1L, 4Ds and 5K

1L, 4Ds and 5K

It’s been a girl themed week.

Last Thursday my 4 daughters and I went big city shopping.  It was a birthday shopping trip for my oldest daughter Grace since I was going to be gone over the weekend of her birthday.  We spent the whole day hitting everything from anthropologie to thrift stores.  The girls are now set for clothes for the rest of the warm weather season, which is a relief to me since shopping with them is a test in endurance.  Of me and my wallet.


For myself, I am on the search for t-shirts with sleeves.  Not long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves.  Just plain old short sleeves that are long enough to cover my arm flaps.  It’s a sad day when you nearly slap someone with your extra arm skin and I am trying to avoid that with sleeves and prayer.

Saturday and Sunday I went to Austin.  I ran my first 5K this weekend.  I did it with my sister….she gave it to me for my birthday and it was a double treat to get to spend the time with her.

I have never had any interest in doing any kind of running or, really, moving at all.  But after walking every morning since last July it was pretty easy.  And on a cool spring morning….almost heaven.

My first 5k

To keep the girl theme going I will be going on a photoshoot for my daughter’s 17th birthday this week.  Shopping is not her thing.  She asked for a photoshoot in the city and as an added bonus she wants to be there when the sun rises to get the best lighting.  Leave the house at 6AM….oh sure.  Because giving birth to you wasn’t enough of a sacrifice.

Next week I need to have a boy themed week.  Those are much easier.  Just dump some Legos in the living room and throw food into the middle every few hours.

Have a great April!

Taking Care of Your Hair Using Essential Oils!

Taking Care of Your Hair Using Essential Oils!

I am super-duper excited to be joining Kerri and all my oily friends this week to share tons of ways to detox your home!  Did you see her homemade mouthwash?!  Cool!

I am sharing about hair care using Young Living oils…..we have an abundance of hair around here, as you can see.

Taking care of your hair with essential oils! -- The Pennington Point

My girls and I all work hard to keep our hair healthy and nice looking.  Several of my daughters have used the no-poo method (where you don’t use shampoo at all) and they liked it in some ways, but it was hard to keep up with.  Right now we are using natural shampoos, but we are always looking for new ideas that are natural, easy and less damaging to our hair.

So when I tried this recipe for “Sweet & Sassy Hair” from the book, “The Chemical Free Home” by Melissa Poepping I was thrilled!  It is easy to use and makes your hair so shiny and bouncy!  I just put it into a little glass spray bottle (I buy these where I buy my rollon bottles) and keep it with my hair products.  After I wash my hair, I spray this on while it’s still wet and let it dry.  I am thrilled with how healthy my hair feels!

My recipe is slightly different than the one in the book because I didn’t have one of the oils she suggests.  So I’ll share my altered recipe (which I love!) for you.

Hair care using essential oils!

Sassy Hair Spritz

Fill an 8oz. amber glass bottle about 2/3 full with distilled water and 1 TBSP of witch hazel (this helps it last longer).  Add 12 drops lavender, 8 drops lemon, 8 drops rosemary and 4 drops geranium.  Shake well before using.  Spray on wet hair.

Yep.  That’s it.  It smells WONDERFUL and it’s so good for your hair and scalp.  You could also add Melaleuca if you have a problem with dandruff or scalp irritation.

You can make a scalp/hair conditioner by using jojoba oil as a base instead of water.  Just mix it into a cup and massage it into your scalp and let it sit while you’re in the shower and then wash it out.  Add a little peppermint to it for a scalp tingling extravaganza.  And if you (or someone you love) deals with stinky hair, add some Melrose to it.  That’s one oil I use often with my teens!

So, are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now! Click HERE to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to the “Detox Your Home” Spring blog series! :) We are all offering a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home to anyone {in the U.S.} who signs up with premium starter kit through April 7th!!

Taking care of your hair using essential oils!

Next up is my good friend Brandy from The Marathon Mom!

To check out all 30 posts in the “Detox Your Home” Spring blogger series, click here.

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One Year Adventure Novel Review and Special Deal

One Year Adventure Novel Review and Special Deal

This being Homeschool Month here at the Point….I will be sharing our favorite curriculum choices.  This one, One Year Adventure Novel, HAD to be my first recommendation.  I didn’t even have to think about it.  Nope.  It’s our #1.

OYAN.....a great homeschool writing curriculum!!!

We started using it 5 years ago and all of my high school kids have gone through it.  My oldest daughter was already finished with school when we got it, so she volunteered to oversee the lessons (but really she just wanted to take the class).  Since she was taking care of it for me, I thought I would use that time to work with the younger kids, but we all found ourselves watching every video lesson and practicing our own writing right alongside the “official” students in the class.

