MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK

Tattoos have always been an interesting concept to me. They are permanent. Once you get one, it’s very hard to get rid of it. It really is a big commitment. But for me, I’ve never taken mine too seriously.

None of them were planned in any particular way. I had ideas that I knew I’d get one day, but for the most part I’ve never felt a lot of pressure with my tattoos. I don’t have a rule that they all have to significant. Honestly, some of them I 100% went into or will go into knowing that I’m getting it because it’s ridiculous or simply just because it looks cool.

MY TATTOOS

MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This wild Home
MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This wild Home
MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This Wild Home
MY TATTOOS + PLANS FOR FUTURE INK - This Wild Home
  1. My very first tattoo. The one I got a few days after turning 18. I had a plan for what I wanted, and then I was making change at my first coffee shop job and saw the little eye at the top of the pyramid on the dollar bill and thought it looked really cool. I didn’t look into what it meant or what it stood for. To this day, this has become one of my favorites simply because of the conversations it’s started. So many people have their own interpretation for what it means. Some ask if I’m in the illuminati to which I promptly reply, “Yes, and now I have to kill you.” Some think it’s the eye of God while others are convinced I’m a Satan worshiper before they say a single word to me.

    I think I like it so much because it taught me a very valuable lesson in a period of my life where I was learning how to be myself. It taught me that no matter what you do to attempt to put a message into the world, people will always see what they want to see. This little, silly set of lines means something significant to some people while for me, it really is just a set of lines that I thought looked cool when I was 18.

  2. The second one I got was another imagery rebellion, though this one was intentional.

    I hadn’t heard the story of St. Peter until my grandma was talking about it sometime between my 18th and 19th birthday. It was then that I discovered the origin of the upside-down cross. This thing that I had grown up thinking was an anti-Christ symbol was really a symbol for believing in something unashamedly and sticking to those beliefs until the very end.

    While I’m not religious at all, I got the cross of St. Peter with a rose inside as a reminder of my grandma and the values that she and my grandpa have passed down to my parents and ultimately to me. My grandma LOVES Jesus and God and the Catholic Church just as much as she loves all of us. She always smells like roses and she has always been a solid support for me in everything I’ve done, whether she agreed with it or not (:

    The two of us are one in the same and that bond will always be a very special one for me. We both have a strong will and stick to our beliefs while still being respectful when our beliefs don’t align.

  3. The third tattoo I got because it looks cool. I could say it’s a link to my adolescence, and in a way it is… But that’s not why I got it.

    I got it because my friend (and unofficial wedding photographer), Mary Robinson, grew up taking photos of her friends and being one of those friends, we did a shoot one day where she drew a little infinity sign on the back of my neck and took this photo. I thought it looked cool and decided that I’d get it when I turned 18.

    This was actually suppose to be my first tattoo, but then I got distracted by the other two and got this one a few months after my second one.

  4. This is another that I got cause I thought it would look cool (have you noticed the trend?). I’ve always been drawn to phases of the moon photos. Moon calendars and all. I love it. I have no real connection to the moon. Again, this could be a homage to my adolescent days of nighttime walks (that I wasn’t technically suppose to be doing but boy were they peaceful) and all the moments I’ve spent enjoying the calm of a quiet summer night.

    But no, it’s just the phases of the moon (or the process of eating an Oreo, as my mom would say) in a little infinity swirl because that was the idea the tattoo artist had when I came in and said I wanted a tattoo of the phases of the moon.

  5. This one may have been my most planned and most meaningful of them all so far. It is my maiden name, Villaume. The name I had for the first 21 years of my life. The link I have to my family. The name I dropped completely when I got married because Isabel Villaume Jones just didn’t sound as good as Isabel Rae Jones.

    Despite all the ups and down that come with being part of a family, I love them all very much. I love what I’ve become because of them and no matter what my name is, I’ll always be a Villaume.

PLANS FOR FUTURE INK

I don’t have any of them drawn out specifically, but I’ve included a few inspiration photos along with the descriptions of what I’m thinking exactly.

  • This is one I’ve been thinking about for a very long time, but I know it’ll be my most expensive and time consuming so I’ve put a pin in it for the time being. It’s the only one that I’m going to get in color and it’s going to be a bright, sailor jerry style tattoo in the classic shoulder location.

