Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Whats Up Wednesday

Reading... 

I am going to be starting a daily devotional called Joy! to your World! A countdown to Christmas. It is in my Bible app. 25 days worth! I will also be doing a summery every Friday in which I am going to call Faithful Friday. I would love for you to follow along. This is easily my favorite time of the year and I am just so excited to take it to the next level by immersing my self into the reason for the season :)

Crafting... 


I am currently working on homemade felt doll diapers for H's dolls. I am using this "method" from Kojotutorial.


I am also making baby blankets from old material that I was going to make her baby blankets from (that never got done). These are both going to be Christmas gifts. I am really excited to get started on some hand towels that we are going to do for H's Grandma and Nana. This is what we will be doing once we gather the supplies.


Personal growth...


I have been super motivated on getting in shape. I am currently working on my kettlebell skills. The workouts are really fun and take a lot of concentration to get the form down. If you are looking for something new I totally recommend that you look into kettlebell. You can find tons of workouts on Pinterest and I highly recommend watching youtube videos on the form of the different exercises or if you can afford it and have the time hire a personal trainer to help. 

The blog...

Being 100% honest my blog is still in its baby stages and I am still trying to find my niche. Coming up on my blog you can expect new posts every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I cannot guarantee that it will stay this way as I am still trying to find my groove. But I have a few themes that I am going to be working on :) I will have Monday Morning Motivation, Talk About It Tuesday (where I link up with Tricia and Melissa), and Faithful Friday.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Elf On The Shelf Ideas

Elf on the shelf gets me real excited because I believe H will really get into it this year. Last year she didn't really pay it much attention. This year she is able to understand more and I plan on using it to it's full potential. I will be sharing this seasons Elf shenanigans here. Here are some of my ideas, gathered from other, more wise moms (thanks!).

Our elf for sure needs surgery, tutorial here.


I mentioned above, using it to its fullest potential... I think I am going to change this up though and use it as a daily tool that starts over every day and once she gets to naughty elf will tell Santa.
This is the only link I could find.


Picklehead Soup is a genius and has an entire page on elf on the shelf ideas. Thank you, Amy!

Some of my favorites.











I found these awesome ideas here. Who doesn't have a million Pez dispensers?


Today I am linking up with Tricia and Melissa for Talk About It Tuesday.




Monday, November 28, 2016

Five Ways To Stay Motivated In Your Fitness

For most of us it is hard to get motivated and stay motivated to workout. There are some tactics I used to keep myself motivated and I am going to share them with you.



1. Write down the reasons you want and need to exercise.

2. Keep an exercise diary. Not only can you keep track of your weight and measurements, but you can keep track of how much you are lifting or how many miles you walked or ran each day. Seeing how well you are progressing will help keep you motivated.

3. Change up your routine every once in a while. Keeping your workout fresh will make it more fun. You will also find different types of exercise that you had no idea you would enjoy.



4. Surround yourself with like-minded people. A great way to do that is social media. My favorite for fitness people is Instagram. It is so easy to search handbags and find people who are into certain types of exercise. Some of my favorite:

MomsWearHeels
Fitfreshfaithful
Alexajeanfitness

5. I use Pinterest for all types of motivation. Into quotes? There are tons. It's also my favorite way to find new workouts.






Friday, November 25, 2016

Our Thanksgiving

Since we are going home for Christmas we decided to stay here for Thanksgiving. We were actually invited to a co-worker of mine's house for dinner. She has a niece that was born just a few weeks after H, and they had so much fun playing together. We had such a great time. We also decorated for Christmas. Last weekend we were at Walmart and found this little Christmas Doxin dog. H is obsessed with these little dogs right now. Her babysitters daughter has one. H loved setting it up in the front yard. We did not have an extension cord long enough so we have rearrange it once we go to the store.


