Teagan's Sandbox

About Me

Hi! My name is Jennifer Gaskell, I’m 28 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.

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!!

  • I put a blog post up today. One I didn’t know if I was going to share. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever written. It emotionally felt like the time to let go of some hurt and the only way I know how to do that is to write about it. This isn’t attention seeking. I expect no response. This is purely for me. While it’s a sad situation, it’s something I want to look back on and know I got through with my family.
  • She might look like her dad but those facial expressions are 100% from me. Don’t touch the bear 🤨
  • We’ve been a little MIA over here but sometimes you just need to disconnect. We are over here cooped up because of ice and dreaming of warmer days ❄️☀️
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  • This has been such a highly requested post and I finally put it together. Up on the blog today I am talking all about using essential oils safely in the nursery with your kiddos. I hope you all find it helpful and as a result, essential oils a little less intimidating. You can find the link to that post in my bio! 💕🌿
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  • She wasn’t thrilled when I told her she was going to start helping with all the house projects 🤣 she cried immediately following this picture...#momminainteasy! .
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One of my besties @t.beaston designed these amazing sweatshirts and shirts! Only a few more days to get your hands on one so go over to her page to find out how! 💕
  • I finally blogged. And it wasn’t about essential oils 🎉👏🏼 This morning God put on my heart to talk about some things no one tells you when becoming a stay at home Mom. Things I wished I’d known going into it. I kept it to 10 things, otherwise you’d definitely unfollow me! What things do you wish you were told? 💕 . Link is in my bio! .
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  • I’ve always been pretty open about having super sensitive skin and some hormonal acne. It sucks. I’m always afraid to try new products because I typically wake up to a new pimple. The excitement was real to try @clarinsusa #nextgenserum because I had heard amazing things. It didn’t disappoint. I genuinely feel like it has transformed the texture of my skin in less than 3 weeks. I added it to my morning and nighttime routine and I’m so happy with the results. Get your hands on this, I swear it’s worth every penny. .
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I received this product complimentary from Clarins. The opinions are 100% my own. #gotforfree #freewithoctoly #sponsored
  • I swear this girl could live off gluten free Chex! Snacks on snacks on snacks.
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