Hats, Corn, and one Black Swan

As part of our Fall Color trip to Michigan, my sweet Aunt and Uncle took us all to a bird sanctuary!

We got up in the morning and I checked the weather – low of 40, high 62 – okay, 62 – I got this! Grabbed everyone a jacket, put the mittens in a bag and out the door.

Part one – donuts and cider (really, really yummy donuts) and fresh Michigan apple cider

Part two – it’s cold – okay so that 62 isn’t happening until mid-day and it’s still morning and I’ve got these Florida kids outside – no one grabbed the mitten bag – and it’s shady and there’s a nice breeze and all my babies are cold. Good thing my Aunt is the poster woman for preparedness! She gets in her trunk and pulls out a bag of random mittens, sweaters, scarfs, and some ear-cover-headband thing (I am sure this has a real name – but we are Florida people and I don’t know what it’s called!)

Part three – As part of the Bird Sanctuary experience my Aunt bought the kids all a bucket of corn to feed the “water fowl” ….. there were many ducks, geese, and swan and we even got some of the Geese to eat the corn right out of our hands! (It was all fun and games until the 2 year old dropped his bucket of corn!)

Part Four – We saw lots of birds and the kids absolutely enjoyed themselves! My favorite bird was the Black Swan which I had never seen before! 

It was a fantastic day! We are so thankful for the opportunity to spend the day out seeing the birds! By the time we left it was warming up nicely and the kids spent the day playing outside in the crisp Michigan Fall air!

Our Oily Story

We started our oily journey in February of 2015 and we had no idea what we were getting into but knew that while we were working at removing toxins and chemicals from our diet, we also needed to make changes to all the toxins in our home! We were heavier than we’d ever been, feeling the worse we’d ever felt, our kids were constantly passing around germs (Noses were always running), we weren’t getting enough sleep and I Personally was living on Iboprofen and Mountaim Dew! It was a disaster!

A friend on mine started using oils (which I ignored because that’s just crazy talk, and the placebo effect and there is NO WAY running “plant sauce” on your skin or breathing it is going to help you feel better!) But deep down I knew we needed to make changes! So I called up my girl and we jumped in and grabbed our Starter kit!

The change in our life was quick! We started sleeping better, I weaned off the Iboprofen, noses stopped running, we started feeling better! Every thing that came up, we started asking ourself and each other – I wonder if there’s an oil for this – and we experimented and shared what was working for us with our friends! Next thing I knew I was getting a paycheck! And building a team!

Our paychecks started hitting $500 a month and I had to realize – hey, there might be something to this whole oily thing ….. Then $1000, then $2000 started coming in every month.

At the current writing of this – we are 20 months in and looking at the rank of GOLD for this month which brings an average paycheck of over $6000 per month! But Royal Crown Diamond is our ultimate goal!

And because I’m talking about money, I’m required to share this with you – which I’m cool with because it’s pretty awesome! Take a look! Which rank changes your life? Come join this journey of Wellness, Purpose and Abindance with us!!


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Travel Party of 10

We’ve been kind of random lately, so when I told my husband I wanted to go to Michigan during “Peak Color” and there was also an Oils Retreat the same weekend in North Ohio (you know two birds, one stone) …… He wasn’t shocked and even said “yes”! Even though he knew it meant spending an extra big ole’ chunk of money and driving 18 hours in a van with eight kids (including one newborn, and a 2 and 4 year old!) – I mean this is the kind of stuff nightmares are made of right?

We aren’t there yet …. We have 3.5 hours to go …. But I have to say – it’s been pretty good! (Dear Lord, please don’t let me jinx it!) – The baby still sleeps often and most of the day and her every 4 hour feeding schedule also coincides perfectly with our 4 hour gas tank, our 4 year old’s 4 hour bathroom break, and means we are stopping enough to stretch legs and burn off energy! Traveling during the day has been fun as we’ve gotten to see and point out cotton fields full of cotton, and watch as the color builds the further North we travel.

The day before we left – I handed each kid an empty gift bag and made them each responsible for their own car entertainment (we didn’t even put in a DVD player (Gasp!!) but both secretly decided if it got crazy – we’d find a Wal-Mart and rectify that problem immediately!) I don’t even know what they brought …. But between their bags and the Peace and Calming going through our vents ….. It’s working! Thank you Jesus!



I grew up in Tampa – we lived in the city, we didn’t have a backyard, we had a tiny, tiny front yard, I learned to drive on 8 lane roads, the only “farm animals” I ever saw were at the State Fair once a year – so when we decided to hatch some chicks – I watched just as fascinated as my kids were! I thought it would be faster! The first chick took over an hour to hatch – although some after her were much faster! It was a Sunday morning and we were supposed to be getting ready for church – if you’re a mom – you know that Sunday mornings don’t lend themselves to anything extra because babies need fed and people need dressed and hair needs brushed and shoes need found and all those people have to eat and if you’re real lucky – you make it to church only 10 minutes late! But our first chick was hatching and I had decided I was going to get it on video! So I’d hush the kids from our normal Sunday morning chaos and start the video and watch and wait and watch and wait and after five minutes and the only progress being a small sliver of shell picked off – i would stop, brush hair, send kids on tasks, look for shoes, pour out cereal, then start videoing again and again……until finally – it hatched! And it was UGLY!!!!! What???? I mean you’all have seen TV and cartons right? The eggs hatch and their these cute fuzzy chicks – these things were wet and slimy and nasty looking! Thank goodness we had the brooder set up and after they dried off they did turn into cute little chicks within a day or two! Phew! And I think we even made it to church only ten minutes late!