The Bell Has Rung!

We did it we made it through our second week for S and first week for K of school!  The first day for S provided a few emotions I didn’t expect.  As we were so excited for the day when she said she was nervous it instantly made me nervous for her.  Walking up she was a super shy kid; not her usually bubbly self.  After we said goodbye I felt terrible made it to the car to have a few tears.  I was scared for her!  I hadn’t planned on having this emotion which is silly why wouldn’t I she is still only four years old.  Three hours later I picked up a beaming little girl who had an amazing day and has been excited to go back every day.  Now the bummer has come for me…Five days in and S has had an opportunity to go in the drop off-line with the older kids now she doesn’t want me to get out of the car and walk her up.  I asked why she said “mom I’m getting older, just drop me off.”  When I get out to give her a kiss she says “mom what’s with all the kisses?”  Is this seriously happening?  My best girlfriend is over me and now part of the too cool for mom club. Sigh!  Wait till I start helping in her classroom!


K finished his first week of school this week and he did fantastic!  I was a bit concerned as he and S are very close but he was super excited to start “big kid” school!  On day two he requested I just drop him off as we do S!  Umm No!  He is still super loving but I will say on day two he gave kisses and said “ok see you later mom!” sigh, my little sweet boy is getting too big too fast!  For a split second I truly thought I wish I had another little one but the thought quickly left and I came to my senses!  The two we have are amazing and we look forward to watching them grow into amazing adults!


Other Lisenby news!  Our poor puppy Duke has had a rough  almost ten days.  We took him in for his neuter last Thursday and unfortunately we ended up back at the vet on Saturday and at the Vet ER on Sunday having him stay the night.  The ER when brought in determined he needed an immediate scrotal ablation as he had an absyss started as well as bacteria.  He came home Monday evening with two drains in and stronger antibiotics.  He will have to be in his cone for at least fourteen days which let me tell you.  These things are a total joke!  We were originally provided a comfy cone; NEVER would I recommend this to a pet owner.  He was going gonzo with this thing on.  They wanted him to be still to slow the bleeding well this did pretty much the opposite.  Saturday they had to re-laser and increase his sedation meds.  Being a holiday weekend we had plans pretty much all weekend.  Sunday we woke to quite a bit of bleeding after doing all we were told by our vets.  After multiple conversations with the ER team we ended up taking him in.  Timing with anything is never when we want so we were dressed to go to a wedding but ended up at the ER office.  They took him in and let us know it couldn’t wait until our offices opened on Tuesday.  So they kept him overnight and did the surgery at 2 a.m.  His drains came out on Wednesday and we have another follow-up tomorrow.  Needless to say Joe and I are pretty upset about the entire situation.  Our poor Duke is hating this calm thing.  He truly is a mellow dog but he also is one of two and wants to play when he wants to.  I mean he is only nine months old!


Let’s get back to something fun and happy!  DIY projects…That’s fun, right?!  I mentioned my kids popasan chair that I recently purchased at a flea market.  It needed to be re-done completely.  So here it is I used Dutch Boy white chalk paint.  Removed and replaced the inside padding and cover on seat of chair.  Made new cushions and viola!

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Next on the docket was a small end table.  I used white indoor/outdoor paint.  I sanded it a bit and mixed my Waverly clear wax and antique wax about 50/50.  I applied it initially just lightly but then I got going and couldn’t stop!  Going in to this I had no plan on doing it so dark but now that it’s done I love it.  I apologize I don’t have an initial picture this table was blue when I purchased.  I also don’t think the pictures show how dark it is.  It is actually about a shade and a half darker than it appears in the pictures.


Lastly for my painting projects are my two frames.  They are great frames but needed something they were previously oak with the burlap accent!  I went with Annie Sloan violet chalk paint on these.  I used Dutch Boy white on top and then Annie Sloan clear wax.  I will mention many times they say other chalk paints do not adhere to Annie Sloans but Dutch Boy so far has seemed to adhere to all brands!


I told you I was working on pajama pants and Monster High were the first ones up!  S loves them and they look super cute on her.  I had to make some adjustments from the pattern as it was a bit long for her.  But after finishing I realized that I went a bit too short on the inseam but she loves them and they are super cute on her!  Now it’s on to Minions for K!


K is obsessed with fire trucks these days!  So when we were recently checking out the clearance fabric at Wal-Mart he spotted fire truck fabric and wanted it.  They also had chenille on sale so we grabbed that too!  I made him a little blanket as he loves his blankets!


