5 ways to use Essential Oils with Household Items

Hello Lovelies,

I love Essential Oils! They smell amazing and have many healthy benefits. They treat all kinds of things from bug bites to burns, sweet aroma to spicy aroma, headaches to menstrual relief. You can use essential oils in all kinds of things as well especially for household items and beauty items.

I’m a mother and a hippy at heart, if it’s not natural and safe for my body or the earth I personally don’t want to use it.

Essential oils are a huge part of my life and I use them with everything again from beauty products to household items.

Here are 5 awesome ways I use Essential Oils in my home and you can too.

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1. Potpourri

I use fresh rose buds in a mason jar and put about 1/4 cup of Almond Oil and then about 20 drops of essential oil, and a candle warmer. I love using exotic sandalwood or just sandlewood with the roses it gives a sweet soft smell and makes the whole room smell amazing.

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 2. Candles

I like to take non-scented candles from Wal-Mart and melting them down and mixing the wax with essential oils. This blend here is a citrus blend using lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. Depending on the size of the candle will depend on the amount of drops you use. Here in these shells I have 3 drops of each oil.

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3. Homemade Air Freshener

This homemade air freshener is really simple to make just take a small mason jar, poke holes in the lid for breathing and fill the jar with baking soda and put about 15 drops of essential oil in with the baking soda and mix it up a little, put the lid on and you have an air freshener.

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4. Scented Olive Oil Candle

Here is an olive oil candle, another simple quick diffuser for those essential oils. All you need is a mason jar, lantern wick or wire, a paper clip, olive oil, and your essential oils. Use the paper clip to hold the wick center by wrapping it around the wick and clipping it to the side of the mason jar. With this jar I used 20 drops of essential oils. Ohh and just a little tip do not use any other wick unless you plan on having a fire.

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5. Clothes Pin Diffuser

This is super simple, hot glue pom balls or felt stickers to clothes pins and stick it in the air conditioning vents. I like to put about 20 drops in each cotton ball, it makes the whole room smell like lemons… or whatever aroma you desire.

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All my essential oils come from Melaleuca the wellness company, there like is called Pure and I can order special packs as a prefered customer. My citrus pack cost around $30 with a savings of $13. It was a really good special running. Check out Melaleuca the wellness company and their line of essential oils today. Membership enrollments are just $1 right now. Click here to enroll.

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♥♥~Gruada Mom~♥♥

 

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Learning To Explore Wine & Cheese 

Hello Friends 

I love food and trying new things I like wine but I never know what wine complements what dish I always feel a little intimidate. When searching and trying wines these guiedes out of all where the most knowledgeable and easy to understand. For a month I would buy a cheese and wine and sample the pair as instructed it defiantly was a eye opener to things I have been missing. Try these guides out I promise you If you are a  beginner like me you will want these to be some where in your kitchen…



I hope these will be helpful guiedes to you as they have been to me! There is a wonderful world of wine and cheese out there for the sampling. I don’t know about you but as for me I can’t wait to take a bite out of it.

Sincerely 

Grauda sister 

P.s all credits and picture I used came from pintrest

Yogurt Pafaits 

  1. 3 cups vanilla yougort 
  2. 2cups blue berries 
  3. 2cups raspberries
  4. 4 cups granola 
  5. 1 cup cut pineapples 
  6. Fresh mint
  • Layer yogort 
  • Then raspberries
  • A layer of  granola 
  • A small layer of Blue berries
  • And garnish through layers pineapple 
  • Another layer of yogart 
  • Garnish with granola berries pineapple and a piece of mint. 
  • Makes 4 

  1. 3 cups yogart 
  2. 3 cups strawberries 
  3. 2 bananas 
  4. 2 cups dried chex cereal 
  5. Spice fruits 
  • Layer  yogart. Then put in 1/2 cup sliced fruits. 
  • Add chex mix layer .
  •  Another layer of yogart 
  • then garnish top with fruits ..

