Lack-o-post :) – Limbo

Anyone else have a busy week? I sure did. Well weekend/first of the week/week.
I had a few photo jobs over the weekend – so inbetween all of what life brings to my plate with my boys and household/mommy stuff. I have felt immersed in photo work. I also took on more Boba photos for this fall… so I have spent many hours model scouting…. We had a TON of applicants!

So blogging. Alas, is last on the list. I miss it though when I don’t get to blog.

Here are a few post you can look at though if you are bored :)

Wednesday’s session with this beautiful couple, friends of mine.
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Saturday’s session with this cutie….

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Monday’s session… more dude cuteness. oh the chub.

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ED9A3207We also had a dinner party to go to on Saturday to say farewell to my friend above in the couple’s shot. I met her in 2012 and have so enjoyed getting to know her. Her husband just got a job in TX as a Senior Pastor. It is to a rather large church. This will be her first church to be a Pastors wife. I am excited for her and look forward to hearing about her journey. She better start a blog :) ::hint hint mel::

While at the party I snagged a new head shot of Travis :) – its been a while, figured it was time. He btw cannot wait til he can grow his beard back. I think its so silly that his job as a cop right now, makes it so he cant have facial hair. That to me is just a silly rule. As long as he kept it well groomed, why would it matter? Travis has the fastest growing facial hair ever. He can grow a full beard within 2 weeks. Its crazy! So you can imagine having to shave every day is a pain.

I feel like I should do an update post here soon on what is going on with us.

Is Travis applying for church jobs still?

Has anyone called?

When will we have to move?

Will we move?

Whats the plan? So many things to write about but so little of me to give right now. I know those who read my ramblings get that. I have been battling within a lot these days… with the state of limbo we live in currently. I am finding it hard to pour into friendships… out of dread of leaving… yet again… I am finding it hard to “be content” with the circumstance of life, knowing it very well may change again soon. I long for something constant… and find myself very heavy some days with the thought of uprooting my family again… but know that the Lord has called my husband to Pastor… and to not go, is not a choice I feel we can take. My prayer though… is for a place to put roots… and plant our lives for many many MANY years. Not 2… not 3… not even 4 years. I want a place for at least 10 :) – and I am praying and trusting the Lord with that part of our story… Will it happen? I like to think so… but time shall tell… and I know regardless, Christ has me. He will give me grace to deal with the moves… and the change… and throughout it continue to refine and grow me, as life goes.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween weekend. We will enjoy trick or treating around our lovely neighborhood… fellow-shipping with neighbors, having a camp fire… and spending time together.

Maybe by next week ill be caught up and can blog more :) g’night.

DIY Essential Oil Peppermint Lip Balm aka Chapstick

essential oil chapstickI think it is due time for a recipe, don’t you? :)

I have been wanting to make some homemade chapstick for A VERY long time now. I am not a big lip stick gal and so my only real way of giving my lips some luster, is through a good lip balm. On occasion I will use a tinted lip gloss… but I would say 85% of the time, its lip balm all the way.

So with all the ingredients for making homemade lip balm on hand, I figured, why not make a bunch this year for not only myself, my kids but also to give as little gifts to neighbors/friends. After all, everyone loves a good lip balm in the fall/winter months.

I am sure many do not realize what is in most chapsticks… Lets take one of the most POPULAR brands around… one that I am sure all of us reading have used at one time or another… and look a bit closer….

Here is a list of ingredients in that “cherry” chapstick tube:

Arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, menthol, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, saccharin, white wax

I don’t think many really stop to think about what they are putting onto their children’s lips… and I think to live in a state of bondage over what is in everything is no way to live. However, educating ourselves and being aware of these things, is good to know. So lets take a little look at some of these ingredients…



Camphor
- This is a type of wax that comes from the Camphor tree. According to THIS SOURCE if a child were to ingest small amounts of this, it could be fatal. “It produces gastrointestinal and central nervous system irritation after toxic ingestion. Nausea and vomiting followed by agitation and seizures are common.” I have NO IDEA why the makes of this would include this ingredient in their product, if they knew this. Makes no sense to me.

Fragrance - Also, the cherry fragrance you smell… taste. Yea. Synthetic and far from natural…. NAS reports that “95% of the ingredients used to create fragrances today are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, including benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and many other known toxins and sensitizers.

Isopropyl Myristate
- actually dries the skin and can cause irritation. It even encourages bacterial growth.

Saccharin – This is an artificial sweetener to create flavoring…. IMO any type of artificial sweetener that is man made is bad news….

