7/28/15

Back To School Shopping

I always dread back to school shopping! Usually by the end of summer we are needing to move up to the next size in clothes but I know we are so close to cold weather but still have another month or two of hot hot hot weather. I try hitting the sales racks as much as possible but usually they're picked over and mostly last winter's clothes is all that is left.




This past weekend I took my daughter to get back to school clothes. We cleaned out closets last week to see what we would need. Luckily my son was pretty set and just needs a couple of pairs of shorts and will need some blue jeans when it starts to get cooler. But my daughter on the other hand has hit a MAJOR growth spurt and basically had nothing that fit her any more!

Now I'm not a fashion blogger or a frugal living blogger, but when I find a great deal as a mom I want to do another mom a solid and tell her about it (and I also wanted to mention this isn't a sponsored post either but I wouldn't be offended if Old Navy decided they wanted to pay me in clothes for giving them a shout out) (I'm kidding) (mostly).



A few of our purchases

Anyway we hit Old Navy first and it was such a great decision! Old Navy is one of the few stores where I go to the sale rack first and I am usually not disappointed. This time however I didn't find anything on the sales rack but I feel like we made out like a bandit! They had a ton of cute t-shirts on sale for 65% off! We ended up with 2 pairs of shorts and 7 shirts and only paid $65! I happy danced all the way out the store. My mood was quickly killed when we hit Justice but I won't go there.

My favorite thing I love about the shirts from Old Navy is that they will easily transition to fall/winter wear when layered with a long sleeve shirt. I love shopping trips like that, it makes my heart go pitter patter. Now on to buying school supplies....



How is your back to school shopping going? Hit any big sales?

7/27/15

Jim Carey Ruined Mattew McConaughey

Mathew McConaughey use to be my Hollywood husband. If my husband and I (which we would totally NEVER do, or at least never tell each other about)  created a list like on Friends Matthew would've been at the top. He's just so pretty and that accent, oh that accent.

That was until Jim Carrey totally ruined him for me.

The hubs and I watched the SNL 40 year anniversary episode way back towards the beginning of the year and we watched the Jeopardy skit. Its kind of vulgar so I won't share it here but you can find it on YouTube. At one point Jim Carrey popped in as Matthew McConaughey and it was so spot on that it had my husband crying laughing and my jaw dropped. So in the days to follow I looked up more Jim Carrey/Matthew McConaughey videos. I can now never look at Matthew the same again.

And if I can't have him no one can so watch this video out!





Did you have a Hollywood spouce that was ruined for you?





7/21/15

5 Show I Wish Netflix Would Get

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We recently got Netflix again. We had gotten it a few years ago when it was the new hype but cancelled it a year later. At the time they rarely updated it (we watch through out Wii) and had already watched the shows that were worth watching. We are tv people. There I said it. We love to watch movies. If it weren't for sarcasm and movie quotes I would have no talents. I'm really loving Netflix again now that we added it back, but there are a few shows that I REALLY wished they'd get!



Tale Spins

This was one my favorite shows as a kid! I am just dying for my kids to see it!

 
 


ER

I LOVE this show and I was sooo sad when it ended! When my kids were little and would wake up a t the butt crack of dawn, ER would come on TNT and this was my morning show. But of course they quit showing it for some reason. I'm really wanting to watch it again.


 

Tabitha Takes Over

I have no idea why I have such an obsession with this show but I love it! I even got my daughter addicted to it. This blunt Aussie hair guru comes in and takes over failing salons and helps bring them back.

 



Dawson's Creek

So yeah I'm still living in the 90s and my obsession with Pacey is still alive. I just realized that Dawson's Creek is now on ABC Family but I missed the first several episodes and well what's the point if you can't watch every single episode!

 

All That

Yep you guessed it another 90s show. I'm just not ready to let it go!!! All That was a kid's version of Saturday Night Live and I think my kids would love it!

 

BONUS: Anything from the Outdoor Channels

If they had hunting and fishing shows we could cancel our satellite and just have Netflix, but the hubs needs his hunting and fishing shows.



If these shows are already on Netflix and I've missed them please tell me! What shows are you dying to see on Netflix?

7/13/15

How to Dilute Essential Oils

As essential oils are growing more and more popular, I am seeing a ton of recipes that include essential oils. While I am excited to see people choosing to use natural remedies I also worry about those that are using them improperly. You can read my whole spill about using natural remedies properly here and here.

