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Build a Menu {HUGE SALE}

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Have you heard of Build a Menu? Or as I like to refer to it, BAM! 

I am so excited because I just signed up this week and I’m thinking this is going to revolutionize my chicken spaghetti/stir fry/Mexican mess/pot roast rotation all to pieces.

Here’s Build a Menu works:

Step 1. Choose your store.

Step 2: Choose from the large catalogue recipes (or add your own).

Step 3: Print your recipes and shopping list.

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Could it be any simpler??? (It’s available as an app for your smart phone too!) And you’ll be able to see a running total of the approximate cost of your shopping trip as you are adding recipes. Of course, you’ll cross off any items you already have in your pantry.

And the best part? Build a Menu has enough recipes that they run on a 4 month cycle without repeating! That means your family won’t be stuck in the boring spaghetti/stir fry/Mexican mess/pot roast cycle! (I mean, as if anyone would ever be that uninspired in your meal planning. Psh.)

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And THROUGH THIS WEEK ONLY you can have access to one full year of Build a Menu for only $35! That is less than one dollar a week to have your meal planning, recipes, and shopping lists HANDED TO YOU, with the approximate price included!

For about 67 CENTS a week, you can take the stress out of meal planning. Build a Menu helps you plan a variety meals with hundreds of recipes at your fingertips and gives you a print out of your shopping list. No more repeating the very same meals from week to week. No more getting to the store and not remembering what ingredients you need!

HURRY! This special offer ends on Saturday, Jan 31!

Use the code BAM35JAN1 at checkout to get a 12 month membership for only $35!

 

 

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Are Essential Oils Dangerous?

Recently I saw a post about how dangerous essential oils are and how the average person really shouldn’t be dabbling in them because it takes research and intelligence to understand all the implications and interactions the oils can have on your body.

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Just like salt can be dangerous, even deadly,

and ladders

and magnets

and water

and Tylenol.

Each of the above examples shows how these things have killed. Yes, there are lots of everyday things that are beneficial to our lives that can also be dangerous if used improperly.

Would you hand your child a bottle of Children’s Tylenol and tell them to use as needed? No! Neither would I. Would you disregard the instructions and blindly take a handful of Extra Strength Tylenol for a headache. No. Would you turn up the salt shaker and guzzle it? No. Would you sit idly by while your child did? Would you encourage your child to swallow magnets?

Do you believe these things are too dangerous to be owned and used by the average person without medical training? The thing is most of us have the common sense and the wherewithal to do the research and take the precautions in using these things.

The same should be true for essential oils. 

Essential oils are very potent and powerful agents that can do amazing things for a body when used properly.

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When my daughter was burned, I did not just open a random bottle of oil and pour it over her shoulder, hoping for the best. That would have been foolish.

Instead, like I believe any reasonable person would do, I researched what would help skin in this condition. I dug in and looked for any adverse reactions to be cautious of. I was in frequent contact with my friend, Stacey, who gave me the oils, asking her advice. She in turn did her own research to answer my questions. She gave me a 485 page reference guide to essential oils so I would have the answers to my questions at my fingertips.

When my mother broke her leg and came to live with us, I carefully read each oil label and looked up any interactions the oil may have with her medications before applying them when she asked me to. By doing this, I saw that some of the oils are not recommended for use when taking blood thinners, so I set those aside and warned her not to use those since she is taking blood thinners daily.

These are the very same things I see my friends doing when they decide which oils would be beneficial for certain issues in their own families. In today’s litigious society, I know it’s common to assume people don’t have reasoning abilities, but I believe in you, dear reader! I have faith that you are intelligent enough to wonder if a product is harmful when used indiscriminately. I comfort myself with your ability to read instructions and follow them. I know if the oil label says “not for children under 6,” you won’t apply it to your child under 6.

I don’t know of a single account of an acquaintance or friend opening a bottle of oil and pouring it over their body, or their child’s body, without reading the label to see what kind of use is recommended. I haven’t seen a single account of someone handing a bottle of oil to their child and telling them to drink up.

Yes, it’s true that essential oils are extremely powerful. In fact, they are so powerful that they are making a huge impact on many families, like mine (see above photo) every single day.

Yes, it’s true that essential oils can be dangerous if used improperly. Just like table salt. Or magnets. Or Tylenol. Or water.

I trust that if you are using essential oils and enjoying the many benefits they offer, you are using your common sense and reading and following the recommendations, just like you would do with Tylenol, or table salt, or magnets.

