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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 2M ago

While working in the yard and garden with my family my heart and soul were fluttering, taking in all the life around me. I ran inside and grabbed my camera because I couldn’t resist trying to capture the beauty of it all. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you today.

Go in the garden when you need to remember that everything is love. 

How lovely the silence of growing things. 

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Psalm 96:12 

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. 

In his hand are the depth of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 

Living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom, and a..

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live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air

-emerson 

One of the first things I made when I first started using essential oils was a homemade linen spray. Literally the rest is history. I love incorporating oils in our day to day and I’m sharing some of my favorite oils for your Summer Home and these are really just the beginning. There are so many wonderful and beneficial blends out there. As always please use caution when using oils. I recommend pure oils as well as proper dilution ratios. I also recommend knowing which oils are safe to use around your little ones and pets. Oils are amazing assets to our homes and health however they are strong and need to be used properly. For these recipes you’ll need:

  • Glass amber spray bottles – I like to get mine from Amazon – I’ve linked them below 
  • Witch Hazel 
  • Distilled Water 
  • Essential Oils
  • Carrier oils such as Almond Oil or FCO 
  • A Diffuser – mine is similar to this one 

My Favorite Diffuser Blends

  • 3 drops bergamot essential oil 
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil 
  • 1 drop ylang ylang essential oil 
  • 1 drop ylang yang essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil 
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil 
  • 2 drops juniper berry essential oil
  • 1 drop grapefruit essential oil 
  • 1 drops orange essential oil 
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil 
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil 
  • 1 drop orange essential oil 

Bug Spray – do any of us really like bugs? I mean some of them are okay and there are certain insects I’d say are cute [butterflies for example] …ticks and mosquitos are not in that category though. To keep those nasty critters away while you’re outside enjoying the great outdoors use this recipe below. This will give you a 2% ratio 

  • 1 [2oz] amber glass spray bottle – I use these
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • fill the rest with distilled water
  • 10 drops citronella essential oil 
  • 6 drops lemongrass essential oil – or lemon euculyptus [this is a younger child safe option] lemongrass is not recommended for kiddos younger than 6 however I have used it on my 3 year old, I just dilute it more. 
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops geranium essential oil 

Linen Spray – there’s nothing like collapsing laying in your cozy bed at the end of a busy summer day. This linen spray is something I look forward to every night and the touch of sweet ylang ylang is perfect for summer linens. To make a kid safe spray just follow the details below. This recipe will give you a 1% ratio 

  • 1 [2 oz] amber glass spray bottle
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel 
  • fill the rest with distilled water
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil 
  • 3 drops ylang yang essential oil – as a child friendly option use roman chamomile instead you can then increase to 10 drops and decrease lavender to 10 

Boo – Boo Spray – I’m sure like the rest of you Spring and Summer means a lot more time spent outside and if your kiddos are anything like mine [wild and adventurous] there are bound to be a few boo-boos every so often. This spray is perfect for those little owies. This recipe will give you about a 2% ratio 

  • 1 [2oz] amber glass spray bottle
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil or FCO 
  • fill with distilled water
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drop frankincense essential oil 

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 2M ago

We were sitting in Church Sunday morning and there was a young girl next to us with a brand new little one. Instantly I felt that ache deep within me for another little one of my own. My oldest son turns to me and says, “Mommy, can we please have another one of those?” “You just read my mind, little buddy!” I thought. And if that baby fever wasn’t hot before it’s certainly on fire now. Now if only I could get my husband on board, haha. Motherhood is messy but beautiful. It’s giving and exhausting but rewarding and exciting. It’s more than I ever imagined, but it’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.

“Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been.”

-Iain Thomas

Can you believe that we are almost into the middle of May? And I don’t know why, but this year Spring seems almost as busy as the holiday season. Between finishing up the living room, then jumping right into the dining room then to our major outdoor overhaul…all on top of our normal day to day craziness. This Mama is feeling like a vacation is in order, haha.

Speaking of Mama needing some R&R, in honor of Mother’s Day I’ve teamed up with some blogger and insta-friends for a fun Mother’s Day Tablescape Theme. We don’t have big plans for Mother’s Day this year, but I know for sure there will be good food and lots of relaxation with my people.

