Hi! I'm April! I'm a twenty something, redeemed daughter of the Most High, happily married wife to my best friend, Frank; Stay at home mama to our little girl, Bella (age 4) and we are expecting our second baby due in December; Stepmom to Kristi and Tiffani, as well as "Glam-ma" to Kristi's twin boys Michael and Matthew and little girl McKenzie!

I grew up in Missouri, met my husband in 2012, moved to Pennsylvania and where we married! Our love story is a crazy one, but its my favorite one because it's ours! In April of 2013 We found out we were expecting our first little one! We welcomed Bella Nicole into the world on the morning of December 8th, 2013 and she has been the joy of our world ever ever since. So full of life and love and happiness! She is constantly giving kisses and hugs, smiling, and dancing! She has been dancing from as soon as she could pull herself up!, and her newest favorite activity is ice skating!

Growing up I lived on a farm in Missouri with my parents, older brother and 3 little sisters. We always planted a big garden every year and we raised chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, honeybees, sheep, dogs, a cat... we even owned a miniature donkey once! I grew up in a very Christ centered home and became a born again Christian when I gave my life to Christ at the young age of 7 when I was baptized. I was the worship leader at the church my Dad pastored at the time for several years and I also played the drums on occasion. Life is a little different as an adult, we live across the country in Pennsylvania, (near Pittsburgh), I'm a married, I'm a stay at home mama, I'm a lifestyle blogger, and a photographer. I started blogging in 2014 as a way to document our life as a family and share our experiences and favorite products, I also needed a place to share my thoughts as a young mother and felt that a blog was the perfect outlet for that. God has taken my blog so many more places than I ever imagined and it has been amazing! A few things I enjoy are... Spending time with family, long walks, home decorating, baking,  cooking, beach days, gardening, flower arranging, painting and photography. I love being in the kitchen and I've baking and cooking since my mom started teaching me when I was around 2 years of age. In my mind there is just something so rewarding about feeding your family and making things that taste and smell delicious. 

I love finding new ways to incorporate natural health into the every day routine of my family and essential oils are a big part of that. We've tried numerous brands and always keep coming back to Young Living because of their seed to seal promise, I feel so much safer using them on my little girl than other brands. If you're ever interested in learning more about essential oils and maybe even trying them for your own family, head to the "Joyful Essentials" tab here on the blog to find out more. :)

There's nothing more calming to me than a walk with my husband and daughter, whether it be by the ocean, in a forest, on a trail, by a lake or around our neighborhood; I just love that I'm with my two loves and that I'm enjoying nature. Talking about nature and the great outdoors, gardening is another one of our favorite things to do as a family. I just love planting and tending to the earth and our plant babies, and then sitting in our white Adirondack chairs (Bella usually on her favorite Gathre mat) after the work is done and enjoying a freshly squeezed homemade lemonade. My favorite seasons are summer and autumn. My favorite musical artist is Owl City. I love the ocean, I love freshly fallen snow that nothing has touched, I love in the spring when plant life begins pushing its way through the dirt and the earth begins to grow green yet again, I love warm summer days with blue skies white puffy clouds, a nice breeze and picnics; and cool autumn days where you can put on a jacket and take a long walk listening to the leaves crunch beneath your feet, I love the afternoon sunshine when you can see dust and pollen swirling through the air. And yes, I am one of those people who pick up a dandelion and blow, scattering the seeds throughout the universe. I love the simple things in life. Fresh flowers are my absolute favorite, homemade pies are much loved around here and there's nothing better than holding my husband's hand and dancing the day away with my little girl in my arms.

I am amazed at the world which God has created and how much He blesses me every day. I see the world differently than most people, and I believe the most wonderful things in the world are to love and be loved. 

I'd love to get to know a little about you too! Please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below if you'd like! :)