the olive tree

Monday, December 3, 2018

Turkey hands!

Turkey hands are my favorite, I’m going to force them to do these until they move it. 

Looking back through the past years brings me so much joy! Each of their personalities is very dominate in each turkey. Brooklyn’s this year screams her! The torn paper...the attemp to tape it back...and of course pink! Jude has a strong love for Fortnite + math this year. Lyla detest she stopped at gobble (most likely thankful for the turkey itself) and mom + “ban” (aka dad). Then there is Elisabeth...always singing Jesus’s praise. 

I adore this little clan. I have these all for safe keeping and one day I’ll put them all neatly in a book! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Little Adventures + a giveaway!

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush from Smile Br!lliant + a giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Smile Br!lliant but all opinion are my own.

A while back I worked with Smile Brilliant on a teeth whitening campaign, so I was thrilled when they wanted to team up again. This time to review + GIVEAWAY a cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush!

Confession: I don’t love the dentist, but I do love the clean feeling after leaving the dentist. I’ve been able to use this toothbrush for about two weeks now, and it provides just that! That clean after the dentist feeling on a daily basis!!!

Disclaimer: please continue to go to the dentist even if you purchase this toothbrush...the dentist are our friends.

I’m particularly fond of the settings on this electric toothbrush! There are five different settings...clean, white, massage, gum care, and my favorite sensitive! My front two teeth are very sensitive and changing the setting while brushing them is a game changer! 

This toothbrush has soft bristles but packs a powerful cleaning feel! The clean mode really works on areas where plaque may tend to build up. I’ve also noticed, since using this toothbrush, I have way less to floss.


It seems that I can use this toothbrush at least three days before I need to give it a charge. This charges very quickly too!

The cariPRO Ultrasonic offers optimal performance for half the price of a comparable electric toothbrush

Now for the best part of this post! It’s giveaway time! Enter HERE.

Friday, November 16, 2018

5 ways your elderly friends + family can depend on you! Plus, how Sam’s Club can help with all your caregiver needs!

This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure, and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We all know someone who may need a little extra care and assistance. If for some reason you don't, find someone! Help is always needed. We live just down the street from maintenance free villas, filled with numerous elderly friends who could use the extra love, company, and care. Showing someone they can depend on you starts with you! You don't need to have someone living in your home to be a caregiver!

Sam’s Club makes it easy to help you and I, with any caregiver needs we may have.

Sam’s Club offers a variety of items like Depends, Poise, and Ensure. They also offer club pick for items that you may want to be a bit more discreet about, and let’s be honest I, personally love being able to drive right up and have my items ready!  I love the peace of mind Sam’s Club brings, I know exactly what I need can be found there and I know exactly where it can be found. Overall, Sam’s Club makes being a caregiver easier!

I appreciate that Sam’s Club has a pharmacist on duty for any questions or concerns you may have about caregiving. In fact, Sam’s Club entire caregiver program is off the charts amazing!

Once you have all the support + supplies from Sam’s Club you’ll need. You can start working on ways your elderly friends + family can depend on you!

1.) Let them know you’re available. Truly, let them know. If you have an elderly neighbor or relative, reach out. Ask them if there is anything you can do? Offer physical and emotional support.

2.) Create a goodie basket filled up with some of their favorite treats and necessities. You can fill the basket with candy, crossword puzzles, lotion, lip balm, gloves, and more.

3.) Bring a meal. A warm meal will always let them know you care about their well-being. Sam’s Club is also the perfect place to do this! After you’ve picked up all your items to make you an amazing caregiver, pick up an already cooked rotisserie chicken. Add a homemade side, and you’ve got a full meal.

4.) Help with chores around the house. Housework can be a grueling task for anyone, let alone someone who needs a caregiver. Make sure simple everyday task are caught up, as well as some of the harder ones. Chores like changing light bulbs, cleaning baseboards, dusting the fans, and more. Don’t forget about the outdoor chores, like tree trimming, winterizing a house, and so on.

5.) Make sure they have all they need. Make sure their medications are up to date and filled. Make sure they have all the day to day items that will make their day run smoothly. Again, Sam’s Club can help take care of this...from the pharmacy to the food to the household items. The person needing the caregiving can order online and you can pick up and bring it to them! Items like Depends, Poise, Ensure and Glucerna are just a few items the person you’re caregiving make need! These items are all available in bulk and in a convenient location at every Sam’s Club store.

Now that you're armed with ways to help make you an awesome caregiver, head on over to Sam’s Club today and get all that you need!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween 2018

Halloween, I'm always so happy when it's over. I've never liked this Holiday...even as a kid.  I was quite the Halloween Grinch this year. We didn't carve pumpkins ( except with the youth group ), I didn't put up a single Halloween decorations....not a single one, we didn't do a single Halloween craft...and it was lovely lol.I did make them a Halloween lunch filled with an jack-o-lantern orange, Frankenstein jello, ghost cheese stick, and spider sandwich. I should be given mom points becasuse I did take them trick or treating...I also made them give me most of their Reece's as maybe take that mom point away.'s November 2nd...and I'm already listening to Christmas music and preparing to deck the halls! Who's with me?? ?

zoo day recap.

I'm slowly buy surely catching up on blogging. 

This summer...the humidity lifted...and the heat took a break...long enough for us to enjoy free passes to the zoo! kids don't really like the zoo. Our zoo it BIG, and it requires a lot of walking, and I do mean A LOT. Someone is usually hot, thisty, or is just plain D.O.N.E. This trip was no different, but we were able to sneak in some good times before someone had a meltdown. 

This particular trip, it was Brooklyn who ended our day with the animals. The main reason we went to the zoo was to pet stingrays at the new exhibit!I'm not sure who was more excited myself or my children...probably myself. For a $1 you could buy fish and feed the stingrays! The only one brave enough to do it was Jude. Lyla tried...but at the last minute she dropped the slimy treat. We were laughing, ok someone of us were scream laughing out of fear, and petty the stingrays...having a good old time...until the salt water hit poor little Brooke's skinned knees! She tried to hang, but the burning of the salt was just too much for her 3 year old knees to handle. We tried to wash her knees off in the sink...but it was no help. It's a good thing we were able to go to the park and visit the goats, because after the salt water to wound caused such a fuss...we left. 

Despite the rain, we had a great time exploring the zoo with family. 

In other news, I'm still working on getting that land so I can get some goats.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

egg + vinegar experiement.


This was a fun experiment all my children enjoyed and still talk about! This can be done with items you most likely already have in your home!

You only need three things...a glass, and egg, and vinegar.

Simply place the egg in the glass and pour vinegar over the top of it. Sit. Wait. Watch to see what happens.

Take predictions.

In a day or two the shell of the egg should be completely dissolved. 

Why does this happen?

"The acetic acid in vinegar dissolving the shell of an egg by eating away the calcium carbonate, it releases carbon dioxide gas and leaving calcium acetate, which is soluble."

We also used an organic egg and a non-organic egg...and compared the differences...compared how long it took the vinegar to do its thing.