Making sure you are diluting oils properly is very important! Not diluting oils correctly can cause adverse reactions and sensitization. Also when creating recipes for home remedies that you plan to use on your family make sure you are using oils that are safe for your kids. A great resource to find a list of kid safe oils is this post Essential Oils and Children from Learning About Essential Oils.




1% Dilution

This is best for adults over 65, children under 12, pregnant women, and people with long term illness. In 1oz of carrier oil you use 5-6 drops and in 2oz you would use 10-12 drops.

For example in 2oz of coconut oil I could add 12 drops of lavender to make a lotion for my kids to help them relax before bed.

2% Dilution

This is used for general everyday things like skin care, perfumes, or bath. In 1oz of carrier oil you would use 10-12 drops and in 2oz of carrier oil 20-24 drops.

For example you could make a face wash with 2oz of coconut oil, some baking soda, 8 drops or tea tree, 8 drops of lavender, and 8 drops of frankincense.

3% Dilution

This is used for specific health concerns such as battling the flu or pain relief. In 1oz carrier oil use 15-18 drops and in 2oz carrier oil 30-36 drops.

For example if I wanted to make a sore muscle rub for after working out I would use 2oz coconut oil (or whatever carrier you prefer I just like using coconut oil), 9 drops lavender, 9 drops juniper, 9 drops peppermint, and 9 drops black pepper. Remember when making up a recipe you don't have to use it all at once. Use what you need and save the rest for later. Peppermint and black pepper are hot oils.

I hope you find this helpful! Make sure to print this out and put with your oils so that you can quickly look while mixing up some remedies!

What's your favorite oil recipe?

7/8/15

5 Tips for Newbie Bloggers from Busy Being Jennifer

Hey Friends!! I'm Jennifer, a small town Texas blogger and the blonde mind behind BusyBeingJennifer.com! I blog about life, crafts, DIY projects, blogging and running a handmade business! I'm so happy to be taking over Alicia's blog today and sharing some tips for newbie bloggers!

Newbie Tips

If you're just getting into blogging, the technical stuff, social media stuff and community building stuff can definitely be overwhelming! When I started 4 years ago, I didn't have a clue what I was doing... I just jumped in with both feet and figured it out as I went along. Nowadays, there are great resources available for "baby bloggers" and lots of experienced bloggers that are willing to share their knowledge. I've got 5 tips that will help you start out on the right path!

#1. Think long and hard about your name, BEFORE you commit to a dot com. Starting a blog really isn't all that hard, sites like blogger.com and wordpress make the initial set up pretty easy. But if you're serious about wanting to blog as more than just a random hobby, you're going to want to own your own domain. Buying a dot com is easy, settling on the right name, however, is anything but! It took me 3 weeks, several hours and lots of domain name searches before I finally settled on Busy Being Jennifer... and that was after I'd been blogging for a year under a different name! Once you come up with a few ideas, run them past your friends, practice introducing yourself as "So-and-so from *insert blog name here*" out loud and double check that your idea is still available. Be sure to pick a name that can move and change and grow with you for the long haul!

#2. Claim your Social Media Names. Once you've settled on a name, its time to start thinking about social media. I always recommend that new bloggers claim their name or the name they want to be able to use on every social media outlet possible. Even if you have no intention of building your brand there at that moment. There's nothing worse that being ready to start building a community on a new-to-you platform, and not being able to use the social media name you use on other platforms. Consistency is KEY and makes it MUCH easier for your future readers and fellow bloggers to find you!

#3. Find someone that knows more about this blogging stuff than you do, and become their new best friend. Seriously. Well, ok, maybe not their best friend, but its important to have someone that doesn't mind answering your questions. It might be an entirely new blogging friend or someone you already know, but don't be afraid to reach out and ask them some questions! (feel free to ask me anything. Seriously!)

