back to school

back to school

How is the summer already almost over? I feel like my son was just celebrating his last day of first grade! Yet here we are preparing for his first day of second grade. Scary how quickly time seems to fly by. As we wind down the summer, we begin gearing up for the school year. Admittedly, since my son is still pretty young there is not too much to prepare for. However, I did want to share some of the tips and tricks I have managed to learn so far.

Preparing for going back to school:

  1. Purchase school supplies early. Often times if you wait too long the supplies you need most are sold out.
  2. Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. I cherish having such a good relationship with and knowing my son’s teacher. Being able to reach out to each other makes a world of difference.
  3. Begin shopping sales for school clothes. School clothes are expensive! Finding good sales really helps lessen the financial blow (especially when you have a growing child).
  4. Start a school routine early. Help your child get back into the swing of waking up early and going to bed on time. Work on perfecting your child’s morning and bedtime routine.
  5. Plan some last minute fun. Make time for one final outing as a family. Ideas include going to the zoo or aquarium, hiking, or perhaps a fun science experiment.
  6. Make a “lice away” spray. Unfortunately lice can be pretty common during the school year. A tip to help keep lice away is by making a “lice away” spray! Add ten drops of Malelucia (tea tree) oil to a small glass spray bottle to spray down your child’s backpack. Also, adding a drop of of Malelucia to your child’s shampoo helps as well.

What are some of your favorite back to school tips?

essential oils for fever

essential oils for fever

Along with a career change and total blog upheaval, I have been turning to more natural home remedies. My favorite term so far is that I am becoming a crunchy mom. There are so many different definitions, but I am sharing my favorite below.

crunchy mom: a mom on a quest for more information who is environmentally, health, and socially conscious

Essential oils have taken over my life and I’m not mad about it. Just in the past month I’ve purchased almost twenty oils! Also, in just a couple of days I should be receiving more in the mail. If you are curious, DoTerra is my go to.

This past weekend Carson, our youngest, came down with a high fever. He had a slight headache but no other symptoms other than his forehead burning up and being overly warm. Because of this, I began researching which essential oils would work best for reducing his temperature.

essential oils for fever:

  1. Eucalyptus and Lavender. Eucalyptus oil, also known as “fever oil” is commonly used in treating fevers and reducing body temperature. It also is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems such as congestion and sore throats. Lavender oil has calming properties and works well with Eucalyptus. A great way to use this two oils is by adding one drop of Eucalyptus and three drops of Lavender to one cup of ice cold water. Take a wash cloth and dip it in the water to put over your child’s forehead.
  2. Peppermint. Known to relieve respiratory problems and reduce fever, peppermint oil clears congestion. Simply add two to three drops of the oil to a carrier oil and massage on your child’s chest. This works as a great substitute to Vick’s!
  3. Lemongrass. This essential oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce joint and muscle pains. Blend two drops with a carrier oil and massage on your child’s feet or temples.

You may also diffuse any of the above oils for similar effects.

* Please note: the information shared in this blog post is a compilation of suggestions made by those who use essential oils regularly. This information has not been medically tested or verified, so please do not treat it as such. *