“Boo” Drop Diffuser Tutorial!

Hello there!

So, I woke up this morning to a message from my sweet friend Andi telling me that I was famous. I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, grabbed my phone and saw this!

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Young Living, my beloved Essential Oil company, had re-blogged my Halloween decorated diffuser! So awesome!

I had quite a few people ask HOW I did it, so I want to share with you all, since it was the easiest thing ever. Literally took me about three minutes. Busy Mom crafts FTW!

Here’s the scoop:

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What you’ll need:

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The only two specialty items are the Dew Drop Diffuser and the black masking tape!

  1. Dew Drop Diffusers can be purchased in your Virtual Office if you’re already a Member, or if you’re not signed up, you can snag one in a Premium Starter Kit HERE with me!
  2. 1″ Black Masking tape can be found HERE on Amazon.

Directions:

  1. Cut fun pumpkin-face shapes out of tape.
  2. Stick on Dew Drop Cover.
  3. That’s it! It’s super easy and kiddos can help, too!
  4. The tape peels off really easily when Halloween is over. BAM. Winning at LIFE!

Fun Ideas:

  • Do two faces, one on the front side and one on the back side for variety!
  • You could get silly and make a FRANKenstein (see what I did there? Heh!) face with a scar and bolts.
  • Make a ghostie!
  • Earn ultimate Badass points and make the Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas!

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Hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo,
Steph

Super Easy, Super Tasty, Super Quick DIY Croutons

Salad LIIIIIIIFFFEEEE, right?

Make your bunny food (that’s what the boys call it) a little more exciting with these super easy, super thrifty, Vitality oil infused croutons.

I’ll cut to the chase since I hate it when food bloggers give me a five paragraph song-and-dance about how their kid tripped at school and their dog farted and how the recipe was inspired by the way the sunlight hit their vintage counter tops and so on. Literally, I need no food foreplay. I’m already warmed up and ready to go. Show me how to make the damn food so I can eat. LET ME EAAAATTTT.  Feed me, please.


You’ll need:

  • 4-5 slices of stale bread. (Whatever kind you have works, as long as it isn’t something freaky like cinnamon raisin)
  • Vitality oil of your choice (See notes for ideas)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut bread into 1/2-1″ cubes.
  2. Spread cubes on a cookie sheet and let them dry out for a few hours. (I forgot about mine and they stayed out over-night and we’re fine. You do you.)
  3. When ready, pre-heat over to 350*.
  4. In a measuring cup, add the 1/2 cup olive oil and Vitality oils of choice (I did about 4 drops total in my first batch.)
  5. Drizzle oil over cubed bread, stirring to coat.
  6. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and a few grind of black pepper over the bread cubes, toss again and try a few to check for saltiness. I like my croutons salty AF, so I did a couple of pinches.
  7. Put baking sheet in over for 5-12 minutes, depending on how toasted and crunchy you like your croutons.
  8. Remove from oven and let them cool for a bit and eat that salad, foo. (Bunny foo foo)
  9. Once completely cool, put into a large ziptop bag to store. They lasted for about a week over here!

NOTES //

  • I chose to use one drop of each Basil Vitality, Thyme Vitality, Rosemary Vitality and Oregano Vitality. You can mix it up with whatever Vitality oil(s) sound good or go with your meal.
  • You can add garlic &/or onion powder to the olive oil to add an (easy) extra layer of flavor.
  • You can experiment with the fat used in this recipe! Try melted butter or coconut oil or even bacon grease for a fun flavor swap!
  • You can also experiment with the type of bread used for different flavors! Try wheat, white, sourdough, french, rye..
  • Lessen the salt and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese the last few minutes of baking. (I’m jealous, I can’t eat cheese. Eat all the cheese for me!)
  • For a dairy-free cheesy flavor, sprinkle with some nutritional yeast! (You can get this on Amazon, or at Trader Joes or the like.)Flavor Combos:
  • Lemon Rosemary: 3 drops lemon + 1 drop rosemary
  • Italian: 1 drop Basil + 1 Thyme + 1 Oregano + 1 Rosemary (optional garlic powder)
  • Greek: 1 drop Thyme + 1 Oregano + 1 dill + basil + 1 toothpick swirl Black Pepper (optional onion powder)
  • Pickle: 3 drops Dill + 1 Lemon (optional garlic powder)
  • Spring Flavor: 1 drop Fennel + 2 Lemon + 1 Orange
  • Summer Flavor: 2 drops Lemon + 1 drop basil (optional garlic powder)
  • Fall Flavor: 1 drop Sage + 1 drop Thyme + 1 drop Rosemary (use butter with baby)
  • Winter Flavor: 1 drop Tarragon + 1 Oregano + 1-2 toothpick drops Laurus Nobilis (use a rustic bread!)