Makes 4 small parfaits

  1. 3 cups blue berries
  2. 3 bananas
  3. 4 cups yogart 
  4. 2 cups granola 

  • One layer of yogart about 2 spoons full
  • Bananas first then blue berries
  • Another 2 spoonfuls of yogart garnish top with blue berries bananas and granola 
  • Makes 4-6 parfaits

Recognize – Newbie Blogger’s Part 1

Hey Lovelies,

This month I wanted to give the spotlight to 50 New bloggers

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So I gathered 50 newbies to present in this months post.

We rave about big bloggers all the time and especially the ones who have helped us get our careers in blogging started. We share their freebies, talk about their courses, E-Books and products constantly. But seriously how often do we talk about our bloggers that are just starting out and not even bringing in $1000 a month yet. NEVER!!

So I thought it was time to show them some love too. So I went on Facebook hunting for new bloggers and found 50 new lovelies to share with everyone.

So be sure to connect!!

Gruada Creations launched in October of 2016, we have a Mommy/Creative blog. It is myself and my sister-in-law running the blog. We blog about mommyhood, childhood, crafting, DIY Projects, Tips & Tricks to life, interior and exterior design, Party/even planning and designing, gardening and just a mix of our creative style. And, We love it!!!

You can connect with us @

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Now for our wonderful Newbies…

At the top of our list is…

 

Heidy Fernandez

Heidy has a parenting blog.

She says…

“I started blogging because I loved the idea of sharing my passion with everyone and I wanted to join the crowd of moms who stays at home with their kids :)”

You can connect @

What a mom club

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Twitter

Pilar Noriega

Pilar blogs about young students and professionals from all around the world. (blog in English and Spanish)

Pilar says…

“I Started blogging in January of this year, I started blogging because after working 24/7 in strategy consulting I wanted to do something I felt passionate about so decided to create a blog in which I share my advice to boost your career to achieve a better lifestyle by studying, working and volunteering abroad.”

You can connect @

The Lifestyle Hunter

Rachael mariani

Rachael has a mom blog

She says…

“My site isnt launched as of right now, so if I don’t qualify it’s no big deal, but I might as well try! I do have a landing page up. Uninvincible Mom is a mom blog focused on self-care/personal development and helping others. I decided to start blogging because it was something that just kept coming up for me, and usually that is a sign of something I am being called to do! I’m passionate about helping others and I like to write, so if I fail miserably at monetizing it will still be an enriching experience for this stay at home toddler mom!”

You can connect @

Uninvincible Mom

Facebook

Pinterest

Amber Byrum

Amber has a mom blog

She says…

“I started my blog to discuss my struggles of parenting and being bipolar and then ended up talking about my son and his ADHD struggles and now I’ve added in my crochet hobby. It’s kind of a bipolar niche for a bipolar woman I guess, lol”

You can connect @

Life of a Bipolar Mom Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Cherry Lacsina

Cherry has a Creative Blog

She says…

“I work full time in higher education but I start blogging in October 2016 want to work from home to start and family and spend time with our family members who live all over the world. My blog is about travel, food, diy, and personal finance. Let us know when you post it please! ☺️”

You can connect @

It’s all Cherry

Instagram

Pinterest

The Headcase Christian

This is a christian base blog.

Our headcase christian says…

“I’ve been blogging for 5+ years but only started on my Bible based blogging for the not-so-averaged for about a month and a half. I started blogging because I felt there was a specific voice not being heard. I call myself the “Headcase” Christian because I talk straight, don’t sound like a bathroom devotional book, and I go through the same crap as everyone else. I refuse to paint my reality as perfection and I strongly adhere to trying to love people like Christ does.”

You can connect @

The Headcase Christian

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Claudia

Claudia runs a blog to empower women and other survivors.

She says…

“I started blogging on October 15, 2016 which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It was important for me to acknowledge that day and acknowledged my participation in that day. I wanted to share my story, my experiences, in hopes of reaching others who may have experienced something similar so that they didn’t feel completely alone. I knew of the power of story telling as I often share my story as a survivor of sexual abuse, and I wanted to make a similar impact in this area as well. I just want mothers and fathers to know they’re not alone and their feelings are valid and real.”

You can connect @

Southern Sweet

Facebook

Instagram

Yukti Art

Yukti has a newly started travel blog with a lot tour plans in the near future.

You Can connect @

Travel With Me 24/7 Blog

Deasha Waddup

Deasha has a blog that helps with start ups, manage social media, and digital marketing.

