DIY Rainbow Rice

Happy Wednesday, people! I know it’s been wayyyyyy too long since I had a “real” post up. Oh well. I’m really, really going to try to do better! Today I want to share with you this super easy project to put together for your toddler!

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I was needing a new, “big boy” activity for my son to play with while I cook supper in the afternoons. He’s pretty much given up his afternoon nap, so I have to get pretty creative to keep him out under foot. Up until recently I was letting him watch a movie (Thomas, Bible stories, ect), but I don’t like him having screen-time everyday, so I knew I had to come up with something.

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I wanted some kind of sensory play, so I decided on rainbow rice. Before having a child, I always thought it looked fun, so we took a quick trip to Dollar General (we took Grandmomma along with us!) to get the stuff I didn’t have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

-white rice (I got 3 bags for $.80 each)
– plastic box with locking lid
-food coloring
-plastic zipper bags
– small things to play in the rice with

All I did was put the rice in 4 different plastic bags and added food color to them. Then I just mixed and combined the rice with the color. I did a green, red, blue and a purple{ish}. Then I put them on paper plates to dry. Once it was dry, I poured it into the tub for Caleb to mix up and play with! 🙂

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I ended up getting some measuring spoons, a wooden spoon and some small party cups at DG plus I had some popsicle sticks on hand for Caleb to use for the activity. Let me tell ya, it kept him occupied for over an hour!!!! Momma score! Everytime some rice came out of the box I just told him, “oh no! Keep the rice in the box so you don’t run out!”, and he did his very best at keeping it in. After he was done, I just swept the floor in 5 minutes and was all cleaned up. 🙂

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Tell me, how do you keep your toddler occupied while cooking? Do you think rainbow rice would be a hit for your little one?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Mama’s Sanity {Unicorn Roller}

Emotions. Feelings. We, as women, can have a lot of them all at once. The two best things that help me during crazy times? More Jesus time and lots of oils. ❤

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I always start with a drop or two of Stress Away on my wrist and Caleb’s little wrists. He loves getting oils put on him! He smells it and says, “Mmmm!”. If Caleb will play nicely (inside or out), I’ll settle down with my Bible and pray some and seek the Lord.

My other secret weapon? The unicorn roller blend! Oh…my….y’all. It’s amazing!! I mixed mine up in an old oil bottle and put a roller top on it, then decorated it with washi tape. Caleb also likes this blend, but I try to keep it to myself! 😉

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You have got to give it a try….and let me know if you do! ❤

Interested in oils, but don’t know how to begin? Start here. If you don’t have Young Living’s Seed to Seal guaranteed oils (perfect for little bodies), but want some, click this link to get started! You’ll get a fun welcome package in the mail from me!

Oh, and did I mention now through January 31, you’ll also get the coveted Peace & Calming?!? #youneedsome #naptime #nuffsaid

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Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Top 5 Posts of 2016

Okay, y’all…I know we’re almost done with January (where has the time gone?!?), but here are the top 5 posts of 2016 for Through the Lens!

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Even though it’s one of my oldest posts, this post on how to use essential oils with horses is one of my most popular!

4) Detox Naturally

These 3 Ways to Naturally Detox {even while pregnant} helped keep me feeling good through my pregnancy!

 

3) wdding-reception

My post on How to Have a Simple, Tasteful & Inexpensive Wedding Reception was a favorite of mine to do. I loved putting our reception together and then the post gave me all the feels. ❤

2) Strawberry Lemonade

This Good Girl Moonshine is STILL our favorite…we make it weekly!

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

These Healthy Chocolate Muffins were #1 on the list again for this year! I think I’m going to have to make them again soon….

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Christmas Curtains

Almost 3 years ago I made all the curtains in our home. I had so much to do, so little time and lots of curtains to make, I definitely made a few mistakes. But I loved my curtains and so I’ve kept them up every.single.season in these 3 years {see them here, here and here}. I’m not replacing them anytime soon, but I just could not let them be up for Christmas again. I mean, seriously! Floral in December? No thank you.

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I also didn’t like the price of already-made curtains. Ouch. So I decided I’d go get some fabric at Hobby Lobby and whip up some curtains for Christmas. Well, long story short, I was only half done with my errands when Little Man decided he wanted his nap early. I spotted the perfect design I wanted- as a tablecloth in Target. My mom once made me & her matching skirts and a dress for my sister out of sheets, I could make curtains out of a tablecloth, right? And the price….$15.99? I couldn’t have gotten 2 nice yards of fabric for that. And the best part? The width was the exact width I needed! It was meant to be. Now, I just had half a table cloth to use up.

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So, after Little Man was down for his nap, I got to cutting. After starting to hem up and make the curtains, I realized I hadn’t sewn since I made curtains 3 years earlier! I couldn’t believe it. Now, I’m not going to tell you exactly how to make curtains- make them fit your windows! Since I used a tablecloth, I was able to only sew half of the seams since they were already half done.

