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Wiww: no fall in Florida.

We’ve been hitting some record highs here in Florida this fall.

Okay. I really don’t know if that is true because I don’t watch the weather. The farthest I go is checking the weather app on my phone. However, it’s been down right depressing here with no fall weather in sight. What makes it worse? My Timehop app keeps showing me pictures from last year where we were already able to wear boots and sweaters and scarves.

Yesterday I decided to take a stand and fall up my outfit as much as I could for an almost 90 degree day in November.

The results?

Fall in Florida outfit

So there you have it. This was my solution to wearing a fall-inspired outfit in Florida, where fall has yet to visit yet. Can you tell by my face that I’m a little less than enthused about having to come up with this fix to the problem I’m facing (I know, no fall in Florida is such a horrible problem to have…but man, I love me some scarves & booties!). What do you think? Yay or nay?

pleated poppy

Halloween with bigger kids.

Not quite BIG kids yet, but bigger.

At first, when they became old enough to pick out their own costumes, I would cringe a little bit. Gone were the days I was able to dress them in whatever outfits I wanted. Gone were the days I was able to dress them up as a trio, all three in their matching costumes. Letting them pick out their own (sometimes cheesy and charactery) costumes was hard.

This year though?

I think I almost died. You know, from the sheer cuteness in this photo.

Halloween 2015

So, maybe them picking out their own costumes isn’t quite that bad. & their still not BIG kids yet. You know, the ones that are too old for trick-or-treating all together.

Happy Halloween! Love, me & my crew.

An essential oil believer

Up until now, I liked my essential oils. I dabbled in them a few years back when I was asked to do a review. From that experience I mostly got how they helped with my allergies.

I thought about trying more here and there, I’m more about self healing than doctors and medicine and all that jazz. Blame it on my mom. She was never one to rush us to the doctor when I was sick.

Fast forward to this summer. My friend, Arcena, started to dabble in doTERRA herself and invited me to this little essential oils workshop. There was a really good deal going on that month and by the time the night was over I had pretty much ordered one of everything.

Since then I’ve used my oils in the diffuser I got, trying different blends here and there. But it wasn’t until Monday that I became a tried and true believer.

Sunday I had taken the kids to Universal because Mike had to work. We got drizzled on a little bit but mostly enjoyed the cooler (for Florida, it was cooler!) weather and lack of touristy crowds.

That night we had dinner with Mike’s parents and by the end of the evening I was getting a scratchy feeling in my throat. I went to bed early and woke up around 2 am with with a sinus headache and even worse sore throat. I decided to pull up a recipe for the flu bomb (something Arcena and I had just been talking about a few nights before). Along with that I looked up something for a sinus headache, too.

I rubbed a little Frankinscense, Peppermint and Lavender on my forehead and then gargled (and swallowed) On Guard, Melaleuca and Oregano and went back to bed. I woke up the next morning still feeling under the weather and repeated the same thing again before taking the kids to school.

Lucky for me, Monday’s are work from home days, so I curled up on the couch with some tea & honey and my laptop and worked/rested all morning. At lunch I mixed the rest of my flu bomb blend in with my soup (when you gargle with it, it can be a little spicy in your mouth and I wasn’t able to take it all that morning). I took one more dose around dinner time (this time I put it in a capsule and swallowed it like a pill) and that was it.

I had no more sore throat or sinus headache. Not even 24 hours after my symptoms started were they gone. It was really quite amazing.

There’s so much more I could be doing on a daily basis with my essential oils, I just need to take the time to learn it all. But for now, the flu bomb has done it for me, the money I spent in my oils is well worth it knowing I have this in my pocket come time I’m not feeling good again.

Want to learn more? Shoot me an email to and let’s talk.

Parenting, hardest gig you’ll ever have.

I remember when the girls were just babies, someone I know told me that it only gets harder as the kids get older. That the baby years may seem hard but you just don’t know what is coming. Man, can I attest to that now. Oh how I wish I could go back to the sleepless nightsContinue Reading

#wiww, transitioning into fall…

I haven’t shared one of these in quite some time. Maybe it’s because my favorite time of year to dress for has got to be the fall. Boots, scarves and bundling up. Everything looks feels cozy & looks cozy. Don’t let me confuse you though, this is not a fall outfit yet. Not in Florida.Continue Reading

Week 21-ish in #ourforeverfloridahome

The holidays are coming (what what!?) and I figured it was time for an update. Our first set of holidays in our new home, our forever home. Bringing old traditions into this new house, making new traditions and new memories. Ones that will last a lifetime. We haven’t done any projects since everything we didContinue Reading

First day of school: 2015

Another summer over and another first day of school in the books. First week of school really, since it’s taken me that long to get this post together. Want even more icing on the cake? We’ve already had our first case of the sickies…Lilah stayed home from school today! This year, Tucker’s in 2nd gradeContinue Reading

Officially official.

I’m not sure how long this quote will hold true for me, but for now it is. If you had told me two years ago that today I’d be NOT starting another school year this year, I wouldn’t have believed you. This year though, it’s official. My resignation was ratified at one of the lastContinue Reading

Week 15-ish in #ourforeverfloridahome

So, you may think by the lack of blogging I’ve done this summer that I have totally forgot how to do it. I promise that is not the case. I’m just doing it so much for all of my clients that I have next to no time to do it for myself. That & theContinue Reading