Patterns of Evidence – Exodus – Review and Giveaway #patternsofevidence #flyby


I was given the opportunity to watch Patterns of Evidence – Exodus, a documentary by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney. I love documentaries and I’m a Christian, so I was excited to see what the film had to share.

Everyone should watch this documentary!

Just released on DVD, this documentary is very well done. I felt Timothy was very humble and honest in seeking the answers. I felt he didn’t go into it with preconceived notions, but with faith and hope of what he may find and open to what could be out there. He didn’t leave out important archaeologists because they didn’t agree with Exodus having happened, he welcomed hearing from many experts. Even though, I’m sure, he was discouraged at different points during this process, he continued his search.

I don’t feel the documentary was created to sway viewers one way or another. Timothy does make it clear he is a Christian, but all the evidence is shared in a way that allows the viewer to come to their own educated conclusion. Religion is one of those subjects we are always told never to speak of, or at least I was, all the time by my mother growing up. I feel even that is contrary to what we are taught as Christians, which is to share our faith. Timothy didn’t come off at all as preachy or pushy. He was determined to seek the truth and I believe he found it. I appreciate his hesitance to be involved in something controversial, but applaud his efforts to uncover the truth of such a big part of our faith history.

I don’t want to give too much away, because I believe this is a documentary that everyone should watch. It is about 2 hours in length, but it didn’t feel that way when watching it, it felt shorter and I can only attribute that to the way it was presented. I really appreciated Timothy’s use of visual aid, when sharing the timeline. It really helped me to understand a complex concept, which is good for those of us that lack the knowledge that archaeologists have.

It is so amazing to me to see what has been uncovered through out history, the amount of knowledge, work, and experience that goes into something like creating a timeline of the world’s history. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of many people, especially a Jew, who doesn’t believe Exodus is true, but in his private life, lives out the Passover, like it really did happen, exactly as the Bible says it does. It showed that, there is probably some part of him, that believes Exodus is true, despite his professional opinion.

I can’t say it enough, it really is a MUST watch. “Knowledge is power” – Francis Bacon. With knowledge we can better communicate our beliefs, our faith, our history. Even if you disagree with every single thing in the documentary, watching it will give you the knowledge to debate it with intelligence of the “other side”.

About Patterns of Evidence Exodus:
For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible. In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account. This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world. The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?” He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach. After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand. The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film. This scientific documentary’s goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.

The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

Releases on DVD August 4, 2015
Run Time: 119 minutes
Special Features: Cast Profiles & 17 Extra Interviews
Behind the Music
From Film to Book
Additional Books and Resources
Host a Patterns of Evidence Movie Event
Trailers
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR

Want to find more information or know where to purchase?
Official Website
Official Facebook Page
Official Twitter Account
Patterns of Evidence Store

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August Decluttering Calendars are here!

365 Days to Declutter!  The Great Declutter of 2015!

I really can’t believe it is August already! Time just seems to fly by whether I’m ready for it to or not. This month we are working on decluttering our family room, den, rec room, or computer room. If you have all of these rooms, you may want to pick just one to work on.

The first calendar is going to be for the family room, den, or rec room, so these rooms can overlap in function and what they contain.

Starting on the 3rd we are doing to work on decluttering the “game” area. Maybe you have a pool table, video gaming system, board games, toys, whatever you do for fun in that room…. this week we will declutter and clean up those areas.

When sorting through things like toys and board games, make sure you go through and make sure all the pieces are there and the game or toy can still be played with. Don’t donate games that aren’t complete because most places never check before selling them to an unsuspecting customer, who now paid for a game they can’t play either. Offer games with missing pieces online for free, saying pieces are missing, because there might be someone out there just looking to find pieces for theirs!

Does your family really play ping-pong, shoot pool, or play that video game system? If not, this is a great time to sell and make some money and clear out a nice size space in the room!!!

Can you pull Monopoly out without the game of Life falling on the floor? What kind of system do you have in place to keep your games organized and usable by the entire family? Making it easy to get games and put them away, makes everyone more willing to play!

We will start the second week of August, by deciding what belongs in the space… books? magazines? stacks of stuff and paper? Old newspapers? Deciding how you want the space to function, does make it easier to decide what stays and what goes.

Do you save magazines or newspapers because of one or two articles? Take this opportunity to cut out the important stories and put them in a file folder or binder and get rid of the rest!

Spend Thursday and Friday attacking those stacks of papers, stuff, or anything you have just piled around the room!

