Saving the Family Budget and My Time

6
Apr
2015

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!  

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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!

Day in A life of an Oily Mom

21
Jan
2014

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Hello to all of you who are visiting for the ‘Day in the Life of an Oiler‘ series which began yesterday over at MyBlessedLife!   We left off yesterday with Denise sharing at Wholesome Mommy – so I am here to start off the rounds for today! 

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I am thrilled to take you through a “typical” day in my life and share  how I use Young Living Essential Oils in our home every single day.  

Since I began a year ago to incorporate essential oils in our home, we have had some incredible results.  I’ve been able to stabilize my moods, boost our immune system, calm our house down of those tiring toddler outbursts and emotional issues, and so much more.

Grab your self a cup of tea (or coffee in my case – with a dash of raw cream) and sit back and enjoy walking through a day in my life.  Please, remember though…..I have used oils for a year, if you are new to using essential oils or have not even started, please do not get overwhelmed with my routine or what I use.  This is a learning process and also one that is personal to everyone’s budget.  You cannot get all the oils you would ever want or need all at once – so make a wish list and keep adding to your collection, a little bit at a time!

A warning – I am authentic and real, you will see me without a shower in the videos and honestly just being ‘off-the-cuff’ so forgive my bed head and my bathrobe!

Morning Routine

I begin my morning early, I am up at 5:30 AM and go out and chug down a huge glass of water as well as a vegetable capsule that is filled with 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil.  I may take another capsule in the afternoon, or have a cup of tea and add a few drops of Lemon in that – which is really yummy!

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This helps kick start my digestive system.  Lemon is a natural energizer, uplifting and  a powerful antioxidant.  I feel revitalized and refreshed – that is how I want to start my day.  I am off to have my devotional time and get myself set for the day.  

When my family begins to get up, we start our breakfast routine which includes NingXia Red, Mineral Essence and Super B’s for me.

NingXia Red® is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion.

Mineral Essence™ is a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with essential oils.  Since I have been using this to help replenish my magnesium I have slept better, had much higher Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and Platelet counts, which were alarmingly low due to my Immune System Challenges.  

Super B™ is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing eight essential and energy-boosting B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. The complete B-vitamin profile in Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports the nervous system, aids in maintaining normal cardiovascular function, and helps with internal enzyme reactions

 

Remember, I already warned you of my horrible bed head!

After we get dressed, my son and I have our little ‘oily routine’ which I’ve created to fit the unique needs he has.  He needs some help during his day managing his emotions {don’t we all!!!}, focusing on tasks, monitoring his energy output and keeping in balance.  In addition, we always apply Thieves to support our immune support.  I have found a little dab a day will do the trick.

I know many have asked what oils they can use on their children, how to apply and what this looks like.  I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share our routine in hopes it might help you create your own.  Remember, little ones like to do things themselves, so if you can put most of your oils in roller bottles, it will help everyone!

Here is what I use in the video:  Thieves (more about Thieves here), Valor (more on Valor here), Grounding, Peace and Calming (more on Peace and Calming here) and also my Special Recipe, which is:

15 drops Cedarwood EO, 15 drops Lavender EO and 15 drops Vetiver EO in about 1 T carrier oil (Grapeseed or Coconut oil) I use an empty bottle, I had an empty Lavender bottle and filled it and put a roller fitment on top.

 

I have a lot of goodies I use all day long, so I combined them here for you.  They include:  Young Living Thieves Toothpaste, Lip Balm, ART Skin Care System, Joy EO (more on Joy EO here), Progessence Plus, Thieves Foaming Hand Soap and my Hair Restorer, which is:  18 drops Rosemary EO, 18 drops Lavender EO, 18 drops Cedarwood EO, 18 drops Thyme EO and enough 100% pure refined Emu Oil to dilute a bit and allow for easy application.  I mixed and placed in an empty Lavender bottle with a roller fitment on it.

I forgot to mention one other item that I use daily in our home and floats between the kitchen counter, bathroom and in my purse, Animal Scents.  I use it for minor cuts, scrapes, irritated skin and even put it on our dog who likes to lick her underside – A LOT!  Animal Scents™ Ointment is blended with Melaleuca alternifolia and myrrh, two of nature’s most powerful essential oils. It is a protective and soothing salve formulated for external use on animals, but we humans love to use it and benefit too!

