We brought doTERRA oils into our home 3 years ago, and it was such a life changing gift. We haven't had to take our kids in for a sick visit in that many years, praise God! If you have clicked around on this website at all, you know how much of a game changer it was the first FOUR days we brought doTERRA into our home.
Haven't read about it all yet? Go up to the top and click on Our Story!
Soooo, when I bought oils, I thought I'd only use them when we were not feeling good, boy was I surprised to find, we could use oils everyday, in every way, in every room of our home.
Over the next week or so, I'd like to teach you a few of the ways you can do the same, Oils A-B-C style!
The FIRST thing I want to talk about is, What is an essential oil?
Watch this short 2 minute VIDEO before reading on:
doTERRA is the most tested, and the most trusted essential oil company on the market. They are 9 years old and have quickly zoomed to the #1 largest oil company in the world!
WHY? I think it boils down to 3 things: sourcing, integrity and humanitarian efforts.
doTERRA believes that wherever plants grow native, is where they are their best. They believe in responsible sourcing and thinking to the future for sustainable resources.
So instead of owning their own farms, or bringing all the crops to US soil to control the process from seed to bottle, they go over to 3rd world countries and hire local farmers to grow the crops for us. We call this Co-Impact sourcing! 85% of the farmers we work with, will only work with us, because they know we take amazing care of them and their families.
We work hard to maintain agricultural traditions, but also teach them better ways of growing. We teach them to wait for full harvest and not rush it. We pay all year long so this doesn't happen. AND, no middle men to gouge prices, we pay direct.
While we are there, doTERRA is dropping wells for villages that used to walk hours a day to find water sources, we build schools for the harvesters children, and we leave behind essential oil clinics for health and wellness.
One of my favorite videos is from when DoTERRA headed over to Nepal, as SOON as the disaster relief started, from the horrific hit they took in 2015 when several earthquakes ripped through their land. We get our Wintergreen from there.
Grab your Kleenex, and watch this short video about the beautiful people of Nepal:
doTERRA is a billion dollar, debt free company with a HUGE heart for others! You can read more about our effort in Nepal here.
Because of this heart for the hurting, we also have a Healing Hands ministry. DoTERRA partners with Operation Underground Railroad, Days for Girls and disaster relief alll over the globe.
I am so proud to represent a company, so close to my own heart and my own faith and belief in giving back, living generously and helping those in need of care.
I am really looking forward to talking oils with you this week, and sharing my love and passion for these beautiful gifts of the earth!
I'll be giving a 5 ml bottle of essential oil away to 8 lucky commenters!!!! 1 winner will be picked from EACH day's post comments at the end of our A-Z education week! :)
Everytime you comment this week = chance to WIN!!!!! Woot woot! Let's practice:
What do you know about essential oils? Are you open to natural forms of healthcare?
We went to see Gigi at the hospital today, she was having trouble breathing and they found a clot in her lung. Praise the Lord she is fine and home safe now!
The kids set to work right away to make her a poster for her room. And we delivered a succulent from the Oregon wedding we all attended.
Destiny is at a missions trip in Colorado Springs!
Funny Paxton drew a picture of Gigi eating a big black jelly bean on his part of the poster. See her above the word soon? Her hand is coming up to eat a jelly bean.
She has a jar of GIANT black jelly beans that Great Grandpa used to love. Now she stocks them for the kids.
Paxton must find it very important to include it. CRACK ME UP!
We said good bye to a few succulents we got as favors at the Oregon wedding, (black thumbs) but found some more at Home Depot when we were buying paint....
Meet Cassie, Patrick, Ellie and Sir Pokes A Lot! 🌱
R.I.P. Sucky and Spikes you were good little plants, sorry we killed you with our big black thumbs.
In the midst of doing our place, cooking is the last thing on our minds, but I DO make a nice lunch each day. Pork Chipoltle Chopped Salad, Stir fry and whatever I can whip up with what we have on hand.
I don't like to do hotdogs, but couldn't resist the kids when they found these HUGE foot long hot dogs and matching bun sizes. Avery wanted you to see a regular dog (case free nitrate free, organic....hey I am trying here) hotdog to compare.
We pick different places to go as a reward for our hard work in the evening.
We heard about a new place called The Barn in Burrton, KS. They had a magazine article written about their Chicken Fried Steak. Homestyle food is always a hit, so we scraped ourselves out of our paint clothes and headed to eat.
I wish I had a way to show you how HUGE this thing is! WOW! Dale and I should've shared..... YUMMO! Can't wait to go back. I have never in my life had this kind of crisp and flavorful batter. We eat chicken fried steak all over the USA< this one WINS! :)
For those just tuning in, we are building an apartment inside the RV shed we put up. Yes, we are still traveling. This will just be a hub, a stopping point. Along the way, I decided that RV is my home, I don't need another one. I decided to make this apartment "party barn style" with lots of funky colors and fun details. I love the 1950's, so naturally was drawn to pieces from that era, starting with an orange leather square chair, and a silver table with 4 sparkly grommet chairs. The rest, is history!
So, we have a bath and a half. Upstairs is orange with retro white metal vanity. The downstairs, goes more with the shiplap, old wood look.
We are currently painting this solid wood old dresser, to use in our shiplap bathroom of our new hub we are finishing. I'll show you it in a bit.
The blue I selected, Behr Sky Watch, exactly matches the "Papa Wall" in the laundry room perfectly. This wall is pieces of fence from the one that ran along his driveway when he lived next door to us. He passed away 3 years ago, and we have been looking forward to finding a way to incorporate it into our apartment.
We are using the blue fence posts, as legs for the laundry folding station. That silver is a hang down light that goes above. We aren't done, just resting the counter on them for now.
The counter top is called Betty, and was one of the first items I found as the retro idea bounced around in my head!
So the reason you clicked on this post in the first place, the DRESSER for the shiplap bathroom!!! :)
(we had lots to catch up on first, RIGHT!?!?)
My friend Elaine gave me some awesome ideas for the sides of the drawers. We are hoping to keep them as functioning as possible, despite the pipes that will run in the midst of them.
First, I painted the sides white. I like Behr paint the best! Covers like a dream.
I let it dry and then we used painters tape to create stripes.....Elaine headed home but before she left, she gave me some really really good advice!
She told me to be sure to cover it with WHITE AGAIN, before moving on to the blue. This is KEY to creating crispy stripes. SERIOUS! It worked!
I could HARDLY wait for it to dry so I could do blue already!
Let it dry again, SO MUCH WAITING!
Pulled the tape and viola, stripes! I am loving this little secret fun detail!!!! :)
Put it all back together, with the newly painted SILVER drawer pulls, instead of gold, and here she is!
Do you not LOVE those little retro handles!?
I am so glad we kept them, instead of buying new like we briefly talked about.
Ready to see a little sneaky peek inside to see the stripey drawers?
EEEK! Can't wait to get some flooring in the house so we can move this vanity IN!
Here is the flooring we picked, it is a floating laminate, lifetime guaranteed and has awesome different sized planks, textures and colors:
Dale is working on getting the kitchen in, but then the flooring comes next! We worked all day Tuesday, it was a hot 101* but in the shade and shed it wasn't too awful. We are getting used to working in heat all day, I guess!
