I have been absent from my blog because I have been lacking motivation to write. I am working on a big project for this blog but day-to-day posts have become harder to muster up.
However, something that I haven’t been lacking in is doing research on how essential oils can be used in my home because we spent the money on them, so of course I’m going to use them!
My latest creation: DIY disinfectant wipes!
My family would go through Clorox wipes like nobody’s business. I cleaned my counters with them, my stove, the trays on Violet’s and Olivia’s high chairs, and the list goes on. We would buy them in the largest pack the store we were shopping in offered, and over time that can really add up. These wipes are so cost effective and can be used for a very long time if you are careful not to cross-contaminate the liquid in the canister.
Large canister, preferably glass
Package of flats for cloth diapering or another kind of cotton towel
1/2 cup distilled vinegar
5 drops lemon EO
5 drops thieves EO
Top with water but don’t fill to top- let the towels absorb the water little by little until you can ring liquid out.
When ready to use:
Ring out the excess liquid over your canister to save it.
Wipe counters and other kitchen/bathroom surfaces and reuse until too dirty to use again.
Toss into wash, and when dry, add the towels back to the container!
*turn canister over occasionally to redistribute liquid to towels on the top of the stack
*wet with faucet water anytime it dries out
I recently ordered the Gentle Baby essential oil blend after reading about it in my EO pocket reference. Olivia had a pretty gnarly drool rash on her chin the day it arrived in the mail. I applied 1 drop mixed with 1 drop of coconut oil to the area before I put her down for bed because the pocket reference said that it was good to use on rashes, and I swear to you, the next morning her rash was completely gone.
After witnessing her rash get better literally overnight, I decided to put it in a rollerball so I could just swipe it wherever I needed it instead of worrying about diluting it every time I wanted to use it.
You Will Need:
- 10 mL glass rollerball, preferably dark glass to preserve oil potency
- YL Gentle Baby essential oil blend
- YL Lavender essential oil (optional since lavender is in GB)
- cold pressed, organic coconut oil
Before I tell you how I concocted this magic diaper potion that can be used on so more than just baby bums, I want to introduce you to the oils you’ll be working with.
Lavender – antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, relaxing. (can go on skin alone)
Gentle Baby – a blend of coriander, lavender, lemon, and a handful of flowers like jasmine, rose, and geranium. (needs to be diluted 50/50 with a carrier oil) Good for relaxing pregnant mamas, improving stretch marks, chapped skin, and cranky babies.
- Pull the roller ball off of the top of the vial
- Add 20 drops Gentle Baby + 10 drops lavender
- Top off with coconut oil
- Pop roller ball back on the top of the vial
- Apply to chapped skin anywhere on the body (or on the back of neck/bottoms of feet before bed) and enjoy the soothing properties of the oils along with the glorious scent.
If I was a part of the crew who helped build my house back in 1982, I would have suggested putting hardwood floors throughout. Carpet is such a hassle to keep clean, especially if you have dogs… or kids. We have one room with carpet in our house. Unfortunately, that one room with carpet is the living room, our busiest room with the most foot traffic.
Erik and I are loyal carpet powder users. It just adds an extra something. They smell great and they are a fantastic way to make sure you’re really vacuuming the entire space because you can see where you’ve missed. Did you know, though, that extra something is actually a TON of toxic chemicals being sprinkled into your carpet? Can you imagine your children crawling around after you’ve vacuumed with those commercial powders? Residue getting on their hands, their hands going in their mouths and eyes… I’ll stop there and let you visualize what I just described.
With only a few ingredients, you can make your own all natural carpet freshening powder that cleans better than the ones at the stores.
