Road trip to Nebraska!

Last week we traveled the 630 miles up to Nebraska to spend a week with my husbands parents. They recently bought a place up there this past spring.
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We had a great time! Kids learned the history of their place, it was homesteaded in 1875! There are 5 huge barns for the kids to explore and play in too. They had a BLAST finding old nic-knacks out there. Hubby and his dad got the old elevator in the old corn crib functioning again….that was funny!! Hubby also got the lights working in the ‘big barn’! My mother in law and I took K & M to a car show up the road after we got here, hubby and my father in law went and got an old coal stove from his grandparents and we visited with them.

Kiddos got to FINALLY play with their cousins, the 2 oldest are 13 months apart, our middle is just a few years younger than them, our youngest and my sister in laws middle kid are 3 months apart and her youngest just tried to keep up with the big kids!!
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It was 9 days of loads of fun, amazing family time and great memories!!

We’re already looking forward for our next trip up here!!

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How about a doTerra oils update?

Have you tried doTERRA’s oils yet? If not, what are you waiting for? We have now been using EO’s in our lives for 4 1/2 months!! Let me tell ya, I’ve never felt better! Physically and mentally. I know these work. I know if an illness arises, I’m better prepared to treat it at home! We still haven’t used OTC or prescription medication since I got my first shipment. Okay, I lied. I took 2 ibuprofen when I had a toothache last month. I had ran out of my Clove I keep in my purse and was away from home. I took those 2, it worked for about 20 minutes. I personally decided to deal with the pain until I got home that night.
As soon as I got home and got the kids situated, I literally ran to my bathroom and put Clove on my tooth. By the time I walked out of my bedroom, toothache was gone and hasn’t hurt since!

I’ve also started taking the Lifelong Vitality Pack.
Woo-wee y’all. This stuff packs a punch! I’ve now been taking LLVP for a week and I can tell a HUGE difference! I have more energy, I have more of an appetite for healthier foods, my sweets cravings have gone way down- and I expect them to be gone completely soon, I’m able to focus alot better & I just feel fantastic! I’m not one to jump on every “health junkie” bandwagon. But this has a 30 day money back guarantee so I thought I’d give it a try! I’m glad I did!!

We’ve added new oils!! I now use ClaryCalm and Whisper to help balance hormones and help with my PMS symptoms, they’ve worked TREMENDOUSLY. I feel like a brand new woman! Plus, Whisper smells heavenly 🙂

I also wanted to give you guys a rough idea of what oils/supplements we’re using on a daily basis (and what they’re for!)

In the mornings:

Balance- I put this baby in a roll on bottle and roll it on the bottoms of my (and the kiddos) feet. Every morning and around lunchtime. Balance is a grounding blend. It helps ease stress, calms you down and well gets us thru our days! Since starting this on the kiddos, we have gotten thru our lessons alot quicker, weve had no breakdowns and no attitudes (YAY!!!) This oil is a God-send for us!!

Lemon- We all put a couple drops of Lemon in the palms of our hands first thing in the morning. Then, we all inhale!!! The kids LOVE Lemon! Lemon helps boost energy and brightens our day. I also put a couple drops in a glass of water.

I take my Lifelong Vitality pills..they help with metabolism, they give you the vitamins and nutrients that your body might be missing and overall- promotes a healthier lifestyle!

Whisper- I put 1-2 drops on the insides of my wrist each day and rub them together. Whisper works with your own, individual scent. Meaning a room full of women can put this on, same oil, and within a few minutes everybody’s wrist smells different! Trust me, we tried it in a class!!

ClaryCalm- This comes in a roll-on bottle, whew. ClaryCalm helps balance your hormones. It also helps with cramps, nausea, symptoms of menopause and helps with those crazy mood swings some of us women are incredibly blessed with! *could you sense my sarcasm?
Personal testimony here ladies (because sorry gentlemen, this one isn’t for you!) This oil blend has helped me ALOT in the monthly mother nature visit department. After using this a week, I got my monthly cycle. It was by far the best (if thats even possible) cycle I’ve ever had. Before, I was pretty much useless and bedridden the first 1-3 days. I’ve been using this on my tummy and down across my ovaries since mid August and noticed a difference in 2 days!!!!

Okay, gentlemen, you’re welcome to join us again 🙂
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About the time we begin our morning lessons, I put Wild Orange and Peppermint in our diffuser and turn that sucker on!! Make sure and check out my post about diffusers here:

http://wp.me/p4oddr-4V

In the afternoon I use Balance on my feet and Lemon on my hands as a pick-me-up! I also take my last Lifelong Vitality pills for the day.
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In the evenings, I diffuse a calming blend of some kind just in the living room.

