Our Little Life Hack #9: Learn While You Work (or Drive)

Many of us would agree that one of the best ways to learn something new, or improve upon a skill, is to read all about it.  While I love books, I don’t tend to have as much time to read as I used to.  The days of lying next to the pool in the summer, reading a great book are gone. Read More »

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Caring for Seedlings

IMG_20170917_183427[1]Most seeds sprout within a week or two. I don’t know about you, but when I see the first seedling appearing from under the soil, I feel excited and successful. However, from past experience, I know that a lot can happen in the next couple of weeks. Therefore, I need to check on them every day. To help them thrive, they need adequate lighting and water.

When growing seedlings indoors, I keep my light an inch or two above the plants. If the plants start getting “leggy” that means they need more light and I place my light closer to the top of the plant.

I like to water my seedlings from the bottom by placing them in a tray that I fill with rain water.

The first set of leaves that will appear are know as the seed leaves. When the second set of leaves (known as true leaves) appear, I begin fertilizing my plants. However, more is not better.  I like to begin by diluting the fertilizer.  Before long your seedlings will be big enough to transplant outdoors.

Our Little Lesson from the garden: Do you sometimes feel like life has dropped you in a hole and covered you up with dirt? Think of yourself as a seed. You have been planted. This is your season. You are about to grow.  Reach for the light.  Believe.

My oil of the day is Believe. It’s an oil that may encourage feelings of strength and faith when used aromatically.

-Penny

My September Young Living Essential Rewards Order!

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

Want to see what I ordered in my September 2017 Young Living Essential Rewards (ER) order? Keep reading below for the list (and the freebies!):Read More »

Frugal Living: How to Feed Your Family for a Week With Just One Chicken! Recipe #10: Cheesy Chicken Nachos

This is post nine in the series that started with the crockpot whole chicken. Just finding out about this great series? Start here to catch up.

I haven’t added a new recipe to this series in a while, but I had a craving for nachos this week and I thought it would fit perfectly as one of the recipes here!  If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’m all about using what you have, so my pictures are missing some of the ingredients listed below.  The recipe is the “ideal situation.”  My pictures are the reality of what I had in the house that day, without making a trip to the grocery store, since this was not on the menu plan for this week.  (I shop weekly for the most part, to help stick to the budget)Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #8: Simplify Your Laundry Cabinet

I have been slowly transitioning all of our cleaning supplies throughout our home to more natural cleaners that are free of harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to our health.  Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out some of the ingredients on the back of your favorite household cleaner and Google them with the words “dangers of” in front of the ingredient.  Endocrine disruptors and carcinogens are usually among the most common side effects!

The best part about this transition is that cleaning has become much simpler because of it! Less products, less time.  For example, here’s my current laundry routine:

Thieves laundry soap, wool dryer balls, and essential oil spray are my new must-haves.  First I wash our clothes in Thieves laundry soap, then I spray the mixture of water, Purification essential oil blend, and Thieves essential oil blend onto the dryer balls, and throw them in the dryer with the clothes.  No static, just clean, fresh, wonderfully-smelling clothes!   (Bonus hack: The Seedlings baby wipes from Young Living also make great dryer sheets!)  You can use other essential oils – like lavender or palmarosa – to scent your clothes, Purification and Thieves are just my favorites right now.

Want to try this out for yourself? Ready to begin swapping out toxic products for healthier options?  Click here to get started.  I’ll help you along the way so you don’t have to figure this out alone. 🙂

–Brandi


Missed the previous Little Life Hacks? Find them below:

Little Life Hack 7: Make Your Calendar Last
Little Life Hack 6: Organize Your Kids’ Papers, Projects, and Art

Little Life Hack 5: Repurpose Your Items and Save Money!
Little Life Hack 4: Healthy Popsicles & Avoiding Food Waste
Little Life Hack 3: Keeping Kids Happy in the Grocery Store
Little Life Hack 2: Add Some Flavor to Your Water
Little Life Hack 1: Simplify Trash Take Out Day

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A Time to Plant

envisionWhere do you want to plant your seeds? You can plant your seeds outdoors, directly into the garden or you may want to plant them indoors. Seeds planted outdoors may be more vulnerable to disease, insects, and bad weather. I prefer to plant my seeds indoors. I use a seed starting tray, but you can also use small containers with drainage holes.  It is a good idea to clean them first. I like to avoid toxic cleaners so I clean mine with plant based Thieves household cleaner. Whether you sow your seeds directly into the soil outdoors or start them indoors, it requires the same basic elements… soil, water, and light.

Soil

If you are planting your seeds outdoors, you will want healthy organic soil made of decaying materials such as leaves, grass clippings and compost. The soil should be fluffy and hold moisture, but also drain well. Healthy plants grow in healthy soil.

When planting seeds indoors, I fill clean containers with a seedling mix made of peat moss, and perlite to hold enough water and allow oxygen to flow.

Water

Whether you plant your seeds indoors or outdoors, your seeds need to be kept moist.  I prefer to use rain water that I collect in rain barrels to avoid chlorine from the city water.

Light

Once your seeds sprout they will need plenty of  light. When growing indoors I use grow lights that simulate the full spectrum of the sun. I leave them on for 12 – 15 hours per day.  This helps my seedlings grow as strong and healthy as they would in true sunlight.

Planting your seeds in the soil and watering them is the easy part.  Waiting patiently and attentively is the hard part.

Our Little Lesson from the garden: Words are seeds. What are you planting? Positive words bring positive growth. Speak positively. Laugh. Love. Dream. Envision the future.

My oil of the day is Envision.   It’s scents stimulate my feelings of creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in the future and the strength necessary to achieve dreams.

-Penny

Our Little Life Hack #7: Make Your Calendar Last

September is here, and so is the new school year.  For our family, that means our calendar is now filled with activities and events almost every evening.  In order to keep ourselves organized so as not to miss anything, I use a dry-erase calendar on our upright freezer, located in our family room / den. (More of an app person? We also use the Cozi app on our phones, but that’s another post…)Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #6: Organize Your Kids’ School Papers, Projects, and Art

The school year has begun for us and this year I decided I would implement something that I have been meaning to do the last few years since my oldest began preschool.  When our children are little, we, as parents, want to keep every single thing they do (so many firsts!) to show their progression, or simply to remember these days.  However, it all adds up so quickly, and if you keep too many things, you never do take the time to look through it and stroll down memory lane.Read More »