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Simply Earth Essential Oils - My New Love

Essential oils



Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Heck...even if you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of essential oils.

But just in case you need a quick reminder...essential oils are used both topically and in oil diffusers to help balance hormones, boost immunity & energy levels, support digestion & brain function, promote restful sleep, and to alleviate aches & pains - just to name a few a their functions.

They are completely natural & safe, and are a good alternative for treating several health concerns.

The only problem? 

They can be EXPENSIVE.

I love using oils in my home for all sorts of things...but I don't always choose them over other products because, quite frankly, I don't want to use them all up and then have to buy more. #cheapskate

And learning how to combine & use them effectively & to their full potential can become a full-time job.

Plus, there's just not a ton of information readily available from the major oil manufacturers.

Super frustrating.

Until now.

Enter Simpy Earth and the Essential Oil Recipe Box.

Simply Earth is a family-owned essential oil company based in Wisconsin that believes you shouldn't have to attend a high-pressure party or take out a second mortgage to add oils to your home.

This monthly subscription box contains everything you need to create a natural home...easily & inexpensively.

I was recently contacted by Simply Earth and asked if I would like to review one of their boxes...and let me say it took about .04 seconds for me to reply with a firm "hell, yes."

Here's what I received from Simply Earth:



*4 five oz. essential oils 
*1 aluminum fine mist spray bottle
*1 bottle Castile Soap (to be used in several of the included recipes)
*6 oil recipe cards (including recipes for a Laundry Stain Remover, a Tea Tree & Lemon Surface Cleaner, Natural Laundry Detergent, Foaming Hand Soap, Lemon & Nutmeg Dishwasher Detergent, and a natural home diffuser recipe)
*stickers used to label the oil bottles & the recipes you create

That's over a $150 value! For just $39/month + free shipping!

And guess what?

This is not all you receive when you subscribe!

What?!?!

I know!

Here's what else you get...absolutely free...with your first box.


A bonus box filled with extras to help you make all of the fantastic recipes you'll get!

And it gets even better...

Every 6th monthly subscription box you receive will come with a bonus box...again, absolutely free!



Each month's box revolves around a theme...this month is all about getting clean.

This is the first recipe I made...Laundry Stain Remover.


It took me about 10 seconds to throw together...and, with baseball season starting next week, I know I'll be getting my fair share of chances to use it on the boys' uniforms.

I also immediately added the recommended blend of oils to one of my diffusers, and spent the afternoon breathing in the beautiful aroma of Lemon, Tea Tree & Nutmeg...a blend I never would have thought of on my own...but one that I absolutely love & will diffuse on the regular.


Now, if all that wasn't enough...there's more.

Yep.

More.

When you start your monthly subscription to the Simply Earth Recipe Box, and enter my code:

MGDIYFREE

at checkout, you get a $20 gift card (delivered via email) to use on a future order.

That's right...$20 to use on whatever you want!

You can cancel your membership at any time with just an email...but I'm pretty sure this is one subscription box you'll be running to mailbox to get every month.



Not quite sure about a monthly subscription just yet? 

No worries!
Simply Earth sells single oils, carrier oils & blends, jewelry & accessories, too - all guaranteed for 365 days & with free shipping for purchases over $29! 

Plus, their 15 mL oil bottles, run, on average, around $10 - TEN DOLLARS!

Check everything out HERE!

And not only does Simply Earth offer amazing products at affordable prices, they also donate 13% of their profits to help end human trafficking...now that's definitely something I can get behind. Read more about their mission HERE.

Worried about the purity of the oils from Simply Earth?

Well, don't be.

Their Simply Pure Promise ensures that all of their oils are ethically sourced and tested for 100% purity.

I encourage you to head on over to Simply Earth and see for yourself...I bet you'll be amazed.





*Disclaimer: I was sent the Simply Earth April Recipe Box + Bonus Box for purposes of a review. All opinions, however, are entirely mine and were not influenced by the fact that I received the boxes free of charge. I have also included affiliate links in this post. If you click through one of these links & make a purchase, I will receive compensation.*

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Letter Banner Kit | Heidi Swapp

You guys have seen the new Heidi Swapp kits around social media, right?

They've been on Joann.com for a little while now, but now they are also available in select stores!

