Easy DIY Laundry Pods with Essential Oils


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!

10 No Sweat Slow Cooker Recipes


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. 



Crockpot-Chicken-Cacciatore1 CROCKPOT CHICKEN CACCIATORE

Bowl of homemade mushroom and barley soup.












Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken




Eat Better and Spend Less in 2015


Eat Better Spend Less

Are you trying to reign in your budget after the Christmas spending season and also trim your waist-line?  I have some great tips to share with you from my friends at eMeals to help you trim your budget and eat healthier in 2015.

Take Stock

A well-stocked refrigerator and pantry are critical to maintaining a healthy diet. Get rid of anything that’s expired or unhealthy, and then restock with more healthful staples like brown rice, dried beans, canned tuna and prepared pasta sauce for quick and nutritious meals. Keep containers of chopped fresh vegetables and fruit, and good-for-you, homemade snacks in the refrigerator to nibble between meals.  I have been loving having baby carrots ready to eat and cut celery too!
Choose Budget-Friendly Superfoods

Superfoods contain higher concentrations of nutrients and relatively fewer calories per serving than other foods.  Making sure what you are eating packs power behind it’s punch is critical!

Beans and Peas: Legumes, including kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas and lentils, are an excellent source of meat-free protein, fiber, folate and potassium. Diets high in beans and peas may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent diabetes.

Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables: Kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens are excellent sources of fiber, folate, Vitamins A and K and antioxidants that contribute to heart and bone health and may help to prevent some forms of cancer.

Berries: Prized for their naturally sweet flavor, berries are also bursting with a host of healthy nutrients, including fiber; Vitamins A, C and E; calcium and potassium. The antioxidants in berries may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some kinds of cancer.

Broccoli and Cauliflower: Cruciferous vegetables, including Brussels sprouts and cabbage, contain powerful antioxidants that have been linked to reduced risk of several cancers. This group of vegetables is also low in calories and high in fiber and Vitamin C.

Cinnamon: Polyphenols in cinnamon help to reduce inflammation in the body that can lead to heart disease and cancer. Sprinkle on oatmeal, coffee or toast for an added antioxidant boost.

Plan Ahead

Say goodbye to the angst of having to decide what’s for dinner or making the drive-through the default by planning out your meals. You’ll save time and money—and eat healthier—when the week’s meals are planned ahead and all ingredients are combined into one, easy-to-use shopping list.  Specifically why I love eMeals – it takes all the guesswork out of things for me!  (I currently am using the Clean Eating Plan!)

Pile on the Veggies

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we all need to eat more vegetables, which are naturally low in calories and high in hunger-curbing fiber. The best strategy: Fill half your plate with vegetables rather than calorie-rich carbs and meat. Add fresh or dried herbs and citrus zest or juice to veggies for extra flavor without adding extra calories. Be sure to visit local farmers’ markets when possible for the best selection of seasonal, just-picked produce.
Downsize Your Plate

If there’s one thing you can do to push your weight and health in the right direction, it’s controlling the amount of food you eat. We all tend to eat everything we put on our plates—and usually that’s way too much, especially when dining out. Remember, a standard serving of cooked meat is just 3 ounces—about the size of a deck of cards. If you’re worried that smaller portions will leave you unsatisfied, have no fear: A well-portioned diet should actually leave you feeling more energetic and truly satisfy your hunger.

Slow and Steady Wins The Race

If you’re trying to lose weight, there are plenty of diet plans, weight-loss products and miracle foods that promise to deliver quick and easy results. How do you know if a diet or product is too good to be true?   You didn’t put the weight on overnight, so it won’t come off overnight either.  As I have gotten older it is clear my body finds it harder to lose the excess.  

It takes eating habit changes, more movement and dedication, but is worth it in the end!

I know you’ve heard me talk about eMeals before, but their new Budget Friendly meal plan is the perfect solution to get you back on track and eat better! 

The just-introduced plan from eMeals stretches the savings they already provided by helping families put dinner on the table for an average of $85 a week—all without sacrificing flavor, variety, nutrition or the cooperation of picky eaters.

The secret: super-economical dinner menus created by eMeals’ food staff with an ever-changing mix of shelf-stable items, frozen foods, value cuts of meat and efficient ingredients used throughout the week to limit spoilage and waste.

eMeals’ expert tips for making homemade broths and other “convenience foods” jump-start meals, pump up the flavor and add extra savings. And the roster of needed staples on every weekly eMeals grocery list saves you time and trips to the grocery store by keeping your pantry well-stocked.

