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!!

  • Just a girl and her dog! 💕💙
📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • My sweet boy 💙 how has it been almost 12 weeks since you became ours? 📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • Always get family pictures done. Even when you are in the season of life where your toddler won’t cooperate without being swung or eating a cake pop. Even when you have to wear a poncho because you are self conscious of your postpartum mom bod. Even when your baby is still in the stage where most of his facial expressions look like he needs to poop. Always get family pictures done because this is the season of life that goes by way too fast. 💕
📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • This little girl challenges me to my core every single day. Her strong-willed attitude is both something I love about her but it also causes a lot of stress. But through it all, she is by far the sweetest, kindest, and most compassionate little kid I know and I couldn’t ask for more. 📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • T W O Months 💙 I can’t believe it’s been over two months with this big guy! His colic seems to be coming to an end and his reflux is under control. He’s rolled over way too many times, smiles and coos all the time and pretty much just steals my heart daily with all his cuddles. He weighed in at 16lbs 5.5 oz and 25in long 😱 His pediatrician literally told me she’s never seen weight gain like that from month 1 to 2 so it’s been confirmed...Beau is in fact a milk monster and I am in fact a 🐮🐄 #twomonthsold #rainbowbaby #beaumontgomeryg
  • Grateful. Thankful. And Blessed. Those words just don’t seem like enough for what I feel when I see this sweet family of mine. No doubt that this is God’s work. 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🦃 What are YOU thankful for? 💕💙
📷: @celticgrayphotography
  • Gangs all here! Young Living’s Black Friday sales start in 2 days and its going to be epic! Wholesale members get 24% off everything all the time but you get an additional 20% off all the Black Friday products! So if you’ve been wanting to jump into essential oils, now is the time. Send me a message and let’s get you set up so you can take advantage of the sales too! Our team is doing 10% off kits through tomorrow AND a 5ml of Christmas Spirit oil soooo ALL.THE.DEALS! 🎄🎅🏼 IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
  • Happy #nationalredheadday to my sweet Teagan! 💕 You might be the biggest sassypants I know but I wouldn’t have it any other way! 👩🏻‍🦰 #teagankendall 📷: @celticgrayphotography