Kids did AWESOME entertaining themselves! They built a town of cardboard houses, thanks to all the cabinet boxes. Elaine gave Paxton a great idea for a sky light, an old washer door!
Avery started a pizzeria, using the scraps of wood from the ceiling, she and Pax made pizzas to sell. Too cute! They also swung in the hammocks, read and relaxed too. Tomorrow, we'll have more painting and things they can help with, although Pax did a great job paining the pulls silver, on the dresser today.
I am giving you a break from house posts for a bit. Oh, but do I have some great things planned for you in the coming weeks!
I am SO excited to share something I am so passionate about..... :)
We had a great quick trip to Texas for classes.....
Destiny's best friend and 2nd cousin, Brooklyn, got to come with us. They have been scheming for a year now, how to get her on a trip with us. This Dallas trip was perfect, because it was just 4 days, then back home.
They had a ball!
Class went great and we had almost a 100% sign up! YAY! More families whose lives have been changed in amazing ways.....
We returned home and hit the ground RUNNING. We have 3 weeks to get the shed AS DONE AS POSSIBLE.
So are you as tired of hearing about me painting, as I AM OF THE ACTUAL PAINTING?!
It's going to be worth it, it's going to be worth it.
Haha, I would love to give you a super exciting update, but a lot of our day is still spent painting the house...the ceiling actually.
Our sweet kiddos, get up in the am and come help us paint for hours. They get a water fight break in the afternoon, and then back to work in the evenings. Each ceiling piece takes 4 steps, and it involves lots of rinsing paint brushes, since we can only do small batches. They are such troopers! Go team Ferguson!
In ONE WEEKS time, we went from this to THIS:
Sweet Dale works the longest and the hardest. He is installing the ceiling for us and says the WORST part is cutting out the ceiling can lights. And installing all by himself! Poor guy!
Love my mister fix it! It's looking SO NICE!
I am painting trim, tons and tons of ceiling trim pieces. And, my favorite part...
After months of looking, I found the PERFECT solid wood dresser to paint for our downstairs shiplap bathroom at a cool little store downtown called Renu. The price was right, and Dale had the truck.
EEEK! It's finally happening! :)
Here is a photo of a similar sink to what we are getting, except ours is a one holer. I even found a similar mirror!!!
And, I just so happen to have an extra gallon of blue paint for the project. (we decided to do white banister instead of blue) AND, it the same shade as our Papa laundry room wall, so it totally matches that whole area. Thanks, Lord! :)
While Dale worked on hanging ceilings and trim, I got to work sanding the dresser down.
Look at this darling tag I found inside the drawers......it's so vintage and adorable! I am keeping it!!!!! :)
Power tools and I do not mix, but I went for it, and it was surprisingly FUN and easy! And I didn't even sand through the top...
We had already removed all the cool funky gold handles, those will be painted silver soon. I wiped off all the dust and got to work!
I had barely gotten started, when I saw that I had dribbled a bunch of blue paint on our driveway while I stirred. Oops, in the dog house with Dale over this one.
This time I put plastic down and it was back to work!
This dresser has these great little gold details that I will tape off and hand paint silver as soon as it dries well. Same as handles, and dome lights we have picked out for bathroom.
It's looking nice I think! I am LOVING this color! I'll take the painters tape off tomorrow and get to work on the silver details and drawer sides. We are working on it TODAY! :)
Guess it's a good thing I put down that plastic?!
I'll update you on this project soon! My friend, Elaine gave me some FUN ideas for the sides of the drawers I cannot wait to try.
It's BOGO time, Baby! That means BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE OILS! Wahooooooo! :)
And, it's the one time I year, I can offer WHOLESALE pricing to non members!
You are welcome to check things out on my BOGO Blitz page. I will be educating you daily, on the deals and what the oils can be used for!
You can order one day, you can order all 5 days, I will gather your order up when it arrives, and ship it all to you with discounted shipping.
I am SO excited to spend time with you, sharing the oils I am SO passionate about!
Click here to join our BOGO page:
The first Friday of every month, I make my team a video of the FREE oil doTERRA is giving away tha t month, as well as the item that is an extra 10% off.
The other Fridays of the month, are done by my Silver and Above leaders, we LOVE to empower and teach our team to use their oils WELL. It's SO fun to see what everyone come up with in their videos, and you never stop learning. Even 3 years later, I am learning new uses for my doTERRA oils!
Now remember, not all details apply, but the education part always will.....
Watch and learn!
And here are the ones I forgot to post for months now! Oops. :)
May , almost there!
June, almost caught up!
Hope you learned a lot! I will try to stay on top of this from now on....make sure you watch July!
Hugs, T :)
Today is the day! It's shopping day! I cannot wait to meet with you all tonight on FB....
Agnes & Dora party from 6pm to 7pm MST!
(That's 8pm to 9pm CST and 9pm to 10pm EST for you time zone challenged, like me) ;)
Tara is SO MUCH FUN!!! And I think you will be blown away by these high quality pieces.
If you missed the blog review I did on a capsule wardrobe I was sent, click here, then come back to find out about the party tonight!
There are 2 easy steps to find us:
1) Follow this link and join this page, it's where the party is at:
2) Watch for the RV Oilers event posted and click JOIN to RSVP! (you can use search and find it with: rv oilers) Tara will go LIVE right in that Agnes & Dora page for our event! :)
Anyone that RSVPs in the comments below and shops with us tonight, will get a chance to have a FREE pair of leggings added to her order.
See you THERE...... :)
My friend Jenny messaged me last night, and asked if we were writing verse on our walls before we painted. We had planned to pray over the home before me moved in, walking from room to room, but hadn't thought of writing verses!!!!
I did a little research, and apparently it's a "THING". Cool!
So I was thinking about it, and I remembered the verse in the Bible that talked about doorways, and writing on them, so I looked it up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says, "These commands that I give you today, are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."
So today, in the midst of painting, that's exactly what we did.....
We picked a verse for the front door, and a verse for the back door.....
Front door: Joshua 24:15 "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Back door: Deuteronomy 28:6 as pictured below. Dale added 1 John 4:16.
Each child got to pick a special verse for their bedroom door frames as well. They thought it was SUPER cool to write with permanent markers on the boards of the doorways!!!!
Dale picked several verses, 2 for our closet doors and one for the main doorway from Song of Solomon. I even got a love note out of the deal! ;)
I also had picked out one from Song of Solomon and wrote a little love note too.
The verse I chose, was about my beloved.
One of my favorite things about my "new" marriage is Dale treats me so much like his cherished one, his beloved.
It brings tears to my eyes, and I know the Lord works all things for good, for those who trust Him with their messes.
Praise God for beauty from the ashes, right?! Amen.
The upstairs orange half bathroom got it's own special verse about patience, haha!
Moving back downstairs, I chose a 2 verses for the Laundry room and 1 for the bathroom.
We prayed over each room as we went, inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell here in this place, for the Father to grant us peace and joy in the walls of this home sweet hub whenever we stop through, angels of protection in Jesus name. You know? When we were all done, the whole place felt different. There are no words!
