• Best Christmas Gifts for Boys
    Family,  Holidays

    Minecraft Christmas

    Are you stumped about what to get your kids for Christmas this year? Looking for some Christmas gift ideas for boys? As a mother of four boys, me drop a hint for Christmas. My boys are all about Minecraft. Minecraft is the new big thing. So when I asked them weeks ago to make a Christmas list, it appeared from glancing at their wish lists that it was destined to be a Minecraft Christmas.   Minecraft In case you don’t have time to watch your kids play, Minecraft is a pretty neat game. You can do creative mode and build anything you can imagine. It’s similar to building with Legos,…

  • Kinetic Sand
    Crafts for Kids,  Family

    DIY Kinetic Sand

    Edible Kinetic Sand I’ve been trying various Pinterest inspired ideas lately. Partly out of curiosity to see if they really are as good as they sound (cool beans, thus far, most are). But it’s also partly to entertain, while simultaneously educating, my kids. I think back to when I was in elementary school. Preschool. And all that jazz. And I think about all the fun I had. Playing dress up. Going on dinosaur digs. Dancing around the classroom with the chairs pushed against the walls while we had a Cinderella’s ball and watched the movie. Good times. But times have DRASTICALLY changed, I will say that. Nowadays, it’s all about…

  • Family

    Too Much Sugar During the Holidays

    Too Much Sugar Last night, we attended a trunk or treat at a local church. And it was AMAZING. Halloween candy for DAYS. My kids had a blast. They got to spend quality time with me and my husband and one set of grandparents. They played a lot of games, won some prizes, and ran around to burn off some energy beneath the sanctuary. And in the process, they scored enough Halloween treats to last them into the New Year.  This was sort of a mixed blessing, considering my children don’t normally get a ton of sweets. As parents, my husband and I do a pretty fair game of limiting…

  • Essential Oil Recipes,  Family

    Lavender Hot Chocolate

    Lavender Hot Chocolate The weather today is a bit chillier than the day before. Which I love. Finally, after months of heat, we in the South are entering that blessed season called fall. Autumn. Leaves are changing. Temperatures are dropping. And it’s a hot beverage and soup kind of day. I absolutely love hot chocolate. Who doesn’t? Although my husband would choose hot cider over chocolate any day, I don’t hold it against him. I actually found an excellent recipe for cider and posted it some months earlier which you can see here.   Sometimes I’m in the mood for plain hot chocolate. But today, I was in the mood…

  • Essential Oil Recipes,  Family

    Healthy Thin Mint Shake

    Healthy Thin Mint Shake We all love chocolate. Or at least, I do. But I’ll be the first to admit, it’s far too easy to over indulge. This thin mint shake, though? ZERO Guilt because it’s nutrition with ZERO yuck. When you’re on a health food diet / clean eating kick / healthy lifestyle change, like yours truly, you have to limit treats. I get that. You have goals. Luckily, this shake is only tastes like it’s sinful and full of sugar, but it’s truly an example of chocolaty nutrition at its best! It uses Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete- Chocolate. And that gives it the decadent chocolate flavor.  …

  • Shower Melts
    Essential Oil Gifts,  Family

    DIY Shower Melts

    Shower Melts Shower melts are a great way to end your day whenever find yourself craving a little “me” time after a long day at work. Perfect for the responsible adult who wants a way to wind down naturally, without the aid of medicine or alcohol, so they opt instead for a steamy shower, followed by some comforting apple cider or a calming lavender spritzer. If this sounds like you, then these quick and easy, DIY shower melts are a dream! Combine with a cup of Chai made with a combination of oils like cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, and you’ve got the makings of a wonderful evening in! Essential Oils in Every Day…

  • Essential Oil Gifts,  Essential Oils,  Family

    Relaxing Lavender Bath

    Lavender. One of my all time favorite essential oils that Young Living actually carries it in two forms: regular and vitality. And for the purpose of this relaxing lavender bath recipe, either or can be used. Young Living Vitality Young Living‘s entire vitality line, the bottles made easily distinguishable by their white labels, can be used for dietary purposes- as well as placed in a diffuser to be misted gently into the air. And lavender is known to be soothing. Calming. It can also add just a subtle hint of flavor- though just the right amount, when used correctly. Those of you that tried my Orange Zest and Lavender Muffins…