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DIY Essential Oil Fragrance Stones

These DIY Essential Oil Fragrance Stones are a versatile, inexpensive and super easy gift. With just two ingredients, water and baking soda, you can have some cute holiday gifts wrapped up in no time.

Uses for Essential Oil Fragrance Stones:

  • Place a few drops of Purification on a stone and slip into stinky shoes.
  • Drop Eucalyptus Blue or Idaho Blue Spruce on a stone and place it on the floor of the shower (not in direct spray).
  • Add a few drops of Lemon or Purification and throw one in the beginning of the laundry cycle.
  • Jade Lemon or Citrus Fresh on a stone makes a great car freshener.
  • Add 1/4 cup Epsom Salts and one stone with Peppermint or Lavender for a foot soak. Double this for a bath.
  • Use Purification or your favorite scent on a stone and place it in the bottom of your trash can.

 

essential oil fragrance stones

Essential Oil Fragrance Stone Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gingerbread Man or Christmas tree silicone mold.  This will only work with a silicone mold. I bought mine at Micheal’s for $10 but affiliate linked you to some on Amazon if you can’t find any locally.

In a bowl mix the baking soda and water slowly. I found it was best mixed with my hands. Pack the mixture into the molds. As soon as I saw how cute they came out for these bloggers I knew I wanted to do the gingerbread men.

essential oil fragrance stones gingerbread mold

 

You want this mixture to be VERY dry. The more moisture the mix has the more crumbly they will be coming out of the oven. The ones above are even a little too wet.

Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool and pop out of mold.

I wrapped these up in the little “Chinese Food Take Out Boxes” that come pre-decorated and put either a bottle of Jade Lemon or Purification oils from Young Living in each box. You can get a discount on the oils by becoming a Young Living wholesale member here.

essential oil fragrance stones pin

Feel free to print out this tag and use it on your gifts.

fragrance stones tag

PS…I really want to thank my friend Sarah from Moose and Tater for her help with the photos for this post. She is awesome. Have you checked her blog out?

 

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Peppermint Bark Snowflakes

Last year I made some Chocolate Peppermint Bark Snowflakes for our Christmas Cookie Exchange. They were a big hit and I decided to re-make the recipe this year to replace the peppermint extract with peppermint essential oils.

peppermint bark snowflakes

peppermint bark snowflake moldPeppermint Bark Snowflakes Recipe (makes 6 snowflakes):

 

 

Step 1: Microwave the dark chocolate chips. I did mine in batches of 18 snowflakes. I microwaved 3 cups of Ghirardelli wafer chips on 50% power for 3 minutes, stirring each minute. You can melt these over a double boiler as well if you prefer.

Step 2: Stir in 2-4 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil into the dark chocolate. Pour into the mold about 1/4 inch thick. Be careful not to spill any of the chocolate onto the sides while pouring. Place in refrigerator to set approximately 30-60 minutes. Remove from refrigerator for next steps.

peppermint bark ghirardelli chocolate in snowflakeStep 3: Microwave the white chocolate chips. I did mine in batches of 18 snowflakes. I microwaved 3 cups of Ghirardelli wafer chips on 50% power for 3 minutes, stirring each minute. You can melt these over a double boiler as well if you prefer.

Step 4: Stir in 2-4 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil into the white chocolate. Pour into the mold over the set, dark chocolate about 1/4 inch thick.

Step 5: Sprinkle smashed candy cane pieces on top. Place in refrigerator to set approximately 30-60 minutes.

Step 6: Remove from molds. They should just pop right out.

peppermint bark snowflake ingredients

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Holiday Diffuser Blends | Essential Oils

I’ve been super busy this week getting holiday crafts done. I can’t wait to share some of the things I have been working on. These holiday diffuser blends have really been keeping me going over the last few days.

Don’t know what a diffuser is? Think part humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one product about the size of a kleenex box (maybe a little bit bigger). You fill it with a small amount of water and some drops of essential oil. The diffuser’s ultrasonic technology breaks any mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles, disperses them into the air, and eliminates odors, create a relaxing atmosphere, and gives you the therapeutic benefit of the oils…..best image if you have no frame of reference for what I am describing? When your mom would put vapo rub in your humidifier as a kid :) Ah, good memories. Here is a great deal on the diffuser and oils if you are looking.

