skeletons in the garden: campout

We had a cord of wood delivered yesterday and I spent hours stacking all the wood. These guys just kept up their shenanigans playing in the front yard. I mean, they didn’t lift a bone to help!

However, they were happy to help themselves to the wood to warm their bones near a campfire!

The kids thought it was pretty funny.

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skeletons in the garden: playtime

Friday was a rainy day here in Portland, and the skeletons were pretty excited for the change in the weather!

Today, there have been some showers, but the skeletons and spider are taking advantage of the breaks in the rain to do a little playing!

skeletons in the garden: the beginning

A couple of years ago Lorelai was disappointed that our house wasn’t decorated for trick-or-treaters, so at the very last-minute we improvised. I got some spider webs, cut out some spiders and we put it all up just in time before the door bell started ringing.

Last year, she really wanted a graveyard scene, so we added some tombstones and bones. We also cut out some more spiders and put them on our front windows.

This year, the front garden wasn’t even pulled and she was asking to put our Halloween decorations in the front yard.

To hold her off, we searched for Halloween ideas on Pinterest to add to our display this year. After a covert trip to Dollar Tree and JoAnn Fabric our plan started to come together.

Here is what October 1st looked like in our front yard…

Today, there seems to have been a change of heart…

I wonder what will happen next?!

dressed up for halloween

This little wall space outside of my husbands office has always been a favorite to display kids artwork or important family reminders.

As the kids get older there is less artwork coming home from school with them, so I decided to dress it up for the Halloween.

I did a little search on Pinterest and found a number of free Halloween printables:

I also purchased a bundle of Halloween printables for download which you can find here.

It’s just the right touch to help us jump into the last 90 days of the year filled with holiday merriment.

Stay tuned for more Halloween fun this month!

{home is essential} JULY 2018

Inspired by this past month’s International Grand Convention and its theme—Freedom—the July PV promotion is all about living free and fearless!

Bring the energy and excitement of the convention to your home with essential oils and products that keep you motivated even in the face of obstacles, fears, and critics. Place your qualifying order and get empowering essential oils such as Aroma Life™Valor®, and more to help you enjoy your best life!

Explore this month’s products!

As a reminder about how the monthly promotions work, if your order reaches one of the PV levels (100, 190, 250, 300PV), you will receive all the items at that level for FREE!  For example, with a single 300PV order in July, all the following will ship FREE with your order:

300 PV
Retail Value: $207.23

15-ml Aroma Life™

  • Apply Aroma Life to your wrists and over your heart to bring an empowered feeling to your day and help you push through the barriers that hold you back.
  • Energize your spirit and create a sense of connection by diffusing Aroma Life in your bedroom as you begin the day.

15-ml Geranium

  • Diffuse Geranium for an uplifting aroma when you dive deep into your soul and spend a moment reflecting on what you’ve achieved.
  • Add a comforting aroma and a feeling of fearlessness to your home or office the next time you have to hustle.

5-ml Valor®

  • Do something adventurous! Climb a new summit, try a new hobby, or meet someone new. Whatever you do, be sure to bring your trusty friend Valor.
  • Apply Valor to your neck and chest after your morning shower to get excited for a new day full of opportunities.

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: LavaDerm™ Cooling Mist

  • Head outside to explore, reconnect with nature, and let the great outdoors inspire you. Wherever you wander, stay cool with LavaDerm Cooling Mist.
  • Add extra moisturization to your evening routine by spritzing your face with this gentle mist before bed.

Bonus Essential Rewards exclusive: 5-ml Lavender Vitality™

  • After a day of tackling obstacles, add 2 drops to a capsule before bed to support general wellness and promote a restful night’s sleep.*
  • Reward yourself for all your hard work with a view of the sunset and a drop of Lavender Vitality in your favorite lemonade.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The best way to place orders is with Essential Rewards which is Young Living’s optional monthly autoship program, where you earn up to 25% back on your monthly orders!  You also receive less expensive shipping AND the “ER Exclusive” items that are part of the monthly promotion if your order reaches at least the 100 or 190PV level.  You can read more about Essential Rewards here.