    Only here's where it gets super dumb and I love it - and I’m partly getting it because I feel like a ridiculous tattoo is something I need in my life because I like a little ridiculousness in my life. - It’s going to be a bright red crawfish (my FAVORITE food) immerging from the water with a big blue wave behind it. On the classic gold banner it will say “Ragin’ Cajun” and it will be beautiful and I cannot wait to have this amazing work on my body.

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  • A little piece of our wedding to go along side the name I left behind.

    We really only used baby’s breath as the flowers for our wedding and I feel like it’s the perfect flower to represent the bond Ian and I have created. Baby’s breath stands for everlasting and undying love. It’s perfect because I’ve pretty much planned our afterlives for ever scenario of what could happen to humans after they pass to ensure we will truly be together for ever. Don’t judge. I know I’m creepy. Ian’s okay with it.

    This will go along with a little emblem that was drawn for us by an old friend that turned out perfectly.

  • My last planned tattoo is for our children, of course. Once we’re pretty confident we’re done having kids, I plan to get a little wildflower bouquet drawn too look like it’s loosely tied in a little paper wrapper.

    So far I’ll for sure have some Larkspur (for Oliver) and a Daffodil (for Charlie). I’ll have at least one more flower in that arrangement if everything goes according to plan. But who knows how many flowers I’ll get in there!

And there you have it! All my current and future tattoos for the time being. I like all my tattoos and tattoo plans. They add an extra element to my style and story that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

What are some of your tattoos or tattoo plans?

A GIFT GUIDE FOR CLEAN BEAUTY

A GIFT GUIDE FOR CLEAN BEAUTY - This Wild Home

As the years have gone on, I’ve come to appreciate clean beauty for all of the healing wonders it offers. For this holiday season, after going back and forth about whether or not I wanted to do any adult gift guides, I felt a very strong urge to make this one. Cleansers and soaps can feel like a silly gift. Like something you could get for anyone. Not personal enough. But I’ve come to appreciate the gift that you’re actually giving when you give someone a high quality, all natural beauty and skincare product.

Ultimately, you’re giving the gift of self care. You’re giving a reminder that it’s important to take a break and have some time all for yourself. Along with all the clean beauty lovers in your life, I think these are great gifts for the busy body. For the person who always forgets themselves and forgets the importance in taking a break and giving yourself some love.

THE GUIDE

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*Links are in the titles

  1. SPA KIT

    Primally Pure has natural products with minimal design which makes it fit right into any decor. This spa kit includes all the essentials for a refreshing bath time that results in clean, smooth skin. The body brush is a perfect addition to any routine for exfoliating skin. The sea soak and flower bath help to detox and sooth while the body oil moisturizes leaving your skin silky smooth. It really is the ultimate in skincare and self care all in one.

  2. RESTORE RITUAL FACE KIT/Clarify Ritual Face Kit

    Apoterra has become essential in my skincare routine. Their products are so high quality and crafted for specific skincare needs to really heal and revitalize effectively. The Restore Ritual is full of their dreamy rose products created for dry and irritated skin to soothe it back to health, while the Clarify Ritual is created with the power of charcoal for more oily and acne prone skin. Regardless of the ritual, having these top quality routines as part of your day adds a little bit of luxury that we all deserve. (Don’t know which skin type you’re gifting for? They have tons of sample sizes so you can make your own little mixture to give!)

  3. GLOW KIT

    This is a product created by the family and ladies of Treasure & Travels. After a cancer diagnosis in the family, they wanted to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals they were putting on their body while spreading the word to all of us about the benefits of truly natural products. They started by making these multi-purpose glow sticks that can be used to brighten up your cheeks, add a little color to your lips, and even some shadow to the eyes! If you know anyone like me who likes to keep things quick and easy, this kit is an awesome way to have a lot of color options for a simple and natural beauty solution!

