About melissa

Melissa is the Founder of ROW and has been an oilfield wife for 14 years. She has been married to a wonderful man forever and is mother to six amazing children (17,14, 10, 10 and 2 and a foster baby!). Melissa knows the struggles that come along with the oilfield life. When Melissa isn't helping her little girl battle her brain tumors (Love for Jazmine Joy), she loves to travel, laugh, tend to her chickens, and dream of sunshine and mountains.
melissa@shrinkingjeans.net

8 Ways to Help a Family With a Sick Child

I’ve always tried to be supportive of people who are going through hard times and facing a medical crisis, whether it be cancer or something else. I’ve organized benefit dinners, donated to strangers fundraising accounts to help with their medical bills, and offered my help many times to other families in need. Then, at the […]

Yearly Recap {2013}

I saw this yearly recap on Rage Against the Minivan and decided to play along, too. 1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? 2013 was a pretty tame year for me. We took in our second little foster daughter, loved on her for eight months, and then she reunified with […]

Stitch Fix: The Hunt for an Adoption Day Dress

What is Stitch Fix? Read this! When I scheduled my Fix for December, I noted that I was searching for a dress to wear for our upcoming adoption (hoping that it would be mid-December, which isn’t happening). I wanted something cute, stylish, and appropriate for our exciting family event. Nothing too short, tight or crazy. […]

Get Your Fix with Stitch Fix!

I’ve had a mini-obsession with monthly subscription boxes for quite awhile now. In fact, I love any service that includes delivery to my home and and doesn’t require me dragging my kids out in public. Shopping with two almost-two-year-olds is NOT my idea of fun and typically leaves me rushing home to a bottle of […]

Summer Detox: Sign Up and Slim Down

Registration for Eat Clean Health’s Group 7 Day Summer Detox is about to close, so before you miss out on this fantastic WHOLE FOODS, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY detox program, today is the day to sign up and slim down! The Group 7 Day Summer Detox is designed to flush toxins from the body, lose unwanted weight, reboot […]

Shrink for Good!

Originally posted on The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. You’re thirsty. You walk to the kitchen, turn on the faucet, and fill a cup with cold, refreshing water. Or maybe you grab a bottle of water out of the fridge as you run out the door to pick up the kids from soccer. What if […]

The Oilfield Cafe: Best-Ever Chex Mix

I live for Chex Mix. Not the kind you buy from the grocery store, the homemade kind overflowing with buttery, crunchy goodness. If I had one food to live off of forever, this recipe just might be it. One of the only good things I ever received from my mother-in-law (besides my husband, of course!) […]

The Oilfield Cafe: Pineapple Chicken

  One day a few weeks ago, my husband came home from his two-week hitch raving about some pineapple chicken a friend’s wife had made for them and carrying a bowl for of leftovers for me. Pineapple? And chicken? Together?! Disgusting! He promised me that I would love it and be begging for more. I […]

Suck It Up, Buttercup!

There’s been a lot of controversy as of late on our Facebook page regarding oilfield wives and what is perceived as whining. While maybe we do whine a little, I think most of it stems from the fact that we go for days and weeks on end with little to no adult conversations, we miss […]

The Skinny on Bountiful Baskets

Oilfield life often comes with living in small towns with inflated prices on groceries. Selections are scarce, prices are high, lines are long, and trying to find good-for-you foods is just plain inconvenient. If you happen to live in a location near a Bountiful Baskets drop-off point, I highly suggest taking advantage of what is […]