How I’m using Essential Oils – Learning Where to Start!

Essential Oils isn’t something new..but it is something super popular right now and spreading!
I grew up with my mom using tea tree oil in our house! Right now the oils are everywhere you go! This time last year I was a total skeptic and wasn’t interested at all. But over this year more and more of my friends started using Young Living Essential Oils and raving about it’s effects on their families health and even financial impacts it’s made on their family. One friend in particular, (Nicole from The Pretty Oil) really helped me see the practical every day uses
and how much Oils have changed her life and what they could do for our family!
My husband was a total skeptic day of having the oils in our house
and he was hooked!! He was blending and diffusing even more than I was!
Sore legs at night? oils for that…Pumping up immune system?…oils for that.
Helping kids relax at bed time?…oils for that! Helping your pregnant nauseous
wife not throw up?..oils for that! (thank goodness lol.)
If you want to become a member CLICK HERE or keep on reading to find out more!
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I’ve waited till now to share more about essential oils because I wanted to
really dive into them and learn more. But it now only seems fitting to share it on my space here! Using oils is everywhere. If you are on social media,
no doubt you are always seeing the little colorful bottles popping up on your feed!

One thing I’ve found with oils is that a lot of people want to try them but feel overwhelmed and totally clueless when it comes to them. How do you use them?? Which ones do you use the most?? Should you be just a member or sell them too?
I hope in this post to help give you some answers and direction and
share where I’m at with using essential oils!
(I am not an expert…I seek the advice of girls way smarter than me in this area…
but I’m happy to share my experience and what I’ve learned.

How do you use the oils??
Two key words… Dilute.. or Diffuse.
The young living essential oils are very strong and pure.
It takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of lemon oil!
Some oils you can put directly on your skin but in
my experience I almost always dilute or diffuse them.
Our favorite essential oils to use are lemon, lavender, thieves, purification,
joy, peppermint and the citrus blend. We have ended up using them daily in some way.
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Dilute the oils?! In what and how???
This is an area where I’ve see so many posts of people sharing oils and saying
they diluted them but never explained how or with what!
You need to use a carrier oil to dilute the oils. Popular ones are Coconut Oil, V6 or Grapeseed Oil. We use Grapeseed Oil from amazon.
I like how it isn’t really scented and isn’t too greasy feeling!
The bottles usually specify directions on how much of each to use when diluting.
I’m going to be ordering some roller ball containers so that I can blend our oils and have them on hand.. but we have been using little bowls to dilute and blend the oils in and then use a q tip to put the oils on ben, my or the kids feet..or behind our ears.
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How do you Diffuse the oils?
I use the diffuser that came in my Premium Starter Kit.
(That kit is the best bang for your buck if you want to try a lot of the oils)
It’s like a humidifier… You open the top and fill with water to the line..and drop in the oils you want. We regularly use lemon or citrus. We also sometimes diffuse peppermint and citrus in there and the whole house smells incredible and it really helps keep me focused and going! (Peppermint is very strong and not recommended to use directly on kids or when you are nursing…but if you dilute it or diffuse it and use for certain periods of time it is safe and great to use. I did a lot of research on this one.) I have a lot of friends who swear by thieves diffusing in their kids’ rooms to help with stopping a bug or stopping it from spreading through the family. I usually put thieves on our feet at night to help.
I couldn’t handle the smell at first with my morning sickness…
but I’m starting to like it now so I’m gonna probably end up diffusing it too once
I’m through the morning sickness part of this pregnancy!
I love using the purification oil too…when you have odors in
the home and want to clean it up! Life saver when you are
a super smelling pregnant lady and everything smells bad to you. haha.
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Where do you learn more about oils?
I have two incredible books –  Essential Oils Pocket reference and Gentle Babies.
(If you sign up with our team in march you get to choose one for free!)
I am part of The Pretty Oil Team where we have forums and webinars to help us learn more! I also follow some awesome ladies on IG that share their love and daily uses.
Love how it’s one big community to help us grow and learn more about natural options for our families! We are slowly going more and more green over here!

Become a retail customer or a wholesale member?
Maybe you want to try the oils first and see how you like them…
Maybe you’ve already tried some or have heard such great things you are hooked and want to go all in and get the discount by being a wholesale member…
Maybe you want to help your family financially by simply sharing the oils you love and are using and get compensated by doing so….
There is no right or wrong way to start using the oils,
but if you want to hear your you go:
I am part of The Pretty Oil Team. It’s a community for ladies selling or using buying for themselves! You can join for the community and knowledge they share….if you want to sell them they offer support and tools. If you just want to buy oils when you want and learn more how to use’s for that too!

