Apr 3, 2014

DIY Flea Collar Using Essential Oils!

Apr
3
2014
Thursday

DIY Flea Collar Essential Oils




It has been a little over a year now since I jumped into the world of essential oils.

I haven’t regretted that decision one bit (actually, my only regret is not looking into it more 8 years ago when I first heard about Young Living) and I’m excited about sharing “oily” ideas with you guys!

For our family, essential oils have replaced our air fresheners, our cleaning solutions, and even our medicine cabinet.

Detox Your Home

Like many others, we have used essential oils to detox our home, and I’m thrilled to share with you something new that we’ll be doing to keep harmful chemicals off of our new family member… Rosie!  Isn’t she adorable?!?  That’s her at the top of this post.

She’s a lab mix that we got from the animal shelter and y’all… we had no idea what we were getting into with a lab.

But she’s learning quickly, and while she definitely has her crazy moments, she’s a really good dog that we are just thrilled to have (except for those times that she’s pulling on the kids’ clothes to try to get them to play with her – we haven’t figured out how to break that habit yet so tips are very appreciated).  :)

Since we’re new to the pet world, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research about pets and one of the things that disturbed me was just how controversial the chemicals in flea collars are.

Here’s what Organic Gardening said about a recent report from the National Resources Defense Council….

“many name-brand collars on store shelves contain chemicals that can harm pets and their owners, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t doing anything to stop them.

The report honed in on two particular chemicals, tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) and propoxur, used on national brands of flea collars, including Hartz and Zodiac. TCVP belongs to the class of nerve-damaging chemicals known as organophosphates, most of which are so hazardous that they’ve been banned for residential use or for use on pets. Propoxur belongs to a class of chemicals called carbamates, which also cause nerve damage, and it’s on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. NRDC was particularly concerned with exposure among toddlers and children, who pet animals and then put their hands in their mouths.” Source: Organic Gardening

Those chemicals are definitely not something I feel good about having on our dog, much less around our kids who are playing with her and petting her!

So instead, I did a little research and found an awesome recipe for a flea collar made with essential oils! This recipe is from The Complete Book Of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Anne Worwood.

DIY Flea Collar With Essential Oils



You can also use essential oils in a spray bottle as a flea repellent!

Just mix 1/2 cup of distilled water, a drop or two of Thieves soap or castille soap, and 8-16 drops (total) of your preferred essential oils that fleas hate.

Here’s a list of flea-repelling oils:

Eucalyptus radiata, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lemongrass, Pine, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Melrose, Palo Santo, Thyme, and Citronella.

If you’re new to essential oils, what might be best is to start off with the Purification essential oil blend that’s in the Premium Essential Oils Starter Kit. Purification contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia, lavender, and myrtle so there are several of the flea-repelling oils in there.

If you’d like to jump into the world of essential oils with me, then you can read about how to sign up in this post here {or contact the person who referred you to this post}! Plus, everyone who signs up with a premium starter kit by April 7th will get a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home by Melissa Poepping!

Click here to see how to get a premium starter kit!

Next up in the Detox Your Home series is how to make your own eye makeup remover with lavender oil from Real Food RN!

Also, you can see how to make your own fruit and veggie wash in the previous series post from Essential Oil Lover!

Both of those above links should be available starting at 7:00 am EST on 4/3/14.

There are also more posts from bloggers across the web in this detox your home series. You can start at the beginning and read through all of them by clicking here.

This post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less!

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician or veterinarian. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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Mar 28, 2014

The 1 Thing I Wish I Knew About Money At 18

Mar
28
2014
Friday

What I Wish I Knew About Money




At a conference last summer I was talking with a friend about books that we had read that had had a significant impact on the way that we look at business and finance.

One of the books that he highly recommended that I hadn’t read yet was a book called The Richest Man In Babylon. It was written in the 1920s by a man named George Clason, and to be honest, there’s no way that I would’ve picked it up to read on my own without that recommendation.

But I’m so glad that it was recommended to me! It’s now one of the books that’s going on the financial/business must-read list for my kids during high school (along with Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, the Uncle Eric books by Richard J. Maybury, and several others).

The Richest Man In Babylon is a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon, each with a different financial lesson. The parables are simple, and yet so incredibly profound.

I wish that I had read this book in High School, and re-read it every year during High School, college, and throughout the 14 years that Ryan and I have been married.

It’s that good.

There’s a wealth of financial truth in this book, but the point of the very first parable is the one that resonated with me the most.

