Frasier Fir Gift Idea + Free Printable

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift

We realize we’re jumping straight into Christmas with this post, but with all the shipping woes and economy meltdowns, we got started early this year. We want to help you do the same.

The smell of Christmas makes us so happy. So, might as well make it smell like Christmas as often as possible, right? Typically, it’s candles and diffusers that diffuse our favorite smells around the house, but this time, we’re talking about the Thymes Frasier Fir All-Purpose cleaner. The reality of being a mom is that we clean our counters (among other things) about 5 or more times a day. While gifting or receiving an all-purpose cleaner isn’t the sexiest gift, it’s a practical one that can be use daily, and also one that smells amazing. It’s worth sharing something that evokes cheerful emotions, especially when we are doing mundane tasks.

Let’s spread the smell of Christmas cheer this year with our latest printable to go along with Thymes all-purpose cleaner. We’re giving these early to teachers and neighbors this year.

We made two versions of the free printable. One says HAPPY HOLIDAYS and the other says MERRY CHRISTMAS. Choose the best one for you, and print it on card stock paper, then attach it to the bottle.

We have some holiday gift guides coming your way soon, so be on the lookout for those.

You can buy the Thymes all-purpose cleaner here or it’s on sale for $11 here.

If the cleaner isn’t your thing, you can buy a beautiful candle or diffuser oil.

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift

 

thanks fir everything-thymes multi purpose cleaner-neighbor and teacher holiday gift

Halloween Diffuser: Spooky Skeleton Spa

spooky skeleton spa - halloween diffuser with skeletons

We love our essential oils and diffusers. Literally, we use them all the time. Our diffuser just got Halloween-ified! We can’t take credit for this concept. Amanda with Project Whim put her diffuser inside a cute pumpkin container for Halloween, and we were smitten with the idea. She’s adorable, and you should follow her.

It’s so simple, we don’t need to list the steps. Just drill a hole in the bottom back of the cauldron with a drill bit large enough to fit the cord through. My 9-year-old helped me with this step, so you can do it!  Set the diffuser inside, add water, an oil or oil blend in the diffuser and then hang the skeletons from the sides. It’s an instantly festive Halloween decor item you can use year after year. Plus, it smells amazing, and you can add oils for any mood!

spooky skeleton spa - halloween diffuser with skeletons

spooky skeleton spa - halloween diffuser with skeletons

spooky skeleton spa - halloween diffuser with skeletons

spooky skeleton spa - halloween diffuser with skeletons

It has a really fun glow at night from the diffuser light.

spooky skeleton spa - halloween diffuser with skeletons

Here’s Jodi’s favorite fall blend to diffuse during the day.
Cassia, 4 drops
Citrus Bliss, 4 drops

If you’re looking for some fabulous diffusers, here are some favorites.

Vitruvi Diffuse: this terracotta color is beautiful
Asakuki Diffuser: this is a good size, and get’s good reviews
Volo Onyx Diffuser: This one is by doTERRA. Jodi loves it
Travel Diffuser: Travels must-have accessory

Happy October!

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DIY Bleach Ice Dye Sweatshirt

DIY bleach ice dye sweatshirt

First of all, I can’t believe I have a teenager. Well, not officially, but it sure looks like it…and she sure acts like it. I’m beyond grateful for her, but may God help us. She helped me with my latest project – DIY Ice Dye with Bleach! Tie-dye apparel is all the rage for tweens, teens, and let’s face it, adults, too! We all love to wear it (especially in our loungewear). After making our sweatshirts, we are hooked to this ice dye technique. Bring on all the bleach ice dye projects!

The materials and directions to make DIY bleach ice dye sweatshirts, shirts or pants are on Momtastic. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

Gift Guide: Game Night For Everyone On Your List

family game night - christmas gift guide for everyone

Some of our favorite gifts to give (and receive) are games. This year, we are spending more time indoors with our families than (perhaps ever) before, so it’s the perfect year to give the gift of an entertaining “Game Night.” It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Get the whole family together for night full of laughter and friendly competition. It’s budget-friendly fun, and we more of that this year! You don’t need to spend an enormous amount of money on the newest video gaming box to entertain your kids. Instead, spend time together playing a game. Those memories are often the most priceless ones.

