The other day, I finally came to the realization that it was after the 4th of July and I still hadn't written to my little sis for the summer. I often make fun of myself because "I have no life" and "I'm really boring" but when I sat down to share pictures with her, I realized that this may be my most entertaining summer I've had in years.
Here is the photographic journey of my summer thus far...
Disclaimer: All pictures with alcoholic beverages were not sent to little sister. She is far too young for such pleasure.
Every year, stores are filled with red, white and blue decorations, that will be hidden away by July 10th. Everyone dons their patriotic clothes and fills the coolers with beer. I am not saying that their is anything wrong with this, but sometimes when we are so consumed with our time off and relaxation, we forget the reason why we celebrate.
One common celebration that everyone has adopted is that this is another Veteran's Day. It isn't actually. I personally believe that veteran's should be celebrated everyday, but their official holiday is November 11. Memorial Day is for those who died in the line of duty. The 4th of July is where we celebrate our freedom from and independence after the Revolutionary War.
In college, the Revolutionary War was my absolute favorite period of history. I loved reading about the heroes, the battles, and the establishment of the government. The passion that these men poured into the creation of this country were immeasurable. When I look at these soldiers/legislators/writers/activists, they make me feel sad about our own politicians. No one knows the sacrifice that these men faced. They fought for a nation that they could never even imagine. They left their wives and children to do something honorable with little to no payment.
I am proud to live in this country and I am proud that we have soldiers willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. One day, I will be more proud when our legislators and other office holders are just as proud of this country as the soldiers and the founding fathers who made it the way it is.
I started my adventure with oils about a week or two ago. A few days ago, I was thinking to myself, is there a way to make my selling more unique than other people's selling? Maybe.
My mom kept saying that she wanted to to make lotion. That actually sounded like a great idea. Lotions, soaps, and other topical items sounded like an amazing thing to do. Well, I made lotion.
Here is how I did it:
.5 oz of cocoa butter
1/8 cup of coconut oil
My perfect blend of oils
I melted everything together fairly easily. It only took about 1 minute so it was a fast setup! After everything was melted, I set it in the fridge for an hour or so while I was eating dinner. After, I took the solidified mixture and whipped it with a hand mixer. After about 20 seconds, it turns frothy. Once that is done, I moved it to a cute container.
Tada! I have a lotion that will help with muscle aches and sinus problems.
If you want a mixture, let me know!
I typically find you to be the most annoying season ever. One of the reasons I haven't fought leaving Indiana is because we have 4 seasons. I have 2 that I can enjoy, 1 to find hiding spots, and one that requires complete hibernation.
This year, I feel as if we are getting along. I am not sure what you are doing different or what I am doing different, but I almost enjoy the change.
Here is what I think we are doing right. I hope you remember these for next year.