Pool Dress

All my girls can talk about now that the weather is warming up is “When will the pool be open???” Our pool desperation is going to be with us another 6 weeks or so, but these cover-ups keep them hopeful for that someday. In the meantime, we can pretend play in our house in our swimsuits, goggles, and new cover-ups.

I appliqued the monogram first with the iron and fusible backing, then stitched around the edges with my sewing machine. The cover-ups came from Target. As they wash, the edges of the monogram should fray a little.


Garden Update

We have many things growing, but no harvest so far. Maybe a few weeks before I have lettuce and kale, and turnips. The radishes don’t seem to be doing great, and the scallions did not come up. The peas are slow growing, seems like they will never grow tall enough to drape the tee-pee. We also planted two rows of red onions last weekend. We will add strawberries in containers and perhaps a raspberry bush this weekend. The temperature is trending pretty warm, so I might be able to put the tomato seedlings in the ground earlier than April 15.


Knitted Gifts

It’s unfortunate that I have more time and energy for baby knits now that my girls are not babies anymore! But also fortunate because I love having a stash of little knits to give to new babies in our family and circle of friends.

This little gift is a baby bib knit in soft cotton yarn. I used Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl as a guide.

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton (100% organically grown cotton)

Young Living Starter Kit

A Premium Starter Kit Includes these items, and here’s how I used it:

Dewdrop Diffuser – diffuse daily Stress Away, Peace & Calming (sample packet), Thieves, Lemon, Allergy Combo- (Lemon, Peppermint & Lavender), R.C., Lavender for good sleep, Floral Combo- (Lavender & Frankincense), Purification for lingering food odors. Side note- I thought this would be more complicated to use. Seriously, just a small cup of water & 3-6 drops of oils, plug in & press the button. You can press the button once and it’s also a night light, or twice and it will work & not glow. Then one more time to turn it off. It cuts itself off when it’s out of water (about 4 hours).

Premium Essential Oils Collection

  • Lavender 5-ml –make a room/linen spray with some alcohol and water, (bathe at night) mix with a carrier oil for soothing moisturizer, with Epsom salts for a relaxing bath, diffuse
  • Peppermint 5-ml – add a drop to herbal tea to promote digestion, (bathe in morning) mix with a carrier oil for energizing moisturizer, rub with carrier oil on an upset stomach
  • Lemon 5-ml – flavor water, tea, seafood, and vegetables (anywhere you would use lemons or lemon juice), add to dryer balls for dryer fragrance, spray with water when mopping hardwood floors, couple of drops on a cotton ball to make your car smell fresh, diffuse
  • Copaiba 5-ml – flavor herbal tea to promote overall wellness
  • Frankincense 5-ml – mix with a little of your moisturizer for face and neck to minimize visual blemishes and add a healthy looking glow, or with carrier oil for body- excellent for dry skin.
  • Thieves® 5-ml – spray with water when mopping hardwood floors, wiping down door knobs, entrance mats, diffuse
  • Purification® 5-ml – with baking soda and borax to freshen carpets before vacuuming, drop inside toilet paper roll for good bathroom smells, spritz on the dog between baths, couple of drops on a cotton ball to make your car smell fresh, diffuse
  • R.C.™ 5-ml – rub on chest and feet with carrier oils for congestion, diffuse
  • DiGize™ 5-ml (I was subbed Tea Tree)
  • PanAway® 5-ml – with Epsom salts for a relaxing post-workout bath, rub on sore muscles with carrier oils
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml – dab on wrist or back of neck, make a room spray for the office, diffuse


AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment- make your own roller blend with carrier oil out of empty 5ml bottle, or pop on the Stress Away or Lavender bottle

10 Sample Packets- I was given Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lavender, Lemon and Thieves, I gave most to my friends to try

2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples- mix with club soda and a dash of lemon oil, has a floral taste

Product Guide and Product Price List – (along with yl’s site & pinterest) this is where you build your wish list and become more familiar with how to use the oils

The best benefit to ordering the starter kit is- from this point on you get wholesale prices for future oil purchases. Here’s the link if you are curious about signing up or trying some oils.


In the Kitchen

Something new and something old we made this week:

Pulled Pork – So delicious. We ate for days. The original recipe is very juicy the first day. We made Pulled Pork Sandwiches with BBQ and Pork Tacos with Shredded Cabbage Slaw with the meat as well.

Angel Pudding Cake – So simple for weeknight entertaining. You can make the night before also, just chill in the fridge.

  • Just slice up an angel food cake into three layers (or into chunks for a trifle-style presentation).
  • Mix a box of white chocolate pudding or cheesecake pudding mix with a little less milk than they require, and mix with a tub of cool whip.
  • Cut up some berries.
  • Add a layer of pudding and berries between each angel cake layer.

Light, beautiful and very easy.


Currently Reading…

I read two really wonderful books this month.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel– I’m not normally into these postapocalyptic type novels and it took me a bit to get into it. But once I did, I could not put it down. Kirsten captured my heart and I found myself with a symphony of emotions about her journey. It left me reflecting on the world I have, and how it might change if a similar world catastrophe occurred.

Wide Open World by John Marshall– Another book I binge read when we were at the lake one weekend. I love travel biographies, especially places I have never visited and likely never will. The “Year of Service” that keeps inspiring the author is also something that speaks to my heart. While I don’t think you need to travel to an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica or an orphanage in India to make a difference, volunteering and serving your community is something that can change your life. It can be amazing to take a step back and simply be grateful for our 1st world blessings.

Other reads this month:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (incredibly moving, you feel like you are on this very sad journey)

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (the truth is- it’s a little tiresome)

The Plague of Unicorns by Yolen (perfect read aloud for my girls)

PS I Still Love You by Han (loved it, but a little mature for my girls right now)

Young Living Essential Oils

My fascination with essential oils started in college, when I worked in a retail store for a day spa. They had a natural wellness product focus in the retail shop, and carried Jurlique products and essential oils. We burned the oils daily in the shop, and they offered classes and great discounts to their staff to learn more and try everything.

After graduation and making my way in the real world – i.e. one that did not include spa service and product discounts, haha – I continued to seek out affordable natural skin and body products for my family, brands like Arbonne, Burt’s Bees, and Kiss My Face.

After a particularly stressful time, a neighbor of mine who sells Young Living encouraged me to try some of her blends topically for meditating and baths, especially Stress Away, and kept planting the seed of using it aromatically in a diffuser. After a few months, I decided to go for it and ordered a starter kit (along with a 5ml bottle of Peace & Calming). I’ve had it for about 5 months now, and I am so happy because the diffuser is so much more effective than any room spray I could make. I diffuse Peace & Calming daily, use a roller of Stress Away for stressful times, made skin and body care blends with the Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, and Frankincense especially, and clean with Lemon and Purification.

I also love the way Young Living products are sold. Buying products from my friends and supporting their income directly means so much more to me than buying from big box retailers (Young Living, Norwex, Matilda Jane, and Arbonne to name a few). As far as careers go, it can truly be as involved as hosting parties and making a full-time go, or as a low maintenance supplemental income simply by word of mouth. Or you can buy the products at retail- but once you buy the starter kit and become a member, you get to buy at wholesale prices for future purchases. You can go to Young Living’s site if you are curious about signing up as a member or trying some of the oils.