With My Eyes Wide Open By Brian “Head” Welch

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If the name Brian “Head” Welch sounds familiar to you it’s probably because he is the guitarist from Korn! During my high school days I was a big fan of Korn. Brian “Head” Welch always stood out to me because of his awesomely funky hair. I remember shortly after my oldest son was born {in 2005} hearing that Brian had left Korn because he wanted to focus more on being a father to his beautiful daughter, and I was thrilled to hear he had become a Christian as well!

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‘With My Eyes Wide Open’ is such a heart wrenching, beautiful, emotional book that basically takes you through Brian’s entire life following his salvation. As I mentioned he left Korn to take care of his daughter Jennae so the book focuses a lot on Brian and Jennae and the things that they went through, the ups and downs of each of their lives together and separately. It is so beautiful how God revealed his power by guiding them through all the things that they went through so faithful even when it was really painful…and it was.

20140723-REDMF-54I absolutely love how honest Brian was, he loves his daughter so much and it so very clear that he is wholeheartedly committed to Jesus. I also love the very end of the book where both he and Jennae wrote a letter to the reader. Both letters are so touching and heartfelt.

From the first chapter you just know so many lives are going to be changed through this book and his testimonies. Because of his willingness to be so opened and real the book really gives so many the opportunity to identify with the things that he and his daughter have gone through. Brian is a HUGE encouragement from meth junkie, getting drugs in the mail, getting high before he took his daughter to school to amazing follow of Jesus! Then God used him to save his beloved daughter!

This would be an excellent book for anyone in your life especially those who are Korn fans Christian or not. It’s so incredibly well written yet extremely easy to read!

Please take a moment and watch Brian’s I am second video you will be touched and moved by…it will make you cry its amazing!


I also love that the book has pages full of photos of both Brian and Jennae over the years AND on the back of the book has tons of praise from Nikki Sixx {Motley Crue}  Eric Metals, Alice Cooper, Scott Hamilton, David Ellefson {Megadeath} and Corey Taylor {Slipknot}

*Although I did receive this book for free to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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My favorite uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint oil has so many uses, so is it any wonder that this oil is a staple in so many people’s homes including mine? Peppermint oil does so much more than just freshen your breath, it can….

  • Relieves Allergies
  • Relieves stomach-ache
  • Relieves Headaches
  • Relieves Neck/Back tension
  • Helps Reduce Fevers
  • Reduce PMS symptoms 
  • Prevents and Relieves Heartburn
  • Helps with Nausea
  • Help with Indigestion
  • Helps Reduce Stress {I love to diffuse in the evening!}
  • Increases Concentration {I diffuse in the school room}
  • Helps relieve sunburns 
  • Reduces Anxiety 
  • Helps Curb Appetite
  • Helps Freshen Breath
  • And soooooo much more! 

Some things to note about peppermint essential oil. This oil can absolutely be used topically however it is a very good idea to dilute it with a carrier oil such as Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. If you have sensitive skin I highly recommend diluting it quite a bit to prevent any burning or allergic reactions such as a rash. Also never use pure coconut oil meaning undiluted on any young children I personally use peppermint oil without a carrier oil but it gets really hot and it doesn’t burn so please be aware of this and make sure you dilute it a blot before applying it to any children.

Here are a few ways that my family regularly uses Peppermint Essential oil! 

Sore Muscles:  Peppermint oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties so it can relieve pain and inflammation. I often use Peppermint oil on my husband after a long work day to soothe sore muscles and my mom uses it in her nightly routine because it calms muscle spasms \ muscle cramps.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil onto the sore area {be sure to keep the oil away from your eyes because it will burn…badly}

Headache: If you are prone to headaches like me Peppermint oil will become your best friend! The use of this oil can help lessen the additional symptoms that often come with a headache or migraine such as light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to noise.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil and rub on your temples, forehead, over the sinuses {be sure to keep the oil away from your eyes because it will burn…badly} also rub on the back of the neck and over shoulders.
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser {this works great for me at bedtime or when I have to lay down because of a migraine.}

Colds/Congestion: Menthol in Peppermint oil can help so much with many different respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cold and cough. It is often included in chest rubs to help with congestion {psst you can make your own and I will be sharing a recipe as we get closer to the start of the new school year.

