DIY Young Living Essential Oils Car Air Freshener

One of my lifelong dreams is to take one giant road trip and visit all the fun places throughout the United States. Last summer we took the kids on a road trip from Michigan to Arkansas. We wanted to go to Crater of Diamonds State Park. If you haven’t been there, you need to go. It is an absolute blast! You just dig and dig and dig and hope you find a diamond. For real! People actually find diamonds there! Being that this was our longest road trip ever with the kids, the one thing I noticed, not too long into the trip, was how the air in the car started to get really stale. It rained quite a bit on the drive, so opening the window was not an option. Like most people, we stopped to get one of those tree air fresheners for the car. Bad idea. I should have used my essential oils.

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They may look cute, but boy are they stinky on a long road trip!

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So back to those air fresheners. Did you know that most air fresheners you see in cars all over the road are filled with nothing but toxins? It’s no surprise that shortly after putting one in our car, we started experiencing headaches. It was horrible. It got tossed in the trash really quick! On a super long road trip (or even short day to day trips around town), no one has time for headaches from something that is supposed to make their car smell fresh.

Making your own DIY Car Air Fresheners are super easy! I like to use Young Living Essential Oils because I know they are the purest oils and their Seed to Seal Promise insures that there is nothing toxic in the essential oils.

Supplies Needed

  • Young Living Essential Oils of your choice
  • Cotton balls

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Simply take the oil of your choice (Purification, En-R-Gee, Ylang Ylang, etc) and place a few drops on the cotton ball. Place the cotton ball in between the slats of the air vent and enjoy! If you are interested in any of the oils I mentioned above (or other products Young Living has to offer), please click the contact me button above, I’d love to talk to you about how Young Living can change your life…for the better!

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Besides remembering your essential oils when embarking on a road trip, you also want to Google a few places along the way. You want to make sure you’ve either booked hotels or know of where to stop for clean hotels. Another thing you want to make sure you’ve located is various local garages or car dealerships along your route. You never know when something will break down in your car and you don’t want to be stuck with little to no options. The nice thing about car dealerships like the Kernersville Chrysler Dodge dealer is that they often times have service specials that you are able to print out and help save you money for those unexpected trips to their garage. This particular dealer has a 10% off your service coupon (please note, this does not apply to oil changes).

So tell me…what was your favorite road trip AND what tip do you have for a successful road trip?

Stop Your Kids from Yelling and Fighting Now!

Summer is finally here! I know that we are very happy to see the school year end and summer begin. However, with that said, one thing I am not happy to hear is the sound of my kids constantly yelling and fighting with one another. They are relatively close in age, have similar interests and they are both very head-strong. So, as you can imagine, the non-stop fighting and yelling at one another has been crazy…and we haven’t even been out of school for a full week yet!

Taking away electronics for yelling and fighting just ends up punishing me. I had to think of something that would be a punishment for fighting and yelling at one another, but not hurt me in the process. That’s when I realized the ONE thing that means  more than electronics to them, especially my son…money.

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This quick and VERY easy DIY project is one that you will want to make this summer. I went to my local craft store, bought a mason jar and vinyl labels. I thought long and hard about what amount I wanted them to pay when they yelled and fought with one another. I finally settled on 10 cents. I figured a quarter was too much. With the way they were going at it, they would be depositing several dollars a day. A penny wouldn’t phase them. So 10 cents it is!

As soon as I told them, their mouths dropped open. But…and I kid you not…since I introduced the jar to them, we haven’t had ANY yelling or fighting at all. Not a single bit. I have the jar sitting out in plain sight. If Bella starts to get worked up, Zack looks at her and says “Bella…the jar” and she immediately stops. Neither one of them want to part with their money!

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We started out with the 10 cents, however if we find that it’s not working or working as well as we would like, the kids have been told that the amount will increase. But the kids like their coins so I don’t see this needing an increase anytime soon!

What are your tips for keeping your summer peaceful?

DIY Lip Scrub with Young Living Essential Oils

One thing that drives me absolutely crazy, especially during the harsh winter months, is when I have to deal with dry, flaky and chapped lips. I’ve tried every single lip balm on the market and nothing really helps with that issue. It’s like my lips soak it in and an hour later (or less sometimes) my lips are back to the way they were. Not too long ago, I made a hand scrub using my essential oils and it got me thinking, why don’t I make a lip scrub?!?

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DIY Lip Scrub with Young Living Essential Oils

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 oz. Cocoa Butter, melted
  • 3 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 drops Young Living Lavender Oil
  • 4 drops Young Living Peppermint oil


Directions

  1. Place 1 oz. of cocoa butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 25 second intervals, stirring after every interval. I purchased a 1 oz. container of cocoa butter at Hobby Lobby. You can also find it online.
  2. Place all of your ingredients in a bowl and stir. If you need to, add a little bit more olive oil, but don’t add too much…you want this to be scrubby!
  3. Add your lip scrub to a cute little air-tight jar.

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I can’t rave about this scrub enough! If you want an extra scrubbier scrub, use brown sugar. When making a lip scrub, I really thought long and hard about which of my Young Living essential oils I wanted to use and then it hit me, I had to use lavender. Lavender is very soothing to your skin. I chose peppermint because I love the smell of it! I used it this afternoon and my lips are so soft and they look great! Definitely try this!

Young Living essential oils are the best essential oils on the market. They offer a wonderful Seed to Seal process that just can’t be beat. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!! Right now, I am offering some major incentives for those people who sign up for a wholesale membership. See the image below for more details!

