The New Addition: Week 2

We are in full remodel mode now. Two weeks have gone by and our house is changing so much! This week started on Monday with the framing of the exterior walls and putting up the insulated plywood for the majority of the exterior walls. I was completely shocked to find how much they got done in that first day. We left for our mid day activities and came home to walls in our new space.

Tuesday started a little slower. They worked hard all day but it was slower progress for us to see. All of the brick was removed from the exterior wall. They framed in the wall for the closet and half bathroom. The rest of the time was clean up time from the demolition of the wall.

Wednesday was another huge progress day. They began framing the roof and putting up plywood on the exterior of the walls and roof. We officially had a closed in space on Wednesday! I could not believe the amount of change that happened in this week.

Thursday and Friday they continued with demolition inside our house. They broke out the wall, added the doors and windows to the new exterior wall. By Friday, the new space was enclosed and part of our existing house. Our contractor asked us to start painting the new siding on Saturday because the roofers would be there the next work day to put on the new roof.

Coming Up:

Home Addition Week 3
Soccer Camp
Swim Lessons

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Summer Food Favorites: Honey Mustard Chicken Avocado and Bacon Salad

Today I am sharing with you another AMAZING salad! During the summer months there is nothing better after a really hot day than a cool, fresh salad. If you missed last weeks salad you can find it here at

I found today’s recipe on my go to for everything website, Pinterest. I was looking for more meals to eat during those 100 degree summer months. This recipe popped up in my summer meals search. Today’s recipe comes from  I have to say before I share this recipe that I have modified this recipe for my family. You can find the original at the link shared above.

Honey Mustard Chicken Avocado and Bacon Salad

Ingredients for Dressing/Marinade: (Get Your Ingredients)

  • 1/3 cup of honey 
  • 3 tbsp of mustard
  • 2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts


  • 1/4 cup of cooked bacon
  • 4 cups of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup of corn
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, diced

Just sharing this salad makes me want to make it tonight for dinner. It’s that good! So here is how I make it.

You will need about two and a half hours to make this due to prep time. I mix all of the dressing/marinade ingredients all together using a whisk to mix it thoroughly. Then I pour half of the mixture into a separate bowl for a marinade on the chicken. The chicken needs to marinate for two hours in the refrigerator. After two hours, heat a skillet to medium heat to cook the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, pull it off of the heat and let it rest for about five minutes. This will allow the juices to trap inside the chicken.

While the chicken is resting, cut the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and onion. Mix them together with the corn. I leave the red onion and bacon on the side to use as a topping for those who want to eat them. Toss the salad ingredients  in the dressing.  Then slice the chicken and add to the top of the salad.

Finally, enjoy a wonderful refreshing salad.


Coming Up:

Young Living Essential Oils

The Home Addition Updates

Summer Food Favorites

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Young Living Essential Oils: Frankincense

Today I am going to talk about one of the oldest essential oils known to man, Frankincense. Frankincense was first mentioned being used in biblical times in the old testament. I personally have a bottle in my oil collection that I use with my family.

What Is It?

Including the naturally occurring constituent alpha-pinene, Frankincense is a key ingredient in essential oil blends such as Brain Power, Awaken, Highest Potential, and Forgiveness. Diffuse it during meditation to help with grounding and purpose. Frankincense can also be useful for massage after activity or in cosmetic applications to smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, which makes it an important ingredient in our Boswellia Wrinkle Cream.

The smell of grounding essential oils can be a great way to deepen your yoga practice, meditation, or prayer. Give your spiritual moments a little extra enlightenment by diffusing Frankincense essential oil. Its rich, woodsy aroma is very grounding, uplifting, and invites spiritual connection. Diffuse 6–10 drops of Frankincense for new, deeper insights and to help find a new level of purpose in life.

How To Use It?

Diffuse during meditation for grounding and purpose. Use for massage after activity. May help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin. I personally like to rub Frankincense onto my feet or on my child’s feet using a carrier oil to support immune systems. I have diffused Frankincense as well in my home.

You can order your Frankincense here at My Young Living

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Home Addition: Week 1

Recently I posted that we were starting a remodeling project. Well we have officially started this project.

My sweet husband breaking up the concrete patio.

To get ready for this project we had to break up part of our back patio where the new room was going to be built. It also meant taking down part of our fence where the house was going to be expanded. This means an exposed yard now until the structure is built. Luckily Joel put up a temporary space so that we could keep the kids out of the construction zone. So that the contractors could have a good sight line for our foundation, we had to break up a piece of tile in our laundry room. So now I have a piece of tile missing in the room.

The original half bathroom ripped up to have the new plumbing installed. I definitely was using that stress away through this project!