You Will Need:
- Baking soda
- Young Living Thieves essential oil blend (smells like fall and is a great multipurpose oil used for cleaning and naturally killing germs), Lemon essential oil (also smells great and used as a disinfectant), and Tea Tree essential oil (used to penetrate any microscopic creepy crawlies our dogs may bring in in their fur)
- Mason jar with sprinkle top lid, or an old glass jar with holes poked in the lid.(I used an old jelly jar and a nail and hammer to make my holes)
- pour baking soda into bowl – I use about 2 cups at a time
- 10 drops each oil into baking soda
- using a fork, combine the oil into the baking soda by mashing the powder like you would mash potatoes. You’ll notice the consistency of the baking soda changes and becomes more flour-like
- pour into glass jar and enjoy at your leisure
This stuff is not only extremely easy to make, it’s also really affordable! The baking soda was $2.13 after tax and Thieves + Lemon essential oils come in the premium starter kit. If you don’t have tea tree, peppermint is a great alternative, as is lavender, and both of those come in the starter kit as well.
If you have these ingredients on hand, I highly recommend you making this for your household. It smells great and puts my mind at ease knowing that there are ZERO CHEMICALS in my carpet powder.
The other day at work, my friend noticed my nail polish and asked me if I got my nails done. I simply said, “nope, I did this earlier today.” “OH MY GOSH THEY LOOK LIKE SHELLAC!” She told me I should write a post on how I did my nails, so here we are. Thanks, Lindsey!
You will need:
-bowl of warm, soapy water
-oil of choice, I use vitamin E
-pure acetone polish remover
-cotton pads or balls
-nail polish of choice
- Take off any existing nail polish you have on and soak your fingers for a few minutes in the soapy water. Take them out, dry them off, and clip your cuticles.
- Depending on your nail shape, you may or may not need to cut your nails. Do that at your discretion. I have wider nails and they tend to grow out kind of rigid, so I like to cut the very tips off of my nails to square them off. From there, file your nails making sure that the corners are rounded so you don’t get hang nails, get your nails caught on your clothing, scratch yourself, etc. Instead of filing the nail back and forth, try to file going in one direction. I read that tip in a magazine a long time ago. It’s supposed to reduce nail splitting and breakage.
- Once your nails are shaped the way you want them, rub your nails with your oil, and be sure to really focus on the cuticles. Good cuticles are key to longer lasting manicures.
- Let the oil set in for a couple of minutes, then buff your nails to smooth out lines and ridges. Polish always looks smoother when your nails are smooth. (Obviously) Go wash your hands to get the dead nail dust and any excess oil off of your nails.
- Take another cotton pad and go over all ten of your nails with polish remover again. THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST CRUCIAL STEP. If there is any oil residue on your fingers, forget applying polish because it will be chipping by the end of the day. When you take remover to the nails before painting them, you are prepping the nails and the polish will adhere to them better. That tip was in my May 2016 issue of InStyle.
- Going from pinky to pinky, paint each nail with one coat of base coat. Going pinky to pinky allows plenty of drying time between coats, and that is where a lot of us mess up when painting our nails. I used to apply the coats back to back and then my polish would look splotchy and would be thick and peely. Not a good look.
- Using the same technique, apply two coats of your nail polish color. PINKY TO PINKY each coat.
- Again, P2P, apply your top coat. Let everything dry.
- Nope. Not dry yet. Sit there for 10 minutes at least. For darker colors, I would sit there for 20.
Now, if you are a sloppy painter and you tend to get polish all over your cuticles and nail beds, I recommend going around the perimeter of your nails with a q tip coated in Vaseline. If you don’t want to do that, the next time you shower, right before you get out, peel the polish off of the cuticles and around the nails with your nails. The water helps it peel off.
The day after you paint your nails, massage your nails with the oil again, and two days after, go over your nails with another coat of top coat. This will really help your manicure (or pedicure, this goes for the toes, too!) last longer than your typical 2-3 days. The last four times I have painted my nails, I have gotten 5-7 days of wear out of my polish. I’m not even kidding. I took a picture for proof:
The photo on the right was taken 4 days after painting my nails. Check out the chipping. Hardly any.