For my tablescape I wanted to keep everything minimal. My budget was microscopic, haha. After all these indoor and outdoor projects I wanted to make sure I used what I had on hand and didn’t go out and spend a bunch of money. I decided to create a very simple tea party theme. I used all of my blue and white plates and ironstone pieces. I think all my antique pieces compliment the new dining room so well. It feels very cottage[y] to me and I am truly loving it!

Scroll on down to see my tablescape and be sure to check out all of the other tablescapes from my friends!! And to all you Mamas out there, Happy Mothers Day! You have the most beautiful job in the world!

“Motherhood is messy and challenging and crazy and sleepless and giving and still unbelievably beautiful.”

If you caught my post on Instagram on Sunday then you know my Mother in Law dropped off lilacs from her garden. Y’all they are divine. I wish I could have had them when I took pictures, but you better believe they are center stage right now and I hope they will last until Mother’s Day.

I really love all of the different layers and textures together.

I decided to mix faux and real greenery, again because I was trying to use what I had already on hand.  The eucalyptus is dried from the fall and the little blue bells are from our garden. The faux greenery is from Hobby Lobby and Ikea

There’s just something so special about purple and green together, don’t you think?

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Morning friends!! Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here…I’ve been working on what feels like all.the.things! Plus we’ve finally had some beautiful spring  summer weather! And I’ve been enjoying the time outside with my boys! Funny how it can go from freezing to sweltering literally overnight.

We’ve come to a bit of a standstill in our dining room. We finished all of the painting…minus the interior of the corner cabinet.

Still on the agenda…and we are quickly running out of time..but thankfully  I think all of the hard work is behind us. Just need a couple of finishing touches.

  • Replace the outlets and covers.
  • Possibly install a ceiling medallion…if we can find one we actually like…some are either too basic or too ornate!
  • We also need to install our radiators. We removed them to spray paint them.
  • I’m still trying to talk my husband into an area rug…but he’s not digging the idea. Mainly because it our only eating area and well because….boys…I probably don’t need to elaborate but just incase…they are messy and some days I swear they drop more food on the floor than they actually get in their mouths…

I hope you’ll stop by next week to see everything all finished…and I have a fun Mother’s Day post that’ll be coming your way on May 7th! So be sure to check back then!

Blessings!

Bree

Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge! There is much talent and inspiration!

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 3M ago

Hey Friends! You know I always love sharing my current faves with all of you. I use to be so much more consistent in sharing with you guys, but life is busy and blogging tends to fall by the wayside sometimes. I thought I’d bring back my “faves’ posts now that I’ve finally been more consistent with blogging.

My little fam-bam and I headed out for a little Friday night shopping trip today and I went specifically for these wicker chairs that I saw last year and passed up on. Well they have them again this year and I’m not going to pass them up again. We decided to take a little stroll through Walmart [ it’s been a while since I’ve been there] and I was so surprised at all the goodies! So I’m sharing my fave finds with you tonight!

Of course, first up…those wicker chairs. I can’t wait until the weather gets a little warmer and I can sit out on the back porch and drink my coffee in the morning. I got two new pairs of sandals, but I could only find the one pair online. They are both super comfortable and both were under $15!! I also grabbed a few of their Time and Tru t-shirts. They are so soft and are less than $5! A few things for the boys, some new flip flops and some t-shirts for them as well.

I’m busy organizing my linen closet and I have these canvas boxes, but decided to grab another since I only has 3. I almost bought this resin basket and kind of regret not grabbing it, I think I may go back for it this week. While I was browsing their site, I came across this laundry organizer I’ve been wanting one for awhile and you better believe it’s in my cart just waiting to check out, haha!

I’ve also linked my current devotional. I’ve been sharing it in my stories on IG and keep getting so many questions about it. I’ve linked it below for y’all incase you want to check it out!

Be sure to follow along on Insta where I’ll be sure to share those chairs once I have them out on our porch and of course I’ll share all about our linen closet once I’m done organizing it!

