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Well, our dudes got challenged to do the Ice Bucket thing for ALS. Btw this is their website if you’d like to learn more on how you can donate and help. Even if you do the challenge you can donate still. Its a great cause.

We had a bit of iMovie fun with our boys and added in a few special effects. The boys got a kick out of it and watched it a dozen times. So fun.

Enjoy! :)

To those curious:
Video shot with the 5D Mark III (my professional camera – Im no videographer tho!!)
50mm 1.4 Lens at I believe 4.5 Aperture.
Video Edited in iMovie

Homemade Natural Pudding

I sent my husband a text message yesterday with a photo of Reed chowing on some home made pudding we made. Reed devoured the ENTIRE BOWL and even began tilting it up to drink the left over he couldn’t get with a spoon. My husbands response to my “Reed loves pudding!” was “Who doesn’t” :) – I for one HATE pudding. So gross. I hate any sort of thick textured food. Yogurts even plain milk make me gag. Totally a texture issue for me. Anything remotely thick like pudding is not for me. Yes I am weird :) – regardless of my dislikes and weirdness… I am willing to experiment and make my kids foods. However, if this pudding taste gross, don’t blame me. Blame my kids HAHAHHAA… cause I didn’t even taste it (gag). :)

I was at the store buying up some snack foods for my kids pre-school this week… and was wondering by Jello’s Pudding. MY KIDS LOVE pudding… so I wanted to get them some… but I of course begin to think of what all is in my children’s food. I took a look and had to put it down. Read FOOD BABES post on JELLO products HERE. If you want :) If you don’t want to take the time to read her post (don’t blame you, her post are very long). Here is a list of Jello Pudding Ingredients, just for those curious:

INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Disodium Phosphate (for Thickening), Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (for Thickening), Mono And Diglycerides (Prevent Foaming), Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Artificial Color, BHA …

Why on earth does Jello BROWN chocolate pudding have DYES IN IT?! I just don’t get why they keep putting that junk in our food….

Now this is not to say we will never eat Jello’s pudding. You have to come to a place where you can give a little bit… and I have found in my journey to eat healthier and give my kids healthy options… that being a total ANTI anything store bought, will end up one, rubbing people wrongly at parties, social events and among just normal friendships. It creates in me a bondage to constant worry. If I let myself over think “food” to often, I obsess and can’t relax. I think there can be a healthy balance in buying store bought foods on occasion, knowing what may be in it, etc… but also trying when you can, to make a healthier alternative for your kids.

SO! we played with a pudding recipe and while I do not believe this recipe is refined or perfect… Its a first step to finding that perfect one :) – I got this recipe off of “Taste of Home” – feel free to check out their version of the recipe. I tweaked mine a bit to fit our family ingredient list a little bit better :)


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1 cup sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) – or use regular sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup arrow root powder

(Original recipe called for Cornstarch. I think I may try it with a non-gmo corn starch, if I can find one. Most corn starches are full of GMOS… so I use arrow root powder instead… however, our jello came out a bit to thick and sticky… and I am pretty sure the arrow root is to blame. SO! If you have corn starch maybe try that first? … ill play with the recipe as time goes and update this with any changes. Its a learning process haha, im just posting along the way – yall can learn with me.)

1/2 teaspoon real salt
4 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted un-salted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
M&M’s, optional


In large pot put in your baking cocoa, arrow root/or corn starch, salt and sucanat together. I had my temp set to medium at this time, it didnt begin to burn- since we did it rather quick. Once mixed together, add in your milk SLOWLY. As the temp. rises the liquid mixture will begin to thicken. Continue to add all the milk in until you are done with the milk. Once mixture gets to boiling, you will notice the thickening… take it off the heat at this point, then add in the melted unsalted butter… as well as vanilla.


(Yes some of my kids are in their boxers. Sorry, thats how our mornings seem to roll)


Pour into small glass jars or a big glass bowl. Refrigerate and serve as desired.





& in Reed’s words “Cheers” ;-) – its one of the few words he says, he loves it.

