Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, friends!  Have a safe, fun weekend!!

A few photos from last weekend...



Come back on Monday for a REALLY REALLY awesome giveaway!  Think Holiday. Gifts. Free Money.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oregano has more benefits than flavoring your Italian food...

What do you use oregano for?

Cooking?  Medicinal purposes?  Sickness prevention?

Before last May, the only thing I had ever heard oregano used for was cooking.  It's delicious in many dishes, right?!

Man oh man...I never knew how oregano would change my life in more ways than one...more than that delicious lasagna!

When I started using Young Living essential oils, I explored all kinds of uses for the oils in my Premium Starter Kit and fell in love!  Then, I began learning about many of the other even more amazing essential oils, including oregano.  Here is what I heard about oregano:
  • it contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidants properties
  • supports the respiratory system
  • enhances flavor of food
  • purifying
For more technical information about oregano, check it out HERE.


Now I want to share about how it's personally helped me!  Please remember that I'm not a medical professional and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you.  I'm just sharing my experience with it.

I always get sinus infections.  Twice a year I come down with a sinus infection due to my Texas allergies - thank you crazy pollens and molds!  I can usually tell when it's coming and over the past few years, I've tried to attack it naturally so that I don't have to go to the doctor and get an antibiotic.  I use a neti pot, take my vitamins, have tried local honey and get lots of rest.  However, that doesn't always work.

This year, I've started putting Oregano and/or Thieves on the bottom of my feet with a carrier oil (coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc) or taken it internally in a veggie capsule.  I haven't gotten a single sinus infection this year.  Call it a coincidence but I think that using those oils has helped boost my immune system.

Oregano can also be used on the abdomen and lower back for UTI's.

And this is possibly my favorite use!  I'm embarrassed to share it so please don't think that I'm gross. As an athlete in high school, I swear I would catch stuff like athlete's foot and plantar warts from the locker rooms.  

Well...about 6-7 years ago, I got a plantar wart on the ball of my foot.  Then two more popped up.  I tried ALL of these things:
  • getting them frozen by the dermatologist (6-8 times)
  • getting them burned by the dermatologist
  • used Compound W from the store
  • was prescribed stronger acid than Compound W by the dermatologist
  • was literally cut out of my foot by a podiatrist who used even stronger acid
  • used apple cider vinegar, banana peel, etc under duct tape or bandaids
I have tried everything! I've battled with these suckers for 6-7 years...the same three!!  And they wouldn't go away even after doing all of those things!  I had given up on them when I heard that oregano might help.  So ordered some and started applying it every morning and every night.  For a while, I was covering them with duct tape/bandaid, but not always.

I have great news!  It took a while (5 months), but THEY'RE GONE!!!!!!!!  I'm beyond ecstatic!

I love my oregano!  

oregano plant


I am not a medical professional, and cannot treat, cure or diagnose you.  This information is for educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Always consult a doctor first.  More than likely your doctor will not be trained in essential oils and will not know all the facts about them, so do your own research first.




Friday, October 24, 2014

Life Lately & My Favorite Furniture Purchase Ever

Happy Friday, my friends!  Today I'm sharing current happenings in my life according to my iPhone. I start my new job next Monday so please pray for me!  I'm excited and nervous at the same time!


{ONE}


Our trip to Oklahoma to see Grandpa Bill was fun!  We helped with duties around the house and went to the senior center dance with him and his girlfriend.  Crazy stuff, I know! :)


{TWO}




On our way back from Oklahoma, we stopped in Waco to see the new Baylor football stadium!  It was AMAZING!  It's HUGE!  Maybe next year we'll make it to a game.  I had to take a photo with the RGIII statue!

After that, we had lunch with my sweet friend from college, Leah.  I just love seeing her!  She makes me happy!


{THREE}


So our new rent house has practically NO storage in the kitchen.  We went to Fredericksburg Trade Days and I found this beautiful hutch!  I'm so in love!  And it was only $200...I think that's pretty awesome for the exact thing I've been wanting.

Here's a little sneak peek of our new home...

I love the view out of those windows! You can't tell here but it's just trees, deer, squirrels :)  Don't mind the mess!


