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Veggie Tales Review and $25 GIVEAWAY!!!

I am so excited to be able to share this post today!

Not only do I get to tell you about the PERFECT kids movie for this Christmas, but I also get to share a $25 gift card giveaway for a lucky winner!

We watched Veggie Tale’s new movie, “Beauty and the Beet”.

So so so cute!

The kids loved it.  It was a GREAT story about loving others, even when they aren’t all that lovable.

It’s a great, heart warming story with a Christmas theme.  Your kids will love the fun songs and funny jokes and you will love the Biblical base of the movie.

It’s always nice to be able to pop in a movie without worrying that it may have something inappropriate in it!

This goes beyond being a “safe” movie.  It helps to instill the meaning of unconditional love and kindness towards those around us.

If you can’t tell, we are FANS!!!

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Now I would love to offer one of you a $25 gift card to Family Christian Stores (online or at any of their local shops!).

Take a peek at their website…SUCH cute items.  Perfect for helping with your gift list!

To enter, simply follow the instructions below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

vera wilson - November 23, 2014 - 11:30 pm

Thanks for the contest. Please enter me.

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DIY: Stamp & Paint Baby Sleeper

DIY: Stamp & Paint Baby Sleeper

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This is a simple tutorial on how to snazzy up a plain sleeper (or onesie, or t-shirt or pair of pants, or, or, or…)
Step 1: Start with a plain sleeper.
  I found this cute one, brand new at a thrift store.  I loved the simple grey and white stripe design (can’t wait to put it on my bebe!)
 Step 2:  Gather supplies as though you’re a pilgrim gathering food on Thanksgiving day.
  Okay, you don’t have to work that hard.
In fact, you only need three items: your choice of fabric paint, a foam brush and some letter stamps OR stencils.  I found these large stamp letters at Joanne’s on sale one day and had to grab them up and I have used them on tons of projects.
Step 3:  Liberally apply paint to your stamp, and stamp away!
Being careful to make sure you line things up nicely.  Don’t forget to put a piece of cardboard or card stock in the sleeper so the paint doesn’t leak through.
Tah Dah!
 Make sure to follow the instructions on the back of the bottle of fabric paint.  I have found after you let the paint dry really good, laying a towel over top of your design and ironing over the towel heat sets the fabric paint, allowing for more durability.
  Definitely allow for as much time as possible for the paint to dry before you wash it!
How simple and cute is this?
Inexpensive too!
I’d love to see your painted clothing if you get crafty and decide to paint something:)
Happy FRIDAY everyone…
I hope this is the start of a GREAT weekend for you!!!
Friday is by FAR my favorite day of the week.  We always partay like it’s 1999.  Fo ril yo.
Disney movies and juice boxes…here. we. come!!!
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Zucchini Pizza Boats

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The EASIEST recipe you will ever find on the internet.

So easy it’s kind of hilarious that it merits a blog post…but I am that kind of blogger;-)

Zucchini Pizza Boats!!!

Are you ready for this stupid simple recipe?!?

Here goes:

1. Cut zucchini in half length wise.

2. Place on baking sheet.

3. Sprinkle cheese on top.  I used a shredded mozzarella and parmesan blend.

4. Add toppings.  I used small pepperoni’s.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 mins.  Broil for a couple of minutes at the end for browned cheese!


You can also dip in marinara or eat them just like this.

Get in my belly!!!

I mean, if you like zucchini, this is where it is AT my friends.

Please.  Thank you. You’re welcome;-)



The Patriotic Peacock

Sarah - November 7, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Even if you’re not the biggest zuchinni fan it’s getting covered with cheese and pepperoni, this makes zuchini way more appealling and I don’t have kids but I could see this being a good way to get them to eat veggies. :)

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Faux Cookie Dough


Friends.  Have no fear.  This recipe is so YUM!  AND it’s actually 90% healthy…as long as you don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting like I want to do.

Here are the ingredients.  Honey, Quick Oats (not pictured because I am a space cadet), peanut butter, coconut oil, walnuts, mini chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut, protein powder (or powdered milk).


