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Cinnamon Oil Granola: An Essential Kick of Goodness

We love homemade granola in this house. This last batch we decided to replace the cinnamon with cinnamon bark oil and it really kicked it up a notch!

cinnamon oil granola

Cinnamon Oil Granola Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans, walnuts or almonds
  • Cinnamon bark oil (click here to order from Young Living)
  • Nutmeg Oil

cinnamon oil granola sheet

Cinnamon Oil Granola Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients by hand except the cinnamon oil in a large bowl until well coated. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in overn approximately 30 mins. Stir oats every ten minutes to make sure the granola is evenly browned. Once cool, place granola in 12 oz mason jars leaving about 1/2 inch headroom. Place 3 drops cinnamon oil  (and an optional 1 drop nutmeg) on top of granola, seal jar, and shake rigorously. Let sit for at least 12 hours. Shake occasionally and enjoy!

The amount of oil in this batch is low to give people a starting place. Feel free to add what your family likes after trying the first batch.

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Time To Trade-In Those Gift Cards

Now that the holidays are over, let’s be honest. Grandma may not quite get you anymore. What you would have loved 5 & 10 years ago…probably not what you are loving now.

gift cards for trade with coinstar

She loves you. She tries hard. But she just can’t seem to get that what you really want is cold, hard cash. Especially if you are in the college crowd. That’s OK. Coinstar has an answer to that drawer full of unused gift cards from well meaning Santa’s everywhere with their new gift card exchange machines. They sent me the two above to try it out and see how easy it really is.

I started by locating a Coinstar Exchange Kiosk on their locator page. Make sure and filter for the exchange kiosks. They are different machines. You want:

coinstar machines

At my store they were in completely different locations. I put in the two gift cards sent to me by Edelman PR. I was offered $16.25 cash for the Toy’s R Us one and $16 for the Applebee’s. After accepting the offers, I had to insert my drivers license and a credit card to prove that I was really me before my happy little voucher was produced.

coinstar voucher

Which I took to the counter with my drivers license and exchanged for this:

money

Honestly, this post took me longer to write than exchanging the gift cards. It was so easy. I am going to start looking through my drawers for old cards going to waste. Here is a list of cards they will accept.

This is such a perfect solution for those times when the thought is certainly there but the giver misses the mark a bit. And I really didn’t mean to pick on my kids Grandma’s….they give cash and lottery tickets. But, hey, I know some of you aren’t that lucky.

Disclosure: I tried out this new Coinstar Exchange service while working with Edelman PR for a sponsored campaign. As reflected above, I really liked the service and will be using on my own in the future. 

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DIY Reed Diffuser With Essential Oils

This is a simple and easy DIY craft to help diffuse the smell of essential oils in your home. This DIY Reed Diffuser is the perfect fix for those rooms that don’t have a home diffuser machine and can help you replace commercial sprays or toxic candles.

You will need:

  • Rattan Reeds- I bought the ones in this picture at IKEA. Because they are painted they tend to tint liquid they sit in. Ones like these from Amazon will not tint the water.
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil- 1/4 cup
  • Unflavored Vodka- 1 tsp. You can totally use the cheap stuff. It helps the mixture travel up the reeds.
  • Jar with a narrow opening- I bought this one at IKEA as well.
  • Essential Oils-as always I only use Young Living. You can get a discount on Young Living Oils here.  You will need 20 drops and you can do a combination of two or just a single fragrance like Lavender for the bedroom. I have some combination ideas below.

DIY Reed Diffuser Ingredients

Mix the fractionated coconut oil, vodka and essential oils in the jar. Arrange your reeds. Flip the reeds after a few hours to help the fragrance travel up the reeds. Then flip them every few days to renew the scent.

DIY Reed Diffuser Essential Oil Combinations to try:

  • Peppermint and Ylang Ylang
  • Spearmint and Rosemary
  • Lavender and Cinnamon
  • Peppermint and Orange
  • Lavender and Lemon and Rosemary
  • Cinnamon and Orange
  • Grapefruit andLime
  • Lavender and Eucalyptus Radiata
  • White Fir and Cypress
  • Bergamot and Patchouli
  • Clove and Cinnnamon and Nutmeg
  • Stress Away and Orange

DIY Reed Diffuser

You need to replace the reeds once they get completely saturated because they can’t diffuse at that point. How quickly that happens depends on how big the opening of the jar is. I add more oils at that point when I add new reeds. I throw away the whole thing and start over every 1-2 months. The alcohol helps keep it “fresher”. How long will this last?  A lot of it depends where it is, the size of the reeds, size of the jar and your personal preference.

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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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