Homemade Playdough

My heart fills up whenever I am creating with my son. I was raised by an extremely talented artist of a mother and we always had materials for crafts in the home. Fimo Clay to make tiny figurings of our imagination, construction paper to build 3D playgrounds for our paper dolls, paints of every color to perfect our school projects. Crafting is a passion of mine and I want to pass that down to our kids.

So when it comes to playdough, why not make it, and make it better!

Paxton is 4 and loves to squish and squash playdough through his fingers, make snakes and boulders and build burgers to pretend to feed us. I love feeding his imagination. Tonight he asked if we could make purple playdough, and so we did….kinda grayish playdough… but the color is not whats important! (Purple Fail)

As with most things in our life, and this blog, I look for ways to incorporate the goodness of essential oils. Playdough is a great medium to add oils to. The batch I made included 10 drops of EOs, 7 Thieves and 3 Peppermint. This blend will put you in the Christmas spirit all while fighting off those nasty germs on your toddler’s hands. Both of these oils are included in the Premium Starter Kit.

Ingredients

1 Cup Flour12 Cup Salt2 Tsp Cream of Tartar1 Cup Water1 Tbs Veggie Oil

Directions

1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan

2. Add all of your wet ingredients in

3. Put the pan over medium to low heat and continuously stir with a large spoon until it clumps around your spoon in the right “playdough” consistency (sorry really no other way to describe that…)

3.5. If you plan on making the entire batch one color, then go ahead and add your dye to the saucepan while you are stirring. It makes for a much easier time mixing it in. If you want to make several different colors, then wait and mix in after you have separated out your dough.

4. Lay the dough on wax or parchment paper and knead out any clumps that may be in there.

5. Add the essential oils of your choice, about 10 drops to preference.

**It’s better to add in the essential oils after the dough has cooled, as heat burns off the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Here are a few suggestions from the Starter Kit:

Purple Playdough – Lavender (I made this one for Pax’s classroom)

Blue Playdough – Stress Away

Yellow Playdough – Lemon

Red Playdough – Thieves and Peppermint (Christmas blend)

Green Playdough – Peppermint

Orange Playdough – Citrus Fresh

 

This is a great activity to do with your family members while you gather this holiday season. Keep the little ones busy as they help you make the dough, and then for hours playing afterwards!

Happy Creating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oily Gift Guide

The holidays are coming in HOT and we need to jump on the train before it runs us over. Most years I am a procrastigifter (noun: a person who procrastinates gift shopping to the last possible moment and ends up printing off a picture of what WILL come in the mail the week after Christmas)

This year is different, Hallelujah! I have decided to share my love of oils and the benefits that come with them with all my friends and family members. Hopefully they won’t read this until after Christmas because SPOILER ALERT, they might be getting some of these things…. move along Mom…. move along.

I took major advantage of the Young Living November Essential Rewards promotions and bought almost all my gifts through my wholesale account. Some may call this a selfish move, I call it savvy, because I got back $196 worth of product FO FREE and yes I am keeping them. I also got back like $50 worth of points for a future order! Everyone wins here.

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Let me break down some gift ideas for you…

BUY

The Manly Man

Need something for the man in your life? Try a Deep Relief Roller (Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam Canada, Clove, Copaiba, Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Vetiver & Dorado Azul) for sore muscles and pair it with a charcoal bar soap for a deep cleanse after a workout.

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The Extras

What about multiple teacher/babysitter gifts? Grab a bag of 4 chapsticks and 4 shower steamers, open them up, mix & match and throw it in a gift bag with a favorite relaxing oil like Lavender or Peace & Calming or a DIY bath salts jar.

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The Fast-Paced Friend

Know someone who is on the go a lot and needs a little self care? Grab the holiday gift bundle of Young Living’s personal diffuser and 5ml Lavender. Don’t like lavender? Pair the diffuser with another calming oil such as Stress Away or Peace & Calming. Do they travel a lot? Pair it with Thieves so they can keep the germs away on airplanes and in hotels.

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The Commuter

Does one of your family members have a long commute to work? Give them a beautiful car diffuser and one of your favorite oils. I suggest Christmas Spirit because it smells amazing and is full of “happy” oils to brighten their mood and their day.

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The Classic 

A classic gift is a mug with hot cocoa or tea. Spice up this one with a Vitality oil or two that tastes great in a hot cup. Peppermint for cocoa, Lemon and Thieves for tea.

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Stocking Stuffer Jackpot

Grab a set of oils to make up your favorite trio and put them in a candy cane holder.

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Allergy Trio – Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender

Immunity Trio – Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense

Beverage Trio – Orange, Lemon, Peppermint

The Christmas-aholic

Is there someone on your list who is a Christmas-aholic like me but has a fake tree? Get them a diffuser ornament so they can enjoy the true smells of Christmas without the allergies and mess of a real tree. Diffuse oils like Christmas Spirit, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Pine and Cinnamon Bark to put the magic in the air on Christmas morning.

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DIY

To go along with my awesome purchased presents, I am also going to DIY the heck out of some gifts for everyone. Here are great ideas that will make your people happy all while keeping your wallet in tact.

