Dreaming Of A Perfect Closet | My Closet Wish List

Yesterday, I shared our plans for our Dream Home, but for today I want to share what is in our Dream Closet and our Closet Wish List. This is mostly for ladies, but I am also including a section for men.  As you are looking you will notice my Pinterest board I created for my dream closet, but I am mainly going to be sharing what items I plan on purchasing to expand my wardrobe.  My Dream Master Closet First Place that we are going to look at is my Pinterest’s Dream Master Closet. I dream of a large open closet with an island all the time. So below you will find my FAVORITE Closets that I have found on Pinterest and Houzz.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-master-closet/” size=”custom” image_width=”100″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][houzz=https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/115426261/thumbs/dream-home-closet w=620] My Dream Closet Outfits I have always loved playing on Pinterest and pinning different outfits. I have a HUGE board that I plan on organizing one day with type of outfits, but right now anything I like goes on the master board. Do you organize your boards? [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-closet/” size=”custom” image_width=”100″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″] Shoppable Outfits Now I promised a shoppable post for you and I have loads of ideas. Below is my Shop Style Collective Outfit ideas, and even better, if you click on one of the outfits, you are helping to keep Odysseys With Love going. End up purchasing an item? We also receive a small commission on that item at no cost to you! Read more about our Disclosure Policy.  My Wardrobe Basics Did you See Something You Liked? This was just a little fun blog post for what I want to do with my own closet and maybe even my future dream closet when we win Mega Millions one day! Do you have a dream closet you would like to share? Let us know down in the comments below! Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST!  Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? Remember the Alamo August 5, 2017 As we were leaving Padre Island National Seashore, we made a stop off in San Antonio so that we might explore The Alamo. It was a good experience for all of us including little Rhyan after she realized we would not find Elmo there. Learn More Love Languages | 78 Ideas for Your Acts of Service Partner January 28, 2018 Back in November, I wrote the post, His Love Language is Physical Touch and shared 50 ideas for the physical touch partner. Today, I am… Learn More RV Life | How To Choose A Tow Vehicle February 1, 2018 Now that we have started our search for a vintage Airstream, we need to start thinking about choosing a Tow Vehicle. The most important thing… Learn More Coffee Around The World October 12, 2017 Let’s not lie here, I am addicted to coffee. As we plan our future travels, I started to think about all the different coffee around… Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! SUBSCRIBE Thank you so much for joining our tribe! I am excited to have you here. Make sure to head over to our FREEBIE LIBRARY and enter the password OWL2018

