8 Must Have Fall Diffuser Blends

Health & Wellness

I don’t know about you but ever since about mid-August I have been dreaming of fall and everything that comes with it. My essential oils diffuser blends help get me in the Fall spirit. When I think of fall I just feel more relaxed, more peaceful.  I think of campfires and roasted marshmallows, crunchy leaves of every warm color, cozy sweaters at night, hot teas, ciders and chocolate, PUMPKIN SPICE ERRYTHING 🙂 , and fall foods that are warming to…

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The Nameless Women of the Bible Devotional {Part 1}

Faith
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About a year ago, I was asked to speak at a women’s conference.  The topic, “My Favorite Woman In The Bible.”  I initially thought, EASY PEASY!  I mean, come on! The Bible is full of incredible women and their amazing stories!   Eve, Hagar, Sarah, Esther, Ruth, Abigail, Mary, Delilah, Bathsheba, Miriam, Rachael, Rebekah, Jehosheba, Athaliah, Martha, another Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, and another Mary, and Anna.   They were wives and mothers, queens and servants, leaders and followers, heroines and villains,…

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Broken: I Threw A Cup

Faith, Parenting

Broken. That’s how I felt for a long, long time. Completely shattered, with little hope of being put back together. Depression is a black, seething darkness that grows and seeps into your soul until you don’t even recognize yourself. It is a dark journey. But there is a way out…..     I have been a Christian since I first received Christ as my Savior about thirty years ago. I have been a Christ-Follower since I first recognized Christ as…

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Stuck

Parenting

STUCK…. That’s how I feel most days. Here’s why….   Today was a rough day. No. Scratch that. This week was a rough week. Nope, that’s not it either. This season has been a rough season. Three babies born in three years, which means three toddlers at the same time. (Can you hear the tiredness in my words?) To say most days are loud is an understatement.  To say most days are busy is only the half of it. To say…

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We Homeschool… But Here Are 8 Reasons Why You SHOULDN’T

Parenting, The Classroom
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Homeschool. That word. Homeschool. It scares some people. I causes joy to others. It also causes rumors and speculation. I am a big believer in homeschooling, and firmly believe that all parents are called to it, any parent can do it, and every child will benefit from it, when it’s done under the leadership of God. Homeschool won’t always be easy; in all honesty, it usually isn’t.  But it will be worth it.  It will be worth the sacrifice.  Your…

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It’s Time To Take A Seven Mile Walk (A Response to Charlottesville)

Faith

It’s time we take a seven mile walk, friends. It’s time we turn one ear to heaven, and bend one ear to earth…..   This weekend was a hard one for our country. Honestly, it’s been a hard few years. I don’t remember all this hatred when I was growing up.  Maybe it was there and I didn’t see it.  Maybe my parents sheltered me from it.  Maybe things are worse than they were in the past. Maybe this, maybe…

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Walking Out Your Calling

Faith, Parenting
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Its Not Easy…..and Walking Out Your Calling never will be. I am a homeschooling Mama and I am walking out my calling. People think I make biscuits and gravy, bake muffins, and churn home made butter all whilst rising at 5 am with my littles while we singing Kumbaya, My Lord…then we take nature walks and knit our clothes…right??? Heck to the Noooo.   Truth– I do not churn butter at 5 am. I also dont knit our clothes lol!…

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What Is A Policeman?

Back The Blue

My husband is a policeman. Back the Blue. He is my hero. And I will support him and all his brothers and sisters in blue unapologetically. Back the Blue.     For some, that is hard to hear. When they look at him they don’t see honor; they see a monster. For others, that is no big deal. When they look at him they don’t see courage; they see “just a job”. And for others, that is respectable. When they…

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3 Simple Effective Exercises for Busy Moms

Health & Wellness

3 Simple Effective Exercises for Busy Moms? Is it Possible? The answer is yes. Look… I know I am not a super model. You will not see me in a Victoria Secrets Magazine.  I have always been self conscious of my body.  However, after three children (all over 8 lbs, my third baby over 10 lbs) My husband says I’m hot  🙂  and I will take it! Do you get sick of looking win the mirror and not liking what…

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Marriage Mojo – Communication = Happy Wife, Happy Life

Marriage and Relationships
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Marriage is a two way street, an ever evolving relationship. It takes work and is a labor of love. One of the main areas that couples fail in is COMMUNICATION. Communication is not just verbal but also relayed through body language and facial expressions. This is very important to remember. In 17 Years of marriage Cindy and I have come to realize that talking things out, and being in constant communication has helped in so many areas of our lives.…

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3 Simple Organizing Hacks That Saved My Sanity

Organization
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THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO. 3 Organizing Hacks That Saved My Sanity I’m going to show you how 3 organizing hacks that saved my sanity in just a few areas of my home that were driving me crazy.  Ever open a drawer and things fall out on you?  Ever start with one junk drawer and end up with four?  No? Just me???  Ok, well for all of you who are already super duper organized…

