Saturday, October 31, 2015

My Totally Organized, Hectic, Chaotic Life

We recently changed this dollar store shoe organizer into a recipe card holder, restaurant menu holder, and back to school organizer! I love that it fits right behind the door between the laundry room and kitchen, way out of my sight! I was so tired of little things piled up everywhere, I just had to do something! I like to be organized. It helps to keep my brain from spilling out when there is a place for everything, A nice place. So, we collected all of the loose pencils, pens, erasers, tissue packs, lip balms, Box Tops, made some hand sanitizers, filled with the kid's favorite mints, sugar free gum, anti bacterial wipes, and eye glass cleaner. Each has their own little pocket and the kids like to call this their, "back to school station". It's a busy place some mornings! Our youngest isn't in school just yet but he has a backpack that he likes to also fill with tiny things.

I think I must spend about 10 hours a week, just trying to figure out exactly how to organize some new pile of clutter, a stack of artwork the kids made that day, a new box of extra beauty products that I received that month from my favorite subscription boxes, and even bags of heirloom potatoes! I wake up, have my coffee and sit here trying to figure out, "How can I make this new pile of stuff, look nicer by putting it into something?" At least that's what my husband says I do. He thinks I prance around and try to buy more things to paint more mason jars or to glue some glitter and gems onto some subscription boxes, just so I can fill them up with stuff. Do I? I don't know sometimes! But, either way, I do love to organize and I can't get enough of the cute mason jar fad that has been all the rage! Maybe?

Well, to be fair, I have 4 children. One is grown and on her own but between the 3 who still live here? They have enough school work, papers, arts, crafts, supplies, books, clothes, and for some reason, a lot of this ends up in my kitchen! I have bags that I date and tie up each month of that month's coloring pages, paper towels with love notes that they make for me, handmade cards, A+ papers. funny sentences they wrote at school. I keep almost everything they make, ok, everything they make. School pages? I've learned to only keep the important things. But, these are all nicely kept in bags and then placed in bins up in my office.

Who doesn't love these adorable little totes? I like these for separating candles, wax tarts, cleansing grains, lip balms, anything that I make in my secret hideaway, my other kitchen! 

If you subscribe to any beauty subscription boxes or any subscription boxes for that matter, I am sure you try to find something to do with those pretty boxes that all of our goodies come in! I know I do! My 8 year old tries to take all of the plain colored boxes so she can make doll beds and closets for them. She does a great job too! She decorates and matches them to each doll. The problem is, now she has so many of these box beds and box closets! (I do have a problem with telling any kid they can't make, build, draw, color, paint, cut and glue, something. I do say no sometimes if we are getting ready to leave on an errand run or something. But, for the most part, it is always craft day at our house!) 

I make scented oils and I found that these red boxes from my Allure Beauty Box, are probably the strongest ones yet! They are also perfect to fit a few rows of oils in and I can label the scents with these fancy chalkboard paint markers I found! Some of the other boxes are used for leftover candle wicks, labels, ribbons, and any other odds and ends I accumulate. Waste not, want not, right? We try to upcycle as often as we can. Yes, even the trimmed wicks from candles I make. Do you know what else these beauty boxes are good for? 

Along with the beauty boxes that fill our mailbox each month, we subscribe to a few craft subscription boxes. If you have little ones, you just have to check these dandy little subscription services out! The kids just love them and lucky for me, we seem to always have scraps and buttons leftover. Of course we can't throw these little gems away! We have a few boxes where we store the leftovers for a rainy (or a snowy) day! 

Besides the perfect size of these boxes, they stack nice, they have lids, they are usually either plain so we can design them however our little hearts desire, or they come in a gorgeous shade of red and are beautiful just the way they are! (Yes, the picture above is really a picture of some of these smaller boxes, inside a bigger box!) Because, after acquiring so many of these boxes, it is time to organize those boxes. 

What we need are labels! Maybe more boxes to fit them in would be nice? I don't know. I am kinda going towards labeling the boxes so the kids know exactly what they are looking for and we can arrange them by type. 

