Friday, March 31, 2017

an introduction

you all know how much i love a night with friends,
in my happy place, 
under the twinkle lights,
 in the barn,
here at defoyd backyard farm

well this week brought one for the memory banks.
a launch event to introduce myself as a distributor 
for young living essential oils.
eek, i'm so excited!

these little bottles of pure goodness
have been a wonderful addition to our family.
immunity building - stress relieving 
skin replenishing - sleepy time making 
booboo kissing - mood changing
conscious cleaning
waking up - chilling out,
and lotssssss more.

so, bits & bobs readers,
allow me to introduce myself.
a "mrs. & mama / feminist & farmer"
who loves essential oils
and would love the opportunity to chat 
with anyone who may curious or interested in getting started.

happy to connect & answer q's (email).
ready to get started?
here's a spot with more information and my sponsor sign-up details (link).
next oil night in the barn?
tuesday, april 18 (stay tuned)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

hibernation bits

i did my best to channel a little mary poppins 
today on a dreary spring day.
this favorite halloween prop umbrella always brings a smile.
and singing...lots of singing.
and pretending to fly across the grocery store parking lot.
oh and maybe a few eye rolls too.
i'll take any bit of mary i can get.
hibernation season is over.
it may not look or feel like it outside just yet,
but the calendar sure does.
here's a wee peek at some of our hibernation season instabits.

a sweet winter read
a cherished quiet moment
and some library pickings with a theme 
monopoly railroad tycoon
brown yard, brown barn, brown birds
rescuing the farmer who locked himself in the chicken coop
happy farmer with her  thrifted signs
my middle school student
my 8 year old who is findings his style
afternoon coloring
jewels and super heroes
car trips with ramona
basketball saturdays
the flutist on stage
when women thrive on stage
once at the theatre
mystery reader...jane for jane
donut dates
brothers visit
late night poker nights
aquarium exploring
airport waiting
1 year with gus
super bowl champs
dribbling relays
letters from malawi 
letters by jane
layers laying
one five playing
weekend away with friends
dessert and new fish name discussions
mantle truth
winter splashing
birthday wishes with dear ones

mystery reader fun on dr. seuss' birthday
lego land love
sisters on wheels
a mama moment
a family moment
cabin fever crazies
thanks for taking the stroll with me through
the defoyd family instabits.
hibernation over.
spring's a coming
i can feel it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

thankful tuesday, 3/14

i think this snapshot from the weekend,
captures pretty well a grateful heart.
a silly & simple moment shared with friends & family,
and inspired today's thankful tuesday.
  • a weekend being a big sister
  • snow days and coffee
  • dinner with my oldest friend who will soon be a mama
  • extra time in the library
  • random 2 week early birthday surprises from my dad for wes, that made us all sing & laugh
  • lentils
  • to-do lists that aren't daunting, but kinda fun
  • pretty things shopping
  • a clean pup
  • a monday lunch date
  • the laundry dance
  • a new oily adventure
  • international women's day with all my sisters 
  • dessert at daylight
  • anticipating spring

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


happy international women's day friends.
a day that recognizes both the progress 
and the work to be done to advance gender equity.
a day of community and celebrating,
thoughtfulness and celebration.

i spent much of the day following and contributing
to the conversations and commitments
made by individuals and influencers around the world.
i'm grateful for the front row seat 
i have access to 
through the when women thrive work that i do.

i'm grateful for the 
colleagues and clients,
friends and family,
husband and kids
that inspire me every day in this work that i do.

and on this year's international women's day,
i'm feeling particularly grateful and inspired by 
my mom and dad.
city dweller, newlywed parents 
who chose farming over college.
and who every day encouraged me 
to live and love what i do.

i'm grateful for these roots.
i'm grateful for their choices.
for what they meant then.
and especially for what they mean today.