If you are seeing the impact the oils are having in the health and daily lives of your friends and are interested in getting started with essential oils yourself, be sure to see why I began my journey with them here.

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And rest assured, for anyone who signs up through my link I am always available to provide support, answer any questions, and point you in the direction of research pertaining to your questions. I always give anyone who signs up for the Premium Starter Kit the same 485 page reference guide Stacey gave me. I add each person to the private 1400+ member Facebook group for oil users.

I do all these things to arm you with the knowledge you need to use your oils responsibly. I want to provide you with the resources you need so your oils will benefit your family as much as they have benefitted mine.

(As a bonus, I have ONE $20 promo code for use when ordering the Premium Starter Kit through my link to give to the first person who asks for it. Email me or leave a comment below.)

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What’s Been Going Down

Whew! Things have been so whirlwind crazy here that I have barely had time to catch my breath, and I certainly haven’t had time to catch up on blogging.

Here’s a brief rundown of what’s been going down in Smockityville.

1. Just before Christmas my mom was trying to get back onto the ladder from on top of an upright freezer (don’t ask) and she fell onto the concrete floor, hit her head, passed out, and shattered her tibia.

After 2 surgeries and about a week in the hospital, we moved her in with us.

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Since the doctor’s orders were for her to be non-weight bearing for 3 months, that meant we needed lots of hospital equipment delivered to our house.

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So, you know, what else could we do? We had to test it out to make sure it functioned properly.

Bed raises and lowers? Check.

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Wheelchair comfy? Check. Reacher reaches? Check.

2. While my mom was still in the hospital, we got word that the sweet, precious 19yo daughter of a friend died inexplicably, from no known cause while getting ready for church.

So much heartbreak and so many unanswered questions. The funeral was beautiful and tragic. It was lovely and cruel.

One of the songs the family requested, “There’s a stirring” was perfectly suited, and I thought that must have been just how it happened with sweet Colby. Even so, though she is rejoicing with her savior, I can’t help but think of Colby’s family and the emptiness left behind for them.

3. Immediately after Christmas we began feverishly preparing for our annual county fair and livestock show. This is the event my children look forward to every year and begin preparing for many months in advance.

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There were pies to be baked, index cards to be filled out, goats to be groomed, and so much more.

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You may remember that we came this close (holds thumb and forefinger really close together) to not being allowed to participate in this event. You can read the hair raising tale of that here.

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My animal lover made the premium sale with one of her goats, which went for $600 at the auction. That means there will be money in her account to buy another goat for next year’s stock show season. Which this tired mama may or may not have been fervently wishing against, but that is another post.

All told, we collected blue ribbons, and red ribbons, and participant ribbons, and even one Grand Reserve Champion banner, so everyone came home happy and feeling proud of the work they had done.

4. Finally, I have been working with my fellow team members to do the final preparations for The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit, which is kicking off THIS WEEKEND in San Marcos, Texas, and then again next weekend in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Door prizes are rolling in (You didn’t hear it from me, but who doesn’t like Vera Bradley??? Amiright?), worship songs are being finalized, sessions are being formatted, and moms from all over are preparing to come together to get refreshed and renewed.

Unfortunately, I had to back out of my speaking obligation since I will need to be at home with my mom, but that shouldn’t stop you from attending the most encouraging, uplifting event of the year. It’s not too late to register! Use the code “Smockity10″ to get $10 off your registration.

I can’t wait to hear all the stories of shared laughter, meaningful teachings from moms who have graduated all their homeschoolers, and sweet worship.

And that’s a wrap, as they say. That’s what’s been going down in Crazy Town.

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Most Popular Posts for 2014 {Plus SALE}

Can you believe today is the last day of 2014? The year has flown by!

Here are the most viewed posts on Smockity Frocks for 2014. (And it’s the LAST DAY for some sales and freebies. Scroll all the way down for those.)

1. 25 Ways to Teach Your Child to Have an Attitude of Entitlement

2. Where to Buy Used Homeschool Curriculum

3. And Then I Found a Ring in my Baby’s Butt Crack

4. How to Prepare an Official High School Transcript for your Homeschool Grad

5. The House That Two Incomes Built

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6. The Day My Baby Was Burned by Ramen Noodles

7. Oven Fried Pork Chops

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8. Quit Judging Me For Judging You! 

9. 10 Signs Your Child Might Be Spoiled and What to do About It

10. Crock Pot Chicken Posole Stew

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Now, be sure to take advantage of THE LAST DAY to get these devotional ebooks for HALF OFF!

