Building Memories


A Story of Charlottes First pictures!

 Searching the house for the perfect things to build the fort..


Kitchen chairs..step stool..lamp..


She was so excited!


Yes, a lamp..we needed some height to hold up one end of the sheet



Finally we have it figured it out!

We set up the fort and a memory comes back into my mind and heart..

The big red tent that Aunt Barb had set up for John, Tiffany and I.


It was something so simple but so unforgettable!

Charlotte has quite the set up in her fort..she has her big red wagon full of books


Fort flag


all of her DVDs


her favorite dolls


easel for drawing


her garden


(really just a lei but she had to have a garden in her tent)

her their nest of course


her portable DVD player


firefly jar


starry night


one of her Grandma Alice bells for decoration






and an art gallery OF COURSE!

She is an artist!


She spends most of her day in there in fact if she had a mini fridge I don’t think we’d ever see her!


If you want to build some fun memories with your kids this summer build a fort!



Meatloaf for Dad

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I’m a carnivore, through and through!  In my home I’m surely outnumbered when it comes to meatloaf lovers. I LOVE meatloaf and well my daughter doesn’t. She never has!  My granddaughter would eat it BUT she would prefer a “plain” meatloaf. I don’t want a plain meatloaf, I want to add bell peppers, onion, garlic… I want it to taste good!
I recently had a conversation with my dad and he was telling me about what proteins that he eats on his diet, he’s following the blood type diet and only eats turkey and chicken…sad…
He then started saying how much he loves MEATLOAF and would “stray” from his diet to eat a piece of meatloaf. DONE! Another meatloaf eater, I didn’t need any more encouragement. I was making a meatloaf and I finally had someone to share it with… meatloaf for dad!
2lbs ground beef (I used angus)
2 eggs
2 T tomato paste
3 T milk (I used almond milk)
1 large red bell pepper (diced)
1 large shallot (diced)
1 1/2 t salt
3/4 t black pepper
1 t garlic powder
Add all your ingredients to a large bowl, with the exception of the bell pepper and shallot.
I add my red pepper and shallot to a bowl with a little salt and EVOO and microwave for a few minutes. I just like the meatloaf when the veggies are pre-cooked a little bit. You don’t have to do this you can add the veggies in raw.
If you are pre-cooking the veggies just let them cool a little before adding them to the remaining ingredients for your meatloaf.
I don’t use a loaf pan, after my ingredients are mixed up I just form my meatloaf on a foil lined cookie sheet.
I baked mine at 400 degrees for an hour. Everyone’s ovens are different, you want the temperature of the meatloaf to be 165 degrees.
This meatloaf is tasty and my daughter actually liked it!  Feel free to make it your own by adding more or different spices. Here’s a little tip when making meatloaves or burgers. Once you have your ingredients all put together, cook up a small amount of the meat and TASTE it. If you like it put it in the oven, if you don’t adjust the spices!


4th of July Craft for your Paleo Kid

Its no secret that just about every Paleo recipe has 4+ eggs!

Recently we decided that it was a good idea to buy the 2 1/2 dozen eggs..It comes in a case like this..


When I saw it I immediately saw its crafting potential!

This craft is super simple you need one egg carton like this..


                                                                                     I painted the carton like my daughter would know what colors went where

Make sure your Paleo Kid has on something that will cover their clothes!!!!

  I had my PK put on her paint shirt AFTER she painted her shirt.. ugh

Red acrylic paint

Blue acrylic paint

White acrylic paint

3 Paint brushes

A piece of cord/ribbon to hang it

Hole puncher

Something to put the paint on..we used a paint palette but you could use a paper plate

She did a great job it turned out beautiful!

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Paint white dots on the blue part of the flag to represent the stars

Punch two holes and string your cord/ribbon through it, tie a knot at the top and hang!


Enjoy having your PK egg carton flag displayed!

I would love to see how it turned out!


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Have a blessed week!


