DIY aromatherapy for kids (and kids at heart!)

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY NATURE’S BOUNTY® EARTHLY ELEMENTS™

This DIY LEGO block necklace is a perfect way to discretely add aromatherapy into your child's day.

Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review.

If you’ve been following trends lately, you’ve noticed a bit of a craze about essential oils.  And that craze is well founded!  Essential oils have been found to have various soothing and refreshing effects on people, and there are countless ways to add the oils and their effects to your day.  One of my favorite applications of essential oils is a discreet, fun building block necklace that brings aromatherapy to kids (and those who are kids at heart.)

First, head to your local Walmart® store to get your oils and any supplies you don’t have at home.

Supplies:

  • Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements aromatherapy essential oils.  Use your favorite of the aromatherapy scents to get the desired effect.  My favorite is the lavender, which is soothing, comforting, and provides clarity.
  • One bundle or spool of rubber cording from Walmart’s craft section
  • One piece of felt, any color
  • One mixed box of building blocks.  You really only need a 2×6 stud block and a 2×6 stud flat block, so if you have these at home, you’re set!
  • A drill, 5/16”, 3/32”, and 1/16” size drill bits
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • A vice or channel lock pliers

 

DIY aromatherapy necklace for kids made using LEGO blocks and essential oils.

Now let’s get to creating!  And don’t worry ladies, it’s not as hard as it sounds.

1. Place the larger 2×6 block upside down in the vice or channel locks.  Keep it secure, but be careful not to over tighten and bend the block.  Do not hold the block with your hands at this step!

2. Using the 5/16” drill bit, carefully and slowly drill out the bottom cylinders. Leave the center cylinder to add stability and grasping power needed in later steps.

3. Grasp any remaining tabs or debris in the block using the needle nose pliers and twist to disconnect and remove them.

4. Turn the block in the vice or pliers so the side is facing up.  Drill a hole near the left and right edges with the 3/32” drill bit for the cording.  Then drill two holes slightly inward from those using the 1/16” drill bit.  Using the same bit, drill a hole on the side on each end of the block.  After this step, you can remove the block from the vice or pliers.

5. Measure the cord by holding it loosely around the neck of the intended wearer with the cord meeting where you want the block to rest.  Cut the cording an inch longer than this to account for tying the ends.

6. Stick the ends of the cording into the 3/32” holes and tie them into a knot.  We found two figure 8 knots to hold the best, as regular knots stretched and pulled through the block occasionally.

7. Cut a strip of felt to the size of the block, then cut it in half.  Put the strips inside the block on either side of the center cylinder.

8. Put a few drops of your desired Earthly Elements essential oil on the felt, then put the flat 2×6 block on the bottom of the large block to seal in the felt.  Wear the necklace throughout the day, adding drops or changing oils to match or enhance your mood!

This DIY LEGO necklace is simple to make and fun for the kids!

So now that you’ve got access to great essential oils at your local Walmart store, what’s your favorite way to use aromatherapy?  Do you have a favorite blend of oils that just hits the spot?

Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review. 

Fun at the Illinois State Fair (Paw Patrol, rides, and more!)

My kids had a blast at the 2016 Illinois State Fair

 

The Illinois State Fair is an annual tradition for families all around the state.  There are pageants, races, concerts, horse shows, competitions, carnival rides, and so many new foods to try.  Alex and Evan had their first experience 2 years ago and it has been more and more fun with every year.  Now that they are 3 1/2 and 5 years old, they are starting to really enjoy it.  This year with the Paw Patroller (#rollpatroltour) and several kids’ rides, it was a day they’ll remember!

Now how about I stop talking and let the pictures tell the story?  :)

 

The Paw Patroller stopped by the 2016 Illinois State Fair!  #rollpatroltour

We milked a cow, rode carnival rides, and had so much fun at the 2016 Illinois State Fair!

 

Your favorite essential oils (and the cutest little diffuser) can now be found at Walmart!

I have been compensated by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements, and THIS BLOG HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY NATURE’S BOUNTY® EARTHLY ELEMENTS™. Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review.

 

Nature's Bounty Diffuser - small and portable

 

I’m sure you have friends or family who have tried getting you to join the essential oils bandwagon, and you resisted.  Or maybe you gave them a try, and loved them!  Regardless, you will want to head to Walmart soon and check out the Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ products.  Normally I have to order my oils online, but grabbing them at Walmart (just 5 miles from my house) is so much more convenient.  And now they even have a cute little diffuser so you don’t have to search down reviews and spend an arm and a leg for one online.

If you are new to essential oils, you are at the right place. Earthly Elements™ has 11 oils available at the moment, including the Thrive blend, but there are no limits to the combinations you can create at home.  You can combine oils to create new scents with a variety of benefits for either your mind and soul or your skin and hair!

Some essential oils are found in shampoos, conditioners, even my face wash. In this case, you may need a carrier oil, which is where almond oil comes in.

A couple of my favorite oils are in an aromatherapy spritzer I use each night to relax my mind as I go to sleep.  You may already know that lavender has great soothing effects, but did you know that jasmine and eucalyptus do as well?  You can add these to a diffuser or simply spritz them on your pillow at night. Even better, sneak a spritz or diffuser in your kids’ rooms so they unwind before bed too!

 

Small and portable...love this little oil diffuser!

 

In the morning, I like to spritz a little peppermint around me to wake me up as I get ready for work.  It is a great pick-me-up…and it smells pretty good too!

Lemongrass is one that I’m new to.  I also can’t wait to try rosemary.

So whether you’re new to essential oils and just want to try them, or you’ve used them for years but wouldn’t mind some extra convenience, head over to Walmart and grab your perfect combination of Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ essential oils in the vitamin aisle!

 

Lemongrass is used in aromatherapy as a refreshing scent

 

I have been compensated by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements, and THIS BLOG HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY NATURE’S BOUNTY® EARTHLY ELEMENTS™. Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review.

 

 

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