Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Surprising, I Know

We are still alive and ticking.  We've had a super fun summer, including a month-long vacation to Utah to see my family.  It was amazing!  I have a gazillion pictures and stories that I should probably record somehow.  We will see if that actually happens.  I at least got the pics uploaded to facebook.



The kids started school on Monday...all but one are in school now.  Woohoo!!!  K is in 7th grade (2nd year of middle school), B is in 5th grade, and G-man started Kindergarten.  Princess A is loving being the only one at home, and so am I!



I have been sharing my essential oils like crazy and helping a bunch of people find a better way to live!  I love it so much!!!  I am now off all over-the-counter and prescription medication thanks to these amazing essential oils, as well as my kids!  I've been able to take care of several issues that in the past, I would have had to gone to the doctor for.  Finding these oils have been SO empowering!!!  I feel in control and not helpless.  It's a great feeling!

I have also started another semester of school.  English and psychology for this semester.  Both are online and repeats.....gotta get A's to replace the B's I had from Texas A&M right out of high school.  Then it will be time to reapply for the dental hygiene program.  If I don't get in this time, I'm considering nursing or possibly a Bachelor's in complimentary medicine.  We shall see where these next few months lead me.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Second to Breathe


Well, not really...but I promised a friend that I would post SOMETHING tonight.  Life has been seriously INSANE since January.  And May and June have been LUDICROUS!  It's been crazy in a good way, but the free-time factor has been non-existent.  And we are getting ready to head up to Utah for the month of July, and that is taking LOTS of prep to get ready for. 

So here are a few pictures of what we've been up to not in any particular order.  
We just had our final swim meet Saturday.  Our team won our division!!!  G had fun staying cool in the splash area.  It was 100 degrees that day and we were camped out in a high school parking lot.  Steamy!

Since we will be in Utah for B's birthday, we had her party early.  She chose an under water theme.  We don't do sleepovers, but we make one exception for their 10th birthday.  It was fun!

Some of the cute crafts we made at the party.

We tried SO hard to get Princess A to jump off the diving board.  After about 20 tries, we gave up.  :(

G was so proud of how high he climbed.  Ta-dah!

Blue again for Otter pride!  It's already faded to a nice purple.  ;)

We cut off her hair.  She wanted to do a scary face.  

They can be best buds when they want to be!

We love the pool!  We like to go in the evenings when it's not so hot.  I wish we had more free time to go, but have only made it 2-3 times so far.  :(

This girl LOVES playing with my essential oils.  She will pretend to put oils on her  dolls.  So cute!
K jumping off the diving board.  She has done so well on swim team this year.  I'm so proud of her!

Sorry for the over-exposure.  B got "knighted" for being an excellent example of respect.  They actually had knights that came and jousted and other knight games.  G thought it was SUPER cool. 

The youngest 2 went on a tour in the Houston ship channel.  It was cool to see such huge ships!

This kid is STILL obsessed with rodeos and cowboys.  I love it!  It's so cute!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Mounted Patrol

We  went on a field trip to the Police Department's Mounted Patrol Headquarters.  It was so much fun!  We got to feed the police horses apples, carrots, and peppermints.  The kids didn't like the feeding part, so I fed them and then they would pet the horses.  They had lots of different breeds as well, which was cool to see.  It was a free tour.  We will be going back to visit for sure.  :)  Princess A and G-man kept stealing my phone to take pictures, and I thought I'd share a few of those with you.  ;)  Enjoy!



















Monday, April 23, 2012

A Slight Obsession

Since visiting the rodeo last month, my son has become slightly obsessed with all things rodeo and cowboy related.  He's trying to ride the dog like she's a bull.  He will ride his big sisters like a bull.  They are putting on "Rodeo Shows" several times a day.  It's cute and all, but this mama is tried of going to show after show after show.  He will sit and watch bull riding, mutton bustin' and bare back riding on youtube.  When offering food, he asks, "Does a cowboy eat that?"

