"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bake Recipe!

3 cups dry oats (quick oats, old fashioned or gluten free)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (or raisins)

Combine butter, brown sugar and eggs.  Mix well.
Add remaining ingredients, mix and pour in a greased baking dish.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, serve warm (but cold works too!!)


Saturday, March 5, 2016

If I were a "hardcore prepper-type", I'd seriously be stockpiling these two oils (among others!) - because if I ever ran out of them, it really WOULD be the end of the world!!

A few nights ago, I had the start of a sore throat.  Usually one or two sprays of my homemade "Thieves Spray" stops it dead in its tracks.  On this occasion though, I noticed that my trusty Thieves spray didn't work its usual magic.  And, I didn't just have "slightly scratchy and a little bit sore" going on in the back of my throat.  I had that burning lump of fireball down low in your throat, when you try to swallow it away, but it persists . . . the kind that narrows its eyes, clenches its fists and threatens to take you down for several days.  I was actually a little bit worried!  Enter my trusty "heavy hitter" Oregano oil.  I put 4-5 drops in a capsule, with a little bit of coconut oil, swallowed it with some water and went to bed.  In the morning, I was good as new! . . . and in fact, had completely forgotten that I'd ever been concerned.  Yay oils!

Essential oils never cease to amaze me!  Thieves, in particular, has a very fun history.  You can read more about it at my oily website www.yldist.com/lisagrenier.  You can research Oregano oil online or ask me for more information.  I am almost ALWAYS happy to talk about my beloved essential oils, just ask!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Work night at youth group

I am SO incredibly thankful for our church!  If you read our Christmas letter, you know that our sweet little church closed at the end of 2015 and we approached 2016 needing to find a new church home.  We are SO thankful for the nearly seamless transition we have enjoyed moving over to New Covenant Church in Larkspur.  It is literally a stone's throw from our house, but we have never actually attended church there in all these years.  I'm sure I will be doing another post at some point in time about it, but for now, suffice it to say that we are utterly grateful for this body of believers.

Some pix from a recent 'work night' at youth group and an action shot of the youth worship 'band' practicing ~ they are awesome! I think they had as much fun with the "ghost busters style" vacuum than they did anything! Silly boys!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sweet Samuel is Eleven!!

Our sweet, Star Wars loving Samuel turned 11 yesterday!  We have enjoyed having some friends over for a sleepover/celebration.  I have also learned that everything takes a LOT longer when you have no clue what you are doing (such as this cake!).  R2D2 is semi-recognizable, Chewbacca, not as much.  But, Sam was gracious on both accounts!  So thankful for this boy!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

FIVE days! . . . and 49+ reasons you might not have thought of!

There are just 5 days left to grab a Young Living starter kit for 10% off!!

The kit includes 11 of the most wonderful oils on the planet, an awesome diffuser, several samples, wholesale pricing on any future orders, direct access to me!!, a private network of help/ideas AND best of all, NO ongoing commitment or strings attached! . . . WHAT are you waiting for???

Leap before midnight on Feb 29th and you'll also get an additional $25 cash back gift from me ON TOP OF the sale price! (when you sign up as a wholesale member with a starter kit). This is like stacking discounts at Kohls - only better!

Do you realize that breaks down to LESS THAN $12 per bottle of oil (tax and shipping INCLUDED!) with several samples AND a 3-in-1 diffuser/humidifier/atomizer (an $83 value alone) essentially tossed in for . . . free!??? One of those oils is Thieves (which kills 99.996% of all airborne pathogens and bacteria after just 20 minutes in the diffuser . . . another of those is FRANKINCENSE - which nearly walks on water . . . do you KNOW how much Frankincense costs??!!).  They gave this oil to baby Jesus, people! WOW!

No one, NO ONE, in their right mind can turn that down! (sorry, but it's true!). Young Living produces the finest quality oils 'out there' (for the past 20+ years). If you've ever wanted to dip your toes in the world of essential oils and find out what all the fuss is about, NOW is the time! Each bottle contains 85-100 drops of oil, so this collection gets you around 900 drops. Oils are extremely concentrated and a typical application is 1-4 drops, so the starter kit will last you awhile. They will certainly last you long enough to play around, experiment on your family, fall madly in love with their oily goodness and wonder what you EVER did before you knew about oils.

