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I haven't seen too much of this guy lately. We are adjusting to his new schedule, and that means I'm adjusting to waking up way too early. I think it's messing with my whole sleep cycle because I have had the strangest most vivid dreams. About once a month I usually end up standing on the bed reaching for the chandelier or trying to crawl up the tree in our bedroom corner. Usually it involves me finding a lost baby, or saving a baby from falling out of the chandelier, there's always a baby involved. But this week I've been doing crazy stuff every single night. It's exhausting. Aaron usually finds me and wakes me up and walks me back to bed. But this week, I think he's given up. I had dreams of setting off explosives, working as a terrorist agent, breaking up prostitution rings. And I wake up with the scrapes and bruises to prove it. All this tells me I just need more sleep, ha, you like how I made that unqualified conclusion?

The photo above is our attempt at a day date this week. Are we the only people that go see the movies nominated for Oscars after the awards are handed out? I'll take it though, even if it means he's on his phone right up until the lights go out and he leaves 2-3 times to answer emergencies. Because in between those moments we held hands and put up the arm rest between our two chairs, and we pretended that it was a Saturday night. 

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Sometimes I feel like this mother.

This is a beautiful, and such needed cause

All you mamas with little ones, these are so great for motor skills. We loved lacing cards when the kids were little, and these are free!

Inside a house that I drive by when I go to my parents house. Pretty fun to see what's beyond the concrete walls of the rectangle. 

We are going on a road trip for the rest of this week, so I probably won't be back until our next 52 Weeks Family Project. Until then, you can keep tabs on us here

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

I have been using homemade deodorant ever since my girlfriend turned me on to it last summer. Previously I had been using this brand which is all natural, and it's great, but that was before I realized just how easy it is to make your own. And inexpensive. $14 per deodorant was kind of extravagant if you ask me, but it is worth the expense if you don't want to make your own but want to eliminate the aluminum from your deodorant. I gathered supplies and started to make my own, and slowly everyone was stealing my deodorant, so one afternoon last week I made a few batches. There are a lot of recipes out there and I'm still experimenting, but for now, this is what you'll need.


  • 2 Tablespoons raw organic shea butter
  • 3 Tablespoons organic coconut oil- I pick up mine at Trader Joe's, but you can buy it anywhere
  • 4 Tablespoons baking soda
  • glass lid jar- 4 ounces is the perfect size for one deodorant
  • essential oils- I used different oils for each person depending on their preference, my husband's blend is cypress, myrrh and rosemary (5 drops each). I love balance and grapefruit (6-7 drops each), and my son loves wild orange (12-15 drops).

In a large mason jar combine the coconut oil and shea butter.

Place jar in a large saucepan of water and turn heat on low to melt the ingredients. 

Remove from heat when fully melted, and then add your baking soda. Mix very well. Add essential oils.

Pour into small mason jar. I came back and mixed it anytime I saw any separation happening. Also, this is a good time if you want a stronger scent, you can mix in additional essential oils. Once it was room temperature I gave it one last good stir and popped it in the fridge to harden. Once it hardens you can remove it from the fridge and it will remain solid, but it will return to room temperature. It'll be soft enough to take a small amount with your finger but you won't have any separation. The color will be determined on the ingredients you use, some essential oils are darker than others, some shea butters or coconut oils may have different shades as well, don't let color variation alarm you. 

I find that on my fingertips it feels a bit oily but as soon as I apply it under my arms it's absorbed very quickly. I have never had an oil stain, mark, nothing left over on any of my clothes. And everyone in this household is a huge fan, which is saying a lot!

I'd love to hear what you add to your deodorant if you make your own. I'm thinking of adding a little arrowroot powder next batch to see how that changes the consistency. If you try the recipe I'd love to know what you think!

2015 Family Week 8/52

Week 8 in the 52 Family Week Project

This week has been filled to the brim. We had a weekend of encouragement at a special two day event, mixed in with lots of homework for school projects, sleeping in and movie night. We introduced the kids to Castaway with Tom Hanks and I think their little minds were blown. It was a bit intense for Greta, who I have never seen get rattled at a movie, but she just kept leaving the room and then yelling "does he survive this? just tell me he survives this!" And then when the storm had passed, or the tooth was pulled, she would come back to watch more. They loved it. We had some much needed rain and a bit of thunder while watching the Oscars.