A Story of Spring

And then it’s Spring….

It was a long, hard winter ya’ll, but oh how the tides have turned….

Gardening has begun….Time to break out the hats!

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But what do you really need for Spring gardening?

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A Gardening Sister!

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“Hey I’ve Got An Oil For That!”

Several months ago my sister became a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.  She loved them so much, she thought her older sister needed to try some too!

“Your boy has a headache you say? I’ve got an oil for that!”

Now I’ve always used natural ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, 100% grape juice, local honey, rubbing alcohol etc. before OTC meds.  I’m just not a fan of throwing un-needed chemicals/meds at my kids. I’d rather try natural alternatives when possible.  When I found that Young Living oils are grown/distilled on either their own farms or co-oped farms free of chemicals and pesticides I decided…Why Not?

I know what you’re thinking….

It was love at first smell.

Nope!  Not even close.  I’m pretty sure it should be suggested….Ahem!….Instructed, that Melaleuca Oil (Tea tree) not be the first essential oil you take a nice big whiff of!  That stuff is rank!

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It seemed like every oil except the citrus oils were way earthy, but dangit I paid good money for those suckers so I was gonna use em….even if I had to hold my breath till I turned blue in the face!

Anyhow, I slowly started adding lemon and grapefruit oils to my water…not bad, thieves to the bottoms of feet, frankincense to naughty fine lines, peppermint on sinuses…..

Hang on a sec…. This story is one worth telling!

You can use essential oils in several different ways; diffuse them, inhale them, ingest them, neat (no carrier oil), or with a carrier oil (my favorite is coconut oil).  When using some of the stronger oils it is necessary to dilute with a carrier oil.

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IT IS NECESSARY!

I don’t know why I have to learn all my lessons the hard way, maybe it’s the fact that a hard learned lesson sticks longer? Anyhow..

Feeling a bit congested and having trouble breathing through my nose as The Good Lord intended, I thought…Why not use some of my all natural peppermint oil?”

Now this by itself wasn’t such a bad idea, but the light-bulb moment that followed was flat out ludicrous! You’d think by now that I’d have found the off switch on that darned light-bulb, but Nope, It’s brighter than ever!

Ever heard the statement…”We’ll leave the light on?” Yeah it’s like that!

Well this is when Yours Truly decided to slather some of this peppermint oil on her sinuses WITHOUT  a carrier oil…because if peppermint oil is good with a carrier oil, it must be great without one right?

Bet you’re wondering how that worked out huh?  Almost instantly I could breath again, but now I had no use of my eyes!  Yep! The peppermint oil is so strong that the wafting fumes? odor? smoke? was daring me to take a peek!

PANIC!

Stupid is as Stupid does……I freaked out and started adding coconut oil to the peppermint oil already on my face thinking this would alleviate the burn/chill? I’m pretty sure I got too close to my eyes because now I couldn’t open them at all but the tears were pouring rivers and my entire face felt like it was trying out for one of those eye popping York Peppermint Patty commercials!

Hard learned moral of this story?

CARRIER OILS ARE YOUR FRIEND!

You’ll be happy, or bewildered one,  to know that I have successfully used a diluted peppermint oil on my kids since that brilliant moment of mine when they’ve been congested, and it works like a charm!  Paired with Coconut Oil, the kids say the peppermint smells like Junior Mints!

I. Love. Junior. Mints.  You did not need to know that but… I. Love. Junior. Mints.

You know what else I love?  Grapefruit EO mixed with coconut oil.  It smells heavenly!  I whipped up a bunch of this stuff and spooned it into old milk glass tea cups and use it every chance I get!  I’ve replaced my after shower lotion with this and I love it!  The smell alone was enough to win me over, but the soft skin really makes you a believer!

But seriously….The Smell!!  And hey, if for some reason I ever get stuck upstairs with nothing to eat I can just eat this stuff!  That’s not too weird is it?

Yeah well, it takes a weirdo to know…..anyhow…

I guess you could say I’ve become an EO believer.  I’m really starting to love using them.

We’ve used these EO’s instead of standard meds for things such as stomach aches, headaches, sore throat, chest congestion, sinus congestion, skin irritations and flare ups, muscle soreness, and the list goes on and on.  Needless to say at first introduction I wasn’t so sure these guys were gonna stick around for dessert, but after using and getting to know them better I’ve found they are most welcome in my home.

