Luke @ 11 months

LUKE-11mths(monthly onesie sticker from HERE and photo template from HERE)

Yes, I’m in bit of denial, but Luke is officially 11 months old now. How did THAT happen?! He’ll be 1-year-old in less than a month. Whoa.

Anyway, I better not keep thinking about my last baby turning a year old soon and just get right to what he’s been up to this month. Sigh.

  • Weighs ?? and is ?? inches long (I SO gotta remember to do that this week!)
  • Is walking across rooms now, but not quite walking officially. ANY DAY NOW.
  • When you ask him “Who is Mama?” or “Who is Dada?” or “Who is Caylin or Jack” he will point to you. It’s sweet.
  • In size 3 diapers still, but running out of room. ;)
  • Taking 2 good naps a day again and sleeping well at night.
  • Loves to pinch! Ouch!
  • Has these little curls at the base of his neck. Sigh.
  • Still has the longest eyelashes I’ve ever seen in my life
  • Throws everything
  • Likes to “play” ball
  • Almost too big for his car seat
  • Sits in his stroller like a big boy now
  • FINALLY said Mama really good – July 9th
  • Gets super excited and makes the cutest “SO EXCITED face (his eyes get big and wide and he opens his mouth REALLY big)
  • Is still loved. A WHOLE BUNCH. ;)

Have a great day, friends! Make it a good one!

Lists with Friends: Week 25

Hi y’all!

I know that I missed last week’s “List with Friends” and honestly this week’s was looking a bit iffy until I decided to write a list of reasons why I’m going to miss these lists on and off throughout this year. Ha! I’m a genius, aren’t I?

Here it is!

  • Summertime is a BUSY time.
  • I’m working on the yearbook for our homeschool group right now and wanting to get it finished up.
  • I’m reading “Hands Free Mama” and trying to spend WAY less time on the computer.
  • When the weather is nice and it’s not TOO hot – we’re outside. Trying to do more of that, but this heat and humidity we’ve been having lately is killing me. Ugh. Come on Fall.
  • I usually have NO idea what to write a list about, but I like the challenge and it’s great to spark some story-telling oh, and I do love a good list.
  • Mondays are my “catch-up” days from the weekend so if I don’t post – it’s usually because I’m doing lots of catching up! ;)
  • I’m probably boring you all with these lists and so doing them EVERY Monday on my blog would just be too harsh. I love you all, way too much to do that to you. Ha!

Ok, there you have it! A list of just SOME of the reasons why I skip a Monday here or there and don’t do a “List with Friends.” This blog post had two purposes – 1) to actually get a list DONE and 2) to tell you why sometimes I don’t get one done.

Gotta love that! ;)

Happy Monday! Make it a good one, friends!


Right Now Challenge: Week 28



Happy Friday, friends! Here’s Week 28!

  • Caylin puts her princess crown on right when she wakes up. I think she’d sleep with it on if she could. ;)
  • Luke said “Mama” FINALLY! It was July 9th – just for the record. He actually has said it before when he wants me to get him out of baby jail a time or two, but THIS time he was saying it just to say it and I LOVE it. Sigh.
  • Jack squeezed my neck and said, “Mama, I really love you lots.” :)
  • Caylin and I are reading her American Girl “Saige” book every night. I just love reading chapter books with her. We’re also reading her devotional and it’s so sweet hearing her read the prayer at the end of every passage.

That’s it for today’s Right Now Challenge recap! Hope you have a great Friday and weekend ahead!


What these oils have done for me.

I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for a good while now and so I’m happy to have finally been able to adequately pour my heart into it, finish it and hit the publish button. Ahhhh. Feels good.

This post is about essential oils and how they’ve blessed my life this past year.

Yeah, I know – I said essential oils. I’m pretty sure that if you’ve seen me on Facebook or even read this blog from time to time that you’ll see me mention my love of Young Living essential oils. I just can’t help it. I can’t stop myself. These are freakin’ amazing and well – I’m passionate about them. I can’t NOT share them, ya know? It’s totally OK if you’ve unfriended me because of it or roll your eyes from time to time and think, “Not essential oils again” – I get that. You most likely come here to see Project Life pages, crafty goodness,  see what I’m up to and get a peek at our every day life, right? Right. Well, here’s the thing – I found out about them on a friend’s blog that I visited looking for the same thing – Project Life pages, her photography, every day life happenings, but when I saw her post about using the essential oils – my interest was sparked and the timing was perfect so maybe, just maybe there’s someone out there who will feel the same way that I did and be blessed by them just like I am.

I think that’s a good enough reason to post about them from time to time, don’t ya think? ;)

Ok, so where was I? Oh yes – what essential oils have done for me …

A little over a year ago, my essential oil journey began and oh what a journey it has been.

Just like I’m sure many of you are, I was pretty skeptical of essential oils and honestly didn’t know that much about them at first. My family and I had been on a path to incorporate healthier products into our lives and to remove things with harmful chemicals, ingredients, etc., in them. It’s a process, not gonna lie. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s something you should start to do if you feel called to do so. I’m not anti-medicine by any means, but I’ve just never felt comfortable taking a bunch of medicine and more importantly giving my children a bunch of medicine with scary side-effects and ingredients that I can’t even pronounce. It always left me feeling uneasy and wanting an alternative to try instead.

