Relocation Pending

Out to eat. My dad loves Chinese so we are taking him to an all you can eat hibachi. ???? #boymomIts been a sweet weekend spending time with family. Celebrating my Dads birthday… taking in the sunshine and so forth. We will be traveling with them this week some too. No place far :) – but still a place to retreat and enjoy some family time.

With that comes some time to think about what to do with this blog :) I’m very conflicted… Seems so silly to be conflicted over a blog but there is 10 years of history here… part of me wants to stay… but a big part of me thinks its time to move on.

I’m leaning towards moving my writings over to Graceforthat.com

Not 100% sure yet… but time will tell. Don’t worry though, this blog wont be deleted any time soon either way.

Read more of my thoughts on why I am considering the move on Grace for that. Do comment and say hello :)

Essential Oils for Allergies

I have been meaning to post this diffusing combo… but just kept forgetting. There is a sale going on though over at Rocky Mountain Oils for 15% off a good number of oils… and two of the oils they have on sale are oils I diffuser for allergies. I have pet allergies. Cat, dog, horse (although I don’t have a horse, when we are around horses, its bad). I also have had some spring allergies this year (boo!). So instead of surviving on Benedryl I have found that diffusing 3 specific oils throughout the day, helps to keep my allergies at bay (that totally rhymed).

So here is what I do.

Great Diffusing Blend of Essential Oils for AllergiesI diffuse the following oils:
(for 8 ounces of water) – this diffuses for at least 3-4 hours. Just in case you are curious. You don’t really need to diffuse for more than an hour at a time any way. A lot of people think you have to diffuse all day for it to take affect. That isn’t true. I never diffuse for longer than what an 8 ounce amount of water provides. Only time I would is if I had a sick child with the croup or cold. So for this combo below you could diffuse it for an hour, shut the diffuser off if you want, then cut it back on later on in the day. A little bit goes a long way with these oils. Don’t let the prices scare you away. I’ve had the same bottle of peppermint for almost a year now.

2 drops Lavender
3 drops Peppermint
2 drops Lemon

If this is to strong, you can use less drops of oil. I use the CLOUD Aroma Diffuser(I have both the small and large one. I love both) It fills our larger living space… so I find a few extra drops makes for a better strength smell in diffusing.

You can also apply these to the bottom of your feet or even just breathe them in using an inhaler wick. I buy my inhalers from a local shop but Amazon has them too.

All of those oils are staples IMO. If you are new to Essential Oils, get those 3. I use them often. If you want you can read my more informative Essential Oil post, that explains some of the other benefits of those 3 oils HERE.

Again the sale is OVER HERE.

The coupon code you use is SPRING15 – for 15% off the following oils (good through MAY 1st): tea tree, orange, pine, cypress, lavender, eucalyptus radiata, citronella, peppermint, juniper berry, oregano, thyme, and cinnamon bark.

Disclosure: The above post contains affiliate linking to Amazon & Rocky Mountain Oils. This in no way affects the opinions on these oils. I have used their oils for over a year now and love them regardless. If you have any comments, concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.

(also for those curious why 1 of my bottles looks different. RMO had a label change last year, so my peppermint bottle has their OLDER label on it. Its the same company tho)

The Past, part of the processing?

The Past, part of the processing?

It has only been a week, well a week and a few days since my blog/social media break. The first 2 days I was so bored! Maybe not so much bored (after all, can you be bored with four kids?). I just found myself at times wondering what to do while I waited for something to cook. Or as I sat and kept the boys on track during their seat work. Or while I watched a TV show with Reed. Lets be honest, there is only so many episodes of Blue Clues you can take haha… Even riding in the car, if Travis drove, I found myself wanting to look at my phone, just to look, but resisting it wanting to disconnect.

Its crazy how connected we want to be. How we feel we have to constantly post something… or read what so and so is doing.

I don’t think its so much wrong… I have just found for me personally, I spent way to much time fiddling with my phone and not enough time in the word… or with my kids intentionally paying attention.

