Thursday, June 23, 2016

Road Trip Musings

First of all before I get into my deep thoughts for the day let me introduce you to my bestie, Tayler Murray! A few years back this gem came into my life but it was her summer internship in London that solidified our sisterhood. From the moment she skyped me and with an excited look said "I like tea now!" we soon learned God had made much of our hearts the same. But this isn't a sappy post. It is simply that I must provide you the backstory to where this musing came from. You see we love traveling and exploring and well you could say piddling to find, enjoy and TAKE PICTURES of random things that capture our eye. Thus the beginning of #2wonderinghearts ! 

Today finds me on a familiar adventure with this chic, this time it being a road trip cross country to pick up my kids from the in-laws in South Dakota. With my husband recovering from a major surgery and me not wanting to travel alone I (easily) convinced my friend to come along and make some fun of it!! 

Ok onto the story... We are on the road and I'm like it's just us I wanna stop and take the corny pic by the "Leaving (insert state name)" and "Welcome to (insert bordering state name)". So I did. To which I instantly post to the social media world impressed that with the wind and glare so not being able to check said photo knowing if I approved of how I looked in it or not that I actually liked it!! (Don't judge me - you know you're like that too!!) Then a comment popped up teasing us (in good humor) that our trip would take forever at our rate of always stopping... It was funny and meant sarcastically which I knew and so I grinned and even giggled but I can't lie something in me was like 😡 - no you can't make fun of me and roll your eyes for doing this road trip "like a girl." Because maybe your man is different than mine but pretty much all the men I'm surrounded by are on a fast track when they travel and you don't stop unless you're bladder literally feels like a stick of dynamite was lit and it's about to come to the end of its fuse! Lol, and I laugh typing this but you know what I mean - all business and no playing around or "wasting time." 

Now first of all its not a waste of time to enjoy and soak up Gods beauty and creation and indulge in a moment of joy as you take that corny photo by the road sign! But again not what my post is about.

It made me go "why did a part in me react like that?" Especially when I know the context of the comment and even laughed at it myself rolling my eyes right back. And then my brain went rolling with the highway...

It's been generations of comments and negative body language that ultimately says "you're a girl.. And that's not a good thing right now." And this isn't a feminist post so stay with me - I'm NOT a feminist because we have not been any better. We have rolled our eyes and made just as many comments that said "You're acting like such a man right now... And I don't mean that as a compliment." Am I right? It made me sad to think that this was inside of me from wordly, fleshly issues that caused me to want to defend myself and cry out "I'm not "that" kind of girl! Don't make fun!!" But it's there... And I would take the bet it's probably inside you too - guy or girl. We don't want to be the reason someone rolls their eyes, we don't want to be stereotypical. But why?

Why can't there be pride instead of insecurity at these comments because we honor and esteem these differences in our genders? And sometimes there is and sometimes we are proud and own it but not as often as we should. So I sat there in my car and thought I shouldn't add to this - the next time I want to roll my eyes at a guy for doing such a "man" thing I won't. And if I do, that I ask for forgiveness and realize that that character of man that God created is there for a reason.

So yea that's where my brain went today on this particular #2wonderinghearts road trip. Ya just never know! Until next time...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Homemade Essential Oil Soap with Oatmeal & Honey

A couple of weeks ago I received my first starter kit from Young Living Essential Oils. Now I'll be upfront with you - I'm in that category that absolutely believes God created all we need to heal ourselves and live healthy lives but hold a little skepticism towards these being "miracles in a bottle" as some tout them to be. We will see where God takes my new journey with the addition of EO (essential oils) in my family's life. With that being said I am crafty and a health nut (when life allows me to be) and so after reading and reading and reading on the EO's I had and what my family needed - ordered a few more supplies to "create" some great things for our household!! One of these things being soap. One, because I love my bath/ shower time and want the pampering bonus of oils... Two, because my husband is all cowboy and doesn't want me near him with my smelly oils but hey, the man has to bathe right?

So after a recommendation by Hannah to use a Castile base I got started with my daughter beside me (because she is crafty too and loves making things and trying things with her momma). We decided upon lavender and frankincense- two EO's that are GREAT for skin and frankincense is also said to help heal brain injury symptoms from concussions - which my husband has TERRIBLE ones. I also decided to add in ground oatmeal and honey - again amazing for your skin and thought the honey scent would be a nice subtle addition.

My daughter chopped our Castile base up into chunks and helped me microwave them at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until nice and liquified.

Next we added a few pinches of oatmeal, drizzled in some honey (about a teaspoon) and then the EO's: 6 drops of lavender (I wanted the scent to dominate), 3 drops of frankincense, and 3 drops of copaiba.

Once it was all mixed well we poured into our molds... Which was an afterthought for me but again Hannah rescued me with a creative Pinterest find of using Legos as your mold! So yes, those are my son's Legos and because he was slightly concerned they are lined with wax paper. 

Not sure if the wax paper is necessary or not but it made it easy to get out afterwards. We also used an old butter container - which made a nice circle soap and attempted a small round mason jar and learned it was almost impossible to get out so I don't recommend that!!

Here were my results! We love the soap! My only warning is the Castile base is not a creamy soap so my husband isn't sure of the change from our more lotiony soaps. I plan on trying goats milk soap base to see if he would prefer it. Great soap though with a wonderful smell and GREAT benefits to skin and body!