// My Top 5 Uses for Witch Hazel

One thing we always have on hand at home is witch hazel. Holy moly you can use it for any and everything it seems! Natural Living Ideas explains witch hazel like this: "Witch hazel is a topical astringent derived from the bark and leaves of the Hamamelis virginiana, the common or North American witch hazel shrub. Native Americans have long recognized the medicinal properties of witch hazel and used a decoction of the boiled plant parts to treat skin irritations and tumors." Chances are likely that if you're at all into natural remedies, you have a bottle on hand in your own medicine cabinet. I first started using witch hazel back when I was around 19 and getting tattooed on a very regular basis. I found that witch hazel helped relieve some of the swelling and burning that tattooing usually caused. It also helped take the "sting" out of the tender areas. Now I have a bevvy of uses for the witch hazel we keep in our house. Today I'm going to share my top 5 uses!

My Top 5 Uses for Witch Hazel

1. Diaper Rash! This totally has to be my number one because it is the most useful thing for when L gets a red bottom. In the past I would blot a paper towel or thin FST (flour sack towel) with witch hazel and apply it to his bottom to help ease the uncomfortable burn. Now I have the Dickinson's witch hazel towelettes that I keep stocked in his diaper bag. It really helps me when I need something on the go. If you have a kiddo in diapers, get some of these things! And thank me later ;)

2. Tattoo Relief! Like I mentioned in the paragraph above, I've used witch hazel for relief during and after tattoo appointments for years. Sometimes my skin just can't hang with the burning and swelling, so I'll wipe down the tattooed area with a witch hazel towelette and boom! Instant relief! I never go to a tattoo appointment without it. I don't always use it while I'm getting tattooed, but I think the reassurance that I have it handy really helps. It super comes in handy the morning after getting a new piece though!

3. Itch relief! Y'all Tennessee's state bird should seriously just be the mosquito. I'm not even joking. I love living here, but I hate the mosquitos. It's not uncommon for us to go sit on our deck for 10 or 15 minutes and then come back in with half a dozen or more new bites. We've tried so many different concoctions and potions to help ease the itch, but we always just dab the bite with witch hazel before bed. Usually by the time we wake up in the morning the swelling has gone down completely and there's no itch whatsoever. Just in time for us to go get 5 or 10 more... haha

4. Soothing Razor Burn! Okay, so maybe I don't use it for this purpose a ton (um hello, it's cold. I'm not shaving ha!) but I'll admit I have a habit of buying the cheap razors at the store. I'm not sure why, but that's where my hand gravitates while shopping haha! And cheap razors typically mean razor burn. If I don't cut off part of my leg and then bleed out, I'm usually nursing some bumps and irritations. (When will I learn?!?!) I do appreciate how witch hazel can soothe without burning though. Two thumbs way up.

5. Cure Under Eye Bags! Being a parent sometimes means forgoing sleep for a bit. And being a parent in the middle of juggling five businesses and a career shift also means skipping sleep. I've been feeling the effects of it lately and so has my face. This isn't actually something I've done for long - I didn't even know witch hazel could be used for this purpose. But ever since using these towelettes I've found so many new ways to implement witch hazel into my routine. My face thanks you, Dickinson's!


So how about those little yellow packages up there? Dickinson's says this about their witch hazel products: "Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel has been an all-natural American Beauty Favorite since 1866 (whoa!) and is the best kept beauty secret for radiant, selfie-ready skin." Alright, cool, yeah? Dickinson's definitely markets their witch hazel towelettes as beauty products, but you can see from above that there are so many ways to utilize them in your daily life. If you're looking for something to add to your beauty regime, you can use the witch hazel towelettes to help remove makeup and excess oil and dirt (without drying out your face!) You can get them in the towelette pack (think baby wipes!) or individually wrapped. I usually have a couple thrown in my purse or diaper bag for using on the run but I always keep the cleansing cloth pack in the diaper bag. It fits perfectly in with Linden's Boogie Wipes. That way I'm never without them when I need them.

