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21 drops


21 drops / papery & cakery



21 drops / papery & cakery


R + M are currently attending school everyday. This means germs, colds, coughs and quite a few trips to the pediatrician. As someone who prides herself on natural treatments and remedies, I’ve been at my wits end, trying to “cure” R + M of these weekly maladies. When I heard that essential oil treatments could be used on kids, I started doing lots of reserach. Enter: 21 drops.

21 drops uses combined essential oils to treat and prevent, nurture, fortify and heal. Ooh, and they are safe to use on kiddos! Hooray!!!


21 drops / papery & cakery



21 drops / papery & cakery


I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with 21 drops founder, Cary Caster in her Delray Beach office {which is seriously to die for} and solicit her thoughts on essential oil treatments for children, especially young children. In fact, R + M joined me on the trip which made it quite the little field trip. {They keep begging me to return!}


21 drops / papery & cakery



21 drops / papery & cakery


21 drops is just that. It utilizes 24 different oils in 21 varying combinations. I was particularly drawn to headache, de-stress. sleep, and immunity {um, who wouldn’t want more sleep?}.


21 drops / papery & cakery


Cary filled me in on her background as a certified clinical aromatherapist. She explained how she always treated her own family’s various ailments with the use of essential oils. The oils are 100% natural and carefully tested for purity and effectiveness. And the smell…. oh they smell amazing {and that’s part of the point!}.


21 drops / papery & cakery



21 drops / papery & cakery


I was drawn to the gorgeous colors of the 21 drops, but especially loved their “kid safe” protected packaging {the glass is wrapped in a rubber coating so it can’t break if it falls} and rollerball application. Oh and so did Raya. She was ready to douse herself. Luckily, Cary says layering the oils is part of the fun and a great way to utilize the products.


21 drops / papery & cakery


According to Cary, the most important thing when treating kids with essential oils, is to avoid eye/mouth contact. Therefore for smaller children, use them on pulse points behind their neck. At night, the bottoms of their little feet are a great way for safe absorption.


21 drops / papery & cakery


21 Drops is also fabulous for mew moms. Cary recommends uplift for postpartum and calm to survive the ebbs and flows of caring for a newborn.


21 drops / papery & cakery


We explored their stunning gardens where 21 drops grows a wide variety of plants and herbs.


21 drops / papery & cakery


The green thumbs is seriously out of control insane.


21 drops / papery & cakery


Raya was obsessed with smelling everything she could get her tiny little fingers on.


21 drops / papery & cakery



21 drops / papery & cakery


It was really a fabulous day. Even Baby Miles joined in on the fun.

Since our visit I’ve been using the immunity everyday and have noticed the lingering tickle in my throat and cough seem to have dissipated much quicker than usual. Last week, headache nipped my impending migraine in the bud. Super impressed!

xoxo,

Niki

R + M = 3


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Last month, R + M turned a whopping three years old. Ali made the cakes. We ordered an exorbitant amount of pizza. And in the midst of party planning, I tried to keep my jaw off the floor from the utter shock and disbelief that my babies actually turned three. It was tough I tell ya, but I tried to keep it together.

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Party planning can become a bit overwhelming {for a Pinterest addicted girl}, so I try to set a few ground rules from the start. 1. Pick and stick to a theme 2. Make the food super simple 3. Limit myself to a few DIY’s. I actually took my own advice this year.


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Our theme was Camp Raya and Mason. Since Cole and I love camp {and met at camp many moons ago}, the theme was simple and easy to run with. Speaking of running, that’s mostly what the kids did. Our fabulous PE coach set up a litany of activities to exhaust the younger crowd.


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Thanks to our friends at The Land of Nod, we had the coolest camp teepee {ever}. They also sent some pretty fun giant wood stringing beads to make campy necklaces and friendship bracelets with.

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I printed a few postcards and stocked up on EZ paint so the kids could write mock letters to mom and dad from the party.


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I really stuck to my guns and held myself to one meager DIY project. These marshmallow “camp fires” are really just brown pieces of floral foam

 that I painted faux bois style with black acrylic paint. Then I tore up scraps of red, orange and yellow tissue paper and used school glue to attach them for the fiery look. No, those s’more pops are not really on fire {but they were mighty tasty}. A few campy lanterns and a gingham table roll really set the tone. {Conspicuously missing? My crazy creek chair circa 1995. If you went to camp you know what I am talking about}.IMG-2
 that I painted faux bois style with black acrylic paint. Then I tore up scraps of red, orange and yellow tissue paper and used school glue to attach them for the fiery look. No, those s’more pops are not really on fire {but they were mighty tasty}. A few campy lanterns and a gingham table roll really set the tone. {Conspicuously missing? My crazy creek chair circa 1995. If you went to camp you know what I am talking about}.IMG-2

The favors were kid-sized baseball tees using R + M’s logo and a giant #3 on the back. A mini flashlight rounded out the gable box, which I tied with red bakers twine.


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Staples offers giant logo banners for $12. Yes, you heard me right. This one was very weather durable and adorned the DJ tent.

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Oh, and the Cakery cakes were obviously the piece de resistance especially considering my fabulous sister made them while simultaneously caring for a one month old baby. Talk about made with love? Chocolate buttercream, chocolate “rocks”, and a graham cracker tent really made everyone smile. Especially R + M. On to the next one…

xoxo,

Niki

photography by Stephanie Soraya

 

Coolest Bedding for Kiddos









snurk bedding / papery & cakery





snurk bedding / papery & cakery





snurk bedding / papery & cakery



 How cool is this Snurk bedding for kids? Now not only can you dream of being an astronaut or a princess, but you can actually look like one while you are sleeping. Adorbs to the max.

xoxo,

Niki



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