Essential Oil Diffuser

I have a confession.  I am a bit embarassed.  I had these in my house, like for years.

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They smell lovely.  However, I kept reading articles about how bad they were for our family.

But I looooooved them.  They smelled so nice when we walked into a room.  Nasty little devils!

A few months ago I began my research on how to get rid of them from our home.  The more I read, the more I was convinced that artifical fragrance was not something I wanted us to be breathing.  Words like Cancer, Brain Tumors, Neurological disorders, etc kept popping up in every  article I read and to be honest it freaked me out!

I found an alternative in Essential oils.

I love that by using certain oils you are not only making the house smell good, but purifying the air and killing germs in the air with the oil as well.  It is not just a cover up or a superficial smell, it actually is benefitting you while you breathe it.  This is such a different concept from the plug ins which actually are harmful to your mind and body while you breathe them.

Here is an easy way to diffuse if you don’t have a diffuser.  Take a large bowl  and place several drops of the oil in it and then top with hot water {not boiling as it will remove some of the positive properties of the oil if you scald it.  The warm water will diffuse the oil into the air.  This will give you a couple of hours of scent.

diffusing with a bowl of water

One thing to take into mind is the oils you are going to use.  I purchased Do Terra.  I know they are a bit expensive, but they are pure and not cut with a bunch of icky stuff.

I love these oils!

I mostly use a diffuser.  I actually didn’t order the Doterra diffuser because I didn’t think it was pretty and it was a bit pricey, so I ordered mine on Amazon.  Much prettier and more affordable.  I really like the wood grain look.

wood diffuser

Here is how you use it.

Fill it up to the fill line.

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Drop several drops of an essential oil or an oil blend into the water.

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Cover it and hit on.

Do Terra essential oil diffusing

This one will diffuse ALL day.  It is perfect as I need something to set and forget.

Here is Wild Orange which has a lovely citrus smell to it.  It is very uplifthing and invigorating!  {Not to mention that these are pure enough you can cook with them, add to salad dressings, smoothies, water etc!}

Wild Orange Do Terra

Have you ever tried cleaning, aromatherapy, or healing with essential oils?

Do Terra Oils

I have enjoyed adding essential oil use to our home for so many reasons.  I feel that our home is healthier and it smells lovely!

Check out the Do Terra Website for more info on ordering them.  Or feel free to ask questions, I have had so much success with them I love to share tidbits!

 Doterra button

xoxo

Boston/ Cape Cod Day 5

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On our final day of fun we did a beach hop and a bit of exploring.  We were on the hunt for the ever elusive Stoney Beach in Woods Hole.  (We think we found it but weren’t sure so didn’t stop)  Stoney Beach claims that you can wade out 100 feet and look for crabs and starfish which sounded like fun.

Instead we hit Falmouth Beach and then Loops Beach.

Ezra loved spending time in the ocean and at Loops Beach he was able to search for fun things in the water because it was so shallow and calm.

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 Loops beach

My grandparents took us to this lovely bakery in Falmouth (I don’t remember the name but it was fabulous).

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That night we headed back into Boston so we could catch our plane the next morning.  We were so sad to leave the east behind.   But happy to return home to this sweet face.

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Boston/Cape Cod Trip Day 4

Since we were there as part of Ezra’s birthday my grandparents wanted to give him a special experience.  They arranged for us to go out on a kayak lesson.

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We headed down this marsh inlet which is brackish water, meaning it is fresh water mixed with salt water.

kayak cape cod

When we went out it was low tide so we were able to see the marsh walls and all the crabs and life that had crawled in while the water was high.  I didn’t get pictures during the tour for obvious reasons, but it was a beautiful scene.

kayak tour cape cod

By the time we paddled out of the marsh it was high tide and the water was to the top of the marsh.  It was a completely different scenery.

On our lesson we not only learned how to use the kayak and paddle correctly but we learned so much about the wildlife and birds of the area.  It was fascinating!

The company that we used was Ride Away Kayak tours.  They were very knowledgable!

 

 

Boston/Cape Cod Trip Day 3

For our third day we took the ferry to Nantucket.

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I had never been to Nantucket and I fell in love.

The streets are cobblestone, the shops (although expensive) are quaint and full of interesting and beautiful finds.  It was a lovely day meandering the streets.

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Ezra had the largest hot dog I had ever seen.

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My father and Ezra hopped on some rented bikes and biked some of the trails that go around the island.  They were so tired.  They rode for a long time and then were able to hop on a bus with a bike rack on the back to get back to town…how handy is that?

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We were so sad to say goodbye to Nantucket after just one day.  I think I could spend a week exploring the island and eating at the cafes and finding amazing beaches.

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nantucket

xoxo

 

Boston/ Cape Cod Trip Day 2

On the second day of our trip we zipped over to a little eatery just a block from my Uncles house in Cambridge called Sofra (You might remember it from our last trip).  This place has the best food.  If you are ever in the Cambridge area, you have to check it out…amazing!

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This is where I first had Beet Tzatziki.  I was so excited to go have some more!  (You probably remember this recipe I made for it.  It is a pretty good match!)

beet tzatziki

Then we headed to the Cape.

Cape Cod Bridge

We stopped for lunch at the Pilot House and a bit of fishing on the canal.  (by the way this place had the best chowder I have ever had)

Pilot house Cape Cod

fishing the canal

ezra on cape canal

We then headed to my grandparents house.  Isn’t it lovely.

