Beauty Should Not Be Toxic

Once upon a time, I was a Mary Kay Lady.  Not for very long, and I was terrible at it.  From a distance of fifteen years or so, I can recognize that I was a very different personality than my up-line.  I can also recognize that I was not ready to give Mary Kay the…

Using Essential Oils Around Pets (Safely)

The scare articles have been making the rounds (again). A few years ago it was the article claiming essential oils would suddenly cause your child to have seizures.  There’s the ever-popular (and false) assertion that lemon oil will eat through your esophagus just like it eats through Styrofoam.  This year I’ve seen two Facebook posts…

Oily Baby Names, Part 1

We welcomed a new family member recently.  Although she was a little early, my stepdaughter had her lovely little rainbow baby (a girl!) last Monday. Needless to say, everyone is over the moon, especially since there were complications and some bleeding early in the pregnancy that made all of us nervous. In honor of my…

The Most Important Minimalism

Minimalism has become one of the big buzzwords of the past few years. There are thousands of pins, blogs, articles, and books on decluttering, being minimalistic, the benefits of minimalism, and on and on.  I personally love the idea of minimalism.  I am, however, terribly, terribly bad at the actual living part of minimalism.  In…

Missing Someone I Never Knew

I have to make the Blogger’s Apology.  I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  A looooong while.  Mostly, I hit a point in life where I was busy and then I was overwhelmed, and then life really decided to be horrible. In August, my husband and I decided to try for one more…

Christians Should Stop Saying This

There hasn’t been much good news for the US lately.  Montana has been burning for a while, and it looks like it will burn till first snowfall.  Oregon and Washington are burning too.  Half the US is choking on smoke. Houston and most of coastal Texas is underwater.  Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma, which…

Create a Thriving Life

We all know when we are thriving.  We have energy. Our to-do list turns into a got-it-done list.  The family is happy.  When we are thriving, we look forward to life.  Sure, we might be tired at the end of the day, and there are hiccups in life, but  overall, we know we can handle…

100 Years Ago: The Rights of a Mother

If you browse through parenting advice and articles today, certain ideas pop up again and again.  Children are disrespectful.  Mothers and fathers are overwhelmed.  Parents feel like they’ve lost themselves in the process of being parents!   This is a new phenomenon, right?  We are assured by our parents and grandparents, and perhaps even by…

Forty is Fabulous

The big four-oh showed up last week.  I am supposed to be mortified, according to society.  I ought to be grasping at my quickly waning youth with my desperately aging hands.  Or something like that. But I have to say, I like forty.   That isn’t to say that other times in my life were…

Can You Give a Little?

I find it too easy to be caught up in my own little bubble based on my location and experiences.  For example, I’ve lived most of my life in a small town of some sort.  Some towns have been smaller than others, but none of them were really big enough to be cities.  When I…