Tuesday, December 1, 2015

that fall sickness...


between fevers and allergy issues, this fall has been quite nasty in the sickness department. 

but let me just say... i am so thankful that i've found essential oils! 

when i'm starting to feel my allergies acting up - sinus pressure, headache, earache - i'll always start with a few capsules. making my own capsules is truly one of the best ways to ensure that essential oils get into your system. 

my capsules consist of a few drops (usually 3, sometimes more depending on how often i'm taking them and how bad i'm feeling) of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. if i'm feeling "extra" sickly, i'll add in a few drops of thieves to combat any other sickness hanging out, as well as a few drops of copaiba to help ease the pain of any headaches or earaches. 

i'm also constantly diffusing, whether i'm in the living room watching tv or studying, in the kitchen cooking dinner, or even while sleeping at night. i usually always add R.C. to the diffuser while i'm sick, as it helps to support the immune system and healthy lung function.

making your own "germ" sprays are so simple! i always hated smelling not only the alcohol of hand sanitizers but the chemicals that were attached each time you sprayed something for germs. so i made my own! 

in a 2oz spray bottle, i combined a few drops of thieves, purification, and orange, along with some tap water and a pinch of salt (helps to displace the oils!). you can use it on your hands, on doorknobs, even on countertops! it's the perfect disinfectant spray - and it's all natural.  

i've also made a bottle of just thieves essential oil. i keep it with me at all times, so no matter where i'm at, i have the ability to keep those nasty germs at bay!

how are you all handling the sicknesses that have invaded your home? healthily, i hope! 

continue to be well, folks!

Friday, November 6, 2015


we've finally made a decision on choosing the carpeting for the stairs that head towards the basement! yay! we also decided to just go ahead and carpet the basement as well in an effort to make it feel even "cozier". 

everything will be re-painted in the basement, and we're going for neutral colors. a soft white trim, a light taupe on the walls, a coordinating taupe on the mantle of the fireplace. i believe that the carpet will be able to tie everything in without making it seem too dark... i hope! 

we've also been slowly but steadily putting loads of gravel on both the main and garage driveways. i honestly didn't think that it would make such a difference, but it truly has!

i also decided that if we were going to spruce up the yard, i just couldn't leave the mailbox out! so, we purchased a new mailbox - bigger, of course, that fits my amazon packages! - and added a few address decals. 

i've thought about not only painting the post but adding some more gravel to the bottom as well. i know that i could always "make it prettier", but let's be honest, i do NOT have time for that. so, something a bit simpler should do! 

any suggestions? :) 

be well!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

quinoa breakfast bites

breakfast... although i love it on the weekends (10:30am french toast, anyone?), i find it difficult to prepare on the weekdays. usually i make a generous batch of heidi powell's protein waffles, where i freeze them and just pop it in the toaster oven in the morning... but sometimes i just want something a little different without spending a lot of time. 

see, i'm one of those "barely make it out of bed" people. i've tried the "getting up early" thing, but let me just tell you, it is not in the cards for me. i much prefer laying in bed with my puppies then getting up when it's still dark out... no thank you!

and since i've gone gluten free, i've found it a little more difficult to just grab something from the office kitchen - because i can't just pick up a breakfast bar, bagel, or english muffin anymore. so while digging through the cupboards the other morning, i came up with the following... 

quinoa breakfast bites

1/3 C cooked quinoa
1/3 C cooked sausage

handful of the following: 
spinach or kale
green onions

dash of the following: 

step one: 
cook quinoa. 
i like to roast them in a pan with some salt, pepper, and a little olive oil first.
once they turn a rich tan color and a nutty smell emits, add water (i use chicken broth) and cook 15 minutes.

step two: 
cook sausage.

step three: 
in a small mixing bowl, combine egg, tomatoes, spinach, green onions, quinoa, sausage, salt and pepper, and sriracha. 

step four:
make into patties. 
let each side cook for 1-2 minutes, flipping once.

you could also add some cottage cheese or cheddar cheese, or even switch out the sausage with bacon. there's so many different options that can be made!

i made larger patties for yesterday morning, but also made some smaller ones to freeze for later this week. i guess we'll see how well they turn out reheated!


falling into fall

well, since the leaves are changing and the breeze is cooler, i'm going to go ahead and say it... i can't believe that it's already fall. i know, how cliche, right? but... here's the thing. with fall comes a harsh realization... sometimes you learn that the hardest thing about life is realizing who really has your best interests at heart and who doesn't. 

i've said this phrase so many times in my life that i honestly didn't realize what it meant until your heart has absolutely had enough and finally declares, "i'm done". you see how some people will always hold you to a higher standard than others around you, making you feel as if you'll never be good enough. this is where the word "de-clutter" comes into play... 

i'm done with the clutter in my life. i've slowly come to realize what's important and what's not, and with that comes a great sense of pride. you understand that your time is the greatest gift of all, so why waste it on something meaningless that's never going to give you what you want? go through your schedule and determine what you're giving the most time to. is it worth it? if not, change it! yes, change can be difficult in a busy household with children and parents going in fifty different directions, but would you rather be going through motions or actually living your life? 

