Oh, my aching ovaries.

Essential Living with Dakota

My husband and I have three boys. I had a really rough pregnancy the third time around. So bad, he said no more kids, regardless of the gender. (We don’t find out! So fun!) I cried for weeks about it. After T was born, hubby backed off his no more kids stand. Now that our youngest is 15 months, he’s very much ready for another baby. But y’all, they drive me a little crazy. These boys are wild, rambunctious, crazy, strong-willed, stubborn. Did I mention wild and crazy?

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Our crazy doesn’t end there. (Shoot, I don’t even know that it’s really even begun.) My sister recently moved home from Florida. Her boyfriend and his two-year-old daughter came with her. They live with us! It’s so awesome. Every day we’re all together. And did I mention, my sister was pregnant? Yep. She recently had her first biological baby. Like 7 days ago recently.

So…

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All You Have To Do Is Give Your Best Effort

Danny's iphone 022One of the early lessons we all learn is we will not always come out on top.  Your team is not always going to win.  Your best efforts are not always good enough to earn the first place trophy.   Your hard work is not always going to result in a promotion.  But that shouldn't deter each of us from giving our absolute best effort.

I am extremely competitive when it comes to succeeding and use other people's success to drive me to do better.  I have determined to be satisfied with failing as long as I know I gave my best effort.  I'm not sure I can ask more of myself than that.  The question I ask myself is 'did you give your all?' and if the answer is 'yes' then I am satisfied.  If my answer is 'no' then I return to the drawing board and figure out how I could have performed better.

Ultimately the only person who will know if you gave your all is you.  Identify your weaknesses, improve upon your effort and move forward.  That's what I try to do; that's all I can do.

Featured Blog…East Coast Approach!

East Coast Approach

I started out strong. Just over eight months ago.  I was blogging often, having a fairly clear, concise point with each post.  The feedback I got was amazing.  People told me that what I was writing was relatable and how they looked forward to my posts. But, as the weeks went on, I found myself blogging less and less and less.  At one point going more than a month without posting a single thing.

I would still go to WordPress almost every day.  Just under the “Reader” tab.  I would scroll through my saved categories, spending a majority of my time under “Blogging”.   A common post I’d see would fall along the lines of “So, I haven’t posted in a while.” or “Things have been really hectic lately and I haven’t logged in”.  Listen, I get it. I do.  Life gets busy and things come up.  But I couldn’t help but wonder…  Were they really too busy for days…

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Essential Oils 101

Essential Living with Dakota

It probably hasn’t taken you long to realize I’m a huge essential oils enthusiast. I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to commit to a chemical-free life or why I didn’t start my oily journey sooner, but I’m sure if I had started earlier it wouldn’t have led me to where I am today.

It scares me the number of toxic chemicals that are still approved for use in commercial products in the Unites States that have been banned in other parts of the world. Endocrine disruptors, hormone disruptors, reproductive disruptors, cancer and more have all been linked to chemicals that are commonly found in the cupboards of our homes. Less than a quarter of the chemicals in thousands of common household products have been subjected to a full safety investigation. Products that we use on ourselves, our kids, our pets every day. Make-up. Sunscreen. Lotion. Insect…

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All Their Faces…

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All the people
all their faces
shapes and sizes
ways of speaking
expressing
outward appearances
part in hair
earrings, tattoos
fashion of dress
styles and colors
smells and sounds

All the people
everyone else
I’ve met over time
each and every person
throughout
my entire life
every waking moment
every breath taken
every thought
everything,

How can you be
so different
so unique
think so differently
see me like no others
do

How can you be
someone who makes
someone who says
someone who can’t

can’t seem to live
without me?

How can you….

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Share Your Favorite Blogger!

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So I want to do something different which is to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also.  It seems to be working nicely so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.

Be sure to visit the other links and meet some great bloggers.  I’ll also be running the standard Meet and Greet this weekend so check that out as well.

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FAVORITE BLOGGER LINK

Monday Minstrel: Jamini Roy and a Bengali horse

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Jamini Roy, 1887-1972 was on of the most important artists of the modern period in India He drew on the popular and folk traditions of Bengal for his inspiration.  In this sketch the elongated head of the horse shows proximity and the large eyes are a characteristic feature of Jamini Roy’s style.

This sketch is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England. 2013GK1416_2500

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This is happening….

Who's My Favorite Today?

She just walked out of our house for the last time as a high schooler. On the way to graduation now. So many emotions!!

Go change the world sweet girl!

Daily tally:

Avery +13/-3, Brooke +12/-2, Kate +15/-6, Me 0/-2

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Share Your Favorite Blogger!

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So I want to do something different which is to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also.  It seems to be working nicely so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.

Be sure to visit the other links and meet some great bloggers.  I’ll also be running the standard Meet and Greet this weekend so check that out as well.

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FAVORITE BLOGGER LINK