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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.


Dirty floors.

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


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


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


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….

This and That

It has been a busy week!

Ive had a bit of writers block.
Not sure why… but my mind has been consumed for some reason and any time I sit to write – theres nothing.

So thought id just post a bunch of randomness here today…

First up, check out my cuties doing some Tae Kwon Do recently. They are die hards and do such ah good job. The place we found is so affordable and the Master is very involved with the kids. He also teaches some great life lessons and practical self defense.





Once you get a good collection of oils going you can begin to make your own blends! I'm making up a batch of immune strength essentially :) - may share some with a friend. It's fun to make... And change it up a bit depending on your needs and personal pre New #essentialoils came today!! New coupon on the blog btw :) link in profile.

I ordered up a few more oils this month. I wanted to add some new ones to my collection for the winter months. With weather changing I know the bugs are going to begin to creep out… I have heard so many people on facebook mention stomach flus… sinus infections… and between them and the EBOLA paranoia, I am all for stocking up on some ways to fight the bugs off. (Not saying EO will cure ebola btw, in case anyone assumes that is what I meant.) I added Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Red Mandarin. Cedarwood, Eucalyptus citriodora, Love (this is a new fav of mine), Bergamot and Palmarosa. I still want to add a few more to my collection… but bit by bit im gathering quiet a stock up of amazing oils. Cannot speak highly enough on Rocky Mountain Oils! Do check them out if you have not yet… and if you haven’t shopped there yet, use the coupon code “15loveoils” at checkout to save 15% off your ENTIRE order! — ALSO to those curious: My above order was for their 5ml bottles. A lot of people don’t realize you can order a small amt. So if you are like me and on a limited budget. Buy smaller bottles to try more oils and trust me, a little goes a long way! Once you dilute your oils with a carrier oil, these oils will still last you a very long time, even with the 5ml bottle size.

I had a shoot this weekend. With a very loyal client of mine and friend.


I had to photograph for our church today. Two of my boys tagged along for that adventure. Was actually a lot of fun having them with me. They got spoiled by the workers… who gave them donuts, chocolate and water bottles. One lady even made them cute little angels out of a blanket. Was so sweet.








This weekend family will be in town… to help baby sit and visit. Travis and I have an art Gala tomorrow for my friend Lindsey’s art show…. and then Saturday I have to shoot at wedding in the Mtns of Georgia! Cannot wait for that, I love shooting weddings.

So between all of that, I will prob be away til next week some time. We also hope to officially celebrate Reed turning 2 with my parents…

Hope you all have a great weekend :)

Only 3 days left

Only 3 days left to purchase the Bundle I mentioned HERE No one has bought one btw :) – theres a site they had set up for bloggers and it shows purchases. Tsk tsk tsk, come on yall, its a great bundle! I really don’t care if it sells or not. I bought the bundle for myself and loved it, figured I my as well share it here and if yall buy, great, if not, no biggie either. Any who, just reminding those who may have been interested that after this weekend you will miss the chance to get it.

I leave you with. Adorable boy cuteness… as Reed tries to do what his bigger brother Taite does.

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Have a great weekend everyone! & remember. 3 days left :)


IMG_9468I spoke briefly about this on my instagram over the weekend… but thought I would speak about it in more detail on my blog.

On Friday this weekend… my family and I went to a nearby beach/lake type place about 20 minutes from our home. While our neighborhood has a nice pool for the boys to cool off in, after the same ol’ pool, the boys often want to swim elsewhere. So the lake is a good option and close by. So Friday we went on our way to this lake… Up til this point we had been twice before. Both times enjoying our time there with no issues at all. We’ve noticed if you go on a week day, there is literally no one there. A friday however, seems to be the day people come out.

So we pull up to this lake… and begin to unload and set up our picnic area nearby. This lake has about 10 picnic tables in the shade right by the lake. So its nice to be able to relax, eat a picnic on an actual table, all the while watching your kids play on the shore.

While Travis prepped charcoal for a grill… and I helped baby Reed get into the chips. We all of a sudden heard a lady yell at the top of her longs “HEY KID! Don’t be throwing Sh$* at my kid!!” – My automatic reaction was “Oh no, she better not have said that to my child…” but even more so I was thinking “Who in their right mind is cussing at the volume in front of children!” I had a very big rush of anger hit my entire body and the Mama Bear in me wanted nothing more than to get my COP Husband to arrest her HAHAHA… Although, he obviously had no grounds at that moment.


