So I did a thing…

So I did a thing…

So I did a thing. I started a youtube channel. I’ve actually had one for a while but never uploaded on it. I keep thinking I need to wait until I have the perfect graphics on it, the perfect filming set-up, and better camera… but last week I decided waiting for a plan of action if for the birds (sorry to all my organization-loving friends! 😂) and so filmed on my Iphone and put my first video up 3 days ago. I have went to share about it here and deleted the blog post before I could publish it like 10 times because sometimes fear of what people will think is paralyzing. So here’s to kicking that fear in the face! I already have one follower and I know it’s my sister because I told her to go follow me 😂😂😂 so….. link is here if you want to follow the craziness too! My first video is a Dollar Tree homeschooling haul. I want to start vlogging on the channel too so maybe the next one will be that. What would you guys like to see on my Youtube channel? I’m down for any input you might have! 

 

Hope y’all are having an amazing weekend!

 

xoxo,

Tammy

 

My Handsome Ninja Warriors

My Handsome Ninja Warriors

This past weekend, these two handsome studs smashed some big big goals, and I am so stinking proud of them! One of the things on their bucket list for 2017 was to compete in a Martial Arts Tournament and they totally KILLED IT! Dalton took 3rd place for sparring and 3rd place for form in the Preteen Intermediate Division and Isaiah took 3rd place for sparring in the Junior Beginner Division. On the morning of,  I was a bundle of nerves so by the time we got to the tournament location we were hyped on oils and prayed up to the max!!!! Some of the things we used:
-Lemon EO
-Lavender EO
-Peppermint EO
Combined for respiratory support for Dalton who’s pretty allergic to the lovely yellow powder that floats around this time of year. This combo helps his body combat that!  
-Ningxia Red because antioxidants ROCK and also for natural energy!
-Valor EO blend for focus and because it’s basically bottled courage! 😂
-Stress Away EO blend because I was having a nervous breakdown LOL!

Way to smash those big goals, boys!!! Mama and Daddy are so proud of you!!!

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Let’s Have A #realtalkwithTammy moment…

Let’s Have A #realtalkwithTammy moment…

I really wanted to sit down today and a candid homeschooling mama moment with you all. I don’t know about all you other homeschoolers out there, but for me there is a certain pressure to look, act, and just be a certain way. For my kids to be super intelligent over-achievers otherwise we will be judged for not being “good enough” homeschoolers. Crazy right??? (Don’t roll your eyes at me! You know you fee the pressure too!)

There are some children that are easy to teach. Dalton, my oldest, is one of those. He soaks up literally everything and I only have to point him in the right direction and he takes off. He has an innate love for learning and will ditch a video game to read a good book any day. He was reading and writing by age 4 and has been practically self taught since K5.

 

Isaiah, my second born, is his polar opposite. There is nothing he’d rather do than sleep in late, play outside in the dirt all morning, come inside, eat, play legos all afternoon, eat some more, play some more, go to bed, repeat. Many days I questioned if I was enough for him or if we needed to find him a tutor that could work with his needs. It’s not something I like to discuss much because I’m ashamed to say, I don’t like to admit when I feel lacking. But this is what I woke up to the other morning morning…

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Isaiah curled up in the recliner, at 7:30am, reading a book. This makes me so happy I could cry. Homeschooling this kid has been a hard journey, and there have been times I’ve wanted to pull my hair out at the snails pace he loves to take. There have been many days I’ve gotten so frustrated, I’ve had to call off school for him for the day so I could read my Bible, regroup, and try again tomorrow. But I am so thankful that I decided not to push and to instead try to develop a desire to learn, and moments like this remind me why it’s so worth it!!!! I am not organized. Most days I start off not sure what we’ll even learn about because I’m a terrible planner and I like to fly by the seat of my pants. I’m thankful that the Lord blesses my efforts and produces something amazing from the chaos that is our homeschooling day! Special thanks goes to my hubby who has to constantly remind me that Isaiah learns best through inspiration and not pressure. 😜😜😜

BELATED HAPPY EASTER!

BELATED HAPPY EASTER!

Resurrection Sunday.

A day that Christians all over the world come together to celebrate the fact that our Saviour is no longer in the grave, but that He is risen and now sits at the right hand of God Almighty on high, interceding for you and me, so that we lowly, worthless, sinful, good for nothing sinners can boldly come before the Throne of Grace. What a beautiful thing, the love of the Father for us, that He gave His Son so we could have a relationship with Him! 😭😭😭 Easter bunnies are cute. We like them. Egg hunts are fun. We do them. But for our family, all that takes a back seat to the real meaning of this day.

HE IS RISEN.

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The day I became a mom…

The day I became a mom…

I will never forget the moment I realized I was going to be a Mom. I wish I could say it was a day full of joy, wonder and rejoicing. But it wasn’t. A child conceived in violence. It was a day full of anguish, fear, even anger. I spent the whole 8 months of my pregnancy feeling like there was a dark cloud hanging over me, just going through the motions of living. I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to breathe again, ever be able to enjoy the sunshine again.

