Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Importance of Self-Care in Motherhood.



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hey guys! My name is Missy VanMeter and I empower overwhelmed and stressed women to relax & re-charge using a monthly self-care kit with a portion of the proceeds assisting the less-fortunate and saving shelter pets.

Today I'd like to talk to you a little bit about the importance of self care, in motherhood.

The demands of being a Mother are endless. And to be frank, as mom's we typically suck at self-care. We spend all of our time caring for our families and putting their needs above our own. Which, of course, means we're putting ourselves on the back-burner. But I am here to tell you that we absolutely MUST care for ourselves in the midst of caring for our families.

While facing all of the demands of motherhood, we get stressed. We get worn out.
We lose energy and don't feel like playing with our kids. We may even snap at them for no legitimate reason. Honestly, how many of you moms are guilty of doing that?

But we get it in our heads that having "me-time" is selfish and wrong. Self-care is not selfish, its actually a very important aspect of Motherhood. If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to adequately care for your family.

You may be surviving it right now.. but trust me, that won't last forever. There's only so much we can take until we eventually crash. It's like the airplane oxygyn mask theory- You need to put your OWN mask on before you help your child put his or her mask on. Because if you're fumbling around with your child's mask and YOU quit breathing, then what happens? You're BOTH gonna quit breathing, because you can't help your child if you're not breathing.

Self care, ultimately, is the decision to make yourself a priority.  It will help you re-charge and re-energize so you can be more present and enjoy those precious moments with your children.

So if you won't do it for yourself, then do it for THEM.

Thanks so much for taking the time to watch my video and I hope to talk to you soon! <3





Monday, July 10, 2017

How to Treat Edema (Swelling) at Home.




     How many of you struggle with edema? The aggravating swelling of ankles, feet, and/or hands? I do and it is a pain! I just wanted to take a few minutes today to tell you about the awesome home remedy for edema that I've discovered and have began using! So let's get started! 

Items you will need:
  1. 1 oz of liquid coconut or canola oil.
  2. 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil.
  3. 3 drops of cypress essential oil.
  4. 3 drops of grapefruit essential oil.
  5. A small glass jar with lid.

Directions:
  • Pour the coconut or canola oil into the jar.
  • Add 3 drops of each essential oil. 
  • Mix with a spoon or toothpick.
  • Apply to the affected area and massage for 5 minutes. 
  • Put lid on jar and store in a cool, dry place for future use.
  • Shake or stir well & apply mixture to the affected area 2-3 times per day.

This mixture seriously works within MINUTES for me. My hands can be so swollen that I can't get my rings off with soap, lotion, or oil..then I put this mixture on and within 10 minutes, the swelling goes down & my rings come right off! You definitely have to try it!!!! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post! 

Enjoy your day! 
                                                  XOXO,
                                                              Missy  <3

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Note to the Fatherless.

   
     I'm sorry your Father left you.  I'm sorry if that makes you feel alone, unwanted, unplanned, and unworthy of a Father's love. But I am here today to tell you something very important. Are you listening???

     You DO have a Father. A wonderful Father. A Heavenly father. The greatest Father that you could ever imagine. He envisioned, planned, and created you just the way he wanted you. You are perfection, in his eyes. 

     You Heavenly Father will never leave you or hurt you. He will always love you, encourage you, believe in you, and protect you. Just like a Father should. You can always count on him. You may not see him, but you can always feel his presence. He dwells within your heart. If you listen close enough, you can even hear him.

     He is that small voice telling you to turn in that wallet that you just found lying in the store parking lot. The one causing you to feel regret after yelling at your child. He's the nudge that you feel when you see a homeless person or a stray animal. He is the chirping of the birds, the smell of the wildflowers, the whisper of the wind, the crashing of the waves, the cool breeze on your face, the warmth from the sun, and the light from the moon. HE is your Father. No one could ever love you more than he does and nothing can ever take him away from you. 


                                                                   <3 Always,
                                                                         Missy 
                                                

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I am coming out of the closet!!!!





     "I'm coming out! I want the world to know! Got to let it show!"

