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DIY Coconut Oil Face Mask

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I've been using coconut oil for a while now in my cooking. 
I love the benefits of using it as well as the taste!
Coconut Oil is the freshest take on cooking! That’s because coconut oil is one of the most versatile cooking oils, perfect for sautéing, drizzling and even pan frying!
A few of my favorite dishes to use it in are stir fry, roasted sweet potato, and pan seared chicken.
I've tried a few different brands but have definitely loved LouAna Coconut Oil the best!
LouAna was born in Opelousas, Louisiana in 1820, a place where the food is an elemental expression of love, flavor, and family. 
With over 14 different types of cooking oil, LouAna has the perfect oil for all of your cooking needs.
Whether its sautéing, deep frying or baking, LouAna helps every type of cook put the best dish on the table each and every time.
So, If you’re looking for a mildly delicious coconut taste and aroma, then LouAna Unrefined Coconut Oil is perfect!

Not only do I love cooking with coconut oil, but I absolutely love using it for beauty benefits!
There are several different ways to use it for beauty purposes, but my favorite way I have found so far is to make a mask/cleanser out of it!
This mask is incredibly easy and has many benefits for your skin. 

So, what are those benefits you ask?
Here ya go!

1) Gets Rid of Acne: Baking soda and coconut oil scrub will help you easily fight acne without using harsh products from the drugstore. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of the two miracle ingredients together help treat the cause as well as reduce symptoms of acne and other breakouts. It also helps balance the skin’s pH which in turn will help prevent reoccurring breakouts.

2) SOFT skin! Using this mask/cleanser will gently wash away the rough outer layer of skin on your face revealing fresh and soft new skin. In turn, you'll notice your skin has a healthy glow to it.

3) Acts as GOOD oil: This acts as an absorbing agent to control excess oil. Controlled oil on your face decreases breakouts! 

It also helps even your skin tone, get rid of blackheads, get rid of dark spots, can help with sunburns, and can even be used in your hair to remove product build up on your scalp! 
Seriously, soo many benefits!

So, how do you make this miracle mask?
It's incredibly easy!

What you'll need:
-A medium bowl
-LouAna Liquid coconut oil
-Baking Soda
-Container to store in

-Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to medium bowl
-Add 1 tsp baking soda to bowl
-Stir until evenly mixed and white in color
-Massage about a tsp (more or less) of mixture in circular motions on your skin for 5-10 minutes focusing on trouble areas
-Rinse off with cold water and pat your face dry with a towel

Can you believe that is it?
It is so easy and so insanely good for your face!
But what do you do with all the leftover since you only use about a tsp each time??
I like to store mine in an air tight container so I can easily access it for each use!
I got my container at a craft store and I'm sure you can find one similar several other places.
I then used my vinyl cutter to make a little blue label for the front. 
I wrote on the words "scrub a dub dub" in hopes to keep my husband from throwing it away ;)
Since it looks like milky water, it's best to be safe haha.
I just attached that to the jar and had myself a cute little way to store my mask!

I highly suggest using LouAna Liquid Coconut oil for best results because LouAna is always the start of something good!
I purchased mine at My local Kroger Banner Store where they had several in stock and it was easy to find.
To easily find where you can purchase LouAna Coconut Oil click here!

Now tell me, what are your favorite uses for LouAna Coconut Oil??
You can also click here to save $1.00 on any LouAna Coconut Oil purchase!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

An Afternoon at SeaWorld, San Diego!

