DIY Essential Oil Case for Next to Nothing!!

I finally found a really inexpensive way to store my oils! So I thought I would share in case anyone else liked the idea.  The Large was about $14 total, medium was about $9 and the small was $4.


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 The Large oil case was about $14 dollars total!! It holds 70 oils!! It was so easy I am kind of mad at myself that I didn’t think of it before now! I bought the large black foam from (I am local so I picked it up). Here is a link to the large foam. The plastic snap casewas from Walmart. This large size is 6.25 quart and was about $4.

P.S. I had to cut a little off one end of the foam to make it fit.

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                               The medium case was also from Walmart, it is 2.5 quart and was about $3. This case holds 30 of the 15ml bottles of oil and 10 of the 5ml bottles of oil. Again I bought the black foam from Here is the link for the medium foam.

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The sample size case is probably my favorite BECAUSE I have found the best way to use your oils is to have them in a convenient place. The small case is great because anytime I need an oil it is at my finger tips!! I keep one of these in the kitchen, the bathroom, my bedroom, and my car. Well I keep 2 in my car, one for personal use and one for free samples to give away when I run into someone that could use some oils. (It happens all of the time! EVERYONE can use oils right…)  :)

The small case is 1.2 quart for a little less than $2. (you can fit 2-3 foams in the small case if you want to) It can hold 35 sample bottles in one foam! If you triple layer the case it can hold 105 sample bottles!!  You can buy the small foams from here.


If you need any oils to fill yours up call me at (319) 455-6457 or purchase here. ;)




Home Storage – Water

There are so many options for home water storage. here Are a few we use. Just remember FEMA recommends 1 gallon of water per person per day. Start with getting your 72 hour in home supply and build up from there.

Small Scale Storage Ideas

Juice Jugs – Save, Wash, and fill with water.

When choosing a container always look at the number on the bottom to see if they are good for long term storage. I had a friend (also in 2008 when it was flooding in Iowa) who bought quite a few of the inexpensive gallon jugs of water in case they needed them. She didn’t have to use them so she just left the water jugs in her attic. They ended up breaking down and leaking all over the place. They had water damage from the walls in the attic all the way down to the main floor of the house. (Not a fun fix) I always look for above a 3.

Water Bricks are handy and easy to store. They have a handle which makes them easier to carry and they stack really nicely.


Water Barrels

You have your regular water barrels. The Super tanker is one of our favorites because it has a spigot and holds a lot but fits into a smaller space. We bought ours at Stokes If your local you can also find out more and where to buy one here.


We lived in Iowa during the floods of 2008 if the river rose just a few more inches the towns water supply would have been contaminated. We decided it would be nice to have some extra water for personal hygiene. So we went down to the local Farm and Home and purchased a Water Tank . It was a little over two hundred dollars, but it was well worth the money and it is nice knowing if we needed it we would have it. Luckily with a lot of sandbagging from volunteers we were able to protect our water supply. This is what ours looks like and I found it here. Theirs is a little more expensive.

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You can sometimes find good deals on craigslist or if your local. Just make sure you know what was stored in them if you buy them used!

Rain water barrel
I think these are awesome! Process of buying some land and I cant wait get a few of these put together. There are plenty of DIY ideas here.

Here are a couple I like and their links.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Give Away!!

When I was little I LOVED  holidays. (Still do) That included Saint Patrick’s Day. I think my fondest memory as a child was from the first grade. When we arrived at school that morning we found tiny green sparkly footprints all over the classroom. They started at the back door, ran up the wall by the coat cubbies then back down and over to the chalk board. That little leprechaun ran all across the chalk tray, making quite a mess as he went!  My teacher acted just as surprised as we were and led us on an OH SO EXCITING hunt to find that naughty little guy.

I could just see him in my mind, running wildly through the class knocking things all over the place as he went! (Which is probably about what we were doing as we looked for him)

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The foot steps ended in the window seal overlooking the playground. We discovered he accidently left just enough thimble size cups of magic leprechaun dust for each of us! (Sugar mixed with green crystal sprinkles) It was the best day ever!! I have to hand it to my teacher. I am sure she had quite a mess to clean up that day. There were sparkles everywhere and we were all sugared up from the get go…. But I am pretty sure everyone in that class still remembers that Saint Patrick’s Day!

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So I thought I would do something fun in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day and have a give away! We are so close to reaching 100 likes on our Facebook page. It’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway so why not do both together? If we can reach 100 likes by the end of March we’ll give away a bottle of a “Green” Essential oil! The lucky winner can choose from Peppermint, Eucalyptus, lime, Basil, Oregano, Cilantro,  or Melaleuca.


The key to the giveaway is to encourage others to like our Facebook page! Ready. Set. Share!!

