If you are here from our previous blog, the 4 little Fergusons, you know we have a dear dear blog friend named Mrs. Marsha Baker. Her blog is the Better Baker!
We became great friends and she decided she wanted to come meet us, so in 2012, that is precisely what she did.
We had a grand ol time! The kids were super little and just fell in love with her.
This time around, she was coming to our new apartment house and would be SURPRISING THE KIDS! Mom got a video of the whole thing. We went over on the premise of going out to dinner with Nana, who had already gone to get Mrs B from the airport hours ago! :)
Check it out!
We enjoyed our time so much! Meals on the porch, school reports, ice cream to celebrate...everything is more fun with a guest around to hang out with.
We taught Miss B one of our favorite games called Hearts. I grew up playing it at the cabin with my grandparents! :)
We went and had lunch at Dale's momma's delicious restaurant! I didn't realize we had gone last trip, 6 years ago, until I saw this old photo on the blog. We should've had Eileen come out to recreate this picture!!
There are super cute shops downtown and Miss B had her heart set on going to a darling kitchen store! Avery, our little baker, was more than thrilled to check out the merchandise.
I found some treasures at a local "pikin" store.....old antiques and unique treasures.
When we got home, sweet Miss B, brought out a gift for each of the kids. What a fun treat!
Did you know our miss Marsha is quite the sassy one? ;) She has always wanted purple hair, so guess what? We busted out some temporary color and dyed hair on the porch while the other kids were at church with daddy.
The next day we packed up to head 2 hours out of town for a class and to drop Miss B at her next location of another blog friend, Miss Mary Lou. We had to get some photos just like last time, with all 4 Fergusons!
LOOK at those sweet little faces! OH MY WORD!
And we were off......Bar U Ranch here we come!
We pulled up to the most BEAUTIFUL home! Come to find out, it was a Sears & Robuck Catalog home. Ordered and shipped on the train back in the olden days! WOW.
It was such a joy to meet Mary Lou & later, Burt and see their LOVELY ranch!
The house was just stunning, I wish I had gotten more photos! I was busy setting up for our class. :) We had such a fun time and great turn out.
After class, Mary Lou offered to feed us at their giant ranch table with a huge turn table in the middle. It was GORGEOUS!
While she prepped food, Mr Burt took us alllll around their property. They have acre after acre of rolling hills, streams, swimming holes, and all the cute baby cows you would ever want to see!
It was simply breathtaking, and the meal Mary Lou fixed was divine! We cannot wait to go hang out with these amazing folks again. I love this part of our job that never feels like one!
The Lord brings the NEATEST people into our lives.....
We knew we were leaving Miss B in good hands, and they would have a grand time in the coming days! A HUGE storm with tornadic winds and hail was coming to we booked it out of there quickly!
Until next time friends, blessings and hugs! Thanks for an amazing time!
And to our BESTEST Baker, thanks for being a part of our hearts and family.....
When Dale asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day, I said two things:
One - I want to go rough it at the lake for the weekend. Open skies, sunshine and relaxation!
Two- A buffet/hutch thing for the back porch of our apartment home for easier meals out there.
He got right to work on it!
I am constantly amazed at my Mr Handy Man and all the secret skills he has, because he whipped this out in no time and its coming together just like it looked in my head! How did he even know?!
Here it is, all finished, minus the decor I hope to find this summer when we go antiquing on the east coast! :)
We headed to the lake Friday afternoon......I always follow behind in the truck loaded down with chairs, floats, coolers and fishing gear!
We parked in my favorite favorite spot. It has no hook ups, but I didn't care, it was worth "roughing it" for the views every morning!
We spent the first afternoon in the sun, fishing and playing and reading! It was lovely.
Dale caught a fish every few minutes at the beginning, and Destiny got her first catch too.
I don't think being at the lake means we can ONLY eat lake food, so I planned for our first supper to use the instant pot. Super easy Philly Cheesesteaks with homemade provolone sauce.
I found the recipe here: www.laurengreutman.com/slow-cooker-cheesesteak-sandwiches/
Then, I made the following sauce recipe, see images:
After dinner we want down to the river to explore, it's so beautiful here!
Time to get some EXHAUSTED kiddos to bed! Serenity oil and serenity pills help everyone relax and get the deep, quality sleep they need for another day of fun in the sun.
I woke up WAY too early Saturday morning, but look at the view from my bedroom window. Good morning, Moon!
It was simply TOO STUNNING to go back to bed.
So I stayed up and watched my fishermen in his element....
