Monday, February 23, 2015

Essential Oils Safety & Usage

This is adapted from an email series that I sent to my entire Young Living organization. We wanted to have a place to permanently store this information so it can be shared with others in the future!

Hello Oily Friends!

Hopefully by now you have had all kinds of fun experimenting and using your essential oils from Young Living! We know it can feel a little overwhelming at first to learn how to use them all. We also know that there are lots of scary-hairy blog posts on the Internets about how dangerous essential oils are that try to make you feel afraid of those colorful little bottles! We want to equip you today to know how to feel SAFE using your essential oils with a few basic precautions*. Read on! 
Click here to read the official Safety Guide from Young Living!

*Please note that this is in no way a comprehensive safety guide, but just a few suggestions and main ideas about how to use your oils safely. Please take seriously your personal responsibility to know and understand all of your personal and health care decisions. We encourage you to do your own research and only practice usage that you feel comfortable with. Please consult your doctor if you have any medical questions regarding oil safety and usage.

One of the most common ways to use essential oils is to apply them topically to the skin.

You will want to apply a carrier oil almost all of the time when you apply essential oils to the skin. Make sure you have a good quality carrier oil like an organic coconut oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Some oils are very gentle and can be applied "Neat" or without any carrier, but others can feel hot to the skin and cause discomfort. 

Also, something called "skin sensitization" can occur when you use an essential oil neat too frequently, but this can usually be avoided by making sure you use a carrier oil. 

A carrier oil is a GREAT thing because it helps your essential oil stretch further! Using a carrier oil can make just 1-2 drops of your peppermint oil spread over your entire abdomen for a tummy ache or your entire back for a sore back! It also helps the essential oil to be metabolized more slowly through your body so it elongates the amount of time that your body will benefit from those powerful essential oil molecules! 

The back of your Young Living bottles will have instructions about how much carrier oil to use per one drop of essential oil under "Topical Application." It is ALWAYS a good idea to read the back of your bottle before applying any essential oil just to make sure you are diluting with enough carrier oil. The back of the bottles also have guidelines for usage as a Dietary Supplement and Aromatic application (diffusing) of your oils.


1. If an essential oil feels hot on your skin, add more carrier oil! The amount of carrier specified on the back of the bottle is a minimum amount, so always add more to cover a larger area or to help bring relief to any oil that feels hot. 

2. NEVER put an essential oil in the eyes. If any oil (or residue from it being on your hands) gets into your eye, immediately apply coconut oil NOT WATER and that will help to dilute and wick away the essential oil. Water and oil do not mix (obviously), so adding water to the eye will just spread around the essential oil and make it worse. Trust me - use the coconut oil (or whatever carrier you have) as quickly as you can and it will feel a million times better! 

3. NEVER put an essential oil into the ears. If for some strange reason an oil gets into your ear, please seek immediate medical attention. Seriously, just don't do it. 

4. We advise to start slow and don't overload your body with too many oils at once. If you have a lot of toxins in your body from processed food, cleaners, and other chemicals in your household products, there might be a detox reaction when you start using essential oils, as they begin to aid your body in it's natural cleansing, detoxing, and healing processes. Oils are very powerful substances, with millions of molecules in each drop, so only 1-2 drops is sufficient for each application. If you do experience a detox reaction, lay off the essential oil for several days to let your body rest. Maybe consider doing a cleanse and helping the body to detox by drinking lots of water, taking epsom salt baths, eating lots of fruits and veggies and no sugar, etc. Reintroduce oils slowly and heavily diluted after a few days of cleansing to see how the body responds. 

5. Be sure to use more carrier oil while pregnant and on children than you would for an adult. A good general idea is to at least double the amount of carrier oil on children. For anyone who is pregnant or has babies or young children, I HIGHLY recommend getting the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. Debra is a midwife who has been using Young Living oils for 20 years and this awesome book is chock-full of safe recommendations for babies and small children under the age of 5, as well as oils to use during pregnancy!

6. Speaking of kids, it is not recommended to use strong oils like Peppermint on children under the age of 5. In rare instances, using Peppermint on small children has caused respiratory distress. It is a good idea to use more gentle oils on little ones like Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Chamomile, Myrtle, etc. and leave the Peppermint and stronger-smelling oils for older children and adults. Yet another reason we recommend having a copy of Gentle Babies on hand so you can know what oils can be used safely on small children. 

