My DoTERRA essential oils

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Last week I signed up to become an Independent Consultant for DoTERRA Essential oils! A friend of mine first told me all about the oils, and how they have been helping her and her family overcome sickness, and over-all wellness – without OTC meds and dr visits. I was pretty interested.. but didn’t really have much information to look at. A few weeks later we went down to visit the same friends in NC for a previously planned trip. It wasn’t until I tried the Slim & Sassy essential oil blend that I knew I was hooked! This stuff ROCKS!

I did what we call a slim and sassy body “wrap”. I rubbed 5 drops of S&S oil on my belly, and wrapped up in seran wrap overnight. Then when I had woke up the next morning, I shrunk a whole inch around my waist! I was amazed!

During our whole trip, I used more and more oils to try out and Rachel (doterra leader + friend), came over to discuss more doterra information with me, and how to sign up to start my own journey with doterra. Just listening to her talk about multiple success stories about how the oils have helped her friends and family made me wanna join that very day! From curing cancer, to controling type 1 Diabetes, to getting rid of ear infections, to bringing on labor! I was definitely sold.

I’m very excited to see where this road will lead me as I start my own journey with essential oils. I can’t wait to give out samples to my friends and family and see how amazingly well they will work!

If you have a question about a certain sickness, healthy problem, focus related issue, or mood swings, etc then shoot me an email or send me a text! I’d be happy to “prescribe” you some oils to give it a try. ;)

You can read more info for yourself at my website: mydoterra.com/sarahsutton

6 Ways to make your marriage last a lifetime.

As sad as it is, today’s society has oh so commonly accepted divorce.  If you find you fight too much, can’t live with each other, don’t get along (what are we in kindergarten??), or just get bored of each other, divorce it is. You can always find a new husband or wife, right?

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No one views marriage as the holy matrimony that it really is. No one cares that what God joins together He says “let NO man seperate.” All people care about are themselves, and making themselves happier. If only we could refocus our views off of ourselves, and onto our hsubands/wives, we would start to see another person’s needs. We would be able to fulfill their needs and respect them before ourselves. And we would fight a lot harder to not lose the one we were meant to live forever with.

Marriage is something heavy on my heart that I feel should be encouraged in so many ways. Don’t feel like you need to wait to make a change. And don’t feel like you have to wait until your 30 with a huge career established, just to get married. Get married young! Have kids! Enjoy LIFE together with your soul mate! Who wants to go through the rough years of life alone? I get it, you need to “find yourself”. Well if I didn’t meet my husband at 17, and marry him at 19, I’d probably still be searching for who I am because he has reflected a godly life that encourages me to be a better person. He shows me what it’s like to be a faithful servant, and someone opposite of me when it comes to getting angry – he’s slow to become upset. And he’s helped me do better with that. God only knows where I’d be if I hadn’t met him when I did.

Here are a few simple ways to start reflecting on, so you can make your marriage last a lifetime…..not a simple decade…:

1. Understand each other

This is something that I believe should take place during an engagement, but since you’re reading this, you’re most likely already married (and if you’re not then high five!) so we’ll continue discussing it anyway. :) To be able to understand each other is something so vital in any marriage. How can you properly react, deal with, live with, talk to, or respect someone if you don’t understand them. What makes them happy? sad? cry? ticked? tickled? hehe, had to throw that one in there. — How are you to expect true happiness from someone, if you don’t know how to make them happy first? Ask your spouse questions. Ask them, “What do I do that really makes you annoyed?” Then avoid doing it! Ask them, “What can I do more to show you I love you?” Then by all means do it more! By understanding your husband or wife, you can better respect and love them because you know what makes their clock tick. You know how they work. I challenge you to ask your spouse 3 questions to better your relationship with them: “What do I do that annoys, upsets, or makes you mad and how can I stop? Is there anything that I do that shows you that I love you that I can do more of? And finally, “What is your love language?” – important to know! read about those HERE.