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3 Kid Winning Favorite Summer Smoothies

Health & Wellness, The Kitchen

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO. Summer is a great time for smoothies!  I wanted to give you my recipe for our Favorite Summer Smoothies. This is a yummy way for you and your kids to get some nutrition in your bodies while feeling like you are drinking a milk shake.  My husband and I discovered smoothies when our oldest son was about 3.  We found out pretty quick he was going to be a…

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Bringing Up Esther in a Lady Gaga World

Faith, Parenting

Bringing up Esther in a Lady Gaga World? Are you a parent with little girls? You need to understand this warning….. They were young. Maybe six and eight years old. Sisters. Beautiful, with long wavy hair. Each wore an itsy-bitsy-tiny-weeny-bikini (minus the polka dots). I noticed them because the oldest girl was about the same age as my oldest daughter. Their family was sitting near my family, poolside, on the deck of the cruise ship we had just launched from…

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Bringing up Daniel in a JayZ World

Faith, Parenting

Bringing up Daniel in a JayZ world is not for the faint of heart. But we can no longer sit idly by and let our sons minds and souls be perverted through their eyes…. The first time I saw my oldest son, I fell in love with him.  He was perfect.  Ten little fingers.  Ten little toes.  Long, chicken legs, just like his dad.  And these big, bright blue eyes that I knew were going to break hearts one day.…

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My Mommy Redemption Story

Parenting

I’m going to be real open in this post, because it’s time to let some skeletons out of the closet. The truth will set you free, indeed. This is my mommy redemption story. When my first was born over twelve years ago, I wasn’t the greatest mom.  I wasn’t even in the top hundred.  I was 25 and selfish.  I knew having a baby was going to mess with my life but I don’t think I was ready for just…

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Freedom Reigns

Faith

What does freedom mean to you?  Until I became a Jesus follower, I never really thought about it.  I was your average American who took our freedoms that we have here for granted.  Our founding fathers wrote our constitution with freedom first and foremost in their minds.  I never thought about it because all I really thought about was, well, me.  What I was going to do next.  What I was going to eat for dinner.  What job I was…

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Marriage Mojo – Talking Negative About Your Spouse

Marriage and Relationships

Marriage Mojo  Talking Negative About Your Spouse Get The 5 Love Languages discount go here http://amzn.to/2teZrsJ Want an awesome answer to how can you have a happy marriage now plus how to be a good wife and how to be a good husband? This one relationship tip can give you the ability to find all of the happiness you have right now with your partner no matter what might be happening! This is a secret to a happy Marriage. Successful…

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10 Must Know Tips For Building Self Esteem

Faith, Health & Wellness, Marriage and Relationships

10 Tips For Building Self Esteem Although we may not want to admit it publicly I think a lot of us feel like we could use an improvement in self esteem. I have a confession to make.  I have a weakness…I am obsessed with myself. I struggle with a low self esteem. I am forty years old.  My whole life I have struggled with low self esteem.  Not only low self esteem in body image, but also just confidence in…

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Getting to know Cinderella

Marriage and Relationships

My life was like a fairytale….a fairytale from the Beverly Hillbilly’s. LOL. I was born and raised in Indiana.  Most of my friends were farmers, but not me…no, we live in the big city.  Just kidding, it was a very tiny town.  That’s where I met my love.  We have a very long history of being high school sweet hearts.  But, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.  You see, I met my husband when he was just in 5th…

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Meet Snow White

Marriage and Relationships

Once upon a time,  my happy ever after almost didn’t happen.  But lucky for The Huntman, I don’t give up easily. I am a “native” transplant to Oklahoma, meaning I was born in Norman, Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner, baby!) but I grew up an army brat, moving all over the world, literally.  I spent most of my “growing” years in Maryland, where I graduated from high school and then attended college at the University of Maryland, majoring in everything from marketing…

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Snow’s Secrets to Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Family Finances, The Kitchen
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Grocery Shopping on a Budget thats a topic. Get a pen and paper, sisters (notice I didn’t say scissors; no coupon cutting here!).  This mama of six is about to let you in on her grocery shopping secrets….. When I quit my job to stay home with our two children, our paychecks were cut in half and our family became a one income family.  It was definitely an adjustment on our budget.  So we changed our lifestyle and re-prioritized. We cut…

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Living In The “And”

Faith

Being a mom is hard. Being a wife is hard. Being a friend, a daughter, a sister, a whatever you can fill in the blank with is hard. We are so many things to so many different people and things.   A lot of times it can feel like we are being pulled in every direction and that if we give one hundred percent to this then that suffers, but they are both equally important. It’s a never ending game…

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One Last Tea Party

Parenting

I’ll admit, I am different.  I am ok with that. Growing up I don’t remember playing with dolls much or doing a ton of “girlie” things…like having a “Tea Party”.  If you asked me to choose between a tea party and camping, I would most like choose camping.  My best friends were guys in college.  I just got along better with guys.  No drama involved.  If you had a booger on your nose they would tell you instead of telling everyone…

