Time To Trade-In Those Gift Cards

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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. 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: 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. Which I took to the counter with my drivers license and exchanged for this: Honestly, this post took me longer to ...

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DIY Reed Diffuser With Essential Oils

DIY Reed Diffuser

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. 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 ...

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DIY Essential Oil Fragrance Stones

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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 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 ...

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Peppermint Bark Snowflakes

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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 Recipe (makes 6 snowflakes):     1 cup white melting wafers 1 cup dark melting wafers 4-8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil 2 candy canes or about 8 peppermints smashed (put it in a ziplock bag to control mess) 1 silicone snowflake mold (affiliate link) 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. Step 3: Microwave the white chocolate chips. I did mine in batches of 18 snowflakes. I microwaved 3 cups of ...

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Holiday Diffuser Blends | Essential Oils

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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. 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 ...

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