Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light

I’m sad to report that I don’t have any little girls anymore.  {excuse me while I go have a good, hard cry!}

Thankfully my sister has 2 baby girls, so I can take my occasional need for pink and purple glitter out on them.  And this little book fits the bill.  I got it, carried it around under my arm for a few days twirling, and now I will send it on to my nieces for their girly enjoyment.

Sweet little devotional for girls

Oh the sweetness!

God’s Little Angel: Shine Your Light Devotional is a darling way to read Bible verses to your little girls every day.

Sweet little devotional for girls

Now I want a pair of those plastic heels that are impossible to walk in but make you feel oh, so pretty!

Enter below to win one of the precious devotionals for your little girl….or for yourself.  I may keep mine since it makes me feel like a princess all over again.

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Getting the Deck Ready for Graduation!

Getting the Deck Ready for Graduation!

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A great deck washing tool and a giveaway!

Well, it never stops around here.  The next weekend after we get home from Kansas we will have a graduation celebration for two of our daughters.  Yep, I have advanced to graduating 2 at once.

As we get the yard and house ready for this party, I wanted to get the deck really clean.  Between the chickens pooping on it and leaves staining the deck, it looked pretty bad.

So I handed one of the boys a HomeRight Deck Washer.

Using the HomeRight Deck washer to get the deck super clean!

You attach the hose to it and it keeps a flow of water on the deck while you scrub.  There are 2 settings so we used the zero pressure for my son.  I didn’t need high pressure in this case, but I am definitely thinking of a few other places that I can use that feature!  I was really happy with how well it cleaned.

He thought it was fun!

Cleaning the deck with a HomeRight Deck Washer

He loved the constant flow of water.

Using the HomeRight Deck washer to get the deck super clean!

And my deck is squeaky clean and ready for the party!  Is it wishful thinking that it will stay that way for another week?

Using the HomeRight Deck washer to get the deck super clean!

And, you guessed it, I get to give one away!  Enter below to win your very own Deck Washer…..

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10 Fun Ways to Use Essential Oils for Summer

10 Fun Ways to Use Essential Oils for Summer

With summer right around the corner I am embracing the citrus oils….lemon, lime, tangerine, orange, oh heaven….so many!  My latest fave is called Citrus Fresh…it’s bright and sweet and tangy and YUMMO!  I add it to my water all day long for a refreshing treat.

10 fun ways to use essential oils for summer

The great thing about the citrus oils is that they are more affordable than some of the other oils, which makes it fun to play around with them.  I like adding them to recipes occasionally and just let them wake up the rest of the ingredients!

Here are 10 ways to enjoy citrus oils for the summer….

1. Like I said already, add them to your water – Especially if you’re traveling and stuck with drinking water in a restaurant or somewhere that it tastes bad, a few drops of lime will really help!

2. Sweet drinks – Of course, you can use it to make a sweet drink too.  I’d start with about 1/2 packet of stevia (I don’t like it super sweet), 2 cups of spring water and  2-3 drops of your favorite citrus flavor.  Then adjust as you like!

3. Laundry – you know how it goes….if you leave wet laundry in the machine overnight in the summer it stinks when you wake up.  Well I discovered that if you add a few drops of lemon or lime with your detergent (in my front loader I can put it in the little dispenser) and ran it again it eliminated the odor.

4. Summer colds – We tend to get little colds in the summer and lemon oil is fantastic for stopping those in their tracks.  I’ll be diffusing that and rubbing it on our chests.

5. Speaking of diffusing – I love, love, love my diffuser (hint: read below how you can WIN one!) and I wish I had one for every room.  The citrus oils are great for freshening up the house when there are sweaty kids running in and out, swimming clothes drying and general heat issues.

6. Mood lifter – who doesn’t need that every once in a while?!  Citrus oils are great for perking you up.  I love lime the most….or maybe tangerine…wait….Citrus Fresh.  I can’t decide!  Drink it, diffuse it, rub it behind your ears or on your throat, whatever you feel like.  You can’t go wrong.

