Sunday, July 31, 2011

We are moving!

As most of you know we are moving to Utah!  Kirk got a new job working for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We feel so blessed to have him working for such a great place.  I really feel our family will grow so much from this experience. 

I am excited and nervous at the same time!  Our current insurance ends today but we have new health insurance in Utah.  That is great in all but the girls and I are not in Utah.  Since we are here until the house sells,  I had to stock up on Myla's meds.  We are a regular pharmacy over here!

I think one of the best things about being in limbo is having our house on the market.  Why you ask?  Because I have been keeping my house immaculate!  It is work with three little destroyers but I love how good it feels.  I "plan" to keep my new house like this also.  It feels so nice and peaceful!

Not actually my bed.
 Do you really think I would get white bedding with my kids???
We are just praying that our house sells fast, so our family can be back together!!

Getting ready for school!

School is right around the corner.... homeschool that is.  Can I just say how excited I am!!!  Since December, Myla and I have been working on Kindergarten and some of 1st grade.  This new school year, we will be focusing on 1st grade curriculum, sign language, Spanish, and music theory/reading music.

My goal this year is to do as much hands on learn as possible.  I have found some great file folder games, centers, and learning games to make learning fun!  We will still use some textbooks and work sheets but I don't want to have my kids work only out of workbooks and completely independently.  I think independent learn is important but I also think there is so much learning done together.

I took a risk and bought a really cheap laminator at Target ($26.00) and LOVE it.  I can't believe how well it works at that price.  I have been a laminating machine this past week.  I went through a box of 50 laminating pockets in two days.  That way all the hard work I put into Myla's school work can be passed to Sariah next year.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Homemade lotion & chapstick

I have serious lotion issues. No really I do.  My hands are normally dry, chap and sometimes cracked and bleeding but I hate to put on lotion.  There is just something about the feel of lotion that sits on my skin all day that just does me in. Have you noticed that a lot of lotions do not full absorb into the skin? I finally found a lotion that I just love, but at $20 for a small bottle I struggled justifying it. 

When I found a recipe for a lotion that is not greasy, actually absorbs and works, I thought I would give it a try!

Have you ever heard of hard hand lotion?  Well, it is so rad.  It looks like a bar of soap but the warmth of your hands gently melts it as you apply it to your skin.  It is made from 3 simply ingredients. Coconut oil (I love this stuff), Shea butter, and beeswax.  You could also add essential oils for different scents or even cocoa powder for a soft chocolate scent.  That's it! 

I took the three ingredients, melted them down in a double boiler, poured into molds, and that is it.  It takes less than 20 minutes to be able to enjoy silky smooth hands! As a added benefit, the smell of beeswax and coconut oil is just heavenly!

Beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter

All melted down and ready to pour into the chapstick container
Poor Myla always has really chap lips for her medication.  I'm confident this will help!
Ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes.

This week I plan to make homemade natural sunblock, bug repellent, diaper rash cream and whipped Shea butter!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Our house - Before and After

Six years ago we bought our first house. The other day I came across the original pictures of this house when we purchased it and I was completely surprised.

Check this out!

Follow the jump to see all the after pics

Monday, July 11, 2011


Life has been so crazy the past few weeks.   First it started with a surprise party for my best friend that was not easy.  For some reason I struggle keeping secrets for Nikki and so keeping a party for her a secret was sooooo hard.  But worth it.  Then the next day we left for a last minute trip to Utah (more to follow on that soon).  We were in Utah for a week, home for three days and then in Tahoe for a week.  Let me just say how happy I am to be "home" for the next few weeks.

Now back to the original post, our trip to Tahoe.  We left for Tahoe on July 4th.  My mom rented a pontoon boat for our whole family to party on and watch Tahoe's unbelievable fireworks.  Seriously, my mom kept telling me that they were amazing but they were by far the best I have EVER seen.  If you ever get a chance to enjoy Tahoe on the 4th you will not be disappointed.

Getting settled on the boat

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Surprise...... Party

A few weeks back, Adam and I threw a surprise 30th birthday party for Nikki (the coolest person ever).  It was the best day I have had in a long time.  The day started off with Adam giving Nikki a CD for her birthday with the instructions to put it in the car.  The CD Adam give her was AMAZING!  It was him giving driving directions to my house and then to a spa in El Dorado Hills.  She has no idea where she was going and laughed when she showed up at my door to pick me up.  The CD driving directions were perfect.  I could not believe that he had timed for stop lights and everything.

The start of the adventure!
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