Mother’s day gift guide

Mother’s day is right around the corner so all you dads and kids better listen up RIGHT NOW. When you ask your mom what she wants for mothers day she is going to tell you one of two things. 1. All I want is hugs and kisses. or 2. I don’t need anything. Well I am here to tell you she is lying. Well she probably does want hugs and kisses, but let’s be real. What she really wants is something on this list I went ahead and put together for you all. You’re welcome. How do I know what mom wants? Because I am mom.

Also, make her a card. Don’t go buy one because they are crazy expensive and she will love that you took the time to make her one.

1. Framed art prints from Minted. 

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Have y’all heard of Minted? They are an online marketplace of beautiful artwork made by independent artists from all over the world. They offer invites, art prints, and stationary to name a few. I am in love with this company. The quality of everything I have ever ordered is beyond ahhhhmazing. And what’s really cool is that they have all of these wonderful designs to choose from but they remain completely customizable. I just ordered Lucille’s birthday invites from Minted and they are so perfect. If you are planning a wedding they have the greatest save the date section ever. But my favorite thing from Minted are the framed art prints. They are so beautiful! You know who would love one? Your mom. There are a handful of  fun frames to choose from and they are super affordable. So here are my picks for your mom, whichever mom she may be.

For the trendy mom, try this pineapple print, because pineapples are trendy right now, or something?

For the vintage-loving mom, try this Grecian floral print with the antique filagree frame.

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For the mom who needs to be reminded of her beauty, go pick the most beautiful picture of your mom that you can find and put it on this simple gold foil print.

For the adventurous or elegant mom, this gold foil map of Paris will do juuussst fine. Dreamy.

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For the sophisticated mom, this gold foil pigment print is perfect. When in doubt, just pick something with gold foil. Trust me.

For the sentimental mom, or the mom that needs reminding how cute you are because you have been driving her bonkers lately….this mom love photo print will do the job.

2. OILS.everyday-oils-bottles1

Your mom loves oils. Your mom wants you to get her oils. Your mom will be SO thankful that you are generous enough to think about her well-being. Essential oils for mother’s day = brownie points for you. I suggest the premium starter kit for maximum brownie points. If you need to get your hands on some oils, e-mail me this week so they get to you in time.

3. Succulents.14--2015 (7)

Super trendy right now and they are so easy to manage. Your mom will love to look at those beauties all day. If you can’t acquire succulents locally, I like to order mine from this etsy shop.

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Do you know about air plants? They are so intriguingly beautiful. They are just plants that don’t require any soil, they simply survive on nutrients in the air. You just need to soak them overnight in water, once a week, and they are pretty much impossible to kill.

5. Lastly, a massage. You know mom needs and deserves one, but she will never schedule one for herself. Get her a gift card to a nice place, for an hour long massage. While you are at it, go ahead and snoop in her datebook and schedule it for her. That way she can’t let the gift card sit unused for the next year. If you really want to spoil mom get her a massage AND oils. She will probably let you have ice cream before dinner if you do that.


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


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 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.


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!


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!