Tips and Tricks

Debt Free Summer ☀️

 This is how we feel about it being summer time!☀️ 

This is how we feel about it being summer time!☀️ 

I don't know about you, but we aren't going anywhere this summer (or maybe even the entire year). We're trying so hard to get debt free, fix up our house, and send our kids to preschool in the fall... so planning my weeks out in advance so that I'm not tempted to spend money is a must! Here's how I do it:

1. Plan your weeks in advance! Pick themes for your weeks. This coming week is monster week at our place. Here's what we have planned:

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Get this amazing lego challenge calendar here!

2. I take advantage of all things free in my city! 

- children's museum (we were gifted a membership) - summer movie days at your local theaters (bring your own snacks) - splash pads - pool day in your neighborhood - concert nights in my small towns Main Street area - library trips - storytime at Barnes and Noble  - free days at your local museums - 

 Swimming hole near our house. Free fun and it's beautiful! 

Swimming hole near our house. Free fun and it's beautiful! 

If you life in the Austin area you must follow Do512Family! There's so much to do for free. 

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3. Make a weekly budget for your extra spending, and get that money out of your bank account. Having cash to spend at special outings is a must or you'll just keep swiping that credit card / debit card without a care in the world. Cash is king and when you run out of it, no more spending!  

4. Try to set aside a certain amount of money each week throughout the summer. My husband and I have started a thing where if one of us says "let's go get coffee" - the other person has to get on the phone right then and throw whatever we would spend on coffee into our savings account. Are we always successful at this?! no way! We give in. Especially when it comes to going out for coffee or food... it's our biggest weakness in our spending life. 🤦🏼‍♀️ But it is a fun game and it's nice to have someone keep me accountable to our goals. 

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I hope you enjoy an amazing summer. Full of memories, lots of laughs, cook outs, pool days, and tons of fun without going into debt or breaking the bank. Have fun, and remember moments with your families are the very best gifts you can give one another. ☀️☀️☀️

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Traveling tips for your summer vacations with kiddos

Recently my family and I traveled to Austin, Texas. It was our first big trip as a family of three and Eleanor's first time flying. I was little hesitant because I wasn't sure how Eleanor would do on a plane and being away from home for so long. However with a little planning ahead we were able to have a great trip. So today I want to share with you some things I learned while traveling!

1. Plan ahead what everyone will wear

Comfy clothes are a must on trips but practicality is just as needed. Going through security can be a daunting task especially when you have little ones. I made sure that Eleanor had clothes that were easy to get on and off and didn't have any buckles or things that would go off in security. She wore a simple little dress that was perfect for the trip. For me it was important that I wore something that I could easily breastfeed her. A button down shirt was great because I didn't need to lift up layers upon layers to be able to feed her. 

2. Bring new books/toys/shows/movies

On road trips when I was younger I remember my mom always had a little special something for us on our trip. It usually wasn't anything extravagant but it was fun for me as a kid to have a new little toy, movie or book to explore when we were on the road. For Eleanor I got her some new books and downloaded her favorite show from the Netflix app. Her Usborne books were a hit. She loved having something new to look at and it was easy to stash in our bag. It doesn't have to be anything expensive but having something new (could be from the dollar store) is a sanity saver. 

If you are interested in some great books for your road trip or travels this summer check out Usborne books! They have something for every age! You can shop my link here or if you are interested in earning free books by hosting a party comment below and I will be sure to get in contact with you :) 

3. If you are staying with friends or family ask to see if they have extra carseats, strollers, and pack n' play.

One of the best parts about our trip was the fact I knew I didn't need to worry about the carseat, stroller or pack 'n play. My sister, Amber had extras of all these for us and it was such a lifesaver. If you are able to check with family or friends to see if they have friends or family willing to let you borrow those big items so you don't have to worry about checking them when you fly or stuffing them in the back of the car. 

4. Pack smart

It is so easy to over pack especially when you are a new parent. I packed Eleanor's bag multiple times before I finally knew exactly what I needed. One thing we decided to do that was a big help was that we only packed enough diapers and food for the flight going to Texas. We knew a Target was close by and could stop and pick up a pack of diapers and get her food for the week there. It saved us a lot of space, which was really helpful.

5. Dont stress

It is so easy to think about all the things that could go wrong with your trip and stress about it. I know the stares that other travelers give and how unnerving it can be to have a crying baby in public. However when you keep calm it helps babies and kids know that everything is going to be alright. Other passengers can wait, it wont hurt them when you have to take the extra moment to calm yourself and your kiddos. Don't stress about other people around you and what they might think. And remember if the lady in front of me could travel with 5 children ( all under the age of 9) by herself you can do it too!

-Sarah

Essential Oils for Baby

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FACT: MOST baby products on the market today, are made with synthetic fragrances and fillers that are dangerous to baby's lungs, skin, brain, and eyes.  

 

FACT: The ingredient, Talc, is found in MOST baby powders and is a known lung irritant. 

 

FACT: Johnson & Johnson brand has been under fire the past several years for the harm their products have caused to countless hundreds and thousands of babies over the years.  And they're not the only company caught in the act of poisoning our children. 

 

FACT: There is a safer, better, and more effective alternative to OTC baby products for a fraction of the cost. 

