Essential Oils: For The Home

Starting an exciting new series that will all about essential oils. First up I am going to share with you how I use them around my home. Here are a few of the ways we use Young Living essential oils to keep our home clean.

essential oils around the home (1)Laundry: I add 3 drops of Purification into each load of laundry I do, which is about 5 million a week, but we won’t go there. It makes my laundry smell really fresh and clean because ever since we switched to laundry detergent without chemicals in it, I have to say I miss my fake, chemicaly, smelling laundry. Purification really makes it smell fresh.essential oils around the home

Dishes: Ralph does the dishes all of the time, it’s my least favorite chore around the house and I think he hates it too but mostly I just have a dreamboat husband, so I can’t take credit for this tip. He puts 3 drops of thieves oil in the dishwater to sanitize with one pump of dish soap, and we just started putting a few drops in our dishwasher as well. Smells sooo good and adios ALL OF THE GERMS.

Cleaning spray: I make my own disinfectant/cleaning spray using theives essential oil and use it for all the kitchen countertops, bathrooms, wiping up the kitchen stools after the kids are done eating, doorknobs, and basically everything we touch. I use one drop of theives for every 1 ounce of water and half a pump of dish soap in a spray bottle. Add the oil first before the water so it mixes better and shake before each use. Prepare to have your house germ-free and smelling yummy!essential oils around the home (5)

Air Fresheners: Purification works really great to freshen up areas of the house and help with odors. I put 3 drops on a cotton ball and carefully hide it in an area that I want to stay fresh, like the bathroom.

Floors: I use this Hoover FloorMate to clean my floors. I fill up the water tank and add 5 drops of lemon, 5 drops of Thieves, 3 drops of peppermint, and 1/2 a pump of dish soap. You could make this solution right in a bucket to clean your floors as well.

As always, e-mail me with any questions or info about how to get yourself some oils! hannahholzmann [at] gmail [dot] com

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Christmas at the Holzmanns

christmas decor 2014 (2) christmas decor 2014 (1)Hey there! I hope you all had a very wonderful Christmas! Ours was superb and surprisingly relaxed? What? I dunno it even sounds odd typing it but its true! We had a lot of places to go, but this year I focused on not stressing about everything, and I actually succeeded. I can honestly say I enjoyed every moment of chaos, and fingers crossed, nobody has been sick yet. Which right now is a miracle because there are some crazy terrible things going around our parts. I give all the credit to my trusty oils. Luckily, our family is mostly in town, and we didn’t have to travel to any get-togethers which also makes things easier.

Christmas morning was simple magical. I had been looking forward to it since the day Ralph and I did our shopping about a month ago[musical emoji] (ok ok I know rap is utterly terrible and I do not like the lyrics but it is sups catchy. side note–I recently discovered Trip Lee who is a Kanye-esque rapper that raps about Jesus and he is amazing if you are into that kind of thing.) Our kids didn’t get toys this year, they got books, puzzles, sleds, games, legos, and one epic tee pee. We really wanted to have more things we can do together as a family and that is all we have been doing for the past few days. Thumbs up for our kids being at the age where they want to play games with us on Friday nights for hours. Card games, lego cities, board games, and family Mario party battles, are all that is on the agenda for the rest of break and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Usually,  I am taking down Christmas decorations the day after Christmas. I am totally one of those crazies. I just want it all gone right after, and I feel like I need to spring clean errrything. I’m not sure what it is, but the clutter always seems to drive me nutso by the time Christmas is over. It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that I decorate immediately after Thanksgiving. No it does not. Our old house was pretty tiny though, and sometimes I still wonder how I fit all my decorations in that space, but after Christmas I was always so ready to have my house back to normal. Now that we have more space, I love the Christmas decor and don’t want it to go! I thought I would document a few areas of Christmas cheer that are staying around a while longer in our home, because it’s our first Christmas with more space and in our new home. I got a few new things this year, but most of my Christmas decor is vintage and glorious.christmas decor 2014 (3) christmas decor 2014 (4) christmas decor 2014 (5) christmas decor 2014 (6) christmas decor 2014 (7) christmas decor 2014 (8) christmas decor 2014 (9) christmas decor 2014 (10) christmas decor 2014 (11) christmas decor 2014 (12) christmas decor 2014 (13) christmas decor 2014Christmas decor (8) Christmas decorChristmas decor (1) Christmas decor (2) Christmas decor (5) Christmas decor (6)

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Also- the response to my post about getting started with essential oils was overwhelmingly awesome! I am trying to respond to all of your emails the best I can. Know that I am working to get back to everyone! I am overjoyed that so many of you want to start using these life-changing oils in your home. If you missed it, I started an instagram account just for oily tips if you want to follow along… @essentiallysimple.

