He does

For those curious if Reed has hair now.

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He sure does :) – however, it does this.

HAHA…. Sticks straight up!!! Its super thin still too. I think his days of a full head of hair are still a ways away.. However, his spikey locks sure are cute :)

We have family in town the rest of the week and Caleb’s 10th birthday this Saturday. So I have a feeling my post may be few til next week. Do be sure though to enter the giveaway I have up this week! It ends next Monday. Also use the coupon code “wood10″ at check out over at Rocky Mountain Oils. It expires on Sunday!

… and if you want follow me on instagram for daily photos of the fam. Have a great weekend everyone!

Broken

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.

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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.

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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.

My Essential Oil Bag – How I stay Organized

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Soon after getting into the world of Essential Oils, I realized rather quickly the need for a way to organize them. I had a cute little box to keep all my oils in at home. However on the go, I have found you want oils often. Because the price of oils does cost a lot… you don’t typically want to carry your oils with you in their neat form – aka undiluted… as a whole. Otherwise, if you loose that bottle, or break it, you are out a good bit of money. Especially if that oil is Frankincense or a more expensive oil.

My Essential Oil Bag | dreawood.comThe owner of the company I am featuring today, created her bags after that very thing happened. She went on a park trip with her kids… used Frankincense while there… only to forget it and lost the ENTIRE BOTTLE at the park. She knew at that moment she had to be more careful and organize her oils in a safer way than just tossing them into her diaper bag or purse.

SO from that birthed her company “OurHHH” also known as “Our Happy healthy Home“.

Her site is full of adorable hand made bags to fit your Essential Oil needs. What I liked best about her bag options, are the many options she has for organizing them to your needs. Your bags can be custom made to fit the size bottles you want to carry. So for me, I typically carry ROLLER bottles. Some are 5ml, others 10ml. The bottle itself though is a lot narrower than the traditional 15ml bottles my oils came in. I also wanted to be able to carry ONE glass bottle (2oz) in order to store my spray on hand sanitizer. Along the top of the bag I also wanted to have small bottle spots for 2ml bottles to keep oils I dont typically ROLL ON.

Jennifer at OurHHH customized my bag perfectly!

My Essential Oil Bag | dreawood.com

My Essential Oil Bag | dreawood.com

My Essential Oil Bag | dreawood.comI LOVE how it came out and now keep and organize all my oils in this bag. The bag is very well made. Padded, so if you bump it against something, the bottles aren’t at risk to crack. The quality really is well done.

My kids know now that any time they need an oil to go to this bag, rather than my box full of the larger bottles of neat oils. The bottles are now all labeled using Young Living’s oil top labels. While I don’t use Young Living Oils, I found their bottle top labels to be so cute, I had to get some. So I use those to label them even though I purchase all my oils from Rocky Mountain Oil company AKA NAN Oils. Read WHY I chose to use RMO/NAN HERE.

The size of the bag as you can see placed next to a 15ml bottle of RMO Oils, is not to big. The bag to me is the perfect size.

For those curious on the break down of how many drops per bottle I use. This is roughly how I break my oils down.

5ml bottles - 10 drops, the rest with carrier oil.
10ml bottles - 15 drops, the rest with carrier oil.
2ml bottles - 5 drops, the rest with carrier oil.

Its not exact but it works for me and so far so good. :) I get all of my carrier oil from RMO.I use their Fractioners Coconut Oil. If you plan to purchase anything from RMO/NAN, be sure to use my coupon code “wood10″ at check out, it expires this weekend!!

My favorite Roll Bottles are these. Jennifer sells those as well as the 2ml sized ones. She also sells the spray bottles! Her prices are fantastic. I have not found many sites cheaper than her. So if you plan to buy a bag from her, go ahead and stock up on some great glass bottles.

My Essential Oil Bag | dreawood.com

So lets get to the fun part.

I get to giveaway a WINNERS CHOICE BAG!

The bag I am using btw is her TRAVEL Bag. It cost $30.00 (you will not find a better price bag, or cuter! Trust me, I’ve looked all over.) She also makes some smaller bags as well. Just take a look around her store for her various sizes. Also if you don’t see a fabric you like, message her. She has a page with fabric swatches to choose from.

For the giveaway, all you have to do is follow Jennifer on Facebook. If you do not have facebook, no worries. There are other ways to enter below as well.

Winner will be randomly chosen in a week.

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Disclaimer: I was provided with an OurHHH bag to conduct this Giveaway. I however would have purchased this bag in a heart beat had I not been given the opportunity to review it. All the opinions expressed in this post are my own. The oil roller bottles/smaller bottles I purchased on my own.