2. Never ever go to bed angry.

If bedtime is near, and you are in a tiff with your spouse, then HASH. IT. OUT! Do it before you go to bed. We don’t know when our last breath will be, folks. Truly think about the fact that you could go to bed one night and your husband/wife doesn’t wake up the next morning and the last thing you talked about (or yelled about) was mean, degrading, and selfish words that you will never get to fix. Or say “I’m sorry.” Talk to each other and fix the issue before you go to bed. You’ll sleep better, and eliminate the silent treatment and cold shoulder that can last up to days.

3. Learn about each other

This one goes hand in hand with number one. It’s not only important that we understand our spouse, but that we never stop learning about each other so long as we both shall live. One thing that will never change is the fact that men and women are wired completely differently. What makes a woman feel loved, could be swept under the rug to a guy. And what makes a guy feel respected, could totally mean nothing to a woman. Men are visual. Women are not. Men like to be respected and praised. Women like to be hugged and kissed on the forehead. Men like to go to sleep at the same time every night. Women like to stay up and chat. Women like love notes. Men just like a good lunch packed in their lunch box. Are you catching my drift? We women are sappy, hopeless romantics, that crave hugs and kisses, and time alone with our hubbys. Men, learn this about your wife. Learn what makes her feel loved. Women, learn what makes your man feel respected. Honor him. Too many times we take for granted one of the most valuable gifts God has given us – our spouse. We wouldn’t talk rudely to our friends, or make our neighbors feel like any less of a person just for leaving socks on the floor would we? So why do we do it to the one person we are to cherish? If you are struggling in your marriage, learn WHY you are struggling. Ask your spouse questions, without a selfish motive.

4. Never give up!

One of the most important keys in this post is this one. Never give up on your spouse. Fight for them. Stick up for them. Put them on a pedestal. You must love something great about them, or else you wouldn’t have married them remember? Take pride in your spouse and fight for your marriage. Don’t let this world win! Many, many trials will come your way I promise. Who are you going to let win? Are you going to let Satan destroy your holy bond? Or are you going to punch him in the face and fight tooth and nail for a marriage you’ve worked so hard for? As it says in my favorite book, James, “Consider it pure joy my brothers, when you face trials of many kind. For the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” You will be stronger in the end. And your marriage will be stronger than you ever dreamed. Love & marriage are so holy and important in the eyes of the Lord; it reflects his love and relationship to the church – us! He loves and protects us, nurtures us, is on-call 24/7, and blesses us beyond what we deserve even when we fail Him over and over. Women, your husband is going to fail you. Men, your wife is going to fail you. We will always let each other down. It’s up to us to let that defeat us, or make us stronger in the end!

5. Pray with each other

Every night (well almost every night), my hubby and I pray together while laying in bed just as our days are closing. It is so important to pray with each other and also to pray for each other in a world that so carelessly tears marriages apart. You need prayer on your side. You need to talk about things to pray for each other. And with each other. Ask your spouse how you can pray for them. Pray that God would -encourage them. -calm their spirit. -allow them to prosper at work. -remain faithful to one another. -devote time in the Word. -be a strong leader of the home. -have patience as a mom(of multiple kiddos too). There are so many things you can pray for your spouse. And it’s awesome to pray together as a couple before the Lord. There is nothing that makes Him happier. Your marriage will thank you!

6. Forgiveness

This one can be the hardest thing to do. However, it is the most important key here. If you can’t forgive your spouse, you cannot get ahead. One thing we need to remember: forgiveness is not for the other person. It is for YOU! By staying angry at someone for doing wrong to you, is like drinking a cup of poison and expecting the other person to die. They could have moved on with life and totally forgot what they did wrong. But here you are still saulking over the argument hoping karma beats them with a stick! By learning to forgive, and let go of the mistakes, you are able to free yourself of the hurt they caused you in the beginning. God commands us to forgive. After all, He forgives us time and time again, over and over. And we still fail Him the next day. When your spouse does something wrong, whether it be so little, or so deeply hurtful, you simply cannot move on and feel happy again until you forgive them. You can’t expect to feel any better because you will always bring up the past and dwell on old circumstances. Instead, learn to forgive them, and encourage them. Trust me on this one, you will feel 100% better when you forgive & forget. Promise!