You can get the pack of cloths for $6.99 and the On-The-Go towelettes for $5.99 at various retailers like Walgreens, Duane Reade, and even Walmart. Once you start using them you'll likely realize you've been missing out all this time haha! Seriously, you can use them for anything!

The vanity pack cleansing cloths come in a ready to use pack which is perfect for home or daily use. They don't leave behind any icky, sticky residue, and they're soap and fragrance free. (I totally expected a scent... Not sure why. I appreciate that they don't stink up the place haha) The towelettes are actually gentle spun lace cloths which are formulated with 100% natural witch hazel. Nothing weird or questionable in them. If you're keen on these, be sure to check out Dickinson's Facebook and Instagram for a special offer coming soon! They're on Twitter, too.

Do you have any handy uses for witch hazel? What else have I been missing out on?!

xo KB

This post is in partnership with Single Edition Media and Dickinson's. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own! As usual! 

// Lucky Ladd Farms - Eagleville, Tennessee


Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
We headed over to Lucky Ladd Farms a couple of weekends ago, and we spent an entire Sunday afternoon tromping around and having a fun, family day. Lucky Ladd Farms is up in Eagleville, Tennessee - about halfway between Franklin and Murfreesboro. Some of our good friends live down the road from it, so it was the perfect opportunity to do two things in one day. The boys had an absolute blast. You can totally tell how zonked Linden was in these photos. About halfway through he was tapped out so I tossed him on my back in my Vienna Springs ring sling and let him chill while Toby ran around. We took Linden's mini cooper with us because we knew he'd be more likely to stay put than if we brought him in his stroller. So many kids climbed into his car while he was out and about. I'm pretty sure we had a small train of children following us at one point and then taking turns in his car when we were chasing him. It was hilariously adorable. (I'm telling y'all - best $100 spent EVER!) I was honestly pretty impressed with Mike's ability to drive that far and enjoy a day at the pumpkin patch because he had been awake for over 24 hours, and had just come home from a 12 hour night shift. He's kind of Superdad to us. Anyway, we had an absolute blast, and these photos speak for themselves. It's so fun getting to do these things together. Also, can I just say that those boys of mine are absolutely precious (!!!) in their rain boots?! I can't wait to go puddle jumping with them.
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee

Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee

Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee

Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee
Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee

xo KB

Toby's wearing:

Linden's wearing:
Handsome Pants leggings

// Things I Love Thursday v.241


♥ this! i love this so much! ♥






these photos by emile hussell ♥

this is the best thing ever. #feelthebern ♥

this gorgeous, badass babe just signed to bridge models! ♥

♥ this powerful statement ♥

this is totally my attitude some days #noshame ♥
♥ these new collections: cupcakes and cashmere, free people, canada goose

♥ this would be the best camping trip ♥

this piece on early feminism in the philippines ♥

this embroidery ♥


// Have you heard of Bullet Journaling? I love the simple concept!

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// Karen Walker's new "Poolside" collection just launched and I am in LOVE. Where were these fun glue sunglasses earlier this summer?!

// Speaking of sunglasses, I recently signed up for DITTO's Endless Eyewear subscription and it is the bomb dot freaking com. You can basically "rent" designer sunglasses. Talk about perfect for a vacation, style posts, photoshoots, etc. I'm wearing Karen Walker this week ha! (If you want to try it out, you can get your first month free with the code KAELAHBEE)

// 45 adorable toddler Halloween costumes.

// My wife's postpartum body is beautiful.

// This Harry Potter stop-motion short film builds Hogwarts from the pages of the book. WHOA!

// ShopBop's huge Friends and Family sale is happening RIGHT NOW! But it ends tonight at midnight (Eastern Time!) so you need to act fast. Grab anything on the site and use the code: INTHEFAM25 (see here for a list of exclusions)

// 18 very sweary British words you need to be using right now.