For as little as $5 a month, you get seven menus delivered to your email inbox and the eMeals mobile app every week, along with recipes and a grocery list covering all seven dinners. And now you can try before you buy. Simply go to eMeals, then click “Try Us” to sign up for 14 days ’ worth of Budget Friendly menus and shopping lists for free.

Here is a great recipe to try it out – I am fixin’ to make this over the weekend!  I heard there was a BIG Football game going on!  YUM!


This Smoky Chili recipe from the Budget Friendly plan will have you so glad you signed up!

1½ lb ground beef
½ (9.6-oz) pkg ground pork sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1½ cups homemade chicken broth
2 (15-oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
½ (15-oz) can corn, drained
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp liquid smoke

Cook ground beef, sausage, onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly; drain. Stir in broth and all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Super Easy Recipe!!!!

I know you will love the eMeals Budget Friendly Meal Plan – go grab your FREE trail now!

12 Homemade {DIY} Gifts With Essential Oils



It’s that time of year to begin thinking about gift giving – unless you are an early bird and have all your shopping done!  I often do, but this year I have fallen behind schedule more than I care to admit.

So if you are like me and want to be frugal in your gift giving but really share something that can be helpful to a friend or loved one, I know you are gonna love this post with some homemade gifts using essential oils.  You know I am not a big DIY’er and really stretch myself when I do, but I have found when I take the time to make gifts myself they mean more to me and I know are loved by those receiving.

When you add therapeutic grade essential oils to homemade recipes you are truly adding ‘drops of love’ into your gift.  

I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!!


Bath Bombs


Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub


Men’s Shaving Cream


Homemade Body Butter


Lime and Mint Foot Scrub


Scented Room Spray


Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm


Detox Bath in a Jar


Foaming Hand Soap


Mason Jar Oil Candles


Moisturizing Body Wash


Lavender Linen Spray

I use and recommend only Young Living essential oils . All of these recipes can be made using Young Living essential oils and I plan to doing just that!  :-)

If you would like to read the other posts I’ve shared on how I use essential oils in my home with my family and how you can get your own essential oils, click here!  I have a great BONUS for those who join in December… truly the BEST one I’ve ever offered.


Do you have a favorite DIY gift idea that is made with essential oils?  I would love to add to the list!

Free Holiday Meal Plan from eMeals



I just printed out my Thanksgiving meal plan compliments of eMeals!!  I love the ease of having these special menu plans available so I don’t have to search – it’s all done for me!

Join eMeals During November and December and Get a Holiday Plan for Free – yep – that is right!  Also, did you hear that you can get a 14 Day FREE trial now?  This is the perfect time to try it out and grab this extra bonus too!

eMeals has a Traditional Holiday Menu Plan, a Paleo Holiday Meal Plan and a Clean Eating Holiday Meal Plan available for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are even complete with a pre-made grocery list!

eMeals knows it can be daunting to enter the kitchen to cook for your family during this time of the year, so take this as your easy way out!  Go grab your FREE trail now!

As you prepare for the holidays this year be good to yourself and let eMeals be your game plan. Along with the free holiday plans, save money and make time for family with delicious eMeals weekly meal plans everyone will love. eMeals provides easy recipes with concise directions and a grocery list for budget minded and busy people. eMeals is the new way to organize and simplify the usual chaos of dinner at home.

Check out this Traditional Holiday Meal Plan recipe below. Doesn’t it look SO good?  (Even though I am gluten-free I am making this one for the rest of my family and I can’t wait!)

Green Bean Casserole with Bacon

2 (12-oz) packages steam-in-bag green beans
1 (8-oz) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices bacon
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15-oz) jar Alfredo sauce
1 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese
1 (2.8-oz) container French fried onions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook beans in microwave as directed. Transfer to a large bowl.
Sauté mushrooms in butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once after 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add to beans in bowl.
Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Crumble bacon, and add to beans. Reserve 1 Tbsp drippings in skillet. Cook onion and garlic in drippings until tender. Add to beans. Stir in Alfredo sauce and cheese.
Spoon into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with French fried onions. Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly.