Want to improve your shower experience? Need a little more pep in the morning, need some relaxing at night. I have the perfect accessory, turn your shower into a huge diffsuer.
So with the new year looming I need to get back into the habit of not only looking after myself but trying to lose that baby weight that just won't go. Okay when I say baby weight well came on with baby and didn't leave after birth 3 years ago.
In case you have not heard air fresheners and even those smelly candles are actually really bad for you. Rain, spring, flowers and mountain air may be smells you have learned to associate with fresh and clean but they do not clean the air and they can hurt you and your family. They include an array of hazardous substances which may cause lung damage and tumors, interfere with our hormones and cause such lifelong problems as asthma. Yes you read that right... scary!!
WOW I can't believe it is back to school time already. Tomorrow is the big day for us, getting prepped with school bags, lunches, snacks oh and don't forget the first day photo op. The other things we do in our house is preventing the back to school germs.
Doing laundry last night and the lovely smell of the calming blend called Serenity that I used in my dryer I had to blog it. First a little background and education:
I can't really tell you why I love this oil so much, I just do. I love the smell of it and it brings me a sense of calm and rest. That is why I added it to my stress relief roller bottle and my bed linen spray. I spray it on my pillow and I can smell the arbovitae in the undertones and I just hug my pillow and drift off into peaceful sleep. Now enough about me and my love of this oil and more about this oil.
You don't have to use harsh or toxic chemicals to get a clean sink or tub. Not only are these ingredients healthier for you to use but much more cost effective too. Better for the environment, health and wallet. All you need is some baking soda, essential oils and a touch of water.
How I use Tea Tree Essential Oil in my House
Everyone I talk to about Tea Tress essential oil know I am no fan of the smell. That came about from when I was a teen trying to use not very good stinky probably not even pure Tea Tree on my skin. Now that I'm a bit older and wiser I'm not only using 100% pure Tea Tree but very high quality which in turn not only works better but the side therapeutic benefits too.
What is better then making a gift for someone that you made or perhaps a gift for yourself? Making your own bath salts is not only super easy but makes a nice gift which you can make as plain or fancy as you like.
I love making this foaming hand soap, not only is it super easy and takes about 3 minutes to make but using all natural ingredients means much safer for your family. You can add any essential oils you like, citrus are okay since you are rinsing them off with the soap enough to not to cause photo-sensitivity. I like to use a protective blend for obvious reasons and lemons since I have dirty greasy little boys playing in the dirt. Sometimes I will make one with a pretty smell such as lavender or ylang ylang for our bathroom upstairs to use before bedtime. You can use 2 tbsp or 3 tbsp of the castile soap depending on how soapy you like it. You can purchase foaming hand pumps here or reuse old ones. The first time I made this I was so proud of myself but it was also so easy, when my husband used it he thought I bought it since it was so good. I take that as a big compliment.
How to make your own foaming hand soap.
Here is my first time making reusable eco-friendly cleaning wipes. It was actually really easy and the wipes are working great. I take one out of the jar wring it then clean as I would with the throw aways. I then rinse the cloth and throw it in my kitchen hamper. Better for the environment and cheaper then buying the throw aways win - win is what I call that.
My husband loved those wipes from the store as they are so easy to grab so I had to come up with an alternative as I wanted to get those nasty expensive wipes out of my house. The first time I made them my husband used them to clean the kitchen. He was extremely impressed as they didn't even leave any streaks on our stainless steal like the store bought ones did. I should add don't put more baking soda as that will leave streaks!! I accidentally didn't measure once and a pile fell in, I thought meh - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not meh!!! White streaks everywhere, I learned my lesson. I know use a proper measuring spoon. Other then that they work
Get your jar either new or used and some rags which again you can purchase or you can use old shirts.
Okay so this will be my second blog on making this all natural general purpose spray cleaner. Yep that is how much I love it that I feel the need to write another blog and share my love of this easy to make product. Not only easy but using all natural ingredients means my kids can help me make it and help clean with it without me worrying if they get some on their skin or accidentally spray themselves in the face. Yep this happened, if it was a harsh chemical / toxic spray cleaner from the store I would have freaked out but my little guy just shock his head and continued on his way. So lets get to it.
Get your spray bottle, either new or used
Here is how to make your own all natural streak free window cleaner. Very easy and very fast to make. You all know I love my essential oils so many great uses!!
This is so fast, easy and much less expensive then any toxic glass cleaner you get at the store. This has been working great on my windows and glass, really no streaks and I don't have to worry about my kids helping me clean with it!
