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Ten Things of Thankful-Sunday dreaming

on 16 May 2016

Here is Sunday again and we’re already half through the month of May! I don’t know if it’s me but time seems to be flying by at a alarming rate. It’s only 24 days until my big bucket list trip to South Africa. The TTOT linkup is live and it’s time to get my thankful list posted. 

I’m thankful for having a wonderful week full of fun, surprises, and birthday love. 

I’m thankful that my husband and I enjoyed a nice lunch and got our first set of immunizations for our vacation. I always react to chemicals in my system so I’m grateful I got the use of my left arm back the next day. I keep on reminding myself it’s only one time deal and I’ll never have to go through these shots again. 

I’m thankful that I was able to take a break and stay home from my son’s hockey. Allergies and the affects of my immunizations has left me feeling off health wise so I stayed home so I could nap and relax. It’s all good though because it’s gets me once step closer to Africa. 


Photo credit given to the photographer of this book cover

I’m thankful that even though I wasn’t at hockey my son scored his hat trick! I felt a little guilty about missing his game but it was better I rested and adjusted the chemicals into my body. 

I’m thankful for nicer weather and going walking in the sunshine. My youngest son loves to go for walks and with his boundless energy it helps to tire him out for bedtime. My oldest will walk a longer way if we stop to do something fun. This tree for example was one he wanted to climb. 

I’m thankful for attending my support group meeting and making some valuable connections. I learned some amazing information about the brain and anxiety from the guest speaker. She’s a practicing psychologist and she said there’s new research that the prefrontal lobe of our brain doesn’t fully mature until we’re in our late 20’s. It made me realize that all the interventions I have for my sons is the best possible thing I can do to teach them about taking care of themselves and emotional regulation. 

I’m thankful for being able to celebrate a wonderful birthday with my family. First I had a yummy breakfast and then my family prepared lunch for me. It was a sunny day and we ate on the deck. I then relaxed and did some reading in my hammock swing. 

I’m thankful for being able to get my friend to look after our kids and my wonderful husband took me out for a yummy dinner and later to a great blues band. I love the blues and this group rocked the house and even mentioned the birthday girl and posed for this picture with me. 

I’m thankful for the self care Sunday ritual I’ve been doing. Today I watched movies with my husband, had a nap, enjoyed some relaxation in our hot tub. He BBQ ed some amazing ribs and enjoyed a lovely supper and some tv time. 

I’m thankful for having the time to whip up a batch of this coconut citrus body wash. It’s just what I need to wake me up in the mornings. 


Take one can of coconut milk and pour it into a bowl. 


Add 2 cups of Castile liquid soap to the milk and mix together. 

Add 4 drops of essential oils and mix with liquid. (I chose citrus for its refreshing and rejuvenating properties) 

Pour into plastic bottle and shake for 10 seconds. 

This will make five 250 ml bottles and you can store it in your shower or bathroom cabinet. 


24 Responses to “Ten Things of Thankful-Sunday dreaming”

  1. valj2750 says:

    That body wash sounds scrumptious. Happy Birthday and move over, I’d like to relax in that hammock swing. Can’t wait to see the photos of your upcoming African adventure.

    • jsackmom says:

      It smells so good Val I have to stop myself from eating it. There’s plenty of room for one more in the hammock swing. ? 24 more days till my African adventure I’ll be taking a ton of pictures. ?

  2. Colleen says:

    ? Happy Monday Jeanine!!
    Enjoyed this read ~ Made me smile ~ Great pictures!

  3. Vanessa D. says:

    That hammock swing looks like just the ticket for a Sunday afternoon and a good book! Immunizations hurt – a lot. Not so much the actual shot, but that bruised feeling for the next couple of days.

    • jsackmom says:

      Oh it’s the best place to relax only steps away from my hot tub too. I felt like such a big baby but my arm was swollen and my body actually hurt. The things I do to take a holiday. ?

  4. Love the body wash and the hammock…self care is awesome.
    HOW are we halfway through May already???

  5. Lizzi says:

    I’m so glad you had a lovely birthday. It looks really wonderful, and a blues band! Awesome.

    I love the idea of Self-Care Sunday. I might try to take that one up.

    Also, WHEN ARE YOU IN HEATHROW/!?!?! I don’t want to miss you! Can’t believe it’s all happening so soon. YAY

  6. very cool, that hammock-swing…. don’t believe I’ve seen the design before. nice

  7. New Journey says:

    What a great night out…love the picture and the body wash sounds lovely….think I will give it a try…I use coconut oil a couple times a week on my body….love the softness it adds to my skin..My son is going to south America and he is having to get shots..he said the exact same thing you did, its only a one time deal….LOL ..happy Thursday…kat

    • jsackmom says:

      It was so much fun that band can really rock! The body wash smells scrumptious enough to eat and it’s so easy to make. I’m slightly addicted to coconut oil and I’m going to start cooking with it and adding it to my smoothies. I’m so relieved I never have to get those shots again. They definitely through my body out of whack for a few days. I’m grateful I’m all better now. ?

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