An Interesting Interview☺️

Hey everyone! I am back to share another interesting interview with you all. I had the opportunity to interview 5 bloggers (on #4 now) and this week I interviewed Dakota from Essential Living With Dakota. This whole week was dedicated to her blog.
I have just one more blogger to feature next week, and then I’ll be beginning my new journey, I’m so excited yet nervous at the same time.

But enough of that, we’ll talk more about that later. Let’s get right to the interview. Dakota’s answers are in italics.

    1. What is your favorite thing about having only boys? The connection. They say little boys fall in love with their mama, and there’s no better feeling than when they think I’m Super Woman. Wow! That must be an amazing feeling. 
    2. What is the toughest thing about having 3 boys? Exhaustion and I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. lol. They never sit still. We’re constantly on the move. Mentally/emotionally, I have a hard time keeping up with them because they do a lot of crap where I’m like “wtf!? Is this a boy thing or a kid thing!?” LOL! I can only imagine!
    3. If you had 3 daughters, what would you name them? This one is tough. My husband and I have had the same girl name for 7 years. Hannah. 💜otherwise, I have no idea. Obviously my subconscious wants boys. but I like Avery and Rowan, too! Avery is such a pretty name, my very first best friend actually had that name.
    4. What are 3 boy names you like other than your sons names? Logan, Clayton, Landon. 
    5. If you had to choose a different name for your blog, what would it be? Honestly, I have no idea. When I decided a blog was what I was going to do, Essential Living with Dakota was all that came to mind and I never looked back.
    6. If you had to create a new oil right this minute, what would be the first ingredient you’d grab? Frankincense! It’s the bomb dot com!
    7. What is your least favorite scent? In general, I don’t like floral scents. I’m more of a woodsy, citrusy, subtle chick. 
    8. If you could combine 2 scents into one, which 2 would they be? Peppermint and Lemon! Bright, fresh, energizing! Peppermint and Lemon actually sounds very refreshing, I’d love to try that scent combo.
    9. If you had to choose between changing diapers every 5 minutes (literally) or putting a crying baby to sleep every 5 minutes for a whole day, which would you choose? Diapers. My mama heart aches with a screaming baby and I’ve had my fair share of crying every five minute days over the years.
    10. Finish this random sentence: “When my kids ____ I ____.” When my kids all play together, nicely, I thank God for a moment of sanity. Seriously guys, these kids are like velcro. I’m so thankful they want me to be a part of every little thing they do, but I’m so so thankful when they explore and use their imaginations together and let me pee in peace. 😂
    11. I saw that you recently had a girls night out. What is your ideal girls night? Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had a girl’s night in the 6.5 years of mommin’. I’ve always felt guilty for leaving my kids. But that’s part of my promise to myself, that in order to be happy and healthy, I need to take some me time. All that to say – my ideal girls night would probably be grabbing my sister and going to get our nails done, grabbing dinner and a few drinks together. We rarely have time to catch up anymore. ❤
    12. If you had to choose one of these pets for your boys, which would you choose? A hedgehog, an iguana, or a chinchilla? Uhh, none? Lol. We don’t have pets. I’m not a pet person. But Maybe one day the boys will talk me into it, so for the sake of playing a long – hedgehog!
    13. What is the funniest moment you can remember with your husband? Oh man, I don’t know that I can pick just one. This guy keeps me laughing. I’m so blessed to have him walk this life with me. One particular moment doesn’t stand out for me, I just get the warm fuzzies and recall lots of laughter.
    14. What day of the month did you get married on? (Only the number) and give 1 hint about what month it is. 17. Warm! Hmmm, can any of you guess which month it is???
    15. Can you draw a football, a bottle of oil, and a strawberry? (I picked items relating to boys, your Instagram, and blog) The drawings don’t have to be perfect, this is for fun. Be sure to take a picture of your drawings and attach. strawberry😂 clearly I am no artist!

 

 

Lol I’m thinking my own drawings would look very similar.

