Brain Dump

You know, there are weeks around here that nothing happens. We get into this lull and I almost start to wonder, “Is this it? Nothing exciting will ever happen again?”

I tend to be very realistic in my thinking – obviously.

Then weeks happen like these past 2ish – where all the things happen at one time and I’m left thinking, “I haven’t blogged in a week and now I have so much to write about and WHERE DO I BEGIN?”

So I’ll just begin:

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What on Earth is Oil Pulling? Steps and Benefits Explained

You may have heard of the newest health craze of oil pulling and its benefits. I’ve seen it on Facebook several times, and never had any idea what it was.

It sounded like something you did for Exxon.

what is oil pulling

Turns out, oil pulling is actually something you do for the health of your mouth and teeth. I use coconut oil cleansing for my skin at night, and oil balances oil. So  that same thought applies here, oil pulling goes through plaque and removes toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.

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All The Things

Let’s catch up, shall we?

Sometimes I feel stretched a bit thin. I write for other places and there is a little voice that says, “But I want this on my own blog.”

I have to remember that sharing my words and what God has given me to other places besides here is a blessing, a fulfillment, and a way for others to connect that might have a similar story. It’s also led to possibilities I would have never imagined.

Yet still, this little space is truly the freest place I can be.

Freeist? Freest?

Why do all those look wrong?

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset I’m sitting at Starbucks, and it’s chilly today. Not chilly like some of you with your -12* and all O_o but still. Chilly-ish. I’ve spilled coffee on my laptop and ordered a very messy croissant thing, so basically I look like a huge slob right now. [Read more...]

Swiffer Sweep & Trap: For Big and Small Life Messes


Swiffer Sweep & Trap Review
Last fall, we moved to a home with almost all tile on the floors. I wasn’t sure how this would work at first, being a lover of my vacuuming and seeing those darling lines on the carpet.

::nerd alert::

In the  months that have passed, we’ve grown to love having tile more than carpet. In fact, we both agree that if at all possible, we’ll never go back to a home with mostly carpet again. It’s so easy to clean and care for, and makes cleaning up after the pets and Bella a breeze. The only thing I wished was that I didn’t have to lug the tile vacuum (there is such a thing) in and out for every mess. The dust buster was too small. The broom brushed it all over.

When Swiffer launched their new Sweep & Trap at Target, I was curious to see if it would be the answer to the small, nonstop messes I cleaned up throughout the day. I’ve given it a try for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think:



  • SUPER lightweight. Bella uses it with ease.
  • It stores nearly anywhere because of it’s size.
  • It not only cleans up the mess without power or batteries, but the cloth behind the sweeper picks up any dust/crumbs left behind.
  • Uses the same dry cloths as the Swiffer Sweeper.
  • Rotating blades and dirt bin are easily removed for cleaning and just as easy to reattach.
  • Rotating blades are soft so they won’t scratch your hardwood floors.


  • It only works moving forward, not backward. After a vacuum that took a little getting used to.
  • The design isn’t meant to get into corners.

How it works:

The Swiffer Sweep & Trap uses rotating blades to pick up large particles and flicks them into a dirt bin while the attached Swiffer Sweeper dry cloth traps dirt, dust and hair that brooms can leave behind. This innovative combination cleans up big and small messes in a single swipe, so you can embrace life’s little messes. It’s only intended for dry pick-up on hard floor surfaces.


Right now, you can get $2 off of a Swiffer Sweep & Trap starter kit at by going to and entering coupon code TGTBBAGU. Offer is only valid through 2/28/14 at so hurry!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I wonder.


I wonder what these next few years hold for us.

Not worry.

Not much of that anymore. I seem to have had the anxiety about certain things taken right out of me after Kaden died.

I simply wonder.

Where will we move to? Or will we? Part of me wants a new adventure. Part of me wants to just stay here.

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