Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites



Reading my book by the fire when the weather decided to turn back to winter for a few days. I'm not a fan of the cold, but I am a fan of a cozy fire!



"Good times, bad times, and everything in between - God has never ever left my side."

He really is so good to us. Am I right?!

For more inspiration, follow my Pinterest board, Words to Love.






Yeah I know, florals for spring... groundbreaking. Ha! But tis the season, so I rounded up some of my favorite floral pieces right now. They are all from Nordstrom, and you know what that means - free shipping and free returns! Oh I just love online shopping! I have this cross front floral top and absolutely love it, and I'm eyeing this cold shoulder floral wrap dress - both under $50!!


30 Day Thigh Slimming Challenge.... hello beach legs!

A beautiful makeover for an antique table.

I want the steps on our deck in the backyard to look just like this... I mean, swoon.







This week has been exceptionally refreshing - I think it's because I met with both of Bible Study groups this week. I'm a part of a weekly small group with my girls from church and a monthly small group with some of the girls I used to teach with. 

So once a month I have the pleasure of meeting with both in one week, and I gotta say... diving into the Word with women I love twice in one week = powerful stuff. I am so happy the Lord placed all these amazing women in my life, and I always leave Bible study feeling so thankful for friendship and fellowship! 

Chris left on Wednesday for a ski trip with his buddies, so I have the place to myself this weekend. I always miss him when he's away, but I see a lot of bubble baths and chic flicks in my future, and I'm not mad about it.What are your plans this weekend? I hope you have a great one! As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Let's Talk About Essential Oils


Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've probably heard about (and maybe even used) essential oils. And if you're anything like me, then you probably didn't care to learn more about them or to try them because they just seemed like another health gimmick that would cost money with no real benefits. It wasn't until I started exploring natural ways to help with our infertility struggles that I became interested in learning more about essential oils and their benefits.

I was seeing an acupuncturist here in Nashville for fertility help, and during my weekly treatments she would use oils to help me relax and to treat certain symptoms - like a runny nose, headache, or stress. I was blown away at how they made me feel and that they actually worked! Not to mention, just stepping in her office instantly calmed me because of the oils she was diffusing. This definitely sparked an interest, and I began to research more about oils and their uses/benefits.

In the meantime, I was also reading a book on how to maximize fertility naturally (given to me by my doctor), and I started to learn so much about how everything we put in and on our body really does matter.  Our world is full of toxins and chemicals - which are in all of our medicines, lotions, perfumes, deodorants, cleaning supplies.... everywhere.

Now I know you're probably thinking that you've heard this a million times and that you really don't care about toxins and chemicals because you feel "fine." I was one of those people too. I thought I was pretty healthy. I've never had any major health issues - so why should I care if my environment and everything I eat or put on my body is full of bad things? It wasn't affecting me. Or so I thought.

I'll be sharing more about my health and wellness journey in future posts (I'm even thinking about starting a bi-monthly wellness newsletter - let me know if you would be interested in that!), but for now I'll just say that what I was eating and the products I was using could be the very reason I'm not pregnant yet. Those things could also be directly related to years of migraines, stomach pains, and sleeping issues.

But we'll dive into all that another time... for now I want to stick to the oils. To make a long story short, after using (and loving) them for a few months with my acupuncturist and doing a little research of my own, I decided that I wanted to bring the power of oils into our home. Since then, Chris and I have both experienced the enhancing benefits of essential oils - and now I have one mission: to share it with others!

To get started, I want to share what essential oils are and why you should use them:

  • They are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots flowers, and other parts of plants.
  • When the oils are extracted from the plants, they can be used as single oils or in oil blends to increase emotional and physical wellness.
  • If properly extracted (which by the way, the oils you can buy off Amazon or in grocery stores are not properly extracted and bottled, but doTERRA guarantees pure essential oils through our CPTG testing - read more about that here) essential oils have the unique ability to benefit people in all areas of life, whether in food preparation, beauty treatment, or health practices.
  • They are truly "gifts of the earth," which is the latin meaning of doTERRA, and they are now being used in countries throughout the world as a safe, simple, and powerful means of enhancing health and personal well-being.
  • When diffused, certain oils can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Using essential oils aromatically can also purify the air of unwanted odors and enrich your home with the lively benefits of oil fragrances.
  • Oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically to match the needs of you and your family.
  • Oils can also be used internally to support a variety of health needs. The internal use of oils provides a natural way to receive the health benefits your body needs.