All of this pre-construction work happened before the fourth of July holiday. The contractors came out July 5th to start the foundation process. It took a week to get all of the framing and concrete poured. It was a boring first week as far as construction but it’s a start to a new project.

Framing for the new foundation.

The slab is poured and ready for framing next week.

Framing for the new part starts next Monday. Check back for Home Addition: Week 2.

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Young Living Essential Oils: Copaiba

Today I am going to talk about a newer oil to my list, Copaiba. I do not have a lot of personal experience with this oil but have read a lot on how wonderful this oil is.

What Is It?

Copaiba Vitality™ is made with the gum resin tapped from the copaiba tree native to Brazil and is known for its beta-caryophyllene content and sweet aroma. Copaiba Vitality has a pleasant, complex taste, and when taken internally, it can promote wellness.* Add Copaiba Vitality to a Clear Vegetable Capsule and take daily as an important part of your health regimen. You can also try adding a drop or two of Copaiba Vitality to your herbal tea, such as chamomile or rooibos, to enjoy its complex, soothing flavor.


How To Use It?

Order Yours

You can get your Copaiba Vitality on my site.

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Summer Food Favorites: Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad

Today’s recipe is one of our family favorites. It’s healthy, light, and very filling. I like this in the summer because it is a refreshing salad but it’s not your traditional salad that only has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, etc… Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional salad too. However, it is nice to shake things up a bit. This salad does just that.

This recipe is the Mexican Chicken and Rice Salad from To make this salad, I use the following ingredients.

Ingredients (Get your Ingredients)

1 tbsp of olive oil

2 chicken breasts cubed

1 cup frozen corn

1 1/2 cups cooked rice (I use brown rice)

1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved

1 cup black beans

6 green onions chopped

1 cup shredded cheese

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

juice from 1 lemon

juice from 1 lime

1 avocado chopped

salt and pepper

Optional Ingredients:

1 green bell pepper chopped

3 tbsp taco seasoning

Shredded Lettuce


To start this recipe, I heat up the olive oil in a skillet. When the olive oil is hot I add the chicken. Season the chicken to taste, this is where she uses the taco seasoning in the original recipe. I do not care for things with a lot of sodium so I just use black pepper and Himalayan salt. I put the chicken to the side and start to cook the corn. I like to give the corn a little char taste on them, not burning them. Once the corn is starting to brown a little, I throw in the black beans. The original recipe uses the beans straight out of the can but I like to cook them a little.

Then I add all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix it together. Serve immediately. My kids are not fans of cilantro. They tell us that it’s too spicy, I’m really not sure why they think that. So we keep the cilantro on the side to top ours with and leave it off of theirs. Some people would like the bell peppers mixed in but that is a little too much for my family so I choose to leave it out. I added lettuce as an optional ingredient as well. I have made this with lettuce and love it.

Coming Up:

The Home Addition

Young Living Essential Oils Series

Summer Food Favorites

Our Anniversary

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Holding Our Hands For Just a Little While…But Our Hearts For A Lifetime

Mason has been walking for about 8 months now. I have tried for months to get him to hold my hand while we walk. Each time he refused to hold my hand until now. He is finally holding my hand and anyone who holds theirs out to walk with us. I find it so precious that he is holding my hand.

As I walked with him the other day after swim class, I held out my hand to have him hold it while we walked and he eagerly grabbed it smiling up at me. My heart filled with joy to have this precious time start with him. I remember when my girls started holding our hands as we would walk around places. I loved being about to hold their tiny hands!

My girls still hold my hand happily as we walk together but I know this day is going to be coming to an end at some point. They will reach an age where it is not cool to hold hands with their mom and I will miss those special moments. The grow so fast, from tiny sweet babies to entering Kindergarten in a month.

Our babies hold our hand for just a little while but our hearts for a lifetime. Always take treasure of those precious moments, they are gone before we know it.

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Independence Day

There are so many ways that you can celebrate the birth of our nation. Whether it’s time at home barbecuing, swimming in the pool, or a trip to the lake or beach, this holiday is a lot of fun outside.

This year we started our celebration over the weekend before. We drove into my husband’s hometown on Thursday before the holiday. We spent Friday around his parents house, spending time with them. During naptime we slipped away with the kids to a surprise movie trip to see Cars 3. They have been begging us to go so we took the chance and ran over to the movies. This time we remembered ear plugs (last time it was too loud).

On Saturday we got up and headed out to the lake with all three kids. We went out on the boat with some friends of ours for the kids first boat ride. They loved being out on the boat. To prepare for the boat ride I purchased kid life jackets from Amazon. These are the ones we chose because they had the three buckles across the chest and the strap that goes under your legs to secure the life jacket. For the girls I purchased this one and for Mason I chose this infant life jacket. 