I had been talking about taking a trip back home for a bit because I wanted one last fun trip with both grandparents for Oaklyn before she becomes a big sister. 
When Hunter finally agreed to the idea and said he would try to get work off, I got so excited and started planning fun things to do!
We decided to take one of the days we were there to visit SeaWorld San Diego.
Growing up in San Diego, I never really took advantage of all it had to offer.
I went to SeaWorld on a field trip when I was a lot younger and again with family when I was still pretty young.
So, while this trip was definitely for Oaklyn... I was just as excited to go to SeaWorld for myself ;)

Most amusement parks are kind of out of the question for us right now because I'm in my third trimester of pregnancy and Oaklyn is just a few inches shy of riding most rides. 
From what I had remembered, SeaWorld seemed like the perfect place for our family at this stage of life.
Boy was I right!
Me, Hunter, Oaklyn, and Hunter's mom all went and that is a very wide range of ages... yet we all had lots of fun!
There was something entertaining and fun for all of us and Oaklyn got to see animals she had never seen before.

When we entered the park we honestly had no idea where to go, haha.
We had a map but just kind of decided to aimlessly explore and stop at the attractions that appealed to us.
The first thing we found was the Dolphin Encounter.
Other than Oaklyn's major meltdown (ohhh toddlers) I thought it was so cool!
You can see the dolphins above water doing all their fun tricks and below water by the glass!
I think dolphins just look so friendly and fun.
They always appear to be smiling and I just love that.
There was also someone over the loudspeaker explaining facts and details about dolphins I didn't know.
I loved that it was fun and educational for all ages. 

After that we tried to map out where we went based off show times.
The first show we saw was Sea Lions Live and it was the cutest thing ever!
I was so impressed with how well they were trained for the show and how clever the script was.
Oaklyn was fascinated by these animals she had never seen before and us adults were cracking up at the hilarious jokes.
That was by far my favorite show and my top recommendation for anyone who visits Seaworld.
We had planned on doing two other shows but ended up just going to the dolphin show and it was awesome!
One thing we all loved is how they personally introduced each dolphin and said how many children they had haha.
I also loved the fun and playful interactions between the trainers and dolphins.
I loved the upbeat and positive vibe of the show.
The dolphins did so many cool tricks and Oaklyn sat pretty still through the whole thing which I would say is a win!
Hunter said he now wants to be a dolphin trainer haha ;)

Okay, let's talk about the other things you can see while at SeaWorld...
There are so many different areas dedicated to specific animals. 
We loved seeing the penguins, sting rays, dolphins, and there are so many others!
This is a perfect teaching moment with little ones to help make the trip a little educational too.
There are always plaques with info on all the animals so I was learning quite a bit as well.
I love how happy all the animals look and how playful they all were!

Now let's talk rides...
Hunter loves rides and I may even love them more than him haha.
Clearly I wasn't able to go on any rides but Hunter had a blast on the two he went on!
He rode Manta and Journey to Atlantis and absolutely loved both!
He rode Journey to Atlantis twice because the line was super short and he thought it was so much fun.
It is a coaster and a water ride combined together. 
You get a little wet going down a big drop and then do the roller coaster part. 
Manta is a roller coaster that soars dives and twists just as a sting ray would.
Oaklyn discovered a new found love for rides this trip to San Diego and kept asking to go on them at SeaWorld.
They have two places for your littles to ride some rides...
The first place is Sesame Street Bay of Play with so many fun things for your toddler to do.
They also just opened a new area called Ocean Explorer and we spent a good chunk of time there letting oaks go on the rides.
She LOVED them!
They were the perfect size and speed for her and it was so fun watching her smile through each ride.

We had such a great afternoon at SeaWorld San Diego and can't wait to go back again!
I can't believe we'll have a second kid the next time we go!
Overall, SeaWorld gets two thumbs up from our family because we loved that there was something for everyone!
What is your favorite thing to do there?

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

**We received complimentary tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine alone.

It's Time To Think About Dad With Jord Watches

Hunter has been excited to become a father for as long as I've known him.
Back in our high school days we dreamed of having 10 kids running around our house.
Then we had one... Ha!
Even though our ideas of how many kids we are wanting have changed, Hunter's love for being a father hasn't.
Oaklyn will do the littlest things and Hunter can't stop talking about how perfect she is and how much he loves being her dad.
I never doubted whether or not he'd be a "good" dad, but I will say he has exceeded my expectations!

