The most amazing holiday cookies

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Every year I do a LOT of baking for the holidays.  It’s just what I do.  Don’t judge.

Every year I also like to find a new recipe to add to my repertoire of holiday goodies.

This morning we woke up to crazy winds, snow, rain, all that good stuff.  My fire is burning hot, I might have Christmas tunes playing on the pandora station, and guess what?  I want to bake!

 

So I have an awesome cookie cookbook that I have had since I was 16.  My mom gave it to my for my birthday.  I don’t even really want to talk about the fact that that was 20 years ago.  It feels like yesterday.

So, there’s some recipes in this cookbook that are GOLD.  SUPER GOLD.  like amazing. cookies.  The sugar cookies.  The chocolate chip cookies, the oatmeal cookies.  OH MY WORD.  I have been using these recipes for 20 years!

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So, today I dug out the good old trusted double chocolate chip cookie recipe and I decided to give it some holiday jazz with orange EO!

Here’s the ingredients You will need:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or coconut oil (sidenote:  I grew up on crisco.  I am soooo picky about the look and texture of my cookie.  There is something about crisco that makes cookies crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  As an adult, we don’t buy crisco and this combination of oil and butter gives me the same results.  SO PERFECT)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla (the REAL THING)
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt (DO NOT OMIT)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 5 drops Young Living Orange EO
  • 1/4 tsp dried orange peel (optional)

Directions:

ok.  When I am making cookies I don’t do the whole separate things into different bowls.  That just doesn’t work for me.  Here is what I do

  • Put all the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix them altogether
  • Add the small dry ingredients.  By that I mean the baking soda, salt, etc.
  • Add the flour and mix it all up.

That is what I do and it works for me!

Then add your orange oil and chocolate chips.

 

Enjoy!!!  When you are done making them let me know how you liked them!!

 

 

DIY Holiday Gifts!

If you know me at all you know I LOVE making homemade Christmas gifts.  Even before I came an awesome oil lady, I loved to make things from scratch.  I’ve made pretty wreaths, tons of different ornaments, framed art, actually here is my pinterest board with a bunch of my creations.  

I’m not an artist at all.  My projects are VERY DIY.  . VERY .  But, it’s something I enjoy doing and extremely fun for me.

So when I did became a #crazyoillady, incorporating my oils into making gifts for friends was just super natural!

This Christmas season I am putting together an online class that is going to be called, “Home for the Holidays.  A Make and Take Event!”  We will have over ten video tutorials to post show-casing super easy and fun gifts you can give and make using essential oils!

One of my favorite things to make are bath bombs!  I just love how easy they are, and if you’ve ever priced them at the stores, they are SO EXPENSIVE.

So my daughter and I sat down on Sunday and made a video!

Seriously, people, be nice.  🙂  I think this is video number 3 for me, and my daughter is still learning the art of videography 🙂

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 2 tbsp epsom salts
  • coloring
  • your choice of essential oils (here’s where I get mine!)
  • 4 squirts of witch hazel ( seriously, this is key.  If you get your bath bombs too liquidy they do NOT work!)

Have fun and Enjoy!!!!

New Chapters, New Beginnings

It’s so funny when you look back on your life and think about different stages you went through, challenges, or changes.

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I remember 10 years ago when my sweet Hayden was born; and then 18 months later her little brother Elliott joined us.

I wanted nothing more than to stay at home forever.  I LOVED being a homemaker:  canning, gardening, bargain hunting, cleaning, all of it.  I loved it.

Flash forward 5 years when the market went crazy and construction jobs were completely unstable.  Jim went back to school, and I went back to work.  The first year maybe two, were hell.  They were horrible.  I cannot say anything positive about it.  Ok, yes, the positives:

  • I learned that I am a very strong person
  • My husband earned his degree and was able to get out of construction

And while, yes, it was a very hard time, after those first two years, I actually became really good at being a “Working Mom.”  I am really the kind of person who does whatever I do to the best of my ability, so working just became something else that I became good at.

I actually, became a much more intentional mom.

  •  I became incredibly organized, and structured:  meal planning, monthly grocery shopping, chore charts, all that good stuff.
  • I FORCED myself to become a morning person, waking up almost every day at 4 am to have time alone.  
  • I learned to LOVE running so that I could have something that I did for myself since I knew I needed to exercise.  (all my favorite things I used to love like gardening and canning, well those became chores.  not fun.)
  • I read to the kids every night.  It became our quality time together and we all loved it.

And then, last year, we decided our family was missing a little member!  I always had wanted a bigger family, but financial circumstances, the inability to trust God, unfaithfulness, all of those human problems, got in the way!

So this April our little Jack came into the world, and I have the privilege and joy of working from home!  

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It’s really all I ever wanted, I get to help people throughout the day, nurse my baby, rock him when he cries, and of course change diapers, wipe up spit up, all of the glamour!

Transitioning from working mommy to work-at-home mommy has not been just a super easy piece of cake though!  I worked away from home for 5 years!  I was good at it!  Now I have to figure this whole new change out!

  • I have to figure out when I am supposed to have time for me.
  • I have to figure out when I am supposed to have work hours.
  • I have to  figure out a cleaning list
  • I have to remember to brush my teeth
  • I have to remember to put on a bra in case people come to the door
  • I really need to make sure I still meal plan.