“I found the road to wealth,” he said, “When I decided that a part of all I earned was mine to keep. And so will you.”

In other words, don’t forget about paying yourself.

With the money that we make through our work each month we pay the retail stores for clothes, we pay our bank for our mortgage, we pay the grocery stores to buy food… but what about paying OURSELVES for our work?

I’m not paying myself when I buy groceries. I’m not paying myself when I buy clothes. I’m not paying myself when I pay my mortgage or rent every month. Those are all payments to other people.

I pay myself by what I save and invest.

Instead of looking at saving as “saving”, look at it as paying yourself out of the money that you work so hard to make. Just that one simple change in my mindset has made the process of saving money FUN instead of just another thing that I “had to do”.

The recommendation in The Richest Man In Babylon is to start with paying yourself 10% of your income (and increasing as you are able). For every dollar that you earn, you pay yourself at least 10¢. Do you see the perspective change with that? Instead of, “you should save 10¢ out of every dollar you earn” – you PAY YOURSELF 10¢ out of every dollar you earn. I like that so much better!

In The Richest Man In Babylon, Arkad, the man who learned these lessons and is now reteaching them through the parables in the book, says that when he first started paying himself he saved a tenth of his income for a year and then invested that money with a brickmaker who went to buy jewels to trade.

Arkad’s teacher Algamish said in response, “Every fool must learn, but why trust the knowledge of a brickmaker about jewels? Would you go to the breadmaker to inquire about the stars? He who takes advice about his savings from one who is inexperienced in such matters, will pay with his savings for proving the falsity of their opinions.” (emphasis mine)

It’s not enough just to invest. You have to actually make good investments with advice from people who are experienced.

If you’re looking for an experienced investing professional that you can trust, one of the most well-respected financial experts today, Dave Ramsey, has put together a rigorous application process so that investment professionals across the country can be endorsed by his team.

To be selected as an ELP candidate, Dave’s investing professionals must:

  • Have proper licensing and be in good standing with their respective regulatory agencies.
  • Have experienced both challenging times as well as good times in their industries, giving them the knowledge to help their clients in any type of market.
  • Plan to be in business long-term because they love what they do.
  • Have the ability to super-serve all the customers who come to them through the ELP program.

In Dave Ramsey’s book The Total Money Makeover, Dave gives 7 Baby Steps for getting out of debt, saving for retirement and college, and building wealth so that you can give to others and to future generations.

His steps are:

1: Build a $1,000 Emergency Fund for unexpected life events
2: Pay off all debts (excluding the house)
3: Put 3 to 6 months of expenses in your savings account
4: Invest 15% of your income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement
5: Start saving for your children’s college funding through an Education Savings Account or 529 Plan
6: Pay off your home early
7: Build wealth and give like never before!

Many people have to go through these steps later in life because they didn’t start paying themselves from the beginning. I think about how our finances would look differently right now if I would’ve paid myself 10% of my income starting when I got my first job at 16. What if Ryan and I had started off our marriage with this mindset?

But we can’t look back, we can only look forward and change how we live from now on, and try help the generations that come after us not make the same mistakes that we did.

Part of my hope for our children is that they will start life with a commitment to stay out of debt, to live on as little as they possibly can (especially before they have children), and to start paying themselves as much as possible as soon as they can so that they can start investing early with the help of someone they can trust.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post through the Dave Ramsey team and I am thrilled to be partnering with them to bring you more ways to save and get/stay out of debt! All opinions are 100% my own.

What’s the one thing you would want to go back and tell your 18 year old self about money?

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Mar 28, 2014

Follow Our Thrift – Thrifty Ideas To Inspire {Week 13}

Mar
28
2014
Friday

top 5 thrifty ideas 3-28



Thanks to everyone who linked-up to Follow Our Thrift last week!

Here are the top 5 clicked-on images from the link-up on 3/21/14.

Be sure to check out all of these posts!

What To Buy At The Dollar Store from Generous Savings

Dollar Tree Easter Decorating Fun from Passionate Penny Pincher

Easy Baked Maple Bars from Frugal Family Home

6 Ways to Save Money On Kindle Books from Saving The Family Money

Homemade Pizza Sauce from From This Kitchen Table

Follow Our Thrift Lilac Purple

I have teamed up with 3 other amazing bloggers in this Follow Our Thrift series to bring you the BEST DIY projects, delicious recipes, frugal tips to you every Friday morning. Not only will you get money saving tips and ideas from all four of us each week, but we are also opening up the linky each week. Bloggers can link up their recipe, DIY project, or money-saving tip each week too.