Deasha says…

“Just launched my website this weekend. I am helping start ups manage their social media and digital marketing. So far I only have 3 blogs but it is a working progress.”

Social Treats

Kate Bolland

Kate has a Dairy free diet and food intolerance blog.

She says…

“I’ve been blogging for 2 months. I originally started blogging to force myself to cut out dairy and take my intolerance seriously however I was amazed at how many people contacted me to say they suffer from similar symptoms. Therefore my aim now is to spread awareness of food intolerances and inspire people to do something about it.” 

You can connect @

Dairy Free Diet. Food intolerances.

Facebook

Instagram

Kylie Abreu

Confidently Kylie has a Mom Blog

You can connect @

Confidently Kylie

Amy Bobeda

Amy has an Adventure/Welness Blog

She says…

“This blog began a year ago, but my health stopped it in it’s tracks, so now I’m working to create a space that is inspiring, tells true stories, and helps others who have struggled with wellness, and finding their purpose and joy.”

You Can connect @

Blonde Wanderlust

Facebook

Alicia Finsterbusch

Alicia has a DIY Blog

She says…

“I’m a DIY blogger. I’m a Real Estate agent, and also documenting my journey on fixing up my house. I only recently started about a month ago, but I’m loving it so far!”

You can connect @

Homes and Hammers

Facebook

Instagram

Salona Surjoo

Salona blogs about abundant love, relationships and inspiration.

She says…

“I have 4 ebooks which I have written and are free to download. I also have a site dedicated to web design and digital marketing.”

You can connect @

Love in Abundance

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Adriana Gil

Adriana blogs about movies, music, and video games.

she says…

“I’m Portuguese but I live and work in France. I have a degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures and I also have my blog for two years now. I love to read and to write.”

You Can Connect @

Make Me Read More of this

Instagram

Laura Stevenson

Laura has a Learning to Adventure Blog

She says…

“Learning to Adventure is my journey of self discovery and finding happiness, and this blog is where I’ll be documenting the whole thing. The good, the bad and the downright ugly.

When I say adventure… I don’t just mean exotic globe-trotting adventures (although I do love those too). I mean all adventures. Big adventures. Little adventures. Everyday adventures.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to find adventure. I’m going to find adventure in the everyday. I’m going in search of those little moments of discovery and happiness that take us by surprise.”

You Can Connect @

Learning to Adventure

Charlotte Faye chau

Charlotte has a Visual Arts Blog

So if your into very little words then this is the blog for you.

She says…

“My visual arts blog is all about relationship tips, lifestyle and promoting cute stories and art. Every blog is converted into messenger-like-visuals.”

You can connect @

Straight Forward Lifestyle

Ann-Marina

Ann has a Beauty Blog

she say…

“I’m a professional makeup artist, blogging about beauty and makeup as well as offering free makeup lessons. I started this because there are so many makeup ‘enthusiasts’ and ‘influencers’ online that don’t have qualifications or professional experience and I wanted to offer good quality advice from an experienced professional. I’ve worked in movies, music videos, fashion etc as well as everyday clients for over 20 years. I started posting in January but still setting up and haven’t had an official launch as yet, still writing lessons :-)”

You can connect @

Ann-Marina

Seun

Seun has a Business and Entrepreneurship Blog

Seun says…

“My niche is Business and Entrepreneurship. Been blogging for a little over a year now but just once or twice a month. I started the blog because I felt I could add value to people’s businesses and aspirations of going into business.”

You can connect @

Mo Krystal

Facebook

Instagram

Amanda

She has a beauty blog.

She says…

“I have had my blog since January this year. I would say my blog is a beauty blog that focuses upon skincare and the basics of makeup. I’m always searching to share the best beauty deals and newest budget friendly products. My blogging journey started as a way to communicate to my friends who were off traveling the world what products I was into or not and have evolved from there.”

You can connect @

Lazy Girl Loves

Facebook

Pinterest

Twitter

Instagram

 

Folakemi

Folakemi has a lifestyle, parenting and inspiration blog

“I started blogging in January 2017.”

