Treat Yourself: Herbal Bath Teas

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As a mom, I have a new appreciation for taking long, luxurious baths…

especially when I can toss in a bath tea or two and let my body soak in moisturizing and soothing essential oils!! Such a treat!

 

A fellow work-at-home mom I know, Megan, has been making and selling body care products with essential oils. Talk about brilliant!! Since I’ve been growing in my love for natural living I’ve definitely wanted to get into essential oils. I just need the money to spend and I’m all over it!

I had the opportunity to try out a few of Megan’s products (check out her fb page: Serene Essentials for more details)! She has so many: Sunscreen, shower steamers, Aromatherapy necklaces, lotion bars, sitz bath teas, and lip balm just to name a few. I really want to try out

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May: Set up a Routine

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Step 1: Declutter the whole house

So, last month our community hosted a neighborhood garage sale and it was a GREAT excuse and created a limited time table for us to quickly go through the house and declutter. It was awesome!! However, we did not have too much time to reorganize or find places for everything. PLUS last week we had a slight water leak in our basement and so now that part of our storage area is chaotic.

Step 2: Set up a Routine

I’ve decided to go all digital. I’ve tried various apps, but for this time I’ve decided to go with Chore Checklist. I’ve never used it before, but I’ve set everything up and I think it’s going to work well. It’s very versatile and only $1.50 for the full version.

The free version looked really good too – it just doesn’t

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Baby Boy: 7 months

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Dear Ain,

Wow – 7 months already (well, really 7 and a half months, since this post is late)!! Here are some milestones that you have reached:

you said your first word! you definitely communicate your likes and dislikes and push something away from your face or bring it to your mouth you can select a toy to play with make connections between actions and words: you understand the word and sign for “milk” exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up on your own for a little bit at a time bringing food and objects up to your mouth you are showing so much character!

 

 

Sleep: You do a great job falling asleep on your own –

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 4

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Want to check out this challenge? Hop on over Money Saving Mom’s blog to join in on the Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge this week!!

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 4 Use Your Minutes Wisely

As I talked about yesterday, sometimes it seems like days just rush by so quickly (like today!!). If you want to be productive in your day, then take advantage of the tiny blocks up time that pop up throughout your day.

It easy to mindlessly hop onto facebook, or instagram, or other social network for the umptenth time that day. But, think about what you could do with a few extra minutes:

- change the laundry over to the dryer – clean up the dishes in the sink (so they don’t pile up) – tidy a room – go through the mail – file

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 3

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 3 Create a Successful Morning Routine

Do you feel like your days are “busy” doing something, and yet you are somehow always behind and disorganized? Do you feel like you cannot cram anything more into your hectic days? Do you feel like you’re always running around in circles?

You need a routine. I know for me (when I stick to a routine), my day feels more peaceful and I feel like I know what I’ve accomplished for the day.

How do you come up with a successful morning routine? Follow these steps:

Step 1: Brainstorm a list of things you would like to do each morning, then pare that list down. Take to

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 2

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Yesterday the challenge was to Just Say No. I wrote a list off all I wanted to accomplish today and then I chose 3 things to cross of my list. This helps us to practice  learning to evaluate our activities and commitments. I chose to cross off:

1) Send out thank-you notes. Yes, these have been on my to-do list for awhile, but today I need to tackle more pressing matters that I have also been putting off.

2) Creating a flyer for our business. My goal is to accomplish this sometime this week. But not today.

3) Being on the computer after 6 p.m. (This idea is from Money Saving

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 1

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year! I love the fresh start feeling of January 1st. If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know I LOVE to set goals and plan away!!

I always get overambitious Jan. 1st and set lots of goals. In my mind, I’m okay with not achieving all of the them. I think just the process of thinking through what goals I want to set and then writing them down helps me refocus and remind myself of my priorities. Last year I resolved not to set year goals, but to set goals a few months at a time. I think that DID help me accomplish more of my goals. Although, after June when Ain was born, I didn’t really set any more monthly goals (other than my 30 before 30 project). So I did fizzle out a little – but having

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Easy DIY Baby Legs Tutorial ~ Mustache Edition

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So, my husband got me THIS for Christmas!!

 

It didn’t arrive until Dec. 31st, BUT I didn’t waste any time. I knew exactly the first project I wanted to do. I grabbed the men’s mustache socks I had purchased at Target and made…

Easy DIY Baby Legs!

This is really only a four step process!

Step 1: Cut

Take your men’s socks and cut off the foot. With the bottom piece cut the toe and heel off and toss. You will use the middle section.

 

Step 2: Turn inside out and sew

Take the middle section an turn inside out. Sew a line down one of the long sides, about 1-inch from the edge.

 

Step 3: Fold

Fold half of the section over itself so that the unfinished side

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Baby Boy: 6 months

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WARNING!! Get ready for a WHOLE lot of cuteness!! Dear Ain,

Wow – it’s crazy how much you change in a month! You are now 6 months old and SUCH a joy!! We have definitely settled into a routine for nap times and bedtime. And there have been a LOT of fun firsts this month!

We can see that you keep growing and growing – every single day!  You have reached great milestones:

can perceive the distance between one thing and another can play with something using both hands, will transfer object from hand to hand you study objects/faces intently you can select a toy to play with make connections between actions and words: you understand the word and sign for “milk” playing peek-a-boo exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up pretty well while being supported and leaning against

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5 ways to decorate/organize on a budget

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As a new mom, I’m always seeking frugal ways to make my house more of a home. I focus on using items you already own to organize or spruce up a living space.

1. Look around you.

There are many items you already own that you can use in different ways to organize or decorate your home. Have an extra garden hose to make a wreath? Want something creative to do with bottle caps? Wine corks? 

2. Check out thrift stores/dollar stores.

Thrift stores or Dollar stores usually have a lot of items that, with a little bit of sprucing up can be just perfect for that little empty space in your home you’ve been wanting to fill! Use an old tie rack, shower curtain hooks, or antique

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