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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Year Happenings!

I cannot believe I have not posted since early December!  Hope everyone had a great Holiday Season!  Just wanted to share with you some of the things that have happened in our life since last posting.  I got all of my kids home for Christmas!  Picked up my oldest from the airport on the Monday before Christmas, with all the bad weather we had a small issue getting to her.  The night we headed down to Portland to get her the Gorge was covered in ice so we got a motel room in The Dalles and waited until morning to get her.  Thanks to my sister in law she was able to have someone there to pick her up and it worked out great because she got to spend the evening visiting with one of her cousins that she doesn't see often!  Here is a pic of the road on our way down!

Cecilia and John enjoying the motel room in The Dalles!

Next morning the gorge was clear and we were able to make it down to get her.  We spent a day shopping in Portland and headed back home on thankfully decent roads!
Christmas was nice with everyone home and I only got one picture!  And Rita and Donald are not in it!  We were doing ugly sweaters and not everyone participated!
This is at my moms house on Christmas Eve!  Aren't we a bunch!
Unfortunately Kylie had to head back to Australia earlier than planned so we only had her for 10 days but better than not at all!
New Years found us at home, I know we are boring!  But we did make it to ring in the New Year and my youngest had friends over and who knows what time they went to bed!
Since the beginning of the year and all of this horribly freezing weather my house has been a haven for frozen calves to come in and get warm!










 
I woke up one morning and Ughhh my house smelled like a barn! The last picture is of a little one that is currently in the house.  I actually got about 5 days without any when the weather cleared up a little but unfortunately this guy needed some fluids.  See my nursing degree did come in handy.  What do you think of my makeshift IV pole?  Whatever works right!
Here are some pics of the snow we have had this month!  I don't remember when the last time we had so much snow and for such a long period of time!



Tried to take my dogs for a walk but there was way too much snow! 

Isn't it beautiful!
If you look close you can see a bunch of cows!










Sledding fun!  They were using garbage sacks to slide down the hill!  The sacks work the best when the hill gets all packed and icy!
So thats pretty much been our January except some Basketball games thrown in there when the weather has permitted!
Hope everyone is having a great year so far!
Blessings,
Anna

Friday, December 9, 2016

DIY Owl Rice bags

This is the first time I have shared a pattern so bear with me.  I am hoping you can understand and use my pattern!  I made these rice bags for everyone on my list last year, including my husband.  They are especially nice for kids when it is cold outside, just heat them up in the microwave for about one minute, add an essential oil of choice, I like lavender to help them sleep.  And they can take them to bed with them, helps them to stay warm and cozy.  The heat is also good for growing pains or any other discomfort they may have!

 Here he is all done!

First I lay it all out to see how I want it to look.


 Then I put the wings and belly on with a zigzag stitch.

I then add the beak.
 
 And the eyes.

Next the pupils.

 And here he is with all of the applique done!

 Then he gets stitched up with a quarter inch seam, clipped and turned right side out.

Here is the back.

 This is the body, cut two of these out of cotton or flannel.  I make the fronts out of pretty cotton prints and the backs out of flannel so they are nice and soft!

Here are the parts.  The eyes and beak are cut out of felt. The tummy and wings I cut out of cotton.

You are going to cut the patterns out and add your tummy, wings, eyes and beak before you sew the front and back together.  I pin the body parts onto the fronts and applique them by machine.  Then you sew the front to the back right sides together and leave the bottom open for adding the rice.  Clip seams if desired, if I am sewing for a small child I sew around it twice to reinforce the seams, turn right side out and use a funnel to add your rice.  I like mine floppy so I add just enough rice to give them some shape, about 3 cups.  You could also add some dried lavender to give it some scent.  When you have the desired amount of rice, use a needle and thread to sew the bottom shut or take it to your sewing machine and use a zigzag stitch to close it up.  And there you have it a quick and easy gift!

Blessings,
Anna

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas! My favorite time of year! My fave Young Living recipes!

Oh How I love Christmas time!


      Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.  I love the magic of Christmas and getting together with family.  One of my favorite traditions is going to where my family is from and attending Midnight Mass, it always seems so magical being out that late in the cold December air with the stars twinkling in the sky.  I can just picture Mary and Joseph in the stable with the newborn Jesus laying in the manger!  What a beautiful sight it must have been for all that came to see!

