Healthy Living Bundle {Ultimate Bundles}

If you have a family with special health needs, dietary requirements or restrictions, or you just like to make healthy living choices – This Ultimate Bundle is for You!

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018

This bundle includes printable recipe books for Gluten-Free, Keto or Paleo diets, as well as ideas and programs for nourishing your body and soul.  Whether you want help with natural remedies at home, or need inspiration to build healthy lunches for your kids (or is that just me?) – this bundle has so much goodness!

  • 62 Ebooks
  • 20 eCourses
  • 12 printables & workshops
  • 2 membership sites
  • Awesome bonuses (these are like the perfect icing rose on the cake!)

This Bundle is available right now for just $29.97 –  and it’s valued at over $2,200!!!

Maybe you wonder if you will use ALL of the items in this bundle? I know that people can be concerned about the cost, but I have ALWAYS found that utilizing just 3 or 4 of the items in each bundle shows me savings over purchasing the items individually. In fact, the bonuses alone usually exceed the price paid for the bundle!

I have never been disappointed when I have invested in an Ultimate Bundle.  Ultimate Bundles offers a 30-day happiness guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied for any reason, you can request a refund for 30 days after purchase!

Click on the graphics or CLICK HERE to get more information about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  This sale only lasts through Monday!

Feel free to ask any questions here or email me at mommiescoffee at gmail dot com.

Dress Well at Any Size

I have been a “big girl” for a few decades and finding nice clothes that are flattering, comfortable, and that don’t “age” me is a primary challenge.  Whether I want to stay casual at home, look appropriate for work, or dress up for dates with my hubby – I want to dress well at any size!

I hate shopping for these reasons.  Fortunately, I have been blessed with several hand-me-downs or pass-along clothes from people who love me and have not had to shop too often.  I find that shopping for clothes can be uncomfortable, disappointing and very frustrating.  And I get hot & sweaty.  (anybody else?)  It’s not worth my time to try on 5 things and not have any fit well or flatter me.

Enter Chicwe

I am a BIG fan of online shopping – have been for many years.  It is both convenient and time-saving, but when it comes to clothes, it can be risky.  NOT trying on clothes can be almost as bad as trying on those 5 things that don’t work, right?  What looks good on the screen can be completely different at home – in color, in fit, in so many ways.

At Chicwe, ( you will find a wide variety of sophisticated plus styles (Size 14+) –  tops, bottoms, jackets – as well as dresses and accessories.  I am always looking for more tops that are both classy and fun – I don’t mind wearing bright colors – and really like the selection I found.  This is a site I have bookmarked for future shopping!

I got a top that is colorful, comfortable and flattering. I wore it to work and really loved the way it fit and felt throughout the day.  It is made of a soft knit material, with a chiffony-hem of bright blue!  I love wearing blues and the colors in this top are just gorgeous!  What do you think???

Right out of the package

Even though it was a SCORCHING 93 degrees yesterday (where did Fall go!?!) I was very comfortable in this top and glad I had it to wear.  I happen to own some bright blue cropped pants that I matched to it and was perfect for work!

Right now, I am able to offer my readers a 20% discount at Chicwe!  Just use code MOMMIESCOFFEE3 for your 20% discount!

Just click this link to visit Chicwe online (don’t forget the discount code: MOMMIESCOFFEE3) and check out their great tops and dresses (or pants or scarves!) – so many are on sale and at a great value!  After wearing this top yesterday, I know I will be shopping at Chicwe again!  It’s nice to find a store that offers plus size clothes that are affordable and stylish!

Disclaimer:  Check out theChicwe site and click the link above to take advantage of your 20% discount! I have an affiliate relationship with Dealspotr and received this top (value $34) in exchange for this review and I am being compensated for writing this post.  You should know that I am sharing my honest opinion and would never recommend something that I wouldn’t use myself or wouldn’t want a friend to use! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mommiescoffee at gmail dot com.

Mom’s Back to School Tools

One thing I have been doing for 2 weeks is shifting my kids into the school schedule again.  It is never easy to do this because our schedule seems to be changing all the time and we have last-minute shopping or prepping and things have felt a little bit “wonky”.  I have been finding and using some great Back to School Resources and wanted to share a few with you.

