Morning pick up- car diffuser recipe

We all like a little pick me up in the morning. especially if your on the way to the gym early, going into work early, long commutes…anything really.

I purchased this cute this diffuser from a local health food store.

It plugs into the USB outlet and heats up and has a small fan.

it comes with a couple pads that you put the oil on to use.

For my pick me up in the morning, I was going with something that would give me energy before work.

I combined lemon, peppermint, and ylang ylang on the pad.

It does give off a nice aroma but I’m not sure how much energy in getting out of it lol.

Do you have an air freshener or perfume or something else that you like to give yourself a pick me up in the morning ?

share with me!

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Thieves Hand Santizer

Did you know that your hand sanitizer for bath and body works or even the local store have tons of chemicals that are harmful if ingested?

Yes, I know I like the sanitizer. they smell nice. they look pretty in little bottles and cute colors.

You aren’t going to ingest them, just put them on your hands.. then your going to touch that fruit you have been eyeing with those hands. those hands that have all those chemicals on them…. and now you have ingested them.

Instead of using those hand sanitizers, make your own.

To make thieves hand sanitizer you will need : a bottle, aloe Vera, thieves essential oil, vitamin e.

First, you will need to fill the bottle with aloe vera about 2/3 full. Then fill with vitamin e 1/4 teaspoon.

Now you add 6 drops of thieves essential oil.

Mix this all together by shaking the bottle. It will look a little cloudy.

Add water to get it to a consistency that you like. I went pretty thin on the squirt bottle and a little thicker on the squeeze bottle.

This hand sanitizer smells amazing. it has cinnamon base that I truly enjoy smelling.

are you going to make this ? Let me know how it turns out and tag me in your post!

Essential oils

Have you heard of essential oils?

In the last 6 months, I have really started learning about essential oils.

I started learning more about them when my anxiety was getting worse and I was researching things that didn’t have to do with medication.

As I researched I found different companies that sell essential oils. there are companies that bring in a lot of money —doterra and young living. I have both of these companies oils and I love them.

I also have oils from Aura Cacia, NOW, plant therapy, and Rocky mountain oils. These are all awesome companies. I don’t have one favorite over the other. I know that there are companies that are better than the other. But if I can find the research that I want regarding the essential oils, then I like to try a little of everything lol.

I have collected a lot of different oils– one here.. two there. but never a starter kit.

I recently spent the money, close to $160, and bought the starter kit from young living.

I fell instantly in love with this kit! in the kit you get 10 oils, 1 mystery oil, small roller bottles, samples of oils, samples of ningxia red, catalog, magazine, and a diffuser.

after this kit came In the mail… I’ve gone a little crazy with purchasing oils. lol. so much that my bf told me I have to have an allowance !

since the kit I have made with this kit and other oils I have: thieves hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, car diffuser, skin cleansing pod solution and many different diffuser blends.

I know that this post isn’t a lot of information regarding oils.. but I’m learning. I don’t want to publish anything without a lot of research and that is what I suggest for anyone that is interested in essential oils. RESEARCH!

do you use essential oils ?

which ones are your favorite?

please stay tuned for future posts !!

Pumpkin library book

This weekend the library was offering a class to turn a library book into a pumpkin.

I love everything fall, so I had to take part in this activity.

First, you need a paperback book. Take off the covers.

Trace onto the book the shape of your pumpkin. It is easier to use an exacto knife but we had to use scissors. It is doable with the scissors just more time consuming.

Basically keep going around the traced circle until you have your pumpkin cut out.

Once you have it cut out, take the front and back pages of the book and hot glue them together.

Fan our the pages to make it look like a fuller pumpkin. you might need to hot glue in some places to make it look fuller.

As you can see… mine has a mind of its own. I had to glue on multiple spots and go thru each page to seperate them to open up wider.

Next, use orange spray paint to coat your pumpkin. Paint to your preference. I just did the edges.

Hot glue a branch into the middle. Take some ribbon yo make the vine.

It isn’t perfect, but I think it gives my house character.

I love anything fall and this definitely fits in!

Have you done this project before ? Are you going to do it? Let me know and tag me in your post if you accomplish it !

30th birthday party

Today is my boyfriend’s 30th birthday. He wouldn’t tell me what he wanted for his birthday…so I turned to Pinterest. I happened to come across some posts about 30 things for 30 years, 30 best birthday gifts, 30 gag gifts… etc I came up with a couple cute ideas. I didn’t know exactly what I was going for when I went to the store, but as I walked down the aisles I was finding things. Basically, we bought him gifts that he loves. Like his coffee, creamer, cups, candy. Threw in some funny humor… lubricant oil, blow pops, pop rocks, etc. I didn’t spend a lot. I went to the dollar store and basically got the gag gifts. Then we went to Wal-Mart to get some of the more expensive gifts. For example, his socks, coffee, dremel kit, movie.. After buying everything, we put them in numbered bags with a little saying on the bottom. They were corny. I know. A couple mishaps happened… the donuts were smashed because the cat decided to jump on the box. The ‘zero’ to complete the 30 some how never made it home…? Here is the finished project…all 30 gifts! I have to say, he loved it.He did laugh a lot. But was very surprised.