We worked the rest of the day on the ceiling planks, we primed, then painted each one. Its very TEDIOUS with all those cracks between slats that take lots of time and attention, we do about 5 at a time on the main floor, and have another 6 going upstairs we rotate through as they dry.
Dale rented a tool to help him start to get them up to the ceiling and in position. The hardest part of his day, is cutting around the ceiling lights. Poor guy! He is doing a great job though!
The biggest trick is figuring out where to move them to as they are dry and waiting to go UP. We are figuring it out, but there is just not much room to move around these days!
Stay tuned for more pics as we work the next couple weeks before our trip up north...
After my blog review of the capsule wardrobe I was sent from Agnes & Dora, you all had some GREAT responses! Surprised that you hadn't heard of them, excited to check the fabrics out, and all asking how to find out more about the items available.
So here we are, planning a shopping day together! :) We can shop and chat, grab an orange julius and hit the racks, right?!
I have an even better plan, one that doesn't involve aching FEET, or walking the mall for hours trying to find clothes we like! :)
YOU ARE INVITED, this Thursday, July 13th to an Agnes & Dora party on Facebook, from 6pm to 7pm MST! (That's 8pm to 9pm CST and 9pm to 10pm EST for you time zone challenged, like me) ;)
We are going to hang out with Tara Eveland, learn more about Agnes & Dora together, and GO SHOPPING! I am so excited!!!! I am dying to get my hands on their dresses now and some more nice pieces. They just came out with cute new dresses and JEGGINGS too! Eeek!
So you can take the orange julius to go, and get on your jammie pants! :) Let's hang out THURSDAY NIGHT!
Just follow these 3 easy steps.
1) Follow this link and join this page, it's where the party is at:
2) Watch for the RV Oilers event posted and click GOING!
3) Anyone that RSVPs in the comments below and shops, will get a chance to have a FREE pair of leggings added to her order.
Comment away and plan to come shop with me Thursday night! See you THERE...... :)
Look for this photo in her page to RSVP to our fun shopping night:
If you have a big wish list, you can host your own party with Tara too and earn FREE clothing!
When our Garden City class got rescheduled, we took the 3 day window to buzz home before our OKC training and Dallas classes started. The dry waller called and he said our place was done! Eeek, so excited to go see it!!!!
We had a long drive from Colorado, but pulling in to our driveway and seeing the lights for the first time.....oh my goodness, it was so nice! We have had people hard at work here since we left, and it's wonderful to see it come together.
It was so different to see WALLS!
So what better way to spend 3 days, then PAINTING?
So. Much. Painting.
Seriously you all, we painted for 3 straight days.
ALL THE PAINTING!!!! And I have the blisters to show for it from the roller. ;)
I have to tell you a sad story.....
So, we went to Home Depot and they talked to us about using the all in one primer, and one coat magic paint. At $40 a gallon, it better be, right? But with a $10 rebate, it was the same price as the mid grade paint, so why not? Money back guarantee if i doesn't cover, blah blah blah, great we'll take it!
Anyhow, so we paint the WHOLE house......
My sweet momma in law came out to help edge and brought us burgers and dogs, which she grilled and served so we wouldn't have to stop working. What a blessing!!!
It was a long day, but the kids worked really hard and we got the majority of the main rooms done. Paxton only fell in the paint once. Poor guy! Hee hee, you can see his "splat" mark in our orange half bathroom.
Gigi came out with Nana a few times, they brought fried chicken and HOMEMADE PIE! Mmm! Gigi played games with the kiddos on the front porch. They loved it!
The dark wall is called Pencil Point and was a nice charcoal color in the sample. It's turned kinda blue for some reason, but hoping when we get decor up, it will still work with our scheme.
So we are feeling happy and accomplished to have SO much day our first full day home.....
Then we notice that the paint was sucking into the dry wall. WHAT IN THE WORLD?
(looking more grey here, yay!)
We did some research, turns out, you are STILL supposed to use Primer, even if the paint comes with it already in, for new construction. We just took the paint guys word for it!
So Dale calls the Home Depot manager at 10:30 at night and nicely explains the situation. Manager tells us to come back tomorrow afternoon and he'll give us all the gallons for free, which will allow us to do coat 2.
They were super nice and basically paid for some REALLY costly primer for us.
Now, to redo the EVERYTHING.
This time, my friend and doTERRA teammate, Elaine came over to help us. She is the master edger, so we put her to work. She refused photos, but I still wanted to give her a shout out on here for her good work! (AND yummy lunch and circus cookie Braums ice cream she brought out with her.)
It's not done in this photo, but she free handed the edging between the smokey wings and pencil point walls. Niiiiiice!
On the 3rd day of painting, my mom had taken the kids, so we were really able to get some major work done. Haha, love my little helpers but boy did I stop a lot when they were here! ;)
Here are the finished rooms....hard to see, but this will give you an idea.
Boys room is a grey beige called Gentle Wings, or bird something, and it matches their comforters from the old house, perfectly. They wanted the same room with the old car signs and oil cans again.
The girls wanted teal or coral walls, but went with grey so they could have wall decor in teal and coral. They really thought it through! I cannot wait to show you their new comforters I got them for a STEAL at Overstock.com. Wait, I can go grab a pic from the website, hold on...
I did our room in aqua....
I re did our master bedroom not long before we moved from our old place, so I am going with the same mustard, white and aqua bedding. I have to sell the king 4 poster bed set though. Its really made for a very large master suite, with taller ceilings, which I no longer have. So I'll be listing it soon!
If you are local and want to chat about it, shoot me a message!!!!! It comes with a 4 poster king sized bed frame and beautiful top crossbar pieces, a large armoire (not pictured), oversized dresser and 2 tall nightstands. It was a $5000 set, so we are asking $2500 or fair offer.
This is about as close to red, white and blue as I came on the 4th of July. SIGH.
It's going to be worth it!
Thank goodness, the kids got to go have fun at the 4th of July parade while we worked, because we did it, we got EVERYTHING done in its 2nd and 3rd coats! Destiny walked in the parade with her friend, Ivy.
We finished painting all the white window ledges, a shiplap bathroom wall and we put up VERY special Papa Don wall in our laundry room.
Check it out:
This blue wood comes from the fence that was on Papa's property right next door. I have been saving it for 3 years almost, so we could uses it in a special way. Tears were flowing as it went up, that is for sure!
I'll keep you all up to date as we progress! We spent 13 years of our marriage working on our one and only home, which was great, but exhausting. (Seems like whenever you dig into a 1920's farm house, you find 6 more projects.)
Having a fresh, brand new build has been SO MUCH FUN! I can see why people love it so much, there are so many delicious little details to work on and plan out.
Come again soon! I'll have lots more to share from the apartment!!! Oh and NO, we are totally not done traveling, the RV is still our home sweet home, but for tax reasons we need a permanent mailing address. So why not build a party barn style apartment and RV shed, and make it a FUN place to crash out when we go through Kansas!?
I got my nose pierced Christmas of 2016. I had decided that August, when I turned 35, that it was time to do it. It wasn't until Florida that I found a place, as we walked around the Christmas light strewn downtown area.
