The Winner Is…and Link~up

Homeblessing Winner & Aprons & Pearls LinkUp @godschicki

The Winner of the Big Homeblessing Giveaway Is…

Kelly!
Congratulations! I will be emailing you shortly work out details!

Aprons & Pearls Link~up

This is a day late. Yesterday we got back from a bit more than a week in Texas, at 2 am. The kids and I slept in and muddled through our day.
And I completely spaced Aprons and Pearls.
That is okay. Life happens.
There is still unpacking to be done. I need to strip diapers, reseason some cast iron, get dinner started, do dishes, laundry (after I finish putting away groceries to get to the washer! #AuthenticHomemaking) and about a hundred other things.
Not super deep on the homemaking inspiration front today I am afraid, but honest.
I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.

About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, Oil Selling or the like).
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #aprons&pearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
 
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Lovely Lemon Scrub

I love the scent of lemon, so this is a delicious scrub.
Natural Lovely Lemon Scrub @godschicki

Lovely Lemon Scrub

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 3.5 ounces coconut or avocado oil
  • 100 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops vanilla essential oil

Mix well and store in air-tight container.
Makes a great gift or addition to a perfect mani/pedi bucket and is great as a pre-shave scrub for your legs (you won’t even need shaving cream! Just rinse sugar away and the oil works as a shaving cream substitute).
 

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking, including some pampering items (yes, a jar of lovely lemon scrub is one of them!).
 

Ideas to Help You Stay Hydrated

Hydration is very important to your health, affecting many of your bodily functions. Chronic dehydration can be very serious.
Natural Ideas to Stay Hydrated @godschicki
As the summer heats up, it is important to keep drinking water and eating hydrating foods (fruits and veggies) to keep your body functioning well.
The two biggest problems that I run into with getting enough water are a) remembering to stop and drink and b) getting bored with plain water. Here is what I did about it.

Remembering

I actually have reminders on my phone set to go off every two hours to make sure I remember to stop and drink. When I get up, I have made it a habit to drink a glass of water. When I am cooking, I try to remember to drink some water. Before bed I have another glass or two.

Getting Bored With Plain Water

Adding lemon, lime, berries or cucumber to my water gives it enough flavor to change things up. (Lemon water has a whole list of benefits itself)
Water is best for you, though there are times when you might need something extra. Coconut water is a great hydrator, just be sure to steer clear of ones with additives (straight organic coconut water is best). The Hippy Homemaker has a great recipe for natural electrolyte drink, as do Wellness Mama and The Food Babe. Sole (say So-lay) water is a great hydrator and has many other health benefits, you can find Wellness Mama’s recipe for Sole Water here.

Some important notes:

Tap water contains fluoride, lead and a host of other things that you do not want to drink. We have Zero Water Filters, though one day I would love to get a whole house reverse osmosis system.
Each person has different needs to stay hydrated. The best measure is listening to your body’s cues. Thirst is a key indicator (though if you ignore thirst until you no longer feel thirsty, that’s pretty bad), as are fatigue/confusion, constipation, dark or concentrated urine (it should be light yellow-think straw colored).
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms need to be especially vigilant. It’s recommended that nursing moms drink an extra 8 ounces of water per nursing session. The elderly and young children also should be watched carefully.
Caffeine can cause dehydration, since it works as a diuretic, so be careful with it.
Glass glasses or water bottles are best since plastic ones often contain BPS (it replaced BPA and is just as bad for you), especially if you are infusing your water with fruit, as the acid can cause more leaching of the contaminants in plastic.
I have linked this post up at:

Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good & Link~up

Today I am wrapping up my series on making your home smell good naturally, linking up all of the posts in the series.
Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Good @godschicki
Cutting synthetic fragrances is an easy step to help cut down on your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals.
I hope these posts have inspired you to kick synthetic fragrances to the curb!
I you have not read it already, please check out this post on Essential Oil Safety.
You can check out some great essential oil combination ideas in this post.
 

Making Your Home Smell Good Naturally

Clothes Pin “Diffuser”
Wassail (Delicious beverage and great way to make your home smell amazing)
Sachets
Essential Room Spray
Citrus Spice Home Scent
Odor Neutralizing Spray
Natural Fabric Softener Ideas
Carpet Freshener (also works well for matresses and furniture)
Disposal Freshener
Essential Oil Diffusers
Homemade Gel Air Fresheners
Homemade Beeswax Candle (not strictly making your home smell good, but it cleans the air)
 

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking, including an essential oil diffuser, reed diffusers, glass spray bottles and some of my most used essential oils.

Aprons & Pearls Link~up

“Strong, beautiful femininity is a part of our heritage as women. When we make the effort to cultivate such gentle strength, we not only enrich our own lives and make life a little better for those we encounter; we also pass on the spirit of femininity to the next generation.”

Emily Barnes

I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.

About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, Oil Selling or the like).
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
 
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A Little R & R

Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Making Your Home Sing Monday!

What Joy Is Mine

Our Home of Many Blessings

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
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Diffusing Essential Oils

Diffusing Essential Oils @godschicki
Diffusing essential oils is a great way to naturally scent your home & every oils has it’s own benefits.
Essential oils are highly effective when inhaled.

“Inhaled substances pass down the trachea into the bronchi, and from there into finer and finer bronchioles, ending at the microscopic, sac-like alveoli of the lungs, where gaseous exchange with the blood mainly takes place.
The alveoli are extremely efficient at transporting small molecules, such as essential oil constituents, into the blood.
This efficiency increases with the rate of blood flow through the lungs, the rate and depth of breathing, and with the fat-solubility of the molecules.
Essential oil constituents absorbed via inhalation may enter the bloodstream and reach the central nervous system with relative ease.”

– Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety, 2e

Here are some ways to diffuse them in your home. If you have not already read it, please check out this post on Using Essential Oils Safely.

Ultra-Sonic Diffusers

These are very easy to use, just add water & 2-6 drops of essential oils. For some scent ideas, you can check out this post.

It is important to note that you should not use essential oils with hot air humidifiers. Heat can degrade the therapeutic values of the oils.

Remember, since it is such an effective way to use them, you need only run a diffuser for 15 minute every hour, this gives your olfactory system time to recover. It is especially important for pregnant women to only diffuse for 15 minutes.

Reed Diffusers

Great for a smaller room such as a bathroom.
To diffuse using this method, you need:

  • A narrow necked glass bottle
  • 25-30 drops of essential oils
  • 1/4 cup carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil are good)
  • Reeds (or wooden skewers with the points cut off)

Mix your oils and pour into your bottle, add reeds. Turn reeds everyday to help diffuse oils.
 

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking, including 2 reed diffuser sets (bottles and reeds), ultra sonic diffuser (like the one pictured above) and some of my most used oils.

Homemade Gel Air Freshener

I ran across this post from One Good Thing By Jillee and had to give it a try.
Natural Homemade Gel Air Freshener @godschicki

Homemade Gel Air Freshener

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 packages unflavored gelatin (since it’s not being consumed, I used Knox brand)
  • 20 drops essential oils
  • heat safe jars (flat pints or two small half pint canning jars work well)

Heat water to boiling and add salt, stirring until dissolved. Slowly add gelatin (going too fast can leave clumps that can be worked out, but they are a pain). Cut heat and pour into jar(s).
Add essential oils and allow to cool, stirring gently every so often to incorporate the oils.
Store with a vented lid (Jillee suggests a lid with a straw hole or punching holes in a lid-I grabbed one with a straw hole). You can leave them uncovered, but as Jillee notes, they dry out faster.
One of Jillee’s readers mentioned that she adds 1 tablespoon of vodka for a clearer finish.
Jillee also gives some ideas for coloring and using fake flowers in your jars, so check it out (since it is not being eaten, fake food color is no biggie).
 

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking.

Disposal Freshener

A garbage disposal can get pretty gross. Instead of buying the junk-laden products typically used to freshen it, try this simple tip.
Natural Disposal Freshener @godschicki
An easy way to freshen it is chucking a few citrus peels in there and running it as you normally would.
I use lemon peels mostly because I use the juice in lemon water and have the peels left over.
I use kitchen shears to cut them up a bit and run them through the disposal.
Easy, using what would typically be tossed out and completely natural. Win, win, win.
 

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking.
 

Carpet Freshener

Carpets can be a big source of unpleasant odors in the home, you can whip up this natural carpet powder in less than 5 minutes.
Carpet Powder @godschicki

Carpet Powder

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10-30 drops essential oils of your choice (for some scent ideas you can check out this post)
  • Shaker container (I found this cheese shaker at a dollar store- you could also use a glass jar with holes punched into the lid)

Mix up in a glass bowl and put into container.
Sprinkle on carpets, mattresses or furniture to freshen a bit. Let set 10-20 minutes and vacuum up.
Please check out this post on essential oil safety before using!
 

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking, including some of my most used essential oils!

Clothes Pin "Diffuser" & Link~up

Okay, your car is not technically part of your home, but you likely spend a lot of time there, plus this one can be clipped to a fan or vent as well as your car’s vent.
Clothes Pin "Diffuser" & Link~up @godschicki
Just take a wooden clothes pin and add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oils along the length. (For safety, please read this post; for ideas on scents, you can check out this post.)
I found that it works best if you put the oils on right before you leave, so they are fresh. It gives a nice, subtle scent to your car.
*Edit*
Since I have written this, I have seen an idea I would like to try….gluing small pom-poms along the length of the clothes pin to put the oils on.
Either way, it is an easy-peasy idea to cut out synthetic scents.

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking, including some of my most used essential oils!

Aprons & Pearls Link~up

“Household life is not primarily a sphere for cooking, keeping things tidy, sweeping and dusting, nursing and the training of children, hospitable entertainment of friends, and the thousand things that must be done each day. It is a sphere for transforming souls into radiant, Christly beauty!”
J.R. Miller, The Shining Light

I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.

About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian homemakers grow in their skills and to help Christian Bloggers get their work out there.
Leave up to three links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, Oil Selling or the like).
  • Life happens and we all get behind sometimes, but for each link you leave, please comment on at least two posts (1 link=2 comments, 2 links=4 comments, 3 links=6 comments).
  • Comments should be meaningful (at least 10 words and relevant to the post) and use keywords from the post title.
  • Add the Aprons & Pearls Button below to either your post or your sidebar so others can join in.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
 
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Now, it is time to link-up!


Sachets

Sachets @godschicki
Sachets are a lovely way to keep clothes and closets smelling nice. They can also be put under a counter in the bathroom.
Sachets
Sachet pouch (you could make them, but I got these at the store)
Lavender flowers
or
Rice & Essential oils
For these small ones, it only took about 1 1/2 tablespoons of lavender flowers to fill. I then tied them off. You may want to add a dab of glue to the not to make sure it is secure.
If you are using rice and essential oils, simply mix the rice with a couple of drops of essential oils in a glass bowl and fill your sachets.
Tuck away in your dresser drawers or closet, they will help keep your clothes scented nicely.

Giveaway

Now- July 25th, 2016 you can enter to win my Christmas in July Homeblessing Giveaway. I am giving away some of my favorite products that have helped me in my homemaking-including a couple of lavender filled sachets.