Against The Grain


My Second First Date With My Husband and The Things We So Often Forget

I knew my husband was planning to take me on a date tonight but I had no idea what we are doing. I knew that we would have to take separate cars so that had me baffled! Then around 10 am today, he sends me a text.

“Hey, I’m wondering if we can finally meet tonight. I love talking to you on the phone but want to take it to the next level so bad. I was thinking that if you come pick me up at


I turned for one second and…Gorilla Shot Dead at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child falls into the enclosure!

Can we just talk about the dead Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo for a minute?

I LOVE animals. I have to many animals actually because I love them so much. However, I love my kids more than my animals, I love your kids more than my animals and I even love you more than my animals.

Okay so here is the story.

O’Connor who filmed the incident, said she heard the 4-year-old (later we learn he is 3) say he wanted


Diagonally Knit Blanket Squares

Diagonally Knit Blanket Squares

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This is a great starter blanket! It is an easy knit blanket using garter or knit stitches! You can knit it one square at a time. It has basic knit stitches, a simple increase and a simple decrease. You can do as many colors as you want, as many squares as you want and use


My Son Is A Model

I am using today’s blog post to brag! I admit, every once in a while I like to brag on my babies. My son is a model! I mean, he hasn’t booked any jobs yet, but look at this guy! my son is a model Seriously, he is absolutely gorgeous! This kid has had a rough last year. He was diagnosed with epilepsy


Daytime vs Nighttime Parenting

Can we talk about children and their bi-polar disposition for a minute! I have to use this moment to vent. Lets talk about parenting our kids in the daytime versus parenting our kids at night time… parenting struggles

Daytime Vs Nighttime Parenting Struggles


At any point in the day, it can be a serious struggle to get water into my children. “It’s gross”, “Its plain”, “I need milk”, “I need juice”, “It makes my mouth dry”(yes I have actually heard this many


Homemade Air Freshener

toxic air freshener

Toxic Dangers of Air Fresheners and Scented Candles

Why you should be using a homemade air freshener: Synthetic fragrances may be the most common type of chemical in your house. Air Fresheners, plug-in type deodorizers and scented candles can emit hundreds of harmful chemicals known to be carcinogens, respiratory and endocrine disrupters, and reproductive toxicants, even at low levels. In 2014, Scientific American


Why Essential Oils Will Never Be FDA Approved For Medical Purposes

What does one have to do to get their drug approved through the FDA? Well, believe it or not, it depends on the amount of money you can spend! But before getting into that, let me tell you the “extensive” process, used by the FDA, to approve a new pharmaceutical drug…

  1. The FDA reviews the drug and the clinical trials already performed and decides if the drug’s benefits outweigh its known risks. If so, the drug is approved for sale.
  2. Then….oh right, that’s the whole list….

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

One problem with deodorizing powder is that their fragrance may irritate members of the household with allergies or chronic respiratory conditions. Get rid of that problem with a homemade carpet deodorizer! chemcial free carpet deodorizer

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer:


  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups Baking Soda or Borax
  • 20-30 drops of purification
  • 5-10 drops Other Essential Oils for desired Scent


Doc McStuffins Party Ideas

doc-mcstuffins-party-ideas My step daughter loves Doc McStuffins! So I threw her an awesome Doc McStuffins Party. I had so much fun doing this party because I have boys. This is the first party I have ever thrown that consisted of pink and purple. So cute! I had to share these Doc McStuffins party ideas with you!

Doc McStuffins Party Ideas:

1. Pin the band-aid


Chemical Free Dishwasher Detergent

Many of the ingredients in dish washing detergents aren’t named due to copyright protection! The ones that are disclosed are vague terms like stabilizer, buffer, colors, fragrance and water thickening agent. What do those things even mean?! We don’t even know what is going onto the dishes we are eating off of! Take charge of your families health by going chemical free! This homemade, chemical free dish detergent and Jet Dry recipes is a crucial step in eliminating those cancer causing chemicals in your home! toxic dangers of dish</a srcset=