 

***Most research found online about babies and essential oils are assuming that you will be using an oil that has synthetic additives and ingredients. In these cases, do heed these warnings if using an essential oil brand that does not offer 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG)* Essential Oils. If using CPTG essential oils, you can be sure to treat your family with confidence knowing that these oils are never tampered with and offered to you in their purest form with the best quality.

 

Best Oils for Baby

 

  Lavender 100% CPTG* Essential Oil      Lavender is soothing, calming, and gentle for babies.   It is the most widely used essential oil on babies and young children.     Essential tips:    To calm a crying or overtired baby, put just one drop under baby's nose or on forehead for a natural, effective calming experience.    Place a drop on mother's breast while holding baby or nursing for an additional calming routine.   Diffuse 2-3 drops of Lavender in baby's room for a more peaceful nights sleep.      

Lavender 100% CPTG* Essential Oil   

Lavender is soothing, calming, and gentle for babies. 

It is the most widely used essential oil on babies and young children. 

Essential tips:

To calm a crying or overtired baby, put just one drop under baby's nose or on forehead for a natural, effective calming experience.  

Place a drop on mother's breast while holding baby or nursing for an additional calming routine. 

Diffuse 2-3 drops of Lavender in baby's room for a more peaceful nights sleep.

 

 

  Lemon 100% CPTG* Essential Oil

Lemon 100% CPTG* Essential Oil

Lemon is fresh, cleansing, and refreshing.  

Essential tips:  

Use Lemon essential oil as a safe germ cleaner on baby's toys. Take two drops of lemon and put in a glass spray bottle. Add 4oz.of white vinegar and fill the rest with water. Spray baby's toys without toxic chemicals, and for just pennies.  

 

Stubborn baby stains got you down?! Combine 20 drops of lemon, 2 TBSPs of borax, and 8oz.water in a glass spray bottle and spray baby clothing stains before tossing into wash.   

 

 

  DigestZen 100% CPTG Essential Oil Blend 

DigestZen 100% CPTG Essential Oil Blend 

DigestZen (also known as Digestive Blend) Essential Oil blend is a proprietary blend of Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon, and Fennel essential oils. 

 

This blend is soothing and settling for babies who suffer from colic and tummy troubles.  

 

Essential tips:  

Blend Digestive Blend with Ginger essential oil and Fractionated Coconut oil and rub on baby's tummy and feet for prompt relief from the pains of colic and other digestive issues such as constipation. 

 

 

  Roman Chamomile 100% CPTG* Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile 100% CPTG* Essential Oil

 Roman Chamomile is a favorite choice for mamas of little ones because it is sweet, calming, and very soothing to babies. 

Essential tips: 

Roman Chamomile can be used in similar ways to Lavender. 

Mix 1-2 drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage on baby's gums for a natural teething solution. 

Dilute and rub on back of baby's neck at on set of fever to reduce discomfort and cool baby down. 

 

Some other oils to have on hand for baby are: 

 

 A staple oil for when teething begins.  

A staple oil for when teething begins.  

 

 Skin issues and rashes don't stand a chance with this bottle of goodness. 

Skin issues and rashes don't stand a chance with this bottle of goodness. 

 The King of Oils can be used for absolutely everything. Remember, it was given to the King of Kings (Baby Jesus) at birth. So it's proven safe for very new babies.  

The King of Oils can be used for absolutely everything. Remember, it was given to the King of Kings (Baby Jesus) at birth. So it's proven safe for very new babies.  

 A proprietary blend of Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood. It's uses mimic that of pure Lavender's.    

A proprietary blend of Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood. It's uses mimic that of pure Lavender's. 

 

Some things to keep in mind:  

Babies and very young children should not be given oils internally. Although most of doTERRA's essential oils are tested safe for internal consumption, it is recommended that parents refrain from giving their children oils internally. 

Always dilute essential oils when using with children. 

Here is a guide to help you with that:  

 I love this simple solution graphic from  www.littleblogcabin.com

I love this simple solution graphic from www.littleblogcabin.com

 I love this quick dilution guide from the Rollerball Babies and Mamas Kit for when making roller bottles for baby. 

I love this quick dilution guide from the Rollerball Babies and Mamas Kit for when making roller bottles for baby. 


 

If there's anything I'm passionate about, it is mothers, babies, and essential oils. 

 

I want every mama to know that there are safe, highly effective, natural solutions to the products we are sold in stores that are filled to the brim with words we can't pronounce and more chemicals than our little ones bodies are meant to process. 

 

If you want more information on how to get these amazing oils at wholesale prices, go here, or feel free to email me at honestlyessentialoils@gmail.com 

 

Here is one final essential oil recipe for you to try on your little ones: 

Diaper Rash Relief 

1/2 C of Fractionated Coconut Oil

15 Drops of Melaleuca

15 Drops of Lavender

15 Drops of Frankincense  

Combine into a glass spray bottle and spray a thin layer during baby's diaper changes for a quick, soothing, healing solution to pesky diaper rashes!  

 

Happy Ōiling!  

💗,Alicia  

 

 

My suggestions are just that, and are not meant to treat, heal, or cure any ailment or disease. I am not a physician. I'm just a mama with lots and lots of essential oil experience. Please consult with your physician if you have any concerns regarding the use of essential oils on your child.