Gentle Babies is an amazing resource for moms to know how to use their Young Living Essential Oils safely throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and with babies and small children up to 5 years old.

Testimonials combined with professional knowledge from midwives who have used Young Living oils in their practices as well as many natural remedies and ideas to create a healthy home environment for little ones.

Order a copy by clicking here!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Scruff-Tastic Face & Beard Oil

Valentine's Day is this weekend! My hubby and I have never really made too much of Valentine's Day. We usually go out on a date night, but we never really do fancy gifts or anything over the top. 

I was surfing the Internet last week and saw an ad for a moisturizing beard & face oil for men that looked really interesting! Unfortunately, it had a bunch of chemicals and junk in it that we don't want on our skin, but it got me thinking that I could totally make my own version using all natural ingredients and none of the junk! 

I came up with this blend of essential oils and moisturizing oils that I am super excited to give to my hubby this weekend! The smell is absolutely fantastic - kind of bright, earthy, and manly.
 I hope your man loves it!

If you'd like to learn more about how to get these wonderful essential oils from Young Living into your home, read this post or email me at

Monday, February 9, 2015

Paleo Chicken Salad (Whole30 compliant!)

Hello! Last time I was at Costco, I somehow felt the urge to buy a whole bunch of avocados. More than two people could ever really eat before they turn all weird and inedible (you totally know what I mean). 

Avocados are such a yummy source of healthy fat!! I just love them and try to incorporate them into lots of our meals because they really help keep us full. We are an avocado-loving household.

Several days later, I was desperate to use up the avocados and so I made up this little concoction that actually turned out to be amazing. 

Paleo  Chicken Salad

3-4 cooked chicken breasts, diced 
(this can be grilled or just cooked in a pan with some coconut oil and s&p.
1 cup grapes, cut in half
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2-3 soft avocados
splash of Lemon Juice
1-2 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

In a large bowl, add the diced chicken, grapes, celery, and pecans. You could also add extra things like shredded carrots or other veggies diced small. In a food processor, scoop out the flesh of the avocados and blend. Add a dash of lemon juice and then drizzle in the olive oil until the avocado is a a thick, smooth sauce.

Add the sauce to the dry ingredients and stir to combine well. Add salt & pepper to taste. Enjoy!

I loved this so much I ate it straight in a bowl (with some slices of cranberry white cheddar cheese!). We also had some gluten-free crackers on hand that were pretty good vehicles to turn this into a dip. 
I intended to eat this in lettuce cups as a yummy lunch to take to work, but um...we ate it all before I got the chance. It was that good! 

This was a super-quick, nutritious, and filling dish that I can't wait to make again! Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Get Started with Young Living Essential Oils

Are you curious what all this essential oils stuff is about? I'm so glad you asked! Over the last few years, I have grown increasingly passionate about natural health and helping people take the best care of their bodies and their families. Educating and helping others learn about essential oils has become one of my favorite things, because I have seen it completely change so many people's lives!

We started using essential oils in May 2013, and have been tremendously amazed and blessed at the way they have changed our mindset about our health and wellness, and the freedom they have given us to choose a safe, natural, effective alternative to all of the toxic products out there in the world. They really have changed so much about our lives and helped us take charge of our own health, and we are so thankful for oils!

The reason we chose to use only Young Living essential oils is because they have the best reputation and and uncompromising standard for the most pure, highest quality essential oils available. Young Living has been around for over 20 years, and really developed the entire industry of essential oils in America! Founder and CEO Gary Young has made it his life's work to produce essential oils for the whole world that are unrivaled in purity and quality, and this company has really set the bar high!

Young Living has what is called their Seed-To-Seal standard, which drives and controls every aspect of production of their oils. Young Living owns and operates multiple farms all over the world, where they practice beyond-organic farming to ensure that their plants never touch chemicals (they are weeded by hand!!). They distill their own oils at their farms, and then are tested (rigorously!) to make sure they have the highest possible levels of bio-active compounds in each oil - that's what makes them so effective in our bodies! No other company even comes close to having the standards and protocols in place like the Seed-To-Seal standard of Young Living. To learn more about this exclusive Seed-To-Seal process, visit

If you are totally skeptical, you are among friends! Seriously, we all started out thinking these oils were bogus, but after using them for awhile, we've come around! My good friend and former-skeptic Rebecca wrote a series of posts over on her blog about how she came to terms with the fact that these oils really do work and how using Young Living oils actually saved her money. Read her series here!

