• My Story: How I Use Essential Oils for Teething

    Teething babies are SO SAD. I hate it when they hurt, and I love that I have an easy home remedy! I’ve used several different oils for teething, including Lavender, Copaiba, Clove, and Thieves. For Clove and Thieves, I dilute it a ton (like 1 drop oil to 20 drops olive oil) and test it on myself first to make sure it’s not too spicy. Then I rub it on their gums. Happy babies. ūüôā Want to get your own oils? Click here to get your starter kit!

  • DIY REED DIFFUSER

    One of the most hidden dangerous chemicals in our homes is air fresheners! Ditch these secret culprits and switch to a healthier, natural solution by making your own reed diffuser. DIY REED DIFFUSER 5-10 reed diffuser or bamboo sticks A small glass container ¬ľ carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil) 20-35 Drops of Essential Oils 1 Tbsp. of Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka Combine the carrier oil, essential oils, and alcohol in a small bowl. Stir to mix the oils and pour into your glass container. Insert the sticks for an hour or two, then flip so the saturated end is now pointing upwards. Every week…

  • DIY Goodbye Wrinkles Roller Ball

    Kick those pesky blemishes and wrinkles to the curb. This combo is simple but so POWERFUL! “Bye Bye” Rollerball: 10 drops of Frankincense5 drops of LavenderFill the rest with a carrier oil. Joboba oil is my favorite for this mix! Use this at night on any blemish or wrinkle on your face. Keep that face glowing!!!

  • DIY Layered Milk Bath

    I love finding new ways to elevate my “me time”. This layered milk bath is a game changer! Oh, and it looks fabulous sitting by your bathtub! (Makes a great gift too!) Layered Milk Bath Makes 1 (16-ounce) bath soak Ingredients 1 cup Himalayan bath salt 1 cup powdered goat‚Äôs milk Essential oils: I used a couple of drops of Lavender and Eucalyptus Use your favorite combo. ¬Ĺ cup dried rose petals Instructions Combine Himalayan bath salt with essential oil, and mix well. Place ¬Ĺ cup powdered goat’s milk into a pint-size glass jar, creating an even layer on the bottom. Next, add a ¬Ĺ-cup layer of Himalayan bath salt…

  • Homemade Gummy Bears

    My friend Carrie found that she was craving gelatin while her broken wrist was healing.¬† She made this great gummy recipe and loved it so much she wanted to share it with all of you!¬† ¬†Enjoy!!¬†¬† Gummy Recipe Before beginning, determine how much liquid you need to fill a tray of gummy molds. I used these molds¬†and each mold needed 1/3 cup liquid, which was perfect! Makes 150 gummy bears (using molds at link above) Ingredients 1 cup 100% fruit juice (white grape or apple take other flavors well) 3 Tbsp gelatin (everyone recommended Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin – orange can) 1 Tbsp honey or the equivalent of your…

  • Mindfulness

    Guest post by Joshalyn McHargue I distinctly remember the first time I learned about mindfulness. It was during a counseling lecture, and my professor encouraged my classmates and me to make it a consistent part of our lives to avoid burnout. As a counselor in training, I was initially interested in how it could improve my counseling skills. Soon after I began practicing mindfulness, however, I found it to be a helpful tool in my life as a wife, friend, daughter, employee, and well, a human being! Put simply, mindfulness is the intentional act of being fully present in a moment. It involves becoming aware of your thoughts and knowing…

  • Is Your Makeup Toxic? You’ll Be Surprised!

    My sweet husband always told me that I didn’t need to wear makeup.¬† ¬†That he liked me just fine without it.¬† ¬† Then, I’d dress up to go on a date and he’d love how I looked, with makeup.¬† ¬†LOL.¬† One day, I discovered an app called Think Dirty Shop Clean and scanned the makeup I was using.¬† ¬†I was SHOCKED and thanked him for encouraging me not to wear it! Since repeated low doses of chemical exposure over time is a primary cause of disease, the more we can reduce the amount of chemicals we put IN and ON our bodies, the better!¬† ¬†A high percentage of cancers are…

  • Review: Greek ‘n’ Stuff

    It seems to be the year of ancient languages at the HomeSchool Review Crew! ¬† I was excited to have the opportunity to review another Greek curriculum! ¬†Greek ‘n’ Stuff sent us their full set of Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek – Level 3 Set to review. Greek ‘n’ Stuff sent us the Student workbook, teacher’s manual, and the pronunciation cd for Levels 3 & 4. ¬† This is level 3, and it’s recommended for students who have completed Levels 1 and 2, OR who are in upper elementary school. My Super D is an incoming 5th grader (HOW??), so we fit into the latter category! ¬†The student workbook…

  • Review: Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series

    Rush Limbaugh is a household name in the United States.¬† Whether you agree with his political leanings or not, his expanding series based on a fictional character named Rush Revere is worth checking out! ¬† We were already familiar with his first book, so when we were offered the opportunity to review the rest of the series, we jumped at it!¬† ¬† We were sent the complete set Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh. This book series includes five different titles.¬† ¬† Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims Rush Revere and…

  • Review: Whistlefritz Spanish

      Knowing a decent amount of Spanish has fared well for me in life. I wasn’t anywhere near fluent, but I knew enough to translate in certain arenas. ¬†I could translate well enough to get paid for it, and I loved that I could preach the gospel in Spanish! ¬† It was always helpful around the barn too, where many of the employees spoke very little English. ¬† I was therefore excited for the opportunity to review Whistlefritz‘s¬†Educator’s Spanish Collection¬†with my kids and as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. Our world is quickly becoming a smaller place. ¬†We are connected through the Internet and airplane travel like never more.…