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Planning Our Dream Home

Oh My, with the Mega Millions reaching over 1.6 BILLION (or 904.9 Million in the cash option), I wanted to share what our Dream Home would look like when we move to Golden Oak at Walt Disney World! Go ahead and check out our post about Golden Oak and come back here to read on about how we plan to style our Dream Home would look like at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Did you know I love Pinterest? I have so many different boards and that includes my Dream Home Board. Don’t worry, unless you want to head right there and check it out and hopefully follow, you don’t have to leave this page just yet! With Pinterest, I am able to look at others ideas and build boards for inspiration. I had so much fun sitting down and putting this together and even more fun sitting down with everyone and discussing what they would love in their dream bedroom! Tuscan Dream Home at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World When looking up other houses at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, I noticed that several of the homes were Tuscan and Mediterranean in style. I also know that the exterior of the homes has to have certain things to stay in compliance with Golden Oaks HOA requirements.   Talking to James, we both love the Tuscan style homes that are there more so than the Italianate or other styles. So I started looking up floor plans and ended up on Pinterest looking around. That’s where this idea to build a board around our dream home. Saying when we win the lottery, I want to give our builder a few ideas and let them home up with a custom home for us.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-home-exterior/” size=”custom” image_width=”300″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026712802/”] My favorite out of these is the one to the right. I am not sure that Golden Oak would let us have that type of water feature running through our front yard, but I do know I would love to have some sort of water feature. I love the idea of running water.  Go ahead and view a few of these images and let me know down in the comments which one is your favorite!  Dream Kitchen I LOVE to cook! It has always been a pastime of mine, and I have had a dream kitchen in my mind since I was a little girl. I have always wanted a large space and bright and open. It might be because I have always had a galley kitchen and at times it felt claustrophobic. Again the fully board is on the left and my favorite kitchen is on the right! [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-kitchen/” size=”custom” image_width=”300″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026712766/”] Dream Formal Living Room I always loved my aunt’s house because she had a formal living room for when a guest came to visit. I think my love of formal living rooms also come from the romance books that I read including Victorian age and London seasons. Having a morning room to entertain in. This is something that’s not 100% important to me, but I would love to have a little space just out of the books I read. Now my style for these types of rooms is not out of that age. I love Modern Romance and would love an updated Modern and Glamourous room to spend time in. NO KIDS ALLOWED! Well… Maybe.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-living-room/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026716216/”] Dream Formal Dining Room Another thing that my Aunts home had was a Formal Dining Room. This room was rarely used again, but mainly for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This would most likely be what happens with our Formal Dining room, only be used for special occasions, but with that in mind, why not design something special.  I love the Ballroom in Beauty and The Beast, and LOVE Be Our Guest restaurant. So, even though the images below are not that,  it is the style that I love and would want the colors from the Ballroom.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-formal-dining-room/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026712813/”] Dream Bedroom Romantic and Cozy! That is what I dream of when thinking about my dream home’s Master Bedroom. I don’t want my dream homes Master Bedroom to be Disney Inspired really. I love cool greys and whites, some silvers. BUT, I love the idea of stars or a galaxy on the ceiling.   [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-bedroom/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026713318/”] Dream Master Bath James only had one request for the master bathroom. Rainfall shower with many heads. I mainly want a DEEP soaking tub. Toss in a little romance, and I have my dream master bath.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-master-bathroom/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026714370/”] Dream Master Closet If only I could have the modern day closet from Clueless! That would be awesome. But a spacious Master Closet for James and I would be lovely.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-master-closet/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026714448/”] Dream Office/Library This would have to be the most themed room of the house. I REALLY want a smaller version of the Beast Library that he gifted to Belle. I would also want a home office along with all the books that my family reads. A comfy place to read would also be nice too.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-library-office/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026714174/”] Dream Media and Home Theater This would have to be the second most themed room in the house. Thanks to James, I am now in LOVE with Star Wars, and that is exactly how I would want my Media and Home Theater styled after.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-media-room/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026714031/”] Dream Craft Room Skyler only had one request, a place to paint and draw. I asked her what about a full craft room. Everything from painting and drawing, to paper crafts and sewing.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-craft-room/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026713616/”] Skyler’s Dream Room Skyler LOVES Nightmare Before Christmas, and has always wanted her room designed with that in mind. I have to say, I love the black bed more than anything else! [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/skylers-dream-room/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026713524/”] Rhyan’s Dream Room I really can’t say that Rhyan would love these themes very long but that is ok. She loves Elsa, and Olaf. So that is what she is wanting to go with for now! [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/rhyans-dream-room/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026713388/”] Dream Backyard You already know I love water and would love to have not only a pool but a lazy river like pool in our backyard.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-backyard/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026715341/”] Dream Workshop James only wants one thing really. A workshop to work of his woodwork. I am not sure how Golden Oak would respond to this, but we may be able to work this in somehow.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/dream-workshop/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026723941/”] Other Rooms and Things In Our Dream Home There are a few other things that I would want in our dream home that I don’t really need to have several boards for. So I kinda lumped them all in the Miscellaneous Board. One thing that I HAVE to get is Cinderellas Castle. I want an area in our house to showcase all of our collectibles including this as the centerpiece.  [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/dream-home/other-rooms-for-our-dream-home/” size=”custom” image_width=”500″ board_width=”auto” board_height=”450″][pin_widget url=”https://www.pinterest.com/pin/803118546026716248/”] Do You Have A Dream Home Board on Pinterest? I really believe in the Law Of Attraction, so putting these boards and this post together is part of that for me. I know that one day I will have my home at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World. I know that I will be hiring Derrick Builders since I have fallen in love with the homes they have sesigned so far.  Do you have a dream home? Have a board over on Pinterest? Let us know down in the comments below! Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST!  Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? Upgrading Our Six Flags Over Texas Passes September 26, 2017 Over the weekend we headed out to Six Flags Over Texas. When checking our passes Saturday morning, I noticed that the month of September we… Learn More Where Did We Go? 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Disney Daydreaming | Golden Oak at Walt Disney World

