Snapshot Saturday

Not that this picture has anything to do with anything but I guess these five little persons would make my favorite list if you had to nail me down. I’ve always said I can only handle as many kids as can fit into a mega-tractor wheel. I think the little rowdy on the end still counts. He’s mostly in.

Do you use essential oils? Right now I’m loving this hydrating cream from DoTerra (scroll about 3/4 of the way down to see it). It is fragrant and non-greasy and makes my face feel amazing. (Also, this immunity blend from Butterfly Express is my favorite of all time. Brian says it makes me smell like my grandma which I take as the utmost highest compliment ever.)

Next week, I’m embarking on something I’ve never done before. I’m leaving the five rugrats with Brian and getting on a real, live airplane (after driving a couple hours to our closest airport, of course) and flying down to Arizona to see a few of my oldest, bestest roommates from my college years (apparently that was, like, 16 years ago, although I swear I can’t possibly be that old). Sister friends (do you have friends like that?) and it almost seems unreal that it’s actually going to happen. I’m loading up my phone with books to read. Any good recommendations?

Brian got me this knife set for Mother’s Day earlier this year and I have to say, I love them (p.s. there are probably cheaper places/better shipping options elsewhere online so look around if interested)! They aren’t going to appear on any gourmet food lists or professional kitchen recommendations but from one friend to another, I have to say that after a few good months of use, I am very pleasantly surprised. Sharp and pretty.

I made these Snickers Rice Krispie treats ages ago after a friend brought some to a church activity and I embarrassed myself over them. They are probably one of my favorite rice krispie variations. I used homemade caramel sauce and semisweet chocolate chips.

It’s already starting to cool down here (which makes my upcoming trip to AZ all the more enticing). As in, snow is in the forecast. I’m not exactly sure how it could be happening so soon and it makes me very, very grumpy. The only upside is that I can wear these boots again that I bought last winter. They make me very, very happy.

And, that’s it for now. I’ve managed to come down with a terrible, awful, no good virusy cold and I kind of feel like I want to die. Someone send a memo stat to the people in charge that moms should never, ever be allowed to get sick. Ever.

*I’m not affiliated with any of the companies I linked to; just things I really like right now and want to share with you.*

39 Responses to Snapshot Saturday: Some Favorites and Random Stuff

  1. Katie says:

    The link to the cream doesn’t work for me. Can you tell me more specifically what doterra cream it is that you refer to in this post? Thanks!

  2. Allison says:

    Love the pic! My little boy said…hey they have one who looks like me! I can’t believe how similar our families look (4 boys first and then a baby girl)… and we’re only about 6 months different in age. Too bad you’re not in my ward–it would be so fun to get to know you! For now I’ll just have to stalk you (j/k) via your blog and cook all of your (and Aunt Marilyn’s) recipes! YUM!

  3. Thanks for sharing, I need new knives so bad and I just noticed my Costco in AZ (it says available at too!) has that same knife set on sale right now for $25. Thanks for the recommendation. I can’t wait to get them.

  4. Sara P. says:

    Hey Mel!! Cute picture, Cam is getting so big! I can’t help but notice the Cade is sticking with the duck boots!! Bet they smell good…

  5. Meg says:

    Hi Mel:) In a totally non-stalker-ish way, I feel like we should be friends since I come to your website so much and make all your recipes and see your cute fam. The internet is so weird. But, I think you are great, and think we would be friends if we llived close by! Anyway:) I am almost out of my Philosophy face moisturizer, and although I love it, I have been wanting to get something more natural- without parabens. So I am wondering about the DoTerra moisturizer- Do it ever make your face break out because of using it? Also, do you use it daily? Thanks so much! Have fun in Sunny AZ:)

    • Mel says:

      Hey Meg – you are funny…and sweet! Let’s consider each other friends! Ok, about the moisturizer, it doesn’t make my face break out at all. But it is fairly fragrant (more so than the non-fragrant Neutrogena one I’d been using for years) so that took some getting used to. I use it morning and night. Have you double checked that it doesn’t have parabens? I remember looking at the label when I got it and the list was longer than I would have thought but I can’t remember if I recall seeing parabens on there or not.

