right now…

reading…a stack of books.


  • the magnolia story – it just came out today! i cannot wait to dig into it.
  • healing oils of the bible – always trying to learn more about essential oils.
  • uninvited – this is the one i cannot put down. wow. just wow. i have this book dog eared, underlined, and highlighted all the way through. once i close the back cover i will open it up and read through it again.
  • boys should be boys: 7 secrets to raising healthy sons – this one is so good. any mom raising a boy should pick this up and read it. it is really helping me understand how i can help my son and be the best mother to him.
  • the message – i am working on reading through the new testament by the end of the year with a facebook group led by a local friend. this is the version that i chose to read.
  • wildwood – i love a good series. actually, i love a good young adult series. when i read fiction, i like a mystery, but nothing that is too hard for me to put down and pick back up in a month. i tend to read a lot more non-fiction than fiction, but i picked this up and hope to read the entire series…based in portland!

playingreverse charades. lorelai loves playing board games, but reece doesn’t like to sit for long, so this is a win-win for everybody! we played on sunday night and we all said, “let’s definitely play this again!”

watching…football. ’tis the season. and, gilmore girls. always gilmore girls.

trying…to blog more often. i miss it, and also miss having a chronicle of our life that is more than just photos (instagram).

cooking…homemade pizza for dinner.


drinking…milk, with the oreos i just ate.

pinningbathroom ideas. the upstairs bathrooms in our house are the only rooms that have not been updated (other than paint) since we moved in. trying to pin some ideas to freshen them up without an entire remodel…until we can remodel!

crafting…not much. i have been bible journaling, so this is filling the need for crafting…that might change when it gets closer to christmas.

going…to yoga! my yoga classes are one of my favorite things.

discovering…how much i really need to get over my dislike for doing laundry. if i just wash it, fold it, and get it put away it’s not that bad! it’s the unfolded baskets of laundry that stare me down and taunt me…ugh!

enjoying…silence. i crave quiet. if i don’t get enough of it i can get very cranky. #introvert

hoping…to make some time to learn how to use my big camera.

celebrating…the colorado buffaloes. they are looking pretty good this season! i’ve been wearing a hat i got in boulder this summer as much as possible around here!

smelling…a new diffuser combo. it’s called “sweet fall”…3 drops cedarwood, 4 drops bergamot.

thanking…mother nature. i know that fall and winter can be a very tough time for some, but i LOVE this time of year. fires in the fireplace, blankets, cozy layers, snuggling up early because it’s already dark outside. i love everything about this time of year just like I love everything about springtime…and summer.

considering…giving away all of the stuff i was planning to sell in a vintage sale. the timing. the work. i just cannot get it figured out, and we really want to park both of our cars in the garage again!

finishing…hanging up art in our powder bath. i gallery wall the entire bathroom. it takes some time to figure out what i want to hang and where i want to hang it!

starting…to share my love for essential oils and how we use them a bit more. honestly, they are awesome. i love learning about them, using them, and sharing that information with others! so, stick around if you want to learn more.

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hello, {mid}october


cooler temperatures.

falling leaves.


fires in the fireplace.

october, you are one of my favorites.


we’re staying put for a while.

after a summer of travel, and a quick trip to colorado for a beautiful family wedding, we are ready to stay in oregon and enjoy our “new” home.


as i mentioned, we took a quick trip to colorado. my cousin got married in vail, and it was just perfect!


























it just seems that in the fall my use of oils increases. not only to keep everybody healthy, but i use them in our diffusers instead of scented candles! did you know that the scents and waxes) used in the scented candles that we love to burn this time of year are releasing toxins into your home?! why not diffuse instead? here are some awesome diffuser blends to try out…


also, young living is having a FLASH SALE on premium starter kits with the rose design home diffuser…

if you have been on the fence about giving oils a try, now is a great opportunity!

if you are a current member and want a second diffuser, this is a great deal!

if you are a former member who has let their membership lapse, this is a great opportunity to get back into oils and a healthy lifestyle!

this FLASH SALE is only through Wednesday, 10/19, so contact me if you are interested and I will help you get signed up!

bible journaling

i’ve written about my faith journey a little bit over the years.

in 2013 i was trying to define mine and learning how to pray.

in 2014 and 2015, i lost it. i was hurt and stuggling to find anything to hold onto. i’m not sure i wrote anything about faith, because it just wasn’t there. i read my daily word everyday, but i just couldn’t find connection.

this year, i finally figured out how to be still, let go, and look for signs.

it hasn’t been easy, but i’m learning.

i’ve enjoyed bible studies and podcasts, but i have found something that i absolutely love that connects me to faith.

bible journaling.


yes, coloring in my bible.


not just coloring, but using creativity to really understand, connect with, and enjoy faith.


not only am i stretching my creative boundaries, but i a growing in faith.



i had no idea what to do at first, so i picked a verse and drew something…


i’ve posted the above photos on instagram and been asked a few times what bible i am using. it’s a crossway ESV single column journaling bible.

if you are interested in learning more about bible journaling, search #biblejournaling on instagram or do a search on pinterest.

and, here is a quick start guide to getting started from one of my favorite resources, illustrated faith.

i’m excited to share more about bible journaling here, so let me know what you think!

{home is essential} back to school


yesterday was school supply drop off at the kids school. not only did we drop off their school supplies, but we dropped off some thieves samples for the teachers to boost their immune systems before all the kids come back to school next week!


honestly, i wish i could gift every teacher everything listed below!

15-Stinky Kid Spray

i do plan to mix up a bottle of thieves cleaner for each of my kids teachers to use in their classrooms along with some of the hand soap in the recipe below!


*i was able to get my castille soap and foaming soap dispenser through amazon prime.

young living is offering an amazing promotion for the month of september…

every new member enrolling with a premium starter kit will receive theives laundry soap!


