2018: An Eventful February

February was a long month for me. I’m not really sure why it felt so long since it’s technically the shortest month in the calendar, but it seemed to go on and on and on.

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Totally used quartz for touch planks!

The month started off strong with me taking on several fitness challenges. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with them and slacked off about halfway through the month. I did get my home internet situation fixed up though so I should be able to jump back in on my favorite workout video series from Bikini Body Mommy (I like the 5.0 series).

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In January and again in February I put a lot of time and effort into getting my little business up and going. I was finally able to expand into making crystal bracelets! This has been a huge dream of mine for several years. I am so happy to have made that into a reality at last! View website here.

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I organized my personal essential oil collection into a smaller box this month. The box I was keeping them in was too big, so they were always falling over and rolling around. I love when things are organized! I have oils from four different companies, but I’m pretty certain Plant Therapy is my favorite right now. Their quality and price are just hard to beat!

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The boys and I visited a very big park that had a gorgeous pond. I didn’t really get any hiking in this month, although I was able to climb another Fire Watch tower I found that wasn’t too far from where we live. I’ve visited quite a few of the towers now. I can’t believe there was one 20 minutes from me and I never knew it!

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We had a winter storm, including plenty of big wet snowflakes! The boys had a blast in the snow and we worked together to build a mini snowman too.

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I took a bit of an internet break this month. I was hardly on Facebook or Instagram. I felt the need to step away from everything and refocus on some more important areas in life. During this time I was able to do more things I love like practice guitar a good bit, start a crochet blanket project for myself, color, actually read, and put more effort into in-person relationships.

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Fox helped me set up the “Calming Corner” in his bedroom. It is a toolkit from Generation Mindful to help kids learn to manage emotions (anger, sadness, happy, etc) in healthy ways. He has puzzles to work on, books to read, his yoga mat, a teddy bear in the chair, coloring book with crayons, and a stress ball which are all part of the calm down suggestions chart. We are really loving this little space!

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I bottled up the tinctures I had made back in January. I forgot how much the “anti-anxiety” blend of herbs helps me! I have also really been enjoying the lavender tincture. It has helped a lot with managing pain for a tooth issue I’ve been dealing with. I will have to get some more tinctures started for both of these soon!

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The Redefine Yourself Project got a lot of work this month too! I felt like I had a creativity block so I googled ‘questions to get to know someone’ and found so many great ideas to make pages for this project! I haven’t spent time on all the pages yet, but I’m working through them and scheduling blog posts for each one as I go.

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February was a difficult, challenging month for me. I set up a beautiful grid in my room to bring peace, love and emotional healing. I love working with crystals and arranging them into grids.

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For Valentines Day I baked the boys a special Lemon Blueberry Cake, but changed a few ingredients out to make it dairy free. It was quite tasty! They were very surprised to have ‘cake’ for breakfast.

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I have had several times in my life where something significant happens and I am reminded to take nothing for granted. I had a freaky thing happen with my vehicle where the throttle was stuck open while driving on the highway and the breaks were not responding. I was able to shift to neutral and get the vehicle stopped safely, but it was still quite terrifying! I am so grateful that is behind me, that it happened where it did, and that the boys were not with me, and it all ended okay. I am grateful to be healthy, to be alive, to enjoy life and motherhood. Sometimes I get frustrated, sometimes its hard, but I am grateful for everything I have, every moment with my boys.

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2018: An Eventful February

2018: An Empowered January

This month feels like it flew by! We haven’t been up to much since the weather has been quite cold, but I figured a few photos to document this month would be nice.

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I have been putting a lot of effort into narrowing down what main things I will focus on learning in 2018. I bought this adorable binder to organize my study notes for this year. I have quickly discovered that aromatherapy certification is out of the plan for this year, but I did sign up for the free Introduction to Essential Oils course through Aromahead and am excited to be studying that soon. I have also signed up for a free Chakra course and a free Reiki course, both online.

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I finally started seeing a chiropractor to help with my back issues. I had not seen one in almost 6 years, so I was long over due! My spine is still curving towards by back -from a previous injury- instead of having the forward curve a healthy spine should have. This makes sense considering how much pain I have been in the last 6-8 months especially.

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I started a Vision Journal. Basically just going through old magazines and cutting out things I want for my life in 2018 and then arranging them and gluing the images to the pages. It has been a really fun project to work on throughout this month. I plan to continue to add to the pages as the year unfolds. My word for 2018 is EMPOWERED. “I am unstopable and will reach the goals I set for myself.”

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These are four different tinctures I started at the beginning of this month. Left to right: lavender, ginger, anti-anxiety blend, and an immune boosting blend. The last jar is organic olive oil being infused with lavender, calendula, jasmine, rose petals and st johns wort.