How do you organize a busy home with children? Especially all of their art supplies and tiny Lego guys? 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween With Hylands Costume Contest

** I received Hylands products in return for helping to promote the Hylands Halloween Costume Contest. All opinions are my own. **

Halloween is probably my most favorite holiday of them all. Not just because I am a big horror movie fan or because I have Pinhead figures and posters in my house, 365 days a year, but also because it's fall, my favorite season. Sweatshirts, the smell of freshly fallen leaves, campfires, easier dinners thanks to crockpots, soups, pot pies, chili, the perfect weather to make opera fudge, whoopie pies, and the scary movie all nighters at the drive ins. (Yes, those still exist although, they are getting harder to find each year.)

Dressing up for Halloween parties and trick or treat is one of the best times to let your kid's imaginations shine! I always love to hear the ideas my little ones have each year and it's especially fun to create our own costumes! This year, my 8 year old had to dress up 4 days straight! This has been quite the hectic week but a fun one indeed! We had a parade on Tuesday and her Girl Scout troop was in that, then a Halloween party at her Girl Scouts meeting on Wednesday, trick or treat on Thursday and today, a Halloween party at school. Of course, she just had to be something different each day! The boys got to dress up last night for trick or treat and today again so, they were all able to let their imaginations run wild!

Along with fall and Halloween, comes cold and flu season. What better way to stock up then to enter to win the newest Hylands contest?! Hylands is running their 4th annual Halloween Costume Contest and 3 lucky winners will receive a prize package filled with Hylands products and a $50 Target gift card! Al you have to do is snap the cutest, most creative pictures you can, of your kids in their Halloween costumes and enter here! 

Some important information about the contest:

The costume contest will be judged on the following criteria:

•  Adherence to the Halloween theme (35%)
•  Creativity of photo caption (15%)
•  Originality of costume (e.g., creativity of costume; costume details) (35%)
•  Quality of the photo (e.g., lighting, focus) (15%)

The Contest begins at 9:01 AM Pacific Time (PT) on October 27, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM PT on November 3, 2015.

**People must be the legal guardian of a child to enter his or her picture. **

You can also hashtag #HylandsHalloweenCostumeContest and share your pictures on Twitter and Instagram! 

The 3 pictures that win the Hylands judges hearts, will receive the following prize package:

Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets 
Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup 
Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold n Cough 
Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold n Cough Nighttime 
Hyland’s 4 Kids Bumps n Bruises 
Hyland’s Nerve Tonic
Hyland’s Calms Forte
And a $50 Target gift card. 

I'm sure most of you already have some adorable and scary pictures of your fabulous costumes, so why not enter them? Or if you haven't had trick or treat yet, get all dressed up and think of the most clever pose and snap those pictures! 

Have a happy and safe Halloween!! 

Don't forget to come back and let us know if you were one of the lucky winners!! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My First Retinol Experience

** I received a free sample from ROC via Crowdtap, in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. **

I have so many skin care products and so much make up, it is literally starting to take up way to much space in my soon to be, new home office. I schedule products to try so I don't get things mixed up and also cause any sort of dilemma between 2 separate brands or types of products and then I have 2 fairly large bins. One bin is for, things I don't want and when I acquire more of it, I will give it away. The other, is my stock up of products I love and can not live without! (Trust me, there are a lot of these lol!)

This is the bottom shelf of my little cabinet in the bathroom where I put my most used and most fabulous products that I absolutely just have to have! This is different then the bins and although there is a cute, little cabinet directly above this shelf, yes, it's completely filled with so many things. Mostly, Lowen's Skin Care, samples and full size products I found on Revescent and a bunch of mismatched products that have proven to work, and work very well. I think of the shelf part of this cabinet as a "Star of the Week" remember having that when you were a kid in school? Or maybe your children have this fun week when everything is about them and they get to bring in their most prized possessions. 

When a beauty product gets put on this shelf, I will relentlessly read everything there is to read during their special time when they get to pop out from behind the doors above and hang out with my all time favorite, Paris Hilton perfume. (Yes, I am a fan and I still have her books on my, "want list" and yes, I will defend her to the bitter end!) Really though, I use Paris Hilton's perfumes regularly and this one is used so often it is just always there for quick and easy access. 