Here are the hosts to this weekly party.

Carrie with Coupon Closet
Rachel with Surviving the Stores
Lynette with Cleverly Simple
Lauren with I am that Lady

HeadShots Follow Our Thrift

This week we have some awesome posts to share with you!

Feel free to pin these projects from the different blogs and share them with your friends!

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Lauren from I Am That Lady is sharing how to make inexpensive artwork for your walls.

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Carrie from Coupon Closet is sharing how to make a chalk menu board. Isn’t it cute?!

how-to-buy-a-steer-to-save-money-on-organic-grass-fed-beef
Lynette from Cleverly Simple is sharing everything you need to know to get started buying a steer to save on organic grass fed beef.

Easy Ways To Save On Organic Food!
And this week I’m sharing 5 easy ways to save on organic food. Organic doesn’t have to mean expensive!

Now it is your turn to share your Thrift!

Not only can you link up your favorite posts each week, but we will pin your post to our pinterest board and some of you will be featured the following week on our blogs! You can click the image below to follow the “Follow Our Thrift” Pinterest board! Follow Rachel Holland SurvivingTheStores.com’s board Follow Our Thrift on Pinterest.

Never linked up to a party before? Here’s how:
Find the little blue “Add your Link” Button at the bottom of this post and click on that.

Follow the instructions on the next page – add a great image of your project and an fun title. Make sure you link to the direct page of your post – not the main page of your blog.

Please link back to this post and tell others you have been featured on Follow our Thrift.

Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Leave a comment and share the love.

*NOTE: One of us will be sending out a reminder email each week when the link-up is live. We will send it to the email address that you put below.*

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Mar 21, 2014

Follow Our Thrift – Thrifty Ideas To Inspire {Week 12}

Mar
21
2014
Friday

Top FRUGAL ideas from the Follow Our Thrift weekly blogger link-up!



Thanks to everyone who linked-up to Follow Our Thrift last week!

Here are the top 5 clicked-on images from the link-up on 3/14/14.

Be sure to check out all of these posts!

DIY Shelves :: Save The Family Money

Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie :: Eating On A Dime

What To Plant When Chart :: Saving Dollars And Sense

Homemade Granite Countertop Cleaner Recipe :: Passion For Savings

Frugal Slumber Party Ideas :: Passionate Penny Pincher

Follow Our Thrift Lilac Purple

I have teamed up with 3 other amazing bloggers in this Follow Our Thrift series to bring you the BEST DIY projects, delicious recipes, frugal tips to you every Friday morning. Not only will you get money saving tips and ideas from all four of us each week, but we are also opening up the linky each week. Bloggers can link up their recipe, DIY project, or money-saving tip each week too.

Here are the hosts to this weekly party.

Carrie with Coupon Closet
Rachel with Surviving the Stores
Lynette with Cleverly Simple
Lauren with I am that Lady

HeadShots Follow Our Thrift

This week we have some awesome posts to share with you!

Feel free to pin these projects from the different blogs and share them with your friends!

good-price-for-diapers-and-wipes
This week Carrie from The Coupon Closet is sharing how to get the best stock up price on diapers and wipes.

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Lynette from Cleverly Simple is sharing the best quiche recipe.

I-found-this-30-dresser-at-a-thrift-store-it-needed-some-TLC-so-I-used-milk-paint-to-give-it-a-whole-new-look-Come-and-see-how-to-easily-refinish-a-piece-of-furniture-with-milk-paint.-1024x1024
Lauren from I Am That Lady is sharing how she used milk pant to transform a dresser.

Natural-Remedy-Sinus-Infection
And this week I’m sharing my natural remedy for sinus infections!

Now it is your turn to share your Thrift!

Not only can you link up your favorite posts each week, but we will pin your post to our pinterest board and some of you will be featured the following week on our blogs! You can click the image below to follow the “Follow Our Thrift” Pinterest board! Follow Rachel Holland SurvivingTheStores.com’s board Follow Our Thrift on Pinterest.

Never linked up to a party before? Here’s how:
Find the little blue “Add your Link” Button at the bottom of this post and click on that.

Follow the instructions on the next page – add a great image of your project and an fun title. Make sure you link to the direct page of your post – not the main page of your blog.

Please link back to this post and tell others you have been featured on Follow our Thrift.

Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Leave a comment and share the love.