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And it’s the LAST DAY to get a FREE AMAZON GIFT CARD with this offer from Young Living Essential Oils.

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Christmas Gifts With Essential Oils

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I love my Young Living essential oils, and my family uses them daily for one thing or another.

One way I love to use lavender is to put a few drops in Epsom salt and baking soda and relax in a hot bath with it sprinkled in. Ahhhhh… This makes such a relaxing bath right before bed.

So, I found these darling little milk bottles at Michael’s, and I made up a few gifts of Soothing Lavender Bath Salts to give my friends. Here’s how I did it.

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1. Mix Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl

2. Fill milk bottle 1/2 full with mixture.

3. Add 4-5 drops Young Living lavender essential oil.

4. Put the lid on tightly and shake vigorously to mix the lavender thoroughly.

5. Fill the bottle to within an inch of the top with more Epsom salt/baking soda mixture.

6. Shake until well blended.

Peppermint sugar scrub

Another fun gift to make with essential oils is this super cute Peppermint candy cane sugar scrub. (Print out the darling labels here.) I keep a bottle by my kitchen sink and use it for a soothing, moisturizing hand scrub.

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

1. Divide the sugar into 2 bowls with lids.

2. Drop 2-3 drops of red food coloring in one bowl.

3. Put the lid on and shake vigorously to color the sugar evenly

4. Add 1/2 cup coconut oil to each bowl.

5. Add 3-4 drops of Peppermint essential oil to each bowl.

6. Put the lid on and shake until well mixed.

7. Layer the red and white sugars.

If you are interested in getting started with essential oils to keep you healthy through the winter months, there has never been a better time! Be sure to check out the freebies I have available for those who sign up through me in December!

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Boys, Banks, and Mason Jars

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

So, now that my 18 year old son has a job and is getting regular paychecks, he needs a plan for his money other than keeping all of it in Mason jars in his room.

Yes, really!

He has always been the frugal type, saving any birthday or Christmas money he gets and rarely spending it. There have been times when I have needed cash for one thing or another and I have had to borrow it from him. I would always write him a check or an IOU for him to stash in his jars.

The reality that he didn’t have a bank account, just the jars, meant that the checks and IOUs piled up until one day he came to me with them in his hand and asked for me to give him the cash for everything I had borrowed. I ended up having to pay him back several hundred dollars!

He never saw the need for a bank account because he figured the jars served him well enough.

Until he got the job he has now at the local movie theater. Now that he is getting regular paychecks, he can’t hand me those and ask me to exchange them for money. The time was long overdue for him to get a real bank account.

So, I did a little research online and I really liked what I saw at Chase Bank. They have some great perks like no monthly service fees with direct deposit, and mobile banking, which means you can download the app on your phone send money to another person, transfer money, check balances, and even deposit checks simply by taking a photo of the check!

While we were at Chase and my son was being helped, I noticed this large sign on the wall and was immediately interested in the words “CASH BACK.”

So, as my son was talking to the lady helping him set up his account, I Googled “Chase Ultimate Rewards“ to see what it was all about.

And I saw that it is a personalized rewards program available to Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, and Ink from Chase cardholders that allows you to earn points which you can redeem for rewards, like merchandise, gift cards, or even cash back.
 
Then, I got to thinking about how we had planned to pay for all of our extra Christmas expenses with my husband’s year-end bonus from work, but how that bonus was coming at the YEAR-END and it was mighty tight right now before the year-end while I am buying a million and one Christmas gifts and Christmas decorations and Christmas party supplies. 

And I thought how handy a credit card would be that gives me cash back for all the Christmas purchases I am making, which I could just pay off at the end of the month. And Ultimate Rewards makes it easy – you can earn cash back starting at $20 for 2,000 points and get it sent direct deposit into your bank account! 

And that’s right about the time when the lady who was helping my son informed him that his driver’s license was expired and, unless he had another form of identification on him (she wouldn’t count his library card), we would have to come back when he had it renewed. 

Well, he didn’t have another form of identification, and I needed to high-tail it back home to be there for our annual gingerbread house decorating party and sleepover for 15 girls which would be taking place pronto.

BECAUSE I’M CRAZY, THAT’S WHY.

Long story short: My son still doesn’t have a bank account, but as soon as he gets his driver’s license renewed, he will be going back to Chase to get that set up so he won’t have to stuff his paychecks into Mason jars.

And I will be checking further into Chase Ultimate Rewards, which also offers extra incentives to cardholders during the holidays, helping you to stretch every dollar this season.

Then I will be taking a nap. 

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