+You could sign up to be a retail customer
There is no pressure or commitment to buy a certain amount of oils.
It’s a buy when you want thing!

+You could sign up to be a wholesale member.
You receive 24 percent off retail discount on your orders.
This type of membership is the most beneficial for your family.
You are naturally going to want to share the oils you are using and you’ll find that SO MANY PEOPLE are wanting to learn more about that you’ll get comments and emails and those sign ups can be beneficial for you.

I was already convinced on the oils so I did the Premium Start Living Kit since it’s the best bang for your buck. If you are a blogger… or have a social media platform(big or small!), I highly encourage you to go at it this way. You might think oh my gosh I don’t have time to take on another thing….but by joining the Pretty Oil Team you are getting so much support you’ll be amazed at how easy it is for you to share your love for oils and benefit from some simple shares of how you are using them in your regular life! My friend Nicole started The Pretty Oil and she has so many amazing success stories of bloggers and non bloggers a like. It seriously pumps you up that these mamas are able to stay at home and make things happen for their families.
When you are a part of The Pretty Oil Team you get access to team forums, monthly webinars, classes + events, e-books and optional business training.

If you are wanting to be on my team and work with me..I would LOVE IT!
I’m so excited about this and the potential it has to really bless your family’s health and bless your family financially. If you have been on the fence about doing it, email me! If you are ready to dive in like I was then you can follow the steps below to join me!
Would love to have you on my team and grow this together.

  • SCROLL DOWN THROUGH “ESSENTIAL REWARDS KITS” CLICK “NO THANK YOU, I PLAN ON ENROLLING IN THE ESSENTIAL REWARDS LATER” (note: the monthly shipment program, essential rewards are an amazing benefit of being a member and you will get free oils each month! But first get your starter kit & The Pretty Oil Team will explain the rewards program to you later!)

                                    If you are just wanting to become a regular member and start using
oils for yourself…Perfect! Follow the same steps below to sign up and start with ordering the
oils or package of your choice. You can always upgrade to a wholesale member if you
decide you want to start making money off of your sharing!

    Please email me if you have any questions at all or want to talk more! I love hearing from you guys about essential oils!

Spontaneous Tea Parties

Sometimes we can get so busy with our to do lists that we push aside time for friendship and making special memories with our kiddos. You are making memories with your kids all day long… sock pairing party…popsicles outside on the porch. Every little random moment in the day can be made special. But I wanted to set aside some time to do something EXTRA special with Sienna. And I also wanted to reach out to a friend to get together. I kept putting it off because life was so busy..but you know what…life isn’t slowing down anytime soon. So sometimes you just have to randomly text your friend the night before and invite them over for a tea party! I invited my sister and my niece too! Everyone was up for an after nap tea time ;)
After Church on Sunday, Sienna Micah and I ran over to target to grab a few tea party essentials! I loved seeing sienna be so excited about setting up her table and picking all the pink treats. We hit the end caps of the aisles for the clearance items! Polka dot balloons for the win! 

Sienna was so excited to set up her table. When we were at target, after getting the treats, She said, “ok… now we need to talk decorations.” (with hands clasped together) haha.. hmm she is definitely my daughter. I kind of was loving it. But also helped her see we didn’t need much.. just some pretty plates and napkins and some polka dot balloons! We grabbed up the $1 hello kitty bracelets for each of the girls. I loved seeing her set her table and be so giddy for her friends and cousin to arrive. Violette brought her flowers…they were so adorable together.

We used the green toys tea set that we already had… ben and I gave it to the girls’ for christmas this year! love love the set. We use water for our tea parties. because there is a lot of spillage going on. :) I was told multiple times by sienna with her loud whisper, “this is the best tea party everrrrr!!”
Made my mama heart happy. (the container holding the marshmallows is plastic and from target. love it for the littles because they feel so fancy using it but it’s also safe and not fragile! highly recommend it if you are going to host kid get togethers!)teapartyfun3-thebusybudgetingmama

Micah was ALL ABOUT the tea party too. he was a little upset we were short a seat. But we let him get in on the tea cup holding and drinking. and sienna the hostess helped him to some marshmallows and cookies. Doggie came to the tea party for a bit.
and kept licking all the giggly guests. ;)


After our smashing tea party, we all walked to the park for play time. My mom came to the tea party too.. it was fun having some time to talk with adults…and let the littles play. Sometimes we need that more than a clean house or empty laundry baskets.
I think these spontaneous tea parties are going to be a regular thing for us.
Sophia was out of town for this one (in philly with ben visiting grandma b!)
I told her we will have one before we move to the new house.
Which is in a couple weeks….. I should be packing.
Have a wonderful day! and remember to soak up
your sweeties and give yourself grace. You are doing a great job!

