Get Uncomfortable.

“Comfort is what keeps people mediocre.”

Do any of us know what we can possibly do if we weren’t so afraid to fail?

It's okay to fall. It's okay to fail.

It’s okay to fall. It’s okay to fail.

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Daring to Grow up.


When they are little, we get an occasional glimpse of their independence.  They want to pour their own cereal.  They want to pick out their own clothes.  They want to cross the street without holding your hand.

When they are little, we dream for them.

Then, just as it should be they cross that street without you, they dream their own dreams… and they make their own plans.

As I watch my daughters grow, I continue to be in awe of their fearless independence, their adventurous spirit, and their daring ability to make a difference in this world.

“Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free    

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How To Make Non-Toxic Homemade Deodorant

Brittany Ostebo, thank you for your recipe, your research, and your easy-to-follow directions!

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It’s not about the smell.

Originally posted on Tuesday2's Blog:

via Google Images via Google Images I have an addictive personality.

I know this because my daughter, Allie told me so.

I also know this because I’m on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest more than I am on my feet.

My latest obsession? My interest in oil spills.

More specifically, Young Living Essential Oils.

I was first lured by the scent.

However, “…to be perfectly honest, some of them may not smell good to you at all. The fact is, an essential oil should most often smell like the plants they are distilled from, and if they don’t you have a problem. If the peppermint oil you are using smells like a candy cane, ask yourself what a peppermint plant smells like in nature.

NOT like candy, right? If it does then the “essential oil” you are using has most definitely been adulterated somehow, and I wouldn’t recommend using it for therapeutic purposes.” Read…

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But you don’t look that old on the outside?

Old souls and young souls.

Sometimes they are housed in bodies that disguise their true age.

Wisdom talks through wrinkles.  Wisdom shines through the toothless grins of those fearless five-year-olds inside every kindergarten classroom.

There’s a quote that speaks of wisdom on the faded brick façade of the elementary school that my daughters attended.

I remember the feel of the classic blackboard, the smell of the dusty chalk, the beauty of the now sealed up fireplace, and squeak of the wooden floor boards that gave lasting character to George Washington Elementary school.

I remember the teachers even more vividly.

What I don’t remember vividly, is the exact wording of the quote on the front of the school.  I do remember what it meant to me.

Isn’t that what learning is all about?  It’s not what people (or quotes) actually say that makes a difference, it’s how they make you feel.  That’s what we remember.

That’s what we hope to learn from.

I teach kindergarten, I work with fascinating 5yr- olds.  I’ve also worked in a nursing home, working with fascinating 95yr- olds.

They are the same.  Really.  Souls that hold wisdom.  Housed in different bodies.

timeWe just need to learn to listen to both of them.

That quote on my daughter’s elementary school?


It was something like this…

“Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.”   -William Cowper


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No Soap for Me!

I don’t look through the Sunday paper for a BOGO sale on Zzzquil anymore.  I know the label says ‘non-habit forming’.    I also know I relied on it every. single. night.

No one in our home has a prescription for Ambien anymore.  Even if the doctor did continue to offer it.  Cedarwood and Vetiver sit on the nightstand.

I don’t buy hand soap with Triclosan; I make my own using Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap and Thieves essential oil; it’s less expensive too!   Here is just one recipe.

You won’t find chemical laden products like Lysol, bleach, or Scrubbing Bubbles in my cleaning bucket.  Thieves Household Cleaner is my all-purpose solution.  Oh!  …and you don’t need to wear gloves when you use this non-chemical cleaning product; it’s actually good for you AND your home.

I’ve discovered ‘natural chemicals’ with no side effects… only lasting benefits.

” One species of essential oil can provide a wide array of health benefits as it contains a combination of many types of these natural chemicals. Lavender can relax your mind and improve skin tone, for example.

Frankincense can combat depression and help ulcers. The great thing about them is that there are no side effects. Just side benefits. Learning how to use them takes time. Every oil is different and provides different therapeutic benefits. They can be used in a variety of ways: topically, internally or diffused.

Referred to as mother nature’s original medicine, they can also help regenerate, oxygenate and strengthen our immune system. Essential oils assist in setting the body to help itself.

They do not cover up problems of an underlying disease or health problem. Using essential oils daily to promote health is a great way to integrate natural solutions in to your lifestyle.”   quote via Athlete Wellness.

Read the rest of this article on the Therapeutic benefits of just one of the 11 oils that come in the Young Living Starter kit.  Take a look here.

I’m not a doctor with a medical background, I don’t claim to heal, treat, or diagnose.  I’m a mom, a wife, and I’m a kindergarten teacher.

If you’d like more information about Young Living Essential Oils, I’m happy to share what I know; I use them in my daily life for both my physical health and my emotional well-being.

Reach out to me via my blog or my email: and I will gift you a small token from the Oily World.

I feel just as strongly about the soap.

I feel just as strongly about the soap.

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I Can See the Future…


Happy Birthday, Lauren.

Originally posted on Tuesday2's Blog:

There is this girl I know.  I met her many years ago.

Twenty-six years ago on Thursday, to be exact.

She’s strong.  Stubborn.  Independent.  Mouthy.

Beautiful inside and out.

We named her Lauren.

She was an easy-going baby

…and a low-maintenance toddler-compared to her older sister, Allie.

<Oh come on !  Who doesn’t compare their kids.  Really??>

Lauren had her doubts about The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny

and even Santa Claus,

…but she always believed in herself.

  • Lauren did well in elementary school

 As long as she could be the line leader,                               

 …buy ice cream on Fridays, and order chocolate milk. Daily.

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  • Middle school is when she gave me gray hair,              

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I Don’t Need a Sticker.


It’s nothing new; it’s good old-fashioned common sense.

“Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.”mindset

The book is an eye-opening, inspiring read for home, school, and office.

The theory of the growth mindset applies to relationships, education, and business.

Take a look… What is Mindset?

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I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.


This is why we became teachers; we are the lucky ones.

Originally posted on Candice Curry - Women With Worth:


At my triplets 4th birthday party our middle triplet got a tummy ache. She was standing in the middle of our living room when she got “the look”. It was all coming up. As she began to throw up her preschool teacher flew across the room (seriously, I think she had a super hero cape on) and actually caught my daughters vomit in her hands.

“Um did you just catch my daughters vomit?”

“Yes, what was I else was I supposed to do?”

She then spent the next few minutes helping me clean up what made its way to the floor and what made its way on to my daughter.


That was my first experience with one of my children’s teachers going way beyond their job description.It wasn’t my last and I can bet that there will be many more.

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Therapeutic Play Dough with Essential Oils…


“Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Originally posted on Small Potatoes:


Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.”  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oh, play dough. Just when we thought you couldn’t get any better…

You got better.

Now you’re helping the smalls remember things easier, you’re lifting their spirits, helping sooth their headaches, stimulating their immune systems, you’re even helping the smalls sleep better. The sleep better part is my favourite, by the way.

With just a few drops of pure, therapeutic essential oils, you have risen to a place of honour in this house, let me tell you.

We have used Young Living Essential Oils in our family for a year now. We have incorporated them into so many aspects of our daily living, I really don’t know how we got on before them. Myself and my kids are healthier, their tempers are softened, we sleep soundly, and owees are healed quickly. We use…

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