#4. Start connecting with other bloggers. Find out where the other bloggers hang out and start hanging out there too! I'm talking about social media of course! Start connecting with other bloggers through blog hops, facebook support groups, and twitter conversations. Don't be afraid to jump right in and add your opinions to the mix. That's how I met a lot of my blogging friends and I am so glad that I did! Most bloggers will welcome you with open arms and if they don't, let me know so I can pinch them and tell them to play nice! If you've already found some blogs that you like, comment on their posts, reply to their questions on twitter and facebook and reshare their content >>> with no expectations or requests for shares of your stuff... Remember that old proverb? "A man that has friends must show himself friendly" This definitely holds true for blogging :)

#5. Don't Worry, Be Happy! There will be lots of opportunities to worry about stuff... technical stuff, writing stuff, community stuff, etc. Always remember that its YOUR blog. No one is going to yell at you if you don't post 7 times a week or you missed responding to a comment. Go with the flow, and don't let the stress/anxiety/worry get to you.   If you're looking for some resources and want to learn more about blogging I highly recommend the following... Taylor from Boss Girl Creative's podcast. Blogging Edumacation from Pink Heels Pink Truck These posts from The Sits Girls This Pinterest Board stuffed full of blogging tips, tricks and tutorials. Blogging Posts full of awesome from my Blog, BusyBeingJennifer.com   And I am serious when I say feel free to ask me anything! Send me an email (at busybeingjennifer@gmail.com) or tweet at me (@busybeingjenn) I'll do my best to answer your question or point you in the right direction!


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7/7/15

Small Business Tuesday: The Curated Carrot

 
 
 
I am really excited about this months Small Business Tuesday feature! I stumbled along this awesome business on Instagram a couple of months ago and placed an order and am so in love with my diffuser necklace. You can check out the one I purchased in this post! I can't wait for you to get to know Charis and see the beautiful jewelry she makes!
 
 
 
 
 
1) Tell us about yourself and your business
 
My name is Charis Karas and I am the owner, designer, and creator of The Curated Carrot. My Etsy shop features lovingly handmade essential oil diffuser jewelry and statement necklaces. I am 26 years old and live in a small town in Wisconsin with my fireman husband, Ryan, and our mini goldendoodle dog-child, George.  
 
You can find me on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
 
 

2) Why did you decide to start your business
 
I have always felt a strong, intrinsic desire to create, design and organize. I began making jewelry when I was about fourteen. Within about a year, I created my first website and began to sell my creations on a small scale. When I first began designing jewelry, I found that it was the perfect outlet for my need to create. I could visualize exactly what I wanted to create and make it happen: an outcome that I had frustratingly never experienced from any other medium of art. Paintings and drawings never turned out how I wanted them to, but jewelry was different. It was and is a way to express myself and my aesthetics of texture, color, and balance through something tangible and useful. I took a few years off from jewelry creation as school work took over in late high school and throughout college. I finally decided to return to my hobby and turn it into a business late last year after much encouragement from my husband and sister-in-law. Everyday I strive to create functional beauty, perfect in its simplicity. 
 

3) Where do you find inspiration and what is your favorite product you've created so far
 
My greatest inspirations are vision, hope, and health. My ultimate goal is to help people feel better. Health and wellness have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have always been very passionate about nutrition and holistic health, but I felt like a failure. I thought I knew what needed to be done to fix my body, but it was not working. I had struggled with symptoms of hypothyroidism for a number of years, mostly self-treating through a careful diet and exercise, but I was feeling so very far from healthy and vibrant. I finally decided to seek professional help and make an appointment with a holistic doctor who specializes in functional medicine. At my first appointment, he told me that although my thyroid was mildly under-functioning, he did not believe it to be a source of all of my symptoms. He thought I had Lyme Disease. I was in total disbelief. I was feeling pretty dang awful, yes, but I not completely debilitated like all Lyme's patients I'd previously heard of. My symptoms certainly had not developed overnight, it was more of a slow, gradual slip into unwellness over the course of a few years. Even after my Lyme tests came back positive, I was skeptical. It was not until I started doing my own research that a light turned on in my head. The hypothyroid-type symptoms, the strange idiosyncrasies that I'd thought were just part of my sensitive and imperfect self were a DISEASE. Everything suddenly made sense. It all seemed so blatantly obvious. All of the brain fog, memory lapses, exhaustion and fatigue, the joint pain, the sore feet, the sensitively to loud noises and bright lights... All of it was a disease which I had unknowingly suffered from for three plus years. This realization was strangely one of the most freeing experiences of my life. A diagnosis meant there was hope for a cure. A cure meant no more fighting my body every single day to make it do what it did not want to do or could not physically do. I realized that my symptoms weren't my fault, my weakness. I finally felt bright, gleaming hope for the first time in a very long time. 

