Well, hello, blogdom. It's been a while.
Lots has happened since the last time I was around these parts. Chris started a new job in January here in Minnesota, working for an architecture/engineering consulting firm. He's got a bit of a commute right now until they open up a local office, sometime between now and Summer. He really likes his new job and, after even more layoffs and weirdness at Target HQ, we're seeing that his layoff in October was a blessing. We're beyond thankful that he was able to find work locally so quickly and that he's happy where he landed.
We've also decided to hang on to the cabin for now. We'd put it on the market right after the layoff, not knowing how long he'd be unemployed and where we'd end up. We were heartbroken about it. We had big plans for the place. We had a few showings and some good interest, but no bites. And we'd reorganized our finances to make things easier with the pay cut we took with Chris' new job (Target did pay well). And we are going to make it work to keep it. So it's off the market! Yay! We didn't want to forfeit a life of enjoyment at the cabin and the chance to pass it to the kids in the future for a short-term money struggle. We'd love to share it with friends and friends of friends at very reasonable weekly and monthly rates. More on that some other time. But if you're interested, let me know.
My Etsy shop took off in January and has been going bonkers ever since. I'm super busy making buntings and garlands, fat quarters and charm packs for quilting and sewing. Thank goodness! I fiddled around for months with SEO (search engine optimization) and tags and titles, and it seems the fiddling worked. I'm about as busy as I want to be right now.
I'm still cooking and baking the Paleo way and am still very happy with our family's health and nutrition. Knocking solidly on something woody, none of us has been sick this Winter. I strongly believe it's mostly due to the way we eat around here. Feeding our bodies healthy foods keeps our bodies healthy!
I have also been using Young Living essential oils since around September. I had several friends who were "oiling" and I went to an oils demonstration. There were so many different oils and ways to use them, so many things oils can help with. I admit I was a bit skeptical about the fullness of the benefits, but I decided to get a kit that came with 10 oils and a diffuser and some other stuff. I thought it was worth a try to see if the oils could help peace out our home and help ditch some of the stuff in our medicine cabinet, knowing at a minimum, we and our home would smell a lot better. And for the potential help with managing autism and ADHD, it was worth the $150 to give it a try - $150 is a mere drop in the bucket considering all we've spent on various therapies and medications. (Aidan will continue with all his prescribed medications - these oils help with the transitions in his day and when his medications wear off in the afternoon. And they help me with my patience and attitude!)
These oils have exceeded my expectations. The kids love them and they love the attention I give them when applying oils to their bellies, to their wrists and feet and neck. I love how Cedarwood and Lavender have helped me sleep more peacefully. I love how some Joy over our youngest monster's heart and some Peace & Calming on her wrists help for a better after-school transition. I love how diffusing various oils in my sewing room while I work makes me feel calm and focused. And I love how Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender and Geranium have helped with my skin - scars, wrinkles, dryness and eczema/psoriasis. Thieves has helped keep us from getting sick. I've made my own moisturizers, scrubs, deodorant and toothpaste. I'm going to work on lip balm and candles next! By making my own beauty products, I'm avoiding potentially harmful additives and preservatives in many of these store-bought products. And it saves money and creates less waste. Yeah, I'm kinda nuts about oils. Thanks for your patience reading through. =)
So that's what's been going on at our place. What's new with you?