The Organization Toolbox from Megan at The Homes I Have Made

The Organization Toolbox is an amazing collection of printable (editable!) forms & charts for just about everything a mom might need to help her family get back into the groove of school.  Or life.  I have found myself struggling in many areas this summer, and with my ongoing fatigue, I have let a lot of things slip.  This Toolkit provides printables and a guide to help you put things into place.  

With the change in our schedule for school, I am implementing new chores.  And will be rolling out chore charts along with morning, afternoon, and evening routines for the kids.  We are all pretty visual, so they are still in the works and not posted, but I have a few days before Monday, and plan to get several things in place.  Literally.

Armed with my laminator and color printer, and relying heavily on my Traveler’s Notebook/Bullet Journal, I am making my way into some sanity.

I had a serious epiphany about why life wasn’t “working” in so many ways, and God really put this Organization Toolkit in my path to help me in my resolve to commit several things to Him.

I am NOT an affiliate for Megan or the Organization Toolkit, but I highly recommend it for anyone who loves printables and needs some help getting systems put into place.  She offers a 7-day membership at $19 and a lifetime membership at $49 (which includes all new items and updates).  

School Ready Supplies

Are you a mom that loves school supplies!?!  For me, it’s almost the most wonderful time of year!  We set up a “homework station” in a central spot so everybody knows where to find it.  Sometimes I do have to hide a few things to save them from the everyday “use them and lose them” that happens around here – but I usually keep the following available:

  • Crayons /Markers
  • Sharpened Pencils / Pencil Sharpener
  • Big Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • Notebooks / Loose Leaf Paper
  • Color Paper / Construction Paper
  • Mom’s In Box

The kids know where to find these supplies and I do keep extras tucked away in a bag in my closet.  This year, I am using a “Moms’ In Box” for all the things that come home with my kids.  It will be a large basket where they put everything for me to review when they get home.  They can walk in, hang up jackets/coats, step out of their shoes and empty their book bags into my In Box.  Hopefully, this will eliminate the “surprise!” pile of papers on our couch or the “I can’t find the paper I need you to sign” that happened more often than we liked last year.

Big Happy Planner

When Planners go on sale, it’s always a fun time for me to shop!  It’s like Christmas for me, really, and this school year I settled on using a Big Happy Planner for school year planning.  It will be the place I add all the kids events, project due dates, school meetings, etc.  

The great thing about using a BIG Happy Planner is that I can punch the papers that come home from school that I need to use as reference and keep it inside the planner.  I have a pocket insert, too, which will hold some of the different sized papers that come.  

You know the ones – the fundraising papers, teacher introduction pages, PTO announcements, etc.  Those are the papers I always lose track of and also the ones I need to find – so I will be punching them and adding them to my Big HP.  

If you don’t like or don’t have a Big HP, you could always use a 3 ring binder to do the same with pocket inserts and sections for your kids – and use a hole punched monthly calendar for planning.  They usually go on sale after school starts and that’s a great time to stock up on more school supplies for your homework station, too!

Diffuser Jewelry

I will say this right now.  I could not get through most days without my diffuser jewelry.  I discovered Vitality Extracts via Instagram.  I saw an ad for diffuser jewelry on sale and couldn’t believe it.  I clicked over and saw that this website had all kinds of jewelry items using lava beads and decided to stock up.  I stocked up for myself, for the girls for their birthdays, and for a couple of friends.  I also bought the “Angel Rose” blend rollerball and it has been my go-to all summer long.  Rose is one of the most powerful scents (and one of the most expensive, so this little rollerball is really great!  

I can offer YOU a 20% discount on your first purchase at Vitality Extracts if you click THIS LINK.  From lava bead bracelets to necklaces, to rings & even earrings – you can find something for yourself OR your kids for a really good price! (They even sell kids sizes which is a terrific way to introduce essential oils to their sensitive systems and allow them to have oils at school!)  Just click THIS LINK to check out the jewelry.  (And Vitality Extracts has a Loyalty Rewards program for customers, too, so check that out!)

Are you ready for Back to School?  What are your go-to tools for success?

