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ALMOST took out the nebulizer (but didn’t!)

I saw it all over the news, I even saw it on my Instagram – the VOG (volcanic smog) was going to be bad this weekend.  Sebbie has really been exempt from any breathing issues  since we started using essential oils,  so I forgot to even check on her. But out of nowhere she suddenly started wheezing and her cough progressed so quickly (like, within 5 minutes) that I was ready to rummage around for some steroid filled vials.

But first, I:

  • I diffused the respitory blend and frankincense and laid her next to it.
  • I put more respitory blend on her feet and covered them with socks.
  • I used a roller bottle and put lemon/lavender/peppermint down her spine and cypress and frankincense on her chest.
  • I repeated the above every 5 minutes. 

After the 3rd time, I told her we would only give the oils 5 more minutes to kick in or she would need to use her old meds. (She was miserable, but was ready to cry when I told her I was going to take out the nebulizer – she hates it.)
And of course, the oils helped tremendously. She is currently sleeping soundly, no coughing or wheezing. My room smells like a candy cane, but it’s okay.

Next time instead of panicking, I will try making  homemade cough syrup:

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop wild orange

Really, I’m posting this so I don’t forget. (When your child is suffering, its hard to calmly browse Google for the best remedy.

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Help, I’m drowning in STUFF!


When my husband finds out I bought this book, he will go through the 4 basic stages of emotion:

1. Humor – because I’m already constantly trying to throw/give everything in our house away (I love that clutter free vacation rental house feeling), he will find it funny that I bought a book reinforcing this behavior. 

2. Anger – when he starts realizing some of his stuff is starting to “disappear”.

3. Denial – when he goes back to the store to replace something he “needed” (that disappeared).

4. Acceptance – when he sees that he doesn’t really need all that stuff he’s been hanging on to. (Living in the same house for 20 years will do that to you!)

There’s nothing I love more than browsing “before” and “after” organization pictures from real people. People who are just like me; running errands, raising a family, living life. People who also feel like me; like they are drowning in “stuff”. 

There are days where I feel like I’m spending all of my time organizing the “stuff”, picking up the stuff,  and yelling at my kids to put away the stuff. Baby stuff, kid stuff, laundry, dishes, mopping, sweeping, scrubbing the sinks. (Oops. Those are actually chores.) 

My family is not supportive about giving up clutter. Their motto is “we should keep it, we have space right…hereūüĎáūüŹľ.”(Pointing to random space on the table) But my rebuttal is, “I’m spending all my time putting it away!”

I probably won’t read anything in this book that will be ground breaking or different from any other organized living book, but it will be nice to have moral support and someone accomplished who is telling me I’m not crazy. 

I’ve already bought new hangers since reading a post on her blog: Living Well, Spending Less

I’ll let you know how it goes. 


Before – Motley Crew of hangers (some from my childhood)!

After, with flocked hangers.

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How I save money (and how I spend it!)

I’m not working, therefore I’m depending on my husband to bring home ALL of the bacon. I’ve been working since I was a teenager, so not bringing home a paycheck feels,…weird.

“I’m not just CHILLAXING”, I’m taking care of the baby. ¬†I read this article:


but I still have stay-at-home guilt, so I’m constantly looking for creative, do-able ways to save our budget. (Plus, I love budget problem-solving. Something must be wrong with me.)

Here are some things I do:

1. Use my own modem for Internet: Doing this saves me $8 per month. I would otherwise be charged the same amount in “equipment rental fees” from my cable company. In 10 months, the modem will have paid itself off and I will be ahead.

2. Bring my own cup/bag: Coffee houses and most grocery and big box stores offer you a few cents off if you bring in your own bag/coffee cup. It’s a very small amount, but it adds up. (I’m actually assuming this – I’m not really counting.)

3. Shop online: This can go either way for me. Access to the Internet gives me an open mall 24/7, but it also lets me comparison shop for anything from pasta to a pair of shorts. I also make sure to look for coupon codes (mostly on retailmenot.com) before clicking ‘BUY’. ¬† (I have also been known to use my tax ID to get a wholesale or co-op account.)

4. Upgrade my cellphone plan: In a effort to stay competitive, companies are constantly changing their plans. It was the hardest thing to let go of my unlimited data plan for a shared family plan, but I’m so glad I did. We save about $50 a month with our new plans even though we stayed ¬†with the same company (AT&T).

5. Not subscribe to a land line: I save $20 a month by NOT having a land line. When we had a land line, nobody answered it anyway.

6.  Frequent the library: My girls are avid readers and zip through books like wildfire. Instead of spending an entire paycheck at Barnes and Noble or in the Kindle store, I borrow books (including Kindle e-books) for free from  the public library.

7. Take an extended leave from work: I’ve heard this from other moms countless times. I was making money by working, but it was going straight to childcare. This is one area I wouldn’t want to ‘find the cheapest deal’ on.

8. Use essential oils instead of OTCs: Using essential oils has saved me countless trips to Longs. ¬†I don’t use TUMs anymore (I’m digestive blend-dependent), asthma inhalers have been replaced (with lemon/lavender/peppermint), and tylenol is very sparingly used (peppermint, lavender, or deep blue resolves most fevers and growing pains). Yes, I spend money on oils, but they are pennies on the dollar compared to an albuterol prescription.

9. Use as little consumable goods as possible: Instead of paper towels, I use microfiber towels for cleaning (yellow ones from Costco) and cloth napkins for mealtimes. We use glassware instead of ziplocs, dryer balls instead of dryer sheets, and buy only 1 type of multipurpose cleaning solution (On Guard Cleaner concentrate – that will kill germs but still keep my entire house clean).

10. Go to clothing swaps and sell on eBay or Craigslist: Swapping gently used clothing with people you know is a great way to get designer labels for free. Whenever I am buying new and want something pricey, I search it’s resale value on sites like eBay and Craiglist before buying to make sure I can resell it in the future. ¬†(I’ve sold a 3 year old purse because it was suddenly “vintage” and tripled my money.)

Sold this beauty on Craigslislist last week.

On the other hand, here are some frivolous ways I spend money. I would put effort into changing them, except, for one reason or another I’m not ready to.

1. Lease a car: If I bought a car outright, I wouldn’t have such a high car payment. On the other hand, I used to spend hundreds of ¬†dollars on repairs to my owned vehicles ( new brakes, new tires, batteries, etc.). ¬†With a lease it gives me the option to drop everything and start new. Like, every 3-5 years.

2. Go to Starbucks: This is my biggest vice. I try to make it at home but I really do think I deserve a $5 venti iced green tea latte sometimes.

3. Subscribe to cable: I would love to cut the cord, but until Ross stops working, we need the SURF Channel, which is only available with the premium package (of course).

4. Own a gym membership: Sure I could hike or surf, but being a member at my gym makes me so happy. I go to the beach with the girls everyday after school. Working out in air conditioning feels nice. ¬†Here’s the link in case you forgot:¬†https://pupukearoad.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/joined-nalu-kinetic-spa-at-turtle-bay/

5. Travel: Same as above. I could just stay home all year long – I do live in THE most beautiful place in the world, but then what?