Light Mineral Oil - You wouldn’t think anything with the name “mineral” would be bad… but light mineral oil has actually been linked to cancer. It also has an enviromental impact… using products sourced from crude oil and non-renewable resources.

Need I go on? I haven’t even touched on Methylparaben, octyldodecanol, paraffin and so forth.

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SO! Lets take a look at this recipe. I promise its easy :)

If you do not already make your own lotions/body butters/salves/etc…etc… then the cost of making homemade chapstick will probably seem expensive. However, I had all these ingredients on hand because I make all the above :) – and so the only cost I had to factor in was the cost of the lipbalm tubes. I found mine on amazon. SUPER CHEAP! The listing I am linking to is for 50 tubes. If you do not need 50… check around a bit, I saw some listings for much less.

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So lets get started….

Essential Oil Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Beeswax Pellets
  • 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
  • 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • (spearmint EO would be a good option too)

Instructions

  1. First thing you will want to do is get a double boiler heating. I do not own a double boiler so what I do is get a medium sized pot with about 2 inches of water. I then get a smaller pot and just place that pot on top of the larger pot. Set heat to medium.
  2. Then place all the ingredients into the smaller pot (except the Peppermint Oil - you add this last). Allow those times to melt and blend together.
  3. Once beeswax/shea/coconut oil all melt together, remove from heat and then add in your Essential Oils. Blend it together using a spoon... and once blended, you are ready to pour the mixture into your chapstick tubes.
  4. Be sure to prep your tubes before taking your pot off the heat (in other have the lids off and ready)... it doesn't take long for this liquid to solidify... so you want to be prepared to start pouring stuff right away.
  5. I used a glass dropped that came with one of my essential oil bottles... and used that to pour my liquid into the chapstick tubes. I read on someones website though that you could use a turkey baster too :) - this to me gave me better control. Fill the tube up almost all the way. Cap it, then allow it to cool in the refrigerator until solid.
  6. Apply to lips once solid and enjoy! Smells so good!!
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—- The Peppermint Oil I used in my recipe btw comes from Rocky Mountain Oils AKA NAN Oils. I buy all my Essential Oils from them! Feel free to use the coupon “15loveoils” at check out to save 15% off your first order. Be sure to use it wisely ;-) It is only good for that 1st order.

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Celebrating Reed turning 2

We postponed Reed’s birthday by a few weeks, so that my parents could be here. It wasn’t much… but we made cup cakes for Reed and let him open a few gifts. Its all kids need at this age to feel special… and his expressions say it all…


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Always a bottle in hand (hes a wee obsessed)

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How it goes

This is a small tiny lil glimpse into how my life goes on days you battle head aches.


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Dirty floors.

Baby on the floor with an iphone, after his big brother changed his diaper.

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Baby still on the iphone, after diaper change… and for long periods of time.

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Noticeable bruise on baby Reed’s face, after he fell and hit his face on who knows what.

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Continued play on the iphone… as mommy tries to stay awake before nap time.

Phew… yall. Just being honest here. It has been THAT KINDA day… eer. Week? Very tired for some reason (no… not pregnant). I have been battling serious head aches… It gets to the point you want to just be in a dark room with peace and quiet, in hopes to get some relief… but honestly the head aches still there. Only time you don’t notice it, is when you are asleep. I am not sure if this is an result of stress… or if it is from allergies (I have bad fall allergies)… whatever the source may be, it needs to leave now. I cannot get anything done… the idea of schooling these boys, makes it worse and I dream of weekends where I can just do nothing and Travis can take the reigns.

Yes. This is a complaining type post. We are human. To pretend I don’t have days/weeks like this would be a lie.

Keeping it real. Maybe my struggle will make a mom feel less alone today? :)

Thankful for the beautiful weather, although the sunlight bothers my eyes right now (weird huh? result of the head ache??) – does blood pressure issues cause head aches? Prob. should just make a doctors apt…

Any who, off to get baby Reed… then I have to go photograph a sweet couple at 5pm… and then, after that, I hope to veg and do NOTHING, while my husband tends to the littles….

Weekend Wedding

This weekend was packed full. No time to blog right now but wanted to pop in and say hellooooo :) – here are a few photos from the wedding. Feel free to view the full preview over on my PHOTO BLOG.

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For those interested in photo gear stuff:
Photographs were taken with a Canon 5D Mark III
Lenses used at the wedding:

50mm 1.4 Canon Lens
28mm 1.8 Canon Lens
70-200 2.8 L Series Canon Lens

and thats about it! :)