Five Things on Friday

February 23, 2024

Life so far the past two months, let's see...


Little bit got glasses. Turns out he was blind as a bat in one eye and now looks like he will file your taxes. Pre-K during the day, CPA in the evenings



I don't want y'all to think this is Elliot heavy, it is, but he is the child that will hold still for the camera. 


This particular Elliot incident made me laugh, he hates underwear. Seriously, we have a deal that he doesn't have to wear underwear on Saturday, but it's a requirement for church and school. 


For a child that doesn't want to participate in underwear, explain to me why he was wearing two pair of shorts? 



This predates 2024, but we took family photos with Carlie Ann Collective in October. This happens to be a silly one. I told Jeremy we really have to get better at family photos. To date we have only had professional photos taken: for our engagement, wedding, Harrison's newborns, Elliot's newborns... and then this mini session. 




Where are my blind friends who wear tortoise shell glasses at? 


When I tell y'all I have to have a second pair of glass to locate my primary pair of glasses. These were located after a whole day search and it's an absolute miracle I ever found them. 



I could honestly write an entire blog post about the trouble with Cockapoos. Dill has a penchant for only behaving when he knows he's being watched. He won't get on the furniture at all, until we aren't home. Don't let it rain or this nut will come tearing through the house spreading dirt everywhere. He also won't take your food... until you turn your back. He's never been a furniture chewer and is very potty trained, so I'll give him those well deserved brownie points. 


Then he has his Lassie moments. There have been a few times he's come to alert me of something, a mouse he found in the yard and what not. The other day he got in panties in a wad when I left the windows open and Jeremy started doing yard work. I was working out in the bedroom and he came running in barking like a crazy dog. 


Harrison insisted I "see what Dill wanted" and as it turns out he wanted the windows closed. 


Then he does things like this... sitting on a poster thinking it is a blanket. 



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Hi Blog, it's me Emily

February 22, 2024

In a strange turn of events after a year of a lost .com I seemed to have recovered it. 


Let me tell y'all what happened. The year after Dad died was rough, but all the emotions that I thought I had processed... were unprocessed when we had a miscarriage. In case you are thinking, "Emily what on earth are you talking about?" Well, right before the 1 year anniversary of Dad's passing we got pregnant with our third child.  We were super excited and I was super sick (as per the usual with pregnancy) so I wasn't blogging much through Dec. '22 and into January. Well our 8 week appoint came and everything looked amazing. (Now this is completely my speculating because I never had an issue before getting the shot and then THE sickness.) But I got sick the end of the week after my ultrasound and later found out (at signs of miscarriage) that this is when the baby passed away. 


Recovery was rough, and that is when it really hit that Dad had died. 


So in a hormonal fit of also being sick of this same person emailing me for several years wanting to buy my domain for basically no cost at all and the back end coding changes to blog advertising being a mess … I deleted my domain. 




I tried to get it back, and spent a ton of time talking to my domain host. But it was a wash and never worked. Or at least I thought that was the case. 




When it came time for domain renewal (for that domain I couldn't access but was still paying for) I decided to try one more time and to my amazement... the domain finally worked. 


So here we are. Back with a domain, and it started working on the anniversary of Dad's death (yesterday). 



So I think I'll hope back on the old blog again. Not to fuss with advertisers, but to go back to the journal I started in 2008. We can call 2023 a gap year... or a wash. It was really  wash of me deciding I could be okay and move forward. Maybe I just didn't need to blog during that raw mental state of a year. 


Maybe at the end of it all God was telling me to refocus, which is what I've done. I've pulled back from a lot and focus where I need to. I help Jeremy with 11-12th grade Sunday School, we host a high school bible study on Monday night, and I do anything I am able to with him with the youth group. I'm still teaching upper elementary. I've got my mini garden experiment still going as I wait for the day the raised beds finally get to go up. The sourdough starter has been revived (thanks to a dear friend). The boys are being every ounce of boy they can be. 


And in my millennial midlife crisis of an age... I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to get a sewing machine with quilting capabilities for my birthday. 


So going forward, I'll catch up what has recently been left out. I'll start taking more photos again. And I might even post the miscarriage post that has been sitting in draft for an entire year. 
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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || December

December 1, 2022

 The theme for the December box from Simply Earth is Beauty! 