7. Tummy problems – when you or the kids are feeling a bit queasy citrus is grrrr-reat! (especially if you combine it with peppermint oil)

8. Clean and fresh – I keep a spray bottle (You have to use glass with citrus oils!) filled with spring water and a few drops of citrus oils.  Then I spray it on surfaces after cleaning, like the kitchen counter and bathtub.  Lemon is known for killing bacteria plus it smells great!  Sometimes I use lemon and orange together.

9. Cleaning fruit – Yep!  Use that same spray bottle to clean your fruits AND increase their shelf life.  Or put them in a bowl of cold water that has a few drops of citrus added.

10. Buh-bye bugs – citrus oils can repel insects, so while you’re spraying your counters, spray some on your arms and legs before going outside.

And diffuse, diffuse, diffuse.

 

Win a Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer!!!

Win a Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer!!!

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While I’m gone to SNAP, I am joining my sweet friend Ashley from Simply Designing for a fun HomeRight Giveaway.

Y’all know I love me some HomeRight tools and this  is no exception.  I used it last month on a project (which I don’t have pictures of yet, I’m sorry to say!) and it is amazing.  It makes me want to spray everything with a fresh coat of paint……kids better get to steppin’ or they’ll be getting a coat themselves.

Just enter below, say a little prayer and cross your fingers for extra imaginary help.

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My Four Favorite Essential Oils and a Giveaway!

My Four Favorite Essential Oils and a Giveaway!

Four great essential oils that you must try! -- The Pennington Point

You already know that I am wild over my Young Living essential oils.  Joy and Valor are running rampant around here.  The oils have helped so much with not only the occasional runny noses and sunburn, but also with things like the kids’ concentration and my random moodiness.

I even read some info last week that said lemon, frankincense and lavender can help with wrinkles.  Oh, you can bet I am trying that.  If anyone asks me if I have had work done on my face you will be the first to know!

To get James through tax season I diffused oils in his office for the past month.  I am sure the clients that stopped by to pick up their tax return wondered what that lovely, but un-CPA-like scent was.  Not that CPAs have a specific scent, but how often do you go into an accountant’s office and immediately feel relaxed and clear headed?

The oils in the Premium Kit are fantastic and if you haven’t tried them that’s the very best place to start.  I am having a love affair with every one of them!  But there are a few others that I love too, so I thought I’d share them with you in case you’re looking for something new to try.

 Four great essential oils that you must try! -- The Pennington Point

1. Abundance – this oil is so rich and lovely.  I have used almost a whole bottle just sharing it with friends because I want everyone to try it.  It’s one that I use every day.  There’s just something about it.  Since using it I have noticed that I am more open to opportunities that come my way and I’m better able to decide which path to follow when faced with a conflict.  I have definitely had an increase of success lately.  I don’t think the oil does that of course, but it opens me up to the possibilities.

2. Clarity – I travel so much that I always, always take this oil with me.  I tend to get easily overwhelmed when I am running to make a flight or being patted down by the airport security.  This oil helps me keep my wits about me.  I also need it at the grocery store, in traffic and most definitely when going over my receipts with my husband.

3. Magnify Your Purpose – I bought this oil for my older kids…to help them as they find their way in life.  But then I discovered it is great for me too!  I diffused it while I was working on my book and it really helped.  My essential oil reference book says, “This blend stimulates the endocrine system for greater energy flow to the right hemisphere of the brain, activating creativity, motivation, and focus.”  Yes, please.

Four great essential oils that you must try! -- The Pennington Point

4. Into the Future – When I was at the Summit last January I met another Young Living friend who had this oil with her.  Of course I had to try it and WOW!  I really loved it.  I felt so alive!  You can imagine how much it elevated the experience of being with a group of women who were on this homeschooling journey with too.  It is supposed to help you leave the past behind and progress with vision and excitement.  I use it anytime I am feeling apprehensive or a need to look forward instead of wallowing in the past.  In other words, I use it a lot.

I have built up a wonderful collection of oils that have been a blessing to me in so many ways.  But these four are my current faves.  And I can’t stand not to give some of it to you.  So here’s what I want to do…..

I am going to randomly choose one of you to give ONE of these oils to (choose from Abundance 15ml, Clarity 15 ml, Magnify Your Purpose 5ml or Into the Future 5ml) along with an essential oil pocket reference.

