Aprons & Pearls 11.29.16

 

   The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”

C.S. Lewis

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This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
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  • Leave as many as you like.
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I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
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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Gift Ideas for Essential Oil Users

gift ideas for essential oil users @godschicki
I am really at a loss for the intro to this post….it’s really just a bunch of fun gift ideas  for essential oil users that I have stumbled across in the past couple of weeks. This might be a longer post than normal. Many of these items are currently on sale (some over 50% off!), but Amazon changes prices all of the time, so please doubt check them. With a few exceptions, the majority of these are under $4o, but a lot of them are under $10.

This post contains affiliate links. This means that it does not change the price of the items that you purchase through the links, but I get a very small percentage. Photos in this post are also clickable affiliate links.


This diffuser is fun because it has a built-in speaker.
Product information:

  • Provides hours of relaxing therapeutic mist and soothing sounds for a complete home spa experience
  • Four selectable nature sounds or connect your own personal music device thru the built in speaker
  • Seven rotating or selectable colored lights make an ideal mood light or night light for kids
  • Four different aroma mist settings allow for variable periods of continuous operation 3 to 8 hours
  • Beautiful wood grained base and a heavy glass diffuser top


This one is a nice big one that will run 10+ hours
Product information:

  • Waterless Auto Shut Off: 500ml water capacity can support over 10 hours working time. Shut Off AutoColor-changing LEDs: 7 kinds of colorful changing LED lamp, each has HIGH and LOW types.
  • Reliable and Friendly Customer Service: Ready to respond 24 hours and Support Guarantee
  • High/Low Mist Control & 4 Timing Function: Press “High/Low” button to select strong or weak


This one is nice and portable.
Product Information:

  • Whisper-Quiet Ultrasonic Operation – humidify your living space to prevent dry, stuffy air and flu/cold germs infecting your loved ones.
  • Prevent dry and chapped skin in dry winter months.
  • Spark Your Kid’s Imagination with 7 Changing Mood Lights, each of which is adjustable between Bright and Dim modes, and could be set steady on.  Color including: Green, Dark blue, Red, Yellow, Pink, Light blue, White.
  • Shuts Off Automatically When The Water Runs Out.
  • Portable for Home, Office, Spa,  or Bedroom.
  • Two Working Modes:Continuous Mist, Lights only.
  • Content: 100 ml
  • Extra Long Power Cord: 6 feet
  • Item Size: 3.9 * 5.7in
  • Weight: 11oz.
  • Material: PP Hard Plastic
  • Working Time: 3 hours in continuous mode
  • Monitor the shortage of water automatically and ensure the safety


Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand is pretty much the authority on Essential Oil Safety and a great resource. At time of posting (11/28/16), it is on sale for 42% off, still a bit pricey, but a great deal.

A cute labeling kit. This one comes with a marker and bottle tool.

This kit is nice because it comes with everything you will need to use rollers bottles. You get 12 cobalt blue roller bottles, 2 pipette droppers, 18 labels and a bottle tool for a great price.

This carry case holds 10 5-15 ml bottles or 10 roller bottles for easy transport-from room to room or as you travel.

This hard case
has 30 adjustable slots for 5ml, 10ml, and 15ml bottles.

Great for your purse or diaper bag, this hard shelled carry case holds 10 5ml or 10 ml roller bottles for easy use.

Slightly bigger, this foam padded cade holds 16 5-15ml bottles, is pretty portable at 5×3.25×5.25 inches and has a lifetime warranty. At time of posting on 11/28/16 it is on sale for 56% off at only $10.95.

These bottle tools come in handy for opening rollers bottles or dropper caps for mixing your own blends.

Pipettes are great tools to have on hand for making your own blends.

Inhalation is the most effective way to use essential oils and these inhalers are a great tool. They are very easy to transport, so you can bring your most used blends along with you.

These mini funnels make adding carrier oils to your blends a breeze.

These 10ml spray bottles are perfect for making your own perfumes, car freshener spray, or sanitizing sprays.

These silcon roller bottle sleeves are a great idea. They would make a perfect key chain for your favorite oil. You can also get them in purple.

This kit is great because it gets you some great spray bottles and the accessories to help you make your own sprays.

10ml dropper bottles are nice for mixing your own blends. You can find 15ml dropper bottles here if you want the bigger size.

I recently found these adorable mini (5ml) spray bottles. They would make nice car spray or travel perfume bottles.

These 16 ounce glass spray bottles are my favorites. I have 4 of them, and could use a few more. They are what I use for my cleaners and room spray.

2 ounce glass spray bottles also come in handy. Great for sanitizing spray, bug spray, room freshener spray or toilet spray.