Wicker Chairs  // Brown Sandal // V Neck Short Sleeve // Boys Flip Flop // Canvas Basket 

Devotions from the Front Porch // Resin Storage Basket // Laundry Organizer

I hope you guys have a beautiful weekend, thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Blessings,

Bree

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The other day on Instagram I took a little stroll down memory lane in my stories. 13 months ago we moved from our first home together as a family. As excited as I was for this new adventure and for a new home, one that I could see us growing old in and raising our boys in. There were things about the old home I knew I’d miss. One of the advantages of our old home was that it was basically finished. We had put our stamp on it and we were finally able to kick back and enjoy the fruits of our labor. I loved the character it had as well as the special touches me added. I knew fixing up our current home would take time and a tight budget, its just the season of life we are in right now. But, I love a good challenge. And I knew we would be able to put our stamp on this home as well.

One thing I loooooved about our old home was the wainscoting in our kitchen and mudroom. I knew I wanted to add it to this home as well. I just love the character and warmth it adds to a space. I decided our small dining room could really use a little character and knew that would be the perfect place for some wainscoting!

My husband started gathering prices for wood wainscoting and as much as we would have loved to have supported our local wood supply company, $500 for our small dining room was just way to far out of our budget. After a little shopping around we were able to still find a wood wainscoting but for a much lower cost. We ended up getting this product from Lowes. I’m so excited that we were able to get it installed over the weekend.I think my husband picked up 5 packs so the entire project cost us about $100!! And you guys, I’m seriously in love. I just can’t stop looking at it. Scroll on down to see the progress we made this week!

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This Weeks Agenda

  • Finish painting the window trim
  • Finish the built in cabinet
  • Start working on window curtains
  • Change out the outlets and replace the covers

I hope you guys are enjoying following along and I hope you’ll check in again next week! Be sure to check out all of the other talented blogs participating in The One Room Challenge!

Blessings

Bree

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Well this past week didn’t go according to plan. I had so many intentions of checking a whole bunch of things off my to-do list. On Friday after a month of being sick, my husband and mother in law, insisted that I finally go to the doctor. Well I went and the news wasn’t the best, pneumonia and a bad sinus infection. As much as I wanted to avoid medicine and antibiotics I didn’t want to mess around with pneumonia. Thankfully the antibiotics seem to be working and slowly but surely I’m getting better.

Over the weekend I was able to do a couple of things and my husband helped as well. The husband went and picked up the wood for our wainscoting, we decided to go with this. He was able to prime the boards and I’m hoping I can get a first coat on them this week.

I also got a chance to prime and paint the back interior of our corner cabinet. Originally I was thinking of papering the back, but I decided to use Bay Water on the back first to see if I liked that and I’m actually really loving it. I still need to finish priming and painting the rest. We decided to go with Extra White from Sherwin Williams on the hutch, Natural Choice [Sherwin Williams] on the walls and Bay Water from Behr color matched in Satin from Sherwin Williams on the wainscoting, thanks to all of my insta friends for helping me decide what to do!

I saw these beautiful cabinet pulls from the Hearth and Hand line at Target and ordered them for the corner cabinet. I think they are really go to make the piece stand out and feel like an old piece of furniture.

cabinet pull  // cabinet pull

We are also talking about adding lighting inside the corner cabinet, we are still playing around with the idea, but I think it would really showcase all my ironstone. I have some pictures below of our [slow] progress so far.

one coat on the back of built in – color is Bay Water from Behr After the 2nd coat of paint on the back Planning out the height of the wainscoting. Decisions Decisions…

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, be sure to check out all of the other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge!

Blessings Friends,

Bree

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The Homemaking momma by The Homemaking Momma - 3M ago

Hi-ya there, friends and Happy Friday! So if you’ve been following along on Instagram then you’ve heard me talk about our new home project, our dining room make-over. Well, on a whim I’ve decided to take on the one room challenge this April. I’m so excited to be linking up for this fun adventure over the next 6 weeks. I’ve heard so much about this challenge and I really think having the deadline will get our [mine and the husbands] butts in gear! Our Dining Room currently acts as not only our only eating space, it’s also our Homeschool Room. So I need it to be bright, cheerful, simple [not overwhelming and cluttered] and most important functional. Here are my plans for this room, so far.

