We are all about bath time fun around here. Anything to get the toddler into the tub! Besides these magical monthly craft foam ideas which stick to the wall, homemade bath paints are another favorite way to transition easily into bath time. I’ve tried DIY tub paints a couple of ways, but the best way (easiest and most fun) is using yogurt! A little bit of plain yogurt in a muffin tin with some food coloring goes a long way! And since I make my own crock pot yogurt at home (here’s how you can, too), it is super simple to always have on hand. If you’re using ready-made food coloring, I encourage you to buy those made from natural vegetable colorants, without synthetic dyes or corn syrup. No need for kids to sit in such unnecessary ingredients, so a brand like India Tree (affiliate link if you’d like to buy it
Making your own play dough is an easy and great way to play indoors together. It’s even better when it’s natural with ingredients safe enough to eat!* Did you know that you can make a rainbow of colors WITHOUT using artificial food dyes?! This is our favorite homemade play dough recipe ever. It is smooth, stays soft, therapeutic, and so quick to make. Chances are, you could go out to your kitchen and make this right now. You can even just do the main ingredients without the color, which I call Snow Dough. I love using natural “dyes” from foods instead of artificial colors (like I did for these naturally-colored Easter eggs or bath paints of all colors). So what gives this lucky dough a green color? Kale! I juiced it right in! In lieu of kale, spinach or asparagus may also work. I haven’t tried it for play dough, but they
Mothers hold their children’s hands for just a little while… And their hearts forever. -Irish Proverb I don’t know about you, but bath/bedtime around here is the time of the day when we most need the luck of the Irish with us in this house. The time between dinner and bedtime is often when mommy, daddy, and toddler are all tired and not sure what to do with ourselves. We prepare a lovely dinner which our almost 2.5 year old may or may not touch. While I’m still trying to finish eating or clean up dinner, he says, “Ready, set, boo, go run!”. Every night. My husband and I bust out our last bit of energy reserve to let Reece use up the rest of his, in anticipation of bath, books, and bed to follow. We always have fun together, but evening routines can get pretty monotonous. Nobody seems to
I am so “eggcited” how these eggs turned out! I’m a big fan of using real colors instead of artificial (like in my green play dough recipe or homemade bath paints). Here is how we naturally color our Easter Eggs each year. First I hard-boil a dozen eggs and let them cool completely before dying. No special magic here…whatever method you use would work just fine. I use regular store-bought white eggs since we don’t plan on eating them anyway. I can’t bring myself to use my precious pastured little guys for this. You can also use brown eggs, which will result in yet a different hue. The hardest part for me at first was planning out what I wanted to use for each color, as well as how to prep each “dye”. You can look it up until you become blue in the face since every site seems to call for something slightly different. So
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I recently graduated from my 200-hour yoga teacher training and I love, love , LOVED every moment of it. The good, bad, and ugly. The following video is NOT good yoga instruction, alignment, sequencing or any of that. It is simply a supportive husband and fun-loving son always up for helping mommy play around with whatever ideas in her head she wants to try out. We always have a blast together. I wish the ending had recorded because it went a lot more smoothly, but alas…I had no idea the computer was closed following the juice break (and spill). Does your home practice sometimes look like this with little ones around? I do hope to one day not neglect this blog so much and update it with more homemade recipes, practical essential oils tips, plus incorporate yoga and meditation. After all, it’s a hodge podge of natural living, healthy wellness
Yay, Young Living announced yesterday that for the month of February, all Premium Starter Kits* would be 10% off! They don’t discount the bundles very often, so this is exciting and helpful for those who have been waiting for just the right time to start their oily journey….or for already-members who would like to “refill” with another kit and extra diffuser! Besides the main kit below (11 oils and diffuser), there are other options as well like the Thieves or Ningxia kits which you can learn about here. Order any of them here through my referral link. This also works great with my own (essential) “Oil Change” challenge, so you can purchase this collection of eleven oils and diffuser through this referral link for this discounted price AND then have access to my exclusive resources and support groups (that phrase sounds a little funny, but having a place to ask questions and
February has arrived, and we’re declaring it Frankincense February here at Odds & Evans. We are kicking off the first month of our new project, the (Essential) “Oil Change” Challenge, to help you become more comfortable in reaching for your essential oils safely and effectively. If you haven’t purchased a Premium Starter Kit yet, please do so here using this referral link, as these are the oils we are going to be covering for the rest of 2016 so that you know exactly what to do with your oils when they arrive. February’s spotlight will be Frankincense, the spiritual oil. Public blog posts here are going to detail where this oil comes from and ways to use it, including homemade recipes and tips. We will also be including other “everyday” essential oils that go well with “Frank” in terms of similar usage, purpose, and DIY beauty recipes. Love your oils,
The care you put into your car keeps it running smoothly without extra visits to the auto body shop. The same applies to your physical body and how we fuel it. Are you ready for a tune-up? Start using your essential oils everyday and just observe. Notice. Experience what happens. Join my 2016 Oil Change Challenge! Each month I will feature a new essential oil with lots of practical tips for using them in your daily life. Simply try to use your oils each day (a few times a day is even better), and enjoy the community and support of others through our private Facebook group. It is my goal that by the end of the year, you will be super comfortable knowing how to safely and effectively use your essential oils. It won’t take you that long, though, to start seeing the difference that “everyday” essential oils can make.