     No, No, No...it's not what you think... I have decided to "come out of the closet" and start being more authentic here on my blog. Not that I have been pretending or forcing myself to be someone that I'm not (that is one of my biggest pet peeves) but I've kinda kept myself, well, locked in a closet. I am ready to start blogging about topics that are more important to me and occasionally even blog about whatever it is that pops into my crazy little head at the time.

     So who am I exactly and what is important to me? Well let's see here...

  •  I am a simple girl. I am not materialistic or high-maintenance AT ALL. I do my hair, nails, eyebrows, etc at home. I buy most of my own clothing at thrift stores. I am capable of making my own clothing if I choose to. I refuse to pay $25+ for a pair of leggings, $50+ for a pair of jeans, $450+ for professional teeth whitening, or drop $100 bucks at the beauty shop. I prefer sterling silver over gold. I very rarely wear makeup. I think you can be" cute and comfy" at the same time. I very much prefer experiences & memories over things.
  • I work from home and home-school my 6 year old son. My husband and son are my numero uno at all times (after God, of course.) Being home with my son and not letting someone else (babysitter, daycare, relative, etc) raise him is one of the most important things in the world to me. I would rather live in a cardboard box with my family than live in a huge fancy mansion and never get to spend time with my family because my hubby and I both have to work ourselves to death to pay for that house. Again, I highly value experiences over things.
  • I am extremely compassionate and empathetic and can not be around someone who is crying without shedding a tear myself. I highly dislike funerals and hospitals for this reason.
  • I am a follower of Jesus Christ and strive to live a life that is pleasing to him. I do not agree with the strict Christian guidelines and "laws" enforced before Christ and feel that the way we treat our fellow human beings is MUCH more important than whether I (a female) choose to cut my hair short, wear pants/shorts/capris instead of dresses, have some ink on my skin, wear jewelry, etc. Jesus is LOVE and without love we are nothing. I choose to love and be kind to everyone, whether I feel they deserve it or not. I have never and will never try to push my beliefs on anyone. I will not, however, refrain from sharing my beliefs simply because it may "offend" someone. We are ALL entitled to our own opinions and beliefs and there is freedom of speech in the great U S of A.
  • Speaking of the great U S of A. I absolutely despise political arguments, I do not watch the news, I do not vote or care who you voted for, etc but I wore the uniform for a very short time (I was injured during basic training.) I LOVE America, I respect the flag and our president whether I like/agree with him/her or not.
  • I think a person's word is everything and I have no time for unreliable people. I hate negativity and arguing. Debbie downers suck the life out of me. I am a no B.S. kinda girl. I do not tolerate excuses. If you want something to change about your life, get off your booty and make it happen. Whining about it won't change a thing. I try to find the good in everyone and the positive in every situation.
  • I am a major introvert and I suffer from social anxiety. I absolutely hate crowds. I love you dearly, I am always here if you need me, but I most likely will not be able to force myself to attend your party, shower, wedding, reunion, etc. It says absolutely nothing about you, our relationship, etc. I just can't handle it. I even despise going to WalMart for this reason, lol. I can usually force myself to attend funerals, out of respect, but will not hang around long. The one and only time I do not mind crowds so much is during concerts. Music feeds my soul. Unless there are obnoxious people near me during a concert, I can pretty much block everyone else out. I have yet to learn to do this at stores, festivals/fairs, parties, sporting events, etc.
  • I will feed the hungry, rescue a stray animal, and pray for anyone who needs it at the drop of a hat. I want to "Be the change you wish to see in the world" and show love to everyone. I fiercely love animals, would take in every stray animal if I could, and dream of one day having a HUGE animal rescue.
  • I am home-business owner. I do not want to be rich, I simply want to earn enough money to survive and "retire" my hubby, have the freedom to do what we want when we want, and be able to bless others who need it. I enjoy showing others how they, too, can make money from home. I get discouraged, however, when people have an "entitled" attitude and expect to get rich overnight and/or get paid for doing NADA. Nothing worthwhile is easy.
  • I want to be as self-sufficient as possible and hope to one day be completely off-grid. We are slowly working towards starting our little "mini farm" with dairy goats, chickens, a large garden, and an orchard.
  • I know the dangers of chemical-laden commercial products (cancer runs rampant in my family and I have an auto-immune disease) and try to eliminate as many of those chemicals and toxins as possible in our household. I am an essential oil addict and love educating others about the amazing benefits of these God-given alternatives to man-made CRAP.
  • I am eccentric, I have many interests. Some that most people do not even know about.
  • I believe in building your OWN American Dream. Do not do things just because that's what society expects you to do. Do not do things just because that's what your parents want you to do (this is meant for ADULTS, of course.) You get ONE life, live it how YOU want to live it! Do what makes you happy!
  •  We traveled around the USA for about a year, moved to TX for a year, then came back home to WV to start our mini-farm.
     