Photos | Catherine Truman Photography

So now you have a little background information on why I decided to start using essential oils and hopefully know a little more about them! I signed up with doTERRA and could not be more pleased with their products and the company as a whole. I started with the Home Essentials Kit, which includes 10 of our most popular oils, a diffuser, a product guide, and an introductory packet with all the information you need to understand and use oils! 

There are other starter kits to choose from too - you can look around at all of them on my page here (just click the "shop" tab and then "kits"). If you are interested in learning more or getting started, please don't hesitate to reach out to me! I will even send you some free samples if you are interested - you can email me at doterraoilternatives@gmail.com or comment below and I will contact you for your address to send you free samples!

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family's health - I hope you'll join me on this oil journey to healthier and happier you! Thanks so much for reading!

PS. You don't have to sell oils to have an account and enjoy their benefits!
PSS. You don't have to buy a kit to get started! You can start small - message me for details!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello Spring!


Happy first day of spring!! These photos were taken a few weeks ago on a beautiful spring-like day, and I couldn't be more excited that the official start of spring is now here. Hopefully the cold temps are behind us and we only have sunny days ahead! Spring is like a breath of fresh air - I'm looking forward to longer days, dinner on the patio and planting some spring flowers!

So how was your weekend? If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (username: annaleewhite) then you probably saw that I completed my first half marathon yesterday!! I have been training for weeks, and it felt so good to see my hard work pay off in yesterday's run. Running 13.1 miles isn't an easy task, but you can do anything you put your mind to - trust me! Accomplishing a goal always feels good, and I'm happy to have that run checked off the list... but it definitely won't be my last half marathon!

Anyway... let's move on to this outfit! This cold shoulder top is such a great steal - only $35 and comes in a few colors. And in even better news, this Cult Gaia Handbag is finally back in stock!! It is so popular this season and sells out fast.. so get your hands on one today while they are available! It is so cute in person and is literally the perfect handbag for spring and summer! For size reference, mine is the small and is just the right size. I hope you have a great start to your week and lovely spring day! Thanks for reading.









Photos | Catherine Truman





Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Favorites



A mid-week coffee date to escape the cold!


"To all the days here and after - May they be filled with fond memories, happiness, and laughter!"

An old Irish toast I came across in honor of St. Patricks Day!

For more inspiration, follow my Pinterest board Words to Love.






To celebrate St. Patricks Day, I rounded up some of my favorite green things! Green is going to be a popular color for 2017, and I've already seen tons of green tops and dresses popping up everywhere. This beautiful green wrap dress from Banana Republic is so pretty in person and is perfect for so many occasions - plus it's currently on major markdown!! This flirty top is so cute and under $40! Are you wearing green today?!

Healthy Avocado Deviled Eggs for St. Patricks Day


The coziest living room space




That article on ways to feel better when you're stuck in a rut came in handy this week. I don't know if it was the return of the cold weather or the fact that I came down with an upper respiratory infection, but I was definitely in somewhat of a rut over the past few days. Thankfully, I came out of it and I'm starting to feel better - just in time for my half marathon that's on Sunday! It's my first half.. so wish me luck!! Things have been quiet here on the blog lately, but no worries - I've been working behind the scenes on a lot of things soon to come... including a page makeover, so stay tuned! What are your plans this weekend? Hopefully it's warming up where you are! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Are You A Rule Breaker?


I'm a total rule follower. I was the girl in elementary school who wouldn't dare pass notes during class and the teenage girl who wouldn't even think about running a stop sign or red light. In college it would have been easy to skip class every now and then with no parents around, but I couldn't bring myself to do it - why? Because I believe in following the rules. Rules mean structure and routine - two things I'm all about.

But let's get real - some rules are just stupid. Like who in the world made it a fashion rule that you can't wear white after Labor Day or before Easter?!! It's the one rule I just refuse to follow. I am especially against the rule during this specific time of year - so close to spring but Easter is still weeks away. The sun has been shining and the birds singing -making me want to lighten up my wardrobe.... so bring out the white jeans!!

These white jeans are the best I've ever owned! I absolutely love the fit and the cropped, relaxed cut. I have been wearing them non-stop so far! You just can't beat a good white jean because they go with everything - even a pretty white sweater. Just like I love black on black, I'm also a big fan of white on white! I think it's such a refreshing, clean look that's perfect for the spring and summer season.

So tell me... are you a rule breaker?!







Photos | Catherine Truman


Lace up sweater, old, similar here | White Jeans (run true to size) | Booties | Sunglasses | Earrings | Clutch



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