Whether you’re snowed indoors or just looking for some fun, white play dough time, this recipe is easy and great to squish while staying warm and cozy. Homemade Snow Dough! Peppermint playdough recipe http://goo.gl/ZmdzeX Click To Tweet I use my favorite play dough recipe all the time as a base and play with a variety of colors (like using kale juice to make this lucky green dough). With the ingredients for this basic recipe, you can make homemade play dough with practically any color any time of year. Add some pure, kid-safe essential oils and have yourself a therapeutic, sensory activity together! This general play dough recipe makes a dough similar to a bread or pizza dough…which isn’t perfectly white. It’s still wonderful though so perfectly fine to just use the ingredients listed in the graphic below. We are currently snowed inside with 20 inches in Maryland and a full 24
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FEBRUARY 2016: Young Living Starter Kits are 10% off this month only! So this means “everyday oils” collection below or the other kits like Thieves and Ningxia red are on sale. NOTE: the only diffuser not included as an option for this deal is the rainstone diffuser, but I think the dewdrop and bamboo ones are perfectly wonderful and all I have myself even. Another great starter kit from Young Living is the incredible Ningxia Red Premium Starter Kit. Power your life with a delicious blend of nutrient-rich wolfberry puree, superfruit juices, and pure essential oils. Formulated to support wellness for every lifestyle, NingXia Red® is a unique, powerful drink that will help you make the most of every day. This Starter Kit includes favorite NingXia Red products, including our top-selling cognitive fitness booster, NingXia Nitro™! Kit includes: NingXia Red 2-pack 30 NingXia Red Singles (2 fl.
I am not a doctor or a dentist; I am simply a jittery patient who does not particularly enjoy being in the dentist’s chair. Here are some essential oils tips to help a dental visit not bite. How can aromatherapy assist an oral appointment? (Be sure to check out Essential Oils 101 and my other resources to learn the basics of what oils are and how they work.) The use of a personal diffuser necklace may be just what you’re looking for. There are many different styles of diffuser jewelry to explore, but the main gist is that drops of oil are applied to an absorbent material that can be worn and enjoyed aromatically throughout the day. My favorite store to purchase diffuser necklaces and bracelets from is Lowcountry Eclectic – and they happen to be a wonderful family business. I have no partnership with them; I simply truly recommend them
I just LOVE doing laundry. I adore it SO much that I do it every few days. Nothing makes me happier than sorting, washing, drying, folding, and organizing my family’s clothes all day long. Just kidding, but I try to convince myself of this to make the never-ending task a bit less tedious. We used cloth diapers on my son until he potty-trained, and I actually credit that as one of my big ‘gateways’, if you will, into the natural living world. Learning about the care for various fabric and diapers (like how using fabric softener, dryer sheets, or certain detergents is frowned upon with them) made me begin to think and question the laundry products I’d always known. I oddly did find the routine of washing cloth diapers soothing during my postpartum depression chaos, which I explained in this post…and see my cloth diaper wash cycle process here. (NOTE: This recipe below isn’t for cloth
I’ve said it before, how New Year’s Eve is my least favorite holiday. I suppose it is the vibe where folks feel obligated to look back on their year and also make new promises to themselves for the new year as if it’s some magical day of the year. I get the impression that people fake happiness for this day more than any other. Have you ever seen those countdown programs on TV?! Those smiling, dancing people freak me out. If this holiday DOES work for you, that’s wonderful! Absolutely keep on loving it, reflect and resolve away! It IS fun to dance and celebrate, I get that. I just feel too forced to do it on New Year’s personally, but respect that other people absolutely resonate with this time of new starts. I mean no offense to New Year connoisseurs; different strokes are a beautiful thing! But if you