|Posted on August 10, 2018 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Soooo, school is starting soon. Most parents are over the moon excited to send their kids to school and get back on a routine. If you homeschool, this means your summer vacation is over too! However, that being said, I'm excited for school to start as well. We need routine for this family of 6 to not lose their sanity completely. Mind you, I said completely. Every mom and dad has lost at least a portion of their sanity. It's a happy time though.
So this school year we are heading back to K12 (OHVA for Ohio peeps) and I don't think I could be more relieved. This year I'm introducing the last two of my clan into the routine of schooling. Please send wine and chocolate! I have no idea how crazy this is going to be, but I'm ready! (Insert annoying Spongebob song here)
I will have a 6th grader, 4th grader, Kindergartener and a Pre-K kid this year. I need that k12 support to help me get used to having all 4 girls in school. That voice constantly reminding me that I can't skip this day because it's too hard and that attendance that pushes me to do it!
Not to mention, my older girls used k12 when we started our homeschooling journey (haters, please stop here and leave, If you have an issue with me using e-school and calling it homeschooling, go away with your negativity. I am schooling at home....homeschooling) . They got an amazing start and made it easier when we transitioned to traditional homeschooling. So I wanted that start for my younger two as well.
Anywho, now that there will be 4 kids in school and 2 of them requiring non-stop support from me....time is going to be tight! I work from home as an essential oil educator, a sports photographer through the summer, AND I will be homeschooling 4 kids. Sorry about the broken record, I guess I'm just trying to come to terms that my babies are all old enough to be in school. Talk about a wake up call. Time goes SOOO fast and even though we are told that....it is still shocking when we see it...amiright?
So what are you doing to get ready for another year (or your first year) of school? I want to hear from Public School moms, E-Schooling moms, Traditional Homeschooling moms, Unschooling moms, and any other moms out there!
Are you celebrating? Crying? Stressed?
If you are homeschooling (any form) what does your room look like? Post it up on FB with #Igotthis so we can see different ways!!
Also, my oily people....what oils are a must in your school rooms?
For us it's Geneyus, Motivation and Surrender!
Until next time my friends....
|Posted on October 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Why is it that we expect our kids to walk away feeling confident in their intellegence when we give them a score of average on testing? When I took my SATs, I got an "average" score. I walked away from that feeling normal, like I could never do anything spectacular. Yet here I am killing it!! When we teach our kids that there is a below average, average, and above average....they will never see themselves as anything more than that. That's sad. To me, its down right heart breaking.
Why not give the score without a title attached to it! Like, hey, you did an awesome job and you are bound for great things!! We should be teaching our children that anything is possible and that they can accomplish anything they work hard for. Could you imagine how awesome the future would be for us if we just worked on letting people feel good about themselves and not tearing them down?
I leave you with this thought, the next time your kid brings home an "average" grade, celebrate the heck out of it and them! It will go further than you think.
|Posted on January 31, 2017 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Can we just stop? Please? We are losing great relationships with family and friends over a difference in opinions! To all those protesting...how about turning that energy to doing something that will really make a difference. Like handing out food and blankets to the homeless and poor. Even volunteering at your local shelters. You can make a difference that way! Standing there with signs saying things like "Trump's not our president" isn't doing anything. I will also add that if you are a citizen of the United States...he is in fact, your president. You need to start praying for him. Praying that God gives him guidence and strength. Hoping he fails...that's not helping you or anyone else. We can have different opinions and still get along and disagree with love.
homeschooling has forced me to get my kids to express their opinions on things. When they are different than mine, I let them know that it's great to have different opinons. It's all about how you share them and discuss them. When you berate someone because of their beliefs, you are no better than all the hate going on in the world already. Stop adding to it!
On a positive note! I have the most amazing aha moment to share with everyone. The stress of the election and all the posts on facebook has absolutely torn me down. Straight to my soul. To deal, I grabbed my Young Living Stress Away (Check out how you can get a hold of that beauty by contacting me!) and applied it....heavily. It hurts to see so many that were upset by how much hate was in the world and now they are just adding to it. It makes no sense to me.
