Face Toner 

I ❤️ essential oils. I really do. My family uses them every day, and this is one of my favorite ways to use them! So I decided to make a tutorial video for you all. I didn’t have enough of two ingredients with me but OH WELL YOU GUYS GET THE PICTURE. 😂 


Ingredients:

  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil 
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 1 tsp or so of Jojoba or Grapeseed oil 
  • Witch Hazel (enough to fill a small bottle) 

A face toner is generally used to improve your skin and reduce oiliness. This recipe my mom and I came up with does just that using a blend of Lemon, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils. 

Lemon oil is cleansing to skin, has PH balancing and antibacterial properties, and it helps slough off dead skin cells (<<eww, that sounds NASTY). 

Lavender helps ease irritated and dry skin, inhibits bacteria that causes acne, and rebalances secretion of sebum (skin oils) which the bacteria thrives on. Plus it helps heal scar tissue.

Frankincense helps heal dry, itchy skin, scars, and acne. It helps get rid of wrinkles too! 

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I Guess I’m Just Weird

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I guess I’m just weird.

A sore thumb.

An odd one out.

Not belonging in any sort of clique.

I’m a nerd, but you wouldn’t know it unless you set me on the right conversation path.
And even with the nerds, I don’t fit in a certain group.
My favorite comic book hero is Superman.
I love Star Wars and Star Trek.
I’ve never read Harry Potter.

I love to write, but I’ve never finished a project.
Never written “The End”.
Never said “Can you read my book?”
Never known my own characters as well as I should,
Even though they are the children of my own imagination.

I’m homeschooled, and yet I’ve never known a homeschool family quite like mine.
I am not completely cut off from the world.
I enjoy the good parts of our culture, including Pop culture.
I dress modestly, but I wear pants and shorts, and I try to keep up with the trends
And yet we’re still conservative.

I have my own fashion sense, I like to dress smartly and stylishly.
But I don’t always have the means to buy the wardrobe I want.
My outfits always feel somehow off to what my peers are wearing.
I do wear makeup, not to change my face but to enhance what beauty God has given me.
I’ve never met someone who dressed quite like me.

I love all things domestic, although this isn’t forced upon me.
I love the thought of being a housewife, a stay at home mom.
The thought of educating my own children excites me,
Much more that the thought of four extra years of educating myself in a university.
And yet my generation pines after college as if its the only option, and young people like me are considered as a waste of potential by the World.

I guess I’m just weird.

I don’t fit into a circle.

And you know what?

I think I’m okay with that.

Dating and Marrige: the Good, the Bad, and the Touchy (Part 1)

I use the My Fathers World curriculum for home school, and since I finished my Pride and Prejudice reading assignment my latest writing assignment is an essay explaining my personal beliefs on dating/courtship and marriage. Since this is a topic I’ve been interested in blogging about anyway, I thought I might as well just write it to you all!

These are the questions I am supposed to answer in my essay:

  1. What are your personal beliefs about dating/courtship and marriage?
  2. What are the character traits you consider important in a spouse?
  3. How will you “find” a spouse?
  4. How will you know he is the one for you?
  5. What role will your parents have in this?

Great questions aren’t they? I’ve wanted to fall in love, get married, and have a brood of children since, well, as long as I can remember. (I also wondered how people found anything besides the faces of others attractive till I was probably thirteen, so it was in no way, uh, inappropriate?) Consequently I’ve had a lot of thinking to do on the subject, and I’ve done my own research and “fact collecting” (like a good ISTJ 😂) about Bible-honoring romantic relationships and also about myself, and the kind of person who I want to marry some day.

Let’s tackle the first question, and arguably the most controversy-inducing question of them all. I’ve looked into courtship and dating and looked at the pros and cons of each. When I was around 14 the Duggar girls were first shown entering romantic relationships through this process called courting which, at that time, I had probably only heard mentioned in Victorian books. It seemed perfect. And yet watching it made me cringe. Everything about the whole process was awkward with a good many sweet moments thrown in, but mostly awkward. Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard approached Mr and Mrs Duggar to ask to “enter an official courtship” *shudder* with their daughters and just as well could have been asking to marry Jessa and Jill by how grave and nerve-wracking it was. I’m not trying to disrespect the Duggar family in any way, this is just the best example I can give of a flawed Christian courtship (even though it ended well).

Here’s my step by step breakdown of modern Christian courtship:

Step 1. Boy and girl meet, maybe on several occasions, and there’s some attraction on at least one part.