Back to School Photos

With back to school, almost every mom in America does some back to school shopping. Even us home schoolers like to do this. While I am very thankful the land of fashion is not high on my boys list… since they don’t really have the same peer pressures as a public or private school child would face… the push to be in what is trendy, isn’t really high up on our boys list. I for one am SUPER thankful for that. That right there saves us a lot of money, haha… but I still do like for my boys to look nice on certain occasions.

I was introduced to a company called MoxieJean last month and was stoked to get to feature them on my blog.

MoxieJean offers unique, stylist clothes available for a wide variety of sizes (From Newborn up to size 13/14 Kids)… all marked down to about 75% off retail prices. All of their clothing is carefully selected and while some is used, it will never be sold with rips, stains or any real visible flaws. A lot of the items still have the tags on them as well.

You all know I am big on shopping thrift. I very rarely buy new… and when you have more than a kid or two and live on a budget, its a must. Sites like MoxieJean are a great inbetween. It offers the experience and freedom of shopping online. Free from stress and hassle of taking kids into department stores or malls… but also saves you a lot of money.

I got an outfit for each of my boys and snagged their “back to school photos” in the outfits chosen. Below is a look at what I got for each boy. All from MoxieJean!



Baby Reed – 22 mo.
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Owen – Age 4 – Pre-K
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Caleb – Age 9 – 4th Grade
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Taite – Age 7 – 2nd Grade
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ED9A5597I think the boys look very nice! Caleb who is my oldest did complain his shirt was TO BIG on him. He however is growing SO FAST I wanted to buy him a size up. He is really into sports style shirts right now… and this was the only one I saw listed, so I got it, despite it being a size 10… Hes typically a size 8/9. So sizing can be tricky I found if you have older kids.

If your child though is under age 10, there is a LOAD of clothing to choose from.

This site would be perfect for the new mom on bed rest during a difficult pregnancy. She could shop while resting and get her clothes delivered to her door before baby comes.

Another cool feature about this site, is that they will send you bags with pre-paid shipping labels on them. These bags you would then use to put clothing you no longer use, to ship to them in order to earn money to shop! I sent off a handful of baby Reed’s clothes that he no longer fit into. I look forward to using the money I earn to buy a few new items for him. Since he is the 4th born, he tends to get a little left behind in the area of new clothes. So its always a treat for me to buy him something new.

Now those of us who shop thrift like myself, we may not spend a lot on clothing each year… but did you know that this year’s press release from the National Retail Federation about Back to School spending has calculated: “shoppers will spend an average of $231.30 on clothes, up from $230.85, and $124.46 on shoes, up from $114.39 in 2013.” That’s $355 each family will spend on Back to School clothes!

MoxieJean will be giving away a Back to School Wardrobe gift card for $177.50 – the winner will be able to get a full back to school wardrobe for HALF of what it would cost new – even with all the BTS sales.

In order to enter the giveaway fill out the Raffle Copter Below. If you have any questions on how to fill it out, feel free to contact me or comment.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Moxie Jean. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey you.

Sitting on our school table.


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Be still.

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He is a very indecisive Dragon.

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So he ended up in my lap.

Yeah. Life of a Dude Mom, strikes again.

Do you all have any class pets? If so, what ones?

—- for those curious, this is August our Bearded Dragon. He is ALMOST a year old. Caleb got him last Christmas but we believe he was born around August last year (explains the name a little bit). Not 100% sure though, just a guess based on his size. Caleb takes care of him completely and has ever since we got him. Its a must, cause this dude is high maintenance in the area of food!! You can learn more about him and Caleb’s other reptile pets on his BLOG. I hope to encourage his writing more with the blog this year in school. He is taking typing right now, so hopefully this will give him that extra push and practice.

People think we are nuts to have pets like this.

I however am a firm believer in pouring into your children’s passions. Caleb loves reptiles… and since getting him a few, it has really encouraged him and engaged him more into learning. I have seen HUGE growth in his ability to retain things, maturity levels in responsibility and so forth. While I do not believe this is an easy pet… the cost of its set up can add up and the hassle with live feed is a pain. Its been trial and error for us. Thankful to have a set up now that works well and is super cheap (just kinda gross… you can read what he feeds him on his blog) High maintenance or not, this has absolutely been a good one for Caleb to learn with. If your boy wants a reptile, Id suggest a snake ;-) – way easier!!! however, the Dragon has a lot more personality and doesn’t seem to creep people out as much.

Yes, I am a dude mom. Hear me roar :)