As Summer Comes to an End

Does it feel to you – as it does to me – that summer just got started?  Whew!  I am not sure where all the time went, although I do know we have been pretty busy and I guess it has just been the motion of our lives…  As summer comes to an end, though, I think I can say we are ready for school to start.  For the most part.

June was a nice month here in Ohio.  Cooler than previous years, we did spend a lot of time outside – sitting on our back deck watching the wide variety of birds twitter around our yard.  Kaity had done a bird project during school last year, and she had learned a lot about different birds.  We saw gray catbirds (her bird of choice), bluebirds, chickadees, finches, sparrows, robins, titmice, 4 different kinds of woodpeckers, house sparrows, and so many more.  We have a tree that hosts hummingbirds and our feeder saw lots of action before it got hot – and is seeing it again, now that it’s a bit cooler in the evenings.  Hummingbirds are amazing.  I love watching them.  The kids and I got to make a trip to visit my Aunt Vicki outside of Ft Wayne Indiana, and then to my parents overnight.  We were able to release butterflies in honor of my niece, Ashtyn, who was an organ donor.  That was very special.

July came and it got HOT.  Thankfully, our central air has been holding up and we have some refuge inside.  July & August are when I spend lots more time indoors.  I can’t take the heat or the humidity.  And now that August is halfway through, the evenings are getting cooler at times, and I can enjoy sitting out back with my family again.

We have had several major events this year.  Greg was driving to work and got hit by a deer (yep, she hit him).  It was a doe.  A deer.  A female deer. ahem.  At least he wasn’t seriously hurt and we got to spend an extra day together!

It wrecked his front end and the car was no longer driveable.  We have remained a one-vehicle family for the bulk of the summer – and while it has been challenging, God has blessed us with a family who has been VERY generous in loaning us a car or taking me to work the 2 days I work.  It is not easy for any of us, and we are still praying for the right vehicle.

We also added a TEENAGER to our house this summer!  Ack!  Kaity turned 11 in July, but Claira turned 13 just last week.  I cannot believe how fast my children are growing and don’t like the way time is moving so quickly.  Claira is starting the 8th grade; Kaity is going into 5th; Sam is going into 2nd.  Wowza.  I wouldn’t feel so old if my kids weren’t growing up so fast!

I have done a LOT of reading up on herbs & essential oils.  When I got the Herbs & EOs ultimate bundle earlier this year, I knew I would be referring to the e-books that came in the bundle, but I have also joined several Facebook groups and am learning so much!  I also visited an iridologist which was a VERY interesting experience, and I am able to enjoy some herbal preparations which have been a new experience.  I am also hoping to visit a chiropractor/naturopath in a neighboring town for some additional learning opportunities.  

My love for herbs has grown dramatically this summer and I get super passionate talking about them with anyone who actually KNOWS about herbs & oils.  I love my EOs and we use them ALL THE TIME, but the herb is not just an EO source, and I love knowing the benefits of incorporating herbs into a healthier lifestyle.  Growing them, harvesting them and turning them into products we can use at home…

Greg started the Keto food plan this summer, and while I have been slow to jump on board, we are definitely eating more veggies & more balanced meals.  He has lost some weight and is keeping to it!  We are learning to cook new things in new ways and learning to like it.  My Aunt has an air fryer and Greg & I have already discussed the idea of getting one for our anniversary/Christmas in December so we can cook in even more healthy ways.

I hope you have enjoyed your summer.  School starts next week for my kiddos and we will have a few more fun weekend activities before we settle into our school routine.  Easing into the schedule change has been a little rough – even for me – but we are getting there.

Feel free to post comments on your summer activities, new learning opportunities you have had, events & milestones in your life – or just say Hi!


It is the final week of June.  Where has the year gone???  I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe we are almost done with a whole month of summer!

We have been busy.  In a good way.  We have spent our time going places and trying new things.  Although we are blessed to now have air conditioning in the majority of our house, we have found ourselves going and doing more this summer than we have before.

One of the posts I wanted to share this month was about our backyard chickens.  My husband has been keeping chickens from the first spring we moved into this house, and we have enjoyed them.  I wrote a nice post about our great old birds along with our new birds.  As I was still uploading photos, it didn’t get published the day I wrote it.  And that night, we had a serious predator who killed all of our chicks.  The next night, that predator killed a few more of our birds, including our beloved Bantam rooster, Stanley.