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Mid Day Routine

I take a few other supplements during the day and wanted to mention those, Sulfurzyme, which is a supplement I use to help with my immune system and Life 5, a high potency Probiotic.

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I run my diffuser all day in my home, switching between calming oils, like Peace and Calming, but also as I sit and write or catch up on emails, I need a boost – on this day I chose to use Abundance, which was a new oil I had just received.  It was perfect!  This diffuser is the one you get included with your Premium Starter Kit, I love it and have two of these in our home.

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I end up spending quite a lot of time in my laundry room, I am in there every day….funny how that turns out.  So I certainly wanted to share how I use my oils in my laundry room.  You’ll hear me mention Lavender, Purification, Thieves Household Cleaner as well as my favorite dryer balls, Woolzies.

I love having Thieves Household Cleaner right under my sink – I use it to spray down counters, cabinets, the kitchen table, I spray on fruits and vegetables to remove all the toxic chemicals before we eat – it is so versatile. 

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I have ventured out to using Essential Oils in recipes too!  I love to experiment and what I enjoy about Young Living 100% Pure Essential Oils is that they can be taken internally.  One of our favorite soups this winter has been a Paleo Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, which uses Lemongrass Essential Oil in the recipe.  { I’ve included below for you. }  Funny enough, I also use Lemongrass to fight off my tendon struggles when they start acting up too!

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If I have un unexpected issue come up, I find it so helpful that I can either dive into my Essential Oil Pocket Guide to look up a symptom and get ideas on what oils to use, or I can hop over to help monitor conversation on our private Oily Family Room Facebook page.  This guide is so helpful – here I show Deep Relief, Peppermint and Stress Away, all which are a great help for headache relief.  

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On this particular day we removed all the moldings in our family room and kitchen area, as we were beginning a painting project.  My husband wanted to spray for pests before the new moldings were put back down, and I insisted we forego the chemical bug spray and let me use a mixture of Peppermint EO and water in a spray bottle.  It worked like magic and the house smelled really good and we didn’t have to vacate the premises, which was the best part!

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Evening Routine

Our evening routine involves a few more Essential Oils and I use them in a Detox Bath, both myself and for my little guy – I love Lavender, Rosemary and Harmony mixed with Epsom Salt.  I also make a bath salt recipe and will use some of that pre-made mixture and add extra Epsom Salt.

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When it is time to settle in for the night, I start the diffuser in my little one’s room.  We alternate between Thieves at night and Peace and Calming.  I have a total of 6 diffusers in our home, of course two of the Young Living, and also I have managed to add the MIU diffuser, which I love for bedrooms because the light can be turned off and you can determine the output volume and duration – plus the price is very reasonable.  I also have the H2EO Ultrasonic Diffuser, which I also like for the same reasons as the MIU, but it is a bit higher in price.

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My bedtime routine involves a few ‘must-have’ oils.  Just before I slip under the covers I roll on some RutaVala, which is great for getting a good nights sleep.  I love that it is small, easy to roll-on and I can use it if I wake in the middle of the night, which I did often and could not go back to sleep.  But for the most part I sleep well and for the entire night now, but it is there in case of an emergency!  I also use Immupower, Exodus II and EndoFlex, putting them on the bottom of my feet and under my big toe.

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So, there you have it – a lot of information and A LOT of me!!  I hope you learned a few things and maybe expanded your knowledge of using essential oils.

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now! Click here to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to “A Day in the Life of an Oiler” blog series! :)

Next up is Katy  @ Goodness Gathering

Be sure to check out all 18 posts In “A Day In the Life of an Oiler” blogger series, click here.

If you have a minute and need a little laugh, take time to watch my Oily Blooper video – it was tricky to get everyone to behave – especially those furry friends of ours!

 

 *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.

My Favorite Things

30
Apr
2013


Every so often I share some of my favorite things – products that make my life easier and that honestly make things better too!  Today on the audio blog I give you details around my newest finds, what I love about them and why I can’t live without them.