There are a couple of ways to get started oiling:

1. You are welcome to purchase individual oils at my wholesale discount. I think it's silly for anyone to ever pay full retail prices for their oils. I am happy to pass along my membership discount to you if you would like to try an oil or two before you take the plunge. If you'd like to order oils this way, or if you need help deciding what oils you need, please email me at

2. You can do what I did and become a Young Living Member with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit. This kit is absolutely incredible value, because you get the following:

  • Everyday Oils Collection - 5ml bottles of Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thieves, Purification, PanAway, Stress Away, Joy, and a bonus oil -Citrus Fresh!
  • Your option of the Home Diffuser or Aroma Diffuser - both of these diffusers are excellent ways to get the oils into your air to help purify, eliminate odors, and boost your mood!
  • Samples of Young Living's awesome juice supplement NingXia Red, as well as a roller fitment, sample sachets of oils, and information about the company.
  • A 24% off discount ALL retail prices! This is a major perk of a membership to Young Living! They don't think you should have to pay retail prices either, so they offer a 24% wholesale discount on all of their products to any member. This is a huge savings passed on to you!

Here's how a membership works:

1. With the purchase of your starter kit, your membership is good for one year. There are no other fees or dues associated with membership, so your 24% discount doesn't have any strings attached!

2. To remain an active member, you just have to buy $50 in products per year. If you don't ever order again, your account just deactivates with no fees or penalties. If you ever decide you want to reactivate your account, all you have to do is place a $50 order!

3. As a member, you get access to exclusive promotions that Young Living offers every month. Young Living gives away free oils every single month if you meet the minimum purchase requirements. They also have an amazing loyalty program called Essential Rewards that gives you points back if you place a monthly order of at least $50! Each point is the equivalent to $1, and you can use your points like cash to get free oils! These programs are completely optional and not required, but they are amazing ways to get free oils, and once you have used these oils and love them as much as I do, you will want to get some for free!

Click here to become a member of Young Living Essential Oils

As an additional perk, if you enroll as a Young Living member under me, you will join to Oil Well team, which is a great resource of support, education, and fun as you begin your essential oil journey! We have an exclusive members-only Facebook group where you can ask questions, read and post testimonies, and find up-to-date information about Young Living promos and offerings. We also offer facebook classes, conference call classes, and occasional live classes for education and training.
Oil Well is a wonderfully supportive community of friends and oilers who love to help and share! You will fit right in!

I also think there are a few items everyone needs to get started using oils, so as my gift to you for enrolling with the Premium Starter Kit, I will give you a Get Started Guide:

I truly think everyone using Young Living oils needs an Essential Oils Pocket Reference guide. This "little" book has over 500 pages of useful information about every single oil & blend Young Living makes, the properties and uses of each oil, plus an index of issues that you can use to look up what oil to use for whatever you've got going on!

I also include a little Essential Oil Starter Guide that has great tips and tricks about the 11 specific oils that come with the Premium Starter Kit.

I also will include a packet of 25 empty vegetable capsules, so you can begin taking oils internally as soon as you'd like! Many times people have a hard time tracking down the best place to get their capsules, so I will give you some so you can get started right away!

As a bonus, you will also get access to an email series that helps you get started learning and using your oils. There is a lot of information to gather as you begin this journey, but don't feel overwhelmed! We were all newbies at one point! Soon you will be oiling every day and loving your results with the rest of the Oil Well team!

Click here to join the Oil Well team and become a member of Young Living!
You will be so glad you did!

Oily Blessings!

**Please note that the Get Started Kit offer is only valid with a Premium Starter Kit purchase through Hannah Shanks - Young Living Independent Member #1460423. I am not able to give Get Started Guides to enrollees of any other Young Living member. Please contact your enroller or upline for resources for their team. To receive the Get Started Kit, the Premium Starter Kit needs to be purchased in the same calendar month as when you sign up for an account. 