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I challenge you to talk to your spouse about these 6 keys to living out a lifetime of wedded bliss. You have absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain! Take one key over the next 6 weeks and focus on one key per week. Find ways to serve your spouse. Do something that makes them happy or feel loved without them asking. Just how hard are you willing to fight to have the best, lovely, honorable marriage ever?

XOXO!

Healthy Hot Cocoa

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During the winter, I am a hot cocoa addict! I don’t drink coffee, so I get my caffeine and cozy drink fix from hot chocolate :) and I love every sip of it. But my hips don’t necessarily love the calories. (“What goes through your lips, sticks to your hips” as my pop pop used to say).
So you’d better believe I found me a nice and healthy hot cocoa recipe to satisfy those cravings!

Healthy Hot Cocoa:

- 2 and a half cups of fat free milk or almond milk
– 3 Tbs cocoa powder (unsweetened)
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 3 Tbs Stevia sweetener

Melt all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat until boiling. Enjoy!
Even the hubbers liked this one :) Now that’s a winner y’all!

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Stay warm!
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Easy, Healthy snacks!

Idk about you, but I know after a big grocery shopping trip I always go to the fridge/pantry and can never seem to find anything to eat! I think to myself, “What in the world did I buy? and Where did it all go?” So I starting coming up with some new ideas for breakfast, lunch, and snacks that won’t break the budget, or make me buy more unnecessary junk during my Walmart trips. It’s also helping me stay on track with Eating clean in 2014.

I’m starting to get the hang of my eating routine: Breakfast, hour & half later snack, lunch, 2 hours later snack, dinner, sometimes evening snack around 7.  I find it best to eat smaller meals this way so I’m not starving during the day, and I keep myself full – especially by eating healthy breakfasts, and snacks throughout the day.

So speaking of snacks, because I know we all love them, here are just a few options for snacks that you can alternate if you get bored:

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Recipes:

Banana & Cinnamon:

Chop up a banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Drizzle with honey & enjoy!

Apple PB sandwich:

First, core the apple. Slice it horizontally 4 times. Spread peanut butter evenly on one slice, and sprinkle with raisins or chocolate chips. Lay another slice on top, creating a “sandwich”. can make two to share, or one for now and one for later!

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Ants on a log:

Celery sticks chopped in half, spread with peanut butter, and sprinkle with raisins!

Homemade Hummus:

  • 1 can chick peas
  • zest of one lemon
  • half a lime
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt & pepper

Rinse and drain the chick peas. Chop them up (or blend) until smooth. Add garlic, lemon zest, juice of half a lime, paprika, and salt and pepper and continue to mix until well blended. Scoop with your favorite veggie or pretzels and enjoy! **I like to add a bit of chipotle spice to give it a kick!**

Black Bean Hummus:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • cilantro sprigs
  • 1 tsp chipotle spice
  • half a lime

Again, combine everything in a blender until smooth. If need be, add a little olive oil or water to make the correct consistency. I’m not a huge fan of cilantro so I leave that out and replace with garlic. Store in an airtight container in your fridge.

Check out my smoothie and granola recipes HERE.

Let me know if you try these recipes and how they turn out!

What are YOU’RE favorite healthy snacks? Share below, I’d love to know! ;)

Sarahsig

Healthy Breakfast Ideas…cheap, easy, and quick!

I am not. a. morning. person. Period. I hate getting up early and love staying up late. I’m a night owl plain and simple. I can’t eat first thing when I wake up, so I usually end up skipping breakfast. Not good! … not good at all. For some reason I get nauseous if I eat right away. I have to wait about 30 mins before I can think about eating. Ever since my baby has been on a good schedule, it’s been easier for me to get up and make breakfast. I’m a much happier camper when I’m on a routine ;) So we get up around 8ish and I usually eat breakfast around 8:30.

Along with not being a morning person, the last thing I want to do at 8 in the morning is COOK! “Really? my day just started and I’m already going to have dishes to do?” Haha, pathetic I know, but it’s reality. I hate cooking in the morning, but I’m always happy when I do on those rare occasions.

So for all of you night owls out there like me, here are some simple breakfast ideas that are easy, quick, and best of all cheap! no having to worry about buy extra food like frozen waffles, sugary cereals, pop tarts, french toast sticks, etc. Are you remembering to say “no” to the junk?? *High Five!*

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I find it much easier to make sure I eat breakfast when I have a good, easy list in front of me to chose from. So print out this sheet, put it up on your fridge, and EAT BREAKFAST for heaven’s sake! :) It’s the most important meal of the day, and will give you the energy you need to work out, feel accomplished, eat less at lunch, and go to sleep earlier – which is a vital part of losing weight and getting healthy! You need sleep! I knew I was always right when I’d tell my mom that as a teenager. ;)

Here are a few recipes:

Homemade Granola:

  • 2 Tbs creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 1 cup oats

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.

Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Add chocolate chips and nuts until mixed well. Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 7 -8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.

*This granola recipe is also great on yogurt and sugar free vanilla ice cream for a healthy dessert!

Banana Oat Muffins, check out that recipe HERE.

Sometimes I will also have a fruit smoothie for breakfast or lunch. For the smoothies I use:

  • Handful frozen fruit
  • banana
  • splash of OJ or water
  • spinach
  • ground flaxseed

Combine everything into a blender and Enjoy! You can adjust the fruit/juice ratio as needed to make it more consistent. I always use a fresh banana in replace of yogurt because I am not a huge fan of any kind of yogurt!

Hope this helps!

Sarahsig

Our “Clean Eating” goals for 2014

If I were to count how many times I made this statement: “I need to start eating healthier,” I would probably still be counting tomorrow night. The fact of the matter is, I have no self-discipline. No self control, and no one to hold me accountable. I always “say” I’m going to eat better, but fail time and time again when good, delicious food is taunting me right before my very eyes! And I alwaaaaays cave in. (Boooo!)

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BUT! Not this year! I am absolutely positively putting the junk away. For good.

How? I’m focusing on WHY I want to eat healthier. I joined a support group with some ladies from church, stopped buying junk from the grocery store (you can’t eat it if you don’t have it! plus I could use the extra $$ I save for…new smaller clothes?? – that’ll be a joyous feeling!), and want to be able to be active with my son when he starts running around. And I want to be able to do a 5K color run! Goals, goals, goals, people!

Just like my post about my financial goals (read about that HERE.), I’m holding myself accountable to YOU! And I can’t do it without you all. So, I’m going to be posting frequently about ways to eat healthier, and save money! Startin’ this new year off the right way! And I’m hoping you will right there chugga-lugging along with me. ;)

So here are some ways we can do this together:

1. DON’T BUY JUNK! No matter how many times your little ones pull on your sleeves, almost fall out of the cart from reaching for those Oreos, or scream at the top of their tiny (but powerful) lungs for some chocolate milk, that answer is NO! Believe me, they won’t miss it. I guarantee you they won’t even bring up the work Oreo again…..until the next shopping trip. And they’re strong little bodies will thank you. :) There are so many great recipes on Pinterest using healthy ingredients that will equally satisfy your dessert cravings. Like this one, this one, and of course this one!

