My Five Favorite Finds for May


When a friend finds something they really like, well…. they share!  So that is what this post is all about.  Every few months I tip you off to what I’ve found to be some favorite items I’ve recently discovered.  I typically try to link to amazon, so you can use the affiliate link if you so desire and contribute to our sponsorship of our Compassion girls – but often times you can find some of the items locally.


I love the ease and variety of things found on amazon, so I will be keeping up with my monthly subscribe and save orders (love getting an additional 15% off when I have 5 items!) and using my FREE Prime shipping too!  Now off to share my goodies with you all!

Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

OH MY WORD!   ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS.    Now, I am not a huge chocolate lover – meaning I can have a bit here and there and that is enough…… but I am picky on what chocolate I eat since I have been more conscious of my food choices.  I love these peanut butter cups – no GMO, Organic, Palm Free and Soy Free and they are a local Seattle company.

I admit, they are spendy – but I eat one at a time normally – and keep them in my freezer.  One or two a week are a perfect “self-care” treat for me!  I get them locally at my Co-Op for $1.99 a pack…… so worth it for this mama!

4950Nature’s Sunshines Silver Shield Gel

I purchase this perfect skin gel several months ago to have in my mama wellness cabinet, since we are weeding out all the unnecessary toxic filled items we’ve used in the past to care for many common health and skin issues.  This gel is amazing for helping skin issues – I love it!   It is a great cleansing agent, perfect for scrapes, irritated skin, and bug bites.  

I love my Essential Oils for supporting our family wellness, but it is always good to have back up items to help as well, and this does the trick.  Do not leave home with out it!  Check out the amazing reviews on amazon!

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush for Kids

This kids toothbrush is an investment and one of the best yet!  My five year old was needing some encouragement with his brushing, so we decided since all of the other family members use Sonicare brushes, it was time to introduce him as well.  Let me just say, he has been so excited to brush his teeth and get some magical stickers!  It is fun for him and I really love a few thing about the brush.  It has a beeper that tells him when to switch quadrants in his mouth – brilliant, as well as a 2 minute timer – which is the time dentist recommend kids brush for.

You can change the skins of the toothbrush, which gives personality and best of all – he looks forward to brushing his teeth, at least for now!

61DA7MAZ-eL._SL1500_Bose Sound True In-Ear Headphones

Good headphones are hard to come by – and when I find a pair that are exceptional – I know.  I us these headphones talking on my phone (love the built in mic), listening to music while running, both outside and on the treadmill and the sound is excellent.  There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to hear some good bass sounds and crisp tones.

I really love that when I am out for a run and I get a call (that I want to take!) I can easily click to answer and I don’t have to fumble around – it is very easy.  I saved up for these head phones and it was so worth it!  I have used these while traveling too, and they are perfect – lightweight and easy to keep in my purse.

MIU Color 500 ml Aroma Diffuser 

I can’t believe I have not posted in a FAVORITES post about this diffuser gem!  We are all about diffusing Young Living essential oils in our home, it is amazing for changing everyone’s attitude and keeping breathing free and easy!

This ultrasonic diffuser is a work horse!  It runs all night, you can turn the light off or have it on, it changes colors and has several timers and speed options.  The price is what gets me, $39.99.  It is a great value!  I have had two in our home for over a year and a half.  After people in my oily community have purchased their Premium Starter Kit that comes with a diffuser, they always want more.  I suggest this diffuser – always!  

It is perfect for the family room or on your beside table.  The output is full and effective – just what you need.

What other fun finds do you have to share?  This mom would love to hear

Saving the Family Budget and My Time


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Finding those little pockets of time in my schedule is so rewarding – I love it.  One of the things I have done for years is shop on to save me time, money and my sanity.  Yes, there are things that are more expensive, but honestly – you can find many things that are very affordable and when you count in the time and expense of driving around to other stores (bargain shopping loss leaders, like I used to do), it truly is a life saver.

As we are preparing to start our new book study, The Fringe Hours, I think it is important to look at our schedules and determine where we can find some of the “fringe” time we often waste.  For me, shopping online free’s up time for me, as long as I have a set goal and am intentional.

I thought I would share with you a few things that have found a spot on my monthly subscribe and save order.  I have one order a month that arrives at the very beginning – and I always order FIVE items because you save an additional 15% on your monthly subscribe and save order.  In addition you can combine that savings with coupon savings – YES!  


As a side note – when you shop on amazon and use my affiliate link, you are contributing the the support of our SIX Compassion girls the blog sponsors.  I will say we are likely going to be able to sponsor a few more girls in the next few months due to your amazing use of my affiliate link and the money we have to bless these girls!!  I will be getting  a new image with all the girls picture on it!!712mHR+HNdL._SL1200_

Yogi Egyptian Licorice Tea

I love this Yogi licorice tea – it is my favorite right now and I have at least one cup in the afternoon, nearly every day.  At my local grocery store I pay over $4.50 a box, but purchasing it on amazon with subscribe and save I get it for $2.45 a box.  That’s big savings!

Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip


I usually have one variation of Larabar bars on our monthly order because they make for great snacks on the go.   This month it was Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, because I could get them for  $.90 a piece, which is a smokin’ deal.

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Personal care products are a great deal on amazon – remember it’s not just for grocery.  This kids shampoo has been one we’ve been including – for just $4.75 for an 8 ounce size it fits our budget.  A small dab will do ya!  My son loves it too – which makes hair washing in the bath tub much easier.  It has no petrolatum, sodium lauryl, sulfates, parabens or phthalates – perfect!

Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix –  25 lbs.

81un5tXamiL._SL1500_This tasty gluten free baking mix  makes it in our order about 3 times a year.  My husband loves making pancakes on the weekends for our family – and we eat gluten free.  This baking mix is so versatile and at this price it is very economical.   I make banana muffins with it, cheese biscuits for our dinner and of course pancakes and waffles – even cookies.  We store in in an air tight container and we are set for a few months.

SmartyPants Kids Fiber Complete with No Sugar Added, Multi plus Omega 3 plus Vitamin D71gu6Q7Py6L._SL1500_

This is the vitamin my five year old takes daily.  I will say he is a bit particular on his vitamins and what he will eat.  These are gummy vitamins and are fitting our need right now.  I didn’t want a vitamin full of things his body didn’t need, plus one that he would eat with out a big fight.  I love that you can also get $6 off your first subscription to this – so try it the first time and get a great deal!

So there you have it….. my amazon favorite’s right now.  I also love the convenience of my Kindle books – so many are offered FREE too!  Plus ordering gifts for others – just find the item and if it says PRIME – you are set to ship it to anyone for FREE too.  

Saves me time, money and my sanity!

Homemade Thieves Hand Purifier


Homemade Thieves Hand Purifier

This homemade hand purifier – made using Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend – provides cleaning power and immune support and no toxic chemicals (especially Triclosan, which is found in most antibacterial products). I shared my love of all things Thieves here and why I dislike Triclosan!

The other day I had run out of my ready made Thieves Hand Purifier I get directly from Young Living, so I decided to make my own. Now, remember, I am not much of a DIY person. This is not a strength for me, so I need SIMPLE! This recipe fit the bill.

I picked up a 4 oz plastic container at my local co-op for $.99 and was ready to get started, as I had all the other ingredients in my pantry.

Easy DIY Hand Purifier

Homemade Thieves Hand Purifier Recipe

Start with filling your squeeze bottle with aloe, about 2/3 full. Next add the Vitamin E Oil. Add 15 drops of Thieves essential oil and shake. Add distilled water to get the desired consistency you like.

I have created a label you can add using Avery Label #18163, but I have found the label is unlikely to stick for the long term. But you could use adhesive if you like.

Why not transition your family to less chemicals this year? To find out more on how you can bring Young Living Essential Oils into your home, check out my info page.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am just a mom sharing my experience in order to help others, not a doctor.

The Ultimate DIY Bundle 2015 – Get Your Creative On!



There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting!  You all know I am not a huge DIY person, but I use to be.  I feel like I’ve lost a bit of my creative side, although I venture into using it differently on this blog.  🙂

I am in the middle of updating our family room and kitchen, it’s been a long process, but I wish I could add a little of my own flare – but how?   I need inspiration and just wish for a few hours to do something about it?

Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 75 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

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  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
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12 Homemade {DIY} Gifts with Essential Oils


12 Homemade {DIY} Gifts with Essential Oils

It’s that time of year to begin thinking about gift giving (unless you are an early bird and have all your shopping done)! I often do, but this year I have fallen behind schedule more than I care to admit.

So if you are like me and want to be frugal in your gift giving but really want to share something that can be helpful to a friend or loved one, I know you will love this post with some homemade gifts using essential oils. You know I am not a big DIYer and really stretch myself when I do, but I have found when I take the time to make gifts myself they mean more to me and I know they are loved by those receiving the gifts.

When you add therapeutic grade essential oils to homemade recipes, you are truly adding “drops of love” into your gift. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs

#1: DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs

Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub

#2: Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub

Homemade Men's Shaving Cream

#3: Homemade Men’s Shaving Cream

Easy DIY Body Butter

#4: Easy DIY Body Butter

Lime & Mint Foot Soak

#5: Lime & Mint Foot Soak

Scented Room Spray

#6: Scented Room Spray

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

#7: Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

Detox Bath in a Jar

#8: Detox Bath in a Jar

Mason Jar Oil Candles

#9: Mason Jar Oil Candles

Lavender Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash

#10: Lavender Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash

Lavender Linen Spray

#11: Lavender Linen Spray

I use and recommend only Young Living Essential Oils. All of these recipes can be made using Young Living Essential Oils and I plan to do just that!

If you would like to read the other posts I’ve shared on how I use essential oils in my home with my family and how you can get your own essential oils, click here!  

Do you have a favorite DIY gift idea that is made with essential oils? I would love to add to the list!