This shelf is a great way to store your oils so that they are easily accessible and labels are visible.

This beautiful wooden box holds 68 bottles. Personally I like the shelf storage method better, but some prefer a pretty box.
These diffuser necklaces would make a lovely gift for an oil lover. You can click on the images below to find out more about each design, or click here for more designs.

These car diffuser clips are a great way to freshen your car without harmful chemicals. Click on the images below to view the designs closer.

Roller bottles are a great tool for essential oil users, and they come in all sizes and colors. The standard is 10ml, though 5ml ones have some great uses as well. You can click on the images below to check out the rollers I’ve found useful.

There are a lot of fun and pretty labeling options, you can click on the images below to get a better view of the ones I found:

Thanksgiving Update and Aprons & Pearls Linkup 11.22.16

Much has happened since I last posted (other than the scheduled  linkups)!
My weekend of making more freezer meals was derailed by our new little guy joining our family.
D was born at 3: 19  am on his due date (the 5th). If you know me, you know how much stock I put in due dates. I really felt he was going to be late. After only 5 1/2 hours of labor (which is both good and bad!) his daddy got to catch him in our room. Yes. We had him at home. On purpose! I’ve gotten to say that to a few people and it blows their minds for some reason…
Unfortunately, at our first postpartum visit the next day, my blood pressure was extremely high, so I spent over 32 hours in the hospital for a 24 hour treatment and some monitoring. Thankfully my mom was here for the big kids and daddy brought D as a visitor so I could still nurse him.
Still not a fan of hospitals at all, but at least the nurses where pretty nice and at least curious if not supportive about homebirth (though most of them were supportive and desire to have their kids at home-which says a lot about hospital births…if the ones working them don’t want them….but anyway…). The fact that we were told five different things about when we could go home was frustrating. Another annoyance about hospitals. We did not have to deal with the one doctor I refuse to see at this hospital, so that was a blessing.
Missing all of that bonding time with the bigger kids was so tough. All I wanted to do was cry, but didn’t want to get my blood pressure any higher. Between the uncomfortable bed, the blood pressure cuff and nursing I only got a couple of 20 minute naps. With the treatment’s tendency to nauseate people, I was on a liquid diet (yeah, after giving birth and while trying to establish milk supply)…
Hospital policy was for another 24 hours of monitoring…and that would have been at 9 pm, and doctors don’t make rounds until 10ish am, so it would have been a lot longer… so after talking to the doctor we signed out AMA. She said she couldn’t officially say we were good to go since hospital policy said another 24 hours, but she felt we were making an informed decision for our family, knowing that being away from the kids and home was probably not helping and it wasn’t that we were signing out AMA against real objections since things looked pretty good.
As of right now I am on a medication for blood pressure, but I want to find a natural minded/knowledgeable doctor that I can work with to find a natural alternative to managing my blood pressure. My numbers have been low since we got home, so hopefully we can at least lessen the dose of the medication that I am on.
After a stop for chilli cheese fries and a milkshake (yeah, the whole eating healthier thing was out the window after more than 24 hours with real food all the while feeling like I could eat a whole cow! I really wanted a big burger, but there wasn’t a place with a decent gluten free bun open) we got home around 2.
It’s been pretty busy since then, but I have been trying to take it easy and rest when I can. I have several ideas for posts that I am itching to get out, but at the moment, I am drinking in all the newborn cuteness and enjoying time with the bigger Littles.
I may have a post up later this week, though my original thought was Thursday, not thinking about it being Thanksgiving here in the states, so it maybe Friday or Saturday before it’s out.
Hopefully next year I can do more of my Thanksgiving post ideas and recipes!
This year I am especially thankful to live in a state where homebirth is legal, for our new, healthy  Little Guy, the two sweet ladies that brought us food and my family that has come up to help out.
What are you thankful for this year?
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“Love is always ready to deny itself, to give, sacrifice, just in the measure of its sincerity and intensity. Perfect love is perfect self-forgetfulness. Hence where there is love in a home, unselfishness is the law. Each forgets self and lives for others.
But where there is selfishness it mars joy. One selfish soul will destroy the sweetness of life in any home. It is like an ugly bush in the midst of a garden of flowers. It was selfishness that destroyed the first home and blighted all the loveliness of Paradise; and it has been blighting lovely things in earth’s home ever since. We need to guard against this spirit.”

J.R. Miller

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 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:

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  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
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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Aprons & Pearls 11.15.16

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“”We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving Him or others. There is no higher calling than to be a servant.”