  4. SUPER GLOW HYDRATION DUO

    I think there’s definitely a trend in beauty right now. We all just want to look refreshed and natural. The thing about natural beauty lovers is, we understand that it starts with care. It starts will getting enough rest and loving your face back to health. The big myth a lot of us hear is that our faces need products that dry them out and then add in artificial hydration to get that, I-get-15-hours-of-sleep-and-have-no-stress, look. But the reality is, we need products that will work with our natural oils and add nutrients that nourish our skin. This is why I love this duo. It isn’t meant to attack your face. It’s simply a way to give your face an extra boost of nutrition to keep it looking happy!

  5. BATH BOMB GIFT BOX

    Because who doesn’t have a long day that requires a hot bath full of nothing but quiet and pretty bath bombs that put on a little show? This gift box comes with 9 bath bombs that are all crafted to look beautiful as they fizzle lots of good stuff into your bath. Beyond the fact that they have a sense of magic with glitter and gold and all the colors of the rainbow, they add so much natural goodness that it feels like you’re in a land of wonderful relaxation time.

  6. JADE FACIAL ROLLER

    Herbivore Botanicals is a staple in lux skincare. They have really been pioneers in creating all natural products and anything from them would make a perfect gift. I’m bringing attention to the jade roller specifically because it has become an essential in skincare. Not only does it force you to take an extra second for yourself, but it’s a handy little device that give you a mini face massage while helping your skin to soak in products that you’ve used and get your blood flowing to keep you looking healthier and younger.

  7. EVERYDAY MAGIC

    Luna + Quartz mix the healing power of natural oils with crystals to give you maximum peace throughout your day. Whether you’re a firm believer in the healing power of crystals or you just really love the look, it never hurts to add a little magic to your everyday. This everyday body oil can be used from head to toe. Anywhere you need a boost.

  8. REUSABLE COTTONG & BAMBOO MAKEUP PADS

    This is a natural AND zero waste gift! Whether you use cotton pads for make up or just general product application or removal, it’s nice to save a few bucks with reusable pads. These are especially good because they’re made with organic fibers to keep them soft on your skin.

  9. ROSE AND LEATHER | INTENTION CANDLE

    I couldn’t resist putting Luna + Quartz on the list twice. This candle not only has a unique scent that would make any moment feel a little more zen, but it includes crystals in the candle to add that extra boost of healing power. Most beauty lovers are also a lover of little moments of luxury. Candles are a perfect addition to any morning routine, nighttime routine, bath time, or downtime to make it that much more special and intentional.

  10. ENCHANTED EROSION ROSE AND KAOLIN FACIAL MASK

    Clay has become a key player in natural skincare. It’s been known to detox and exfoliate skin like nothing else. Combined with all the other ingredients like Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Witch Hazel, and Lavender; this mask is basically a super food for your face. It’s perfect for giving your skin an extra refresh during the week and gives you a moment of calm no matter how busy you get.

A few other brands to check out:


A LIST OF ESSENTIALS FOR ALL-NATURAL HOME CARE AND BEAUTY

A LIST OF ESSENTIALS FOR ALL-NATURAL HOME AND BEAUTY - This Wild home

A couple years ago, I decided to be a health and wellness blogger. I dove into the world of essential oils and natural goods so quickly that my head nearly spun right off. It’s quite a rabbit hole to go down all at once so I very quickly went back to the easy, cheap stuff I could grab from the store.

The thing that I’m finding now is, natural beauty and home care don’t have to be complicated. Honestly, it can be a thousand times simpler than the list of toxic ingredients that are found in most of the “easy” products you see on shelves (even the ones that like to say they’re natural).

There is an ever growing list of stuff to avoid. From the packaging to the ingredients inside, everything will kill you. It’s terrifying and there is no real way to know what’s a marketing scheme and what is real. It’s also impossible to remember the giant list of stuff you’re suppose to avoid which has turned shopping for basic items like body wash and all purpose cleaner into a very stressful experience for anyone who’s attempting to be conscious of what they’re bringing into their home and onto their body.

Honestly, if you do it right, staying natural with your products can actually be easier and even cheaper.

There’s always the option to go down the rabbit hole of natural products we all need, but I’ve found it’s much simpler to stick to a very basic list of items that can serve multiple purposes and branch out for fun every once in a while.

HOME

For my house, I keep it super duper simple. It really doesn’t take much to keep a house clean. So many things can be used multiple ways to where you really don’t need a different product for different things and half of the stuff you do need can also be used in your very own kitchen!

