World’s Best Mom


This poem was written for me on “Mother’s Day, 2003. One year prior to my oldest daughter leaving her “Momma”, her home, and her family, and becoming estranged from me/us since July 2004! She left at just 18 years old, and just a month after her  Graduation party from High School! She left home for reasons I won’t record for her privacy. I wait every day, each year that passes us by; for her to come “home” ….in her heart, like the story n the Bible, of “The Prodigal’s Son. My/our door will always be open! I will never give up HOPE!





Just For Fun! A Little DIY home Freshener Idea

I love candles, but as we all know, you can’t leave them burning unattended. There are some rooms in my home where I want a constant, unattended scent (ahem, the bathroom). These gel air fresheners are the perfect answer.

To make the DIY air fresheners, you first need a heat-proof jars (You can get them for $0.99 each at Michael’s), food coloring colors of your choice, and essential oil (@ hobby Lobby or Michael’s & not expensive). I like vanilla and cinnamon oil…it smells delightful!

Into each jar, drop a few drops (not more than 2 or 3) of food coloring. Then, put in about 30 drops of essential oil. The more essential oil you put in, the stronger the smell.

OK, now… Gather up 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin, a tablespoon of salt, and 2 cups of cold water. Salt helps to keep the gel from molding.

Get one cup of water boiling on the stove. When it begins to boil, whisk in the gelatin, stirring until it’s all dissolved.

Then, pour in the other cup of cold water and the salt, stirring until the salt is dissolved.

Quickly pour the hot gelatin mixture in each of your jars, and then use a disposable stick or spoon to stir it into the oil and food coloring.

Let these gel overnight, and then voila! Air freshener!


This project takes a total of five minutes to make, is highly economical, and each jar should last you about a month. This would make a great gift for any teacher or new neighbor, friend or Christmas Secret Santa “inexpensive” (& fun to do with your kids, too!)!

To recap, here’s the full ingredient list:
heatproof jars
food coloring
essential oil

4 packets unflavored gelatin
1 T. salt
2 cups cold water

****This is not an original idea! I got this from “The Tasty Cook” Blogger on Blogger dot com! I wanted to share it with you and have used my own words and her ingredients and directions but I’ve changed it up some and also I’ve changed the “toss ins” a bit.