     And our drive home after with the kids all sleeping in the back seat and just knowing that Santa is up there somewhere in the sky with his sleigh full of toys!  I find myself looking up into the sky to see if I can also get a glimpse! 

     And oh the preparations!  I love to make things for my family and friends, whether it be sewn or painted, cookies or candy!  The kids and I always look forward to getting together and making treats for everyone on our list!  And this year will be even more special as it will probably be the last time in a while that we all gather together since I have one getting married this year.  Plus I will be so very happy when my oldest gets here from Australia! I so cannot wait to see her!

      In honor of my favorite time of year I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things I am making with Young Living Essential Oils!  I am planning some gift baskets using the items I will be sharing with you today!  Hope you enjoy them!


 I made these last year for my kids and my sisters!  They would be great paired with a sample of Lavender oil!

 I put this in a little fancy jar I got from Hobby Lobby.  You could make up a nice gift basket and add a sleep mask, either a store bought or a homemade one, they are so easy to make!  And maybe add some nice cozy slippers or a good book!

 The bath salts I just added to a glass ornament with a tag and a ribbon!  A great last minute gift!

 How about a spa in a basket, you could use this and the facial toner and some of the whipped facial cream!  

 And like I said above this would go great with the lip balm and facial toner!

 A great gift for a child, add a scrubby to your jar and voila!

 I love this hand soap, I made myself one for each bathroom and my kitchen!  Add a chalkboard label to make it pretty, you could even give it with a bathroom set!  Perfect gift for anyone on your list!

 This is so nice, I have given many samples of this to others and everyone loves it!  I have also used other oils like lavender in it!  And as I said above it would go great with the toner and lip balm!

 And I have to add my favorite roller blends, nice stocking stuffer!

You could add this to a basket with a couple of dish towels, put it in one of the fancy little oil dispenser bottles!

I hope you liked all of my ideas, I love that they are all made out of natural products that I don't have to worry about the chemicals harming anyone!  All of the ingredients that I mentioned in my recipes besides the essential oils can be found on Amazon along with the roller balls.  My favorite place to get glass containers is Hobby Lobby.  They have some really pretty little containers!  And don't forget the only oils I use are those from Young Living, if you choose to use others I cannot guarantee the same results!  Hope you have a very blessed Holiday season!

Blessings,
Anna











Saturday, November 5, 2016

DIY Entrance Table with pallet wood





Finally got another project marked off my list!  And I am so excited about it!  I have been trying to decide how I wanted to build my entrance table for a few months and finally decided I just needed to get it done and quit over thinking it!  Not only that but my daughter Mary gave me the sign above it for my birthday and I purchased the clock at Goodwill and I needed somewhere to put them so it was time to quit putting it off.   I made the top of the table out of pallet wood and the legs were purchased at a yard sale.  I placed an old window on it for decor, just hope no one knocks it down.  Now I can decorate the top to fit the seasons!  I also want to do more with the wall. What do you think?  I will put up pictures when I decorate for the holidays.
Blessings,
Anna

Friday, November 4, 2016

DIY dryer sheets and swiffer cloths


These are a couple of things I have been wanting to try for some time now.  They only took a short time to do so not sure why I took so long to get around to it!  I love my dryer balls but wanted something to soften the clothes more and I am happy with them.  I like the swifter pads because I don't like using any chemical laden cleaning products and I love that both are reusable!  




For the dryer sheets you only need reusable cloth towels, white vinegar and essential oils.  Easy, right?  Take 1 cup vinegar and pour into your jar then add 20 drops of your oil of choice, swirl to mix then add your cloths.  The oils I  chose were Orange and Lavender.  I bought the reusable wipes at the dollar store!  Throw one in the dryer with your laundry and once it's done just add it back to your jar!


Here they are looking lonely in too big of a jar!  Decided to switch them to a smaller jar and use this one for the swiffer wipes.



Next are the swifter wipes.  You need white vinegar, distilled water and your oil of choice.  To your jar add 1 1/2 cups each of vinegar and water then add 15 drops of essential oil.  I chose Orange but I am thinking that lemon or purification would have been good choices.  Swirl to mix and put your cloths in, close the lid and shake to coat.


And there you go, I love knowing that not only are they free of chemicals but they are reusable too!  I think I need to add a pretty chalk tag don't you think?

Attached to the swiffer and ready to do some cleaning!  Hope you enjoy these two as much as I do!

Blessings,
Anna