30 Essential Oil Life Hacks

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!I can’t even believe that next year I’ll have been using my Young Living Essential Oils for a year now. In one short year I’ve learned so much about Young Living and how to use essential oils to change our lives. We love using our essential oil life hacks to just make things more simple around our house. It’s amazing how many uses one oil can have! These are just some of the MANY ways we use essential oils in our daily lives.

  • Purification on a cotton ball inside a diaper pail. This is probably one of our most used essential oil life hacks. I just put one drop of Purification onto a cotton ball and set it at the bottom of the diaper pail. No more stinky diaper smells!
  • Thieves and baking soda carpet and mattress deodorizer. Shoes can bring in so many nasty germs and particles to carpets. I keep a mason jar with baking soda and about 4 drops of Thieves essential oil and sprinkle it on our carpet and even our mattresses! It brings a sweet and spicy cinnamon smell to our home while knocking out nasty bacteria

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!

  • Tea Tree oil for a happy face. I get occasional breakouts and I am always trying to rid of them fast, so I like adding a little Tea Tree oil to help knock them out.
  • Geranium on wool dryer balls. I don’t like using dryer sheets on my clothes, but I do miss the extra boost of scent they bring. I like to add 4 drops of Geranium onto my dryer ball to add a sweet, floral scent to my clothes without all the chemicals.
  • Lavender spray for a better night’s rest. I keep a bottle of lavender spray by my bed at all times. I fill my bottle with witch hazel or a cheap vodka and add 6 drops of Lavender. I shake it up and spray it on my sheets and pillow before bedtime. It calms and relaxes me so I can get a good night of sleep.

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!

  • Peppermint and work, work. Need help focusing on work projects or have a big test coming up? Diffuse peppermint to help you get focused. Better yet, when you have that big test, wear a diffuser necklace during the test to use the Peppermint scent to assist with memory association from studying.
  • Keeping romance alive with Shutran and Ylang Ylang. Sometimes, it can be hard for couples to connect after long work days, kids, and errands. Men can use Shutran as a seducing cologne and women can use Ylang Ylang to increase libido. Apply one drop with one drop of carrier oil to neck, thighs, and small of your back.
  • Morning pick me up with Peppermint. Can’t seem to wake up in the morning? Put a drop of Peppermint Vitality on a q-tip and suck on it! Peppermint has such a strong, fresh taste that it’ll wake you right up and get you ready to go for the day.

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!

  • Keep your bathroom smelling fresh. I admit it, bathrooms aren’t always the best smelling places, unless you have this essential oil life hack. I use SCOTT® Extra Soft Toilet Paper from Dollar General and add 1 drop of Grapefruit, 1 drop of Lemongrass, and 1 drop of Bergamot inside the roll. Every time your guests spin the roll, the scent is released! SCOTT® Extra Soft Tissue has such soft, thick sheets for toilet paper rolls. I grab mine from Dollar General so I can use my DG Digital Coupons. To redeem Digital Coupons all you need to do is sign up at “Create Account” and load which coupons you would like to use. Then visit your local Dollar General to redeem your coupons when you check out.
  • Remove grease spots on clothes with Lemon. I know it sounds counter intuitive to use an oil on an oil spot, but it works! Just put a drop of Lemon essential oil on your grease spot, rub in, and then immediately wash. The Lemon will stick to the grease and pull it off your clothes.
  • Create a natural scrubber with Thieves. I used to be a huge fan of Comet cleaner until I realized how bad it was for me because of all the chemicals. I filled a short, wide-mouthed mason jar with baking soda, added about 6-8 drops of Thieves, and then added water to create a paste. You can use this to naturally scrub your tubs, toilets, sinks, stoves, or counter tops without worrying about bleach and other chemicals.
  • Freshen your breath on the run with Peppermint. I’m obsessed with Olive Garden’s Fettuccine Alfredo. Problem is, it’s got a TON of garlic and always leaves me with garlic breath after I’ve eaten. I started carrying Peppermint Vitality in my purse so I can just put a drop in my water or tea (or even just put a drop on my tongue) before we leave. No one likes stinky breath! This totally helps it.
  • Essential oil infused tissues for the car. I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS need tissues in the glove box of my car for either a rogue sneeze or to wipe my hands. I love making my essential oil infused tissues ahead of time and storing them in the glove box just for emergencies.
  • Rid of STP with Purification. Raise your hand if you’re like me and forget about laundry in the washer. Surely I’m not the only one! My friend Theresa loves to tell me that she puts Purification on a wash cloth when she throws her clothes in the dryer to rid of STP- stinky towel problem. It’s one essential oil life hack I’ve started using as well!

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!