{FOUR}


Since I enjoyed reading Gone Girl, I bought Gillian Flynn's other books.  I just started Dark Places. Have any of you read it?  Did you enjoy it?


{FIVE}

sorry for the blurry photo

And most importantly, the hubs and I celebrated our FIRST ANNIVERSARY last Sunday!  We kept it pretty low key since we did Hawaii not too long ago.  It's been an awesome first year of marriage! Every day, I love Kevin more and more.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!







Thursday, October 23, 2014

September and October Ipsy Glam Bags

Hey friends!  I'm playing catch up today!  I got my September Ipsy Glam Bag pretty late because they sent it to the wrong address and just got my October one so I'm sharing both with you.







So far I've only used the lip gloss and I love it.  It adds color to my lips which I need more of!  The bag is super cute too.




Figs & Rouge Hand Cream


noyah Lipstick


I've only tried the hand cream so far and I'll be honest, I love the way it smells but it leaves a weird feel on my hands.  I'm excited about the cleansing cloths because I've been using the Simple ones and am almost out.  I look forward to trying them.  

Also, this must be my favorite Ipsy bag....it's my favorite color.  It's become my new essential oils bag for my purse!

You can start getting your monthly Ipsy Glam Bag for just $10/month HERE.  It's fun getting it and trying new things!  I'm starting to run out of room for the products though! Ha!

Have you tried any of these products?  If so, what did you think?

Have a lovely Thursday!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fear of the Unknown

Change can be scary.  Change can involve diving into the unknown.  I don’t know about you, but change is tough for me…even good change.

I like a schedule.  I like knowing when I’m exercising, when I’ll be at work and when I’ll be eating meals, because if I don’t, some of those things don’t happen.  Welcome to my life currently, where schedules do not exist!

It sounds like a ton of rest and rejuvenation, but I’ll be honest, it hasn’t totally been that lately.

Let’s back up a bit – my husband and I thought we’d move away from DFW in about 4-5 years, but the Lord had something else planned.  Everything just started falling into place for us to go ahead and move. 

Something I love about the Lord is how He leads me through life, especially in times like this.  I pray and ask Him what He wants and most of the time, He shows me.  I don’t always love His answer and don’t always trust Him, but He's never let me down.  He knows what is good for me better than I know for myself!

We started praying about if we should move a while back and felt lead to just put our house on the market and see what would happen.  So we did and said, “Lord, this is up to you.  If you want us to stay, don’t let our house sell right away.  If you want us to consider change, please make it sell.”  So we left town on a Friday after putting it on the market and already had an offer before we came back on Sunday.  Hello, answer.

I truly believe that what we ask God and how we respond is key.  If we ask for one specific answer, we may find ourselves being disappointed.  He may have a different plan.  It’s okay to ask for specific things, but know that He has a much better view of your future than you do and knows what is best for you.  I always ask Him for what I want but more importantly, ask Him to show us what His will in all of it and to help us trust Him in it.

So here I am…following a series of events after selling the house, we are moved to a new city, about to start new jobs, looking for a new church, and looking to make new friends.  My life has been crazy since quitting my job….it has not been restful as it might sound.  I’ve had interviews, have been trying to find somewhere to live, seeing family, traveled 11 hours to see my hubby’s grandpa and am helping my sister plan her wedding.  I haven’t had a moment to stop and relax.

Good news!  I accepted a job and am starting October 27 so I’m pumped!  I think it’ll be a great job and the team seems pretty awesome.  Thankfully, I have some time to rest before then.

So before I had quit my previous job, I thought, “this is going to be great.  I’m going to be stress-free!”  Ha!  How is it than once we move on from one stress-inducer, we find a million others to stress about?  I’m starting to realize that it’s what is in my heart.  Even when things are going well and God seems to be pushing things along perfectly, anxiety seems to find me (or I find it?).  Will I like my new job?  Will I make friends in San Antonio?  Will I like San Antonio?  Will my friends in DFW forget about me?  Will we find a church we love as much as our previous one?

As hard as I try to not be anxious, I can’t seem to let it go.  In my time with the Lord lately, He has told me to stop trying.  Stop trying to find relief myself, but allow Him to give me peace.  We’ve been trusting Him in the details, the baby steps, yet I let worry creep into my heart.  Worry about the unknown.