And when his daddy found a cowboy hat in the closet and gave it to him, it only has fanned the flames.  This city gal is not ready for this much of a country boy!  I guess I'll have to learn.  ;)

Here are a couple video samples of the "shows" I get SEVERAL times a day.  :/


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Medicine in Nature


I've had my essential oils for about 2 weeks.  I've been trying them on anything and everything!  The results have been awesome!  Not only have I been able to help my family and myself naturally, I have noticed I haven't been as fatigued as I normally am, and that's not even using any of the products for that specific purpose!  




Here are a few things that I have been able to help in my own family:


  • 2 UTI (urinary tract infections) in my daughters with a protective blend
  • Suspected food poisoning with oregano oil
  • Stopped itching from numerous insect bites and a couple rashes with lavender
  • Relieve sore back and muscles using a soothing blend
  • Lowered a fever with lavender and peppermint
  • Treated several headaches with peppermint & a soothing blend
  • Easy an upset stomach & gas with a digestive blend
  • Treated seasonal allergies with peppermint
  • Cleared up redness and acne blemishes with lavender, frankincense & melaluca
  • Eased a cough with a respiratory blend
  • Treated warts with oregano
What I would have normally grabbed an ointment or pill for, I was able to use all-natural essential oils to treat my family.  NO SYNTHETIC CHEMICALS!!!!  YAY!!!!  

I am loving being able to share these oils with my friends and family.  I have had so many people come to me with issues, and I've been able to give them oils to help them.  I love helping others!  I'd love to help you and teach you how you can use essential oils to heal yourself and your family!  Let's set up a class today!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Essential Oils

A few weeks ago, I went to a class about how to use essential oils.  I had heard of essential oils before and even used them a couple times, but didn't really know that much about them.  I knew they were good, but didn't know how good.  Talk about eye-opening!!!  God has created some AMAZING medicines that can heal us better and help us be healthier than any man-made concoction!  It was like seeing the world from a whole new angle, and I was VERY excited about it.

I went home with a few samples, a new book telling me how to use them for anything and everything, and a thirst for more knowledge.

I scheduled a class in my home a few weeks later and was so excited to learn more and to share what I had learned with my friends.  The class was wonderful and it increased my eagerness and excitement about essential oils.  So I decided to join the essential oil movement.  I now have this hunger to share what I have learned, and a thirst for more knowledge.

I'm currently taking microbiology in school and was able to do a research paper on the oil of oregano.  What a powerful and versatile oil!  Doing the research just added to my excitement and desire to represent the best and largest essential oil company in the world.  They offer the purest, highest quality essential oils and other wellness products.

If you'd like to learn more, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to meet with you or even better, teach you and your friends in a class.  I am still learning, and could use the practice and a good excuse to continue my research.  :)  Plus, you get some cool freebies when you host a class.  *wink* *wink*




Monday, April 2, 2012

Hunger Games Premier

Oh, how I LOVE midnight premiers!!!!  I love the energy and spirit that comes along with them.  So much more of an experience than just going to the movie.

Since K has read the series 8 times, I figured she earned her right to come.  I was a little nervous with the violence factor in the books, but the movie did a wonderful job being true to the books, but not making it gory or dwelling on the violence.


We made our own shirts.  One part was because I kept forgetting to order them off line until it was too late and the other was the shirts I found were crazy expensive!

So we opted for the custom iron-on approach.  You can buy a little kit at Hobby Lobby (or any craft store...in the fabric dept), and then you find the picture you want to print.  They have kits for light and dark fabric, so pick the right one for you.  We found this image online listed as a HD wallpaper.  That way when it printed, it wouldn't be grainy or anything.   You just print the desired picture on the special paper in the kit.  You let it dry for 30 minutes.  You then pull off the vinyl-type image, place it on the fabric, cover it with the special parchment paper and iron it on.  It was that easy!



I got to go with a couple of my midnight premier buddies.  Jen and I actually met at the first Twilight premier.  She is freakin' awesome!!!!