  • Reduce cravings with Peppermint. Mathew and I are currently doing Whole 30 (well, more like Whole 90) and can’t have sugar and other goodies we’ve grown used to. I love putting a drop of Peppermint Vitality on my tongue to help reduce cravings. You know that taste you get whenever you brush your teeth and try to eat right after? This will give you the same effect whenever you’re on the run.
  • Bug bite soothing with Lavender. In Texas we don’t have little mosquitoes…they’re like the size of birds. Ok, maybe not that bad, but still, they’re big. I add 5 drops of lavender to a roller ball bottle filled with carrier oil. Any time I get a bug bite, I love using Lavender to just soothe my skin.
  • Remove sticky residue with Orange. Sticky messes happen. Use a drop of orange to remove sticky residue off surfaces!
  • At-home wrinkle reducer with Frankincense. I’m working towards using an all-natural beauty regimen and LOVE using Frankincense to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Frankincense is in a LOT of beauty products because of it’s amazing properties to assist with skin. I have 10 drops of Frankincense in a roller ball bottle filled with grapeseed oil that I roll in an upward motion onto any places I feel could use a boost.

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!

  • Intense relaxation with Stress Away. Stress Away is one of my favorite essential oils. I usually keep a roller ball fitment on one Stress Away bottle and then keep another bottle with the regular lid so I can make bath salts for relaxing in the tub. I take 4 cups of epsom salt, 4 tablespoons of baking soda, and put 4-6 drops of Stress Away inside a mason jar. Then, I shake it up really well and pour 1/4th of it into my bath.
  • Easy DIY Makeup Remover with Roman Chamomile. I hate buying makeup remover wipes and I’m not good at washing my face before bed (bad habit, I know.) Lately I’ve been using a DIY makeup remover with a 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1 drop of Roman Chamomile. I melt the coconut oil about 30 seconds in the microwave until it becomes a liquid, add my Roman Chamomile, and pour it into a small mason jar. Once it’s cooled and back into a solid, I scoop a tiny bit out, rub it on my face, and then wipe it off with SCOTT® Towels from Dollar General. They feature ridges that quickly absorb your makeup residue with the coconut oil and leave your face clean and dry.
  • Naturally eliminate smells with Purification. A spray bottle filled with Witch Hazel and 5 drops of Purification can get out any smell. I use it to freshen up couch cushions, pillows, even seats in my car. Think of it as a natural Febreeze.
  • Assist sore muscles with PanAway and Copaiba. I keep a roller ball bottle with 10 drops of PanAway and 5 of Copaiba (filled to the top with fractionated coconut oil) in my purse at all times. During long car rides or even after a long day of holding Addie, I just roll it where I need relief. It’s my little stick of muscle magic and I refuse to go anywhere without it. Also great to keep handy when you’re wearing heels and haven’t in a long time.

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!

  • Easy craft day with essential oil play doh. Sometimes you’ve got to get creative. I love this essential oil play doh recipe because it’s fun and easy to do. Took me hardly any time at all to make and Addie loves it. I scented mine with a different scent for each color. They’re a hit!
  • Healthy lash growth with Lavender. Add a drop of Lavender to your favorite mascara to promote healthy lash growth.
  • Clean makeup brushes with vinegar, Grapefruit, and Tea Tree. I don’t like using parabens and sulfates on my makeup brushes. I want them to stay as nice as they can for a while. I now clean my makeup brushes with a mix of vinegar (and scrub them really really good), Grapefruit oil, and Tea Tree oil. The Grapefruit gives a fun, citrus-y scent to the brushes while the Tea Tree helps rid of bacteria. Then I shape my brushes and lay them on SCOTT® Towels from Dollar General to dry for about a day. It makes me so happy whenever I have clean brushes!
  • Kick up your blueberry muffins with Lemon oil. I make the best blueberry muffins with lemon essential oil– no lie. Try them. I promise you’ll love them and you’ll be so happy you aren’t getting lemon juice and seeds everywhere.

Trying to find more ways to use your essential oils? This blogger has 30 Essential Oil Life Hacks to make your life easier! I love this whole list!

  • Use essential oils instead of spices. Run out of spices for your recipe? Young Living has a new dietary line of essential oils called Vitality. I love using Cinnamon Bark Vitality or Nutmeg Vitality in desserts, Basil Vitality in spaghetti sauce, and even Peppermint Vitality in brownies. Delish (and way better than having to run to the grocery store for one spice!)
  • Soften skin with coconut oil and Lavender. I’ve been using coconut oil and Lavender on Addie since she was about 6 months old. I have a container in her room with about 1/2 a cup of coconut oil and 2 drops of Lavender that I massage on her every night before bed. She gets SO many compliments on her skin that I started using it after I get out of the shower too. It’s amazing what the combination will do to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
  • Drink more water with Citrus Fresh. I will be honest- I’m not much of a water drinker. I would much rather prefer a Dr Pepper or a half and half iced tea. But, now that Mathew and I are doing Whole 30, water is pretty much all we drink. We are flushing out toxins and keeping our bodies hydrated with 1 drop of Citrus Fresh Vitality in a glass of water. It makes drinking water more bearable and I feel like I drink way more water than I used to now.
  • Whiten teeth with coconut oil and spearmint. Ever heard of oil pulling? Coconut oil has tons of amazing properties that can help remove toxins and whiten your teeth naturally. I do a tablespoon or coconut oil with a drop of spearmint (just so it freshens my breath too) and it’s amazing! If you don’t think you can do a whole tablespoon, start small with a teaspoon and work your way up!