Best of all, you will not be going into using these oils blind.  You will gain immediate access to an exclusive oil group that will really help make your jump into oils easy and enjoyable. It's the same group I started with almost 2 years ago (except now it has about 50K people in it)

Just in case you are STILL confused and you think that I'm trying to sell you expensive oils that you really don't believe you'd ever use . . . here is a short list of things that people are using essential oils for:

runny noses
sore throats
skin care
sore muscles
sugar cravings
appetite control
warts/skin tags
bloody noses
ear infections
fighting infection
pain relief
stress reduction
first aid
sinus drainage
hot flashes
menstrual cramps
tummy troubles
restless legs
hormone balance
hair growth
toenail fungus!
allergy relief
diaper rash
room deodorizing
bug spray
general disinfecting
soap making
lotion making
candle making

and this is NOT even an exhaustive list!  Really, the possibilities are endless!

Contact me! or go to www.yldist.com/lisagrenier for more information . . . OR don't. and run the risk of kicking yourself later (as you try to figure out WHAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN THINKING when you passed up this offer!).  You've been warned, lol!.

P.S. - You don't even HAVE to become a "half crazed, oil-obsessed, take them with you everywhere, junkie" to benefit from this collection of oils! . . . but no one will hold it against you if you do!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Lessons learned recently

(photo credit: the beautiful and talented Emily!)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Yay for baby step home improvements!

The boys helped pull up the old, gross kitchen floor earlier in the day and Kevin spent the rest of the afternoon replacing it.  He did a great job and it looks really nice!  The old one was beyond pathetic - coming up all around the edges, big gouges and holes in the middle of it.  It's SO nice to not catch your feet on the floor when you walk across it! It's the little things!!  We're also working, one section at a time, on painting some walls, doors, cabinets, etc. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do for an old house.  Yay for a built in work crew (& their friends!)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sixteen and a half!

We got to take this beautiful girl out for her half birthday celebration recently.  She chose a scenic spot (Garden of the Gods in CO Springs) where we could hike around in the cold and she could take some fabulous pictures -- she has SUCH an eye for photography!  We also squeezed in a DQ stop and ended the evening at one of her favorite restaurants, Red Robin.

We are so thankful to be the parents of such a wonderful young lady!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

This boy!!

There is NO denying that this is my kid! (especially if you knew me 20+ years ago!).  Levi swept off the little porch-like stoop out back and is outside, barefoot, in his shorts, hot chocolate in hand, enjoying the fresh snow that fell overnight!  He is just as crazy as his mama!  Love him!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

I love my nifty gummy bear mold for making homemade Thieves drops!  Great for soothing a sore throat, quieting a cough or just for an immunity boost. Essential oils are SOOOO versatile!  The possibilities are nearly endless.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A year ago was a very dark day for us ~ our brand new puppy's eye had been seriously injured the day before.  As we left our follow up appointment at the animal hospital, cradling her tiny body, we were told there was little hope for her eye.  We were strongly encouraged to schedule surgery right away to have it removed.  I've posted before about my stubbornness and utter refusal to settle for that prognosis ~ and my decision to go against their advice and try my oils on her . . . and more importantly to wait - and continue praying for God to heal her (rather than give up so quickly).

As you can see in the top right picture, things got much worse before they got better. BUT, God has been so kind to restore her eye almost completely since that time.

This little stinker of a puppy has been such a GIFT over the past year! She is sweet, scruffy, super snuggly, semi-psychotic (!) and oh, so smart. I KNOW that she would have been just as wonderful (and just as loved) if she had ended up losing her eye . . . but what an incredible blessing to look into her precious little face, day after day, and be reminded of God's faithfulness and healing power.

I don't even pretend to understand all they ways of God (and I know, all too well, that many a child, parent, spouse or other loved one, has died when that same God COULD have healed them . . . but for whatever reason chose not to). What I DO know is that in my own little world, where something seemingly insignificant, carried the emotional weight of a mountain, God stepped in and showed His mercy. Perhaps, He even chose to heal her JUST so that I could have an obvious, tangible (and daily) reminder that HE CAN! I'll never know the reason, but I am so thankful He did.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Our silly Samuel!