One Year Adventure Novel is a DVD-based high school fiction writing curriculum through which the kids write an entire novel by the end of the year.  How cool is that?!  It’s entertaining, stretching, educational, adventurous and exciting.  No really.  My kids love it so much that I make it the last class of the day.  It’s their reward for doing the rest of their school.

We enjoyed it so much the first year that we followed with Other Worlds (their science fiction & fantasy expansion) and now we are using Cover Story with my junior high and early high school kids (they write a magazine instead of a novel!).

I know what you’re thinking, “Lisa, you can’t do everything they do.  If One Year Adventure Novel jumped off a cliff would you do it too?”  Yep.  I probably would.

But back to the subject.  More things I love about this high school writing curriculum.

1. My kids have learned so much about creative writing.  My older kids have written novels and even though they aren’t all publishable, they have that accomplishment which built their confidence.
2. It stirs up their sense of adventure, creativity and pushes them to think outside of their box.
3. You are getting so much more than just a writing program….with your box comes a code that you can use to join the forums, a student novel writing contest and lots of extras!
4.  Friendships.  My kids have made many friends through the forums and the Summer Workshop.
5. Oh yeah!  The Summer Workshop.  This will be our third year to attend and it.is.amazing.  To prove it to you, my kids save all year to pay their own way completely.  They gain so much knowledge, fellowship and enthusiasm for writing there.  It really is worth the sacrifice.  (AND you can still get the early bird prices through the end of March!)

And the folks at OYAN are constantly working to improve and add to their products, so they have made a new and improved 2nd edition!  It has more depth covering the book, “The Prisoner of Zenda,” expanded information in the DVDs and better quality (although I have no complaints about the first one).  It will be available on April 1 for $239.

AND I am excited to share a deal with y’all!  Through the month of March (or until supplies last) you can get the 1st edition for $179 (regularly $199) PLUS free shipping PLUS a free Runt the Brave book. 

My favorite high school writing curriculum.  Don't miss the chance to get a great deal on it!

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(OK I have to add, Runt the Brave is one of our family’s favorite books and I have given it away so many time here on the blog that it’s borderline obnoxious.  But I know how hard it is to find a good book for your kids, so I can’t help myself.  I promise I don’t own stock in this company.  I just love their work and the way they feed into the future of our country by loving our kids.)

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Using Essential Oils for Your Teen

Using Essential Oils for Your Teen

You may not have noticed, but the teens years can be a little….well…..difficult.

It’s such a rough time in many ways.  New feelings emerging, more responsibility, pimples, the mystery of the future….really.  I wouldn’t want to go back to that.

In my house we give each other room to grow and learn and make mistakes.  But also, we expect the kids to treat each other with kindness and love.  It’s not always easy when hormones are raging.

First: Bible.  Knowing God’s Word and what it says about how we should treat one another is numero uno in managing teen struggles.  Just because you feel like punching something doesn’t mean you get to be rude to everyone.

Second: Pray.  Praying with and for your teens is crucial.  These years are fragile.  Handle with prayer.

Third: Essential Oils.  We use a variety of oils that we have found to really help when one of us is feeling off.  Here are a few that we love with a capitol L.

Using Essential Oils for Your Teen - The Pennington Point

1. Valor -  My personal fave.  It helps when you feel “off” and teenagers feel off a lot.
2. Peace & Calming – Need I say more?
3. Frankincense – This oil is great for skin!  I mix it with jojoba oil and my teens use it on their face.  And while we’re at it frankincense also relieves stress.
4. Lavender – Growing pains….this is what you need.  Rub it right on their legs where the pain is and it will help them sleep.
5. Joy – Some days your poor teen can really struggle with a lack of joy.  A little of this rubbed over their heart will help them feel better about life.
6. Peppermint – It just lifts your mood plus it’s great for bad breath.  Sometimes teens have that.  I’m not naming names, I’m just sayin’.
7. Dragon Time – OK I said it.  There are certain days of the month when my daughters have more trouble than others.  This oil blend is specifically made for those hormone filled days.
8. Melrose – Let’s face it, teens can occasionally smell bad.  This oil is great for dispelling odors.  But it’s such a good one because it also helps with mental fatigue and difficult emotions.
9. Common Sense – Yep, I keep this one close at hand.  There are just some days when it feels like I need to make a room spray with it and just walk around spritzing it on people.
10. Brain Power – This one is more expensive, but you will love how well it helps your test taking, essay writing, fact memorizing teen focus.

The first 7 of these are included in the Premium Kit so if you have that you are armed for the job.  The rest I collected over time.  If you have friends with teens, you could split the cost of a bottle and dilute it like I show in this post.  And be sure to teach your teens how and why to use the oils.  They like having control over their choices and this is a great way to help them manage their own needs.

If you are interested in getting started with Young Living Oils just it’s so easy….just start HERE.