I don't know if it's just me but the word, "retinol" tends to remind me of a chemical peel that burns and peels and turns my face bright red for several days. I admit, I was a worried and didn't use my RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, right away. I started reading as much as I could and found a lot of reviews on both sides. For the most part, I found excellent reviews along with some do's and don't's. I ended up keeping some notes in my notebook just so I didn't forget anything. The most important tip to me was the fact that retinol will increase sensitivity to the sun. I already slather sunscreen on my face, neck, and hands, year round. How could I apply even more?? (So far, I didn't increase my sunscreen usage. I guess maybe I already use enough to protect my skin!) 

Ok, so about Retinol. 

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. It is the #1 most recommended cosmetic age fighting ingredient, by dermatologists. Retinol works to unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines and speed cell turnover to even out discolorations and smooth your skin. 

** Sunburn Alert ** 
RoC Deep Wrinkle Cream contains an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. 

More text on the product itself: 
You may experience mild tingling or redness during use. This is normal and should be temporary until your skin adjusts. 

Ok, that doesn't seem as scary as I thought. After another day of checking websites and reviews posted on other websites. Not just on the RoC website. I found similar information and then I just jumped right in!

I tried RoC's Deep Wrinkle Night Cream for a few weeks and yes, I am content and excited for the near future with this product. I can not honestly say that I noticed a HUGE difference in wrinkles, but, again, it has only been a couple of weeks. What have I noticed so far?

I noticed that yes, yes, indeed I will experience tingling and redness, but only for a couple of days, I had not 1 reaction that I would consider moderate or severe and the tingling doesn't last long at all. Just a few minutes for me. I also realized that while I may not have noticed a bunch of wrinkles disappearing overnight, I did notice a slight improvement during the first week with my skin tone. It does appear to be more even and smoother but again, it is taking time, but I did expect that!

I paired this wrinkle cream up with RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum. This product notes that after 12 weeks of use, deep wrinkles are visibly reduced. After 4 weeks, skin is more radiant, fine lines are smoothed and skin firmness is improved. 8 weeks, you should see: crow's feet are visibly reduced, and discoloration is diminished.

I will come back to update after my 4, 8, or 12 week mark and let you know of my progress! I should be documenting this with photos so maybe, I should take a break, come back and document everything from the beginning!

But, I can tell you that Retinol is NOT scary. Maybe if you have super sensitive skin even though, I do have sensitive skin but it isn't as bad as some I am sure. I like the way my skin feels after using these products. Not to tight, not itchy, not greasy, but just right. Again, I haven't been using RoC long enough to say, "OMG YES! My wrinkles disappeared! Woohoo!!" But, I do know that I am keeping these products in my arsenal.

Do you use Retinol? I would love to read your comments, suggestions, tips, experiences!
One thing I learned was that it's best to add just one Retinol product during the day, along with a product with SPF protection. Choose a serum or night cream with Retinol for nighttime when your skin is in repair mode.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gift Ideas For Your Man

Buying gifts for your boyfriend or hubby can be a tough task—especially if he’s the type of guy who always says he doesn’t need anything. If you’re on the hunt for gift ideas for your man, we’ve got the perfect ideas for him no matter the occasion. Whether he’s a beer lover or a sports fanatic, you’ll surprise him with the best gift he’s ever received.

A Subscription He Will Love
Give your guy a gift that keeps on giving with a subscription tailored to his hobbies or likes. If he’s a fella who loves dressing well, take a look at the Trunk Club, a service that will send him a box of designer duds and accessories each month. If he’s more of a comic book lover, sign him up for a subscription to the Comic Block, which delivers a package containing three comics, a t-shirt, and a collectible item. Whatever his hobbies are, you’ll find a subscription box he’ll love at

For the Vaper
If your guy enjoys vaping, get him some NJOY vape kits. They offer a variety of price points and packages, so you can make sure he gets the tastes and devices he likes best. There’s awesome flavors like vanilla bean and peach tea that will satisfy his sweet tooth and the smokeless devices will keep your home smelling fresh.

For Your Chef
If your fella is a master of the kitchen, give him practical items that will help him whip up his favorite creations, but put a personalized spin on them. You can get a cutting board with his initials carved into it, a personalized cookbook filled with all his best recipes and creations, or a lazy Susan with the family name emblazoned on the front—the more practical for his specific kitchen needs, the better.