  • I am obsessed with the color BLUE. I even have blue streaks in my hair, lol. Did you notice the new BLUE layout, here on the blog? That's part of my "coming out of the closet" and making my blog more ME! 
  •  I am a weirdo and I'll be the first to admit it. I believe in letting your freak flag fly. Do not be afraid to be a fruit loop in a world full of cheerios.

     So now that we're all up to speed on the weirdness that is ME, lol...There are a ton of high maintenance women out there, but there has to be SOME who are more like ME. I want to find my tribe. I want to educate, inspire, and support those women.  More readers equals more earnings (which is usually the point of a business, right?) but I've decided that I'd rather focus on attracting the RIGHT people to my blog and business, not just anyone and everyone. I realize that the real, true, authentic ME is not everyone's cup of tea, and I'm ok with that. ;)  So having said that...

     If you are a whiner, a complainer, an excuse maker, a negative nancy, a super duper high maintenance materialistic person, someone who dislikes animals, a hater of Christians, a political nut, a closed-minded person who thinks your way is the only way (your religion, veganism/vegetarianism/etc, political views, or anything else for that matter), a "Mother" who pushes her child(ren) off on anyone and everyone who breathes, a person against home-schooling, etc- this probably isn't a blog that you will enjoy.

However, if you can relate to any of the following- WELCOME! <3

  • You like to save money (on health & beauty, fashion, house-hold items, groceries, entertainment, etc) 
  • You enjoy spending time with your loved ones (you do not strive to be away from them as much as humanly possible.)
  • You care enough about your family to want to reduce the amount of chemicals they are subjected to at home.
  • You are interested in saving money, homeschooling, essential oils, homesteading, making money online, home remedies, handmade gift ideas, DIY,  RV-ing, etc and/or reading about relationships, parenting, faith, etc.
  • You would like to live a more self-sufficient life (being able to take care of yourself and your family without having to rely on grocery stores, doctors, etc so much or any at all in case of emergency.)
  • You love animals (you may have fur-babies that you would like to know how to better care for, at home.)
  • You want to look and feel good without spending a ton of money.
  • You are a Christ-follower (not a super strict "religious" person obsessed with laws and regulations.)
  • You care about and have compassion for your fellow human beings (you do not hate or feel no compassion whatsoever towards homeless, addicts, other religions, etc.)
  • You're not into forcing your beliefs onto other people.

     If you're still here after reading this post- congrats and welcome to the tribe! lol.  Please "Subscribe" by clicking the red "Subscribe Now" button on the right side of the page (or just CLICK HERE) and be sure to invite your friends who also fit-the-bill! ;)  In an effort to truly find my tribe, I will be giving away the following items upon reaching the following subscription goals:

When we reach 100 subscribers- 1 fashion jewelry piece of your choice from our available stock.
When we reach 200 subscribers-  1 tube of our awesome whitening toothpaste.
When we reach 300 subscribers- 1 15mL bottle of therapeutic essential oil.
When we reach 400 subscribers- 1 pair of buttery-soft leggings of your choice.
When we reach 500 subscribers- 1 pair of buttery-soft leggings of your choice & 1 fashion jewelry piece of your choice.

     Also, if you have not yet joined our facebook group, you can do so HERE! 

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     P.P.S. I will be going through my list weekly and removing those who are not opening any of my emails. So if you're subscribing JUST to be entered into the drawing/giveaway and have absolutely no interest in the content shared on my blog, I will be able to see that and you will be unsubscribed (and thus not entered into the drawing.) Please save you and I both some time and ONLY subscribe if you're interested in being a reader of my blog.
 