One by one the Ferguson's woke up and came and joined me by the fire.....so peaceful and lovely!
The boys headed right out to fish with daddy!
I make my own bug spray and sunscreen because of the toxins in the store bought stuff, it's so nice to have natural things at our fingertips!!!!
But it helps if you USE them. Mommy did a good job putting lotion on everyone but HERSELF. (blue squeezy bottle) Oopsie! Chest was red and sore. Blue Tansy and doTERRA night cream to the rescue. I used the essential skin care toner first, to cool. Then slathered myself in blue tansy oil dripped on the night cream and got relief for HOURS. The next morning, I am brown again, and no sting! YAY, for another oil win!
Being Mother's Day weekend, we planned to have each mom come spend one day with us at the lake. It was SO FUN!
First up, was Nana, my mom......
We read books in the sun all afternoon, played games while dinner cooked and had a lovely time!
We did Hobo Dinners for supper. Mmm!
-A pat of butter, cubed red potatoes, seasoning.
-Chopped onion, cubed zucchini, baby bella mushrooms. More seasoning.
-A stack of previously smoked pork (cooked seasoned burger patties work too).
-Spoon organic cream of mushroom soup over the top and close foil packet.
Oh my word! It was so good! We served it with soft rolls so you could sop up all that good sauce after.
For dessert we stayed with the Hobo style and did dessert cones.
-Empty sugar cones
-Different chips (mint, pb, caramel, chocolate, white chocolate)
-Fresh slices of strawberries (for topping after you cook it)
The kids wanted to show Nana the forest and sunset, so we loaded up in the truck just like the night before, and headed out......
Mother's Day dawned sunny and beautiful. I totally slept in until 7:30, and missed the sunrise! Must have been the 4:30am start the previous day?! ;)
Dale and the kids were scurrying around making breakfast over the fire. So precious!
Today Dale's siblings and momma would be joining us! And later, his aunt Lucy and her crew.
Grandpa and Grandma brought out the cousins to play! The kids were so happy!
Once everyone arrived, we did a late lunch/supper. Smoked gouda cheeseburgers, giant dogs and all the yummy fixins! I wish I had a photo, but alas, I dove in and didn't even think about it! Haha, yup, that hungry! :)
As the sky started to deepen, the kids once again asked to go to the forest and jetty for the sunset.
We had an amazing time and I think a new tradition might have been born!
My only regret was that this wasn't my view again this morning. :)
Hope you all had an amazing relaxing weekend!
You are invited to a read along, Green Up Your Life facebook class!!!
This is the class we have been working up to! :)
Read along at your own pace, TONIGHT, May 14th at 8pm CST from the comfort of your home.
A new post goes live every 3 to 5 minutes. Prizes will be drawn from those participating at our class and commenting at the event! Whoop whoop!
The rest of the month, we continue with our education in images and videos.
It all happens right here:
We are going to have fun!
There are THREE ways to use doTERRA essential oils to green up your life!
Watch this video:
Ready to learn more? Please come to our FB Class page! I have a month of learning planned for you.
We are taking May to focus on GREENING up your life! Today, on the RV Oilers blog, we are talking about the SWEETEST room in the whole house, which is actually the most TOXIC......
Your LAUNDRY room!
It's Laundry Day! And it's never been simpler and safer.
Watch this video I made you!
Come learn more about greening up your life on our FB Class page! A month of educating, shocking facts and fun videos is planned for you. We will give away prizes too! :)
My focus this month, is to help you GREEN Up Your LIFE!
Have you ever stopped to read and learn about what is in your CURRENT sunblock?
Plan to come on over to our class page and learn how to make this silky, gorgeous, homemade sunscreen that WORKS amazing, and is safe too!
We have a natural alternative to everything you are currently using!!! Come on over to our class page to learn more.
I have a month of recipes, shocking facts, fun videos and more planned on our FB Class page. You can join the fun here!
We are Greening Up Your Life this month with some awesome posts on our FB Class page! I hope you will come join us! Easy, read along, learn at your own pace facts, videos and tidbits from MUAH! :)
Today, I want to talk to you about about the dangers of BUG REPELLENT!!!!!
Your skin is your largest organ, that means your body is DRINKING up everything you put on it! YIKES!
Have you ever read about the dangers of DEET and over the counter bug repellents?
Why DEET-Containing Repellents Are Better Off Avoided
About 30 percent of Americans use DEET every year, but you should know that this chemical – though generally effective in keeping away insects – can have deadly repercussions. From 1961 to 2002, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports eight deaths related to DEET exposure.