A few of my favorites?

Frankincense  – Face, coughs (has worked so well for us), fabulous smell!

Grapefruit – Because it smells so dang good!

Lavendar – Skin ailments (my psoriasis in particular), sleepy time aide!

Peppermint – Tummy troubles, headaches, congestion, overall mood enhancer!

Some of Young Living’s Oils are blends, which saves you a lot of time and money on mixing!  A couple of my favorite blends are…

Thieves – Immune system, germ & bacteria killer, great smell!

Stress Away –  Great for end of day unwinding. My kids ask for this (with coconut oil) every night.  Not sure which they love better, the oil or the back rub they get with the oil, but either way they love it!

Purification – Air freshener (perfect for those stanky athletic shoes, and Soccer Mom minivan stench!)

Overall these oils are quickly becoming an every day part of our lives.  I’ve even made several creams that we use everyday such as; Before School Cream with thieves, lemon, & peppermint; Blemish Cream with malaleuca, lavender, & frankincense; Bedtime Brew with stress away and lavendar; Face Cream with frankincense, lavender, & Grapefruit.

If you’ve ever been interested in trying essential oils I would encourage you to do so.  It might not be love at first smell, but if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself wondering what you ever did without them!  My only word of advice…Research!  Research the company and research the abilities of and how to use each oil! And then take a deep breath and ENJOY!

My friends!

My friends!

 

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Somebody managed to sneak into the pic!

Want to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils?  Shoot me a comment below, go to the company website at http://www.youngliving.com/, or Follow my Staying Healthy board on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/thislittlebirde/staying-healthy/,

Happy Oiling!

 

 

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A Holiday Story!

Weeeee!   It’s that time of year again!

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Time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Annual Holiday Contest!  You know what that means?

That’s Right!  You’re about to read my newest manuscript! Restrictions were….

1.  It had to be a children’s story…..CHECK!

2. Theme is wild weather impacts the Holidays…..CHECK!

3. Not to exceed 350 words…..CHECK!

Okie Dokie folks, grab a comfy seat, a warm blanket, and your favorite cup of hot chocolate and we’ll get started!

On.

Second.

Thought.

Perhaps you should grab your bathing suit and a tall glass of iced tea!

Yep, we’re headed South Ya’ll!

Let’s get going shall we?

                                       JUAN PABLO AND THE CHRISTMAS WISH
 
For Christmas, Juan Pablo wished for just one thing…a wintry wonderland of white! Unfortunately, for a chicken living on Isla del Sol, 
 
snow…
was…
sparse! Nonexistent! Obsolete!
 
When the other chickens of Isla del Sol heard about Juan Pablo’s wish, they laughed and clucked, clucked and laughed, there was even a cackle and some rolling on floors!
 
Was Juan Pablo’s wish really so silly? What could it hurt to wish for snow chilly?
 
A still hopeful Juan Pablo strutted home beneath the blazing sun, 
 
to plop…
in front of the fan…
and think! Ponder! Plan!
 
It wasn’t until his ice cube puddled that Juan Pablo had an idea. THE idea!
 
On a night when young chicks should be tucked into beds, 
With visions of sugar plums dancing in heads, 
A determined Juan Pablo whistled a tune,
And headed outside to work under the moon.
 
Following his plan, OPERATION BIG WHITE, he flitted tree to tree,
With a sack full of big yellow Christmas seed. 
Like a jolly chick-ninja he worked through the night, 
Only the stars to guide him by their holy white light!
 
In the blink of an eye he’d accomplished his feat,
Then settled inside for a bite of mincemeat!
He laughed and he jiggled and sighed joyfully,
He couldn’t wait till tomorrow when his friends would all see!
 
Christmas morning brought presents and glee,
As everyone gathered round the Isla del Sol Christmas tree.
With temperatures soaring like never before,
Juan Pablo’s wish of a white Christmas surely existed no more!
 
Unless, of course…
 
Pop!
Pop! Pop!
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!
 