“Every Day a Blessing” Giveaway

“Every Day a Blessing” Giveaway

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Last week I shared our teen devotional and today I get to tell you about the one we are using for the younger kids.  It’s called “Every Day a Blessing: A Year of God’s Love” and it’s precious.

Each day there is a Bible verse and a small story to read.  Very short and simple.  Then it ends with a prompt like, “What can you pray for today?” or “Which is your favorite ocean animal?” and leads to sweet discussions.  We have had some doozies already!

I hope you’re spending a few minutes each day reading Bible verses with your kids and discussing how they fit into our lives.  It is so, so good for your kids! (and you too!)

Go get yourself a new devotional to get you started!

And I’m giving away one of these to one of you!  Just enter below….

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Embracing Modesty, No. 51

Embracing Modesty, No. 51

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this series.  I intended to simply share what we wore each week, but it turned into so much more than that.  You all showed up and started leaving comments that blessed us and we got excited to share.  The girls would say, “Hey Mom, let’s be sure to take a picture of Grace today….she looks so cute!” or I would grab a shot of myself on my way out the door and think of sharing it with you each Friday.  Your daughters emailed me to say how much they look forward to seeing what we are wearing and then….unexpectedly, I started on an amazing weight loss journey.

I really never thought I would be able to lose the weight and I am still only about halfway to my goal.  But that naturally became part of this series as I started to look different and had to get new clothes.  Here’s a picture of me in the first post of 2013 next to the last one I shared….

Our summer swimsuit modesty edition was our most popular post in the series.

And when we shared what we wear for exercise

We have all of the posts from the whole series here in our gallery.

I will be starting a new series next year, but I will keep posting modesty pictures once or twice a month.  Y’all said you still want to see them, plus I will have all new clothes this year, so there will still be something new to show you occasionally.

Thanks so much for blessing us with your comments and encouragement this past year.  We have enjoyed spending this time with you.  See ya in 2014!


Embracing Modesty, No. 49

Embracing Modesty, No. 49

Wow!  Only 3 more modesty posts to go and the year will be over.  I can’t believe how much we have enjoying doing this series.

Which makes me wonder….what do you want to see for next year?  More modesty pictures?  Or something else like our meal plans?  Or maybe homeschool ideas?  I’d love to hear from you!!!

For this week I am going to show a few things my girls have been wearing.  They are such cutie pies that I have to share some of their looks.

This first look was on a day before it got so c-c-cold.  Faith is wearing a skirt she got at Versona and a layer of t-shirts and a vest.  She made the necklace with 3 bullet cases she found in the yard.

I’ve said before that my youngest daughter, Patience, likes a more sporty look and this picture proves it.  This outfit is her personality to a T.  Most of it we got at thrift stores.

This next picture of Hope shows her personality too….she likes a simple outfit with a teeny twist (as in the tights).  She got the sweater and skirt at JCPenney.

Grace is my classic girl.  Scarves and hats are the name of her game.  And oh my this green is her color!  Knowing what colors look good on you is a great way to know how to shop.

And oh the red hat…..how adorable is that?!  I am not a hat person….I mean I want to be then I try one on and realize, nope, not good.  But Grace wears them so well.

It’s such a delight to see what outfits my girls put together each day.  Winter is a fun time to play with layering and leggings. And boots….how could I forget the boots?!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Embracing Modesty Gallery with all of the posts from this series!

And don’t forget to let me know if you have a preference for what series we should do for 2014!

Embracing Modesty, No. 48

Embracing Modesty, No. 48

Ok so I may be going a little overboard on the tights.  I can’t help it.  I love them so.

Plus I found a couple of great skirts to wear them with, so that’s fun.

Some of the kids and I did a little local Black Friday shopping and I finally got some clothes that fit me.  I am so shocked that I actually fit into clothes in the regular sections now.  It’s at the back of the rack (as in XL for those of you that have never had to dig to the back of a rack before), but still.  No more plus-sized stores.  I can’t believe it.  I haven’t been able to do that since….well I don’t even remember doing that.

Here’s a black sweater I got on sale at JCPenney put together with tights and a teal skirt I got at Target.  My daughter Faith made me the necklace several years ago. (sorry it’s blurry….one of my younger kids took the picture)

A few new things I got on Black Friday

This is another pair of tights…red.  Oh yes I did.

The silver top is from Target and the red tank is from Old Navy.  I stitched up the tank in the shoulder about 2″ so it wouldn’t be so low.  The skirt is old and I took it in to fit me.  All of the accessories are old.  Thankfully, accessories still fit even when you lose weight.

Some cute new things from my Black Friday shopping

Speaking of accessories….you’ve got to have a cute purse to go with your outfit!

Wearing a few cute things I got on Black Friday

This last look is from yesterday and does not involve tights, although if I had some pink ones I might have….

