21 March 2018

What's New at Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio for 2018 + Win a Free Night!

This post is sponsored by Kalahari Sandusky, but all enthusiasm is my own.

Today is the first day of spring, and we currently have an ice storm as I type this.  Between the bitter cold weather and the crazy homeschool schedule, I am more ready for spring break than are my kids!  

We don't travel far because we have farm animals to feed daily, but Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio, is just over an hour away and the perfect place to relax for a day.  We went last year, and my kids begged to go back before we had even left for the day.

My husband and I had a blast there too.  Usually when we go places, we spend our time watching the kids have fun.  I love watching my kids have fun, but we all got to play and fun at Kalahari.  

19 March 2018

Suzanne Somers Organics Review

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

I grew up watching reruns of older shows, including Three's Company.  Suzanne Somers didn't play a strong female role in that show, but she is one in real life.  Not only is she a well known actress, but she's also a successful businesswoman.

You probably remember seeing her in commercials as the spokesperson for the Thighmaster back in the day.  She helped have a successful product launch back then, and it's still going strong today.

She also has an entire line of natural makeup, skin care, and hair care products that I had the pleasure of trying.  Keep reading for my Suzanne Somers Organics review.

16 March 2018

Best Essential Oils for Sleep

These are the best essential oils to help you sleep at night.

I take my sleep very seriously. I'm not a good mom or a good person to be around if I don't get enough sleep. And if I don't sleep well for more than two nights? Just leave me alone. Trust me, it's best for everyone involved for me to left alone.

There is no amount of coffee that will help when I get less than 6 hours of sleep.

Two of my kids are insomniacs. They can't fall asleep at night, even with melatonin, and then they want to sleep the day away. Even though we homeschool, we can't be starting our day at noon!

So I'm turning to the best essential oils for sleep. I'm sure you'll recognize a few on this list (ahem, lavender), but there might be some ones that are new to you that you may want to try.


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It's no surprise that lavender essential oil is at the top of my list. It's known to be relaxing and help calm your mind. Lavender has been proven to increase sleep in nursing home patients when used in aromatherapy.

The effects of lavender are usually short lived and may only last about 20 minutes. If you have trouble falling asleep but can stay asleep, lavender just might help.


Ylang ylang is said to restore peace in your body and mind. It's best to diffuse it for about half an hour before you to bed to relax and diffuse it through the night.


Frankincense is said to help balance your emotions. This can lead to being able to fall asleep faster and sleep better.


Vetiver is one of my favorite essential oils for sleep. It's an earthy scent that helps stabilize your mood and calm you.


Marjoram is known as a joyful or happy essential oil. It's soothing and relaxes your mind, so you can fall asleep easier.


Just like chamomile tea is calming, so is chamomile essential oil is also calming. It's help ease anxiety and makes you more restful.


Cedarwood is a great all purpose essential oil, and it's generally inexpensive. It can help support your pineal gland. The pineal gland is what releases your body's natural melatonin, the hormone that makes you fall asleep.


Bergamot is a citrus oil, but it's not stimulating like other citrus essential oils. It can calm you down, which can help with sleep.


Try one of these blends for sleep:

  • 3 drops cedarwood, 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops lavender, 3 drops bergamot
  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil, 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops marjoram, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops vetiver
  • 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops lavender, 2 drops vetiver, 2 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops vetiver, 3 drops lavender

I also use a Sweet Dreams custom blend from Crafty Bubbles. It has:

  • Lavender
  • German blue chamomile
  • Orange
  • Amyris
  • Frankensence
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lemongrass
  • Geranium
  • Cedarwood


Essential oils can be used both topically and through aromatherapy.


This is my preferred way to use essential oils for sleep or really any other ailment unless I don't want anyone else to get the effects of the oil. I diffuse the oils in my diffuser by adding a few drops of the oil. I have a special timer that I use so it shuts off in the middle of the night after I fall asleep.

READ The Best Essential Oil Diffuser and How to Use It

You can also use an essential oil inhaler before you go to bed. If I do that, I use it about half an hour before I go to sleep.


Essential oils can also be applied directly to your skin, but you have to dilute them first. I use a solid carrier oil stick or a roller bottle to apply it.

If you are using a liquid carrier oil, use 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and mix with 1-3 drops of essential oil.

You can apply the oil to the bottoms of your feet, back of the neck, or wrists.

READ List of Carrier Oils and Their Benefits


You can also make a misting spray that you can spray in your room when you go to bed. I like this because I can just keep the bottle beside my bed and with a quick spritz I'm done.

To make it, add one tablespoon of isopropyl alcohol to a 4 ounce bottle of water. Add up to 20 drops of essential oils listed above or a blend and fill with distilled water. Shake well before each use.