Three of these resulted from deliberate ingestion, but five of them occurred following DEET exposure to the skin in adults and children.3 Psychological effects have also been reported including altered mental state, auditory hallucinations, and severe agitation.
In children, the most frequently reported symptoms of DEET toxicity reported to poison control centers were lethargy, headaches, tremors, involuntary movements, seizures, and convulsions. Further, in a study of more than 140 National Park Service employees, 25 percent reported health effects they attributed to DEET, including:
Skin or mucous membrane irritation
Transient numb or burning lips
In addition, Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia spent 30 years researching the effects of pesticides. He discovered that prolonged exposure to DEET can impair cell function in parts of your brain -- demonstrated in the lab by death and behavioral changes in rats with frequent or prolonged DEET use. Other potential side effects DEET exposure include:
Muscle weakness and fatigue
Shortness of breath
Muscle and joint pain
You can read more here:
THROW that Deet AWAY and check out this homemade insect repellent we make. We use this on our kids, ourselves and even our dog. Safe, natural, smells amazing and we love it!!!!
HOMEMADE BUG SPRAY:
10 drops each Thyme and Geranium (anti-tick)
10 drops each Lavender and Melaleuca
15 drops Terrashield (doTERRA citronilla bug repellent oil)
15 each Cedarwood and Lemongrass
Add water to the top of a glass 4 ounce spray bottle. Shake and spray. Repeat often.
Dale had HUGE mosquitoes swarming and landing on him but NEVER biting when we used this spray. Amazing!
See the second bottle in the picture? DoTERRA makes a ready made Terrashield for your convenience. Grab and leave in your purse, baseball bag or stroller!
Terrashield comes in an OIL and in a ready to use SPRAY.
We use the oil on Sophie's collar for natural bug repelling, and we use it to make our own spray. You can also diffuse it on your back porch in a diffuser with cedarwood and lemongrass! Mmmm, smells good and works good!
Come on over to my Green Living Class page, I am so excited to teach you more!
My focus this month, is on how to GREEN UP YOUR LIFE, using doTERRA essential oils and products!
Today I want to share how we have greened up our DISHWASHER recently, by making our own dishwashing powder and liquid.
There is a safe, natural alternative to everything you are currently using!
I want to help you live better, choose better and feel better with doTERRA, you NEVER oil alone!
Dishwasher recipe number 1, is in powder form:
It uses Borax, Baking Powder, Salt and Essential Oils. You can use Citric Acid if you need more help with hard water.
NOTE: Fill the entire rinse compartment with white vinegar!!!
Curious about the safety of Borax? Check out this article:
I'll tell what I do know, it's a BETTER CHOICE than what is sold in the stores! Yikes!
Our dishes came out sparkling clean! Batch two came out a tiny bit gritty so I am doing less powder and adding a teaspoon of our On Guard concentrate to it.
People with hard water will need to play with ratios too. You can also try recipe 2 instead, coming up.
Let me introduce you to the, oh so amazing, doTERRA Concentrated Cleaner, which I do my WHOLE HOUSE with.
Seriously, toilet, dishes, shower, floor, windows, mirrors, all of it. Safe and natural, On Guard oil in a soap base!
This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment. The multi-purpose capabilities of doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.
ONE bottle can make 16 bottles of cleaner. Pennies on the dollar!!!
Green cleaning saves you some GREEN! And better yet, you won't choke and cough as you clean your bathroom!!!!
Dishwasher Recipe 2:
1. 1Tablespoon of baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon On Guard Cleaner Concentrate in the detergent compartment.
2. Fill the jet dry compartment with white vinegar.
You'll have sparkling clean dishes in a safe, natural way.
I have so many amazing, shocking and helpful things planned for you all of May on our Green Up Your Life Class page. Won't you please come join us?
Nothing feels as comforting and welcoming as a tidy, well-tended home.
But a clean home isn’t necessarily a healthy one!
The average American welcomes more than 1800 toxic chemicals into their home in the form of sweet smelling laundry soap to powerful cleaners, candles, personal care products and more....
Have you ever been curious about green living and creating daily healthy habits?
We have a safe counterpart to everything you are currently using! YAY!
Join our Green Living with Essential Oils FB class. It all starts May 1st and I'll be your teacher! 😁🌱 Come on over! I have daily posts, shocking facts and fun Ferguson Boomerang videos to share with you! :)
Read along class night is May 14th, 8pm CST, SAVE THE DATE, but we have tons to share before then, so click the class page link today!