  • Topically: massage 2-3 drops along with a carrier oil and rub on chest and back. or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion. 
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser as needed. 
  • Steam it: Remember when you were a kid and your mom would have you sit with a towel over your head breathing the steam from a bowl of boiling water? This is the exact same thing but add 1-4 drops of Peppermint Essential oil  {your can also use Rosemary or Eucalyptus} Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. 

Stress: Because of the amazing uplifting and refreshing properties in Peppermint essential oil it is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion, it also helps with feeling anxious and restless.

  • Topically: Add a combination of peppermint {and lavender, geranium, bergamot or ylang ylang essential oils} to a warm bath the aroma with help relieve while it is absorbed through the skin.
  • Diffuse: 2-6 drops in a diffuser as needed {you can add the some of the other oils above as well.

Peppermint Essential oil shown is from Eden’s Garden and you can get yours here

Now its your turn, how do you use Peppermint Essential oil?

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**Disclaimer: I’m just a mom/blogger sharing our family’s experiences and uses this information is based upon my personal research and use of Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

Visit me on Etsy!

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Over the past few months I have gotten quite a few emails asking me about my Etsy shop Cute as a Fox Shoppe so I wanted to share a little bit about it!

Currently I specialize in Crocheted items such as hats, scarves and specialty baby items, however I do have some fun new non crochet additions coming in July!

Click the cute little fox below to visit Cute as a Fox Shoppe

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The Mermaid outfit pictured above is currently my #1 seller and makes an adorable newborn photo prop! I during Football season I make more Seahawks hats than you can imagine! I hope you enjoy my shop!

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Wild and Free Book Review

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Do you want to live “Wild and Free”? In the their new book Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan takes us back to God’s original plan for women, a beautiful life living wild for God and free from the expectations of this world. How many times have we or other women/mom we know buckle under the pressure of specifically social media pressure? It’s sad that so many women are living backed into a corner because of expectation…many times unattainable expectations. These lovely lady sharing their own stories of feeling not enough, being too much and everything in between, it speaks to your soul with inspiration to live life Wild and Free, like wild horses❤ {when you read the book you’ll get it}

Whether you are a shy observer like Hayley or bold go getter like Jess, you will be spoken to and I know your heart will be touched, and more than likely you will find your self identifying with one or both of these ladies. I found my self stunned as they shared their  stories…my story! I absolutely love that throughout the book we’re reminded that we are not alone in our struggles, but we are blessed to have a community of women who long to live this wild and free life as well. Are you like me and have a hard time allowing the shackles of shame break and let people in? They help you embrace the community that God has uniquely put you. Thought this book it is reiterated that you are just as you are, because the you that you are is perfect. Don’t forget that you are completely loved and worthy.

This book is something that I think all women need in their lives! Looking for a gift for a woman in your life? Consider this book! This would also be a great book for a women bible study!

*Although I did receive this book for free to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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Get a beautiful home pedicure with Emjoi

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Who doesn’t love getting a pedicure? There is nothing quite like relaxing at the spa or salon while you get pampered! Ooh I love it , however regular pedicures can get pretty expensive so honestly I rarely go and just end up giving myself a pedicure at home. Unfortunately there is a defiant downfall to a home pedicure…I never get the same effect at home, the salon/spa always seem to have tools that I don’t have nor are readily available, this is a real bummer because I am plagued with horribly calloused and crack heels/feet and they really need help! I’ve tried so many things the most common being the Pumice Stone and Pedi Egg. The pumice stone worked ok and the Pedi Egg worked pretty well, but the honesty both left my arm sore since it takes a good 30 minutes to get one heel smooth…so lets be real here…I rarely do this step. I just do a nice foot soak, lather my feet in coconut oil, body butter or foot treatment lotion and call it good.

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Then I got the  Emjoi Micro-Pedi! I about freaked at how QUICK and EASY it was to get beautiful smooth and callous free feet, and it seriously it took a couple of minutes to get rid of some really ugly rough spots and has worked magic one my deep cracked heels!!!

Whats so great about the Emjoi Micro-Pedi?

