In less than 2-weeks, Claire will be 10. She gets ready, gets her breakfast, and makes her lunch & school snack all by herself in the mornings. I’m slowly being worked out of a job, and that’s okay. Every now and then, I do yell, “Teeth! Hair! Shoes!” just to feel important in the process.
I decided to try an experiment. I realized that a big part of happiness is how much of an actor you can be. Pretend to be happy, and soon you forget that you’re pretending. Way back when, I was the most enthusiastic Chutes & Ladders Participant you’d find playing with my daughter. The truth? I LOATHE that game. It’s infuriating for no good reason at all…but I pretended to enjoy it, and my daughter had the best time. Another example: Mornings. I’d just as soon get up at the Crack of Noon. Seriously. But guess what? Mornings happen every day (weird, I know!), and on the mornings when we have to be places, I get to suck it up and pretend to be okay with it all.
A lot of things with parenthood are like that. Do I love every aspect of it? No. Do you hear me complaining about things? Not usually. Why put that energy out there?
Well, as I awoke to a white blanket of snow on the ground and more falling, I decided to have an attitude shift. I used to love snow (no, really), and over the last few years, my patience for it waned. Well, NO MORE. My daughter loves snow, and why should MY attitude dampen her fun??
I ran into her room and said, “Good morning, Claire! LOOK OUTSIDE! LOOK AT THE SNOW! Isn’t it beautiful??”
She groggily replied, “Mom, are you feeling okay?”
And I said, “YES! Yes, I am. I’ve decided to like snow, and it’s so beautiful outside.”
“Really?” she asked tentatively…and that broke into pure joyous screams of “SNOW! SNOW! FINALLY SNOW!” She was up in a flash and so excited to start the day.
So far I’ve had a fantastic morning. I’m happy. I’m upbeat. Yes, I shoveled, and yes, it’s the fun heavy snow on top of a layer that is slicker than snot (as Grandpa says). Yes, I tweaked my knee and my back isn’t sure what happened, but you know what? The sun is shining. It’s all melting, and it’s GORGEOUS right now.
I’ve decided to embrace whatever is outside my window. The fact that it kills spiders is purely bonus material.
Sherlock Holmes is one of my all-time favorite characters. When I was younger, I enjoyed reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books. Now, I love the BBC version of Sherlock, and Elementary on CBS. (Not to mention the movie versions with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.)
When I heard that my favorite place in Denver was hosting The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, I jumped at the chance to go!
(I was given free tickets to this event in exchange for an honest review.)
SPOILER ALERT: I LOVED IT.
DOUBLE SPOILER ALERT: I THOUGHT I WOULD, BEFORE I EVEN WENT.
TRIPLE SPOILER ALERT: I REALLY DID LOVE IT. I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT TO BE RIGHT.
When I got to the DMNS (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), as I was waiting for a friend to join me, I got eaten by a dinosaur. #TrueStory
Shortest Review Ever!
So, what did I think of the Sherlock Exhibit? Like I said above, I loved it. We were able to wander through the exhibit at our leisure and solve a mystery while doing so. How awesome is that?? We were there for TWO HOURS…and did it seem like it? No. No, it did not! It was amazing.
With the cost of admission, you are given a booklet, which is a detective’s notepad of sorts. Each station has things to learn and a place to stamp in the book before you move on. In doing so, you’re given a secret code from Sherlock himself! The way it is revealed made me gasp out loud; it was SO CLEVER. (I won’t spoil it.)
Then, you head to 221B Baker Street to see Sherlock’s Victorian Era digs. Museum workers in period costume and British accents are rubbing elbows with the crowd. Other museum volunteers are at each station offering clues and answering questions.
You’re shown a murder scene. #allegedly
You gather your own clues and conduct your own experiments to see if your theories are correct.
Which of the experiments was my favorite? The chemical analysis of something potentially poisonous? Dragging a body? Blood splatter?
It’s so hard to tell!
At the end, you make your guesses to some key components and then see if you’re right.
We were right! We got to move on to the next set of clues, and then even more answers were revealed to us.
This is a fantastic exhibit. There is so much I’d love to show you via pictures, but I don’t want to spoil your fun!
If you don’t have a Membership to the DMNS, I highly recommend getting one. The cost of the membership pays for itself so quickly, and when exhibits like this come through town, members get discounted pricing. It’s so worth it!
Would I recommend this exhibit for everyone?
If you’ve got small kids in tow, this may not be the one for you. My friend and I spent 2 hours examining everything, and it was so nice to do so without little ones underfoot. I do think my almost-10-year old would TOTALLY DIG this, but use your own judgement.
And to quote Sherlock himself, “Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same.” Seriously. Get out to see it! It’s well worth the price of admission.
Our local LEGO store offers a monthly LEGO Mini-Build for FREE. We were able to check it out this month, and we are HOOKED! You sign up for a specific time-slot, and a Master Builder works with each group of kids, guiding them through the process. The kids get to keep the set they build, including instructions, and these sets are not for sale!
