Mm-mm-mm Monday: Lemon-y Peas | Love

It’s summer, so I’ve been terribly derelict in my blogging duties. That said, we’re rounding the corner, and I’m excited to get back into a routine (the whole family is). That’s just the way my family thrives.

So, to jump start that “routine” mindset, I’ve decided to present a recipe, along with its source, every Monday. I don’t know about you, but on Monday’s, I need all the nudges, hacks, and breaks I can get.

Sometimes it will be MY recipe, sometimes it will come from elsewhere, but always something I’ve tried.

Who doesn’t love PEAS? Especially when presented alongside this adorable, retro graphic from Good Housekeeping of yore (scroll past the Giant to get to the good one.)?!


Source: Jolly Green Giant Image


Here’s a yummy side dish to serve with a very basic main dish–be it deli sandwiches, on top of a chicken salad, or with a veggie burger:

Side note: this recipe calls for Lemon Vitality oil–and that certainly provide the most flavor per drop–but you could certainly use 2-3 Tbsp. lemon juice concentrate from the store, which I have also done! 


Safer Than Safe: Thieves and… SCIENCE! | Love & Oils & Humor

If you know me, (and you very well may not) you know two things:

I want our home to be as safe for our kids as possible, by reducing the amount of toxic sludge in and around their little bodies–AND–I don’t peddle bull chips.


The second is so true it’s been a bone of contention at some point in almost all my relationships, if I’m being honest. Turns out, most folks like a little dishonesty buffer in their lives! Who knew? #ThingsImWorkingOn …

So, I’m incredibly stoked to discover that when it comes to Thieves products, there is #TRUTH in advertising. Turns out, the good Lord above DID grant us the ability to clean ourselves and our homes without poison! #Winning #PlantJuice

This lady, Kirsten, (below), has done some incredible sleuthing for the restCheerfullyimperfect.com_-683x1024 of us on her blog site, “Cheerfully Imperfect.”  (And, she IS cheerful; oh, my)!

She goes through it ALL, y’all. The cleaner, the spray, the sanitizer, the laundry detergent, the dish detergent, the soap, the toothpaste, and on and on. Didn’t know there WERE that many Thieves products? Oh, my dear, there are. Check ’em out here.


Take a gander. She truly lays out the safety concerns one might have, thoroughly. Even folks who aren’t “oily” should look into Thieves products. The way these products can create a safe haven in the home–which we all crave–is incredible. #SmellsLikeChristmas


The detox can start right away with a whole Thieves kit. Swapping is easy! Gotta get some Thieves in your life (and crud out)? Give me a holler and/or try it out on your own with this info.


Longer Than… I Have Patience for Teen Drivers… Dan Folgerberg Version| Humor

In “News of the Dumbest Thing I’ve Seen in a While,” picture it: Kroger’s stoooopid parking lot, 7p.
Trying to go left from the stop sign next to the structure, appropriately. Stuck, because a girl who appears to be all of 16 in a crappy, boxy, little black something, is waiting on someone to back out of their (Driver) spot.
Mind you, there are at least 5 other spots she could go, but NO, her teenage behind would have to scoot a whole other 15-20 feet, max.
While I’m sitting there, rage building, (because Driver is taking her sweet, sweet time backing out… seemed to be struggling with the combination of her… well, she was just struggling with the seatbelt. Also, she just doesn’t care, with her 20 kids. I wouldn’t, either), I spot the bumper sticker on the back of Teenager’s car.
It says: Bumper to bumper, nut to nut, get off my a– you stupid sl–!
Now, I was about *thisclose* to rolling down my window and telling her to stop being a lazy slob, holding up the rest of humanity, lest she want to look and feel like Driver in 15 years, but I sniffed my Peace and Calming, cranked up Dan Folgerberg’s “Longer,” (don’t you DARE judge me–and yes, this whole thing was taking THAT long–also, you’re welcome for the link to this glorious bit of… glory), and glanced at Teenager’s face just long enough to catch my glorious, shining moment of schadenfreude…
As traffic was piling up behind us, people started honking, and her face turned beet red, her eyebrows raised in the middle–oh, yes, she was two seconds from crying. Little Miss “Get off my A–” was about to cry.
Besides the obvious, I find this hilarious because as a teenager, I would NEVER have had something like that on my car. WHY? Because my parents weren’t idiots! Duh. Also, because while I totally would have been honking at Driver (actual chutzpah), because I *was* an idiot, I wasn’t the kind that announced my foul, teenage stupidity on my bumper.
Also, I would have just parked (even after honking) when people started piling up.I did have these bumper stickers, that key chain, and that most hot-rockin’ car, except it was white:
ANYWAY, somebody in a Dodge finally backed out, she never got her spot, and I hope she burst into tears. There, I said it.
Oh, and if you know this little genius, smack her and pray for her for me. She needs both verbs desperately.

Non-Toxic Home : Why? | LOVE


Our environment, and much of our food is increasingly toxic. Certainly, some of these numbers have increased due to more awareness, and better diagnoses.

The spike cannot be explained by the aforementioned alone, however. I was born in the Carter/Reagan Era, and I never even heard of a peanut allergy until I was in high school. If you’re over the age of 40, had you?

I keep my home as non-toxic as possible through buying minimally processed foods and YL products (bath, oral, cleaning products and oils), not because I’m a hippie weirdo, not because I’m a snob, but because my friends and family have almost all been personally affected by one or more of the above issues. We were healthy kids. We took/take care of ourselves reasonably, and perhaps obsessively during our pregnancies.

We can’t control the environment outside of our home, but we can make the environment inside our walls so much healthier. Why do I share YL products? Because I’m concerned, not just for me and mine, but for you and yours. No child should have to suffer.

Floral Rejuvenation & Spring Cleaning| Love & Oils & Art. Ish.

A posted a fóto of these beauties several days ago, and they’re still going strong! My secret? Purification oil. 

Not only does it smell amazing, keep warm weather biting critters at bay, and purify the air and surfaces, yes, it helps sustain cut flowers, as well. 

I’m constantly amazed what these little bottles of plant juice have done and continue to do for my family. But Purification and Thieves? They rank right at the top, because they are the safest way to keep the our home–furniture, carpet, dishes, laundry, even teeth and flowers (!) so fresh and so clean-clean 😁. 

This graphic of ways to get the toxins out of Spring Cleaning this years? Totes amazeballs. And, there’s even more where that comes from… 

Cankerasaurus, Pt. Deux

Real life testimonial:

Oldest son had a dental appointment this week, for which he was numbed-up. Lo, and behold, by today, he was complaining of these “odd, foreign” craters in his mouth.

And, I laaaauughed… not because I was experiencing some weird form of schadenfreud, but because I am so familiar with this post-dental (post-hormonal, post-younameit) phenomenon, and he’s managed to go over 14 years without having said experience.

Also, while I can’t cure it, per se, I do know how to numb and disinfect it with a couple of items already in our cabinet: Clove and Frankincense (Vitality, in this case, because the drops were going in the mouth).


Clove and clove oil are long-established discomfort-shifters in the dental community. When I got dry-rot after having my wisdom teeth out, what did the dentist pack my gums with? Clove.

As far as Frank, it has been show in studies to have anti-inflammatory properties. And, trust me, the cankerasaurus is indeed inflamed.

Going forward, he’ll be brushing with Thieves toothpaste (containing clove, peppermint, nothing artificial, and no flouride, and he gets to take Thieves Spray with him to school (nice to have on hand for yucky school surfaces, anyway, but also good to give a quick spray for fresh breath, and some “clove touch-up.”