Friday, March 29, 2019

Five on Friday - Chalkboard, School Happenings, Cardiologist, and an Announcement

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Happy Friday, y’all!  We’re living it up in Atlanta for Spring Break this weekend, so be sure to follow along in my Instagram stories!

Now for some favorites from the last couple of weeks!

O N E – New Chalkboard

Since our year clearly started on the wrong foot, I decided to invite some good vibes into our home with a new chalkboard drawing.  I think I may just leave it up all year.   

T W O – Paper Straws

Two things I have loved since I was a little girl – the color pink (it has literally been my favorite since I was old enough to have a favorite color and I’ve never once strayed from it) and black polka dots on a white background.  I have been a sucker for both of these things my entire life… hence my branding here on the blog. 

Anyway, I found these paper straws on Amazon a while back and never shared them with you.  I finally got around to decorating with them this month, and I now have them in three different spots around my kitchen.  They’re cute, cheap, they add a fun little pop to any corner, and they’re functional, too.  And better for the environment than the dreaded plastic straws. 

T H R E E – Outdoor Time

After months of rain (literally) we’ve finally had a stretch of beautiful weather.  I’ve avoided the outdoors like the plague lately (because it literally is plaguing me with the ridiculous amounts of pollen) but we have been stepping out in the evenings a little bit more lately.  The kids have had several chances to ride their bikes, which is one of the things that I wanted to focus on this year.  They rarely ride, and everyone needs to learn how to ride a bike, so here we are!

F O U R – Themed Out of Uniform Days

The kids have had a couple of out of uniform days here in recent weeks.  They had book character day at school back on March 8.  Jacob decided to be Clark Kent, and he truly made the best Clark Kent ever!  And Olivia wanted to be Fancy Nancy.  She just so happened to have a costume already, so it worked out perfectly.

They were also out of uniform the Friday before St. Paddy’s Day and they were able to wear green.  Any excuse to be out of uniform, right?  I know I always loved those days!

F I V E – Third Quarter Awards

Both kids had their third quarter awards ceremonies last week!

Jacob was awarded with:

The Religion Award
The All Day Every Day Award (never missed any school)
The AR Award (for meeting his AR Goal)
Principal’s List (All A’s)
Top 5 AR student in his class

Olivia was awarded with:

The Religion Award
The All Day Every Day Award (never missed any school)

Since she’s only in Pre-K4 she doesn’t have the option to get any of the other awards quite yet.  :o)

S I X – Reader’s Theater

Jacob and Olivia both performed in plays last week for Read Across America.  Jacob’s class performed the book “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont and he had a short speaking part by himself which he rocked.

Olivia’s class performed “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” and she was the bath tub.  Lol. 

Both skits were absolutely darling and I’m so thankful I was able to stay for all of it and see them both!

S E V E N – Sick Snuggles and a Day with My Girl

Last week, Olivia ran a fever on and off and we ended up having to keep her home on Thursday.  As much as I hated seeing her sick, I did enjoy getting to spend some time with her one on one.  We snuggled and watched TV when her fever was spiking and when she was feeling better we played several games, did a little bit of drawing (look at her house and cat down below!  The cutest!), painted her toenails, and played together.  She’s all better now for Spring Break, thankfully!

E I G H T – Cardiologist Appointment

Last Thursday, I had my appointment with the cardiologist.  If you’re new around here, it would be beneficial to go back and read this post to see why I had to meet with one in the first place.

The appointment was long.  I first met with a triage nurse who asked lots of questions, and then I met with a PA who grilled me for almost an hour about every single aspect of my health, my family’s health, and my lifestyle. 

Once she left, the cardiologist finally came in.  He asked me what had been going on, I told him about my episode from a couple of Fridays ago, and then he looked at me and said, “I know exactly what happened to you.  You had an esophageal spasm.”  He went on to say that his daughter suffers tremendously from spring and fall allergies and her two main symptoms are asthma and reflux.  Why reflux?  Because just as I thought, he said the two go hand-in-hand and they both exacerbate each other.  He said that she often had asthma and reflux issues and that her reflux has resulted in esophageal spasms on more than one occasion.  He said that the only thing she could do to alleviate her asthma and reflux was to move away to Denver to get away from the allergens here in Georgia.  He said ever since she moved away several years ago, she hasn't had one bit of trouble with asthma OR reflux.  Not exactly what I wanted to hear, but good to know it’s not my heart!

He said that he is going to do a stress test on my heart as a precautionary measure, but he said that he is certain everything is going to look totally normal.  I’m scheduled for April 15 and it’s going to take 4-6 hours and then we’ll go from there!

Now apparently I need to move to Denver where the air is cleaner!