Woohoo!

This is one of my favorite kits of the bunch...


The Banner Kit...


...complete with everything you need to create a darling rose gold, super-glittery banner!


Just slide your letters (and the included polka dotted tassels, if you like!) onto the length of string included in the kit, and you're done!

It's just that simple!

And simple is exactly the way I like it.


Hang your banner wherever you like for instant glam!




Check out all of the new kits availabe NOW on Joann.com and in select Joann stores nationwide.


Valentine's Day | Handmade by Heidi

Hello, hello, everyone!

If you're anything like me, you struggle with what to give your older kids for smaller holidays, like Valentine's Day. Items from the Target Dollar Spot just don't seem to cut it anymore, and you (read, I...) don't want to buy expensive gifts, just for the sake of having something to give them.

So, gift cards it is! 

And truthfully, it's all they really want anyway, sooooo...

But tossing them a naked little square of plastic really isn't my thang, so this year's Valentine's Day gift cards are getting a little fancy packaging.


Heidi's new Handmade by Heidi Kits (available now on Joann.com) include some of the most wonderful stationery and embellishments...especially perfect for creating my gift-card holders.



To start, I grabbed some of my favorite things from the collection...


Next, using my 1" hole punch, I notched out a little semi-circle from each of the front pages of my cards. 

Then I stitched along the bottom and up the right-hand side of each card, creating a pocket.

NOTE: If you don't have a sewing machine, or would prefer not to use it, you can always use a tape runner to seal your edges together.


I typed up little notes for each of the kids on some white cardstock, then I attached a mix of tags and acrylic embellishments to the top using some of the string included in each Tag Kit.


I slipped each card into the pocket I created, letting the tags hang over the front...


...and added each gift card to the pocket.


Then I decorated each envelope a bit with pieces from the Embellish Kits.


Finally, I tucked each card/pocket/giftcard/tag bundle into its respective envelope, sealed them up and set them out...to be opened on February 14. 

I hope they love them...



You can find everything I used for this project right now at Joann.com...

Thank you so much for stopping by!




Supplies | Handmade by Heidi Stationery - available now at Joann.com

January 2019 | Heidi Swapp Memory Planner


Here we are...already a month into 2019...can you even believe it?

The older I get, the faster time flies...and it's gotten to the point where I find myself saying, "That was (blank) many years ago???" on a regular basis.

Ugh.

And, although, I can't slow the passage of time (I've been working on it, believe me...), I can do my best to try to remember the lives we're living...to try to "stop the blur" a bit. 

That's where my Heidi Swapp Memory Planner comes in.

Here's where I take just a few minutes every day (or every few days) to jot down a few things that happened...big & small things...important & seemingly mundane things. Things I want to remember.

My process is pretty simple.



I keep our everyday lives scheduled on a large monthly calendar in my kitchen. All of our appointments, practices, obligations & excursions are listed here. 

And, I occasionally add things I want to make sure I remember on post it notes stuck to individual days.

When I have a few spare moments, I take the calendar off the wall & bring it to my craft area where I'll transfer any important information into my Memory Planner.


This is how my pages will look at the end of the week.

Nothing too crazy...just words on the page. 

Larger stories get documented in scrapbook pages or traveler's notebooks...this book is simply used for recording our every day lives.


Next, I'll go back, Mildliners & Gel Pens in hand, and add accents to certain words to make them stand out. 

I love how doing this adds color to our memories...and I think it makes the pages look so full & fun.


Finally, I will print out photos from the week & add them into my planner. 

I don't usually have a ton of pictures if we've just been living our ordinary lives...so I'll make sure to fill in the empty gaps with stickers, stamps & other embellishments.


Random photos & stories from the month are documented in the month-at-a-glance section of my planner.

There's no rhyme or reason to how I lay these pages out...I just sort of find room & add the pics & words.



Now here's a look at how January came together...week by week.
















And that's it!

January is now recorded.

And, not only does working in my planner give me a chance to slow down and create, it also provides a way for me to see how far we've come...how much we've accomplished...and how full our lives really are.

Just seeing these completed weeks gives me a sense of peace and happiness.

Thank you so much for stopping by...I hope I've inspired you to take some time to document the things that are important to you.





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