  • The Micro-Pedi’s awesome blue roller spins around 30 times a second and buffs callouses, cracks and rough spots effortlessly! No more sore arm from scrubbing your heels manually, the Emoji micro pedi does the work for you!
  • The Micro-Pedi is totally safe to use, if you press too hard it slows and makes it virtually impossible to cut or burn your feet. I had zero discomfort {psst…after getting mine I ordered my mom one too and she said it has never given her any kind of discomfort what so ever!}
  • The Micro-Pedi is the perfect size for travel! Have a tropical summer vacation? Don’t forget to pack a Micro Pedi. Although I think this guy is a perfect size for travel some may not, fear not there is a smaller travel size available!

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  • The Micro-Pedi has a great price tag  $39.95! It’s worth every penny!
  • The Micro-Pedi is battery operated {requires 2 x AA batteries} and has rubberized grip making it super easy to hold on to.

Are you dying to get your hands on Emjoi Micro-Pedi? Get yours here.

*Although Lipton Publicity did send me this product to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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God Bless Our Country {Review}

This post is sponsored by Thomas Nelson. All opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure policy.

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God Bless our Country is the sweetest little board book

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unnamed-12Each page throughout the book has fun rhyming text with sweet little animals acting out the text. Each page has different animal families or different groups of animals beautiful illustrated our favorites are the raccoon family, the chipmunk family, the beaver family, the otter family and the cougar family.

God Bless our Country mainly focuses on summer months and all kinds of fun summer activities such as camping, swimming, picnicking and fireworks, my kids loved this because summer is their favorite time of year!

I especially love the last page of the book!

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I feel like it really captures the blessing that God has given us and our children!

We have been enjoying this book as a family and will for years to come! I think God Bless our Country would make a very sweet birthday gift especially to a little one who has a birthday in the summer. God Bless our Country would also make a great addition to any home library and for sure perfect for Grandmas house {my mom lives on the lake so this is perfect!!}

Although Tommy Nelson/ Tommy Nelson Mommy did send me this book to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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Brave Girls: Beautiful You 90 Day Devotional Review {Giveaway!}

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I recently had the privilege of reviewing another awesome Brave Girls 90 day devotional, this is the 3rd one in the series and is called “Brave Girls: Beautiful You

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The brave girls are a HUGE favorite in our house! My daughter absolutely adores the “Brave Girl Bible stories” book and wears her Brave Girls shirt almost every single day! She has also loved the other two 90 day devotionals, “Brave Girls: Better Than Perfect” and “Brave Girls: Faithful Friends” Since we know and love entire Tommy Nelson Brave Girl series I knew to expect something great and I was right!

This wonderful devo takes your daughter through the 90 days with writings from three of the brave girls Hope, Glory and Gracie (I absolutely love this aspect because it makes it seem so much more personal for the little girl reading it or having it read to her.)

During the 90 days this book strives to show girls that our beauty comes from within and God made us just the way that we are and we are perfect in his eyes. As a mother I want my daughter to be comfortable in her own skin and to know exactly that, that God created her just the way she is!

The Devo is broken into six sections:

  • Beautiful Basics:
    Showing us that yes we are all flawed but we are beautiful because of who made us!
  • Radiant Reflections:
    Shows us we are sinners but God loves us despite that and will keep helping us fight future temptation!
  • Works of Beauty:
    Shows us we are truly beautiful when we love and help others and have a kind Christ like spirit!
  • Beautifully Clothed:
    Show us that God can change us when we take off our old wardrobe {life without Christ} and embrace him our new wardrobe {life with Christ}!
  • Kingdom Fitness:
    This reminds us that our bodies are a holy temple for the Lord and should be treated that way!
  • Creative Beauty:
    Shows us that we are uniquely and beautifully made the way God wants us to be!

“Learn how Special God thinks you are and how you can be bold, brave and Be-you-tiful!” – {from the back cover}

As with all of the devotionals in the brave girl series each day has a bible verse, a 1 or 2 paragraph devotion and ends with a sweet little prayer.  We have absolutely love this book in our house!

This is a wonderful Devotional that I highly recommend Brave Girls: Beautiful You to anyone with a daughter/granddaughter age 6 to teen!

Want to win a copy? One Lucky reader will win their own copy! ENTER HERE for your chance to win!

Giveaway will run from 5/13/16-5/21/16

*Although Tommy Nelson/ Tommy Nelson Mommy did send me this book to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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