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Top 2.5 Reasons Women Fail at Working Out

Health & Wellness

Here are the Top 2 Reasons Women Fail at Working Out. I feel like I have finally found the 2 keys to sticking with a fitness workout regime and not sabotaging my own efforts.  It has taken me a long time, but hey, I am stubborn and a slow learner! I hoe my struggles an lead you to your success. Reason # 1 Why Women Fail at Working Out  One the the major issues with failing in exercise is boredom!!!  Nobody…

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Battle Of The Boobs

Health & Wellness, Parenting
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I remember all too well the first time I went to “battle” with another mom. It was in my postpartum suite, less than twelve hours after laboring for more than eighteen hours with our first child. I was a new mom, already sleep deprived and scared to death of being sent home.  I had spent the first six hours of my precious newborn’s life trying to coax her to latch onto me and just eat! She refused.  I pleaded.  We…

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Why Essential Oils

Health & Wellness

Spend time on Facebook or Pinterest and within minutes you’ll probably encounter talk of essential oils. The dark, glass bottles and picture guides to get you started on an essential oil journey are everywhere! Some conversations on essential oils and brands to buy spark heated debates among the closet of friends. It’s a serious topic these days! I’m a non-confrontational kind of gal.  I research what’s best for my family, carry on with what works best for me, share with others, and avoid discussion on heated…

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The Case for God

Parenting

We have a lot of kids. We didn’t plan it that way.  It kind of just happened. When we had our first two, I thought I was going insane.  Crazy didn’t even scratch the surface as to how I felt most days.  They were 22 months apart, but they might as well have been twins.  I swore I would NEVER have babies that close together ever again…… I got pregnant with number six when number five was less than three…

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Dear Child, Don’t Follow Your Heart

Parenting

Follow your heart. It’s such simple advice. Our culture has embraced this belief as a statement of faith, a gospel that our heart can save us when we are lost and liberate us when we are stuck. We splash it across wall art, pillows, t-shirts, and posters.  Music, movies, and stories celebrate our heart as a guide to our greatest of desires and fullest of destinies, as if our heart is a compass within us that can point to our…

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Pick One Thing – Say No to High Fructose Corn Syrup

Health & Wellness

I am not a Ms. Fitness, but nutrition and health are a passion of mine.  My advice would be to pick one thing.  I would love to be a Ms. Fitness, but I know it is not my season.  So, as I write this I want you to know that I am not a professional dietitian or licensed trainer. But I do know one thing. Say No to High Fructose Corn Syrup. These are all things from my personal experiences…

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Death By Ding

Marriage and Relationships, Parenting

I have to start out by saying that I have the attention span of a gnat.  You know, the one who can’t decide who he wants to annoy because he keeps getting distracted from the bananas on the countertop to the open wine bottle calling his name.  I know that they say women are multitaskers, and in a way this is true, but not always.  I used to pride myself in being a multitasker.  Not anymore.  I’m to the point in…

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The Penny Date

Family Finances, Marriage and Relationships

About a year ago, The Huntsman and I decided that it was time we made our marriage a priority.  With six kids and a schedule I’ve appropriately named The Neverending Story, it is close to impossible for us to find time for us.  But it dawned on me one day that while it is important to feed into our children and devote quality time to them and their endless activities, there is an even greater need for me to feed…

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How to Ruin the Love in Your Marriage

Marriage and Relationships

Todays topic is a controversial one…… I want to teach you how to ruin the love in your marriage. Wait…..what? Do I have your attention? You see, I was recently reading one of my favorite blogs that was speaking of the subject of showing love to your spouse in marriage. I read it line by line…with tear filled eyes. It hit me hard, like a sucker punch to the gut. The kind that will take your breath away.  Like most…

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10 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Immunity

Health & Wellness, Parenting, The Kitchen

I want to share with you the 10 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Immunity I have learned over the recent years. School has already started for most of us.  You know what that means….kids spreading germs!! There is no better time than now to start thinking about how to boost your immunity to help prevent sickness.  I actually have a confession to make. I used to be very good at doing all of these things I am going to list for you…

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Truth Talk Tuesday!

Faith, Marriage and Relationships

It’s Truth Talk Tuesday….and my (Snow) first video talk ever! Eeeek!🤗 It's Truth Talk Tuesday….and my (Snow) first video talk ever! Eeeek!🤗Today I'm sharing with you some struggles I'm having as a mom right now. There's days I'm not fine. And that's ok. So it's time to be open when I can't answer, "Everything is great!" Because the struggle being a mom is real! But we have a refuge, a hope, and a strength we can lean on when we…

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Keep Calm…..4000 Likes!

C & F Community

 🙂  The Crew at Crockpots and Fairytales want to thank YOU! Our awesome community for the interaction with our Facebook page.  🙂  The Likes, Sharing and feedback is great and we love to hear from you. We are close to breaking 5000 likes already. Thank you again to our amazing community.   Love,…

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