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Bug out bag- Water


The goal is to have at least a gallon per day per person. For us I just don’t think we can carry it. I will be carrying Rue in her pack along with both of our bug out Items. Joe will be carrying Briar on his back plus their needed Items. Add 6 gallons of water each and I don’t think we will get very far. So here is what we have done instead.

Step 1- Joe, Alexander, and I each have a utility belt with two (full) stainless steel bottles attached to them.

Black Aluminium Canteen

Step 2- Then on top of that we have invested in 4 of these life straws. They provide quick water filtration on the go. (Purchased here)


Step 3- We also each have water filtration tablets in out pack. These take about 30 min to purify your water, so keep that in mind.

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After you get those things done if you want to take it a little farther.

Step 4- Prepare a stash of water at your bug out location.

Step 5- If it will take you a while (few days) to get there you might want to consider burying a small stash or two along the way. (A plastic bin/ tote with a lid works.)

On a side note. Sometimes filtered water doesn’t taste the best. We carry Wild Orange in our Bug Out Essentials Kit to help. A drop or two makes a world of difference.

Medicine Cabinet Makeover Webinar this thursday at 11am MST

Medicine Cabinet Makeover – My Family Essentials
I am holding a webinar (online class) this Thursday at 11 am (Mountain Standard Time)


In this webinar we cover the basics of essential oils. Learn why quality is important and why all brands are not safe even if they are in the health food store. Learn about the resources that are available to you to teach you how to use these oils effectively in your home. We will teach you which oils you do not want to be without and the diverse ways you can use them in your home.
Just Click the link below to register! As a bonus everyone who attends will receive a free sample of Wild Orange Oil!!

Todays Give Away doTERRA’s On Guard.

Today’s Highlight is doTERRA’s On Guard. I love On Guard! It was one of the very first doTERRA oils I purchased and I have made sure to have it on hand ever since. It also smells great! (It reminds me of the holidays)


*I put on the soles of my children’s feet, and my own at night during cold & flu season to support immune system. (This is an oil I dilute in a carrier oil on my kids.)
* Add several drops to distilled water in a spray bottle and use the mixture to disinfect surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.
*You can put a few drops on air filters when changing them to kill pathogens in the duct work.
* The oils in this blend have been studied for their strong abilities to kill harmful bacteria, mold and viruses. Can be diffused into the air or used to clean and purify household surfaces. It has even been proven to kill MRSA.

Keep your questions and messages coming! (Don’t forget to like the oil highlight too!)

Deep Blue Rub

Today’s highlight is Deep Blue Rub.

*My mom suffers with Fibromyalgia and when she has a flair up she uses Deep Blue Rub a lot! She said it helps a lot with her back, leg pain, or just any pain that may pop up. She keeps in multiple places all around the house so it is always right there when she needs it.
*It is also great for exercising, running, and workouts.
To enter TODAYS GIVE AWAY like the post and message me.

dōTERRA®’s Deep Blue® Rub is a rich, topical cream infused with Deep Blue Soothing Blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils that provides targeted comfort to tired and sore joints and muscles. Formulated with a proprietary blend of natural plant extracts and other powerful ingredients, Deep Blue Rub provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas. With close to 5 ml of dōTERRA’s top-selling Deep Blue essential oil blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus, Deep Blue Rub is an essential addition to your bathroom cabinet, gym bag, or first aid kit. Deep Blue Rub is blended in a base of moisturizing emollients that leave your skin feeling soft, not greasy and is the choice of massage therapists and sports practitioners for applying dōTERRA’s Deep Blue essential oil blend.


Because of the blessing that doTERRA has been in my life and the life of my family I decided, as many of you know, to have a ONCE A DAY GIVE AWAY for the month of November. At first I was posting an oil each day and holding a drawing for it at the end of the day. I have changed it up a little bit so I can get you the oils you want and need instead of one that I choose. I am still going to highlight an oil each day but now the give away will be based off of your needs.

SO send me a message with an ailment that you need help with or an oil that you would like to know more about. Questions will work too.


Today’s highlight is Peppermint. I love Peppermint! It is one of the first oils I fell in love with. (and it smells great!)

* When I am congested or have a head cold the following is the first thing I do. I put 1 drop (only 1) of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Melaleuca in a mug and pour boiling water over it. Then I cup my hands over the mug and breath in through my mouth,cup my hand over the mug, and breath out through my nose. I then repeat but this time I breath in through my nose and out through my mouth. (I do this until the steam is gone)
WARNING- this is REALLY strong at first and sometimes the first couple breaths might burn a little. It clears your head out in a hurry though! (Also have tissue ready!!)

* Peppermint is great if you need to stay alert. I drove from Iowa to Utah not to long ago and was struggling to stay awake. I had my Peppermint on hand and when I started feeling sleepy I just opened the bottle and smelled it, and was instantly more alert!

*Peppermint is great for headaches, allergies, cold sores, morning sickness, and sinusitis to name a few.