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I’d thought I’d take a break from the scrapbooking things to talk about one of my favorite things, essential oils.  In an attempt to be healthier and eliminate some nasty chemicals from our lives I’ve recently been dabbling in essential oils .  I went to a wonderful Young Living event today where I learned alot more about Green Cleaning with Essential oils and came home with a bottle of cleaner, carpet deodorizer and linen spray.  I had purchased a bottle of the condensed cleaner through a recent promotion but didn’t really know what to do with it.  IMG_2262

Here are a few recipes that I really want to try

Floor cleaner

  • 1 capful thieves all purpose cleaner
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 drops lemon oil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar

Oven cleaner

  • 1 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

These are just a few recipes I learned about today.  There are a million other uses.  Besides being better for you it is far more economical to buy one bottle of Thieves household cleaner and make all your cleaners than to buy them individually.  thank you to Jennifer and Jill for all the wonderful information.

When I got home from this event I found out that my son wasn’t feeling well.  Although I hate to see them sick I do like the opportunity to bust out my oils.  In his room I am currently diffusing this mixture. It seems to be helping him sleep and decreasing his headache.


I really like using essential oils as a first defense when the kids are sick.  I’ve also been using them to help with weight loss and managing my diabetes.  I am by no means anti medication but I find the oils are just another tool in my arsenal.  Feel free to drop me a line if you want any information or need any oils.  I am definitely not an expert but I have learned alot in the time I’ve been experimenting with Young Living.


As I was driving to and fro tonight.  I happened to catch the recipe for Beef roast with roasted onion sauce recipe on one of my local radio stations, Mix 105.1. I was headed to target (can’t go a few days without a Target fix ya know) so I picked up the fixins’.  Roast is all prepared and ready to throw into the oven before I head to class.

Here’s what the roast looks like pre roasting.

Beef roast with roasted onion sauce before

I’ll post the after when I get home.

here’s the link if you want to try the recipe

And if the link doesn’t work because I’m in too much of a hurry to mess with it.

Beef Roast With Roasted Onion Sauce
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

4 pound boneless beef round rump roast or beef brisket, flat cut

12 large garlic cloves, peeled

2 medium Spanish onions, halved, thin sliced

1 cup water


1 large clove garlic, crushed

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Combine seasoning ingredients. Press into beef.

2. Line a shallow roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, extending the foil beyond the sides of the pan to enclose beef. Arrange half of the onions and garlic in pan; place roast over vegetables and cover with remaining onion and garlic. Carefully pour water around roast. Bring up foil flaps and crimp edges to seal. Cook 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until beef is fork-tender. (Be careful of steam when unwrapping foil.)

3. Remove beef; keep warm. Strain pan juices, reserving both liquid and solids. Puree garlic and half of remaining onions in a food processor. Add 1 1/4 cups cooking liquid through feed tube with motor running. Put pureed mixture in a bowl. Stir in rest of sliced onions.

4. Carve beef into thin slices. Serve with onion sauce.


883651Day 88

Meet Dante

In spite of my initial decision not to get another dog when we lost Atilla, I somehow got the puppy bug. I managed to wait a few weeks and convince Neil before I found Dante at a pet rescue. He’s part lab and part cattle dog. I’ve never met a more mellow puppy. He seems to be house trained and crate trained and he never pulls the leash. He does chew everything in sight, a definite puppy behavior.



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Madison has really stepped up in the taking care of puppy department. she is working hard to train him and never complains when she has to take him for a walk. Having Alyssa and Rocky join them on their walks definitely makes it more fun.



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Best Buddies

Rocky is the Borisenko’s dog. He’s the sweetest boxer ever and has really taken to Dante. I love watching them hang out and play together. Although he’s three times heavier than rocky he’s always careful not to squish him.




913651Day 91

At the vet

In the first 3 days we’ve had Rocky he’s had to go to the vet twice. First for shots and deworming and then for kettle cough. True to his nature, he doesn’t complain. He really is a sweet puppy







92365Day 92

Daddy day The kids are home for spring break so Neil decided to take them to Universal for the day. I stayed home to catch up on some errands and housework.





93365Day 93

Build A Bear

Part of project keep the kids entertained for spring break was a day at Build A Bear. Laura and Ian joined us at the Altamone Mall. The kids were so sweet picking out, stuffing and dressing their new stuffed friends.




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Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

At the very last minute, Laura and Greg invited us to go to the Orlando magic game with them. Greg’s client sometimes lets him use his awesome seats three rows up from the floor. WAtching the game close up is a totally different experience from the nosebleed seats we usually get. You can really tell how huge the players are and it’s cool to see the expressions on their faces. It was also exciting sitting so close to Tiger Woods and taking a picture with Warren Sapp.

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Finally scrapping

Took some time to get a few pages done this weekend.






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A Little Visitor

This little guy hung out outside our sliding glass door all day. Another certain sign of spring






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Signs of spring

The yellow blooms on this tree on campus are a sure sign that spring has finally sprung





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We were minding our own business in typography class when we got evacuated for a gas leak. You’d think it’d be more exciting but we just stood in the parking lot for about 20 minutes until they let us back into the building




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A sweet moment

Madison and Caitlin doing their homework at the school park. Since Wednesday is early release day we usually hang out at the park after school. The early spring weather on this day couldn’t have been nicer




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Grocery shopping

I hate grocery shopping so I put it off as long as possible. When I finally do go I end up spending $300 + dollars.  The worst part is unloading the groceries from the car and putting it all away




87365Day 87

Strawberry Picking

Today was the first day of spring break so we joined some friend’s at Pappy’s for strawberry picking. I never thoughtht I liked strawberries until I tasted them fresh off of the plant…delicious. The kids couldn’t get enough either.