Super simple Christmas diffuser garland:

Take wool felt pom poms, yarn and a large needle and string them in whatever pattern you want! Tie a loop on each end to help with hanging. Pair the garland with a bottle of oil so your loved one can put a few drops on the pom poms and enjoy during the holidays. I suggest Pine, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Peace & Calming , Peppermint or Christmas Spirit.

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Find Supplies Here: Wool Felt Pom Poms, Yarn, Needle

 

Dryer Ball Snowman:

Package 3 wool dryer balls in a see through plastic gift bag and draw a cute little snowman face on it. Make a construction paper hat and a ribbon scarf and viola! Add an oil to round out the gift. I would go with something simple and classic like Citrus Fresh or Purification to eliminate odors. Thieves to kill germs.

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Find Supplies Here: Wool Dryer Balls

Or purchase pre-made Here: Etsy Page

 

Candle:

Candles are great because everyone loves them and you can personalize it to the recipient of the gift. Find the right container to speak to their personality and pick an oil that will help them with whatever they may need.

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Read our how to guide on making your own toxin free candles here:

For The Love of Candles

 

Bath Salts:

A mason jar of therapeutic bath salts is sometimes just what the Dr ordered. Most people don’t take the time to pamper themselves but they will carve out time to use a gift. I know I have a few people on my list that fit that category.

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Recipe: 1 1/2 Cup Espsom Salts, 1 Tbls Baking Soda, 15 drops Essential Oil

Find Supplies Here: Epsom Salts, Baking Soda, Mason Jars

Read more about therapeutic baths, including several recipes, from this past blog post:

Relax, Unwind & Soothe

 

Santa Baby

The ultimate gift for others or for yourself is the Premium Starter Kit. It comes with 11 of the most popular oils, a quality diffuser and samples of the Thieves Household Cleaner and Ningxia Red. Your wholesale account (included) allows you to purchase future orders at a 24% discount! Plus it comes with a personal Let’s Begin kit from us at Home of the Wise, and connection to an amazing community of oilers with a wealth of knowledge to get you started on the right foot.

Check out the details of the PSK here on blog: Young Living Starter Kit

Purchase Here & Make sure that your Sponsor ID is: 10737783 (Melanie Paramore)

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Whether you make your gift or buy a Young Living holiday bundle, you can feel good about your gift giving this year! You are bringing non-toxic joy into the lives of your loved ones.

**Keep your eye on this blog for upcoming announcements on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. They are going to be EPIC!

Happy Holidays From Petey and I!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Fall Decor & Spray

I love allll the Fall things. I am what many people call “Basic” when it comes to this season and I am proud of it! A couple things I am NOT about though is paying $50+ for a fall wreath or inhaling all those “fragrance” chemicals from store bought packaged potpourri. Solution? DIY!

FALL ESSENTIAL OIL SPRAY

First, make yourself the yummiest fall spray using an essential oil blend. For me this includes the following recipe:

Cinnamon Bark – 10 drops

Clove – 10 drops

Nutmeg – 8 drops

Orange – 8 drops

*Some people like to add Ginger to this mix but I am not a fan so I will leave it out of my spray. If you like Ginger, then go for it and add 5 drops or so (to preference).

 

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Fill a 2 oz glass spray bottle with the oils first and then top it off with distilled water. You can use Witch Hazel or Vodka instead of water if you are feeling sassy. Shake before spraying.

I made the recipe a little stronger than most because I want the smell to linger and I will not only be using it for room spray but also as a potpourri spray on the following DIY projects …

FALL WREATH

You guys…. I spent $15.95 on all of this at Hobby Lobby. That is a far cry from the gouging I saw on the wreath aisle. Ouch! Do yourself a favor and walk on over to the floral section where the $4.99 (+40% off) bare stick wreaths are. Then load up your basket with the (40% off) individual decorations. Do a little DIY magic and vwuala!

Flower Power!

After you arrange and re-arrange your wreath the way you want it. Use the always handy hot glue gun to make sure everything stays right where you put it.Flower Power! (2)Now that you have your masterpiece together. Hang that bad boy on your wall or, in my case, front door and spray it with your already created Fall Essential Oil Spray. Now whenever you have guests over, they will be greeted with the essence of Fall…. Mmmmmmmm!

 

 

FALL POTPOURRI

I have been wanting a cornucopia since I learned about them in grade school. My Fall dreams have come true with this 40% off gem from Hobby Lobby and I am about to fill it up with some DIY Fall Potpourri Ya’ll!

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Choose the look of your potpourri first. I went with a mix of pinecones and acorns (purchased this way). I then added a little pumpkin and corn flare on my own. I know, skills right? You can add cranberries or dried orange peel or cinnamon sticks. Whatever is your jam, you do you!.

Super simple, you already have half of if done by making the Spray earlier. Put the potpourri mix in your favorite bowl, or cornucopia, and then spray the heck out of it. Make sure it soaks up all the goodness. Choosing wood items in your mix will help with this absorption. Shake your spray and repeat when needed.

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Feel like Martha Stewart yet? Well you should because you just killed the Fall DIY game. Give yourself a pat on your back and go snuggle up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. You deserve it for not only being thrifty but also looking out for your health by ditching and switching those toxic fragrances for the goodness of EOs. Cheers!

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