Cure Everything With 10 Essential Oils

Nice article outlining uses for various essential oils…

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I love essential oils. They have so many uses- for our skin, our health, even cleaning our homes. It can be a little overwhelming with all the choices out there as to what oil to use for which ailment or issue. So I wanted to give you a few basic ones that we should all keep in our medicine cabinets at home. And if you want to read all about oils and how they are made and what their benefits are, go here!

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Wintergreen- It has the same chemical properties as aspirin so it’s great as an alternative to all your OTC painkillers due to it’s anesthetic abilities. Put one drop behind your ears, or on your temples, neck or any other part of your body that needs pain relief. However, just like aspirin, it is possible to use too much so take it easy when using this oil.

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Best Essential Oils to Help Ward Off Bugs & Ticks

Rocky Mountain Oils posted an article about the best oils to use to help combat a variety of pesty bugs and ticks. We have Bug Off as well as a variety of other oils such as geranium and thyme that I have mixed in a spray bottle. The kids like it if I add a little bit of vanilla as well. So far so good! Check out their website here.

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Lemon Balm Tea

At our old house we had lemon balm growing. I loved the smell of it when we accidentally mowed over some of it, but I never really took advantage of using it the way I could have! After moving to our new homestead, I realized that I had missed out on all the good properties of lemon balm, and found some plants on sale last year at a garden sale. They came back up very nicely this year in my herb garden off the side of our deck, and now after reading this lovely post from The Simple Times, I look forward to utilizing this fragrant and useful herb!

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Rocky Mountain Oils – Kids Kits

I’ve recently been drawn to Rocky Mountain Oils after reading up on the company itself, and reading some research done by folks who spent their time researching EO companies, using the same kind of criteria I would have if I had the time and energy to do so! In the end, it seems that RMO and I will be a good match. With that said, I have just ordered a new diffuser for our home, and their “Bug Off” EO for the kids. I also just noticed they have a Kid’s Kit of several oils diluted properly for use in a roller ball dispenser on children, and it’s on sale right now…

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A “divine” way to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

Jessica from Shower of Roses shared a delicious sounding way to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday today. I’m always behind with the novena and everything leading up to this very special day, so I appreciate it when I can see a simple way to get our children’s attention and incorporate the meaning and history of Divine Mercy Sunday. Here is a link to her post on her website. Always a great resource!

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the Vintage Crawl is back!

This is right up my alley! Hoping to do this in May! Love these shops!

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It’s time once again for the Vintage Crawl presented by the Two Rivers Vintage Collective!

This year 8 shops along the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers are participating; five in Stillwater, two in Afton, and one in Hastings.

The Crawl takes place from Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7.  Crawl hours:  Thursday 10 -7, Friday & Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 12 -5.

Doing the Crawl is a great way to spend a day.  Especially if you love vintage, repurposed, chippy, rusty, shabby, one of a kind items for your home!

I suggest starting in Stillwater and working your way south, or reverse that and start in Hastings and work your way north.  If starting on the Stillwater end, may I suggest beginning at Apron Chicks.

Apron Chicks is a vintage home/accessory occasional sale operated out of a charming little cabin at Bergmann’s Greenhouse & Farm Market…

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Chicken Crafty Hobby

I was drawn to these little chicken juggling bean bag things in a local store recently. Eva wanted me to buy some, and like a lot of things they want and I like, I thought “we can make those!” This time I actually followed through and researched some links on how to make them. I found a cute website that had easy to follow instructions and utilized items we already had. I had to teach myself about a “french knot” for making the eyes, but other than that, I was able to easily and successfully make these cute little chicken pyramid bean bags, and now I think I just added a new hobby to my long list of things I like and want to do!

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chicken for Mary, Eva’s pen pal
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