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I am jumping back into playing my guitar again. The poor thing has been neglected for many years, but quite to my surprise, I remember a lot more than I thought I would and only stumbled on transitions between chords, in the beginning of practice especially. I slowed down the tempo so I could focus on accuracy vs speed. I am on the hunt for some books to learn more chords and I hope that once we get some home internet I can find youtube videos to learn some of my current favorite songs. In the meantime, I was able to print off guitar chords for several songs, and made great progress with my current favorite song from Avicci,  “Hey Brother”.

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I met my goal to get an herb profile done for January. I focused on Lavender, which is most definitely my favorite herb! I am also really enjoying reading this Rosemary Gladstar book, it’s an excellent choice for beginners especially, but any herbalist would probably enjoy this easy read.

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We brought out the cloth diapers from storage. We aren’t using them full time yet, but I am glad to have them to help with diaper expenses every month! We’re still adjusting to the extra efforts cloth takes, after over 10 months in disposables.

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I was quite proud of myself for getting our clothesline set up at our new house. It was also really nice to get laundry out on it! I’m pretry sure my new neighbors think I’m crazy, out hanging laundry on the line in WINTER.

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I got two hiking adventues in for January! These were my first ones since my ankle injury back in November and knee injury in December. It felt great to connect with nature in this way again. Goegeous views help too!

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I played my first game of darts this month. Turns out I’m pretty good, almost won! I just need to work on the bullseye practice. 😉

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By the end of January, I finally got the last boxes in my room unpacked. It was very overwhelming to have all the piles that were in here since we moved in. I love how clean, peaceful and inspiring this space is now. I love my room!

January was a very good month! I look forward to what February brings us.

2018: An Empowered January

Our Summer

This year has been so chaotic I haven’t even been able to do monthly posts. Really it was probably best I didn’t post for a few months due to all the major transitions our little family went through. Now that we are settling down and preparing for the weather to decide to stay cold for Fall, I would like to do frequent update threads again.

I’m not really going to sort this by month since it will be easier to just pick and choose favorite memories from our summer to share with you. Enjoy!!

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We have so enjoyed visiting many trails over these summer weeks. Walking paths (or hiking trails) has become a new family favorite. Fox set the pace on a trail that was estimated to take 2 hours and we finished within 1 hour and 40 minutes! He is quite the trooper!

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Playing in the creek at several parks has been a favorite escape from the heat this summer. The boys absolutely love collecting “pretty rocks”, building piles, throwing large rocks into the water to make splashes, or running up and back down the creek exploring.

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Simple board games have become a favorite for Fox. Candy Land is one we play together quite often while brother is asleep for his nap. He also really enjoys memory card match games and working on puzzles together.

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One week this summer we went camping. It was a much needed relaxing time for all of us! I am already working on new camping plans for the fall before the night weather is too cold for the boys!

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We were in totality for this recent eclipse! Fox was so fascinated with everything going on and the changes in the sky and sun, changes in the temprature around us, the energy of all the people there who where also excited about this phenomenon!

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I have tried to take the boys to various different parks around us, seeking out a park when we visit a new area, or just visiting our favorite parks many times over this summer. The boys love parks!

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I have been collecting crystals left and right this summer, and of course the boys are fascinated with them and want to hold or play with them so… I started having them pick out their own each time they are with me when I go to a store. Slowly they are building beautiful little collections too!

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We went to a “Things That Go” event at one park. Fox was able to climb in so many different types of trucks and work vehicles! Fire trucks, helicopter, monster truck, school bus, run down a tow truck ramp, various tractors and road repair vehicles, water trucks, so many vehicles! It was wonderful for him! He talked about it for days.

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Fox has become quite the little climber! This kid is so strong it is surprising. He loves rock walls or rope climbing areas that are at some of the parks we’ve visited this summer.

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Speaking of climbing! Fox did not want to come down from the very tall wildfire watch tower we climbed recently. He really loved being up there and able to see so far! It was a terrifying experience for me (I’m not crazy about heights), but I am glad I climbed it too because his smile was so big!

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I took the boys to a small petting zoo. I think feeding the parakeets was one of their favorite activities. We also got to feed a cow, baby deer and baby goats, a camel, a donkey, and so many more animals! Of course jumping in the bounce house was a big deal for them too. 😉

Despite the many challenges with this life change, we have made some great memories this summer! I cannot wait for the memories we will make this fall!

Our Summer

May Journal

May has been a busy month full of many changes. I will post more about some of these changes in the coming months, but for now, our regularly scheduled, and a little late, journal of the little things we did this month!

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Fox called all these cows over to the fence! He’s done this many times, but never had this many follow him. There were about 30 of them. He would run along the fence to another section and they would follow him there and then he would run back the other way and they would follow him again. He found it quite hilarious!

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Bear loves watching the cows on our evening walks too.

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My peoeny bushes bloomed early in the month. I picked them many times to bring inside. Their scent filled the kitchen! It was lovely.

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Bear was very fascinated with the moon when we were outside in early evening. He kept pointing and saying “what’s this?”

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Bear made his Mimi a birthday card. He loved coloring! We’ll have to color more often.