The only new piece here is the striped t-shirt.  I got it for $4 at the JCPenney sale…score!  I had the pink vest for a long time, maybe before I had kids….seriously.  The gray skirt was from Cato a couple of years ago and I took it in to fit.  I love the little bird necklace.  I don’t remember where I got that, sorry!

Having fun wearing some of my Black Friday purchases

While we were out taking this picture a cold front came through.  I’m not kidding….I think the temps dropped 10° in 5 minutes.  So I put on a sweater and decide to take another picture for you.

Enjoying my clothes I got on Black Friday

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Bringing Home a Surprise

Bringing Home a Surprise

Last week is a blur.  Between sleeping more than the average bear and trying to get my suitcase put away I was spent.

I had planned to get some small projects done when I got home from all of my travels, but instead I mostly listened to my kids tell me stories they made up and ask me if I know where their toothpaste went.

It’s questions like these that make me realize that kids really think their parents aren’t human.  I know they think I have the power to know where the toothpaste is despite being gone for 5 days, but the sad truth is that I can’t even find my own toothpaste so we’re all out of luck.

If you haven’t guessed, no projects got done, unless you count that I actually did get my suitcase unloaded and put away in less than 5 days, which might be a new record.  I am pretty good about the unpacking, mostly because I need the stuff that’s in there.  But actually tucking the suitcase back where it belongs can be a long, drawn out process.  It creeps from the bedroom, to outside the bedroom door, where it stays for a couple of weeks.  Then I ask a kid to take it to the kitchen, where it waits for me to notice it again and then, maybe in a few weeks, gets put away.  Typically a 6 week process.

But somehow despite my extreme laziness the suitcase was out of sight before the weekend.  I may have to celebrate this victory with a nap.

This week I think I may actually get a few of those unfinished projects done.  I bought myself some “leave-Mom-alone” time yesterday by bringing home a ping pong table.

Fun mom blog!

I was in the nearby super-center and they were putting out the table they had used as display for half price.  We’ve been wanting one, so I snatched it.  Of course, I was driving my minivan and no, it wouldn’t fit inside.

The nice young man that was helping me agreed to put it on top of my van for me while I went back in to purchase some twine.  When I came back out he had it up there in a weird way, but I was too polite to say anything about it.  So I drove through town at 12 miles per hour while men were flagging me down and saying things like it was tied up there wrong and “How far do you have to drive like that?” and that I needed to stop and fix it.

It was pretty scary actually.  At one point the table nearly slid off the van and into oncoming traffic.  I pulled over and tied it up some more until there were more knots than were probably necessary.  Clearly I was never a scout.

Fun mom blog!

I am not gifted in the area of tying things to my car.  My husband cringes.

But I made it home with the table still strapped up there and the kids are so thrilled to have a ping pong table they they will be playing it all week and not notice that I am ignoring them, so it was worth the harrowing drive home.

They love it so much that the three youngest boys begged to sleep under it last night.  They lined their blankets all in a row and acted like it was the most comfortable place they have been since we let them sleep on the trampoline one night last summer.

This I do not understand.  If you ever need to torture me for information, just tell me I will have to sleep on the floor under the ping pong table and I will spill all my secrets.

This week, in addition to those projects, I will be planning my Thanksgiving meal and trying to figure out how to fit all of my guests around the ping pong table which is now in my dining room.

The good news is if we don’t have enough places for people to sleep….we can put some of them under it.

Have a great week!


Embracing Modesty, No. 44

Embracing Modesty, No. 44

My girls have been so cute lately I wanted to share some of their latest looks.  It’s a joy for me to see what they come up with each morning.  Melts my mother’s heart that my daughters love being creative and full of simple beauty.

Hope is so pretty every day.  She put this together for a school girl look.  Most of the pieces are from Cato, but from at least last season since we haven’t bought anything new for quite a while.

Teens that dress modestly but still look stylish!  -- The Pennington Point

Faith is my girl with a more funky style.  In this picture she has on a top that she cut from an old t-shirt.  She just cut it off.  The white top is a tank and the skirt is old, old, old.  But she loves the old stuff.

Teens that dress modestly but still look stylish!  -- The Pennington Point

Here she is again in another top she cut from something else.  She just cut up an old skirt and stitched it into a vest.  Look closely….she used soda can tabs along the front to run a tie through for the closure.

Teens that dress modestly but still look stylish!  -- The Pennington Point

And here’s the same striped top, skirt and shoes from above.  But this time she wore a doily vest she made out of a vest that didn’t fit me anymore and topped it with a scarf.  Cuteness.

Teens that dress modestly but still look stylish!  -- The Pennington Point

It’s such a pleasure for me to see what my girls put together every day.  Sure, there are some days when their clothing doesn’t match and it’s not always perfect, but still they are trying to find their styles and I am always impressed with their creativity.

Teens that dress modestly but still look stylish!  -- The Pennington Point

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