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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 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:

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  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
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.
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Aprons & Pearls 11.8.16

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“As we pray and labor for reformation in the church in America, we have to keep our eyes on the little things that are not as little as we think-things like feasting together around our tables, loving the little people in our families, and living sacrificially for one another. These seemingly “insignificant” duties are far more potent than we realize, for God sanctifies them and uses them to bless us, transform our communities, and bring glory to His name.”

Nancy Wilson

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 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.

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  • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
  • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
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.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
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Freezer Meal Planning & Diet Changes

Freezer Meals & Diet Changes @godschicki
With a busy season of life coming up, I am starting to think ahead to freezer meals for after the baby comes in November. I need to pull out the recipe binder and gather what recipes I want to try from around the web.
Having meals in the freezer makes the postpartum period so much easier. Not having to worry about meals-then anyway- is a load off my mind.
This will be a feat made slightly more complicated by the fact that we are cutting out gluten and corn, trying to reduce grains, dairy and processed sugar and cut out the processed foods that have crept in over the past year or so (it’s not a lot, but for convenience sake, I have slipped in a few healthier ‘snacks’ and meal items that are from a bag/box).
We are cutting out gluten because our son is very sensitive to it (not sure if it is celiacs yet, but it really causes some issues), and to corn as well (ever heared of ‘corn rage’?). I’ve tried to stay away from GMO corn, but that will not be a worry if we cut it out. The problem with corn is that there are about 100 names that it can ‘hide’ under. I am still working on learning them, but again, cutting out premade things will make this easier.
Grains do not hold a lot of nutritional value and are essentially fillers. They are also higher in phytic acid, which blocks the body’s absorption of nutrients.
Since I have yet to find a raw milk source, and raw milk products (cheese, etc) are harder to find (and more expensive if you can actually find them), I plan on reducing our use of diary. Diary is not particularly great for your gut anyway.
Everyone knows processed sugar is not good for you. We do not use a lot (I have the remains of a 10 pound bag that has been in the cabinet for a long time), but I am going to start watching it closer and subbing maple syrup or coconut sugar when and where I can.
Making stuff from scratch will also help eliminate artificial colors. Red dye causes major behavioral problems in our house, yellows have been linked to cancer…so we do our best to avoid artificial color.
Even though I try to opt for healthier processed items, they are still processed, changing and eliminating much of the nutrients.
I would love to get us all on a GAPS diet, but since I am pregnant and nursing I have to be careful about detoxing, and cooking two sets of meals (one for me and one for everyone else) is a bit much at the moment, I am sticking with the changes I listed above.
Something of a muddled Paleo/GAPS modified hybrid. So, pulling some recipes from each of those areas.
I have several blog posts planned and in the works. I plan to write about making real food and share some of the recipes and resources I am using in the process. I have already modified a few to be real food recipes (working around things like using canned soup or seasoning mixes).
Just freezer meals. Just one more thing that has been swimming around in the already packed space of my brain for a while. Just one more thing to be done before baby. Hopefully not the straw that breaks the camel’s back!
Do you do freezer meals? Do you have favorite real-food (no canned soup or packaged processed foods) recipes? Does your family have special dietary needs? Have you done a GAPS or Paleo diet? Have a recipe that is freezable?

A Thanksgiving Challenge for Any Time of Year

Thankful Challenge @godschicki
I really meant to include this in the Aprons & Pearls Linkup yesterday, but I forgot to add it to the scheduled post…
This is a fun exercise that I did after hearing about it at Bible study a while back.  All that you need is a pen (or your choice of writing utensil) and some paper…
For each day that you participate, come up with 4 unique things that you are thankful for. By unique, I mean that you can only use it once….
The challenge in Bible study was to do it for 7 days. I ended up doing it for 30.
Some days it was thanks for sunshine…others for not burning dinner….that laundry was finished…I remembered to renew library books…or for a specific sweet moment with the kids…
The real point being looking for things to be thankful for. It really changes your perspective.
I want to make it a practice to take the time to write down things that I am thankful for several times a year.
Today is November 2nd, so I want to challenge you to come up with 4 things that you are thankful for each day this month. You can do 8 today to catch up if you like.
Will you take part? Please comment and let me know! I’d love to hear some things that you are thankful for thought out the month!
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Aprons & Pearls Linkup 11.1.16

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“If we look at the lovely world that God designed, we can see a pattern for what He has intended for us—a home environment filled with colour and creativity and order, a welcoming provider of lighter and refuge, a pace where memories are made and shared. Instead of creating us to live in a house of weariness and colourlessness, God has made us to live in a home full of soul-beautiful elements”

Sally Clarkson

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 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, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
  • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
  • Leave as many as you like.
  • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
  • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!

I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.
The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back Sunday and check out some of the posts!
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.
As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
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