Hidden Treasures

Life is busy these days.  Just keeping to the basics has been a challenge.  The baby had yet another cold this past week (or maybe she was teething?) and there were many sleep-less nights.  Through a difficult grouchy week, I still managed to smile plenty along the way and be thankful for my many treasures hidden along the way:

  • The mini Bakugon hidden in a little pair of muddy blue jeans.
  • And then the itty bitty Playmobil puppy dog remaining behind in the washer. (Yes, he is still so small!)
  • Winning the Seasons of Joy Spring e-book!  What a great and wonderful resource!!
  • A small, lone daffodil in the midst of where the children and dog stomp and play (it was picked by a little 3yo shortly after it’s discovery.)
  • Breakfast in bed!
  • Day out with Daddy – oh how I missed them!
  • Whistling – Jackson just learned how!
  • A chipmunk!  Nova didn’t get them all!
  • Painted little toenails.
  • A bookshelf at Goodwill’s 50% off day.
  • Knitting a doll sweater in less than a week.
  • Coffee, even if it is decaf!
  • Dancing the baby to sleep in the dark kitchen (because it’s the only place where I won’t step on a toy.)
  • Hanging sweet little baby clothes to dry on the clothesline.
  • Hulu.
  • Calvin and Hobbes comic book also found at Goodwill by a very excited little guy.
  • Finding the missing pink sock while they still fit her!
  • An unexpected visit from a friend.
  • Composte that we didn’t think was working all winter, but was.

What have your hidden treasures been this week?

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Homemade Vapor Rub

With all the colds going on around here over the past month or two, I was inspired to do a little something about it.  We tried to rest and drink plenty of water and hot tea, but there wasn’t much relief at night with the congestion. That’s when I stumbled on this recipe for a vapor rub for kids on Simple Organics.  I modified it a bit and LOVED the results!

Here’s the recipe with my modifications:

1 oz coconut oil

1 oz olive oil

6 drops tea tree essential oil

4 drops eucalyptus essential oil

4 drops lavender essential oil

Warm the coconut oil until liquid.  Combine all ingredients.  Let sit until solidified at room temperature or in the fridge.

It was wonderful to use on the baby, big kids, and even myself.  It did seem to help us all get a little more sleep at night!