Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is For Yellow

It took me a while to think of something that started with a Y that I could blog about.

While I was going through Y words in my head, I thought of yellow.

So I endeavored to spend the week looking for all things yellow.

This yellow bowl is in my pantry - I have had it since we moved into our home,
 nearly sixteen years ago.

These yellow roses are against my back fence.
I love looking out my kitchen window and seeing their beauty.

This mug reminds me of a fun vacation we took a couple of years ago.
and, it makes Mondays more manageable. 

I just planted these yellow daisies on our deck - hoping they live through
our hot summer.

I usually have fresh yellow lemons on hand in the kitchen.
These sit in my fruit bowl on our kitchen table.

And these yellow cards are on one of our favorite family games. 
Dutch Blitz is such a fun game and we play it often.

This was an interesting excercise this week, looking for things in a certain color! It made me look more intently at things, and be more mindful of what was around me.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{Schoolhouse Review} ~ GREEMU

You might be saying,

 "What in the world is that?"

Interesting name, for a great product.

GREEMU, made by a company called Devonian, is an oil.

Greemu Devonian Review

Oils can really help our skin and if you remember, last year I was given the opportunity to review a product called Emu Oil. This Australian oil from the Emu is an excellent hair and skin treatment. But using animal sources for beauty products is not sometimes the best, so that the same company that created Emu Oil came up with an alternative: GREEMU. (Green + Emu = GREEMU)

Completely plant based, this oil matches the strength and properties of Emu Oil.

GREEMU contains only five ingredients:

  • Macadamia Oil - high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which helps to heal sunburns and scars
  • Palm Oil - a natural antioxidant and has lots of Vitamin K and magnesium
  • Shea Butter - a wonderful moisturizer with lots of Vitamin E
  • Sunflower Seed Oil - effective against acne and very hydrating
  • Rice Bran Oil - extracted from the outer coat of brown rice and is rich in minerals and vitamins

What can GREEMU be used for?

The ways are endless....

First off, GREEMU is an excellent moisturizer. Damage to our outer skin cells are what causes dryness and cracking. This oil helps damaged skin and builds that protective outer layer. I would take a drop (literally, a drop) and spread it all over my face. I live in a pretty dry climate, so I also rubbed the oil on my elbows and legs. I was very happy with how long this oil moisturized! I truly only applied it once a day, and my skin was nice and happy. And like I said, a lot goes a long way, so the 4 ounce bottle will last quite a while.

Greemu Devonian Review

Another part of yourself that is helped by GREEMU is your hair. This oil can help damaged hair, and stop split ends. When I received it I began using it in my hair, after my shower. I loved the way it made my hair and scalp feel. I also completely stopped using any conditioner in the shower, and just use a simple shampoo and that is it. After I towel dry my hair, I put a couple of drops on my hands and rub it into my scalp. A couple more drops I rub through my hair. (I do have pretty long hair.) I can then use a comb and go through my hair without any tangles.

GREEMU is also excellent for skin damage. On vacation a couple of weeks ago, we visited a water park. My son completely forgot to apply sunblock to his back. That night, his back was red and painful. I had brought along my oil and used enough to coat his whole back. He said that it instantly relieved the pain and he really liked it because it is fragrance free. The next day I applied it again and that second night, his skin was not even really red anymore.  

I have been using this oil, daily, for the last five weeks. The level of the oil is about an inch from the top of the bottle - at this rate I estimate that the bottle would last for another four months.

I really encourage you to give this oil a try! And do look around at both of the Devonian and Koru Naturals websites! These are high quality products that  are excellent choices for your hair and skin.

Check out what other Crew members thought:

Greemu Devonian Review

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Friday, April 22, 2016

X is For X Marks the Vacation Spot

A couple of weeks ago we took a family vacation.

A vacation of a lifetime.

And this was how we told the kids......

Yes, we were headed to Florida and Disney World.

Here is our trip in a nutshell. a.k.a., HEAVY PHOTO POST. This truly is an overview, as we did so much more than I list here.