Cape cod home

My dad and Ezra fished the pond for a bit.

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Then we had a great seafood dinner with all of the family.

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Ezra loved having lobster.  ( I think he had three this trip!)

Boston/ Cape Cod Trip: Day 1

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Ezra and I just returned from a wonderful week back east with family.  I originally had intended to go with my father to visit his family and Ezra begged to come along and even said it was ALL he wanted for his birthday!

On our first day we headed to see the USS Constitution.  It was a lovely ship and hard to believe how well it has been preserved.

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USS Constitution

 

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sailors quarters

 

After that we had a wonderful lunch at the Beat Hotel in Cambridge.  It was such a cool environment and the food was beyond fantastic.  They had some great Jazz musicians playing which offerred lovely ambiance.

Beat Hotel

We also popped into LA Burdick’s chocolate in Harvard Square for an iced hot chocolate.  This seems to be a must do every time we visit back east.  You have not experienced chocolate until you experience Burdick’s!  I brought back a bag of hot chocolate for each of our mothers for helping with Lucas while I was out of town.

LA Burdick chocolate

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la burdicks chocolate

Our evenings events were The Blue Man Group.  I didn’t get any pictures of this because there were no cameras or phones allowed.  Ezra loved the show.  The humor was right up his alley!  I would recommend this for anyone with kids visiting the Boston area!

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Check in tomorrow for more vacation goodness.

xoxo

DIY Wooden Whale

I mentioned that I gave myself a challenge to do a makeover on the boy’s bathroom for as little money as possible.  I even was able to DIY some art out of wood with a little help of my dad and his tools.

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I saw wooden whales that I just fell in love with like this one, this one and this one.  I just knew that they would blow my budget so I sent images to my dad asking if he could help me cut one out of wood.  Luckily, he said he had the proper tools!

I headed to Homes Depot and picked up a piece of wood for about $11!  {I was beyond excited about the price!}

Then he helped me set up and I cut the whale out of the wood.

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I took it home and stained it a dark walnut, but I felt it needed something more.

walnut wooden whale

I pulled out a can of ikea colored stain and hit it with some blue.

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There is Mr. Whale all finished.

I added a towel hook below for the boy’s hooded towels that I made a couple years ago.  {Those towels are still going strong by the way}.

bathroom whale

xoxo

 

Easy Bulletin Board Makeover

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One of my fave blogs is The Princess and the Frog Blog.  A while back she posted a bulletin board project that had me swooning.  Tween kiddos just love to add their personality to everything and it seemed a great solution.  The problem is we already had a bulletin board for Ezra that we didn’t use anymore and I wasn’t really sure where to put it or how it would look in his room.

I decided to take her inspiration and make over our already existing bulletin board.  Here is what I did.

I gathered my supplies:  board, fabric, upholstery nails (also so liquid nails not pictured)

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I covered the bulletin with the fabric and slowly went around the edges tacking the fabric down with the upholstery nails.  Then I flipped it over and liquid nailed the overhanging fabric onto the back.  I added a hanger hardware so it would hang easily and voila, an upscale looking bulletin board!

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Ezra loves it and it looks fantastic hanging above his dresser with his karate belt hanger.

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Here is a quick before an after of the area.  I think it looks a lot better with his bulletin board.

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bulletin board makeover

xoxo

Snow in June

This past week we have been inundated with cotton from our beautiful trees.  I can hardly believe how much cotton they produce!

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I have been blown away by the fact that we have been “snowed on” in June.  I looked out the window and could not believe my eyes!

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Glad they only do this one time per year!

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Twenty Minute Birthday Party Decor for Under $20

As I told you about last week, we celebrated Lucas’ birthday at the Glenwood Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, CO.

We also wanted to have a nice family and friend dinner for him to celebrate with family.  I originally wasn’t planning on doing any big deal.  The trip to Glenwood was a pretty big deal and we didn’t think it necessary to have a big decorated party.

The day of while Lucas and I were running errands he said “I wish I could have a dinosaur party.”  Since we were already going to the craft store I figured I would at least look and see if there was anything do quickly decorate with.

When I got home that afternoon I quickly {seriously in 20 minutes} threw down some dinosaur fabric I had picked up {on sale with a coupon} and some plastic dinos {some we already had and some I picked up at the dollar store which happened to be right next door to the craft store}.  I filled mason jars with organic mango lemonade {because I liked that it brought out the orange in the tablecloth} and put in some fun striped straws.

easy dino party

I downloaded some dino cupcake toppers from Etsy, cut them out and placed them in the cupcakes.

dino cupcakes

I pulled some of my handmade bunting flags that I had hanging around out  {from this event} and hung them.

I know it is not as elaborate as some of the parties I have thrown for my kiddos in the past, but it felt festive and fun for the kids at the party.

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Cupcake toppers $4 download

Dinosaur fabric $3.99 at Joanne’s fabric

Plastic Dinosaurs $6 at dollar store.

Paper plates- free because I already had them.

Bunting flags- again free because I already had them.

Straws- Also free leftover from another event.  {even yet, they are very affordable and wouldn’t have been more than a couple bucks if I had to buy them.}

Total for party decor:  $14

There ya have it a fast and easy kids party for UNDER $20.  I am truly amazed!

I made the cupcakes the night before, Lucas had asked very sweetly for chocolate with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles.

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I love this shot of him blowing out his candles!

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Have you ever thrown an impromptu party in a short period of time?

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xoxo