I know that I’m where God wants me to be.  I’m excited about the future.  My prayer the other day as I walked through a peaceful neighborhood talking to God was that He would give me peace in each moment, that I would stop and enjoy time with Him, time with my husband, time with my family, time alone and not worry about what will happen in my new job or with our future.  What does worrying do for my future?  Nothing.  It doesn’t change a thing. 



I am happy with this change.  I’m excited to make new friends and find a new church.  It sounds so easy to say or read about someone else, but it’s my life.  It’s huge for me.  Thank you for loving me though this process, blog friends! 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Oh Hey (Crazy) Friday!

Hey friends!!!  Obviously, I've been so busy that I haven't been able to post much.  I've missed my daily conversations with you and hope that you're doing well!  I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on.  Please don't give up on me! :)

Today I just want to catch you up on the happenings around here.  So here ya go....

{ONE}

We are officially out of DFW and are still living out of a suitcase in the Texas Hill Country.  We've been staying with my parents/sister as we look for jobs and a place to live in San Antonio.  I'm surprised at how well I've been able to live out of suitcase.  I only have a few options for clothing and I'm actually okay with it.  I hope to minimize my clothing once we get it all out of storage.

Speaking of storage, ALL of my fall clothes/scarves are in storage so I need to get them out!  It's very slowly starting to get cooler down here and I'm still in t-shirts and tank tops.  Ha!

{TWO}

The job search has been great!  Thankfully there's a pretty good market down here for CPAs so I've been blessed with 5 great interviews.  Thank you Jesus!  I had to break out my business suits for the first time in 5 years...fun.  5 interviews in 3 days was a bit exhausting.  They would all be wonderful companies to work for!  More to come on this soon!

{THREE}

We found an awesome rental house!!!  Our goal was to find a place near our jobs but after being down here for a little while, we've realized that traffic is NOTHING like DFW so even if you don't live by your job, the commute won't be too terrible.  I'll share more about it once we've moved in, but we're pretty excited!  The plan is to move in next Wednesday.

{FOUR}

We're on our way to visit my hubby's grandpa for the weekend!  He's now going to be 11 hours away from us which we're pretty sad about so we're excited about this time with him!  Please pray for our drive!

{FIVE}

Amidst all of this moving craziness, I get to be a part of helping my sister plan her wedding!  It's such perfect timing to be down here with her so I can see it all unfold.  We're in the middle of wedding dress shopping for her which is exciting!


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for being patient with me!  XOXOXO


Linking up with The Farmers Wife and September Farm today!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Favorites: Hawaii Edition!!!

Remember last month??  When I had all of these makeup/beauty favorites?!

Well...totally opposite in September!  Haha!  I still haven't even gotten my Ipsy bag because they sent it to my old address.  I only wore makeup one day while in Hawaii.  It was awesome.

So my September Favorites are some of my favorite moments in Hawaii that were captured on my iPhone.  I have yet to go through my photos on my good camera.  We went all over the island of Kauai!  I hope you enjoy!

(Link up below!!!!  And check out Mia's monthly faves!)

Favorite Moments in Kauai

Awesome time with my sisters...


A plethora of Hawaiian Mai Tai's...


Menehune Pond where part of Indiana Jones was filmed...


A real Hawaiian luau...




Hiking in Waimea Canyon...




Kauai sunsets...

(from Spouting Horn)

(from Polihale Beach)

This ahi poke tower with purple sweet potato chips...


My sister getting engaged at the top of Wailua Falls...


This view from our back porch after the rain...


Call me crazy, but the best hot dog I've had in my life (homemade bread, Polish sausage, mango relish, spicy jalapeno garlic sauce, Hawaiian mustard)...


This moment while we waited to head to the airport for our flight out while watching our last sunset...




Aloha!!!

Now we'd love to read about your September Favorites!  Share your favorite recipes, beauty products, moments with friends and family, books, workouts, anything you want.  Link up with me and Mia, link back to us and grab our Monthly Faves button.  You can still link up through the end of the month!

Thanks to everyone who has been linking up in previous months!  We love it!!!

A Deeper Joy