Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Saturdays

A perfect day downtown:
Coffee at Café Rhema,

and a stroll through the Farmers' Market.

Lunch at Sweet Pieces Vegan Café,

and soaking up the sunshine with my favorite people.

♥ ♥ ♥

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Fourth!

Hope you had an amazing holiday.
Ours was wonderful, from start to finish.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Easy & Amazing Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is a necessity.
A natural mood lifter. More people in the world could use it.

One of the benefits of lemon essential oil is it improves circulation. Rubbing several drops on cellulite will get the blood flowing to this area and help eliminate waste from the cells resulting in smoother skin.  You can create your own cellulite body scrub by mixing 1 cup sea salt, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, and 10 drops lemon. Store in an airtight container. 

Daily Detox: mix 1 drop of oil for every 8 ounces of icy cold water in a glass or stainless steel container (citrus oils will eat through plastic).  I love the way it tastes and I heard it's good for speeding up a person's metabolism.  I'll do just about anything for a fast metabolism.  Plus, it's a natural energy-booster.
If you're keeping a bottle on lemon essential oil in your purse or backpack to add to your water, then you have a handy hand sanitizer as well. 

Diffuse in your home for happier moods all around.

I cannot tell you how many times I put a load of dirty clothes in the washer and then forget about them. For days. A few drops added to the water as I restart it takes away that gross mildewy smell.

Add a few drops to a cotton ball and toss it in your vacuum cleaner bag for a fresh, clean scent.  You could also place cotton balls in garbage cans to eliminate odors.

Lemon is a fantastic disinfectant for cleaning fruits and vegetables; simply add a 2 to 3 drops to a half a sink full of water and soak your fruits in it. Rinse well. Mix a few drops with water and add to a spray bottle to clean countertops and kitchen surfaces.

Got 12 Barbie stickers decorating your hallway wall? No? Just me? Well a couple drops of this oil on a cotton ball will wipe up any sticky residue that may be left after the babes are peeled away. 

Add a few drops in your dishwasher before the wash cycle to get streak-free dishes. On that same note, a couple drops down the garbage disposal will keep it smelling fresh and clean.
It's also great for cooking. Add flavor to frostings, cakes, cookies, and drinks by adding a drop or two.  Add to fish, shrimp, or steamed veggies.  Use to keep sliced apples from turning brown. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

June's Favorite Things

1. a perfect afternoon with family & friends celebrating Ian's 30th birthday

2. strawberry cheesecake pudding shots & drunk gummies to lure my friends over for a pampered chef party

3. my girl and her girls - and ariel! - at paige's 5th birthday party

4. a little between-soccer-tournament-games yoga
5. and a bit of sleep yoga

6. sinfully wonderful nights out

7. my boys and their favorite things

8. great nights with great friends

9. em's super awesome treasure map
10. hoping my assets will get me through a physical game of oregon trail

11.getting the hairs cut
12. old forgotten photographs <3

Friday, June 27, 2014

Swing Batter Batter!

Narls' baseball season just wrapped up. 

Since May, Clay and I have had a ball game and/or a soccer game for both kids almost every single night of the week. It's been crazy.  And what's especially crazy? I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is Narls' first year playing in the 8 & Under division and it's super cool to see everything these kids have learned in teeball and 6U start to make sense to them. They're making plays and tagging runners out and throwing to first and hitting hard. 
They're playing like real ball players.

They have had great coaches, including Clay who was on the field every game, who taught them a lot.

Narls played a good rotation of infield, outfield, and even catching, my old position.

I think my favorite part about his games though, is just being there. Sitting in the field with sunshine on my shoulders as Em plays on the slide and Lainey and I watch our boys on the field.  The simpleness and goodness of it all. Before things like standings and RBIs and divisions really start to matter. Seeing Narls get an amazing hit and smiling as the first thing he does after he runs home is come out to me with the biggest smile on his face and ask if I saw it. Watching Clay throw balls to the team with his worn old glove, as soft as butter, and with this almost magnetic draw that pulls all their wayward balls right to it.  Feeling Lainey's tail wag on my feet every time she hears Em's laugh or Narls' yell. Getting waffle cones of superman at our favorite ice cream place on the way home, win or lose.

Those are the reasons I love these baseballs games so much.
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