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Best Defense...Early Detection

In a world where pink is everywhere in the month of October and donations fly out of pockets I can't help but cringe.  Organizations talk about early detection and finding cures.  What organization or medical community talks about prevention or reducing your risk???  NONE  ( at least that I hear about)!!!  Why?  If there was a cure (which there is, the masses just don't get to know these details) these organizations wouldn't exist.  You no longer need races for a cure, you no longer need pharmaceuticals involved in treatments and all of the people running these companies or organizations no longer get their hefty salaries.  What's the number one rule in business...make the company/shareholders money.  It's certainly not lets do whatever is best for everyone's well being.

Growing up I never really thought of myself as a person to question everything but for as long as I can remember I certainly do that.  I do not just hop on board with whatever I'm being tol…
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Guide to Essential Oils

Who doesn't love using essential oils these days?  While they are not 'new' they sure have become popular over the last few years.  The problem I have is that there is a ton of unsafe usage floating around the internet.  There are several oils that are very common that are not recommended for use with kids.  Some have a do not use until 2, some 6 and some 10.  Most people (who aren't aromotheripists) don't tell you that though.

This post is not about what brand I think people should use or to provide the education.  This post is to guide you to a couple of reference points that I have found to be pretty neutral and not tied to a brand.  I am not a certified aromatheripist so am not qualified to provide usage directions.

The first thing I will recommend is this book.

I purchased this book in 2015 and use it on a regular basis to this day.  It's not a book you read cover to cover.  It's more of a reference book.  It has information on each individual oil and …

Happy Fall

Everyone's favorite season is fall.  Not mine!  Yes, it is pretty but for me it means the cold winter is just around the corner.  Football has the same meaning...winter!  I will complain about the winter but in all likelihood will remain here until it's time for my dear hubby to retire.  He says we'll go somewhere warm then.  We shall see, I think it all depends on where JP is in life/school too ;)

I'm also mot much of a Halloween fan because so many decorations are spiders and that's my phobia.  I get the chills driving past houses in the neighborhood that have the big outdoor spider decorations.  I also just got the chills typing that!  Now that JP is getting older I want to be festive for him.  When I started seeing all of the cute yard signs popping up on Pinterest I remembered all of the scrap wood we had on the side of our house in the wood pile from when we finished the basement as well as some the neighbor's contractor gave us when they finished their b…

PJ Masks, It's Time To Be A Hero

PJ Masks we're on our way, into the night to save the day!

PJ Masks has been the favorite daytime cartoon for a while now so when it came time to pick a party theme this year I'll give you a second to guess what it may have been!  I actually found this a little harder than I thought but I was putting too much pressure on myself to have the perfect party.  Party city had a ton of PJ Masks stuff so I just used it.  Well, most of it anyway.

I did still create my own invitation, door sign, banner and thank you notes.   I also just finally got them added to my Etsy shop so you can view them there too.

I've repeated over and over that someday my photography will improve.  Well, it hasn't.  Some things you just have a knack for and right now I don't have it.  For the table decorations I found the character balls at Party City and the sky scraper tower at Oriental Trading.  I made the happy birthday banner and it's in my shop.

For the food on the tower I had red, blue…

Little Boy Dream Train Bedroom

I’ve been waiting for so long to finally do this post.  The room took a little longer than anticipated to get all of the finishing touches done and then remembering to actually take pictures.  This was also a long time in thought.  I don’t make decisions quickly so once I get it into my head that I’m re-doing a room I think and think and scour Pinterst and think some more then I almost have to stop thinking for a while for the ideas to come.  I am super excited at the final result because my vision actually came true but I also made so many of the touches myself.  Other than Thomas there aren't a ton of little boy train room ideas or things out there to buy.

I guess it all started about a year ago when preparing for JP’s 3rd birthday which was a train theme.  I made the rail road crossing signs to have at the party.  As I did that party in blue and lime green I decided that those would be the colors in the bedroom too.  The material in the picture collage was used at the party t…

Sip Sip Hurray!

Today at school was JP's pretend birthday celebration since his birthday is in the summer.  I didn't want to spend a fortune on little trinkets since it has to be non food items.  We've had the whole school year of what other people had sent so I also didn't want to duplicate.  I know, who cares.  I put too much pressure on myself for these silly things.

Naturally I go to Pinterest to start gathering ideas.  Instantly I saw straws and that that was a great idea because he loves silly straws.  I found these straws on Amazon, it's a pack of 50 for $13.99.  Sold!

Next I have to come up with a little tag for them and I wasn't even looking for ideas for these but I came across something on Pinterest that was wine related that said Sip Sip Hurray so I turned it into the tag for the straws.  I kept the design pretty simple because honestly I just didn't have time to get all crazy with them.  
I did not create a listing on my etsy shop for these yet but if you wou…

See Ya Real Soon

The Mickey theme seems to be such a popular kids party theme so my Etsy shop is growing!  I've had a couple of requests for this and just never got around to making it a permanent listing.  It's the perfect compliment to the Come Inside Its Fun Inside door sign.  People are hanging it on the inside so guests see it as they leave.

As of right now I just have Mickey but Minnie will follow soon.

See Ya Real Soon