Its time for a little Disney Daydreaming again here at Odysseys With Love. Golden Oak at Walt Disney World has been a dream of ours for a while now and with the Mega Millions reaching 970 Million for the drawing tonight, I wanted to share a little bit of information that I have uncovered lately about the Happiest Place On Earth and living there.  In the past, I have shared some information about different things in regards to Disney and Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, and with me Daydreaming again, knowing (Power of Attraction) I am going to win the Mega Millions Lottery, why not share my wealth of knowledge I have learned. From Golden Oak to the Four Seasons Residences, there is something here for everyone to learn.  What is Golden Oak at Walt Disney World? “Welcome to a world embraced by luxury, privacy, and the Magic of Disney. This magnificent resort community offers first-ever who ownership of custom single-family homes at Walt Disney World Resort.” The above quote is from Golden Oak at Walt Disney World’s website. I have to say it really is a luxury and private community, as not many of the residents are talking about living on Walt Disney Worlds property. That’s right, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World is on DISNEY PROPERTY! These homeowners have purchased land and homes that were Owned by Walt Disney himself! Disney still has a heavy hand in everything going on at Golden Oak and offers a lot of amenities to their residents. These homes start at two million dollars and go up to 10 million. Disney has advertised this community to an elite community, but does not mean that Disney Fans like myself have not heard of this community.  What Are Some Of the Amenities at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World? This is the first question that I raised. Since Golden Oak is 980 acres in size and offers many different neighborhoods including the Four Seasons Orlando Private Residences, what did Golden Oak Offer to their homeowners. This called for a little detective work. Not really, I was able to view their Club Life Brochure and find out exactly what Golden Oak offers.  But First! What is the price of living at Golden Oak? Not only does the homes have a hefty price tag, but there are fee’s associated with living at Golden Oak. From what I have been able to uncover, Golden Oak’s HOA dues are around $25,000 yearly. So what is included with this? “Nothing can compare to living the magic – and membership in the Golden Oak Club is one of the fantastic reasons why.  That’s because the Club is about having friends in fun places. Count on the Club for premier Disney-designed experiences and services at Golden Oak, Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.” A little bit from the beginning of the Club Life Brochure. You can head over to Golden Oaks Website to view the brochure HERE.   Golden Oaks Club Member Services and Amenities. First, let’s look at the Golden Oak Member Pass, Those that close on a new home by December 31, 2018, will receive up to five Member Passes for three years. Then if you need more member passes, you can purchase those through Club Member Services. These passes are Disney Platinum Plus Pass, these normally range around $1,000 per pass. Plus the members receive five additional One-Day Theme park tickets with Park Hopper Plus Option. Residents are also able to book FastPass+ selections up to 60 days in advance.  What Services come along with the Club Life Membership? The Summerhouse has a concierge-style and fee-based approach to fulfilling the request for the residents. Disney Parks and special event tickets, scheduling Private VIP tours, making dining reservations and spa reservations, helping coordinate in-home dinner parties, and much more.  Some residents may opt for Disney Inspired holiday decor and have Disneys lawn and home maintenance services.  Instead of riding on the busses to and from the parks and Disney Springs, Golden Oak Club members also have a shuttle and coach service they may use to get to and from the parks. This means being dropped right off at the main entrance of the parks! The Summerhouse Where do you go to get your Club Member Services? The Summerhouse. BUT! The Summerhouse isn’t just the home base for the Cast Members Concierge Team! You have Markham’s. The Dining room featuring five-star chefs and wonderful cuisine. Maybe you are looking to have a drink before dinner? Head into Tyler’s, the Club lounge. They are also opening Bolton’s this year. Their Facebook page updated on August 12th that it is quickly approaching their opening day.  Its not just a place to eat and have a drink at the Summerhouse. There is also a pool area, fitness room, and a family room.  Events and More at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World. 2018 was filled with events and activities for Golden Oak Residents. Some of my favorite to read about was Valentine’s Day Dinner, Mother’s Day Brunch, Dinner With Santa, and Christmas Eve Dinner.  Looking at the brochure, I also noted that Sunday Supper was also an option on select Sunday evenings.  PLUS RESIDENTS had an Enchanting Departure to Disneyland Resort and Southern California Adventures by Disney. Last year the residents were able to cruise the seas.  Membership extras include special experiences, access to two different lounges on property, and Signature Events! Members Also have Extra Magic Hours, Merchandise Delivered to the Summerhouse from the parks. Discounts on food and merchandise is also a benefit of residents.  Do You Daydream of Living At Walt Disney World? I know I am not the only one that dreams of living at the most magical place on earth. Which of the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World homes is your dream home? Let us knnow down in the comments below! Sadly my dreamhome was purchased not too long ago.  Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST!  Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? 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Using Elementor To Create The Perfect Blog Post