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

download (3)Author of The Couple Next Door, brings another awesome book called A Stranger in the House.

About the book:

Karen Krupp is at home one evening making dinner for Tom, her husband. The next thing she knows she is waking up in a hospital, not able to remember anything. Tom finds out that she rushed out of her house with no purse, keys,  or locking the door, and speeding away to a neighborhood that she would never be in.

The police are saying that there is more to the story then just a traffic accident, especially when a body turns up dead in the same area. Who is this man and how is he connected to Karen?

Tom doesn’t want to believe what the police are telling him. His wife doesn’t do these things and he knows Karen the best, right? Or does your best friend know you better?

What do you believe ?

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What I thought about the book.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS. DO NOT READ PAST HERE!

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The book took me quite a long time to get into it.

I felt that it was boring for the first couple of chapters. Then I got to about half way thru the book and I couldn’t put it down.

What was the turning point? I’m not sure, I just got to the point that I didn’t want to put it down.

The book definitely has twists and turns. I had a feeling that she was connected to the death of the man due to her feeling like someone was in the house. It had to be either a family member or a ex-husband. Finding out that it was her ex-husband that she ran away from because he was abusive was what I was expecting. What I wasn’t expecting was to find out that he wasn’t an abusive husband but she had taken him for his money and ran away.

I was thrown when I found out that her best friend was obsessed with Tom. But even more thrown when Brigid wasn’t even the one that killed the man but witnessed Karen killing him. Was that the truth? Did she really remember what was going on or just faked the amnesia? Who killed the man?

But that ending??! She is pregnant?!? What is going to happen now? I was left with so many questions! 

By far the book was very good. I wish that I would have been more into it right away and didn’t take reading half the book to start to get interested.  I am wondering if she is going to make a sequel? I also felt like the book was rushed at the end. Like the author was throwing in so many different twists that she just ended it.

Have you read it?

What did you think of it?

Veggie stuffed chicken

Have you ever found a recipe on pinterest and your sucked in to the picture. It looks so easy to make and so good. But then you start cooking… your pictures are looking nothing like what you saw on pinterest?

Veggie stuffed chicken was that recipe for me.

Ingredients:

thin chicken breast

frozen chopped broccoli

frozen peppers and onions

mayo

diced tomatoes

shredded cheese

Also cooked this with rice on the side.

First, if your chicken breast is not thin, use a mallet and flatten it out.

next take the frozen vegetables and tomatoes. mix together with mayo and cheese. I basically eyeballed how much mayo I used. I didn’t want to much but enough.

I used a cast iron skillet and put the chicken on the edge. that way i could stuff and then turn over.

I cooked in the oven for 30 minutes on 350*. it did get watery. I’m sure because of the vegetable and mayo

I served with yellow rice on the side.

It tasted good…but it looks less than appetizing

this is how it was suppose to look from Pinterest.

Cooking together- pork chops, green beans, potatoes

The bf and I don’t get to cook together very often. Last night, we both were off work at a decent time and were able to sit down and cook together.

On the menu:

Thick cut pork chops

Green beans

potatoes

I know that it doesn’t sound like a lot. Or really anything fancy, but that wasn’t the point. It was us cooking together.

Basically, we cut up the potatoes into slices, mixed with olive oil and seasoning.

The green beans were tossed with olive oil and seasoning.

Both were put into the oven at 350* for 20 minutes. Took out half way and tossed.

The pork chops were seasoned and also put into the oven. they prob would have been better on the grill, but we realized we didn’t have any propane. lol

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Rambler’s rambling week to-do Sept 11-17th

september4My expectations that I am going to be able to stick to tracking everything in my planner, blogging on time, family life, working out, etc are high for this week. I just spent the last hour planning out bills and writing everything down for the rest of the month. I am hoping that I can get back on track with my weight and exercising routine. I’m trying not to make excuses but I know that with the bf work schedule and kid after school activities that the classes I usually take at night I won’t be able to go to.

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Here are some of the things that I am up to this week:

Monday

  • I am working 8 to 5pm. bf working 730 to 630 and kid has school and ymca after leavesschool
  • return library books
  • dinner is beef and mushroom stew with salad
  • body pump class 5-6 am. I better go!!!

Tuesday

  • I possible will be going into work around 9 and 3:30 to sit in on some interviews. bf is off work and kid school.
  • archery practice 5:30- 7 pm
  • Mary’s thirty-one virtual live party is at 630
  • piloxing? or if not working take the body pump class at 8:30 am.images (9)
  • dinner is beef goulash

Wednesday

  • I work 8 to 5 pm. bf works 2 to 630. kid at school and ymca after school care
  • going to bf parents for dinner to help set up for garage sale
  • body pump at 5-6 am

Thursday

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  • boy scouts 630-730
  • dinner is beef and noodles with salad
  • piloxing at 645 pm hopefully

Friday

  • I work 8 to 5. unsure on bf schedule yet
  • body pump 5-6 am
  • Jenny’s thirty-one party starts!
  • dinner is broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken with couscous and vegetables

 

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Saturday/ Sunday

  • unsure on bf schedule yet
  • going to local johnny appleseed fair either Saturday/sunday
  • Saturday possible piloxing

Week in review Sept 4-11th

Good afternoon everyone! how has your week gone? mine has been good, but very busy. I had a whole week planned out and it did go pretty well and according to plan. ok…well. I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to. I need to get better with that.