My husband is the animal lover – but I was really saddened by losing Stanley – ESPECIALLY since I was getting ready to share a post & pictures of him…

Needless to say, Greg set a trap and eventually caught TWO baby raccoons!!!  In fact, I saw that something had been caught in the trap while still upstairs getting ready for the day.  I had a hard time getting Greg up, and as I went to the back door to see what was out there, I saw a Mama raccoon with a THIRD baby prowling around the cage, and working her way through our yard.  I didn’t get any pictures cuz I could hardly believe what I was seeing, and by the time Greg got up and I had presence of mind to get my camera, Mama & Baby #3 ran away.

Greg took the babies and let them go at some woods – further away from our house – and since we haven’t had any more problems.

So I need to edit that chickens post and upload some pictures -along with pictures of the NEW birds we’ve added to our flock – so be on the lookout for that post!

I have also had some epiphanies about myself and about my blog and about working.  I have also really been struggling with fatigue in the past few weeks and am trying to get into a better regimen with vitamins and sunshine.  I have been enjoying plenty of peach iced tea and trying to stick to coffee ONLY in the mornings, so I can get and stay hydrated.

I have become a voracious reader of all things Herbs, Oils & Apothecary related.  I am watching several herb-related videos, digging into my Herbs & Oils Ultimate Bundle resources, and learning everything I can about how herbs – in whole or in part [i.e. essential oils] can benefit my health and that of my family’s.  I really have a “thing” for herbs & oils so I am finding that reading is taking up more chunks of my time than before.

We are having some allergy issues this Spring – partly because of the wet spring and partly because of the chicks we keep housed in our family room until they are big enough to move outside.  One of our major upcoming projects is improving the chicken housing & their habitat – to both benefit the yard (they eat SO many bugs!) and their health & safety.  We converted an already old shed into the coop, but it has left a lot to be desired, so we hope to make a serious change in the next year.

One thing we are enjoying this summer is the crazy number of birds in our back yard!  Kaity did a report in the Spring about the Gray Catbird and we finally identified the bird that my husband thought was a kitten stuck somewhere around our porch!  Along with the catbirds, we have seen cardinals, orioles, warblers, sparrows, chickadees, bluebirds, swallows, starlings, and my favorite: hummingbirds!  We added more feeders, and are talking about getting even more because it is such a fun time.  Our kids are learning to identify birds and we are learning about them as the summer goes on.

We have no major “vacation” plans, but hope to have one weekend before school starts where we can get away and enjoy some family time.  We are settled more into a routine and things are falling into a regular pace.  It is good, and will be better when I feel more energized!

Please leave a comment below letting me know how your summer is moving along!  I’d love to hear from you!


Last Chance, Last Dance, Baby!

Monday, June 4, 2018, is your last chance to get your Herbs & Essential Oils Ultimate Bundle!  It’s your Last Chance for the Last Dance, Baby!

But this bundle ISN’T for you if you don’t have any interest in using herbs or essential oils.  Frankly, I wouldn’t want you to waste your money if you have no interest in using natural products or essential oils.

Why is it called an ULTIMATE bundle? 

Basically, this is a bundle with an exclusive list of products that you cannot buy together anywhere else.  The Ultimate Bundles team puts a lot of work into piecing the bundles together, and this one is so incredibly valuable!  In fact, my top 2 favorite resources from this bundle (just my top 2 of the 33 products) cost more together than the purchase price of this bundle!  This bundle includes digital products and online courses from EXPERTS in the field of herbs and essential oils.

My 2 Favorite Resources

Lea Jacobson, a certified aromatherapist, included her “Essential Oil Profiles: Aromatherapy Reference Manual for the Everyday Beginner and Beyond” in this bundle which sells for $27.95 alone.  This reference manual provides information for the Top 60 most popular essential oils’ safety information, drug interaction, shelf life, therapeutic benefits and body system uses!!!  This book alone is amazing!  You don’t even have to buy the 60 oils, but this ebook will become invaluable as you build your home essential oil arsenal.