Monday, May 8, 2017

DIY Chemical-Free Sunscreen!


     Commercial sunscreen is full of nasty chemicals and toxins! Eliminate that toxin exposure by quickly whipping up a jar of DIY Chemical-Free Sunscreen! It is super easy and only takes a few minutes!



Items Needed:

  1. A Glass jar with lid.
  2. 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
  3. 2 TBS. Shea Butter.
  4. 1 TBS. Pomegranate oil. 
  5. 3/4 Cup Coconut Oil.
  6. 2 TBS. Zinc Oxide. 

Directions:

  1. Combine the coconut oil, pomegranate oil, shea butter, and lavender oil in the glass jar.  
  2. Heat 2 inches of water in a pot over medium/low heat.
  3. Place the jar inside of the pot of water. 
  4. Stir gently to melt ingredients. 
  5. Add zinc oxide and mix well.
  6. Store your chemical-free sunscreen in a cool location.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Yummy Knead-Free Sandwich Bread, from Scratch.



  Hey yall! I stumbled across this post on my OLD blog, from 4 years ago, and decided to transfer it over here. This bread is DELICIOUS, still my favorite bread to date! Enjoy!  <3

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     Hi guys! I started making our sandwich bread a few months ago and I've tried 3 different recipes so far. The one I will be sharing with you tonight is my absolute FAVE! The only bad thing about this bread is that it doesn't last long- it will begin to stale about 24 hours after you bake it. I've never actually kept track to see how long it lasts before it starts to mold (we've had 1/2 loaf mold so far, which totally broke my heart!) but it wasn't very long. Just a few days. So if you don't think you/your family can eat 2 loaves before they go bad, you may choose to only bake 1 of them at a time OR bake them both together and then freeze the 2nd loaf. In any event, even though it doesn't stay fresh very long- it is sooooooo worth it! It is honestly the BEST tasting bread I have EVER tasted in my life. I absolutely LOVE it! It makes the BESSSTTT toast!!!!! Especially when slathered with some nice fresh home-made butter! Mmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  When I first started making this bread, I seriously ate 4-6 slices of toast per day for about a week- THAT is how good it is! haha. Alright alright, I'll stop teasing you now and just give you the recipe so you can try it for yourself! =) If you try this recipe, please leave a comment here on this post letting me know how you like it. I hope you and your family love it as much as we do! =)

     Ingredients:
  • 5 1/2 cups of all purpose flour.
  • 1 TBS of instant yeast (you can also use 1 1/4 TBS of active dry yeast.)
  • 1 TBS of Kosher Salt.
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups of warm (not hot!) water.
  • Baking/Cooking spray.

     Directions:
  • Combine the flour, yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Slowly add water, mixing until dough is wet throughout and there are no dry spots.
  • Cover mixing bowl with a warm, wet cloth/towel and allow to sit/rise for 4 1/2- 5 hours.
  • Dump dough out onto a floured cutting board.
  • Half the dough.
  • Shape dough into loafs. Place loafs into greased bread pans.
  • Allow to sit/rise 1-2 additional hours.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 200 degrees.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 2017 Family Update!



Hi guys! I hope everyone's doing well tonight!  <3  

I just wanted to hop on here and do a quick "update" post, since I haven't done one in a while....

We are still (slowly but surely) getting our mini-farm going here in WV. We have been building fence; planning the garden & orchard; tilling the garden; planning the chicken coop, chicken run, and goat lot; etc.  Just trying to get everything all set up and taken care of before we bring in the farm critters! ;) 

Speaking of critters, I don't believe I have even posted an update since we lost one of our fur-babies, Skye :(  and adopted our newest fur-baby (Chloe.)  Sometimes I think my Skye-girl was reincarnated into Chloe, because they are soooooooooooooo much alike! lol. Chloe had a very rough start, she was really sick when we got her and spent a lot of time at the vet. We didn't think she was going to make it there for a few days, but she's doing wonderfully now and is spoiled rotten. =)

We are finishing up our second year of homeschooling and looking forward to summer break. We'll just be doing a simple reading program through-out the summer to keep Aidan going with his reading. It's hard to believe he'll be in first grade next year, he's growing like a weed!

