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Thinking Out Loud {#2}

Hi friends! I’m excited that it’s Thursday because it’s time for a “Thinking Out Loud” post! Thinking-Out-Loud

  • I’m definitely a planner. Each Sunday, I sit down and plan our meals, my workouts, & general weekly activities. I absolutely love writing in my planner (I use it like a journal, documenting “S’s” milestones & exciting things she does). When I planned my runs for this week,  I planned 3 days (each with distances ranging from 3.1 – 3.5 miles). On Monday, I was feeling extra motivated (because I was using my Charity Miles app and earning money for St. Jude’s) and I ended up running 4 miles! I was slow and it was hot, but I did it.


  • I have really been enjoying making products using my essential oils. I’m slowly replacing my old products with these new & all-natural products. I had no idea how easy it would be to make them. They typically take me about 5 minutes to make. The 2 best things about making my own products is: I know exactly what ingredients are in them and I know that they are 100% safe for my family. I have to admit, at first I was worried that they wouldn’t work as well as other traditional products. I have been pleasantly surprised. Not only do they work well, but they work BETTER. I’m so glad I started this oil journey.
  • I enjoyed watching 2 episodes of The Bachelorette this week, but why oh why do I have to wait 2 weeks for the next episode. My first impression of Chad has proven to be true. Confession:  I always look up spoilers to see who gets picked at the end of the season. The past couple of spoilers have been correct.
  • Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. We started growing them in pots on our deck. Once they began doing well, we transplanted them in our yard. Today, I looked out at them and they are all gone! Something ate ALL of the plants. Ugh! Oh well, at least an animal had a good meal.


  • “S” loves popsicles. I’ve been making different combinations (while sneaking spinach in for a healthy bonus). She gobbles them up!

IMG_3810IMG_3811 I hope you have a great Thursday! ~K Do you currently use essential oils?  If so, what are your favorites?  If not, are you interested in them, but not sure where to begin? (I’d be happy to help). How do you sneak healthy foods into your child’s meals? (I need some new ideas.) Smile

Friday Favorites

TGIF! I thought it would be fun to designate my Friday posts as, “Friday Favorites”. I’ll be featuring things that I’m currently enjoying. These are my current favorites:

  • Smashpop Popcorn Crisps


These are so good! I usually have these as my afternoon snack. They have the perfect balance of salt & sweet, plus it’s only 110 calories per serving (about 20 crisps). The ingredients are pretty decent too!

  • Charity Miles App

charity miles

This app is truly amazing! Your activity helps raise money for specific charities through corporate sponsorships.

Basically, you start the app when you go for a walk, run, or bike ride. Next, you select a charity. Here are some that you can choose from:


After you choose your favorite charity,  the app will measure your distance and you will help earn money for your charity. When you are finished your walk, run, or bike ride, you press “stop” on the app. It will tell you how much money you raised. It’s truly that simple. It’s definitely a motivational tool for me. I find that I push myself to go farther because I know that means my charity will earn more money.

  • Thieves Laundry Soap

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As a first time mom, I sometimes learn things the hard way. This week, I fed “S” minestrone soup for lunch followed by a strawberry rhubarb popsicle (while wearing WHITE shorts…oops, I don’t know what I was thinking).
Not wanting to use any harmful chemicals to remove the stains, I put some Thieves laundry soap on them, gave them a little scrub, and the stains came right out!


To be honest, I just tried this laundry soap for the first time this week. I haven’t used it to do a full load of laundry yet (we currently use Molly’s Suds).  After seeing how amazing this laundry soap worked on the stains, I can’t wait to see how it works on a regular load.

  • Honeysuckles


These are all over my community right now. Their scent takes me back to when I was a kid. I remember my friends and I would look for honeysuckles, pull the stem apart, and taste the sweet nectar (did anyone else do this?????). I’ve been enjoying seeing and smelling them while I’m out walking.

Well, those are my weekly favorites. I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my “Friday Favorites”. Smile

Have a great weekend!


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