DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

For Mother’s Day this year, my husband surprised me with an order of the yummiest, most beautiful chocolate covered strawberries.  My two little ones noticed what I received, and since they love chocolate and strawberries, they each asked for one.  I did share a bite with each of them, but I ultimately told them these were Mommy’s strawberries.  This lead to my five year old immediately asking if we could make some of our own with the strawberries that I had in the fridge.  I agreed, and here we are with a new blog post for you. 🙂

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Dollar DIY Birthday Party Favors – Minnie Mouse and Knights

April is always a eventful month for our family with Easter, our son’s birthday, and our daughter’s birthday.  This year we combined their birthday parties, but we still let each child choose their theme.  While I did scale back on the amount of decorations I had this year, I still had theme-related party favors for our guests.  Since I purchased party favors for each child’s birthday party theme, I wanted to make sure I kept the cost low.  In the past, I’ve ordered from Oriental Trading, but the party was a little last-minute this year, so I had to find the items in my budget from our local stores.  We do have a few Dollar Tree stores in the area, so there’s always that option, but we ultimately found the favors we chose at Target.Read More »

DIY Make-Up Remover Pads and Lavender Orange Bath Salts

Last week I gave you lots of information on Young Living Lavender essential oil.  While I did include a few ways to use it, and a few recipes, the following two are some of my favorites that include Lavender.  I recently went to a Make & Take where I made lots of various oily products in beautiful containers, including these two recipes.  I’ve been using most of my products almost daily, so it’s time to refill them.  Here are the step-by-step instructions so that you can make these for yourself also (or maybe even for a few Christmas gifts this year!).  Don’t have Young Living essential oils yet?  I can help you get started.  Click here, or email me at

Make-Up Remover Pads
Ingredients for a 6 oz jar:
*2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil
*4 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil
*2 teaspoons of witch hazel
*2 tablespoons of distilled water
*14 cotton rounds

  1. Pour coconut oil, lavender oil, witch hazel, and water into jar.
  2. Tighten lid and shake thoroughly.
  3. Open lid and place 14 cotton rounds in the glass container.
  4. Tighten lid and rotate until solution soaks into all the cotton rounds.
  5. Enjoy removing your makeup (or simply wiping your face down) at the end of a long day.

Lavender is great for your skin as well as such a calming, relaxing smell – perfect for preparing for bedtime.

Lavender-Orange Bath Salts

*1 1/2 cups of Epsom salts
*1 cup of baking soda
*12 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil
*12 drops of Young Living Orange essential oil

  1. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and 1/3 cup of Baking soda
  2. Add 4 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Orange, mix (or close lid and shake)
  3. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and 1/3 cup of Baking soda
  4. Add 4 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Orange, mix (or close lid and shake)
  5. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and 1/3 cup of Baking soda
  6. Add 4 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Orange, mix (or close lid and shake)
  7. Enjoy adding anywhere from a few tablespoons to a 1/2 cup of the bath salts mixture to a tub of hot water.  Soak and relax.

Check back here next Friday for information about a new oil with more recipes to follow!


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Ghost Halloween Party Treats

It’s almost Halloween!!  My son had his Halloween party at preschool today, so I thought I’d share the party treats we made for him to bring to school to share with his classmates.  They were fairly quick and easy to make (and they weren’t too bad on the budget either), which is always a plus around here these days!

What you’ll need:

A bag of Tootsie Pops (or any kind of suckers)
A pack of gift wrap tissue paper
A roll of white ribbon or string
A black permanent marker

One bag of Tootsie Pops said that there were approximately 17 suckers inside (we needed 14), so we only needed one bag.  If your child has a larger class, you’ll need more bags.

Step One: Fold a sheet of tissue paper as shown.


Step Two: Cut in half (I cut along the fold line that was already there from packaging).


Step Three: Place the sucker in the middle of the rectangle of tissue paper.


Step Four: Wrap the tissue paper around the sucker and tie it with a piece of ribbon or string.


Step Five: Draw two eyes and a mouth (my son did this part) for the ghost face.


Step Six: Add a Halloween message with your child’s name on the back of the ghost.


We made 14 in about 20 minutes or so last night for the party this morning. Did your child bring treats for Halloween to school this year? What did you send for them? Share your ideas and pictures in the comments below.