Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || December Box

December 1, 2021

 One of my favorite things to do with essential oils is diffuser blends. Plain Jane, but it replaces the issues that candles cause me. 

Which happens to be a super runny nose and sneezing, that I caused myself last night because I was determined to light this fall candle against my better judgement. 

This month's Simply Earth theme... Diffuser Blends and Scents.

Like I said, right up my alley. 

Let's dive into what's included in this month's box. 

December Box Oils: 

Vanilla Woods (blend): holiday aroma 

Pregnancy, kids 10+, and pet safe

Bay (single): uplifts and mood

Kid safe 10+

Lemon Eucalyptus (single): calms and deodorizes 

Kid Safe 2+, Pregnancy & dog safe

Bergamot (single): refreshes and soothes

Kid safe 2+, Pregnancy and dog safe


Wooden beads

Macramé Rope 

PET containers (safe to use with essential oils and you can reuse them later) 


Christmas Grove Room Spray

Macramé Ornament

Bright Winter Day Diffuser Blend 

Tassel Diffuser 

Holiday Dinner Support Roll-On

Relax Massage Oil 

If you still have a few gifts to give out, these recipes would make wonderful small presents. Especially if you've got a teen girl in your life, the ornament and tassel would be great! 

I won't lie, I gifted myself a really cool diffuser for Christmas, my old one was on it's last leg, and I can't wait to use these diffuser blends in it. Also, use the room spray recipe as a diffuser blend! 

So why should you buy from Simply Earth and not somewhere else? 1st off, you get an amazing quality at a much more affordable price point. The box alone is valued at $110.52 and sells for only $39. That is the price compared to big expensive companies... 

You'll also receive access to the Essential Oil Hero Course where you will learn how to use essential oils confidently and with clarity. Not to mention every recipe box teaches you how to use essential oils in a different way. 

Now my favorite oil from this month's box, you probably don't have to guess because y'all know I love a blend, but it's the Vanilla Woods. It's quickly become another favorite of the winter blends from Simply Earth (that's including Winter Spice and Candy Cane). 

As always, Simply Earth donates 13% to end Human Trafficking. This month you are making a difference in the lives of women and children of Honduras through Jericho Ministries.

Be sure to head over to Simply Earth to order your JUNE box and use the code LABRIDEFREE to get a $40 giftcard/credit towards your next order when you get your Bonus Box! 

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The Old House On Oak || Recent Updates

November 12, 2021

The interesting thing about buying an older home, after owning newer homes, is that your desire to makes changes in greater. 

You want paint to be updated colors. 

Amenities are necessary to your way of life.  

And every time you stick your hands into something else you're quickly reminded that 80 years ago people didn't have the same wants and needs that we do now. 

So far we've painted the exterior and the guest room. Sherman Williams Morning Fog as the exterior, and the interior room we painted is in Sea Salt. The lighter shade of green on the dresser is Privilege Green, while the front door is Fresh Balsam, all SW. 

This past week we updated the fridge (we drink too much water to not have water and ice in the door) and found our there was no water line... so a line was run. 

In true "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" fashion, it didn't end there. 

Hot water has been an issue from day one. After the plumber looked at it yesterday he said what we've got is a 30 gallon tank from 1999 that was not even new at this house, it was previously in a motor home and was made for a motor home... not something on the cusp of 2,000 square feet. Add on top of that the galvanized pipes of old City Park and it's likely 1/3 full of sediment. 

Hence, we never have enough water. 

So, and this is a big so that is half exciting and half terrifying... after much more discussion the entire water system is being replaced. All new pipes and we are going tankless. 

But we won't be able to live in the house for an entire week. 

The projects don't end there, but at the moment everything is else is on the "when we have a free weekend" timer and those are few and far between at the moment. So the next free weekend will include: 

1. German Smear to the front steps (to white it out)

2. Building shutters, and painting them black

3. Wrapping the iron supports in the front of the house to make them look like wood. 

4. Saving up for new living room furniture and eventually getting on the decorating train. 

5. Way down the line... painting our bed and bath. 

And probably painting all the spots around the house were any damage to the new paint is done while the pipes are being changed out. 

Anyone else having heart palpitations? Just me. 

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Meal Planning... Tuesday

November 9, 2021

 Am I organized lately... nope. 

I'm crossing my fingers that now that we've closed on our house my brain will free up space to function properly. 

Thursday | Breaking my one a week rule - eating out

Friday |   Blackened Fish with Rice and Salad (again, memory problems, I don't know what fish I bought) 

Saturday | Eat Out 

Sunday | Mongolian Beef and Sesame Noodles  (with gluten free pasta) 

Monday | Spiced Pork Butt in the Instant Pot with Coleslaw

Tuesday | leftover 

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-fil-a knock off nuggets and fries (the kids fav and my fav on single mom night) 

Lunch - Taco Salad with shredded chicken (It's day two and I'm already sick of eating it this week) 

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Elliot Turned 3!

November 7, 2021

Our little blonde wild toddler turned 3 last week!

He was on my case for an entire month about having a Halloween Sprinkle Cake, so I delivered (except that I let the ganache cool too much before pouring it over so it didn't drip well) 

Would y'all believe me if I told you he never ate a bite of this cake? He was really just here to have people sing to him. 

I'll post more about the cake in a later post and share what ganache recipe I used, but I might be retiring this for our official birthday cake. Having baked in three different ovens since I originally made this, I just can't get same cake texture I did the first several times. Maybe I need to make it again and work on the oven time. 


For his birthday we replaced their little Power Wheels that had died with one that was made well for driving on grass. He was a tad beside himself with the crazy. His partner in crime was down for the adventure. He cracks me up with how he interacts with our friend's daughter. They don't play at all together and then when we are leaving they are madly in love and talk about each other when we've left. 

Just last night he hugged her and said "Come here Mia! I love you!" 

After cake we headed out to the worst Halloween parade in human history. Walking there with all the kids was fun, but it started an house late, moved insanely slow, and was majority dance lines. 

I heard that there was a medical emergency, so I get that, but it was rough with small people who were sick of the police sirens and lack of candy. 

To show you just how wore out they were, and we left the parade early... this is how they rode home. 

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A Ghost, a Cockapoo, and Spiderman Go Trick-R-Treating

November 6, 2021

Notice the photo bomber in the door? 

Dill fully believes he has to be with the boys at all times. 


Harrison changed masks, I can't exactly blame him. The Spiderman costume had one of those that were tight around your head instead of a mask. 

Also, if this shows you have not together I am since the move (things are slowly coming together)... my pumpkin buckets seem to have vanished. So next best thing, Easter buckets. 

And that wraps another year of Halloween. Which, by the way, I'm considering a huge success because Elliot wore a costume. 
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