Life as I Know It - Weekly Update #12

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It has been one rainy week!  And I've been so glad.  After weeks of triple digit temperatures, even striking 90 degree weather has been wonderful.  Some nights have even been under 80 degrees.  What a blessing!

Because of all of the heat, I decided to harvest all of my basil and make a fresh jar of pesto.  I did do that - I will post a recipe next week - BUT due to the rainfall, almost all of the basil has grown back.  More pesto?  Or perhaps I will roast some basil and tomatoes.  Aldi's had an abundance of grape tomatoes and were selling them for $0.99/pt.  Tip:  If you have an Aldi's in your area, shop on Tuesdays, that's when the prices of specials are marked down more due to it being the last day of the sale week.

I have also been working on a custom blanket order.  One blanket is almost complete, but I need to crochet a border around it.  Here is one baby boy set.  It is a double-sided fleece blanket (with mitered corners - my first successful set) and two envelope-back pillows.  I will post more on that later, but I wanted you to get a snippet.

There is still more to this order as this soon-to-be grandma is excited about two of her children expecting babies one week apart.  Her first grandkids.

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Remember when I mentioned that "Less is More" in reference to my hair care/skin journey?  Well, my first bottle of Terressentials hair mud arrived and I began the detox process for my hair.  Detoxing really just consisted of washing my hair several times with the product for several days in a row.  For people with highly textured hair like mine, this is something you generally do not do.  I usually wash my hair every 1-2 weeks to keep from losing all of the oils.  This product is all organic, is full of wonderful natural ingredients that I can pronounce, and is based from bentonite clay - which I already loved.  My hair felt soft and moisturized just from washing it and usually that isn't the case.  I didn't even have to use a conditioner.  Typically, a conditioner, for people with highly textured hair, is used to restore the oils that shampoos have stripped out.  With this product, there was no stripping of natural oils.  Now that the detox process is over, I can continue washing my hair with this product as needed.  I hope it works as it should for me because that will mean that I will only use this and a oil to seal in the moisture.  Easy peasy!  *fingers crossed*

It was nice having lunch with some friends this week.  We used to work together, but since I changed jobs I miss them.  This celebration was also a bit of a going-away-party for my dear friend who will be moving.  The question is where - to a new job location in the states or back home.  We are praying desperately for the right sponsor or otherwise I will have to get my passport stamped just to see her.

Lunch at Olive Garden

I have recently discovered linky parties on blogs.  Yes, I've seen them, but no I really haven't participated until these last few weeks.  Doing so has brought me in contact with so many new blogs, new bloggers, and it's a welcome surprise to see a comment from anyone and now in particular from new-found friends.  The internet can be used for evil, but I think it has done a fantastic job of bridging like-minded people together.  Feels like family.  To all my blog readers and commenters, thank you so much for taking the time to peruse my blog and open yours to me.  :-)

The end of my 1000th post giveaway is drawing near, so if you intend on participating, now's the time.  The giveaway announcement will be made next week.  :-)

Happy Saturday,


  1. The blanket and pillow look great! You did a FAB job on it. Can't wait to see the others. :)

  2. The pesto looks delicous Libby! What a great use of time when you can't get outside due to the excruciating heat!!! I love the blanket fun for a boy! It is funny how there are so many different types of hair. Mine needs to be washed everyday due to oils!!! I hope this new product works great for you. I agree with how blogging feels like family. There is a good chance we will never actually meet the people we interact with but we develop great friendships through this medium! Have a fun week....stay cool!

  3. What a lovely post. The pesto looks so good. Thank you for popping in for a visit and the sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Don't forget the Make it Pretty Monday party goes live tomorrow at 8am CST. Come join in the fun. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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