Time Away

Setting intentions is the very best way to get your thoughts together, create an action plan and make life work for you.

Setting intentions can sometimes be compared to daydreaming. What does your perfect life look like? How can you achieve that vision?

According to my moon guru, “Where do you wish you were right this moment? What is your dream destination? One of the things listed in my perfect day is waking up to the light coming in my window, and the sound of the ocean outside. Getting up and sitting on a porch with a warm cup of coffee or tea, listening to the waves and the calming motion of the water. What does your dream day look like? How can the universe get you there if you haven’t proclaimed it? Spend some time today writing out your dream day in specific detail. Aries new moon acts as the beginning of the zodiacal year with Aries being the beginning of the signs of the zodiac. Consider this a fresh start for 2018 and get clear on how you can move forward towards your dreams. Let’s manifest.”

What’s better than day dreaming?

Ummm…actually getting to do what you dream about.

This past weekend I had the luxury of leaving the kiddos behind and driving into the Ozarks with my husband (partner in crime, bestie, whatever you want to call him) and some good friends. (If you’ve never been to Big Cedar Lodge, I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s perfect for a couples weekend away or a family trip).

And during that time, I was able to clear my mind. Relieve the stress and just jump off the grid. It was fabulous. I was also able to clear my mind and focus on my goals and intentions–to set up a map, will you, to guide me through this next phase.

We ALL need days like that. Seasons come and go, so don’t put off these days until tomorrow.

Sit down and write your dream day. MANIFEST it into your life. Meanwhile, here are some pictures of me enjoying a daydreaming weekend.

40 Days – A Whole Lotta Days…

So, I’m back! I was very misguided in my belief that I could do things, like blog, while the boys were out on Spring Break. They are so full of energy and life–and demand every second of the day to be filled with some sort of activity. And when they are FINALLY resting–I found myself exhausted and resting with them. But we had fun and made a whole lotta memories. So-my blog could be set aside and I was ok with that. They’re only this little once and seeing the world through their eyes is a blessing in itself.

So–I’ve been keeping up with my Lenten study, just not posting it here. I’m going to give you a couple of snippets that are certainly worth a thought. Summary from Best Lent Ever, Days 28-35:

  1. Why do we complicate things in our lives? We ALL have a tendency to make things a lot more complicated than they have to be. But there IS a way to simplify things: LOVE. Love rearranges our priorities and helps us to get clear about what we want.
  2. Decision Making. Life is nothing but choices. All day, every day. Simplify your life–live it for an audience of one (Him). You’ll all of a sudden find that choices aren’t that hard to make. Look at your motives for your decisions (especially if you are struggling to make one).
  3. Give until it hurts. If you’re reading this thinking “I have nothing to give,” I want you to pinch yourself real quick. Because THAT IS NOT TRUE. We all have so much to give, be it treasure, time or talent. And what you have IS a gift from God–so there is a great joy in offering it back to Him. “Live simply so others may simply live.” -Teresa of Calcutta
  4. What is your mission? God made YOU for a mission. What is it? I’m personally getting there–being able to put my finger on exactly He wants me to do in this world. Great things happen when your talents and passions meet the world’s and other people’s needs. So I’m trying to be quiet, to listen to Him and to go to where He is calling me.
  5. Find Yourself. The surest way to find yourself is to stay exactly where you are. Weird, huh? But…you are exactly where you are right now for a reason. Take time to serve. Do small things and do them full of love. Great love. Be the difference that makes a difference in this world. My tea this morning said this, “Life is a flow of love; your participation is requested.”
  6. Focus on what you are here to give. What will your contribution be? In the circle of life, the fact is you must contribute or perish. It is that way with all species, big or small. Contribute or perish. Find your mission, find yourself, and then give it all as big, and as full of love as you can.
  7. Don’t worry. Worrying takes us out of the NOW and we’re supposed to be living in the NOW. Because that is where He is. He does not worry about yesterday or tomorrow. He is in the now–and wants you there with Him. Do yourself a favor and read Matthew 6:25-34.
  8. There are no problems. Just lessons and solutions. Every difficulty, no matter how great or small, is an opportunity to grow. To grow in virtue. To grow in character. To become a better-version-of-yourself. Every difficulty is actually a blessing to you–though you may not see it at the time. Problems are opportunities to build your character.

DAY 35: JOY and GRATITUDE

So–some of you may be reading this thinking–what is this blog all about? Well, to be honest, it is a mom blog. As soon as Easter hits, the posts will be about being a mom and a wife. And some posts about essential oils. And some will be about finding balance in this tipsy topsy world. And some of my posts will be teeny tiny short. Some will be long winded. Some will be silly. Some will be sad. I just know that they will all provide you a window in the our little world and maybe hopefully make you feel better about your own little world. Because THIS little world, we are raising little monsters. They are sweet sometimes, they are horrid other times. But they are ours and we love them, growls and all.

Here are the rest of the pictures from our Spring Break. It was sooooo much fun, but I seriously need a vacation from our vacation. (Because there is no such thing as a vacation with a five and two year old…let’s be real).

