Friday, February 5, 2016

Clean Your Home in 10 Minutes

To say time is something that is limited in our busy everyday lives is an understatement! 
We all have the same 24 hours in each day but it seems that we're all stretched so very thin that sometimes our homes pay the consequences. 

Here's my go to list when it comes to a quick Clean around the house.
{ AKA 10 jobs you can do around the house in 10 minutes or less.} 
  1. Take out the Trash.
  2. Scrub the front of your refrigerator. 
  3.  Clean the mirrors in your home. 
  4. Sweep the Kitchen floors. 
  5. Mop the Kitchen floors.
  6. Make your Bed.
  7. Unload the dishwasher. (If that's done you might as well load it with any dirty dishes). 
  8. Clean the bathroom counter and sink. (Throw some toilet bowl cleaner in while your at it. I get mine at a discount HERE).  
  9. Vacuum the living room floor.  
  10.  Sweep your front entry way. 
Have a great weekend my friends!  
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Snow Ice Cream

We had a big snow storm blow in this week and lots of fresh snow with two and a half Snow Days off from school for the kids. So we made our first batch ever of Snow Ice Cream! 
It was super easy, didn't taste too bad and the kids loved it. 

Here's what you'll need: 
1 Cup Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/3 Cup Sugar
Pinch of salt 
8 Cups clean Snow
{I found the recipe HERE }

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


 This past weekend we had a little skiff of snow. Just enough for a little sledding behind the buggie :)
Compared to today's forecast this looks so minimal but we all had such a fun day.

Hope you all are staying warm in this blizzard that we're having here in Nebraska!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

My 9 Year Work Anniversary

9 years ago I took a huge leap of faith and started my journey working from home with an incredible company. Looking back I'm beyond grateful that I took that first step. I've received a pay-check every month while holding my babies, watching first steps, getting to go to school events, being available to help my husband, paying off debt, creating the best friendships and helping other families just like mine.
Beyond Thankful to be able to celebrate this Anniversary. 
Not everyone get's to be home with their family by their side while earning an income! 
Be Blessed!
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rocking Horse

 This rocking horse was my little sisters when she was a kid. Some how it wound its way to my grandmas and then back to my house. 

It's seen lots of love and rides. It was scuffed up, warn, missing a wood bar across the bottom, eyes, most of its mane and all of its tail. 

So I decided to bring it back to life!

 I used some of my favorite grey paint and distressed it.
 I then made a mane and tail for it and now it's alive again!
 Perfect size for this cute little 3 year old!
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Monday, January 25, 2016

The best PURE Essential Oils for Sleep

Right at a year ago the Nation Sleep Foundation released a new recommendation for how many hours individuals should sleep. We must have sleep in order to function well, think clearly, have a healthy weight and be our best selves.

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)
It was also stated that having oils, candles, or sachets in your room could be a calming part of your bedtime
routine and increase the quality of sleep you have each night. 

As your searching for Essential Oils remember that not all oils are created equally. Before you purchase any oils I recommend reading these two articles:
The Essential Oil Industry - What You Need to Know
Essential Oils and the "Therapeutic Grade" Myth

The top 7 Essential Oils for Sleep



  • Wonderfully calming and versatile
  • Add a few drops to warm bath or to your pillow at night
  • Can help condition skin and be used as a skin fragrance
  • Massage on temples, scalp and forehead
  • Diffuse for a light, but luxurious aromatic experience



  • Dilute with PURE Coconut or Sweet Almond Oil before use
  • Diffuse or add 5-7 drops to your preferred humidifier
  • Add to the laundry for purifying and freshness
  • Rub 2 drops in your palms and smell for a stimulating and clarifying experience



  • Grounding and relaxing aroma is perfect for meditation, balance and clarity
  • Warm and woodsy scent is perfect for calming massage therapy
  • Dilute and apply to the scalp
  • Known for its natural moth repellent effects

Ylang Ylang


  • Helps provide emotional balance and releases tension
  • Helps promotes healthy-looking skin and hair
  • Massage into neck, shoulders and tired feet
  • Rub 1-2 drops in palms and inhale deeply



  • Dilute with PURE Coconut or Sweet Almond Oil before use as needed
  • Diffuse to help unwind, uplift and promote relaxation
  • Can help soothe troubled skin
  • Known as a natural deodorizer



  • Massage on the temples, neck and shoulders
  • Diffuse or place in a humidifier for a warm, comforting environment
  • Can be used in a warm bath



  • Balancing and grounding to help promote calmness and relaxation
  • Can be used in a skin and beauty regimen
  • Diffuse or add a few drops to a warm bath

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Friday, January 22, 2016

{PLANNING} for our 2nd Bathroom

Happy Friday! 
It's always fun to get to the end of a work week. As we are looking to this weekend I have something in particular on my mind. Our 2nd Bathroom!!!!!! 

We've lived in our home for 6 years and slowly we have been recreating the upstairs and finishing the basement. 

During the past 12 years we have added 4 kids to the mix of our lives and it's come to the point that a second bathroom is on our "MUST DO" list. Our 3 girls are getting bigger and are to the point of monopolizing our one bathroom on the main floor. 

The fun part for me is I can start planning and deciding what I want that bathroom to look like. I have a very specific idea in mind of what I want the finished product to look like. But a few unknowns are still there. 

Bathroom Floor:
It is a basement after all. So there are concrete floors. I'm leaning towards staining the floors. I'm not in love with this color though. Thoughts?!
 I also love the look of this ceramic wood tile. I think it would be beautiful on the floor.
I'm feeling very confident in the area of a double vanity. Our girls are 10, 8 and 6 and I know that the extra counter space would be welcomed as they get older. We do have the square footage to do this too so that makes it more obtainable. 
 I love the raised sinks! But I am more in love with the old dresser turned into vanity (Now to find one that fits my ideas).
These lights are just the best! Rustic, but are they TOO rustic?!

This subway tile is so yummy! I love the timeless appeal of it with the dark grout.  
(I know for sure I want a stand up shower downstairs).

 But on the other hand a shower insert like this is clean, less upkeep but not sure if it's the ideal look I want.
This bead board ceiling and beautiful trim is exactly what I'm thinking. It has the charm of an old home and a cozy feel. 
 The fun part of this weekend is we're starting the framing process. Far from finished but the wheels are spinning. Have a great weekend my friends!
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