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 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


  • 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


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.  


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:


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

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


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 here to start Young Living sign-up.

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.



DIY Essential Oil Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

Love the smell of pumpkin spice in the Fall but hate filling your house with nasty chemical filled sprays? This DIY Essential Pumpkin Spice Room Spray is your answer. Such an easy thing to mix up as a hostess gift or to scent your own home this coming Thanksgiving.

DIY essential oil pumpkin spice room spray

How To Make Pumpkin Spice Room Spray:

Add to a glass or aluminum spray bottle (you can find these at health food stores, Amazon or

  • 4 oz distilled water (don’t use filtered tap unless you are going to use the whole thing within a few days)
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil (get 24% off Young Living Oils here)
  • 8 drops nutmeg essential oil
  • 8 drops ginger essential oil
  • 8 drops cloves essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  • 3 drops cardamon essential oil

Spray throughout the house as you would like. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray Labels:

Download these FREE, EXCLUSIVE labels from Laura Kelly Designs, print them out, cut, and glue to the bottle.  Laura suggests using Aleene’s SPRAY Tacky Adhesive to create a smooth look. Click on the picture below to bring up the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Room Spray labels.

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray labels by Laura Kelly Designs


Wool Dryer Balls With Essential Oils | DIY Laundry

Are you ready to ditch the dryer sheets? All you need is a set of wool dryer balls with essential oils. Wool dryer balls are 100% natural replacement for chemical filled dryer sheets. They work by bouncing around in the dryer, reducing static cling and literally softly “beating” your clothes. The balls shorten drying time by wicking moisture away from your clothes and they can last for years. Adding essential oils gently scents your clothes and adds one more way to get the therapeutic benefit of oils into your life.

wool dryer balls with essential oils

There are two ways to get your wool dryer balls, buy them or make them. Many people even use an old wool sweater around the house to make the balls making this even more cost efficient.

Where to Buy Wool Dryer Balls:

  • Amazon. Here is an affiliate link to the ones I bought.
  • Etsy. No affiliate, just making your life easier.

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls:

Wool Dryer Balls With Essential Oils

Once the balls are ready to toss in the dryer you are going to want to scent them. This is where you can get fun and creative. Place 2-3 drops on each ball. This should last through 3 cycles in the dryer. Of course you can use more or less depending on your preference but that is a good guideline to start with.

Possible Oils Combinations:

  • 3 balls of Lavender and 3 balls of Orange.
  • 3 balls of Purification and 2 ball of Melaleuca alternifolia if I had sick kids and I was doing sheets.
  • 3 balls of Orange and 3 balls of Stress Away. Smells like a dreamsicle.
  • 4 balls of Jade Lemon. This is my new to die for scent. LOVE Jade Lemon.
  • 2 balls of Peppermint and 1 ball of Ylang-Ylang for sheets and towels.

I will also be playing with Joy, Raven, Valor, Lemon, Peace and Calming and many others. Leave me a comment if you have a favorite!

Of course I only use Young Living Oils in our home and for all my projects. If you would like to get 24% off Young Living oils this post will give you all the details.





Simple, Small Batch Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe | Holiday Craft

Looking for an easy, DIY stocking stuffer? Try this simple, small batch peppermint lip balm that you can do in less than an hour and make a whole classroom full if you needed to! This peppermint lip balm recipe makes 14 full tubes so multiply it out as necessary if making for a large crowd. It has a few more ingredients than my lavender orange lip balm but is still an easy, inexpensive DIY craft using essential oil.

small batch peppermint lip balm

How to Make Peppermint Lip Balm:

Gather the following supplies in your work area. This moves very quickly so you need everything at your fingertips.

peppermint lip balm ingredients

Melt 1/4 cup Coconut Oil and 2 TBSP plus 1 TSP of the beeswax pellets together over very low heat.

melting beeswax and coconut oil for lavender orange lip balm

Remove from heat. Stir in 15-20 drops of Peppermint depending on how strong you want it. Personally I think 18 is perfect. Poke a hole in the Vitamin E tablet and squeeze contents into mixture. Add 1/4 teaspoon honey or agave nectar. This can turn your mixture into a deeper amber color but it sets up well. Stir well-if you don’t get the honey mixed in well you can create this odd amber pockets that turn into liquid quickly in the tube.

Line up your tubes (or rubber band them together in a tight circle) and fill to to just below the top using pipette to handle liquid. Be careful. It is VERY hot. Remember to work very quickly. This cools and solidifies pretty quick.

peppermint lip balm tubes

Let cool for 2-3 hours and place lids on. * I didn’t count this in the hour the project takes. Go put your feet up!

Decorate with tape if desired.  I personally liked the Scotch Expressions Packing Tape because it was just the right size for the tube without the cap. I bought mine at Target but I have seen it at Walmart and Micheal’s as well.

holiday decorated lip balm tubes

 *this post contains affiliates links to the products I bought on Amazon. 

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