This boy cracks me up!  I found this taped up on the shelf next to his school supplies.  Oh, to be ten again!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

We started out our New Year with the dismantling of our broken futon and the (VERY) enthusiastic demolition of our yucky, old couch.  The boys LOVED that part!  We splurged on a much needed, new (to us) sectional sofa.  $200 on Craigslist.  Probably the most money we've ever spent on a piece of furniture in our 20+ years together.  New furniture has obviously never been a 'value' of ours (although maybe it ought to be!).  The rest of the day was spent rearranging our living room.  Happy!

Monday, December 28, 2015


My son just brought me a dish of cold, purple, yumminess!  It's got the consistency of a Frosty, but is made from fruits and vegetables (& a little milk too).  He even hid some broccoli and kale in there! Sweet Mr. Ninja (blender), where have you been all my life?!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Three Dog Night!

Good job Emily and Kevin managing to get them all cooperating and facing the camera in the same picture - thank you!!!  I've been wanting a picture of all three together for months!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve!

Candlelight church service, fondue dinner, a few Christmas Eve gifts, family game time & The Veggie Tales "Toy That Saved Christmas" . . . I love Christmas Eve!! (tomorrow is our sweet puppy's 'Gotcha Day' - she was SO little!  Thank you Jesus for the best gift of all so long ago in Bethlehem.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Star Wars!!!!!

They really DID wait in line 5+ hours for a movie (but this is not just 'any old movie', this is Star Wars!!).  Anna and I didn't even go to the movie, we just went for the mall!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Twenty-two years ago I was a twenty-two year old, walking down the aisle to that mysterious place where two arrive and one leaves.  Where butterflies abound, where far more than your name gets changed, where dreams soar, joy overflows and truth be told ~ you know scarcely little of what you are stepping into.

At that time, I was absolutely certain of God's faithfulness.

Today, I am even more so.

I've now been married for approximately half of my life.  I am so thankful for a husband who has been willing to stand behind the words "in joy and in sorrow, in plenty and in want, in all of the circumstances of life, I commit myself to you". He has done so with patience and kindness, over and over (and over!) again ~ many moments when it wasn't returned to him. 

There has been much laughter, great joy and sweet memories.  But, as it turns out, marriage isn't easy. Life is hard, families are complex, we often don't treat those we love the most the way that we want to. The scenario in the book of Romans is ever near ("I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do"). Sometimes we are blessed beyond measure, and other times our expectations are simply not met.  

On countless occasions, it might have been easier for him to walk away - but that isn't who he is. That option was eliminated when he held my hands, looked in my eyes and uttered those words.  

He meant them. 

I meant them.

 . . . and that has made all of the difference.

Thank you, Kevin, for being the man I always dreamed of walking through life with.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

The things that I hear at my house! . . .

"Hey mom!, I haven't had a clumsy accident in a couple of days ~ like when I was dancing backwards in the kitchen and tripped over the dishwasher, throwing my corn (on the cob) against the wall!"

Handsome boys

These two are utterly silly, but they 'clean up nice'!  Heading out for the school dance (hosted by our enrichment program).  Truth be told, they only went for the food!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Love my Thieves Oil!

I am constantly amazed at the results of studies on Thieves oil!

I stole this from a friend on Facebook.  Here is Katelyn Watson's testimony:
I am in a microbiology class and we had to take two plates home. One SDA plate and one NA plate. We had to open them up for 30 min every other day for four days. Well, this is what is growing on mine! This is in the air that we breathe everyday, we have different types of mold spores, bacteria growing. The mold spores here, found in the air, can trigger allergies and cause upper respiratory infections if they have a food source to grow on. I asked my teacher if I could have two more plates to repeat the experiment. I did the very same thing again except I added five drops of thieves to the plate. I had it in the same area of the house for the exact same amount of time. NO GROWTH! I am so excited to show my teacher this tomorrow. She was very interested if the Thieves would actually kill the fungus and bacteria so it could not grow and reproduce. These oils are 100% pure goodness.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

San Francisco ~ short, but sweet

Toes in the sand, time together, long lost friends, Breathtaking.  Beautiful. Short but sweet.  So thankful for a quick surprise escape to San Francisco!