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  • Welcome!…

    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

God’s Plan

I came across this video today, and just had to share it… Seriously beautifully spoken words, and a beautiful testimony of faith.

I recently had an absolutely wonderful conversation w/ a man working at our local Lowes store.  He initially asked if I needed help w/ anything.  I soon learned that we attend the same church, and after answering a couple electrical questions, we shared a great conversation about God’s plan for our lives, faith, and Christianity.  My new friend was a breath of fresh air on that random Saturday evening.  It was a blessing to have met & talked w/ him.  Couldn’t have been more apparent of God’s plan & timing.

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HOME FOR SALE | 35 CROOKED CREEK CT, BLOOMINGTON, IL 61705

35 Crooked Creek Ct,
Bloomington, IL 61705
309-275-9452
Realtors are welcome & invited to show!
4 beds 2.5 baths 4,527 sq ft
$360,000
 
4,527 square foot single family home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. (option for 5th bedroom in un-finished portion of basement, as well as bathroom rough-in)
 
HUGE backyard, and an amazing view facing West overlooking The Den golf course.
 
 
Lot: 0.67 acres
Cooling: Central
Heating: Forced Air
 
FEATURES
Open & Spacious Floor Plan
Large kitchen ($2,500 countertop credit)
9ft ceilings
Double sized Water Heater
Ceiling Fans
Cable Ready
Deck
Double Pane/Storm Windows
Fenced Yard
1/2 Acre Backyard
3 Car Garage w/ workbench bay & second bump-out
Gas Fireplace
Crown Moulding
Flooring: All New Carpet, New Hardwood, Tile
Parking: Garage – Attached, 600 sqft
Walk-out Basement
4 large daylight windows in basement
Partial finished Basement
Large Storage Area in Basement
Patio
Security System
Vaulted Ceilings in all Bedrooms
Decorative Ceiling in Master Bedroom

APPLIANCES INCLUDED
Dishwasher (3 yrs old)
Washer (3 yrs old) & Dryer
Garbage Disposal
Microwave (3 yrs old)
Refrigerator (3 months old)
Range/Oven (3 yrs old)
 
ROOM TYPES
2-Story Family room w/ custom Maple Built-Ins, Balcony open to 2nd Floor
Dining room/Office
Breakfast dining w/ Custom Maple Built-Ins
Laundry room w/ utility sink
Living room
Master Walk-In Closet
2 second Floor balconies
2-Story entry/foyer

All Maple Kitchen Cabinets

SCHOOL DISTRICT:  Unit 5

Fox Creek Elementary
Parkside Junior High
Normal West High School
ROOM DIMENSIONS:
Front Living Room: 12.5′ x 12
Office/Dining: 13.5′ x 12
Kitchen: 16.5′ x 13.5′
Breakfast Dining: 13.5′ x 11
Half Bath: 7.5′ x 3.5′
Laundry/Mud Room: 8.5′ x 6
Family Room: 17.5′ x 17
Master Bdr: 17.5′ x 14
Master Bath: 13′ x 9
Master Walk-in Closet: 9′ x 6′
Bdr 2: 14′ x 10.5′
Bdr 3: 14′ x 10.5′
Brd 4: 12.5′ x 11
2nd Floor Full Bath: 12′ x 5′
Finished Basement: 37′ x 18.5′
One Storage Area/Unfinished 5th Bdr: 15.5′ x 14′
 
CONSTRUCTION
Exterior material: Brick, Shingle
Foundation type: Concrete
Roof type: Asphalt
Stories: 2

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Young Living Essential Oils | Favorite Tools

Here is a list of some of my favorite items that I use as an oiler…

Organic Coconut Oil:  I use this as my carrier oil when diluting essential oils.  Most EO you will want to dilute because they are extremely concentrated.  Start smaller on the nuymber of drops
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Glass roller bottles:  We use these ALL the time & daily in our home!31cL2-QFDRL._SY355_
Small drams:  Perfect for sharing & giving samples to others41Q3TF6YDiL
Glass Water Bottle:  When using citrus in your water, make sure to use glass or stainless steel only… The oils will cause plastic to break down and contaminate your water
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Capsules for making my own blends.  So far, we’ve made a digestive/diet trio (lemon, grapefruit & peppermint) as well as an allergy blend (lemon, lavender, peppermint).  Be sure to store them in a glass container in the freezer… Citrus oils will start to break down the capsules!:)

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Capsule Machine:  SO helpful in quickly making multiple capsule blends41xg5Sk-xUL

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DIY Skin Cream | Essential Oil

My 4 year old son has extremely sensitive skin… Just from wearing denim jeans, his legs become rough w/ red patches that get really sore & itchy for him, almost like an eczema.

I picked up some mason jars at a local store, and used the following recipe:

1 cup organic Coconut Oil
15 drops Lavender Oil
15 drops Melrose (which is a blend of melaleuca/tea tree oil, rosemary, and clove)

Whip the coconut oil in a stand mixer (or bowl).  Add in drops of essential oil, and blend well.  Store mixture in the glass mason jar.  (Melrose is a blend of

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I apply this directly to my son’s skin after baths & sometimes before getting him dressed in the mornings.  It has done wonders for his skin, and I feel more confident using this blend over store bought lotions.
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* Disclaimer: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. I am not a medical professional. I am just sharing my experiences.

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Sweet moment…

“We don’t even need it, but God loves us SO much that he gives us second chances.. ” “and He wants us to have internal life” (hehe… eternal, but she understands what it means!)
“I want to see Jesus and go to heaven someday”…

Ashlyn was telling me what she learned about Jonah today at church.  There is truly nothing that makes my mama heart swell more than hearing these sorts of things from my children’s mouths..  Love, love, love to see them growing in Christ! <3

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