too!

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They also had this bounce house and it was a hit!

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Audrey getting hugs from Iris.

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Audrey's Princess Party - The Nashville Moms 11Matt made some cotton candy and it was delish! And while you’re at it, check out this video of a pretty awesome cotton candy creation.

Audrey's Princess Party - The Nashville Moms 12I made Audrey a little birthday crown!

Audrey's Princess Party - The Nashville Moms 13Sweet friends decorate princess crowns with the birthday princess!

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So many sweet little friends!Audrey's Princess Party - The Nashville Moms 24baby cuties

Audrey's Princess Party - The Nashville Moms 25We snapped a few family photos too!

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Fran also had some adorable cups and plates from MeriMeri that she got from Zulily.

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And just because I like to show reality, this is the mess in the playroom maybe an hour into the party….I am embarrassed that I took a photo and didn’t even try to help clean.  I just knew it would get messy again in .05 seconds anyway.  Sorry Fran! :)Audrey's Princess Party - The Nashville Moms 29

current reads

Last week our family went to the beach and I stepped back into old habits and read THREE books in four days.  I used to read all the time but got out of the habit in recent years.  I think having a kid might have had something to do with that :)  Here are the three books that I devoured last week.  Loved them all and can’t wait to see the latter two as movies soon! What books have you read this summer?  Any new ones I should add to my list?

update: I went to see The Fault In Our Stars last night and it was so so so so good.  One of the best book to movie adaptations I have ever seen.  I ugly cried in that theatre and it was amazing. I loved having read the book first, I already felt an emotional connection to the characters.  I read the book in one day, I highly suggest reading it first too! Now, go cry you some ugly tears too ;)

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