I hope you all enjoyed reading Dakota’s answers. Do any of you have a son? Can you relate to any of Dakota’s answers? Comment below.✨

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Fun Friday #16: Exploring A New App☺️

Happy Fun Friday!

I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 4 months now. The last series standing lol.
This series has lasted longer than the many others I’ve had and I plan on continuing it. It’s been my favorite from the start!

This week we’ll be exploring an app again. The app: Font Candy 

This is the free version so of course it has it’s limitations but the full version is $3.


When you open the app it will take you to your camera roll. We won’t be using any of my pictures of sweet Izabelle lol. Instead we’ll be using Dakota’s.


You have the option to crop your image into different sizes such as Instagram, Twitter post, iPhone Wallpaper and a few others. I’ll be keeping it original.


Font Candy has lovely fonts to choose from. You’ll notice some favorites from Canva and other apps but you’ll find others that aren’t in Canva also. The paid version will have more.


I am using the Masana Script font to add “Essential Living With Dakota


I also wanted to add some artwork. Choose from different packages such as Holiday Magic, Decorative, and Family Packages like Mom, and Together We Make A Family which are the two I’ll be using.



Final product:


If you want, there are also different templates to choose from also.

Here are a few below:


When you are finished you can choose any social site to share it to or create phone cases, t-shirts etc which I didn’t look into. It’s probably too pricey. Let me know if you check it out. The image was automatically saved in my library.

Let me know if you give this app a try and if you like it.💚

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15 Signs You Might Be A Mom✨

Okay, I’m not a mother. I hope to be one day, but if I’m not a mother how can I come up with 15 signs one might be one???

The short answer to that is… I didn’t. Dakota did, from Essential Living With Dakota.💙
Dakota is the mother of 3 boys and she created this list herself, the list is actually longer but I’ve picked out 15 favorites that I definitely believe to be true by what I’ve seen so far in my own family, and with some of my friends. Here are the 15 I chose:

  1. Sleeping in feels like winning the lottery.
  2. Wearing leggings and an over sized shirt counts as dressing up.
  3. You use baby wipes to clean everything.
  4. You’re eating alone because everyone else has finished and left the table when you are finally able to sit down to eat.
  5. Your purse is full of legos and matchbox cars.
  6. You can no longer pee, or uhh #2, alone.
  7. It’s normal to smell another child’s butt to see if they were the ones who pooped.
  8. You have to say ‘do you want me to pull this van over!?’ before they know you mean business.
  9. You hear ‘Mommmmm’ at least 10 times before you even think about responding.
  10. You’re watching Disney movies and the kids have all gone to bed.
  11. You walk around with pieces of their breakfast on you and you don’t realize (or care)
  12. You can’t put on makeup without hearing ‘Do mine, Mommy! Do mineeee!’.
  13. You carry around a first aid kit at all times. Oh, and a snack kit.
  14. You hide in a closet to eat a piece of candy without having to answer a million questions.
  15. You feel so much love for such tiny creatures that simply looking at them brings a tear to your eye and you feel like your heart could burst watching them achieve such incredible things.

Now I don’t know about you, but parent or not I can relate to every single one of these in some way with someones kid in my family lol especially when you babysit. 

Can you agree? What other signs can you come up with?

If you want to view Dakota’s full list, click here. Be sure to give a follow if you like. Thanks for stopping by.✨

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Exploring A Bloggers Instagram✨

It’s always great discovering new bloggers, but it’s even greater when you get to know them more through their blog posts and pictures, especially on social media.
Today we will be exploring Dakota’s Instagram. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite pictures from her page:) Dakota blogs at Essential Living With Dakota so be sure to check her out and follow.

Now, let’s check out her Instagram:

If you read her introduction post from yesterday, you already know that Dakota is a wife, mother of 3 boys, and a Young Living Essential Oil enthusiast.


This little visitor is adorable can you agree?💛
Family time is always something to cherish. The boys facial expressions are perfect! Lol.