Pocket reference giveaway I use my pocket reference all of the time….like several times a day.  I used to keep it in the bathroom just to read through it because I find it so fascinating.  So I have to share that too!  That’s one bottle of fabulous oils and a Pocket reference….a $55 value!!!

Just because I love you so.

And if you are interested in getting started with Young Living oils you can CLICK HERE to learn a little more about that.  I would love to have you join me on this great adventure!

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By the way, I am not a doctor.  The testimonies I share here are my experience and not intended for diagnosis or cure.  It is your responsibility to educate yourself and if you are dealing with a serious situation I encourage you to seek professional help.

Homeschooling with Babies and Toddlers Around

Homeschooling with Babies and Toddlers Around

This week for homeschool month I want to share some ideas for you moms trying to juggle teaching older kids when you have babies and toddlers around.  It sure is a challenge….but you can do it!!!

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Babies: When I had a new baby (which I did for almost 2 decades!), I always kept a rocking chair in the room where we did our school.  That way I could comfortably hold baby and teach at the same time.  I also would take school into my bedroom or the nursery when necessary.  This season is really about being flexible.  Take 20 minute breaks while you nurse.  Relax and enjoy your baby.

Toddlers: Once they are big enough to move around and play a little, it’s a whole new situation.  This time takes training and work and patience.  Here are a few things I did while I was homeschooling and raising toddlers.

1. Teach them to play alone in small increments.  Depending on their age, they can play in one spot with just a few toys for 10 minutes or so.  I’d keep a special set of toys that are a favorite set aside for this time.  I’d spread a blanket or create a spot where they have to stay, give them the toys and tell them to stay there until the timer goes off.
2. Fifteen minutes of sibling time.  Yes, an older sibling can play with a toddler for 15 minutes while you work with other kids.  It should be time with a purpose that is teaching the toddler and keeping them safe.  This time is not for the older child’s enjoyment, but for them to serve. (I used a timer a lot during these years to remind myself not to expect them to be still and quiet for too long)
3. Work during nap time.  Toddlers tend to have regular nap times that you can count on, so why not use a little of that time to get some school work done?
4. Tactile activities.  Toddler respond really well to doing things with their hands.  A 9X13 pan filled with rice or a sink with water and bubbles can entertain a child for 10-15 minutes.
5. Videos.  Yep, I’m just gonna say it.  There are some days when I needed to really occupy the littles to get a big chunk of school done.  I tried not to do this more than twice a month.  So if I was going to use electronics, I just tried to be sure it was “educational.”  Here are a few fun ones:
*I Will Trust God (a sweet, simple message about trusting God)
*My First Signs (learning sign language)
*What’s in the Bible? (a really cute series)
*Creation Proclaims: Climbers & Creepers (a little older, but great lessons about creation!)

AND I am giving away a copy of “I Will Trust God” to one blessed winner!
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PaintStick Mini Contest and Giveaway!

PaintStick Mini Contest and Giveaway!

Y’all know I love me some HomeRight tools.  My Steam Machine that powered through my filthy stove top (which has stayed clean, by the way) and the car washing AutoWash Stick that I am crazy like a lunatic about (this thing cleans my car so well!) both make me happy.

Since I am a part of the HomeRight Ambassador Program, I got to try the PaintStick Mini…you know…for those smaller jobs when you don’t want to make a mess.  Well, I really never like to make a mess.  But I do like painting things.  It’s my therapy.

For this project I had 2 dressers that I bought at different flea markets, totally separate, a year apart.  But when I set them next to each other a few weeks ago to see if they would work as a console for my TV in the bedroom I was shocked to discover that they were exactly the same dresser!  It’s even more shocking that I haven’t noticed it for the past year and a half since I have owned them.

And HomeRight is having a Super fun contest that is going to be so much fun to join that you really must enter!  You can see the official rules here.

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This is my contest video…..I thought I’d share it here so you can see the PaintStick Mini and get inspired to make your own video!

Look what you might win….

