Growing Up Herbal

Why I’m Taking A Holiday Blogging Break (+ A Sneak Peek At My New Website)

December 1, 2016

Why I'm Taking A Holiday Blogging Break (+ A Sneak Peek At My New Website) | Growing Up Herbal | Come see Growing Up Herbal's different website looks over the last four years (and get a sneak peek at the upcoming design too)!

Why do I always plan big changes around the holidays?

Moving. Having a baby. Launching a new website.

It’s not like I don’t already have enough to do. There’s decorating for the holidays. Buying and making gifts for friends and family. And of course, spending lots of quality time with my kids.

I suppose I should give myself some credit. It’s not like I actually plan these big events around the holidays on purpose. My husband is the one who decided to move to our new house on Black Friday four years ago. My Christmas baby came when he was good and ready. And my new website… well, it’s been over a year in the making, and all the work just so happens to be coming to an end during the holidays.

Speaking of “all the work.” 

I need a break to do all this work which means I’m stepping away from the blog for the entire month of December. Today, I’m sharing a bit about this blogging break as well as giving you a sneak peek at my upcoming new website.

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Breakfast, Things I Love

Things I Love: November 2016

November 30, 2016

Things I Love: November 2016 | Growing Up Herbal | Here's a list of some of my favorite natural living products, foods, books, memories, and more from November 2016.

Hey, mama!

If you live here in the US, I hope you and your sweet family had a Happy Thanksgiving! We certainly did! Thanksgiving always ends up giving both Dean and I a good bit of time off work (and the kids get a break from school). As always, it was a fun, busy time. We celebrated by eating meals with both sides of our family (my side and Dean’s side), we visited with friends and family, and we spent quality time with each other as well.

And if you’re not in the US and didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving this week, then I hope you had a great month none-the-less! I’m thankful for you no matter where you live!

Seeing how it’s the end of the month, I’ve got 5 of my favorite things to share with you from November. I hope you enjoy reading these posts. I know I sure love giving you these little glimpses into my life, and above all, I hope it’s helpful to you in some way.

I was just chatting on the phone with my assistant, Faith, the other day, and I was telling her that one of my goals with Growing Up Herbal is to let you see how I’m really living life naturally… including all the  flaws, failures, and frustrations. I told her that I hoped I didn’t come across as having a perfect natural life (because there is no such thing… no matter how ideal someone’s Instagram feed looks) and that you knew I was right there, in the trenches, with you.

As always, thanks for letting me share bits of life with you. Without you, Growing Up Herbal would not be the same.

xo, Meagan

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Eco-Friendly Products

Want To See How $15 Becomes $180 In Christmas Gifts?

November 29, 2016

Want To See How $15 Becomes $180 In Christmas Gifts? | Growing Up Herbal | Find the perfect gift and save some money at the same time!

Psst… can I share a little Christmas shopping secret with you?

How would you like to spend $15 and get $180 in store credits from 12 online businesses that align with a simple, natural lifestyle?

Hello! Yes! (And no, this is not a trick.)

Whether you’re shopping online, at the mall, from local businesses, or making your own handmade gifts this year, you’ve probably already had that sense of impending doom as your gift list grows and your bank account balance shrinks. If that’s the case, I’ve got really good news for you!

One of my favorite online companies loves to put together what they call “bundles” which is their way of saying “a crazy amount of value in one really affordable package.” Well, they’ve created a special one just in time for the holidays that’s designed to save you a ton of money!

Today, I’m sharing all the details of this bundle as well as a special gift guide I’ve put together so you can visualize all the gifts you can get with this bundle. 

Whether you’ve already got your list made or you’re still stuck on what to get that special someone, this may be just the thing to help you find the perfect gift and save some money this season!

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Giveaways, Handcrafted Skincare

My Winter Skin Care Routine & Recipes (+ A Giveaway)

November 25, 2016

My Winter Skin Care Routine & Recipes | Growing Up Herbal | Follow my winter skin care routine to keep your skin moisturized, nourished, and healthy during the long cold months of the year. DIY recipes included!

Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the sun. I can remember being dropped off at the city pool as a middle schooler and spending the entire day there, playing in the chlorinated water, laying out in the sun in a bikini, and slathering myself with glittery, perfumed tanning oil.

The goal was to get out of the house, hang out with my friends, and be super tan because, well… that was the cool thing to do. And in middle school, I definitely wanted to be cool.

Now-a-days, I’m regreting all that time I spent baking in the sun. First of all, tanning can damage the skin in ways you don’t see for years. Unfortunately, I’m just now starting to see signs of sun damage creep across my skin. Plus, I’m getting older which means my skin is changing, and that brings a whole other set of issues to deal with.

Today, I’d like to share my winter skin care routine with you (complete with lots of DIY recipes, if you’re interested).

If you, like me, have minor signs of sun damage and your skin is maturing (did I really just say that!) then hopefully you’ll find these recipes as helpful as I do! And definitely read all the way to the bottom of this post. I’m sharing a sneaky way I feed my skin and you could win some of that sneakiness for yourself!

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Handcrafted Personal Care, Motherhood

3 Simple Steps To Help Your Child Sleep After A Scary Dream

November 23, 2016

3 Simple Steps To Help Your Child Sleep After A Scary Dream | Growing Up Herbal | Childhood fears are normal. Here's how to support your child emotionally and help them through their fears at the same time.

Inside: Whether it’s sharks, wolves, or the boogie monster, kids get scared at bedtime for all sorts of reasons. When this happens, try following these 3 simple steps to help your child sleep after a scary dream while supporting them emotionally and physically at the same time. 

I remember it like it was yesterday.

It was an early morning, dark and cold outside. My mom was getting ready to leave for work. I was waiting for her by the basement door, bundled up in my coat, my school backpack on my back. It was almost time to get in the car so she could take me to my grandmothers where I’d catch the bus for school that day. But, I couldn’t move. 

I stood at the basement door looking out into the pitch black darkness of that cold, early morning. My heart was thumping hard in my chest and loud in my ears, my palms were sweaty, and my feet felt like lead.

I looked back and forth from where I was standing to the car, over and over again, trying to judge the distance. How fast could I make it to the car? How long would it take me to open the door and get my backpack and then myself in? Maybe it would be quicker to jerk the car door open and then dive in, backpack and all, and shut it quickly before…

Before THEY got me.

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Things I Love

2016 Thanksgiving Gift Guide For The Hostess

November 17, 2016

2016 Thanksgiving Gift Guide For The Hostess | Growing Up Herbal | Tell your Thanksgiving Day dinner hostess, "Thank you," with a meaningful handmade gift from this year!

Every year, my family celebrates Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law’s house, and every year, I feel like I should do something more to show her how grateful I am for all she does to host our huge family. 

I mean, there’s planning the menu, shopping for food, cleaning the house (with 7 kids helping/running around), cooking, getting herself ready, etc. And that’s just the beginning. Then there’s entertaining guests and the clean up afterwards that has to happen! It’s a lot of work, but she pulls it off perfectly every year.

It just seems like a simple, “Thank you,” isn’t quite enough, and that giving her a thoughtful handmade gift would be a little more appropriate.

Now, I’ve said before how handmade gifts can mean the most, but that doesn’t mean that YOU have to make the gift. You can buy the gift from someone else who is good at their craft, and it can still feel as special and meaningful as it would if you made it yourself.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a little gift guide for the Thanksgiving dinner hostess.

All of these gifts are handmade and available on Etsy from some lovely shops. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the gift guide because many of these shops are offering discounts to Growing Up Herbal readers! You won’t want to miss them. 

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