To get started on your oily adventure:

  • 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 the premium starter kit (to receive your free thieves laundry soap)

welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

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we had a big remodel done on our house this summer…

  • 1+ year in the making
  • whole house
  • new paint, trim, doors, and kitchen
  • 5 weeks away from home

you would think i would be THRILLED to get home and put it all back together. have our family back together under one roof. in OUR home.

i didn’t want to go home. i was terrified. i cried. lots of tears.

i honestly thought about staying in colorado where, for the first time in a long time, i felt safe, loved, and supported.

you see, the problems weren’t in the old trim, paint, cabinets, doors, or countertop.

the problems were (are) in the foundation.

a house that feels brand new with a happy, bright yellow door might look good from the outside, but it will crumble to rubble eventually without a solid foundation.

the foundation has been cracked and patched up over the years. in fact, i’m not sure it was ever built well in the first place.

not literally.




the name of this blog is “home is what you make it”…happy colors, cheerful words, and eclectic decor sure can make your home one of a kind. it can even make you happy, but it doesn’t build a foundation.

only FAITH can do that.




brick by brick.

day by day.

“the wisest of women builds her house” proverbs 14:1

{home is essential} back to school


we are challenged at the end of summer with getting into a regular bedtime routine with school just around the corner.

while the days are still long and we want to squeeze every last drop out of each one, we also need to start going to bed earlier.

how about some sweet dream pillow spray?


this past weekend, lorelai and i made some sweet dreams cream.

i purchase organic shea butter and almond oil online. i buy my coconut oil from trader joes.

we rub this on the bottoms of the kids feet or on their backs as they settle down for rest.

To get started on your oily adventure:

  • 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 is the best option)

welcome to the world of essential oils…it’s awesome.

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lemonade 1

lola had a lemonade stand on friday.

we pretty much have a “lemonade stand kit” that we use each time:

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she charged her usual.

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she also made sure that there was ice {from sonic, no less} because it was 95 degrees.

lemonade 2

she had a good run for the first 45 minutes, and then it got a bit slow.

and, HOT.

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she made sure that i placed the umbrella in just the right spot to keep her shaded.

lemonade 7

she waited patiently.

she was determined to stay open for the hours that she set.

she opened promptly at 4 and was stopping at 6, or when she sold out.

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by then end she said, “mommy, we forgot to offer the straws!”

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she worked hard and made some good money.

she even shared a few dollars with her brother for the handful of lemonades he helped serve!

home is…a young entrepreneur.

{home is essential} back to school






we have less than four weeks until school starts, and i am going to get my oily arsenal ready.

are you ready?!

join me here to learn about how i get ready for back to school with essential oils!


hello there, august

reading…while we were in colorado for a month i read the miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children series. they were so good. i’ve always been a fan of young adult literature and this series did not disappoint. what has me even more excited is that the first book is coming out as a movie (directed by tim burton, my favorite) at the end of september.

playing…did lots of playing in july!










watching…the olympics. and, gilmore girls. always gilmore girls.

trying…to keep things in perspective.

cooking…meals. seriously, i didn’t cook from june 24th through august 1st! while we were in colorado my parents pretty much took care of every meal. EVERY. MEAL. it was amazing. it’s taking a lot to get used to cooking for our family again.

eating…the breakfast that my loved ones made for me. ryan bought me a scone before he left for work, and lorelai made me a smoothie and a fruit plate.

drinking…coffee. and water.

calling…i am not a phone person. i dread making phone calls, unless it’s to my mom and dad.

texting…my sister. she is 40 today!!

pinning…party ideas. now that our remodel is almost finished, i would love to be able to entertain.

tweeting…birds tweet. i don’t.

crafting…we made lots of love rocks this summer and spread them all over the US. we were in ten different states during our summer travels, so we love rocked all of them!












doing…what needs to be done to get this house put back together! whew. its lots of work, but it will be worth it!

going…nowhere. after being away from home for five weeks (colorado for 4 and new york for 1) we are staying put for the rest of the summer!

loving…yoga. i have always loved it, but i am getting to a place in my practice where i can really lose myself in just breath and feeling my body release tension. it’s a good thing.

hating…the mess in our home. it’s been a long time of feeling unsettled, and i am ready for everything to be put away in it’s place.

discovering…that i really don’t want to put everything back where it was in our home. i purged a lot before the remodel, but i am also purging a lot as i unpack boxes. i am hoping to have a vintage sale in the next month or so with some of the items that we will no longer be using…if you are local, stay tuned to find out when!

enjoying…reading. right now i am finishing up some books that i started earlier in the year.

hoping…to get my bags unpacked from our trip! seriously, we got back over a week ago, but I still haven’t finished unpacking my bag.

celebrating…well, i will save the celebrating for later this week when the POD gets picked up and our kitchen is finished!!

smelling…new paint. we had every wall and ceiling surface in our home painted. we also had new moudling, trim, and doors installed…they also have new paint. it’s like a whole new house!

thanking…my parents for their hospitality during the our month long stay in colorado. i felt so safe, loved and supported at their home. i was dealing with a pretty stressful situation during the stay, and knowing that my kids were taken care of and that i could take a break when i needed to {without feeling guilty} really meant a lot to me.


considering…as i mentioned before, i am thinking about having a sale here at the house…mainly vintage items that we will no longer be using here in our home…globes, school desks, school chairs, quilts, afghans, vintage fisher price, scales, thermos’, maps, chalkboards.

finishing…there’s lots left “unfinished” around here right now. just taking everything one step at a time. first, i will finish this blog post!

starting…to think about the start of the new school year. i really want to enjoy these last few weeks of summer, but the beginning of the school year, and the fall season, is really one of my favorite times of the year!

home is…finishing something.