1st Place:  iPad Air 64 G WiFi version (valued at $699)

2nd Place prize: $200 Cash

3rd Place prize: $100 Cash

Not only can you enter the video contest, but you can also enter to win a PaintStick Mini right here!  And don’t forget that you can buy them on Amazon, homedepot.com and Lowes!

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Check out some of my friends’ other posts about the PaintStick Mini! Bliss at Home, Makely School for Girls, My Repurposed Life,

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Thieves Kit Giveaway!!

Thieves Kit Giveaway!!

I’m kicking off March with a bang!  My good friend Brandy, The Marathon Mom, and I are sharing our love of Young Living essential oils with y’all by giving away a Thieves Essential Rewards Kit!  I am so excited because this kit is amazing and I love Thieves and Thieves loves me.

Thieves was my first Young Living oil and I was immediately hooked on it.  I would not go through a winter without it.  It is highly effective in supporting the immune system.

Here’s what you get in this kit:2 – Thieves Household Cleaner
1 – 15ml Thieves Essential Oil Blend
1 – Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste
1 – Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
2 – Thieves Spray
2 – Thieves Hand Purifier
2 – Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

Say what?!  It’s true.  One of you will win this baby.

If you’ve been thinking about starting to use these incredible oils now’s the time!  You get TEN extra entries when you sign up with me or Brandy as a wholesale member and order the Premium Kit.

GO HERE TO SIGN UP!

If you’re interested in learning more about using essential oils click here to see a list of posts I’ve written about my experiences with them.   And be sure to check out Brandy’s post too…she’s got some great information over there as well!

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Cleaning My Stove with HomeRight Steam Machine

Cleaning My Stove with HomeRight Steam Machine

OK, I am about to show you something gross, I don’t want you to be caught unaware.  Pictures and descriptions will follow.  I can no longer hide my shame.

So brace yourself.

This is what my stovetop looks like.

stove cleaning with my HomeRight Steam Machine

Here’s the way it looks with the grates removed.

stove

In my defense, we have tried and tried to clean it.  This stuff is so baked on that it doesn’t even scratch off with a steel wool pad (which I am sorry to say I did try a few months ago and scratched the finish).

When I read my friend Lyndsay’s post about cleaning her oven glass with the HomeRight Steam MachineI wondered….would it possibly clean my awful, impossible stove?  Could my dream of having a clean stove without using harsh chemicals actually come true?

HomeRight sent me a Steam Machine, so I got everything set up.  Also known as pouring water and plugging it in.  Then I started.  I worked on the front burner and in only about 5 minutes this was the way it looked.

stovetop

All of the little scratches are from my unfortunate steel wool incident.  I was shocked to see how much came off just using the steam machine.  For the rest, I used a little plastic scraper in combination with the machine.  Steam a little, scrape a little, and so on.  After 30 minutes the front burner was clean.

stovetop

Dreams really do come true!  Seriously, I could NOT believe it.

I took a break for lunch then I worked on the back burner.  It was tougher and took about an hour.  I just kept steaming and scraping and look…..

stovetop

Here it is with both sides of the stove showing.  I plan to do the right side next weekend.

stove

Then my fantasy of having a clean stove again will be complete.  It really is a small miracle.

Win a HomeRight Steam Machine and get your stove clean too! -- The Pennington Point

And….here’s the part where you will be glad you hung all the way through this post and looked at the gross pictures….I get to give away one of these incredible machines!  It does so many things besides clean stoves.  It removes wallpaper, cleans grout (this is my next use for it), sanitizes bathrooms, and so much more!  Come on and try to win it, then your dreams can come true too!

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Great Homeschool Conventions!

Great Homeschool Conventions!

If you’re a homeschooler you know it’s not easy figuring out what curriculum to use and how to get it all done.  That’s why I love homeschool conventions so much!  They help me with all of that plus I always meet new friends and get encouraged by the fellowship of other homeschool families!

I am excited to share a new convention that is taking place in Greenville, SC, Cincinatti, OH, Ontario, CA and Ft. Worth, TX.  Great Homeschool Conventions will have speakers, workshops and exhibits….plus a Friday night comedy night.  How fun is that?!

Go check out their website AND you can enter below to win this awesome family prize package!!!

This is so great!  I can’t wait to see who wins!!!

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