Lavender: helps to promote tissue regeneration, also an antiseptic
Lavender: helps to promote tissue regeneration, also an antiseptic
As I am sure many of you know, essential oils have become a popular/trendy thing these past few years! I always forget/doubt my knowledge in this area until I sit back and remember that I have been using essential oils since high school! My mom started using them before they were “a thing” and slowly over the past decade and a half I have accumulated quite a collection of oils, recipes and uses. Slowly but surely, they have made their way into my household essentials. It might seem overwhelming to switch all your cleaning products and personal products to natural/homemade essential oils- because it is! I have made the switch slowly, and there are still some conventional cleaning products and hygiene products I just haven’t found the perfect swap for yet. If you are looking to get started, take a look at some of my recipes! Here is a list of all my posts with essential oils!
Here is a list of all my posts with essential oils! All of them I am still using on a regular basis. I find making the recipes to be relaxing–if I didn’t enjoy it, you can bet I wouldn’t spend my time and energy on it. It’s just an added bonus that I know that I am eliminating some potentially harmful chemicals from my home.
Ok, so after having one tiny human and seeing what we used and didn’t use here are my thoughts on a minimalist baby registry list. Everyone’s lifestyle is different and some things might make sense for you and your family that didn’t work for us. My goal was to add items to this list that we loved, used a lot, and that held up. I tend to prefer natural and sustainable products. I also try to avoid plastic as much as possible, and although I know some have successfully kept plastic out of their homes, there are some things that just worked for us!
As a huge proponent of sustainability, we scoured craiglist, yard sales and even bought some items off our friends. We registered at our local kids cloth diaper/ consignment shop. This shop is so great, people were able to order specific “used: registry items. We also used an Amazon Registry and commented next to almost everything saying that we would be so happy if people were able to find the item gently used!
Feeding/Breastfeeding (if you plan to solely breastfeed- go mama!!) but if not here are a few suggestions
Diapers (i only have cloth diaper advice to offer!)
Some of our personal (non-necessity) favorites
What were/are your must-have baby registry items!
I am hoping for this to become a regular weekly post! As a busy working mom, getting
healthy meals on the table each week is definitely a lot of work. I strive to get the best deal and save money when we can, but I have also learned that sometimes it is worth it to spend for convenience.
This was probably a strange week for me to start this up. It was my birthday and we hosted a party and we had family staying in town with us. But better now than never!
Here’s what I spent:
$79.85 at aldi (pantry staples, breakfast foods and some produce)
$75 at wegmans (party sandwich platter and supplies)
$14 produce club (I will write a future post about this great way I get produce!)
$40 at Wegmans (salmon, rice pilaf and spinach)
Total: 208.85 **definitely on the higher side, and we had some takeout mixed in. Hoping to do better next week. We don’t have a specific set grocery budget as we are still trying to get in the groove with our busy schedules and balancing cost with convenience.
Lunch-salad/stuff from fridge
I cannot stand stale smelling air, I love for things to smell fresh. But I hate spraying toxic chemicals in the air just to make my nose happy. I have been experimenting for MONTHS to try to find the perfect essential oil spray recipe. This scent is citrusy and fresh. And the best part is, it really works to eliminate odors. I use it to help freshen bed linens, clothes in between wearing and a general air freshener.
1 1/2 cups distilled water
1/2 cups witch hazel or vodka (i’ve used both)
14 drops purification essential oil
6 drops grapefruit essential oil
4 drops orange essential oil
10 drops stress away essential oil
**if you only have the YL starter set, you can easily replace the grapefruit and orange with lemon
Mix all ingredients into a 16 oz spray bottle. I found my glass spray bottle on amazon.
I have tried other varieties of essential oils for other scents, but I find that this one truly does the best of freshening and eliminating odors. Do you have any favorite scents you love in your house?
My DIY tutorial for a stokke crib sheet is one of my most popular posts! I figured I would write a quick update and include some new photos. See the original post here.
After 2 years of use, these crib sheets are holding up great! The fabric does seems to have some wear. The ones in the picture were made from “quilters” cotton fabric. My “test” crib sheet was made from an old sheet, and that fabric seems to be holding up a little better. But both options worked great.
I love that I was able to make these sheets for a fraction of the cost of Stokke sheets. I also love that I was able to customize the fabrics.
About 6 months ago, we decided we wanted to add an allergy cover for the crib mattress. I couldn’t find an option for the stokke sized mattress. I ended up buying a traditional crib mattress cover. I just fold the corners of the cover down and when I put the crib sheet on it seems to hold everything in place just fine. I don’t know that this would be a great option for an infant due to the risk of SIDS, but for our toddler it works great.
I am curious if there is a way to alter or modify an existing crib sheet for it to fit a stokke mattress. If you’ve tried something let me know!
One of my goals for 2016 is read more. Hoping for 30 books this year. I compiled a nice long book list! Luckily my local library stocks most of these books, so I will slowly be requested them. My reading taste definitely leans toward the non-fiction side, but there are a few fiction in here based on recommendations from friends and family. So far I am off to a good start, let’s hope I can keep up the pace.
Here is my list (so far)
There’s a few spots left to make it to 30- any suggestions? What are your reading goals for this year?
Every year on my birthday I like to look back and reflect. And since my birthday is so close to the New year, I tend reflect and write about my goals/resolutions at the end of January.
Here are some of the things I am checking off my lists (thankfully)
These were some great accomplishments this year! I am super excited to have finished my master’s and am so thankful to be starting my new job in a few weeks. Paying off my student loans-wow! We were so happy to be able to do that while still paying for my grad school. The last one is something I have been working on for a few years, but this past year I finally realized I had overcome it (or at least gained enough tools/strategies to not be a nervous nelly in new situations!).
Here are some goals for the next year!
This 5 am wake up is going pretty well. And although I am definitely more tired at the end of the night, I am sleeping better. But I also have to conscious when going out with friends that I can’t be out past 10 or 11 pm! This early wake up was based on a decision on my personal productivity (better in the morning!). The little bird doesn’t usually wake up until 7/715. So this is a WHOLE 2 hours that I have in the mornings to read, get lunches ready and other household tasks. I also try to take some of that time to connect with my husband (un-interrupted).
Do you have any fun, interesting or exciting goals for the next year? Or have any accomplishments to share?
Here is a quick list of the 5 frugal things I did this week.
What frugal things have you done this week?
This is one of those times I wish I had taken before and after photos. I didn’t have much faith in my washing attempt, so I didn’t bother with before photos. But trust me, the difference is amazing!
I have been using this diaper bag for about 2 years. The past few months I have found us using the diaper bag less and less. I was debating whether to save this for future children or donate. The make or break was whether or not I could get this bad boy clean again. This Skip Hop Duo diaper bag was one of the few brand new baby items we bought. Over the past few years there have been some minor spills and stains, but most recently a major tea incident! An entire travel mug of tea spilled all over the inside and seeped through and stained the exterior waterproof fabric from the inside out. The manufacturer suggests spot cleaning. I tried spot cleaning but then the bag started to smell from being wet. I searched google/pinterest/etc to see if I could find any success stories for cleaning similar diaper bags. No luck finding any advice. So as a last ditch effort, I threw this puppy into the wash. I did a hot/cold cycle. Everything seemed ok, and then since I had so many issues drying it after the spot cleaning, I just threw this in the dryer with a few towels. And BAM-it came it in like new condition. I was super impressed. And happy–I love this diaper bag, and am so happy I was able to get in bag into like new condition for future use.
So, if you have a diaper bag like the skip hop duo that needs rescuing. A trip through the laundry might be the ticket!
**Wash at your own risk, as it is against manufacturers advice**