Ultimate Bundle may help ward off the corn dogs

Some of you may have seen a week or so ago my posting about an Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle coming out. I own their last ebook bundle. I purchased it last year from my friend Aliesha and loved it! It had so many great books. In fact some of them we are using this year for home schooling…

I just purchased their new bundle and cannot wait to dig in! They have an essential oil book in this bundle too filled with all sorts of great information on how to use EO better. You all know I love my Rocky Mountain Oils! :) The more I can learn about how to use them, the better. I started reading a few last night and am loving them. The book called 42 days to fit is so good. Their concepts are great and their meal plans amazing. One of the moms who helped write the book is a mom of 8 boys (pregnant with a 9th baby now). If anyone understands the time constraints of motherhood and fitting in workouts, its her :) -lets just say, im using that book starting today!

Before I move on, can I just say…. you should not at all be overwhelmed by the long long long long LONGGGGGGG list below this. I am going to spout off a lot of information regarding the books included in this bundle. It is seriously INFORMATION OVERLOAD at its best. When I read through the list originally all I could think was “my head hurts… can I have a nap.”  – it is a lot of books and A LOT to read. Some of the books you may never use. Others you will LOVE and want to share. If you buy this bundle, take your time… enjoy checking out all the titles and start with just a few favorites to begin with. Slowly wean into the bundle haha, otherwise I think you may over stress your brains. At least that is what would happen to me. Also, don’t read this list below and think dang… drea is to healthy for me.” – trust me, Im not. I ate a corn dog yesterday. Enough said :) – One thing I am learning is you have got to wean yourself into healthy living… and you def. cannot be a complete ANTI-anything not natural. Otherwise you will stress yourself out… stress your family out… and rub people wrong. At least that has been my experience with it personally as well as with others.

Ok :) – now that I have said my piece. Lets get this list started!


Here is what you get…..

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

 

Natural Beauty & Skincare

 

Healthy Children

 

Green Cleaning

 

Special Diets

 

Audio Courses & eCourses

 

Fitness

 

Real Food Recipes

 

Gardening & Homesteading

 

Meal Budgeting & Planning

 

Seasonal

 

You even get some special bonus….

IT IS A LOT for what you pay.

 

Did you notice one of the freebies you get is a Baltic Amber Bracelet?!

I love Baltic Amber and have used amber on my boys since Owen was a baby! Here is a flash back for fun of Owen wearing a baltic amber necklace.

All of these books are ebooks that will work on your ipad, kindle, iphone or even a regular computer. When you download these they come in PDF files, so you can download them and store them straight to your computer. You can burn them to a disc for backup purposes… and then transfer them to an e-reader like ibooks for the ipad later.

So if you are interested in ordering, do so by clicking the link below.
DO purchase it sooner than later. They have a limited quantity they are selling.
YOU MUST purchase between Sept 10th and Sept 15th

Disclosure: I am an affiliate for The Ultimate Healthy Bundles. If you purchase the bundle through any of the above links, you are helping out our family as well as getting a great bundle of books. I purchased this book bundle myself, with my own money. They did not give it to me free to post this. So the opinions expressed here are genuine to put it lightly ;-) –  Here is some fine print about the bundle if you would like to read that… and some FAQ as well. I personally have purchased from this company before and truly loved what I got for the money. I think anyone who buys this will be very pleased. 

Fall Pending

IMG_9760It is hard to believe that in a few short weeks, we will begin to see temps drop… and leaves fall. I love fall. The feel. The coziness. The colors. As well as…

The Fashion!

I find fall fashion to be the most comfortable as well as easy to play with. I am about as far from a fashion icon as they come though. To even talk about fashion for me makes me a bit uncomfortable. I love love love to thrift and find good deals… but if a TV show that critiqued peoples fashion came to witness my choices, they’d prob have a lot of negative remarks to say hha….

I am a busy mom of 4 boys. Dressing for comfort for me, is huge. Its a very cliche thing. Moms wanting to be comfortable. I have seen many What not to Wear episodes where they get on moms for this desire and habit. Those host and fashion experts though have never spend day after day with 4 boys either. So for me, comfort is not something I am willing to let slide to far. Comfort though, doesn’t mean frumpy… or unfashionable (IMO).

I love to find pieces for my wardrobe that make certain outfits a little extra special.

