Wordless Wednesday

It’s Wordless Wednesday – because she says enough for ALL of us…



I know… I know… it’s been a while. But it’s hard to come up with 100 things you really, truly, actually want to do someday.  I’ve had an ongoing list and really it’s just about every piece of scrap paper in my house, mixed in with some posty-notes and a napkin or two with ideas. Mostly they’ve been scribbled in the middle of the night when an “aha!” moment strikes me and in the morning i wake up wondering what the heck those hieroglyphics even mean… water a duck? oh no, no, no… that must be make something grow.  So, I know you’ve all been wondering (ha!) what’s on my list… but if I may test your patience for say a week or two longer… the list will happen… in the meantime… I’m going to try to write. pinkie swear. like once a day.  Life just got busy. really busy again… and confusing. and well… unfortunately, i turn off all the things I love when life gets that way – i go into defense mode and work on things that are 1000% necessary…and usually that means it’s like 10000000% things i don’t necessarily love to do.  but – i do. and do do and do… and hope that eventually (sooner rather than later) I’ll be back to doing those lovely things too!

life is once again crazy.

i’ll update soon.

pinkie swear.

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!}

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.

back to blogging soon. {fingers crossed}

My grandpa has been in ICU (doing better now) for the past couple of days and I’ve been a complete nervous ball of emotions – which means {lately} i’ve been baking (in the past 2 months my grandparents have been in and out of the hospital at least every 2 weeks…which means my nervous emotional energy turns into 15 dozen cookies – it’s the izzy stevens in me} and sewing {2 cute new projects = possibly opening my own etsy site… whoot whoot!}.  my next semester of classes has begun – and I’m already counting down the weeks until this group of classes is over- i’m overwhlemed at the nimwittedness (word?) of the one teacher and the concept topic of the other – there’s homework and discussion boards and curriculum breifings and lord only knows… I just signed on 3 new clients in the past 2 weeks and am working on 1 or 2 more! not to mention the preliminary work that takes place for those newbies and maintaining my work for my other clients…plus I have a pile of farmers market pre-season work to do. we’ve also just spoken w/ the Easter Bunny (wink, wink) and he said that the kiddos are getting their swingset… so yeah! we’ve ordered 5 trees for our backyard which means PRIVACY!!! and we have the Call before you Dig peeps coming tomorrow to mark whatever it is that they mark – and… it’s snowing here. S.N.O.W.I.N.G.  seriously… like 4 inches. In the spring. Covering up the daffodils and crocuses…which devestates me – and makes me want to go whip up something peanut buttery and dipped in chocolate with sprinkles…  

I’m going to spend Friday clearing out my head and organizing those thoughts just rattling around up there and get myself back on track.  then back to writing… b/c really although it’s one more thing to do – it’s time for me to unwind and let the thoughts and words just flow… making room in my brain for other thoughts…

i’m still working on my 100 things list. it’s kind of hard to come up with 100 things I would seriously do…b/c skydiving and parasailing, touring europe on a bike and meeting anne hathaway just aren’t going to happen…ever!

thanks for holding!

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