Don’t have any Young Living Vitality Oils to cook with? Check out our site, learn about why we choose Young Living for our oils, and join our oily community, The Botanical Collective!
#goodvibeoiltribe #theBoCo #dothedrop

She Is More (a Note to My Boys)

After watching the video below today, it struck me that as a Momma to two boys, one of the most important things that I will ever do in my lifetime is to teach them that women and girls are not put on this Earth for them.

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To my sweet, brilliant, beautiful boys,

A woman owes you nothing, my sons. A female is more than her hemline and the size of her breasts. A woman is MORE than a toy for your pleasure, or a disposable cup for you to drink from and then throw away.

Respect her, appreciate her, humble yourself, my boys. Treat her as you want to be treated and know that she can do anything that you can do, and you better believe that she will. She can also do something that you never will – grow men in her belly to raise and add to the pool of people with opened eyes and respect for women. It’s a circle, my sons. You are a part of a beautiful circle, and the future and world that your daughters and son grow up in depend on me and you and how we treat women today.

You are in charge of you, buddy, and how she is dressed or how drunk she is or what her body looks like has nothing to do with your behavior and how you treat her. How short her shorts are or if her shoulder or bra strap is showing does not concern you. It is not there for you. You are in charge of you, always. You are owed nothing, my sons. She owes you nothing. Ever.

Also, remember that no means no, my boys. Saying ‘Yes’ and then fell asleep does not mean yes. ‘Maybe’ does not mean yes. ‘I guess so’ does not mean yes. Only YES means yes, boys. And even after she says yes, she can still say ‘No,’ and respecting that no is more important that I will ever be able to express to you.

Her body is hers alone and you have no say what she does with it, my boys. Even if you don’t like what she does with her body, or don’t agree her choices, keep it to yourself because it doesn’t concern you unless she asks. And even if she does ask, be kind to her and remember that her body is still hers to do with what chooses no matter what your opinion might be.

As a woman, my boys, I’ve been conditioned to think that it’s okay for an unknown man to tell me to smile or to whistle at me  or wink, or even that it wasn’t a big deal to have been groped by an unknown man on an amusement park ride as a teenager. I don’t know if I’ve told many people about that, my boys, but I felt violated and helpless and taken advantage of, and I was only touched on the top part of my body over my clothed. I can’t imagine what it is like for woman or a girl to be violated in ways more unthinkable than a grope. She owes you nothing, boys. No part of her body belongs to you. You are not entitled to anything. Remember that always.

She is more than her body. #sheismore

I love you both with a heart so full it could burst,

Your Momma (forever and always)

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Springing

Spring is in full swing here in Northern California. Mid 70s and sunshine with a few cloudy, windy days thrown in for good measure. I love it, hardcore. So many people seem to have allergies now and I’m super thankful not to have much more than pressurized ears in the morning sometimes. People smack-talk Spring because of the pollen and itchy eyes, but I’m over here enjoying the outdoors before the real heat comes and I feel like lizard jerky the second I step outside.

With all of the clear skies and warm weather, that brings less sickness and germs going around (germaphobe here) and also dry ground (dirty wheels + carpet = suck), so we’ve been heading to the park a lot more often! Lemme tell you, going to the park with two little kids while in a wheelchair is not the most awesome thing ever. My chair sucks on tanbark and sand, so I pretty much have to stay on the sidelines and hope the boys don’t die falling off the tall-ass rock walls and such. (Please don’t fall off, my babies!)

While we’re still trying to figure out what to do with my robot leg, the boys and I have been visiting the “Granny Park” pretty frequently. The boys deemed it the Granny Park because it’s right down the street from Mom’s house, Granny. The G.P. is designed for people of all abilities. That’s right! A wheelchair friendly park. No tanbark or sandpits to spin these wheels in, baby. BOOM! The actual play structure is partially wheelchair accessible, too. It’s SUPER cool to be able to go up there and chase the boys around. So thankful!

I was able to go up on the structure and snap this picture of my big runt trying to steal the last bite of my little runt’s cake pop. Teddy even let him eat it. That’s true love right there.

