Sunday, September 21, 2014

Essential Oils--Use them!

So last year I started reading about Essential Oils on the Anderson Crew blog.  I was intrigued by all the things she said, but also wanted to know myself.  I wanted to talk face to face with someone.  So until then I kept reading about how wonderful they are.

Then this summer I overheard in the office that one of my teachers was having an Essential Oil Class and I wasn't invited.  I cornered her in her classroom and asked her if I could come.  She seemed shocked.  She told me she didn't really know if it would be worth it but a friend of hers sells them and she was just trying to be nice...etc.  I told her to stop trying to talk me out of it and tell me when it was.

So I went to the class and I was hooked!  She sells DoTerra Esstial Oils.  I signed up right there to be a Wellness Advocate and ordered my Family Physician and Slim & Sassy kit.  I couldn't wait for it to arrive!

While I waited, I  pinned a few things. Follow Sarah's board Essential Oils on Pinterest.  

When they finally got here the first thing I did was made Ryan an allergy bomb and put it on his toes that night!  When allergies are in full swing he's poppin' Claritin, Zantac, or whatever allergy meds he can get over the counter.  Unfortunately each season they seem to be less effective.  So I started rubbing the allergy bomb on his toes.  And it worked!  Every night I mixed my lemon, peppermint, and lavender in my hands, he would smell it and then get a foot massage, primarily on his toes.

You can see that our sinuses, nose, and throat have reflexology points on our toes, which is why I rubbed it there.

I also made some anti-itch spray that I tried on Ryan.  He wasn't convinced it would work, but after a few minutes I asked him if his bites still itched and he replied, "Oh, I guess not" with a smirk on his face telling me that his doubt in the great essential oils was fading. 

Since I got my first order in June, I've ordered a few more times. :)  I'm sold!  They are FABULOUS!  
You can check them out on my website, www.mydoterra.com/sarahglover

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Pinterest Made Me Do It!

Pinterest might be the worst/best thing since Facebook.  I graduated college in May 2004.  I don't remember when I joined Facebook or how it came about, but I remember that Hannie made me do it. :)

Then, in 2011, Hannie came to CO to run the Bolder Boulder with me.  She introduced me to this new thing...Pinterest.  She showed me hers and told me it was by invite only, but she'd invite me.  At first, I played on it here and there...then it started to take over!  Here's a little screenshot of my pinterest page, and some of my boards were cut off, after I reduced the size of the page!

That's a lot of boards.  I have baby boards, both for a boy and a girl and a general baby board.  I have crafting boards--Christmas, Fall, and general.  I have school boards--Teaching math, grammar, writing, civil war, art, Back to School, and School.  Then I have cooking boards, recipes to try, sweet recipes, crock pot recipes.  I have dream boards--next vacation, next house, beautiful backyards, gifts I'd be okay getting.  And I have a board for my DOG and husband.  I like Pinterest.  Maybe too much.

This year as I prepped for going back to school I dreamed of making the perfect planner.  One that allowed me to plan my lessons for school along with my meal plans and so much more.  But then I panicked that I couldn't do it and when I stumbled into Office Depot one July day and saw a beautiful lesson planner starring at me with rainbow colors and awesomeness, I decided that it would do.  You see, I use my phone/Google calendar for EVERYTHING.  If it's not in my Google calendar, I'll probably forget that I have to do it.  But it's still not enough.  I like writing things down.  I like crossing things off lists.

With the great meal prep of Sunday I wanted that dreamy planner that I envisioned in my head for school/home/LIFE.  So I searched on Pinterest.  I haven't found it yet, but I've found plenty that are inspiring.

So, my plan?  Create the dream planner that I've always wanted. :)

Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy New Year!

Well, kind of...

School is back in session, so it is a happy new year!  Just a different kind of happy new year.  Now that school is back in session, my days are filling up fast!  So fast that this week, after today, I probably won't see the inside of my house before 8 PM most days.  Sad Face.

Yesterday was Meal Prep Sunday!  A co-worker came over and we prepped SIX crock pot meals for the month of September.  I ended up with ten meals because three of the recipes I divided into two bags each.  When I sat down to meal plan for September I felt like I had TOO MANY options!  That never happens!  It is quite glorious!