The 1 year membership to The Herbarium by the Herbal Academy is something I have considered purchasing on my own more than once over the past year.  I got a small taste of what the Herbal Academy has to offer with last year’s Herbs & EOs ultimate bundle, and learned some great information.  Access to the Herbarium provides entrance to an online world of herbs which is both fun and educational.  The beautiful website and incredible resources available make this site one of my favorite learning places online!  You don’t have to learn everything about every herb, but if you have a raspberry patch, an aloe vera plant, or even dandelions growing in your back yard – you can learn about how to use them in your home with your family by accessing the educational resources of the Herbal Academy!  Oh and if you want to check out their free resources, just click here.

How I Use The Bundle

When I get access to my bundle, I generally download all the materials at once in a zip file to my computer.  It’s just the easiest thing for me.  I work on moving some of the ebooks to my Kindle, and then I print some of the printables to start using right away.

But the fact that I don’t HAVE to use everything all at once is why I love the Ultimate Bundles.  I can keep these ebooks stored on my computer, or a flash drive, and just pull them up when I am researching information or ready to dig into something new.

I have never used every single resource in any bundle, but because I know the value of my bundle vs. the actual purchase price, I am okay with that.  That’s what makes these bundles so special and unique!

So, here is your last chance to purchase this bundle.

If you want more detailed information about the bundle, CLICK HERE.

If you are just ready to buy your bundle, CLICK HERE!

(p.s.  you never have to purchase anything I recommend.  We can still be friends.  If you choose to purchase this bundle, I will earn a small commission, but it won’t change your price!)



Summer is Just Peachy

Okay, who turned the heat up, y’all?

(I have to tell you my kids get onto me when I say “y’all”.  We live in Ohio and their brother lives in Louisiana where “y’all” is pretty normal.  They get all up in arms when I use it and want me to justify why I do…)

Our few glorious spring days – the kind where you can wear a sweater in the morning and shed it for the afternoon – have disappeared into the murky morning-fog of humidity and rising heat.  I mean when it is 93 degrees in May.  In Ohio.   It is JUST wrong, y’all.

But thankfully, despite an emergency furnace failure in November which required replacement, our air-conditioning now works.  HALLELUJAH, y’all!

We have lived for 4 years without A/C – except for the window unit in our master bedroom – and this summer, we are so entirely grateful for air conditioning in main portions of the house.

I can NOT handle the heat.  I will own up to it.  I feel like a raging lunatic when I get too hot.  If i can muster the energy to move, that is.  I get hot & sweaty when it’s 80, so 93 the other day was not friendly.

I’m like one of those cartoon characters that melt and slide off the chair when it’s hot outside.

So, I have been enjoying the cold air now blowing from our vents and am SO thankful.

Oh, and it helps to have some sweet Peach tea that my Mama sent me.  It is pre-sweetened with stevia, is caffeine free and is for cold brewing so it’s really easy to make a pitcher!

So if you wanna know where the “y’all” came from – I’m gonna blame it on the Southern Breeze Peach tea!

Are you a fan of Peach tea?

You can find this Southern Breeze Peach Tea on – although I can’t remember where my mom got hers, I know I have seen it on ebay, too.  I can only find it online in multiple packs, so when you see the price, look at how many boxes you get for the price.

I brew mine using half sweet peach cold brew bags and half black tea for iced tea bags cuz I like a little bit of caffeine of course. (I am using my link which means I can earn commission if you decide to stock up – but that doesn’t cost you anything more than the price of tea on…)

This brand also has a cold brew sweetened black tea, so I may just have to try that, too.  My daughter, Claira, has been brewing a quick cup of iced peach tea after getting off the bus for the past couple of weeks, so I will probably have to order more to get us through the summer!

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for my kiddos, so the A/C and sweet tea are gonna come in handy this summer!

Herbs and Oils and Learning How to Use Them

Being the long-time fan of herbs and their uses, I love finding resources that help me get a better understanding of how herbs and herbal products can be beneficial for my use. There is a TON of stuff online about herbs and essential oils and home remedies.  When it comes to herbs and their uses, the FDA is not a regulating body.  In fact, there is no regulating body for herbs or their use – which can leave a LOT of room for misinformation, false advertisements, and ridiculous claims.  (Hello, snake oil salesman.) One reason the FDA has come down so hard on essential oil companies lately, is the claims that are made about “cures” related to medically diagnosed conditions which they can neither verify nor deny.  That does NOT mean that an herbal product cannot cure anything – just means that the FDA cannot say whether it has or has not been proven to be a cure, therefore I cannot make that claim to you in an effort to make a profit by selling you such product.  (Does that make sense?)

