Monday, July 28, 2014

Favorite Things

I can't wear perfume anymore. Like, not at all. And I probably can't be around you if you have recently applied any or are really heavy handed with it. Instant headache. Artificial scents and fragrances basically make me ill. Essential oils on the other hand..... I have no problems with those. While I don't really have the time to be blending up my own smell good potions, I have been relying on this amazing mist from Aura Cacia. It is so light, so uplifting, so clean smelling. I keep it in my purse and spray myself, my kids, my car, my husband, anyone who I think might need it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Primal Hippie Eats & Workouts

Right now I workout about 4-5 times a week. One to two of those days consist of a run while the others are primarily body weight, bar, or freeweights routines. Sometimes I head outside for hill runs (I have a very steep backyard!), log jumps, and a bit of slackline (which I still suck at) practice.

For example yesterdays workout was:

1 mile treadmill run for a warm-up

followed by:

30 jumprope
1 min plank
25 squats
5 pushups

repeated 4 times with an additional 20 squats at the end.

Not too strenuous. But enough to get a good workout.

As far as eats go....

I decided to reintroduce dairy last week and my skin is paying for it. Otherwise I've been sticking to pretty strict Paleo. Everytime I indulge in some GF bread or some Paleofied dessert I just don't feel my best. So I've been keeping it pretty clean. I will start another Whole30 at the end of August and this time I am really looking forward to it.

It really is a journey. Forward and backward. Fall off, get back on. But you just keep going.

Friday, July 25, 2014


Yesterday I kept having these nagging thoughts of what it would be like to send the kids back to public school in the Fall.

We are wrapping up Week 3 of school and launching into a two week break (complete with Florida vacation) before picking back up again full time until Fall Break.

I have so much to do.

And that is so cliche' because everyone has so much to do.

But really. The. Amount. Of. Stuff. To. Be. Done. Is there ever an end?

Despite my daydreams of getting everything accomplished with a spotless house, I ultimately remembered why we are homeschooling in this season. I know why. My husband knows why. I'm pretty sure the kids know why. And should there come a time when they are older and want to attend a brick and mortar institution, we will most likely agree. As long as we all agree. Because we are in this together.

And that's what I'm going to tell them later when I make them help clean the house top to bottom. We all made the messes. We will clean the messes. We are in this together.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Small Things Giveaway

Please head on over and visit Ginny at Small Things for a chance to win some yummy soap from us!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Favorite Things

I am a total minimalist when it comes to makeup. I prefer not to wear it most of the time. If I must get all prettied up I still try to keep it simple. The other day my mother surprised me with CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone Mineral Sunscreen. I've used it twice and am completely and totally smitten. This is perfect for when I don't want to actually do my makeup but maybe I probably should do my makeup. This and a bit of balm from The Tiny Farm and I'm set.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tiny Soap From The Tiny Farm

A special order came my way a few weeks ago. A local bed and breakfast run by a lovely woman whom I know, asked if I would consider making mini-versions of my soap for her overnight guests.

If you have any plans to visit our part of Arkansas, please consider staying at The Carriage House Inn. The owners are wonderfully friendly and you'll get a chance to try our soap!

Look for mini-bars in all our formulas closer to the holidays. They will make great stocking stuffers and last minute hostess gifts.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beauty In Routine

I never would have thought I would be the type of person that thrives on routine, but I am. The quicker I own up to it the easier it would make my life. As of now, I keep to our routine most of the time but periodically fall off the wagon for weeks at a time. Those weeks drive me nuts!

Yesterday we picked back up with school. I now have a First/Second grader and a Third/Fourth grader. For testing purposes I report that they are in the lower grades. But half of their work falls in the upper grade levels. I'm starting a new hashtag. #homeschoolgradelevelsaretotallyinaccurate

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Whole30: Day Done

I consciously chose to end my Whole30 on Day 22.

I don't feel bad or guilty or like a failure.

I didn't fall face first into a plate of donuts or a bowl of ice cream or a huge platter of pasta.

I very quietly put a bottle of crisp organic white wine in the fridge, then proceeded to drink it without any fanfare. Although my brain did rejoice a little bit for the numbing break.

Whenever you eat or drink something off plan you don't get to keep on going. You go right back to Day 1. I don't have time for that right now.

While I was on my Whole30 I lost 5lbs and gained some knowledge. I now feel very equipped to give it another shot in August before my surgery.