Use it, Love it Tip 1: Bye bye fruit flies!


I have been waging a huge war in my kitchen against tiny, tiny enemies. That’s right, I’m talking about the dreaded fruit fly. You leave one banana straggling behind on the counter and suddenly they are EVERYWHERE. I have tried everything… paper cones stuck in awesome smelling bottles of apple cider vinegar… the oh-so dangerous Dawn dish soap trap. Nothing worked. The fruit flies still buzz around as I’m cooking… I swear one gave me the middle finger, but that’s just how they play- dirty.

So, I am a crazy oil lady, like I use them for everything. From a.m. to p.m. I am using oils like crazy, cleaning the high chair, washing my face, even calming down my crazy dog. So why it never dawned on me that “there’s an oil for that,” I don’t know. However, five drops of Purification and five drops of Lemon in my diffuser had those little guys falling out of the sky… and it smelled terrific in the process. Just another reason to fall in love with the oils from the Premium Starter kit.

Let me know if you are interested in winning the battles in your life, whatever they may be.

Kimberly Seibert
Independent Distributor, Young Living
Member number: 3003525

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Wait- Whose House is This?

Hello there, it has been awhile. I am not going to make excuses about why you haven’t been graced by my internet presence. There is only one reason: my maternity leave ended. Yup, the real world came knocking on my door and wouldn’t you know, it wouldn’t take no for an answer. So I have been “adulting” 24/7 since. If it makes you feel any better, I did miss you all.

Today I am going to write about the great flood 0f 2015. It all started with a frantic cry from the bathroom of “I can’t turn the water off” from my husband. It ended with $20,000 worth of damage to our bathroom, master bedroom, dining room, and living room. That was the day before Thanksgiving. Plumbers, Contractors, Insurance Adjusters, Water Restoration dudes, blah, blah, blah. Adulting at its best.

Fast forward to the week before Christmas when construction finally started… yup, insurance took that long. You don’t know how much you love your husband, two dogs, 11 month old son, 7 fish (that might be five now, rest their souls), and a lizard until you spend 9 days in a small bedroom. So… much… fun. It was like camping… with paint fumes and lots of loud noises.

However, I do not want to dwell on the depressing stuff because my “new house” is FABULOUS. The flood of 2015 gave me a chance to redecorate and blow off some of that pent up stress. I blew off some steam by doing a couple of different projects- I even painted a fabric wingback chair with latex paint (WHAT?!?!- tutorial coming later). As I put the finishing touches on each room I will write a little ditty about my projects. Until then, it is good to be back.


Flood waters rising

Bedroom 1

Bedroom nightmare

bedroom 2

More bedroom Shenanigans

Bedroom 3



Entering the abyss…


Frank to save the day! Seriously, give him a call (904) 525-4349- excellent contractor

Bedroom no decor 2

Hmmm, what to do with these walls…

Bedroom no decor

I’m like a kid in a candy store

Bedroom from Door

A view from the doorway

Bedroom from Door2

Dresser and art

Accessory Wall

My accessory wall

Reading Nook

My book nook

Currently Reading: //“>Drive by Daniel Pink

Currently Diffusing: Stress Away, Joy, and Orange (heavenly!)

Currently Listening To: The lovely sounds of the Detroit Red Wings (just had to ask my hubby if that was one or two words- go hockey!)

Current Craft Project: Getting my Etsy shop up and running

Current Craving: Conversation Hearts (the large ones, not the small ones)

Missing Michigan

Sigh. I miss Michigan. OBVIOUSLY, I miss family and friends.

I also miss the excitement of seeing that first miniscule green bud blooming in the muddy landscape that is a Michigan spring.

I miss the first day of sun, real sun, sun that warms you to the core. That first day where you can wear shorts without a shiver.

I miss the fireflies; looking outside the window to see them flitting through the trees. The first glimpse of that twinkle of light through the trees every summer was like seeing an old friend.

I miss the comfort of pulling a favorite sweater over slightly sunburned skin on a crisp summer night. Sitting around a fire with friends and family and being able to see EVERY star in the sky.

I miss the feel of cold sand between my toes while listening to the waves of Lake Michigan lap at its shores.

I miss stopping by the apple orchard on a fall day. Tart apples, cider, and apple cinnamon donuts fresh from the oven.

I miss driving down the street I grew up on, a tunnel of orange, yellow, and red. A feeling of awe that nature is capable of creating colors so bright.

I miss trudging through the snow… oh, wait- I don’t.

Three seasons of loveliness, one of misery. Skiing? Yuck. Snowshoeing? Bleh. Skating? Meh. I will gaze out the window and wait patiently for that miniscule green bud.

Guilty Pleasure Time- American Idol is On!

As you know from my other posts, I watch American Idol and, no, that does not get easier to say each time. According to my poll from last time you all said Clark was in the lead and it looks like Nick was going home. Join me as I live tweet @SurvivingThe to see if you all were right! I’m on Team Rayvon! Go underdogs!

Handmade Monday: Printable Wisdom

As a former Etsy seller (crafting is an outlet of mine), I have decided to give some Etsy love and highlight an Etsy store every week. This week I am featuring the store “Printable Wisdom.” Shop owner, Ashley, of Houston, Texas creates gorgeous digital printables and even goes the extra mile to customize them to your specifications. Continue reading

May Photo Challenge: 5/4/15-5/10/15

May Photo Challenge Week One

Does anyone else have this issue: you carry your phone (which is essentially a camera) around with you all day, but you don’t take pictures? I have found that I take less pictures since I have my smart phone, rather than when I carried a digital camera, or even a disposable camera (I know, I am dating myself now).

I challenge you to take a picture every day this month. I will be completing this challenge along with you. It is simple, I will give you a word or concept and you will take a picture that you think relates and share it via my Instagram or Facebook page (directions below). I am looking forward to seeing the world through your eyes this week!

Monday, May 4th: morning routine
Tuesday, May 5th: something that grows
Wednesday, May 6th: green
Thursday, May 7th: starts with the letter “A”
Friday, May 8th: guilty pleasure
Saturday, May 9th: before and after
Sunday, May 10th: extreme close-up

Please make sure your pictures are appropriate 🙂

To post via Facebook, visit my page and like my page. I will post my photo on the page, please look for this post and upload your photo to the comments.

To post via Instagram tag your photo with #survivingthemundanemayphotos.

I’m looking forward to seeing your photos!

May: What Inspires You?

This month I am inspired by…

… my mother (in honor of upcoming Mother’s Day). She is hands down one of the strongest women I know.

… the ocean, even though I seldom visit, when I do it is awe-inspiring and centering.

… minimalism and how slowly letting go of material goods is so freeing.

What is inspiring you this month?