Clay Diffuser Ornaments

A set of ornaments made by my 3- and 8-year-olds, along with the essential oils we used to scent them.

A few weeks ago, a friend invited us over to make Clay Diffuser Ornaments with her and her girls.  It was a simple and fun project that has since brought wonderful scents throughout our home, as well as made wonderful gifts to give to friends.… Continue reading

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers
Our foaming hand soap containers, refilled and ready to go.

We go through a lot of hand soap in our family.  While foaming hand soap is expensive to buy in the store, it is very inexpensive and simple to make on your own.  In addition to cost effectiveness and ease, you can control the ingredients to make certain they are free of chemical nasties. … Continue reading

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade Deodorant

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade DeodorantI make a lot of my own natural skin and body care products.  Amazing Face Serum, DIY Foaming Hand Soap, Homemade Bath Salts, Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream, Hand Sanitizer, and Fizzy Bath Bombs.  These simple recipes are all a part of our everyday household life (with the current exception of the diaper rash cream, since we’re now done with diapers), though that recipe also makes a great skin salve for other body areas that need some extra support.… Continue reading

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season
Dried elderberries; Thieves cough drops; Organic, raw apple cider vinegar; RC [Respiratory Care], SniffleEase, Thieves, and Breathe Again essential oils. These are all staples in my wintertime cabinet.
Cold and Flu season is upon us.  As we head into the winter months, we spending more time indoors. This means we’re spending more time surrounded by the dry air produced by forced-air heating. … Continue reading

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand SoapIf your family is anything like mine, everyone loves foaming hand soap.  My boys love that it magically foams up, even before they begin scrubbing.  I love that it gets my kids excited about washing their hands.  It also helps to reduce waste as it give them a handful of soap in only one squirt, instead of my boys repeatedly pumping regular soap into their hands until they feel like they have enough.… Continue reading

Flavored Water: A Healthy Alternative to Sweetened Beverages

Flavored Water: A Healthy Alternative to Sweetened Beverages
Citrus Fresh, or other food-grade essential oils, are a simple way to increase your water consumption without adding sugars to your diet.

All of us need to drink a lot of water every day.  The human body works best when it gets at least 1 ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight.  That’s a lot of water, and most people I know don’t drink nearly that amount.… Continue reading

Wash Stress Down the Drain with Homemade Bath Salts

Wash Stress Down the Drain with Homemade Bath SaltsThis last month has held a fair share of stresses. It’s taken me over a month to recover from the severe concussion that occurred as a result of a fainting spell. Add to the stress of injury and recovery the fact that life does not stop so I can recover, and that as I’m feeling better there are seemingly mountains of things that need to be done, and the pressure grows.… Continue reading

Recovering from a Concussion: 7 Things that Helped Me

Recovering from a Concussion: 7 Things that Helped MeJust over three weeks ago, I passed out and hit my head very hard as I came down. The result was a severe concussion.

 

I’ve spent the better part of three weeks healing from this head injury, and while things are still not quite right, I’m definitely feeling much better than I was.

 

Here are 7 things that have helped tremendously as I’ve been recovering from a concussion:

 

  1. Lots of Rest.
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Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream

Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash CreamMost diaper rash creams contain a variety of chemicals that you probably don’t want to put on your baby’s delicate skin. Whether you’re looking to rid your home of toxic chemicals as a whole or are simply concerned about what you are putting on your baby’s bum, this simple recipe is the one for you.

 

This recipe uses shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils to make a cream that is soothing and healing for baby’s delicate skin.… Continue reading

How I’m preparing for Cold and Flu Season

How I'm preparing for Cold and Flu SeasonFall is here, winter is approaching, and already I’m hearing lots of people sniffling and coughing. We’re all spending more time indoors, and heaters are coming on more frequently. The season of colds and flu seems to be settling in.

 

While I firmly believe that a healthy diet and plenty of sleep are the best ways to keep our bodies healthy, I also keep some other natural immune system supports and remedies around our house in order to help our bodies if we’re exposed to a virus or if we feel ourselves coming down with something.… Continue reading