The third week we will spend time on the seating area. This will include decluttering the coffee table, end tables, and seats themselves!

Spend the last week working around the tv, fireplace, or other area in the room that we haven’t mentioned yet.

If you decide to work on the computer room, here is the plan…

The first week we work on the desk… the top, drawers, files, and then finally start on the computer files. This will probably be the least liked decluttering challenge. Cleaning OFF all the junk we have saved on our computers. We can delete some, burn some on CD, or store them online. There are many services online for storing. I’ve never used any of them, so I don’t feel safe recommending any of them.

The second week we will work on our filing cabinet. If you don’t have a filing cabinet, work on your computer CD filing system or continue with decluttering the files on your computer.

The third week we will work on the book case or cases, continue with computer files, or continuing with making or organizing computer CDs.

The last week we will work on organizing and decluttering everything we need for our computer room… paper, blank CDs, the closet, everything and everywhere we have hidden computer supplies!

August Decluttering Calendar for Family room, Den, or Rec room

August Decluttering Calendar for Computer Room

January – Kitchen
February – Master Bedroom / Your bedroom
March – Spare room / Child’s room
April – Attic, crawl space, storage area
May – Entry way, living room, coat closet
June – Shed, yard, patio, deck, sunroom, outdoor toys, pool house
July – Basement
August – Family room, den, rec room, computer room
September – Garage, carport, catch up
October – Storage unit, bathroom
November – Dining room, guest room
December – This is a surprise for now :)

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Beeswax Wood Finish Recipe

Last year I got back into scroll sawing and made my Grandson some toys, as well as lots of other things :) For toys my grandson would want to put in his mouth (which is basically everything), I wanted a finish that was natural and wouldn’t harm him. This is a very popular recipe to use on wood, I just added my own way of doing it.

I started by picking a container I wanted to use. I didn’t want to spend the money on smaller wide mouth mason jar, so I found this one in my cabinet. It originally had jam in it from Stonewall Kitchen. I try to save nice glass jars after we eat the contents, so this worked out great!

All the recipes I saw online called for exact measurements and they all needed more than one jar to store the finished product. Since I only want to fill the one jar, I filled the jar with water, poured it into a measuring cup and found that this jar could hold a cup of liquid. There is varying opinion on the amount of mineral oil and beeswax, so I just made up my own ratio. I wanted 3 parts mineral oil to 1 part beeswax. After emptying the water, I put 3/4 cup mineral oil in the measuring cup and enough pieces of the beeswax to bring the oil line to 1 cup. Make sure you use food grade mineral oil and beeswax since your pieces might be chewed on. I purchased the mineral oil at a local drug store and the beeswax from a local honey distributor.

Using a double boiler, I put the contents of the measuring cup in the top pot and water in the bottom pot to melt the beeswax into the mineral oil.

Stir several times during the melting process and remove from heat as soon as the last of the beeswax has melted.

After a few minutes cooling in the pot, carefully pour into glass container of your choice. It smells like honey and will be a rich beautiful color until it cools.

It will cool to a much lighter color. This is the chicken before putting on the beeswax finish.

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Old Fashioned – Book, Movie, and Devotional – Review and Giveaway – #OLDFASHIONEDMOVIE #FLYBY


If you haven’t yet, please check out my review on the movie - Old Fashioned. I loved it!!!

The book, Old Fashioned, which is based on the screenplay by Rik Swartzwelder and written by Rene Gutteridge is a must read! I don’t normally like fiction, I’m more of a non-fiction reader, but the story is beautiful. It is based on the movie, but reading it gives another dimension to the experience. My younger daughter says books are always better than the movie. I enjoyed both, I’m not ready to pick a favorite :) It is the perfect book to read outside, in a hammock, while enjoying the summer sun or in a beach chair with the waves crashing on the beach or snuggled up on the couch on a rainy day or whenever and where ever you love to read! The story brings to life the people, the place, and the romance with beautiful details. It shares the connecting of two souls and the growing of two people. I would recommend reading the book before watching the movie, there is more in the book than the movie. But even if you already saw the movie, the book is well worth reading (you will miss out if you don’t read the book!)

Where to buy!!!!

What the back cover says about the book….

Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town….and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old fashioned” courtship?


