Our Christmas Home Tour 2018

If you’re like me, you enjoy seeing how others deck the halls. This is only our second Christmas in this little ole’ farmhouse, so I still get such joy from sprucing it up for the holidays. But who am I kidding, I’ll still get joy from it 10 years from now because Christmas is just the best.

I like to keep things simple and cozy. In the last eight Christmases of being married and decorating the home for the holidays, I’ve learned a few things along the way. Less is truly more - although like any person, I have to fight the urge to not get all of the cute things I see.

I try to stick to the basics around here during Christmas. A few things of garland around the doors, poinsettias on the porch, Eucalyptus here and there, a vintage Nativity and a few Santas placed throughout. Over time I have taken things out of my decor and sold them because they no longer felt like “me” or I gave them away because I was purchasing inexpensive things in the past. Not that the things I purchase now are expensive, but I try to avoid all of the little knick knacks that are easy to accumulate over time. I try to make sure that something will really have a home if I purchase it and is something that truly brings me joy.

I think it’s all about making your home fit you and your family. I love a mix between nature, some vintage looking pieces and then some modern things. Perhaps your Christmas does include cute little trinkets or a village that goes on for days, or perhaps your decor is minimal and consists of just a few garland touches. Whatever it may be, I hope it brings you joy! It’s all about making your home cozy for the winter and enjoying the season of twinkling lights, hot coco and the smell of spruce!

Also disclaimer, my flowerbeds aren’t in tip top shape…ha!

For my tips on making the home cozy for the winter, check this post out. You can also find my favorite diffuser blends for the holidays here.

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Why Mothers Can't Balance It All

Mamas, listen up.

I have something to share with you and it’s something we all need to hear. Like for reals.

Have you ever thought about the pressure to balance it all? Have you ever thought about how you’re trying to balance motherhood, work, housework, fitness, Jesus and like everything else under the son?

I am right there with you. I try to balance it all too and sometimes feel like I struggle with the balance. Sometimes I feel like when I get a little bit of balance, one thing slips by and I lose grip of it and then I feel like I’ve failed.

No one informed me prior to motherhood just how many hats that I’d wear. Whether you work or not isn’t even a part of it, because the hats of motherhood are enough for a full time job. Chauffeur. Chef. Launderer. Butt wiper. Counselor. Maid. Stylist. AND. SO. MUCH. MORE. That hats of motherhood are endless and often times, we feel like we fall short.

I can’t tell you how many times I have prayed to be able to balance things better. To be able to manage things and have more peace and patience and kindness. To do my absolute best for my children.

And then someone said something one day that was like one of those “AHHHAAAAA” moments. There should NEVER be balance when discussing things vs motherhood or even Jesus Christ. Never. Balance makes things equal. Balancing my workload with motherhood isn’t good, right? My children come first. Balancing laundry and my family isn’t correct. My family comes first!

You guys, balancing things makes them equal. Why would we want our children to be equal to our jobs, our gym time or our housework? I surely don’t want that. My children come first. Jesus comes first. My husband comes first. All of those other hats I wear and “jobs” I have can wait sometimes. I can tip the scales because as it turns out, my family weighs much more than all of those jobs.

We navigate motherhood by trying to just balance it all. We have older generations tell us to enjoy it more and let the laundry wait. I’m the first one to think they are crazy because STUFF HAS TO GET DONE. Am I right?!?! But if we are balancing it all too much, then we’re letting the precious moments slip by. We’re letting what is most important in life become equal to the things that can wait. We’re getting the scales steady but we’re missing the bigger picture.

So join me as we try to stop this habit of balancing it all. Let’s take back motherhood and make the most of it. Let’s uneven the scales and put motherhood (and Jesus) back where they go. Let’s stop the mindframe that working mothers have to balance it all; that boss babes have to balance children and computers all day; and that women have to balance all of the many, many hats they wear.

We are mothers. That’s where the good stuff lies. That’s where the tiny joys are found, the belly laughs come from and the sweetness of life lives. That’s where true happiness can be found. That side of the scale is where all of the things we can’t live without are. So I never plan to balance that unconditional love with the load of laundry sitting in the washer.

My family deserves me and all of me. And so does yours. The next time you feel completely overwhelmed, take a step back and adjust the scales. Lift up the side that matters and make them the focus. The other stuff can wait. Laundry can always be rewashed.

I pray I’ve never balanced my children equal or lesser than to the things that don’t really matter in life. But you know what? I’m human, so I probably have. I’ve failed and I’ll continue to fail again. I know I’ve put Jesus Christ uneven to things as well. I’m broken and that I know. But grace and mercy and His love, gives us the chance to get back up and try again. It gives us the chance to change the scales and make them right. It gives us a new day and a new try.

So here’s to tipping the scales to where they need to be. Here’s to throwing away the hat of balance and remembering what’s most important in life. And yes, here’s to likely rewashing a ton of clothes…









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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Why I Use Essential Oils

The Mushy Mommy and Essential Oils

Five years ago seems like a long time. But over five years ago a journey for me began that I would have never quite predicted. I was just like every other mama - I had a baby registry filled with popular baby brands and products such as Johnson and Johnson’s and I had not much thought really to the things we were using on our skin.

