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EO Products

A couple of weeks ago, I sat outside on my sun-drenched sidewalk, creating masterpieces with the littles. It was the first beautiful day we’d had in a lonnnnnnnng time.  I looked at my dormant lavender bushes… daydreaming about the day when they’re in full bloom. I love lavender. Love it. I love everything about lavender. From the calming smell to the gorgeous color (sage-y and grey purple and bright lavender).  The memories that lavender conjures up are as beautiful (mainly the nelle and lizzy ring as a push present for little miss’s birth that came wrapped in a craft box filled with lavender blooms…heaven, on earth.)

On this day – our Fedex friend pulled up. I wondered what I was getting – (probably a boring textbook). Up the drive he strolled with a beautiful navy blue package. For Me!

I shrieked (because who doesn’t love a pretty package from fedex, right?!) and carefully opened this mystery package – i didn’t know the return address. it was too small to be something from my two best  girl friends Kate (spade) or Vera (bradley)…and I didn’t think my husband would just make a purchase and mail it to me just because…not my birthday, anniversary… nada. just  a day.

then I opened it – and inhaled deeply – LAVENDER…. in pretty navy bottles… shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, and body lotion. Wonderful bliss!

I didn’t order this – and lord knows as wonderful as my husband is at knowing what I like – I can’t imagine he’d know this.  The company is one I was familiar with b/c I had received a little sample of some awesome spray hand-sanitzer (lavender w/ Echinacea)… which has now become my go-to way to sanitize everyone.

That night – while the kids were in bed, I decided to try the products.  My hair has never been so shiny and smelled so wonderful. The hand soap and body lotion are wonderful to wear ALL day… EVERY day. Just enough to make you feel clean and fresh and ….calm….

I loved the lotion at bedtime – because, duh – lavender is calming and perfect for right after a nice shower and before tucking in for the night.

The web site for EO is http://www.eoproducts.com/ – and while window shopping on the web – I found they have other scents that I’m dying to try (Lemon Verbena and Menthol & Grapefruit and Mint & Lemon and Eucalyptus…I can keep going if you’d like)…and will… Especially to hear my husband say I smell soooo good (not that I smell bad, ever… but you know…)

I hope you’ll check out their site and buy their products. I have a 20% coupon code I can share so you can enjoy all their goodness too (just use coupon code: EOHANDS). They are a great company and their story is interesting. and who doesn’t love some new lotions and potions to make them feel happy and pretty and all things wonderful (cue Julie Andrews singing “My Favorite Things”…)

(Ps: I am not being compensated for this review – I’m doing it because I got something good to share and I’m sharing – I’m not even sure how it came to me, or if it was meant for me (aside from my name on the label – but the gift gods were in my favor that day – and that’s fine with me… I’m doing this in hopes that I’ll put some good karma out in the world and be able to continue sharing goodie goods with you!}


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i’m raising readers. i love books. i love reading, writing, talking about books. i want my kids to love reading. and books. and writing-talking-etc. all.things.books.

which is why i’m going back to school for my teaching license in middle childhood education.

i want to teach kids {beyond my own} to love books, and words, and ideas. and love their own unique ability to tell their own stories.

 so it’s no surprise that i love walking in to tuck them in before I head off to bed for the night to see this…

catholic bible...we grow ohio...put me in a zoo...

or this…

...baby love...i'm a ballerina...


… and i don’t know what makes me happier – that they are both sound asleep for the night or that there is a stack of books piled up in their beds.

there is something really sweet about tucking the littles in for the night and having to remove a pile of books from beneath their covers.

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spring has sprung.

the ice cream shop is open.

we laughed together, wiped up sticky sweet ice cream and talked about spring.

we held hands and kissed. stopping to looks at little crocus plants in yellow and purple (why don’t i have crocus’ planted?) we giggled at the squirrels on the square and tried to “tweet” back to the birds who were singing their springtime song…

it’s good to celebrate.

sun shine and signing birds.

special doodle dips treat

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today is the ides of march. the day julius ceasar was murdered. i only know that because in high school i took latin I & latin II. (dork. i know.)

today is a much more historical day than that for me. today is the day i made the best choice in my life.

6 years ago tonight – my then boyfriend – now husband proposed to me – a post-spinning class me who didn’t have time to take a shower before he decided to take me to our college for a late night walk around campus. (and it was a gooooood spinning class)…  we walked around and reminised about where we met, what we thought of each other, yada yada yada… college dorm buildings, class buildings… it was a beautiful spring night. we walked hand in hand like we had done many times. then, in front of the building where we shared many college PR classes.  we sat, appropriately so, on the victory bell by daffodil hill.

he asked me what i had planned for the next 60 yrs.  and in typical me fashion – i rattled off a to-do list. because i didn’t expect the next question.

when he asked. my heart stopped. the tears started.  it was beautiful and perfect and amazing.

and the choice was easy.


