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!!

  • I typically only share adorable pictures of my kiddos but these roasted brussel sprouts from last night were too delicious not to snap a picture of 😍

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Cut brussel sprouts in half 
Toss in bowl with avocado oil, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder, toss again
Lay face down on pan
Cook 25-30 minutes or until browned 
Enjoy 😉 .
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#plantbasedrecipes #momof2 #veganish #toxicfreehome #plantbasedpower #plantbasedmeals
  • Hi Beau! I rolly love you big guy! 🥰
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#beaumontgomeryg #6monthsold #momof2 #followourjourney #daddysminime #happiestbabyever
  • Caption this 💙💓
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#gaskellrascals #brotherandsister #6monthsold #almost3 #oilymama #nontoxichome
  • Happy 6 months my sweet, happy boy. We missed our 5 month update and over a week late on this one but I couldn’t let 6 months pass us by. Beau is literally a dream. He is so content to just be with everyone and be along for the ride. He’s always smiling and laughing. He is such a joyful little boy and I hope he never loses that. He weighed in at 21lbs 7oz (bigger than Teagan at 12 months 🤪) and 28.5in. My big linebacker! He got his first two teeth at about 4.5 months and haven’t seen any new ones since. Today he tried solids for the first time and I wouldn’t say he was a fan! He’s sleeping better but there is always room for improvement there 🤪 this month is when we really noticed him taking notice in Teagan and he is just in awe of her. It’s pretty much the sweetest thing ever. We love you so much our sweet Beau Beau! .
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  • In case anyone was wondering what I do all day as a stay at home mom🤪
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  • . . . I wanted you more than you'll ever know,so I sent love to follow wherever you go 💙
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  • “I’m a princess” 👸🏼
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#teagankendall #queenofthehouse #toddlerlife #toddlermeals #momlifeisthebestlife #naturalmama #nontoxicliving #chemicalfreehome #internationalwomensday
  • When we first started the process of ditching and switching I wasn’t exactly sure where to start. We decided to switch all our baby products, laundry and then it just made sense to do our cleaning products. When I started researching I found that many of the generic cleaners contain ​Phthalates​ which interfere with hormones and are carcinogens.
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Thieves cleaner does NOT contain those big bad Phthalates. Instead of Phthalates, Thieves Cleaner by Young Living contains two different sulfates that are derived from coconut oil and sugar. These all-natural and safe sulfates that are considered surfactants, which contain a molecule that loves water and a molecule that hates water. That means the Thieves Cleaner sticks to the surface and grabs the oil and then washes away easily with water.
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There is also no warning that says “call poison control if ingested” so there’s that! #knowbetterdobetter #plantpower