Welcome to Odysseys With Love Perfect Blog Post Template and Elementor Download. I wish I still had my original blogging template, but with the site crashing a while back, I am having to recreate everything from scratch. So today I want to share with you my blogging template. Why is having a blogging template so important? It makes all of your blog post look and feel the same, speeds up your writing process and so much more.  I have several sections that I include in every blog post. Some I am adding now that I am creating a new template for myself to use. If you like this style of blog post, you are more than welcome to download the Elementor template.  Free Elementor Template | Heading or Blog Post Title First, let’s look at the Heading or Blog Post Title. My theme automatically puts the Blog Post Title into my post for me. If you have designed your blog post to not include that. Then including this at the very beginning of your blog post is vital. It is the most read part of your blog post. Now, On to this paragraph. It should tell your readers about what this blog post is about.  The second paragraph helps to extend your blog post summary above but is also a chance to include a story about why this blog post is important to you. A little side note: most readers only read a blog post if the paragraphs are short. Try to keep each paragraph three to four sentences long each.  Elements Of The Perfect Blog Post So, what are the perfect elements of a blog post? The image above breaks up the blog post and adds interest to your article. Why is this important? If you can include a pretty image, it lets your reader’s mind move from one section of the post to the next. I also say it is a bonus if you can create the image as a Social Media Graphic also because that means fewer things you need to create in the long run.  When creating your blog post, sometimes different layouts are wonderful to use. The image to the right is a Facebook Post Image, and the one above is a twitter card. Since I use All In One SEO, and have my Social Meta turned on, I can designate the images that are for Facebook and Google + at the same time designating the twitter card above to be shared at the same time.  Now I have not explained why I love Elementor so much. I am now able to drag and drop the elements I want into the blog post that I want. You can download the free version of Elementor or upgrade to the pro version. I don’t feel the pro version is needed for what I use it for.  Elementor is a theme builder, and my OceanWP theme is meant to be used with it. There are several other themes that can be used, but OceanWP is my favorite so far.  SubHeadings | Breaking Up Your Blog Post One of the most important things to do when writing your blog post is to break it up with Subheadings. Why? Most people are only going to scan your post and will read the subheading first to see if the blog post will help them in some way. Keep two to three paragraphs in each subheading and keep it broken up in this way.  You can include more images throughout your blog post, create infographics and other graphics for your blog post. This is where you can have fun with your blog post as you are writing it. Create each section creatively and keep your readers interested.  Call To Action | Sharable Pins! I like to include sharable pins below this area. I try to create at least three different pins for each blog post. I also ask my readers to pin and share here. One of the most important things you can do with Pinterest Graphics is not only making them beautiful and interesting for your readers, make it easy by including the pin description in the ALT text. This way they don’t have to create their own description when pinning your pins.  ? PIN ME Download This Template! Read Something Else Photography Tips For Beginners & FREE Resource Download Keep Reading How To Earn Money While Living Full-Time in an RV Keep Reading Whats going on at Odysseys With Love Keep Reading Happy New Years Keep Reading Travel Blog Equipment and Software Keep Reading The Best Lightroom Tips For Instagram Keep Reading Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! Opt in to receive news and updates. I Want In Now! Thank you! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Freebie Library now! The Password is OWL2018

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21 Ideas For Blog Post When You Have Writers Block