It took us about three hours to prep the meals.  We had each chosen three recipes to share with eacher other.  We each did our own shopping, though we did share a few ingredients.  After I sent a text that said, If you buy apple juice, I'll get all the spices.  :)

Here's what we made--  Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, BBQ Chicken with Veggies, Taco Chicken, Stuffed Peppers, Pineapple Pork, and Sweet & Sour Chicken.  Obviously there is a chicken theme.  All meals were put in gallon sized freezer bags and stuck in the freezer.  I'm pretty excited to reap the benefits of this endeavor.

I wish I had thought to take a picture of our table full of ingredients and while we were preparing the meals.  Next time.

**I thought I had all the recipes on my Pinterest Board but now I can only find the link to the one.  Sorry.

And, because blogs need pictures...here's one totally unrelated to this post.  My two favorites with whom I share my house.  

Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

My favorite, quick recipe

I like when I can make something that both Ryan and I like that lasts a few meals.  One thing  I recently found is a recipe for Turkey Chili.  It's fabulous!  It's got some kick to it and it takes about 15 minutes to throw it together.

Today Ryan when back to work after being off for the holidays.  Since we got back from NE on Monday night, had a NYE gathering on Tuesday night and when to Ryan's parents yesterday, I haven't had time to really get some food made for his lunches.  Well, after making waffles this morning, Ryan came down and asked what we had for lunch.  I told him just go to the Prairie Dog today and that I would have stuff for him for lunch tomorrow.  As I was looking at the recipe for meatloaf (his favorite), I realized that I could throw this chili together while he ate breakfast and he would have some lunch.  So I did.  Kind of.  I didn't have the beans, but I had everything else for him. I cooked the turkey, mixed everything together and put it in a bowl for him for lunch.  

I'm working really hard on saving this year.  One way I know we can save more is to eat out less.  I set that as a goal for myself and then on January 2nd I was telling my husband to go eat out for lunch.  Face plant!  This recipe is definitely one of my go to recipes and I will be stocking up on the ingredients for it so we can make it regularly.

I made this recipe card to share with you, my dear blogger friends.  The actual recipe is pinned on my Yummy board on Pinterest, and came from AllRecipes.com .  If you follow the link, it will take you to the original.  The only thing that I've changed from the original is that I do not use the olive oil.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Goodbye 2013...Hello 2014!

Last year in January I set a bunch of goals...sadly I didn't accomplish many of them.  But, I sure thought about them a lot.  :)  Even though I didn't accomplish many of my goals, some great things happened in 2013.  I meant to blog about those great things yesterday, but I forgot.  So here they are, in no particular order.

My brother and his wife became parents and I now I have a beautiful niece.  Little Miss is my favorite thing about going to Nebraska!  She has beautiful sparkling blue eyes and a wonderful disposition.  I am grateful that every time I come home, her momma lets me watch Little Miss at least once while I'm home.

We went to Hawaii!  I made a goal a loooooooooooooong time ago to visit 50 states before I turned 40.  I honestly didn't think I would ever make it to Hawaii or Alaska.  However, we made it to Hawaii and it was beautiful.  We went to Kaui with great friends and got to be with them when they found out they were going to be parents.  Little M was officially made theirs through adoption on December 28th!

On our way to Hawaii we were able to spend a day in Seattle.  Checking Washington off of our list of places to visit.  It was a long day, arriving in Seattle around 9 AM and then departing the next morning for Hawaii.

I got a tattoo.  I've been talking about it for years.  I never thought I would actually do it.  I was with the right people at the right time, and the weekend of Thanksgiving I got my tattoo.  I love it!  I thought I would only get one tattoo, but soon after it healed, I started thinking about my second tattoo.  We'll see if I ever get it.

I attended my sixth National Youth Gathering and checked Texas off of my list of states to visit.  I met some more great people and we had a great time in San Antonio.

I'm sure there were many other great things of 2013, but they slip my mind right now.  Here's to many great things in 2014!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Denver Girls Night Out

About a month ago, some friends from work and I went out for a fun night in Denver.  We had purchased a Groupon for Manis and Martinis in September and decided that it was time to use it.

We met first for dinner before heading to the Beauty Bar.  I don't remember where we ate, but burgers were consumed. :)

The Beauty Bar opens at 7 PM and only does manis until 10 PM.  We headed there right at 7 to be sure that we could get our manis.  Now, if you are looking for all the bells and whistles of a manicure, then the Beauty Bar is not for you.  If you are looking for a quick polish change with a little shaping while you drink your Martini, then head on over.