If He’s a Beer Connoisseur
If your guy loves trying new craft beers, you’ve got some options for a gift he will love. Book a tour at a local brewery he loves, or plan a big trip to his favorite brewer so he can see exactly how his favorite beverage gets made. If you’re not looking to splurge, check out an awesome brew your own beer kit. He’ll immediately get to experimenting in the kitchen, and you’ll love seeing the pride on his face when he completes his first batch. Whether you buy him an IPA kit or a pale ale package, he’s going to love the thought behind it and receive a practical gift he won’t be able to wait to use.

The Sports Fanatic
If you can’t tear the remote away from his tight grip on any day there’s a game on, and you know the names of his favorite players better than the names of his family members, there’s a chance you’ve got a sports fanatic on your hands. This is good in terms of finding the perfect present! If he doesn’t already have it, get the jersey of his favorite player—buy one for yourself if you can handle the cost. If you’d like to splurge a little more, get him tickets to a sporting event you know he’ll love and wear said jerseys into the stadium. You’ll definitely get points for being the coolest girlfriend or wife ever.

A Surprise Trip
You can really knock his socks off this year by taking him on a surprise trip he won’t see coming. Whether it’s a flight to his hometown, or a drive to a city two hours away, the surprise element will be the thing that really blows his mind. Have his bags packed for him when he gets home from work, make sure the kids are safely at grandma’s house or with a trusted babysitter for the weekend, and hop in the car for a trip in which you pull out all the stops.

Treat Him to an Experience
Instead of getting something material, buy him an experience you know he’s always wanted to try. Whether it’s a lesson with a golfing pro, a ride in a NASCAR racer, or a skydiving adventure, he’s sure to be impressed and forever remember the day.
If you’re on the hunt for the best gift for your guy, whether it’s for Christmas, his birthday, or your anniversary, these gift ideas are sure to please. Make it personal and heartfelt for a package he’ll never expect, but will always cherish.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Canary, Netgear, Best Buy, Slingtv, Geek Squad Fit Together Like A Dream Come True

** The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free **

We recently had the opportunity to try a Canary home security system from Best Buy. The first thing that jumped out at me as being possibly the best part of the deal? No monthly fees to run your Canary home security system! (There are other options, but I am happy with what we get with the basic package.) You can opt for more tags, more cloud storage, it all depends on exactly what you will be using it for. Even with the prices of a plan, it's unbeatable! For example, $4.99 per month for 2 day timeline, 25 bookmarks, and unlimited video downloads. Every Canary comes with a free starter package. This includes: access to the last 12 hours worth of events and up to 5 bookmarked videos. 

The Canary system is so simple to set up, straight from the box, that even my 5 year old would be able to do this. Granted, he is technically inclined, thanks to video games, my cell phone, and my laptop) but, this is something you could be comfortable with when purchasing for an elderly family member or neighbor or anybody who's technical skills stop at replacing a remote control battery. Out of the box, you have a few minutes to set up! You will be impressed with what this sleek, indoor, wireless, high definition, security system has to offer. 

What is quite impressive with the Canary, is Since the March 2015 launch, nearly 75 known burglaries, home invasions, caretaker abuse and other emergency situations have been captured by Canary, resulting in multiple arrests. 

Before I share all of the sweet specs of what I personally consider, something that every household should have, I have to admit, i am a weather nerd. I not only love weather but I also love technology. The Canary will actually give you the temperature, humidity level and let you know if the air quality in your home is safe. From virtually anywhere. Because, yes, you just install an app in your Smartphone and you can see what is happening from wherever you are! 