The information contained in this are for educational and entertainment purposes only. The statements herein are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or  any disease. Please talk to your health care provider and do your own research before making any changes to your healthcare. If you are pregnant, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a doctor before starting any new protocol.

How to Use Young Living's KidScents Oil Collection

Have you heard about the new KidScents Collection from Young Living?

This unique collection of oils was introduced last year at Young Living's 2014 Convention, and it sold out before the convention was even over! It has come back in stock a handful of times since last summer, and every time it gets snatched up crazy fast because everyone loves it so much!

There are 6 oils included in the kit, each of them named appropriately to help take the guesswork out of using the oils on your kiddos! 

GeneYus is a blend of Sacred Frankincense, Idaho Blue Spruce, Palo Santo, Melissa, Cedarwood, Blue Cypress, Galbanum, and Angelica (um, all of those oils are amazing - what a blend!) 
This blend can be applied to the back of the neck or on the wrists and may help a child focus on tasks at hand like homework or reading. 

Bite Buster is a blend of Citronella, Palo Santo, and Idaho Tansy 
This blend can help to support healthy skin and can be applied to bug bites and itchy spots on the skin.

TummyGize is a blend of Fennel, Anise, Peppermint, Spearmint, Ginger, Cardamom, and Tangerine
This blend can help to support digestion and occasional upset tummy or nausea. The KidScents collection comes with 2 roller fitments, and it is recommended to make TummyGize one of the roll-ons so your child can easily and conveniently apply this blend to their belly as needed. Kids love to apply oils to help themselves feel better! 

Owie is a blend of Melaleuca, Helichrysum, Hinoki, Balsam Fir, Elemi, Cistus, and Clove (again - amazing oils in this blend!)
This blend of oils is perfect to apply to skin to sooth cuts, scrapes, bumps, and all those "Owies" that kid get all the time! This blend is also recommended to use with your roller fitment so it can be conveniently applied directly to the affected area anytime you need. 

SniffleEase is a blend of Eucalyptus Blue, Palo Santo, Ravintsara, Lavender, and Dorado Azul
This awesome blend can help uplift the senses and support healthy respiratory function. You can easily apply just 1-2 drops over the nose and on the forehead (don't get too close to the eyes!) to help with the sniffles. This blend is great for children because it does not include Peppermint!* 

SleepyIze is a blend of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Frankincense, Bergamot, and Tangerine
This lovely smelling blend can be applied to the wrists, back of the beck, behind the ears, or on the chest at bed or naptime to promote relaxation of the mind and body. Verdict is still out on whether it helps mommy or child more! 

*Peppermint is cautioned to avoid in children under the age of 5 (because of its very strong scent, it can be too much for some little ones and cause respiratory distress). 

The great thing about this collection is that each oil comes pre-diluted with fractionated coconut oil so you don't have to worry about adding a  carrier oil when you apply these oils to your child! You can, of course, use more carrier if you need to cover a larger area, or if your child has particularly sensitive skin. 

Each blend is specially formulated to the appropriate strength of oils to use on children, and comes conveniently packaged in a little clear bag so you can easily throw into your purse or backpack to have oils on the go! 

Young Living really has helped out moms, dads, and anyone taking care of children with these 6 great oil blends! And, you can rest assured that you are using the best possible quality, safe, effective solution as a natural alternative. 

If you are lucky enough to snag a KidScents Oil Collection while they are still in stock, I hope that this little walk-through of the kit helps you and that you love using these oils on your kids!

If you aren't yet a member of Young Living, you are missing out on the best essential oils in the world! I would love to help you learn more about oils, how to use them, and to have you join my team - Oil Well! We frequently offer educational classes (online, conference call, and live in the KC area), as well as give you a free Get Started Kit when you sign up for Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit. Follow this link to sign up: Click Here

These statements and products have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to treat, diagnose, or prevent disease. Please consult a healthcare professional if you have a medical condition or before changing anything about your healthcare routine. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Oily Accessories: a Thirty-One Baubles & Bracelets review (and a giveaway!)

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We stuffed our faces at multiple family gatherings, gave and received some wonderfully happy things, and overall enjoyed the time off with family and friends and to celebrate Jesus. 