// Wishlist Wears: this dress is inspired by the northern lights // love this dress too! // this turquoise necklace // these laurel hair pins // holy moly this is my dream dress // this tote has a message we all need to hear // i am obsessed with this lilac bag // teal lace for the win! //

// Photographer removes phones from his images to show how addicted we've become.

// 35 ideas to turn your baby carrier into a great Halloween costume.

What are you loving this week?

xo KB

// Music City Doulas + How I Chose My Doula Path

Music City Doulas, Nashville Doula Agency - Kaelah Flynn
So I hinted to some pretty big news on social media last week... and now I can finally share what it was all about! But first you're going to get the really long backstory. Ever since I started down the doula path, I've found myself so incredibly inspired by the women (and few men!) around me. I used to think the idea of a doula was hokey and just a fad. I thought doulas were only for the crunchy moms who wouldn't touch an epidural with a ten foot pole. I had all of the ideas and images conjured up in my mind about doulas in general, but the truth of the matter was I really had no idea at all.

When I was pregnant with Linden, I remember my OB asking me what my "birth plan" was. My answer? "Epidural." I was so sure of myself. I was terrified at what labor and delivery meant. I didn't want to see the videos, I didn't want to see the pictures, and most of all, I really didn't want to see ME, down there, as it happened! I just made myself admit there was a baby inside of me and he had to come out some way or another. Whatever way that was, I was just along for the ride. Seriously y'all, if you had the faintest idea at how mainstream, anti-crunchy, willfully ignorant (and I'm not using those as synonyms, I promise) I was, you'd think this whole thing is absolutely ridiculous. I felt like the anti-doula-client, you know what I mean? The funny thing about that is I would have made a wonderful doula client. C-section, Epidural, Natural, Water, Hospital, Home births. That is what doulas do. Doulas give every single type of client the very same compassionate, non-judgmental support. 

The true reason I felt the desire to pursue doula work was my realization at how much I could have really used that very same consistent, non-judgmental support. I struggled so hard after Linden was born. So hard. I cry every time I think about how "rough" I felt we had it. I know every journey is different, but I really started to feel somewhat "cheated" by my postpartum experience, and that was such a heavy, unnecessary burden to bear. The truth is that I had a wonderful support network around me after Linden was born, but they all had such personal attachments to our situation. What I needed was someone who would be able to give me non-biased, evidence based information. Someone who could help talk me through things, and navigate postpartum. I needed someone who would just keep their dadgum opinion to themselves! Every part of my support team had an opinion about everything. Breast vs. bottle. Co-sleeping vs. crib. Baby wearing vs. Being more "hands off". Attachment soothing vs. Cry-It-Out. I just needed someone who could keep their friggin mouth shut. Haha Maybe that sounds harsh or weird, but I'm betting several of you can agree with me there.

That's right when I recognized that I could have benefitted from a doula, and I was heartbroken that I had scoffed the idea of something that could have possibly changed our story. After that I started to realize just how many mothers I knew personally who could have benefitted from the exact same support. I felt the desire to educate other expectant parents on the choices and support out there. Enter: the local doula community and ProDoula. 

