Essential Oils…Getting Started

It feels like essential oils are everywhere and for a long time, I have been interested but overwhelmed when it came to this topic.

Joy’s essential oil cabinet

There seem to be a million oils and  three million recipes to mix them. Some you put on neat (had to google that) and some need a carrier oil.  There are a ton of different companies.  It seemed so complex that I didn’t know where to start, so I didn’t.

But recently, two friends have taken me under their wings and helped me get going.  

Joy is a huge oil user and has been kind enough to answer all my questions and send me samples.  Jennifer teaches Facebook classes on oils that are super helpful. 

So I finally took one of Jennifer’s classes to learn what oils are and the different ways to use them.  And then I called Joy and asked her to tell me her three “must have” oils for someone getting started.  

Her verdict: lavender, peppermint, and lemon. In that order.

So I started slowly with these three and a Breathe bend my babysitter gave me.  I ordered a diffuser off of Amazon.  And we were off.

So far, I diffuse lavender at night in BB’s room.  When he is congested, I add Breathe.  It does seem to help with sleeping somewhat and it smells good if nothing else!)

I’ve also diffused a mix of lemon, lavender, and peppermint during the day to help with seasonal allergies.  Again, it makes our house smell amazing.

I have a Breathe Again roller bottle that I have used on Husband and my neck and feet and on BB’s feet. Not enough evidence to make a determination yet.

As I learn more, I will share more info. If you want to chat with my expert friends or order anything, let me know and I will get you in touch with them. They’re the ones to talk to.  I also found this blog post to be very helpful if you are getting started like me.

Book Report: Love That Boy

Author: Ron Fournier

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite Quotes:

“From their first breath-if not sooner-our dreams for our children are at least in the ballpark of perfect, because great grades, championship trophies, lots of friends, and professional success lead to happiness, right? Actually, no. When a parent’s expectations come from the wrong place and are pressed into service of the wrong goals, kids get hurt.”

“First I had to learn to love my boy for who he was, rather than who I wanted him to be.”

“We should measure our children not by the mountains they conquer but by their efforts to climb. Oh–and let them pick which hills to scale.”

“What do I ultimately want did my kids? I want them to pursue the happiness that is found in goodness. On a day off, I want them to bring outgrown clothes to a bad neighborhood.”

“There are no small victories in parenting. Only victories.”

“My parents had big expectations for me. They wanted me to be what I wanted to become.”


If you know me in real life, you are probably sick to death of me talking about how great I thought this book was.  I have recommended it to pretty much everyone I know. 

The book is written by the father of a boy on the Autism spectrum.  The dad is a political writer who took trips with his son to study several different Presidents in an effort to connect.  What he found–heck, what I think all parents find–is that his son teaches him more than he teaches his son.  It is, essentially, a book about coping woth (and overcoming) parental expectations. 

In my mind, it’s a must read for all parents, moms and dads alike. 

Recipe Card: Soup’s On!

Every week, I plan our meals on Sunday and share recipes on my Pinterest here.

Recently, soup has been a frequent flier on our weekly menu.  Is there anything better on a cold day?

Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potato Soup

Here are my 3 favorite soup recipes:

* Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potato Soup. Basically if Ree Drummond comes up with it, I’m on board.  This recipe doesn’t disappoint!  I prefer a thicker, chunkier soup, so I put about a cup less broth and do not put it in the blender.  I could eat this every day. {Recipe here.}

* Peas and Crayons Broccoli Cheddar Soup. I only discovered the brilliance of broccoli cheddar soup in the last 3 years or so. How did I not realize it was amazing the other 30 years of my life?  Anyway, this is my go-to recipe. I like it better than any restaurant version I have tried.  Everything is fresh and the Gouda cheese…oh my gosh. {Recipe here.

* Chicken Enchillada Soup. This is a throw-in-the-Crock Pot recipe, which makes it a total winner for this working mom!  I also froze a ziplock of all the ingredients except the broth before LL was born so it was ready to go. It’s tasty and total comfort food.  I add green chile (New Mexican roots) and always serve with tortilla chips,  grated cheese, sour cream, and avocado. {Recipe here.}

*Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocci Soup.  I am always suspect of a recipe that’s a. Opucat of something I like at a restaurant. But this one literally tastes just like the OG version.  Plus, other than the butter, it’s really healthy!

I made the chicken in the crock pot the night before, so it only took me about 30 minutes to whip this up!  I added celery and used one less cup of chicken broth than called for, but other than that, I followed the recipe.  {Recipe here.}

Let me know what you think if you give them a whirl!

Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocci Soup

Little House Tour (Master Suite)

When we bought this house 2 years ago, it was 900 square feet.  Soon after, we found out we were pregnant and decided we might need some more room.  So we added on another 900 square feet to make it the perfect 3 bedroom, 2 bath home for us.

I thought a tour of the Little House might be a good way to start this blog.

We will do this in pieces because, let’s be real.  I have a 15 month old and having more than one room picked up at a time doesn’t happen. 

Let’s kick things off with the master suite (since that’s what Joanna always calls it on Fixer Upper, I am going with it).

Husband designed everything for the builder and I absolutely love it.   We went with grey and yellow for our colors.

The four windows make it so bright.

Husband’s antique desk is partially covered now in photos we have had to move from low shelves and little hands…ah, parenthood!

I am obsessed with gallery walls, and I love how this turned out. 

Husband had this bed when we got married.  We got a new Temperpedic mattress (it’s heaven) and the pillows were wedding gifts.


This little kneeler is something I found in Dallas shortly after seeing my favorite Saint’s (St. John Paul II) kneeler at a museum in Poland. It has become a little alter for my favorite saints.

When people come visit,they literally “ooh” and “ahh” over this bathroom.  We went with turquoise (towels) and tan.

The shower may be my favorite thing in the house.  We opted for a big shower and no tub and it’s fantastic.

And finally, our walk in closet. 

Stay tuned for more!  

A Little About Me

My name is Tiffany and Husband and I live in a little town in the Texas Panhandle in our Little House on 10 acres with our two adorable babies, two dogs, six cows, and a ram (of the sheep variety) who is currently visiting.


Those adorementioned babies are our 15-month old son, a red headed tornado we will call BB here, and the sweetest 2 month old little girl who we will call LL.  They are by far our greatest adventure.

I am a New Mexican farm girl, Oklahoma State alum (Go Pokes!), Christian, lawyer, traveler, runner, football fanatic, and reader.  I love livestock, chocolate chip cookies, Texas Country music, and San Francisco.

 If I have the remote and there is no football and on, I enjoy Chopped, Fixer Upper, Chicago Fire, and re-runs of Friends, MASH, Grey’s Anatomy, and ER.  (Seriously, those were tv glory days!)

I have my dream job, working in agricultural law helping to educate Texas producers and landowners about their rights.

I am blessed beyond belief and am excited to share a bit of my big life with you.

Well Hello There!

Welcome to my new adventure!  Most of you are probably moving here with me from the blog I kept for the past 7 years, Figuring Out the Plot.

But now that we are in a new chapter of life (and having pictures of the kiddos all over the internet for anyone to see is maybe not ideal), I thought a fresh start and a new blog might be just the thing!

And, so, Little House, Big Life was born.  I plan to just share our big life (minus kid pictures…which of you need your fix you can see plenty of on Facebook or Instagram if you add me) here in our little house in the Panhandle.

I am thinking stories, recipes, money-saving tips, life hacks, parenting discussions, my thoughts on current events, running and fitness, who knows what else.

With that intro…welcome to our little house, big life.  Glad to have you along for the ride!

Front porch view here at the Little House