Although I love creating beautiful statement jewelry, the essential oil diffuser jewelry has a special place in my heart. As I work through my Lyme treatment, nutrition, detox and holistic healing are more important to me than ever before. My sister-in-law is an essential oil distributor and recently opened my eyes to the wide and wonderful world of oils. Essential oils have now become an integral part of my plan and process for healing. My favorite oils to diffuse are peppermint (for alertness and mental clarity), Frankincense (for inner peace and spirituality), and lavender (for relaxation and stress reduction.) 

If anyone can find beauty and joy in the designs that I create with so much love and hope, I am deeply gratified. If my jewelry can help anyone else on their path to healing and wellness, I am utterly fulfilled. 
 

4) What's your favorite thing about owning a small business
 
I have been thrilled, touched, and humbled by the customer attention and feedback I have received on Etsy! I am loving every minute of it. My shop has been a brilliant blessing in my life, both as a medium for my creative spirit and as a means to help heal myself and others. I am humbled and heartened by the outpouring of love and support from my customers and am extremely grateful to be part of the inspiring Etsy community.
 

 
5) What advice do you give to people wanting to start a business
 
Follow your passion!  If you find fulfillment in something that you could turn into a business, make it happen!  There is nothing better than do to what you love.

6) What is one thing you wish people new about owning or shopping a small business
 
As you can imagine, it is a LOT of work.  I still work full-time in corporate customer service, so most of my free time is spent making and packaging orders, creating and listing new designs, keeping my supplies stocked, and answering customer inquiries.  I wouldn't change it for the world.
 
 
 
Guess what?!! Charis is so generously offering all Hippy Juice Mama readers a 15% discount that's good until July 31st! Just enter the code HIPPYJUICEMAMA when you check out!
 
Check out her shop and tell me what your favorite product is! Use the discount code and snag some lovely jewelry then show me what you got!

7/2/15

Grow Your Home Library With Usborne Books & More and a Giveaway

Did you know the amount of books you have in your home has a huge impact on your child's education? The University of Nevada, Reno did a 20-year study on the affects of books in the home. The results of the study were very surprising! This study showed that despite social economics or whether the children's parents graduated college or not, children who have books in the "home are more likely to increase their level of education". What does that mean? Well basically that kids with more access to books in their home are more likely to go to college despite being rich or poor or even if their parents themselves are college graduates.

 


Reading is so important for young minds. Reading can help increase your child's communication skills, creativity, develops the mind, allows your child to discover new things, and its a fun way to connect with your with child!



Recently I learned about this great company called Usborne. its something I had never heard of before and was really intrigued. My friend Jade is an Usborne Consultant in the DFW area, so I asked her to give us a run down of what exactly Usborne is. I wanted you, dear readers, to hear about this great company as quickly as possible! I hate that I didn't know about them sooner! You can check out Jade's website at HeyJadeBooks.com.

 


Here is what Jade had to say about Usborne:

"Most people don't know that book ownership is directly related to kids' enjoyment of reading, reading skills, and academic success. Having books at their disposal (in their rooms, the living room, the bathroom, the car, etc), means they can pick up and enjoy the book at any time. Many Usborne Books have flaps, which stimulates an understanding of cause and effect and children love the interaction!  From our baby board books to phonics readers to doodling and activities to chapter books and our internet-linked encyclopedias, Usborne Books & More has offered award winning titles for kids of all ages for decades, bringing up life-long learners and making reluctant readers into bibliophiles.  Peter Usborne himself has said that his goal was to make books so irresistible to children that they're practically edible, they can't help but pick them up!  And so far, he has done just that!

As an Educational Consultant for Usborne Books & More, I offer several avenues for getting books into the hands of kids, including book fairs, reading incentive programs and my favorite: BOOK PARTIES!  These can be in-person get-togethers or online Facebook parties!  Either way, they're fun and rewarding.  I share with you and your friends the importance of helping your kids love to read, show you the latest and best-loved Usborne and KaneMiller titles, and help find the perfect books for your family's needs.  That is truly my passion... matching kids with their new favorite books!  And for hosting a party, you earn free books of your choice - how awesome is that?



