These are some of my favorite books and resources that get have helped me as a blogger, work-at-home mama, and moderate minimalist. Enjoy, and I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

Note: Some of these resources are completely free, and some are paid. Please note that if you purchase a paid item — all of which I personally recommend — I receive a referral commission at no extra cost to you. This support helps me keep my little blog up and running. For more details, see my disclosure policy. Thank you so much for your support, and I hope every resource provided genuinely helps you in your journey as a wife, mother, and simple life seeker. 


Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Children by Debra Raybern

The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa Ross

The Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Handbook by Rashelle Johnson

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-to-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Reference Materials

Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Ed. by Connie and Alan Higley
Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Ed. by Life Science Publishing

Essential Oil Resources & Tools

Young Living Membership – Sign up for your premium starter kit (which includes 11 bottles of essential oil, 2 Ningxia Red samples, 10 sample oil packets, 10 sample dram bottles, a roller ball fitment, kit information & educational materials, OH and an incredible diffuser, did I mention that?) and get all future purchases at the wholesale price. I truly don’t know what I would do without this!

Abundant Health is an excellent resource for essential oil and aromatherapy tools, including diffusers, cases, bottles, display cases, storage, labels, business tools, and books.

Aroma Designs EO Labels Set — these labels fit the tops of your oil bottles perfectly so you can always tell which one you’re grabbing instead of picking up dozens of bottles before you find the right one.

Essential Oil Carrying Case — Very handy for travel or basic, daily storage.

Pregnancy Resources

Coming soon.

Blogging Resources

Bluehost Web Hosting – For a step-by-step process on how to start your own blog, check this out.

Restored 316 Designs – Some of the most beautiful blog themes on the Internet, in my opinion. I built this website using her Novelty theme , and I hope to revamp this one soon.

PicMonkey – I would have NO blog graphics at all without this program. Makes it simple for a design-challenged blogger like me.

Ivorymix – My favorite stock photos on the Internet! Plus, she offers extremely helpful tutorials for bloggers who, again, are a little design-challenged. (*Raises hand.*)

The Happy Planner™ by me & my big ideas – Coming from a planner junkie, this one is by far the best planner I’ve ever had. I love it. It lives on my desk with me and makes my to-do list look pretty and organized.

Grammarly – This has saved me most in my blog posts and emails by catching little grammatical errors I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

BoardBooster – This Pinterest scheduling tool makes the promotion part of blogging much easier on me. Especially helpful when there’s endless laundry to do and a munchy baby to feed. And a Pinterest addiction to break. 😉

Tailwind – This, too, is extremely helpful for scheduling social media posts, a task that would otherwise take up way too much of my day.

Infamous to Influential (Instagram Course) – Alex Tooby knows what she’s doing. Her resources have helped me not only make sense of Instagram, but use it effectively.

Hashtag Hero – Another excellent resource if you want to grow your blog through social media but you’re not sure how. Or if you’re as #clueless about hashtags as I used to be.

Favorite Blogs

Apothecary Mommy
Wellness Mama
Mama Natural
Fun, Cheap, or Free
Helene in Between