happy thanksgiving eve

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the kids participated in the “stack up!”,  which was “the most people sport stacking at multiple locations stacking in one day”.

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i volunteered to help in both of their classes…i also stacked, which contributed to the numbers to hopefully make/beat a world record!

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some of lorelai’s artwork at school…if you didn’t know already, she is a bit obsessed with pigs.

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reece created this piece of artwork during our most recent art literacy lesson…it’s the leaves falling from the aspens when we were in vail for my cousin’s wedding!


friendsgiving bunco

i have been playing bunco with a group of moms from our school/neighborhood since earlier this year. this month was my month to host and i decided to go with a friendsgiving theme.
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mimosa bar…instructions written on mirror with dry erase markers.

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candy apple bar…dip apple slice in caramel {or chocolate} and sprinkle with toppings .

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if you got a bunco, you wore the turkey.

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i had fun making score cards for the night…
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it was a great night.


a very merry oil infused holiday

curating-christmas

i recently talked about thieves household cleaner during a class for my young living team. if you are interested in learning more, please contact me!

the kids will be helping with a kids essential oils 101 class {online} on december 6th…contact me if you would like an invitation!


colorado buffaloes

what?!

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we’ve become duck and beaver fans after living in oregon for 10+ years, but i am so thrilled to see my buffs at the top of the pac 12 and in the top 10 in the nation!

i cannot wait to see how this all plays out in the future…reminds me of when i was in high school and college (the last time they were really good…20+ years ago)!


OUR HOUSE

it seems like it has taken forever to get our house back in shape after the remodel, but we are almost there.

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gallery walls are back up.

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craft supplies and toys are back in their places.

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and, the powder bath is gallery walled again. this bathroom reminds me of the bathroom in the house i lived in at my kids ages…my mom had family photo collages all over the walls and said that people would take forever in the bathroom because they were looking at all of the photos!


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lorelai loves to write messages on the whiteboard/chalkboard in by the stairs. this was her morning message today…

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HOSTING

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we are hosting thanksgiving at our house for FAMILY. YES! we have family way over here on the northwest coast of the US. a couple of ryan’s cousins have moved out here in the last few years, so we are hosting them! it should be fun!!


HAPPY TREES

i am usually a wait until after thanksgiving to decorate for christmas kind of girl. the last few years, i have let the kids anticipation and excitement get a hold of me and i have started a bit early. this year i am holding back until black friday…when i will be pulling boxes out of the attic, listening to christmas tunes, and watching football.

that being said, i heard this from the attic the other day.

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“we’re equal opportunity trees! we demand that you take us out of this christmas box you have kept us in for months. we don’t discriminate between the holidays…easter, 4th of july, columbus day…you name it, we will celebrate it! thanksgiving happens to be one of our favorites.”

oh what fun. falalalala.

happy thanksgiving eve, everybody!

{home is essential} fa-la-la-la-la…

while i won’t be decorating around here until after thanksgiving, nothing is stopping me from putting christmas spirit in my diffusers!

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with the scents of orange, cinnamon, and spruce it is just perfect for the holiday season.

christmas spirit “is a purifying blend of evergreen, citrus, and spice, reminiscent of winter holidays, that brings joy, peace, happiness, and security.” {Essential Oils Desk Reference}

orange is an uplifing fragrance that can boost immunity and induce relaxation. cinnamon is thought to unlock feelings of abundance, boost immunity, and has been used since biblical times. spruce has a balancing fragrance also with immune booting properties.

in addition to smelling wonderful, it also boosts immunity and increases feelings of abundance, relaxation, and balance. yes, please!

doesn’t it sound fabulous?!

well, the good news is that  for the month of november, when you become a member of young living by purchasing a premium starter kit you get a 5ml bottle of christmas spirit FREE!

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are you ready to start your oily journey to health, purpose, and abundance?

i would be happy to help you!


To get started on your oily adventure to health, purpose and abundance:

  • go to the member sign up page
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  • enter my member number in the sponsor and enrolled ID if it is not already there: 2365060
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hello, november

here we are.

two months left in 2016.

it’s the most wonderful time of the year.


here’s a quick recap of some of the things that happened in october…

grand river rainbow returned home after spending the summer in idaho…and this rainbow showed up to greet her!

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i hosted my first yellow door vintage pop-up in our home, which was a sale of vintage goods that i have collected over the last few years. it was fun to see some of the items that were in our home go to new homes where people would appreciate them!

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lorelai’s teachers came by for a home visit.

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we finally made it to a pumpkin patch so we could carve pumpkins before halloween.

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i am continuing to color in my bible.

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thankful for sunshine streaming through windows, and walks through fall leaves.

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{home is essential} hair spray for keeping yucky things away

moms talk.

lately, the rumor going around is that there is something hopping from head to head at school.

it’s not something that i want to deal with here at home and i am so happy that we have something right here at home to help with prevention!

home is essential

i just put 5-10 drops of each oil in a small (2-4 oz.) spray bottle and mix it with distilled water.

i spray it on the kids heads before they go to school.

i also spritz their jackets and backpacks everyday.

if you ask me, i would rather prevent this problem from coming into our house than treat this problem if it sneaks into my house.

the prevention is all natural.

the treatment is not.


To get started on your oily adventure to health, purpose and abundance:

  • 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

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

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right now…

reading…a stack of books.

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  • 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.

eating…oreos.

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

october.

cooler temperatures.

falling leaves.

football.

fires in the fireplace.

october, you are one of my favorites.


home.

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.


colorado.

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

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 OILs.

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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…

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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.

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yes, coloring in my bible.

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

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

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

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

{home is essential} back to school

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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!

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

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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!

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*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!

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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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foundation

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.

figuratively.

metaphorically.

FAITHFULLY.

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.

FAITH.

LOVE.

HOPE.

brick by brick.

day by day.

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