My Five Favorite Finds for May

28
May
2015

When a friend finds something they really like, well…. they share!  So that is what this post is all about.  Every few months I tip you off to what I’ve found to be some favorite items I’ve recently discovered.  I typically try to link to amazon, so you can use the affiliate link if you so desire and contribute to our sponsorship of our Compassion girls – but often times you can find some of the items locally.

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I love the ease and variety of things found on amazon, so I will be keeping up with my monthly subscribe and save orders (love getting an additional 15% off when I have 5 items!) and using my FREE Prime shipping too!  Now off to share my goodies with you all!

Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
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OH MY WORD!   ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS.    Now, I am not a huge chocolate lover – meaning I can have a bit here and there and that is enough…… but I am picky on what chocolate I eat since I have been more conscious of my food choices.  I love these peanut butter cups – no GMO, Organic, Palm Free and Soy Free and they are a local Seattle company.

I admit, they are spendy – but I eat one at a time normally – and keep them in my freezer.  One or two a week are a perfect “self-care” treat for me!  I get them locally at my Co-Op for $1.99 a pack…… so worth it for this mama!

4950Nature’s Sunshines Silver Shield Gel

I purchase this perfect skin gel several months ago to have in my mama wellness cabinet, since we are weeding out all the unnecessary toxic filled items we’ve used in the past to care for many common health and skin issues.  This gel is amazing for helping skin issues – I love it!   It is a great cleansing agent, perfect for scrapes, irritated skin, and bug bites.  

I love my Essential Oils for supporting our family wellness, but it is always good to have back up items to help as well, and this does the trick.  Do not leave home with out it!  Check out the amazing reviews on amazon!

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush for Kids
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This kids toothbrush is an investment and one of the best yet!  My five year old was needing some encouragement with his brushing, so we decided since all of the other family members use Sonicare brushes, it was time to introduce him as well.  Let me just say, he has been so excited to brush his teeth and get some magical stickers!  It is fun for him and I really love a few thing about the brush.  It has a beeper that tells him when to switch quadrants in his mouth – brilliant, as well as a 2 minute timer – which is the time dentist recommend kids brush for.

You can change the skins of the toothbrush, which gives personality and best of all – he looks forward to brushing his teeth, at least for now!

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Good headphones are hard to come by – and when I find a pair that are exceptional – I know.  I us these headphones talking on my phone (love the built in mic), listening to music while running, both outside and on the treadmill and the sound is excellent.  There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to hear some good bass sounds and crisp tones.

I really love that when I am out for a run and I get a call (that I want to take!) I can easily click to answer and I don’t have to fumble around – it is very easy.  I saved up for these head phones and it was so worth it!  I have used these while traveling too, and they are perfect – lightweight and easy to keep in my purse.

MIU Color 500 ml Aroma Diffuser 
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I can’t believe I have not posted in a FAVORITES post about this diffuser gem!  We are all about diffusing Young Living essential oils in our home, it is amazing for changing everyone’s attitude and keeping breathing free and easy!

This ultrasonic diffuser is a work horse!  It runs all night, you can turn the light off or have it on, it changes colors and has several timers and speed options.  The price is what gets me, $39.99.  It is a great value!  I have had two in our home for over a year and a half.  After people in my oily community have purchased their Premium Starter Kit that comes with a diffuser, they always want more.  I suggest this diffuser – always!  

It is perfect for the family room or on your beside table.  The output is full and effective – just what you need.

What other fun finds do you have to share?  This mom would love to hear

Summer Planning Made Simple

11
May
2015

Summer

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and especially a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I spent the weekend watching baseball – one of my favorite activities.  I watched my five year olds t-ball game, my older son’s game where he coaches a team of thirteen year olds and then went to the Mariner’s game on Sunday.

Perfect!

Today I wanted to share many of the past resources that I have here on the blog.

My most popular is the Summer Survival Calendar which I shared about last week, but after that is a very thorough post filled with all types of topics related to summer.

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You can find it HERE – with posts about water safety, hiking tips, summer activities, safer sunscreen and more.  Just a click away!

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The Four F’s of Summer Parenting – quick and easy strategies to keep your parenting game on during the summer – all while having fun too!

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And finally, a Successful Summer Planning Webinar, with tips to make your summer more manageable!

I hope this helps get your summer off to a great start.

5 Tips to Plan the Best Summer Ever

6
May
2015

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Summer vacation can either bring feelings of anxiety and stress to mind or it can bring excitement and joy!  For many moms, it causes stress and an overwhelm that can almost knock you down.

I know, I was that mom.  Wondering what to do all summer long with my kids once the school bell rang.  As a work-at-home mom, it can be even more challenging to get the most out of summer, while not falling way behind with the business too.

I knew I was not the only mom to struggle in this area, so I created the Confident Mom Summer Survival Calendar – and I am excited to say this is the 5th year anniversary for this ready-made summer fun plan.

It is a practical resource to get your summer ideas all in one place.  

I wanted to share a few tips which can help you manage summer even better.  I discuss ten topics in detail in the Summer Survival Action Guide and Audio Workshop, but wanted to share a few here with you to get your summer jumpstarted for FUN!

Allow Time to Decompress

When we transition from the busy school year full of routine and structure to the lazy days of summer, it can be a bit challenging.  I suggest finding a bit of time to transition into a time of loose structure, so you can have some set time structure, but also have a fun time of just relaxing while you kick summer off.

In our family we love pajama days, so this has become a favorite way to transition and be completely at home and allow that decompression to organically occur.

Get A Plan

This is where I can help!  In the Action Guide, I carry you through ten steps to create a summer plan that works for you and your family.  You can begin by having a family meeting and discuss what activities you would like to do as a family, put your planned activities on the printable calendar, let your kids explore the Summer Fun worksheet to see what ideas they come up with and then set some goals too.