JUly 2018 Young Living Monthly Promotion

100PV

If you order at least 100PV through the Essential Rewards program in July, you will get a FREE 5 ml Lavender Vitality essential oil!

190PV

  • 5 ml Valor
  • LavaDerm Cooling Mist – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5 ml Lavender Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

250PV

  • 15 ml Greanium
  • 5 ml Valor
  • LavaDerm Cooling Mist – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5 ml Lavender Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

300PV

  • 15 ml Aroma Life
  • 15 ml Greanium
  • 5 ml Valor
  • LavaDerm Cooling Mist – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5 ml Lavender Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

Essential oils are a fantastic way to start swapping the toxins OUT of your home and using a much safer alternative.  If you are ready to make the change and get started with essential oils, the Young Living Premium Starter Kit is the best way to get started! It is the only item that is 50% off and gets you started with essential oils and oil-infused products.

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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happy summer

summer came in with a bang.

literally.

we fell asleep to a thunderstorm last night, and woke up to thunder rolling again this morning.

unusual for portland.

not only is today the summer solstice, it is also international yoga day.

so, what better way to celebrate than to practice some yoga?!

i was able to go to my favorite yin yoga class this morning, which always helps me reset.

i, personally, needed a bit of a reset after this first week of the kids being home.

i love having them home.

it is such a blessing to be home with them all day long, but as they get older and they have their own ideas of what they want to do each day it gets harder to manage keeping everybody (including me) happy.

so, i came home from yoga with a better perspective than i left the house with.

happy international yoga day!


it was HOTyesterday, so we stayed in the house most of the day.

i have been fighting off a summer cold (not cool), and when i get sick i need to REST.

i do not like it when colds hang on, and i have found that rest is the main thing that helps me to get over a cold quickly.

after being cooped up in the house most of the day yesterday i was bound and determined to get us out of the house for a bit today.

i thought a visit to a local farm would be fun on the first day of summer!

we have never been to a local lavender farm and i knew there was one that i used to drive by all the time when i would get in the car and just drive to get the kids to nap when they were little.

i “searched it up” (this is what the kids always tell me to do) and we ventured out to Mountainside Lavender Farm.

we were greeted by kiefer, one of the family farm dogs, who lorelai instantly fell in love with.

with the cooler temperatures today, it was a perfect day to spend time cutting lavender.

 

although there were a few other people there, we really had the whole place to ourselves.

the english lavender is currently in bloom, so we each collected our own little bundle.

they also distill their own lavender essential oil at the farm!

how cool is that?!

stay tuned for more summer adventures!

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summer zen

today is the first day of summer break for my kiddos.

i love summer because i don’t always like a task list.

i like a bit of structure, but i don’t thrive with structure.

however, i do thrive in a calm environment, and without structure calm is sometimes elusive.

one of my favorite ways to find some calm is with yoga.

i have recently stepped up my home practice and my goal for the summer is to devote at least 20 minutes a day, at home, to yoga.

i hope to make it to 3 classes per week at our health club, but would love to practice everyday at home.

another way i love to add calm to our home is with essential oils and i plan to use both in my yoga practice this summer.


in fact, i found an awesome kit with roller bottle blend recipes, labels, bottles, and instructions for yoga and meditation roller and diffuser blends from Got Oil Supplies!

today, i put a few of the blends together…

the kit includes 1 recipe tear sheet, 1 label sheet and 10 glass rollerball bottles (oils, mala beads, and yoga props not included).

i am looking forward to using these blends during my at home yoga from some summer zen.

you can also get your own Yoga & Meditation Rollerball DIY Kit at Got Oil Supplies!

clarity is my word for the year, so the clarity blend happens to be my favorite so far!

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