I absolutely love these Willow Tree figures. My mother in law has the entire nativity set. I mentioned one year that I really loved it so she started buying pieces for me for my birthday and Christmas. This is what I have so far. There is another lamb that H broke the leg off of last year so I left it in the box until I can glue it back. I will probably just leave it put up for this year so that H doesn't break it again. She showed a ton of interest in the set and her daddy tried to explain what the figures represents.

I didn't really take any pictures of the dinner spread yesterday but here are some of my left overs from today's lunch :)


I do not have a picture of the apple pie that I made for desert yesterday but I really need to give it some credit. It was SOOOOO good. I mean really really good. I had never made an apple pie before yesterday's host asked for us to bring one. I tried one last weekend and it was decent but not spectacular. I decided to try a different recipe yesterday. I am so glad I did. I found the recipe on Pinterest and you can find it here. I was really intimidated to make a pie from scratch at first but it really was not that hard and I don't know if I can go back to eating a frozen apple pies again.

H's elf came last night. She wanted to touch her but it didn't turn into a fight like I was afraid it might. I read the book to her and then played this youtube video. 




This morning our elf was sitting in the tree with her book underneath the tree. She named her elf Kai or Ky or Ki..... not sure how you would spell it ha.


I started a page for pictures of our elf's mischief this season and you can find that here.

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday's and got fantastic black Friday deals!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My 5 Top Essential Oils

Today I am linking up with Tricia and Melissa to talk about something that has become part of my everyday life.

I have been using essential oils for a little over two years. I only use Young Living oils . I have tried many of their oils and have loved them all but there are a few that I find myself using in my everyday life. Most oils are very versatile and can be used many different ways but I thought I would share my favorites and how I use them.

1. Melaleuca Alternifolia AKA Tea Tree Oil - This oil is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial. It's common uses are coughs, acne, athletes foot, cold sores, candida infections. What makes it numero uno on my list is how great it treats my cold sores. I typically get 2-3 cold sores a year. If you are also a sufferer, you know how horrible these can get. Most people say to dilute so if you are new to this oil and especially since you will be putting it on your mouth dilute until you know how you will react. I personally, do not dilute. I apply full strength to my cold sore 3-5 times a day. If I happen to catch the cold sore while it is still in its hard lump under the skin stage I usually never even pops up. If I do not catch it early, the pain/size/time frame of the cold sore is dramatically reduced. Before I started treating my cold sores with tea tree oil they would ALWAYS get massive, I am talking about half my dang lip, crack and bleed, and last around 10 days. Now, even if I do not catch it in time to prevent one, they almost never bleed and only last around 4 days! That is EPIC y'all! I cannot rave enough about what this oil has done for me.

2. Lavender - This oil is probably the most versatile oil and is a great starter oil. It's most common uses are for burns, minor scrapes/cuts, relaxation, allergies, itching, and to make all the things smell nice. My personal favorite uses are for itching and for a dog freshener spray. I make an itch cream with lavender, peppermint, and coconut oil. To be honest, I don't measure (I cook this way too, which is probably why I have never been mistaken for an amazing cook), I just put a couple spoon fulls of coconut oil in a small container along with 5-10 drops of each the oils. This cream works amazingly well on bug bites and to use after I get my allergy shots :) For the dog spray, I just fill a spray bottle up with about 2/3 water to 1/3 white vinegar and add around 15 drops of lavender. Spray the dog (avoiding face) and once the vinegar smell has dried out you are left with one fresh pup.

3. Peppermint - This oil is commonly used for headaches, bug bites, and digestive issues. My personal favorite is my itch cream, mentioned when I was talking about lavender. I have also used it to lessen the discomfort during a bad stomach virus by rubbing it into our bellies.