Step 2. Boy asks mother and father of girl if he has permission to enter a courtship with their daughter (aka: get to know her better with the end result being their marriage).

Step 3. If mom and dad permit it, the girl is then asked if she would like to enter a courtship with boy. If she complies, they begin an official courtship which is basically a betrothal.

Step 4. The rest of courtship is them getting to know each other before getting married, doing “real life” things together, not this floofy “fun” that less spiritual people speak of (sorry, I have to be a tad sarcastic).

Do you see any problems with this description above? It took me awhile but I finally figured it out. THE COMMITMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP IS EQUIVALENT TO AN ENGAGEMENT. Do you see anything wrong with that? Let me explain myself: if you have just “come of age”, and never had any romantic relationships before, do you even know, truly, what you want in a spouse? I haven’t even had a full conversation with a peer of the opposite sex (besides cousins) since I was thirteen. What if you get several months into a courtship and find that, hey, he/she isn’t really what I want in a lifelong spouse? Breaking it off, from my research, has traumatized some similarly to the breaking off of an engagement, and left both participants in a state of discouragement and heartbreak. Another problem with this system is that Godly young men are left feeling worthless as fathers and mothers deny them the opportunity of getting to know their daughters better (because nobody is good enough for their princesses), and Godly young women start doubting themselves, wondering if they’re not good enough get any romantic inquiries.

This is why (along with a few other reasons) my family has decided we are not going the traditional courtship route once we kids are old enough. Does this mean we must resort to the worldly, sometimes fornication-included dating? Absolutely NOT!

Here are the three steps I’ve outlined, between “just friends” and “man and wife”, in a God-glorifying dating relationship:

Step 1) Dating: a time to determine through several dates if there’s any future with, more than likely, a couple different guys/girls. Casual, no set in stone commitments. Can be discontinued without huge emotional trauma or violently hurt feelings. Friendship status.

Step 2) “Going steady”: a time when you’ve dated one guy/girl consistently and have determined that you could have a future together. Not engaged, but marriage is definitely possible. Breaking it might be a bigger deal than just after the above friend type dates, although not devastating. Boyfriend and girlfriend status.

Step 3) Engaged: a time to plan for your wedding and broaden your relationship. Full faithfulness required.

Now, since this is so long already, I’m going to break it into at least two parts. Be sure to check back soon for the answers to the rest of the questions, and also dating restrictions and requirements I’ve written out for myself using Gods Word and what wisdom and discernment He has graciously granted me.

What do my readers think about the Dating -vs- Courtship controversy? Leave a (nice and respectful if you please) comment! 

Blog Birthday & Giveaway! (Update – now over) 


The giveaway is over, thank you to all who entered! Let me know how you all liked it. I’d love to do another one sometime! 

It’s been an entire year since I started my blog, and wow, has life changed since then! Last September my family was still living with my grandparents in Arizona. My mom had recently started her blog and I enjoyed writing little posts on hers, so I decided to begin my own. I spent that day in the back room, clicking and typing away at the computer, occasionally creeping out to ask my mom questions. Figuring out the quirks of WordPress. And facepalming in frustration because of the quirks of WordPress (which I still do sometimes). But it was a lot less complicated than I first thought. 

I love blogging! I don’t post as much as I should, and it hasn’t exactly boomed. But it’s done what it was intended to do, which is share the love and encouragement of Jesus with others in the broadest way that I can. It’s also gotten me into the community of Christian bloggers, which I didn’t even consider at the beginning but now they’re some of my dearest friends! 

So, in honor of one year and also all you readers, I’m going to do a giveaway! 

The prize will be a package of goodies handpicked by me. 

To get one entry you must follow my blog. That’s it! But for one additional entry each you can 

  1. Comment below and/or
  2. Give my blog a shoutout on social media.

BUT for 3 additional entries, you can give Chronicles in Bloom a shoutout on your own blog. 

The giveaway ends September 29th, which is a week from today. At which time I will draw names and announce the winner! Then I will contact the winner and get their mailing address. 

I will post specifics about what the prize will be, but it will include a notebook that I picked myself. I know THAT for sure. 😂

Thank you all so much for reading and following and leaving lovely comments on my blog! And a special thank you to all my blogger friends, because you guys really encourage me to keep writing. 

I ❤️ you guys! 

There and Back Again 

I’m so, so sorry about my delay in writing a post guys. It’s been almost a month I think! That’s awful! 