Listen to internet radio with Susan Heid on Blog Talk Radio [Read more…]

Weekly Household Quick Tip

1
Apr
2013


Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Dust/vacuum floors

I love my hardwood floors, in fact – I cannot wait until we can replace the carpeting in our home with additional hardwood flooring!  With kids, dogs and just plain messy people, it makes life easier.

With the ease of hardwood floors, comes some special cleaning.  You certainly do not want to just use a typical harsh floor cleaner on them – you would regret it for sure.

Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Use a soft bristle broom when sweeping the wood floors.
  • When vacuuming, ensure that the beater brush is not used.  My Dyson Animal makes it easy to turn off and vacuum my hardwoods.  If you use the beater brush, you will run the risk of scratching the floors.
  • Immediately clean up any spills using a soft towel. Then dry. Water is an enemy of hardwood floors.
  • If your floors are covered with polyurethane, use a very dry damp mop for cleaning.
  • Use carpet runners in areas where there is a lot of traffic and in front of doors to trap excess dirt and moisture.

Weekly Cleaning:

If you’re happy to damp mop with straight water, try adding about 10 drops of essential oil per gallon of water for extra cleaning muscle. Some suggestions: lavender, tea tree oil, pine or eucalyptus oil will add great cleaning qualities.  I especially like lemon or purification – thieves is also a good one.

If you prefer to use vinegar in your damp mopping, add 1 cup with a gallon of water.  I do this usually once a month to add an extra bit of power.

I am a bit old fashioned, because I still get down on my hands and knees to clean my floors, no mops and swiffers for me!  I just like getting my hands into the action and I like wringing the rag out so that it is just damp, not wet.  Again, water is not your friend on hardwoods!

What tips have helped you manage your hardwood flooring?

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Weekly Household Quick Tip

11
Mar
2013

Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Windows

With spring just around the corner, most of you can’t wait to wash the windows in your home, or is that just me!  Surprisingly, there have been many ideas afloat on how to wash windows properly. To this end, here are two tips for cleaning your home’s windows.

In the old days, washing windows simply involved taking some soap and water and cleaning the windows, frames and sills; the top and bottom of the casing, and you were done.  With the advent of glass cleaners, it certainly made cleaning windows much easier. Now that we have become environmentally aware of toxins and chemicals; we are returning back to the old days but with a slight twist.

Vinegar and Water

Using vinegar and water is one way in which you can clean your windows. The process begins with removing window shades, blinds and curtains. Use a clean rag to wipe away any dirt or grime from the frame and sills. Use a wet rag to rid your windows of dirt and grime as well. Then using water and vinegar; clean your windows from top to bottom.

Go over the glass with a clean cloth; then proceed to wash the frames and sills with a damp cloth. Dry and you’re done!

Some people who have used this method claim that using vinegar left streaks on their windows. The remedy is to add a tiny bit of dish soap to the vinegar and water. Voila! No more streaks!

My Preferred Methodwindow washing kit

I am rather simple too, and just like the method above, which is simple, I prefer to use a rag and a squeegee.  I purchased a simple squeegee last year and loved using it.  I recently purchased a pack that includes a squeegee, washer and extension pole, because I have a few high windows.  If you just want a good quality squeegee, this is one I also have.

I dip my washer/rag into a bucket of hot water with a bit of dish soap in it, scrub my window and then take the squeegee and begin at the top of the window and run it down.  Simple as that.  I wipe down my squeegee between wipes with a dry rag and repeat the process as I complete washing the entire window. To finish the window off, run the squeegee along the bottom of the window horizontally to remove excess water than has dripped down to the bottom surface.

I also recently found the Thieves Cleaner works amazing for windows, check that post out here!

I love that I can get clean windows and I am not paying someone hundreds of dollars!  When we didn’t wash our windows ourselves I would only get clean windows once a year, that was what our budget could afford.  Now, I can do windows in stages, lower floor windows one day, upper another, outside another, etc.  I don’t have to take the entire day to wash them, but can fit it in when I can.

Whatever method you choose, these tips for cleaning your home’s windows may help you decide how to do it; but no matter how you do it, unfortunately at some point you will have to take the plunge. If you are lucky enough to hire out, hooray!  But you may consider just taking on the task and using the money you save elsewhere for a nice treat!

What is your window washing tip

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