My Top 5 Monthly Favorites – OCTOBER

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Hi guys!!! Happy almost Halloween !! Oh October….you are one of my most favorite months of all and I am going to miss you!!! Throughout the seasons of the year my current favorite things in each month seem to change. So I thought I would begin a monthly series and list off my current favorite things of that particular month ♡ So here we go….

HOT TEA

October it’s starts to get chilly around here. I am always a hot tea drinker (usually before bedtime), but now that the temp is starting to drop, so I find my self drinking more and more of it. It definitely warms me up and gives me that cozy fall feeling. Since my opportunity to drink hot tea increases, my choices of tea can expand!! I am always bouncing around in the different flavors, but right now my tea of choice is Oolong Tea. This tea is so amazing and has so many added benefits, one being that it raises your metabolism 😊 this one is my Favorite benefit! Another plus, it is tastey enough to drink either hot or cold 🙃 Wanna try some out? Check it out down below 👇

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FACE MASKS

Something about the fall time just feels so perfect for facials. It seems that out of the entire year, fall time is when most of my facials take place…..This month I don’t have a particular brand I prefer. The girls and I have been bouncing around trying all different brands and purchasing the individual packs……what can I say, we like variety!! Do you have a particularly favorite face mask??

BLUE SKY NOTEBOOKS

Considering I just recently began my blogging journey within the last month, I have been looking at items to help keep me organized. I am a stationary freak and I came across these sweet notebooks randomly one day. I needed something to keep all my notes, blog scheduling tips, and ideas in. These little beauties right here are just my style! I love the simple classy patterns, and how the spirals are across the top and not down the side!! Plus, they are the perfect size, not too bulky ♡ I only have 2 different patterns, so far.

Arent these so stylish?! I love them! Check out these other patterns down below they have available!

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ESSENTIAL OILS

I am absolutely obsessed with my diffusers. It is constantly getting used. This little pack of oils I purchased is so nice. I love how durable the box is, and how the front has an opened window-type part so you can see the bottles. Currently I do not have specific location for my oils, so they are always floating around between my diffusers. So having them in this convenient reusable package is awesome in my eyes!! Do you have a diffuser? If not, I highly recommend you grab one…or two….or one for each room even!! <—- Haha that’s my goal!!!  They truly do make a huge difference in the atmosphere in the room,help with focus, and over all well-being ♡♡ Look down below for some essential oils and diffusers of your own!

 

COFFEE STIRRERS

These are so cool!! Considering the Halloween Spirit 🎃 is all around during the month of October, these are so fitting! I have to admit, I did not find these myself. A friend of mine sent us home with a handful of them after roasting some s’mores at their house one night. Ever since then, my morning cup if Joe has been stirred with and eyeball on a stick!! 👀 If these are your style and you would like some Halloween Spirit with your morning mug, you can grab a pack of them down below 👇

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What are some of your most favorite go to items this month??

That’s it for today!! Come back next month and check out my November Favorites ♡ Don’t forget to subscribe with your email down below, to keep up with the latest and be one of the first to be notified to receive some freebies coming very soon!! FREEBIES! YAY!

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Until next time my lovelies ⛰ Enjoy the rest of your October!!

 

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♡ Liebster Award Nomination ♡

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Guess what guys?? I have been nominated for the Liebster Award 2017!! How exciting is that?! I am so new on this blogging adventure, that something like this was totally unexpected! A big THANKYOU goes out to Ana from Beauty and Lifestyle with Ana for nominating me ♡ Swing on over and check out her blog for tips on beauty products and healthy routines 🙂

So, what is the Liebster Award 2017? Well, Leibster in German means sweetest, nicest, kindest, dearing, and loving. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it is an award given to bloggers by bloggers that exists only on the internet. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011!

Original Liebster Award Image (2011)

The way that it works is, after accepting the nomination, you then must write a post about it and nominate other bloggers! That simple, although, there are rules…Yes rules 🙂 According to The Global Aussie the rules are as follows :

  1. Thank the lerson who nominated you and put a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget”.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  6. List these rules in your post.

Ok, so let’s talk about my favorite blog. I, myself, have not been an official “blogger” for too long, but I have been a blog reader for years! Honestly, I have a handful of favorites, but having to only pick one…..well, I would have to pick ***insert drum roll*** Blessed Beyond Crazy. This blog is run by a mother daughter team <— how cool!!! Both Anna (daughter) and Linda (mother) have such an exceptional blog chocked full of tips and great ideas on all kinds of subjects. My favorite categories they touch on that I refer to a lot for inspiration and tips are : ‘homeschool‘ (obviously) and all the ‘holiday‘ posts. Being a super crafty homeschool mama myself, who is still fairly new on THIS adventure, I am regularly checking out thier updates. You don’t need to be a super crafty homeschool mama to enjoy this blog though. They touch on so many topics! Such as, home improvements, recipes, and finances just to name a few. So head on over to Blessed Beyond Crazy and check them out!! Go ahead and subscribe to keep up with their latest tips of awesomeness!!