We’ve rounded up some of our personal favorites*. We hope you enjoy them, too!

christmas gift guide, game night for the whole family

1. Flipside: This is one of our favorite gifts to give, and one of our kids favorite’s to play. It’s awesome! It can go anywhere, and all ages can play. Sometimes we get addicted as adults, and want to get to that next level. Think rubix cube meets fast-paced lights and a timer. You can play individually or as a team. There are a couple game modes to choose from.

2. Crazy 8′s, Go Fish: Sometimes a deck of cards is all you need for good old-fashioned fun. This set has something for everyone, and you can stuff the decks into stockings.

3. Uno: You can’t go wrong with this classic card game. Try to be the first to get rid of your cards before your opponents try to pin you with a Wild card or a +4. The more players you have, the longer it lasts. Ages 7 and up will like to play this one.  This UNO Attack takes it up a notch if you are ready to mix it up.

4. Yahtzee: This is a classic. We played when we were young. This is a great price at under $10, and fun for the entire family. See if your lucky, or have dice skill to get a Full House, three of a kind, or the ultimate 5-of-a-kind, known as Yahtzee. Kids have the opportunity work on their math skills as they count dice, too. Our kids, ranging from age 7 to 12 love this game.

5. Star Wars Monopoly, Mandalorian: Our boys are big Star Wars fans. We have a Star Wars Monopoly that is either unavailable online, or more than $75. So, if we can’t get that same version, this Mandalorian version will work. Who can resist that adorable baby Yoda, the Child?

6. Kanoodle: This is an all-time favorite. It can travel anywhere, requires zero wi-fi, kids have to use their brains and it’s so much fun for ages 7-99. This makes an excellent stocking stuffer, or birthday party gift. We always like to have extras of these on hand to give as gifts. The price is right on this game, too, for under $10! With just 12 puzzle pieces, challenge yourself to follow the puzzle book (with 200 challenges) with a couple pieces shown, then complete the puzzle.

7. Guesstures: This is another Christmas gift for our family this year.  It’s a fast game of charades the whole family can play. We played it when we were younger, and hope our kids love it like we did. Get ready for lots of laughs.

8. Guess Who: This game is good fun! Our kids have loved this since age 4! The object of the game is to ask Yes or No questions to determine who the opponents person is. Kids will learn strategy with this one.

9. Code Names: Spy agents on opposing teams provide their team with code words to guess words on the board. It’s engaging, and fun for ages 10 and up. The rules seem somewhat overwhelming at first, but the more you play, the more fun it is. There is a Disney variation of this game, which our kids really liked.

10. Clean Slate: This is a new discovery for us. We like to get our kids a new game every Christmas, so shhh, our kids are getting this one for Christmas, along with Taboo, Kids vs. Parents.

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Last Day to Shop Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

nordstrom anniversary sale-shopping

TODAY is the last day for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Some of our favorites have been sold out for a week or two now (i.e. the Spanx faux leather leggings), but there are still some great deals worth checking out, if you have the funds to shop.

I got these $35 Quay sunglasses, feel a little like J. Lo, and love them! My friend just bought them, too. Twinsies. :) Run, don’t walk on these. They have been sold out, on and off, throughout the sale.

Can’t beat some fantastic leggings from Zella for $38.

These snakeskin Remi Madewell Mules are so chic for $55.

If you wear an underwire bra, this is hands-down our favorite by Natori.

I invested in this faux leather jacket last year, and love it.

Um, yes to these Spanx shapers on sale. Stock up, ladies.

Rain, rain, you can stay another day with these Hunter boots.

A cozy top under $25 for fall.

We can do Booties like this, all day.

A New Balance sneaker for the man in your life. We’re a huge fan of Bonobos pants for men, too.

If you’re getting outside like everyone in America, this Patagonia backpack is so cool for under $85.

These are cute fringe earrings for a little ear candy.