So my kids got some non-washable paint on the table. It was dried on, oh no!! No fear Lemon essential oil to the rescue. I put a drop on each area and let it sit a few minutes. Then rubbed it off. Then to dilute the oil as to not hurt the finish on my table I added olive oil. Olive oil with lemon essential oil makes a wonderful wood cleaner/ polish. I did half the table so you can see the difference.
Not only do I love the smell of 100% pure certified therapeutic grade essential oil but the amazing things you can do with it.
Lemon is a great degreaser so I put some in my cleaning spray with a protective blend of oils, vinegar, baking soda and a bit of water. It will also take gum out if hair!! Great tip for do it your selfers and hairdressers Lemon can take hair die off of skin. I found out it can also very easily just wipe off crayon off of car windows. Yep don't ask I have two little fun guys lol. It can also take permanent marker off of walls and as you can see in my pictures below off of tables. Full of crayon and permanent markers.
Picture taken after already trying to clean with other methods
Okay so I will say that my boys, both of them will lick the counter, wouldn't be surprised if the floor got a taste too. I'm not really an all natural type girl or never saw myself as such but it didn't sit too well with me using harsh chemicals to clean the kitchen knowing little hands and tongues touch those surfaces. So I looked up what I could do EASILY!! ya I needed it to be easy and inexpensive because I love deals and saving money.
Soothing Oatmeal bath
If your little one or not so little one suffers from eczema like mine does a nice soothing bath with oatmeal can help. It is all natural and a lot cheaper than purchasing named brand oatmeal baths from the store. I'll be showing you how easy it is to make using Power Chef System from Tupperware.
All you need is some oatmeal, you can get this in bulk at the bulk barn. They often have coupons that come in the mail as well. A container, I use 2 one for the bathroom which is the glass jar the other is an old Kool Aid container that I cleaned out. I keep my extra in that one. Use what ever works for you. I'm using the Power Chef System but you can use your blender.
So very cool I can now blog from my phone aka better chance at doing more blogs. I have had a lot of requests on how I make/made baby food for my kids, so here we go.
If you have not tried it and like the thought of it I'm here to tell you it is super easy. I am by far not a cook nor do I enjoy cooking so really if I can do it anyone can.
What you need:
So if you haven't seen my other blogs about this project please feel free to go back and look at them. What I did to half a corner of my wall and To do list toddler / preschooler style. So here we have it those two projects put together. As you can see since it's chalk board I can also add times to our schedule and easily change it as well. My son loves to pull off what we have done already and put it back in the box. You can also see the finished box in the photo as well now. My son is behind in his talking so a few times he has even grabbed one of the signs to let me know what he wants or wants to do. There are many functions you can use with both of these projects.
I don't know about your little one but mine likes to know what we are doing everyday. Also I find this makes transitions to different activities easier. I took an old box of diapers and cut them up into 4x4 inch squares. Then I went to Fabric Land to get some velcro as I plan on putting up the list. I cut the velcro into strips to on onto the back of the card board. ** lesson learned here*** I also cut the side that the sign will attach too, bad idea for me at least. I am planning on making a line of sign so would have been better off to not cut that part and have it intact to go right across what I will put it up on. So back to Fabric Land I go ***lesson number two*** This time I got larger opposite velcro part which was great and with tape already on it. Should have done that the first time. I did attach the velcro to the cardboard with glue which didn't work so great so also had to staple it. The velcro with the tape already on it is much stronger = better.
We didn't have a chalk board in the house so I made one for multiple uses. I got a can of black chalk board paint from Walmart for around $26.00. That gives you a lot of paint, I didn't even use 1/2 the can. This area of the wall was useless so I made it useful. Today's blog I will only talk about the one use, another blog I will show you the other use I have made of this.
It was really easy to do just took some time. All the instructions are on the can and easy to follow. I taped up where I wanted to paint. It does require 2 coats and time between painting those coats. Even once one you need to wait almost a week before you can really use it.
Well thought I would try out this blog stuff. Sure I help out other people with theirs but never had my own. Not sure where to start so I'll start with something I made this week. Looking for something nice to keep your baby / toddler or kids books in? This is a nice cheap way of doing that but doesn't look cheap. You can buy similar type book racks in places like Kids Pottery Barn for $150+ or this :)
You get awooden spice rack from Ikea for $6.99. Preferably 2 of them as it looks nicer.
This blog was inspired by my friend Lorn who just got into a bicycle accident. As he put it; his tire got stuck in the streetcar tacks, the bike stopped, he did not. Now he is in the hospital with a badly sprained ankle and maybe a tibia fracture. Since I've had my share of badly sprained ankles from horse riding accidents I thought I would share a great way to treat them. Someone who competed in Karate competitions told me the best way to treat such injuries as it was taught to him.