My Oily Story

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My personal story of how essential oils came into my life. Read to find out why I became obsessed with Young Living and how I got to where I am now. #oilymama #oilyfamily #essentialoils



My oily story is quite unique and actually started long ago.  Long, long ago…like childhood long ago.  My aunt got involved with an essential oils organization called Melaleuca, which I now know comes from the scientific name of the Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia).  So Tea Tree oil quickly became a staple in our home when I was a kid and a “cure-all” for any ailment.  We used it on burns, to clear up acne, to clean, etc.  We also began using various household products made by the company like shampoo/conditioner & cleaning supplies.


As time went on we became more and more reliant on certain things, like this one supplement called “Activate” which we used anytime we feel like we were getting sick.  And I also used their full line of prenatal vitamins when I was expecting my first son.  Great stuff!


That was all great and wonderful, but I didn’t really ever give it much thought.  I also didn’t realize that Tea Tree oil is an essential oil and it’s not the only one with incredibly useful properties.  However, as the years went on + I became an adult, I began to see more and more of my acquaintances referencing essential oils.  It kinda piqued my interest, but I was too busy to really explore.



Ultimate Gift Wishlist for 8-Year-Old Boys

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These are the best gifts for boys for Christmas, birthdays, or just because! So add these to your gift guide or wishlist! Happy shopping + giving! #giftguide #toywishlist #giftsforboys



Gift Guide for the Nursing Mom

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The perfect gift guide for pumping or nursing moms. All of the tools to make her breastfeeding journey a successful and comfortable one!


How to Automate Your Most Hated Household Chores

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Help for all of your most hated household chores. This infographic will show you all of the ways that you can automate much of your to-do list!


How Many Household Chores Could You Automate? (Infographic)

by Natalie Atterbury | Love2Laundry

Always swamped with an endless to-do list? Always got a pile of laundry sitting in your back room which you keep putting off? Always forgetting things due to a hectic lifestyle? Make it easier on yourself and make time for the more important things in life by automating your household chores with technology. Sounds too good to be true right? Well, believe it or not, there’s now plenty of chore management apps and digital services out there that can really help you out.

With technology now booming more than ever, it’s time to make the most of what’s available to you and use it to your advantage. With cleaning the house, ironing, taking out the bins and washing the dishes amongst the most disliked household chores, you can pretty much get an app for any household chore these days. Although technology can’t physically pick up the vacuum and clean the carpet for you, it’s pretty close! What are you waiting for?


Financial Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make When You Have Young Children

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Avoid these seven common financial mistakes that families make all the time. Knowledge is power and you can learn from the savings mistakes made by others.


Financial Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make When You Have Young Children

by Josh Wilson | Personal Finance Blogger


Becoming a parent for the first time is an exciting — and overwhelming — time. The practical aspects of preparing for a new addition can be daunting.

This is particularly true when you combine the emotional ups and downs of saying goodbye to one chapter of your life with the advent of an entirely new chapter. In the process, many new parents forget a crucial aspect of preparing for their little ones: financial planning.

While it may not seem like an obvious item on the new to-do list, having a game plan for your money is critical to ensure that you stay on track with your financial goals. Read on to learn more about how you can avoid some common financial mistakes that many new parents make when they welcome a child into their family.


How To Find Cheap Jogging Strollers

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Tips to find cheap jogging strollers for the mom & baby on a budget. These strollers are a must-have for the postpartum mama trying to lose the baby weight!

by Sarah Snyder-Castañeda | Parenting Blogger

I’m not going to lie – I use my stroller for way more than its intended purpose. I use it to unload groceries, I put my child in it and walk around the house to entertain her. Let’s face it – strollers can become a pretty important staple in our lives. Whether you are expecting your first child or fifth, you may have wondered if you need a jogging stroller.

I’m going to argue that you don’t need one, but once you’ve tried one, you’re not going to want to go back. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a jogger to appreciate them! While baby stuff is expensive, there are ways to ease the burden of buying a jogging stroller. Here are a few of my favorite tricks and tips for doing that.