On an ending note, teach your children love and you can watch the world change for the better. Don't pass on hatred, pass on how to change the world.
|Posted on October 19, 2016 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Let's take a moment and appreciate all the diapers that have passed through this house.....Okay that's enough. 10 years people. That's how long I've been buying and changing diapers. NO MORE!! All 4 kids are doing their thing on the potty. No diapers...that is something that seemed so far away and unreachable. Yet here we are. My littlest is only 2 1/2. Not one of my others were potty trained that soon. I credit potty training both toddles at the same time. Team work is dream work!! I'm still wiping butts...but atleast it's not smooshed.
Okay, moving on from the icky mom stuff. Let's talk working from home. I just recently got a job with Amazon working from home doing customer service. I start the 23rd. Let me lay out my day. I get up at 6:30am, get my kids ready for school, teach them (we homeschool), lay toddles down for a nap, and start work at 2pm and work until 1:30am. Then repeat. Am I absolutely out of my mind? I pray that I can do this and help provide even more monetary support for my family. I love doing my oils and that brings in good money. This will bring in even more. Paying off my credit card and putting dents in other debt we carry will be so amazingly helpful!!
How in the world did I get old enough to have a 10 year old? My oldest will be 10 in January and I'm not sure I'm old enough for that. It's so hard to believe that my first born baby will be in the 2 digits!! However, when she speaks....that two digit attitude comes out. Like for real. You'd think she was 16! "It's not fair that I have to put clothes away!" Really. Really kid. You think that's what's not fair? Wait until you have to do ALL the chores yourself and work. Then tell me what's not fair! My dream when I grow up is to be able to go to her house, wake her up at 3am, tell her I'm thirsty and that I lost my blanket. Then eat all her food, leave all her lights on, and walk out the door....and leave it open! Those are goals people...
|Posted on October 10, 2016 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
We just celebrated a birthday. My 3rd born just turned 4. I can't believe how fast time goes. Everyone tells you that it will go fast, but man, until it happens, you have no idea what they are talking about! In a couple of months my oldest will be 10. I don't feel like I"m even close to old enough to have a kid in the double digits. I always thought you had to be old to have a 10 year old...guess not.
On another note, all 4 of my girls are out of diapers!! Hallelujeah!! I never thought I'd be at that time in my life when I wasn't changing diapers. Almost 10 years of that crap (Literally) and I'm finally free of diapers!! It's the most freeing feeling EVER!! I feel like a party is definitely the thing to do here. Who doesn't love when their kids can crap in the toilet?
I am currently listening to The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. This book....genius! Within the first 20 minutes of listening to it I was transformed. From someone who set limitations for myself to breaking through the fake limitations I've set for myself. He talks about how back in the day they put a limit on the cars at 30mph. They feared that the body couldn't survive at any speed higher and would blow up. Some coureageous people decided they were going to break through that limit. Guess what....they didn't explode. Limits...they just hold you back. So I've promised myself that there will be no more limits. No more excuses. Just progess and motivation. Weren't we taught at a young age that we would be able to be anything we wanted to be? What happened to that confidence? Limits....they happened. Go back to that youthful thinking and be anything you want to be. Do what you want to do that will help you get to where you want to be. Find your happiness and know that you can be happy and have a happy life if you just allow yourself to do so!!
|Posted on July 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
The world we live in has turned to violence to solve all their problems. The happenings in Dallas are awful and it doesn't fix anything. All it does is create more hate. More hate for races, police, and any other thing people can find. And what is their answer to it all? Killing innocent people. Are there bad people. Yep. Are all the people like those people all bad? NO! I just can't fathom how these people think. Do they think they are going to kill off an entire group of people? It's just not going to happen. Hitler did that....he convinced people that Jews were bad. That's what these people are trying to do. It's just not going to work. Police lives matter. Black lives matter. Gay lives matter. Kid lives matter. Mom lives matter. Sick lives matter. EVERYONE"S LIFE MATTERS!!!!! Why can't people see that. When you kill someone...you are killing someone's mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, etc. What if that happene to you? My guess...you'd want instant revenge on whoever was responsible....do you see the irony here? You aren't fixing anything...you're making this world worse.