Spray on your pillow before you go to bed at night.


You can also use one of these essential oils or a blend in place of the essential oils in the following recipes:

Solid Essential Oil Stick
Natural Vapor Rub Recipe
Pain Relief Bath Salts
Solid Lotion Bars in Your Instant Pot (add 15 drops of oils)
Homemade Lotion


Even if you use the best essential oils for sleep, you still need to develop healthy sleeping habits. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This one is hard for me because I have to get up early Tuesdays and Thursdays and like to sleep in on Fridays and Saturdays. I feel a lot better if I go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day though.

Don't use blue light for half an hour before you go to bed. This includes TVs, your phone, tablet, or even a Kindle. This type of light can stimulate you too much, which makes it harder to go to sleep.

Limit your caffeine. I used to be horrible about getting a coffee in the late afternoon, but it would keep me up until the wee hours of the morning. Now I don't drink coffee after 2 pm or drink decaf like my homemade powdered toffee coffee recipe.


I buy all of my essential oils from Crafty Bubbles, and that's what you'll see in my photos and recipes. Their oils are at an unbeatable price and high quality.

I've been shopping at their store since my grandma took me before I was even in school, and I like to support local businesses. I started buying their essential oils about 10 years ago when they started carrying them. If you order from their site, I do not earn a commission. It would be really nice if you could tell them that Cari at Everything Pretty sent you even though I don't earn anything.

They have the largest selection in the catalog on their site, but you can also find some on Amazon.

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14 March 2018

Cucumber and Green Tea Bath Salt Recipe

It's been alternating between a blizzard and bright sunshine all day today.  I know it always snows in April in Ohio, so I have a good 6 weeks left of winter, but I'm ready for spring and summer.  I've replaced my heavy winter scents with light scents in hopes of warmer weather.

12 March 2018

DIY Scar and Stretch Mark Sugar Scrub Recipe With Helichrysum and Lavender

This scar and stretch mark sugar scrub recipe gently exfoliates while the oils help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. 

We all have different skin needs.  I have oily skin, but you may have combination or dry skin.  But one thing that almost all of have are scars.  Our scars tell our story, but that doesn't mean that we have to learn to love them.

I have a scar on my leg that I don't like.  It's rather large and ugly, so I don't wear shorts when I go out in public.  I also have stretch marks from having babies.  My kids are totally worth it, but I would still like to fade the scars.

I created a scar and stretch mark sugar scrub that works with a scar and stretch mark salve that I'm posting over at Soap Deli News later this week.  Using both of them together will increase your chances at fading old scars.


Once you have a scar or stretch mark, which are just scars, you'll never completely get rid of it without having surgery.  But you can fade them so they are harder to see.  

One way to naturally fade scars is to exfoliate.  This buffs off the top layer of skin, revealing newer skin underneath.  You'll have to do this for weeks or months; just one time won't do much.

It's also helpful to use carrier oils and essential oils that can help your skin heal and fade your scars.  I selected each ingredient for this scar and stretch mark sugar scrub just for their benefits for the skin.  


I used brown sugar for this scrub because it's gentler on your skin, which is important if your're using it on skin that's been compromised by scars or stretch marks.

I used moringa oil because it's a wonderful oil for your skin.  It's full of antioxidants to help your skin.  Using moringa oil on your skin can help boost blood flow to the area to promote healing.  It's also a natural anti-inflammatory.

Vitamin E is a popular home remedy for scars.  If you go to the store and look at a scar cream, it will almost certainly have vitamin E in it.

Lemon juice is a mild acid, so it can help exfoliate along with the brown sugar.  It can also lighten the scar to help fade it.

Helichrysum essential oil has many skin benefits.  It's naturally anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant.  It's said to protect your skin and promote cell regeneration.  It is also said to increase blood flow and circulation.  

Lavender essential oil can heal your mind and your body.  It's a gentle oil, so it's good for damaged skin.  When applied to new or old scars, it can help promote healing.

Rosehip seed oil would also be an excellent carrier oil to use in this recipe.  It's also said to help fade scars.




Place brown sugar in a small bowl.  Add moringa oil, vitamin E oil, and lemon juice.  Stir well.


Add helichrysum and lavender essential oils.  Stir.


Gently scrub scars or stretch marks with a circular motion.


Let sit for for a few minutes before rinsing.


Follow with a scar and stretch mark salve.  (I have a recipe for this coming soon at Soap Deli News!)

I have only used this scrub on the body.  Since it's made with brown sugar, you could probably use it on your face for acne scars or other scars.  If you have any irritation or discomfort at all, then rinse immediately.  

If you love body scrubs, then don't miss my book with 30 recipes to make for fun or profit!

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