I woke up on November 25th, 2005, the day after Thanksgiving, and headed to the doctor for a routine doctors appointment, my 35-36 week visit. It was just a few short hours and an emergency C-section later, that they laid a tiny, wide wake and alert, 4 pound 15 ounce bundle into my arms. I remember looking down into this tiny face, gazing down into those solemn eyes, trusting me, loving me, and suddenly, I could feel the air hit my lungs. The dark cloud broke and sunshine came streaming through, the birds were singing, and air was crisp, and I was back among the living. This tiny miracle bundle of humanity had given me a reason to move forward again, a reason to live again.

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I hear so many people say, if they could go back and change the past, they would. I have to say, that if I had a chance to go back into my past and change anything about it, I would leave it just like it is. It formed me into the woman, mom, Christian and wife I am today. And it gave me one of the most perfects gifts I’ve ever been blessed with, a bouncing baby boy. He was the beginning of so many good things that has happened in my life. I probably never would have married my husband if not for him, and so would not have been blessed 4 additional miracle babies (because let’s face it, all babies are miracles!)

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So all that to say, happy 11th birthday to you Dalton. My oldest babe, my miracle, my blessing from heaven. I am so thankful that God allowed me to be your mother, and gave Daddy and I the privilege of raising you. I am so proud of the brilliant, talented, capable and caring young man you are becoming. May you ever put the Lord first in your life, because with Him guiding your path, you can and will move mountains!

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XOXO,

Mom

 

 

My love letter to Cedarwood

My love letter to Cedarwood

Dear Cedarwood,

I like you. I REALLY REALLY like you. Like, you might even say that I think I am in love with you. Your subtle woodsy smell. Your ability to lift the stresses from the day away so that I can sleep well is like no other. In fact, I simply can’t, and won’t, sleep without you. I love what you do to my hair & skin. Like a true bestie, you make everything better.  I’m so glad you are being included this month, for free, when people start their oily journeys with me.

Thank you for being you.

Xoxo,

Tammy

My venture into DIY laundry detergent…

My venture into DIY laundry detergent…

  • You guys. It finally happened. My beloved Young Living Thieves laundry detergent ran out. Gone. Zilch. Nada. And I have a confession. It ran out 4 months ago. And I caved and went and bought Arm and Hammer detergent and…and…and… my cloth diapers HATE it. So I switched to Tide. And they STILL hated it. Also, my son started breaking out in hives. AGAIN! (YAY for super sensitive skin, NOT!) Anyway, lesson learned, I finally added another bottle of my trusty Thieves laundry detergent to my monthly Young Living subscription box, which, if you haven’t checked out yet, YOU SHOULD! (side note: Anyone else have an addiction to subby boxes?? No?? Just me?? Alrighty then!) In the mean time, I needed a “clean” detergent option so I decided to wade into the intimidating world of DIY laundry detergent, and let me just say, #mindblown!!! I can honestly say, SUCCESS! First of all, let’s talk about how Lavender and Tangerine essential oil is a match made in heaven and my clothes seriously smell the yummiest, EVER. So easy to make, I couldn’t believe it! So far I have been using this for 3 weeks now, and I’ve washed everything from stinky, dirty cloth diapers, AND a load of nasty, wet clothes from 3 days ago when the kids played out in the rain that I totally forgot to throw it in the washer. I am extremely pleased with the results, and that’s a lot coming from this cloth-diapering mama of 5! This recipe is seriously, SUPER DUPER EASY (I found it on Pinterest, and followed the link to this blog) and took 5 minutes to mix up, and it’s borax free!!   The recipe is as follows:
  • 1/4 C. Super washing soda
  • 1/4 C. Baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. Liquid Castille soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented from Amazon)
  • 20 drops of essential oil of choice

    13950999_10208104101453596_374356996_oFor this recipe I used Lavender and Tangerine because I loved the smell! Our family only uses Young Living essential oils exclusively because they are the only company with a seed to seal guarantee so I have peace of mind about no chemical additives. (If you’re curious about how to snag Young Living oils, click here!) So, grab your gallon sized container (I used a glass pitcher at first, but then dumped the remainder or my Arm and Hammer stuff and poured my mix in there) and a long spoon to mix with. Pour in your super washing soda and cover it with hot tap water, mix until it is dissolved. Once it is dissolved, add in your other ingredients except for your essential oils, then fill up your jug with hot tap water and stir it up. Lastly, add in your drops of EO, close your bottle and give it a shake and BAM! You are good to go! I have an HE front loader and use about half a capful (about 1/3 of a cup) for each regular load. Make sure to give a shake before you pour as some of the ingredients will settle to the bottom. Now enjoy your homemade detergent and peace of mind! Leave me some feedback below and let me know how you liked it, and if it worked for you as well as it did for me.

    Xoxo,

    Tammy