BAKING SODA

My holy grail of cleaning products. It single handedly cleans my whole entire bathroom. From a very effective toilet bowl cleaner to soap scum remover to faucet shiner (and really all things stainless steel shiner), it seriously does it all. It’s also great for freshening carpets and laundry or for cleaning stuck on food from pots and pans (with a little help from our next friend, white vinegar). You can add some essential oils to give it a little extra scent, but it really smells fairly neutral and clean all on it’s own. This ingredient single handedly acts as a super cleaner and deodorizer all in one. I’m actually about to make an “After Your Business” deodorizing shaker bottle thing (I really don’t know how to describe it. I’ll just share the DIY when I have it) for the bathroom because it’s so subtle, yet so powerful!

WHITE VINEGAR

This is a really good cleaner for counters and glass especially. For an all purpose counter spray, just do half vinegar and half water with some lemon juice or about 10 drops of essential oils for smell (or infuse it with some orange peels) and then use the same spray for your windows and floors! - The vinegar smell goes away when it dries. You can add two tablespoon of vinegar and sugar to flowers to help them last longer. It can also help with stains and pen marks and water marks and pretty much anything that needs to be wiped down in your house. It’s even a good thing to use to try unclogging drains before turning to the very intimidating drano.

COCONUT OIL

This is amazing for all things wood. It’s a naturally antibacterial so it’s really great for wooden cutting boards, utensils, or handles. You can also bring out your trusted white vinegar and mix the two with some water and lemon to make a wood furniture polish.

ESSENTIAL OILS

For my cleaners collection of oils, I like lemon, orange or grapefruit, and cedar wood. Along with being great for masking some of the stronger smells (like vinegar), they have a lot of immune boosting and anti fungal/bacterial properties that are never bad to add to your home. Cedar wood is also a natural insect repellers which is a nice boost for your home cleaning products to keep away unwanted pests.

BEAUTY

I have been making a very strong effort to make everything that touches my skin a natural product. For my face, I tend to try and let the professionals take charge by finding trusted, natural products. For everything else, I’m all into simplicity and homemade!

COCONUT OIL

Amazing amazing for so many things. I use a coconut oil + coffee scrub for my body that leaves it buttery smooth. Some use it as a moisturizer for their face and swear by it (my face is way too persnickety for that). You can also add a little (a very little) to the ends of your hair if it’s looking a little dry or frizzy. It’s amazing for your teeth, as weird as that may sound, and you can use it as a mouthwash. It’s also perfect for massages or just a general body lotion. Plus it’s like, $7 for a jar and a little really goes a very long way.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

This is a really great one for hair especially. I’ve been doing a no-poo thing for a few months now and apple cider vinegar not only helps to remove any dirt build up, but it also leaves your hair feeling soft and clean and smooth. Seriously, my hair is beautiful these days. It’s also great for balancing Ph levels in your skin which helps control acne and makes a great addition for a homemade toner.

HONEY

This is perfect for making a very simple face mask or you can add sugar to make a scrub. It’s moisturizing and soothing, full of antioxidants to help with aging, and antibacterial which helps with treating and preventing acne. Just throw a little honey in your tea and on your face and head to bath to relax while the honey does all the work for you.

CHARCOAL

Another great addition to oral care. Charcoal is not only cleansing, but it also can whiten your teeth. I don’t quite trust myself to make my own toothpaste yet, but I’ve been using this and I swear my teeth are whiter than any other “whitening” toothpaste has ever come close to. It also makes a great deep cleaning mask.

HERBS

Chamomile, rose hip, lavender, mint, and dandelion are all great ones. It can be a little cheaper on the front end to grab some herbs than their essential oil counter parts and they’re very effective for adding a spa feel to your baths or adding to a facial steam to open up your pores and let in some good stuff.

As you can see, natural products don’t have to get complicated. Keeping simple routines and putting on horse blinders can help you to not get overwhelmed by all of the “must-haves” or “must-not-haves” in the world of cleaning and beauty products. It can also save you money on things that say they do something that they really can’t do or from having too many products to store and maintain.

What are your go-to’s for natural products?