This is a pretty simple and scrumptious recipe. My Mama used to make something very similar called “Granny’s Wholesome Candy”.

I loved it then just as much as I do now!

Start adding the ingredients together…2 cups of quick oats


1 cup of PB


3/4 Cup of mini chocolate chips.  You can use any size, but I have found the mini ones make rolling this into balls a lot easier!  And I like easy things.


1 Cup of Unsweetened Coconut


About 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil…or one huge heaping one if you like “easy” and don’t feel like measuring;-)


1/2 cup of honey…but I will be honest, I just squeeze until it looks like enough!


1 heaping scoop of vanilla protein powder (or powdered milk).  I love Isagenix but any brand will work!




Add walnus and mix mix mix until all ingredients are moist.


Pop in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (this will be key in creating easy, good looking balls!).


Then, start rolling!




You can eat them right away, or put them in the fridge to get colder.  I actually keep mine in the freezer!  I LOVE mine super cold and it almost tastes like a peanut butter cookie dough ice cream ball.  Hello….doesn’t that sound beyond yum?!

Yeah- that’s because it is.


Make sure to get a good taste tester on board.  Mine was happy any willing to give me a hand.


These are great for snacking, breakfast, as an energy booster before a work out, or if you have kids, this will be the boost you need to keep up with them…maybe paired with a huge cup o’ coffee.  Yes Mam.  Now we are talking!


Leave it to me to actually GAIN weight from something that is supposed to be a healthy alternative!  They are just THAT good.  Especially if you like cookie dough. And especially if you just like food in general.  And I LOVE food.  LOVE. IT.


I stick mine in a tupperwear and pop them in the freezer.  I love having these little guys handy!  They make great buddies, and after school snacks, and midnight snacks…and anytime snacks!



Here’s the printable version y’all!



Kimberly M. - October 20, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Just curious…do you know about how much a scoop of protein powder is? I don’t have that on hand, but I do have powdered milk.


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Mirror Makeover

I love a before and after…sometimes I will just sit on Pinterest and look at all kinds of before and afters.  There is something invigorating about seeing the transformation of something, anything, into something pretty or useful or fun to look at!

When I found these two shiny, outdated mirrors at TJMaxx on clearance, I had to grab them because I had big plans.

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I taped the edges on the inside.


Then I gave them a coat of chalk paint that I found at ACMoore. It’s Folk Art brand and it was $7.99, but I used my 40% coupon…making it, super cheap (I am not good at math-ha!).



I also grabbed some dark wax made by Folk Art and I brushed it on and wiped it off really good.  I did this until I got the look I wanted, which was an antique, beachy, drift wood look. IMG_8318 IMG_8319

Then I hung them up!  I still want to add some chairs, or vases, or something underneath, but this is my start and it only costs me $35 for everything!

Ta da!

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Now, onto the next transformation!


Nikki - September 24, 2014 - 1:15 am

These turned out great! I really like the finish that you chose, and you can’t beat that price!

Paula Kathlyn - October 2, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Thank you! They were so ugly on the bottom shelf at the store. A little paint goes a longggg way ;)

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flu bomb

Feeling flu-ish?

Even if you aren’t, keep this recipe handy for when you are!

The flu bomb concoction from DoTerra essential oils is a great way to start feeling better.

You can mix it in a veggie cap, or take it like a shot by mixing with a little water and chugging it down.  It won’t taste good, but no pain, no gain…right?!?!

I mean, I will seriously do just about anything to help me feel better when I am miserable!

If you need the essential oils to create the Flu Bomb, click here.

Want 25% off of your order? Click the “join” button in the top right corner and order as a Wellness Advocate!

Interested in learning more about oils or starting your own oily business?  Contact me!

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Oil of the Day: OnGuard


On Guard is dōTERRA’s unique, proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function. Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. On Guard, with its unique aroma, is one of our most versatile blends. It is also safe to use on counter tops, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces, or to purify the atmosphere by diffusing. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

I have been diffusing this non stop this weekend, as well as using topically on all of us!

A very nasty respiratory illness is making its rounds and we just can not have it in our home with all of our kids being 5 and under, and especially having a newborn!  OnGuard is our preventative best friend right now, and here are many reasons why it should be yours!