I have sat here for several days thinking of the next blog article that I could write. I have come across writer’s block and it is truly starting to bother me. I really don’t know how to overcome it. We have not had much of a chance to travel even in our own small town since Skyler got hurt. I have not had any inspiration to write about family because in truth Skyler is healing and I am dealing with a child that seems to be ADHD, but not at the same time. My mom’s health is perfectly fine for now with the exception that her Alzheimer seems to be getting worse by the day. There isn’t anything new in James and my relationship to write about. So how do I overcome this writer’s block? I watch Disney YouTube channels all the time, I watch the Star Wars Channels all the time, I watch review channels, and photography. What can I write about? I started writing some about the Law Of Attraction some, maybe if I write more about the research I do for my dream home and life? Maybe there is someone else out there like me that wants to know more about Living at Disney? I started to write down ideas for a new blog post. I wanted to share with you a list of ideas that I could be writing about. That is how this blog post came about actually. I started to just write and flowed with it. I ended with the idea of writing about finding some inspiration for my own writing and thought there might be someone else out there that may also need the same inspiration too. 21 Ideas For Blog Post When You Have Writers Block Dream Closet Dream Home Ideas Bucket List Ideas Vacation Mementos Ideas My Christmas Wish List Photographers Christmas Wish List Bloggers Christmas Wish List What is on my Disney Bucket List? Easy meal plans for weight loss Easy meals for lowering cholesterol My favorite family recipes 10 Things about you Home date night ideas Local Travel guide Monthly favorites Morning Routine Evening Routine Your Favorite blogs or blog post Share a memory XX ways you reduce stress. What is your biggest dream Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST!  Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? Christmas Traditions | Part Four December 18, 2017 Who doesn’t love surprises! Part four of our Christmas Traditions Series is on Christmas Eve! I couldn’t leave out writing about the most magical night… Learn More 5 More Awesome Places in Texas September 7, 2017 After seeing how well our 8 Epic Places in Texas post went, I wanted to follow-up with 5 more awesome places in Texas. Our little… Learn More DIY Home Decor | His and Her Vows January 14, 2018   Christmas Morning, James and I stood in front of our Christmas Tree and said a few words that will forever be imprinted in my… Learn More Six Flags Over Texas Update and News September 4, 2018 We recently visited Six Flags Over Texas since the Summer season is almost over. It is now time for the park to start working on… Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! SUBSCRIBE Thank you so much for joining our tribe! I am excited to have you here. Make sure to head over to our FREEBIE LIBRARY and enter the password OWL2018

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Mom's! You Need To Take Care Of Yourself

If you have noticed, I have not posted much over the last few weeks. I have been suffering from burnout and depression. I have put my family before myself, as I should, but at the expense of myself. After Skyler fell and fractured her knee, my mom’s health failing, and trying to home school Rhyan, I have not had any opportunity to care for myself or my relationship with James.How do I know that I have suffered from burnout and depression? I look at myself and I can see it. I look tired all the time, I have not had any desire to write lately, my creativity has taken a hit, and so much more. I know realize that I also have gained a lot of weight. Coloring My Hair Is A Favorite Self-care Activity I Love coloring my hair. Its been a long time since I took the time to really care for myself, and since my hair is getting longer, I thought it was time to color my hair since it was so healthy now and could take a little damage. Not going to lie, I used a box die.So If you haven’t seen my latest selfie on Instagram, can you guess what color I chose?A deep dark red, or accounding to the box, Red Velvet!I have always had reddish hair since turning 20. Only the last year or so have I forgone the red tones for my natural hair. Coloring my hair helped me feel good about myself again, but also helped me see something else that has happened. I need To Drop The weight Looking at my fair videos, and heck even looking in the mirror, I have noticed that I have gained weight. Earlier this year I said I was going to join weight watchers, but I didn’t keep up with either my exerciser routine nor my diet. I am Starting my 7-Day Free Trial with the Jillian Michaels personalized fitness app. I need to do something. Self Care So taking care of your body, both physical and physiological, is an important step in continuing to care for your family. I was starting to fail at that. So changing up my hair and starting to take care of my body, is one way to help fight the burnout and depression.Another thing, I am starting to use essential oils at home. I picked up a kit at walmart and I am loving the Harmony oil blend. We also use breath easy in the living room. As I learn more about oils, you may find a few more things about it on her.Taking time for myself is also something that I have started to do. I love my romance books, and have started to listen more to audible books. Even if its just a few minutes a day, I enjoy that. Thanks For Reading! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? Remember the Alamo August 5, 2017 As we were leaving Padre Island National Seashore, we made a stop off in San Antonio so that we might explore The Alamo. It was a good experience for all of us including little Rhyan after she realized we would not find Elmo there. Learn More Work For Hire Chore List Allowance August 15, 2017 Megan does not pay an allowance to the girls, but over the last few weeks we have noticed that the oldest, Skyler, has not wanted… Learn More Happy New Years January 1, 2018 First, I want to say Happy New Years Everyone! It is that time of year that everyone starts to make their resolutions about becoming a… Learn More Weekend Adventures June 26, 2017 Over the weekend, Mr. James, Rhyan, Skyler, and I went out looking for something local to do. Our first stop was at Urban Legends Comic Book Store to see if maybe Skyler will enjoy reading those. We ended up getting the Wonder Woman collection for her.  We will see how she likes it Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! SUBSCRIBE Thank you so much for joining our tribe! I am excited to have you here. Make sure to head over to our FREEBIE LIBRARY and enter the password OWL2018