Last night, I was thinking about that answer – because saying YES isn’t always that easy.  I chose him. I chose to say yes and be his partner. It was more than just saying yes to a beautiful ring and planning a dream wedding.  it was saying yes to the good times and the bad times. the times when avoiding the conversation is so much easier than having the conversation. it was saying yes to pregnancies and babies and toddlers and 2 beautiful children.  it was choosing to push forward together. no.matter.what.

Then my next thought warmed my heart even more than me choosing him.

Before I could say YES… he chose me. 

He.chose. me.


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the kids and i just played the coolest board game. our buddies M & D (and their fab. momma J.) got the game for master d’s birthday a few weeks ago. 

Product Image Curious George Discovery Beach Game

Curious George Discovery Beach Game

Target.com $16.99

Worth EVERY penny of that $16.99!

Both littles could play – I actually even enjoyed playing! (it says 3+ for choking hazards – but I’m not sure what the kids can choke on… better safe then sorry I guess!)

For more details – you can visit the target site: http://www.target.com/Curious-George-Discovery-Beach-Game/dp/B001P4J01U  (order it while you are there!)

It would be the perfect game to take along to a restaurant or vacation, too – everything is nicely stored and easy to play and pack!

Totally 5 stars from our household!


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…my little man is no longer diggin’ the tub…

he REQUESTED a shower today.

Showers are for big kids.

when did that all happen…


(i will admit it was super cute that he liked singing in the shower – and saying “echo-echo-echo“. He also drew me a “steam picture” of happy faces… which is super cute)

I think I might sit on him to keep him from growing any more…

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i like being happydon’t you?i went out to eat with my sister and brother-in-law and their friends last friday.it was a grown up dinner – complete with beer and eating food that is still warm. mostly adult conversation… food oogling and soaking up a really cool atmosphere (and i rebelled against my catholic faith and devoured some naturally raised beef from Pat La Freida on a Friday… I also fell in love with said medium burger vs. the medium well, I’ve been getting… WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!)it was heaven…even though i had to sit at the end of the booth… it was heaven!because i was in a michael symon restaurant (b.spot) – where i know i’m about to get served something far beyond all things  GOOOOOOOOODDDDD!i could talk for hours about the SOBE Burger Bash winning Fat Doug burger I enjoyed, or the onion rings I shared along with the Parmesean Rosmary Fondue and chips that were passed between sisters and in-laws and friends… all that makes me happy… and plus…well, just go… if you are in ohio…just go, enjoy… be at the b.spot.what made me happy (and then sad)… was taking a little after dinner stop at Antrhopologie… my dream store.i could spend millions in there. millllliooooooonnnnnsssss. easy.  and i’d buy for you.and you.and you…and me.but on friday night – i delighted in these

Izmir Measuring Cups - $32

 I cupped them in my hand – took each cup out and looked at the adorable designs – they made me smile… because they were sunshiny-and bright-and happy.  I set each one side by side by side and dreamt up fabulous treats I’d bake and share.  i figured out a place to display them far from little fingers.  then I looked at the price and realized that although they made me soooo happy … and even though i was far from a typical friday night hanging in the mommyhood…and i had a belly full of warm food and delish beer…  it wasn’t something i should splurge on. happy or not…  i set them down, glanced back once… and moved on… 

…then – i saw these…  

Extra ingredients measuring spoons - $18

Again- i looked at each one. dreaming up delicious treats and dinners and brunches using these measuring spoons… and oh! look at that – a set of measuring spoons…. i have like 2 remaining lone soliders from my oxo wedding gift purchase.  a whole set of beautiful, happy, spoons… for $18. egads – my dinner cost less than that … 

Again – set down, walk away… pray for a sale (along with forgiveness for devouring that burger in a very un-catholic way), or that Anthropologie wants me to be happy and sends a set of these my way... because Anthropologie wants me to be happy. and cook yummy treats for my friends – and serve said treats out of a picnic basket on some beautiful town square where we’re all impecibly dressed as we sip on some freshly squeezed lemonade. cheerily talking about all the wonderfulness in the world…  (hey… a girlie can dream, can’t she? but seriously – i’ll do that if it means ups/fed ex is making a pick up from Anthropologie and a delivery to my stoop…) 

 Because it would make us all happy…   

(disclaimer: i know material things don’t make you happy… but it was more than the thought of having these… it was the thought of making friends and family and random strangers happy with homemade goodies)…

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