I first joined a few doula groups on Facebook just to see what it was all about. After a while I started to recognize familiar names and faces. Over a short while I became so invested in their success - regardless of whether they lived in the next town over or in Alaska. I started to see how supportive they were of one another. It was really inspiring to be able to cheer people on not only in their doula wins, but their personal victories as well. Something I started to realize they all had in common was ProDoula. ProDoula is a certifying organization, and when I learned about their business model, I knew it was the right choice for me. I loved their belief that someone can do something they love while earning a living to help support their family. Their mission to help elevate the roles of doulas really makes me think highly of them, too. A doula should always practice within scope, respect the care providers around them, and focus on serving the family in the best way they know how.  It sounded like exactly the kind of doula I would have wanted, and the kind of doula I would want to be. Anyway, after learning more I vowed to get to a workshop and see for myself. At worst, I'm out a few hundred bucks and an afternoon or two. But at best (and spoiler alert: this is totally what happened), I find something I can be so passionate about; helping others in their most life-changing time, all the while helping myself "heal" from my own experience. 
Music City Doulas, Nashville Doula Agency
All of this happened through the early Summer, but when it came time for the labor training in Nashville, I dragged my feet. I made excuses, said I'd "try", but then just brushed it off. Workshop time came around and "stuff came up" so I never registered. I knew right after that I had made the wrong decision. It was almost instantaneous. While I couldn't go back in time and take the workshop, I started reading more about postpartum doula work. I loved the idea of supporting my clients at home, in their own environment, where I would be able to see them most comfortable. And luckily enough, a postpartum workshop was coming up in town. During this time I really started to love posts from a local doula named Ashley. They were also so positive and passionate. She had mentioned she was starting a doula agency in Nashville, and I was inspired by her confidence and loved when she'd update us on the journey. I made a joke one time on one of our groups that I wanted to work for her agency because her enthusiasm was so contagious, and then that thought stuck in my head. Ashley was the liaison for the postpartum workshop in town, so I was able to train right alongside her (and a half dozen other incredible women). During the 10 hour workshop I grew to really feel connected to the birth community in Nashville. I started to see how much we all had in common, but also how different we were. It was such an interesting group of women there that day. 

Once I left the workshop and headed out on my 1.5 hour drive home, I felt so empowered and so READY! I remember calling my mom and telling her just how affirming it was, crying at the same time. One hour into the workshop earlier that day and I had already texted Mike "This is it. This is TOTALLY it." I felt so emotionally connected to what I was training to do. It was weird and rewarding and awesome and kind of awkward at the same time haha I told myself on the drive home that I was going to contact Ashley about applying for a contract position at her agency, Music City Doulas. While the deadline for applications had passed, I was working to get my ducks in a row so I could submit one anyway. I was motivated regardless, and even if I had to wait until the next round of applications, I knew I would get started on my own path. I was just so stoked to find something I could really give myself to. Then something really rad happened. Ashley's MCD partner, Arielle, messaged me and asked if I might be interested in working with them. WHAT! I totally did a dorky happy dance, y'all. It felt right! Like chocolate biscuits and gravy (Its a southern thing. Try it, seriously!), it just worked.
Music City Doulas, Nashville Doula Agency
So boom! There you go. Last Monday I signed a contract with Music City Doulas! I'm so totally inspired by the other 5 women at the agency. We are a full-service doula agency in Nashville, offering labor doulas, postpartum doulas, and placenta encapsulation (just to name a few!). And for the first time in my adult life, I'll be working for someone, instead of trying to do it all myself. While I plan to scale back on my freelance offerings, I'm doing it because I finally found something that can fulfill me both in passion and in financial stability. And I can do it outside of my house! Good gracious sometimes I feel like a prisoner when I don't get out of that place all day haha So this is big for us. It's going to take a lot of adjustments from every member of our little family. It's been a big few months for us in terms of jobs and changing roles. I know we can do it, because we've already done all of this! Not to mention I've gone from the doula-skeptic, audibly-scoffing naysayer, to devoting so much time, money, attention, passion to the industry. I'm really really stoked to see where this takes me. And if we're talking literally, it will be taking me to Atlanta later this weekend! So if you're around town, give me a shout!

xo KB

// Things I Love Thursday v.240

this is such a fun photo ♥
this new tank top that i made on zazzle - i'm obsessed! ♥
these florals in envelopes ♥
this is one of my favorite liz climo comics ♥
this bright room! ♥
this
these fun night lights ♥
this illustration ♥
♥ this incredible photo of albanians fleeing to italy/greece in 1991 ♥

No fancy links this week! The boys managed to tear up our MacBook Pro this morning so... yeah. haha Let's hope it's nothing major. Send good vibes our way! 

What are you loving this week?

xo KB