If a great movie and excellent love story aren’t enough, there is also a devotional to go with it. I have been married 17 years, my hubby and I married at just 20 years old, so I don’t have a lot of dating experience. Thankfully the devotional is a great place to start. The Old Fashioned Way – Reclaiming the lost art of romance by Ginger Kolbaba is wonderful! It is broken down into 40 days. Each day is just a few pages long, but each section ends with questions to consider, a prayer, or a journaling option. It isn’t a book to do with a partner, you don’t even have to have a boyfriend or girlfriend yet to begin working through this devotional. In fact, I think every young adult (parents I always suggest you read material before giving it to your children because everyone has different views on what is ok and not ok for their child/teen/young adult to read) should be given a copy of this book to prepare for a time when they will start dating. The devotional is well written and I think will have a positive impact on those who read it!

Where to buy!!!!

What the back cover says about the devotional….

Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.

It was interesting to learn that Rik Swartzwelder not only wrote and directed Old Fashioned, he also stars in it as Clay. Rik has a blog about the movie and this post in particular does a beautiful job of sharing some of his thoughts on the movie. The blog is worth bookmarking and reading when time allows!

Find out more!
Facebook
Official Website
On Twitter – @OldFashionedVow

While I think everyone should run out and grab a copy of the movie and the book today, I’m VERY excited to share that Propeller Consulting, LLC is allowing me to give away a set of ALL THREE! The movie, the book, and the devotional to one lucky reader!!!!!! Use the form below to enter. Giveaway ends July 8th at 11:59pm EST. Open to USA and Canada.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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July’s Decluttering Calendar is Here!

365 Days to Declutter!  The Great Declutter of 2015!

We are at the halfway point! Go us!!!! I’m going to do things a little different this first week or half a week, I should say. To give us some recharging time and to enjoy the 4th of July celebrations this first half week I just want you to do the laundry. Why you ask? Because many of us have laundry in the basement and I want that part out of the way for our big start next week. Just throw in a load when you have a moment and enjoy the holiday weekend!

July 6th we swing into high gear to get our basements done. Some of you may already have organized, decluttered basements, but mine is a complete embarrassment! Yes people have been down there and made it out alive, but just barely! We don’t make a habit of allowing people down there, but in the last 2 years the washer dryer delivery men were down there, the plumbers were down there, and 2 realtors that were checking out our house for estimates were down there. I’m very tempted to invite them all back in August to show them that I can clean and organize a basement :)

My basement is 900 sq ft, which is the size of most of our house (2 bedrooms, kitchen, dining area, living room, and bathroom!), so I’m going to work on my basement in sections. I have divided it up in my mind into 4 parts, so one week for each part. This might work for you or you may want to work it differently. Maybe all the shelving one week, all the tools the next week, all the boxes the following week, and all the rest the last week. No matter which way you decide to work on your basement, know this is a big task. Take breaks often, ask for help, drink plenty of water, open windows or doors if possible to allow fresh air into the space or go outside when taking breaks for fresh air. Run a dehumidifier and throw away anything with mold! This might end of being an emotional space to clean out, so allow yourself time to process those feelings and then keep moving forward.

Try the one box at a time method. Don’t look at the entire space, just look at one box. If you have allergies or asthma, considering having someone take the boxes outside for you and work on them out there. I use peppermint and Breathe essential oils to help with mine and will be diffusing both while cleaning out the basement.

I’m excited to tackle our basement, I hope you are excited to tackle yours too!!!

Don’t have a basement? Work on another room that you didn’t get finished or simply enjoy the month!

July’s Decluttering Calendar!

January – Kitchen
February – Master Bedroom / Your bedroom
March – Spare room / Child’s room
April – Attic, crawl space, storage area
May – Entry way, living room, coat closet
June – Shed, yard, patio, deck, sunroom, outdoor toys, pool house
July – Basement
August – Family room, den, rec room, computer room
September – Garage, carport, catch up
October – Storage unit, bathroom
November – Dining room, guest room
December – This is a surprise for now :)

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Ellie Makes a New Friend – Review #elliesfriends


My little buddy and I got a chance to read Ellie Makes a New Friend today. About half-way through my grandson climbed on my lap too, to hear the story.

The book was great!

Perfect length and great story line (even for my grandson, who will be 1 next week). We were really pleased. We had read about Ellie’s First Plane Ride a few months ago. My little buddy found it to be a little long (would have been great as two books), but he thought this one was perfect.

The story starts out with Ellie moving to a new neighborhood, which as you can imagine is tough. Ellie talks about all the things she enjoys doing, but shares that they would be more fun with a friend. She heads to the library to read about making friends and sure enough she finds one! Her and her new friend do all the fun things together that they both enjoy doing. Great story with a great ending!

My little buddy even had fun “reading” it to himself!