In the promotional materials, we’re led to believe this is “mini”…it’s anything but!
The trick to these is signing up as soon as they open Registration, about a month in advance. It’s well worth the time to do so!
A while ago, I found a tutorial video online about how to curl your hair with a headband. That video was awesome, when when I tried it on Claire’s hair, her hair was so thick the back didn’t get much curl, just waves. (We still LOVED the result, and the curls and waves lasted nearly the whole day, which never happens with hair like ours!)
This time, I decided to try it with a double headband, and it worked like a charm!
To be safe, we tried it on Crazy Hair Day…just in case it turned out wonky. As it is, I don’t think it’s crazy at all! In fact, she likes the style with one headband still up and may do her hair that way tomorrow on purpose!
What do you do? Well, after you wash your hair and it’s mostly dry, just wrap sections around the headband. Then, you sleep on it. Yes, that’s it! Maybe it IS crazy…CRAZY EASY.
I’ve been using essential oils since July. I absolutely love what they’ve done for my family, so I recently completed certifications for three different classes: Essential Aromatherapy, Stress Management Aromatherapy, and First Aid Aromatherapy. I did this through a third party, someone who is accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and wasn’t affiliated with Young Living at all, and guess what I discovered? What YL teaches is spot-on! Anyway, without further ado, I thought I’d share a bit about what “A Day in the Life of an Oiler” looks like for me.
I’m part of a group online, and we thought this would be something fun to share. Each of us leads separate lives, and we go about our days differently, but the common thread that runs through all of them is our love of essential oils. I started out small and simple with the oils, and it didn’t take long before I was using them throughout the day in various ways.
Here is what a typical day looks like for me. It’s a snapshot, if you will, of my typical day during the school week.
My alarm goes off at 6:15am. I jump in the shower and start my morning routine.
I make sure Claire and I use Stress Away on our wrists, if the morning has started out with a rocky tone. 😉
I gave up Diet Coke (and caffeine) in July, so if I’m feeling like I need a jump start, I put a drop of peppermint in my water.
After I do drop-off (or see that she makes it to carpool), I eat breakfast. Since the weather has turned cooler, I love my Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal!
*Please note: As I mentioned above, I recently completed certifications in Essential Aromatherapy, Stress Management Aromatherapy, and First Aid Aromatherapy through a third party academy which is accredited by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). “Aromatherapy” is sometimes misleading, because most people think of scented candles, incense, etc, but it’s a LOT more than that. It’s about how the essential oils, which are natural chemicals, work on your body, mood, overall well-being, etc. Some schools of thought do not allow for the ingestion of essential oils. Some do. The only oils I ingest are those from Young Living and are rated as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe). You don’t have to ingest essential oils for them to be effective, but if you decide to, they sure are tasty. 😉
Throughout the week, I do various chores on certain days, so they don’t build up. I’ve found that spreading them out over the course of the week makes them less daunting. Here are two of my favorite oil-based agents:
By the time Pick-Up rolls around, I’m ready to get outside. Claire and I spend a while at the park after school every day. I am sure to have my bag o’ tricks packed with all kinds of EO must-haves:
After we get home and before we start on homework, I let Claire choose between Stress Away or GeneYus. (I rub them on her wrists and the side of her neck. Both are fantastic ways to help her focus on homework.)
After dinner and a shower, we start the Nighttime Routine with Claire. She chooses her oils for the night (if any), and here is a typical request:
Lavender & Thieves on her feet (to help her sleep and keep up her immunity)
Dream Catcher on her forehead (to deter scary dreams and promote deep sleep)
RC on her chest (I think the RC should stand for Respiratory Care, and it can be used as a preventative measure since school has started.)
And THAT is a Day in the Life of an Oiler.
If you have a question about any of these oils or how they may work in your life, let me know! Send me an email or check out the tab above on Essential Oils.
You may have noticed Claire wielding a knife in the post about our Dinosaur National Monument Adventure. Well, she has been working on all KINDS of knife skills, actually. My husband has been going through his Boy Scout Manual with her, and they’ve worked on all sorts of things this summer.
It makes me nervous, but I’m glad she’s learning the proper safety and techniques. She’s really good at it!
Plus, it really helps on Tree Trimming Day…
Scene: We’re on our roadtrip last weekend for Fall Break. We’ve stopped at the gas station, and my husband has picked up a tasty beverage for the road. We get in the car. He’s driving.
He starts speaking non-stop, barely taking a breath: “Why do I feel weird? I feel weird. Do you know why I feel weird? I tried to get a drink that didn’t have a lot of caffeine and this one doesn’t. It doesn’t say there’s ANY caffeine on the label. I looked. I looked at the label, and there isn’t caffeine listed at all, but I feel weird. Do you know why I feel weird? Why would I feel weird if there’s no caffeine in this drink? Whoooooooo!”
I take the can from the cup holder and look at the label. He’s right. There is no caffeine listed. I turn the can around and see this.
“Nope, sweetie. I have no idea why you feel weird.” *cough*