2. Meal Plan. My meal planning consists of going through ads to see what’s on sale so I can price match, and again, browsing through my Pinterest board. I always check out Pinterest for new ideas, and creative ways to use things. Every Sunday I like to sit down with all my grocery store ads, a cute notepad & pen, and my iPad with my “Dinner Ideas” board open. I plan out my meals based on what’s on sale that week. This saves me a lot of money….and eliminates the “browsing” in the grocery store….which leads to added junk in your cart while you try to think of things you need. Which leads me to my next point:

3. Make a list! Shopping with a list can and will save you hundreds of dollars a year. I have proven it with my own shopping experiences that when I go without a list, I spend anywhere from $30-40 extra. That’s a new hair cut right there folks! When you use a list, you know what you need and it usually speeds up the process a bit – saving you TONS! Promise! And it eliminates running back to the store 3-4 times because you forgot something.

4. Set a reminder! Every morning at 9:15 am, my phone goes off reminding me to take out meat for that day’s dinner. (to thaw). I also have reminders set to make sure that I eat breakfast, and lunch. I struggle so badly with even remembering to eat! Let alone eat something healthy. So, now I’m reminded every day to take out dinner, and eat breakfast/lunch. Snacks in between are ok too. I’m usually ok if I go without those, but I usually remember snacks for some reason ;)

So there you have it. 4 simple ways we can tackle this whole eating better thing together! Whose ready to jump on the “diet”wagon with me?! …hand-raises anyone…? Follow me on Instagram to see how I’m making this happen! I hope you all have learned some tips and are ready to get started! Email me if you’d like to join our support group on Facebook.

No go out there and make your list! Check it twice! And eat your way to a brand new YOU!

XOXO

Sarahsig

 

DIY sharpie mug

This little project is about as easy as sipping a cup of coffee. *Pun intended*

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These DIY sharpie mugs make fantastic gifts because you can personalize them how ever you want – to whom ever you want! That’s the great thing. Kids can draw/write on them for mothers or fathers day, it can be a special love note to your spouse, or just a fun unique mug to sip your favorite hot beverage out of while watching the snow fall outside, and the fire crackle inside. Ok, stepping off my imagery box. ;)

Here’s what you need to make your own mug:

1. White mug (or any color really)

2. Sharpie – here I used gold, but I’ve used black too

3. Oven!

4. Optional stencil. I did not use one for this mug though

Oh, and you can find mugs at the dollar store for a super cheap gift. First I washed and dried the mug well.

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Then I went to town designing and picture and coloring. Oh to be a kid again…

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Once I was satisfied with my design, I put the mug in the over on 200 degrees and baked it for 30 mins. This ensures the sharpie will stay on.

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And voila! You have your own mug you can fill with goodies, or a good cup of tea. Oh! and if you mess up, have no fear, grab yourself a Q-Tip and some rubbing alcohol, just rub off the mistakes and start again! Easy peasy and my kinda simpleness :)

Happy DIY-ing!

Sarahsig

OUR goals for 2014

Well the time has come. Time to buckle down on these resolutions/goals and begin working on them!

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Excited….nervous….hopeful….

Before I share our goals, I just wanted to say, I really hope you made some New Year’s resolutions too! The new year is the perfect time to start fresh, start new, clean, over, etc. What better time to make some new goals for yourself, your family, your kids? I love this time of year for that reason! It’s a time to start brand new!! Can’t wait to see what this year holds for us…..and for you too! ;)

Ok, back to business. Here are a few goals that my hubby and I created to better our finances, family, and fitness in 2014.

For finances, here are our goals:

1. Pay off ALL debt.

We are so close to paying it all off I can taste it! And once we do, it’s STAYING off! From now on it’s our goal to have the money in hand before making a purchase. (with some exceptions like our house lol). We also made it a goal to wait one month before purchasing something. If we decide we want a new couch, wait one month. If Chris wants a new shotgun, we wait one month. If we really want to get Caiden a swing set, we wait at least a month. Are you catching my drift?? :) By waiting at least 4 weeks, it allows us to 1. save up the money, 2. really make sure we want that item (this eliminates impulse buying!) and 3. allows time to see if it goes cheaper, look for coupons, etc. Because who knows, by waiting a month or so we could completely change our mind and realize we don’t even need/want that item anyway. Or could find it a lot cheaper in a month. You just never know.