Favorite Beauty Products (Most Drugstore)


I LOVE hearing about beauty products people have found and love.
I spend most of my shopping time at Target so that’s where most of my items are from!
These are a mix of new (this month) and old (since high school) favorites.
Hope you try some of these out and love them too!marchfavoritebeautyproducts2-thebusybudgetingmama

Full n’ Soft Maybelline Mascara

Can’t so a beauty favorites post without mentioning this mascara!
Been using it since high school. have tried others.. never as good as this one!
I use the waterproof because I’m an emotional weepy mess. (it actually just stays on better)
But I also use the regular and it’s fantastic. Eyelashes for days ladies!
Purchased at Target (not on their website but walmart has it online)

Sonia Kashuk Blush
I have a few of these blushes and love them all!
Love the colors and how they go and stay on.
Purchased at Target – Flushed + Flamingo

Elf Eyelid Primer
This stuff is THE BOMB. it’s cheap. like 1 or 3 bucks. and it works!
It helps my eyeshadow stay on and not crease. Been using for a couple years and huge fan.
Purchased at Target

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow
OK. First… I haven’t seen this at my target lately. and I need it as you can see one side is all gone. BUT if yours has it grab it! I use the light shade for the lid and the dark for the crease..and blend. LOVE it. it’s my go too.  BUT.. since the light is gone and I can’t find it…
The next item I got as a replacement and I ended up loving it too!
Purchased at Target – Diamond Life

Cover Girl Eyeshadow Quad
I use the first shade of the Notice me Nudes set every day.
But I love the sparkly options it has too for fun date nights!
Purchased at Target – Notice me Nudes

Maybelline Cover Stick
This is a great product to have in your beauty bag for those days you end up with a blemish that is red and needs a little help with coverage! I used this last month on a spot that was healing but was still so red it needed the green to cancel it out before I put my foundation over it. Wonder worker. Great coverage.
Purchased at Target (Green one isn’t online but here’s a similar one)

Pixi Beauty Bronzer
This Product is a miracle worker! use a good brush (I use this one) to
brush into the hollows of your cheek (you are wanting to emphasize a shadow.)
Just like dark jeans make your butt look smaller… the shadow there makes your face look skinnier and your cheek bones pop! You can also use it all over your face. I do it in the hollows of my cheeks/right under cheekbones line and around my forehead and jaw line.
My friend Christine introduced me to the world of bronzer..I was always afraid of it.
But this is a great first step into it. not too bold but makes a difference.

MAC Mineralize Concealer
This is the only non drugstore item on this list!
And it’s here for a reason.. IT’S AMAZING. It lasts forever so It’s worth the price and trip to the mall to get it. Use it under your eyes to brighten and make you look awake and younger. It highlights the area to make it look more flat and fresh. I went to the store looking for something else and the girl showed me this..she put it on me and I was like oh my gosh you just changed my life haha. As a mama… this is a must.
I purchased this at MAC and use the NW15 Shade

BENEFIT Foundation stick
I get this product at ULTA. I consider that a drugstore! It has a mix of more expensive and cheaper items. I got this foundation to replace a foundation I loved that was no longer being made… But I ended up loving it even more! It has greattttt coverage. Lasts pretty well if you set it with a powder. Needs the powder to help it stay nice and matte but I like how it feels on the skin. I have acne spots and scars and this is great for coverage. Highly recommend this baby! I draw some lines over my face and then use this brush to apply it…then I’ll just dab it with my finger and cover problem spots an extra time if needed. good to go! I only wish they had a lighter shade. This shade is perfect in the summer but I have to blend it more in the winter.
I purchased this at ULTA – Tea Party

Not your Mother’s Thermal Shield Spray
This baby helps my hair stay straight and smooth. I wish it smelled a little better..but it doesn’t stop me from using it! Kind of fruity but the smell doesn’t last long.
I spray it on the sections of my hair before I straighten them.
It really does make a difference using something to protect your
hair before applying so much heat!
I purchased at Walmart 

Dove Whipped Cream Mousse
I wanted to try out a mousse on my curls and this one smells amazing!
My hair has lost curls with each pregnancy. It’s now wave-ish if I let it air dry.
I wash my hair and then brushed it and put this mousse in. multiple times.
I love how it felt and with a little dry shampoo at the roots had lots of body.
I can get my hair curlier if I don’t brush it after showering..but today was too busy!
(Sometimes I’ll shower.. brush my hair.. then put my hair under the shower faucet again to wet it..and then put product in. gets better curls but it takes longer to dry)
I purchased at Target 3.94!!!!