Let’s dissect this blend by taking each oil and looking at the benefits:

Wild Orange: Cold-pressed from the orange peel, wild orange is excellent for energizing and revitalizing. It is also commonly used as an effective tool for uplifting mood, as well as for its wonderful citrusy aroma. 

Clove: This oil is much more than a popular cooking spice, it is a favorite among both health care professionals and health conscious individuals for its many useful and healing properties. It is also a powerful antioxidant.

Cinnamon: Well-known for its use as a spice, Cinnamon Essential Oil also has many therapeutic benefits. It promotes circulation, helping to alleviate aches and pains, builds and maintains a healthy immune system and has long been used to flavor food and for its internal health benefits.

Eucalyptus: Because of the many influential compounds found in eucalyptus, it is a key ingredient in cough and throat medicines and chest ointments. Eucalyptus is used widely both for its calming and clearing properties as well as to ease breathing.

Rosemary: Considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews, Rosemary has been revered by healers for centuries for its digestive uses and for muscle aches and pains.


When all of these are mixed together, they provide a strong POW of immune boosting goodness!

DoTerra has an entire line of products that contain OnGuard (because it is THAT great!).

Flu season is coming.  I have never had the flu vaccine and neither have my kids (and they will never get it).  But I am proactive in trying to keep them healthy.  So far, none of us have ever had the flu and I pray that it stays that way.  That is why we will be diffusing and using OnGuard all all fall and winter!

Ways to Use OnGuard:

1.  Use OnGuard on the soles of feet!  Why the feet?  By using oils on the feet, it can more quickly absorb into the blood stream.  The easiest and quickest way to use OnGuard on your feet (and your kiddos) would be to make an oil concoction in a roll on by adding 2 parts OnGuard essential oil with 1 part fractioned coconut oil (both can be found here).

2.  Use it to make your own foaming hand wash (or purchase it already made here).

3.  Diffuse in a diffuser to kill airborne pathogens and to boost immunity!  Don’t have a diffuser?  Take a look at DoTerra’s here!

4.  Mix a few drops in a cup of water and gargle for sore throat.

5.  Make a disinfectant spray by mixing about 12-15 drops of OnGuard for every 6oz oz of water. Use the spray in place of hand sanitizer and antibacterial sprays!  Great for wiping down door knobs, counters, grocer cart handles, light switches, and any other surface that is germy!

6.  Create a Flu Bomb and use at the first sign of sickness.  Mix 5 drops OnGuard, 3 drops Oregano, 5 drops of Melaleuca, 5 Drops lemon oil, add these oils to an empty gel cal and take internally. You can take these every three or four hours. For kids, try 1 drop of Oregano, Melaleuca and OnGuard diluted with a carrier oil on the bottom of their feet.

7.  Diffusing this in your home not only helps rid your house of germs and sickness, but it also smells AMAZING! Like fall and Christmas in a bottle.    The smell of a candle with the benefit of health!  Winning!

And just remember, I am not a doctor (surprise surprise!).  This information is my own personal experience and advice.

For ordering info, visit my DoTerra website here, or contact me!

Want to save 25% on all of your oils?  Follow this link and click “join” to order as a Wellness Advocate!

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Essential Oil of the Day: Fennel

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There are so many great uses for Fennel.

The best one for new mom’s is that it can help increase your breast milk production!  Isn’t that amazing?  Simply rub a drop around the breast, avoiding the nipple area, and watch the milk flow;)

It also has been called the Oil of Responsibility as it has been known to help with feelings of defeat or times when you are feeling overwhelmed.

This oil is also good for digestive issues, hormonal balance, weight loss, PMS, bruising, kidney stones.

You can apply directly to the stomach area or inhale from the bottle.

Fennel is also found in DoTerra’s oil blend called DigestZen that can also help with digestive issues.

To learn more about these oils and for purchasing info:

*Remember, I am not a doctor!  This is my own information that I enjoy sharing because oils are a big part of my family’s lifestyle.  Use the oils at your own discretion!

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