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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DIY Cleaning Wipes


If you read here for a while, you may or may not know a little known fact about me…I love to clean! I mean, I REALLY enjoy cleaning and the feeling of accomplishment and a clean house, a flawless bathtub, a shiny refrigerator. There's something about vacuuming, wiping down my counters, folding laundry, dusting and tidying up that makes me feel at peace. Truly, it's tough for me to settle or sit with dishes in the sink. Yes, a blessing and a curse! Anyone who knows me likely finds it irritating that I like things taken care of before sitting and socializing. I can socialize AND put away the dishes, can't I? I'm not trying to make you feel uncomfortable, I just want these things tended to and then I can really relax. Sorry friends, it is what it is! Am I the only one?

So, as you can imagine, I love a good DIY cleaning tutorial! When I came
across the idea of making myown cleaning wipes, I had to give them a try!
More economical than the usual suspects, using a essential oil and vinegar, why not give them a try? I was happy to see they were as easy to make as they are to use!


  • Paper towels
  • Container 
  • Vinegar
  • Essential oil
  1. Cut your paper towels in half and
  2. Insert into your container.
  3. Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup water and 6-8 drops of essential oil.
  4. Slowly pour vinegar/water mix on the paper towels, allow time to absorb and continue to saturate.
  5. Eventually the towels will pull away from tube in center
  6. Pull cardboard out and remove
  7. Pull paper towels from the center through your containers opening
I found that this was a great cleaner for Windows (lots of doggie prints) and stainless steel handles and fingerprints

These are much more economical than the brands out there and much more environmentally friendly!

One more thing, if you are interested in learning more about doTERRA essential oils, Healthy Appetites! offers health coaching and incorporates oils into their practice as well! You can check out Healthy Appetities here!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy May!

I'm back! I hope you guys had a great weekend!  Our vacation week was great, just what we hoped for! Relaxing, productive and fun. A mix of everything. We spent time with both family and friends, we played, we laughed and we just relished being all together. My husband even had a couple of days off to spend with us, it was so nice. Sometimes life is just too busy and it's nice to have a break and regroup. We did just that! 

Now, we are back to reality. Back to the schedule and our routine (although, admittedly it takes a few days before we can really get back to it). We are excited for warmer, brighter days and to see the SUN! We're excited that this final stretch of school will likely fly by, as it always does. This period of time, May and June usually goes by at warp speed, something I find both exciting and scary. I'm definitely excited for our Summer vacation but as always, it's scary to think how fast time is passing and another year of school will soon be just a memory. 

May and June also bring two birthdays, my soon to be 12 year old's turn is first, exactly one week from today! After that, our soon to be 8 year old at the end of June. Yes, those years keep on rolling on, a fact that's bittersweet. 

I still go back to the days after I just had my first. An older woman approached me and told me to enjoy it, because it flies by. At the time, I was a new Mom, loving the early days but still dizzy from the lack of sleep, late night feedings and dirty diapers. I remember thinking this stage would last forever and at times, it seemed to but eventually those stages past. Every stage is different and presents it's challenges. We do make it through difficult times. I remind myself you have to work in order to get to the really good moments...

the moments that matter
those that take our breath away 
the moments we never want to forget

So I remember that women with appreciation and fondness.  I remember to take it all in, spend the time with THEM and slow down. These are the days I'll cherish forever. When my girls are grown, with families and priorities of their own, I'll ask them to do the same. As a mother, I feel like it's my responsibility to tell them of these things, just as I was lucky enough to have someone remind me. 
Breath deeply in challenging times, count to ten when you're at your wit's end. Smile and enjoy the moments. Remember their faces, take in their expressions, connect with them. Most importantly, take it ALL in, for these days won't last. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Kindle Fire Giveaway
Mother's Day Kindle Fire Giveaway
An awesome group of bloggers and authors have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!
One lucky winner will receive...
A Kindle Fire + Amazon Gift Code to fill it will ebooks ($250 Value)
Alternately the winner can choose $250 in Paypal Cash
  Thanks for this fabulous group of authors & bloggers who have sponsored this giveaway! Sponsor List: I Am A Reader Simple Wyrdings Kimber Leigh Wheaton Cynthia Luhrs Author Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and More Heather Boyd, Historical Romance Author Krysten Lindsay Hager author Diana's Book Reviews Every Free Chance Books FLYLÄ“F Book Reviews Tamara Gill Love. Without You The Page Unbound Glistering Bs Blog Joshua David Bellin A Leisure Moment Toi Thomas Helen Smith Megan Tayte (romance author) My Crazy Bookish Life The Serious Reader Cool Cat Mysteries Barefoot by the Sea inspiredbooksguide Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf Author Mary Ting Lori's Reading Corner Beth M. Honeycutt Jennifer Bardsley Heather Gray The Candid Cover Author Dorothy Dreyer  
Giveaway Details: Kindle Fire + Amazon Gift Code ($250 value) or $250 in Paypal Cash, Ends 5/7/16. Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified.

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Happy Weekending!

Monday, April 25, 2016


Vacation Week!  It's here!  Yes, we are SO READY for a break from school, the routine, the craziness of the last few weeks.  School vacation is here and the girls are excited but I may be even MORE excited!  No major plans this week but relaxing, Spring cleaning, getting outside a bit, that's all on the agenda!  The girls are excited for a low key week. They don't go back until May 2nd! MAY! After Spring break time seems to fly at warp-speed. At that point they will only have 32.5 days left and Summer will be well within reach!

With that, I'll be a little more low key this week but I'll be reading and hopefully getting some posts up!  Have a great week!
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