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Little man sat here for hours waiting for his “Rie Rie.” He was ready to read to her.
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Shooting pool with the guys.
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These little guys are ready to get in on all the big boy action. Hang on, little ones…your time will come.
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The fellas pre-parade.
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Two of my very favorite gals–I’m so glad I get to call them family.
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I think we wore him out. 
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Doing Aunt Amanda’s hair. She’s a good soul.
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Breakfast at Camellia Grill. Side note: if you want to go here, go at 10:30 on a Monday. We walked right in, were served in less than 3 minutes and out by 11. (If you’re unfamiliar with this place, it’s a famous breakfast dive in Uptown New Orleans, where people will wait in line for HOURS to get a seat)
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Tourist time! We visited the Aquarium!

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Hi penguin!
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Hurricane wind tunnel…
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Petting sting rays
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The White Gator…who apparently looks neon green in this light…
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I wish my bedroom looked like this. So serene and peaceful.
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We must find the shark. 

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Lunch in the French Market.
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Cheese!
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Mommy escaped for a quick dinner with her friend, Amanda.
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He looks like Key Boy. 
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Tourist Day #2 – The Audubon Zoo!
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“And they all axed for you!”
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Trying to capture pictures of these four can be a bit trying at times…

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You can’t go to NOLA without a Hansen’s Snoball stop 

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We’re home and …
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When your mantra is “Follow your Joy” it only makes sense that your #favoriteoil is Joy. I apply this over my heart every morning and repeat to myself “follow your joy.” It gives me a good, positive energy to start the day.
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We invited our cousin, Mac, over to spend the night. This was J Man’s first sleepover at his own house–so we had to go big. Movie baskets filled with treats.
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Decorating pillow cases.

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And we couldn’t leave out Beck, even though he is too little for sleepovers…
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Popcorn time!
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They’re in there somewhere. We put up the tent in the playroom so the boys could “camp” and watch movies at the same time!
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This guy is awesome. Just truly awesome. 
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Doing some reading on my gorgeous deck on a gorgeous Spring day.
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Clay thought that was a good idea, so he came to join me.

The Raff Week in Review

Wild. Crazy. Busy. Fun. Chaotic. Frustrating. You know, the usual routine. Throw Springing Forward in there just for the fun of it…but silver lining–LONGER DAYS! Woo hoo!!!

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So, last Sunday I was down for the count. I pinched a nerve or pulled a muscle or something miserable in my back. I could hardly move. I fought it ALL week. THANK GOODNESS for Deep Relief, Panaway and Cool Azul. I could feel immediate release when I put it on. AHHHHH!!!
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Get you some Ningxia Red (and all those antibodies) you little man, you!
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When your working hard to hit big goals, you got to break out the big guns. Abundance, FulFill the Destiny, Highest Potential and Believe. All are amazing oils to get your mind in a state to accomplish and achieve and to have complete confidence that you can do what you set out to do.
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I had two buddies at Friday’s All School Mass. It makes my heart so happy to see them so excited to see me!
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SO…I did a thing. I showed you the starting point last week. On Friday, I blocked out the day and was determined to get it finished. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this space. Lots of meditating and book reading in my future while the weather is not sweltering hot. 
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Finally hung these lights. Have had them for nearly three years…
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Day time light–and Clay Clay checking out the finished look. He says “it’s pretty.” J Man told me it’s “epic.”
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THIS requires no caption.
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Dads doing their dad thing…in matching shirts.
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Soccer started back up. J Man did a much better job when he was told to sit out. (During the Fall he thought he needed to play ALWAYS. We did a lot of talking about teamwork and sharing play time). He scored three of the four goals that his team scored. He looked AWESOME on that field!
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Don’t let this fool you. This is him resting after he ran into the middle of not one but FOUR different soccer games because he “wanted to play.” Good thing this is kindy soccer and all the parents are really laid back.
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And we let this happen. It was a disaster. NEVER AGAIN. But…the boys had fun.
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My 9 month pregnant sister REALLY wanted a Strawberry Chocolate Mousse cake so…I made her one. It was GOOD. You can get the recipe here
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Clay wanted him to play Headbanz. Like really bad. Here, he’s telling me “No Facebook.” Ok, sweet hubby. No Facebook. I promise. (he never said anything about the blog…)
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Our very dear friend, Lilly, turned 6! We went to the zoo to celebrate her birthday. J Man was in heaven because he was with all his besties. Clay was in heaven because he was with the animals. 

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So, Saturday, March 17 is the New Moon. I don’t specialize in this–but am so very fascinated with numerology, astrology, and all things universal–and especially how you can spiritually interpret the cosmos. My dear, dear friend DOES specialize in it–so if you’re ever interested in diving deeper into these amazing things–you should check her out! I’ll do a post about the Pisces New Moon sometime this week–and what YOU can do to prepare for it. 
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Oils are about so much more than promoting wellness and supporting your physical systems. This is the year anniversary of when my life situations SNOWBALLED out of control, to the point I felt like I was drowning. I will go into more detail on this picture later this week–but just know–there is amazing emotional support when using essential oils. 

She’s just too cute not to share again. She will be with us in one month and four days. Not that anyone is counting or anything.

Leave with today’s gospel (it’s a famous one!): John 3:14-21. “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

He LOVES us!!