The plane ride there was smooth and the kids had a blast.

We stayed on the Disney World resort property (which is huge!) at Art of Animation.

First day: Hollywood Studios

You knew we would spend some time here.

There were some really neat interactive features and lots of fun memorabilia.

And of course, these guys were walking around.

 For lunch we ate at Sci Fi Dine-In Restaurant.

Yes, we sat in cars, and the way the room was set up I swear we were outside at a drive in movie theater, watching silly horror films from the 30's and 40's. The food was great.

We saw the Indiana Jones stunt show.

One of our favorite rides of the day, Tower of Terror.

This was the other fast one - Rock and Roller Coaster. This one goes from 0 to 57mph in 2.8 seconds and goes upside down a few times, in the dark.

Toy Story Mania was a fun ride too. Mr. Lego and My Sweetie got the highest points both times we did that ride.

 We stayed until the park closed at 9 and took the bus back to our hotel.

Next day: Epcot

The Disney Resort bus system was very good and except for one night, not a hassle at all.

 Test Track was a really great ride. Later I read that it is the fastest one at DW, going 64 mph. During the queue we got to design our own cars, and then see how they would have performed on the track.

Mission: Space was another great one. This is a motion simulation ride that uses a centrifugal simulator. On the ride, which goes to Mars, we got up to 2.5 G's. Each seat has motion sickness bags so that tells you something about that ride. And yes, we all rode it and had a blast.

The gigantic golf ball!

I didn't know it, but there is a neat ride inside the dome, called Spaceship Earth. The ride goes through all of history, which was very well done. (Thankfully there is only one scene about evolution.)

Next we hit World Showcase.

In each of the countries in the World, Disney hires people from those countries, and does their best to remain true to ancient and modern architecture. We had a great time exploring, and talking with cast members. It was neat hearing about where they lived - Bookworm loved asking them to say things in their native language.


In Germany, we ate at Biergarten, a German buffet. While there, we made friends with our waiter, Evanz, who was from Berlin. He spent time answering the kids questions and telling us about his homeland.

Japan, of course.

Here we all split a bowl of udon.

In the United Kingdom, we enjoyed Twinings Tea samples and had a plate of fish and chips. 

 And my favorite place in World Showcase was Morocco. We had fun exploring this area and sharing a plate of Lamb Shawarma.

You really felt like you could almost be there.

As we continued around the world eating and experiencing the countries, the setting sun was beautiful on Epcot.

 We stayed for the fireworks show over the lake, and then enjoyed the World Showcase at night.

Next stop: Magic Kingdom

Very much like Disneyland with a few differences.

Swiss Family Treehouse, instead of Tarzan.

 Splash Mountain, probably the family favorite.

This is Cinderella's castle, and I thought more dramatic and beautiful than Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland.

Big Thunder Railroad, which in the evening had a 5 minute wait.

They lit the castle up beautifully at night.

And the fireworks that night was probably the best show I had ever seen.

At midnight (yes, we had been there for 15 hours), instead of heading for the exit, we headed for the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street for a treat.

The final park was Animal Kingdom.

My Sweetie and I sat together on Expedition Everest. This went down as one of my favorite rides, as you go backwards, corkscrew in the dark and experience an 80 foot drop.

Animal Kingdom is split up into lands; here we are entering Africa.

We caught The Lion King show which was great.

And the water ride in Asia.

We saved the safari for last. This was through Disney's wildlife preserve, in an open air truck. There were no visible barriers and we actually got quite close to some animals.

We did go to the two water parks - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

There were fast slides that we all went on, and slower ones like this raft ride.

The wave pool was super fun. Every ninety seconds a six foot wave would drench the entire lagoon.

And we all loved the lazy river. But see what my son did to me below?

After six days of fun, it was time to head home.

My Sweetie downloaded all of his go pro videos onto his computer on the plane ride home, so the kids had a fun time reminiscing.

And that was the week. I am so thankful that we could take this trip! Who knows where all my children will be in five, ten years, and I am thankful we had a safe and fun time on this amazing vacation.

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