The Kitchen’s

Today a family that lives across the creek from us, boarded a plane to Spain. Where their entire family will serve as Career Missionaries for many many years. Our boys grew close to their middle son Jude especially… but also enjoyed playing with their daughter Claire who was Taite’s age. Claire was one of those fiesty little girls who got along so well with boys and girls. She also battled Cancer at a very young age. Their story is pretty amazing.

We are SO SAD to see them go… but know that what they are doing is a calling and the Lord will bless them for their obedience.

Our boys saw Jude for one last time at church yesterday… I snagged a photo since I had my camera on hand.


We have a wall in our home filled with photos of friendships over the years. With our constant moving that seems to happen every 2-4 years… we leave many friends behind… and have seen many move away as well. Its part of life. We learn to cherish the memories and continue the friendships regardless of the miles between. This photo will go on that wall. My only regret is that Claire & Owen aren’t in that photo. Owen and Claire always played so cutely together.

I know the transition in Spain will be hard at first… but I look so forward to hearing about all their many adventures.

If you think about it. Pray for this family. If you are interested in becoming supporters of what they are doing, email me and let me know. I can get you in contact with the right people. They could always use more support.


DIY Hand Sanitizer

Alright, with the posting of my recent GIVEAWAY this week… ENTER HERE (it ends in like 4 days)… I thought Id post a recipe using one of the oils included in the giveaway.

I know this is all the craze right now. I am not trying to ram this down yalls throat. No pressure ever here to buy these oils. I’m just loving them right now and trying to put up a lot of post this month since Rocky Mountain Oil’s has been generous enough to gift my readers with 10% off their orders throughout August. Use that coupon while it is still active….

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If you have kids. You use sanitizer. Its a must. So why not use amazing essential oils with tons of benefits besides germ killing, in a DIY Hand Sanitizer recipe… Its easy to create and SO easy to apply. Way easier than the gloppy booger consistency of most sanitizers.

Here is what you need:

2 ounces Witch Hazel (use alcohol free with aloe for better smell if you want. Not a must though. I just used cheapo walmart witch hazel, since it is all I had on hand… may look into a nicer brand later on.)

5 drops Immune Strength Essential Oil

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

3 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil

1 – 2 ounce Glass Bottle w/ Spray Pump


Mix all the above ingredients into your glass bottle. Shake before each use. Store away from sun (I keep mine in a essential oil bag – which ill share on maybe next week – its a cute etsy bag I found. Im in love with it!). Spray onto hands, rub together. Thats it!

You can even spray it onto grocery cart handles.

High Chairs.

Table Tops at restaurants.
(I would be careful if you plan to spray this on a NICE WOOD TABLE. Because it has lemon oil id be scared it do something to the finish. So take that into consideration. Tables at a local pizza joint or something like that I am sure will handle it fine.)

Its really easy to use since it is in a spray form.

Hope you enjoy!


To those curious why my essential oil bottles have different labels. I asked the company directly about that just this week. I was curious myself. The white label bottles are older labels they had printed. The green ones are newer labels (sometimes they are different colors too btw, not all the newer labels are green in color…). There was a point where the company was growing so fast…. that they ran out of the newer green label bottles and had to use some of the older label bottles to keep up with demand. They hope very soon to have completely new labels and so everything will match and be the same across the board. The difference in labels does not affect the quality of the oils bottled though. Its merely cosmetic ;-) – I figured some may notice this though in the above photos and ask what was up. So there ya go. My mini intel on what the deal was with that. Knowing details like that though makes me love the company even more. They’ve been nothing but upfront and honest with me from the start.

**Don’t forget to use ‘wood10′ at check out over at Rocky Mountain Oils to save 10% – expires Aug 31st.

Not Florida but it’ll do

We found a fun little oasis to take the boys to this week. We went Wednesday on Travis’ off day… and plan to go again on Friday (his 2nd off day). The boys had so much fun. The weather was perfect… and the water felt like bath water.

Here is a little glimpse into our evening… I took along my point and shoot cam… not my norm. I feel naked without my Mark 3… but when you go to sandy places with lots of kids, the idea of toting around a lot of gear is less than ideal ;) – so lil canon g9 it is!




Sorry random bikini mom for capturing your back side :)













Don’t forget to enter the Essential Oil Giveaway I am hosting this week
! :)