Friday, November 21, 2014


Seeing as it's the week before Thanksgiving, what better time to post some Halloween pictures of Matthew's first trick or treat? My sweet boy went as Batman-- in our old costume! I wore this same costume for my first trick-or-treat with my big cousins, and I was so excited when we realized it would fit Matthew perfectly. The little kid LOVED running around with a cape (looks like we need to invest in some dress up clothes now). He definitely took some convincing to go talk to strangers, but was a huge fan of the results!
Daddy helping Matthew pick out a pumpkin
Happy kid in pumpkins
Granddaddy letting him ride in the wheelbarrow
Kid always knows when there's a camera!
He was very into helping with the pumpkin guts
"GUYS! My bucket!"
Not sure about the going up to strangers thing
"Hey, there's candy in here!'
"Y'all chat. I'm gonna sit here and eat my candy."
Trick-or-treating at Grandma's
A picture with Mama?! What?!
Frankenstein, C-17, and "Death to Bevo," complete with broken horns...
Give you one guess who carved the airplane.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What Oils? Wednesday: Fall Diffuser Edition

Despite all the ridiculous Christmas stuff out in every mall and store, it IS still fall. Believe me, I LOVE me some Christmas-- I may or may not have teared up in Target when I realized I don't have any of my decorations this year-- but I also love me some fall. Crisp air, pretty leaves (or so I hear), hot chocolate, sweaters... Mmm mmm! I also love the scents that come with it. Bath and Body Works candles used to be my favorite, but now I have my oils to diffuse. They smell even better than the candles, AND they have awesome therapeutic properties too! For more ways to use your essential oils and all the amazing benefits, click the doTERRA page at the top!

Here are my "recipes" for my favorite fall scents, courtesy of My Oil Business:

Thankful Heart Diffusing Blend
1 drop ginger
1 drop cinnamon
2 drops coriander
1 drop clove

Crisp Autumn Diffusing Blend
3 drops wild orange
2 drops patchoulli
1 drop clove

Trick or Treat Diffusing Blend
2 drops wild orange
2 drops frankincense
2 drops cassia

Citrus Forest Diffusing Blend
2 drops lime
2 drops lemon
1 drop wild orange
1 drop bergamot
1 drop white fir

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Use/consume at your own risk. These are just suggestions that I complied. I have not personally tested each one. Always dilute with children and only use topically and aromatically with children.
**There is an actual science and art to blending oils that is explained in Modern Essentials 5th Edition. doTERRRAs blends are scientifically based. I do not recommend putting a lot of oils in a blend just because you need all of their benefits (ex: combining On Guard and Breathe because your sinuses hurt and you want the benefits from each) Layering oils is a very effective way to use multiple oils. Apply one, and wait a min and apply the next. They absorb very fast allowing you to apply the next one soon after the first.
**Always dilute sensitive or hot oils. Always dilute for babies or children.
**Remember: less is more with oils. You only need to use 1-3d at a time, and less with children.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Planning My Week with Community of Moments

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted about how I use my Erin Condren planner (click the link for $10 off of yours!), but I've been collecting ideas, finding some amazing shops to share with you, and finding my favorite ways to use their products.

This week, Community of Moments shared a couple of her Planner Pal monthly subscription boxes with me, and let me tell you... I'm in LOVE. They are SO functional, super cute, and make planning my week a thousand times easier. I don't have to dig through my stickers, washi, flags, boxes, etc. looking for things that coordinate. Instead, I can use everything she sent to make a pretty week! PLUS, she sends a sweet treat to munch on while you plan!

In October's Planner Pal box, she sent washi tape, stickers, weekly boxes, an adorable paperclip, and a dashboard! There were SO many options of ways to decorate my weeks with them.

In November's, she sent a Thanksgiving meal planner dashboard, washi tape, weekly boxes, and a ton of stickers. Just look how pretty the plaid washi is! It might be my new favorite. There were "I'm thankful for" stickers to put so that you remember to keep a gratitude note each day (I put mine in the "to do" list section rather than at the bottom of each day), perfect for Thanksgiving month!

I put my to do list for each day in one of the squares so that I can sort out when I need to do what, rather than just keeping a long list on the left side. I like doing it this way because it means I actually get things done during the week, rather than running out of days and still having a completely unchecked to do list!

I still use the original Erin Condren stickers that come in the back for appointments, etc. that have a lot of notes (like a doctor's appointment at an address I'm not familiar with or a meeting I need to remember to bring something specific to). I accent them with pretty stickers from Community of Moments, though, which keeps my planner pretty and keeps me using it.

I also used the pretty yellow polkadot washi she sent for lunch dates this week with some of my dearest friends. It coordinates so perfectly with the plaid, without looking super matchy-matchy. I'm too ADHD to have everything the same!

In order to make my week seem a little less sad, I filled in some of the days with less to do with her pretty weekly squares and accent quatrefoil pieces (can you tell I'm ready to live where I have more stuff to do outside of the house?) and it brightens up the page at the same time!

Do you want some happy mail in your box every month? Check out Community of Moments and order one for December! I know I'm going to. Want happy mail for even cheaper? Use the code pearl20 for 20% off!

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