What’s Up With October?



My new planner has a cute page for goals, and what you are currently reading. I kind of had fun with October, so I thought I would share what I’m currently doing:

Reading: “Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
I haven’t gotten very far, but the beginning seems to describe the Princess in all her glory. I can’t wait to get some tips on how to deal with all of her –because frankly it is exhausting most of the time!

Planning: Spa parties! Lemongrass spa parties of course! All the ones I’ve had so far have been super fun.

Watching: nothing–I’m not interested in most of the things available right now and I just don’t have much time. I’d rather be reading.

Cooking: SOUP–since I’ve started making lunches out of the last five weeks 3 of them have been a soup. See my menu plans for recipes!

Eating: muffins/ quick breads–it has finally gotten a wee bit cooler around here and so I’ve been baking and it makes me happy!

Drinking: coffee with my new dairy-free half and half!

Pinning: pumpkin and snickerdoodle recipes. I just can’t stop!

Crafting: I want to make some fall cards–maybe that will happen before the end of the month!

Loving: pumpkin spice –no pumpkin–just the seasoning!

Dreaming: of moving up in my company–Lemongrass Spa–and making it into leadership

Feeling: excited for even cooler weather–I have yet to unpack my sweaters!

Listening: my favorite podcast: What Should I Read Next by Modern Mrs Darcy

Celebrating: Host A Spa Party Day–it was super fun and I can’t wait until next year’s!

Are you doing any fun things in October?

Menu Plan Monday, October 24!


We have a crazy week with fall festivals and field trips and other random stuff happening, so the menu plan–it is super simple. The goal here is to keep us on track budget wise while using stuff on sale and keeping from picking up take-out! I think this plan will do it!

Last week's breakfast/dinner!

Last week’s breakfast/dinner!

pumpkin coffee cake (I actually ended up liking this cold? Maybe because its still warm in Florida or it could just be because I’m weird!)
apple cider donuts
Triple Berry Green Smoothie

Ham roll-ups with green beans and crackers for the princess
Sausages with sauerkraut and apples/Italian Sausage Potato Spinach Soup for me

Italian Sausage Potato Spinach Soup
Sandwiches –I’m thinking something like ham and guacamole for me
sausages/hot dogs with sauerkraut and apples, french fries
Out to lunch😀
Chili and cornbread
If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family!

Easy DIY Dairy Free Creamer

The stars of the show!

The stars of the show!

I love coffee! I don’t usually put sugar in, but I have had a serious struggle trying to find a creamer that would work for me. Back in the day I used to love a bit of heavy cream in my coffee. That made it sweet enough without sugar and also made it a beautiful creamy brown color. There are no shortage of dairy free creamers out there–there’s unsweetened and HEAVILY sweetened, there’s almond and coconut–so many choices and I probably have tried them all at one point or another.

A month or so ago I came across a dairy free creamer that was labeled half and half. It is made up of half almond milk and half coconut cream. I was intrigued so I bought some to try. It was super awesome–I loved it! The coconut was mixed in so there weren’t weird bits floating in my coffee, there wasn’t a ton of sweetener involved so I felt like I just ate a half-gallon of ice cream…the only problem was when I went back to buy some more…apparently everyone else loved it too because it was out of stock. And still out of stock 2 weeks later! So I thought–this can’t be that difficult.

Dairy Free Creamer

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup canned full fat coconut milk (at room temp or if making in the winter when the coconut has gotten solid warm it up in a saucepan first)
2 Tablespoons of maple syrup (grade B is best) (totally optional!)

Pour the milks into a container with a tight lid. Add the maple syrup if using. Close the lid and SHAKE WELL! Add to coffee and enjoy! Should keep in the fridge for at least a week, maybe a bit longer. Shake before using EVERY TIME.

Menu Plan Monday, October 17!