Ultimately, Your own health is in your hands.  You decide when and where to go to your medical provider, and probably decided the same thing for your family.  You choose whether or not to follow your physician’s directions and take recommended or prescribed medications.  Hopefully you do your own research about diagnoses received, conditions identified, and medications that are recommended to you.  You should take the time to learn so that you can make an educated decision about your health and that of your family.

If you – like me – want to take charge of your health (and your family’s) so you begin learning about natural remedies. You probably even knew it wouldn’t be easy. But you didn’t expect you’d be so overwhelmed and confused by all there is to learn, let alone all the conflicting opinions.

I’ve had the same frustrations. When I first became interested in natural health, I spent so much time researching. I often had to experiment and guess, and I made mistakes along the way. Here’s the thing, though: I didn’t really want to waste my time OR money. I did my best with what I had, but it was hard work. And that’s why I want to make it easier for you.

Lucky for you, someone had already put together a complete package to get you up to speed on using herbs and essential oils safely and effectively! Maybe you just want help as you dig deeper into the research and learn more advanced techniques once you’ve got the basics down?

And… that package was already carefully vetted for you (saving you time) – at a price that’s way too low to miss (saving you money)?

Introducing the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle!

For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever. (Seriously, just wait until I tell you the price.)

This year’s edition of the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle includes 28 ebooks and printables, 4 full eCourses, and 2 membership sites!

These top-quality resources cover everything you need to give you the skills and confidence to use natural remedies in your home.

You’ll get a complete library to help you:

    • Rebuild your medicine cabinet with natural remedies
    • Create beauty and skincare products without harmful ingredients
    • Treat your digestive complaints, pain, colds, and flus with everything in your medicine cabinet
    • Know which herbs are safe for pregnancy, babies and children
  • Confidently prepare herbal extracts, salves, and balms
  • Liven up your meals and get major health benefits by using the right herbs
  • and so much more!

Plus, it comes with over $60 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (like essential oil diffuser earrings, natural skincare, and herbal tinctures!).

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 34 digital products and it’s worth over $560 (but you’ll get it for 95% off)!

Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, the team at Ultimate Bundles is able to give you access to ALL of this… for just $29.97.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to the online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start using natural remedies!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available at this price for just six days! After Monday night, June 4th, the price goes up.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click here to learn more or buy the bundle !

It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

You want to protect your health. You shouldn’t have to feel overwhelmed because it costs too much or it’s too hard to trustworthy resources that make using natural remedies easy.  Click the link above for more information!)

(Psst… the bundle price will go up at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, June 4th, so don’t wait!)

FYI: My favorite item in this bundle is the 1-Year Membership to the Herbarium by the Herbal Academy.  This item alone is worth more than the cost of the whole bundle and I am beside myself excited that it is part of the package deal! 

Disclaimer: I have provided my affiliate link for this highly recommended product. It means I will earn a commission if you purchase it, but it will not cost you a penny more!  I can absolutely recommend this with no hesitation and hope that if you want to learn more about using herbs & oils, you will consider purchasing this bundle!
Also, the information presented on this site is provided for informational purposes only, it is not meant to substitute for medical advice or diagnosis provided by your physician or other medical professional. Do not use this information to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or health condition. If you have, or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your physician or health care provider.  To read my full disclaimer, click here.

It’s Just Business, but it is Necessary

Along with so many other bloggers and mom-operated websites, I have been immersing myself in the new GDPR compliance.  GDPR compliance? you ask?  It is something that the EU has set up to help protect it’s citizens from privacy invasion and use of personal information that they may or may not know they are leaving when they visit a website.

It’s Just Business, but it is Necessary.

I have updated my Privacy Policy, my Disclosure policy, and will continue to update my information as I am able to ensure that your information is not misused by myself or anyone else.

See, in order for me to have this blog, I have to have a hosting platform (Bluehost) – which has their own privacy policy.  To share products or MoneySavingMom deals, I link to the appropriate websites, which also have their own privacy policies.