Tuesday

This was a very busy day for us! lots of running around. found out that I will not be working 8 to 430pm on Tuesdays any more. gotta love changes in the medical field. or changes in the work field in general.

  • set up crockpot before leaving for work. Chicken, green bean, stuffing crockpot mix (look for a post) I came home at lunch and did this
  • work 8am – 4:30 pm
  • pick up kid from the ymca and get back to the school by 5 pm for archery practice until 7 pm. found out that archery practice starts at 530 NOT 5. kid ended up walking home, my sister was at my house.
  • call library and cancel class for tonight
  • post recipe
  • send a future hostess a message regarding setting up a party on thirty-one
  • take pictures of thirty-one packages that should have arrived today!!
  • bill plan based on paycheck notice
  • set up workout bag, working out on Wednesday ! no excuses!
  • take back library movies and two books

Like I mentioned this was a very busy day. I ended up having to rush home at lunch to put food in crockpot. I got off work at 4:30 pm. rushed home to get the kid to archery practice until 7 pm. the bf ended up not getting off work till 8 pm. while he was at work, the kid and I separated out the Thirty-one products that I recently received. we made a live video which was fun to do!

Wednesday

  • body pump 5-6am I totally went to class and got my butt beat
  • work 8 to 5 pm. bf working 2-630pm. kid school then pick up at ymca
  • dinner, lemon garlic chicken with pasta
  • write up hostess letter for thirty-one

i’m not sure what happened but after work I cooked dinner and then started to not feel well. I ended up falling asleep on the couch and waking up Thursday feeling like I was run over by a truck.

Thursday

  • work 8 am to 5 pm. bf off work. kid at school
  • pay car bill, pay cell bill also paid credit card, trash
  • beef and noodles in crockpot when off work we went out to Mexican instead
  • go to piloxing from 645 to 730 nope!
  • kid will be doing archery 5 to 615, boy scouts 630 to 730 found out that archery is only on Tuesdays right now. I hate changes and miscommunication!
  • pack workout bag for Friday, body pump in AM did not pack bag, just laid everything out in bathroom

i had every intention to go to piloxing that night but after getting off work, Mexican sounded so much better. it worked out that we went there before scouts and then came home to relax.

Friday

  • body pump 5-6 am did not go 😦
  • work 8-5 pm, bf work 730-630, kid at school then goes to moms for the weekend
  • chicken with couscous we ended up going to a local fair for dinner
  • renew library books

The fair

every year around September a local fair is done. it has crafts, food, music, vendors. we rushed down there after work because we knew that we weren’t going to be able to get 20170908_212052to go on Saturday as planned. we sampled some pretzels with cheese, pioneer fries with cheese. the bf ended up getting steak tacos. I had a hobo potatoes. which Is basically mashed potatoes with steak, green peppers, tomatoes with cheese.

I also then ended up buying some things, spent way to much money!

20170910_160407First thing that I  bought was candle wax melts. they are from a local company that makes them their self. that is the beautiful thing about this fair, everything is local.

Second thing that I bought and the most expensive was young living essential oils. I love essential oils and have been eyeing the start up kit for young living essential oils. I will be taking my holistic nursing class in October to become certified and wanted to have oils for myself and that class. I registered for the kit and it will be delivered some time this week. I hope to post pictures of it soon. I also bought an essential oil bracelet. it is made with charcoal beads with an owl that I love.

 

Saturday

  • piloxing 930-1015 am
  • take Mary her hostess package
  • make Mary facebook thirty-one party page
  • spot clean animal cages
  • laundry
  • possible go to local fair?

i wanted to go to piloxing but i found out we were going to the bf’s parents house to get ready for a garage sale that they are having on Thursday. went to meet a friend around 9:15 am to drop off her Thirty-one product and quickly catch up. I also went to the library (surprise, surprise) and returned books…got more books. when i came home we ate lunch then went to the bf’s parents house. we ended up staying there from 2 pm to 9 pm setting everything out for a garage sale.

Sunday

  • make sure every that ordered thirty-one received their gifts! everyone but one!
  • double-check, no triple check Mary’s thirty-one party for Monday doing the finishing touches tonight
  • plan out rest of month pages in planner
  • laundry
  • pack work-out clothes for monday
  • blog sunday review

went grocery shopping which was not on the to-do. i love my thirty-one product the large utility tote! see everything that i bought at the store and how easily that it went into the bag?!?

my goal for the rest of the night is to post the two recipes that i did this week, my week to do list, library haul, and get dinner on the table.

how was your weekend? did you get everything done?