Can’t wait to see what other adventures Ellie takes!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, my review is my honest opinion and not influenced in any way.

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A Year Unplugged: A Family’s Year without Technology by Sharael Kolberg

I love the idea…giving up technology to grow closer as a family. It is something I have long wanted to do, not just for a year, but on a permanent basis, but as we can all learn from Sharael, it isn’t easy in today’s world.

The book is written like a diary or journal. Sharael is open and honest about what is going on with her family during the experience. She shares the struggles, the positives, and maybe a little too much in some areas. I love how she shares statistics and facts about technology and it’s effects on people from other sources through out the book. She shares experiences like volunteering, growing a garden, and bonding with her daughter as a result of giving up technology. The book gets a little too personal for my taste at some points. While I feel a physical relationship with a spouse is a very important part of a relationship and I do feel that giving up technology will definitely enhance that part, I could have lived without the details (in a romance book it wouldn’t have been shocking, but I think because this was a book about giving up technology I was taken by surprise with the details). She shows flexibility with the experiment and even makes some changes at the 6 month mark.

There are definitely many challenges with giving up technology, some challenges most people wouldn’t even think about until they are living that life. I could particularly relate to Sharael’s experience with her daughter’s school. The school was “green”, so to save trees, contact was mainly through email and a yahoo group. This left Sharael needing to find alternative ways to find out important dates and information. She felt disconnected, but she did manage to make it work. Throughout the experience she grew as a person, was challenged and realized she could not only survive, but be happy and a better person for it, and gain perspective. As her journey progressed she even “built” a network of friends (just by sharing she was living without technology) that helped her through situations requiring technology. For example, when she needed to sign up for the school conferences, which was done completely online, not only did the teacher offer for her to do it on her computer, but another parent printed out the dates and offered to sign her up.

Sharael wrote the book because she wanted people to have a better understanding of what people go through when they choose to give up technology. It isn’t a popular choice and it certainly isn’t easy. When I had talked about doing it a few years ago, I received many negative responses and some really surprised me. At the time I was homeschooling my girls (one has now graduated and the other now does cyber school) and we belonged to a homeschooling co-op. Homeschoolers in general are considered people who go against the norm, so I really thought they would be more accepting of my desire to give up technology. Boy was I wrong! I called the leader of the co-op and asked what my options were to stay informed because our only communication, other than the weekly classes, was done through email. She told me that I had no choice, I had to have email and I had to check it regularly. I’ll admit, I’m still stunned today by that response.

The book is a very detailed account of Sharael and her family’s life during their year unplugged. She often times goes off topic, but this was all part of her journey and experience. She does try to show the connection between these off topic adventures and being without technology. Many of them are interesting to read and bring back memories of simpler times. It definitely shows how a person can become more well rounded, more caring, and build a stronger family and network of friends and not Facebook friends, REAL friends that you can interact with in person, not just poke on Facebook.

She does curse in the book, which I felt wasn’t needed, but thankfully it wasn’t in the book too often. There are spelling mistakes and run on sentences. The year unplugged happened in 2009 – 2010. It was just published this year, so it would have been nice to see an update in the end of where they stand now with technology.

I really appreciate the book references and the stories of growth that are peppered throughout the book. Particularly the story about the white and black stones. I have already put in a request at my local library for “Three Cups of Tea”. (You will have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about).

I would love to see another book by Sharael that maybe summarizes her year unplugged and updates us on where they are now with technology.

Where to find more about Sharael Kolberg and her book “A Year Unplugged”….
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

*I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Mrs. Kolberg for the opportunity to read and review your book.

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Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson – Review and Giveaway #PIRATESCODE and #FLYBY

My family, consisting that particular night of a teenager, my Hubby, and myself, watched Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson. My daughter was anxious to watch it, but it wasn’t until my Hubby heard that Christopher Lloyd (from Back to the Future) was in it, that he got excited.

It is a different kind of family movie. We were a little lost at first because we had never seen the other movie about Mickey Matson. We quickly caught on, but you may want to see Adventures of Mickey Matson and Copperhead Treasure first.

The movie isn’t rated, but it was similar to Spy Kids in violence and nature of the movie. It is also rated Family Friendly by Dove.org. It started out in a jail, where two inmates were broken out by a pirate and his crew. It turns out Admiral Ironsides…. well I can’t give it all away, check out the official write up and trailer!


