Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Creating A Peaceful Home

1 Corinthians 14:33 
 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 

There are moments in life when we feel chaos! Chaos in our minds, souls, families and homes.  
I try to create a home of peace for my family. With 4 kids its often an illusion in my mind Im sure but there are certain things I do that help me to create a peaceful home for our family. 

Natural Light
Nature is a direct reflection of peacefulness to me. I leave our windows open to let the natural light in giving that airy feeling.
Entrance 
As soon as you walk in our front door you are welcomed by photos of our family. I think this helps to give our kids a sense of belonging. They know they are supposed to be here, are a part of our family and are loved.
Smells
Our sense of smell is one of the best senses we have. Its been documented that our sense of smell is one of the biggest triggers to memories. I like to have Essential Oils in our diffuser that are calming and peaceful or reflect the season. My favorite oils for the season can be found HERE.
Simplicity
I find my own mind is clearer and at peace when I have simplicity in what my eyes can see. Less clutter and toys. Things in their places. Baskets are often found in our home to help keep things in their places and create uniformity. {Looking for ways to use baskets? Check out this blog post.}

My wish for you is that you find your home is a place of comfort and peace. I recently have found areas in our home are a bit chaotic. Join me in the weeks to come as I share how Ive brought peace back to our home and created a balanced environment. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

That time of Year

It's that beautiful  time of year!! 
Flower planting is happening. Peas are popping  through the soil in my garden.

Lots of babies around our place....

Including  these super cute chick's my kids adore!
And my yard is in bloom! I love this time of year when beauty surrounds us and you can feel the Temps getting warmer.

May your week be full of blessings! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring White Barn Treasures 2017


We had another incredible  visit  at the White Barn!
so blessed  to  have  the  opportunity  to  take some of my creations, spend time with friends, enjoy  the beauty of the day and just be.
 My big girls came with  me and we're the best help! 

Here are some of my  creations that I brought  with us:










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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Transformation Tuesday... Side Table

Happy Tuesday you all! 
Its been awhile since Ive shared a Transformation Tuesday project. This is a new piece. This side table has beautiful curves and structurally sound. Just needed some love. 
Take a look...
 
All have this piece with me on April 8th at the White Barn Treasures Spring Event! I'm so excited to get to go again!!! Be sure to like their Facebook page to see all of the happenings, times, updates etc.

Before... 
This piece was simple yet nothing really popped. 
 

 After... 
I love the definition between the two colors and I feel like the curves of the piece are much more evident.
{Paint: Annie Sloan Old Ochre and Graphite, clear wax}


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Monday, February 27, 2017

DIY Lip Scrub

  


 Ive been using Lip Scrub for sometime. And there are lots of fun ones out there on the market but they can come with a price tag. 

And that's why I wanted to share this easy DIY created with things all in our home.

Mix:
1/8 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 drop Peppermint Oil
( Adding the peppermint oil will add a little extra natural plump to your lips).

Mix all of the ingredients well. Then take a small amount on the end of your finger and scrub your lips generously with it.  (You can keep any left over in a small air tight container).
One of the biggest benefits to the scrub is getting rid of all of the dead skin cells that are on your lips. By removing the dead cells you'll have a much smoother finish to your lips when you apply your 
lip stain/stick/gloss. 





Looking for more info on Essential Oils and using them in your home? 
Reserve a virtual spot HERE and join this FREE webinar on Thursday March 2nd. 


Friday, February 3, 2017

Cherry Cake Desert


 We had coffee guests over this morning and I made one of my favorite brunch items! I first tried this several years ago when a friend made this for a MOPS brunch and Ive used the recipe many times since. Its so pretty and tastes amazing!
 Ingredients: 
 1 can cherry pie filling
1kg white cake mix (I used a cake mix from our local flour mill).
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
 Mix all above, except pie filling, until moist (will be lumpy). Pour into a greased jelly roll pan (I used a large stone bar pan). Drop cherry pie filling onto cake by the tablespoonful. Swirl with a knife. Bake for 25 min at 350degrees, cool.
 Topping: 
1/4 cup almonds (optional).
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
dash vanilla
 Sprinkle cooled cake with almonds and drizzle topping back and forth on top of cake. 
Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

When To Toss Your Mascara

  I've been on this mission recently to clean out unnecessary things in our home. One of which includes my makeup stash. I have 4 tubes of mascara in there and it got me thinking... "How long should I keep these?"