Which is why I kind of wanted to step back cold turkey and see how I did.

I will say after day 2 staying away from facebook was not hard. I would log on mid day or at night to check my messages. Because my business is tied into my facebook, I couldnt just abandon it. Yall know this. :) So I did log in to check those sort of things… sometimes when I would log in, Id see a friends post and comment… but only a couple times. I also a few times looked up certain people to check on some things. I had a friend due with a baby soon, so Id log on to make sure nothing had happened and so forth. Stuff like that. What I did not do though was STREAM dozens of feeds multiple times a day. Why do we feel we need to do that???

I found when I did this, Id end up feeling lonely. Id fill my mind with envy over what others were doing. Id wonder why so and so didn’t invite me to the park, after seeing photos of them there. Id see news articles about babies being killed and put into freezers, or another post talking about how horrible cops were… and how this cop got killed just sitting in his car. It would then spark fear and anger in me… It just didn’t seem wise… it seemed as if the constant streaming and constant connecting was not for me. Some may not be as affected by it as I am… but I knew it had to change.

So. I dont stream now. Sounds like something an addict would say, no? Lets be honest, it can be addicting!

ED9A6111-2In that week 1/2 break – I have worked out every single day of the week…(something I haven’t done in 6 mo!) I am feeling better physically and even emotionally because of it. I have been more intentional about sitting down to read through scriptures, rather than sitting down to stream through my phone.

I find myself leaving my phone inside and just being with the kids… without the worry of missing something on camera or to post.

During this break I also dabbled with the idea of a new blog.

If you want, go OVER HERE and read the post I put up on it… it will explain my thought process about that.

I am not really sure I will switch blogs… while parts of my current blog I wish I could delete (and really I could, its just going to take a long time to go through 2,000+ post)… Part of me wanted to start fresh… but another part of me really liked looking back on my old post… and seeing how far God had brought me.

I posted some pretty immature things back in my early 20’s… and I regret a lot of those post… but it also shows such a working in my life over the last decade… and I’m thankful in ways for those memories to remind myself of God grace and mercy.

My husband even mentioned to me how when his mom passed away from Breast Cancer at age 53… he had come across an old small journal of hers. He said it wasn’t much.. but he said what little he did have to read, he cherished. He said he loved reading what his mom thought about and things she was going through back then. So even though there is a lot of junk I really wish was not on my blog for my children to read… I also understand there is grace for that… which is what prompted the new blog title in ways. Life as moms with young kids is hard… and I know one day when my children grow up and read it, they will see the struggles I had as a sinner… a mother… but they will also see the love I had for them throughout…

So I dunno. I may use that blog. I may not. Do comment and share with me your thoughts :)

I sometimes feel this blog is boring too with just my name as the title. Drea Wood. Then again, I think its easy to remember….

.. any who.

SO yes. The break has been good!

I do miss Instagram though, a lot… so I think ill start posting on there again… but I am trying to be intentional to only stream feeds once a day, maybe twice… so Im not just getting lost into all yalls awesome photos :)

Thank you to all those who have been encouraging me along the way with sweet txt. Means a lot.

Rest of our Easter 2015 Pics :)

Rest of our Easter 2015 Pics :)

I totally meant to post these already… but im behind. Here are the rest of our Easter photos. We celebrated Easter with our old neighbors (who we lived beside for two years while in our City of Refuge Home). We have spent I believe every Easter with them since we moved here in 2011. Its been fun to do and see how the kids grow each year. This year we had to host because Jessie and Dave had a house project going on that made it less than ideal to host ;-) – so we opened up our house for the hunt this year. It was fun… the kids had a great time!

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We of course had to get a group photo of the kids.

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and for fun, here is a flash back to our 1st photo on our 1st Easter in GA

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Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter.

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Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies using Whole GrainsOne of my favorite sweets ever is a good chocolate chip cookie. I have had several recipes I have blogged sharing my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes… However, I have not bloggged my recent “boo boo” turned “awesomeness” recipe on an old favorite. A few years ago I blogged THIS RECIPE. A recipe for a flat cocoa wafer type cookie. I love that recipe… and one day I was making it up and realized while mixing it that I had made a mistake.