As some of you may know, I went on a week long trip to Arizona very recently. I thought I’d write a little about it and share some pictures with you all! Altogether we drove for about 16 hours, but it was blissful. Besides the dogs barking that is. I watched the epic classic Ten Commandments, read, blogged, and ate for the first 6 hour stretch (ABQ-Flagstaff).Driving into the campground at Flagstaff was magical – it was so cool and fresh and hidden in hills and pine trees. We set up camp and ate tortilla soup, and then we loaded back up and took a short trip to downtown Flagstaff. It was so much fun, and my only disappointment with the trip was that we didn’t get to visit again. We went to the cutest coffee shop and I enjoyed a delicious cappuccino. After all the older people were supplied with caffeine we went back to our trailer, where we snuggled around a campfire and had “delicious hot schmoes.” The next day we woke up early and headed to the Grand Canyon where I promptly got the worst sunburn of my life on my left shoulder. I WAS ONLY IN THE SUN FOR A COUPLE MINUTES PEOPLE! So, if you ever plan on visiting the Grand Canyon (or anywhere where the sun shines) put that sunscreen on. Anywhoo, the Canyon was amazing. The air was so fresh and so chilly and I was dazzled. We spent a good couple of hours there exploring before we drove back to the trailer where an amazing beef roast was waiting in the crockpot (#trailerlyfe). That night we played a game we made up called This or That. Like “Batman or Superman?” or “Spaghetti or Pizza?”. You have to answer and you mustn’t give an explanation. It was fun, especially in front of a nice sized campfire. The next morning we took our time packing up and leaving, which was nice. It took us about 4 hours to get to Tucson, during which I listened to music, watched Back to the Future III*, and stopped in Phoenix for IN-N-OUT. My California longings were temporarily appeased. We drove into Tucson in broad daylight which I don’t think has ever happened.I spent the next 4 1/2 days hanging with my Nana and Pawpaw, Tio, Aunt and Uncle, and all 6 of my cousins. It was a ton of fun.The drive home was quite uneventful besides a stop in Hatch for a snack (oh and I watched Back to the Future II* – yes it was out of order don’t judge 😂). So, that was our trip! Sorry if I bored you out of your mind with my ramblings. 

*disclaimer: I edit movies so I’m able to watch things like Back to the Future 

Have any of you been on fun trips this year? I’d love to hear about them! 

August 13, 2016

Today was lovely. My version of a near-perfect Saturday. I woke up early and less than two hours later we were headed to downtown for the farmers market, which is always buzzing with friendly chatting adults, giggling kids, and ecstatic canines. I’ve never been to a busier or lovelier farmers market in my life, and being there just makes my heart happy. On our short walk from the car to the market I noticed a magical looking used bookstore inside an old town house. I knew I’d have to go inside at some time, and thankfully my parents let all 9 of us cram into the darling little shop. And it was amazing. The place smelled like old books and history and the tiny lanes were lined to the ceiling with hundreds of books, some older C. S. Lewis. I found a Hamlet copy from 1939, full of little notes and underlines. It came from the University of Wisconsin. And only cost $3, which was awesome! After that we went to the base, which felt nostalgic and homey since I haven’t been in close to half a year. We came home, put away our bounty of produce and bread from the market, and then relaxed. Which looked like two siblings and I binge watching The Flash. (Barry is the cutest everyone, don’t even try to argue.) Evening included making salsa with all that fresh stuff we bought in the morning, eating chocolate chip ice cream, and enjoying a gorgeous sunset and a breeze which has an autumn twinge in it. I hope you all had an equally lovely Saturday, and I hope you all have an even lovelier Sunday. 

Charquican 

This is a Chilean meal that my Nana makes, and it’s one of my favorite things to eat! The first time she made it for us we had just been swimming and I was starving, but this satisfied my ravenous appetite perfectly. It’s so filling and flavorful, which makes it the perfect comfort food on a cold day. Don’t be scared by the squash! It’s flavor is barely there and it makes this dish a beautiful orange color. 



Nana wanted me to be sure to let you know she does not recommend peeling potatoes with a knife. 😂


The end result. Ahh, making me hungry just looking at it. 


This is the traditional butter + paprika sauce you put on top. 

This recipe really depends on how many are eating it. Plus Nana and I don’t measure much, so if you’re not sure how much to do of something go with your gut. 