Every month, Usborne Books & More features Specials:
Customer Specials, which are discounted books.
Hostess Specials, which are additional free books you can earn through your party. [In July, our Hostess Special is "Double Free Books" with a $400 party.  You get twice as many books as usual!]
Recruiting Specials, often discounted start-up kit prices or extra bonuses for joining the business. [In July, we are offering an amazing $55 business kit with 10 books and business supplies;  This is in addition to our usual kits that are $119 for 18 books and $69 for 7 books.]"




While working on this post I fell in love with the books from Usborne Books & More so I signed up as an independent consultant! I am so very excited about all the wonderful books that I can get for my kids! I recently wrote a post for Texas Women Bloggers about my journey to be a work at home mom. I talked about how I have tried all sorts of companies but was never really successful because I wasn't passionate about their products. I also talked about how writing has become a passion of mine, so blogging is something I will probably always do whether I earn any money through it or not. If you have hung around Hippy Juice Mama for any length of time you know I LOVE books! I may even be slightly obsessed! Having my kids find books that they love and growing their love for reading is a huge passion of mine, so finally finding a company that fuels my passion is so very exciting! You can check out my website www.hipreadingmom.com, making any purchases through that site helps to support my family and this blog.

I'm so excited about sharing Usborne Books & More with you and growing your home library with these amazing books that I am giving away 2 books!




One lucky person will win Billie B. Brown The Extra-Special Helper by Sally Rippin and I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and Ann James.



Billie B. Brown The Extra-Special Helper is a great book for kids ages 4-7 who are learning to read. In Billie B. Brown The Extra-Special Helper Billie's class goes to the zoo on a field trip and Billie is the extra-special helper, if only everyone would listen to her! Billie B. Brown is a brave, bold, and brilliant character and your young reader will enjoy joining in on the everyday adventures.

 
 
 

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur is a great book for kids ages 2-5. Children will delight in this dirty dinosaur’s playful antics and just may want to join in with the sniffing, snuffing, shaking, tapping, stamping, splashing and sliding, not to mention the mud!


No purchase necessary. Giveaway ends on July 17th, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.. Open to residents for the USA over the age of 18. Void where prohibited. The winner has 48 hours to contact after they have been selected or will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected. Good Luck!
 
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7/1/15

1 Corinthians 13 for Everyday Life

In this day and age it seems as though people have forgotten to love. We are so worried about trying to protect ourselves, our feelings, our rights, that we have forgotten how to show love and compassion for others. God has given each of us a different puzzle to live out, and if I try to cram your pieces in my puzzle it will distort the image. We tend to push what we think is right and railroad those that disagree. We are called to love.




"'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?' Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

So where is the love? We aren't loving each other we are bashing and throwing around our opinions. Don't get me wrong I think most people are well intentioned but they get their message across in the wrong way. Today I want to talk about love. Lets take a look at 1 Corinthians 13 and see how to apply it to our everyday life.

If I speak out, protest, and blast my thoughts all over Facebook and back up what I'm saying with Scripture but do not love, I am nothing more than an annoying .

If I know what  the outcome of a situation will be and have all the knowledge in a particular area and faith that can move mountains but do not love I know nothing.

If I serve on every committee at my church, volunteer at my kids school, run charity drives, volunteer at my local Pregnancy Center or homeless shelter, donate all that I have to the poor, bring meals to all those that are sick, am extremely hospitable and invite others over for dinner every week, and tithe over 10% at my church and boast about my efforts and look down on those that barley have time to help out I have accomplished nothing.

Love is patient when the barista at Starbucks gets your order wrong

Love gives a kind smile to the weary mom in the grocery store who's kid is throwing a fit

It is not envious when a friend shares their pregnancy announcement when you've been trying so hard to get pregnant

It does not boast on social media all the things you where able to accomplish and look down on others that seem to be barely making it through each day

Its not too proud to admit when you are wrong and apologize

It does not dishonor your husband by complaining about him to your friends

Its not always putting myself first

Its not easily angered at the car that sits for an extra 10 seconds when the light turns green

It keeps no record of wrongs--doesn't continually bring up the mistakes your child or spouse made

Love does not delight when someone "gets what they deserve"

It always strives to protect relationships


Always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails.


We are merely human. We will mess up and we will fail. We won't love and honor people the way we should all the time, but when we fall we need to brush ourselves off, seek forgiveness, and keep going. And we need to give out the same grace we are receiving.

Practice loving the people in your life today.

Which way of loving is the hardest for you to do?