Yes, I was more than nervous! Yes, it hurts. But only for a second, its a big ol' needle, so don't LOOK! They really have to push hard to get it to go through your skin and tissue. (shudders)
All in all, after the big owie, its not even as hot as your ears get. However, your face will feel hot and will be swollen like you got in a fight. doTERRA Lavender oil to the rescue!!!! It was down substantially by the time we got to the car.
I grew up in a conservative farming community and have Amish roots. My grandmothers family left the Amish church when she was 8. We grew up in the Mennonite church, and this the single, solitary rebellion of my life. Or an early mid life crisis? Hee hee! :)
You can call it whatever you want, I call it SASSY.
Well, being at the 6 month mark, means I can finally CHANGE out the piercing stud thingy. It used to fit fine, but the closer we got to half a year, the more it stuck out. SUPER ANNOYING!
Looks normal enough right?
BAM! Silver booger.
So apparently, the nose is SO swollen from the needle trauma the first 6 months, they have to use a large L shape nose ring to accommodate. As you heal, the nose swelling inside goes down too, and this original nose ring becomes too big, and rotates around and sticks out.
(Phew! I was glad to learn this, I thought it was just the shape of my nose holes or something!)
This size difference means as I am talking, it works it way out of my nose hole. Middle of an oil class, middle of church, laying out by the pool, talking with someone, washing my face.....out it comes! And that means I need to push it back up in.....
Well, I am telling you right now, no matter how sneaky or intentionally you try to do this, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE PICKING YOUR NOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That means its time to change it out! I found a highly recommended company called Alluring Body, to order a nice quality gold and diamond nose ring, and had it shipped ahead to my Colorado hostesses address.
They really take the time to visit with you and see what fits your look and needs, so I'd recommend you email or call before officially placing an order. I learned from the consultant, that you have to get the L shape nose ring until the year mark, or you can tear your hole and damage it.
No hoops, corkscrew or the rod style with the little ball on the end until later, like after a year. These things take lots of time to heal up!
Eeek! Here goes nothing, I have been having nightmares about changing this thing out!
What if I can't find the hole again?
What if the new nose ring sticks out just like the old?
What if I drop it down the sink and have to spend more money to get a new one AND deal with the silver booger longer?
A towel in the sink in case I get dropsy and here goes nothing:
EEEEK! I am freaking out! It feels so weird.....
PHEW! That wasn't so bad. Only took a second to get this one out and the new one in!!!!! YAY!!!!!!! No more silver boogers! (Or gold in this case!)
Look at the size difference:
TA DAAAAAAAAAA!!!! I am in love! its gold and sparkly and not too big at all inside my nose hole!
So what have I learned this past 6 months?
1 - KELOIDS are REAL!
And they are yucky and hard to get rid of. I didn't take a photo, but here is one from google.
A Keloid is basically a piercing bump. Here is a photo, not mine, but it looked about like this.
I was so sure I would never get a keloid, because I cleaned my nose ring religiously with on guard soap and followed instructions. I was super duper careful not to hit it or get makeup on it. And I didn't break the rules and change out my nose ring too soon, either, because that's what rule followers DO! ;)
Things went well for a few months, but then I got hit in the nose by my buddy Pax. RIGHT on my nose ring. Oh my, did my eyes ever water!
Next, I caught it on my washcloth, bam, pulled almost clear out. THEN (it musta been swollen at this point) I caught it on the blanket at night while rolling over....OUCH!
And there it is, a yucky ol' Keloid.
This happened about 3 different times, with various reasons of trauma, and lasted several long weeks before I found something that worked to reduce it in just days. I tried EVERYTHING.....
Silver Shield to the rescue!!!! I'd put some colloidal silver on a q-tip and cleaned around the keloid outside and the nose hole inside. Was very cool and soothing and worked like a charm!
2 - BOOGERS
BIG, giant plate like boogers that build up behind that little L shaped hook.
It snuck up on me at first. Your nose is super tender and you don't want to touch it. One day I realized I couldn't breathe out of my left nostril. I don't like to dig and pick even when my nose isn't sore, so I grabbed a q-tip.
HOLY BOOGERZILLA! No wonder I couldn't breathe anymore. It was like the wall of China, huge, long and nothing was passing through!
So use a q-tip and be careful, but get those boogies out regularly so you don't sufficate.
3 - Re-Learn How To Blow Your Nose!
The first cold is the worst. You can't quite squeeze and wipe like you used to, so you almost have to learn all over again. Kinda like when you were a kid and couldn't figure out the art of the Kleenex.
At one point I just rolled the Kleenex really skinny and shoved it up in there to sop it up so I wouldn't have to squeeze.
4 - You MIGHT Be Allergic.
Jewelry containing nickle, cobalt or white gold can cause allergic reactions. I had peeling skin and a super itchy nose until I started using coconut oil on it regularly. I knew I couldn't change for 6 months, so I kept at it, and kept the peeling and itching manageable.
My new piece is called the 2mm Stunning Diamond 18k gold L shape post stud, and shouldn't cause any issues.
5 - Make Up Sponges Are Sneaky Little Nose Ring Snatchers!
Beware! When doing your make up, you WILL get caught on the prongs of your earring, and it WILL pull out of your nose part way, down to the L.
Slow down, take your time on that area, and you will reduce your chances of watering off all your eye make up, as you do lamaze to breathe through the pain and gag reflex.
6 - You will LOVE Your Nose BLING!
I cannot believe what this did for me. It makes you feel pretty, a fun new something, but not bold enough to cause a scene. Just a wee bit of sass to add a lift to your step and a sparkle to our nose! After the year mark, I want to buy a little hoop!
Good news is, after a whole week of having the new one in, I literally cannot tell its even THERE!!! Super light weight, no silver boogers, yay! I love the bigger diamond in a nice finish. I can blow my nose again!
If you decide to go for it, find a clean and well rated place to do it, buy high quality pieces once you can change your ring out, don't mess with it, or change to early, and enjoy the new, bolder YOU! :)
Our last day in Colorado was spent at the Garden of the gods. It was pretty busy, and we had trouble finding parking, so go early, but WOW was it ever awesome.
Start in the visitors center, its like a free museum with loads of neat info to arm yourself with, before you go to the rock formations.
We hopped in our car and started meandering through the park, using pull offs and parking lots that had 2 openings, to park and go explore the area.
There is a $500 fine for climbing the rocks, unless otherwise listed. We were thrilled to find that along the path and then again at Balancing Rock, you could climb and explore to your hearts content.
Dawson brought his tripod and clicker, so we were able to get a group shot that is literally my FAVORITE of all of these! Love this group!
We had promised the kids a night by the fire and making some Pie Iron Pizzas, for our last night in Colorado together.
Pie Iron pizzas are super fun! And dangers, especially with 7 kids swinging around with scalding hot cast iron heavy swords if you will, but we managed.
You spray each side with olive oil, sauce 2 pieces of wheat bread, and add garlic, meat, onion and cheese, close it up and cook over the fire. It comes out toasty and gooey like a hot pocket. Yummo!
I cannot believe our time in Colorado is already done. We have had so so much fun!
Next up, we head towards Dallas for classes there!
