Monday, October 9, 2017

texas fight

The eyes of Texas are upon you
All the live long days
The eyes of Texas are upon you
And you cannot get away

Do not think you can escape them
From night till early in the morn
The eyes of Texas are upon you
Till Gabriel blows his horn

I have been a Texas Longhorn fan my entire life. I remember walking around the campus my entire childhood. Going to football, basketball and baseball games for years with my Dad. It's who I am and I am passing that tradition along to my kids.

Saturday we packed up after lunch and headed down to Austin for the Texas football game. My uncle has a huge tailgate and it's always so much fun so we went early to spend a couple of hours there.

The kids had a blast! I can't even describe all the excitement game day brings. You can feel the energy everywhere. After playing games, eating yummy food and a few cold drinks, we headed over to the stadium to get ready for the game. 

Getting an autograph from a basketball player

The best part of the game experience is the beginning. They show highlight reels on the big screen, the band comes out and plays the Eyes of Texas and then the players run out. It's always fun to watch and be a part of. 

We are lucky that our kids are great at games. We've been going to professional sports games almost their entire lives so they enjoy them as much as we do. 

And of course a few treats here and there helps 😉

The game itself was so exciting and went into double overtime but thankfully Texas pulled out a win! We ended up not getting home until midnight but for a day of fun it was totally worth it.

Hook em

Sunday, October 8, 2017

kirchoff sunday best

"God writes his name on the soul of every man."
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

My dress and shoes are from Old Navy. Both are old as I am trying to wear things I haven't in awhile. 
Amelia's dress and shoes are also from Old Navy. I'm trying to let her wear her last few summer dresses a few more times before it cools down. I'm not sure if it ever will but whatevs.

Today was a tough day to get to Mass. We didn't get home last night until midnight from the Longhorn football game and waking up this morning was not too easy. Amelia and I were the only ones that made it to church. All the boys stayed home to work in the yard. We ended up getting to church 5 minutes before it started which meant there were no more seats except up in the balcony. I really dislike sitting up there. It's really loud as that's where mostly families sit and overall just hard to pay attention. When I got home and the boys asked how Mass was, they were so jealous when I told them I sat upstairs. My kids are nuts!

Linking up with Rosie

Friday, October 6, 2017

{seven qts} fall breakin

1. This is the last day of school before a week vacation our school calls Fall Break. I am so ready for some fall break. Sleeping in, not packing lunches before the sun comes up...I'm down with all of the relaxing that the next week will entail.

2. I do plan on some fun things with the kids. We are going to hit up our favorite pumpkin patch, go see the Lego Ninjago movie, go to a UT football game this weekend and watch movies at home. 

oh the glory days how we miss you...

The past years we've gone on vacations because this is the best time of year to travel. Everyone else is in school and traveling is just so easy. 2 years ago we went to Disney World and last year California. I think the California trip was my all time fav vacation we've taken just the 5 of us. I was a little sad we weren't going anywhere but with our upcoming ski trip, making 2 big trips so close together just wasn't the smartest thing to do. So we will make the most of our time at home.

3. Towards the end of fall break I will be getting my top 2 wisdom teeth pulled. In all honesty I am completely terrified of this hence why I am in my late thirties and still have them. However they are starting to move which is making all my teeth shift and the doctor really just thinks it's best to pull them. So we are. Pray for me.

4. On a completely different note, this is currently my favorite juice.

I actually look forward to it every morning. 3 stalks of celery and apple. I know it sounds weird but it's really delicious. Thankfully 11 years ago my mom decided to get me a juicer for Christmas and for the majority of those 11 years it sat on the shelf. Thankfully it still works great so I didn't have to buy any gear for this new diet switch up.

5. Topo Chico.
Image result for topo chico
 I'm sure you've heard of it. I was seriously like what's the big deal about water?! While at Costco this week I picked up a case just to see what all the hype is. My's pretty good! I'm not going to go all crazy like some and swear it's the only water I drink but I do enjoy it and it makes me feel a little fancy during the day. Sippin on my Topo Chico while in workout clothes. It's a glamorous life 😉

6. If you are interested in oils and want to see what my favorites are and how we use them check out my post this week
I also ordered some products from their makeup line this month that I cannot wait to try. I hardly wear any makeup but I do wear a little and am trying to find good stuff. I will let you know once I get it how it's working. 