Project 365 days 55 and 56

Posted: February 25, 2009 in 365 project, everyday life

I finally got around to scrapping some of these pics and I realized that I was having a hard time keep the days of the week and days straight.  So to simplify the process later on I am going to take the time to label all my pics before I get them printed.  We’ll see how that goes.

553651Day 55

In the Hood

I love when the kids play outside with the neighbors. For some reason they rarely congregate at our house. Today was an exception. We had the four Akils, Madison and some kid named Cooper. Cooper and Leila were trying to climb our pitiful little tree Hannah was watching Amira on ther scooter. Not sure what Madison and Sarah were cooking up in the corner



563651Day 56

Lazy day dinner

 After a long day of hanging out with a girlfriend, having lunch with the kids at school and a park playgroup I was too exhausted to cook. So we put in a call to Goodfellas for some tummy pizza goodness. Madison goes for the meatlover;s while I am partial to eggplant, extra garlic and black olives. Tyler is a strictly cheese boy and Neil just eats whatever is left.

Sigh, I just can’t seem to keep up with these!

3293872854_523917bcf9_mDay 40-Silly cat

Sweet Pandora has a love affair with the laundry basket. Very odd cat, she is!







Day 41-Delivery

It’s Girl Scout cookie time! Madison has alot of fun selling them but the delivery part is just a PITA!






img_43872Day 42 so pretty

Madison got a set of face crayons in her Valentine bag at school. Luckily they wash off easily.








img_4389Day 43-Slumdog Millionaire

Just love, love, loved Slumdog Millionaire. It’s a story about a guy from the slums of Mumbai. He does really well on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a millionaire. The story of how he knows the answers to the question is told through flashbacks of his life as in the slums. Incredible movie! Might be one of my favorites ever.



img_43901Day 44 Hmmm

No, we aren’t preparing for the end of the word. Neil just uses this crazy breathey mask thing when he uses fiberglass in his masks. Sexy!





img_4393Day 45coffee break

A Boston Coffeehouse just opened up in my neighborhood. It’s a great place to meet and relax. I’ve been feeling so stressed lately that it was nice to meet with Michelle and Laura, have some coffee and just chat.







img_4392Day 46 Liquid sweat

Ugh, the entire family (minus me, of course) have developed a little addiction to Gatorade.  anyone who attended University of Florida knows that’s it’s basically electrolytes (sweat) and sugar…ick!





img_4395Day 47-The Boys

What can I say, I’m the luckiest lady in the world.  My guys rock!









img_4398img_43991day 48- A touch of the Irish

Madison decided she wants to make a leprecaun trap so I picked up some fun green craft stuff at Joann’s. I couldn’t resist these fun St Patty’s day hats. I think green might be Tyler’s color In fact, in these hats he looks like he might be part leprachaun.  He’s so cute I think he deserves two pics






Day 49 Kitty Love

Mowgli giving Pandora a kitty bath in the sunlight







img_4403Day 50-school blues

I’ve been putting off writing my typography paper all semester.  If finally sat down to do it and it was just as hard as  I thought!  1000-ish words all about the font Univers.  With a topic like that, who needs enemies.  I did get it done though.  Go me!







img_01511Day 51 Doggy Rescue

A 20 year old dog and an ice cold pool just don’t mix. Unfortnately, Atilla is a little old to get the concept so he sometimes wanders too close to the pool and needs a little daddy rescue.


Posted: January 23, 2009 in everyday life

We have settled into a little routine in our house.  I take care of the kids from when they get out of school until Neil comes down from work (he works from home). My time usually involves homework, making dinner, keeping the kids entertained (or yelling at them to entertain themselves), etc.  Typical mom stuff.  Now mind you I’m not complaining, I enjoy it, but being a full time student, I gotta have some me time to do homework, catch up on email and scrap.  So when daddy/hubby comes down we eat dinner and mommy disappears into her computer/scraproom/studio to do whatever I have to do.  He’s wonderful with the kids.  This is his time to finish up any homework they needed help with.  He also  reads with them, plays video games and gets them ready for bed.   Lately I’ve noticed that during this time there’s alot of yelling.  I’m not going to lie, I’m a big yeller.  Always have been. I’ve always counted on Neil to take on the calm, non yelling role in the house.  Lately he seems to have taken on more of my persona and being less patient.  Now mind you, his impatient is still better then my patient  but some night he yells, the kids yell, everyone’s  yelling.  Then if it gets bad enough, I storm out of the room and yell at him for yelling at the kids.  It seems to be happening more and more lately. This has got to stop.  I kind of pointed out this destructive pattern to him recently and he was honestly surprised.  I don’t think he even realizes how much he does it.  It’s amazing how destructive behavior slowly becomes the norm if left unchecked.  So we are both working on it and working with the kids to teach them better ways to express themselves.   I think the trick is to approach it as constructive criticism.  I need to tell him in ways that don’t make him defensive and he needs to take my words as constructive and not take it personally.  It’s hard but hopefully are love will help us through this very trying time.