Health and Wellness Kit

The health and wellness kit is Spark’s most complete kit containing single oils and blends. These specific oils were chosen to help address emotional health as well as physical.  The stresses encountered on a daily basis attack our bodies well-being on two fronts. Emotionally and Physically.
The kit has 10, 5ml oils-
1. Lemon
2. Frankincense
3. Oregano
4. Melaleuca
5. Rosemary
6. Lavender
7. Amend (soothing blend)
8. Respire(respiratory blend)
9. Shield(protective blend)
10. Peppermint
1. Wipe lemon oil down the sides of your nose to STOP it from running. Perfect for colds.
2. Add a couple drops to warm water and honey, soothes a sore throat beautifully.
3. Add it to a water filled spray bottle and use to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
1 .Diffuse to help with asthma and to treat coughs and cold.
2. Add it to a gel cap and take internally to help with immune support.
3. Use topically for aging skin and arthritis.
1. Use topically to alleviate warts.
2. Use topically on gums to fight infections.
3. Use as an antiseptic for cleaning.
1. Add 1-2 drops to water to help fight throat infections. We have used this protocol in our home for treatment of tonsilitis (shot of apple cider vinegar and 2 drops of melaleuca.) The healing power is remarkable.
2. Use topically to help fight toe nail fungus.
3. Diffuse to help fight cold, sinus infections and bronchitis.
4. Dab on cold sores and fever blisters.
1. Diffuse to help with allergies, sore throats, colds and congestion.
2. Add to your mouthwash to help with halitosis.
3. Adding a few drops to your shampoo can stimulate hair cells and re-growth.
1. Add a few drops to your childs stuffed animal to help them sleep.
2. Make your own sanitizing wipes with 6 drops each lemon and lavender and alcohol free witch hazel.
3. Add lavender and melaleuca to stinky shoes to refresh.
1. Use this oil to soothe skin inflammation.
2. Use to soothe eczema, dilute with a carrier oil for young and sensitive skin.
3. Use to soothe sore joints and muscles.
1. Diffuse to help fight the common cold and flu germs.
1. Add shield to alcohol free witch hazel to make your own hand sanitizer.
2. I add 2 drops of shield to a shot of apple cider vinegar ANYTIME I feel that I’m coming down with something. This always works!
3. Diffuse shield when someone in the home is ill to help the sickness stay with one family member.
4. Use it to sanitize surfaces and door handles.
1. Add a few drops to your water to END heartburn. Works every time.
2. Peppermint is a stimulant, inhale from the bottle when fatigued.
3. Diffuse to brighten your mood.
4. Massage into sore muscles for sore muscles.
With the kit you can also make your own all natural anti-histamine. Blend equal amounts of lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a roller bottle. Or add to a gel cap! Works great, we use it all the time.
With the kit you can potentially skip trips to urgent care which will be a great savings. Stop buying OTC pain relievers. Stop buying OTC allergy medicine. Stop buying cold and flu medicine. Stop buying fungal cream for your toes. Stop buying products that soothe sore throats. The list just goes on and on.
Essential oils don’t expire and a little goes a long way.
I personally want to use all natural products and eliminate synthetic products and prescriptions from my home. This kit is a great start.
If you purchase all these oils individually you would spend $108.53, the kit is sold for $82.50
You can purchase the Health and Wellness Kit here:
Please email or leave a comment if you have ANY questions about essential oils.
Have a blessed week!

A Burger For Barb

A burger for Barb is a tribute to my sister. My sister and I were very different, we didn’t have many things in common.  We did have a love for burgers in common…bacon cheeseburgers to be exact.
Something that we loved to do was go out to lunch and there was only one thing we would eat.  Bacon cheeseburgers!  We loved to go to new restaurants and “rate” the burgers and discuss how they could be improved upon.  I cherish my memories of the times that we had together laughing, complaining and eating burgers.
My sister, Barb, passed away seven years ago. She was an amazing person. She wasn’t judgmental, she was generous, had a great laugh, loved Christmas lights, and loved her family.  Probably one of her greatest sadness’s in her life was that she was never able to have children.  She was an amazing aunt though and showered her nieces and nephews with love.  I miss my sister tremendously, she was only 48 years old when she passed away.  She was my best friend…
My Aunt Barb LOVED burgers..
I’ve been researching online for some delicious burgers that I knew she would love..
This French Fry Bourbon Burger looks AMAZING I know she would love it!
This burger looks yummy and has shredded lettuce Aunt Barbs fav!
Cheddar & Bacon stuffed burger? Yes please!
Personally I didn’t eat many burgers with Aunt Barb but I have thousands of other VERY fond memories with her.
I can’t believe that it has been 7 years since she passed away. She was my 2nd mom..I still love her so much, and wish I could share so many things with her.
Especially Charlotte!
I miss you Aunt Barb..You are so special to me!
Check out this burger, Its the worlds largest burger and cost $2,000!
It has 30lbs of bacon and 36lbs of cheese!
Next time you’re in Detroit you can go to Mallie’s and pick one up! I wonder how big the doggy bag is!?
I invite anyone who knew Barb to share a memory of her below in the comments..

Easy and Fun Father’s Day Craft!