And here's Angel and I.  We are actually in the same stake (church), but had never met until a friend brought her to another midnight premier.  Was it Harry Potter, Angel?  I can't remember.  Angel is super sweet and so fun!  And thanks to K for making sure we had our bunny ears.

It was a great night!  We ended up with a bunch of teens from church with us as well.  We had a blast throwing things across the theater and shouting random things as we were waiting.

As for the movie....it was AWESOME!!!!  Like I said earlier, the movie makers did a great job!  They stayed true to the book and the feel of the book without getting overly violent or gory.  The worst parts were at the cornucopia when the games first start.  They kept it tolerable by doing very quick flashes of what was happening, so you knew what was happening, but there was no dwelling on the gore.

The other gross part was when they show Glimmer's body after being attacked by the tracker jackers.  It still wasn't as icky looking as Collins described in the book, but it's not pretty to look at.

The beginning of the movie, like maybe the first 15-20 minutes, is filmed with a hand camera, and so it is VERY shaky.  They are trying to show the distress and chaos that is going on, but I had to look away from the screen a couple times because it was making me nauseated.  Thankfully, it seemed to calm down the further you got into the movie.

The best thing about the movie for me was seeing what Katniss couldn't and didn't see in the books....President Snow's anxiety over her and her actions.  I am so happy that the filmmakers showed that!  They depicted the unrest in District 11 and hinted at what might happen.

The scenery was awesome!!!  I loved seeing the Capital, District 12 and the Arena.  And it was so fun seeing all the Capital residents!  I can't wait for Catching Fire to come out!!!






Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rodeo

 We live in Texas.  And the rodeo is a HUGE deal here.  It's a 3 week long event.  We've missed going the past couple years, but made up for it by going a couple times this year.

Our first trip was with a preschool group with just the two youngest and me. We didn't go to the show in the big stadium, but did all the livestock and grounds attractions.  Here's Princess A and I waiting for mutton bustin' to start.  If you have no idea what mutton bustin' is....you are missing out!!!  We tried SO hard to get G-man to do it, but he chickened out 3 times, but promised he'd do it next year.  I sure hope he does!  Here's a video of the winning ride for the time we saw:





 They had some huge tractors that the kids could climb in.  They both loved it!

They had a pretend farm where the kids got to do jobs on the farm and then sell what they had harvested for a money, and then they could buy a treat with that money.  It was a favorite with my little two!

They had a really cool birthing center where several new born animals, including calves, lambs, and piglets were there.  The baby animals were adorable!!!

G-man LOVED the longhorns!!!  Heck, he loved the entire rodeo!!!  He is still obsessed, watching bull riding on YouTube on a daily basis, and attempting to ride the poor dog as a bull.
The first time we went, we went with some friends.  Lo Man is hilarious and was always hamming it up!  They had chicks from egg to chickens in the educational kids area.  So cool!


 We got to ride the train to the rodeo when we went as a family.  The kids thought it was pretty cool.
Here are the kids with one of the Mutton Bustin' rodeo clowns.  B really wanted her picture taken with them.  Too cute!
Here's another longhorn pic.  Can you tell who is too cool for pictures for mom now?  Little miss attitude!

 Yep, there's the attitude again!  Good thing she's so stinkin' cute!  This is at the pretend farm.  The line was INSANE when we went as a family.  But that was our fault....we went on the discount family day DURING spring break.  Yep, we were part of some record-breaking crowds.  It was NUTS!!!
 With the discount family day, we got nose-bleed seats for the rodeo/concert part.  We were WAY up high, but thankfully, there's not a bad seat in the house.






G-man was SO excited to see the bull riding and bare back riding.  The kids LOVED it!!!










They have a HUGE carnival on the grounds.  We didn't participate, but it sure looked cool at night!













I got to go see Train with a couple of my friends.  We had some awesome seats!!!  Thanks for hooking us up Regina!!  And Train did not disappoint!  They put on an amazing show! And it was super-cool to see the rodeo events so close up!