Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekend Fun

The best weekends are those that are filled with friends and family, with food & drinks, with laughs and happy times, where you wake up on Sunday morning feeling both exhausted and refreshed.
 
Love those weekends.
 
 
Friday night: drag queen bingo with the girls


 
Saturday night: lions preseason game with my favorite boys


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Let's Go On An Adventure

Our house has been overrun with kids.
 
A couple of neighbors have their grandkids visiting for weeks and weeks and since there are limited toys at gramma's, our house has been the hotspot. I love that my kids have so many other kids to play with, but at any given time there are at least seven kids under eight running from room to room leaving wakes of destruction in their paths.
 
We couldn't do another day of it, so Clay and I decided to get up super early Sunday morning, load up the car with only our kids, and head somewhere. Anywhere.
 
After a couple hours of driving, we ended up at Michigan's Adventure
 
As luck would have it, my brother- and sister-in-law had been planning a trip on this very Sunday so we spent the day with family, riding rollercoasters and water slides and picnic-ing and winning prizes and it just what we needed.
 









 
Best spontaneous summer-vacay trip ever.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Easy & Amazing Uses for Oregano Essential Oil

 
Oregano essential oil is basically a wonder oil. 
Anti errythang: antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, antiparasitic.
 
Basically it'll fight off whatever gross germs you or your children come in contact with.
 
As expected, it's very strong and hot - both on the skin and in the mouth. It cannot be applied to children's skin without a carrier oil and it cannot be taken orally for more than 10 days. If taking orally, this might be a good oil for using in empty gel caps.  In some studies, it has shown to be as effective as antibiotics at controlling staph infections and MRSA. Think about that: therapeutic grade oregano essential oil could replace antibiotics and doctors visits. It's definitely worth the try.
 

As parents who are at the gym daily, with kids playing all sorts of sports, going in and out of locker rooms and gym showers means more risk of athlete's foot and plantar warts.  For a plantar wart: directly apply a q-tip with a drop of oregano essential oil, for athlete's foot: mix a few drops into a small handful of coconut oil and massage into feet; do both of these twice daily as needed.

If you feel like you are coming down with the flu, rub a mixture of oregano essential oil and coconut oil on the bottom of your feet to help boost your immune system. 

Diffuse throughout your home every. single. day. of the winter months to remove viral pathogens; we're taking all those airborne cold and flu viruses kids bring home from school or coworkers bring into the office.

Drink 1 drop of oregano mixed with a teaspoon of honey and 8 ounces of water for a natural cough remedy.

It's an antifungal, so mix 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle of water and spray it in the corners of your shower to prevent mold.
 
If your dog gets a tick, a drop of oregano oil applied to the tick with a q-tip with immediately kill it.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July's Favorite Things

1. this man.
2. jessica wakefield: the original baddest bitch

3. crazy hair day
4. silly bob the circus clown

5. narls' note asking clay & me to join his book club
6. em's getting fancy for our evening walk

7. new hair!

8. puppy playdates

Monday, July 28, 2014

A League of Her Own

 
Another baseball season ended for Em and her TownSquare Media teammates. This division went a bit longer than others because they had so many rained out games to make up.

 
It was a pleasure watching this beautiful girl play.

 
She's so healthy and strong and confident...

 
and silly!

 
She played hard this season, despite having to miss almost all of the Wednesday night practices because of her ballet class, a class that started nine months prior.

 
Ballet versus baseball- that's a big debate in our home.

 
We're working on it though. Striving to find a balance. Giving her the opportunity to do both. Working hard to teach her that throwing like a girl is an amazing thing, that dance is more about athleticism than tutus and recital makeup.

 
Raising a little girl is hard.

 
Raising her so that she retains her health and strength and confidence throughout her youth and puberty and into adulthood is even harder.

 
♥ ♥ ♥
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