7. Finally, I've had the best time this week watching the JBF sale and all my things being sold. It ends tomorrow and I can't wait to see what my final total is. I actually went to the sale yesterday {after swearing I wouldn't} and found some cute stuff. I bought Milly about 5 dresses, a puffer vest and 2 cute tops, 2 Christmas presents for her, some Fancy Nancy and Daniel Tiger books and Aiden a Pokemon backpack. Besides the fact that I had to stand in line for an hour 😐 it was fun. I did learn a few things and next fall I plan on tagging my own items and working the sale so I can earn 70% back. I was thinking back to how much money I could have made on all the stuff I took to Goodwill. Holy moly. 

Happy Weekend

Linking up with Kelly!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

10 favorite young living products

I have been using oils for about 2 years but only really have I gotten into other products that Young Living offers in the last year. So here are my favorite no particular order.

Thieves Essential Oil

I know if you are probably like shocker because pretty much everyone in the blogging/oil world loves Thieves. It's because it really is that great. I love to diffuse it, especially this time of year because it gives our home the perfect fall scent. I also use Thieves Vitality in my tea in the afternoon for an immune boost. My favorite way to use it is on the kids. Everyone morning I rub it along their spines before they head to school. Not only do they smell nice but I am sending them off with a little extra immunity boost. I just attach the roller tops and voila! Which brings me to my next favorite product...

AromaGlide Roller Fitments
I can't believe I just discovered these a few months ago. They turn any bottle into a roll on. It makes application a cinch! It's so easy there is no more excuses to not use them topically.

3. Kid's Oils

TummyGize - 5mlOwie - 5mlSniffleEase
My kids and I are both huge fans. These might some of the most used oils in our home. These also became more accessible to use once I discovered the roller attachments. The Tummygize is a life saver. My kids are notorious for belly aches. I mean almost everyday one of them is complaining of a belly ache. I roll a little Tummygize on their tummies and in minutes they are feeling better. The Snifflease is also a favorite this time of year. It helps with colds and allergies. Just roll across their sinus' and soon they are feeling better. The Owie is a personal fav of Ms. Amelia. She gets roughly 20 owies a day so whether they are real {or not} this oil helps ease her mind.

MultiGreens Capsules

I had been wanting to try their supplements for a few months before I finally did. My body is weird and has a hard time breaking down vitamins and supplements so I have to be really careful what I take. These are amazing. They did not affect my blood work at all, they smell/taste amazing and since taking them on a regular basis for a few months, I've noticed a huge difference in how I feel and how my skin looks and feels. I either take 3 between meals or break open the capsules and poor the greens in either my smoothie or juice for the day.

JuvaTone Tablets
Again, with my weird body, I've always had liver issues. Almost every time I get blood work done my liver blood work always comes back with some issue. After years I finally figured out that it was the supplements I was taking and the protein I was putting in my smoothies. My body just does not want it. Since taking this supplement {it's designed for liver health} and having blood work done, my liver didn't show any signs of abnormalities. I was shocked! Also happy that I finally found something that worked.

SleepyIze - 5ml

Even though this is a Kid's oil I had to do it separate because of how much I love it! I diffuse this in their rooms at night {they each have this small diffuser I purchased off Amazon} and I rub on their temples before they go to sleep. Two of my kids have no problem falling asleep but I assume this helps them fall in a deep sleep. One child does have problems falling to sleep and has been known to lay in bed for hours reading or looking at magazines way past bedtime. Since using this for the past month regularly I have noticed a huge difference in their sleep patterns.

Stress Away Roll-On
While I love all the rollers, the next two are my favorites. I love the Stress Away roller so much that I ordered them for my boys teachers last year during teacher appreciation week. I rub this roller on the back of my next every afternoon. I also rub it on the back of the boys necks if they have a test or big project at school or if they have an important sports game. I have to admit at first I was not convinced. But after using this on a regular basis, man it really works. I find myself less snappy with the kids if I rub this on before I pick them up from school. Another great time to use it...traveling. When we had so many unexpected travel problems the last couple of trips I was rubbing this oil on all of us!

