Strawberry Citrus Slush

by heidijo on May 4, 2017

🍓🍋🍊💦dōTERRA delicious // Strawberry Citrus Slush


2 cups fresh lemonade

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 lemon, juiced

4 drops doTERRA Lemon essential oil

4 drops doTERRA Lime essential oil

3 cups ice

3 tablespoons white sugar or 1/2 teaspoon stevia
🍋Note: For a less tart version, omit fresh lemon juice or add more sweetener.



Combine all ingredients in blender.

Blend until smooth or at desired consistency.
💦Pour into cups and enjoy.
💖Note: For a more “smoothie” like consistency, add 2 cups of strawberries and 2 cups of ice.



DoTERRA Wellness Advocate

by heidijo on March 29, 2017

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The Christmas Eve Never to be Forgotten

by heidijo on January 25, 2016

Through these words I have cried my tears……

It started with a phone call. Not really the phone call every parent dreads, but close. Words proclaiming, “mom we have been in an accident”. She’s talking to me, that is slightly comforting, so no panic necessary. We turn around and I am then filled with panic of having to visit a hospital. I hate hospitals…..I panic, shake slightly and become a complete germ freak. Not once did I consider that my daughter was really hurt. It was Christmas Eve, we had just left church, her on her way to enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner and us to look at Christmas Lights. All was well, all was quiet, and all was at peace.

Flashing lights, cars, smoke and emergency vehicles fill the road ahead. Fear rises in my throat. Visions of my beautiful blue eyed daughter fill my mind and I whisper my first prayer, the first of oh so many that night. I feel lost searching for my sweet girl and direction comes. I find myself in a vehicle full of lights and words but it’s a blur and many mumbles. My focus is my baby girl, even as she is severely broken, battered and bruised she laughs. It is like music to this mama’s heart. Her words are filled with reassurance and comfort for her momma. For me, the unbroken, the unbleeding, the unhurt one. Other words fill the air, traumatic eye injury, lots of blood, extreme damage, no sight, air lift, surgery. But we were going to look at Christmas lights, Christmas is tomorrow, as was well, what has happened….my girl is covered with blood. I cannot fix this, I don’t know how to fix this. More prayers.

The night sky is overwhelmed with loud helicopter blades slicing through the air. Brothers stare out of the car eyes glossed over with awe and fear. Grandparents are praying. My heart breaks as I have to let the hand go that I have been holding for 16 years. Reassurance that I will be with her very soon leave my lips as her tears mix with blood. I can’t breathe, I can’t think. I can’t move. I turn again to see two sets of eyes so filled with fear and dread. I walk slowly to bring comfort once again but I am numb and have no words. They must stay and I must go. Tears sneak down their brave faces. Any thoughts and excitement of Christmas has all but disappeared. More prayers.

Driving filled with darkness and dread. A car filled with a broken hearted mom, a loving grandmother and a strong daughter. The waiting room is filled with sickness and sadness. This is the place that Jesus lives. Even in darkness, dread, sickness and sadness He is near. I am filled with His strength as I move toward doors that will take me to my sweet baby girl. She is quiet and still as she reaches for my hand. I stay by her side through the needles, the blood, the tubes, the vomit, the tears and her heart full of fear. Time stills as immediate surgery is mentioned. Her daddy will need to be told, he is many miles away. My words to him are broken and filled with tears, others pick up the pieces. More prayers.

Another bed, another room, another voice speaking words. She is quiet, she sleeps, she is gone and once again I cannot hold her hand. God is here in the lonely, in the waiting, and in the fixing. The waiting is long and I am cold. There are others but really no one. When the waiting ends there are yet again more words; severe damage, ruptured globe, did the best we could, no vision. These are not words filled with hope and promise but she is. We find her drowsy but less battered. I find peace in hearing her breathe. Again we wait, but I can hold her hand again. More praying.

She rests and recovers and I hold her hand. The night is quite but she is not, her pain is great. Her daddy arrives and weeps and once again my girls is full of comfort and love. A smile fills her face, a face that is not the same but oh so beautiful. Her life is filled with pain, recovery, rest, surgeries, relearning, hard work, and so much faith. This girl is special, this girl lives her faith, this girl embraces forgiveness, this girl is brave, this girl brings beauty and joy to all those around her. She is my daughter and I am her momma and this is our story of the Christmas Eve that will never be forgotten. Always Praying.




Monthly Meal Planning Madness

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  I am one of those weird people that are naturally organized. (Side-note: my sisters think I’m adopted). I thrive of organization in all areas of my life.  So planning out my meals should be something that I do on a regular bases. Not so much….. sometimes yes, but life is busy, messy and overwhelming sometimes. […]

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Bedside Table Reflections

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  This collection is the first thing my eyes fall on when I wake each morning. Everything here is a reflection into my soul, my hearts cry, my desires and my passions (and my immense love for the color turquoise). I would love to share and explain each one so you can better understand me. […]

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Best Homeschool Year Ever

April 20, 2015

This year we tried something completely new, Quarter Block Schedule. You simply break your school year into 4 quarters, make a list of all subjects you need to cover and slot them into the quarter you think best. This part took a bit of trial and error to find a good balance ratio between which […]

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quick life update

March 18, 2015

Well, it’s been a super long time since my last post. From that time till now we have – bought a house, packed up old house, moved into new house, decorated for the holidays, celebrated the holidays, sold the old house, had 17 humans sleeping in one house (love  when family visits), went to Disney, […]

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A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner 2014-2015

July 15, 2014

A Simple Plan is my planner of choice 2 years running. It is just what is says it is “simple”. It fits our homeschool needs perfectly. I love that I have all my records in on place to present for our annual evaluation or to file away. This planner has planning space for up to 6 […]

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Confessions of a Homeschool Mom 2014

May 13, 2014

My real life is not a true reflection of my Facebook status or Instagram photo’s. I am real, my kids make me grumpy, I cry over my failure… A lot! But I do love my life. So here are a few fun and sometimes disturbing facts that never made it to status update. 1. I […]

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Quater Block Planning

May 7, 2014

I have been gathering my curriculum lists for next year for each child. As you know we will be trying quite a switch up with the boys this year. We will be teaching a few select subjects in a shorter time frames (quarter blocks of 9 weeks each). I have finally pulled together all subjects […]

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