So, I completely planned to write out my menu plan…but I accidentally bought a bag of CHIPS (just potato chips, y’all!) that had gluten in them and the Princess ate them all week for school. Between dealing with the attitude and trying to figure out why in the world my daughter was only eating chips and applesauce…yeah that was about all I could handle really. So, I know that she is still sensitive to gluten (in case anyone was wondering)!

Yesterday's Chicken Ala King

Yesterday’s Chicken Ala King

So, let’s talk about food, shall we? Now that we’re eating more than just chips and applesauce this should be more interesting for you to read. I’ve gone back to doing weekly menu plans again–at least for a while anyway.

pumpkin bread
apple cider donuts
mango banana smoothie

Homemade gluten-free vegan mac & cheese (yes, the Princess requested this and yes she is spoiled–but also she will be helping to make it!) Recipe coming soon!
Bacon/blue cheese/balsamic reduction sauce wedge salad for the hubby
Soup–I’m torn between cheddar chowder (this link is to a similar recipe–the original was from one of my mom’s cookbooks and you could use ham or bacon and pretty much any potato you wanted) or apple carrot ginger soup. We’ll see!

grilled BBQ chicken, potato salad, veggie
Egg salad on English muffins, side salad
One Pot Taco Spaghetti
Baked potatoes with frozen veggies
Fish, roasted acorn squash
I’m still undecided on how I want to roast the acorn squash. I’ve gotten requests for lots of butter and brown sugar. Each half might end up being cooked differently! And I’m still undecided on the sides for the hamburgers–I’m open for suggestions!
If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family!

A Special Opportunity!



I haven’t talked about my Lemongrass Spa business recently, but that is not because I haven’t been busy with it! I’m still loving the products and the business. I wanted to stop by and let you know about an amazing opportunity that is only available THROUGH TODAY, Thursday, October 13, 2016!

Do you know how many Fridays until Christmas? There are only 10, including tomorrow! Everywhere I look I see signs of retail stores hiring holiday help. I can understand the attraction–holidays can be expensive and it is always nice to have a little extra money during this season! I worked retail during one holiday season and fun was NOT an adjective I would use. Now I do Lemongrass Spa parties–and those are always so much fun!

Here are some reasons people consider joining Lemongrass Spa:

*Personal growth:

I have grown so much since I took advantage of Lemongrass Spa’s business opportunity. I’ve been able to make decisions for my own business, get over my painful shyness, and talk to people! How would you like to improve your life?


Most jobs do a poor job of this! Since I started Lemongrass Spa every little accomplishment I made got celebrated–often multiple times and always sincerely! I’ve earned free products, a beautiful locket necklace, and a bling t-shirt–all just for doing my job and meeting my goals!


I have loved connecting with new people and making new friends, but it has also been special to connect with people I haven’t been in touch with for years.


We all would like to make some more money right? Lemongrass Spa has made it possible to switch my household to completely natural/safe skincare, soap, shampoo, and makeup! Last year I was able to pay for all my Christmas gifts with my commission. It has also helped pay unexpected bills like my daughter’s dance class. What could you use extra money for?

Lemongrass Spa has a ground floor opportunity for you–more and more people are becoming concerned about what’s in the products they are using. The latest map with the number of consultants in each state shows that none of them have more then 600 and the leadership (directors and above) has even more room for growth!

14522754_10210033431542842_5493523795033226369_nThrough today you can join for just $119–a $20 savings!

You will also get the bonus makeup brush October special with your kit! That is over $400 in products and business supplies! And even though it is your own business you aren’t in it alone–you join lots of other amazing women (and men!) who are more then happy to answer your questions through facebook, amazing training, celebration and encouragement all along your journey! So what about you–what is holding you back? I would love to chat with you and answer your questions!

I Love Planners, part 2


I talked about My Happy Planner in part one–you can just click to go read that!

So the other planners I’ve used this year have been trying to create my own bullet journal and the Passion Planner. I have also looked into Inkwell Press, although I haven’t purchased one of their planners. I do like their Weekly Kickstart notepadI use that to stick on the fridge and it helps keep everyone in the family on the same page.

