Monthly Archive for October, 2015

Double Layer Headband Curls – No Heat!

Double Layer Curls TCPA 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.

Incorporating Essential Oils into Your Routine

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.

A Day in the Life of an Oiler

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 added 1 drop of Rosemary and 1 drop of Tea Tree per ounce of shampoo. This helps deter creepy crawlies.

Shampoo: I added 1 drop of Rosemary and 1 drop of Tea Tree per ounce of shampoo. This helps deter creepy crawlies.

Hair Tonic: I roll a drop on my fingers and run this through my damp hair. This helps keep my hair healthy & shiny. It promotes hair growth.

Hair Tonic: I roll a drop on my fingers and run this through my damp hair. This helps keep my hair healthy & shiny. It promotes hair growth.

I added Geranium and Carrot Seed to my face cream. These help my skin. Carrot Seed is known to be a natural SPF.

I added Geranium and Carrot Seed to my face cream. These help my skin. Carrot Seed is known to be a natural SPF.

I always put a drop of Lavender in my mascara now! It helps grow long lashes!

I always put a drop of Lavender in my mascara now! (Just one drop in the whole tube, and you’re set!) It helps grow long lashes!

Once a week or so, I put on a Nail Potion to help strengthen my nails.

Once a week or so, I put on a Nail Potion to help strengthen my nails.

I follow that with my homemade hand cream, and you can click here for the recipe!

I make sure Claire and I use Stress Away on our wrists, if the morning has started out with a rocky tone. 😉

While she's getting ready for school, she uses a hair spritz I made to keep certain creepy crawlies away.

While she’s getting ready for school, she uses a hair spritz I made to keep certain creepy crawlies away.

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!

I put one drop of an extra kick in mine. Thieves. It's a great way to maintain an healthy immune system.

I put one drop of an extra kick in mine. Thieves. It’s a great way to maintain an healthy immune system.

*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 day, I use homemade hand soap, and you can see my recipe here.

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:
Glass Cleaner
Fresh Spray

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:

My Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer is a MUST for the park, as is my Thieves spray, Deep Relief, Stress Away, Peppermint, Lavender, DiGize, PanAway, and Purification. Tucked above the oil bottles you can see my tub of handmade hand cream.

My Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer is a MUST for the park, as is my Thieves spray, Deep Relief, Stress Away, Peppermint, Lavender, DiGize, PanAway, and Purification. Tucked above the oil bottles you can see my tub of handmade hand cream.

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.

Knife Skills

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!

Axe Skills

Hand Saw

Plus, it really helps on Tree Trimming Day… 🙂

#LabelFAIL

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.

Caffeine not listed on label

“Nope, sweetie. I have no idea why you feel weird.” *cough*

#LabelFAIL

😉

Dinosaur National Monument

For Fall Break, after staying in Steamboat Springs for the night, we were able to head out west to Dinosaur National Monument. This is a FANTASTIC park that straddles Utah and Colorado. In fact, we lost track of when we were in which state. We saw dinosaur fossils; we got to touch huge dinosaur bones; we saw petroglyphs, and we camped at the end of a 14-mile 4×4 road. Our campsite was amazing, and the hikes we did lent themselves to once-in-a-lifetime views.

We had such a marvelous time.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is about 32,000 of them! (give or take an extra hundred for the captions…).

Enjoy!

Click on the photos to enlarge, if you so choose.

1 Night in Steamboat

Our view from the hotel room balcony in Steamboat Springs. Magical!

Dinosaur is in CO and UT

Dinosaur is in CO and UT

 

Look! We found one of the Dinosaur heads!

Look! We found one of the Dinosaur heads!

 

Both of these models did a great job of not wiggling while I took the picture.

Both of these models did a great job of not wiggling while I took the picture.

 

So many bones

So many bones

Yes, we got to touch a dinosaur bone. For realz, yo!

Yes, we got to touch a dinosaur bone. For realz, yo!

 

A cutie and some Petroglyphs

A cutie and some Petroglyphs

 

You may have to click on the photo to see the road we're taking. It's 4x4, all the way to Echo Park Campground. Sue (the Subaru) was in HEAVEN. (And we didn't die.)

You may have to click on the photo to see the road we’re taking. It’s 4×4, all the way to Echo Park Campground. Sue (the Subaru) was in HEAVEN. (And we didn’t die.)

 

It's awesome having an extra helper set up the campsite!

It’s awesome having an extra helper set up the campsite!

 

Our campsite was surrounded by TALL cliffs. The sun didn't even hit our campsite until after 9am! We brushed our hair in the sunshine and took a selfie, because of course we did.

Our campsite was surrounded by TALL cliffs. The sun didn’t even hit our campsite until after 9am! We brushed our hair in the sunshine and took a selfie, because of course we did.

 

View from campsite of Steamboat Rock (from Echo Park Campground, not to be confused with the Steamboat Springs where we stayed the first night!)

View from campsite of Steamboat Rock (from Echo Park Campground, not to be confused with the Steamboat Springs where we stayed the first night!)

 

Steamboat Rock up close. Incredibly difficult to capture the true majesty of it.

Steamboat Rock up close. Incredibly difficult to capture the true majesty of it.

 

Confluence Trail led us to the confluence of the Green River and the Yampa River

Confluence Trail led us to the confluence of the Green River and the Yampa River. See my two there?

 

Stone Skipping Lesson. (As you can see, there were hardly any stones to choose from... *cough*)

Stone Skipping Lesson. (As you can see, there were hardly any stones to choose from… *cough*)

 

River Hike Confluence Trail - The colors are just gorgeous!

River Hike Confluence Trail – The colors are just gorgeous! The river and Steamboat Rock are to the right of us, down the bank.