Dakota’s family has been remodeling their home and the story behind this photo is that Dakota came home that morning and saw this on a 2×4 that was getting taken out the following week. Her son Benjamin wrote it, they’ve always told each other “I love you to the moon and back.”
When kids insist on helping with laundry😂

This is one of those moments I’d love to experience when I have kids someday. Relaxing in the backyard, enjoying life and nature as they play.

I can admit that this is literally the cutest, sweetest picture and quote I’ve seen all day. I love it!💙

This looks great! I’d definitely enjoy this ice cream for breakfast any day lol.
Wonderful mom precious moments. That’s what this picture says to me.

If you’ve followed Dakota’s blog, go ahead and follow her Instagram also. Right now she has 175 pictures so she’s very active and consistent. You won’t be disappointed adding her to your feed.✨

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Essential Living With Dakota💚

This week I will be introducing and featuring yet another blogger!

Dakota, from Essential Living With Dakota.
Normally I do the introductions myself, but what better way to introduce someone than that person actually introducing themselves? That is what Dakota has done. Think of it as her guest post. I’m still getting to know Dakota, mainly through her Instagram since I haven’t been blogging much so this was a lot of help for me in letting you know a bit about her and her blog.

Here is what she’d like us all to know:

Hey, hey!
My name is Dakota, I’m a wife of 6 years to the most supportive, understanding man I’ve ever met. A mama to three strong-willed, wild, amazing little boys ages 6, 3, & 1. And a Young Living Essential Oil enthusiast! I’m just your average mama, surviving motherhood, and finding her purpose in this crazy life.
After my youngest was born, I went through a really dark, overwhelming, fearful time. Just before my youngest son’s first birthday, I ended up in Urgent Care with my husband and it was then that I admitted to him that I was ready to move on from a physical life on Earth. What I was living was no longer quality of life, and it was cruel to expose my children to that any longer. (This is where the essential oils come in, but I’ll let you hop over to my blog to read more into that!)
Once I started feeling better and getting control of my life back, I started blogging. I’m pretty non-confrontational, so simply talking about what’s on my heart isn’t very easy for me. My blog is a way for me to talk about the really hard things that most mom’s and wives feel ashamed discussing. Motherhood is hard! Marriage is hard! But we don’t have to feel so alone!!
My hope is to reach others, let them see they’re not alone in their daily struggles, and inspire them to grant themselves some grace. Love yourself – the world only gets one of you!

Doesn’t she seem like a wonderful mother, and a lovely inspiring woman already? I’m not a mother yet, but maybe i’ll learn a few things diving deeper into her blog.💚

“Love yourself, the world only gets one of you.” Say it one more time with me…
“LOVE YOURSELF, THE WORLD ONLY GETS ONE OF YOU.” Even if you’re a twin. 🙂
Head over to Dakota’s blog after reading, and come back for the next few days to find out some other great things and check out a new app with me.
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Are You Living, Or Simply Existing?

This is a question I’ve come across a few times in my life but never really stopped to actually think about it. Sometimes I question whether or not I’m on the right track or living up to my full potential. Sometimes I wonder why exactly I am here, why do I exist? But I never asked myself why I live. That’s probably because I haven’t really been living. Sure, I’m alive in the fact that i’m breathing and typing this but beyond that? I’ve also noticed that I am not the only one, I even see other bloggers having a difficult time lately. We’re all going through some serious life changes and discoveries (of both the world and ourselves).

Cherylene, who blogs at livingvsexisting has written a special guest post that couldn’t have come at a better time! I think we all will benefit from this post in some way so please take the time to read.

Living Versus Existing; Cherylene Nicholas

I believe there are three classifications of people in this world, the ‘living’, the ‘existing’ and the dead.

The ‘living’ take the life they have and make the most use of it. When you are living you are constantly moving, improving and learning. Persons who are ‘existing’ on the other hand are doing just enough to sustain life.

We do this when we go through our daily routines day after day with no real drive or sense of purpose other than to get through the day and hopefully not die while we do so. Our lives can and should be so much more than that.

Some may say to live you must exist and thus to exist is to live. However, although in theory this is true the reality is much different. Many of us go to work, manage families, balance resources, and do our best to take care of everyone else in our lives while inside we are struggling with our own internal issues.