Ok that one was a weeeee long. Moving on!

2. Stick to our monthly budget – without budging!

There are 3 of us in this family. Two adults and a baby. The rule of thumb that we go buy for groceries is, $100 per family member, per month. That may seem like a lot or a little to you, but this $100 includes food, toiletries, diapers, wipes, cough medicine, coffee filters, anything you buy at a grocery store. So divide that up by 4 weeks in a month, and it’s $75. I keep an envelope in my wallet with a chart on it, 2 columns and 4 rows. Each row gets $75 on the left side and $25 on the right side. This $25 is my “other” budget. (eating out, hair cuts, clothes, etc). Anything that’s not a necessity. Sometimes it’s super easy to stick to $75 for groceries once a week….other times it’s harder. Something that has helped me is meal planning. I use Pinterest, other blogs, and go through my grocer’s ads to see what’s on sale. Then I plan out my meals for that week based on that. I also quit buying junk food. If you don’t have it, you won’t eat it, and you won’t miss it! We also set up Chris’s direct deposit so that $35 goes directly into our savings each week and $10 goes into our slush fund. (smaller savings for smaller “fun” items.)

3. Never shop without my hubby knowing about it. (obviously this ones for me)

I feel like know that if I tell Chris I’m going out, to shop specifically, I won’t spend a lot. Mostly because I know he’ll ask me what I got later that night, and I don’t wanna be like “this, this and this….oh and this.” I know I will feel like I let him down on my part of the budget. But I also tell him because he usually says “Oh what are you going there for? or Oh what do you need to get?” So then I’m like, errrrrr peace of mind?? Haha, kidding. It makes sense. For me, I am an impulse buyer and it didn’t take Chris long to figure that out! So by telling him, it holds me accountable for my expenses and makes me ultimately spend less. and THAT’S THE GOAL!

4. Savings

We want to add to our savings as much as we can this year. It’s our goal to have at least 3 months worth of paychecks in our “Family Emergency Savings” so that God forbid anything happened, and/or Chris lost his job, we’d have enough to live off of for 3 months. It takes discipline to really put every dollar into savings, and not use it for a new pair of shoes. It’s also our goal to start using our “Slush Fund.” We will use this account for smaller things that we’d like to save up for…i.e. a new car, a swing set, an addition to our house, a new shot gun, new camera lens, etc.
By following our first rule of having the money before purchasing, this will allow us to stop taking money from the savings to buy things, and then never putting it back! Little by little we’ll get there.

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So there you have it. Four of our financial goals for 2014! I will be posting some more tips, tricks, and advice all throughout the year. January is going to be my month of recovery, starting new, and getting ahead! You can also follow along with me on my Instagram for more frequent tips, and just how I am “getting ahead!”

It’s kind of scary to be sharing my personal family financial goals with the world. But, in a way it is good because now I have someone to be accountable to! YOU! By telling all of you, I know I will stay on track with my budgeting and keep popping in to share with you how it’s going.

I’d love to hear some of YOUR new year resolutions/goals! Don’t be shy ~ leave a reply!

Didya like that?? ^ little rhyme skills.. ;) Ok, I’m finished now.

HAPPY [STARTING] NEW YEAR!

Sarahsig

“….And a Happy New Year!”

Can you believe it’s 2014 already?!

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Time sure is flying by! I can’t wait to share my ideas with you this coming year. Starting with our family goals for 2014! Really going to try my best to follow through with these New Year’s resolutions!

I’m excited to share with you OUR resolutions and what we are doing to make those goals become a reality! Check back tomorrow for more info on that ;)

Cheers!

Sarahsig

Welcome!

Hiya, thanks for stopping by!  My name is Sarah and I’m addicted to anything D-I-Y! You’ll soon figure that out. :)

I will post more on why I created this blog, but to cut it short, I wanted a way to share my DIY projects, budgeting tips, and so much more. And because I love blogs and I think everyone should read them ;) Maybe I’m a littttle bias.

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