Pumpkin Patch 2015

Fall has arrived, which is such a beautiful season. 
After a hot and busy summer, I am looking forward to cooler, slower days of autumn and winter.

During the summers we go to the farm for berries, and now to start off the fall season we took our annual trip to our local pumpkin patch.
 This was our 5th year going there, and it did not disappoint, we all had a blast. 

Just to clarify, we do not celebrate halloween, but that doesn't mean I don't love autumn. It is a beautiful season where the leaves are changing and the last crops are ready for the picking.

The reason I love this pumpkin patch, is because it is not halloween themed. This farm has so many activities to do, we were busy for a few hours. They had a kids bale maze, a corn pit, pony rides, farm animals to pet and feed, pumpkin slingshot, and a huge corn maze, live music, cider, and so much more. 

My favorite part was the tractor pulled hay ride out to the pumpkin fields, it was so beautiful out there, It made me want a farm house, with a few farm animals. sigh.... maybe one day. 

Thanks for visiting, 

Strawberry & Raspberry Muffins

I had a craving for some fresh baked muffins and decided to try this new recipe. 

 I found the recipe on Sally's Baking and we all loved them.
I changed up a few things including adding raspberries in addition to the strawberries, and I substituted the sour cream for the yogurt. 


  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter, cold


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup of raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees.  Line a cupcake sheet with cupcake liners 
  2. Make the streusel: In a small bowl, toss together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter in very small pieces using a pastry knife or mix with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Make the muffins: In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat on high until creamed, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, then turn up to high speed until the mixture is combined and uniform in texture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and slowly mix until combined and little lumps remain. Fold in the berries with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. 
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle each muffin evenly with streusel topping.
  6. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425F degrees. Keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the temperature down to 350F and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

One day at a time..

Lately I have been contemplating of shutting my blog down. I feel that I do not have much free time to blog anymore. But then I went through and looked at my posts, they reminded me of all we have done though the years, how much the children have grown, the new steps they have taken, and all we have accomplished as a family. 

 I guess you can say that it is like a virtual diary. We may forget things we have done as the days and months fly by, but it is good to be reminded with these little posts. 

So decided to keep the blog and post when ever I can. Especially post more of the kids and family. 

I will start with a little update on the home life right now :)

Biggest change now is that Em is in public school! I still have mixed feelings about this. One moment I think it is great because she is having such a wonderful time, the next I miss her so much and wish she was home with me. I miss teaching her most days, especially on my slow days. 
But my husband and I decided to take it one year at a time, on this note---I decided to take the Home school certification test soon "just in case" I decide to homeschool again next year. 
Right now she is absolutely loving public school! In fact, she wanted to go to school even when she got sick. 
She tells me all about her day and everything she has done. I am so proud of her.

Little Nico took some time to adjust with his sister being gone most of the day. The first few days he was constantly asking me to play with him, but now he is learning to play on his own, even if it happens to be underfoot. He will follow me around with all his toys from room to room. And if he happens to build a super cool tower or something, he asks me to come see it. He is used to showing things to his big sister, now we just take a picture of it and share about our day when she gets home from school.

We work on a few pre K workbooks here and there. At first I was pushing him to do more each day, but not so much anymore. I  keep reminding myself that he is only 4 and to let him be a kid. Kids learn from everyday things which is what I see with Nico everyday. He will run to me and tell me he can count to 20, or 30 or 40 now. Another time he will run and ask me to write down a word on  a piece of paper which he later copies. He is into CARS and PLANES now. So he asks me to print out pictures or lightening McQueen and Dusty the airplane, which he loves coloring and stapling together to make "books".

Baby William (who is not so much of a baby anymore) is now 20 months old!
He is certainly mommy's boy.  He follows me around everywhere, if I am in he kitchen, he brings a bathroom stool to "help" me. Which just means trying to touch everything he is not supposed to. His latest thing is to reach the apples in the fruit tray and take bites of all the apples and put them back. I guess he is looking for that one perfect apple and seems to have not found it yet, because now we have a ton of bitten apples (off course the fruit flies are not complaining)

Life is busy at home, and we are taking it one day at a time and enjoying our days together. 

Thanks for visiting, 

Diffusing essential oils..

