{in the garden} april 23rd

with our mild spring and winter we got an early start to our garden.

and, when i say “we”, i really mean ryan.

ryan is in charge of our veggie garden, and he started planting in early march!

he added our backyard compost that has been “cooking” for a year.

the strawberries are already coming up and flowering. they are always fun for the kids (and us) to pick.

he planted three more blueberry bushes, so we now have a total of six.

he planted a second artichoke plant…maybe this year we will actually get an artichoke!

he planted greens, which we have already started to harvest and eat.

the tomatoes are in the ground and are already starting to flower.

he also planted asparagus, potatoes, and italian oregano.

and, he planted hops.

yes. hops.

maybe he’ll be brewing his own beer soon, too.

{and, he calls ME the hippie.}

we still need to plant our basil, maybe a few peppers, some cucumber, and carrots.

we always go organic for fertilizer and pest control.

this year will be no different, but  i am hoping to integrate essential oils into the pest control.

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peppermint, lavender, and purification, which are mentioned in most of the mixes above are all part of the everyday oils that are included in the premium starter kit from young living.

i earned thyme as part of my essential rewards last month and ordered lemongrass (for ticks, fleas and mosquitos) and cedarwood (for slugs) as part of my essential rewards order this month.

we LOVE our garden, and being able to integrate essential oils into our pest control has me totally thrilled!!

i promise a photo tour by the end of the month…we’ve got another project going on that is taking a lot of my time…stay tuned!

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home is…in the garden 2015.

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{home is essential} happy earth day

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Just over three months ago I decided that I wanted to start using essential oils in our home.

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I never knew how much I would love them.

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Today, I am thankful for the earth that supports the plants that give us these little gifts in a bottle.

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My collection just grows and grows. Not only are they good for my family, they don’t hurt the earth like so many other chemicals we use in our homes.

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We all win.

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spring baseball

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The little guy is playing in his 3rd baseball season this spring and it is a whole new ballgame. 

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Single A Little League is the real deal.

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Playing by the almost real rules means that sometimes the players pitch.

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He’s learning when to swing and when not to.

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And, sometimes you don’t get a hit or get on base because they are actually calling strikes and outs.

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He’ll learn a lot this season, and it’s not all going to be about baseball.

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Baby girl is learning how to be patient while she watches her brothers games again.

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She’s already a pro at looking cute!

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home is…another baseball season.

{everyday oils} lemon

lemon was one of the oils from the premium starter kit that i started using right away.

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  • i add it homemade mayonnaise
  • i add it to homemade salad dressings
  • i diffuse it with lavender and peppermint for seasonal sniffles
  •  i add it to my water…always drink water flavored with lemon oil in a GLASS container as pure essential oils are very potent and can actually break down plastic {pure essential oils and plastic don’t mix…it’s as if the oils are attacking the toxins in the plastic}.

if you are in need of a great water bottle that you can take with you on the go, why don’t you check out my friend erin’s etsy shop?! she sells these great vintage GLASS jars that even come with GLASS straws! i drink from mine daily and have been adding lemon for weeks now…i really think that the lemon taste helps me to drink more water during the day!

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{spring break} operation bigger clubhouse

My parents came out to visit us over Spring Break. It was the first time my mom was able to travel on an airplane after having BOTH of her knees replaced last year! She has recovered amazingly and we had so much fun being active over the break!

One of the main highlights of the trip began after we all went to watch the little guys baseball practice on the morning after my parents arrived. Shortly after we got home, there were multiple trips to Home Depot to get supplies…to fix our large deck near the house…and upgrade where the old playhouse used to sit into a new “clubhouse” for the kids!

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We removed the railing from around the existing deck between the trees and started building walls on Saturday afternoon!

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Between Ryan’s deck project on our large deck and the project my dad and I were working on it was a flurry of activity in the backyard. My mom was helping out by keeping the kids entertained…which was so amazingly helpful.

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By the end of the day on Saturday, the walls were framed.

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By Monday morning, the roof supports were taking shape and we were measuring and cutting cedar fence boards to put on as siding!

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By Tuesday, Topher was putting the roof on and nailing the last finish pieces of trim onto the clubhouse.

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It was so much fun to work with my dad on this project for the kids.

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We made fires in the firepit almost everyday as we worked through the changing Oregon weather.

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We celebrated and played in the clubhouse the rest of the week after we returned from our other adventures.

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I have plans to paint the interior ceiling white and the interior walls a turquoise color.

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I will also add canvas curtains to the front entry and to cover the windows and the slide door.

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Until then, it’s ready for play!

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I am not going to write up a post about how we built this…it was a labor of love. However, I will say that I was inspired by and The Handmade Home’s Handmade Hideaway. Their posts were invaluable in showing my dad what I wanted to accomplish and helpful for us to figure out how to get it done.

Thank you, Topher, for helping me bring my dreams into reality. It was so awesome to work on this project with you!!

I will be sharing more details in the next weeks as I add more finishing touches…in fact, Ryan added an awesome touch last night that I will need to share with you!

home is…a labor of love.

spring cleaning

well, it’s officially spring!

birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, leaves are budding…and it’s time for some spring cleaning!!

visitors always prompt me to give the house a good scrubbing, so i got a good jump on spring cleaning this week before my parents arrive!

you know what was awesome?

i used ONE cleaner…for everything! %22THIEVES CLEANER v1.1 thieves household cleaner from young living!

for years, i have always tried different “green” cleaning products…some work, some don’t.

thieves household cleaner works.

a capful in 30 oz. spray bottle and you are good to go to clean pretty much anything!

but, let me tell you another little secret…

with the premium starter kit and the everyday oils that are included, you can also make your own cleaning products.

the thing is, why clean your home with chemicals that can actually hurt your health?!

so, i have an offer for you…

the next 5 people who sign up to become a young living member by purchasing a premium starter kit will get a copy of The Chemical Free Home and the The Chemical Free Home 2

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home is…a chemical free home with essential oils.

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march madness

the adorable bunny garland below {i know it’s blurry in the photo…but it is awesome}, my friend kelly made it. she has an etsy shop and you should go check it out! {she also made some awesome tooth fairy pillows that the kids LOVE}
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