You can connect @

Peacocks Can Fly

Ingrid Snydal

Ingrid has a Resilience, Positive thinking Blog

Ingrid says…

“I write a blog about resilience, positive thinking, and meeting life on life’s terms. I offer anecdotes and experiences in hopes of helping others. I started my blog when I joined a FB support group for an illness that I share with others that is not well known and difficult to diagnose. I saw a way for me to share ideas that I have tried to make my suffering weaken and my gratitude for the little things to grow. I write about everyday events about how I am working to live with calm and peace despite challenge, pain, and disappointments. Living in the moment is a key to good health outcomes.”

You can connect @

My Something Wonderful

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Crystal Bridges

Crystal has a blog about Making and Saving Money / Working From Home

She says…

“I started blogging in May 2017 and started it to help others learn how they can too make or save enough money to leave their 9 to 5 and live a life without financial burdens.”

You can connect @

The Work From Home Evolution

Pinterest

Facebook

Twitter

Shannon Patterson

Shannon has a Parenting and Military Blog

She says…

“I started my lifestyle blog in April 2017 to share my experiences with military life, parenting, minimalism, and more.”

You can connect @

The House Turned Home

Pinterest

Facebook

Twitter

Mizuki Tao

Mizuki blogs about how to learn a new language

Mizuki says…

“I’ve been blogging for 3 months, since February. I started my blog because I had a lot of resources to share and I know quite a few tips how to learn a new language. Also, just for fun.”

You can connect @

Fluency Spot

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Well friend there are 25 of the 50 new bloggers.

Happy Connecting

Until next time,

♥♥~Gruada Mom~♥♥

Top 5 Fathers Day Diy Presents

Good morning ,

A lot of times we as busy people are racing around for that perfect fathers day gift or maybe on a limited budget so here are some quick easy and inexpensive gift for special dads. They won’t break your budget and they are perfect for showing all the daddies we are celebrating How special they are … 

  1.  All you need is 3 letters and one of daddies shirts. This is easy and something that will be treasured for a life time..
  2. All you need is 4 paints a sharpie or pen and a canvous I priced this project at 6 dollars. Walmart has 2 for a dollar paints and 3 dollar canvouses ..
  3. Our next project is 10 dollars. You need a wooden plank a sharpie and 1 small bottle of paint. This one is hands down a wonderful gift and looks wonderful to take it one step further to preserve the art after the paint dries two layers of Modge podge and the paint is sealed 
  4. For all those star wars daddies we have a craft for you. Tgis requires a canvous or white paper 3 small bottles of paint and a brush tho fill in the face this was a 5 dollar project 
  5. You will need shoes 3 small paints and a canvous. This is a 5 dollar project. First placpe the shoe prints allow to dry then little foot prints and the writing. Thank you for your time I hope some of these ideas help you with fathers day. Have a wonderful fathers day and for you arhers thank you for all you do…

Sincerely

Grauda sister 

Thank you pintres for all the photos and inspiration

Pirate Theme Baby Shower

Hey lovelies,

I was going through old photos and found baby shower photos from my first sons baby shower. So I thought I would share.

So Let’s Get started.

When planning a Baby shower your first steps are:

  • Pick a time & Date
  • Create a theme and menu
  • Send out invitations a month before your baby shower. And remember to put the places you registered, your theme, and menu.
  • Next do your shopping and putting decorations together.

We will start with games:

  • Baby Bingo

  • What’s in the pirate pouch

  • Don’t say Baby

  • Measure Mommies Tummy

Our game/prize table

Table set up

Each table had a black table clothe with a red and stripped table runner and skull bandanas.

Each table had a red bucket that contained utincels.

And each table had a treasure chest that held, beaded necklaces, gems and jewels, fake gold coins, cumpas, eye patch and mini treasure boxes. And our bingo game with pens.

Menu

  • Oreo truffles
  • Pickle wraps
  • Fruit tray
  • Cracker tray
  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Sweet meatballs
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Chips

Gift table and beverage table

And our banner

Well there you have it, a Pirate Themed Baby Shower.