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
THIS SMELLS INCREDIBLE. I Haven’t used it very much yet…
but I am loving it so far! Worth getting. Dry shampoo is my
secret weapon that isn’t really a secret. SMELLS INCREDIBLE
I purchased at Target

These are some favorites right now and I hope you find it helpful
if you are looking for new beauty products!
Let me know if this is a post you want to see more of!

Learning to be content in my Season

I want to make it all. everything. I want to make the DIY rustic industrial coffee table. I want to make the felt play food sushi and tea bags. I want to make the gift wrapping station.
I want to throw a playdate with all my friends and their kids and have creative/themed snacks and activities. I want to actually get through my laundry pile.
I want to make all of the meals I’ve pinned on pinterest.
It’s not happening. None of it. And I’m learning to be ok with it.contentinmyseason-thebusybudgetingmama

Having 3 kids…. and coming up on having baby #4 in october. I’ve gone through many different seasons of life. All of them with their own challenges and smooth sailing.
Some seasons harder than others. Some seasons including more break down crying moments than others. (all included them… just some had more than others.)


Reality, really stinks some times. especially when you don’t agree with how much time you REALLY have in a day. or how much energy you REALLY have. I remember after having my second baby.. I was like wait….I’m feeling like I want to do all these things…and I physically can’t make it happen….And I had to have a cry sesh on the phone with my mom and get a reality check. You can’t do it all… and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean you never will be able to do that dream or that DIY IKEA hack….lol… just today… we are choosing something else.

I’m in the season of I have a husband, raise 3 kids under the age of 6, run a business and blog and grow a human. Some of those things are ever changing..some aren’t.
I’ll always be a wife and mama…but the demands of the kids and work are ever changing.
Right now..I feel miserable. morning sickness this round is the worst yet.
I mean horrible. horrible. praying trying to get through it horrible.
I’m so grateful for this baby and I know this season won’t last forever.
But please forgive me if you see me and I look like death. because we are seriously coasting through at this point haha. Micah brushed my hair with a plastic fork for a good 15 minutes today. The thought of how bad an idea that was didn’t even cross my mind. I wasn’t moving. he was somewhat still. we went with it. luckily no one was stabbed and my hair looked phenomenal afterwards.
Ben has swooped in many meal times to save the day. Otherwise the kids would be eating pbj’s and cheese puffs for the entire first trimester.

I’m learning to be ok with the season of life I’m in.
That I won’t feel sick forever. and our kids won’t be these ages forever.
That I can make all the things and do all the things…I just need to be realistic, patience with myself, and at peace.
Because the problem with a restless heart…is you aren’t at peace with where you are at and you can’t be truly present if you are always wishing and longing for other things. In those moments, I’m not living in the present and seeing the amazing things going on around me. I’m blocking out the good and only seeing the GAHH I’m gonna lose my mind parts.
I heard a very smart quote the other day. and I think it was a quote of a quote…but
It was something like, we sometimes think the grass is always greener over there…
but in reality..
the grass is green where you water it.
So I’m gonna water my grass. I’m gonna throw up and feel exhausted and do laundry when I can and let the laundry go when I can’t and love on my kids and choose them over work and work when I can and set goals and be realistic with myself and my time and energy. I’m going to be at peace knowing this is where I’m at right now… make goals but be present.
I’m gonna make that eggless cookie dough and eat it while binge watching netflix with my husband. or go to bed with the kids at 7:30 because
I’ve been counting down till bedtime since 9am.
I’m going to work my butt off when they nap and I’m not sick. I’m going to work with purpose and put all of me in it not just to make something from it but to build something amazing and make an impact on a community.
I’m going to blog my heart and not worry about pins.
I’m going to NOT blog some days and be ok with it.
I’m going to be ok with where I’m  at and not worry about everything I’m not able to do.
I’m going to love my family, and it will be a flawed love, but an example to them of trying to be patient and kind and asking for forgiveness and starting over the next day.

I encourage all of you mamas… don’t compare.. and don’t be frustrated.
Some seasons of life are hard. But each season is beautiful and good.
Water your grass and be at peace. dream and pin away but you are good and amazing even without the perfectly organized pantry. although if you have free time
and want to organize mine, I’m game.

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