  6. Kim in MD says:

    Your kiddos are so cute, Mel! I love this random things post! I’m so sorry you are sick. You’re right- there should be a law against Moms getting sick. Feel better and have a great trip!

  7. Bri says:

    I think we are soul sisters even though we’ve never met…come on, we have the same knife set! I do love them. And my sister’s in-laws gave us a super nice expensive knife sharpener a couple years ago for Christmas, so I can keep those babies SUPER sharp! I got those knives at costco for I think 25 bucks. Not sure I remember exactly. Love me some Costco. Unfortunately Costco is the only reason I could not live in a small town;-). Have a blast in AZ!

  8. Emily says:

    Um…Bart’s snarky comment about Essentail Oils is cracking me up!! Love it! I had a similar outing with my college roommates this past summer too. It was so much fun. I will always be amazed that no matter how long we’ve been apart those 5 women will always be my closest friends. We’re from all over the country, met in Idaho. I hope you have as much with your roommates as I had with mine!

  9. Sheila says:

    Mel, I’m so excited for you! I hope that Arizona sun has already baked that cold right out of you. Brian should be in tip top shape by the time you get home after a week of being “put through the ropes” with the above adorable little munchkins. Enjoy those sisters!

  10. Laura Harper says:

    Ugh- I second that about moms never getting sick. Seriously. I have the cold/stomach combo right now and with 3 little kids it’s double no fun. Hope you feel better soon!

  11. Jenn in AZ says:

    Have a great time. I was just in Phoenix and it was beautiful. Flagstaff where we live? Already cold. I was fighting turning on the heater but it was 55 in the house when I got up this morning and my feet rebelled and took me to the thermostat.

  12. Abby says:

    Your sweet little family is so stinking cute! We just found out we are having our third little boy in March and I’m so excited. Seeing your family makes me even more excited. Jealous about your trip to AZ and I totally have sister friends like that! It’s the best…

  13. curlygirlfoodie says:

    Finished Jim Gaffigan’s book: Dad is Fat, over the weekend. It’s his writings on being the father of 5 kids (under the age of 8). Made me laugh out loud in parts and laugh so hard I was crying. Great easy read.

  14. Ruchita says:

    Have fun on your trip! These are some books I’ve read recently:

    Gone Girl, Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)
    Wool (Hugh Howey)
    The Fault in Our Stars (John Greene)
    Enclave, Outpost (Ann Aguirre)
    The 500 (Matthew Quirk)
    Skeletons at the Feast (Chris Bohjalian)

  15. Teresa R. says:

    Have fun with your friends in AZ! I will be on the lookout for those knives. Mine are old and dull. I hope you get over the cold soon.

  16. Heather says:

    Hi Mel,

    I just stumbled on your blog and I am extremely happy to hear I am not the only mom out there who throws up when I drive by a McDonalds. I am a mother of one and I plan to teach her the exact same thing. I look forward to watching your blog in the future. I love the apple oatmeal muffins. That recipe search led me to you:)

  17. Brittany C says:

    You’re coming to AZ?! That is so exciting. Anywhere near Gilbert? I’m gonna hope I bump into you somewhere and get to meet the famous Mel. 🙂 The weather here is a bit warm still, for my taste but it sure beats snow! As far as books go, Edenbrooke is great, Blackmoore (same author ), or Unbreakable.

  18. Gail Wagner says:

    I agree. We need to start a petition for moms to never get sick! It’s the worst! I don’t know what kind of books you typically read (I’m a bit YA fan!) Fallen by Lauren Kate is good (it’s a series though) and I love the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. If you want something a little less known, my book Donegal Sidhe: Army of Sorrow is available on Amazon, B&N, etc. I think it’s pretty good! And book 2 will be coming out soon! Also I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of but you can download the app on your phone and read free books on it (some are published, some aren’t). I’m not going to lie….some of the them are pretty bad since most of the them are written by amatuers but there are a fair amount of great ones by professionals! If you get an account, please look me up on there! 🙂

  19. Holly W says:

    Mel, so sorry you’re sick. That just stinks – especially when you’re the mom! Just returned home after a week on the East Coast – took several books on the plane. I love Karen Kingsbury ( Her books are uplifting and inspiring. Also second the comments on Julie Donaldson’s books – Edenbrooke and Blackmoore. Finally – was thinking of picking up those Komachi knives at Costco because they’re on sale through Oct. 27. Knowing you like them, I’m definitely going to buy them! Thanks for the tip! I use doTerra oils (lavender and serenity) on my boys to help them sleep at night but haven’t tried their other products.