4. Breathe Again roll on - This is an oil blend made of Eucalyptus oils, laurus nobilis, peppermint, copaiba, myrtle, rose hip, blue cypress, and coconut oil in a bottle with a roller top. I have an almost 3 year old that has been in daycare since she was 6 months old. Hello colds. We have had our share. This has really been a life (and sleep) saver. I keep it by the bed during cold season. It is within reach if one of us starts getting stuffy or coughing. Now I just roll it on H's feet, chest, and back. When she was younger I would just roll it on my chest because she has always slept very close to me.

5. Thieves - This is a blend made up of lemon, cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary. If you know anything about essential oil, you have probably heard about Thieves. The most common use is immune support. Because of its antimicrobial properties, Young Living also makes a Thieves cleaner, hand wash, sanitizing gel, toothpaste, maybe even more things I cannot think of at the time being. I made my own roll on by adding several drops along with some olive oil to a bottle and H will even roll it on her own feet at night to fight off viruses. When I have a cold I like to add it to hot tea along with lemon essential oil and honey. It is very soothing on your throat. Do this a few times a day and you will feel better in no time.

What are some oils you use everyday?


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Providence Canyon

Providence Canyon is also known as Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon". It is located in Lumpkin, Georgia, It's gullies were cause by poor farming practices in the 1800's. It only cost $5 to park but there was not enough parking and we had to park along the road.There are three miles of trails to hike along, and this was one of the best hikes we have been on since being in Georgia. The trail at the bottom of the canyon has a thin layer of water. H LOVED to play in it. I was glad that we had taken extra clothes to change her into when we got back to the car.
















Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Home For The Holiday Bucket List

Fort Worth, TX is home for us. Even though we have enjoyed our time here in Georgia, it is still hard to be away from home at times. H will cry to go to Grandma's or Nana's house sometimes. We have missed a couple births, a marriage, and a death in the family. By the time Christmas rolls around it will have been 16 months since we have all been home together. We are so excited to be going home for Christmas. We talk about it most every day now. We are going to stay in the hotel on base but we are going to write to Santa to bring H's gifts to Nana's house on Christmas morning. We have even made a bucket list for our time back home.


  • Of course visiting our family and friends is number 1 for our time back home. We have a brand new baby to meet! 
  • My dad died a while back and I wasn't able to make it home. He is at the National Cemetary in Dallas, so we plan to make by there.
  • We miss our good Tex-mex. So its a must to go to our favorite restaurant Cancun and get some enchiladas gringas.
  • Taco Cabana breakfast tacos, need I say more? 
  • Some good donuts. Can you believe GA doesnt have good donuts? We have Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Creme. We crave our small family owned and worked dads in the back making the dough with mom, kids are checking people out in the front type of donut shop. Those are good donuts, and that is not something I thought I would miss.
  • We also want to take H to the Fort Worth Zoo. Fort Worth Zoo is probably the best in the country (according to us). This last one is weather and time permitting only.
I wish we were going to have more time to do more while we are there but I am trying to save some PTO to go back for H's birthday.

Anyone else traveling home for the holidays?


Anyone go on special trips for Christmas? 

We are thinking about going to our favorite mountain town next Christmas to have a white Christmas.

Also today I am linking up with Melissa and Tricia on Talk About It Tuesday!


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up

Friday was veterans day! I just want to say thanks to the brave for keeping up free! This is my hubby, my dad, and my great uncle. I also have a couple cousins in my family who have been in the service but don't have pictures of them. 


Friday after work H treated us both to pedicures. I will tell ya, J looks great with pink feet.


Saturday we headed to the Wild Animal Safari. It is kind of like a zoo. There is a walk through section where you can pet and feed some of the animals. Then you drive through another area where the animals come up to your car and you can feed them. H liked it except for the buffalo because they were really slobery.



The zebras are really obnoxious and kinda fiesty. They would snap at each other while they were halfway in your window!


On the way home we got caught in a deputy's funeral procession. Last weekend there was a standoff with a man and 2 officers were shot and killed. This was the second of the two. I had never seen anything like it. 


We wrapped Sunday up with lots of laundry, Narnia, and some homemade apple pie :)