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’m feeling so blessed and full of gratitude for all the things this year has brought our family. I’m especially grateful for my husband, even though he refuses to take pictures unless @celticgrayphotography is behind the lenses!
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  • I just put a post up on my blog about these 3 gems! If you need some sleepy vibes this DIY spray is for you! Curious about essential oils? Not sure how they’d fit into your life? I’m hosting a class on Facebook tomorrow night that is open to the public. The link is in my bio so come join and learn 🤩
  • Happy Birthday to my amazing sister and my sweet Grandpa! We are so lucky to have you in our lives and hope you have the most amazing day!! 💕🎉 📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • Feeling extra grateful for my beautiful family today 💕 .
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📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • This little oil right here has changed my world. When I found out I had Graves Disease I felt so much grief and stress. The whole “why me?” set in. I keep smiling and try to stay positive but the truth is emotionally it’s been a rollercoaster to process each and everyday. When you go through times of stress and grief your adrenal glands can shut down which only further screws up my endocrine system. Joy can help open back up those adrenal glands and help provide that emotional support. The truth is that I notice a difference when I don’t use it and to me that’s enough to know I need it in my life. Every single day. But really, who doesn’t need a little bit of joy?! 💕
  • I started a new monthly series on my blog called Motherhood Uncensored where real mamas get real authentic. I was humbled by their participation in this post and loved their honesty! Head over and give it a read! The link is in my bio! 💕
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📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • I love the start of a new month! New ideas. New goals. New adventures. New fun. The same adorable sidekick 🍂🍁
  • Happy Halloween from our very own Pebbles Flintstone 👻🎃 I cant get over how big she is getting and how my love and obsession literally grows everyday. A big shout out to my mom for making her costume!! I hope everyone had a very scary, candy filled Halloween!