The day Oaklyn was born, I saw a new side of Hunter and it made me fall in love with him even more than I already had.
I wish you all could've seen his face the first time he laid eyes on her, it was like he had fallen in love all over again.
He was so natural holding her and taking care of her right from the start and even during the sleepless nights, he loved her more than she'll ever understand.
As Oaklyn gets older it is so fun for me to see their relationship.
She is the bossiest little girl with her daddy, but she also has the most special bond with him. 
She follows him around everywhere and is in full blown tears when he has to leave for work. 
Hunter cherishes every bit of time he gets to spend with her and loves looking back on memories.
It is beyond cute to see him get emotional about his little girl.
Since being a father is one of his biggest passions in life, I've been thinking about how I can make Father's Day special for him this year.
I want him to know how much we appreciate and value all he does as a father.

Thanks to Jord Wood Watches, I think we found the perfect gift!
Hunter was so excited to pick out his favorite watch and put some serious thought into which one he should get. 
He ended up picking a men's watch from the Dover series in Olive and Acacia.
When the package arrived, we liked it even better in person than online!
It really is such a unique watch and Jord has made it possible to engrave a personalized message or saying into the watch as well!
We engraved "Forever Moore" into the inside of Hunter's wedding ring and love it!
I think it's an awesome idea to engrave a message into a Jord watch as well.

We gave Hunter his watch early so I could let you all know about this awesome Father's Day gift idea ahead of time, but it was just as special doing it early.
It was so fun for me to watch Oaklyn bring her daddy his Father's Day gift.
She kept oohing and ahhing over it and was so sweet to Hunter.
I always love pictures of the two of them together because it captures how much they love each other.
This is the first Father's Day that Oaklyn understands a little better so it was so fun having her be involved in the gift giving.

This Father's day gift was a huge hit and I know it will be with the father in your life too!
There are so many stylish options that can be dressed up or down and the option to customize it with engraving!
I love how on Jord's website it says: " The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time."
So, it's "time" to think about dad, and give him a gift that he'll really love!
Jord Wood Watches are perfect for dad's everywhere!
Because we've loved Hunter's new watch so much I've teamed up with them for a giveaway!
The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Jord!
Click Here to enter the giveaway!

I hope you all will love this company as much as we do!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Luxury Wooden Watch

Thank you to Jord for sponsoring this post!

Preparing for Baby C With Dreft Purtouch!

Thank you to Dreft for sponsoring this post!

When I was pregnant with Oaklyn, I had a list of a million things to do before she came. My whole pregnancy I was preparing for her arrival and making sure we were set for the big day she entered into the world. This time around, I have felt so much more relaxed about the preparation side of things because we already have everything we need for baby girl! It has been so nice to just take out all the things we already have so they can be used for our second little girl. However, I stumbled across the list I made for Oaklyn's arrival the other day and saw "wash all baby clothes." I remember so vividly doing a few loads of laundry with just little baby clothes and getting so excited as I folded them. Right after finding that list I pulled out the boxes of baby clothes and sorted them into piles based off size. Next up, to wash them!

When it came to picking a detergent for washing all the baby clothes, the choice was simple. I went with Dreft purtouch for several different reasons. Dreft is already known as the #1 pediatrician recommended baby detergent brand but they recently came out with the new Dreft purtouch formula which is 65% plant based, hypoallergenic, and made with naturally-derived ingredients so it is gentle on baby's skin. Oaklyn and I both have sensitive skin so I don't want to take a chance with this little girl! Dirt, excess dyes, and processing chemicals can linger on baby's clothes so pre-washing can help protect your new little bundle's skin. Nine out of ten dermatologists recommend making sure to wash baby's clothes before using them. 

