"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Monday, December 29, 2014

The excitement of children . . .

We woke up witness to a collective manic phase this morning! Several of the kids bought themselves new sleds last night and were up scurrying about the house at 6:30 (this DOESN'T usually happen with our kids), chattering excitedly, gathering boots and gloves, getting ready to go SLEDDING! We made them at least wait until daylight! Wow ... and I thought the new puppy was the only one with THAT much energy around here! (my older, wiser teen stayed in bed where it's WARM!)


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Meet our newest little bundle! . . .

We had a temporary lapse of reason and now have a very cute puppy in the house! Nine week old "Selena" is a very sweet, cuddly, playful Poodle/Chihuahua mix (a Poo-Chi) . . . all 2 1/2 lbs of her! The other dogs are still deciding what they think of her and I'm discovering that I've been spoiled by uninterrupted sleep at night for the past several years!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Squeezing in Family Time Where we can . ..

Between the light show and the campground, it has been much harder to come by family time this holiday season. We've actually never attempted this sort of thing before, so our creations were not very elaborate or fancy . . . but it was messy, tasty and fun!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

(Not) Smarter than the Average Bear this Time! . ..

What a cool idea! (little blob of putty that you can shape into a snowman and it slowly "melts" and oozes back into a puddle). Really, really fun stuff! . . . UNTIL one of these big fuzzy guys happens to accidentally sit on the putty blob formerly known as a snowman! I'm guessing that what happens next might be 45 minutes of panic, involving everything ranging from Goo Gone, lemon essential oil, peanut butter, furniture polish, careful scrubbing and lots of prayer. JUST guessing of course!  smile emoticon 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Little Blessings . . .

Potato Soup! (which I've just re-discovered my ENTIRE family really loves!), En-R-Gee essential oil (what an awesome little miracle in a bottle, especially mid-afternoon), admiring the beautiful deer hanging out in my front yard munching on weeds, kids looking up scripture verses as quickly as they can (as they chase clues around the house for an impromptu scavenger hunt), fancy little homemade capsules that worked wonders on the sore throat I woke up with, my youngest daughter serving her siblings dinner at her "restaurant" (complete with a towel draped across her arm and a funny accent!), taking my teenager dinner in the middle of her work shift less than 5 minutes away (she's working at the light show on the south end of the campground property this month), kids who finished their Christmas shopping a month ago and are happily wrapping gifts tonight!
It's the little things :-)

Monday, December 1, 2014

In Celebration of "Cyber Monday" . . .

You probably already know that in the past few months, as I've researched, experimented and tried out various 'potions' on my family :-), that I've become completely SMITTEN with essential oils!  I am convinced that for countless issues (some that would surprise and amaze you) there TRULY IS "an oil for that"!!  ( . . . and if my kids had a $1 for every time they heard me say that, college would be taken care of!)

Is someone on your list dreaming of the gift of oily bliss and better health (naturally) for Christmas?

If so, you may want to consider ordering Young Living's Exclusive Premium Starter Kit for them! The kit includes 11 Therapeutic Grade YL oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Joy, Panaway, Stress Away, Purification, Thieves & Citrus Fresh), an awesome home diffuser (that you'll soon be taking with you anytime you spend a night away from home!!), several sample packets and a 24% discount on all future purchases.

** It's a great introduction to the world of essential oils! **


if you order this week (on or before 12/6), you'll also get a FREE bottle of one of my favorite oils (orange!), along with some tools and recipes to make using the oils more easy and effective.


if you (or the gift recipient) are active duty military or in full time ministry, you will also get an additional 10% off

There's no better gift this holiday season (besides JESUS), than the Young Living Starter Kit!

BONUS ~ the first person who places an order for a Premium Starter Kit this week will also get an additional $20 off (because I have a handy dandy $20 off voucher that expires soon)!  :-)

Oh, AND I just heard about this today! . . .

Young Living is also offering a discount on two other awesome starter kits this week (details below). A purchase of either of these kits gives you a wholesale membership (which allows you a 24% discount on any product at any time, no monthly order required).

So many choices, so many awesome oils!!

Private message me on FB (or send me an email) with questions or for more information!