At bedtime, I use Cedarwood (I put this in a roll on bottle) and a drop of Juniper Berry on the kids feet and rub it in nice and soft. I also run the Cedarwood on the kids’ spines, adding that has helped greatly. I’ve used Lavender in the past and it works amazingly well too. *Another testimony*
One night, I thought I’ll skip the oils tonight. Just to really see if they’re working. I put the kids to bed, turned off the lights and went to my bedroom. R woke up 3 times, K & M were so restless I could hear them tossing and turning from my bedroom!! Then, R woke up-ready to party like a rock star-at 4:30 A.M. Never.Again. will they go to bed without their oils!!
I put Lavender on my feet and Whisper on my wrists one more time before I turn in for the night.
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I hope you’ll give doTERRA a change to transform your life!! I promise, you will not regret it!!

*I am not a physician. These are my own personal opinions and testimonies about essential oil use for my family.*

Diffusing oils during school…

We’ve recently added a diffuser to our home! What’s a diffuser you ask? It’s this really neat machine used to put your essential oils out into the air you breathe! Its amazing. You add in some water, few drops of your favorite essential oils and turn it on. It will automatically shut off (after around 4 hours!!) when it runs out of water for your safety! This one also lights up like the rainbow, going through so many different colors! You are now getting one of the many benefits of CPTG oils!

We have it sitting right on our small bookcase that we use to house our school books in our dining room.

Heres the blends we use:
During school- 2 drops of peppermint & 2 drops of wild orange. Its a focus, alertness blend that works great for keeping K & M on task with their lessons.
After lessons- I’ve been putting 4 drops of On Guard in there. On Guard is doTERRA’s blend to help boost your immune system, great for keeping sicknesses at bay! We have also used Purify, their cleansing blend. It helps to clean the air. The other one I imagine we will be using alot, Breathe. This one has already knocked congestion out of the park just by inhaling it out of the bottle!!! I can only imagine the benefits of using it the diffuser!
In the evening- right now I’m putting 3 drops of Lavender in there to help calm everyone down. I’m planning on adding Serenity to my collection soon!!
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There are many different blends we plan on trying out!!
Looking for seasonal blends?

Winter-
3 drops Birch
3 drops Cypress
3 drops White Fir

Christmas Tree-
2 drops Wild Orange
2 drops White Fir
2 drops Cassia

Winter Blues Buster-
4 drops Wild Orange
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Frankincense

Fall-
4 drops Wild Orange
3 drops Ginger
3 drops Cinnamon Bark

Relaxation-
2 drops Balance
2 drops Frankincense

Allergy Buster-
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Lemon

There’s a few on our ‘try in the diffuser’ list!

Mid-Day Foods (lunch)…

To keep my promise from my Quick Fix suppers post, here are some Mid-Day foods. AKA Lunch. 🙂

Lunch around here comes at about 12:15-12:30 P.M. I try to do more homemade, from the heart foods but sometimes I’m lazy. Yep, there are days we have some out-of-the-bag chicken nuggets or boxed corn dogs.

But then theres those days that we do homemade, yet simple….quick lunches.

A few of our favorite lunches are:

Grilled cheese with tomato soup
(Sometimes we’ll do ‘pizza grilled cheese’
*same concept, just butter your bread, used shredded cheese and few slices of pepperoni & a very tiny bit of marinara sauce. Then cook as you normally would*
Quesidillas!!
*you’ll need some 10″ burrito tortillas. Shredded cheese and butter. Heat up your frying pan, use one that the tortillas will fit in nicely. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on one side of the tortilla and fold in half. Next put some butter in the pan and let it melt. Put your folded over quesidilla in the pan and let it heat for a few minutes. When its done, flip that baby over and fry the other side. Use a pizza cutter and cut it up how you’d like*
Bean burritos
*we use a large can of refried beans, some more 10″ burrito tortillas & shredded cheese. These also freeze really well (sometimes I send them with my husband to the rig, they’re quick and easy to throw in the microwave and eat if you’re in a hurry*
Spaghetti
*if we’re making it for lunch, we leave the ground beef out. Just plain ol’ noodles and sauce here*
Ham & Cheese sliders
*our kids LOVE these!! Buy a pack of Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls, some ham and swiss cheese. Keep the rolls all together on a cookie sheet and using a serrated knife, cut them all in half at one time. Layer- ham, cheese then ham again. Put the tops of the rolls back on, brush on some melted butter and throw them in a 350° oven for about 7-8 minutes. All you want to do is heat them up :-)*

Some days we do sandwiches. PB&Js, ham/turkey and bologna sandwiches are a few favorites around here.