Are you in the area JULY 8th? Please join us for a FREE Essential oil educational class with ME! :) I'd love to meet you and help your family live better.
You have 3 class time choices: 1, 3:30 and 6 pm. I am offering a free oil gift to anyone who mentions this blog and is not yet enrolled with doTERRA! :)
Hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July celebration!
The next day, we hopped in the car and drove the 2 or so hours to Cachara (pronounced Ka-churra) a teeny, tiny, quaint, little mountain town.
Our Fercho friends have a family cabin up there, and they wanted to go check on it before everyone arrives this week for a HUGE 4th of July get together. Apparently when they got all that snow in May, it melted so fast it caused some water damage in the house.
Chucara Valley is a town of all cabins, and this quaint little dirt main street with cute stores and restaurants, Inns and B&B's. They have tons of cabins for rent in the surrounding mountains!
You guys, its totally a step back in time. You could smell the mountain air, hear the nearby stream, as we sat to have lunch at the famous Dog Bar Cafe, and you could feel the hustle of the real world, just melt off your back.
Seriously. After an afternoon spent there, it was hard to want to "re-enter reality", even if our reality isn't that stressful! :)
We walked into town, explored the area, went for a scenic drive and the kids played and played and played.
They explored all the nooks and crannies of the cabin with it's 2 attic rooms and balcony above tall pitched tongue and grove ceilings. They sat and talked out on the porch swing, went looking for bears and just ran around laughing and calling to each other, as children do.
It was hard to want to leave, but alas, it was getting late and we had a 2 hour drive back.
Someday you guys, SOMEDAY, I will have a little cabin tucked up in the mountains with a stream in my backyard. Someday.
Because of a connection Tiffany had, we were able to get a VIP tour of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. WOW! Was this place ever awesome!
Touring the Olympic Training Center with 4 time Olympian Luger, Rubens Gonzalez, gave us a whole new perspective on how hard of work it takes to get here....
This place is simply fantastic. They have on staff chefs, physical therapists, psychologist, specialists and doctors that volunteer their time, as well as all the latest and greatest equipment, including a climate controlled room to make elevation higher and oxygen lower to test the body strength. A space chamber to run on the treadmill in during sprains and injuries, and SO MUCH MORE!
We got to see the athletes hard at work.....
There is also a training kitchen where chefs come in from Food Network to teach them new dishes. All recipe videos are found on the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center website.
Did you know this is a campus where some of the athletes live and train?
They have dorms with personal rooms and shared living rooms. They have to take allergy tests before they come in, and the caffeteria has a buffet based on the limitations of the athletes plus calorie counts of everything.
They enjoy lawn activities, movie nights, and all the fun of a college campus, but work and training focused study. Super neat opportunity!
Check out this slideshow:
Did you know you can hire Ruben to come speak at your event about the where hard work and determination get you? His story is FANTASTIC! He learned in 2 years, what normally takes Lugers 10 years! Seriously awesome story! The Courage to Succeed website is linked below.
Courage to Succeed
The kids had a BALL! We did too. :) What a privilege to get a VIP tour with an Olympian!
4 little Ferguson's Bobsled team! Haha :)
More fun to come from Colorado Springs....
After Rifle, we headed towards Colorado Springs. We had classes planned there, as well as meeting up with our good friends, the Ferchos. We drove as far as Loveland, and crashed there a few days, and did some classes and business training in Greely and Eaton.
We drove 45 minutes home from class, and found this note on our door:
Right away the kids were SUPER worried! Had Sophie barked all day? Where we in some kind of trouble? It was 10:30 pm at this point, but the kids all wanted to come see what was going on! Ty crawled to bed, but the rest headed out with us.
Dale knew what was up, and I had only just found out on the way home from class....
Apparently, our friends, the Ferchos, who we were supposed to meet up with TOMORROW, came through same route on the way to our Colorado Springs destination, and snagged the last spot at the SAME rv park as us.
This was their tricky way to get us over to their RV after we got back from class! The kids FLIPPED OUT! So cute. (no photos, I left my phone on the charger at the RV)
The next morning, we all packed up, ready to head out.
I love RV parks, we just meet the nicest people wherever we go! It always blows my mind when people recognize our rig from the doTERRA Leadership Magazine and come say hi. What a blessing to meet and encourage other oilers! :) These sweet ladies came to chat right before we left. SO fun!
We only had a couple hours to drive, so we had requests for all the kids to ride together the first hour, then switch to boys and girls the second hour. We got into some major traffic, but they did great.
While in Colorado Springs, we planned on hanging out, doing classes, going to see Whit's End, Olympic Training Center, up into the mountains to see their cabin, and Garden of the Gods.....
If you are a 4 little Ferguson's blog reader, following us over to RV Oilers blog, you KNOW we are OBSESSED with Adventures in Odyssey CD's. We were before we hit the road, and we sure are now. What a great way to kill 2 plus hours, all the kids laying around, or coloring, while listening to a story on CD.
Wait, it's not on a SCREEN?
Nope. Good ol' fashioned story acted out on CD. You can hear the sound effects and use your imagination. It is VERY well done!
We own 40 CD sets, out of 62, and they are still making them. Perfect Christmas and Birthday gifts if you ask me! :) You have to try for your kids, they learn SO much about the Bible, manners and how the Lords wants them to act, all while enjoying stories and funny characters.
You better believe we were excited to visit the Focus on the Family Campus in Colorado Springs. They have a whole lower level that is a kid zone, with places to play and explore, rooms from the different adventures to visit, a place to play dress up and put on puppet shows, scavenger hunts, a 4 story slide and even a Whit's End Soda Shop!
Main floor was a movie theatre, a mini theatre teaching us about how they make AIO CD's, lots of info on the beautiful ministry and humble beginnings of Focus on the Family! Really fascinating!
You could take the "Imagination Station" elevator down to Witt's End, OR the staircase through the Butterfly Gallery. Avery tried out BOTH!f
Once downstairs, it was a WHOLE nother world!
The kids loved the 4 story slide! Especially the little ones. The big ones got their elbows and backs banged up a bit, and headed to do the Scavenger hunt instead.
We killed the whole afternoon there, and still weren't done. But alas, it was time to get back home to prepare for our oil class.
We had one more VERY important stop to make: Whit's End Soda Shop to get a WodFamChocSod, short for World Famous Chocolate Soda, talked about in MANY an Adventure in Odyssey stories.
We shared, but next time I am getting my OWN WodFamChocSod!!! Holy amazing.
If you like Fudgscicles, this is the drink for you! They blend chocolate ice cream soda water, chocolate syrup and whipped cream on top. YUMMM!
Such a sweet ending to a sweet day! I love how the Lord's presence is so apparent in this place. We just relaxed and enjoyed while the kids played. I cannot wait to go back!
Be sure to check out the amazing bookstore too wow! We found some treasures....like $1 christian fiction books, lost episode discs of AIO and MORE. :)
Lots more fun to come in Co Springs!!!