I had seen some friends of mine were using Young Living essential oils one day and then stumbled upon my friend, Lindsay’s blog where she wrote about them (that’s the blog I mentioned above). I decided then and there to do some research of my own about them. After a good amount of reading up on them and the company, I was confident that if I was going to try any essential oils that it was going to be oils from Young Living because I was super impressed with their “seed to seal” guarantee.  I talked to my husband about incorporating them into our lives and see what he thought and thankfully my husband was on board pretty quickly because he was suffering from pretty severe allergies and sinus infections, etc. and thought like I thought – it was worth a shot!

So on June 2, 2013 – I purchased the premium starter kit for $150. Yep, it was an investment, but it was an investment that I knew would be worth it if these oils did what so many said they did. I knew I had to give them a try. It just felt right.

I can’t tell you in words how much of a blessing these oils have been. I just honestly want YOU and YOUR family to try them to see just how amazing they are. You seriously have to experience them to fully understand how I’m feeling. It’s just that simple.

My husband used to take multiple allergy pills a DAY and he has taken maybe TWO in the past YEAR since starting on the essential oils. He now makes his own nasal spray which helps SO much and using the oils in his neti pot has helped him avoid getting a sinus infection numerous times. And the one time he did get a sinus infection it was very minimal and it was cleared up in around a day because of the oils. He’s also lost some weight because of the oils. Weight he wasn’t even trying to lose – he just did because the oils he was taking to help his allergies also help with weight loss. Pretty cool, huh?

These oils have taken away tummy aches in 5 minutes. I’m not even kidding. Even my husband was impressed. They’ve helped our immune system, purified the air we breathe, help us sleep at night, reduced our stress, zapped headaches, helped sore muscles and neck pain, taken away anxiety, helped bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes, help with teething and diaper rash, removed cradle cap, improved allergies (A LOT), made my skin feel and look so much younger (I love you, Frankincense!), give us energy, kills germs and the list goes on and on. I use the oils EVERY DAY. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love my diffusers (you get a free one in the kit). Seriously. I have two already and I need another one. Like NOW.

Not only have the oils blessed our health, but they have blessed us financially, too and that was something I didn’t see coming.

You see, becoming an independent distributor was just something that happened. I didn’t plan on doing it – I totally fell into it. I actually was a bit apprehensive of it at first, but after receiving the oils and seeing them work for my family – just talking about them with my friends and family who were also dealing with health issues or wanting to improve their health led to people purchasing the kit under my name which, in turn, I was paid commission on. One thing led to another and before I knew it – I was getting our families oil for free every month. It happened so quickly and was just so cool!

It has been such a wonderful snowball effect that has happened. All of those friends & family members have tried them and loved them and then THEY share with their friends and other family members and well, it continues to grow and before I knew it, this sweet little oil business of mine had bloomed.

From time to time I actually pinch myself to see if this really is true? I mean, just talking about these oils that I love is making me a good chunk of change every month? You’re kidding me, right? Nope, I’m serious. These oils sell themselves because they are so amazing and THEY WORK. Simple as that. Right now I’m making around $1000 a month just by doing something I would have been doing anyway after buying the kit and trying the oils – LOVING them and TALKING about them. AND that amount is only going to grow. It’s exciting to think about where I will be a year from now!

I think this is the perfect thing to bless so many other stay-at-home Mamas too because not only are we able to get these amazing essential oils free for our family every month to help and improve the health of our family and ourselvs, but we’re able to make some pretty good money on the side to contribute to our families budget and that feels GOOD. Let’s face it – we do SO much at home, but it’s nice to be able to pitch in financially and have this extra money to take family vacations with, remodel our homes with, pay off debt with and just ENJOY life on, ya know? The friend that I bought my kit from and signed up under actually is making AMAZING money every month. I’m talking a ridiculous amount of money. I honestly feel like God brought these oils into my life at the most perfect time and know that no matter what – our lives are better because of them for many reasons.

I’m totally a crazy oil lady and totally OK with that! ;)

Yeah, free oils are great and the check I get each month is great, but what I TRULY love are the emails and phone calls I get from folks who have purchased their kit and have been using them for a bit and just absolutely LOVE them and tell me how they’ve changed their lives. I haven’t had anyone tell me that they regret their purchase. That, to me, is awesome. It just shows you that it IS worth it to give essential oils a try.

I know you’re thinking that it just can’t be that easy. I know, I feel you. I know you’re probably thinking that there’s a catch, but nope – no catch. It all starts with putting that skepticism aside and trying something new and seeing for yourself how wonderful these oils are. The rest, just falls into place along the way.

Yep, these oils have blessed my life in so many ways. I’ve decided to embrace it 100% and continue on this super cool journey that I’m on. I’m looking forward to what the future holds and I’m dreaming big and sharing these oils along the way. I’m pretty sure the sky’s the limit. And THAT feels good. REALLY good.


You can check out my blog devoted solely to my love for all things essential oils HERE!

Have a great Thursday, everyone! XO!

  • HERE is Young Living’s  income disclosure statement so you can see the average incomes. It feels a bit weird to post that, but I’m required to post that if I’m going to be honest with you about my numbers.