Pray with me,
Dear heavenly Father, Please be with all those affected by this thoughtless tragedy. Be with the families who have to go on without their loved one and carry them through these impossible times. Steady the heands of the doctors who are caring for the wounded officers still fighting for their lives. Give courage to the officers who remain to continue to stand for what they believe in and instill in them your love. In Jesus' name...Amen
Dallas police, and all other precincts, need your prayers. They need to know that you stand with them and support all the times they put their lives in great danger. Dallas police were rushing into danger to protect those that were protesting against them. What does that tell you?
|Posted on June 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
How is it almost July!?! This year is flying by. It still surprises me. I'll be turning the big 30 and I'm so excited! Birthday's mean you survived another year! Wahoo! Go me!
My brother and his girlfriend visited recently and it was so great hanging out with him and catching up! Playing video games until the wee hours of morning. Go karts. Campfires. Laughs. Such a great time!
Then there was that time that I finally got my dad to believe in these oils I rave about. Sitting in the woods around a campfire mean mosquitos. I made a bug spray using Young Living essential oils. Done. They stopped biting almost immediately! I still get amazing by how great these things work!!
I've also taken a jump into writing! Yep...a book. I love reading so why not take a stab at it right? Mystery books are my jam! Robert Dugoni is my favorite author! I only have 1 more book to read in his line of books and I'm sad. I love murdery mysteries and he just keeps me roped in the entire time! I can't stand putting the book down!! I would highly recommend his books if you are into that genre of books!
The 4th of July is right around the corner...hard to believe. Here's to good friends, great family, and a bunch of fun over the weekend!!!
|Posted on May 6, 2016 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
So here we are so close to spring I can smell it! I love the days we get to escape to the backyard and play. Fresh air, grass stains, and dirt. My favorite. Best thing is I have a secret weapon for the stains and the bugs. Yleo Bug Spray, Bug Bite Zapper and Thieves Household Cleaner to treat those stains. All non-toxic and safe for everyone. Does that mean my kids don't eat McDonald's? Hardly. I'm still human. But the places I can easily got the toxins out of our lives, I will.
My thought of the day seems to be all about this crap on adult coloring books. Have you seen it??
Coloring books are my go to for stress release and creativity boosters. I have like 6 and they all have mandalas in them. Please....Can we just stop all the judging and let God be the judge. Stop mom hating and know that every mother taking care of their child is doing the best they can. Stop judging people by their outward appearance....you're not perfect.
|Posted on April 13, 2016 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
If we are being honest being an adult is not all we thought it would be. We thought freedom and late night's would come our way. Well....wasn't I surprised when my freedoms were not as awesome as they seemed....and late nights mean kids are still awake. I wouldn't trade it for anything, but let's face it...hurry up and grow up...not the right thinking.
I have 4 kids....they can be difficult. But then again, so can I. So I've struggled to find that understanding they deserve as kids...but I found it in the most unexpected place. An oil called Acceptance. I never thought I'd feel that big of a change from just an oil. I find myself thinking that a lot. I wonder why my mind is still surprised that these gems work so well. At the same time, I'm glad I still get excited about it!!
If you are a parent who feels they are messing up and doing all you can to fix it....then you're a great mom.
|Posted on March 21, 2016 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
Don't you love when something finally works and it's like AHA! I got this?
I had a new one with my oils.
I have trouble getting motivated..who doesn't? I had a closet to clean...aren't they the worst!!
So I diffused Motivation Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil and no joke had that closet cleaned in under an hour. Did I mention it was my bathroom closet......
I love these things...they have seriously changed the way I look at things.