Next, we headed to the Western Slope to stop in Rifle for an oil class and to meet our new friends, the Fitzkes! Heather is a new builder on our oil team, so we decided to come out here way. We love to connect and help our team GROW. :)
Brent took the day off and the whole family joined us on a hike behind the falls. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we couldn't wait to see some waterfalls after SO many strike outs this summer. :)
I cannot even tell you how LOUD it was up here! We were getting soaked from over spray too......pretty great!
We got to explore these caves too! Holy amazing!
They had these great pathways that wound around behind the streams and falls with look outs.....
Hiking slide shows:
The roots of these trees were FANTASTIC! And actually larger around then the tree trunk itself, wow!
I get some SERIOUS clausterphobia! So as we climbed up up up into this dark little tunnel to get into this big room, I was trying not to FLIP OUT! Totally worth it. No pics though, too dark.
Then it was SWIMMING time....well, not swimming, but totally waded in the FREEZING water!
Swimming hole slideshow:
Thanks for a great time, Fitzke family! Time to hit the road to COLORADO SPRINGS....
AND THE WINNER IS.......comment 34
EMILY MILES, you are the winner of the $50 shopping spree!!!
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The rest of you, LISTEN UP! Tara doesn't want you feeling left out, so she is offering......
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What a fun giveaway, thanks to everyone who shared the post!
I am so thankful for Dale, and the daddy he is to our children. What a blessing to see him interact and enjoy them on a daily basis!
He is the best fishermen, rv driver, trail guide, and fun maker our kids could ever ask for!I love how he loves them, leads them with joy but firmness and continually points them to Jesus in all he says and does. ❤
I am so glad our children get to do life with him, all day everyday! That is the biggest, best, most valuable gift we could've asked for!!!
For Father's Day, we planned to head to Telluride, another cool local town, just a car ride away. They have a cool free Gondola ride that leads to a Mountain village with hiking, restaurants, and lodging. Pretty cool!
What we didn't know, was that we were joining an extra 12, 000 people already there for a GIANT music festival!!! Bluegrass, baby! We were able to get a parking pass and go into the town, but found it very hard to find parking spots.
We finally snagged one on a little side street and walked down to the Gondola ride.
I am no roller coaster lover, so take this with a grain of salt, but this was QUITE the ride. You totally zoomed in and out, and it tickled your tummy when you pitched downhill. And the BUMP that happens over every pole? I may have grabbed the leg of the kid next to me every stinking time. They thought it was hilarious!
It was a pretty view once your tummy stopped jumping around, and we enjoyed lunch down in the mountain village before taking the ride back up.
We headed back to Montrose to grab some groceries and try out Dale's Father's Day gift: a Davy Crockett Pellet Grill!!!!!!!!!!
Inspiration hit while I was at the store, and with the help of some deli dough, ready to roll out and some leftover steak, we had a gourmet meal!
What was it?!
Drum roll please.......
Bistecca Pizza Al Forno
AKA Grilled Steak & Arugula Pizza!
Remember this recipe from the old blog? Still as good as I remembered!
You all this is a MUST MAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super quick because we just had some shortcuts like already made dough from the deli and already grilled steaks to slice up.
After we ate our fill, we headed over to our RV parks free Putt Putt course. SUPER cute and lots of fun traps and unique holes!
I'd say it was a great day!
Tomorrow, we head out towards Silt and our essential oil classes in Rifle, Eaton and Greely. We have 2 classes in Colorado Springs too! Time to WORK, but thankfully it doesn't feel like work. Love empowering families to chose better! If you are close by, you should come. I am trying to advertise our classes more on our 4 little Traveling Fergusons/RV Oilers FB page!!!
Montrose is kind of a small little place,but its close to lots of amazing places like Ouray & Telluride! We did take in the farmers market, did some antique shopping, and visited some local sites in Montrose too.
Not to mention the Russel Stover Factory in town, with a darling chocolate & Ice cream shop up front. You could get this delicious ice cream with pumps of hot, fresh, melted Russel S chocolate! We went TWICE. HOLY AMAZING! Holy calories, but I hiked it off. ;)
One of the highlights of this part of our trip, was when we went to Ouray, which is called the Little Switzerland of America. This tiny town is nestled between two big mountain ranges, and only gets sunshine from like 12 to 3 each day!
They host neat activities all summer, like music in the park, and have darling window shopping opportunities, a natural springs pool and gorgeous park to run and play in!
We spent the evening in the park and met some cool locals that gave us some tips on what to come back and do the next day. Hiking Babybath falls & driving the Million Dollar Highway!
Slideshow of Babybath falls:
There was supposedly a hike down to the lower falls and up to the awesome huge falls we could see up the rock face......
The trail we took, went further and further from the direction of the falls. We decided to double back, because clearly we were getting no where fast!!!
We met a couple on the way up that kindly told us without backpack pouches of water and 3 hours, we shouldn't plan on the upper waterfall hike with our family. We sure appreciated that! We had already been hiking and playing around at the Babybath falls area, and didn't have the water to make it through that many more hours.
Kids didn't mind, and were asking for a rest, so we decided to head on over to the Million Dollar highway for a scenic drive before going home.
The Million Dollar Hwy is full of switch backs, loop de loops, scary curves with sheer drops offs to the valley below, and is not for the faint of heart. Windows down, water bottles being passed around along with snacks, we just kicked back and enjoyed the views. We had a ball! :)
Slideshow of MDH:
Wow, what a stunning place!!! We had a ball here in the mountains.
Tomorrow is Father's Day, and we are planning a day trip to Telluride, I'll share that tomorrow....
We left sunny Cali and headed through Nevada and Utah, in like 2 days. We made some serious tracks and saw some amazing sites!
We stopped for a lunch break at the beach????
This place is called the Bonneville Salt Flats, and it's the craziest thing!
This is no beach, its all SALT! So crazy!
This is where the current world land speed record was set back in 1997.
Long hot drive day, followed by us stopping in a tiny town in Nevada for the night, replaced a trailer tire (still under warranty thank goodness) and got some dinner at an outside pizza joint, and took a walk around the RV park before bed.
The next day we headed through Utah. These back to back travel days can get long, but the kids always get creative and have fun together, especially on these curvy mountain roads!!!!
We call this "Couch Chicken". You have to try to balance without falling off the edge for as long as possible. When one falls off, the sibling sitting near by gets a turn to go head to head with the champion.
We had to stop for an oil change, which is always at least a 2 hour process. I passed time by making Sophie some new bandanas for summer!
We were in the middle of nowhere and the sun was setting, so we found a rest area and got some shut eye.
We pulled into Montrose, CO and got an early check in the next morning. Montrose was close to all the different towns we wanted to go see and hike in.
This are of Colorado is absolutely stunning and my favorite part so far! More to come on this beautiful area....
Needless to have, I have had to cut down A LOT on clothing! I get one fourth of our RV closet, so I focus on leggings that all match the same long sleeve, short sleeve and tank tops for Florida winters, then cotton dresses, shorts and tanks for summer.
And, 5 pairs of Converse, flip flops, and 3 pairs of ankle booties/boots. Come on now, priorities! ;)
I am always looking for ways to simplify my closet, but still have beautiful, quality pieces, so you can imagine how blessed I was to have Tara Eveland, long time blogging friend, approach me about trying a capsule wardrobe to review for Agnes & Dora.