A Guide to Personal Finance for Young Families

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Check out this guide to personal finance for young families. You will find out how to create a quick and easy financial plan for your family. Includes tips on coordinating family meetings to create a quick & easy budget, the best savings apps, saving for college, and more. Great tips & tricks for frugal living when you are just starting out after an expensive wedding, buying your first home or having a baby.

A Guide to Personal Finance for Young Families

by Jacob Evans | Personal Finance Blogger


When you find that special someone you love, you can get caught up in having a wedding, buying a house, or even having children, and your finances can get pushed way down on your priority list. This can really hurt your family in the long run, though.


While personal finance is important for everyone, it’s an especially important part of starting a family. You need to make sure you’re thinking about everyone’s needs in the short term with a budget but also in the long term by putting some money in savings.


Don’t be afraid to talk finances.

The most important thing when it comes to managing finances as a family is to maintain open communication about money. A lot of people just have anxiety around money. Money makes them feel nervous or ashamed.  But it really is the first step to getting on the right foot as a family.


Why Stay At Home Moms Have It Easy

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Why the Stay-at-Home-Mom Has it Easy | Frugal Nesting | This is why I think being a Stay-At-Home-Mom is not actually the most difficult job. There is one specific reason. Let me know what you think.


Stop…Call off the Mob!


Yes, I realize that is a CRAZY thing to say, but I knew it would get your attention!  And it worked didn’t it?  Now before you get too angry with me and go on the defensive please hear me out.


Some of My Best Friends are Stay-At-Home-Moms


My own mother was a stay-at-home-mom and I couldn’t be more thankful for having that amazing experience growing up.  I saw just how hard she worked to run our household like a well-oiled machine.  And I saw how challenging it was for her.  Yet she did it with skill and grace and made it look easy.


So, no… of course being a stay-at-home-mom isn’t actually EASY.  Being a parent is hard work.  And being at home with the little ragamuffins and away from regular adult interaction all day is even more difficult.


Then pile on taking care of everything that goes into running a household.  Including cleaning, groceries, schedules, entertaining, and on and on.  All that “mental load” stuff is exhausting.


So please know that I am the first to agree that being a stay-at-home-mom is worth AT LEAST the $143,102 per year that estimates.


But Wait There’s More


Then what if you had to do ALL of that (household management) PLUS work 40 hours per week, commute, AND pay someone else to raise your children?  Who in their right mind would do that?


But that is exactly what many working moms are expected to do.  All while carrying the ever present mom guilt and constantly hearing how being a stay-at-home-mom is the hardest job there is.  But no kudos for the working mom.


So I’m standing up in an effort to rock the boat and tell you why stay-at-home-moms have it easy. Or at least maybe ‘easy-er’.


More than anything it boils down to one thing and that is TIME.


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The 10 Best Quick + Easy Cleaning Guides on Pinterest

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A curation of my very favorite quick & easy cleaning guides from Pinterest. These are perfect for every scenario from a quick pickup to spring deep cleaning!


Cleaning is so NOT my favorite thing to do, however, I want my house to be spotless.  Clearly, those two things don’t go together.  So I figured I have two options:

1 | Hire a cleaning lady

2 | Get my lazy butt up and do it myself

And since we are trying so very hard to be frugal and stay on a budget I just couldn’t justify hiring someone to come in and clean up after me.  So left option number two: do it my darn self.

But how?  Now, of course, I know how to clean…I’ve been doing it since I was just a kid.  But what is the BEST way?

DIY Girls Room Decor Inspiration

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I love, love, love decorating!  There’s no way to get around it!  And I also love DIY projects…so fun!  These are some incredibly creative DIY girls room ideas that I’ve come across online and fallen in love with.  Check them out for supplies, instructions + tutorials.

You know that if I ever have a daughter I will be decorating her room using all of these ideas!  And I may just try some out for myself!  Moms, surprise your tween or teenage daughter with a bedroom makeover. College students, make your dorm room like home with a few of these super cute ideas!



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