The Canary Indoor Wireless High-Definition All-In-One Home Security device helps keep your home safe and sound with motion detection notifications, a 90+ dB siren and HomeHealth Technology. It learns the cadence of your home so it can send you accurate notifications with fewer false alarms triggered by pets or other regular activity in your house.
 Stream live video from your home anytime: Canary's free mobile app let you see what's happening from anywhere with your iPhone® or Android smartphone
·         Capture everything: vivid HD 1080p resolution allows you to see small details on your screen, the 147° field of view which lets see more with minimal blind spots, and infrared night vision lets you see in the dark – you can keep an eye up to 20' away when there's little to no light
·         The device is a great way to check in on kids or caregivers. If the device is set to “Arm,” you'll receive a notification when someone arrives in your home. Use the “Watch Live” feature to check on everything from homework being done to house rules are being followed 
·         Gives you a complete picture of what’s going on at home, it puts you in control of how to react when something goes wrong.
o   Canary is the only solution with a 90+ decibel siren and a localized emergency call feature, which lets you contact authorities close to home from anywhere in the world 
o   Notifications keep you informed: receive movement-detection notifications that contain recorded footage and give you the options to watch live or sound the 90+ dB siren

Now, back to our experience with Canary.... My husband and I are still thinking of of reasons why this is such a great system and why and how it would benefit us. Not only can we keep an eye on things when we are away, whether on vacation, or out running errands. We have ours in the kitchen since this is where our door leads to and also, where most of the "living" happens. We have it in a place where it can see pretty far in the laundry room and living room. Another bonus we came up with, is when our oldest might be home alone for a bit after school, we can keep contact with him and see what is going on at all times. (We can also see how many minutes he adds onto his Xbox Live time so we know what to deduct when we get home!) Speaking of the Xbox, one thing we took notice to and this is not a negative thing by any means, but , more something to let you know about, just in case you might be having a similar issue....
So, the app shows color video and does have a slight time lapse, (which is understandable and expected and not a problem.), however, we seemed to notice it jump from color to black and white at times and we couldn't figure out why. The Netgear Nighthawk DST Router we received for this review, is absolutely flawless! And by flawless, I mean, just total brilliance! I can't even find the words, I am totally speechless! Ok, more on that in a bit. So, our 12 year old brought his Xbox upstairs for a couple of days and we started to see in the video on the app, that when he would turn it off and walk away, it would flip instantly back to color!

Is it a problem? Nope. Just another reason to turn off the Xbox and put it into hiding until the kids earn more video game time. Besides, black and white is crisp and clean enough to see what is happening. 

I find myself sitting here in another room of the house, just watching in awe, on my phone, because the picture quality is really something you assume you would be paying a lot of money for. (At $199 this thing just can't be beat!) 

One thing I think we will try is, putting our Canary upstairs for a few hours one night, just to see what kind of creepy things it can pick up. Halloween is und the corner and this would make a real nice ghost hunting camera! 

This router, this gorgeous piece of heaven that dropped down onto my doorstep one sunny afternoon. I was entranced with the Netgear Nighthawk DST Router and DST Adapter's striking beauty. 

Did you know that the average household has 7 connected devices? This high performance router was built to support up to 10 devices. Did you ever have slow wifi, dropped calls or dead zones? This is most likely due to putting a strain on your network, especially your router. We have had such a fantastic time with this router, i can't believe I lived back in the cave days all of this time! There are no dead zones anymore and we can have all of our devices connected and talk about speed!! I will no longer accept anything less. 

The Netgear Nighthawk DST Router is a brand new router that was developed exclusively between Netgear and Best Buy, to help provide consumers with an easy, all in one solution to support their home's connected devices. You get one DST (Dead Spot Terminator) adapter with your new router and all you have to do is plug it into a section of your house that gets little or no signal. If you have additional dead zones, you can purchase additional DST adapters. 

With your router purchase, comes Geek Squad. You will get one full year of Geek Squad which includes set up and support, over the phone and online, for one full year. No more waiting for an appointment for support, because, with geek Squad, you can call 24/7. Whenever you need help. Not just when you planned it. (Exactly.) 

Are you one of those people who doesn't subscribe to cable or satellite, due to the extremely high prices? Or maybe you are like me and rely on watching tv via Youtube on your phone because you are stuck in the kitchen, blogging, cooking, cleaning, and serving a ridiculous amount of lunches, after school snacks, and more snacks? (It gets so tiring I just made my office right here at the kitchen table and used a leftover chair to stack my agendas and binders.) I like to watch a few different television shows and I have to catch my Pittsburgh Penguins at least sometimes. But, living in the kitchen makes this hard and when I do get to experience live tv, I can't hardly contain myself. I have to make sure somebody isn't playing a trick on me and most of the time, it is a trick. My husband comes in the living room and wants to watch his recorded zombie soap opera or somebody needs help with homework, a bowl of cereal, dinner, and here I am. 

