8/31/15

Printable Essential Oil Dilution Chart

A few weeks ago I showed you how to dilute oils properly. This is an important part of using oils and really shouldn't be over looked. I'm a visual person so I love charts and graphics, so to help ya'll out I created these FREE printables to help you remember how to dilute your oils!







 
 
 
 
One of them is plain and the other is a little cuter. I honestly couldn't decide which I liked better so guess what you get to choose!
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you love them and find them helpful!

8/26/15

I'm Bribing My Kids To Read More This Year

Sometimes as parents we rock and can teach our children lessons and get them to do the things the should, and sometimes we resort to bribery. My son is like his mom and loves to read. Last year he would read in the car on the way to school and on the way home. He would get through 2-4 chapter books every week. We started that school in January and between January and May he read 75 books. I was so proud.

My daughter on the other hand is like her dad. She doesn't read unless she absolutely has to. This breaks my heart as I really want her to love books. This year my husband and I told them that we would pay them .25 cents for every chapter book they read this year (I had originally said $1 but daddy dropped it down because Nathan would rake in a ton of money quick lol). Yeah we went there. Do I feel guilty for using bribery? No, not really. Whatever gets the job done!

 


To help us keep them accountable I came up with this chart for them to write down each book they finish. And I'm sharing it with you because I'm pretty great like that. You can download and print yours here.

So tell me what do you think, parenting fail or genius?

8/24/15

Let's Get Real

As I am writing this its Sunday night and I just put my kids to bed on their last night of summer break. I've walked around for most of the day with a lump in my throat and my emotions at the surface. Normally I dread the first day of school, but honestly I have been counting down the days since August 1st and that feeling has left me feeling incredibly sad today.

This summer has been rough for many reasons and my attitude has definitely matched. My anxiety is all over the place and feel like there is so much I need to do without the ability to accomplish it. I'm not going to lie because I have made poor food choices this summer it has left me in a bad Hashi's flare up and usually with that also comes anxiety. And with the anxiety comes guilt.

My hubby and kids are all laid back and can just be in the moment. I've written before that this is something that I struggle with. They like to run and laugh and play and just have a good time. I am always looking at the practical and what must be done NOW and can only see beyond to the consequences if things don't go the way I need them to. A control freak I am.

This summer year has been just one of growing, stretching, and learning. The Lord continues to show me over and over how little control I actually have over my life and my family and how I just need to let my grip go and trust Him. I just keep trying and trying to do it all and be it all for my family and frankly I just can't and it wears me down even more. I keep adding more and more to my plate and its burning me out.

I miss blogging. I haven't spent much time with my blog this month because I'm trying to get caught up where I've let my house go which only makes me add more and more to my to do list. I need to organize, but hey I also need to deep clean, but I also need to keep everything picked up, and I need to paint. But then again I also need to do more to pitch in with our finances. I need to book more Usborne parties and seek out other ways to earn money but be flexible to still do what I need to for my family. I need figure our budget out and cut back our grocery bill. But again I need to eat healthy so that my Hashimoto's flare up will get better and I need my family to start eating better. I need to be a better mom and a better wife I have been blowing it so much lately. Plus I have been neglecting friendships and helping my friends. The list in my mind just goes on and on.

In this moment I realize how much I need to take a step back and just breathe. I have stressed myself to the max. None of these expectations have been placed on me by anyone else this is all from me. Well mostly from me I think a lot of it is spiritual warfare.

I have definitely put the Lord on the back burner and pulled Him out only when I felt like I "needed" a little help. That's not the way it works. That's a one sided relationship that makes it all about me me me. Ugh my ugly selfish heart.

I'm so tired of typing out this same thing over and over. I tired of fighting the same battles. Lord I surrender to You. I give up, I'm tired of doing it on my own and being so focused on myself. I just need you.

As I'm writing this post I realized it took a different direction than I had intended, but this is me raw and real. I can't do this anymore I need Jesus. I need to rely on Him and love Him. I don't want to just seek Him to fix my mess I want to be deeply wrapped up in Him. I just want to truly and deeply love Him with all that's in me.

Sorry to go so deep and personal and I honestly have debated hitting publish but maybe there is someone out there like myself desperate and aching for His love and grace. Dear sister we can do this. He hasn't moved or left us we just shifted focus. Join me in putting our sights back on the Creator.