We arrived at the lake around 10:30 and went out onto an inflatable island and the kids swam with my husband in the lake. Then we headed up to the house to have lunch. Just as we finished lunch and planned to go out on the boat a storm blew in causing the power to go out for an hour or more. It was raining sideways and we were all trapped in the lake house with no power. About 2:30 the rain stopped and the power came back on about 3. We were able to lower the boat and take off on the lake. After the first run around the lake, the kids got enough courage to go tubing. Maybe I should say that momma got enough courage to let her kids tube because lets face it, I’m a nervous control freak when it comes to my kids. But I strapped on my bravery helmet and let them go with their dad on the tube. 

Bailey went first. She begged and begged for them to go faster. She gave a thumbs up repeatedly asking that we have more waves. After about ten minutes of tubing her nose started bleeding. She gets nose bleeds regularly in the summer and a tubing adventure didn’t stop it from coming. We got her back into the boat and let Brooke take her turn while we stopped Baileys nose bleed. Brooke went out and had a blast as her sister did before her. She too was begging to go faster and wanted those bumpy waves. The entire time their little brother watched them, jumping up and down in my lap. He wanted his turn. I knew it was either let him go or we would have to get out of the boat. So I let him go with dad too. He had to sit up though and we went incredibly slow. 

When Mason finished his turn Bailey was ready to go for round two. Her nose bleed had stopped for a little while and she was ready for some more fun. So out she went again. Followed by Brooke for a second time. It’s safe to say my kids love being lake babies. 

We spent several hours enjoying time with friends at the lake before heading back to his parents house for dinner. 

Sunday we slept in a bit before we loaded up to head home. We enjoyed our weekend away but knew that we had to get home to start our newest project around the house. We are adding a large space onto the back of our house. The contractors were starting on July 10th so we used the last two days off for the holiday to finish demolition on the back patio and around the yard so that the contractors could start.

On July 4th, we went to watch the parade downtown. It is something we have wanted to do each year but never have. The kids were so excited to go this year.



Coming Up:

Weekly Young Living Essential Oils Talks

A Day in the life of Mom

The Remodel Updates

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Young Living Essential Oils: Lavender

I just started my Young Living Essential Oils Series where I am talking about the different items in the premium starter kit. First on my list is the essential oil Lavender. Lavender, a popular essential oil long loved for its calming, soothing fragrance, is a key ingredient in many of our blends, including Stress Away™, Tranquil™, RutaVaLa™, Forgiveness™, and Harmony™.

What is it made of? 

Lavender Oil is made from Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil. It’s 100 % Therapeutic grade oil.

How Do You Use It?

Lavender essential oil’s smell is very similar to that of the fresh herb—clean, fresh, relaxing, and floral—which is why lavender has always been such a favorite of gardeners and perfume makers. That relaxing smell makes Lavender a bubble bath’s best friend! Just add a few drops to hot bath water at the end of a long day to unwind and let it all go. It’s also great to diffuse while buried in a great book and drinking a cup of herbal tea. To name just a few of the wonderful uses.

Diffuse Lavender for a comforting and calming scent. I like to unwind by adding a few drops to a nighttime bath or put some on my wrists for that wonderful relaxing smell.

When diffused, Lavender adds a clean, fresh scent to any room and is a relaxing addition to baths and body care products. You can diffuse Lavender for a fresh, clean scent and to eliminate odors. You can add it to shampoos, lotions, or skin care products to complement their fragrance.

Lavender is known to be a versatile essential oil that people have many uses for. These are just to name a few that I like to use Lavender for.

You can order your Lavender from me at My Young Living.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.


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Summer Food Favorites: Chocolate Ice Cream

Last week I started the series Summer Food Favorites talking about our favorite summer time foods for these hot days. I talked about making homemade vanilla ice cream. When I discovered the recipe for vanilla ice cream, I got adventurous and made my favorite, chocolate ice cream. I’m in LOVE with making homemade ice cream and I cannot wait to try more flavors.

So this week I am going to share with you my recipe of Chocolate Ice Cream.


Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream 

1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Medium Bowl

Large Bowl



Fill up the large bowl with ice. Then put the medium bowl inside the large bowl on top of the ice. Put the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and milk into the bowl and mix with a hand mixer. Then add the vanilla extract and mix another minute. Slowly add the chocolate syrup until you get the chocolate flavor you want. I liked the flavor after two tablespoons but you can use more or less to make your perfect flavor. Mix the entire mixture for five minutes before placing it into the freezer for an hour. After an hour, pull it out and mix again for about five minutes. Then put back into the freezer for four hours or overnight.

Then enjoy!







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