With the Summer Survival Calendar you will also have at least one fun activity to do as a family already planned.

Be Prepared

This is where often times I fail.  I can come up with some great ideas, but if I fail to plan, then everything will fall apart.  Precisely why I came up with the Summer Calendar full of over 120 activities all ready planned out for you – and – the best part – a weekly supply list already created to help you BE PREPARED!  It truly doesn’t get easier than this.

We are still in school here at our house, but this Friday I am going to make the fun Mason Jar Superhero Bank with my five year old.  He is going to love it.  Even though I am only doing that one activity this week, I can easily just look on the supply list for Friday and see what I need.  No weeding through a big long list to find the one project that you are going to do.

Have Fun Everyday

Whether you choose to follow along with the Summer Calendar ideas or not, find a way to engage and enjoy the summer carefree days together as a family.  Making crafts, hiking, swimming, camping, cooking – they are all excellent ways to share summer together.  Family memories are important in providing elements to help kids feel connected.

Relax

Yes, it’s great to have a plan, but as with anything, plans often come apart at the most inconvenient times.  Just remember – as you go through summer, expect things to happen that will derail your day.  Maybe it’s rain on the day you planned to go to the beach – go with the flow and find ways to adapt.  This will help everyone make the best day, even if it rains on your parade!

Here is a little peak at me sharing about The 2015 Confident Mom Summer Survival Calendar

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Easy DIY Laundry Pods with Essential Oils

17
Apr
2015

Laundry Pods

I have shared before – I am not much of a DIY person.  I enjoy a few things, but for me, I would much rather buy many household items for cleaning and caring for the home.  But, there is one in my household who does enjoy it – my 22 year old daughter!

Lucky me – and we benefit!

She stumbled on a recipe a few weeks ago, we tweaked it a bit and made two batches in an afternoon.  It was super easy and we already had the supplies on hand.  As soon as the pods were ready she washed her bed sheets and was hooked.  Her sheets were fresh, clean, soft and smelled great!

DIY Laundry Pod Recipe

3 cups washing soda
1 cup fels-naptha
4 T Epsom salt
6T hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup vinegar
Essential Oils (we used Citrus Fresh and Stress Away)

  1. Grate fels naptha, mix in bowl with washing soda and Epsom salt.
  2. Add hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.  It should resemble wet sand.
  3. Add 30 drops Essential Oils.
  4. Press into tablespoon sized balls and drop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Let sit and dry for 8 hours

Store in an airtight container and enjoy your laundry day!!

If you are interested in learning more about how you can incorporate essential oils in your home and your family wellness routine – be sure to check out my information page!

Saving the Family Budget and My Time

6
Apr
2015

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Finding those little pockets of time in my schedule is so rewarding – I love it.  One of the things I have done for years is shop on amazon.com to save me time, money and my sanity.  Yes, there are things that are more expensive, but honestly – you can find many things that are very affordable and when you count in the time and expense of driving around to other stores (bargain shopping loss leaders, like I used to do), it truly is a life saver.

As we are preparing to start our new book study, The Fringe Hours, I think it is important to look at our schedules and determine where we can find some of the “fringe” time we often waste.  For me, shopping online free’s up time for me, as long as I have a set goal and am intentional.

I thought I would share with you a few things that have found a spot on my monthly subscribe and save order.  I have one order a month that arrives at the very beginning – and I always order FIVE items because you save an additional 15% on your monthly subscribe and save order.  In addition you can combine that savings with coupon savings – YES!  

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As a side note – when you shop on amazon and use my affiliate link, you are contributing the the support of our SIX Compassion girls the blog sponsors.  I will say we are likely going to be able to sponsor a few more girls in the next few months due to your amazing use of my affiliate link and the money we have to bless these girls!!  I will be getting  a new image with all the girls picture on it!!712mHR+HNdL._SL1200_

Yogi Egyptian Licorice Tea

I love this Yogi licorice tea – it is my favorite right now and I have at least one cup in the afternoon, nearly every day.  At my local grocery store I pay over $4.50 a box, but purchasing it on amazon with subscribe and save I get it for $2.45 a box.  That’s big savings!

Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

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I usually have one variation of Larabar bars on our monthly order because they make for great snacks on the go.   This month it was Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, because I could get them for  $.90 a piece, which is a smokin’ deal.

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Personal care products are a great deal on amazon – remember it’s not just for grocery.  This kids shampoo has been one we’ve been including – for just $4.75 for an 8 ounce size it fits our budget.  A small dab will do ya!  My son loves it too – which makes hair washing in the bath tub much easier.  It has no petrolatum, sodium lauryl, sulfates, parabens or phthalates – perfect!

Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix –  25 lbs.

81un5tXamiL._SL1500_This tasty gluten free baking mix  makes it in our order about 3 times a year.  My husband loves making pancakes on the weekends for our family – and we eat gluten free.  This baking mix is so versatile and at this price it is very economical.   I make banana muffins with it, cheese biscuits for our dinner and of course pancakes and waffles – even cookies.  We store in in an air tight container and we are set for a few months.

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This is the vitamin my five year old takes daily.  I will say he is a bit particular on his vitamins and what he will eat.  These are gummy vitamins and are fitting our need right now.  I didn’t want a vitamin full of things his body didn’t need, plus one that he would eat with out a big fight.  I love that you can also get $6 off your first subscription to this – so try it the first time and get a great deal!

So there you have it….. my amazon favorite’s right now.  I also love the convenience of my Kindle books – so many are offered FREE too!  Plus ordering gifts for others – just find the item and if it says PRIME – you are set to ship it to anyone for FREE too.  

Saves me time, money and my sanity!