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
With Autumn in full swing, I’ve been trying out new combinations of essential oils to diffuse together. Especially as the big series of holidays approaches at the end of the year, I find myself very comforted by many aromas of the season. Here are some great oils that I like to choose from which can create smells similar to a spiced cider, pumpkin pie, and other crisp, harvest time blends. The beauty of diffusing is there is no exact science. Bigger rooms may need more drops total, but my main level is fine with anywhere from 5-8 drops. Have fun playing with combinations of two or three (or four or five!) of these oils…but of course, any one by itself is also a lovely experience. For example, Young Living pinned the graphic below using four of these oils in their “recipe”. I didn’t have all of these oils on hand, so I’ve
Need something new to make bath time more fun/less torture? We sure did here last week, so I pulled out some craft foam…and we’ve had a smashing good time all week! Insert sigh-of-relief here. One of my favorite things to learn as a parent so far is that craft foam sticks to windows, walls, bathtubs, etc when wet. This means it is super easy and cheap to cut out various seasonal shapes for toddlers and kids to explore. This fall, our bathtub is a pumpkin patch ready for decorating. I simply cut out a few orange ovals of various size from a large craft foam sheet, and some random green and black shapes with stems, eyes, nose, ears, and mouth designs in mind. I seriously did this in less than a minute one evening as my son threw a fit about having to go upstairs. He stopped whining out of curiosity about what I
It’s that time of year again! Stores are running out of pencils, binders, crayons, glue sticks as tons of people are scrambling to get them in time. Whether your children are off to school for the first time, graduating to the next level, or even off to college…here is a must-have shopping list you may not have thought of (or known about) to ensure a happy, healthy, and successful school year! They are called ESSENTIAL oils for a reason… ARE YOU A TEACHER?? Although this is my third year out of the classroom, I still feel the residual anxiety and anticipation that a new school year brings. I wish I would have known so much about essential oils back when I was teaching so that I could have utilized essential oils for myself and in my room! Some teachers are able to diffuse many of these oils I’m going to share with you in
Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received some compensation for writing about the products, but only recommend companies and products which my family truly use and appreciate! This post contains affiliate links. When one hears about clear durable plastic folders, most people think “organization”. You know, office supplies or school supplies…the usual. When *I* saw these colorful plastic folders, my mommy brain imagined they’d be perfect to have around little ones. I’m happy to have ordered and received them to discover I was correct! Of course, you’ll love these lightweight folders to store papers in. Up to 50 pages fit easily in each one, in fact! With my 6-pack of rainbow colors, I used half for typical folder purposes – bills, recipes (I’m a hard-copy kinda gal), and my essential oils classes resources. But with the other three, the lighter three colors…I found the perfect home for our
Don’t miss out on this deal! Now is the perfect time to join me on your wellness journey! If you’ve been on the fence, grabbing this collection to have everything you need on hand for only $144 (instead of the usual $160) is the way to go. This discount on essential oils happens *maybe* one week a year total, so these rare few days are very special! The Premium Starter Kit is 💥 10% off 💥 for a super limited time only! You will get: -Home Diffuser -11 essential oils -Plus October bonus oil (Oregano) -Exclusive online community resources and support -Thank You Gift from me (hint: you wear it!) -Complimentary consult with me (Certified Holistic Life Coach) and support when you need 💧Are you ready?? www.OddsandEvans.com/order or go to www.youngliving.com and use #1756452 This is my necessary disclaimer that this blog is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure. I am only a mom with an education
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