Aannnnnd speaking of Aidan, he will be turning SIX on Saturday! Yes, really! It just doesn't seem possible, does it? We have been asking him for a couple months what he wants to do for his birthday, thinking he'd want to go to the zoo or something again....but no, all he wants to do is stay home and fly his drone that he's soooo sure he's going to get for his birthday, lol. (Of course he DID get his drone, and I know he's going to love it!) So we're just going to do a simple hot dog-roast in the fire-pit with cake, ice cream, and chips...open gifts, and fly his drone. 

I have started working with a few more network marketing, affiliate marketing, etc companies recently simply because they have GREAT products that I want to share with the world! So many people are struggling financially and want/need specific products but can't afford the higher end options. These new companies I'm working with now take care of that price issue! AMAZING products at AFFORDABLE prices! Leggings that are made from the exact same materials as LLR but without the ridiculous price tag, PURE essential oils without the ridiculous price tag, and some AWESOME whitening toothpaste and curling/extending mascara at an AFFORDABLE price! If you'd like more info on any of them, feel free to check out the SHOP WITH US tab at the top of the page here on our blog, message me on facebook, and/or check out our facebook group for more info. I believe in not putting all of your eggs in one basket, so I now have SEVERAL baskets lol. MCA is still my MAIN business, though. =)
 
I have also started to share a lot more info/tips/tricks in the facebook group and here on the blog. Home Remedies, Pet Care, Home Business, Homesteading, RV-ing, etc. So if you're interested in any of those topics, definitely go check that out.
 
Oh! Aidan now has his own little business going, he wants to help us get our goats sooner! He's coloring 8x10 animal pictures and framing them for $15 bucks. He has made a little over $100 so far. ;)

My internet is working horribly tonight, so I am not going to waste my time trying to upload new pics in this blog post. If you'd like to check them out, just go to my personal facebook page and look at the most recent albums there. =) 

Until next time,
          Missy  <3 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to do your laundry while traveling in an RV.

  

     When we were traveling full-time, a question that we heard a lot was "How do you laundry living in an RV/travel trailer/5th wheel/etc?!?" So I thought I'd take a few minutes to make a blog post about this simple, yet curious, question lol.

     The short answer is, you do it the same way you'd do it in a house. If you're traveling, your RV/travel trailer/5th wheel/etc is your HOME, right? So do it however you'd do it at home, lol.  If you have power hookups or enough solar power/generator/etc and room for a tiny washing machine like THIS (click the photo to view item description, price, etc):
OR THIS (Click photo for details):


Simply purchase and use it like a regular sized washing machine.

     If you do NOT have the room and/or enough power supply for an electric washing machine, well, how would you do it if you were living in a HOUSE with no washing machine? Let's briefly discuss our options here...

1. A laundromat. Personally I hate going to the laundromat, so this is a last resort for me. Others, however, do not mind it at all. Depending on the area you're staying in, the condition of the washers and dryers, and the amount of laundry you have- this option can get expensive fairly quickly.

2. A tiny foot pedal washing machine like THIS

3. A washboard like THIS or THIS.

4. A mobile hand-powered washer (otherwise known as a laundry plunger) like THIS or THIS.

     Then simply hang your laundry to dry on a line (tied from tree to tree, tied on your awning, etc) or on a drying rack like THIS:

     As for WHERE to do the laundry (using the washboard or laundry plunger) you can use your bath tub, a 5 gallon bucket, a tote, or if all else fails- the river/creek/etc.

     Some people over-complicate things...it's a really simply task that isn't that big of a deal. As long as you use a good detergent, rinse well, use clothes-pins so the laundry doesn't blow away while hanging outside to dry, and do your laundry often (so you do not have a massive amount to do all at once) it's honestly not bad at all.  =)

     I hope this information was helpful for those who are considering going on the road, planning a long camping trip, or just those who are curious about live on the road. Please share this post with anyone you think may find value in it. Thanks so much!

                                                  Until next time,
                                                              Missy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Safely Clip Your Dog's Toe-nails, at Home.




     Clipping a dog's toe-nails can be a stressful experience for some doggy-parents (and the dogs themselves.) But it doesn't have to be that way! Today I'd like to share some tips with you that will ensure a calm and safe experience during your next nail-clipping session.


