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Get Clued In’s Year in Review- 2015

Last year‘s review was a personal inventory into life, time management, and learning the technique of lowering stress.  2015 brought a lot of change in the fourth quarter, with health and wellness leading the way as we go into 2016.  We didn’t travel as much as past years, but we did a lot of fun family activities including our first family cruise on Disney Cruise Lines!  I would say the theme for 2015 for Get Clued In is continuing to balance family, work, and life.  I am also trying to introduce wellness and health with essential oils, and more natural eating towards the end of the year.  I am so grateful for all that we have and another year with you all!

Here are my top posts for 2015, not necessarily because of traffic to the site, but because I enjoyed writing them and sharing with you and some of them did receive more traffic and attention than others.

  1.  Milestones & Memories – Princess Party Fun! We hosted a big birthday at our home for our little princess who is not so little anymore.  She turned 6!  It was a cold, snowy February day and we were sure everyone would cancel, but no, alas, we live in Colorado where people run in 6 feet of snow!  More people showed up than RSVP’ed because let’s face it, what else can children do when they are trapped at home on cold, snowy days in Colorado?  It was crowded, it was insane, but it was fun, and hailed by our little princess as “the best party ever!”
  2. Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream- Top 20 Tips for First Timers- We loved our first cruise as a family, and sailing Disney is like none other.  It’s quite a treat to travel or do anything with Disney.  The pictures of this post say it all.  It was our parents’ 70th birthday, and we had our whole family together.  It was quite the treat.  We had a blast and cannot wait until our next sail date.  It was the only family trip we were able to squeeze in this year, with no phones, or emails, so I have to say it was quite special.
  3. Am I cheating?  This post was hilarious to write, fun and honestly, got a ton of traffic. All you people love reality TV and a good scandal even when there is none.  It explains why Trump is leading the GOP side of things too — we all love drama and can’t stop reading/watching/hearing it.  Anyway, politics aside, I am glad I got your attention.  This post is awesome!
  4. Sherlock Holmes in Denver– The Game is Afoot!  I got the privilege to blog for Mile High Mamas and go on a murder mystery through The Denver Museum of Nature and Science at the Sherlock exhibit.  We had a great time and enjoyed the evening of mystery and solving crimes.  I had a lot of fun writing this post too, so it made the Year in Review.
  5. My Top 10 Oils – There’s an oil for that!  Honestly, all my essential oils posts are in this Year in Review and you can read about them at my ESSENTIAL OILS tab from my home page but they have helped so much this year.  Last year, I was sick nearly every month with something new, something extreme.  While I say these do not substitute for medical treatment, I know they have helped me and my family this past year for wellness, symptom relief, and just over all feeling great!   Other top posts are my DIY Body Wash and DIY deodorant, naturally.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2016!

Postscript:  As the clock hits midnite here in Florida, I raise my glass for one big toast to you, my neighbors and dear friends affectionately entitled, K***e Krazy.  This past year we were so thankful for you, and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.  Our hearts are full with how much love, care, and affection we all have for one another, and not just with words, but with actions. This Year in Review is dedicated to you, Krazy bunch :-)  Happy New Year and so many more to come with you all.

 

 

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DIY Body Wash with essential oils

12316477_538814376294034_848166178647251610_nI absolutely love the Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Body wash, and decided to try it myself.  I made two different batches and happy to report, it smells and feels great when I use this body wash with a loofah.

INGREDIENTS:  Pure Coconut Oil (you can get it at your local grocery store), Vitamin E oil (can get at local grocery store, or health food store), Raw Honey (can get at health food store or amazon), essential oils (see below- you can get them from me or become a wholesale member with Young Living), and Castile Soap (grocery store, health food store, or online).  I use the Baby Unscented Castile Soap because I do not want hemp in mine.

IMG_0007 (1)HOW TO MAKE IT:  I used 1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted over a double boiler). 1/4 cup of raw honey (stir it into the melted coconut oil and keep melting it), add in 1 tsp of Vitamin E, and all your essential oils.  It will look like the jar does (see picture on right) and it looks separated. I used 2/3 cup castile soap and poured that into my empty bottle. I added my warm mixture into this and it mixed in well once I poured it and it hardened.  For me, I love Eucalyptus Spearmint from the Bath and Body Works collection, so I recreated it.  I added 12 drops of Eucalyptus and 9 of Spearmint and it smelled great.  I used an old castile soap bottle I had, but if you are going to use citrus oils, I recommend a glass bottle because citrus can break down some plastics. Update: I recently added a teaspoon of almond oil too and it really softens my skin. Loved it!!

IMG_0008Shake before each use, pour onto a loofah or into your hands and enjoy!  So relaxing!  And remember, you can vary up the essential oils you add – you can do Ginger, Orange combination, lavender and chamomile oil blend, or whatever you love to smell and diffuse.

