Happy Friday!

Direct Sales companies have been around for years, but I feel like they are more common now than they’ve ever been.  Or is that just me?

I have signed up 5 times with direct sale companies over the past two decades.  After my experiences, let me just say I think its more than just liking the product you love.  The company itself has to be amazing!

And out of the ones I have been a part of, none compare to the company I am currently with!  Here’s a short list of my favorite differences.

1) I get a free website with no strings attached.  In the past I have had to pay monthly for a website, or spend a certain $ amount.

2) I get to pick what free product I want each month, and I don’t have to spend $350 to get it!

3) Free shipping on most orders.  And its fast; I get it within days of placing my order!  No shipping club fees for faster, cheaper shipping on my orders here!

4) I have the ability to get paid weekly and monthly with a higher return than any of the other companies I was with.

5) The company truly, truly is a family!  My team leaders are approachable, and always sharing and checking in with their team.   The company owners are personally in the fb groups sharing, talking, and listening to their members.  Maybe that comes with being a smaller, new company; but it transfers over to feeling respected.  You don’t have to be one of the top earners to get recognized on a personal level, and I love that.  I pray they never loose it!  I am in love with my company, and it fits so well with my cosmetology license.

I am so glad I tried Monat; I have never liked my hair as much as I do now!  It’s so healthy, its thicker, shinier, and I’m only in month three!  Cannot wait to see my 12 month results!

As a stylist who stepped out of the salon mainly due to family and health issues, I felt so empty and unfulfilled no longer working in the beauty industry.  It had been a dream of mine for so many years!  Monat has filled that role for me and I couldn’t be more excited about the days to come!

Another goal of mine is to bring hubby home.  his days in the military really did a toll on him, both physically and mentally.  yet, he still works to take care of us.  I married a good man.

Curious to find out what your hair is wanting?  Take the Hair Quiz to find out!

Blessings & JOY ~



Hair Renewal with Stylist Sarah

In addition to being a crazy chicken lady living on her ‘urban farm’, I’m a licensed cosmetologist. With that license, I have access to professional beauty products and stores. Yet, I still had hair that was not as nice as it could, or should be.

I watched a few of my friends use the newer haircare line, Monat. In fact, I even tried it. Now that I tried it again, I think the first time I may have tried the wrong product option for my hair type.

This time around I am seeing wonderful results! I started using Monat 3 weeks ago and already see my hair being thicker, softer, smoother, and all-over just healthier looking (and feeling)!

For the first time in like, EVER, I can honestly say I’m starting to like my hair! I’ve been wearing it down about 50% of the time, which is huge as I typically throw it up in a top knot so I don’t have to think about how much I hate my hair. And most of the time now when I wear it down, it’s not even curled which is another HUGE thing. We all know curls add body, and with my hair being naturally stick straight, I need all the fullness I can get! ♥️

And Monat is giving it to me!


I’m super excited!

So I decided to join the Monat family as a Market Partner; it goes along nicely with my stylist profession. 😊

You can visit my website, or even join my fb group! Both will have even more information, and my website even has a hair quiz! Check it out! 😊

Blessings & JOY… and beautiful hair!


Kombucha Love

Alright, I have an easy kombucha recipe that I love! And actually, I often pour a splash of it in my water glass!

The hibiscus tea and ginger make it quite tasty. I let my brewing jars sit out for at least a week, if not more. I’m the only one in my house who drinks it, so they last all week.

I’m so excited that making my own kombucha is easy and tasty!!

Blessings & JOY,


Sourdough Starter

Y’all! I’m tickled pink that my attempt at making my own sourdough starter is working! It’s hard to tell, but there are bubbles already forming in day two’s mixture!

I already had a few bubbles forming by the end of day one! See??? I’m ridiculously excited!

I used a scale to measure 4oz equal parts of all purpose flour and filtered water. I have it in a half gallon mason jar. The mixture will be super sticky, so don’t do what I did on day one and use a wisk. 😂

Each day I feed it with equal parts 4oz flour and water. I leave it on the kitchen counter covered with a coffee filter.