Mascara has the shortest life span of all make up because the risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your eye into the mascara tube is so great. The truth be told, most women keep their mascara for far too long! 


YOU SHOULD REPLACE YOUR 
MASCARA IF?
  1. If you have had it for 90 days.
  2. If you have had an eye infection. 

5 TIPS ABOUT MASCARA:
  • Never sleep in your mascara. It can make your lashes stiff and more likely to be brittle while your tossing and turning causing breakage.
  • Do Not Pump the mascara brush. It simply pushes air into the tub causing the mascara to dry out quicker.
  • Never share mascara. 
  • Use a Primer. Lash Primers thicken the lashes before you apply mascara allowing you to have the best results. 
  • Use a formula infused with peptides and antioxidants to condition lashes.  {I personally have sensitive eyes, if your similar there are some amazing products on the market that are Ophthalmologist tested, safe for contact lens wearers and people with sensitivities. HERE's Where I get mine}

This chart is awesome at letting you know how long you should be keeping the other items in your cosmetic bag...

Heres to beautiful, healthy lashes!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Tools You Need to have Success While Working from Home!

10 years ago this month I started working from home! It has been an incredible journey that Im thankful to be on. No matter what business you are apart of or looking to do these tools will help you in your success!

1. A Day Planner! A must for me is my day planner. I use it all of the time for organizing my schedule. If you are wanting to be successful in business you need to make it a part of your life and calendar out action. 

2. High Lighters! I use my highlighters daily. You would think this is a silly accessory but it truly helps me to calendar out my days knowing when Im doing income generating activities vs. family activities. 

3. Tablet/Computer/IPhone! Technology is such a helpful part of business! I use my tablet all of the time. It allows me to work from anywhere in my home allowing me to be mobile and I love that! A good phone is a must as well for moments when your not at home but still need to be available to your team and business partners.

4. A contact book! A contact book is a piece of your inventory that doesn't cost you much but is crucial. Its so important to have a ever growing list of your contacts. Make notes next to their name, their contact info etc. This will be a great tool as you look back over your career. 

5. Education! Be open to educating yourself! Without growing your knowledge you are like a bump on a log. Just as the internet has changed over the past 10 years so has business. There are always the same steps in building a business but the way you execute needs to be modified at times. Be open to learning new things! 
If your looking for a free resource check out this webinar! Its coming up on the 18th at 9:30 p.m. EST. Youll learn  what to look for and what to avoid with respect self employment & ANY home business "Mark " will be our host and is an Eight Figure, Multi-Millionaire Entrepreneur, Speaker and Success Coach! JOIN US! It's free and fun! Reserve your seat here!!!!

6. Organization!  An expanding file for business reports etc or a three ring binder to keep your documents in order is a simple investment that will help you to keep all of your business needs in one place. 
7. Support System and Team! Work with others who are there to support you daily as you move your business forward! Have an accountability partner. That might be someone in your household or it might be a mentor or team mate. The key here is to make sure you have those around you who will help support and lift you up as you move your career forward. I know I would be lost without my Team! 

8. Know Your Why! Your Why needs to shake you to your core. You need to know why your business is important to you. Why you love it and what its going to do for you and your family.  A dream board is a great way to visually see your why! 


One last tip that has helped me to grow, SHUT THE T.V. OFF! The latest episode of The Bachelor or catching up on The View are a few things that are not helping your business. Prioritize your goals, your why and where you want to be in life and your career.

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