I suppose when I think back, there were signs that this would be “me” one day. As newlyweds with a small budget, I tried to squeeze organic items into the grocery cart sometimes just because I figured, “they must be better for us.” I didn’t know why. When my daughter was born and I had a stock pile of Johnson and Johnson’s, I opted for the “natural” version first. I didn’t really know why. For as long as I can remember, I never really took over the counter medicines - I just always let things run their course. Again, I didn’t know why.

Sometimes we do things and we don’t even realize that there are subconscious reasons why we are doing them. I look back now and realize that I did know there were “healthier” ways of living and I sometimes chose those ways, but I didn’t know why.

And then one day when my daughter was about three months old I was sent an article about Johnson and Johnson’s baby products and it lit a fire under me. I began researching and returning things back to the store. I began reading books like “Healthy Child, Healthy World” and educating myself on ways to protect my health and most of all, my baby’s health.

Aside from being a natural birth junkie and a die hard breastfeeding mama, I wasn’t some tree hugging hippie. I was just a girl on a mission to make our home a safer place. I was just a mama bear protecting her cub. Being a hippie was something that slowly evolved because I chose it.

While on my journey of changing my baby’s skin care products, our cleaning products and then later my own beauty products, I kept coming across information on essential oils. You’d think they were this new, hit thing, but it turns out they were not. I was just new to the picture. So off I went to the local health food store for some errrllllssss.

Oils are My Love Language

And I found them. In fact, I found a few different brands and asked a few questions, but I knew little. I was deceived and thought that a brand was locally made because it had a local logo on it. I knew little about these oils or how to use them or how they even worked. Like um, how does just smelling a plant make me happy? Can someone please explain that?!?!

So to speed this life story up some, I later attended a Young Living class, heard all of the spill and went home begging for a starter kit.

I knew it was what I needed! It was what we needed!

And I am here to say that it took me nearly three freaking years to make them a huge part of my life. Which was so dumb.

I mean I used them and all, but not religiously. I didn’t educate myself on them and I didn’t really use the groups that I was a part of the way that I should have. Then one day comes and I’m pregnant and sick as can be with sinus junk and those oils freaking worked. They helped me more than the junk I was told to use by my doctor!

And they’ve been helping US ever since.

You see I use essential oils for everything. From cleaning to skin care, mosquito bites to respiratory support and emotions to sleep. When my mind is racing, I use oils. When I feel anxious, I use oils. When my kids are crazy, they get oils. When our noses are stuffy, we have oils. When they color on something, we have oils. When our skin is a little cray cray, we have oils. When I want to prevent wrinkles, I have oils. When everyone around you is sick, we have oils. And so on and so on.

I use oils because God placed those precious plants here for us. Essential oils aren’t some new fad, they are biblical and historical. They are what so many have used to help support us over time. And yes, when oils aren’t enough - we have doctors! But you know what? So often, oils ARE enough. In our home, it’s oils and supplements first - doctors later.

Essential Oils YLEO

I use essential oils because while they are not a magic pill, they help keep a lot of the bad guys out. Stuffy noses and seasonal allergies still appear on occasion, but the bad guys are usually out the door. And I have oils, good supplements and a decent diet to thank for all of that.

I use essential oils because today’s world is filled with chemicals, toxins and quick fixes at every corner you turn. If something is slightly wrong, everyone wants to medicate. If something smells bad, we cover it with cancerous plug ins and if food isn’t growing pretty enough, we genetically grow it in a lab. Like what the hell man, our bodies didn’t sign up for this. Increasingly high cancer rates, infertility, autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, learning disabilities and so much more didn’t just increase for no reason. It’s because our bodies are in contact with crap that it can’t handle.

We can’t fix it all, but we can sure make some changes!

Essential Rewards Order

So our family uses essential oils to help protect our body, health and overall well being. I use essential oils so hopefully I can live a little longer and be less of a cranky zombie. I use essential oils so I have to go visit my kid’s doctor and sit in the sick room with people coughing on me a lot less than before. We use them every single day.

I don’t use them because I am perfect. I’ll still eat all of your chocolate cake and drink some wine. I don’t use them because I am cooler than you or because I am a kale eating, seaweed loving health nut. I use them because I have learned enough by now to know that these son of a guns work and they are helping us and so many others around me.

I am just a mama bear, protecting her cubs. I am just a woman making a decision to be a little healthier. I am just a girl relying on some good oils, mother nature and Jesus. I’m just a mama, hugging my kids tight and huffing in all the oils from their little necks.

Don’t sit on the bench and wonder about them for so long like I did. Don’t just dabble in and out of them like I did. Don’t think you’re not “hippie” enough. You can do this mama bear, you really can. And I will gladly help you along the way.

Top photo by Gray Photography