I looked up Anges & Dora and was impressed to learn they are USA made, leggings will be soon. Love that much much better then the made in China factory leggings! Keeping jobs in the good ol' US of A!!!! They also get excellent ratings with the BBB.
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After I freaked out that my package arrived, it was like mail Christmas, I gasped at the cute packing she gave us. How darling!!!!!
The first thing I noticed was how nice the material of these pieces was. Soft and stretchy!
The first thing the girls noticed, was the SUCKERS!
The pieces were wrinkled from shipping, and I was shocked how simple it was to let the wrinkles hang on hangers overnight. Just a light mist of water, and not a wrinkle left in sight! This is going to be great! (I do not keep an iron in the RV and am not about to start. I hang things direct from the washer and hope for the best!!!!)
This is one of the special things about Agnes & Dora. The majority of their pieces, are made out of a high quality rayon, called Modal. It's from Beech trees and is very strong, bio sustainable and environmentally friendly. It's also designed to be PILE free, no runs or little balls all over your clothes! You can also go straight from washer to dryer if you'd like!
Now, all these pieces I am showing you, are designed to mix and match. I didn't take pics of ALL the combos for you. Just know as you look through this post at the different pieces, that the skies the limit!
The idea behind a capsule wardrobe, which Tara will help you design if you'd like, is being able to take the same basic pieces, mix and match them to the point of SO many cool looks and combos, all while keeping a base small wardrobe.
Simplicity is SO freeing!
First up, the I Got You Babe Floral Blush & Gold pencil skirt ($28) and French Blue Rib Hi-Lo 3/4th sleeve tunic top! ($30)
I have tried on a skirt identical to this from another popular pop up clothing company, and didn't buy because it was $44!!!! (For a skirt? yikes!)
This Agnes and Dora one will only set you back $28, for the exact same thing! Score!
I love how many different ways you can wear this.....
This last one was probably my fav way to wear these pieces.
This hi-lo tunic top has enough material that you can knot it in the back.
You could wear it with knot showing, or simply flip it up inside and it stayed beautifully. I love the 3/4 sleeves as well, great for multiple seasons because of how light weight it is.
Did you know the modal fabric also naturally wicks away sweat and moisture, keeping you dry and cool all season long? Not all pieces are modal, but a lot are, it's kind of A&D's signature fabric. Amazing!
Next up, leggings! Soft like butter, and she even sent 2 pairs for the girls! Mommy & Me, eeek! So cute!
I ADORE that there are sizing options, S/M, M/L and XL. (Kids sizing too, by age) It's a better fit for me than one size fits all style leggings)
We are all wearing our own tops in the following group photos, but A&D has CUTE kids tunic tops that I am looking at for future wearing...
These leggings are called "I'm A Be-Leaf-Er" and costs $22 for adult, and $18 for the kids, and is one of MANY prints in the Mommy and Me options.
Check out this the gorgeous stretchy tunic top Tara sent me to go with these same leggings. See how it changes the WHOLE look?
It's called the Swing Tunic, and it's their number ONE best seller. I CAN SEE WHY!!! I want them ALL!!!! :) A lot of people size up, and wear it as a dress. Cool!
This brand is true to size for sure! I am wearing medium (8 -10) tops in all these photos. S/M leggings and M pencil skirt. (I am 5 foot 3 and 135 pounds if that helps you.)
I wish you could feel the material, wow. So silky, soft and nice!
This cream shirt could also go with the skirt we talked about above, and then the baby blue 3/4 sleeve shirt could go with these colorful leaf print leggings, too.
SEE?! So many good options and combos! I am impressed!
My favorite part, besides how luxuriously soft this shirt is, is the POCKETS!!!! How FUN! :)
I am also thankful for these beautiful basic tops to go with leggings I already own. This next pair has never had a top that matched them!!!!
Agnes & Dora for the win.
Plus, Dale loves me in white/cream. Oo la la ! ;) This one is for you, baby!
Last, but totally not least, the Tiered Tunic. This one is the Striped Ivory and Dark Mint one, and is $44. Goes perfect with my dark mint leather slip ons from Stitch Fix.
Yay, for a fashion win! Tara said people also pattern match and wear it with the pencil skirt we talked about above with this striped top. Be bold! You can do it!
This top is super soft, stretchy fabric, high quality, flattering, covering and super cute with jeans, leggings, pencil skirt, or whatever floats your boat!
I am so in love with this one....
Now, for the BEST part! Sweet Tara is giving away $50 in A&D clothing of YOUR CHOICE to one blessed RV oilers reader!!!!
YUP, you read that right, FIFTY DOLLARS to shop on her Agnes & Dora site!
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
1) Head over here to Tara's shopping website and look around at the beautiful selection for every size and age. Come back and COMMENT on what you would like to WIN!!!!!
2) Go give her FB page a "like".
*Both items must be done to win. We will select one lucky winner from the comments section on June 27th!*
HAPPY SHOPPING, I cannot wait to announce our WINNER!
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Well I'll tell ya, the LAST thing we thought we'd run into in California, was SNOW. But by golly, we DID!
So, we had every intention to move on further into California, but we learned something NEW this summer......
SOooooo, apparently, June is PEAK Rv season in Cali, and your odds are not good finding RV spots, let alone spots 75 feet long for a big rig with trailer. Sigh.
We spent the better part of 2 days calling every single one we could find on the map. No go, so we just stayed in Red Bluff at the beautiful RV resort. We planned to swim, hike, grill out, and just make the best of it. We can trust the Lord's plan when things don't fall together as planned!
We found out we were very close to the Klassen Volcanic National Park, where you could see 4 kinds of volcanos, explore bubbly sulfer pools and hike. Sounded like a nice educational experience, so we were set to go. It was almost 75*, but it could be cooler up in the mountains, so we grabbed sweatshirts and hit the road.
It was such a great drive. I never tire of all the neat scenery we get to see!!!!
The higher we climbed, the more the temperature dropped. We were beginning to second guess our outfit choices!!!! The windows started getting cold, we all started putting on sweatshirts. (except Pax, who discovered he'd left his behind) The car thermometer showed 43*!!!!!
We curved and wound up through the mountain roads, and there it was.....
Naturally, we had to pull over and play in it.....
We were starting to get COLD! So it was time to head back to the warm car. But first, a stop at a little waterfall, formed from the melting snow.
We passed through the most beautiful valley area on the way home, we just had to get out and look around....
Our time in Cali is drawing to a close, so we ran into town to swimsuit shop and get the kids their FIRST In and Out Burgers! :) Fresh cut fries, never frozen meat patties and great prices. I got mine "Animal Style" which has sauteed onions and some great secret sauce on it.
It's been YEARS since I got myself some new swimsuits. It wasn't as painful as I feared. There are a lot of good choices here in California for covering, but still fun, 2 pieces!
I found 3 I liked, but settled on these two......
Bye bye California, time to move on. It sure was fun, even if we stayed in Red Bluff WAY longer than we planned! :)
Up next, Nevada!
You know how your heart beats faster and your tummy flutters excitedly when you are preparing to leave for vacation??
