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!

Love the Home You Have

2
Apr
2015

Love the Home You Have book by Melissa Michaels

Do you struggle with finding Joy in your home?  Looking around at the mess and being thankful or even inspired with the mishmash of furniture you’ve collected?

I can tell you for years after my husband and I got married I looked around at the “stuff” and it was overwhelming and I had no inspiration.  Being a blended family has many challenges, but combining two homes into one is a challenge many do not talk about. 

I was challenged.  So for over 7 years we just “made-do” and lived in a transition stage, which felt very much far from the home I dreamt of.  Recently I have made some changes and been inspired and I feel so much better about my home.  So when I began reading the first few pages of Melissa Michaels (The Inspired Room) new book, “Love the Home You Have,” I almost burst.  She was speaking to my heart, the one which was clogged up, uninspired and discouraged with the state of my home.

I know there are others moms who feel the same as I do, who are not combining two homes, but rather are feeling guilt from the Pinterest Perfect pictures we see of immaculate homes, kitchen counters with white marble counters void of clutter and beds made perfectly with matching pillows, sheets and dust ruffles.  It is discouraging and creates anxiety in me.  It can be too much.

This book is for you – and for me and the timing could not be better!

I have read Melissa’s blog for years and I love her style.  If you haven’t taken a peek at her blog before you are in for a delightful surprise.  Not only do I love her style, her love of Doodles and coffee, but she is a local Puget Sound gal too – kindred spirits!!

If you are not sure if this book might be for you  – take a minute to watch this short trailer for her book = HERE.    Wasn’t it great???

I have only began reading the first few chapters, but I am hooked.  I love that she asks engaging questions in the book to really get your heart involved – and space to fill them in – right there in the book.  Her writing style is completely real, authentic and motivational.  I feel like I have a new outlook.

I need to shed some things in my life so I can add the things that matter, remember my word for 2015 – MARGIN?  Yes, I am still working for that, and this quote from the book spoke to my heart on a deep level.

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I want to be more creative in my home, in my friendships and with my family.  I know it is often stifled because of my obligations and commitments – which can be all good, but lately it has become too much.

We have already picked our next book study, but I think this one – especially with it’s 31 day Challenge at the end of the book would make an excellent one in the future!

Grab a copy today and join me.  I am on a little vacation at the beach this week and I have my copy ready for some cozy reading.

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I have one more surprise to share with you – It’s my birthday today and I am sharing a special surprise for those who might be ready to jump into Young Living this week with a Premium Starter kit.  Oh, how I love my essential oils – it is one thing that has perked up my home – Lavender oil or Orange oil in the diffuser is one way to boost the mood for sure!  Smells are so important to me in bringing a full spectrum of emotions (and my trick for balancing my sometimes chaotic emotions!)

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If you ready to join my community and receive all the resources you need to learn what to do, a private Facebook page filled with tips and a wonderful community of like-minded moms AND get over $54 of goodies for FREE – Hop on over to join today or learn more!  The special will only last one week – celebrating my 48th birthday!

10 No Sweat Slow Cooker Recipes

5
Mar
2015

10 Easy Slow Cooker

My life has been ramped up for the past few months, very busy with a lot going on.  We will be starting baseball with my youngest soon, and my 18 year old is coaching his very own team this year, so it will be a fun baseball season at our house!

It seems that my Slow Cooker has been a life saver with everything being so busy.  I just don’t have the time to spend preparing complicated meals and finding extravagant ingredients. 

I found a few easy, no-sweat meals that you can prepare in your slow cooker and which are fairly healthy.  I try to stay away from those recipes that call for canned cream soups, although I have  recipe for my own homemade version in my Got Dinner recipe book which has been a life saver for those tummy casserole recipes which call for it!Slow-cooker

If you are serious about using your Slow Cooker more in your kitchen, I think it really helps to have one of good quality.  For years I used a cheap one, and yes, it did the trick, but I cannot say enough now about having one that is larger, has a thermometer and I can set the timer for it to start and go off!  This is my favorite Slow Cooker.

I purchased it off of amazon about 4 years ago, I love the larger size, I really find the big handles on the side helpful in moving it around when it is fully loaded and I really love that it is not White on the outside!

So on to the recipes I have found and we’ve been enjoying.  Some have been on our table already and some are yet to come – hope they can provide some fresh inspiration. 

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CROCK POT CHICKEN MARSALA

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Bowl of homemade mushroom and barley soup.

SLOW COOKER MUSHROOM BARLEY SOUP

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CROCKPOT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE 

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SLOW COOKER CHICKEN WILD RICE SOUP

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PORK CARNITAS (MEXICAN SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK)

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SLOW COOKER SLOPPY JOES

Crock-Pot-Split-Pea-Soup

SLOW COOKER SPLIT PEA SOUP

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

SWEET SLOW COOKER SESAME CHICKEN

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 EASY CROCKPOT CHICKEN FAJITAS

Getting Your Focus Back

5
Feb
2015

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There are days when I feel like my brain in mush.   Mama wakes up and even after a couple cups of my favorite coffee, it is still struggle to get things into focus.  I need to get my MOJO going!

Brain fog is a condition that many of us moms experience, even without having extra issues, like emotional struggles, immune challenges or just plain exhaustion.  But I am here to share a few of my favorite weapons that help keep my brain engaged and in gear when my I feel sluggish and unfocused.

It is amazing what a few drops of an essential oil can do to help clarity, focus and concentration without any side effects that could be harmful. I just love that!  I am also so happy that I decided to choose Young Living as the only essential oils I use in my home as they have the largest oil selection – more than any other essential oil company.

Curious to here about some of my favorites for keeping focus?  Here are a few in my secret stash:  

Motivation™ helps you overcome procrastination and take action

I need this by the gallon!  But really, this awesome blend of Roman Chamomile, Spruce, Ylang Ylang and Lavender is one that will get you going!  I love diffusing this one at my desk or in the kitchen, especially while unsuspecting kids are working on homework or college applications!  :-)

Brain Power™ clarifies thought and focus

It does just what it says.  Serious as a heart attack!   The blend of Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Melissa, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Lavender, and Helichrysum gives your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in sesquiterpenes.  This one is excellent applied topically at the base of the neck.

Clarity™ promotes a clear mind and alertness

Clarity contains stimulating oils including peppermint and rosemary, which have been used for many years to promote mental sharpness. A study performed by Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of students by 28 percent.  This is such an incredible blend of Basil,  Cardamom, Rosemary, peppermint, Coriander, Geranium, Bergamot, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile and Palmarosa.   I enjoy this one in the diffuser and also topically on the vita-flex points on the ears (not in the ear, ON the ear!)  Here are two different charts you can refer to on Pinterest:  Emotional Ear Chart and the Vita-Flex Ear Chart.

Rosemary improves mental clarity and concentration

I love that this oil is so beneficial for so many things – it’s relaxing but yet invigorating, can be used in cooking and does help with clarity and concentration.  It is one of my favorites to use in an Epsom Salt Bath in the evening, as it is great for muscle relaxation as well.

Grounding™ supports clarity and balance

I use this blend on me as well as my five year old.  We all have some emotional chaos that needs tamed, I am sure you know exactly what I mean – this blend can lead to better decision making and cope with issues at hand.  Powerful blend of  White fir, Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Pine, Cedarwood, Angelica and Juniper.

These can all be applied topically and used in the diffuser – easy peasy.  If you are looking for some  help to get back on track, you’ll want to check them out.  If you are not a member of our oily community yet, you can CLICK here to find out more on how you can become a Young Living Member and feel empowered caring for your family!   

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am just a mom sharing my experience in order to help others, not a doctor.