  • Remove Wallpaper
    • we just finished this the other week as well as scraping off the wallpaper paste.
  • Prime the Walls
    • this was just finished 2 weekends ago.
  • Install Bead Board Wainscoting – with a little ledge at the top 
    • we are running into a bit of trouble with this. I would really like to have it be about 2/3 up the wall. We had some real wood bead board priced from a local dealer and the cost would be about $500…which is a little bit out of our budget. So we are shopping around for a cheaper alternative.
  • Remove and Install New Baseboard
  • Build up the Corner Cabinet + Install Crown Moulding at the Top
  • Paint the Corner Cabinet and Possibly Paint the Interior of the Cabinet. 
    • or maybe apply this wallpaper I’ve just ordered a sample and I’ll share that with you guys once I have it! Or maybe even this one from Magnolia 
  • Patch all the Holes and Paint the Walls
    • I’m leaning in the direction of Alabaster from Sherwin Williams or maybe the same color we did in our living room which is Natural Choice from Sherwin Williams, for the top and Bay Water from Behr, but color matched at Sherwin Williams for the wainscoting…maybe even lightening it by 25%
  • Window Treatments 
    • I am hoping to get curtains, I’m thinking white, maybe cafe style..and I’m hoping to include a couple of new decor pieces as the finishing touch or possible incorporating some ironstone plates on the wall.
  • Maybe a rug?
    • But only if it’s within our small budget…I would love a neutral vintage style rug and something that would hold up to messes. Sometimes I think our boys get more food on the floor than they do in their mouths….I’m digging this one // or this one // and this one
  • Maybe a Ceiling Medallion?
    • Here are some that have caught my eye…here // here // here

The Table, Chairs, and Chandelier are all staying.

Here it is in all of it’s true life evening light glory…no cleaning up for these pictures…haha…

I really hope you’ll follow along for this little make-over of mine, here on the blog! I’ll be checking in weekly and sharing all of our progress!

Thanks for stopping by today, blessings!!

Bree

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Hey there friends! Today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Spring items that I’ve been seeing in stores and online. Some items I have and others are on my little “wish list” I’ve also included my current “to read list” and books I’d like to get for my little people.

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I get so many comments on my wall calendar, unfortunately I’m not able to find it on Amazon anymore. I can only see their 2019 calendar…here… which says it won’t be released until August of this year. I’ve rounded up a few others that I think are sooo pretty!

Botanica 2018 Wall Calendar

Flora and Fauna Wall Calendar

Kitchen Art Wall Calendar

    Wooden Magnifying Glass // Children’s Garden Tools // Pollinator Push Pop

How cute is that magnifying glass? I saw they offer personalization on them as well. I definitely want to pick those up for the boys. I’m planning to spend the Spring and Summer doing as much nature study as we can and I think that would definitely come in handy! I also can’t wait to get my hands out in the garden this year. I just need the weather to start cooperating. I love these little push gardens and the children’s garden tool set! We recently bought a whole bunch of seeds and I’m so looking forward to planting them with my little dudes!

If you saw my post on Insta then you know I’m in love with my new bunny pillows from my friend Rachel, Indigo Tangerine – she’s offering 15% off for her new website launch!! I’ve linked the pillows below for you below. I also got the boys a mini mat from Gathre and they loooove looking at all the different countries! In fact we just used it today. We were learning a little bit about continents, oceans and different landforms.

a view of our homeschool lesson 

Also, you have to check out this cute little shop Seedlings, they are a small paper company and I recently got a couple of their products. I’ll link what I have here, coasters // notebooks // notepad

Below I’ve linked up some other fun “springy” type things for you and my “to read lists”

Natures Anatomy // Bunny Pillows // Gathre World Map Mat  //  Play the Forest School Way  // Hearth and Hand Egg Basket  // Nature’s Day // Hunter for Target // Brass Watering Can  // Market Tote // French Stripe Tablecloth

To Read: For Mama

I’m currently reading How to Raise a Wild Child and I’m really enjoying it! I recently found out my local library offers an app that allows you to borrow “online” 5 free books/movies etc. They have so many selections available. I’ve been trying to focus my time on life-giving things, rather than mindlessly picking up my phone when I’m bored or have free time. This app is allowing me free access to so many books, Ive been able to get more “reading” in while still being productive with my household tasks. Here are a couple other books I’d like to read!

How to Raise a Wild Child // The Read Aloud Family // Creative Family Manifesto Book

To Read: For Littles

Both my boys looooove The..

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