May it be a gifted set of bangles….


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Or a thrift-ed hand bag that I paid .75 cent for….

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A boot, a must for fall.

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Or maybe a small special piece of jewelry you love.

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You can see a few more fall favorites of mine over on Polyvore as well as Pinterest.

Dresses with Jeans

Follow Drea Wood’s board Fall Fashion for Moms on Pinterest.

What trends will you be wearing this fall??

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

Grams and our Living Space

Recently while my mom and dad visited. I got the itch to rearrange my living room furniture. Am I the only one who loves moving furniture around? Is it an OCD thing? :) Ive done this numerous times since moving into our current home…. I for some reason could not let it be. I loved our living room, yet something about it bugged me. We originally had our TV on the left side of the room. We placed it there when we moved in because that is where the cable hook up was. Because we had purchased our first home, had to have cable installed and so forth for our internet… we got a special deal on cable. We never had it years prior, but decided why not, since it was discounted. After the year “discount” ran out however, our price got jacked up…. so, we canceled our cable. So now all we have is the internet. Because our TV no longer has to be hooked up to the wall for cable, I figured we could play around a bit with the arrangement now.

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ED9A6199So I relocated the TV to the right side of the room and made the sofa’s into an L. While I loved the open space of no sofa’s cutting the room in half from the kitchen area… for the way this room was shaped and the functionality of all our kids being able to see the TV on movie night and family/friends when visiting, it was what worked.

Once it was all set up, I really did like how it turned out. It makes the living room feel separate yet still part of our kitchen. It created a divide so that when the living room is trashed, it doesn’t bug me as much now. Now all of us can sit and enjoy a movie comfortable… and I feel like this set up works well for family worship too.

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With the rearranging of furniture, I also played with our mantel some. I have had a wonderful painting up our mantel since moving in. A painting my friend Melissa Payne Baker made me. I LOVE IT. So moving it was not easy for me. It however was relocated elsewhere, in a place we still see often. So its ok :) – it will always be a special part of our family decor, even if its not the center piece on a mantel.

*I am debating hanging it right behind the large sofa in the room. It go good there. I just need to get proper hanging screws to do so. So we shall see if I can get that done soon*

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I recently got some Instagram photographs printed by a company called ORIGRAMI.
(cute name huh?) A play off on the word Origami.

I loved the look of them and their price was good IMO for a thick high quality print, so I picked out the SQUARE PRINT option. Its basically $21 for 36 images. So its less than $1 an image. Great price. The quality is thick and well done. The backs of the photographs have the date the image was taken printed on it. They come packaged in the most adorable square camera box.

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I had fun figuring out how to display these… and while I still have more to display, what I have done so far, is a start.

The first place I started displaying them was on the mantel in the window panes I had set up. I got these old windows at a guys house when we first moved into our home. They cost $5.00 each. So a great price… I love windows!

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To attach the images, I used a rustic thread from the dollar tree. So $1.00 :) and tiny little clothes pins I got from the walmart craft dept. I believe they cost around $1.50? It came with a generous amount too. We use these same pins in our school room to display art. To hang them I just taped the thread to the actual window. I taped it generously (with clear scotch tape). You can’t see the tape when looking at the display, but trust me, theres a lot there haha… I suppose you could use small thumb tacs or nails too. I however didn’t have any, so tape it is!

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Another spot I decided to hang some, is located between a deck door and our kitchen area. Its a thin strip of wall. Its to thin to hang much of anything… but is one of the first walls you see as you enter our living room. To hang these I just got sticky adhesive tabs (I had them already for hanging stuff in our home school room). I cut them real thin to fit behind the tiny clothes pin…. and just put them straight onto the wall. Was super easy to do and very fast.

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So if you are looking for a simple and fun way to display your Instagram images. Do check out Origrami. I have hopes of creating a few more fun displays using the rest of the images I have.

Their website btw allows you to download your instagram straight into their photo ordering process. It took me literally 10 minutes or less to do.

How to make your own Light Box & Edit the Results

A few of you chimed in on my facebook about wanting to hear how to create a lightbox… and create images like this….

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My Son Caleb asked me to photograph his reptiles (to those who want to know more about his animals, check out his blog)… so one afternoon we did, using a lightbox my mom created out of a card board box. I didn’t re-create the box for posting purposes, because my mom being awesome, did it! So if you want to hop on over to her blog you can read up on how to make your own small lightbox. This will allow you to photograph stills like the images above. So if you sell anything on etsy…. or just want a fun way to capture images on a white backdrop, this is the way to go.

Now, for those curious how to edit what images you take using the lightbox. Well, I created a video for you :) – I plan to sell some of these videos along the way… but I thought I would let this one be a freebie.

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Editing the images is pretty simple if you have any of those programs above. I do not know all the tricks in lightroom yet, so for that reason I did use lightroom and photoshop elements to complete the look. However, you could absolutely do this entire editing look in Photoshop Elements. Again you can find Elements used on ebay. The version I am using is Photoshop Elements 9. Or you can buy version 12 on amazon prime.

For those curious what camera/lenses, etc… was used in the above images. Here is that info for you:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens
ISO: 320
Aperture (f-stop): 2.2
Shutter: 1/1000
No Flash
No External Lighting – Only window light.

If you wanted to do away with all the shadows, use your lightbox better than I did here by putting light on the sides of the box. You could easily use a table lamp to do this :) – doesn’t have to be anything fancy.

Hope you enjoyed! If you’d like to see more videos like this do comment and let me know.

Essential Oil Athletes Foot Salve

This post my gross some people out :) So disclaimer a head of time. If you dislike feet, do not scroll any more, otherwise you will be face to face with a giant foot! :)
*UPDATE: I have had a lot of people interested in BUYING the salve already made. For those interested in buying this, I am selling it for around $25.00 a jar. A little goes a long way. Cost of ingredients is not cheap, nor is the cost of oils… so I had to factor all of that into the cost as well as the time to make it. If you are interested in buying this already made e-mail me at drea[at]dreawood.com and ill see if I can get some on your way ;-) The recipe is here for any one to use and make themselves though. Just offering it already made for those who don’t have the oils and want it sooner than later.

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My husband as you all know is a cop. One of the things that he has to do as a cop, is wear tight non-breathable cop combat boots. They are tied up his legs and look so uncomfortable. His feet sit in those boots for countless hours, 5 days a week… in very hot conditions. SO you can imagine, the sweat build up is probably generous.

Travis over the last YEAR has been battling what we believe to be Athletes foot… He has tried over the course of that year to treat it with over the counter creams geared towards this issue. They offered little relief and never fixed the problem.

The other day almost 2 weeks ago, Travis told me to look at his foot… and I was just shocked at how gross it had gotten… So I told him I would look up in my Oil Copal’s book, to see if I could create a blend for him to try and use, to treat his foot.

Below is the recipe I made him, as well as a side/side photo of Travis’ foot before the use of my salve… and not even a week later. He said for the 1st time in almost a year, his foot doesnt itch. Lets just say, he was so thankful the oils worked. My husband has been skeptical of essential oils since I started getting into them. However, he has now become a believer :) – The photos of his feet btw we took with our iphones. So the color is slightly cooler in the before. I did not edit or alter these photos in any way. This is straight from my iphone – no filters.

picstitchIngredients:

10g beeswax or jojoba wax
20g coconut oil
45g shea butter
1 tsp EVOO or Almond Oil
3 drops Gentle Healer EO (first aid is a cheaper alternative)
3 drops lemon EO
3 drops thyme EO
6 drops oregano EO
6 drops melaleuca EO
6 drops lavender EO

Directions:

In a double Boiler add in your beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. (or just get two pots – one large at the bottom, one small on top of the large – fill the bottom one with water, bring that to a boil…and wah-lah you have a DIY double boiler hehe)

Once that is melted (be sure not to over heat it, you do not want your oils boiling…) take the pot off the burner.

Stir in your EVOO or Almond Oil.

Then add in your essential oils.

Pour your mixture into a glass jar and you are done.

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This makes a good amount but should keep for a long time as well. I stored mine in a small glass mason jar (the tiny ones that some people use for spices).

Once it hardens it will look like a thick balm… you then would just use your hand (fingers) to get out what you need. It should kinda feel like butter… and when your hands (being warm) touch it, it will melt slowly. Just rub it into your feet twice daily until symptoms pass.

Hope this works for you all! Also if you do not have all the above oils, try making this with the oils you do have. You don’t have to have them all to attempt something like this. This is just what I used and it worked… so I am sticking with it :)