Don’t forget to find your nearest Dollar General, grab your DG Digital Coupons and  SCOTT® bonus packs in-store for a limited time. Signing up for Dollar General’s Digital Coupon site is easy and can be done in a few quick steps by clicking this link.

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If you would like more information on Young Living Essential Oils check out the Young Living tab above. There is a lot of great information about essential oils and I would love to help you dive into oily life. Also, let me know if you try these essential oil life hacks and what you think!

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Game Day Bingo

This Game Day Bingo is a #buy2get2 collaboration with Skittles and Dollar General for Social Stars.

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I’ll admit- I’m not really much of a football fan. With so much going on in our lives lately, it’s hard enough just to sit down and watch a 30 minute show on tv. Still, no matter what is going on, when the big game comes on, we make hot dogs or hot wings and have chips with dip, and we sit around the tv. Game day is one of those days that we really enjoy inviting friends over to our house. I love cooking for people, so cooking the perfect hot dog or picking out the perfect hot sauce and making football-shaped treats is so much fun for me. This year, I wanted to do something that would not only be fun for our friends, but was incredibly cost effective, and I thought, “What about Game Day Bingo?”

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Although it took me a while to put together, I created 10 cards as well as a game day bag topper to hold the Bingo markers. I printed them out on card stock and cut each sheet in half, and voila! I wasn’t sure though what I’d use for the markers, and then I decided to hit up the local Dollar General in Waco to see what I could find. I came across their #Buy2Get2 promotion for Skittles and grabbed 2 bags so I could get 2 bags for free. I didn’t want to be short of Skittles if 10 people were going to be playing the Game Day Bingo, so I figured we were covered with 4 bags because people would probably be trying to eat their Bingo markers.

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Once I got home, I printed out my game day bag topper for my Bingo markers, stapled it onto the zip top bag, and was finished! I am so excited with how cute it turned out and I can’t wait to get all the Bingo Marker bags ready for our friends that will be coming over for the big game in a couple weeks. I’m more of a commercial and halftime kind of girl when it comes to the big game, so I really wanted to incorporate those in the Game Day Bingo cards. Thankfully for you, I did all the hard work in creating 10 different Game Day Bingo cards! Even better, I am happily sharing them so YOU can download the Game Day Bingo cards and Game Day Bag Toppers for you and your friends to play during the big game with your bags of Skittles from Dollar General.

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So, how do you play?

Well this Game Day Bingo isn’t your traditional Bingo. In order to play, you have to add your Skittles Bingo Marker to your Game Day Bingo card whenever you see that particular thing on your screen. For example, if a camera man is shown at some point during the game, you find your “Camera Man” square and add your Skittles piece to it! It’ll ensure that everyone at your house will be actively watching the game and will be keeping their eyes peeled to find the next square on their Game Day Bingo card.

What’s the prize?

The prize is up to you! I absolutely love this adorable football candy dish so that’s going to be our big prize during the big game. Get creative and grab something your guests will enjoy or be silly and give a game day related gag gift to the winner. The possibilities are endless!

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Great Tips for Self Care

While this post was sponsored by LensCrafters via Socialstars, all thoughts and opinions remain my own. #LensCraftersCrowd
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Self care is such an important thing. I never really knew that it was until Addie was born and we were at the hospital every single day. I would stay by her bed 8-12 hours a day, grab a bite of fast food to eat for dinner, and then we’d head to bed. It was exhausting, yet every morning at 8 am I’d arrive at the hospital ready to do it all over again. I didn’t care if I had messy hair, sloppy clothes, no makeup, glasses on- whatever, because my baby was sick and she was all that mattered. It wasn’t until Addie was in the hospital for a couple weeks that the nurses, doctors, and chaplain began to speak to me about self care and why it was so important.

