strawberry fields and good beer

ryan’s sister and her family are visiting us this week.

they drove here all the way from rochester, new york!

you can see more about their travels on their blog halfway to somewhere.

on tuesday we took everybody out to kruger’s farm on sauvie island to do some strawberry picking.

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after working up an appetite (although, there may have been a few strawberries eaten) we headed over to hopworks urban brewery {i wrote about the hub in one of my very first blog posts} and ended up having the banquet room all to ourselves.

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to say that these cousins have fun together is an understatement!

when the kids have been at school and the cousins have been doing their own exploring, i have been busy making jam from the 20 pounds of strawberries we picked!

so far, i have made strawberry vanilla {from the book food in jars}, strawberry thyme, and strawberry basil!

this is my first time making strawberry jam and it is a lot of fun…i may sneak away to go strawberry picking by myself before the kids get out of school for the summer.

speaking of summer,  this is where we will be exploring…

  • sun river, oregon
  • rochester, new york
  • lake pend oreille, idaho
  • bella beach, oregon

stay tuned…

home is…adventures with cousins!

{home is essential} DIY bug repellent

We’ve all heard how bad bug repellent can be for our bodies, right?

But who likes to be eaten alive when we want to spend time in the great outdoors?!

Here’s the answer we’ve been searching for…

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Seriously, it’s that easy.

And, you won’t smell like that bug repellent that will literally take the paint off your car!!

All of the oils mentioned above {thieves, purification, and peppermint} are in the everyday oil collection that comes in the premium starter kit when you sign up to become a young living wholesale member!

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Here’s how:

  • go to the member sign up page
  • select wholesale member (not retail customer)
  • enter my member number in the sponsor and enrolled ID if it is not already there: 2365060
  • create your account, enter your personal information
  • select your starter kit (the premium starter kit, $150, is the best option)
  • welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

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home is…keeping the bugs away naturally.

*i am not a medical professional, and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you. always consult a doctor first. more than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first. we are our own advocate.

it’s the middle of may already?!

just a few photos of what we have been up to lately…

IMG_0441i am going to miss my days with her when she goes to school all day in the fall…

when she was an infant and the little guy was only 2 i remember thinking, “how am i going to get through everyday with them?”  and that the day would never come when they would both be in school full time. now, i am wondering, “how am i going to get through everyday without them?” and how did it get here so fast?

IMG_0452he still loves coffee…especially when i drink it outside in my favorite spot in the backyard…

IMG_0500the clubhouse is still a big hit…in this photo she was the police commander and they had a crime to solve…

IMG_0517the mild weather has been perfect for evenings filled with baseball…

IMG_0530also, due to the mild weather, the garden is going crazy…the elusive artichoke…

IMG_0535my happy place…

IMG_0538rhodies in the front garden…

IMG_0541i lightened up the mood in the playroom with this white granny square afghan…a thrifted find from a couple years ago…i also rainbowtized all the books…

IMG_0572fridays are for lacrosse…

DSC_0732he’s so tired by the end of the week, but he really likes lacrosse…

DSC_0739i can totally picture him as a goalie…

IMG_0582our first fishing morning of the season…the pink pole caught the first and only fish…

DSC_0769the little guy is so helpful…it’s amazing how they can actually fish on their own now…

DSC_0792there was a huge bullfrog under the dock…

IMG_0586we also saw two bald eagles defending their nest across the river…

IMG_0577baby girl had her mind set on a lemonade stand, so we made it happen…

IMG_0589it was a successful day…friends from the neighborhood (and all the way across town) came to get some…

IMG_0602i call this the best seat in the backyard…and it’s mine…

IMG_0630trying to get out with the dogs…this was the first of two runs on monday morning…odyssey is the best running buddy…

IMG_0633and, here’s crazy, i mean, rainy! she has some manners to learn and will be heading to “summer camp” in idaho soon!

we’ve got some special visitors coming in a couple of days…stay tuned!!

home is…full of springtime fun!