You’ll need:

  • 1 butternut squash (size depends on how many are eating it) 
  • 1 med potato per person
  • 1—2 lbs ground beef 
  • 1—2 med onions 
  • 1—2 bell peppers 
  • Olive oil
  • Several Tbsp—entire stick of butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder 
  • Cumin
  • Paprika 
  • Cayenne pepper 

For the sauce:

  • Several Tbsp of butter 
  • Several tsp of paprika 
  1. Peel potatoes and squash and then cut into large chunks. Put into a pot and add enough water to cover them by one inch. Add salt and bring to a boil. Boil until soft, then drain. Leave a bit of water in the bottom to keep from dryness. 
  2. While potatoes and squash are cooking, chop onions and peppers. Add to a pan with a Tbsp or two of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and then cook on medium—high until onions are translucent. Add ground beef. Generously season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook until meat is browned.
  3. Mash potatoes and squash together with some butter and season with salt and garlic. Stir in beef mixture and then test for adequate seasoning. 

For the sauce:
In a small separate pan melt the butter. Add paprika and combine. Serve drizzled over charquican. Enjoy! 

F. C. C. F. #7

Guys, I skipped over 3 entire Fridays! Yikes! It’s been crazy busy, and I’ve felt somewhat sluggish. But I still apologize for neglecting you all. 😂 

So, this weeks fictional character crush is…


DA MAN OF STEEL HIMSELF! And no, not just the Henry Cavill version. Christopher Reeve has a special place in my ❤️. This includes Clark Kent too, not just Superman. 

When I first started crushing on him: When I first watched Superman. I have no idea when that was. 😂

Why he’s crush worthy: His morals. Superman was invented by two Jewish men who basically imagined up a messiah besides Jesus (and created superheroes as we know them in the process). So his morals had to be impeccable. More recently he has been a little shakier (near perfection isn’t admirable in characters anymore which kind of makes me sad) and Zack Snyder’s version of the character is dark and brooding and makes mistakes, but he’s still good. He does the right thing, even if it puts his life or reputation at risk. His kindness. Too sweet for Krypton, that’s why they sent him away. JK, but seriously, he’s so kind. Except to that guy who bothered the lady in the bar and then when Clark tried helping her the jerk dumped beer on his head and then threw a can at him. Clark kinda-sorta-maybe destroyed his semi. 😳 Moving on. His relationship with his mom. Makes me fangirl just thinking about it. Martha and Clark’s relationship is just too adorable. You just know he loves her so much and would do anything (including team up with *gasp* BATMAN) to save her. Just look at him in that top picture with his mommy. CUTENESS OVERLOAD. His courage. He ain’t just called “Man of Steel” because of his superstrength. This guy let himself be captured by bad guys and taken on an “alien” ship to potentially save earth. Also he charged Doomsday holding a spear made of his only weakness (besides “his girls”) which actually *spoilers* *spoilers* *spoilers*. There was also this heartbreaking episode in Justice League Unlimited where he was put into a dream state by a bad guy where all he had ever wanted was reality. Krypton still existed, he lived there with his wife Lois and their son, and everything was perfect. But he had to leave it in order to save Diana and Bruce. Sooo sad, but his courage really shone. He’s a dork. That’s all I’m gonna say. 

Anyone else ever had a crush on Superman? 

Short Story – Adventures Serenade  

Angela had taken a walk in the first place to get a little adventure. And yet she felt unsatisfied. Should she have walked further? There was no chance of getting caught in the rain. She looked up and fully appreciated the clear San Francisco sky. She sighed and turned up the street. Her ribs began to ache from the steep incline. An unfortunate New York Seltzer bottle was smashed into a wall by her restless feet. She watched the purple label unravel and then glanced up at the building. “Wicks Cinema” was written on the flashy old-Hollywood style sign. A “Closed for Renovations” sign was pasted below it. The mismatched fonts aggravated her. Or was it the fact that the sign was irrelevant since the theater hadn’t been operating for years? She shrugged, and decided to move on. A sound drifted out of the spooky wooden doors that made her stomach flop. She stood completely still and listened as a struggling record player whined an Elvis serenade somewhere inside the old theater. But what stood out to her the most was the voice singing along. It wasn’t deep and smooth like Elvis’, but wasn’t unpleasant either. She smiled at the sweet lyrics.

“Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can’t help falling in love with you.”

Hardly realizing it she walked through the doors into the lobby and soundlessly made her way to the auditorium. A step stool was leaning against one of the chipped walls, and a young man was standing on it. He was scraping away at the old paint, belting out the song with all his might, and trying to avoid dropping anything on his record player. She didn’t want to disturb the peaceful picture in front of her before she needed to, so she let the boy finish his song. After a few moments the music stopped, the record rejected the needle and made that familiar, nostalgic sound. The boy jumped off the stool, his poofy brown hair bouncing as he did so. With methodic movements he put the needle back on the record.

