Sweet & Spicy Essentials

Motherhood, Essential Oils, Motivation, Crafty Mamas

Who Are You & Who Do You Aspire To Be? I’m so excited you are here! As part of my collaboration in the #lovemyself2020 Challenge in a Leap Year (29 days and 29+ ways to appreciate who you are, I decided to create my first ever “i am” board. You may have heard of this …

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Using Essential Oils in Your Home for Emotional Support Did you know inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell? When the molecules reach the brain they affect the limbic stystem too. Emotional life is largely housed in the limbic system. (emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory and olfaction) …

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It’s Sunday! I love a Sunday. I’m going to tell you right now that I’m not sure what all this about “Sunday Funday” or “Day of Rest” means to me. I truly want to do all the things that will set me up for a better week. I also just want to relax and ignore …

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Stretching Is A Great Way to Love Your Body This month we’re focusing on elements of self love and self care. The benefits of stretching are physical and mental. It is something you can do to keep healthy and hold on to your mobility later in life. Stretching is a great way to give yourself …

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Trying to motivate yourself to do more of the things you want to do this year? Me too! I tend to focus on the day-to-day mess and hustle of raising a family. It doesn’t leave tons of leftover time or energy for me, so I intentionally sat myself down with an art project. Here’s what …

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Enjoy! We had lots of fun creating this challenge. Scroll down for more information on individual blogs and social media links. Creators of #lovemyself2020 Challenge: Morgan, Kelly, Sam, Katie, Ruth and Jessica budding-joy.com | katiealexanderblogs.com | colourfulhope.co.uk | chicaconfident.com | sweetandspicyessentials.com and hereimumagain.co.uk Welcome to the #lovemyself2020 Challenge It’s free! Grab your journal and get …

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Hello, I hope you’ve been enjoying the #lovemyself2020 Challenge I’ve been taking part in and promoting. Today I’d like to share a bit about taking some extra time to help yourself feel physically and mentally more prepared for your week. The weeks when I do this go much more smoothly for me. I’m talking about …

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Who Else Adores Pie?

January 22, 2020


Raise your hand if you’re all in for pie!

Tomorrow is National Pie Day! I nearly always learn what the “national day” is well into or after the actual day, but this time I’m early! Ha! I can make a pie if I hurry up and get my plan together. Any dish that has a crust with a filling qualifies as a pie, but the 4 main types are:

  • Cream
  • Fruit
  • Custard
  • Savory

What’s Your Favorite Pie?

I personally like them all. You’re not going to believe this, but some people don’t like pie. I know, crazy right? If I had to choose my favorite, I’m not sure I could! It might be a tie between Strawberry Rhubarb and Pecan. Or Lemon. Maybe a good tart Apple Pie with a nice crumb topping. Now I really want pie.



It’s like this day was created just for me to finally share my amazing collection of Pinterest pie pins… Please enjoy and as always, share here if you have any amazing recipes for pie! If you like my Pinterest board, please follow me!

PS: Why is National Pie Day not on 3/14? It’s a mystery!

Mantras that inspire. February 2020

I’m very excited to announce that beginning in February, I will be involved in a motivational challenge with several other bloggers. Our shared content will cover the entire month of February. I hope you’ll check it out and spread the word. In anticipation of this coming challenge, I have compiled a list of mantras to …

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Tar-get Musts

January 12, 2020


Recently I had a friend make a post on social media about how she plans to avoid any trips to Target from now on because she always ends up buying extra stuff she doesn’t need and needless to say it’s bad for the budget. I hear that! I have imposed a similar ban on Costco in the past as well. I enjoy strolling the aisles solo with my latte, dreaming about how awesome my house is going to look one day when I finally get my office and every other room just right. After years of shopping with kids in my cart, going solo is surprisingly relaxing. When I have a few extra minutes I like to walk around and absorb the idea of the stuff.

But sadly, Target is counting on me to impulse buy every way I turn. Sometimes I can hold-off, sometimes I fold. So this got me thinking about Target and my recent connection with them as a Target affiliate web site.

Spend $35, get free shipping & free returns (link)

First off, if you really want some things from Target but don’t trust yourself to go in or have young children and try to avoid shopping with them, then one amazing new option is ordering online and then picking your order up at the store. They bring it to your car! Now where was this service when I had littles? Anywho, Walmart offers a similar service. I use the Walmart service often and it’s excellent in my area…if you remember to order the day before. Grocery service is not part of my affiliation, but online shopping is… #affiliate

Items to buy at Target

My research tells me these are the Items to buy at Target. Some other things like books and electronics don’t offer as much savings typically.

Cutest doormats in town from Target. https://goto.target.com/E1XL9
Target #affiliate
  • Generic Drugs
  • Toys
  • Up & Up products like TP and sandwich baggies, etc.
  • Dollar Spot Finds
  • Organic food brands Simply Organic and Simply Balanced
  • Super cute accessories like jewelry and bags
  • School Supplies (tons of styles)
  • Home Decor (Hearth and Hand Magnolia, need I say more?)
  • Threshold Sheets (I have 3 sets of these and they are soft, deep corners, don’t shrink and nice patterns.)
  • Target Brand Diapers
  • Cheap doormats (and super cute options too! #TargetStyle)
  • Auden Bras
  • Smartly Brand Cleaners (but I now use essential oils instead) 🙂
  • Archer Farms Trailmixes
  • Kids Brand Clothing (Cat & Jack)
  • Wellness Products

What kind of items do you buy from Target? If you know of something extra good at Target, do tell! Comment below.

As a Target Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you make a purchase through my website, I could earn a small commission, but it will in no way effect your cost. Thank you!

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