Monday, March 31, 2014

Right Start Math Review

We have been using Right Start Math this year, and are loving it! Right Start takes a unique approach to math that just makes sense to me and I love seeing my son do well with it. (Here he is with little brother tagging along.)

Here is a glimpse into their philosophy:
  •  "Informal mathematics should precede paper and pencil work. Long before a child knows how to add fractions with unlike denominators, she should be able to add one half and one fourth mentally." Instead of putting lots of abstract worksheets in front of a Kindergartener, we're working hands-on with quality manipulatives. A lot of them. 
  • "The only students who like flash cards are those who do not need them." Amen to that. We use games, not flash cards, for practice. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Luxury Baths in a Bottle!

I've never been a big "bath person", but one of the perks of our new house is a nice big bath tub. Since I was pregnant, tired, and sore, Since it seemed like a pity to let it sit there unused, I thought I'd give the bath thing a go. After doing some intense research (you know, Pinterest style) I found all sorts of recipes for bath salts and bath soaks. Although it seems nice to make all that, I've got plenty of projects on my plate right now and wanted something simpler, and this is what I came up with...

Luxury Baths in a Bottle!

If you want to take a relaxing, skin-nourishing bath without lots of chemicals (which are pretty much every store-bought bath product), you need to look no further than the following basic ingredients: baking soda, milk, salt, and oatmeal. If you really want a treat then add in some essential oils too.

You can find lots of recipes for specialized bath salts and other concoctions on Pinterest, but for the most part, the good ones all utilize some combination of those ingredients. So I decided to just make some Bath Bottles instead. Here they are:

As pretty as they were in glass, I later opted for plastic containers because they're easier and safer to use with wet, slippery hands. (If you decide to make these, I share my free, printable labels at the end of this post!) Here they are:

To use them, simply grab what you need. Here's what each one is good for...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Join Young Living! (Part 3)

This post is for anyone who is ready to start using therapeutic-grade essential oils in their home! I already shared what all the fuss is about essential oils and why I chose the Young Living brand.

Here's the scoop...  If you'd like to place a retail order or sign up as a wholesale member, CLICK HERE. (My # 1546126 should be entered in.)

How much does it cost to become a wholesale member?

All that's required is to buy a starter kit (ranging from $45-$170), and then you're IN!

Why sign up as a wholesale member?

Because you'll get a 24% discount!

There are NO order minimums. (Order what you want when you want it.)

You do NOT have to sell anything.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit! Woo hoo! (Part 2)

This is PART 2 of a three-part series. If you missed yesterday's post, "What's all the Fuss About Essential Oils," I recommend going back and reading it first. As promised, today I'll tell you about the Essential Oils starter kit I bought. After researching essential oils, I couldn't wait to start using them. I was so excited to receive my starter kit in the mail!

I got the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, which included the Everyday Oils Collection (10 of the top-selling YL oils), a diffuser to use them in, plus a bottle of Stress-Away, a couple product samples and introductory guides. I think this is the way to go if you're ready to get started using oils because it includes a nice variety of them to be able to really start using them in lots of different ways.

And here's how to use these wonderful oils:

Monday, March 17, 2014

What's All the Fuss About Essential Oils? (Part 1)

What started as a search for headache relief during pregnancy (as I could no longer take Advil) led me to do something I'd been meaning to do for a long time... research essential oils. As a result, my family has been reaping the benefits ever since.

Did you know that essential oils can be a safe, natural way to support natural body functions and maintain wellness? I've used them in many ways to maintain my own comfort and wellness, and that of my family. As a result we've made far less trips to the pharmacy. I'd love to tell you the specific bottles in my cabinet that I've replaced with essential oils, but the FDA has a fit about such things. However, I can direct you to sites that will tell you the many versatile ways that people are currently using their essential oils, and I'd highly encourage you to do so. Check out this oils testimonials page! It gives you access to nearly 8,000 testimonials so you can find out what oils have helped other people. You can also browse through the most popular testimonials

A sweet friend of mine who's suffered from migraines 5 days out of 7 for over 20 years is now off her meds! She's now migraine-free and couldn't be happier. (You can read more about her experience HERE)

Friday, March 14, 2014

I Heart My Laminator

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

I love that you save, protect, and shinyize my stuff. 

I love that you turn any document into a dry-erase board. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Color Swatch Ring

 Would you like to know what's in this cute little beaut?

We recently moved and have been painting and painting and painting some more, ever since. I wanted to do something handy with my swatches, and have wished a couple times that I had them with me when shopping. And so I present to you, the color swatch ring:

I cut the paint color cards to the same size, made divider cards for each room in the house, laminated and hole punched them, and stuck them on a ring. And now I can flip right to living room and see both colors used in that room, or bedroom and see the colors used in that room. I even laminated a swatch of each fabric I used to sew bedding items and curtains, which was handy when choosing my paint colors.

Now if I'm shopping for something for the house I can take my colors with me, which is rather handy! 

Did I mention that I love my laminator?