So what did I decide to do with the other half of the cloth? I made up a valence for my kitchen window- and now they matched! I still had some more fabric, so I’m planning on making a big throw pillow to go with the curtains; but that’s a project for another day!

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Do you put up Christmas curtains or leave your old ones up?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Y’all, just like fall means everything pumpkin, to me, winter time means everything peppermint! And even though winter doesn’t start for a few more weeks, it’s December now, so we can pretend, right?

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I love me a good, warm, chewy brownie. Brownies are so easy to whip up in a hurry, so it’s my favorite go-to thing to make for a pitch-in or party! And during the winter….I have to make them peppermint!

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Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour (I’ll even add some whole wheat and no one notices)
1/2 cup cacao powder (if you use regular cocoa powder, scale back some of the sugar)
1 tsp. salt
5 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
5-10 drops of Young Living’s Peppermint Vitality oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Recipe:
In mixing bowl, combine first 8 ingredients & beat until smooth. Pour into greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips (and Christmas sprinkles if desired!) over the top. Bale at 350 for 30 minutes or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10-15 mins and enjoy!

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See how quick and easy that was? What’s your favorite dessert to make during the holidays?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Healthy Living Gift Ideas!

With the season of giving right around the corner, take advantage of Young Living’s AWESOME Black Friday Deals! Even if you don’t get the Black Friday deals, giving the gift of wellness this Christmas is the best gift to give those you love!

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  • Owie Oil and a package of fun bandaids
  • Lavender Lotion and some fuzzy socks
  • Lavender Lotion and a nail file set
  • Skin Care System and a cute washcloth/hair tie
  • Dryer Balls and a baby blanket
  • Dryer Balls with Thieves Laundry Soap
  • Dryer Balls and a cute Laundry sign to hang
  • Thieves Hand Purifier and/or Lavender Lotion and Mittens
  • Thieves Hand Purifier and Thieves Spray
  • Basil Oil and Einkorn Spaghetti and cute Spaghetti Serving Spoon
  • PanAway and a hand held wooden massager
  • Joy Oil and a Christmas Ornament (Joyful Christmas)
  • Joy Oil and a Diffuser bracelet/necklace
  • Lavender Oil and a stuffed animal or baby blanket
  • Lavender Oil and Oven Mitts
  • Lavender Oil and an Eye Mask
  • Copaiba and a Teething Necklace
  • Copaiba and a hot/cold pack (cute one for when kids get owies)
  • Peppermint and a package of cocoa mix and a cute mug
  • Peppermint and a package of brownie mix
  • Peppermint and a Christmas Ornament
  • Stress Away and a good book
  • Stress Away and a cute package of epsom salt
  • Stress Away and a Stress Ball
  • Home Diffuser and bottle of oil
  • Frankincense (Everyday Oils Kit) and a nativity set
  • Thieves Oil (Everyday Oils Kit) and a cute box of tissue
  • Purification Oil (Everyday Oils Kit) and Dryer Balls
  • Purification Oil (Everyday Oils Kit) and a pet toy

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Even if you don’t think you’ll use every oil in the kit, you can give them as gifts! A win-win for everyone! You can join our community by signing up HERE. 🙂

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Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Milk Supply Support

I am still nursing my baby. He’s over one now and I’d love to nurse him until two or a little longer if he wants to. But, when I started the 21 Day Fix and portioning my food (and cutting back on fats), it seemed my milk supply dropped some. Because he is over one and eating food,  and I really am ready to lose the rest of this weight, I decided to keep with the portion containers and just do some things to naturally help support my milk supply.

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Besides putting a teaspoon of coconut oil in my morning Shakeology, I’ve been doing two things that have really helped my supply a ton! And I notice the increase almost immediately.

Drinking Mother’s Milk Tea

I get this organic Mother’s Milk Tea from my local Wal-Mart and it definitely works! I brew a bag of the MMT and a Chai blend together, with just a little bit of honey. I drink this mid-afternoon. It’s a good reminder to sit for a minute, read a few pages in a book and just relax. Sometimes it’s the only quiet time I have in a day!

Apply 2-4 drops of Fennel Oil

I’ve known for a long time that Fennel helps with milk supply (it’s also in the MMT), but because I had such a large supply early on with Caleb, I never needed to use it. Every morning after my shower, and also right before bed, part of my oily routine now is to apply 2-4 drops of Fennel oil on my chest. If I don’t feel like my supply is very low, I just do one drop for each side, applied topically. But if Caleb’s nursed longer or acted hungry after nursing, I’d apply 2 drops each side and definitely notice an increase quickly.

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Both of these things are inexpensive and so easy to do, just to give my supply a little help. Have you had to do anything to increase your supply? What have you done?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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