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I celebrated my 26th birthday by baking a vegan Chocolate Cake and enjoying it with coffee.

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A very sweet friend sent me new LuLaRoe leggings for my birthday! This pair and one other pair which I haven’t tried on yet. I love them! They are so soft and comfy. I had these on my birthday list for this year and didn’t think it was going to happen and then she surprised me with them!

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Another dear friend sent me this gorgeous Kambaba Jasper Egg and Peace & Calming II. I’ve never seen a stone like this one! Its beautiful! She sent this little description with it: it’s said to be the ultimate stone for peace & tranquility, soothing for the nerves, and attracts prosperity. It also is a hopeful stone, helping heal heart wounds.

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Around my birthday I started combing out the ends of my dreads. I needed some change, but am not at all ready to have all my dreads gone. I thought a 50/50 was a good compromise. About 9 inches are dreaded and the ends are my natural, curly hair. I am loving this change! It was exactly what I needed.

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One of my sisters got married this month. At the wedding, Bear collected rocks.

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Fox throwing sticks in the water at one of the wedding events.

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For the first time in probably 5 years, I mowed the yard. My lines might be straight, but it all looked good. I found the quiet time to myself to be very refreshing.

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My oregano has a few sprigs of peppermint growing in it!

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They are my constant reminder to take no day for granted.

May Journal

April Journal

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April was an interesting month. It mostly felt like life was on pause, but then everything was going by so quickly too. It was a weird month.

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Bear waving at the train.

 

The boys & I had a trip up to the zoo. They got to ride the train, play on this cool climbing thing, ride the carousel, brush the goats. It was a fun day trip. I was even barefoot for a bit!

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Fox & I spent several mornings on the couch. He played with a new mini lego kit he got and I worked on a crochet blanket *for myself*. In all the blankets I’ve made, I never worked on one for me. It’ll probably take forever to complete, but I’m very excited about it!

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I tried to quit coffee again… and again it was unsuccessful. I think I made it 9 days this time.

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The boys and I attempted to clear out the weeds from our organic garden. I have some volunteer kale and garlic coming back from last year. That was kind of neat to see those come back in.

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Waiting for water to fill in the pool.

 

The weather was very warm in the beginning of the month so the boys spent a lot of time outside, and many days splashing in the pool!

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We got a puppy! Roxy. She’s about 3 months old. She is a Pug/Blue Heeler mix. Fox is not crazy about her. I was hoping he would get used to her the longer she was around.

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Fox got some of the coolest ‘wipe-clean’ number cards for his “school”. He has been very interested in learning numbers so I bought some new supplies to help him learn in this interest area. He loves working with the cards! I cannot wait to get him the alphabet cards as well.

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Yoga practice was hit and miss. I did none for several weeks even, and then finally started getting back into it while working on a Root Chakra yoga flow at the end of the month.

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Near the end of the month we finally put together a menu that was mostly decent. We slacked off on eating well back in March and are finally getting back on track here at the end of April.

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I got a new tattoo! Some friends got it for me actually. I plan to write about it before too long. It has a lot of meaning. The day I went to get it, Fox was very upset he couldn’t go too. I told him I would bring him back some stick-on ones. That night I helped him put a few on and then later he wanted to put some on by himself. There was a butterfly one in the package (my new tattoo is of a butterfly). He put it on his knee then told me: “I have a butterfly too like yours mama!” I thought that was the sweetest.

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I made my first herbal tincture! It’s still making actually since it takes several weeks to be done. But it has alfalfa, nettles and red raspberry leaf. I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

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I also got through almost all of my herbal class before it expired. I was able to download the PDF of the class to catch up on eventually. I didn’t even finish my first herb profile (lavandula agustifolia), but maybe I’ll get to one day. I do think this is my favorite herb though! I would like to get some to keep on the porch.

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I had to show of my dreads too! They are forming so nicely! Just over a year old now.

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A friend came over and we swapped oils and I showed her how to make sauerkraut. I love having friends near by that are natural minded too!

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I have three books I’m working hard to read through. An Aromatherapy book by Julia Lawless, Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar and The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro (I just wrote a post about Homeopathy this month too!). These aren’t the only books I’m reading, but they are the main ones I’m working to finish right now.

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I got some new products from one of my favorite herbalists! Wild Earth Herbals. The Migraine tincture is amazing! I have used it several times now and definitely would recommend it! The tooth powder is really an interesting texture, but seems to be helping my teeth. This is my first experience with tooth powder. I have yet to brew the Adrenal Support tea, though I’m sure I need it since I am lacking in energy!

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I got a second order of cloth pads from my favorite: The Cloth Shop! Hers are the best! And such beautiful fabrics to choose from too! I definitely recommend shopping there for all your cloth needs.

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In closing, this is one of the few sunset photos I captured this month. It rained a lot so we would go for our daily walk any time it wasn’t raining, if it let up at all. Our town flooded because of all the rain! Fortunately our house is ok, but many people had water damage.

April Journal