“Ahem!” She cleared her throat gently, thinking it was time he was aware of her presence. The boy jumped and turned to face her, making his large frame glasses jolt out of place. A deep red coloring made its way up his cheeks in a matter of milliseconds. Great, now he thinks I’m a creep.


“Hey, uh, sorry I scared you. I just wanted to say, your voice is pretty rad!” 

The boy pushed up his glasses in a way that reminded her of Christopher Reeve in a Superman movie. 

“Wow, uh, thank you…” 

She stood there in silence for a minute, not able to think of anything to say but hating the awkwardness. 

“I’m Angela,” finally blurted out of her mouth. She stuck her hand out as far as she could. He wiped his hands on his paint stained Levi’s before taking hers and shaking it briefly. 

“I’m Christopher. Well, uh, Chris.” 

Chris’ voice had a nervous shakiness to it, and Angela couldn’t hold back a little laugh. 

“It’s nice to meet you Chris.” 

They stood there in silence again. Chris turned his head and looked at the stool he had recently been standing on. She took the opportunity to study him. Behind his glasses he had greenish brown eyes and thick brown brows and lashes. His nose was a manly one and his lips were large and had a defined Cupid’s bow. His funky-colored sweater reminded her of something Bill Cosby would wear. Chris turned then and their eyes met. Suddenly the record player came back to life. 

“Wise men say only fools rush in. But I can’t help falling in love with you.” 

And Angela had the feeling that this was the beginning of a lifelong adventure. 

Liebster Tag

Nina from Ponderous Thoughts tagged me for this super fun Liebster Award thingy. So, here I go! 

The rules: 

  1. Link back to the person who tagged you (see above) 
  2. Answer the eleven questions 
  3. Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you’ve done so
  4. Ask your tagged bloggers elevens questions 

 

1. If you could see a cloud shape, and then have it come to life as a cloud thing, what object/being would it be? I’m going to have to say a dragon. I mean, just think how amazing that would be?! A Pegasus would be epic too… What do ya mean, I’m nerd? 😂 

2. Which- library or museum? I love museums. And, as awesome as libraries can be, I always feel a little lost and overwhelmed in them. Museums just feel magical to me. Plus there’s usually coffee and gift shops, so win-win-win! 

This is one of my favorite museums


3. Coffee or tea? Tea. Tea can fix anything. Coffee can leave me with a tummy ache and a rapidly beating heart. Though I still love it. 



4. Favorite old/classic author? It’s a toss up between Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. 

5. Favorite modern author? C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are my favorite. I seriously cannot choose between the two! 

6. What kid’s movie do you loathe and why? I really don’t like Frozen and I don’t understand the hype. It’s got silly plot holes, it’s painfully cliché, and I find all the characters obnoxious and annoying. 

7. What do you do before you go to sleep? I read Psalms if I can’t sleep. Reading makes me sleepy, and the Psalms give me peace. 

8. Do you like bumble bees? Or are you scared of them? I find bumblebees adorable! When I was four I was stung on the hand by a big, fat, fluffy bee. I remember it very clearly but I’m not in anyway traumatized by it. 



9. If you have a calendar, what is its theme? I don’t have a calendar! But, since we’re on the topic, my five year old brother  kept asking my mom where the “day map” was. She figured out he was looking for the calendar. Hahaha! 😂 

10. Do you think tall dark and handsome is overrated? My dad is tall, dark, and handsome. So no, I don’t think it is. But I wouldn’t say it’s my “type” (I’m not sure I even have one when it comes to looks). Tall and handsome yes, but light features are lovely too! 

11. Your feelings on hipsterism as a trend? I like hipster style, but I like hipster edibles/drinkables even more. Bring on the organic, the fancy coffees, and the gluten free, I’m ready! 

Alrighty! I’m tagging: 

  1. Mary 
  2. Bailey 
  3. Shelby
  4. Julia
  5. Halee
  6. Susanna
  7. Phoebe
  8. Maggie
  9. Abbie
  10. Kate
  11. and Audrey 

And if anyone else would like to do it, feel free! Also don’t feel bad if you can’t participate. 😊 
Now for my eleven questions:

  1. Is there any story as to why you were given your name? 
  2. Are you a night owl or early bird? 
  3. What is your favorite breakfast?
  4. How would you describe your style?
  5. What is your dream occupation?
  6. 3 favorite boy names?
  7. 3 favorite girl names?
  8. Where would you like to travel?
  9. Favorite part of your daily routine?
  10. What song gives you the most feels and why?
  11. If you could learn to do one (creative) thing perfectly, what would it be?