I thought the bullet journal would be a no brainer–a planner with exactly everything I wanted in it. Well–it took a lot of time to set up the way I wanted it. And then because of my personality I spent a lot of time trying to do it right instead of just making it work for me. I got lost in the pages and numbering pages and transferring things to the correct pages and updating the contents page–it was just a mess. I only used it for a couple of weeks before I gave it up. Lots of people use it with no issues though and I do use a form of bullet journaling to keep track of the books I’m reading. I love using it as a reading type journal–its amazing for that! So, depending on your personality type, how complicated your life is, and how you use it–it might not be for you. On the plus side it was wonderfully light to carry around with me everywhere, so there is that.

passionPassion Planner was the first planner that introduced goal setting into my everyday life and I will be forever thankful for that. It is excellent in making you think through stuff, set current, future, and way in the future goals and helping you think about how to break it down into manageable steps so you can achieve your goals. I loved having a weekly focus, a place to write down the good things that happened (it is so easy to think of the not-so-good things!) and then having the blank space every week for notes. It automatically assumed that I had a work to-do list and that helped keep track of things there and the inspiring quotes were super fun to read every week. The down sides were the days were broken into times (I basically ignored this as that is something I NEVER use), the fact I couldn’t add in pages, and the size. I got the smaller size so it would be easier to carry around, but then the lines were so TINY it took quite awhile to find a pen that would work in them. You can download a sample from them to try it out before you purchase (which I did and I really liked it until I got my Happy Planner). I purchased the dated planner, but next time I would probably purchase the undated so that the pressure to use it EVERY single week is off–nothing gets wasted that way!passion-2

What do you look for in a planner? Do you even use a paper planner–it’s a MUST for me!

I Love Planners!


I might have mentioned that I love office supplies–it is just in my blood! According to Penelope Loves Lists, it is part of having a Type A personality, so I know I’m in good company with my fellow Penelopes!

Over the past 9 (almost 10!) months I’ve used 3.5 different planners and I really wanted to try another one, but I cut myself off! I know that sounds crazy, but I love paper planners and I do actually use them and they help me keep track of stuff that otherwise would just evaporate. I was going to try to give you a brief of everything in one post, but that got to be a bit long. So, I am starting with my Happy Planner and then I’ll go over the other planners in another post soon!

happy-plannerI got my 18 month Happy Planner in June and started using it in July. It was a bit bigger then I really wanted to carry everywhere, but after I removed six months of pages it got a lot lighter. I am having SO MUCH fun with it–all the stickers/stamps/different colored pens–amazing. One of the pluses is that it has the spiral bound disc system, so it is super easy to add in my own pages or take some out. There’s enough space for me to divide up how I like for my business/work/personal lists and goals for the week. I miss the specific goal setting space from one of my other planners, but I’ve just written it in. Some of the other types have more goals (like the student version), so there are options if you look for them. happy-planner-monthly

Now even though I ADORE my Happy Planner, it does have some gaps in specialty pages. Enter in I Heart Planners! She has planner pages for your planner pages–just kidding, but she does have pages I didn’t even know existed! Even better she has a club–The Sweet Life Planner Club–where you can get access to all her printables for a monthly fee. I haven’t tried it out yet, but it is tempting. I’m happy with what I have access to right now although some of the business pages look really fun. She also has a free organizing class and free 31 printables that you can get just by signing up with your email if you want to try it out before committing. I easily trim the pages I want to use, use a disc bound hole punch and pop the pages in my Happy Planner! Her blog also has a neat post on how to cut down on ink cost–and it honestly works REALLY WELL!

So, that’s what I am using now–I’ll go over the other planners I used this year in the next post. What do you think–do you like the idea of the Happy Planner or are you going to keep looking? What do you look for in a paper planner?