I cannot wait until after all 5 days are completed and I try it in some bread!!

Have you had a sourdough starter?

Blessings and JOY ~


Kombucha Brewing

Well, as life would have it, a few days passed before I got the tea I wanted to make my first batch of kombucha. I’m a newbie here, so I’m learning as I go.

But I was excited to see the scoby already growing in the jar that held the starter! Hoping for a second scoby before too long!

Last night I made a batch of tea and let it sit covered to cool all night long. I left the tea bags in the water to full steep as well. This time used hibiscus tea, ginger tea, and green tea.

I combined the starter (approximately 1 cup), scoby, tea, and 1 cup of sugar into a half gallon mason jar. I added some freshly grated ginger as well.

One cup of sugar may seem like alot, but remember that the scoby feeds on sugar. So when it’s done brewing, it won’t have as high of a sugar content when you enjoy your kombucha!

I covered the mason jar with a coffee filter and the lid ring. I used a coffee filter because I happen to have a stack left over from years ago. Once they are gone I’ll probably use an old tea towel I’ll cut up or a piece of cotton fabric.

Now the jar full of pretty pink liquid will sit on my counter for a week or so. Fingers crossed it’ll taste amazing!

Blessings & JOY ~



I’ve read blog posts, watched YouTube videos, and scanned Pinterest for kombucha but always was a little (more than a little?) scared to try my hand at making my own. Plus, since I didn’t personally know anyone with a scoby to start my own kombucha. I wasn’t sure how I felt buying a scoby online. Today a friend gave me a cup of her yummy kombucha with a scoby to start my own! I’m excited to try new flavors with each batch!

I’m excited to see how it helps my family’s gut health. Do you drink kombucha?

Have you tried making your own kombucha? Any tips to share with this newbie?

Blessings & JOY ~


Tennessee Twister

Two weeks ago we had 4 tornados spin through our area and one was right in out back yard! It was pretty intense! Thankfully the only damage we had was about a dozen large trees.

Not all of our neighbors were that lucky. I’ve never heard our windows whistle like that before. Nor have I seen windows pulse… and we discovered the whole “it sounds like a train” to be true! We discovered dust being blown into our house under our baseboards.

Ironically, we just moved from our house that had a basement. Do you need to be told that we’re now shopping for a storm shelter? 😉

For size reference, my hubby is 4 inches shy of 7 ft.

We will have enough wood for bonfires for the next decade! These piles aren’t even half of what we cut and there’s a ton more!

Its alot of work lugging huge trunks up the hill for seats, so hubby improvised and used our mower!

That storm was the closest I ever want to come to a tornado, ever again!

Blessings & JOY ~


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My friend has the cutest lil grand babies and she asked me to take some photos of them.  Any mother knows that children grow up way too quickly and photographs must be taken often!  These kiddos are just oozing with personality!

Thank you for letting me capture your moments in time!

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Blessings & JOY ~




Becoming Mom Strong

I was blessed to be a part of Heidi St John’s book launch team!  Her new book just released on September 19th!

This book arrived in my life at just the right time.  Being a mother is never easy, raising teens is harder than I thought it would be (some days I long for the toddler stage again), and raising children in this ever-crazy world can often seem daunting!

That’s where this book comes in.  Right now, ‘Becoming Mom Strong’ sits on my night stand.  I think it should be on every mother’s!  Heidi is so relatable and encouraging.  Her words of wisdom come at such a poignant time in history as we often times struggle to stay BOLD in raising our children for Christ in a fallen world.

I know every era had their own struggles and that there is “nothing new under the sun”, but living in a highly digital era has brought along many more struggles that are often hard to stay on top of.

We need to stay BOLD in our mothering.  Strong.  Its not for the faint of heart!  Prayers, coffee, and chocolate are required! 😉

You can snag your own copy of Becoming Mom Strong here, accompanying journal here, and the Becoming Mom Strong Bible Study book here.  You will be glad you did!

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Blessings & JOY ~