Get Rid of the Mood Monsters

Essential oils are powerful helps for managing moodsWhenever my grandson Ben comes to visit, he loves to do DIY videos with me. We call it Make It Monday. It doesn't matter if it's Wednesday or Thursday or Saturday -- he always asks to do a Make It Monday video. This time we decided to make...

Why every home needs a bottle of Eucalyptus this summer

Welp. Summer is here. It’s been in the 90s, pool is open and a/c is rocking. We spend a fair amount of time outside, but I HATE getting over-heated. When I learned about liquid a/c, it was a very very happy day.The first oil I used to make this (extremely) popular spray was Peppermint (my volleyball girls love it). Pepp has a ton of menthol and known for relaxing and easing occasional headaches, as...

Lovely Leave-In Conditioning DIY Spray

Our family has been working to get replace of all the harsh products in our home with more natural options.When I began to study about natural living, I had no idea how many places harsh chemicals were hiding. Yes, in your shampoo and conditioner too. I started using the doTERRA shampoo and conditioner quite awhile ago and have had great results with both, but sometimes my hair needs some extra leave in love. Thankfully it's much healthier now then it was when I was on all those RA medications (wish I knew then what I know now). Chronic illness people, I know you know what I mean. Between better diet, great supplements, and an overall improved...

Simple Mother's Day DIY

Mother's Day and pampering DIY projects go hand in handI'm keeping the grands for a few days. They'll be here over Mother's Day, so I figured it was the perfect time for a simple Mother's Day DIY as a nice gift for mom when she comes back to get them. Dad's deployed, so Mom deserves extra pampering for sure.Since we're talking pampering here, the DIY had to fit the bill but also be super simple so two active little boys would be able to do it. Enter these awesome Sugar Scrub Cubes. I love these little cubes too - it makes this simple Mother's Day DIY simple to use (so easy to grab a cube and take into the shower). Feels so good on skin and with Balance and ...

Out Like a Light - Sleep Help for Chronic Illness

Sometimes we all need a little help getting some rest. I know that I go through periods of time where sleep is very difficult. If I’m in a flare, or I just have too much on my mind, it can be rough to get good rest. And that sets me up for a bad day and the cycle continues. I’ve written several posts on sleep – it’s that important for us.Recent research agrees: “…even a modest loss of sleep for asingle night increases inflammation, which is a key factor in the onset ofcardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis."said Dr. Michael Irwin, professor ...

New YouTube Show--Essential DIY!!

Hey amazing readers! I'm starting a crazy adventure with my sweet Mollypop. We are DIYing and sharing our adventures with you. Mo hasn't been a crafty person in the past, so it makes this extra fun (and probably extra funny at times). We'll start having some cool projects next episode, but for now we are looking for some feedback. What are the top things you're interested in learning? Please share in the comments.

My adventures with grilling and hair

Okay, so there is never a freakin’ dull moment in my life. Ever.Went to start up the grill -- which I’ve done probably a million times. I grill way more than Dave does. Well. This time I got a little bit of a surprise. The dern thing went WOOOOOSHHHHH and a burst of flame shot up and singed the heck out of my hair. It was a lovely (& smelly) new look. My first thought was “Lord I hope I still have eyebrows.” I mean have you seen how ridiculous people look when they make attempts to draw them on….Thankfully the worst of it was the hair. Crinkly, brittle, can’t run the brush through it burned, but other than that I was no worse for wear. And, yes, I make light of it now, but I do realize how m...

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Sugar Scrub

DIY Sugar Scrub to the rescueI've really let time get away from me lately, and yet I still want to give some special people in our lives some gifts that they will truly enjoy. Sugar scrubs are easy, pampering, and fun to make. Mix in COFFEE and this DIY Sugar Scrub smells DIVINE and is oh so good for your skin. Sugar scrubs make great gifts, and this one will make you feel like you ust stepped into your favorite coffee shop. We mixed up a few jars of th...

"Roller" on into the Holidays

Pull out your oils and blend up some special roller gifts this seasonMaking gifts for friends and family is a ton of fun , and when you can make gifts like these roller bottles that are adorable AND functional, all the better. These roller blends are cute as can be ...

Soak away Holiday Stress

Send Holiday Stress packing this seasonHow is it the seventh of December and I have like 2 gifts ready? Life has been an adventure lately for sure. Full to overflowing of great stuff and not-so-great stuff (and a touch of really sad too). I let myself get completely overwhelmed la...

4 simple ways to give gifts that matter

Do your gifts matter or are they misfits?Okay, fess up, how many gifts have you received over the years that went unopened, unworn, unused, regifted or eventually delegated to the donation pile? Now, don't get me wrong, I TOTALLY appreciate anytime someone takes the time to think about me and get a gift for me. But I don't want to be the giver that gives the gifts that are ready for the Island of Misfit Gifts, and I'm guessing you probably feel the same. Don't you want people to look like my grands over ther...

DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

I have girls with some serious hair.The two lovelies on the left did not get their curls from me. Their hair is THICK, and often in need of some TLC. Emily (the one on the far right) and I share similar hair qualities. While we don't have the curl, our hair is still in need of deep conditioning from time to time. My hair is an odd combo of straight and inconveniently wavy so I tend to use a straightener on it to get rid of the weirdness. When I saw this DIY from doTERRA, I totally down with it. I need to take before and after pics next time, especially for the curly haired two. Easy ingredients, super pamperingYou p...

DIY Laundry Stain Stick

Follow my blog with BloglovinMake this quick DIY Laundry Stain Stick today Putting this Laundry Stain Stick together takes literally 2 minutes. And it works great. And it doesn't have any of the *crap* that you find in many stain sticks you can purchase these days. I've been on a label reading rampage for the past couple of years. It started with just food labels and moved on to cosmetics and cleaning products as I realized how often we unknowingly expose ourselves and our families to harmful chemicals Many stain removers have fragrances that can lead to skin irritation/allergies/damage, acute aquatic toxicity, nervous system effects, a...

Safer cosmetics are CRUCIAL to our health

Choosing safer cosmetics are crucial to our overall health and wellnessWhat we put on our skin effects our overall health much more than many people realize. There are thousands of ingredients banned in the EU that are not restricted in any way here in the states. Chemicals that disrupt our endocrine system and can cause a whole host of issues and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. It is imperative that we take this seriously and incorporate safer cosmetics into our lives...

DIY Makeup Removal Pads

These Makeup Removal Pads are super simple, easy on the wallet, and so good for your skinThis project was so stinkin' fast, I have no idea why I hadn't tried it before. With harsh ingredients and artificial fragrances that can irritate skin, DIY projects - like these Makeup Removal Pads - just makes s...

DIY Bouncy Balls for the win

It's always an adventure at my house - Bouncy Balls included!When the grands come to visit, I'm always looking for fun projects to do together. Last night we did a DIY Bouncy Balls project that was quick, easy, and a lot of fun. And add essential oils to the mix -- smelled amazing too. The entire project took us probably 5 minutes to complete, and then we had SO MUCH fun just play...

DIY Bubble Bars

Summer projects are fun -- like these DIY Bubble BarsHanapoo and I had a not-so-great time a few weeks ago trying to make bubble bars. let's just say we ended up frustrated and sweaty and had a mess in the kitchen. But I don't like to be defeated, so we tweaked the recipe, tried doing a few things different, and ended up with some amazing DIY Bubble bars scented with amazing doTERRA Balance and Citrus Bliss Bubble bars are fun - they make long lasting bubbles for luxurious baths. They are also pretty pricey if you buy th...

Summer DIY Adventures

It's HOT outside, the perfect time for indoor Summer DIY fun!The Summer Living Magazine from doTERRA is packed with tons of DIYs. I was particularly excited about the kid's projects since it's summer and we always have visits with the grands. The littlest crazy, Wessy, is visiting this week. Today for our Summer DIY Adventure, we picked Moon Sand. Moon sand is an incredibly easy Summer DIY project - common ingredients, no fuss (but maybe just a little mess, but that's what grandma's do, right??) Moon Sand What you need:8 cups flour1 cup vegetable oil8-10 drops Lavender ess...

Luxurious Lotion Bars

Soothe and pamper your skin with these simple lotion barsThese lotion bars are so luxurious - and way simpler to make than I anticipated. I played around with the ingredients to find a good balance. It needed to be soft enough to act like a lotion, but firm en...

Ditch the disinfectant wipes

Are we helping or hurting when we use disinfectant wipes?I read this article today that reinforced what I already suspected about the disinfectant wipes you can purchase at the store. Author Elizabeth Conway states, "Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admits that there is no evidence that cleaning with disinfectants is any better at preventing illness than cleaning with regular ...