Best Buy offers a quick and painless way for all of us moms who have to hunker down in their kitchens and rely on Youtube or checking the Penguin's Facebook page for scores and checking the threads for updates. Sling TV offers live television from popular channels, including ESPN, HGTV, AMC, TNT and more! The base package costs just $20 per month. You can add premium channels such as, HBO or get extra entertainment packages for additional fees. 

You can sign up for a free 7 day trial of Sling TV online.   
Where can you watch Sling TV? Well, anywhere yo would like! I can watch it in my kitchen, on my porch, on a long drive, or even let the kids watch it on my phone on busy errand days. 

There are no hidden fees, no contracts, and Sling TV is compatible on the following devices: Smartphones, Xbox One, tablets, laptops, computers, Tv and video players, including Amazon Fire and Roku. (Gosh, I might even tell my husband about this secret so he can watch his shows when he's stuck in his truck overnight!) Then maybe I won't have to sit through zombie and ghost shows when he comes home each week!! 

If you do choose to check out Sling TV, you may be interested in this promotion through Best Buy.
There is also a $50 off compatible device offer – available with 3 months of prepaid Sling TV service; this offer is available in Best Buy stores only, and not online; the $50 discount is given in the form of a Best Buy store coupon.

I'll be getting back to you about this router and Canary. We plan on purchasing a few more so we can get our whole house covered. I will also update on any ghosts we can spot on the camera!

Essential Oil Giveaway

Fall is my favorite time of year! Besides Halloween being my favorite holiday, I love the cooler weather, sweatshirts, and sweaters and the crisp, clean scents that fall brings.

Living in Pennsylvania, we have nothing but trees and leaves. People come from all over just to visit and watch the leaves change each year and we get to see this first hand, from our porch! Along with the cooler weather, comes the excitement for snow and lots of anticipated snow days!! (Yes, I have to admit, I love snow days. Even if this means I have to go crazy with all of the kids home from school!) We have a lot of fun planning snow day activities, even crafts and DIY for sleepovers, craft parties, girl's night out, and then there is the food!!

Sadly, we have to worry about frost and this year, it came fairly quickly. I will actually be pulling whatever I can from the red onion boxes, later today. I think I lost the late season potatoes and the beans :/ But, there is always next year! (and mail order produce!)

Essential oils have a major role in my life, house and my family. I try to diffuse different oils depending on what is needed, as well as mix them with homemade cleaning and bath and body products and air fresheners and sometimes, even for cooking and baking. My kids each have their own little, "kid's roller bottle blend packs" that they helped to make and they are pretty good with knowing enough about which oil blends are needed for what things. (Always be sure to dilute heavily with fractionated coconut oil if you are planning on making roller bottle blends for your children!!)

One of the most fun things to do with essential oils is to experiment with them and create different recipes for virtually anything and everything. I use them to make my own fabric refreshers, carpet fresh, hand scrubs, body scrubs, body butters, the list just goes on and on and on! There are so many ways that essential oils can help in our lives.

** I do  not recommend at any time to ever use essential oils in any way, shape or form, to replace what a doctor has prescribed or a doctor's advice. I do believe that essential oils work well for a variety of things and I personally do diffuse them and use them for my family but they do not replace a doctor's advice at all. We still visit our doctor regularly and take medication when absolutely necessary. I do, however, enjoy using them for aromatherapy and for making homemade products for our home, family, friends and even gifts! Please do not ever take medical advice from somebody who is not certified and always, always, always, check with your doctor before making any changes to any treatments or medications!! Some doctors love the addition of essential oils for their patients. My doctor will agree that using black pepper oil in addition to other treatments, for RSD/CRPS is a great idea. **

This is a quick and easy recipe to make and you can use different essential oils, just change them to your liking! It's best to know and understand what each oil is beneficial for before deciding to just dump a bunch of oils together! But, depending on your skin type, skin issues, you can find an oil to fit your needs. Plus, they always smell so fresh and pleasant!

