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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Our space // Jack’s room

As our move approaches I am starting to photograph our current home, room by room, for sentimental reasons. We loved our cozy little home from the very first time we walked through the front door, so much so that we put an offer in the same day. As much as we loved it that day over 4 years ago, we adore it even more now that we have transformed each room to reflect our family. I want to capture every little detail for our photo albums and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of “our space” before we set off to our new home. So join me for a room by room tour of the Holzmann abode, we hope you like it as much as we do. This is our space.

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Add Jacks roomFirst up—Jack’s bedroom–probably my favorite room in the house because of how much fun it was to put together. Jack and I spent months finding pieces for his room and the end result was greater than the original vision I had by far.

Jacks room tour (9)Jacks room tour (6)The décor style for each room always seems to start with one single piece for me. This piece for Jack’s room was the big pirate ship on his wall. We found the ship thrifting one day for 6$, and then from there, we developed the idea to do a voyage themed room. I am not one for “themed” rooms so I wanted the room to have a theme without really feeling like we just ordered an entire bedroom set from Pottery Barn. We pulled inspiration from tons of catalogs and colors from different pieces we found at thrift shops.

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When we were looking through a magazine to get wall color inspiration, Jack found a room with the navy striped walls that he really liked. From there everything just seemed to come together. Jack’s last room was a colorful Dr. Seuss room and so I wanted this room to be slightly more sophisticated, but also still very much a little boys room. Almost every piece in his room is thrifted from somewhere or another which is probably why it remains my favorite room in the house. I will always remember what fun we had picking each treasure out, one by one, and the exciting feeling of finding “perfect” pieces for the room. Jacks room tour (7) Jacks room tour (5)
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I was so sad to be done decorating this room that afterwards I immediately started re-docrating our master bedroom! I guess once you get the decorating itch you can’t be stopped.

Feel free to comment below with any questions about items in Jack’s room. Like I said, most of them were thrifted but there are a few items that were purchased new–I would be happy to point you in the right direction of an item. As always thanks for stopping by and stepping into our home –remember this is the first part of a series on The Holzmanns, so be sure to check back to see more of our home.

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Valentines ideas for boys // free printable

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valentines (5)Valentines is sort of a girly day to celebrate. We are always on the hunt for boy-friendly Valentines ideas. For the last 3 years the kids and I have made our heart crayon valentines for school parties and for friends. They still wanted to make the crayons this year but we wanted to find something different for the Valentines. We (I) don’t really like sending candy because I am not a fun mom like that. :)

We came across a beautiful printable from A Happily Crafted Life and Jack knew they were the ones! He loved the magnifying glasses. We worked on them together but he could do almost everything by himself. We love the way they turned out! Head over to Danyelle’s super cute site to get the download.

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valentines (1)Our heart crayons are always so fun to make too! This is what we did last year.

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One more cute Valentine idea that isn’t so girly for us moms of boys! These are the ones my friend Katie is making with her kids and I think they are adorable! Free printable from Domesticated Lady.

Happy crafting!

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Holzmann, party of 6

JackRemy1Liam 2And because you can’t hide a 4th time around baby bump for very long…….TADAA!

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We are THRILLED to announce that we are expecting our 4th little blessing! Being parents is a role we feel so honored to have, and we are feeling beyond excited that God has decided to bless our family again.

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We are not finding our the sex of the baby, but are fully anticipating another little boy! Bring it on! Hannah (2)

Fair warning: I adore being pregnant and I love my growing belly. If you follow me on Instagram I will most likely be posting a few belly pics along the way, I hope you don’t mind.

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