Now that the holiday is over, my attention is turning fully to getting organized and prepared for 2015. It's a little bittersweet to say goodbye-for-now to the holiday season, but I love the anticipation and planning that goes into a new year! 

I really think that being successful at staying organized comes down to having the right tools that work for you. There are only a handful of things that go with me everywhere I go - my purse, a water bottle, and my oils! 

Carrying oils with you at all times can present quite the predicament since they come in tiny, round, glass bottles. I have tried the "toss them into your purse" method before, which quickly turns into oil bottles constantly rolling around in your bag and easily causes leaks. 
I have also tried various makeup bags, which work okay in a pinch but soon turns into just a smaller version of oils crashing around in a bag. 

So the quest for the best "oil bag" ensues. 

My awesome friend Mary Ellen is a consultant for Thirty-One bags. She is a fellow Young Living oiler, so she knows the struggle of the oil bag. She was so sweet to ask if I would want to give Thirty-One's Baubles & Bracelets bag a try for toting my oils around - and I am always game to try a new bag! 

She even let me choose from a variety of patterns! I chose this super cute black/white chevron one:


Super adorable, right? I loved the small size (2.5"H x 5.25"W x 3.25"D) and that the material was a nice slick finish. And the best part was that it fit an impressive amount of oils inside, and the sturdy construction of the bag kept them standing upright and organized at all times! 

I can carry a mixture of 5ml and 15ml oils, and it is the perfect length to carry Young Living's handy roll-ons, too! I love the roll-ons, but they were always causing problems in other bags I have tried  since they are so tall and thin. The Baubles & Bracelets bag completely solved that little issue!

The bag is originally intended to carry jewelry, so it comes with 3 organza bags to prevent tangling necklaces. It also has 2 straps attached to the inside lid so you can transport earrings and other small pieces of jewelry without worrying about breaking or damaging them! Cool, huh?
Next time I travel I'm gonna have to decide if I need this case more for oils or jewelry!
(Goodness knows I have quite the collection of both!)

If you're looking for a handy little carrying case to keep your oils safe in your purse, the Baubles & Bracelets bag is available for just $20! And of course there are tons of other wonderfully cute and well-designed bags from Thirty-One. If you are looking for something specific, Mary Ellen is your gal!

Mary Ellen is offering 10% off any orders from Shanks For The Memories readers! This offer is only valid through this weekend only (ends January 5, 2015 at 1:59AM CST) . 
Here’s how to place an order and qualify for 10% off:
::Place your order and get 10% off!
::Please note: Mary Ellen will have to manually deduct the 10% off after the online event is closed so you won’t see the 10% discount until after she manually submits the orders.

AND she has so graciously offered to do a GIVEAWAY for a FREE Baubles & Bracelets bag to one of you!! YAY YOU!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

What I'm Into (October 2014)

I am linking up with the precious Leigh Kramer for this fun What I'm Into series. Once a month I'll take inventory about what I've been up to and share them with you. Fun, huh?

Read and Reading: so...the blogger who wrote this read 13 books last month. Thirteen. I need to read more books. *sigh*
I did do a study through the book of Esther with and I also read through 1 & 2 Peter with SheReadsTruth. Both of them were excellent and the devotional content that both blogs provided along with the studies were fantastic.

I've also been reading back through the Valley of Vision book of Puritan prayers. It is so rich and even if I read the same prayers over and over, it still makes me think. I love it.

Also, I've been reading The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple,  I've been working on it for months, and might still be working on it months from now. Honestly, it's a little over my head but I'm getting through it and trying to retain as much as I can, because it is such great information!

Also, Practical Paleo, which has been sitting on my nightstand for 3 weeks now. I don't have time to read as much as I want to!

TV: Ok, so after complaining that I don't have time to read much, I can definitively answer this TV question... :-(

Parenthood, obvs. Best show ever and I am SO sad that it is ending. Also, Joel & Julia FOR-ever. That is all.

We've also been watching The Good Wife on Amazon Prime. We've tried like 5 times to get in to it, but it seems to have stuck this time because we made it to season 2. We're sort of suckers for legal shows.

and of course...the ROYALS. We watched a lot of baseball in October. Honestly, more than I have ever watched in my life. I'm not exactly a baseball fan, but when your hometown underdog team makes the WORLD SERIES, you just can't help but be interested! Really stinks that they didn't win, but hey that's life, right?