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Cozy favorites

CozyLiving in Wisconsin, I’d like to think I know a thing or 2 about staying cozy, and keeping warm. As for relaxing, that I need to work on. Although I don’t have a whole lot of extra time to relax anyway, well more like never, it is something that I am really bad at. My husband and I are opposites in this way, and I am fully aware of juuusst how much it irritates him that I can never sit still. When I do get a chance to kick my feet up, I always feel like there is something else that I should be doing. Oh I dunno like ALL of the to-do lists. I am working on it though! Especially now that the Christmas season is in full swing, and our calendar is jam packed, momma needs to de-stress. These are some of the things I run, not walk to, when I want to cozy up and [try to] relax.

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A good book: Reading has always been my go-to way to relax and a favorite hobby of mine. Right now I’m reading Where’d You Go Bernadette (I know, I know, I’m the last person on earth to read it), and on deck is Longbourn, then a million Emily Giffin novels.

My Netflix favorites: Seriously (every time I say seriously I think of my dad because he mocks me saying it all the time. Apparently I say it a lot? Who can be sure? Seriously) my favorite part of the day is climbing under the covers and catching up on my shows, with Ralph and snacks of course. I look forward to it from the moment I get up in the morning. Does that make me a bad mom? I love my kids and my time with them during the day, but I also love when the house is quiet and I can have something to entertain me besides block towers, and lego cities. Some days this is the only time Ralph and I have together, alone, well sort of…there is usually a baby crawling all over us but still. Some of my our favorite things to watch are Gilmore Girls, House of Cards, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn 99, Parenthood, Call the Midwife. Right now they have all kinds of crazy good movies on Netflix too.  Youve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, An Affair to Remember to name a few. And you can never go wrong with classics like Scrubs or The Office. We laugh harder every time we watch those shows over even though we’ve seen them all 20 times.cozy (4)

A cozy pair of slippers: I have tried many a slippers in my day, and these Uggs are the best. As soon as the kids are off to school I slip back into these babies. What’s great about them is they have a hard rubber sole on the bottom, so they are supportive enough for us high arched ladies to wear all day long.

A warm cup of tea: My husband is into looseleaf tea and he always makes a big pot in the afternoon for us. Our favoite place to get loosleaf tea from is Adagio, and right now we are loving masala chai.

My oils: I know I talk about them a lot, but they are a huge part of my daily life. I keep the diffuser running throughout the day, but particularly when I am trying to relax. My favorites to diffuse for a calming atmosphere are lavender, peace and calming, and ylang ylang.

Pinterest: Planning is relaxing to me. Does that make me weird? Probably. Definitely. My happy place is my laptop open to Pinterest, my house planning binder open on my lap, and my favorite pen (nerds unite!) ready to do some list making. Its probably ironic that making lists is relaxing to me, because when I am done searching around Pinterest,  I have made my to do list even more giant with things I probs don’t need to do. The Pinterst curse. But so many good things!

Snacks: I try to eat healthy snacks all day long to keep me going, so at night I like to treat myself with some real good junk food. Obviously not the greatest time to indulge but HEY, I’m still breastfeeding and eating for two…errr….yeah. Dreading the day I can’t say that anymore. My favorite snack at night is my trusty box of Candy Cane Joe Joes from Trader Joes, and a very large glass of cold milk.

An oversized knit sweater: Like this one I’m wearing from Gap, which is unfortunately not available anymore. It was from their Made in America line back in the fall, which was AHHmazing. Here is a similar one from AE that looks super cozy and adorable. Poncho sweaters are another comfy option I love this winter. I love them because they are easy to lift up and nurse Lucy, plus they hide my extra baby weight. These are the two I have and wear a lot. This poncho from H&M. This poncho from Old Navy.

A comfy bed spread: I have bought so many darn bedspreads, comforters, and duvets its insane. I have yet to come across the perfect one, but I am simply swooning over this bedding from Parachute Home right now. This might be it! I want to jump in that fluffiness right now. This is what I am saving all of my monies for right now, for real.

Cozy (2) Cozy (1)Thanks Ralph for taking these silly photos of me and making me laugh, as always. Next stop: ANTM LOLS.

 

Wishing that you all take some time to cozy up and relax with your family this Christmas season. Thanks for reading!

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A couple of oily DIY gifts

This one is for my oily friends out there and fellow procrastinators, who need a last minute gift for a teacher/neighbor/mother-in-law or anyone really. If you already have the essential oils, all of these DIY gifts can be made with things you already have, or can get quickly, and cost very little to make. Plus they are totally awesome. I would love to receive any of these as a gift. Double plus, these are super easy and your kids will love to help you make them, especially if they are making them for their teachers.