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More Alternatives to Store Bought Valentines!

Thanks to Pinterest, more and more people are hand making their Valentines! I love it when my kids bring home a box full of Valentines that their classmates made from them! In fact, this year, we are going to try and make our own too! <–I’m not the craftiest mom, so we’ll see how this will turn out! Earlier this week, I put together a list of some really great DIY Valentines ideas from all over the web. Guess what…I have more for you!!

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Remember back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when slap bracelets were all the rage? Well…those bracelets are back and the lovely blogger at Toys in the Dryer came up with an adorable Valentines idea using slap bracelets! And lucky for you, I found where you can buy slap bracelets in bulk for pretty darn cheap!

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I’ve looked at a bunch of DIY Valentines ideas and this one is the most unique I have seen yet!! Audrey with IamBarkingMad.com came up with the idea using mini, individually wrapped bags of cereal to make Cerealsly Cute Valentines! Love these!!

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My kids, especially Bella, love to have a notebook and pencil with her at all times. She likes to write mini-stories or, her latest thing, is to draw out floor plans of what her new bedroom will look like. This child has watched too many of those DIY television shows! The lovely blogger at threedifferentdirections.com has put together an adorable idea for DIY Valentines using stuff you can find at your local Dollar Store!

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This next Valentine idea is perfect for any age group! MomLuck.com has a cute Valentine that uses melted crayons to create your own heart shaped (or any shape you choose) crayon…in the colors your child chooses!! We’ve made crayons before and Bella always enjoys mixing the colors to come up with her own color!

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Do your kids love that loom bracelet maker? Mine do, so this next Valentine idea is perfect for them! And we have a billion (no joke) of those little rubber bands…what a good way to get rid of save some money! Be sure to check out this adorable idea by visiting the site here! Not only is this a handmade Valentine, but it is one that the recipient can wear too!

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Kids LOVE to plant seeds and watch things grow…even if it’s a bean sprout that molds (happened to Bella), they still love it because they grew it! So this DIY Seed Packet Valentine that my friend Shasta has on her blog is not only adorable, but also very inexpensive!!

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There are so many cute ideas out there. I hope you liked the ones I chose above and the others I found earlier this week! If you choose to do one of these ideas, please leave me a comment and tell me about it!! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s

St. Valentines day is not really my favorite holiday. It’s not that anything bad ever happened on Valentine’s day, I mean…I do like it…I just don’t care about it all that much. Thankfully, neither does my husband. We get each other a card, maybe some chocolate or a gift and call it a day. However, out kids LOVE Valentine’s day. They love making their “mailboxes” for school; they love picking out the Valentines that they are going to pass out; and they LOVE looking at the Valentine’s that all of their friends at school give them.

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Fun DIY Valentines for Kids

This year, after running across a friends blog post, I started thinking about having my kids make their Valentine’s this year. Personalized Valentine gifts just seem like a fund thing to do! Especially for Zack’s class…this is his last school Valentine’s day celebration. I love this DIY Valentines idea with plastic recorders. Sorry parents!

valentinesIsn’t this so awesome?!? Go visit thatbaldchick.com and print out her free printable!

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I was so bummed when my daughter did not want to give away recorders this year. There’s still time. With Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping, we could totally still pull it off! Since she wasn’t interested, I started looking at all the other amazing DIY ideas out there. And boy are there a lot of great ideas out there! This Hershey Kiss Ring idea I found at Thrifty Jinxy is pretty cool and something Bella would really enjoy making for her friends! Isn’t this the best Valentines gift idea ever? So easy and so cute!

valentinesI will have to show this to Bella tomorrow, for sure! She is very into crafting right now, so to make this, I bet she’d love it! And it’s EASY, which is a plus for me…I am so not a crafty mom!

Do you have a Lego lover in your home?? This next DIY Valentine is for the Lego lover in your life and it’s pretty cool and again, one that I could totally handle doing!

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I could totally see both of my kids wanting to do this for their classes this year! Mommy Palooza definitely has a great idea with this Valentine! After browsing Amazon.com, I found these awesome Lego molds!

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Do you remember those fortune teller things that we used to make out of paper when we were kids? Well, my friend Jamie with Toys in the Dryer has a printable to make your very own Fortune Teller Valentine! I know, right? Sooo cool!

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valentinesThis next idea is really cool and super easy, again for the non-crafty person! SensiblySara.com has a tutorial for Duct Tape Bookmarks!! Bella, for her birthday and Christmas, got a lot of different kinds of duct tape and she is all about making things with it! So, like most of the ideas in this post, this is right up Bella’s alley!

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The next DIY Valentine is another candy free option, which I like very much! Especially since my sneaky kids took their Valentine mailboxes upstairs to their rooms last year and ate all their candy while they were supposed to be sleeping. Shoot, I think Zack went into Bella’s room and ate all of her candy too! Anyway…this DIY Valentine from Trisha with Momdot uses those EOS lip balms that are all the rage! Also, if you are a Silhouette user, this printable also has a free Silhouette file for you to download too!

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This last DIY Valentine is a round-up done by A Sparkle of Genius, similar to mine, so you will have a lot more DIY Valentine’s to choose from! I know if I were to show this one to my son, he would TOTALLY pick the Valentine that has the Crush soda! Especially since he says he has two of the hottest girls in the entire school in his class…he’s in fifth grade!

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Other things you may want to think about are Valentine coloring pages. These are great for the younger grades or preschool.

What is your favorite DIY Valentine for kids?