How many of us eat but aren’t full, sleep but don’t rest, hear but don’t listen because we’re so busy trying to survive or play the balancing act with the issues in our lives? Marital issues, relationship drama, poor health, financial burdens, work stress, and so much more can have us distracted, depressed, stressed and unhappy. The challenges of being alive can get to us but how we choose to handle them is what separates the living from the existing.

Here are my Top 15 Signs you are ‘Living’ and not just ‘Existing’.  

1. You make time to pamper and treat yourself rather than list excuses why you should not.

2. You make time to do fun things with your family and friends. It is not just about work.

3. You do not allow the challenges that life brings your way to keep you down or depressed.

4. You are always seeking knowledge and wisdom in various areas of your life.

5. You are willing to try new things and explore new places.

6. You do not allow the word “No” to discourage you instead you use it as a motivator to find a solution.

7. You do not allow negativity to steal your joy.

8. You recognize that life is too short to waste it on negative thinking or negative people.

9. You strive to be positive in your thinking and your interactions.

10. You choose to enjoy the good moments; learn from the bad and move forward.

11. You recognize that you don’t exist in this world by yourself and thus you try to help others less fortunate than yourself whenever you can.

12. You recognize and accept that no one is perfect.

13. Your focus is on striving to be your best self and living your best life.

14. You do not leave your happiness to chance.

15. You recognize that true happiness comes from within and thus do not depend on others to make you happy.

Living versus existing is therefore a state of mind that you choose to manifest in your everyday life. Someone who is ‘living’ makes the decision to do more with the life they have and often push themselves to do more because they expect more. A person who is ‘existing’ settles in their thinking and accepts the shortcomings in their life because sometimes they have just lost the will to fight.

My life is not perfect but that does not deter me from wanting to make it better. No matter how tough or challenging things might be right now, believe me when I tell you things can get better. Assess, Review and Take Action.

Ask yourself, am I existing or living?

What is more important however is what are you going to do about it?

The main difference between life and death is that the living gets another chance to do things right while the dead have been taken out of the fight.

After reading this post and paying special attention to Chery’s 15 signs, I realize I definitely have some things I need to work on in order to actually live my life and not simply exist. Some of the statements on the list I have been neglecting and they are definitely a huge reason for some of my worse days. I can proudly say that I have already been working on this. What are your thoughts? Did this list get you thinking about your own life? Do you feel like you have truly been living? Comment your thoughts.✨
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Fun Friday #15: Exploring A New App☺️(2)

Happy Fun Friday everyone!

This Friday I’ll be sharing another app I recently found and have been playing around with. It’s a photo editing app called Photofy. 


I find that it is similar to Canva and a few other editing apps. I do believe that Canva is better, but Photofy is just as great.

I’ll be featuring the beautiful Cherylene from livingvsexisting to show you how the app works:)
Let’s get started:


Photofy allows you to edit photos into different collages and templates. It comes with ore designed artwork for text and even social media. While a good majority of the apps features are free, there are some templates and artwork that require an in app purchase. Of course we’ll only be using the free items. Here is a shot of some of the artwork you can add to your photos and templates:



Here are some templates I tried out featuring Cherylene💙

I really wanting to change this templates colors using blue which is her favorite color, but unfortunately this app doesn’t give you that option.  Some of the templates had a bit more customization but for the most part it’s limited. It still turned out really nice in my opinion.

I do like that you can add stickers, which is where the arrow came from, and you can change the color or add different patterns/textures. You can also do this with the backgrounds. See below:



The app comes with a lot of free fonts, of course some are for purchase. And many are also in Canva, but there are some that I didn’t see in Canva.


You do have to pay to remove the watermark but honestly I don’t think it’s that distracting, it’s very small and light.

Overall I think this is a great app despite the few things I didn’t like and I’ll definitely use it again for my own pictures. I really want to try out those artwork @Handle features.

Have any of you heard of this app or tried it before? Let me know in the comments if you haven’t and decide to try it out✨