On to my mom and my recent endeavor in selling some of our goods!  Mom and I love to dabble a bit in small business stuff together.  With companies like Etsy out there it allows everyone who has a creative bone to have an opportunity to make a business of it.  We have opened SidsShoppe which we are offering baby gift sets and we are using Etsy!  We currently have just a few of our products up but over the next few days will have more!  Our gift sets include a handmade hat, handmade bib, and matching burp cloth.  We will be offering travel taggies and changing pads as well.  Please take an opportunity to look at our shop and if you or anyone you know is in the market for baby goods please look to SidsShoppe for your items.  If there isn’t an item or color you are looking for let me know we can likely do it for you!  I’m very excited and looking forward to this endeavor with mom!


Happy Friday to you all and I hope you have a great weekend and be well!



To Our Health!

Good Evening!

Well as my DIY madness is still taking over the kitchen table and garage I thought I would share a few other things.  I mean I know we all love hearing about the madness of S and K as well as how I have myself in a tizzy over what fabric to use to finish one of my freshly painted pieces of furniture but it was brought to my attention as I was discussing products I have been using to stay feeling good that you too might have interest in knowing about these (if you don’t already)!

First things first is coconut oil!  I’m sure you are thinking “Oh geez here we go another person to rant on the benefits of this oil!”  Well you are absolutely correct!  I started using coconut oil about five years ago.  I initially used for my Boston Terrier as he had horrible allergies his feet would become extremely irritated almost to the point of bleeding when the weather would change.  So I started making his well both our dogs at the times food.  So many dog foods have who knows what in them and honestly it was super quick to do and yes I saved money as I wasn’t buying a huge bag of $100 dog food.  The dog food bag I was buying was fish based and had no bi-products in it.  They were also grain and wheat free.  Using only a 1/4 cup of the food in each serving.  If interested in the recipe I will be happy to dig it up.  On to the next Coconut Oil use.  I read about oil pulling about a year ago.  If you have not heard this is taking a one teaspoon of coconut oil and swishing it in your mouth for twenty minutes.  I originally started this as I wanted whiter teeth I know so lame as I could just buy strips or get trays.  But, why would I do something the easy way!  The more I looked into doing this the more benefits I found there were.  Those included helping with jaw clicking, detoxifying the body, and helps sleep better.  These are all things I have had to deal with.  The kids thought swishing was fantastic as well-I was not able to speak for twenty minutes each day! LOL! I use Coconut oil for lip balm especially when seasons are changing.  I also use it in many of my soaks and scrubs.  My most recent discovery to use it for as I am a person that hears someone say the word yeast and seriously within twenty-four hours I have an infection!  UGH! This last round I took my diflucan and days later I was still dealing with the side effects of my infection.  I started researching if my go to oil could help me in any way. I am happy to report it did!  I used it a few times for two days and I honestly felt relief after the first night.  Another recommendation I have is taking coconut oil and using syran wrap and putting a small amount of oil in it to create a capsule.  Place a few in the freezer and the next time you feel a friendly yeast infection coming on pull a capsule out!  Ok so that is all I have to say on coconut oil for now…  I use LouAna but there are many brands out there and it is not crazy expensive.


On to Aloe Vera…I have started drinking a six ounce glass of Aloe Vera juice each day.  You may ask “why in the world would someone even think to start drinking this?” Well let me tell you!  I was recently diagnosed with Endometriosis but when I went in initially for that pain I discovered during my exam I had pain closer to my sternum that when touched had me almost fly off the table!  When my ultrasounds were done nothing came back on this area.  I have discovered this area is where your emotions are stored (I thank my massage therapists for this information).  As in Aloe Vera for the outside of our body it’s a healing product for the inside as well.  So I can’t say for sure but I would also say this product is helping with my endometriosis symptoms as well.  At the end of the day what is wrong with putting something in to your body that can’t hurt it?  With so much out there that can.  I currently use the Fruit of the Earth brand sold at Wal-Mart.


Something else I wish I would have discovered sooner is vitamin B1!  As we spend a ton of time outside.  This year the mosquitoes have been outrageous and have forced us in.  Having a house with an assortment of trees as well as a pond and I mean let’s be honest grass is an attractant to them.  All of these elements invite these pests out as soon as the weather invites them.  B1 if taken daily just before this season starts will make you un-attractive to mosquitoes!  Yes, I know genius taking a vitamin will avoid a billion bites on our precious skin!  I strongly recommend giving this or recommending this to those we know that work outdoors during these months as well.

Ok well that was my quick run on health and what is currently working for us!  Until next time be well and please share other natural ways you have found that keep you and your family healthy!