I want to again say that I stand excessively behind Young Living essential oils and would not recommend using perfume grade oils for these type of gifts. If you want to know why, or learn more, check out this post or shoot me an email. 

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Lavender Pillow Spray:

  • 10-20 drops lavender
  • 4 ounces water
  • small spray bottle

Mix together, add a gift tag (Target dollar spot for the win) that says “shake, spritz & enjoy” annnnd done.

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Lemon Kitchen Scrub: …I have been using this stuff for a couple weeks now and it’s the best. My hands are silky smooth and smell ahhhh-mazing.

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • wide mouth mini mason jar  (amazon prime these babies and they will be at your door in 2 days!)

Mix all ingredients together and scoop into mason jars. This recipe is enough for about 2 jars full.

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Mint Sugar Scrub:

In a small mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. You may need to warm the coconut oil on the stove for a few seconds to liquify it for mixing. Scoop it into the mason jars. This recipe makes about 2 jars full. Throw some bakers twine around the lid and slap on a cute tag. Donezo.

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Room Sprays:

These are fantastic! They are safe for smelling but are also super fragrant which is hard to come by. I found the room spray recipes from The Prairie Homestead, but adjusted them slightly. She even has cute little printable tags you can attach to your bottles. These are the bottles I bought from Amazon.

 

Happy gift making!

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Essential oil scented play doh (no cream of tartar)

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I don’t know about you but I straight up loathe store-bought Play Doh. It’s a combination of the smell, the crumbly-ness, and the glorious mess it leaves behind. And I know it says that it’s non-toxic, and safe, and all that jazz, but I don’t buy it. There is no way that plasticy smell is “safe” for anyone, especially for kids, who will probably eat it, or at the very least, stick it up their noses. I honestly stopped buying play doh a long time ago because of this, but lately the kids have been asking to play with it. We tried out moon dough a couple years ago too and they loved that, but the moon dough mess is INSANE. Just when you think you have it all cleaned up you will find little pieces of it EVERYWHERE. The nice thing about moon dough is that it’s so light that it vacuums right up, but it travels so far throughout the house. I remember my grandma Kay making us homemade play doh as kids when we would go visit her like it was yesterday. My brothers and I had so much fun picking out the colors we wanted her to make, and helping her knead the dough. I really can’t believe that I haven’t done this activity with my kids yet. Plus if my kids do decide to eat this stuff, (they will), I wont have to wonder or worry about any unknown ingredients. essential oil homemade play dough (1)

Now there are so many homemade play dough recipes out there, this I know, but it seems like they all require cream of tartar in the recipe?? I am almost positive my grandmas recipe had cream of tartar in it. That is so not something I just happen to have on hand…ever. Question. Does anyone ever just happen to have cream of tartar on hand? Question 2. What does one use cream of tartar for? Tartar sauce? Tuna Tar Tar? I imagine that cream of tartar is pronouced real fancy like, taar tarrr. But seriously, these are things I would like to know.

After looking up some ideas of what I could substitute for tar tar, this is the recipe I came up with for homemade play dough. Of course we just happen to be out of red food coloring, so the colors that we could make were limited. I tried to make 3 different shades of green sound really enticing to Remy, who just wanted red so badly, to make a nose for Rudolph of course. “What do you mean you don’t want a special, Grinch green…it’s a limited edition color, Remy!” “You could make Rudy’s nose yellow because it sometimes looks yellow when it’s all shiny and glowing! Like a lightbulb!” He didn’t buy it. Tears were shed. But I digress.

essential oil homemade play dough (2)If you haven’t read my post from a couple weeks back about essential oils, or you don’t follow me on instagram , you may not know that we are big essential oil freaks over here. I have been using them for everything, so I figured why not use them to make our play-dough smell ridiculously yummy? We used Thieves, Wintergreen, Citrus Fresh, and Peppermint oils. They still smell just as delicious everytime we pull them out of the fridge. Also. I decided to make a new account on instagram just to post about all things essential oils if you are into that. I realize not everyone who follows my personal insta account is interested in learning about essential oils so I thought this was best. If you are interested, go ahead and follow @essentiallysimple over on instagram for lots ideas and tips on how to use your Young Living oils.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe Using Essential Oils (no cream of tartar)
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ water
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5-10 drops essential oils
  • food coloring as desired
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
  2. When it starts to get crumbly (3ish minutes), transfer to flour coated counter.
  3. Knead it all together and divide if you want more than one color, or scent.
  4. Add drops of food coloring and essential oils as desired and knead in your hands until incorporated.
  5. If the dough is too sticky add a bit more flour.
  6. Store in the fridge for best lasting results...ours is going on 2 months.

 

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