In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization. They’re new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence. With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon. If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age. It’s a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

It wasn’t my favorite movie, but in all fairness I’m not a big movie lover. I thought my teenage (15 year old) daughter would have liked it, but it wasn’t exactly her favorite either. My Hubby likes movies, but I’m not sure he would watch it again either. I think if I had a son and he was around 10, it would have been a hit.

It wasn’t bad. I think for a family movie night it would be good and give you a few laughs. There is violence, but no blood. It really made me think of Spy Kids when I was watching it. If your kids currently love Spy Kids, than this is the movie for them! My daughter loved Spy Kids when she was about 8, so I think this would have been a “must see again” movie for her if she was younger.

To purchase a copy, visit Pure Flix. To win a copy, please enter below. Giveaway ends June 29th at 11:59 PM EST.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Old Fashioned DVD Review #oldfashionedmovie #flyby Release Date June 16, 2015

Let me just start by saying, I love this movie! I’m not a movie person, just ask anyone who knows me well. I don’t go to the movies and I rarely watch one on TV. I accepted an invitation to review this DVD because of the subject… relationships and having one the “old fashioned” way. Before you jump to conclusions… it isn’t exactly what you think. I’m sure your mind jumps to a particular family that has been making headlines recently or how we might picture an Amish courtship to be, but this is a real romance, the way it should be, the way God intended it to be…filled with respect.

The story is beautiful! It shows forgiveness, respect for women, and growing beyond immature and bad decisions. Neither of the main characters, Clay and Amber, are without fault. Both have pasts that effect the choices they make today. Clay was a “player” in college, produced some disturbing and disrespectful videos, and emotional hurt his last girlfriend. Amber has a tendency to “run” when things get messy and jump into relationships. We get to see the person Clay has become and learn about the person he was and we get to see Amber grow into a person that allows love and “mess” and faith and the unique into her life.

The music was well done, the videography was beautiful! I love the setting of autumn in Ohio. The rustic colored leaves just added to the romance. When I say romance, I am referring to a connection, a beautiful “growing” between to people, where they learn about each other, without “dating”, without kissing, without a physical relationship.

Both are adults, so this isn’t about teenagers, but I think it definitely applies to teenagers! I think this would be a great movie to watch with both teenage sons and teenage daughters. Have kids in college? It isn’t too late for them. It isn’t too late for anyone. The lessons shared in this movie are touching, they show what a real romance could be….should be. There are a few “sensitive” scenes, that don’t show anything, but it is clearly implied, so I would watch it before showing your teenagers (it is rated PG-13).

I was pleasantly surprised to find the movie was also funny! There were quite a few spots where I was laughing out loud. I really think this movie was beautifully done. I plan to watch it again and I’m hoping both my teenage daughters will watch it with me. In a time where physical relationships come before getting to really know each other, this movie might change some hearts and re-spark real romantic relationships. Every woman deserves a man that respects her and every man deserves a woman who will forgive his past indiscretions.

Disclosure (in accordance with FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing the opportunity to review this DVD. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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“All Better” Spray – Essential Oils for diaper rash, boo boos, and sunburn

Essential oils are a new adventure for me. Soon I will have a post all about it, but for now I wanted to share with you my Grandson’s favorite blend! He really doesn’t like having his diaper changed and occasionally he has diaper rash. Not only does this help his diaper rash, he gets really excited and lays still for us to change him when we tell him we will use the “All Better” spray. It has a cooling effect and I think that is what he likes. I can only imagine (since I can’t remember being a baby) that wearing a diaper, particularly in summer, is HOT and uncomfortable!

What else can you use the “All Better” spray for? Burns, sunburn, cuts, scraps.

After trying different oil brands, I ended up sticking with doTERRA essential oils. My family really likes them and we have success using them. If you don’t have a favorite oil brand or you want to give doTERRA a try, please send me an email or check out my website! Make sure whatever oils you use are safe and without fillers that can be harmful in sensitive areas.

Supplies
Empty 2 oz glass bottle
5 drops of Frankincense
5 drops of Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree)
5 drops of Lavender
Distilled water to fill bottle

I like to put the oils in first and then add the distilled water to fill the bottle. Gentle shake before each use.



Not ready to buy full bottles of essential oils to try this recipe? Purchase sample sizes from me. They come in really cute bottles that are easy to carry with you if you want. Each bottle has approximately 20 drops, so you can make this recipe 4 times! Or make this recipe and use the remaining drops in other recipes or on their own.

I’m not a doctor, nurse, or anyone in the medical field. Nothing I suggest has been evaluated by the FDA. I’m just sharing what is working for us!

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