     1. If you can hear your dog's nails clicking on the floor when he/she walks, it's time for a trim. The nails should not touch the floor. Dogs that spend a lot of time walking on concrete and other hard surfaces typically do not need their nails trimmed as often, since the hard surfaces help to keep them filed down.


    2. Something that a lot of people do not know is that the quick actually grows longer as the nail grows longer and recedes once the nail has been clipped. Therefore, if you do not clip your dog's nails very often, the quick will grow/extend further out, making it difficult to clip them to a proper length. However, you can clip them a little at a time and the quick will gradually recede- allowing you to finally reach the desired length. Just clip what you can, without "quicking" your dog, and check every couple days to see if the quick has receded enough to clip a bit more off. Once they have reached the desired length (just shy of touching the floor while the dog is standing) you can start clipping them more often to keep them where they need to be.


     3. If your dog is terrified of clippers, you can bring them out during play and gradually get your dog used to the clippers being around their feet, making the clipping noise, etc before you actually CLIP the nails. Even if it takes a few days to get your dog used to the clippers, it will be much less stressful than forcing a terrified dog who is literally freaking out with every single snip.


     4. Gather all supplies beforehand. This includes dog clippers, treats (if needed), muzzle (if needed), and an anti-coagulant (Helichrysum essential oil, styptic powder, or cornstarch) in case you accidentally "quick" your dog. By the way, try not to feel horrible if this does happen- it happens to everyone at some point, even the professionals. Promptly dip the toe-nail in an anti-coagulant, your pooch will be ok! ;)


     5. Hold the paw gently but firmly. Separate the toes with your fingers.


     6. If there is long hair in the way of cutting the toe-nails, carefully trim the hair first with scissors so you do not pull it with the clippers (not only do you risk pulling the hair and startling your pooch, but the hair will also dull your clippers.)


     7. Position yourself BELOW the dog so you are clipping from below, not above. This will help keep the cut straight and decrease the likelihood of cutting the nails too short, into the quick.


     8. Be sure to cut the nails straight, not at an angle. To help with this, you can allow the handles of your clippers to gently touch the toe-pads of your dog's paw.


     9. For white toe-nails, trim a little at a time until you are just shy of reaching the quick (the pink part that you can see through the nail.) If you have trouble seeing it, you can shine a flashlight at the toe-nail to help illuminate the quick/blood-line. Gently file the nail afterwards, if needed.


     10. For black toe-nails, trim a little at a time until you can see a small gray spot in the center of the toe-nail when looking at the tip head-on.  That small gray spot signifies the beginning of the quick. (See photo below.) Gently file the nail afterwards, if needed.




     11. If you or your dog are extremely uncomfortable with at-home nail clipping, please take him/her to a groomer or veterinarian for a nail trim. It doesn't cost that much. Ask them to walk you through the process while they are doing it, in case you want to attempt it again the next time your dog needs a trim.


     I hope these tips are helpful for you and if you have any questions, feel free to comment below. If you found this information useful or you know someone who may, please share it with them. Sharing is caring! <3

     Until next time,
        Missy

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 WV State Fair.

Aidan and I waiting on the  Travis Tritt / Charlie Daniels Band concert to begin.  <3


     Hi guys! Yes, I'm behind, AGAIN! lol.  The WV State Fair was in August, sorry for the delay! But in any event...here ya go! =)

     This year we went to the For King & Country / Matt Maher concert as well as the Travis Tritt / Charlie Daniel's Band concert. Both were great! For King & Country and Travis Tritt are 2 of my faves! =) Joel (For King & Country) came out into the crowd and was about 2 feet from me. I was (still am!) super thankful that it was him that came out instead of    because the crazed teen girls behind us would have went insane had he came out there, ROFL.

     For once we all got Mega-passes to ride, instead of just Aidan, since he's tall enough to ride a lot more things now. We all had a great time! Well, until a couple days later when my sun-roasted face became severly swollen, I found out that I had sun-poisoning again, and had to get a shot in the booty, lol...that wasn't so great... haha. I would include a couple shots of my face in the album below, but I don't want anyone making reports of an alien invasion- because that's precisely what I looked like, LOL!