What are some of your kid’s favorite lunch foods?

Hey! You got this!!!

How are my fellow homeschooling momma’s doing? You hangin’ in there okay?

Hopefully your school year is going well and full of fun & learning all sorts of new things!!

What happens when us momma’s get a little stressed? Patience running thin? Thinking about giving up?

DON’T!! 🙂 You can do this. I promise, it’s worth it. If nothing is going the way its “supposed” to be going, breathe. Take a day off….reevaluate.

If you’re new to homeschooling and needing to find yourself again, find YOU, not mom/teacher….set aside what we call “Momma Time” thats usually an hour or so every afternoon when lessons are finished and R is taking his nap. During this time, K & M either play outside or play quietly in their bedroom. Quietly is the key word. During Momma’s time, they understand that the only reason they need to come get me is if A) someone hit their head B) someone is bleeding C) someone is blue. 😉

That’s the time I have to relax, finish up household chores, prepare supper if its something that requires extra time, grade papers, shower etc.

Something else that’s helped immensely is our homeschool’s mission statement. I’ve printed it up and hung it on the wall above our white board. Every homeschool should have a mission statement I think. Something for you to look at when your having a rough day. It should remind you why your homeschooling in the first place and give you peace knowing you made the right choice for your children and your family. Here’s ours:

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I wanted to post today and let you know that no matter what anyone says, you’re doing a FANTASTIC job. You’re doing whats best for YOUR children. Keep on keepin’ on my friends 🙂

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I’m praying for you & yours. Blessings to your homeschool year!!!

Homeschoolers spirit week!!!

Did you know that us homeschoolers get a spirit week too?

Mark your calendar’s folks!!! I’m ex-cited! It will be held September 22 – September 26 this year. That’s the week we will be in Nebraska visiting family and we plan to participate!

I hope to see more homeschooling families take part in this as well. Are you ready?

Here’s the daily themes!
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Here’s the website for this fun-filled week:
http://homeschoolspiritweek.com/

Hopefully your as excited as we are!!!! Feel free to post pictures of your kiddos participating 🙂

Old McDonald had a farm….E, I, E, I, O!!!

Howdy y’all! I noticed I hadn’t posted about our fur babies lately, so I wanted to give you guys an update!!

Here in southern Oklahoma, August is our hottest month of the year. We’re normally experiencing 99+ on a daily basis. Some years are hotter than others while some summers are cooler. This year was a mildly pleasant summer for us!! It was still hot, but wasn’t too bad!!!
Then came August. We had a few 100° days. Apparently my hens decided that was too hot to be laying eggs and put a screeching halt on egg production. Normally we were getting as many as 5 eggs A DAY. Since the hotter, more humid weather set in, we were lucky to get 1 a day!! For the first time in a couple months, I had to break down and buy eggs at the store 😦
Thankfully we’ve had a dip in temperatures, bringing more fall-like weather to us this week and they’ve slowly started picking up!! We got 4 eggs the other day. This week, I’ll be going in and cleaning out the coop and start getting it ready for the colder nights that are upon us. I need to get a new heat lamp for when the days start getting shorter and shorter.

The chickens egg-laying strike isnt the only new thing around here!

We’ve added a new horse!!! Allow me to introduce y’all to Socks.
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We picked Socks up on my husband’s last days off. We got him from *hang in there for this, okay* his mothers dads (Papa that recently passed away) sisters son. LOL. Ok, from his 2nd cousin. I think. His moms cousin. Thats better!!!! Whew. (And to think I come from a big enough family that MY mom has cousins younger than myself!!! I’ll spare you the explanation of some of my family memebers relations to my kiddos 😉 )
Anyways. John was weeding out his herd. He’d already sold all of his cattle and Socks here was his last horse. He’s roughly 10 years old. He’s beautiful. He’s got 4 white socks, a white patch on his butt and a pretty white blaze. Him and Tuff are getting along like old friends that have been together from the beginning of time. They follow each other from one end of the pasture to the other & they play in the water trough, now THAT is funny.
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The ol’ pups are doing great. Just laying around, waiting out the dog days (HAHA like how I did that?) of summer. We’ve been keeping them in the backyard lately, they’re getting a little too curious with the longhorns across the road and I don’t want them starting something they can’t get out of LOL.

Have a blessed day!!