Winter Chai: Holiday Diffuser Blend

Relaxing. Like a cup of chai dispersed throughout the house.

winter chai diffuser recipe

Peppermint Surprise: Holiday Diffuser Blend

This one is my favorite. It smells like candy canes and gives me tons of energy to get through my crafts.

peppermint surprise diffuser recipe

Magi Gift: Holiday Diffuser Blend

magi gift diffuser recipe

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Christmas Gifts for the College Crowd

Looking for the right Christmas gifts for the college crowd? I was too. Turns out they have plenty of wants and needs and no money to get them! What a perfect time to spoil someone. Here is a list of things that are perfect.

Gift Cards: It seems impersonal I know but it REALLY isn’t. Kids who don’t have a car on campus will love giftcards to stores and restaurants within walking distance. Google a map of their campus and zoom out a bit. The map will show you what they have right around them. You can then go to places like your grocery store that likely sell 100’s of different store giftcards or an online dealer that will have a wider variety. Even if you can’t find a place close to their campus, they will love one to stores at home. One place we like to give giftcards too is Gordmans. They have a great selection of cool posters, sheets, and even new clothes (my sons LOVE their dri-fit collection). It’s about time that a new something in the room or closet would be a welcome pick me up! There is a great coupon to attach to the giftcard at the bottom of this post.

backbeat fit headphonesHeadphones: Headphones are one of those things that college kids tend to go through a lot. They have their expensive pair, their work-out pair, their $15 earbuds for walking around campus. It’s those buds that they lose constantly! Pick up a pair for their stocking and you will be sure to get thoughtful points. But if you are looking for a nice set of headphones for working out my college age gym rat LOVES the Plantronics® BackBeat FIT wireless stereo headphones. Not only do they look super cool but they stay in place while lifting weights and running on the treadmill.

Cell Phones: We have 3 models that have been a hit with our Verizon college aged testers this last semester:

  • The Kyocera Brigadier. This Bear Grylls inspired model that we posted about last month is still a HUGE hit. It’s indestructible design makes it the perfect for the college crowd.
  • Droid Turbo. Battery power is EVERYTHING with college kids. With the ability to get an 8 hour battery charge in 15 mins this is one hot item this summer. Especially in RED.
  • HTC One Remix. This is a smaller phone that many college kids love for sticking in their pockets. Its got a great set of front facing speakers and a 13 megapixel phone. Lots of power in a compact size.

HTC ONE REMIX and MOTOROLA DROID TURBO: 

htc one remix droid turbo

Music: A subscription to Pandora, Google Play All Access (make sure they have an Android) or iTunes is ALWAYS an appreciated gift.

Bunk Buddy: My son and his friends LOVE this little invention for their lofted beds. One kid showed up with one and now everyone on the floor has one or wants one. It’s a little tray that clamps on and stay’s in place that they can place a drink or any of the other gadgets mentioned in this post.

bunk buddy

Speakers: 

  • The SOL REPUBLIC Punk wireless speaker is the perfect dorm room accessory. Wireless, bluetooth dorm room speakers were the number one requested item when I asked around this year. The Punk is relatively inexpensive in this category and packs a huge punch. Its water resistant, works up to 60 feet away, and has a really small footprint. Bonus: it comes in some super cool colors. 
  • I was really intrigued with the AwoX StriimLIGHT WiFi when they sent it to me. This little device does triple duty in a dorm room. It’s a wifi speaker contained in a LED light bulb. Your music player pumps out your favorite sounds anywhere you can plug in a lamp AND you can control it remotely which is actually a very cool feature for kids who loft their beds.

awox and punk speaker

Tablet:

Believe it or not my college age student uses his tablet more than any other device. He does everything from watch movies to take it to class and video notes or write papers on it. He doesn’t use a laptop at all. Instead he relies completely on his Nokia 2520. We have recently been taking the Verizon Ellipsis 7 for a test ride and are really impressed. This is more for downtime in college life. It’s small size makes it the PERFECT and inexpensive way to relax between classes with movies, games and more.

