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Trip to Raven Haven Bed and Breakfast

Recently, my husband and I had our 31st anniversary.  We decided to go to a Bed and Breakfast that was not too far away.  We chose Raven Haven in Mentone, Alabama.  I’m so glad we did!

Raven Haven is a traditional Bed and Breakfast in that the guests have their own rooms, but share the dining and kitchen area.  We happened to be the only guests there that day (possibly because the SEC Championship game was that same day! #footballinAlabama).  We picked the Prairie Room to stay in.  Here’s a picture of the mantel in that room, all decorated for Christmas –

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Prairie Room Mantel

Here are some more pictures from the room –

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Prairie Room Christmas Tree

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Prairie Room Painted Door

We had such a good time!  Everything was decorated for Christmas and there was so much wonderful decor.  The weather was nice and we were able to walk around the grounds a bit.  I took these pictures of a few sights around the house.  The gardens are beautiful and in the Spring and Summer would be bursting with blooms.

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Raven Haven Grounds

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Raven Haven Bridge

Raven Haven Gnomes

Gnome Habitat

The Gnome village may have been my favorite thing there!

The breakfast they served was superb.  In fact, everything about it was great.  We went shopping in town, ate at a local restaurant and stayed in the Prairie Room.

Maybe next year, we can go back for another visit!

Bullet Journal

I started a Bullet Journal.  At first it didn’t really seems so special, nothing more than a planner.  But after using it for a few weeks, I discovered that it is so much more!  I have now added to it several “collections” where I can do whatever I want.  It is not often I can do whatever I want! It feels like being set free!  I am drying some very special flowers on one page, jotting down names of soap on another, and so on.  I cannot recommend this enough, especially if you are someone who likes to plan and is also creative.  Here is an instructional link:

Focusing on What Needs to be Done

Lately with school starting and all of my young men going in different directions, I’ve been a bit distracted.  I do not always sleep well and sometimes I feel so stressed out, it’s alarming.  I’ve got some tips for anyone else who is in that boat.

Tip No. 1 (possibly the most important) – Have a routine in place for mornings, evenings and after school.  Stick to that until it becomes a habit and when things go awry, you can always make it back to your routine.  This keeps everything and everyone running smoothly.

Tip No. 2 – If you get upset or harried, frazzled, crazy, etc., take some deep breaths and get yourself moving, back to your routines.

Tip No. 3 – Have something that calms you and when nothing helps, do that for a while until you feel better, such as music, reading, or a craft.  Of course, soap is my grounding activity that keeps me in touch with beauty in the world and nature.  Go outside and admire the beauty there as well.

Tip No. 4 – Talk to someone and also be prepared to listen.  Many times other people have some of the same problems.

Tip No. 5 – Make lists and plan meals in advance.  I have recently made some checklists for what to pack for a school day, band practice, trips, as well as groceries for an entire week of meals.  Sometimes, you just have to get fast food though.

Those are some of my survival tips for busy moms mainly who keep everything going smoothly and hold the fort down for our families.

National Chocolate Day

I’ll bet you didn’t know that today is National Chocolate Day!  I think that’s one of the days that can definitely be celebrated.  I’m sure there is someone who doesn’t like chocolate, but I can’t think of anyone!  One of my favorite treats is No Bake Oatmeal Treats.  The name fools you into thinking that it’s all about the oatmeal, but really, it’s all about the chocolate.  Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup butter (or marjorine, but the real thing is better)

2 cups of sugar

1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (can use almond butter or sunbutter)

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups quick cooking oats


  1. Add the first four ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted.
  5. Add in vanilla. (almond extract is good also, but I only use 1/2 teaspoon almond and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla).
  6. Mix in the oats and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.
  7. Let cool until set.Chocolate Day


Starting an At Home Business

If I can do it, anyone can!  Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I could or would be doing what I am doing.  Starting an at home business is easier than you think.  The first thing is, of course, to have a product to sell.  Goat Milk Soap is a good one!  Once you have your product and all ducks in a row, find out what laws you don’t want to be breaking and obtain the proper business licenses, make sure you have a bookkeeping system in place and keep good records.

Tips from me, a soapaholic and a mom who has been there already:  Professionalism is still important, even working from home.  Get dressed each day as if you are going somewhere and have regular hours.  Keep family first, but know that there are responsibilities you must meet regarding your business as well.  Don’t expect to get rich or make it big, just expect to be successful. There has to be a balance, so don’t let your business run you into the ground, which it will try to do if you allow it. Don’t be afraid that if you take an hour off, a day, or even two days, that your business will leave you, it will still be there when you get back.

Old Sayings

Those old sayings that have been around forever take on new meaning when they become relevant, such as “when it rains, it pours” or “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” (it’s goes something like that).  Yes, well, this has been one of the most memorable weeks I can remember.  And it all culminated with my birthday, which slid easily by amidst all the craziness.  Bug bites of unknown origin, computer crashes,  scouts, school, moving days, and hot flashes.  Fortunately, God blessed me with soap and that keeps me sane when the entire world seems to have grown crazy.  Looking at the pandemic flu signs up at school didn’t help either.

Dealing with the Unexpected

On Friday, I will come back from a week long and much needed break.  Although I miss my soap and my business doings, it has been great to think and finally relax.  What was a surprise is that my phone is not getting a signal where we are.  Imagine that!  Even more disturbing is that the computer is also getting an intermittent signal.  My reaction to this outwardly to my family was “it’s ok – no big deal” but inwardly I was not liking the feeling of being cutoff.  But, I told myself, it’s only for a week!  C’mon, give yourself a break.  It will still be there and no worse for the wear.

So, I am forced to not return any phone calls until Friday, but at least I can catch a signal sometimes on the laptop.  Pitiful, I am.

He is Risen

Matthew 28:8-9
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.