April 21, 2014

Menu Plan 4/21/14 {and Our Easter Weekend}

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What a weekend!  I spent Good Friday morning in surgery, then came home and rested the remainder of the day with  my family.  I felt well enough Saturday to go to my sister's house where we let our kids color eggs and play outside in the gorgeous spring sunshine!  The fresh air and rays felt great, but I tired quickly.  Once home again with all the boys and their colored fingers, I rested, … [Read more...]

Why I’m Volunteering for Surgery

Why I'm Volunteering for Surgery | TheMarathonMom.com

Ugh.  The surgery I've been dreading is tomorrow. Tomorrow I have periodontal surgery, the first of two surgeries, since we're doing only the top now.  It's been a long time coming.  Almost 20 years ago, I had braces.  Boy, did I need them.  And since I worked in the dental field, I was told by a few people that I was a future perio patient due to the extreme manner in which we had to … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Purification Essential Oil

Purification 10 Uses

  Purification is one of the ten oils that comes in the Everyday Oils Kit, and it is so awesome!  It's a blend containing Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia and Myrtle essential oils, and it's another one that I use all the time! Here are just ten of the many ways you can use Purification essential oil blend. 10 Uses for Purification Essential … [Read more...]

HoneyBaked Ham is Awesome!

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*This is a sponsored post, and when I was asked to share about HoneyBaked Ham in time for Easter, I didn't have to think too long and too hard. We've been fans for a long time.  I used to buy their delicious, glazed hams for Christmas Eve, but in recent years, I like to have one for Easter Sunday. And with my upcoming surgery this Friday, yes, on Good Friday, I figured I wouldn't be too … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Joy Essential Oil

10 Uses for Joy Essential Oil | TheMarathonMom.com

I sparkly heart Joy essential oil blend.  It makes me happy....er...I mean....Joy-ful.  :) I've always been very affected by smell, and let me tell you if there is one oil that smells so great it instantly helps change my mood, it's this one! I used to wear Lavender almost every day, but I've fallen in love with the sweet, vivacious scent of the amazing Joy essential oil blend.  Comprised … [Read more...]

Making Home a Haven: A Morning Routine Makes a Difference


Making my home a haven takes a heart for my home, sure, but it also requires some practical work to keep things running smoothly.  I'm the most present, and the most effective mother when I'm not frazzled, and a bit of prescribed order at the start of my day can be a huge help. A morning routine can help you start your day off productively, and sometimes just setting this tone for the day can … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon 10 Uses

I love Lemon essential oil!  I recently bought a big glass water bottle from Costco, and every day, I fill it with fresh, filtered water and add a drop or two of Lemon essential oil for its amazing health benefits. Not only does it smell refreshing and taste delicious, it's really useful around the house, too! Here are ten of the many ways you can use Lemon essential oil. 10 Uses for Lemon … [Read more...]

All-Natural Sunburn Remedy

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If you've just popped on over from The Pennington Point, welcome!  I'm so glad you're here for the Detox Your Home Spring Cleaning Blogger Series! For this series, we're exploring natural remedies from the booklet, Chemical Free Home, by Melissa Poepping. It just so happened that our 13 year old son, Hayden recently had an all day track meet and got a horrible sunburn. While I'd love … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint 10 Uses

  The other day, I heard myself say that if I had to choose only one essential oil to keep on hand, it would have to be Peppermint.  Although I can't imagine living without Lavender or Thieves and countless others, Peppermint has proven to be helpful for so many things that I would pick this one. Here are just ten out of many, many ways you can use Peppermint essential oil. 10 Uses … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil | TheMarathonMom.com

I truly love Lavender essential oil!  So versatile and good for so many different things, it's one that I never let run dry!  And it smells divine! For years, I wore this as a daily perfume, and still do on occasion, but I use it for a lot more things these days.  Not too long ago, I had a terrible accident in the kitchen and poured boiling water on my hand and the inside of my arm and … [Read more...]