We made it back to our campsite for lunch.

We made it back to our campsite for lunch.

 

After lunch, we decided to hike Mitten Park Trail, on the other side of our campground. This looks easy!

After lunch, we decided to hike Mitten Park Trail, on the other side of our campground. It’s already shaded by the cliffs. This looks easy!

 

This part of the trail looks super-easy. Right? Right.

This part of the trail looks super-easy. Right? Right.

 

Claire found a section where the sand was two different colors. Blonde and redhead. Hmm. Familiar?

Claire found a section where the sand was two different colors. Blonde and redhead. Hmm. Familiar?

 

Waitaminute. This isn't an easy trail after all!

Waitaminute. This isn’t an easy trail after all! And, yes, the rest of the trail was harrowing. I was duped!

See the rafters through the artistic-looking tree? Be careful. Don't fall to your death. No pressure.

See the rafters through the artistic-looking tree? Be careful. Don’t fall to your death. No pressure.

 

Our campsite is way down there!

Our campsite is way down there!

 

See? I've marked it!

See? I’ve marked it!

 

Yes, this is the trail. This is on the way back down. Do you see where Claire is pointing? Yes, that's a cactus. Ask me how I found it on the way up!! (Yep, put my hand right in it while trying to hoist myself over a boulder. That is decidedly ill-advised.)

Yes, this is the trail. This photo was taken on the way back down, because I was too upset to take a photo on the way up. Why? Well, do you see where Claire is pointing? Yes, that’s a cactus. Ask me how I found it on the way up!! (Yep, put my hand right in it while trying to hoist myself over a boulder. That is decidedly ill-advised.)

 

Petroglyphs!

Petroglyphs!

 

More Petroglyphs!

More Petroglyphs!

We didn't slip and fall to our deaths. We made it down (relatively) safely. Or, this is all a dream...

Headed down…

 

We didn't slip and fall to our deaths. We made it down (relatively) safely. Or, this is all a dream...

We didn’t slip and fall to our deaths. We made it down (relatively) safely. Or, this is all a dream…

 

Back at camp, Dad has Claire work on her whittling skills.

Back at camp, Dad has Claire work on her whittling skills.

 

The next day, on the way out, we stopped at Whispering Cave.

The next day, on the way out, we stopped at Whispering Cave.

 

Inside Whispering Cave

Inside Whispering Cave

 

Side-by-side photos. Left: pictures we took of the "dot" petroplyghs. Right: an explanation.

Side-by-side photos. Left: pictures we took of the “dot” petroplyghs. Right: an explanation.

 

A photo from the 4x4 road of the 4x4 road on the way out. Goodbye, Echo Park! Goodbye, Dinosaur! What a fantastic adventure!

A photo from the 4×4 road of the 4×4 road on the way out. Goodbye, Echo Park! Goodbye, Dinosaur! What a fantastic adventure!

Anderson Farms – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Anderson Farms Fall Festival:
Children 3 & Under: FREE
Monday – Thursday: $10
Friday – Sunday: $13
*We received three tickets in exchange for a review.

3 of us at the Corn Maze 2015 TCP

We had a fantastic time at Anderson Farms yesterday! We opted to head out on Sunday, as that day looked like it would give us the best weather that weekend. As an added bonus, a certain Sportsball team was also playing on Sunday, so we knew the crowds would be minimal. (We were right!)

It ended up being the PERFECT day to go!

The weather was finally acting like fall, as we donned our long pants and boots. The chill in the air was just perfect to put us in the mood for exploring a corn maze and hunting for pumpkins! (September was absolutely GLORIOUS this year in Colorado, but it has not been very fall-like at all!)

We’ve been to Anderson Farms in the past, so I knew we’d have a great time. Pre-kid, we’d played there with other 20-somethings. Post-kid, we’d had a great time as a family. It’s a great place for people on all ends of the spectrum to have fun!

Here is a taste of what we experienced:

Ready to go? Maps? Check! ID Bracelets? Check! Ready to go!

Maps? Check! ID Bracelets? Check! Ready to go? Check!

We rocked it old-school. This WAS our GPS.

We rocked it old-school. This WAS our GPS.

We're lost! Just kidding. Momma's from Iowa. It's impossible to get truly lost in a cornfield.

We’re lost! Just kidding. Momma’s from Iowa. It’s impossible to get truly lost in a cornfield.

Maybe we go this way?

Maybe we go this way?

Maybe we go that way?

Maybe we go that way?

Let's go the other way!

Let’s go the other way!

After we had our fill of the corn maze, we hopped on a hayride and rode out to the pumpkin patch!

After we had our fill of the corn maze, we hopped on a hayride and rode out to the pumpkin patch!

We found these three gems in various parts of the field and gathered them together to make our final decision.

We found these three gems in various parts of the field and gathered them together to make our final decision.

Claire wanted the Ghost Pumpkin. Daddy wanted the Frankenstein Pumpkin, and I loved the little nibbly one. (The green one is deceptive HEAVY.)

Claire wanted the Ghost Pumpkin. Daddy wanted the Frankenstein Pumpkin, and I loved the little nibbly one. (The green one is deceptively HEAVY.)

Claire kept them safe for the ride back

Claire kept them safe for the ride back

Child Labor Laws are lax here, too! (This is our kind of place!)

Child Labor Laws are lax here, too! (This is our kind of place!)

Here's how they do the pricing. Not too shabby! (We had two larges and a small.)

Here’s how they do the pricing. Not too shabby! (We had two larges and a small.)

 

So, what are you waiting for, Colorado? I think fall may actually be here for a bit (before it changes its mind again). Go! Anderson Farms is a great way to get a taste of the fun parts of fall. Enjoy!