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Guest Post: Not Your Typical Normal by Rachel Jacks

Post by rachel_jacks » 19 Jan 2016, 10:45

Not Your Typical Normal by Rachel Jacks

A day in the life of me is probably pretty boring, much like I would imagine any typical person’s life would be. When you work a 9-5 job (or in my case an 8-5 job), life is pretty repetitive. To anyone else looking at me, I probably look pretty normal. I am a simple, low-maintenance person. Step into my house and you might start to notice some things that are not as “typical”.

On any given day my house looks like Thomas and Friends blew up in the living room. We don’t spend a lot of money on decorative pieces for our house and things are rarely put away on a regular basis. Everything has its place, but who wants to clean up toys multiple times a day? I want our house to feel lived in, not look like a model for a magazine. We make memories in our home, which often means we make messes, too. I don’t remember where I heard it, but I support the notion that homes are for free expression.

While I am not a health nut by any means, I do believe in natural healing. Growing up I would go to school sick and suffer through congestion and coughs instead of taking medications. As an adult, I have learned more about the harmful side effects of over the counter medications and prescription medications. I am now the “crazy oil lady” in my family. My bathroom drawer is full of my little bottle of goodness for everything from scrapes and bruises to strep throat. I have heard the “you need to go to the doctor!” line many times and seen the look of judgment for using essential oils instead of medicine. Clearly, others enjoy their freedom of expression as well.

If you happened to journey into the spare “bedroom” in our house right now, it is going to look like a paper explosion took place. My Cricut is on the floor surrounded by scraps of paper and projects. I feel very creative when I am making paper projects and right now my biggest project is preparing everything for my upcoming wedding. I have made everything from the save-the-dates, shower invitations, and wedding invitations to the Wed-libs, dessert bags, and wedding favors. I can’t help but to be excited when I show my creations to others. I always wish I had more time to scrapbook and fiddle with new projects.

When life allows it, I can usually be found curled up on the couch reading a new book…or an old favorite. My collection is forever expanding and I eagerly await the day that the wall-to-wall bookshelf is complete in our bedroom. I am one of those girls that would prefer a walk-in library to a walk-in closet. I would rather spend money on books than money on clothes because books are the gift that keeps on giving. I can’t wait to share my collection with my son.


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Post by bookowlie » 20 Jan 2016, 11:26

I enjoyed reading your Guest Post. I am happy to discover that my home is not the only one with a few "explosions." Of course, now I will think of you are "Crazy Oil Lady" whenever I read your posts. :)
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Post by gali » 20 Jan 2016, 11:33

Thank you for the interesting post. :)
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Post by PashaRu » 20 Jan 2016, 11:53

Thanks for sharing a little slice of your life. It is well written and fun to read. I love your relaxed, homey way of looking at things. (I too am assaulted with essential oils occasionally. Lately it's been frankincense.) Speaking from a guy's perspective (because that's all I have, haha), I'll take a sweet girl with no makeup on, wearing sweats and curled up on the couch reading a book over a supermodel on the runway any day. And congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
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Post by bluemel4 » 20 Jan 2016, 15:59

Thank you for letting us get to know you better. I am also the kind of girl that would rather spend money on books rather than clothes.
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Post by hsimone » 20 Jan 2016, 16:10

Thank you for a snapshot of your life! I would definitely want a walk-in library versus a walk-in too :)
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Post by rachel_jacks » 21 Jan 2016, 10:50

bookowlie wrote:I enjoyed reading your Guest Post. I am happy to discover that my home is not the only one with a few "explosions." Of course, now I will think of you are "Crazy Oil Lady" whenever I read your posts. :)
My mom was a HUGE skeptic, but agreed to try them out because she is a supporter like that. She is now hooked and promotes them to her co-workers and friends. :) I am a big skeptic as well and had my doubts when I started using them. I think the first time I was a true believer was when I had strep throat and used an oil protocol I found online. On the first day I had way more energy and the lemon oil in water had immediate soothing effects on my throat. After three days I felt completely better despite my tonsils still being a bit swollen. Everyone told me I needed to go to the doctor because only antibiotics could get rid of the strep. My oils won and I have been sold since then. I will wear the "Crazy Oil Lady" title with pride!! haha

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PashaRu wrote:Thanks for sharing a little slice of your life. It is well written and fun to read. I love your relaxed, homey way of looking at things. (I too am assaulted with essential oils occasionally. Lately it's been frankincense.) Speaking from a guy's perspective (because that's all I have, haha), I'll take a sweet girl with no makeup on, wearing sweats and curled up on the couch reading a book over a supermodel on the runway any day. And congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
I am glad you enjoyed the post! My fiance is resistant to oils too, but you bet your butt when he is desperate he asks me for something to help him! I don't push them on him (or anyone else) and just say "I told you so" in my head whenever he caves and asks for oils and they actually help him. :) He is a brick mason, so the muscle relaxing oils have become a favorite.
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Post by bookowlie » 21 Jan 2016, 11:08

You will have to share the oils with your future MIL. :)
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Post by rachel_jacks » 21 Jan 2016, 11:11

I actually already introduced her. :) She uses them all the time!
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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 07 Feb 2016, 07:16

Your house sounds a lot like mine :D

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Post by rachel_jacks » 07 Feb 2016, 11:35

I bet your house is a pretty good home then. :)
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Post by pallavi garg » 12 Feb 2016, 11:09

Not jus oils...even your post had a nice calming effect...smiled a lot going through it....congratulations and best wishes for your upcoming marriage. ..best of luck. ..

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Post by rachel_jacks » 14 Feb 2016, 12:11

Thanks! I have taken to blogging recently (about not book stuff) and I hope people enjoy my posts :)
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Post by CCtheBrave » 25 Feb 2016, 12:26

I agree that houses are better if they feel lived in and warm. I try to keep my house very neat, but I like leaving books and blankets and coffee mugs out without being too crazy about cleaning them up. I want other people to feel comfortable making a mess in my home, too!
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Post by rachel_jacks » 25 Feb 2016, 12:56

CCtheBrave wrote:I want other people to feel comfortable making a mess in my home, too!
I know some kids that feel all too comfortable making a HUGE mess in other people's homes!

Glad I am not the only one that tries to make their house a home. :)
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