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!

Saving the Family Budget and My Time


Saving money

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!  


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


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.

SmartyPants Kids Fiber Complete with No Sugar Added, Multi plus Omega 3 plus Vitamin D71gu6Q7Py6L._SL1500_

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!

9 Fall Family Fun Ideas



The mornings are getting cool and the leaves are turning – fall is in the air.  I am definitely one who enjoys the cool, brisk mornings, the warm beverages that you can hold in your hand and sip and the routine that fall brings.

Over the years our family has shared a few fun fall activities to bring in the season and create tradition.  Perhaps incorporating one or two of these into your fall season would bring some needed change and family bonding, they have for us!


We done a few hayrides during my years as a parent, I am going on 22 years now as a mom – we were out of that season for awhile, but with a four year old in the house – it is time again to enjoy this fun fall tradition.  Even though we have many allergic to grass/hay in our family – we’ve got a remedy for that!  


We have fun bringing out the fall decorations at our house.  This is something I didn’t really know my kids looked forward to until one year I didn’t bring them out fast enough.  Hanging a simple fall wreath on the front door and changing some decor inside, really freshens things up.  I love this printable I found too – perfect in my frame by our front door.

Make Apple Butter

Fall means apples, especially in our neck of the woods – The Pacific Northwest!  You can certainly go pick apples at a local farm, find a farmers market and buy a huge box, or just use what you have.  I just made a great batch of Crock Pot Apple Butter (this recipe is the easiest and my hubby’s favorite!) and it is the perfect way to ring in apple season.  

Homemade Apple Cider

Homemade is always better, in my opinion, for so many reasons.  You can change ingredients to fit your taste as well as make it healthier.  I found this easy recipe for Homemade Apple Cider and I am going to mark it on our calendar!


One of my most favorite things to do as a child was to rake leaves and jump in them.  We had a huge yard with the biggest Maple tree – which filled our backyard with leaves.  It is fun to run and jump, but why not do a few crafts with leaves and/or press them to use in your home for decorating.

Enjoy Chilly

Bundle up and get outside!  Take a walk in the woods, ride bikes on a trail take a stroll down to grab a hot beverage or make some hot chocolate at home before heading off outside.  Hats, scarves and down jackets are perfect for bundling up and enjoying the outdoors.

Pumpkin Pie

Why not try making a pumpkin pie completely from scratch!??  I know sounds crazy – but what an experience and memory making.  Buying or even picking the pumpkin fresh from the field, cooking down the fresh pumpkin and making the crust – this would be an all day project, but worth every penny!  Take pictures to keep the memory alive, you likely won’t want to do it again!  :-)

Marshmallow Roast

Bundle up after dinner and head outside to roast some marshmallows, drink cocoa and make s’mores!  We purchased a fire pit (like this one) and have not used it as much as I would have hoped….. so I am determined to get a bit more excited about gathering everyone up after dinner and having some fun around the fire pit rather than just the TV.  Conversations develop that would not otherwise, I know this and it takes intentional set-up to make it happen.  We might even pick a book that would be fun to read through and do that while keeping warm and watching the flames.

Corn Maze

I admit – I hate corn mazes – but others in my family love them.  So….. I go too.  A few years ago we went to a pumpkin patch which had a maze and in the center was a small baseball field.  It was just like out of “Field of Dreams” – and to this day my four year old talks about that corn maze.  Memories…….

What is your favorite fall activity to do as a family?

DIY All-Natural Vapor Chest Rub



Are you ready for winter?  I always like to be prepared for anything – all the stuff that comes with season changes, I am on it!

This weekend my daughter and my four year old made up an easy Homemade Vapor Chest Rub made specifically to help fight off the cold weather challenges and support the respiratory system – with an amazing blend of Young Living Raven Essential Oil and Eucalyptus Radiata.

Why this blend?  


This blend helps support a healthy respiratory system.  You’ll find these singles in the blend:

Ravintsara:  has a spicy, camphorous, warm scent, similar to eucalyptus but softer.

Lemon:  has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant.

Wintergreen:  contains the same active ingredient (methyl salicylate) as birch and is beneficial in massage for soothing head tension and muscles after exercising.

Peppermint:  has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma.

Eucalyptus Radiata:  is cooling, refreshing, and energizing.

Eucalyptus Radiata

This single oil, as seen from the testing above, has the potential to be very effective in supporting normal healthy immune systems.

I decide to combine these two oils for this chest rub that would already be in an easy to use diluted form so we could easily apply when needed.  I wanted additional Eucalyptus, so added the additional 10 drops.


DIY All-Natural Vapor Chest Rub Recipe

1/2 CUP Coconut Oil (we use this)

40 drops of Young Living’s Raven Essential Oil

10 drops of Young Living’s Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Melt the coconut oil and add in the essential oil.  Mix and then pour into a glass jar that can be sealed.  Makes 1/2 cup.


This was super easy to make and was fun for my four year old to help out with.  Now he is much more prone to take an active approach to help apply it to his chest – you know how finicky those toddlers can be sometimes!  You could also add some Rosemary or Thyme, other oils that help with immune support too. Make sure everyone washes their hands with soap after applying to avoid any accidental touching of eyes, or other sensitive areas.

I had gotten a 5 ML bottle of Raven as one of the FREE promo oils for September with a 190 PV order with Young Living as a member.  The timing couldn’t be better with cold weather season coming into full swing.

To learn more about the benefits of Young Living essential oilsclick here. 

*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.

Healthy Living Made Easy


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You know  how I have been sharing my journey to better health and wellness – well, I want to share with you even more ways to make it easier for you and your family to make the adjustment!

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