Dying Carnations

We have been wanting to do this experiment for a while now and I found carnations for $1 a piece last week at our local Hyvee. First I made a stand to keep the cats from nocking them over, we have 3 onry kitties 🙂 Next we found long and tall glass containers that we have used in previous experiments. Filled them half way with water and added food coloring. Finally we cut the stems of the carnations at an angle and placed them in the colored water.



After about 15-20 mins the red started to show.
This was 4 hours into the experiment.
12 hours into the experiment.
Our 3 onry kitties. Thankfully they left the flowers alone long enough to complete the experiment 🙂

Homeschool Log ( Freebie )

I have been trying to find the perfect log for our home-school hours and have yet to find one that meets all our needs. So I have sat down and looked at all the ones I thought would work and came up with a super simple way for me to log hours and I hope it can help you too!

Hour Log

Please click on the link to start downloading the 2 page log, I print them front/back so I have 1 page.

Please note we do a 4 day school week so we can have Fun Fridays!

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What is Melaleuca all about?

You Tube  has wonderful videos about the company Melaleuca, some others are claiming the company is a scam and fraudulent. I would like to share my personal experience with this company.

When I found Melaleuca I was looking for a company that I could make money with from home that had affordable products, environmentally friendly, and did not require me to keep products on hand or do parties to sell them. That is what I found in Melaleuca and I have fallen in love with the products. I have been a member since September 2010 and I will never go back to using store bought and chemical laden products in my home. I have not made money with the company and that is okay because for myself and my family the products are enough. I have reviewed a few products here and here. My very first order with Melaleuca was the home conversion kit and I reviewed it here.

You can replace each product you use in your home with Melaleuca products for about the same price and you pay in stores. The products are concentrated ( meaning one bottle has 3-6 refills in it )  and environmentally friendly.  They carry products in Nutrition, Medicine Cabinet, Beauty, Household, Bath & Body, Essential Oils, Kids, Animals and Extra savings where you can buy in bulk and save even more!

Melaleuca’s Goals

If you are interested in becoming a preferred member I would be more that happy to help you get signed up! Just comment below and I will contact you.

Look for future posts on reviews of more products that we love from Melaleuca! Until then please join my mailing list and be entered to win an essential oil necklace diffuser here.

Weigh in 8/8/2017

Hi all it has been a while since I posted 🙂 I will explain that all in another post but I just wanted to check-in and share my latest weight loss and a super easy coconut cookie recipe that we LOVE!

So I am finally losing again after almost 9 weeks of being stalled after my surgery back in May, post to come about all that. Don’t ever give up when you are in a stall, just keep going!

Now on to the cookies 🙂 My son and I were looking for an alternative “sweet” to take when we were invited to birthday parties and for when we have a sweet tooth.

Coconut Flour Cookies, I found these on lowcarbyum, she is great and has wonderful recipes 🙂


These were so good! They reminded me of my sugar cookie recipe that I use at christmas time, this year I will use this recipe to replace that one. I am going to experiment with it though to make it a cut-out cookie recipe, I will post when I get it right! These cookies are very good just out of the oven but a little crumbly. I suggest placing them in the fridge for a while before eating so they firm up a bit.

Well that is all for now. We have started out 2017-18 homeschool year so once I get Little Man going I will have new posts up. Until then please share my blog and help me build my following. Time for a give away!!


Monday weigh in 4/24/2017

How is everyone? Been a couple of weeks since my last update.  We are doing great and still loving the Keto lifestyle 🙂 My son is down 11 pounds and I am down 25!

In 100 days I have lost a little over 25 pounds! I am so excited about that and I am still in amazement that this has worked for me and continues to work. Never in my life have I found a diet that is so easy to follow and stick to! For my next 100 day goal I am looking to lose 20 more pounds and workout at least 3 days a week. My son and I are almost done with our school year and then we can start going on bike rides, hikes and dog walks on the mornings that are nice.  I am hoping to tone up and get my son into a healthier habit frame of mind.  I would like to break the cycle of bad habits and health in my family.