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Where Did We Go? A Family Update

Its been a while I know. A few things have come up and truthfully I have not felt like writing simply because of my own exhaustion. A lot has happened. We got great news recently, and then something happens and puts a twist in our plans for the fall season.We won’t be able to visit Six Flags Over Texas much for the rest of the year it seems. It really depends oh Skyler, but more on that later. Also, my car is acting up now, but it has one more payment left on it, and I am sticking back for a new vehicle. Skyler and the Fractured Knee Oh Skyler, the child is a klutz. The week after we visited Six Flags Over Texas, I got a phone call from the School Nurse at Skyler’s school. While running in PE, Skyler managed to fall and bang herself up. Skyler insisted she was ok and just needed some ice to get through her day.The second phone call from the school nurse should have been my warning. But, again Skyler did not want to come home from school. See… Skyler has joined Band. She did not want to miss out on practice or anything along those lines.When I went to pick her up from school, I told the nurse on the phone that I would be one of the first in line outside of the schools GYM. I guess I should have made sure that I told her again the GYM. Skyler limped her way to the front office exit, and didn’t see me and I got phone call number four of the day.I wanted to cry when I saw my oldest limping out of the building. I KNEW something was REALLY wrong. I got her home after that and looked at her knee, as soon as I had her changed into a different pair of pants and could see her knee I called the nurse line since I could not get through to the pediatrician.I was advised to call 9-1-1 and have her transported. This is where momma bear starts to come out. The EMT’s looked at her knee and felt that it was ok enough for me to transport her myself. I took her down to the closes hospital and after xrays and and the doctor looking at it, we were told it was a hairline partial fracture.I went to the school the next morning livid. MY BABY was walking on a broken knee from 11:30 to almost 4 pm! After talking to the school assistant principle, and then the school nurse I was calmed down some, but what really surprised me was the phone calls I kept receiving from the school nurse. She REALLY cared. She felt just as bad as I did. This changed my anger and I really understood that Skyler really did not want to get into trouble over missing BAND. Skyler also WALKED UP STAIRS ON THIS BREAK!The photo above was at the hospital. Just a hairline partial fracture of her kneecap. They put her in a immobilizing half cast thing and sent us on our way and told us to see an ortho shortly after this.I called the one they recommend and he didn’t take our insurance, so I called Children’s. We had a appointment last Monday morning. They took her out of the other cast thing and x-rayed her knee. It seems Skylers break was worse than we thought, and was a more serious break on top of that. Blausen.com staff (2014). “Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014”. WikiJournal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.010. ISSN 2002-4436The black line in the image above is where Skyler’s break is. So, the muscle above the break was pulling in this and pulled the fractured piece off. She is now in a knee brace from thigh to calf and I move it to help her gain her mobility back. Adventures are on Pause. So, we will not be visiting Six Flags until Skyler is fully mobile and we visit the Ortho again in a few weeks. She was originally in a wheel chair at school but she is using crutches this week. I just REALLY hope that she has someone to help her between classes.James and I thought that we would be visiting the Southwest RV show this past weekend, but put that off due to this, and a few other things.BUT I have to say thank you to the staff at Childrens including Mr. Ben that put the brace on Skyler and played around with us keeping her comfortable in the process. Have you fractured a kneecap before? Let us know any tips and tricks to help Skyler down in the comments below! Thanks For Reading! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? Christmas Traditions | Part Two December 15, 2017 Yesterday we started to talk about Christmas Traditions in Part one of this series. Today, I want to share with you about a tradition that… Learn More 75 Mommy Daughter Date Ideas August 22, 2018 75 Mommy Daughter Day Out Ideas to spend time with your little girls before she grows up to fast. 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Hi! Im Megan! I am a photographer and writer behind Odysseys With Love. I am a Mother and Wife and enjoy sharing our everyday life journey. From our The Mesquite Texas Guide and Wandering In DFW to helping other bloggers work from home, I love what I do. 

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