 

{home is essential} celebrate mother’s day

I purchased a premium starter kit, which also includes a wholesale membership to young living, for my mom for mother’s day this year. She was out to visit us for Spring Break at the end of March and was able to try out some of the oils. She had both of her knees replaced last year and was able to get some relief  by using Deep Relief Roll-on and some pain cream that I made up with coconut oil and PanAway. She also is a 10+ year Breast Cancer survivor and already knew the powers of Oregano Essential Oils. She will now be able to integrate the oils into her (and my dad’s) healthy lifestyle by using the Everyday Oils included in the kit!

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If you are a mom yourself, why don’t you pass this info on to your husband so he can contact me and get you signed up with a premium starter kit and a wholesale membership? Or, better yet, contact me yourself, get signed up, and tell him the shopping is DONE!

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Pretty soon, you’ll be saying {just like me}, “there’s an oil for that,” every time a friend or family member (or even people you don’t know) mentions being tired, stressed, sick, stinky laundry or cleaning the house!

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To join:

  • go to the member sign up page
  • select wholesale member (not retail customer)
  • enter my member number in the sponsor and enrolled ID if it is not already there: 2365060
  • create your account, enter your personal information
  • select your starter kit (the premium starter kit, $150, is the best option)
  • welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

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home is…celebrating mom.

*i am not a medical professional, and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you. always consult a doctor first. more than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first. we are our own advocate.

{our home} cha-cha-cha-changes

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a lot has changed in the two years since i last did a home tour here on the blog. {actually, the tour was over at home made lovely.}

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you can now see the photos from that post by clicking {our home} in the menu at the top of the page!

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soon, i will post some individual tours of the rooms in our home…EVERY one has changed.

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we also have a remodel that is in the works…if you follow me on instagram, you might know what i am talking about.

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if not, stay tuned!

home is…always changing!

{home is essential} lavender bath salts

Moms, teachers, friends, friends who are moms or teachers…May is full of reasons to give little gifts to those who make a difference in our lives.

In my last post, I mentioned putting together some goodies for the teachers at the little guys school. One of those goodies is cute little mason jars full of epsom salts infused with essential oils.

This gift is so easy to make!

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lavender bath salts

  • epsom salt
  • lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 pint mason jars

fill jar 1/2 full with epsom salt. add 4 drops of lavender essential oil. fill the rest of the jar with epsom salt. place the lid on the jar and shake up to infuse the salts with the oil.

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I had fun creating a pretty label for the top, and created a printable just for you! Just print it, punch {or cut} it out, and glue {or tape} to the top of your jar!

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home is…little gifts.

{home is essential} teacher appreciation week

I believe that every classroom could benefit from a diffuser and the Everyday Oil collection that comes in the Premium Starter Kit.

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The simple act of diffusing Thieves in the classroom for 20 minutes before the kids get to school, during lunch/recess when the kids are not in the classroom, and then again after school could help stop the bugs from spreading.

That being said, I cannot buy a kit for each of my kids teachers every year…as much as I wish I could.

What I CAN do is share the oils with them.

And, what better time than Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 4-8, 2015?

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Here’s my plan…

  • set up a diffuser in the Staff Room diffusingadifferentscent each day…
  • have sample sachets available for the teachers to take
  • have baskets of  homemade lip balm(which I already made), infused epsom salts, and thieves cleaner in spray bottles to take

I am not going to be able provide enough samples of everything for EVERY teacher to have them all, but hopefully they will each get a little something to try and it will get them talking with each other about the oils…and then maybe a few of them will start to use the diffusers and kits in their classrooms.

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To join:

  • go to the member sign up page
  • select wholesale member (not retail customer)
  • enter my member number in the sponsor and enrolled ID if it is not already there: 2365060
  • create your account, enter your personal information
  • select your starter kit (the premium starter kit, $150, is the best option)
  • welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

home is…appreciating our children’s teachers.

*i am not a medical professional, and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you. always consult a doctor first. more than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first. we are our own advocate.