Essential Oil Blend for Congested Kids

When my girls were little babies it drove me nuts when they had colds and I didn’t know how to help their congestion.  Vick’s in my experience isn’t that great and smells less great.  Decongestants aren’t recommended for small children and I’m really not a fan of them anyway.  Over the years I started adding essential oils to the humidifier and now have a blend that I use every time someone is sick in my house.   It’s effective and smells great.

 

Humidifier Blend

In the warmer months when the air isn’t as dry I use this diffuser.

Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential Oil Diffuser

I purchased it on Amazon and it can be found here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GJRG3K/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I’ve been really happy with this little diffuser and as an added bonus it lights up and changes colors.  My youngest uses it as a nightlight even when we aren’t using it as a diffuser.
The diffuser holds approximately 1 cup of water and I add the following essential oils to that:

2 Drops Thieves Oil

2 Drops Lavender Oil

2 Drops Peppermint Oil

4  Drops Eucalyptus Oil

 

In the winter I use a larger humidifier that holds a half gallon and I double or triple the amounts for that.

 

 

Springtime Bumblebee Pillow

I’m sick of winter!  Today I decided to ignore the snow outside and make some spring pillows.  I think this one might be my new favorite.

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I got the awesome bumblebee graphic from www.thegraphicsfairy.com.  Based on her recommendation I always use Lesley Riley’s Tap transfer paper and it works very well as you can see.

Bumblebee on Chair

 

Want one of your own?  You can find them here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/185120761/bumble-bee-on-100-linen-pillow-cover-18

Burlap – Quality vs Character

I know most people just think that burlap is burlap and its simply rustic but there is another side to burlap.  I refuse to refer to any burlap as “bad” because I don’t believe it’s ever bad.  Some just have more character ;).   There is a HUGE range when it comes to quality though and depending on what look you’re going for this can be very important.

I work a lot with burlap (insert shameless promotion here:https://www.etsy.com/shop/NaptimeDIYer).  Most of my sales are curtains and I offer both the high-quality and the rustic.  I’ve been getting a lot of questions on the difference between the two so I decided to offer some clarification.  When purchasing material its hard for me to even tell the quality from pictures. Here’s a picture of the material I use primarily:

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This is a 10 ounce upholstery grade jute burlap.  I like to use the better more tightly woven burlap for pillow covers especially because it won’t stretch and fray as easily.  I also use this for most of my curtains and all of my lined curtain.  It offers a lot of texture and character without screaming “rustic”.  Many want burlap that though and that’s where this fabric comes into play.

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The rustic is still a jute burlap but is a bit more loosely woven and has much more variation and character.  I also use this for curtains but its too loosely woven for pillow covers.  See the difference?

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Both lovely but very different!  When buying fabric or goods online made from burlap my suggestion is to pay attention to the color and weave.  Better quality natural burlap is generally lighter and more consistent in color and a tighter weave and the rustic tends to be more gray and loosely woven.  Best option is to see it in person and touch it! Or smell… big difference there too.

Cleaning Butcher Block Countertops With Thieves Oil

I love butcher block.  When we bought our current house I knew that I wanted them in my kitchen and couldn’t afford to do the whole kitchen in solid surface.  We went with butcher block in my cooking areas and quartz on the eat in bar which works really well.

We chose the John Boos oak butcher block and I couldn’t be happier.  It gets abused and I’m not great about oiling it as often as I should but it still looks great.    I don’t use a cutting board EVER.  I cut everything right on my countertops.  The down side of this is that sometimes it gets a little stinky.  Like I can taste onions when I cut a pineapple on the countertop even if I wiped it down first.  I just found my solution though…  Thieves oil!

This is the one I use  http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/blends/thieves-essential-oil

All I do now is wet a rag and spray 1 pump of theives oil.  I bought mine in a spray bottle which is really convenient.  It is a blend of several different essential oils but I can mostly smell the clove.  I don’t use any cleaning products or soaps on my countertops other than the thieves oil.  No onion smell anymore!

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Homemade Laundry Soap

Just made my own laundry soap thanks to this recipe from Wellness Mama http://wellnessmama.com/462/how-to-make-nautral-homemade-laundry-detergent/

It was really easy and my first 2 loads of laundry seem to be as or more clean than with commercial detergent.  I did add a few drops of lavender essential oil but it smells pretty nice even without it.DSC_0528