Teagan's Sandbox

About Me

Hi! My name is Jennifer Gaskell, I’m 29 years old and I’m married to my best friend, Cary. We currently live in a northern Virginia suburb outside of Washington, D.C. with our baby girl, Teagan and our chocolate lab, Reagan. I’m currently pregnant with our little boy due in  September 2018.

My time after college was spent working for a defense company in a program management/finance role. I recently transitioned to life as a full time mom. I have always had a passion for writing so this blog was started as a way to document the trials and errors of my motherhood journey, the day to day of being a stay at home mom, married life, occasional recipes/craft projects and my never-ending cycle of trying to eat healthy and get in shape.

I believe in sharing honestly and authentically. What is here is my life, no sugar-coating, no need for a persona. I find there to be freedom in imperfection. And since stay at home moms obviously don’t have anything better to do, I figured this blog would fill my time between changing diapers and running the neighborhood with my stroller gang 😉

I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Graves’ Disease which came as a total shock. I am on a journey to heal my body through a strict diet and daily use of essential oils. I document this all over on my Instagram as well. I believe it is so important to talk about this as well as share the journey as awareness is key and being an advocate for our own health is so important.

I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!!

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  • Beau is missing his little sweetie Ella today 💕💙 #babylove
  • As most of you know, we’ve been ditching and switching most of the toxic products in our home over the past year and replacing them with better plant based products. The process felt overwhelming to start with but each month we tossed one thing and it made it feel so much more attainable. .
When people ask me where to start, I almost always say ditch the toxic laundry detergent and dryer sheets. This affects the entire family. Switching that means no more wearing clothes and rolling in sheets that are filled with chemicals 24/7. These chemicals are transferred onto your skin and your children’s skin and absorbed into your body throughout the entire day 😖
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Scan your products with the @thinkdirty app and see how they rate. Most of them will have chemicals that have been linked to irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, cancer and so much more. That’s scary enough for me to just avoid all together. #knowbetterdobetter #gimmealltheplants
  • People make fun of Valentine’s Day but I love it. We don’t exchange gifts but I love the reminder to love and acknowledge the one you are with. Happy Valentine’s Day my love! Celebrating it with a throwback to the days when phone pictures were terrible quality, we were much younger, thinner, tanner, less wrinkles and spent our money traveling the world. I love you so much and this beautiful life we’ve built together 🖤
  • Some days I honestly feel like I’m drowning in all the things. I need to say this to myself everyday. And repeat it all day long. 🖤
  • Because we are still in denial over the @saints not being in the Super Bowl today! We will get em next year 🏈🖤
  • I love the month of love 💗Diffusing all my favorite reds, pinks and purples all month long! This month my mantra is “Hustle and Heart will set you apart” because I feel some big things in the works 💜
  • I love you so much. 💕
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