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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Time to Get {oily}!

Y’all know how much I love my oils….I mean, they changed my life. How could I NOT love them? If you’re new here, or don’t know a lot about oils, I suggest you check out this page here. If you’re not new here, I’m sure you’re thinking…okay, okay, we know you are obsessed with your oils, what’s the big deal?

Do I have news for you!!

If you’ve been hesitant about signing up with Young Living, now is the time!! Young Living is offering >>>10% off<<< of the starter kit!! YES! So, what’s so awesome about the starter kit? It comes with Young Living’s most popular oils (11 of them), PLUS a diffuser and some other goodies! So cool, huh?

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And guess what else?!?

You will also get a FREE 15mL Oregano oil (hello, immune support)!! How awesome is that? Sooo, what are you waiting for? If you join Young Living through me, on top of all those freebies from Young Living, I will also send you reference materials, goodies and access to our awesome online community! Interested in making some extra money just by sharing Young Living? Send me off an email (hannah.d.mooney(at)gmail(dot)com) and I’ll add you to our exclusive 3-day intro to the business facebook event!

I can’t wait for you to join my team! ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Saturday Adventures

Twice in the past month, my sister, Caleb and I have been going on little Saturday adventures to local places. Adventures are always more fun with someone else, right?

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The first adventure was a little pre-meditated. We had heard about a new coffee shop about 30 minutes away and decided to go. It was a fun outing, with yummy coffee & treats and window shopping at all the antique shops on the square. Of course all of that walking burned those calories that we consumed. 😉 When we walked back to where we parked, we found a cute little area and of course, we had to take pictures!

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Then last Saturday morning, we got out earlier than before and went to a local donut shop for some coffee and a donut. Our plan was to walk at a local trail, and we needed something to give us energy! 😉 Caleb had so much fun seeing the other kids and eating his food while we sipped our coffee and chatted. We then got to walk for over an hour in the cool morning air, chatting and enjoying each other’s company. I am so thankful to have a little sister, who is a wonderful aunt for my little man and is one of my best friends! ❤

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Do you go on Saturday Morning Adventures?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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How I Use Oils on my Baby

All throughout my pregnancy, I used Young Living oils for feeling my best. If I had a longer birth experience, I totally would have used them for that, too! 😉 So it is totally natural for me to use oils on my baby….here are my favorites & why I use them!

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When using oils on your baby (or child), V6 or coconut oil will become your BFF. Known as a carrier oil, it helps make the oils “go further” and it also helps dilute some of the hotter oils for baby’s sensitive skin.

I have used these 6 oils since my son was 6hrs old. He is currently a year old and, although we add different oils for different occasions, these are STILL my go-to oils for him!

I use 1 drop of R.C. diluted in V6 on his chest. RC stands for Respiratory Care.

A drop of Valor (or Valor II) on the base of his neck after a chiropractic adjustment.

2-3 drops of Gentle Baby on his head before bed. This is great for skin- it definitely helps his cradle cap, and it’s also a calming, relaxing scent.

Diluted Thieves on his feet! I do this before bed, when he gets up, and before we go into town. A baby can use all the immune system support he can get!

Tranquil & Rutavala; this is the bedtime duo! If I forget to apply these to Caleb, he doesn’t sleep/nap as soundly, nor does he go to sleep quite as quickly! I roll Tranquil on behind his ears and Rutavala on his big toes.

I hope this helps you on your path of a healthy lifestyle! If you want more information on Young Living, check out my page here, or if you’re ready to jump feet first into a oily lifestyle & join my community, you can sign up HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Go Lower

Today I want to share with you a bit from Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” book.

Humbly Give God Thanks

“To receive God’s gifts, to live exalted and joy filled, isn’t a function of straining higher, harder, doing more, carrying long the burdens of the super-Pharisees or ultra-saints. Receiving God’s gifts is a gentle, simple movement of stooping lower.

Is this, too, why I’m often joy starved? Why a narcissistic, gluttonous world lived emaciated? The quiet song of gratitude lures humility out of the shadows because to receive a gift the knees must bend humble and the hand must lie vulnerable open and the will must bow to accept whatever the Giver chooses to give.

Is this what is happening as I learn thanksgiving, to be full of grace? I humbly give God thanks for the gifts. I practice thanksgiving. And in that place of humble thanks, God exalts and gives more gifts and more of Himself, which humbles and lays the soul down lower.

While I may not always feel joy, God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins in the action of thanksgiving.

Joy is a flame that glimmers only in the palm of the open and humble hand. The demanding of my own will is the singular force that smothers out joy- nothing else. ”

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I pray your day is filled with opens hands of humility and joy. ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

2015 Goals! {and word}

Hey, hey! So….I finally made the first “draft” of my 2015 goals! I make my goals, then evaluate them half way through the year. To get myself back on track, add things, see where I’ve improved, ect.

I don’t know about you, but I love a fresh start. And I love that about the first of the year. A fresh start. A clean slate. And I want to make the best of it!

2015 is going to come with surprises, challenges, trials and joy. How do I know that? Because every year has those things, and I just look forward to see what God does in our lives this year!

Now…on to my goals. I try to divide my goals up into different sections.

Goals 2015

HEALTH

-Eat clean 80% of the time {2 cheat things a week}
-Oil pull 3-4 times a week
-Detox soak 5-6 times a week
-Workout 5-6 days a week
-Run twice a week

BLOGGING

-Have 800 followers on Facebook
-Have 500 followers on Instagram
-double my readers
– post 3-5 days a week
-have guest bloggers each month
-guest blog 2 times a month
-stay organized!
-have more giveaways!

PERSONAL 

-purge a different room in the house once a month
-read more
-write in a journal at least once a week
-write in “thankful journal” every night
-meal plan and grocery shop twice a month (instead of 4 times)
-make freezer meals
-mail at least two encouraging notes to friends/family a week
-give to friends & family

FAITH

-read Bible & write notes in a journal daily
-write out the Psalms, Proverbs and James this year
-memorize 25 Bible verses
-cultivate thankfulness
-grow closer to the Lord

AMEERA
(my horse I’m training)

-work with her 4-5 days a week
-ride 2-3 days a week
-field riding by summer
-perfect our at-liberty work

My Word for 2015

Now, I’ve done this for a few years now but I have a word for 2015. My word is intentional. I love this word. It kept coming back to me for the past couple days and I’ve decided to use it. I want to be intentional in everything I do this year. The word reminds me I have a choice in how I handle everything. And to live in each moment.

What is your word for 2015? What are some of your goals?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Getting Organized: DIY Home Binder

Hey, hey, everyone! Who had a wonderful Christmas week? {raises both hands} We had a total blast with lots of family time, time for just us, and then a quick 2 day trip to Memphis with my family. Tons of fun! Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

With 2015 quickly approaching us- I’ve been working on my goals, my word of the year, and getting better organized! I already am a very organized person…but one thing I want to have this year is a Home Management Binder. When we first got married, I didn’t let anything home related slip through the cracks- but adding different kind of work at different places, I am gone a whole lot more now. I want to keep organized!! So I did some research on Home Management Binders and I am so exited to jump into making one! Now I just have to go get a binder….

DIY Home Management Binder

Ahem. Anyway- here are 5 of my favorite resources for making your own home management binder!

This is a wonderful post by The Handmade Home with printables!

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Here are some awesome Meal Planning Printables.

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Mom Advice shows how she makes her own Home Management Binder.

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I love the tips and tricks from Happily Ever After, Ect!

House Keeping Binder

One of my favorite posts about making a Home Management Binder is from Thirty Handmade Days. You have to check it out!

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How are you hoping to get more organized in 2015? Have you ever made a Home Management Binder? Are you going to make one for this year?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane