Homemade Lavender Bath Salts With Essential Oils

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Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

I love making homemade gifts and this is something you can give teachers, moms or to yourself. :)

Ingredients:

1 Cup Epsom Salts
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
2-3 Drops Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil
1 Glass Container

Essential Oil Bath Salts

Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix together.  Then divide into your containers.  You can print cute little stickers to place on the jars or simply tie on a bow and a label.  You can of course double or triple this recipe for several gifts.    If you’d like to make the salts purple, you can find natural food coloring at most natural food stores.

Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. Lavender is the “Swiss Army Knife” of Essential Oils and no home should be without it.

Lavender comes in the Premium Starter Kit and remember the August Promotion and bonuses for the starter kit will end at the end of this month.  Click here to see the August Promotion Details.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Homemade “No Soliciting” Sign

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I have to tell you that one of my pet peeves is solicitors that knock on our door.  To me it’s an invasion of privacy and it interrupts my family time.  When my kids were babies, it would never fail, that as soon as I’d lay them down for an afternoon nap, someone was ringing the doorbell, which inevitably woke them up.  A frustrating thing for a mom who needs rest herself.  Our neighborhood has a “No Soliciting” sign at the front, but that doesn’t seem to deter people.  People are also getting robbed and beaten, simply by opening their doors to strangers.  Recently I was babysitting my niece and nephew, so I had 4 children in the house, when a young woman rang the bell.  Usually I ignore it or have my husband get it.  Hubby wasn’t home and all 4 kids were looking out the windows, so I answered it.  She was trying to sell children’s educational software but wasn’t taking the hint that I wasn’t interested.  She even attempted to come in to talk to me!  I was appalled and immediately stopped her in her tracks.  No Way No How was a stranger coming in my house!  After telling her no more times than I can count, she asked if I could help her out by telling her which neighbors had kids.  No way was I siccing her on my neighbors, so I told her I was new in the area and really couldn’t help her.  My husband said later that I was way too nice.  This coming from a man who answered the door this weekend, told them “NO” and the woman said, “Thanks for saying it with a smile”!  I made this sign last year and decided I need to make a new one since this one has taken a weather beating.  I couldn’t find a one I liked in the stores, so I made my own. Here’s how I did it:

Bought Wood plaque from Craft store with coupon :)
Trace a piece of scrapbook paper in the shape of the plaque
Use spray adhesive to adhere the pretty paper to the wood
Pick matching paper and used my Cricut machine to cut out the letters (Notice the word “please”?)
Adhere the letters
Modge Podge the entire thing several times
Grab a piece of wood from garage, attach and stake to the ground

This matches our home and it’s cute, dontcha think?   Did it stop all solicitors?  No, but our office faces the front of the house and I did see several who upon noticing the sign, turned around and went to the next house.  Fantastic.  How do you deal with solicitors.  Do you have a sign you love? I’m looking for ideas for my new one!

UPDATE: In response to a Facebook comment: Yes I have a cricut machine. But I bought it at a thrift store and the group of ladies I scrapbook with, all use it. I DID NOT pay $300. You could also use letter stickers if you do not have a machine or know someone who does. Check your local craft store in the scrapbook aisle.

Essential Oil Premium Starter Kit August Discount And Bonus Offer

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EO August

If you’ve been considering trying essential oils, this is the PERFECT time to start! Now through the end of August, new members get $10 off the regular price of the Premium Starter Kit.  The oils and diffuser are worth over $300. Now through the end of August you get it all for only $150 plus if you sign up with me (member number #2032385) I’ll send you my favorite essential oil reference material and a diffuser necklace.

Here’s what you get with your Premium Starter Kit:

  • 11 essential oils (5ml each) :: Frankincense, Copaiba, Lemon, Purification, RC, PanAway, DiGize, Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, and Stress Away
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • A roller fitment that will turn any oil bottle into a roller bottle
  • 10 essential oil sample sachets
  • 10 sample bottles you can use to share oils with your friends
  • 10 informational sharing cards
  • 2 NingXia Red samples
  • Informational literature
  • Plus access to two private Facebook groups where you’ll find support as you start using your oils

You can visit my Essential Oils page for a bit more information on Essential Oils.

If you’re ready to take advantage of the August Essential Oil sale and bonus it’s super easy. Here’s how:

  1. Click here to start the sign-up process.
  2. Choose the ‘Member’ option to ensure that you can get the 24% discount.
  3. You should see my member number (#2032385 in the Enroller and Sponsor boxes. This ensures that we’re connected so I can support you as you learn about oils and how to use them. Young Living also sends me a small bonus when you enroll through me. (If the Enroller and Sponsor boxes are blank, simply fill in my number.)
  4. Fill in all of your information.
  5. Make sure you keep your username, password, and PIN so you can use them for future orders.
  6. Choose your starter kit. I HIGHLY recommend the $160 Premium Starter Kit, (Extra $10 off right now) as you’ll get the most bang for your buck that way.
  7. Choose your diffuser. The Home Diffuser would be my first choice for someone new to essential oils.
  8. Skip the Essential Rewards for now. We can talk more about that later. You don’t have to be enrolled in Essential Rewards to order oils and products.
  9. Add anything else to your order that you want (supplements, Thieves hand soap, etc.) or leave the order as-is, with your Starter Kit.
  10. Check out using your payment of choice.