N I N E – I Drank the Kool-aide

Now for the announcement…

Okay, y’all… I’ve been saying for years that I was going to do this and that day finally came earlier this month… I bought an essential oils starter kit from Young Living.  AND I FREAKING LOVE IT.

I have to say, I was so incredibly skeptical about oils and that’s why I waited two whole years before trying them.  During those two years I did lots of research and took lots of notes, and stalked some oils Instagram accounts so I was fully educated before taking the leap. 

Well, so far they are everything everyone says they are and more.  I’ve already had three amazing oils moments – one for TMJ, one for asthma, and one for reflux and I can’t even believe how impressed I am so far.  And I don’t just love them for fixing my ailments… they smell incredible, too.  Some of the scents are just instant pick-me-ups.

I love them so much that I have decided to try my hand at being a Young Living Distributor.  I know.  I honestly can’t believe it either.  But anyhoo, I’m currently in the earliest stages, so if you’re interested in delving in with me, just follow the instructions below.  There is serious money to be made if you're willing to put in the work.  You get $50 for every new member who purchases a starter kit from you plus many other commissions as well.  I mean, hello!!  

And if you’re not interested in selling, but you’re interested in trying the oils, we’d love to have you, too!  You can use the same instructions below to purchase. 

To enroll with our team, ORDER HERE, and make sure that the number 18293886 appears in both the "Enroller" and "Sponsor ID" fields.  Sign up as a member - this does not mean that you have to sell the oils, it just means that you are getting a starter kit and will therefore get 24% off retail prices.

Next you can choose to set up your Essential Rewards monthly autoship, we highly recommend this as a way to order those things you wish to have outside the kit and begin to cut toxins from your home with YL cleaning products & makeup.  If you are going to sell you will have to sign up for this anyway to secure all of your commissions.  
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I promise not to spam y’all a ton on the blog with this because I know many of you aren't interested, but since it’s likely going to be a part of my life, I couldn’t not mention it here!  If you are interested, I'd love to have you along for the ride!

Happy weekend, y’all!

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday FavoritesMeet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and By BMG for High Five for Friday.


  1. I am so glad the cardiologist knew exactly what was wrong, such a relief to not get the run around. I am sure th3 stress test will come back fine. Such a sweet week, the kids are so precious and brilliant racking up the awesome awards and loving their dress up theme days. Wishing you the sweetest weekend love!

  2. I'm so glad to hear it wasn't a heart problem! The kids are cute as can be in those costumes. That's great that they are getting out to play in the sunshine. My kids were so funny with bikes. Jack loved riding his bike any chance he got and took off the training wheels at an early age. Grace never really rode her bike much. She did not learn to ride without training wheels until age 10! Even after losing the training wheels, she rarely gets on a bike. It's just not her thing. And yes to your chalkboard art - good vibes ONLY for the rest of 2019! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. So much to comment on! Glad your suspicion was correct about what happened with your ER visit. Arizona has low allergens too, lol. I wonder if there's any other way to treat it! We have a lot of non uniform spirit days, which are fun. Yesterday was Royals opening day so they got to wear Royals shirts. I love Jacob's Clark Kent outfit! Congrats on the awards! Simon is home sick, yesterday and today, with a fever, ugh! Hope you're having all the fun in Atlanta!

  4. Glad it's not your heart and I had to laugh about drinking the kool-aid. I have loved my oils and diffusing them. My thieves cleaner and thieves are my go-to to keeping things clean and healthy around here :)

  5. Glad to hear that it sounds like everything is going ok with your heart. That's so crazy though and I hope that something like that doesn't happen again to you. Have the best time in Atlanta on spring break enjoy all the extra time outside!

  6. Good to hear it sounds like everything is A OK with your heart and that you had the right diagnosis; sorry there's nothing to do to fix it short of moving!

    1. YES! It was such a relief. I'll feel even better once I have that stress test in a couple of weeks. I've been holding off on exercising just in case and I'm missing it so much!

  7. I always loved days when we didn't have to wear our uniforms to school. Now I'd give anything for a uniform. I dread planning outfits first thing every morning! LOL!

  8. Evelyn loves out of uniform days as well, just so fun to see their little personalities. I always love seeing what you have done with the bar cart each season!

  9. When my husband had his heart attack last summer, we were the youngest people in the waiting room for his appointment and I remember thinking the same thing. I am so glad that you finally have a diagnosis. Also, your tiered tray and out of uniform outfits are so cute! Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Ahhh so excited for your new venture! You are going to be great at it!

  11. Best of luck with your new Essential Oils endeavor. The kids look cute in their book costumes. Congrats to them on their awards.

    1. Thank you, I'm excited! And thank you... the kids are both doing great and we are so proud of them!


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