I accidentally put in WHOLE eggs instead of just the egg whites (that my original recipe had called for).

I went with it though and made the cookies anyway. To my delight the cookies came out even better!

Since then I have tweaked how I make them a little bit – making it faster and easier to whip up a batch. So since these are a favorite in our family now, I thought it was due time to share the result with all of you.

Enjoy! I promise you, you’ll be obsessed with this recipe. I could eat these cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So rich and soft. Perfect blend of sweetness.

**I BTW ALWAYS double this recipe when I make it. We have a bigger family than some though. The doubled recipe I think is ideal for a family of 5+ – families with 4 or so people, keep it as is.***

 

Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white hard wheat (or red hard wheat - both work great)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 raw salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil (room temp, melted or unmelted, either works)
  • 1 cup sucanat (sugar cane natural - or brown sugar would be a substitute)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • chocolate mini morsels (optional)

Instructions

  1. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350F.
  2. In your mixer add in your unsalted room temp butter, coconut oil, sucanat and vanilla. Blend this until it creates a paste.
  3. In another bowl add all your dry ingredients. So your flour, baking soda, salt. Stir that up until blended well.
  4. Now add in your egg to the sugar paste you just mixed up. Once that is blended well, start adding in your flour mixture little by little.
  5. It will then make your cookie dough. It should be a soft yet mold-able.
  6. I then take my hands and pull out small hunks of dough. Id say around a table spoon - 2 table spoons in size. I create a ball in my hand, then I squish the ball into a patty onto my baking stone that is prepped and ready.
  7. I then take some tiny mini chocolate morsels and top the cookie with just a couple and push them into the dough slightly. This is optional :)
  8. Then bake your cookies at 350F for 10-12 minutes until the tops look cracked.
  9. Transfer to cooling rack and you are good to go.
  10. IMO these cookies taste even more amazing the next day! I keep my cookies out in a glass cake display, so the air gets to them some what. Not sure if that what makes them even more amazing... but they are soft even days later.
  11. Enjoy!
http://dreawood.com/2015/04/soft-and-rich-dark-cocoa-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Great recipe for Whole Grain Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Great recipe for Whole Grain Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Egg Decorating

Egg Decorating

ED9A9058I thought I would break these post up a bit… since I took a lot of photos. We decorated some Easter Eggs a few days before Easter with the boys. I haven’t really talked about Easter Bunny traditions on the blog before. At least I don’t think… but for those curious, we do not really celebrate the Easter Bunny. We do in ways. We decorate eggs and we egg hunt… however the boys have never been told a Bunny brings those things to them. Its just something we feel was best for our family… but no judgement here if you choose otherwise. I will say our boys had a friend ask them on Saturday why they got their Easter Baskets already (we chose to give them the day before Easter since our egg hunt with friends was that day)… and their friend was very puzzled as to why the Easter Bunny brought their baskets early :-\ – haha… oops. We have explained to the boys that their place is to never tell friends something doesnt exist. That it is up to their parents when they want to tell them these things. I guess in this situation it was a little hard to avoid the obvious. I told them next time to just joke and say the Easter Bunny always stops early at our house. :)

I think holiday traditions are super fun… and I love taking part in them. When I became a mom though I felt really conflicted about things like Santa… and the Easter Bunny… even the tooth fairy. We never did Santa or the Easter Bunny… but we did try the tooth fairy. It seemed so harmless… but after just one year doing it… my son Taite found out the Tooth Fairy was made up because we forgot to put the money under his pillow… and he was in tears for a long time about it… and told us “I don’t understand why you’d lie to us!” – it struck me very hard and I knew from that moment on we’d never do anything that required us not telling the whole truth. Even if it seemed innocent enough… it was just something I felt convicted about.

Enough about that though :) – enjoy the photos of the dudes decorating. Was sweet…

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