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3/2/15

15 Minute Pizza Dough // A Family Recipe

My mom and dad tell the story that from their first year of marriage, they ordered in a lot of pizza as my mom was still learning how to cook.  One Valentines Day, a pizza restaurant advertised a special heart-shaped pizza and my mom was convinced they needed to order one.  Turns out it was an over-priced round pizza with a little triangle cut from the top.  My dad -- being the cool person that he is -- thought he could do better, so he clipped a recipe for 15 Minute Pizza Dough from the newspaper and that was the beginning of their Friday Night Pizza tradition.

Now 29 years and 7 kids later, we are all still using this pizza dough recipe and I can't help but smile at the thought of my newlywed parents and dad's superior heart-shaped pizza.  And because I love you guys, I'm going to share this special family recipe!
15 Minute Pizza Dough
// makes 1 large pizza // 

2 T yeast
2 t sugar
1 1/2 c warm water
2 t olive oil
1/2 t salt
2 c flour

Preheat oven to 450* and place pizza stone inside to get warm.  Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together and cover for 5 minutes.  Stir in oil, salt and 1 cup of flour.  Mix and knead in remaining flour.  Cover and rest for 5 minutes.  Remove pizza stone from the oven and carefully grease with butter or more olive oil.  Roll out pizza dough and carefully press into hot stone.  Dock the dough and top with desired pizza toppings.

Our favorite are fresh mushrooms, sliced onions, spinach, black olives and cheese.  Bake for 15 minutes or until the underside of the crust is slightly brown.

3/1/15

These Busy Happy Sundays

I remember when Emmett was first born, we would head off to church and inevitably just as the sermon was getting ready to start, his internal feeding alarm would go off.  I remember so many times in those early months, sitting on the couch in the women's bathroom trying to catch what the pastor was saying in between explosive spitting up and tiny messy pants.  And as much as I adored this tiny new person, I remember feeling so frustrated.  Why even bother packing up for church when all I do is sit in the bathroom for half the service?!
But then I blinked and suddenly my almost two year old in one arm, can't wait to play with his friends in nursery and eat his little goldfish snacks.  In the other arm is my sweet second son, who again always finds Sunday morning sermon time to be a great time for a snack.

This time around, I feel the wonderful absence of these emotions.  Rather my heart is full of this quiet gratitude and the realization that these days of tiny, helplessness truly fly by so fast.  It bothers me so much less this second time around because I realize that peaceful Sunday morning services will always be there for me to enjoy.  But these days?! These days of nursing cuddles and little cooing talks won't be.  I'll blink a few more times and my sweet little sons will be tall, handsome men heading off to conquer the world.  They'll be choosing their girls and we'll be dancing those mama son dances and I'll happily remember every Sunday morning that I missed the sermons.

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2/27/15

10 Simple Ways To Use Lavender Oil // An Essential Oil Series

Our essential oil journey started all thanks to a sweet sister-friend that insisted we try lavender oil right after Gideon was born.  So naturally this one will always be a bit of a first love!! Then it lead me to this post collaboration with Ashley from Evening Grace Essentials and the rest is history.  I love how lavender oil covers almost every aspect of childhood from allergies to skin issues and earaches to cuts.  After Thieves, I would definitely recommend adding Lavender to your natural medicine cabinet!


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1// Burns: Apply 1-2 drops to relieve the sting of minor burns

2// Baby Eczema: Mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil like coconut and apply to your baby's dry skin.

3// Neck Pain: I had gotten kinks in my neck for a variety of reasons and have felt a release of tension after rubbing a few drops of lavender into the tight spot.

4// Cleaning Solution:  If you every use vinegar and water as a natural cleaner for your home, mix in several drops of lavender oil to soften the smell.

5// Monthly Cramps: Using coconut oil and several drops of lavender, massage around your belly to relieve period cramps.

6// Ear Pain: Rub 1-2 drops around the outside of the ear, along the jawline and down the throat to relieve ear pain. This is great for teething babies! Remember to never put oil inside the ear.

7// Refreshing Drink: Add one drop of lavender to lemonade for a refreshing drink or for a soothing tea, use warm water, honey and lavender.

8// Soothing Sleep: Rub 1-2 drops on the back of the neck, temples or feet before bed to induce soothing sleep.  Diffusing lavender before bedtime is also a great way to calm children and adults before sleep.

9// Longer Eye Lashes: Add a few drops to a new tube of mascara and enjoy longer lashes

10// Soothing Lavender Pillow Mist: 
5-6 drops of lavender oil
1/4 teaspoon epsom salts
distilled water
glass spray bottle //affiliate link included //

Mix oil and salt in the bottle and add distilled water. Shake thoroughly and use to mist your pillow each night before sleeping for soothing rest.
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Are you wanting to try out these 10 simple ways to use Lavender essential oil but you don't have a bottle of your own?! If you want to purchase this individual oil or the entire Premium Starter Kit referenced in this series, be sure to check out my Essential Oils page where I have step by step instructions for ordering here.

If you already use essential oils, do you have a favorite way to use Lavender?!


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***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "

2/26/15

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Just a few of my favorite Instagrams lately.  You can also check out this new account I set up where I share daily tips from our journey with essential oils.  It's a party over there!! xo
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