How do you all do it?  What are the things you do to make working from home a little easier?  I know I’ll get this figured out, but your tips are much appreciated!

 

Love me some Low-Carb Cocoa!!!

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This time of year (You know, the holiday season!) I am a SUCKER for Hot Beverages!!  Seriously, bring on the tea, the coffee, and oh, the amazing COCOA!  But, you really don’t lose 50 pounds by drinking a bunch of chocolatey deliciousness!

To curb my sweet tooth, I decided to whip up a cup of low carb chocolate sweet goodness!

First I did a little googling to find a recipe to start with.  I chose this awesome recipe.  Then I changed it a little to make it with the ingredients I had.

Here is what I used:

3/4 cup water
3/4 cup 1/2 and 1/2
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, gluten-free
1 tbsp granulated erythritol
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 drop cinnamon EO (this is THE ONLY brand I would ingest)
Dollop whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon for garnish.

Here is how I made it:

Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and stir on low until it’s nice and warm and amazing.  You can divide the mixture into 2 mugs…but…I didn’t.

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While we’re talking about the holiday season,  I thought I would mention something I am doing this year!

I am wrapping up some awesome EO bottles with some of my own DIY concoctions!

Seriously, a bottle of Orange EO with a yummy bath salt and relaxing linen spray!? What a fun gift, thoughtful and SUPER useful!

Here are some bottles that are under $20!

 If you need help ordering I am your gal!  xoxoxo

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Fit Friday!

If you are here and reading this.  I seriously love you so much.

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I have been the ultimate lamest blogger ever lately.  I blame it on the baby and I am standing very confidant in that excuse.

So, I thought to myself, I really need to focus on my “Fit Friday” theme that I dreamt of starting.  Yah, you know, when I talked about it Here.   You know, in September!

So, today’s Fit Friday inspiration is brought to you by “Working Out At Home.”  As a mom, with babies around you, and cleaning distractions, and cookies in the cupboard, it’s all just a bunch of boo.

So here’s some tips that help me to work out at home, and to make good choices at home.

  1.  Have lots of different videos.  I cannot do the same thing over and over.  I have to mix it up.  Some of my favorites are Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30, No More Trouble Zones,  and Jackie Warner’s 30 day Fast Start
  2. Dust off the treadmill.  I feel thankful to have a treadmill, and if you don’t have one, look on craigslist, or facebook selling groups, they pop up pretty often.  The treadmill is not my favorite, but, in these dark winter months, It’s a must for me.  I do recommend walking on the treadmill to Pitch Perfect.  🙂  I run during the songs.  It helps me and I am not ashamed to announce that.
  3. Don’t make excuses.  If you can’t work out in the morning, make time during nap time, or, even at night after everyone is tucked in!  The videos I do are only 20-30 minutes!!!  You can do it!
  4. Make a vision board!  Go to the $1 store.  Get yourself a poster board.  Print off fitness inspiration, and pictures of what you would like to achieve when it comes to your workout goals.  Put that board right up where you can see it everyday!!  Look at it when you are feeling like not working out.  Think to yourself, “I am fit, strong, and making a change in my life!”
  5. Get the Oola Fitness oil, and bracelet!!  I LOVE the oola oils so much, they are all about balance in your life.  I recently ordered the bracelets so that I would have the mantras that go with the oils, and they are a GAME CHANGER.  They really help me to use the oils purposefully.  So, put the Fit oil in your diffuser, and say to yourself, “I am fit, healthy, disciplined and strong!”  Say it over and over, and you will start to believe that about yourself!!!  (If you need help getting that oil I’m your lady!

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6.  Make yourself healthy alternatives to things you love!  I seriously, love creating healthy substitutes for pizza night.  I think that they key to getting through the weekend is to have lots of fun options available!  Make yourself what you need.  Everyone is different so I don’t necessarily want to tell you what I do, but, check pinterest out for healthy treats!  Here’s my board if you want some ideas!

7.  Find a friend to hold you accountable.  On days when I REALLY REALLY REALLY don’t want to work out I will post on facebook!  I will tell the world that I hate working out and I don’t want to do it but I need to!  So then, I feel like I have to do it!  Or I have 2 friends in my life that I can really count on to help me stay on track.  I appreciate them soo much!!! Do you have someone like that in your life?

8.  Recently I was having a hard time with afternoon munchies.  It’s been really hard for me to transition from working mom to work-at-home mom.  I was very disciplined when I went to work because I had to pack my lunch, and I could only eat what I packed.  So I had a friend advise me to make tea and have lots of veggies in the fridge, and it works!!  I LOVE having my tea in the afternoon now, I really look forward to it!

9.  Don’t make excuses.  Don’t go into the weekend and sabotage everything you’ve worked hard for.  Don’t have a big huge cheat day every single Friday or Saturday.  I just can’t support that at all.  If you do, then just pick right up, brush yourself off and keep going.  Don’t decide to start again on Monday!  🙂

10.  Give yourself a big hug and some self love!  You’re doing great!  You’re in this for the long haul!  Getting mad at yourself and being down on yourself WILL NOT help you in anyway.  I’m proud of you!!  You be proud of you, too!!! (oh my word, I am so cheesy.)