8/11/15

When You Don't Know What To Write

Today's post will be one of those where I break all the blogging "rules". There won't be a pinnable image, you won't learn anything, or be inspired or encouraged. No today I have nothing specific to write about. Only the need to just sit and write.

I'm feeling very tired and weary. I have struggled so much this summer with getting things together (although we are slowly starting to get back on track and for that I am thankful). I just don't have much in me lately. I just feel so tired and unmotivated. I told my husband I wish I could take a weekend trip alone and just sleep in a big comfy bed and not get up to do anything.

The past several years have been somewhat stressful and emotionally taxing. Ending friendships, leaving my church home, having a contractor rip our house apart and leave with a big chunk of our money, my beloved dog dying (he was my 3rd kid), having to go to another state for 7 1/2 months to care for my mother in law and during that time only getting to see my husband every other weekend (he still had to work) and learning to homeschool my children in the middle of doctor appointments and hospital trips, being diagnosed with PCOS, under going a D&C, being diagnosed with Hashimoto's, my kids starting a new school, started working as a sub, started blogging, getting mastitis (and not even nursing how unfair is that ha), then bam its summer.

I'm just so dang tired. I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel from the whirlwind season we have been in, but still the effects linger.

I have learned so much in this season though. Especially about myself. My eyes have been opened to some many things. The Lord has definitely been growing and changing me and pulling back the fake exterior I had been presenting to the world and showing me the girl that He created me to be.

I'm learning to prioritize, tackle things in bite size chunks, and learning what my best yes is. I'm seeing who my true friends are and those that love me for me. I'm connecting on a new deeper level with my husband and my kids, and stepping out of my comfort zone to experience new things. I have a huge fear of failure so I never would try to do things (anything really) because I didn't want to mess up.

I'm still tired. I am still worn and weary, but I'm finding that each day it gets a little better.

8/10/15

Creating a Cleaning Schedule

Since January I have had a hard time getting things together and being organized. It has made life extremely difficult. This summer hasn't been much better either. School starts back in just 2 weeks and we are going to be busier than ever so I'm trying to declutter and get my house organized.

Once school starts back not only will I be chasing kids and trying to run a home but I will also be blogging and running my Usborne business. And I was offered an AMAZING new job! Still waiting to hear all the details before its official so I'll share with ya'll then. Depending on how the schedule for the new job looks I may also still continue to sub, so I will definitely be busy busy busy.




Looking at the calendar and how crazy everything is about to get I knew it was incredibly important that I create a cleaning schedule. It is small things I can do each day to keep my house going and not let the mess and clutter pile up.

You'll see that I am giving my kids a lot of responsibilities as well. This summer we have been working on them learning to do more to help around here. I want my kids to learn responsibility now and how to do things so that when they're grown they don't have to come running to mom to do their laundry lol. Anyway this is what I have planned for us (and hopefully we will stay on track with it):


Daily
 
 
 
Mom
  • Tidy up bedroom
  • Pick up around the house
  • Put away dirty clothes
  • Put away clean clothes
  • Wash 2 loads of laundry
  • Hand wash dishes
  • Make bed
  • Wipe down counters
  • Sweep kitchen
  • Lay out supper
  • 30 min deep clean
  • Pack lunches
 
Bailey
  • Pick up room
  • Bathroom job (making sure there is toilet paper)
  • Put away dirty clothes
  • Put away clean clothes
  • Load dishwasher
  • Make bed
  • Homework
  • Read for 20 mins
  • Get stuff ready for school
  • Pick out school clothes
 
Nathan
  • Pick up room
  • Bathroom job (empty trash)
  • Put away dirty clothes
  • Put away clean clothes
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Make bed
  • Homework
  • Read for 20 mins
  • Get stuff ready for school
  • Pick out school clothes
 
 
Weekly
 
Monday:
 
Mom
  • Mop bedrooms
Bailey
  • Sweep bedroom
  • Vacuum
Nathan
  • Sweep bedroom
  • Dust
 
Tuesday:
 
Mom
  • Mop rest of the house
  • Wash rugs and shower curtains
Bailey
  • Scoop litter box
  • Clean bathroom
Nathan
  • Sweep
  • Clean bathroom mirror and front door glass
 
