$10 Great Dates [Book In Review]


This book ended up to be exactly as I expected it to be; lots of ideas that are a little bit out of the ordinary for dating. The pages are filled with 52 different themed ideas ranging from Adventure dates to At-home dates. What I liked about it is that they give you the overall big picture first, and then break it down into strategies on how to prepare, and some points of conversation to go along with the theme. Some of the dates take a bit more preparation than others.
A bonus in the back of the book covers how to deal with the cost of babysitting. There are some really great ideas in that part. Overall, I thought this book was well written and creative!

Men’s Cologne

I made Jesse some new cologne today using my essential oils. Here’s the recipe:

I found this recipe on the Young Living blog, as a suggestion for Hong Kuai. hong-kuaiWhen I order oils, I always want to have at least two uses for the oil.
Ainsley ended up scanning for this oil, and as I was researching it to find more ways to use it, I found cologne.  Hong Kuai can be used as an emotional tool to boost confidence. Ylang ylang balances the male and female energy in the body and Idaho Blue Spruce can help boost testosterone in men. Not a bad trio to use as a cologne!

Killing Lice With Essential Oils

You know that dreaded feeling; the moment you realize your child has a head full of bugs. Ahhhh! I secretly wished that we would be able to dodge that bullet as a family, like entirely. I mean, I wash my kids’ hair for goodness sake! How did this happen? 10526046_10154347633425273_9106666046235257587_n
Well, regardless of how clean we think we scrub their heads, it turns out lice like a clean head. Go figure. This is what I found crawling through my four year old’s head. I could see it as I sat next to him eating my dinner. Nice right? In traditional mamma monkey fashion, I instinctively picked it off his head and started combing for more. When I found the second and third one, I started freaking out which led to a swift buzz cut.12485_10154347645530273_6653311468769641878_n
After we removed all of the live adults, I felt a bit better, but then it dawned on me that they lay eggs. Oh geeze! I didn’t have the first clue how microscopic those little devils could be, or how long it would take to kill them. (Lice newbie here.) As my husband turned to Facebook for advice, I turned to my Essential Oils Desk Reference; the encyclopedia of oils. Thankfully, there is a lice protocol and I had most of the oils listed for killing nits and eggs. That’s when I started feeling some relief. I didn’t have to run to the store and buy a special shampoo, I already had an arsenal on my counter-top. AND, I didn’t have to worry that I was soaking my four year old’s brain with hazardous pesticides.

Welcome Home, Hopkins Family!

Three weeks ago, we closed on our very own house! This is the second time we’ve ventured into this process of mortgages and commitment, and even though it’s a huge debt, I have an abundant amount of peace this time around. It feels like a gift from Jesus, straight from his heart. Have you ever just been blown away by how He loves you? Here’s the story behind the bricks….photo 2

Acne: My journey

It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with acne my entire adult life. Here’s my first post where I outed myself back in 2011 when I decided to journal my journey. It stinks to be a 33 year old woman who still deals with it. I had some high hopes I would be done with acne after the teen years! Here is an accumulative list of everything natural I’ve tried so far:

How to Earn Free Products from Young Living

This month in my Young Living order I received $186.75 worth of free product! Yep- And that number is conservative because it’s the discounted price. Retail is probably $200. How do you ask? By joining the Essential Rewards (ER) program. When you join you can earn free products two different ways.photo-2















Face To Face With Jesus [Book In Review]


This book is a MUST read for anyone who has a relationship with Jesus. It will rock your world. Growing up in America, I’ve never experienced persecution for my faith, but Samaa Habib has. She writes her autobiography for the reader almost like a diary; sharing every profound thought and feeling. Growing up Muslim, she gives a chronicled story of her childhood, and young adult life. The suspense begins in the first chapter when she recalls her death; a bomb explodes in her Christian church and she is inches away from it. From that point on, you will be hooked! I had to find out how she survived the explosion, and lived to tell about it. She literally died and was resuscitated by the power of the Holy Spirit. You will not be disappointed by this book.

Mom’s First Aid Oil

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Silenced [Book In Review]


Silenced is the 4th book by Dani Pettrey in the Alaskan Courage series. Each of the books stand alone and you do not need to read the first 3 to understand this book. I, in fact, had forgotten that I read her previous book, Shattered, and after reading the first chapter of this book realized the books were connected! All of her characters remain the same throughout the series, but it is a large family and she chooses to focus on 1 or 2 different characters in each book.
The plot in Silenced was suspenseful, and while searching for a killer, Kayden and Jake end up falling in love. The plot takes quite a hard right turn just when you think the culprit has been arrested. You will enjoy this book, but after reading 2 of the four in the series, I think they are getting a little bit predictable. Two characters falling in love while solving a mystery! I got it.