Spring is here, folks, and I’m in love!

 

Little Quick Ones (#1)

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I am all about quick and easy when it comes to doing things with my boys. Like, quiiiiccckk, please. Mommy is busy. But then the #MomGuilt kicks in and I tell myself that they’re only little once, so I better get on that. Plus they’re cute, so that helps.

Roman had asked me how colors were made, and while I didn’t get into the whole light and wavelength and spectral colors bit, I decided to whip out the good ol’ Play-Doh and do a little color mixing with him.

We talked about Primary colors and how mixing two of those Primary colors will make a Secondary color. And then we talked about how mixing all three Primary colors will give you chocolatey brown every time. He dug that, since chocolate is life around here.

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What you’ll need:

1 tub yellow Play-Doh
1 tub blue Play-Doh
1 tub red Play-doh
Sheet of paper and a pen
1 eager little kiddo

What to do:

  1. Create your mixing sheet, using the picture above as a guide.
  2. Make 7 marble sized balls with the red Doh.
  3. Make 7 marble sized balls with the blue Doh.
  4. Make 7 marble sized balls with the yellow Doh.
  5. Go over the three Primary colors with your kiddo(s), adding the dough ball for each color as you introduce it.
  6. Have your little one get the dough ball for each of the boxes for you and place on the square as you go along.
  7. Have your L.O. mix the colors for each of the Secondary color boxes and ask them what color was created!
  8. Fill in the color name as you child names it.
  9. Do the same for each of the Secondary colors, as well as the brown at the end.
  10. High-five yourself. Quick art lesson FTW & then let you kiddo free-play with the Play-Doh while you enjoy a drink.

 

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Super cool, right?

I hope you enjoyed
the first Little Quick One!
Keep up the good work, Mommas.
You’re doing a great job!

Xoxo,
Steph

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The adventures of #projectvioletwalks continues!

We’re having a semi-difficult time fitting me, so no leg yet. An appointment for next Friday has been set and hopefully I’ll have something that fits and is wearable, at least for home use.

Slightly anxious about which clothes I’ll wear once I have my leg, since the LIM leg is a little bulky.

Will I need to size up? Ooooooo. Almost shorts season, so… SHOPPING!
Until then, I’ll be rollin’ around if you need me.

(Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ WHAT!)
#YESlimpbizkit #dontjudge #hashtag

 

 

A Leg to Walk On

 

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Getting fitted in San Francisco

Sooooooo… if you’re new to this blog, I have one leg.

Surprise!

I had cancer at age 11 in my bone and the doctors removed my leg to save my life. From ages 11 – 21, I wore a prosthetic leg and walked everywhere. I tried with every fiber in my body to hide this truth of mine, and it wasn’t until a month after my 21st birthday that I was re-diagnosed with the same cancer and wearing a leg became a thing of the past.

Now I’m 31 and a half years old.

I’ve been on and off wearing different legs made by different people over the past ten years. Every once in a while, the stars will align and I will have a leg that fits me well for a while, but over-all, they hurt. Like, wear-sores and pinching and pain on my inner-thigh kind of hurt, all up in that area. Forty-five minutes every morning to get my leg on “right” and comfortably. Trips to the leg doctors for adjustments and re-fitting every month. Pain. Swelling. Abrasions. Tears and lots of frustration. It’s not supposed to be like this, right?

For that past year, I’ve been trying to get into a leg  (more specifically, a LIM Infinite socket). My insurance refuses to cover the LIM limb, as it’s a new socket system and Kaiser doesn’t like new and innovative? I don’t know. (Someone has to be first, right?) We’ve had a really great experience working with the people who own and work for LIM, though. And Stephanie gets what she wants.

After seeing a prosthetists that I was not satisfied with, I  switched prosthetic companies. I wanted someone who was supportive of my desire for a LIM socket and also was really, really good.

Enter Lars. (He’s the dude up in the picture, top right.)

You know when you get a good vibe from someone? When they’ve got good energy and it feels right? That’s Lars. He likes… no, scratch that. He loves what he does. Lars is kind and friendly and doesn’t mind when I bring the boys into the office and they’re loud and little. He has been working with me to get what I want, to help me get into a LIM leg, to help me walk comfortably. I’m currently dealing with some tricky pain issues and we’re having to troubleshoot and tinker to find a solution that will work with me and my little leg.

I’m hoping that this will be my answer.

 

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I’m hoping soon that I will, again, have two legs to walk on.
Send me some luck!