Ten Random Facts About Me

  • I love rainy weather….it energizes me and calms me all at the same time! The rainier, the better 🙂 They call this a “pluviophile“.
  • I am allergic to cats <—-no fun cause sometimes snuggling a cat on the couch watching a movie is what I want to do. I wasn’t always allergic, it wasn’t until my teenage years this began happening. And now my 11 year old daughter just recently began suffering from the same thing….what a bummer.
  • One of my most favorite things to do is cook. Always has been!
  • I do not have a favorite color…..when asked, my response is usually the rainbow 🌈
  • I suffer from insomnia and have for years. Some times it’s more severe than others. I try my hardest to not bring it up very frequently to peole around me, due to misunderstandings of the condition. I couldn’t tell you the last time I slept an entire night without waking though. This is something I wish more people around me understood more of.
  • My favorite foods are cherries, cheese, and chocolate….it has been this way since elementary school!!
  • I do not like scary movies. Before becoming a mommy, they were my very favorite types of movies. Now, I find they make me paranoid and on edge. Weird?
  • I enjoy wine, sweet wines. Believe it or not, Aldi has some great tasting Moscato for an affordable price-gotta love Aldi!!
  • My favorite show is Roseanne. This is a show I had watched growing up, and have probably seen every episode a gazillion times 🙂 I own all 9 seasons on DVD and honestly, continue to still watch them repeatedly……LOL
  • I am an artist, very, very few people know this about me….I love drawing and painting AND am actually very good, but I have always rarely had time to enjoy it.

Questions from Ana

What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?

Making the decision to give birth to my 3rd daughter 100% medication free. I stuck to it and am so proud of myself for doing it!

If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?

This is a hard one. There are so many options. I would most likely divide it up between my 3 children to help set them up for their future as adults.

How did you get inspired to start a blog post?

This was something I had thought about for awhile. After reading so many blogs and following specific ones throughout the years, while ending up seeing how successful they had become, I realized there was a lot I could offer others who were looking for tips and inspiration on their own journeys ♡♡ The plus side…..I have something that’s all mine, that enjoy doing 😊

Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have visited, if you have to pick one to go back, which one would you choose and why?

Okay I have been to so many beaches it’s ridiculous. I ant narrow it dosn to just 3 beches, but can definitely narrow it down to 3 areas…Florida Gulf, Virgin Islands, and Hawaii. Now having to visit only one to go back I would choose the beaches in Kauai, Hawaii for sure.

Name 3 things that bring joy to your life and why?

Animals, Rain, Coffee….these are 3 of my favorite things and they each put a smile on my face ♡

If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?

This one is difficult. As a homeschooling mama of 3 girls, we are constantly busy. Which leaves the housework to fall on the back burner pretty frequently……I would probably pick speed (yes like the Flash haha) could you imagine only having to spend 3 seconds folding and putting away that huge Mount Everest sized pile of laundry away, that’s been on the couch for 3 days? Or doing the entire counter full of dirty dishes in under 2 second? Mowing the lawn? Reading books? Wrapping presents during the holidays or birthdays? I mean….I would have so much extra time!!!

***INSERT DRUMROLL***

My nominees are……..

CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!! I hope you are as excited as I am ♡♡

Questions for my nominees

  1. What is your favorite dish?
  2. What is your favorite color?
  3. What piece of advice do you have that (from experience) would be super useful to a “newbie” blogger?
  4. If you could be any super hero what would it be, and why?
  5. Has blogging changed your life in any way?
  6. Movie series, which is your favorite?
  7. When do you find time to blog?
  8. What is the most extreme thing you have ever done?
  9. Favorite season of the year? Why?
  10. What is the furthest you traveled from home?
  11. Sweet or savory?

There it is….my Liebster Award Nomination post, I hope you enjoyed it ♡♡ If so, feel free to share share share please 😊 Be sure to check out my nominees blogs too!! They all have wonderful blogs.

♡♡Until next time my lovelies ♡♡

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EASY SOLUTIONS FOR A HECTIC LIFE

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Ok so Life can be crazy right? We ALL know that! Well let me tell ya, homeschooling the girls is just one of the things that has left very little ‘extra’ time in our household. I am definitely learning more and more everyday how to make things a little less hectic around here.