This is a great and super easy craft idea for Fathers Day.  Charlotte really enjoyed painting and putting this together for her Papa. 
Here’s the link that gives the instructions for the craft and where you’ll find lots of other cute ideas for Father’s Day! 
We did our project a little different, Charlotte was very happy with how it turned out.
1. I helped Charlotte put together a list of things that she loved about her papa.
2. Charlotte painted an appropriate number of popsicle sticks to accommodate her list, with one extra that says “Papa”.
3. Charlotte isn’t writing yet so I wrote her things that she loves about her papa on each stick. (I messed one up, just flipped it over and started again.)
4. Using a hot glue gun we glued the sticks on top of two colored popsicle sticks.
5. Lastly, we glued a ribbon to her project so he can proudly hang it up!
Don’t forget Dad! Father’s Day is Sunday June 15th!
If you make this with your kiddo I would love to see it!
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Clean and sanitize naturally!

Finding a soap that is GLUTEN FREE can be a pain! When I got my Celiac Disease diagnosis I was shocked to find certain soaps had gluten in them!
Of course I am not consuming the soap, but you can still have a reaction from it just absorbing in through your skin. The hand sanitizer and hand soap are also very nice for kiddos! Since they are natural you don’t have to worry about them putting a million crazy ingredients into their mouths and onto their sensitive skin!
This is the recipe for Natural Hand sanitizer:
Put 20 drops of Spark Naturals Shield Blend in a 1 ounce spray bottle
Top off the spray bottle with alcohol free witch hazel  (we use Thayers alcohol free rose petal witch hazel)
Shake gently
The links for Spark Naturals Shield Blend, Thayers Lavendar Witch Hazel, and a 2oz. spray bottle are below:
This is the recipe for the Natural Foaming Hand Wash:
Natural Foaming Hand Wash
Fill your soap container about 1/5th full with Pure-Castile soap (we used lavender but any scent or unscented would work)
Add 20 drops of Spark Naturals Shield Blend
Fill remainder of bottle with filtered water
The links for Dr. Bronners castile soap, Spark Naturals Shield Blend, and an 18oz. table top foam pump are below:
If you make one or both of these please let us know how you like it!
Here’s to a cleaner summer!
Have a great day!
(*remember you can always save 10% with coupon code: jeanne)

Essential Oils in Cooking

I love cooking with fresh herbs! There’s only one problem, I don’t have a green thumb at all. I know because I’ve buried more plants than I’ve grown. I’ve tried inside herb gardens and have had some success, okay little success. Seems those inside gardens bring gnats faster than they produce herbs. And where I know that I can get rid of the gnats with essential oils why not just crack open a beautiful bottle of Spark Naturals essential oils. No need to kill another rosemary plant!
I love using essential oils in cooking and baking because of the savings. One package of fresh herbs are around $3 and a container of dried herbs can cost anywhere from $3-$12.  AND they expire! Fresh herbs…don’t stay fresh and dried herbs loose there flavor. Pure essential oils don’t go bad. What a wonderful investment for your spice rack!!
BASIL ($6.30)
Can be used in Italian recipes or anywhere basil is part of the recipe. We use it in our homemade meatball and spaghetti sauce recipe. It’s also delicious added to water, gives water a sweet licorice flavor.
CILANTRO ($8.66)
Can be used anywhere cilantro is part of the recipe. Try it in salsa and guacamole.
GINGER ($9.14)
Can be used anywhere ginger is called for in a recipe. I also like to add a few drop to a quart of water when experiencing stomach distress.
Add it to your water and  use it to infuse ice cubes. Add to citrus smoothies. It’s very rich in antioxidants with a very high vitamin C content.
LEMON ($5.99)
Love lemon in everything! Add it to your water, use it to infuse ice cubes. Delicious in smoothies and baked goods. 
LIME ($5.99)
Add it to your water, and use it to infuse ice cubes. Make homemade limeade! It would be delicious in a basic cake with strawberries. Definitely add it to salsa and guacamole.
OREGANO ($7.56)
Substitute wherever fresh or dried oregano is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO”s
Substitute wherever peppermint extract is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO’s. Delicious in baked goods, homemade chocolate, cocoa and one drop in your java will give you an extra pick me up!
ROSEMARY ($6.99)
Substitute wherever fresh or dried rosemary is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO’s.
Add it to your water, and use it to infuse ice cubes. Delicious in smoothies!!
THYME ($8.66)
Substitute wherever fresh or dried thyme is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO’s.
Add it to your water and use it to infuse your ice cubes. It’s delicious in muffins, pancakes, breakfast cakes, etc.
Delicious in smoothies!!