Not all essential oils have to break your budget! Quality certainly is everything, which is why I only use Young Living Essential Oils with my family and in our home. Did you know that since you only use a drop at a time usually, essential oil bottles can last a LONG time; some more than others to me depending on their benefits/usage. Here’s how much each drop costs of some of the oils I use most often: Why are some oils more expensive than others? It depends on the herb/root/plant/bark/resin/stem/etc that is being grown, harvested, steam distilled into it’s essence, and bottled properly. Peppermint grows much more easily and abundantly, (and perfectly well in the United States) than the boswelia sacra plant (the resin that gives us Sacred Frankincense essential oil which is best cultivated/distilled from the country of Oman), so Peppermint essential oil is less expensive. The
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
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
One simple way to create some new decorations for the holidays is by filling clear glass containers with various items. From basic jars to large vases, there are so many possibilities to this easy decor. Imagine a large jar of herbs and pinecones. Picture a vase full of bells and bows. Or here is what I made seven years ago. These three vases were left over from our wedding centerpieces. We had a different size/shape clear vase in the middle of every guest table and filled them full of pretty fruit combinations. We are proud of our beautiful, intimate, and wonderful wedding…and mostly how frugal and homemade the whole bash was. Plus folks were kind of excited to take home free fruit! So the Christmas after we got married, back when I was feeling particularly giddy to start being a little homemaker (may I have that energy and excitement back now, please?!). I stuffed a
Being a mom is hard, no matter how you slice it. It is even harder when you don’t feel well. A story about cloth diapers and postpartum depression is an oddly difficult tale to tell, but, alas…it is my personal story. It is a tale I wish had been different, but can only accept and find solace in sharing with others. My transition to motherhood was a very rocky one. I’m fairly certain that it is not perfectly easy for any mom, although that illusion is often in place around us. It is a charade that led me to feel inferior since I did not gracefully become a mom. At all. I tripped, stumbled, and barely treaded water for over a year. My son and I struggled to connect, my husband had to take care of both of us, and my life was challenged in ways I never imagined.
Today at 2:02 this morning, my sweet son turned TWO years old! We celebrated our big boy last weekend with a construction-themed birthday party because I knew he would “dig” it 😉 Here was the invitation I made: Then I ordered (affiliate links) these child construction hats from Amazon which were perfect additions to favor bags in the “Hard Hat Area”. The week of the party, I used markers and construction paper to make some fun signs to hang as decoration. Also had a “Children At Work” sign downstairs in the playroom, but no photo of that. For the “Hammer Time” area, I wrapped florist foam blocks in woodgrain contact paper. Turfdaddy brought home some golf tees from work, and I found some cheap toy hammers. It was a hit (literally!) and usable again and again. I put two lines of yellow duct tape down a black tablecloth to make a road for
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
Yesterday our area hunkered inside from the two feet of snow outside! So the Evans family played in the snow, enjoyed our new juicer (a cantaloupe, spinach, and apple drink…mmm!), and mommy made a craft! The best part about this craft was that it cost us $0. That’s not a typo…it even looks funny, doesn’t it? We’re not used to seeing that number directly next to a dollar sign. Yes, it was absolutely free to make because we already had all of the goodies…including seven toilet paper rolls I’d been saving in order to make it. Big Daddy Orange and I are finally getting around to decorating this home in which we’ve lived for almost two years (cut us some slack…I was pregnant when we moved, and then had our hands full with Tangerine. And he didn’t care what was on the walls, thankfully). I’ve been shopping for crosses because Jesus