Grandparents Day Bookmark & Card

Grandparents Day


September 7th is Grandparents Day! My girls are so lucky to have three wonderful Grandparents here on earth and one in heaven watching over them.

We always try to do something special to honor them and this year all three girls got involved in the crafting.

The little one created these super cute book marks that came in Septembers Funshine Express Kit.


The olders drew pictures of themselves with their grandparent/s on the card I made. Grab your free grandparents day card here!



Don’t forget to honor your special loved ones this year!



Essential Oil Vapor Rub



This week has been full of coughing and hacking her at The Hoggatt Homeschool. Somehow 2 of the kiddos got THE BUG! So far I have been able to avoid it but I know that it is coming…

To help with the tight chests and coughing episodes I mixed up our first EO vapor rub batch of the year. I thought I would share the concoction with you while you still have some time to get it into your stock up before winter and the real ickies hit.

Here is the how to…

In about 1/2 cup coconut oil place 20 drops of Thyme (or rosemary), 20 drops of Eucalyptus, 10 drops of Peppermint, and 10 drops of Thieves.

Mix and store in container. Stir gentle (I just swirl the container) before each use!

Apply to chest, back and feet!



Also try Thieves tea for a sore throat remedy!

Sore throat or cough remedy…Add 2-3 drops Thieves + 1 drop Lemon and 2 T. warm water. Gargle or drink as a tea. 

Cranberry & Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins



Believe it or not even with the hot temperatures fall is right around the corner! I always find myself dreaming about the cool crisp air, the sound of leaves crunching under foot, and the smell of fall about this time every year. School is back in session and the schedule is starting to form. I’m canning the last of the summer produce and preparing for the winter ahead. Kinda like a squirrel hiding nuts so it can have a memory of something not bitter cold with the taste of something fresh. haha

I had to cave in and make my first batch of pumpkin something a few weeks ago. You know the temptation to cheat and try and encourage fall to come a little faster by making something fallish!

Here is the recipe that I made…

Cranberry & Pumpkin Carrot Cake Muffins

Ingredients: There is only 3…Yes it really is that easy!!!

1 Boxed Carrot Cake Mix

1 sm can of 100% pumpkin

1 6oz pkg of dried cranberries




Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin tin by spraying lightly with non-stick spray or use muffin liners.

Mix all ingredients in large bowl until well combined.


Scoop into muffin tins until about 3/4 full. Smooth tops.


Bake for 14-16 minutes or until baked through. Cool on wire rack before removing from tin.