~Gruada Mom~

How To Survive the Day When Your Completely Exhausted

Hey Lovelies,

Hope all is well on your side of the world, over here where I am is pretty exhausting. As a mother of 3 little ones, a full time college student, a Childcare provider for 4 other children, plus the daily chaos of household chores, cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks for the family, the grocery shopping, paying bills and everything in between. Yea, I often feel defeated, overwhelmed, and seriously exhausted.

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I had to do something, the exhaustion use to lead to a very cranky woman and just completely stressed all the time because I felt so far behind and just didn’t have the energy to do anything. I just wanted to sleep or cry…normally crying came first. But, then I decided I needed to feel energized and like myself again. But how?

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For starters it is not easy to fight exhaustion and depression at the same time but it is possible. You need a plan and determination to accomplish winning the fight.

I started with seeing the Dr. She prescribed Prozac for my depression and birth control to help balance my hormones in which she said a low hormone balance and PPD help contribute to the exhaustion and of course being a mother of three little ones ages 2, 3, and 5.

Well after getting my body use to my new prescription I did notice a change, I had felt a little more energized but it just wasn’t enough. It was time to start changing some much needed lifestyle choices.

Here are the tricks that I have learned to help me get though my day even when I am exhausted and just want to stay in bed and sleep. We are moms…its not possible unless you have older children or someone to babysit. Otherwise you end up looking like your house flew to OZ and back.

I’ll stop babbling and get started now…

Wait…

A little about my daily routine first…

My day starts at 6 am every morning except Saturdays & Sundays, I get my husband up for work and then get my daughter up and ready for school, the three of us are out the door by 6:45, my husband is at work by 7 am and my daughter is at school by 7:30 am. Then it is back to the house with the boys (by the way my grandfather whom I take care of stays with the boys while I am gone). The boys are still asleep when I get home, this allows me about 2 hours of silence before they wake, if it is a good day. So while they are still sleeping to help fight the exhaustion I have learned to keep a sleeping schedule and not to go back to sleep for those 2 hours waiting for the boys to wake. So instead I drink 1 cup of coffee and do some writing for an hour. Then exercise for an hour before my day really starts.

Now here’s where fighting the exhaustion really comes in…

  1. Exercise

    If you are a lazy woman like I am and do not like exercising like extreme exercising such as running, lifting weights, push ups and things like that here is a great energizing workout just for you. These two routines I do every morning, not only does it help give me a boost of energy, I am also loosing weight and toning up. I still have a long way but it is a work in progress. By the way I am talking about Yoga, it is perfect for a lazy girl.

I always start out with this routine in bed first to get me going.

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2.  Eat Clean

Eating a clean and healthy diet will help energize you though the day so you don’t feel so exhausted and drained. Eating breakfast daily will help incredibly. Here are a couple resources I used to build my own diet.

23 Healthy Mason Jar meal ideas

50 Meals under 300 Calories

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3. Diffuse Essential Oils

One of my favorite ways to feel energized and relaxed is Aroma Therapy. Diffusing an uplifting aroma helps boost energy and make you happy + it smells amazing. Some of my favorite oils for that boost of energy and happy feeling is Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Peppermint.

4. Work in spurts 

When your exhausted tackling a large task like cleaning the living room or cleaning the kitchen or maybe even for you it’s tackling the laundry. Well take it easy momma and do the work in spurts. For instance if your feeling like the living room is to much to tackle do sections at a time. For instance picking up trash, then clothes, then toys, etc. and do it in between commercials while watching your favorite TV Show resting on the couch or in between writing your next blog post. Either way slow down and do a little at a time.

5. Power Nap

I know it is hard with little ones running around like wild animals and having a to-do-list to take care of but power nap in sort spurts. Just lay on the couch and close your eyes for 15ish minutes 3 or 4 times a day. It will help you push though the day.

I know thinking of yourself is hard but when you get so exhausted your overwhelmed, running in circles and feel like your crazy it’s time to slow down and take the day one step at a time. Lets face it mommy you are impossible to please when your exhausted and your patients are shorter and no one wants to feel that way ever. So the next time you are feeling completely crapy and can’t hold your eyes open just slow down and think about your lifestyle and change it. Do a little stretching, clean eating like an orange or apple can help give you energy or a hand full of almonds and it will lift you up a little.

~Gruada Mom~