If you're looking for a present for the oil loving person in your life, I always suggest buying one of these boxes. 



If you don't know where to start with using essential oils, but want to get into it, this sort of concept is a great introduction. Simply Earth believes that essential oils shouldn't be confusing or unnecessarily priced. 


Compare these oils price wise to other companies and you'll see what I mean. You aren't paying for a middle man that comes with multi level marketing. 


I know you're thinking, but Emily you're talking about them every month. It's not because I'm selling them. Like most products you see posted on my blog I write and share in exchange for products that I love. There is no upline and I really don't benefit from your purchase. 


Which all the more shows that I genuinely love and use products from this company and have for many years. 





Now, what is included in this month's box? 

The oils you will get are: 


Bumps & Boo-Boos | (blend) supports skin healing, kids safe 2+ and pregnancy safe
Lime | (single) supports respiration, kid safe 10+, pregnancy & dog safe
Geranium | (single) skincare and calming, pregnancy, dog, and kid safe 2+ 
Balsam Fir | (single) cat, dog, pregnancy, and kid safe 2+ 




The extras included in the December box are citric acid, bath bomb mold, blue mica powder, and a 1oz spray bottle. 




You'll use those extras to help make your recipes! 


In this box you will have recipes for a Christmas Vacation Diffuser Blend, Christmas Morning Shower Melts, Snow Storm Mini Bath Bombs, Breath of Pine Shower Spray, Let it Snow Bath Bombs,  and a Christmas Day Roll-On. 



A few things before I wrap this up - 


Every month Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to end human trafficking. This month Simply Earth is supporting Exodus Cry, an organization that not only focuses on supporting survivors, but fighting commercial forms of sexual exploitation: 

- stripping

- pornography

- prostitution


Exodus Cry helps survivors break free from exploitation, and individuals break free from exploitive habits that drive the demand for sex trafficking. 


As always head over to Simply Earth to order your December box and use the code LABRIDEFREE to get a $40 gift card/credit towards your next order when you get your Bonus Box! 



Also -- here are a few things you can do with your box every month! 

1. Add items to your box to get free shipping. 
2. Exchange oils. 
3. Gift a month to a friend. 
4. Get 50% off your next box by sharing your unique voucher code with friends, they'll also get $10 off their first 5 months -  you'll get 50% off for every friend that subscribes! 


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Freezing in the Park

November 15, 2022

 We did a touch of the wandering arounds this weekend. Those can be few and far between during the school year thanks to the insanity that is youth ministry life. 


Now, in reverse order. 



Sunday night our church had a night of worship at the pavilion downtown. (as per the youth pastor wife usual,  I was wrangling wild animals alone) It took a touch of convincing (threats) to get everyone to do as I wanted them to, but he combination of loud noises and open air will really test a little boy's ability to listen and do as their mother says. 


They'll still be getting trucked around with that wagon until they're in college. It's almost like dog training, they need a base point to know where they need to hang out at. 




I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out who this little milk man's baby looks like. Turns out it's me, with Jeremy's coloring. But he's looking more and more like I do. 


In the most fun news of the weekend we headed out to Moncus Park in Lafayette. I had won a giveaway from Cajun Acres and we took that chance to go out there and play. 

For a couple kids constantly complaining that they want to play at the park with the frog (Hoover Met in Alabama) this finally suited their fancy. 


We came out last Spring, but hadn't been back since the children's area was open. 


They got a huge kick out of the tree house. 



My child who clearly doesn't feel temperature... or probably runs so much that he gets hot even in freezing cold weather. 

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How to Make a Statement at Your Bachelorette Party

November 9, 2022

 Before your big day, you have a whole other type of party to plan: your bachelorette party. While you will undoubtedly be more focused on your wedding, it’s still important to put time and effort into this exciting event. It’s a chance to let your hair down and enjoy some time with your nearest and dearest, after all!

To make sure your bachelorette party is the best it can be, you want to make a statement. You want people to know that you’re on the lead-up to your big day and that you’re super excited about it! To ensure your party reflects that, read on.