i'm done with the clutter residing in my home. do i really need fifty different tupperware containers? or fifteen different sets of sheets? or 20 random blankets? okay, maybe this one is the fact we're moving across the country soon... either way, purging the clutter from your home will make you feel lighter, happier, and more importantly, healthier. we're so used to buying things to make our lives easier, but in all honesty, does it really make your life easier? or does it just take up space, creating dust, only to be used on certain occasions? simplicity is key!

i'm done with the clutter in my relationships. there are those you have to weed out after realizing that they really don't care for you or your feelings. we all have them in our life: those who are there only when they need something and conveniently disappear when you need their help. it's mentally exhausting, spending your time and emotions on people who don't do the same for you. you just have to remember... you - and you're time - are better than that. you deserve to have people in your life who are not only completely honest but want to be there for you.

be happy. say yes. enjoy this life - it's the only one you have.

live happily,
act justly,
love wholeheartedly.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

to essential oil, or not to essential oil...

remember how in my last post, i was talking about how we'll never really know if something works for us if we don't try it out first? 

yes, well... *raises hand*... i'm totally guilty of that... especially when things seem so foreign. 

what are these so called 'essential oils'? 
how are they supposed to help me, exactly? 
how do they even work?

my story into the world of essential oils starts here: liberty.

when we had first adopted this precious little girl, she was absolutely ridden with tick and flea bites. there were nickel sized lumps all over her neck and back, and after taking her to the vet, we learned that they weren't infected, she just had a hard time healing.

a very good friend of ours had recently started into the young living phenomenon, and after i had done some research for my own personal gains, i realized that this might be able to help our littlest rescue. she had recommended to use the essential oil thieves because not only is it used for a healthy immune system but is also used as a daily regimen for just staying healthy. 

well, who could say no to that, right?! after receiving a sample from said friend, i applied a few drops (mixed with coconut oil) to her wounds throughout the day, and what do you know... they healed right up in just a matter of days. DAYS, you guys! 

i had tried EVERYTHING! antibiotic ointments, washes, etc... and nothing was even touching it except this oil. that's when i knew that if it could help my fur-babies in such a positive way, there was honestly no way that i could convince myself that they couldn't work for me.

so, i ordered my premium starter kit, stalked fedex, and jumped for joy when it arrived!

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be well!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

that gluten free madness!

let's be honest here... i love food.

pasta, bread, bacon, sweet potatoes, chocolate... everything feasible for consumption, i've probably tried (and liked)... except mayonnaise. yuck.

in May, i was diagnosed with PCOS, and combined with my endometriosis... i'm in a lot of pain, both physically and mentally. while i was in a meeting with my doctor, he had mentioned the possibility of adding a certain restriction to my diet.

although i'm already eating healthy-ish, i was losing weight, and feeling (what i thought) was great. so when the words "low carb" and "gluten free" were cited, my eyes grew wide. but what about my precious pasta?! my delicious bread?! AND POTATOES! yikes.

i shrugged off the idea, because frankly, i didn't even want to attempt at getting rid of all those delicious food items... until now.

i'm tired.
i hurt.
my hormones are driving me crazy.
i can't sleep.

i'm complaining, i know, which i hate to do. it's just... people don't get it. they don't get that you're mentally stable at one second and the next you're questioning every decision you've ever made. because you don't have any "physical" symptoms, they seem to believe that "you're fine" and "it's all in your head".

well, frankly, i'm sick of feeling so... yucky, thus i've decided to make quite a few changes.

number one being the entire "gluten free" phenomenon.

after conducting some - let's be honest... a lot - of research, i decided to just try it. i understand that what may work for one person won't always work for the other, but how are we ever going to know if it works if we haven't even tried it?

i'm not here to give you all these scientific facts and definitions about why it works and what it does, but i will tell you this: anything that basically means "glue", i'm going to assume that it's not exactly healthy for your gut.

and trust me... everyone wants their lower halves working quite smoothly, if you get my drift. all carbs aren't bad and i'm sure all gluten isn't bad, either. but, to see and hear about all the testimonials for PCOS and endometriosis, well, i just can't help but to hope that this may make a small dent in my health.

oh, and that second change... well... it's about my newest adventure - essential oils! but that, my friends, is going to need a much bigger blog post to talk about. catch it later this week about young living and how it's - so far - making positive changes in both mine and my pups lives.

but, hey, i AM here to tell you that i'll be documenting this journey not only on this blog but my instagram as well. feel free to check it out and see how we're all coming along!

be well.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

the pursuit of happiness

we've been asked countless times why we've chosen the west as our next residence, and well, the answer is quite simple: why not?! okay, okay, I admit... it wasn't that easy. in all honesty, for the past few months while I was very heavily weighing this decision, it was the only location that kept coming back to me each time I thought about it. 

