Thursday, September 11, 2014


Zoey has started taking gymnastics once a week.  It’s a child/parent class.  I am there to help her do the activities when she needs it.  Today will be her fourth class.  She is really starting to enjoy it!  The first two weeks were good, but she was still a little unsure. She does really well during the stretches; still needs to calm down a bit; she gets so excited.  Last week was an improvement; she walked across the high beam instead of walking on the mats under it. 

It is fun to see her improve each week.  She is getting better about waiting her turn at each station and trying it.  There are a few she still won’t really do yet, but hey, it’s only been three weeks.  It’s hard to get pictures while she is doing the stations since it’s just me with her.  Hopefully one week I can (if she will let him) get Brian to come with us to take some pictures of her. 

Best picture I could get.  She wouldn’t look up at me.

Doing our stretches.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A new journey

OI have started a new journey…Essential oils. I have been reading up and researching them for a few months now. Last month I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase the starter kit.  I decided to go with Young Living oils for the reason of they are 100% therapeutic grade oils and their premium starter kit is awesome.  I personally think there is a place for both medical healing and holistic healing. I will always go to the doctor or seek medical help when needed, but if I can avoid taking so many drugs and other items to help heal myself, I’ll all for it. 

The premium starter kit; comes with the home diffuser; everyday oils (11 oils), 10 samples of 4 oils, and product guide

The  home diffuser in action.  It typically lives  on my nightstand, but I do move it around the house when needed.

In the short month I have been using them, I can already see changes.  We use them EVERY night for sleep; we diffuse the oil as we sleep. I have already ran out of lavender and Peace & Calming (one of my favorites) since this is what we sleep to.  I have had better sleep and more restful sleep since using them.  Brian has even stated his sleep is better; he is a bad sleeper.  Peace & Calming is known to help with teeth grinding at night, which I do, but since using it (other than the past week since we ran out) I no longer do that at night.  I can tell that I do not clinch my jaw during the day near as much either. 

I am slowly learning when and what to use them for; it’s a lot to learn and remember!  I am trying to use peppermint and basil for my migraines instead of always taking a pill for it. My migraine medicine works, but it makes me feel so "heavy” and tired afterwards.  I mixed up a roller ball bottle for easier application for the migraines.  I also made bug spray; AWESOME.  No longer are we putting chemicals on our skins, but using natural oils to prevent bug bites.  I was skeptical of it working but it does.  Plus Zoey no longer runs from me when I try to spray her; she actually giggles when I spray her now.  Win!

I am looking forward to using the oils during the winter months instead of congestion medicine when we get sick. I am very hopeful of their results!

I’m sure all of you think I’m crazy, but I have read good things about oils.  On top of this, I am doing a cleaning sweep of all our cleaning products and laundry products.  I have already been making homemade laundry detergent, which I LOVE, but now I’m taking the plunge to make all our cleaning supplies.  Crazy, right. Well it’s not as hard or time consuming to do as I thought.  It’s super easy and the stuff works great plus smells AMAZING!.  I can put different essentials oils in as well to add for anti-bacterial cleaning.  While I’ll never claim to be a crunchy person, I do love more natural products.  I am curious to see how well the dishwashing detergent I plan on making this weekend works! We shall see. 

Now if I could only make myself go this clean with my eating! 

Monday, August 04, 2014

A Laundry Room

I haven’t posted much on the house lately.  We were doing so well with painting and updating it; just need to get it going again.  The downstairs is almost done; minus our room and bathroom. 

I forgot to take a before shot of the laundry room, but just imagine a burnt orange color.   This really is one of my favorite rooms.  Although I say that about each room after I finish it, but I really do like my “new” laundry room. 

I always dreamed of a HUGE laundry room, but I guess I’m not meant to have one.  I have made my little space functional and warm.

Laundry Room After

This room will always stick in my mind due to the day Brian and his dad painted it was the day the tornado hit Tupelo.