I cannot even imagine the brokeness my husband has to face daily in his line of work right now. I know he has had to deal with suicides face on… people shooting their brains against the wall or hanging themselves in a bedroom. He also has to deal with families broken and falling apart… spouses going at each other and neighbors bickering over someone stepping foot onto their grass. He see’s it all…. and I know because of that he was able to retain a proper composer better than I was.

I was so upset at that woman that it completely ruined my entire night. I could not relax… and was watching my children like hawks to make sure they stayed away from her. We could hear her continue to drop curse words throughout her conversation with her friends, as she sat in the water smoking a cigarette… but we just spoke to our boys and kept them away.

Her behavior makes me never want to go back to that place.


I am trying very hard to remember that we cannot shelter our children. We can in some degree…. and I believe it is wise to protect our children from the world… but one way or another, our children will hear the F bomb, or random curse words. They will be faced to see the depravity of our world, one day.

Caleb who will turn 10 next week, noticed a magazine cover at a grocery check out the other day. He looked at it and saw Robin William’s’ face on it. He then saw where it had his birth date… and date of his death. Caleb was very confused as to what the two numbers meant and asked me what happened. He knew who Robin William’s was… and ill be honest. I had no intention of telling Caleb he had killed himself…. I didn’t want Caleb to face that truth until he was older. I didn’t feel he needed to. He loved Robin William’s in Jumanji and in Hook. Why tell him he killed himself? … you know? However, in that moment of our conversation Caleb asked me point blank. “How’d he die?” and I knew, I had to be honest. So I told him what happened… and I just saw a very puzzled 9 year old looking back at me and he just said “Why would anyone do that?”

It was sad to have that conversation with Caleb.

It made me sad for him.

The Brokenness of our world is all over… and my prayer is just that my boys would come to know Christ early… and grow in a maturity from a very young age. I want them to be equip for battle against the depravity we face… and know they have a Savior who can see them through.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Phil 1:9-11

The same week I faced this situation at the lake, I also came across randomly a persons instagram account that had photographs of a blogger I followed for years. The photographs looked like paparazzi photos, taken of her, to do nothing more than poke fun. The person created their instagram account to belittle this individual, ridicule… and bully this mom. This person also has a website that is there to expose personal things about this person. From police reports, to bank statements and other information regarding their family. Now while I do not believe the person they are doing all this against is innocent… regardless of what she has done in her life or is doing, NO ONE deserves to be bullied or treated the way this person on instagram is doing… Calling her names like Fat Cow… Check out that Neck, Spare Tire, and so forth… everything about what that person is doing is just complete evidence of our worlds depravity and state. That anyone would think that doing that is right, is beyond me.

… and yet, we live in a world today, that would actually allow this type of person to accumulate followers who agree with her bullying ways, as if her words are justified by the way this mom is living.

IMG_9496-3Where have we gone? What is wrong with people!?

Satan has got a grip on peoples hearts – people are literally blind to their wrongs.

The night we came home from that beach… while I felt very weighed and heavy by what had happened… my husband ended our evening, with a family devotional time. He tries to do this every night with the boys. This particular evening a neighbors boy happened to be over. We asked him if he wanted to join and he said yes. This young boy who I believe is 8, sat on our couch… heard my husband speak about how much God has done for us… and ended the time with songs of praise. We sang songs like the Doxology… and this young boy who said “I’ve never even heard these songs but I like them!” – sang along with us and ended the evening praising God from whom all blessings flow, without even realizing I am sure what he was saying.

All we can do is learn to be a light in this dark world….

I don’t think my light shined very bright at that beach :) – but I know the Lord was pleased with our end to the evening by inviting that boy to be a part. Even tho part of me didn’t want him there – ashamed as I am to admit that. Even those with good intentions can be selfish. I would not be where I am or who I am without God working in my heart too. Cause really without him, I can be pretty harsh myself… Thankful for Grace.

Essential Oil Back to School Giveaway

ED9A5565For those local to me, the journey back to school has already begun. However, I know lots of peeps elsewhere that have not begun…. so I suppose this giveaway is a little late for the Georgia peeps but just in time for those in other states with later start dates.