I'd go to look at houses, or jobs, and somehow I'd always put in the Flagstaff/Sedona area of Arizona. I never knew that's where I wanted to be, but as I've learned to accept it, sometimes these things just happen, as a push of confidence. you just always have to trust that little voice inside your heart. 

"for I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 
jeremiah 29:11

and honestly... let's face it... who wouldn't want to live in such a beautiful place? not only are we given the opportunity to visit the places below, but there's also the grand canyon national park, petrified forest national park, and Lake Mead, which sits on the Nevada border. I cannot wait for all the adventuring to start!


go out and be happy, folks. you deserve it!

Monday, August 3, 2015

that outdoor life

so, as we're looking through the house, both inside and out, I'm attempting to visualize what I want our humble abode to look like to appeal to potential buyers... and I have to say, I'm enjoying what I'm "seeing".

there are so many possibilities, but the last thing that I want to do is to get overwhelmed and plan for "too much". as we all know, pinterest can be quite lovely... but other times, may give us a rush of information and ideas that just aren't justifiable. SO. I'm attempting to think in a more relaxed manner... as in... what would be the easiest thing to do with the least amount of work?!

well, a simple white rock layer with some easy to control, shade loving hostas and ferns will hopefully do the trick.

 I'll also want to incorporate a few other things as well - such as the old, rusty tonka truck we have sitting in our front yard and the remaining pots from last seasons "ideas".

since fall and winter is coming (can you believe it's already August?!), I've decided to add some plentifall pansies to brighten up the outside. from what I've read, they survive below-zero temps with little damage and have the ability to spread up to 18". after even more research, I've found that cyclamen is another nice flower that's not only gorgeous but survives those awful winter temps. 

and of course... saving the best for last... ornamental kale and cabbage! I can grow it through the fall and winter with minimal care, which lets be honest, is exactly what I need. 

 I'm hopeful that all this will play out to our favor - but who knows - our minds seem to change so much that we may just end up finding something different at our local green house!

don't be afraid to get your hands a little dirty!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

life, love, and liberty

sometimes I wonder what really goes on inside our heads... 

"want to sell our house?" ... okay!
"how about we move?" ...okay! 
"...across the country?" ... okay!

aaaaaand here's the kicker... 

"hey, I know we're in the middle of home renovations and getting rid of 60% of our possessions, but... wanna rescue a dog?" ...okay!

welcome to our absolutely insane, crazy beautiful, highly adored life, Miss Liberty! you are a 9 month old chocolate lab who's only wish in this world is to be loved - and well, friends, as most of you know... that is what we were born to do.

although she's not quite sure on why this Mia chick is so hyper and has to jump constantly; and why this happy Kona girl keeps pestering her to play... she enjoys watching them from the safety of the couch. she also HAS to stay right next to her momma at all times... so needless to say, she's fitting in quite well. 

she's quite shy; I've yet to hear her bark (we didn't hear Mia bark for at least two weeks, I believe); I have to coax her through the doorways into the house and bedrooms; she's still not sure how to get off the bed in the mornings; her entire body wags with a rush of happiness anytime you speak to her; and most of all... she's so thankful she just can't stop giving you kisses. 

as the saying goes, "whoever says money can't buy you happiness, has obviously never paid an adoption fee", has never been so true. 

take the time to love your pets a little harder tonight, friends!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

the turning points of life

since we've had quite a few questions regarding our current state of life changes, I thought I would answer the majority of those questions now while I still have the opportunity to do so... 

yes, we're selling our house. 

because we're looking forward to a new chapter in our lives. 

no, I'm not pregnant. 

yes, I'm sure. 

the relationship Zack and I share is stronger than ever. 

we haven't decided where we're moving to... yet. although we have some places in mind, we're not yet ready to share them with the world. 

am I missing anything? no? okay, good. 

while we appreciate the love, generosity, and support that has been given to us these last four years, we're ready to move on to the next stage of our life. we've both craved for the opportunity to experience something new; something adventurous; something that we both have not yet done and are able to experience together.

we've both done so much for others along the way that it's now time to finally do something for ourselves. Zack has mentioned to me, countless times over the past few years, about the possibility of moving somewhere new and exciting, which I've always shrugged off because I just wasn't comfortable with the decision.

but now, here we are, hundreds of miles away from each other, thinking the same things, conspiring together in a way that has made both of us even more grateful for one another. I cannot even begin to count the number of times a pull has been tugged on my heart, whispering these thoughts, these ideas, these supportive words of encouragement... that it's okay, it's the right thing, it's going to work out. that we're ready.

and I'm trusting that voice. for so long, I was so unhappy with where I was in life and what I was doing. I know, I know, practically no one is truly 100% happy with everything in their life, but I want to make it as close as possible to that 100%. I'm in a groove, and finally, I see a clear path.

all we ask is that you keep us in your prayers and thoughts, and remember: we're a young couple with no kids who wishes to experience the United States in a way most of you have not had the opportunity to do. we're not comfortable with settling for something when we know we're bound for greater things, and hopefully, that's something that all of you can understand.

peace and blessings, y'all. :)

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