The chickens looked up and much to their delight, 
It was snowing big flakes of popcorn of white!
Juan Pablo had done it, his wish had come true, 
But there was still one last thing on his list of “To Do!”
 
That’s when it was heard, as he dove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all and to all…
Pop Corn Fight!”
 
THE END!
Are you chuckling?
You’re supposed to be chuckling!
And what has happened to my font and spacing?
My Christmas Wish to be computer savvy has yet to come true!
You can find more Holiday stories at http://susannahill.blogspot.com/.  Finalists will be posted on the blog Monday Dec. 15th, or Tuesday Dec. 16th!  Good Luck to all the contestants!

 

Hope your Christmas is filled with joy!

Wishing you a Christmas filled with joy!

 

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Post Card Fun!

You just finished off that last box of cereal, your trash is full, and the recycling doesn’t come for two more days….

What on earth do you do with that cereal box?

Well you send it to somebody else that’s what!

No, not the whole box silly…that would be weird!

But this is not weird.

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This is fun.  Practical.  Eco-Friendly. And a great way to send a little  “Hello” to someone special!

Homemade Postcards!

All you need is a pen/marker, ruler, scissors, and an empty cardboard box. *You can use any cracker, oatmeal, pasta, cereal, Pop Tarts etc. box*   To get your Picasso on, grab some inking stamps, stickers, crayons and/or markers and let your imagination GOOoooo….

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First things first!  Begin by marking and cutting your cardboard box into 4′ by 6′ rectangles.

Next, using your pen, draw a line just off  center to give you a left and a right side of the postcard. Use your ruler to make 4 equal lines on the right side of the rectangle. *This is where you’ll put the recipients name and address*

Now on the left side of the postcard you can get creative.

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I’m absolutely positive this will brighten someone’s day….and give you a reason to finish off those Froot Loops!

Now get going! Somewhere, somebody’s waiting for your masterpiece!

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Water Shoes…the essentials of life!

Funny story….

About 18 years ago Chicken and I visited the Grand-Daddy of all water parks..Schliterbahn (New Braunfels).

Ya’ll know where New Braunfels is right?

That’s right, good ‘ol Texas!  And in Texas everything is bigger…and hotter! And by everything, I mean EVERYTHING!

To set this story up right you must know one thing first.  I was as big a cheap-0 then as I am now! So when I was told I might want to bring a pair of water shoes I was like, “Water Shoes?  I don’t need no stinkin water shoes! I’ll go barefoot thank you very much!”

This was my FIRST mistake!

Of course we picked a lovely 106 degree, no cloud in the sky, could make the chile peppers cry day to visit the biggest watering  hole for miles around!

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That was my SECOND mistake!

After much standing in line (I think I grew a beard) for my 5 second moment of joy being shot down a plastic tube only to have water shot up my nose, I decided it was time for a shade tree and refreshment.

That was my THIRD mistake!

You see, in between the slides, Schlitterbahn was very gracious in laying out a green carpet that didn’t heat up to what was  the equivalent of the inside of a Thanksgiving Day oven.  But between the rides and the lounging shade tree area…It wasn’t so…

You see where this is going right?

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Yep! I stood at the edge of the fire and decided I could surely make it to the shade before the skin actually melted off my feet.. I was quick back then ya know! And I desperately needed an $8 ice cold drink!

That was my FOURTH mistake!

I took off like Jackie Joyner Kersee!  I was gonna make it, I was gonna make it!

Guess what?

I got halfway there and I thought I was going to die!  Who knew concrete could get that hot?

You know what I did to remedy the situation right?

My FIFTH mistake,  and probably one of my biggest, dumbest, most painful decisions EVER! (Except for that time I let my husband talk me into staying home ‘just a bit longer’ when those labor contractions started…but that’s a whole other story!)

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Yeah, you know those black inner tubes they have lying around all over the place at water parks?

That’s right! Yours Truly, surely my brain was fried at this point, decided in the blink of an eye, that those shiny, black rubber rings in my path would somehow be cooler than the burning concrete and a relief to my singed feet!

IT. WAS. NOT. SO.

I took one step onto that stupid burning ring of fire and bout busted my butt trying to get off of it and back onto the cool, refreshing concrete!