Washing baby C's clothes and hanging them up makes her coming feel so much more real! Since she is getting mostly hand-me-downs of baby products, it feels so fun to do something to prepare for her. I can't believe how itty bitty the newborn clothes are and it made me remember how sensitive fresh, little babies are. That's why I'm making sure to use the #1 pediatrician recommended detergent.

The bottle is also 100% recyclable! I love that Dreft is creating another option for parents who are seeking products with natural based ingredients!

Do you love Dreft purtouch as much as we do??

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Current Favorites with Lorena Canals, Milestone World, & Finn and Emma

As many of you know, I'm all about trying new brands and products.
It's always fun to see if something lives up to all the hype it was given or if it falls short of what everyone says. 
Everyone has their own opinions about different brands and products, and I love sharing mine!
When I find something I absolutely love, I have to share it with everyone!
So today, I'm sharing three brands with products we absolutely love!

First off are these cards from Milestone World. At first, I have to admit that I didn't totally see why I needed these. As time went on in Oaklyn's life, I realized just how perfect they are for a busy mama. I have missed writing down so many important dates in Oaklyn's first year of life because I just didn't make it a priority. With these cards I remember to snap a quick photo of her with each milestone and it makes memory keeping SO much easier! There is also a spot to fill in the date on each card so you can easily look back and remember when each milestone happened. It has been so much easier than making my own scrapbook and I no longer have to feel guilty about not remembering important dates!

Next are the clothes from Finn and Emma. They have toys as well and we love the wood rattle teethers. They are untreated Indian hardwood with a non toxic finish, and are filled with beans. They make the cutest noise and photos ;) However, the pants that I got for Oaklyn from them easily became our favorite. Their clothes are 100% organic cotton, G.O.T.S certified, and made with non toxic and eco friendly dyes. Not only that, but they are SO comfortable! Oaklyn asks for her "comfy pants" during every single nap. I don't blame her! Check out all their awesome 100% organic products!

Lastly, and far from least, is this amazing rug from Lorena Canals! I seriously wish I had known about these way earlier in life! Why? Because, they're machine washable! Yes, you read that right! When it gets dirty you can literally just pick it up and throw it in the wash. No weird cleaners, no going to the laundromat, no beating the rug outside... literally pick it up and throw it in your washing machine. The rug I got when we first got married seriously never got cleaned because it was just way too hard. We vacuumed over it when we remembered but after just one year of use, it was trashed. I want a Lorena Canals rug in every single room because they are everything every mom wants and needs! They are cute, stylish, and SO functional! We have this cute one, but there are so many fun prints and patterns that I really want them all! ;)

I highly suggest going and checking all of these shops out! You won't regret it!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Holy smokes, where is time going??
I hit the third trimester this week and I'm seriously in shock that this pregnancy is 2/3 of the way done.
You know when you first hear your due date you're thinking, "that is SO far away!"?
Well, now I'm thinking... "wait, can we push this due date back a little? I'm not ready!"
I definitely am getting more and more excited and anxious, but I've got a whole lot to do to be ready for this little miss!
I also can't believe how little I've posted about this pregnancy.
This has been the craziest and busiest time in our marriage and time is literally flying by.
I thought I'd finally do a little bumpdate though because I was so good about it with Oaklyn and this child should at least have one haha.

These were the exact same questions I used with Oaklyn so here we go!

