My Big Life Change!

Picture taken by Abby Austin of 1000 Miles on my own two feet.


To transform my life, with God's help of course, one step at a time.

1. Get healthy & honor God with my body

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2.Become at least 50% sustainable with emphasis on doing our part to take care of God's planet.

3. Live life as an adventure, experiencing new places, things & people.
18 out of 150 bucket list goals accomplished

4. Become debt free & build security for my family, so we can then bless others financially also.

5. Continue to grow closer to God, building My family's faith & sharing the Gospel with those we meet, by using the talents and gifts God has provided us.

6.Continue to make money by creating and sharing my thoughts and beliefs through artistic expression: all the while hoping that my art will impact others. "Holly Kennedy

: All I know is, if you don't figure out this something, you'll just stay ordinary, and it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something... new, and there it is, and it's you, out in the world, outside of you, and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it... and you know a little more about... you. A little bit more than anyone else does... Does that make any sense at all?" Quote from PS I LOVE YOU

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Adventure 50!

So I have been saying that if I get 50 followers then I would accomplish adventure 50. Believe me when I say that my adventure list is so not out of my mind! I dream of accomplishing those adventures! I get excited about them! So when the opportunity came up to do henna, I quickly jumped right in. Thanks to my wonderful sister, who found the kit at Hobby lobby for about 13 dollars we were able to henna my belly the night before my baby shower.
According to my little research there are two basic kinds of henna. Black henna and brown henna. Brown henna is a more Americanized henna and doesn't last as long as black henna. It's cheaper and has the same kind of dye in it that you find in hair dye. Black henna is very strong and will last much longer, but is very toxic. Don't ever use black henna while pregnant. As with all dyes, you want to be careful when pregnant. Due to raging hormones, you never know exactly how your body will adapt to dyes while pregnant.  So we called for a henna party! Only my sister and Marcie and Joslyn were there to celebrate, but that is okay. This is a before pic of my ugly preggo belly. Notice the galbladder surgery scars, aren't they attractive?
Next my sister drew on a design with a regular crayola marker. Notice it's not professional, it's perfect!
Then it's time to get comfy and not breathe! Some moments she was adding the paint I had to hold my breath, for fear of messing her up! That was a holding my breath face, not an angry face.
This is the finished henna design. We traced big sister's hand print on there, to include her in the process. It was hard for Joslyn to not touch! Hard for mommy to stay still too! The henna needed to stay on there for 3 hours at least. After henna dried on there, it started cracking and a sugar water solution and lemon juice had to be applied lightly to darken the henna.
Once it cracked it started to get itchy. So we played card games and hung around until time to take it off. Now the instructions said to use a cotton ball and vegetable oil to remove the dried henna paint. And not to get it wet for 12 hours. Well after two minutes of rubbing and not getting anywhere, I climbed in the bathtub and washed it off. It wasn't working on it's own.
So this is how it looked after rubbing off the henna. But let me tell you that the next morning, it was as dark as it was with the henna on it. It definitely darkened over night. Some people wrap it in toilet paper to keep it from rubbing off on the sheets, but I wasn't worried about getting my shirt dirty. And the next morning there was no residue on my shirt. This was a fun and exciting adventure. The henna got really cold while on there, like icy hot cold. But otherwise it was easy to do. The henna is supposed to last 2 to 3 weeks. So it should wear off right as brother arrives!!! Thanks for following and supporting my blog. Stay tuned to new adventures!


  1. Awww! So cool! Love the big sister handprint. :)

  2. hannah really likes it we should do it with jos one day

    1. It's funny, John said all the time so how was your Hannah party? HE said that was what we were going to do was let Hannah draw on my belly. LOL!

    2. What a fun idea! I especially love the handprint! What a great memory. You look fantastic! Getting so close to baby day!!!!

    3. Oh thanks, I don't feel fantastic looking. Very ready to have this baby.

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    1. Thank you! It was so much fun! Thanks for commenting!

  4. Brownie, that is so cool! Love it!

    1. And congratulations for reaching 50 followers! That rocks!