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I generally brushed anyone aside that said that I needed to take care of myself. Addie was my only priority while Mathew worked to keep the bills paid (which made that his priority). I rarely went did anything outside of the hospital and when I did, I was gone for only a couple hours and would call the hospital like crazy to make sure Addie was fine. I constantly ate junk food (I’m sure it was to quiet my feelings of worry, not knowing what the future held for Addie, and the fact that my husband was being torn away from us because of his job). I gained weight because of it, and I didn’t care about my appearance. I wore my hair messy and dressed casual, when the “old” me loved to dress up. I wore glasses as a sign of my laziness instead of how I used to wear them, like a fashion accessory. This went on for months until we finally came home from the hospital in June with Addie. Mathew got a job closer to home with better hours, and I made it a point to get dressed into regular clothes daily, do my hair, and eat healthy. It all was pretty good until I started slipping back into my old habits of not getting out of pjs, getting Chinese or burgers for dinner, and just generally being lazy. You know what they say about old habits…

Love these matching Christmas pajamas!

After realizing on Christmas break that this pattern I was putting myself into was a destructive one, I decided to make some changes in my life and devote 2016 to self care. Self care is such an important part of being a parent, and my 2016 resolution is to take the time out to give myself more self care.

Mathew and I gave each other a massage and facial gift package for Christmas at a local salon and spa, and we already have it booked on our calendars for this weekend. I also got us hopped back on My Fitness Pal and we have started Whole 30 to get our bodies in shape and just healthier in general. No more junk for us! I’m also forcing myself to get dressed daily (even though things are a bit tight after holiday eating) and I even went out recently to buy some brand new glasses at LensCrafters! They’re the perfect glasses and they just perk me up and give me confidence!

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After starting Whole 30 on the 1st, I wanted to do something that was going to really help me start off my New Year’s resolution with a bang. Finding the perfect glasses were the top thing on my list, and I finally was able to get the time to go to LensCrafters and pick out a set of glasses because Mathew was off from work. I was so happy to go and just have some time to myself to look and enjoy picking out a very new pair. I did the Find Your Look quiz a few weeks ago and kept the styles in mind when I headed to the store.

It was SO nice to just get out by myself and peruse the store. There’s nothing like walking into a store by yourself to browse, and I was excited to be able to do it. I grabbed a few frames that were from the Find Your Look quiz, as well as some others that were similar, and tried to narrow them down. I took selfies, I FaceTimed Mathew, and I even posted on Facebook to see which frames you thought were the perfect glasses for me! I had a blast.

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Once I narrowed down what I thought would look best, I couldn’t decide! These 3 pairs were so different and yet all so perfect! I loved the first pair by Tiffany and Co because of the smaller frame shape and the beautiful, classic Tiffany blue sides. The second pair was by Dolce and Gabbana and were plain black but had a fun cat-eye shape to them. Lastly, I found this Prada set and was in love with it because it was tortoise shell with blue! Mathew immediately shot down the Prada glasses though, and it made me sad, but he sees me more than anyone, so I knew his opinion was important.

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After tossing back and forth between the Tiffany and Dolce glasses, I decided on the Tiffany set! I know you all on Facebook and Instagram were wondering what I would choose. In fact, I was so surprised that so many of you commented and tried to guess what frames I picked. Well, now you know, I went with #1, the Tiffany! What’s even cooler, is that a similar pair of Tiffany glasses was on the list of recommended glasses from the Find Your Look quiz. LensCrafters, you’re scarily good like that.
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After I chose my frames, I handed them to a girl that worked in the LensCrafters store who had the frames custom fit to my face using their AccuFit technology. She had this device that she connected to my glasses to make sure my frames were perfectly straight for my face. No measuring with rulers, it was all digital! She took a picture of my face and I popped up onto her computer. She made a couple changes, asked me about my lens preferences, and I was literally done after less than 7 minutes at the desk.

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My new glasses took about 3 days to get, although that’s not the norm because they’re usually in stock. They didn’t have one of my lenses in stock and had to ship it to the store. Although my salesperson told me it would take 7-10 days, it only took 3! This was probably the easiest glasses purchasing experience I’ve ever had. I literally was in and out of the store in about 30 minutes. Isn’t that amazing? I even had time to spare after my trip and was able to head to Target to browse and get some grocery shopping done too. It was SO nice.

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I was so surprised to see just what a difference putting on a new set of glasses would have on the way I felt about myself. Although I don’t wear glasses every day, when I do have them on, I want them to have a little bit of a statement to them! It made me feel so good knowing that I was also taking time out for myself. As the mom of a child with special needs, I go last for everything. I skip my own doctor appointments because I don’t have a day nurse (or I am so busy that I forget to ask my nursing company to send someone), I eat on the run because Addie has lots of appointments and therapies, and I go to bed after everyone else to make sure things are ready for the next day. Taking care of myself is going to be a priority this year and there will be no excuses! It’s time I do things for myself to be the best mom and wife I can be.

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I feel so much better now knowing that I checked one part off on my resolutions list in regards to my self care. Taking care of my eyes and my appearance is important to me, and I’m going to make sure that I’m incredibly successful with this resolution this year. What are your favorite ways to get self care?