Happy New Year!!

December 31, 2013

Things around here have been mellow and fairly quiet – well as quiet as things can ever be with a few little boys running around.
The holidays are finished as I’m surely looking forward to the new year – new beginnings, new seasons, clean home, renewed expectations and a fresh gardening season!!
Today I’m spending the day cleaning the garage, sipping cocoa and tea, snacking on popcorn, knitting a few rows here and there ( had to frog what I had started last night as my cables were off- grrr) and playing with the boys. This evening we can on making party hats, burning the Christmas tree and having a Mexican feast!

Hoping your New Years Eve is magical and special as you cuddle up to those you love.

Happy New Year my friends!!



Cleaning up

December 21, 2013


We have had a doozy of a belly bug around here the last few days. Beginning on Tuesday eve, Big kiddo began to feel crummy and so it all went downhill.
Now there is being under the weather and then is being under the weather with small rambunctious boys. My idea of being sick is curled up in bed peacefully sleeping, or on the couch knitting. Yeah, this is not my reality anymore. Hubby and I took turns on who was sicker to manage the boys while the other slept – and let me tell you – it was rough!!

Once everyone, ahem me, was feeling better it was time for some cleaning. Time for a new batch of Healing Oil, some air purification and some serious dishes.


I love this healing oil recipe – its somewhat similar to the popular Thieve’s Oil but adjusted for our life and purpose. I use this for air purifying by adding a few drops to a small simmering pot of water and letting it go for 30 minutes or so. I also rub a diluted version on my and my kids feet to help colds and bugs. I love this stuff!!

Here is my formula for Healing Oil
1Tbsp clove essential oil
1Tbsp bitter orange essential oil
2.5 tsp cinnamon essential oil
2 tsp eucalyptus essential oil
2 tsp rosemary essential oil
Carrier oil of choice : I love sweet almond oil for this

Mix all oils together and place in small dark colored glass bottles. I like to keep one diluted by 50% and one bottle pure. Just remember that some of these oils are hot on the skin and will warm up little bodies. Dilute by 75% for small kids.

Wishing health and light for you all this winter day!!

Happy Holidays!!

December 16, 2013

Am I the only one who gets SUPER excited for the holidays as soon as December hits – gets the house decorated, the baking going, the lists made, the cards, the presents, the crafts, the ideas – and then, as the month wears on you suddenly get the preChristmas hangover?

You know the feeling – the feeling that it’s taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R for this month to get here, and it feels like that giant tree in your living room has been there for the last six months? As much as I love Christmas, my kids feel it too – the excitement of waiting is waning and even my big kid is tiring of reading the Night before Christmas every night.

Regardless, we power on – with baking and cooking and for the first time this year, we decorated cookies together. Both Big and Little guys, armed with spoons and bowls of colored icing and hearty sugary appetites ready to roll out some mountains of sugar cookies for our beloved friends.

This week proves to bring some of the excitement back into our holiday – for even though everyone loves to shop, it really overstimulates both kids and myself. Once I get home from the mall or the stores I am so grateful for the peace of our house, of the calm that centers us as we relax after a busy, crazy day. This week brings our preschool gingerbread house building, a late afternoon pajama Polar Express Storytime and a surprise visit from Santa at school. It brings renewed excitement as our energies wane as the midmonth slump hits and maybe, just maybe a little boy will have a little less anxiety over Santa as he gets to meet him.

I hope you’re all doing well and thank you for reading my words. I am so happy and grateful to be back in this space and sharing once more. I plan on taking this space in a slightly different direction – more cooking and home arts, more food and growing and pleasures from the kitchen. I do hope you will join me as we explore different ingredients and cuisines this year.





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