*NOTE: One of us will be sending out a reminder email each week when the link-up is live. We will send it to the email address that you put below.*

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Mar 19, 2014

Amazon Prime Membership Secret – How To Keep The $79 Price When You Renew!

Mar
19
2014
Wednesday

Amazon Prime Gift MembershipUPDATE: Today (3/19) is the LAST DAY to get Amazon Prime for $79/year!! Find out below how to renew it at that rate next year too!

Ryan posted earlier today about all of the ways that you could get a FREE trial of Amazon Prime (up to 6 months!) but what about those of us who already have Amazon Prime?

As I’m sure most of you now know, the price of Amazon Prime will be going up to $99 per year starting on April 8th (it has been at $79/year).

If you currently have a membership, then there’s a small loophole that will allow you get another year at the $79 price, even if your membership will renew after April 8th!

Here’s what you do:

1. Log in to your Amazon account and click on the “Your Prime” section of the menu bar. Down at the very bottom of the screen that pops up, you’ll see a click that says “Manage Your Prime Membership”. Click that.

Amazon Prime Screen 1

2. Look on the left sidebar and check the date that your Prime membership will expire.

Amazon Prime Screen 2

3. Click on “End Membership” (right underneath the date in the above image). You can either select “Remind Me Later” or “End Membership”. If you select “Remind Me Later” then you’ll get an email reminder to cancel your membership 3 days from when it will renew next year. If you click “End Membership” then you’ll still remain a member and it will automatically cancel when your membership expires.

Amazon Prime Screen 3

4. Go to THIS PAGE on Amazon where you can give a Amazon Prime Membership as a gift. Gift it to yourself and set the delivery date for the day AFTER your current membership expires (the date you see in your “Manage Your Prime Membership” section).

5. On the day after your Prime membership expires, you’ll get an email with your Prime Membership “gift” that you sent to yourself. Follow the instructions in the email to renew your Prime membership.

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Mar 14, 2014

Follow Our Thrift – Thrifty Ideas To Inspire {Week 11}

Mar
14
2014
Friday

Top 5 Thrifty Ideas From Follow Our Thrift Blogger Link-up!!




Thanks to everyone who linked-up to Follow Our Thrift last week!

Here are the top 5 clicked-on images from the link-up on 3/7/14. Be sure to check out all of these posts!

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken :: Moms With Crock Pots

Budgeting Your Way To A More Enjoyable Vacation :: From This Kitchen Table

Dollar Tree Teacher Gift Ideas :: Passionate Penny Pincher

Frugal Homemade Bread Recipe :: Frugal Family Home

101 Easter Basket Ideas :: Freebie Finding Mom

Follow Our Thrift Lilac Purple

I have teamed up with 3 other amazing bloggers in this Follow Our Thrift series to bring you the BEST DIY projects, delicious recipes, frugal tips to you every Friday morning.

Not only will you get money saving tips and ideas from all four of us each week, but we are also opening up the linky each week. Bloggers can link up their recipe, DIY project, or money-saving tip each week too.

Here are the hosts to this weekly party.

Carrie with Coupon Closet

Rachel with Surviving the Stores

Lynette with Cleverly Simple

Lauren with I am that Lady

HeadShots Follow Our Thrift

This week we have some awesome posts to share with you! Feel free to pin these projects from the different blogs and share them with your friends!

FOT Healthy-Granola-Bar-Recipe
Lynette from Cleverly Simple is sharing her healthy granola bar recipe.

FOT Hair Detangler
Carrie from The Coupon Closet is sharing her homemade hair detangler.

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Lauren from I am That Lady is sharing some tips on how to save on organic foods.

Homemade Cough Remedy... that actually works!
And this week I’m sharing my homemade cough remedy that actually works. Yep, it works every time!!

Now it is your turn to share your Thrift!

Not only can you link up your favorite posts each week, but we will pin your post to our pinterest board and some of you will be featured the following week on our blogs! You can click the image below to follow the “Follow Our Thrift” Pinterest board!

Follow Rachel Holland SurvivingTheStores.com’s board Follow Our Thrift on Pinterest.

Never linked up to a party before? Here’s how:

  1. Find the little blue “Add your Link” Button at the bottom of this post and click on that.
  2. Follow the instructions on the next page – add a great image of your project and an fun title. Make sure you link to the direct page of your post – not the main page of your blog.
  3. Please link back to this post and tell others you have been featured on Follow our Thrift.
  4. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Leave a comment and share the love.

*NOTE: One of us will be sending out a reminder email each week when the link-up is live. We will send it to the email address that you put below.*

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