Video Games: 

Believe it or not college kids still find time to relax with their video games. It’s also a great way to connect with siblings and cousins over live play modes. Two most requested games among our college age friends?

These are just a few of my ideas for the college aged student in your life. What are your ideas? What great ideas do YOU have? 

As promised here is another awesome coupon to use on your holiday shopping spree at Gordmans. It’s good for 20% off any single item until December 31st. PS—don’t print it. Just pull it up on your phone in the store :)

Dec 31 coupon

*Disclosure: Many of the items on the list were sent to me to review. I liked these items enough to recommend completely on my own. I have compensated relationships with some of the companies here. Most notably Verizon Wireless as part of the #VZWBuzz Social Media Team and Gordman’s.  

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Young Living Oils Black Friday Sale | Independent Distributor

Have you been waiting for your chance to get into oils? Or do you know someone who would LOVE a Young Living Premium Starter Kit for a Christmas Gift? Now’s your chance. I’m offering my very own Young Living Oils Black Friday Sale! I’ve never done this and probably won’t again for some time so follow the directions below to get a bonus oil as a gift from me with your new kit NOW….offer only good until December 1st.

young living oils black friday sale

Young Living Premium Starter Kit Includes:

Singles

1 – 5 ml Frankincense
1 – 5 ml Lemon
1 – 5 ml Lavender
1 – 5 ml Melaleuca Alternifolia
1 – 5 ml Peppermint

Blends
1 – 5 ml Joy™
1 – 5 ml Purification®
1 – 5 ml PanAway®
1 – 5 ml Thieves®
1 – 5 ml Stress Away™

Diffuser

Sample Packets of oils and NingXia Red

And a Roller Bottle Filament.

Purchase Young Living Oils Black Friday Sale:

Steps to get your kit and open your account.

Young Living just upgraded their website so this is a new link. It seems to work very smoothly from a computer (apple/pc) but might get tricky from a tablet or mobile. I recommend you bring up this message on your mobile phone, but conduct the sign-up process from a computer.

1. Click on the link attached to this message. https://beta.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?site=US&sponsorid=1926067&enrollerid=1926067

2. The Blue “Member” box should be checked, not “Retail Customer.” (Members get 24% discount on all future purchases. Retail customers do not.)

3. My member number (1926067) should appear in the blanks that say SPONSOR ID and ENROLLER ID. If it does not, please enter it in manually. *I cannot give you the $15 back if these numbers are not in the box correctly.

4. Select UNITED STATES, then ENGLISH (UNITED STATES) and then click NEXT.

5. Fill out the Sign-in information, writing down your pin, username and password when you choose it. You’ll need these in the future to log into your account, speak with Customer Service or communicate via Live Chat.

6. Complete Tax information. Your SS# is requested for legal purposes, so that you have the ability to sign others up for kits (Young Living is a referral based business). If you never sign anyone up, your SS# will never be used. I don’t see this information at all. Young Living has been in business 20 years and this is part of the wholesale account for everyone.

7. Select “Premium Starter Kit.” This is the one with the Everyday Oils Kit and diffuser. The other kit options do not include the oils kit. If you want the Home Diffuser it will be $150. The Bamboo Diffuser, which is a different design and reaches slightly farther, is $160. While I prefer the design of the Bamboo Diffuser, you will be equally happy with either one.

7. Consider enrolling in Essential Rewards, Young Living’s loyalty program. Earn 10-20% back on your purchases, which can be redeemed at any time. Get reduced standard shipping (currently $8.99, no matter how large your order is). You commit to 50 PV per month (basically $50 of oils or other products), You can change your order as many times as you would like each month, skip a month, and cancel at any time without penalty. It is a pretty cool way to if you think essential oils will continue to be a part of your improved health and wellness. Essential Rewards is not required. You can enroll in it at any time if you wish.

8. Tell me which bonus oil you would like. You can pick between the Jade Lemon 5 ml (YUM! Heaven on Earth), Cedarwood 15ml, Lemon 15 ml, Orange 15 ml or Lemongrass 15ml by email. The email is barblikos at gmail dot com. *Please email me there if you have any questions at all.

I can’t wait for you all to take advantage of such a great deal and get into oils with me.

 

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