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Monday weigh in 4/10/2017

Hello all and how is everyone doing? I just enjoyed the best weekend yet this year. Perfect weather and got a lot of yard work accomplished. We planted 3 new trees; one peach, one apple and one japanese maple. The maple is my absolute favorite tree! Our local Sutherlands had a 50% off trees and shrubs sale this weekend and I took full advantage.  After yard work saturday I was so sore and had so much nerve pain but it has subsided. I gained almost 4 pounds in inflammation and water retention saturday into sunday but by this evening it is gone.

Now I want to share a recipe I came up with today:

2 mushroom caps with a pat of butter

We had some leftover turkey from this weekend so I added it on top of the butter and put garlic salt on.

Brussel sprouts

Shredded cheese

A slice of provolone cheese and then cooked for 15-20 mins at 350

These were so yummy!

Alright on to my weigh in:

I finally hit the 20 pound mark! I am so excited about this 🙂 Tomorrow I get to go get a new hair cut. Keto on my friends!


Monday weigh in 4/3/2017

Hello friends and family! How is everyone doing?  I found free little cookbook I want to share with you, Lowcarbyum.com. I also made soul bread from her site and OMG it was so good!

Just look at that sandwhich! It was SO good to finally find a “bread” that works for us 🙂

Each slice is just about 1 carb each. The next time I make it I will slice them thinner because they are dense and very filling. Perfect for toasting and  putting a big slice of butter on top. Soul Bread is my new favorite 🙂


Now onto my weigh in:

I am down almost another 2 lbs 🙂 I am well on my way to meeting my first goal of 25 lbs in 100 days with about 25 days left. I am slow to lose but I am still losing and feeling great! I started my son on his keto journey last week and he is down 2lbs and I am so proud of him. Keto on friends and family!

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Melalueca’s Sol-U-Guard

This is the product to use after a sickness has gone through the family and household! I use it weekly when I clean the bathroom 🙂  It is a combination or thyme oil and citric acid as the active ingredients in a botanical formula.  It kills over 99.9% of common household germs without the chemical smell of bleach.  Each 16 ounce bottle makes 2 full spray bottles for around $10.

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Monday weigh in 3/27/2017

Hello all, hope everyone is doing great! I want to share with you one of my favorite kitchen appliances, Instant Pot. I have had one for a few years and use it everyday.

Amazon has this one for $80 right now and that is a great deal. I cooked a half breast of turkey this weekend and it came out so moist and flavorful. Yum! I mean it cooks the best turkey and chicken breast you have ever tasted in about 30 minutes! Now compare that time to the regular time in the oven and work of basting and checking and basting and checking tempature…exhausting!

Now onto my weigh in:

I am down another 2 pounds! Making a total of 17.2 pounds down since Jan 17, 2017. I know it is not as much or as fast as others but I am still losing and I am happy with that.

How are you doing? Share your story if you like.

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Melaleuca’s Tough and Tender

Hi all I want to share with you some individual products that you could get in the home conversion kit that I introduced you to here in this post.

Tough and Tender is Melaleuca’s answer to 409 only it doesn’t have all the caustic chemicals and it is CHEAPER.  This quick, effective, 12x super-concentrated all-purpose cleaner cleans up everyday dirt and grime anywhere-counters, tables, appliances, even natural stone-using no caustic chemicals.  12x super concentrated means that you buy one bottle with the cleaner in it and a spray bottle to mix the cleaner. You get 12 full sized spray bottles for around $6. Can you buy 12 bottles of 409 for that? 

This is the cleaner that I use the most and on just about every surface in my home. I have 1 child, 2 dogs and 3 cats that I do not want to expose to harmful chemicals so I absolutely love that I can keep them safe and my home surfaces clean.

I love this company and it’s products and I would love to share more info on them so feel free to contact me via comment and be sure to join my blog for more posts on the products.