That happens to us EVERYTIME we pack up the RV and start it up. Yup, 2 years later, we still get excited for the next adventure that awaits! There is no noise like a diesel RV starting up! :)
We had a bit of a drive to California from Oregon, but not a bad travel day at all.
We pulled in just in time to watch the Cotton Candy sunset......
Durango RV park in Red Bluff, California is one of our favorite RV resorts. Super beautiful and awesome pool!
We woke the next day to sunshine and birds singing. The weather was gorgeous! Sunny and hot, so we busted out the shorts for the first time in forever, headed into town for lunch.....
We read some reviews about an AMAZING local food truck with legit Mexican, so we ran through there for a quick lunch before we hit the grocery store, for some dollar tacos. WOW!
We spent the better part of the next 3 days, playing at the pool! It was a nice one! And we found a cute watermelon floatie to hang out on...
You know how STARVING everyone is after the pool? And you know how WIPED out you are as the Momma of the pool swimmers? Yup, so before we ever went down to the pool, we prepped the filling for lettuce wraps. I knew we would want a FAST SUPPER!
We found some yummy inspiration for this easy meal on my 4 little Ferguson's blog and the ingredients from a local grocery store. Don't forget to head there for recipe ideas! There are TONS!
We don't use Ramen anymore, for health reasons, but we did find an awesome natural asian noodle at the store! We boiled and drained, then tossed with lettuce wrap sauce, sesame oil and seeds, soy sauce and a bit of sriracha. Because I can cook with my doTERRA essential oils, I added ginger and lemongrass oil for a powerful fresh flavor!
We tossed in chopped red peppers, green onions, carrot shreds and seasoned chicken. Serve in butter lettuce leaves, fill with noodle mixture and top with cucumbers and sweet & sour sauce.
We hung out on the picnic table playing Uno Dare RV park style and laughed our heads off, as we ran up and down the road squacking like a chicken, crying like a baby, or rolling in the grass James Bond style, making our own music, of course.
We had some awesome local berries, so angel food cake and berries for dessert before going on our nightly family stroll (no bikes this trip because of trailer pick up) and then bedtime!
We were bound and determined to find a waterfall, so we set out on a drive up into the mountains to find Dead Horse Falls.....we drove and drove. Our ears popped and we all got a bit car sick. Digestzen oil to the rescue!
We turned off on the old logging road and began to wind and BOUNCE our way back into the woods. On and on we went. I kept asking Dale if we were lost!? Haha, we weren't, but guess what?
Since it was now an active logging road, the turn off to go see the falls, was LOCKED behind a GATE! What in the world?! Just let people still see the falls already! Nope, Turned all the way back, and headed home. Pulled off at a look out point on the way, but not the same.
Sigh. Strike TWO on seeing falls.
SOMEDAY we will see some waterfalls, right?! ;)
Next up, we are headed to Oroville, CA for an oil class and some hiking with some friends we met through the blog!
I have met the COOLEST people because of the 4 little Ferguson's blog, and all those years of sharing my family with the world. I love how the Lord moves and blesses our obedience to Him!
Now that we are mobile, we are able to actually meet these blogging buddies:
I came to teach her how to use her oils, too! AND for my 4 kiddos, to meet her FIVE! :) They brought over burgers to grill at the RV park, and then we headed up to Hollow Falls for a hike. YAY! We have been wanting to see falls! 3rd time is the charm?
We started on some flat lands that reminded me of Kansas, but then things got AMAZING! Wait until you see.....
The views got better and better as we walked. It was so peaceful and amazing!
Then, it was time to start hiking down, DOWN the side of this cliff....check it out!
OH MY WORD! Be careful!!!!!
When we got to the falls, we found they were all but dried up! 3rd attempt at seeing waterfalls....DENIED! Hahaha, now its getting funny.
Despite no falls, the hiking down, and sound of the trickling water, the kids playing and frog catching with their friends, still made it one of the best hikes we have ever done.
SO SUPER COOL!
Here is a slide show of the bottom of the falls area:
We wanted to hike back out before dark, so we rallied the troops and started heading back up. There is a 7 mile hike to BIG falls that I wanted to do so so bad, but it was super smart we didn't try so late in the day. That will have to be for next time!
Just when I thought it couldn't get any prettier...it did. Place like this just make you feel closer to the Lord!
Thanks for a GREAT time, Tiffany and family! See you next time....
Before we went to Montana 2 summers ago, I thought Oregon was going to be our number one most beautiful place we had ever been. Visiting again this summer, has reminded me WHY.
Wow. The breathtaking sights never end!
The day after the wedding, all the family that was in town, hung out at Uncle Don and Aunt Viv's place. My cousins, Joel and Julie, drove an hour to us, and brought all kinds of amazing things for everyone to eat. WOW!
The Master Chefs prepared for us, fruit and veggie platters, and 3 dips to snack on before supper. Then for dinner, they made the following:
BBQ grilled chicken, pork loin with blackberry jalapeno sauce, fresh caught smoke salmon, artichoke rice, broccoli salad and baked beans. For dessert there was delicious leftover wedding (carrot) cake, 3 kinds of berry pie with ice cream and a trifle.
YUMMO, right?! So thoughtful of them to feed everyone still around from the wedding. Thanks J&J! Love you guys!
The next day, before everyone returned back to work, we planned to spend Memorial Day exploring the area waterfalls!
We'd met up at the falls, unpack wedding leftovers for a picnic lunch hike the trails to go see the falls. Sounded simple enough, right?!
WRONG> holy full park, batman! The whole park was PACKED!!!!
Sooo, not only did we end up eating lunch standing at a look out point, but we never actually found any parking spot in the lot, to go hike to the north OR the south falls.
Okay then. We will try that again NEXT trip! Haha, the kids had a great attitude and we decided to do a drive around to see the covered bridges instead.
The covered bridges were beautiful! I love old things, and all the stories and history behind them.
We also found a little treasure spot where the kids could hike down and play in the water a bit......
No waterfalls, but lots of fun with Uncle Don, Aunt Viv and Nana! :) Our time in Oregon has drawn to a close, next up, California!
It's wedding day, and there is a TON to do! We couldn't get into this gorgeous old building the ceremony and reception were taking place in until 9 am this morning. Time to bust it!
Each table had its own movie theme! SO COOL! Can you figure them all out?
We got done with enough time to run home, eat lunch, spit shine everyone up for the wedding and rush back for family photos!
I got to wear Stitch Fix dress #3!!!! Love me some Stitch Fix dresses! :) Curious about Stitch Fix? Use the catagories on the side of this blog to go back and read about it.....
Destiny helped at the guest table, and Paxton and Ty greeted. Avery worked the table seating assignment area.
It was a beautiful ceremony, short and sweet and full of love....
Then, a high tea. Scones, sandwiches, hot tea, fruit and veggie platters, all scattered round GORGEOUS hard back classics. I love how personalized this wedding is to this darling couple!
Rob and Brianna's table was the UP theme, so when they came back in as the new Mr & Mrs. they were carrying balloons. AHH! SO CUTE!
They left to an array of colorful ribbon streamers, it was gorgeous!
It was a beautiful ending to a beautiful day! Congrats to the happy couple!!!!!