Dress the Part

Now is not the time for a perfect white dress. Instead, you want to go above and beyond with your outfit. Of course, what you wear depends on the theme, location, and type of bachelorette party you are having. Generally, though, you should wear an eye-catching outfit that shows off your excitement!

Of course, no outfit is complete without accessories, so consider adorning a Judith Leiber bag from judithleiber.com for your bachelorette evening. It’s the perfect way to liven up an outfit while showcasing your bold personality. Wear a classic sparkly clutch for a classy evening, or be a little more fabulous with a novelty clutch that captures everyone’s attention. With a statement bag like this, you are sure to be the center of attention. Of course, that is the point at your bachelorette party!

Pick the Perfect Location

The location of your bachelorette party matters. If you’re looking to party, choose somewhere lively, vibrant, and fun. You could celebrate on the beach, or you could hit the town, visiting all the best bars. Wherever you pick, remember that the location makes the backdrop of the party, so you want it to be perfect.

Have a Theme

A theme can bring a party to life. Plus, it’s a fun way to ensure all your friends can have coordinated outfits! Some popular bachelorette party themes include a masquerade, tropical, Disney Princesses, 80s fashion, and disco.

Send Personalized Invitations

The art of personalized physical invitations has yet to be lost. Instead of sending out e-mails or messages to invite your girls, send customized invitations with all the necessary information on them. Make sure the invitations include the time, location, and dress code. Your friends will love receiving such a personalized invite in the mail!

Get Your Hair and Makeup Professionally Done

You have likely booked bridal hair and makeup slots for your wedding day. Consider going to a professional for your bachelorette party, too. You want to look your best, especially with how many pictures are likely to be taken! Plus, getting your hair and makeup done adds an extra bit of sparkle to the day. You could even get your friends together for it so that everyone looks incredible.  

Your bachelorette party is a chance to go wild and have fun with your friends. Whether you choose to party the night away, go to a retreat, relax at the beach, or head to a festival, make a statement with a great outfit and location backdrop. Then, when you look back at the pictures in years to come, you’ll be glad you put effort into such a special occasion.


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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || November

November 1, 2022

With Christmas just around the corner Simply Earth has brought back another popular box theme - Gift Giving. 


Honestly this entire box would make a great gift, and if you love a DIY just make the items and give them to friends. Save those delicious smelling oils for yourself. 😉



In this month's box you get three single oils and one blend. The November box includes: 


Ylang Ylang | single | calms, skin health; pregnancy safe & kid safe 10+

Frankincense | single | stimulates, supports respiration; Kid safe 2+, pregnancy, dog, and cat safe

Focus | blend | supports focus; kid safe 10+

Cassia | single | calms, supports immunity; kid safe 10+


Y'all I think this is my first time using the Focus blend, it smells incredible and very clean. But I'll be honest, anything with frankincense or eucalyptus gets me excited! 


Now for the fun bit, the recipes. 


You will learn to make a Mini Macrame Plant Holder, Royalty Facial Serum, Cheerful Giver Roll-On, Essential Oil Bottle Reed Diffuser, Holiday Spice Diffuser Blend, and Winter Flower Bath Salts. 


Here's a fun tip, add some lavender to that facial serum! It will be so calming to use at night. 



The extras that come with this month's box are a mini macrame kit, diffuser reeds + cap, test tube, & serum container. 


 

A few things before I wrap this up - 


Every month Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to end human trafficking. This month Simply Earth is supporting Exodus Cry, an organization that not only focuses on supporting survivors, but fighting commercial forms of sexual exploitation: 

- stripping

- pornography

- prostitution


Exodus Cry helps survivors break free from exploitation, and individuals break free from exploitive habits that drive the demand for sex trafficking. 


As always head over to Simply Earth to order your November box and use the code LABRIDEFREE to get a $40 gift card/credit towards your next order when you get your Bonus Box! 



Also -- here are a few things you can do with your box every month! 

1. Add items to your box to get free shipping. 
2. Exchange oils. 
3. Gift a month to a friend. 
4. Get 50% off your next box by sharing your unique voucher code with friends, they'll also get $10 off their first 5 months -  you'll get 50% off for every friend that subscribes! 


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