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Monday, July 6, 2015

Tips & Tricks - Linky Party

It's Tips & Tricks time, y'all!
I'm so excited!

It has been an insane whirlwind around here... but, oh so good!

I can't wait to see what you've all been up to.

But, before we get to that...
From last week's party -

Most Clicked:

Don's Spicy Oatmeal Cookies from Best of Long Island and Central Florida

Hostess Features:

Heather and Kathleen (Fearlessly Creative Mammas) DIY Patriotic Shutter from Lou Lou Girls
Gabby (Not too Shabby Gabby) Gluten Free Apple Crumble from Riggstown Road
Sarah (Glenrose Square) Perfect Grilled Corn from Home Crafts by Ali
Heather (Stringtown Home) Brownie and Ice Cream Tower from Dieter's Downfall
Krysta (Krysta Steen) Raspberry Ice Cream Pie from Pint Sized Baker

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

On July 4, 1776, the "Declaration of Independence" was adopted 
and signed, separating the newly formed 13 colonies from England's rule.

Since that date, the great United States of America has stood strong, 
full of valor and honor. 

I'm proud to be an American.
I come from a long line of servicemen and women,
who were willing to lay it all on the line for our freedom.

I have a friend who's 18 year old son was killed in Afghanistan.
The pain of war hits all too closely to home.

When I hear a patriotic song, my eyes tend to fill with tears...
My heart swells with pride...
And, my hand covers my heart....


Some fun facts about the great USofA:

-The Bald Eagle is our National Bird

-Uncle Sam was a cartoon character drawn during the War of 1812 to symbolize the government

-The rose is our national flower

-The oak tree is our national tree

-Our motto - "In God We Trust"

-The colors of the flag represent:   Red is a symbol of valor and bravery.
White symbolizes purity and innocence.
Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

 Apple pie & baseball.... now, THAT is American!

"I’m proud to be an American
where at least I know I’m free,
And I won’t forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A."

I canned tomatoes today, and glanced over at my "canning tools" laid out... 
Wouldn't you know it... a little red, white, and blue action going on.
Made me smile... I had to share.


 What are your plans for the 4th?  How will you celebrate?
We have two birthday parties to attend.
Fun stuff!

I love that it will be low key, spending time with the ones we love.

Happy Birthday America!


DIY Lavender & Mint Body Butter

My sister sells Young Living Essential Oils.
She sent me home with some to try, and I love them!

The recipe I am sharing with you, today, is a body butter that I keep on my nightstand.

I'm not sure if it is the coconut oil that warms as you apply it, or if it is the peppermint in the mixture, but as I rub a small amount on my temples and the back of my neck each night it gets warm, and.... it is so relaxing!

Here are a few bits of info regarding the oils I used in this recipe: