Thursday, July 18, 2019

my favorite essential oil blends for summer

I have been enjoying our essential oils so much since getting them!

I have made candles, including citronella ones for the bugs, non toxic household cleaners, and I am ready to make some beauty products with them next!

I never really realized the versatility of these oils until I started reading up on them.

Of course, my favorite thing to do is put them in my diffusers around my home so it will always smell amazing and fresh. We have 3 big dogs and an indoor rabbit, so keeping things smelling good is a must for me. 

The bonus is that there is actually health and mood lifting benefits to diffusing oils as well.

I will get into that a bit more, but for now I would like to share my favorite blends for summertime with you. Most of these oils can be found in the starter kit. 

f you are interested in purchasing a Young Living starter kit, it is by far the best value.  Order here and make sure the number 19008906 appears in both the "enroller" and "sponsor ID" fields. The starter kits are $160 and includes a diffuser and 12 essential oils, and several products you can try, plus a beautiful product guide that provides a ton of information. You can select the kit based on the diffuser that you want to order. 

When you sign up to be a member, you do NOT have to sell anything! All it means is that you get 24% off!

Feel free to print this out so you can keep it handy while diffusing.

While these are some of my favorites, I'd love to hear some of yours! Drop them in the comments section.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

DIY brass zebra hide napkin rings

You know those nights where you can't sleep because your brain is going in a million different directions? 

This is how this project came about. 

It was probably 2 in the morning and this DIY came to me. 

I have a love for animal prints, especially zebra. 

I used to have a fabulous vintage brown and white zebra hide rug that over the years fell apart to pieces. Well, thank goodness I saved some of those pieces because they were perfect for this project!

I will say, you don't need to have zebra hide for this project. Any fabric will do. 

I found my brass napkin rings at a thrift shop. I see them there all the time. 
Keep your eyes open for them. 

If you are not a thrifter, these would work great. 

Measure the width of one of the napkin rings. Mine were 1"
Next, measure the length. Mine were 5.5" for reference.

Use a ruler and pen to mark the measurements on the back, then cut out.

Add a dab of hot glue on one end, then a strong adhesive to the remainder of the strip. Roll around the napkin ring, finishing off with another dab of hot glue at the end to secure.

That's it, super easy!

Think of the possibilities with these.
You could custom make them to go with any color scheme, theme, or to match any of your cloth napkins. 

You could even customize them for the different holidays.

I think if you saw these in a boutique they would cost over $10 each, easily.
I made 12 of them for around $5.00.

I hope you give this project a try! 
It would even be a simple and fun girls craft night project!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

how to make non toxic cleaners for your home

If you want your house to not only smell great and clean, but also be super clean, read on.

I made these cleaners about a month ago. I wanted to be sure they did the job, held up ok, and smelled amazing, before sharing with you all.

I am happy to say that I love them, and I think you will too. 

These cleaners are made for every surface in your home, and will leave everything sparkling.

Most importantly, these cleaners are non toxic and will not fill your home and surfaces with junk you have to worry about exposing your family too.

I made these for a few reasons.

Number one, I really wanted a kitchen counter cleaner that was non toxic. My husband loves to make his sandwiches for lunch directly on the counter, and I couldn't fathom all the toxins getting into the bread from the very thing I used to clean the surface with.

Enter 2 important ingredients: Castile soap and pure essential oils. Those two things will change your cleaning routine forever.

Castile soap is a natural vegetable based product made up primarily of coconut oil and olive oil.

I found this great guide for the recipes over at Clean Mama. 

I prefer the peppermint Castile soap which can be found here. It is super concentrated, a little goes a long way. 

If you are going to make these cleaners, I recommend starting with this variety pack and mixing in essential oils that will go nicely with the different scents. 

There is nothing like a citrus scent for the kitchen, tea tree for the bathrooms, and lavender for bedrooms. 

You can use this printable as a guide. Experiment with different essential oil combinations. 

I mixed all mine up in these bottles. 

I started with about 6, and these cleaners will last probably a year. 
I keep everything on the back of my laundry room door in this wire door rack.

Label them to know which is which. You can print labels onto regular paper and use packing tape to adhere. Or, you can use sticker paper for your labels, or even just write it on the bottom of the bottle with a sharpie for a really clean look. 

Besides the bottles and Castile soap, you will also need your essential oils. 
I also made cleaners with Thieves because I am obsessed with the smell of it {think fall and Christmas wrapped in one}

If you are interested in buying a Young Living starter kit, it is by far the best value.  Order here and make sure the number 19008906 appears in both the "enroller" and "sponsor ID" fields. The starter kits are $160 and includes a diffuser and 12 essential oils, and several products you can try, plus a beautiful product guide that provides a ton of information. You can select the kit based on the diffuser that you want to order. 

When you sign up to be a member, you do NOT have to sell anything! All it means is that you get 24% off!

You will now have more than enough oils to diffuse, add to your cleaning solutions, apply topically, or internally. Click here to read about all the ways to use essential oils. They can also help you sleep, help clear up acne,  even help with clearing up a bad mood. 

These cleaners have changed the way I take care of our home and family. No more toxins, no more messy bottles, no more searching for cleaners for every space in the house. I love the function and the look of our homemade cleaners so much, and encourage you to try making your own. 

Looking for more ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily life? See how I made my own candles in this post here, it's way easier than you may think!

I hope you found this helpful and I hope you give it a try, honestly it will change the way you clean and make your life so much easier!


Monday, July 15, 2019

Amazon prime day + my favorite finds

It's here! Today and tomorrow is Amazon Prime Day!
Amazon Prime Day is 2 days of epic deals for you. 

Amazon prime day and I am here to show you my favorite finds.

I am an Amazon prime girl through and through. It is just way to easy to get everything you need without even leaving your house, and have it delivered,  free, right to your door, sometimes even the same day.

I will literally buy most everything with Amazon prime. Toilet paper, batteries, clothes, even food sometimes. 

If you have been wanting an echo dot, now is the time to purchase as they are half off!

Do you want a FREE echo dot? Purchase a ring doorbell {which I couldn't live without} and get one free! 

  • Our most popular smart speaker - Now with a fabric design and improved speaker for richer and louder sound.
  • Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.
  • Bigger, better sound - Pair with a second Echo Dot (3rd gen) for rich, stereo sound. Fill your home with music with compatible Echo devices in different rooms.
  • Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Echo Dot is designed around your privacy. You can press the microphone off button to disconnect the microphones.
  • Connect with others - Call almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.
  • Use another speaker - Connect to your own speakers over Bluetooth or with a 3.5 mm audio cable.
  • Alexa has skills - With tens of thousands of skills and counting, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new skills like tracking fitness, playing games, and more.
  • Voice control your smart home - Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices.
If you have been wanting a fire TV stick, get yours for $14.99, regularly $39.99.

Save $20 on an all new fire 7 tablet right here.

Have a child in your life, or maybe now is the best time to buy this for Christmas and stash it away? The all new Fire 7 Kids edition tablet with kid proof case is $40.00 off!

This highly rated vacuum is 40% off!

I really need an instant pot, now is the time!

Have you ever used a drone? Oh man, talk about the ultimate hubby gift! Or hey, buy one for yourself!

Update your exterior lighting with this farmhouse inspired sconce.

This gorgeous tufted sofa is a screaming deal!

These pendants would be so fabulous over an island! Designer knock off for sure!

These crates are a must, storage galore!

I love the relaxed look {and price tag} on this large chair!

These vitamins make their debut today!

I love the versatility of these joggers. They can be dressed up, or down.

Talk about comfy. These slippers are everything.

These aviators are super inexpensive and have a great look.

Don't forget to follow me on LikeToKnowit to see more of my favorites and to shop our home!


Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday favorites

Happy Friday!

As you may have seen on my instagram, or maybe on this post, we are off on our first summer adventure in our new camper!

We are having a blast. We are with about 8 other families. Last night we did a big Italian potluck and I made this which turned out really good! If you are in need of a simple fresh and healthy salad, I highly recommend this one. 

OK, few things I have found this week that really caught my eye!

I really love these towels and am thinking they would be perfect in our guest bathroom. What do you think?

And speaking of bathrooms, how fun and whimsical is this bath mat?

Looking for some neutral pillows with dreamy texture for your bed or sofa? Any pillow in this shop is great, but I especially love these.

I really want to find a spot for this print, I think it is so cool!

Don't care for that frame? I found the print alone here which you can frame any way you'd like.

This diffuser  for our oils is sleek and modern and would go perfectly in our home. In my shopping cart!

Just bought these. Inexpensive and adds a nice touch to a stack of books, added to a bowl, or a tray. 

I know it's not even the middle of summer, but I am already looking at cute sweaters for fall. I found this one which I am definitely getting. 

Have you ever heard of light blocking glasses? I never had until recently, but thinking I would like to save my eyesight with these since I spend so much time on the computer! 

Do you live in Utah by chance? If so, and if you need a room makeover by the talented Studio Mcgee, apply here! I almost want to move to Utah just to be in the running! 

Thinking about getting this dress for an upcoming casual wedding. Isn't it fun? 

I think it would be cute with this purse and these shoes. 

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend doing what you love to do.

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