Tranquil Roll-On
This might be my favorite roll on. I use this every morning when I wake up before I do my Bible studies and every day as soon as we get home for the evening. I love it. It smells amazing, is cool on my neck and really truly keeps me calm. Mornings can feel fast paced, hectic and stressful and this helps me keep my cool. Evenings can feel slow, loud and unorganized and this helps me keep my cool. This roll on is a mom's best friend.

9. Lavender and Cedarwood

Lavender Essential OilCedarwood Essential Oil

I have been diffusing these in our home. When we get home from school, or on the weekends after a long day out, the first thing I do is get these oils every room possible. They are so calming. If we are all in the living room watching TV together I diffuse them and everyone is relaxed enjoying themselves. I diffuse them in our bedroom in the evenings to create a calming atmosphere for Cameron and I. I couldn't live without these oils.

10. USB Diffuser

USB Diffuser - Pink

This is a mom's best friend. I plug this into the car and diffuse away! I use Joy to keep everyone happy, Purification and Pine {separately}  to make the car smell good or Digize to cal everyone {just learned about that one}. So many benefits from such a little device. Plus they come in fun colors so you can choose whatever makes you happy. The kids also love to take turns to pick an oil to use. 

I hope this helps you on your oil journey {if you are on one}. I always love to read blogs about what oils people are using and how. I have learned so many things about oils and specific ways to use them through that. 

What are your favorite oils?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

on my nightstand

I am very excited about all 3 of these books. I have really been interested in The Temperament God Gave Your Kids for a few months but had other books in line to read first. Then after an interesting month with one of our children, I figured it was time pick it up. I've only read a couple of chapters but so far pretty good.
The Dry Grass of August was recommended to me by a friend and  after reading a bit of it on Amazon it pulled me in.
The Story of a Soul is another book I have really been wanting to pick up {probably since the beginning of the year} but just keep forgetting. While I was putting in my Amazon order I decided to order it because if I had it I would have to read it 😉
I am also reading The Magician's Nephew, the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Aiden is reading it and was so excited about it he asked if I would read as well so we could talk about it. So every night he reads, then I read what he read while he is at school and then we talk about it that evening. I've never read like this with one of my kids before and it's really fun. 
Plus as if that is not enough to keep up with I am still reading Laudato Si. That one I read while I take a bath every night so technically it's not on my nightstand.

What good books are you reading?

Monday, October 2, 2017

kirchoff sunday best

"Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me."
whole reading Matthew 18: 1-5, 10

Hello, it's MEEEEE! Only because Asher was wearing his "uniform" to church...being pretty much the same thing he wears every.single.week. and because I just bought this cute new dress and shoes I decided to hop in the picture and let Asher be the photographer 😉

Dress and shoes from Gap Outlet on sale 👍 I couldn't find anything similar online at Gap. 
Sweater from Zulily which I think it's there right now as we speak. It's on the last chance page...Guess Who's back Your Favs (that's a ridiculous title). I have ordered 3 of these cardigans and I love them! They do a run a bit small so order up a size. 

Amelia's dress is Gymboree from their spring line. Shoes Old Navy
Aiden pants Old Navy, Shirt Lucky Brand and Shoes Crocs

It's finally somewhat cooling down in our neck of the woods which is always welcome. My garden is pretty blah lately but I did pick these beautiful bell peppers. 

I made a roast and threw these in with it and man were they delicious. Home grown bell peppers have the such a fragrance and flavor that store bought just does not. I couldn't believe it.

I also started juicing this week in order to stay well over the winter and just to feel better. So far I think I'm a believer. This was my before lunch juice the other day.
Golden beets, cucumber, carrots, apples, ginger and lime

It was shockingly delicious. Along with juicing I'm also trying to cut out as much animal products out of my diet. I find when I am eating meat and dairy I feel very sluggish. Just trying this out to see how it works for me.

Annnnnd...I was going to try the whole "BLOG EVERYDAY OF OCTOBER" and dropped the ball because I forgot yesterday was October 1st. Oh well. I am going to try and blog more though this month because I love Fall and October!

Linking up with Rosie