I have been meaning to share my experience with essential oils for a few months now. 
It all started this past spring, my littlest one was sick and coughing to the point of throwing up for about a week. I took him to his pediatrician, she suspected whooping cough, and sent me home and told me to wait for the result and she would call in a prescription for me,  but his test for whooping cough came back negative. So we were back to square one, I was exhausted and desperate and since cough medicines are not recommended for little ones, I went and to a health food store almost in tears in search for an alternative route, I spoke with a woman in the health department and told her that I didn't know what to do, I tried everything. The only thing that seemed to help was sitting with him in a steamy shower during his coughing spells until he would fall back asleep. 

She asked me if I tried essential oils. I told her that I have heard of them, but last I checked you had to spend hundreds of dollars and buy them through a seller. She said that they sold some and for me to try eucalyptus oil. 
She told me to drop a few drops into the shower while I was steaming him and rub some on his feet and cover with socks and even along his spine. I was desperate and didn't have any other options so I decided to give it a try. 
I came home and did just that. I noticed he slept longer and only woke up coughing twice that night and he didn't throw up!  The next day he seemed better,  I kept using the oil and within 2 days he was no longer coughing, I didn't know if this was a coincidence or not, but this is where my journey with essential oils begin. 

I started reading more about them. I bought my first diffuser and a the family physician kit from doTERRA. I liked this kit because it was some affordable and it came with a list of what to use the oils for, which is a must for a beginner like me. 

I now use my diffuser day and night! Since then I bought 2 different diffusers for each of the kids bedrooms as well. 

My favorite diffuser is still the first one I bought, If I could, I would exchange the other 2 for this one. It uses the least amount on water and runs the longest. I can turn it on before bed and it is still running in the morning when I wake up! 

These are the differs I have now:

This is my favorite one! If you can only buy one, I highly recommend this one. It uses the least amount of water and lasts for about 8-10 hours. It only has one button to use which makes it easy to use. 

This is my 2nd favorite. It uses a lot more water and only lasts for 4 hours. It has two buttons, one for how long (2 or 4 hours) and one to turn off the light. 

This is my least favorite. It uses the most water, and claims to last for 10 hours, which I do not find the case. It has two buttons which you need to press at the same time to turn it on. I do not find it easy to use.  I also do not like that the steam comes out of the side hole instead of the top. If you have the buttons facing the front, then the steam ends going towards the wall since my diffuser is on a dresser. 

My diffusers are always running. In the mornings I like to use something refreshing like grapefruit, orange/lemon, peppermint or lavender. 

One of my favorite oils is the peaceful sleep  and good night blend. I use this at night, They are very calming and soothing. Also bought a roller ball of bedtime essential oil which I can rub on my little one when he is to wound up to sleep. 

If anyone is getting the sniffles in our house, I start using On guard or  germ fighter - this one reminds me of fall. It smells like pinecones, cinnamon and pumpkins.

If someone gets sick,  I use breath,  Breath Easier, or Inhale in the diffuser, and  I also rub some on the chest of anyone who has a stuffy nose which helps clear up congestion. 

I use peppermint and lavender on my temples when ever I feel a headache coming on. In fact, my hubby asks me to get him some oils whenever he gets a headache now. :)

I have used oregano and frankincense oil to completely remove a wart I had! 

I have come to learn that oils are powerful, and it just takes some time  and patience to learn how to use them. Not that I am an expert or anything :) I don't believe that you need to spend a lot of money on oils, especially if you are just going to be putting them in a diffuser. If you will be applying them topically and ingesting them, then yes, you should get food grade oils which tend to run a little more. However, my local health food store carries there own store brand of oils which are all food grade and are very reasonably priced.  So now if I want something that I can rub on the body or ingest, I go and get some advice and buy oils there. 

Thanks for visiting, 

Do you use oils? If so, what are some of your favorite oils and uses for them?

Back to School 2015

Today my sweet girl started 2nd grade! 

We always knew we would take homeschooling one year at a time, and this summer we had to make the difficult decision. After much prayer and deliberation, public school felt like the right choice right now.

I pray that her school year is amazing, and she grows in knowledge.
 I pray that she will always treat others with kindness and that her gentle, sweet spirit will flourish. 

I love you sweet girl, I know that you are going to do so well in school.
I will keep you in my prayers all day long and can not hear about your day, every singe day to come. 

Thanks for visiting,