The four of us got our nails painted and enjoyed a couple of drinks.  The Beauty Bar reminded me of a scene from the movie Grease.  It was decorated with glittery walls and 50s sort of decor.  If my nails hadn't been wet, I would have taken a couple of pictures.

After our manis were dry we headed for dessert at the D Bar.
The D Bar is owned by Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey.  Keegan Gerhard has been featured on the Food Network many times.  It's a tiny little restaurant and every time I have been there, there has been a wait to get in.

The two times I had been there before, I thought that we had just stood in line waiting, so that's what we did this night.  However, after about 15 minutes and telling people they had to stand and wait and that there was no list, I learned that there was indeed a list.  Oops.  I don't know if that's a new thing, or if I just never knew we had put our name on a list when I had been at the D Bar before.  Oh, well, now I know.

As we were waiting to get in, my neighbor came out with a group of her friends.  The D Bar is a great way to spend a girls night. :)

Monday, August 05, 2013

I Heart eMeals!

I also heart e-mails, which is what most people think I'm saying when I talk about eMeals.

So let me tell you about eMeals, so that you too can heart them!

I <3 eMeals

I had heard about emeals about a year ago when a friend/co-worker sent me a Groupon about it.  I looked at it and thought, no, don't be stupid!  You can look up recipes online and you have a few cookbooks.  So I passed it up.

Then, in May or June Colleen was telling me how a friend of theirs was using emeals and how it was a great tool for them.  They own a business and have two small children, so emeals was making their meal planning and prepping a breeze.  Colleen mentioned that she was going to try it.  Then I saw the Groupon was available again.  So I sent her the Groupon link and she bought it.

I still wasn't sold.

After Ryan and Colleen had been using it for about a month I asked how she liked it.  I was at her house and she showed me the plan.  Holy easy batman!  Every week they would email her a plan of 7 meals AND A GROCERY LIST.  Along the right of the grocery list was the list of staples she would need.  It was pretty awesome.  Then she let me copy a recipe or two...I was sold!

But I had to do two things, first wait for another Groupon and second, convince my Ryan.  The second was the harder.

I Googled "eMeals Groupon" frequently while trying to convince Ryan.  I was hoping to get the same deal Colleen had got.  One year of dinners for $29!  A steal really!  Then a miracle happened!  Groupon was giving your an instant $10 off if you spent over $30 on a Groupon AND eMeals had a Groupon that was $39 and included dinners AND lunches for the year!  I was double sold.  Lunches and dinners for a year for $29!?!  How could I not?  I did it!

We've been using it about two weeks now and I love it  When the menu comes to my inbox I print it off.  I go through it and see if there is anything that I know we won't eat.  If so, I cross it off and cross off any of the grocery items related only to that meal.  Then I check my staples to make sure I have them all.  I also check my meat supply.  I buy a lot of chicken and pork chops when it's on sale, so I did have a pretty decent supply in my freezer.

We (I) chose the clean eating plan.  This past week for 14 meals I paid $100 in groceries.  Since returning from NE we have eaten out once, on Saturday, at the Movie Tavern.  If we ate out more than three times a week for dinner, we'd easily spend $100!  So getting 14 meals for both of us for $100 a week is pretty awesome!

Tonight as we were eating Chipotle Chicken Potatoes, I asked Ryan if he was willing to admit that eMeals was an okay investment.  His response, "I still don't know what it does that a cookbook can't do." So I told him he could pick, plan, and shop for the meals next week out of a cookbook.  The ease of having it all emailed and ready to go is worth it in my book.  Especially once school starts back up and I'm driving 45 minutes each way every day!  To come home and not have to think about what to make will be awesome!

New menus come on Wednesdays, so I would like to be able to go to the store on Friday nights.  Doing that allows the weekend to prep anything that needs prepped.  This week I prepped a few meals and had them in the fridge with sticky notes on them.  Ryan was able to finish up the process when he got home and dinner was ready!  That's fabulous!

I <3 eMeals

**eMeals did not pay me to promote them, all of my opinions are my own based on my own experiences.  If you click one of the eMeals pictures in this post you will be taken to my eMeals referral page and I can receive a 25% referral commission.