Basically, the point of all of this is that YOU as my reader should be able to control what information you leave as you traverse the seemingly unlimited expanse of the internet.  The EU has taken the initiative of imposing laws that require websites to notify visitors of what info is taken and how it might be used.

I can tell you that my only purpose for blogging is to share my faith & family stories and sometimes some great products that have made my life easier or better.  When you leave a comment, I appreciate it and love to be able to communicate with you via comments as well.  If you subscribe to my blog updates / newsletter, your emails are stored with my newsletter service (MadMimi).  For my intents and purposes, the only reason your email is stored is because you indicated you want to hear from me (Yay!  and Thanks!).

The issue that comes into play is when these other services may take information and use it for their purposes.  It can happen.  People’s information gets used by other sources all the time and we don’t know it.  Frankly, I don’t know it all either.

YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO COMMENT OR SUBSCRIBE, OR UNSUBSCRIBE, FROM MY BLOG AT ANY TIME YOU CHOOSE.  That is basically the message of the EU, and I want you to know it is something I tend to agree with.  If you feel that you cannot “trust the internet” anymore and want to unsubscribe – I totally get it.  I have been whittling back some of my online connections myself.

Lately, I have not been spending much time on Facebook. At one time, Facebook was reported to be THE only center or hub for socializing online worth your time and energy as a blogger.

Well, these days, I (like several others I know) have been spending less and less time visiting FB.

What used to be like a friendly chat over a backyard fence has become a serious ad-targeted social media-monster that I just don’t enjoy like I once did.

Rather than seeing the engagement or new baby announcements I would love to see, I am bombarded with weight-loss ads and amazon-style marketing ads.  (You too?)

I get it.

To some degree I understand because marketing – good marketing – makes money. Many people are finding a new way of living by doing business online.  I would love to make a living doing online business, but frankly, I don’t want to just be a salesperson.  I write because I can’t help it, and because I have something I have to share.  Most people don’t buy anything via my links or recommendations, and it’s okay.  It’s my reader’s choice.  I like sharing information, and my blog is how I do just that.

So please know that if you are reading this because you subscribed awhile ago and you don’t want to read anything else from me, you always have the option to unsubscribe via the email notification.  You have the right to unsubscribe at any given time.  If you can’t figure out how to unsubscribe and want to, please shoot me an email at findinggraceandglory at gmail dot com and I’ll be glad to help you.

But the truth is, I hope you will stick with me for my sporadic posts and deals I like to share.  I hope you will feel free to comment and interact and let me know what you want more of here at Finding Grace and Glory.  It’s good to visit with you!

Lovely Lilacs

Lilacs are among my favorite flowers. I love everything about them and am blessed to have several bushes in my yard.

Every once in awhile I get a whiff through my kitchen window as I wash dishes and it immediately makes my heart lighter!

One thing science has shown is that our sense of smell has an amazing tie to memory & emotional response.

This is why the smell of coffee & toast makes me think of waking up at my grandparents house. Its why the smell of lilacs takes me back to my younger, carefree days (oh so long ago…).

Scent is a powerful substance that can affect our feelings, and is one reason I am so fond of aromatherapy. Whether I am burning a candle, taking a hot bath with scented epsom salts, diffusing or applying essential oils – I am often affected in a way that shapes how I feel.

In fact, one of my favorite ways to reset “bad attitudes” is to diffuse sweet orange + frankincense or sweet orange + peppermint.

The scent of oranges brings to mind the breakfast table – kind of ushering in a fresh start. Peppermint is bright and crisp and tends to turn frowns upside down. I have found that frankincense seems to take off sharp edges and soften hard attitudes.

It is no accident that our sense of smell is tied to our feelings when God created so many amazing things to smell. It is also no surprise to me that so many scented things can affect us in such a positive way.

The scent of lilacs is also now forever tied to the memory of my niece, Ashtyn, who passed away four years ago. I had just taken pictures of the budding lilacs on the bushes outside our house when I got the first text about her car accident. They are now permanently tied to her memory, as well, but the memories stay sweet.

Remembering Ashtyn and enjoying my lilacs is something I am doing on purpose this week.