I remember hitting the ground and there being some rolling, yelping, and quite possibly some cursing involved, but I can’t be sure how I even managed to get to the shade. Survival mode can mess with your head!

I do, however, recall Chicken laughing hysterically as he pondered his future with this brilliant and quick thinking genius! (He’s apparently a comedy show junkie!)

Moral of this story?

Water Shoes!

Water Shoes are WORTH. EVERY. PENNY….CHEAPO!

 

 

 

 

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Book Birthday & Gimmicky Song

Do you want to buy a book,

And read it all day long?

Wimbley’s waited for so long,

To sing his song,

Today’s his special day….

Do you want to buy a book?

It doesn’t have to be just one book….

You were singing that to the tune of  Frozen’s Do You Want To Build A Snowman weren’t ya?

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No?

How bout now?

You’re singing it now aren’t ya?

Yea,  You’re gonna be singing that all day!   And that’s a great thing because…

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Today is Wimbley The Wonder Boy’s book birthday!!!  WooHoo! Woo Hee!  WooMoo!

Sorry… I got a little excited! But did you hear me?

Today Is Wimbley The Wonder Boy’s book birthday!!!!

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CRASH!  BOOM! KABAM!

Umm…I think there was a bit much dork dancing going on over here…

Want to join this completely safe, 100% act your age party?

Great!  Just head on over to Amazon (the link is on the top right of the blog page) and order your very own copy of  Wimbley The Wonder Boy! *Dork Dancing is optional*

What are you waiting for?

Wondrous preschool mischief, messes, and love are awaiting your arrival!

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Do you want to buy a book? It doesn’t have to be just one book….

 

*Heather S. you have won the lemon basil seed giveaway!  Yummy lemony goodness is headed your way!

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ONE TWO PUMPKIN BREW

It’s creepy and it’s cooky,

Mysterious and spooky,

It’s all together ooky,

The Halloweensie Contest!

Yes, these are homemade Halloweensie Cakes in a Jar! You want a spoon to dig in don’t ya?

Susanna Leonard Hill has done it again!  She has put a seed in my brain and I can’t shake it… no matter how hard I try!

I know, I can’t get away from the seeds!  I should be a gardener….I’m a great weed grower…not the inhaling kind..sorry.  Though that might be more interesting wouldn’t it?

Kidding…only kidding!

Hey, did you know I am running a lemon basil seed giveaway? You did?  That’s great!  Did you enter the giveaway?  You didn’t?  No worries…

You’ve. Still. Got. Time! Like, a whole 3  days!  That’s enough time to enter and still watch several Gilmore Girls episodes….

You’re right…I should get back to the story!

What kind of seed was planted you ask?

The book idea kind.

The My floors are so dirty they might just get up and walk away but I MUST write this story first kind…..

The If I don’t do laundry soon we’ll all be walking around in our bathrobes but I MUST write this story first kind…and we don’t even own bathrobes!

The I need to go to the grocery store so bad we’re gonna be eating saltines and pickle juice for dinner but I MUST write this story first kind….

Seriously, I love these little competitions.  This time was a bit trickier…It’s Halloweensie themed, the words pumpkin, broomstick and creak MUST be used, and it MUST be under 100 words!  YIKES!

I think I can, I think I can…Hey lookie, I DID!

Keep in mind this story is for the very young (I write children’s books remember?) and although it is quite comprehensible with text only, it was written with the hopes of being paired with sprightly illustrations.

ONE TWO PUMPKIN BREW  (Childrens PB, WC 21, Ages 2-6yrs.)

One…Two, Pumpkin Brew!

Three…Four, Creak and Roar!

Five…Six,  Broomstick Tricks!

Seven…Eight,  Scary Fate?

Nine…Ten, BOO!

Halloween Zen!

THE END

Sooo…was it frightful enough for you? Do I need to hold your hand?

You know what’s good for that?

Lemon Basil!

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*Head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog to read all the terrific Halloweensie stories and be ready to vote on Monday November 3 for your favorite….

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YES!  The SAME Monday, November 3 as  my very first children’s picture book publication date!!!!  The Most Fantastic Day in all of days…well except for that time I birthed that one kid…or the time I birthed that other kid…or the time I…well, we could be here all night!

Until Monday my friends….

 

 

 

 

 

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