With going back to school comes the dreaded war of germs…

Even though we homeschool, we face this as well. Not to the degree of those in a public or private school setting… most of our colds seem to come from parks, grocery carts or church nurseries. Kids getting bugs, regardless of where they attend school, is a part of life… It seems to be something you just get use to once school starts. Or maybe not. I kinda don’t get use to it ;-) – and with 4 kids now, having a house with sickness, is so difficult.

If I know of a way to keep my kid from getting sick, I am all for it.

Rocky Mountain Oils (AKA NAN) would like to giveaway some essential oils today on my blog!

TWO hand picked oils geared towards going back to school. Two oils I own and have used for many months now. Two oils I love and lather my kids in.

Those two oils are called:

Attention Assist & Immune Strength.

To those unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain Oils… yet familiar with Young Living or DoTerra EO… Immune Strength is comparable to Young Living’s Thieves® Oil and DoTerra’s OnGuard.

Immune Strength is: Formulated to strengthen the immune system and is a powerful all around maintenance oil. It is beneficial against infections, inflammation, viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, and microbes, a general tonic, supportive to the nerves, respiratory, urinary and circulatory systems.” The blend of oils in this product are formulated to assist in protecting the body from the onset of malaria, flu, colds, and coughs.

Read more on this oil over on the Rocky Mountain Oil website. It has so many benefits.

Any time we plan to go into a public setting with lots of lil germie hands :) – I use this oil. I prep my oils into roller bottles… Making it easier for my kids to apply the oils on themselves when needed. They are always monitored though. Oils are expensive. Last thing I want is a kid getting happy with a bottle and wasting oil.

Diffusing them is also one of the main ways I use my oils. I think breathing them in is key, esp. when sickness is going around.

Next oil…


Attention Assist is: Formulated specifically to help you treat ADD and ADHD. In research tests it was established that these oils were definitely beneficial for those with ADD and ADHD. The Vetiver was the most effective, showing that it helped 100% of the test cases*. Since all the oils in the study showed some benefit, we have blended them together so that all their benefits are synergized into a powerful blend.” – Read more about this oil on the Rocky Mountain Oil Website.

ED9A5564I diffuse Attention Assist any time we school. I find it really helps my children to stay on task. In fact I schooled the other day without it and there was a significant difference. We made it through “A” single science lesson…. that was it, before my boys minds began to wonder and showed signs of irritability and the inability to pay attention or focus. The oils help without a doubt. DIFFUSE DIFFUSE DIFFUSE! :) I keep the larger AROMACLOUD Diffuser from Rocky Mountain Oils in the school room for those curious. I also have the smaller one. EITHER one works great. The larger one just requires less refilling. The image to the right shows the AROMACLOUD on full blast. It puts out a pretty large cloud. My kids love to just stare at it.

Alright, to the good stuff.

I have 6 bottles to giveaway.
So 3 winners! Each winner will get an Immune Strength as well as an Attention Assist Oil!

Canadian’s and USA readers may apply.

I have a few ways to enter… but one way is mandatory to enter. You will need to sign up for the Rocky Mountain Oil Newsletter. It is a great one to be a part of… and you will not be spammed or hassled with daily emails. Those who subscribe to them will be the first to be notified of discounts and promotions up to 50% off. So if you plan to purchase any oils from them, its worth signing up for any way. They send out around 3-4 emails a month. Thats it!

Additional entries can be acquired as well.
Below is a Raffle Copter Widget. Check it over in order to enter.
If you have any questions or have trouble entering feel free to comment. I will help you out.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was not provided with these oils in order to conduct this giveaway. The oils are mine and purchased by myself. Thankful to Rocky Mountain Oils who agreed to sponsor this giveaway however and is shipping the winners prizes direct. They rock!

Feel free to read WHY I chose to go with Rocky Mountain Oils over the more popular brands out there today HERE.

Learn how to make my homemade lotion bars using their oils HERE.

My go to BUG spray using their oil Bug-Off HERE.

…and a new favorite surface cleaner recipe using their lemon oil HERE.

Be sure to take advantage of the coupon code
Rocky Mountain Oil’s has issued me as well.
“wood10″ at checkout – 10% off your order.

**EXPIRES August 31st!**