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils?
We use doTERRA oils at our house, but there are so many different brands out there, it is easy to try different kinds and choose your own favorite! If you happen to ever have questions regarding doTERRA, I can definitely help! But, whichever brand or brands you choose, you should leave a comment and let me know how you use essential oils and enter our giveaway!!

We will be hosting an essential oil Twitter party as well and this will be posted in just a few days as soon as we find a good date and time! Of course, there will be lots of prizes :)

Good Luck!!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stella & Dot's New Icon Convertible Watch

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Get on-the-dot style with Stella & Dot's new Icon-convertible watch in black, rose gold, and stone. You'll love the versatility of these new watches, which have arrived just in time to set your style for the pre-holiday season. These gorgeous new watches feature interchangeable bezels (2 included) that easily twist off so you can change-up your look. 

The mother-of-pearl watch faces come with a stainless steel buckle and the watch is made with high quality Quartz movement to provide accuracy within seconds per month. With Daylight Savings Time right around the corner, these watches have arrived at the perfect time to help you transition from one season to the next. 

The watch's leather strap can also be removed and replaced with an interchangeable double wrap strap in latte or black (sold separately). 

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

When Thou Art At Home, Do As They Do At Home

Ever since I found a pin on Pinterest that another blogger shared, of a mason jar craft that was simply gluing some pretty doilies onto the jar and placing an LED tea light inside, I have been buying mason jars and paints by the case. I even have my youngest daughter coming up with ideas on a daily basis for what to do with all of our jars and how to make them pretty!

We went on a shopping spree for art supplies mainly paints, brushes, sponges,, and oh yeah, LOTS of glitter! Genevive had a few spools of glitter ribbon left from another project so, we made a totally posh night light for her bedroom. (The total girly jar on the far right with the sparkly ribbon!) 

We are still testing out different kinds of paints, in search of doilies at a reasonable price, and are currently in the market for different types of LED tea lights, frosted spray paint, glow in the dark spray paint, and anything else that will help us make tons of one of a kind jars! (Please leave comments or find me on Twitter or Instagram, where I most often spend my time if you have any ideas!!)

We try to teach our children how to be self sufficient and sustainable and we enjoy doing activities that don't require a screen of any kind. The kids enjoy craft nights, we have DIY sleepover parties, invite neighborhood kids over to learn to make anything from cheese to granola to bubble gum to their very own and very chic, bedroom decorations. I'm a sucker for saving money and learning and that time consuming social media network, Pinterest! So, I have lists upon lists of projects I am anxious to try with the little ones and on my own. I hope to get to a point where we make at least 50% of our own snack foods, convenience foods, beauty, bath, and body products, home decor, and even flashlights. (Yes, we are just a tad bit away from our goal but I must admit, even though we have such a fun time making our ow cheese, I will buy some cheese at the store. But, cheddar and mozzarella are almost all homemade.) 

Genevive helped to make this adorable butter jar that we painted with chalkboard paint and she used chalkboard markers to make these fancy letters. It was fairly easy to get the chalkboard paint to look even after a few coats and a sponge brush and the markers worked quite well! (We even made some cute, chalkboard planters that we baked in the oven for about 30 minutes.) But... after our first butter churning, (ok, we don't churn it, we shake it very vigorously.), the chalkboard marker started to rub off and ended up more on us then the jar. I am guessing maybe this was due to a combination of not waiting long enough for this to dry, condensation, temperature, and repeated rubbing on the jar. While I wish so much that there was a way to erase the chalkboard markers sometimes, it was a fun project and we learned from it. The chalkboard markers did last and are still as fresh looking as the day we did the planters, and chalkboard markers are just way to addicting to just trade in for chalk!! (So, yeah we'll stick with these babies!) 

We would be delighted to hear from you! We need suggestions for good paints, the best nail files or sandpaper to file the jars down before and after paint, erasable chalk markers?? Maybe an eraser designed just for chalkboard markers!? If you have a blog post, a pin, anything you would like to share about your own projects or ideas for some mason jar projects, please leave your links! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

World Teachers' Day

** I received a donation to the charity of my choice (Teachers Without Borders or Teach For America), in return for sharing this post originally written on Grammerly. **

World Teacher Day