And now comes the hardest part of this whole process, waiting for your order to arrive so you can start supporting your wellness through essential oils!

*Please allow 30 days for delivery of your bonus necklace and reference materials.

Kindle For Kids Bundle Deal at Only $99

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Amazon is offering a Kindle for kids bundle deal!  I love being able to purchase a kindle book once and everyone in the family can read it on our family account.  This comes in handy when your kids get assigned the same books to read in school.

The Bundle includes:

  • Kindle e-reader
  • Kid-friendly cover available in blue, green, pink, purple, and black
  • An extended warranty provided by SquareTrade for up to two years of protection against accidental spills and drops

All of that for just $99 (a $39.98 savings).

With Kindle FreeTime, kids can view their reading progress for each book, track reading accomplishments for each day, and earn badges for reaching milestones. And, while in Kindle FreeTime, kids won’t have access to websites or social media, or accidentally make purchases in the Kindle store. Parents simply choose specific books for their kids from their existing Kindle library or may purchase new e-books from the Kindle store to add to their kids’ Kindle FreeTime profile.

Click here to check out the Kindle Kids bundle deal. 

Up To 50% Off Select Crayola Products Today Only

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Amazon.com_ Crayola Crayons (Pack of 24, 24-Count)_ Toys & GamesToday only, save 50% on select Crayola Products. This one-day offer is valid on August 11, 2015, or while supplies last.

This might be a good time to stock that school supply closet or give some wonderful donations to local schools and teachers.  Is it sad that a box full of crayons makes me happy?  I love school supplies.

Some of the items I spotted:

24 pack of Crayons 24 count $18.50 (seen above)
Colored Pencils
Finger Paint
Sidewalk Chalk
Construction Paper
Kindergarten Supply Pack for $12.49

Get free shipping with a Prime account or with a $35 super saver order.

Check out all the Crayola items on sale here. 

 

Walgreens Free 5×7 Photo Book Today Only

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Walgreens free 5x7Today’s ONLY Walgreens Photo is offering a free 5×7 photo book!

Head over to Walgreens Photo and upload images you’d like in the book. Then make your book and use coupon code FREE5X7BOOK at checkout. The code is only good for today and it does not include extra pages or shipping.  This might be a nice way to remember that summer vacation.

10 Tips For Back To School Shopping At Goodwill

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From the Archives10 Tips For Back to school shopping at Goodwill

How far can you spread $100 on back to school shopping?  What if you shopped at Goodwill?  Well that’s just what I did and I’ll tell you how well I did and give you some tips.

Here’s what I got:

12 Shorts
22 Shirts
2 Dresses
2 Jackets
1 Skirt
4 Pants
= 43 Items (All for under $100)

1.  Give yourself time – If you are heading into shop for your kids clothing, make sure you give yourself enough time to go through the racks.  You need to go through each hanger because you never know what treasure you will find in between other things.  Sometimes the racks are so full, its quite a job to go through them.

2. Head straight for what you need – If you headed in for items for your daughter, don’t get distracted by the women’s section.  Go to your daughters section first, so you don’t get distracted and run out of time (see tip #1).

3. Grab a cart or basket – It’s easier to go through the racks if you aren’t holding onto items you’ve already chosen.  It’s also a good idea to put items in your cart that you are on the fence about.  This way you can decide before checkout if you really want that item.  If you leave it on the rack and decide to go back and get it, the item maybe gone.

4. Try things on – Don’t just assume they will fit.  Have your kids try things on if they are with you.  If you don’t plan on bringing them, take their measurements and take a tape measure with you.  Sizes may vary at the stores and items sometimes shrink.

5. Look for multiple colors –  Items in Goodwill are sorted by color.  If you find an item that fits in one color, check to see if they have the same item in other colors.  This happens to me all the time.  (See the blue and green shorts in my picture)

6. Look for off season items – If you’re shopping in the summer, don’t be afraid to look for winter items or even Holiday clothing.   Everyone else will be looking for winter clothes in the winter and you’ll already be done!

7. Check quality on items – Look over the items and make sure there are no stains, or at least ones you care about.  Kids need play clothes, so it might not matter if there are a few.  Look for rips in the fabric.  Check for missing buttons.  Sometimes clothing has extra buttons sewn into the item, so it may just be a quick fix.

8.  Ask about discount days – In my area, Goodwill gives seniors 10% off on Mondays.  So shop with Grandma :) . Some stores have 50% off days or discounts on specific color tags.

9.  Shop the Boutique rack – Ask your store if have a specific rack with items with the original tags still on them.

10. Look and look again – Goodwill employees are always putting new items out and customers put things back.  If you don’t see the item you are looking for, walk back by and double check before you leave.  All stores are different, and you maybe successful at one and unsuccessful at another.  Merchandise changes daily so go often.

I’d love to hear your best tips and successful shopping trips!

Here are the 2 Local News Segments I did on Goodwill Shopping:
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The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle $1.99

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UPDATE: It appears this was a one day only deal. :(Outlander book seriesI Love the Outlander series and spotted this deal today that I just had to share!  The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle is only $1.99 today for the Kindle version.
It includes:

  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • An Echo in the Bone

Buy Once, Read Everywhere: You don’t need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books.  Read on your Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.