Beginning homeschooling when there is a baby under 1 in the house, really was the first real struggle. Now, throw my battle with insomnia in with that, and beginning a new blog all while ALREADY running on a jam packed full schedule. Things really started to temporarily lose their structure. Over the past almost year, I have come across quite a few things that help to make our life less hectic. Here are a list of the CURRENT most helpful things in our home.

1. ONLINE SHOPPING

Ok, so I’ve always enjoyed online shopping. Who doesn’t?! But, it wasn’t until this past year that I actually began using it to help keep things less chaotic so we don’t have to run around so much.

Let me tell ya! Online shopping is so quick and easy, as long as you order the correct items to begin with, that is. The downfall is, if you do accidentally order the incorrect items, it can really be a pain in the butt to return things. Other than that, I get things done so quickly, with so much less fuss, and there is no dragging the munchkins in so many stores searching for that one particular item. Or waiting for someone to watch them for us so we can birthday shop, or Christmas shop, or just plain old enjoy shopping with out being asked to purchase everything they see. <—I can’t be the only one who experiences this.

Considering that we homeschool, there aren’t many opportunities to sneak in a quick run to the store before they get out of school. Now, I have to admit…online grocery shopping still makes me nervous and I haven’t worked my way up to trying it just yet. I’ll keep ya updated 😉

2. MEAL PLANNING

This I have attempted so many times and always would get lazy with it, or life would get in the way. Trust me, this one, it’s a big help on not only keeping the chaos level down through out the week, but it’s also definitely a big money saver !! Plan your meals guys, and write your grocery list according to those meal plans, and I promise you success 🙂

Meal planning is a big one. It makes grocery shopping with 3 kids (sometimes 4 including my stepdaughter) a lot easier!! I even bought a weekly white board for the fridge and include each day’s meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) when writing the weekly schedule on there. You wouldn’t BELIEVE how many times I get asked what our plans are, or whats gonna be for dinner. So now, my hubby, who I have been teaching some of my mad cooking skills to, is now able to start cooking dinner if the girls and I aren’t home in time 🙂 How awesome is that?

3. A GOOD PLANNER/ORGANIZER

Here is where I am lacking for SURE! Since beginning homeschooling, I have been on the hunt for the perfect planner, which I have yet to find. 🙁 I do, however, have a pretty sweet system going on between my multiple calendars, and multiple pads of paper (LOL). Yes you read that correctly multiples of each!!

The only way I am successful with all this is by spending a little extra time (which is pretty difficult to find) making sure everything flows nicely together. Taking the obligations/appts for each day and lining them up with our school day, and meal planning, being sure the type of dinner matches up with the day….obviously, on the day of dance and skating class, we are gone from 2pm and don’t get home until after 7pm, it would make sense to plan an easy simple meal right?? Yep!

On that note, I am going to tell you, I rarely have extra time. And by rarely, I seriously mean RARELY. So the way of scheduling I have right now works….but let me tell ya, once I do find that one amazing planner chocked full of awesomeness, I know it’ll make this part of my life a breeze!! Everyone’s way of planning is different. I think that is why it is so hard to find what I am looking for. Hopefully I’ll find one soon, and if not I may be creating my very own!! We shall see…..

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And so it begins…..

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Ahoy! I have been considering starting a blog for some time now. Recently it just kind of presented itself to me…..so here we are.

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Ok, so let’s talk about the “whys”. After so many drastic changes that were made blindly despite how much research I had done……nothing is ever as it seems! Ok, so on that note, our homeschooling journey had began this past January, unexpectedly. It has been such a learning curve and huge adjustment for all of us. I live in a rural area 30 minutes from town (not a large city) so the homeschool resources are not advertised or even just spoken about at all, as it would seem, from an outsider. Finding the “homeschool community” has been a rough road! Finally, I think I’m to headed down the right path meeting all sorts of families, attending lots of local activities, and all of us making new friends. Hopefully, through this blog I can help give that new homeschool family, who feels swallowed by all the overwhelming feelings of being lost, some hope.

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Creating this blog also seemed to match up perfectly “time wise” with my new THM journey…..So not only will I hopefully keep myself accountable, but maybe link up with some fellow beginning THMers and swap some scrumptious recipes! Even if I just spark a bit of motivation for a healthier lifestyle in my readers, then I am satisfied!

I also plan on sharing all of our adventures and fun craftiness with all of you 🙂

Enjoy!!

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