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DIY aromatherapy for kids (and kids at heart!)

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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. 

Ditch the rawhides with a smarter choice from SmartBones

When we first moved from Hawaii to the mainland, during winter, our larger dog Kainalu quickly lost his dark tan; he went from completely black skin to almost completely white!  Needless to say, whenever the days grow longer and the summer heat starts up, the dogs take any chance they can to soak up the sun like they did back home.  Their favorite summer activity is now lying in the yard, soaking up the sun and chewing on a delicious treat.  So we were happy this summer to discover a brand of chews that’s safe, healthy, and that our dogs LOVE – SmartBones®!

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Here is some product information provided directly by SmartBones®:

  • PetMatrix is committed to providing the healthiest, tastiest, safest pet chews available. The Healthy Alternative to Rawhide®, SmartBones® chews are rawhide-free, highly digestible, and 100% delicious.
  • SmartBones®’ outer layer is made of wholesome, flavorful vegetables, including sweet potatoes, peas and carrots. This is then combined with an irresistible inner layer of real chicken, for a scrumptious taste dogs can’t resist!
  • Available in delectable recipes such as Chicken, Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Dental your furry friend will have a variety of SmartBones to choose from.
  • Independent digestibility studies show that SmartBones® chews are highly digestible, and tests demonstrate that 9 out of 10 dogs prefer SmartBones chews over the leading rawhide chews.

SmartBones has developed dog treats that are a healthy alternative to rawhide, perfect for keeping your pets healthy and happy

SmartBones® is a perfect answer to the traditional rawhide chew, which are associated with a number of risks:

  • Rawhide is the inner hide from a cow or other animal that has undergone chemical processing to remove hair and other materials. The rawhide is then ground or used whole, and is formed into various dog chews shapes.
  • Many veterinarians are concerned with the potential health risks associated with dogs consuming rawhide. These health risks include: stomach & intestinal blockage and potential ingestion of toxic chemicals used to process rawhide chews.
  • In addition, there are serious negative environmental issues generated by the use of chemicals in processing rawhide products.

 

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SmartBones® is our new replacement for traditional rawhide chews.  They’re affordable, contain great ingredients, and the dogs go absolutely crazy over them!  It’s the first treat we’ve found that they love so much, they’ll do almost anything to get it – including staying still enough for pictures like the ones above.  The small treats are perfect for us for training, and the Stuffed Twists are their favorite snack.  Head over to SmartBones to get more information and find your dog’s favorite new treat, or visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

— Information was provided by SmartBones®.  Compensation and product samples were provided to me by SmartBones®.  All opinions are my own.

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Maintain your mom-sanity with wholesome snacks and fun lunches!

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As the kids head to school this year, Entemann's Little Bites snacks are a must for our grocery list!

 

Just as I thought we were running out of ‘firsts’ for my boys, we are about to celebrate more exciting milestones!  This year Alex will be attending full-day kindergarten and Evan will be attending half-day preschool.  We will also be moving in a few months to a new city, so we have a lot on our plate!  Regardless of all the nervousness and excitement of our upcoming events, I know I have to hold it together to make sure our family stays healthy and has time for fun!

To stay on top of things, I always keep a planner or calendar around.  While I love having the convenience of my phone calendar, I also love having a calendar in our kitchen to glance at.  I keep all appointments, early dismissals, special dates, etc on this calendar. I also try to keep up on a daily grocery list with the Our Groceries app on our phones.  This allows my husband and me to access the grocery list from anywhere, without worry of forgetting the list at home.

Sundays are often our grocery shopping day where we make sure we have plenty of bread (our favorite is Nature’s Harvest® Bread Honey 7 Grain) and snacks on hand for the upcoming week. The boys recently discovered and love Entemann’s® Little Bites snacks at Walmart, and as a mom, I approve.  They’re a good source of vitamins, contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and they contain 5g of whole grains per serving! There are several flavors and we love adding them to our lunchboxes or saving them as an after school snack.

 

It's Back to School time!  Are you prepared for the endless nights of packing lunches for the next day?  Have no fear mommas!

 

Since Back to School often means day after day of boring lunches for the kids, I try to make it fun and bring some variety into it while still holding onto nutritional value.  We prepare our lunches the night before, even though Evan and I will eat at home while Alex is at school.  Evan enjoys fetching all of the supplies, while Alex helps make sandwiches.  After the sandwiches are ready, we cut them into fun shapes or add special toppings.  Their favorite, of course, is sprinkles or candies, but we try to limit those and stick to healthier options such as slices of banana or low fat chips for some crunch.  I let the kids put their toppings in a baggie or portion of their Bentgo bento boxes to add to their sandwiches at lunchtime.

 

Remember to include wholesome snacks in your child's lunch box!

 

Head over to our Kid-Friendly Recipes Pinterest board for more lunch ideas to keep your kids happy all year long and let us know your favorite way to keep the kids’ lunch fun all year long.

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