Since it is a small space and the entry we come into the house everyday, I wanted a light welcoming blue.  Brian wasn’t too thrill about it when I picked it out, but once it was all completed he was surprised.  This is also my pantry too, there are cabinets on either side of the wall.  The far right, you see in the picture, is harder to get to so it houses cleaning supplies, vases, random item not used.  I would use it more, but Sunni’s litter box is over there too so one of the doors is hard to open without moving it. 

I made a simple shelf to go on top of the washer and dryer.  I had a piece of plywood cut, then I sanded and stained it.  It was harder than I expected to get these suckers leveled!  I do love how it looks with the wood against the blue wall and the white.  I added in hot pink as an accent color.  I made a simple curtain for window.  This was my first sewing project all on my own in quiet sometime.  Laundry Room After5It was enjoyable and quick. 

On the opposite wall I found a wall organizer for us to hang our many bags and coats!  I have a bag problem! But then again B doesn’t like using the same bag as me so we always have at least two diaper bags.  I then have my purse and another bag or two I carry to work.  I need to start using it for the function of holding mail and other things. This wall also has the door to the garage; which will remain unseen due to it’s an ugly door.  Add it to the never ending list of things we need to replace.  

One new fun thing I have started doing since re-doing the laundry room is, wait for it, making my own detergent.  Yes, I know!  I have toyed with the idea for awhile, but was always thought it was so hard to do, wrong!  I am obsessed now!  I was amazed at either how much detergent we were using or how much “grime” is left on the clothes.  Our towels have never felt cleaner until now; they no longer smell either.  Not only did I switched to handmade detergent, I got rid of our fabric softener and dryer sheets.  We now use this lovely little felt balls. They are wonderful!  I keep them stored in the little tin bucket you see sitting here.  The other jar is oxi-clean for an added boost when needed.
  Laundry Room After2

The iron you see is from Brian’s great grandmother’s house.  We were going through it getting things we wanted and we came across this.  I knew it was perfect for the laundry room.  I made a little clothes pin from in the hot pink to add a touch more

Laundry Room After3

Monday, July 28, 2014

Father/Daughter Ball 2014

In June, Brian took Zoey to the Father/Daughter Ball.  This was their first year to go.  They went with 2 other father/daughter couples from church who are roughly the same age as Zoey.  The girls, Zoey, Claire, and Wesley, are in Bible class together so they know each other well.  I knew this would be fun for her to play with her friends.  I do believe they both had a blast! 

The week before the Ball she kept talking about it and was dying to go.  We had to show her about every day on the calendar what day it was today and how many more days till the Ball.  She would say she is Cinderella, Daddy is Prince Charming, and I was a horse. Finally by the time the day arrive, I become the Fairy Godmother.  I got her dressed and she LOVED her dress! Brian actually picked it out for her; he is the BEST!  She never really has twirled in dresses until this one.  I got a few videos of her after she got dressed. I know overload, but she is so CUTE in them!

I tried to get a good picture of the two of them, but Zoey wouldn’t look at me.

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Several of the princesses were there.  In true Zoey fashion, it took her a bit to warm up to everything.  Brian took a few pictures and sent them to me through out the night.  Oh, did I mention, mothers are not allowed in the building at all during the night.  I find that sweet they want to make it all about the Daddy’s and their girls. 

Meeting Belle, you can tell this is at the beginning and Zoey is not warmed up yet.

Dancing with Claire and Wesley.

Brian said she walked up to Elsa on her own. She was very excited about seeing her! I know it doesn't look like it but she was.
The formal picture, a picture of it.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Tie Dying.

A few weekends ago, Brian and I got the idea to do some tie-dyed shirts with Zoey.  Since it was a pretty day, we did them outside. 

She wasn’t into it at first, but of course by the time we were just about done, she wanted to do more!  I had forgotten how to do them and how long they take to really dry. 

Zoey LOVES her shirts.  The first week we did them, she wore one EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I had to wash them in the middle of the week due to she had to sleep in them and wear them during the day.  She is pretty cute in them!

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