Music: ummmm....Taylor Swift.

Things I Love: oh! so many things...

the weather in October is my favorite. It is the best and makes me so happy.

Got to spend some time hearing from Young Living corporate when they came to Kansas City earlier this month! Love these pics with some of our awesome team. we LOVE Young Living!

This girl hit a HUGE milestone this month like it was cake and is so humble and gracious about it. She has worked her tail off and deserves every bit of the award she earned!! She is a servant leader, truly.
Fun friends and this lady is so smart and encouraging and we always have such good conversations. And, we have some fun things up our sleeve! (teehee)

Squash. Acorn, Butternut, Delicata, Spaghetti, Kabocha. I love ALL the squashes! 
Plus they're the cutest! 

Coffee... as usual. This one might make the "Things I Love" list every time.

October is hubby's birthday month, and we celebrated with an amazing gluten free pizza at Rock & Brews, a breakfast party with my parents and siblings (including an awesome skillet apple pie), and a breakfast-for-dinner party with hubby's family. 

I accidentally made another paleo chocolate cake from Zenbelly. Oops.d

We spent a weekend in Branson, MO with my family and did some of the stereotypical things like Silver Dollar City and the Sight & Sound Theatre. We saw the performance of Jonah, which was actually a really compelling telling of that familiar Bible story in a way that made me view it with fresh eyes. Not only was the theatrical aspect very well done (giant sea creature balloons flying over your head and live animals? yes), but the way they portrayed the biblical principles of obedience, trusting in the Lord, repentance, mercy, forgiveness, and examining your own heart before God were so well done. I have caught myself thinking about parts of it many times since then.

Of course, at Silver Dollar City we enjoyed the beautiful fall weather, obligatory rides like the Flooded Mine and some river raft ride I got suckered into riding, in which I got completely doused with gallons of water and spent the rest of the day soaking wet in a pair of jean shorts that kept expanding throughout the day. By the time we returned to the cabin, they were about six sizes too big.

But, I digress. We enjoyed the last day of the Harvest Festival at SDC and walked around for about 8 hours, and everyone got a little rosy cheeked from an unusually warm, sunny day at the end of October. I was toas by the end of the day, so Loren went in search of coffee and came back with this ginormous cookie that took up my entire lap!  And I wasn't even mad. And  I could have eaten the whole thing but I only had a few bites.

on Sunday morning, we all went to have brunch at the Big Cedar Lodge. I had never been, and oh my it was a beautiful hotel! We didn't even see the main part, but we had an awesome breakfast buffet at Devil's Pool and got to sit outside on a huge deck and enjoy the gorgeous weather. 

And this little guy is always entertaining. I got my phone out and he wanted to cheese it up so I took his picture about 20 times. 

On a healthier note, we have recently started drinking Young Living's Ningxia Red super-antioxidant juice in the mornings to help to support our immune systems with the coming cold, nasty winter months. We each drink just 1oz each in the mornings. Some of our favorite ways to drink it is to add it to some OJ, and I LOVE adding it to our homemade kombucha! I even like adding a little bit of it to water and sipping on it throughout the day. It is dad gum delicious and I love that in addition to eating a real/whole/paleo foods diet, it gives us an anti-oxidant boost in a supplement that comes from real food sources like berries, not synthetic substances and that its anti-oxidant sources are varied instead of just loading up on one type. Studies have shown that just supplementing with one kind of antioxidant can be detrimental, instead of helpful. Nutrient synergy, man!!

In the Blogosphere:

I honestly have not read very many blogs lately, other than to look up recipes, or write posts on my own! I love reading blogs but I don't have a ton of time to read at leisure, but that sounds like a dream! Next month I'll round up some blogs for you.

it's kind of a tie between these two. In the mornings lately, Stella already knows she has to go into the laundry room for the day. It breaks my heart to leave her all day every day, and one morning last week, I found her already curled up in her little bed. So cute and precious. And a little sad. :-(

 And this was at SDC last weekend. Uncle Loren is a crowd favorite with the little munchkins.

Hopefully you are welcoming November with open arms and thankful hearts! 
It's one of my favorite times of the year!!