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LavHa Essential Oil Jewelry
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Essential Oils: One Year Later
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SWAP Socks- Mismatch for a Purpose
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Oh Man… it’s Mother’s Day
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Outfitting your Camp Site at Dollar Tree
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Screen Time Rules and May 2015 Netflix Streaming Releases, Kids Edition!
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The Eye Surgery Decision: For Now…
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 2015
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REVIEW: Ogrill 1000 (Portable Grill)
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Why Friendships Are Hard, and Why You Can’t Live Without Them

LavHa Essential Oil Jewelry

You already know how much I love essential oils. Now I have the privilege of sharing yet another way to use EOs in your daily routine. Friends, meet LavHa essential oil aromatherapy jewelry. Jessica, founder of LavHa, is a long time jewelry maker and yoga enthusiast. She combined her love for essential oils, healing stones and jewelry to create a product that is not only beautiful but disperses the oils while you wear them. Two benefits in one. Each piece contains a number of lava stones that absorb and then diffuser the oils. I have found that the LavHa jewelry[…]

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Essential Oils: One Year Later

I started using doTERRA over a year ago. Today seemed like a great day to reflect on that time and how I’m currently using essential oils in my home. As I’ve shared before, I began exploring essential oils after listening to coughs and sneezes in the night. Eucalyptus, Breathe, Serenity and a good diffuser have been and continue to be our standbys for these restless nights. We still use essential oils for sleep, although I find myself rotating different oils to ensure no one gets used to a certain combination. We are currently using a roller bottle that contains 10[…]

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SWAP Socks- Mismatch for a Purpose

WHAT ARE SWAP SOCKS?

SWAP Socks are purposely mismatched socks that come in packs of 4. They serve as an eye-catching, wearable statement and reminder to support the movement to end preventable blindness. In the process, they spark natural conversation about the privilege of sight, which so many live without. Each (HIGH QUALITY) pack gives you the freedom to swap styles around, and create 6 unique pairs to choose from. Each pack sold funds an eye care service for a person in need.

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WHY VISION?

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HOW?

SEVA, SWAP Socks’ partner organization, works to build local eye care personnel and partnerships to provide comprehensive eye care services in 22 countries. This is completed through eye care exams, low-cost eyeglasses, medication for eye infections, and eye surgery. Restoring vision is more than just seeing clearly, it allows a quality of life that will lead to heighten economic productivity across many communities.

WHY WE LOVE SWAP SOCKS

1. I got to speak to the founder of SWAP Socks and hear about the first-hand experience he’s had with helping treat blindness. Their mission is noble and their passion is great. You can even follow some of their more recent adventures on the SWAP Socks blog.

2. If your husband is like mine (or you are like me!), finding a matching pair of socks is nearly impossible. No more wasting time on looking for a matching pair. In fact, there’s no matching sock to throw away when one goes MIA to the couch cushion or behind the washer and dryer.

3. Great quality.

4. SWAP Socks makes buying socks for Father’s Day cool again. (Use code 25OFFNEW for 25% off new orders!)

5. Girls can enjoy them, too!

6. Lastly, our obvious connection with blindness/visual impairment softens our heart to this issue.

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How to Find SWAP Socks:
swapsocks.com

facebook.com/swapsocks
instagram.com/swap_socks

Oh Man… it’s Mother’s Day

It’s that day. The day that is really great for some women and really craptastic for others. (Also, please note that when you type craptastic it auto corrects to capitalistic. I find joy in that.) Maybe you are the mom who gets pampered. Whose children greet you with words of affirmation and arms full of potted plants and gift certificates for pedicures. Yet you feel ignored and unappreciated the other 364 days of the year. Maybe you are the woman who is still hoping and waiting for a child to call you mom. Maybe your babies are in Heaven and[…]

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Outfitting your Camp Site at Dollar Tree

Camping is considered an inexpensive vacation or getaway. However, gathering the gear and supplies can get pretty pricey. I like to cut costs by picking up clever little items at the Dollar Tree. I spent $18 at the Ol’ DT compared to what would have cost me close to $50 at Target (But I still love you Target!). Here’s what I picked up: Large Stackable Storage buckets (2). These can be used for washing dishes, collecting small sticks for fires, holding shoes the list goes on. Laundry hooks, this particular hook is strong enough for heavy items like towels or[…]

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Screen Time Rules and May 2015 Netflix Streaming Releases, Kids Edition!

The school year is ending but this is also a good opportunity to share what our current house rules are for screen time: Monday-Thursday (school nights): No screens Friday-Sunday: No strict limit on total screen time, but no durations longer than 1.5 hours (movie). This usually ends up looking like one hour of shows in the morning and one movie at night, after dinner. I’ve searched the Internet and haven’t been able to find a list that’s exclusively for kids content so I’ve started one. Here are the upcoming new to Netflix streaming shows and movies for kids! May 2,[…]

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The Eye Surgery Decision: For Now…

For those new to Goodbye Normal I’ll give you a quick run-down on our oldest daughter. Lola is blind (or severely visually impaired). In the blind community there is a movement to move away from the distinction between these two things and just use the word blind. Typically I do say blind but it can be confusing to people when they find out that she can see light and color. Lola has always been blind and came home to us almost two years ago. With lightning speed she learned English (like a boss) and is doing very well with her[…]

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 2015

On Sunday mornings I typically spend a bit of time at the computer checking email, writing and sometimes checking for deals online. As I opened my gmail account this morning I was reminded, by every retailer I’ve ever purchased from, that Mother’s Day is coming and I should hurry up and order a robe, skin care or a candle for my deserving momma. This got me thinking about what I wanted for Mother’s Day because I’ll be honest, gifts are part of my love language. I love mother’s day, and my birthday… and my anniversary. You get the picture. I[…]

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REVIEW: Ogrill 1000 (Portable Grill)

The Goodbye kids are counting down the days, Summer vacation is almost here. We have lots of plans that include lakes, fishing, car trips and camping. Camping, while a staple of my younger years, is relatively new to my husband and kids. I’ve spent the last few months gathering the supplies and equipment needed to make camping as a family of 6 an enjoyable experience. (Full list coming soon!) One of my latest pieces of gear is the O Grill. The O Grill is a well-designed portable grill powered by either propane or butane canisters. Here is what I love[…]

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Why Friendships Are Hard, and Why You Can’t Live Without Them

Writing that title made me shiver just a little. I have now admitted to the world that I need and crave friendship. This is awkward territory for me because, after childhood, I avoided most close friendships. I invested what I needed to get through that stage of life, college etc. and pretty much moved on. Even the close friendships I developed during that time were fraught with anxiety, comparison and hurt. I was a military kid growing up and had to let many close friendships go at an early age, I was in and out of different schools until I[…]

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