How Far Along? 28 Weeks!
Weight Gain: I try really hard not to look at the scale at each appointment so i'm not sure ;) I'm also not sure why I left this question on here...
 Maternity Clothes? I have all my maternity jeans from when I was pregnant with Oaklyn and I'm still loving them! However, I was my biggest with her in the winter so baggy sweaters did the trick. This time around I'm having a hard time being comfy in clothes! I'm kind of living in swing dresses. 
 Sleep? Sleep is harder when you have a toddler. I can't just plop down and take a nap like I did with Oaks. But when I actually fall asleep I stay asleep pretty well. As long as i have my legs wrapped around a pillow ha.
 Best moment this week? This might sound silly, but I've been having a hard time with how quickly my body changed this pregnancy. I feel like I'm never fitting in clothes and it's just a pain to get dressed. The other day though, I got dressed and actually felt good in what I was wearing! Silly I know, but was good for my pregnant self esteem. 
 Weird pregnancy moment? Saying goodbye to my belly button... I forgot how weird it is when your stomach grows and your belly button disappears
 Movement: This child is much different than Oaks. Oaklyn was her most active from this point til about 38 weeks. This one will just all of a sudden kick so hard it literally hurts then be done for a while. She really likes to press outwards and dig into my ribs too. 
 Food Cravings: It's something new each week but right now I'm craving a chick fil a sandwich with lots of chick fil a sauce on the daily, shaved ice, ice cold water, dr pepper (thank goodness for caffeine free because I get this craving at like 10pm...), and a fried egg on toast ha.
 Anything making you queasy? Smells. Ugh, my sense of smell is ridiculous. Oaklyn's diapers do not help this situation at all!
 Gender: Last we checked, it's still a girl! Thank goodness too, I hardly have to buy anything!
 What I'm looking forward to: Seven Peaks opening! We got passes and even though I'm dreading being in a bathing suit, I can't wait to float in a pool!
Best Advice Learned So Far: Ignorance is bliss ha! I was so high strung with Oaks and had to have all the best baby gear and latest gadgets. I had a never ending checklist of things I thought we absolutely needed and it totally stressed me out. I've been trying to just not care as much about all that stuff this time and it's helped a ton!

Well, here's to hoping we have a smooth 12 weeks til this lady arrives!
I have a lot to do to get Oaks ready for a little one, but I'm so excited to watch her be a big sister :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Thoughts On Two

The other day I sat in the middle of our last home, moving boxes and chaos spread all around me, and pretty quickly I felt sick to my stomach. 
Here we were, days away from moving to our third home in 8 months and I felt so guilty that Oaklyn's little world would be turned upside down again.
 I looked over at the boxes of baby clothes that were once brand new, just waiting for her arrival.
 Now here they are, waiting for Oaklyn's baby sister. 
I again felt sick, how am I supposed to rock her world yet again in just a few months?

Not much later I thought back to the moment Hunter and I left our home as just the two of us for the last time.
We stood in the kitchen and hugged, tears were streaming down my cheeks from the pain of contractions... but also realizing our little world as just the two of us was about to drastically change.
I was terrified for this new chapter, excited yes, but terrified more than anything.
It wasn't going to be just the two of us anymore, and I just wasn't sure if I was ready for that yet. 

I was pretty much an emotional wreck the first few months of Oaklyn's life as I was trying to get used to my new role as a mommy. 
One day though, I woke up not remembering life without Oaklyn.
Her sweet smile and chubby little hands felt like they had been in my life forever and trying to remember life before her felt so meaningless.
Hunter is smitten by her and my heart aches when I go longer than a few hours without seeing her.
She really is everything to us and though some days feel much longer than others, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

At one point in time, having her in our lives was brand new and took some serious getting used to.
Now, life wouldn't be the same without her in it.
I feel so much comfort in knowing that one day we will feel the same about little baby C.
At first, it'll probably be different and overwhelming for Oaks.
But one day, I'll see them playing at the park together and wonder how we ever lived life without two.
I'll admit that I'm scared to bring another little one into this world, but Oaklyn is getting a lifelong friend in a few months and I can't wait for the two of them to meet.

Oaklyn is my best little buddy. No words will ever be able to explain the love I feel for her. 
We spend every single day together and share some of my favorite memories.
She made me a mother and for that, we'll always have a special bond.
She taught me how to love unconditionally and she trusted me when I had no idea what I was doing.

It scares me to think that in a few months I have to divide my love between two, but I'm also so thankful that Heavenly Father has blessed me with the opportunity to love this much again.
This Mother's Day, my heart is so full of love for my two girls.
I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to love the way a mother does.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy