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Kate Plus 8 Mommy Card Revoked?

When I ran across this article on SheKnows.com I was a little …. perturbed. The article goes on to describe Kate Gosselin’s Photobucket(you know.. from Kate Plus 8)

supposed personal journal entries that document her abusive disciplining practices. Apparently, Robert Hoffman found her journal entries that vividly describe incidents in which she would hit her children with a wooden spoon.

Well… my initial reactions were: Who the hell is Robert Hoffman and why is he using this woman’s deep-rooted issues as personal gain???!! Sick-o much?

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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Let’s Stay Healthy, and Beat the Flu

I’m a huge advocate for being and staying healthy the natural, holistic way. I never get a flu shot, and fortunately have only had the flu maybe once in my adult life. The reason I don’t do vaccines is because they’re full of crazy chemicals that alter our natural chemistry. I say “Pick Your Poison” — and being the sugar-holic I am what more do I need toxifying my body.

There are very EASY AND AFFORDABLE ways to stay healthy throughout the impending flu season.

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My First Time Was Not All I Thought It’d Be

My first time!!
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What motivated me to become a DIYer is my incessant need to CREATE. I am a creative soul, an artist. I’ve been drawing since I was a toddler; mom still has my very first stick figure framed in her office. The stick figure was a girl. She was made of blue crayon and had a number 9 for a nose. And it wasn’t just like a miniature, trite stick figure. This chick was like 2 feet tall! Go big or go home, baby!

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A Cure for Heebie Jeebies: I HEART Essential Oils

I used to work for The Body Shop back in the day. Not A body shop. THEEEE Body Shop. You know…. The people who invented body butter! Remember when this was their logo?

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Ya that’s how long ago I worked there.

I’m not gonna lie; working for them was by far one of my all-time favorite jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Did I put enough exclamations? I think you get the gist of just how much I loved that job). Well, I left there after two years because the company was making some changes after the founder, Dame Anita Roddick passed from a complication during surgery. Very sad story. I remember when we got the phone call at our downtown Union Station store that Anita had passed. We were heartbroken. And although I had never met her in person, I knew I’d miss her presence guiding the company.

She loved that company very much! It was her passion.

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It was MY passion!! Everyday I got to educate people on the benefits of using natural ingredients, fair-trade, going green, moisturizing, exfoliating, cleansing, and all things related to nurturing the body. TBS also carries make-up so I’d get to use a willing customer’s face as my canvas which I absolutely loved because I’m an artist at heart.

*sigh*…. the memories.

The point in getting all sentimental was to say working for TBS was the first time I’d heard of essential oils.

Funny story: I walked into TBS on my 24th birthday and bought my first essential oil — lavender. I remember walking out of the store and saying to my mother “I’m going to work there.” One month later I was on the payroll!

Ever since that day I’ve been hooked on essential oils!!! Love love love them! They have so many benefits and are wonderful alternatives to Western medicine.

I plan on blogging A LOT more about essential oils and will probably dedicate 1 day a week to introducing a new oil.

With that said, today’s oil is Oregano.

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I busted out the Oregano oil today because I was feeling like I was coming down with the heebie jeebies. Oregano is very potent. It’s an anti- EVERYTHING agent. Antibacterial. Antifungal. Anti-inflammatory. Antioxidant. Anti-viral. It aids in digestion. It’s just one of those all around do the damn job oils!!

I simply dropped two drops in my bottle of water and got to sipping.

There are 3 ways you can use essential oils. If they’re a decent grade. Like doTERRA essential oils. They can be used topically, orally, or aromatically. I’ll touch on all those topics later on.

So yea, tomorrow when I awake I should feel a bit more like myself. All thanks to Oregano essential oil.

Nigh Nigh…

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Do you use essential oils? Do you prefer one brand over another or have a favorite oil? Mine’s lavender!!! Could you tell?


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Admission #1: I Am.. Not Thin

In exactly one month I’ll be joining my son in celebration of his second birthday! Wooowhoo! I’m so excited. My lil man-man is getting longer, stronger, and smarter everyday. It’s amazing how much of a metamorphosis children undergo during the early years. What’s even more amazing is the lack of metamorphosis on behalf of my body!

Shortly after giving birth (click here for the short version of the world’s fastest 4 and 1/2 hour birth from a first-time mom) I thought there was no way in the world I’d NOT lose the baby weight. I mean after all I was extremely active during my pregnancy, ate a (somewhat) vegetarian diet, exercised everyday, and I even stayed at home with my son for the first 15 months of his life — in other words “So why the hell am I still… NOT thin?!”

Well let me show you why….!

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Hmmmmmm. What is that, my friends?

IDK. Something I shouldn’t be drinking. What’s so ironic is I AM NOT A DRINKER!

I absolutely hate alcohol. The taste. The feeling of not being ‘myself’. The empty calories.

Seriously.. if I’m going to ingest 300 calories of pure sugar it better be from a donut.

Speaking of donuts… What’s THIS?

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Ohhhh nothing. Just a clan of yummy chocolate glazed miniature donuts. And yes. I ate the whole mini donut tribe. And it was great.

So as you see I have a PROBLEM >>>> I eat ALL the wrong things.

And here’s another piece of irony —- I USED TO BE VEGAN!

Well I can’t take it anymore. My 5 foot 10 Torrid-model-frame was never, by any means, thin or even skinny. But before getting knocked up I was definitely rockin’ my size 12 curves!!

And that’s where I need to get back to. ESPECIALLY before my 30th birthday in …. less than 5 months!

I can do it. I know I can. I’ve done it before. More than anything, I just needed to admit this to myself.

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Any of you experienced an amazing weight loss journey you’d like to share??! Plz do! Comment below =D

PS. Motivation!
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DIY Lamp Redo Tutorial

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A couple of months ago I bought this hot mess of a lamp from the Goodwill for 3 whole dollars.
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At the time I knew the lamp was perfect for a quick DIY/crafting project but I wasn’t quite sure where my vision would take me. But today in Target I found this beautiful newspaper-inspired wrapping paper in their dollar section. *You know what section I’m referring to. The one you make a b-line to as soon as the automated doors welcome your presence.*

So this fabulous wrapping paper is only a buck for 40 whole feet! I thought it was a steal.
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I found a bunch of other cool stuff I dare not include in this post because it’d just cause me to go off on an unnecessary tangent. But let’s just say I’m sure I’ll be using the goodies in a new project. So stay tuned.

Now where was I?

Oh yes! So I thought this wrapping paper would do wonders for this hot mess pink lamp and I already had some 1/4 inch sisal rope at home that I envisioned would be a perfect match.

Here’s how the process went.

I gathered supplies:

Sisal rope
Wrapping paper
Hot glue gun and sticks
Scissors
Glue stick

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First I measured (or rather eyeballed) the length of the sisal by wrapping it around the lamp shade. Then I cut a few pieces of sisal. I took one strip of sisal rope at a time and glued it to the lamp shade.

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Technically, I should have taken a midway pic but it literally took me a couple hours to hot glue the sisal. I’m a slow worker, especially when I’m making dinner/bathing and entertaining a toddler. The average undistracted adult could probably get this project complete in 2 hours from start to finish.

So after I finished the shade, I started on the lamp base. This part was actually VERY easy because I wanted it to have a newspaper collage look.

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So I cut out 1 inch strips of wrapping paper, put glue stick on the lamp base and/or wrapping paper strip, and placed it on the lamp base. SIMPLE.

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The one thing to keep in mind is if you’re working with a sphere shaped lamp, as I was, be sure not to cut the wrapping paper strips TOO LONG. Somehow mathematically (I was never good at that subject) a rectangle or square can not fit around a sphere without ending up with crimply edges. In other words, experiment with what size strips will work for the base of your lamp.

That’s it! Here’s the finished product!
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Now off to do schoolwork. Nigh Nigh…

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