     You will find the 2016 WV State Fair photo album below. Talk to you soon! =)  

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 2016 Update =)

     Hi guys!!! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted an update! I actually didn't realize just how long it had been until today. =( I hope everyone's doing well!!!!

     We finally got our roof re-sealed and the front & sides of our mobile home painted (still have the back to do when weather permits. We decided on tan with green shutters & underpinning), gathering supplies to build our fence, fighting the neighbors cows who won't stay out of our yard, building my awesome work at home team, working on my studies, getting things together for Aidan's school (our Kindergarten homeschool year begins in September!) some vehicle engine repair, Dale-working, and trying to beat the heat! It's been hotter than usual here this summer- to the point of me feeling like I will pass out when I go outside for 5 minutes. I'm definitely glad we're not in TX right now. As miserable as I am here in WV, I'd be dying in TX lol.

     We still have a lot to get done before winter arrives... fence built, fire wood cut, car painted, Motorhome roof re-sealed, back of mobile home painted, Aidan's room painted, etc. With Dale working 6 days/week and crappy weather (melt your skin off hot and/or pouring down the rain) we'll see how that goes...

     Aidan recently learned to ride his bike with no training wheels, and on the very first day of the training wheels coming off! He's such a big boy! =) He told me "Training wheels slow you down, Mommy!" hmm..yes, son, that's precisely the reason why you haven't gotten the gas powered 4wheeler you've been wanting yet lol!!! He's going to be a little speed demon, lol.

     The WV State Fair is coming up and Aidan's super excited for the rides. I'm more excited for the concerts, lol. =) What would life be like with no music?!? I can't even imagine!

     We've been trying to get our 10x20 lofted barn building moved from over at our old house to where we live now, for MONTHS. If it ever gets here, it will be my new office & craft area. I finally broke down and turned our motorhome into a temporary craft room for the time being, so I could at least FIND my things when I need them. Having it all stored under the bed and having to dig through 1,000 boxes when I need something was getting super annoying, lol. So hopefully the building gets moved before winter! I was hoping to get it set up, insulated, interior walls up, and decorated before winter but I don't see that happening at this point. We'll be lucky to even have it here by then from the looks of it, lol.

     Oh! I almost forgot! We got a new puppy! Yes, yes, ANOTHER dog lol! Everyone meet our rotten little SKYE girl. I, for one, am glad to have another female in the house. Me & Stormy (our cat) have been outnumbered for way too long! bahahaha...
Until next time! "Collect moments, not things!" XOXO

Monday, May 23, 2016

10 Ways to Kick a Head-Ache Naturally.


     Everyone gets a headache at some point or another. Some even suffer with head-aches every single day. So whether you're an occasional head-ache sufferer or a daily head-ache sufferer, today I'd like to share with you 10 ways to kick a head-ache NATURALLY! No meds required! If you know of any others, please share them with us by commenting below! =)

10. Drink water!

9.  Caffeine- coffee, chocolate, etc.

8. Try a hot or cold compress while lying down in a dark quiet room.

7. Inhale steam from boiling water, a hot shower, etc.

6. Do some yoga.

5. Massage (or ask someone else to) your face and scalp.

4. Take an epsom salt bath (while drinking plenty of water!)

3. Eat a handful of almonds.

2. Submerge your feet in warm water and (while bending your head forward) place an ice pack on the back of your neck.

1. Massage some peppermint oil diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc) into your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck.


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Importance of Forgiveness



     "I forgive but I don't forget." I'm sure you've heard someone say this before. Maybe you've even said it yourself. (I have.)  But in all actuality, forgiveness should be like a cancelled note- torn, burned, & never spoken of again. Colossians 3:13 says "Make allowance for each other's faults and forgive anyone who offends you."
 
     Nothing is gained from harboring past hurts in our hearts. The truth is, forgiveness is a process. If you can't think about this hurt without getting upset or angry, you haven't truly forgiven & therefore you can't forget. So whether you are one of those people who periodically throw up past mistakes/hurts during arguments with a spouse/friend/relative or you fight them all internally- you haven't 100% forgiven. If you had, you would have "forgotten" about it and it would no longer be worth talking or thinking about.
 