Wednesday:
 
Mom
  • Wash sheets
  • Dust bedroom
Bailey
  • Put clean sheets on bed
  • Dust bedroom
Nathan
  • Put clean sheets on bed
  • Dust bedroom
Thursday:
 
Mom
  • Clean fridge and microwave
  • Start grocery list
Bailey
  • Scoop litter box
  • Vacuum
Nathan
  • Take trash to the end of the driveway
  • Dust
Friday:
 
Mom
  • Mop rest of the house
  • Billing and filing
Bailey
  • Sweep cat's area
  • Clean bathroom
Nathan
  • Sweep
  • Clean bathroom mirror and front door glass
Saturday
 
Mom
  • Get groceries
  • Clean car
Bailey
  • Empty litter box
Nathan
  • Sweep porch
 
 
 
I know this list isn't perfect and their are certain things that need to be done more often but I think this will be a good start. Tomorrow we are going to start trying to get back into our school routine and start getting up earlier (blah).
 
Do you have a cleaning schedule? Does it make life any easier?

8/5/15

What I'm Reading

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I have slacked off on book posts and that's mainly because I haven't had the mental capacity to read lately. That's also why I have slacked off the past 2 weeks blogging. My brain has just been mush. But after several naps and long hot baths over the weekend I'm feeling more like myself again.



Here is what I'm currently reading. As you can see they are all Christian books. One is a devotional, one is a non-fiction, and one a fiction. I really didn't even realize that I was reading all Christian books until I decided to write this post. My spiritual life hasn't been great lately and I've just been pushing God away. I'm working on building my relationship back up with Him and my soul is just being drawn to Him and seeking out understanding to His love and grace, hence why I chose the books without realizing I was choosing them.

 
 
"Although we may go to bed at night believing the gospel, we wake up every morning needing to hear it again. Yet most of us don't have time to dive into a lengthy commentary on the books of Roman--the book Paul wrote in order to showcase the glorious riches of the gospel. Thankfully seasoned counselor and author Elyse Fitzpatrick makes the message of Romans readily accessible in 31 devotional-like chapters on what Martin Luther called 'the very purest Gospel.' Perfect for even the busiest of us, Elyse helps us grasp the practicality of the gospel message and experience the deep comforts articulated in the book of Romans."
 



"Mackenzie Allen Philips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years late, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the tieless question: Where is God in a world filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. you'll want everyone you know to read this book!"

 
 
"Women today really do feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. Every morning we are greeted with a long list of to-dos: get the kids up and out the door on time, we have a meaningful quiet time, put in a full day of work (whether at home or at the office), spend an hour at the gym, prepare a healthy and delicious meal (organic and locally grown of course), and make sure the sink sparkles before you go to bed. Oh, and don't forget to look great and smile while you're doing it.  These are all good things to do, of course. The problem occurs when we start to feel as if our worth is measured by our to-do lists. And the messages we receive at church, on Facebook, and from the media only perpetuate these unrealistic expectations and create a relentless cycle of exhaustion."
 
 
What are you reading?
 
 
 
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8/3/15

He Won't Know It's Paleo Review

A few weeks ago I was given an ebook version of He Won't Know It's Paleo in exchange for a review. Ya'll! This cookbook is AMAZING! The recipes are easy to make and taste sooooo amazing!


Everything I have made so far has been just absolutely delicious! I cannot say enough how yummy the recipes are! I cannot decide if the Balsamic Pork Chops or the Pan-Fried Round Steak is my favorite. These recipes are healthy but they are sooo scrumptious.

Herb Roasted Drumsticks

The best part is, I was able to feed my family delicious food that they had no idea was healthy! I have also noticed that since I've been cooking healthier suppers that they are grabbing healthier snacks and have been requesting salads and grilled fish. It's funny how just small changes can have a snowball affect and inspire other changes.

Pan-Fried Round Steak

If you are trying to get your family to eat healthier but they are resisting I cannot recommend this cookbook enough!

You can order your copy here and check out their blog.

Balsamic Pork Chops

I am so grateful to have resources to great food that's not only yummy to eat but I know is fueling our bodies with nutritious food. Thank you Breanna for providing this awesome cookbook!