 

*Disclaimer:  These statements are not FDA approved.  The statements made here are my own and not attributed to young living.  The experiences are real, and my own.  I received no compensation for this or other posts on essential oils.  I am a distributor of these products because I believe in them.

**If you want pure essential oils for this and other great things, don’t forget to read all my posts on Essential Oils, and get started on the starter kit.  It is a life-changing journey.

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The Game is Afoot at the DMNS #SherlockinDenver

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*Please note: This article was written as a guest post for Mile High Mamas, and is posted here.  For Denver activities and more, check out their website.

221B  Baker Street has been transported to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from now until January 31, 2016.  This interactive international exhibit has several parts, but starts with the history of this character and and includes a replica underground train station (circa 1895) where you can receive detective’s notebooks (available in English and Spanish), and go station to station to learn about the different techniques and aspects for solving crimes.  At each station, you stamp your detective notebook or receive a decoder (read the instructions or ask for help), because each station is different.

Gathering techniques and punches in your book
Gathering techniques and punches in your book

At the end of the station, you get a special decoded message from Sherlock Holmes that tells you what to do next. The game is definitely afoot, as you examine a crime in a Victorian-era home, stamp your book so you can take clues with you and then walk the streets of London to gather clues. At each of the final stations, you analyze all the evidence with hands-on interactive stations.  Thegameisafoot

The various stations, include a sitting room at 221B Baker Street, depicting the very room where Dr. Watson and Sherlock discussed cases.  The various stations make it fun for adults and children alike to enjoy solving a case and exploring the concept that “things are not always what they seem!”

crime scene
crime scene

Be prepared for some fun, interaction, and a whole lot of Sherlock Holmes.  If you love a mystery and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creations, you will definitely enjoy this exhibit at the DMNS.  But, be careful and observe every detail, because “to a great mind, nothing is little.”

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Analyzing the evidence

 

A few things of note for this exhibit specifically:

  • You can take strollers, photos, but no flash photos, please.
  • Admission to this exhibit is extra, even for members.  But, special member discounts apply. 
  • Some of the content is not suitable for kids under age 10.  It depends on the child and what they can handle.  It’s a murder and analysis of evidence from a scene.
  • It is a complicated exhibited, so ask for help.  Plenty of amazing volunteers and staff are there to assist.
  • Attend on less busier days if you can, so you can truly enjoy this exhibit. Crowds make this exhibit tougher to enjoy/use.
  • It is open daily, except for Christmas day, December 25.

For more information, visit International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

*Disclaimer: I wrote this piece for DMNS and Mile High Mamas as a guest blogger.  I received compensation in the form of free admission for my family.  The information and any opinions posted here are my own.

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Paper Planes movie review

paperplanes2We reviewed the movie, Paper Planes, and it was a treat!  This uplifting family film, starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Wrath of the Titans) and Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), just received the Common Sense “Great for Families” Seal of Approval for kids 10+ and called it “an inspired look at what creativity really means, and what winning ought to be about”. You can read another review for the movie here and see others’ reviews. You can read all about the movie, what it is about, and based on below (see more).

The movie is set in Australia, produced by Entertainment one, and on the review version we received, we could not turn captions on, so if you watch this movie, I highly recommend captions for the kids.  Sometimes it is hard to make out words even when it’s English – British and Australian accents are tough for kiddos to make out at times.  The recommended age for kids watching this movie is 10 and older, but I think 7 and up (based on maturity) is fine too.

paperplanesMy girls were just making paper planes and flying them today to see how high theirs would go.  Inspired by the movie, they love making creations and seeing how high and how far theirs can go. They both liked the movie, but the kids under age 7 were getting distracted easily – the movie is inspiring, but if your attention span is short, you may not stay engaged.  I would definitely recommend this for kids, ages 7 and up.  Our 5 and 6 year-old kids in attendance started running off and playing 30 minutes into the film.  We had 5 kids in attendance at our screening of differing ages.

Great movie, inspirational, and only 96 minutes long. I loved the actors, even the child antagonist. It is a good movie,with many lessons to be learned – it will make your eyes water, and it’s a unique concept – paper planes, you can get it on DVD now.

*Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of the movie for an honest review of this film.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Brick Fest Live is coming Aug 28-30 to the Denver Merchandise Mart

bfl-denver-120x90Do you love Lego bricks as much as we do?  Then don’t miss this!  Brick Fest Live is coming to the Denver Merchandise Mart August 28-30.  Get inspired, educated and entertained with LEGO bricks!  Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at the Brick Fest Live.  Save $2 with code:  DENFAMGUIDE, or http://www.coloradokids.com/coupon.php?id=23051018 #brickfestlive  brickfest2index

Come and build with us!

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