     Refusing to forgive can ruin relationships and poison the soul of the person harboring the un-forgiveness in their heart. Holding on to those hurts and not offering forgiveness can create rage, anger, and bitterness. Honestly, if you can't find it in yourself to forgive someone for THEM, then do it for YOURSELF! Free YOURSELF of that anger, hurt, and pain in your heart. Allow yourself to just release it. "Let go and let God!" Matthew 6: 14-15 says: "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly father will forgive you for your own sins. But if you refuse to forgive others, your father will not forgive you."
 
     I know someone who's daughter was raped and killed- tied to a bumper & drug down the road. She forgave the man who did this terrible, violent act. The man who took the life of her daughter, her flesh and blood. She even writes to him in prison!
  
     Years ago a Korean Christian father lost his only child (his son) to a very troubled young man. When the judge was about to issue the young man's sentence, the father asked for permission to speak. Shocking everyone in the court room, the father asked the judge for permission to adopt this troubled young man, since he no longer had a son! And his request was granted! He looked past the evil in this young man's life & extended mercy, love, and forgiveness. (A similar thing happened in the 1980's in Kentucky, you can check that story out here if you'd like.)
     
     In the Bible, Stephen prayed for & forgave those who were stoning him to death (Acts 7:60.)  And best of all- Jesus prayed for & forgave those who had beaten, mocked, and crucified him (Luke 23:34.)
 
     Chances are, the people that have hurt you & I did not do things to us/our loved ones that are as terrible as the acts quoted above. But if those people forgave their offenders, for those terrible acts, then why do we find it so difficult to forgive those who have hurt us in much less severe ways?
 
     True forgiveness is easier said than done. But in order to move forward with others and have internal peace & closure, it's something we all must do. Whether they deserve that forgiveness or not.

     Whether you're forgiving someone & moving forward with your relationship or you've moved on, parting ways, and are forgiving them for your own sanity: Don't let those memories and hurts steal your joy and peace. Find a way to truly forgive & forget. If needed, ask God to help you. He will gladly do so.


     "Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us."  (Matthew 6:12)

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review of The Salt Cave & Spa in White Sulphur Springs, WV



The Salt Cave & Spa in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
Located at: 6705 Pocahontas Trail  White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986.
 
Review completed in May 2016.

Cleanliness of the facility-  1  2  3 4

Friendliness of the staff
- 1 2 3 4 5 

Overall rating of the attraction
- 1  2  3 4 5

Notes:   The Salt Cave & Spa is an adorable man-made cave that provides Salt Room/Halotherapy, Foot Detox, Massage, Biomat, Body Treatments, Facials, Light Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Yoga, and a store/shop. I have been here twice, for the Salt Room/Halotherapy. Halotherapy has many health benefits and is very relaxing. The price is $15 for 45 minutes. I do not know what the prices are for the other services, but they are listed on the website (link above.) It is a nice, quiet, relaxing environment. There is a "sand-box" inside the salt-room for children, although I have never seen any children there. All in all, this is a neat, clean, peaceful, relaxing place.  =)

Would you recommend The Salt Cave & Spa to others?  YES.

Would you visit The Salt Cave & Spa again?  YES.

Below are the photos that were taken during our first visit to The Salt Cave & Spa:
If you are unable to view the slideshow above, simply click HERE.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mother's Day 2016.




     For Mother's Day this year Dale & Aidan treated my mom, my mother-in-law, and I to a Halotherapy/Salt Room session at the Salt Cave and Spa (review coming soon!) It was my second visit there, but a first for both my mom and mother-in-law. Surprisingly, we had the salt room to ourselves- which was nice. Dale and Aidan played on the play center outside, during our session. ;)  It was a nice relaxing day.

     Be sure to keep an eye out for my review post, in the next couple days. I hope all of you mamas reading this had a wonderful Mother's Day as well!  =) 

     Here are the pics taken on Mother's Day. If you're unable to view the slideshow below, try going here instead. P.S. Please take a moment to comment on this post and SHARE it! To share, just click on the red "share" button below or look for the gray facebook/email/pinterest/twitter/etc icons below (depending on what type of device you're on.) Thank you so very much for your support!!! =)