Valentine’s Day Slime!

I am so tired of people giving my kid candy! For the last couple of years, I’ve chosen to take matters into my own hands, and give non-candy gifts for valentine’s day and halloween, hoping that other parents catch on and do the same. I feel like I’m constantly trying to ward off a bombardment of candy with my kid. I can’t go the bank or the grocery store without someone offering my child a lollipop. Candy is so readily available these days because it’s all made with corn syrup, therefore it’s CHEAP. I feel like there wasn’t such an abundance of candy in the 90’s…like, if you got candy it was a big deal because we didn’t get it all the time. Times have changed! Anyway, enough of my rant, let’s do something fun.

Last year, we made heart shaped crayons, which was a big hit! This year, I’m making slime, or silly putty as some call it, and we are going to play off the words “will you be my Valen-slime?”

Cute, right?! This project is fun to do with your kids and the parents and kids at school will be thrilled to receive something they can actually play with rather than another piece of candy. Here is my video tutorial on how to make it!

The Only Thing You’ll Ever Need To Put On A Pimple EVER Again!

SOUND THE ALARM. I’ve cracked the code! For the last 6 months, my hormones have been koo-koo & all over the place. I was getting really bad breakouts on my chin. I tried at least 5 different spot treatments & unfortunately wasted a lot of money. It wasn’t until I was reading in my “Modern Essentials” book that I realized Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree Oil, can be used as a zit antiseptic. “I’ve used it for just about everything else, so why not slather it all over my face?” I thought.

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I’ve had recent facials that used masks “containing tea-tree”, but it didn’t seem to help. I think the best way to get quick results is to use pure, clean, highly concentrated oil.You only need to use a little bit as a spot treatment. It has been 2 weeks and I am completely zit-less in what was my most congested area. I’m not kidding, people. I put the stuff on my chin, went to bed WITH chin acne, and woke up with brand new skin and not a trace of even a blemish. It was fantastic magic. I have been applying it to my chin once a week ever since to prevent future breakouts, and so far, so good. Melaleuca goes deep into the skin if you’re using a very pure concentration. I highly recommend DoTerra Essential Oils, only because they are the best. If you really wanna get crazy & turn back the hands of time on your face, mix a drop of their pure Frankincense oil into your nightly moisturizer.

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Lisa O

Homemade Cleaning Products!

After my latest rant, I told you all I would be posting recipes to make your own cleaning products that are safe and effective, not to mention, cheaper than store-bought stuff. Here are the goods:

Homemade Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 Bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap (grated with a cheese grater)*avail. at Whole Foods and Online*
  • 1 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 20 drops essential oil- Eucalyptus, Lavender, or Lemon

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container. Use 2 tablespoons per full load! Note: if you have really hard water, use extra borax.

Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Powder:

  • 2 cups Washing Soda
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 1 cup Sea Salt
  • Add essential oils of choice: 25 drops lavender, or 10 drops lemon/10 drops orange

Mix well and store in airtight plastic container. Add 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the pre-wash & wash containers. tip: use white vinegar in the rinse dispenser to reduce film on glass

Homemade All Purpose Spray Cleaner:

  • 1 Cup white vinegar
  • 1 Cup distilled water
  • 20-25 drops Lemon essential oil—>or as many as you like!

Combine in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces and wipe clean with damp cloth or sponge.

Homemade Floor Cleaner:

Combine all ingredients in large bucket & mop floor. No rinsing necessary!

  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 2 Tbsp of liquid castile soap
  • essential oils of choice: 8 drops lemon, 15 drops orange

Dirt and grease formula: 1/4 cup washing soda & 1 cup white vinegar added to this solution w/20 drops eucalyptus oil

Homemade Glass and Mirror Cleaner:

combine all ingredients in a spray bottle & shake frequently.

  • 2 cups club soda
  • 15-20 drops any desired essential oil

Homemade Dishwashing Liquid:

Combine ingredients in an empty squeeze bottle from a previously store bought container. 

  • Liquid Castile Soap
  • 20 drops essential oils. All the same or a blend that looks something like this: 8 drops Lime, 4 drops Orange, 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Eucalyptus

Homemade Fabric Softener:

  • Vinegar is mild enough to not harm your fabrics – about 1/4 to 1/2 cup to replace your fabric softener in either a softener ball or in fabric softener compartment of wash machine.
  • 5-10 drops of – LAVENDER, WHITE FIR, CITRUS BLISS, LEMON, or any other desired essential oil

You can make up a quart or gallon at one time, if desired.  Shake before using.

Homemade Dryer Sheets:

  • Moisten a clean washcloth or small cotton rag and place 10 drops of essential oil – LAVENDER, WHITE FIR, CITRUS BLISS, LEMON, MELALEUCA, or any other desired essential oil and throw in the dryer with wet clothes.

Homemade Furniture Polish:

Mix all ingredients in a squirt or spray bottle & shake before using.  Apply to furniture and wipe with a soft cloth.

  • 1/4 cup olive oil (can also use grape seed or coconut oil)

  • 4 TBSP white vinegar

  • 25 drops LEMON essential oil or WHITE FIR

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 20 drops LEMON essential oil or ON GUARD, PURIFY, MELALEUCA, WHITE FIR, EUCALYPTUS or other essential you desire.

Make a thin paste of borax & vinegar & essential oil .Flush the toilet to moisten the bowl, rub the paste into the toilet bowl and let sit for as long as you clean the rest of the bathroom. Then, come back and scrub it clean.

Homemade Soft Scrub: 

*Recipe Via This Site*

Homemade Carpet Freshener:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 20 drops of any essential oil desired

Blend well & store in a sealed container (best when oil can “marry” with the baking soda overnight before sprinkling on carpet). Sprinkle over carpet and Vacuum.

Homemade Deodorant:

  • 6 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (I use fractionated aka liquid coconut oil because it isn’t solid and it’s just easier. If you can’t find it, use regular)
  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder or Arrowroot Starch
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Oil
  • 10 Drops Citrus: Lemon, Lime, or Orange
  • A few drops of Clove oil

Blend all of these together in a stand mixer or by hand until they become a paste. Store in a small jar. Scoop out with finger and apply like a lotion to the armpits!

Will be posting more recipes, too! If you want a recipe for something in particular, write it in the comments section!


Lisa O


A Fun, Easy, Idea for Parents and Future Parents!

This morning Jack and I came up with something pretty cool over breakfast. Someone else may have come up with this idea already, but I’m more than happy to take the credit for it.

When you have a baby (or child of a young age), start an email account for them in their name. Then, as you go through the days taking pics, videos, etc. of them, EMAIL the data to their email account. This way, years later when they are old enough to work E-mail, they can log in and see ALL of the pictures, videos, messages, etc. you sent them over the years. Cool huh?

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Also, you can just include their email in all of those emails you send your parents and siblings of your kids doing cute things. Another thing you can do is email little messages and milestones such as, “hey sweetie, today we had a really great day at the park and you looked so cute in your red sweater!”, then include a picture or whatever. You get the point. Be sure to include lots of embarrassing moments for them to look back on.

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In the years to come they can log into the email and have tons of messages and pictures that mom and dad sent them when they were a kid. AWWWW how cute. Now go do it!


Lisa O