  20. Carla says:

    I totally second edenbrooke and that author’s second book just out (not a series), Blackmoore.

    Also I almost got sick recently and at the first symptoms I started using a cold and flu bomb (google it), essentially equal parts of an immunity blend, oregano oil, and tea tree (melaleuca) and I just put it on my feet though others put it in pills. I didn’t get sick, score!

  21. Lucy says:

    I was thinking about buying a similar set of knives at Costco this month. Thanks for the encouragement. We could really use some new knives.

  22. Amanda says:

    I use the doTerra face stuff and LOVE it. Totally for the same reasons that you listed.

    As for books: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate, Call the Midwife (but skip the pages when it starts to talk about the best show ever), Listening is an Act of Love from StoryCorps, The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio by Terry Ryan, The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig…and I’m sure I could come up with others if you really need it.

  23. Bart says:

    Wait … you use essential oils and you GOT SICK??? Even using the immunity one??? How can this possibly be?? Don’t essential oils cure cancer and autism? I’m so confused by this post … and we miss you guys. I read your post a few weeks ago about Brian and fishing. Let him know that I took up fly fishing a few months ago myself, and feel more like a man because of it. I miss that dude.

  24. Missy says:

    Enjoy your time here in Arizona. Can you please bring some cooler fall-like temperatures with you? 🙂
    I’m not sure what kind of books you enjoy reading but Steven James is a good author if you like suspense. His Patrick Bowers books are great.

  25. Laura says:

    The best book I’ve read lately is “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I learned to live a Better Story” by Donald Miller. His book “Blue Like Jazz” is also a good read. Very inspirational, very easy read- feels like you are sitting down over coffee and having a conversation with him about how to make an impact on the world. Read it!

  26. B.D.Riehl says:

    I have been following you for years and make something from your recipe list for at least one dinner a week (but usually 3 or 4) 🙂
    And as for book recommendations: my first novel was released last month and has received 4 and 5 star reviews! Check it out: 😉 would love to know I could bless you back like you bless my family’s bellies each week 😉
    (this is the amazon link, but it’s available on and if you’re a nook or kobo type)

  27. Christy B. says:

    Costco has those knives on sale for $25. Maybe I’ll pick some up. I could really use some sharp knives!

  28. Cyndi says:

    Sorry your sick! I hope you feel better soon. I agree that mom’s should not be able to get sick! Enjoy your weekend and your gorgeous family!! 🙂

  29. Mel, I love your site! Getting lots of ideas to try.

  30. Julie says:

    So since I’m nursing boy number three right now I’m doing a ton of reading. Books I’ve finished and enjoyed the past few weeks include: The Glass Castle, Where’d You Go, Bernadette (funny book), Orphan Train (historical), and The Dressmaker (historical about the titanic).
    Made your spaghetti pie last night for us and a mama with a new foster baby. Yummy! And the peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies my husband can get over.
    Thank you for all your recipes. You are my go to now. Anyone with more than two boys us a rockstar in my eyes.

  31. Amy says:

    I just read Edenbrooke… in a day.

  32. Kristi says:

    I love essential oils. I put them in a diffuser, and let the aroma go through my house. Love it.

  33. Cammee says:

    Have fun on your kid free trip! As hard as it is to leave them, the payoff is great. The hubby and I just got back from a trip to Boston and I couldn’t get over the fact that we could do WHATEVER WE WANTED!! It was mind blowing.

  34. Lindsey Murphy says:

    I live in Arizona and you are going to love the weather right now…high eighties, so bring your shorts and sandals!

  35. Terry A. says:

    Have fun in Arizona! I think our summer here in SE MN is over, too – it’s a pretty dreary day out there. Those Snickers Rice Krispie bars look amazing! I’ll have to find an excuse to make them. 🙂

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