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Christmas Gifts With Essential Oils

Oily Gifts

I love my Young Living essential oils, and my family uses them daily for one thing or another.

One way I love to use lavender is to put a few drops in Epsom salt and baking soda and relax in a hot bath with it sprinkled in. Ahhhhh… This makes such a relaxing bath right before bed.

So, I found these darling little milk bottles at Michael’s, and I made up a few gifts of Soothing Lavender Bath Salts to give my friends. Here’s how I did it.

Soothing Lavender Bath Salts

1. Mix Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl

2. Fill milk bottle 1/2 full with mixture.

3. Add 4-5 drops Young Living lavender essential oil.

4. Put the lid on tightly and shake vigorously to mix the lavender thoroughly.

5. Fill the bottle to within an inch of the top with more Epsom salt/baking soda mixture.

6. Shake until well blended.

Peppermint sugar scrub

Another fun gift to make with essential oils is this super cute Peppermint candy cane sugar scrub. (Print out the darling labels here.) I keep a bottle by my kitchen sink and use it for a soothing, moisturizing hand scrub.

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

1. Divide the sugar into 2 bowls with lids.

2. Drop 2-3 drops of red food coloring in one bowl.

3. Put the lid on and shake vigorously to color the sugar evenly

4. Add 1/2 cup coconut oil to each bowl.

5. Add 3-4 drops of Peppermint essential oil to each bowl.

6. Put the lid on and shake until well mixed.

7. Layer the red and white sugars.

If you are interested in getting started with essential oils to keep you healthy through the winter months, there has never been a better time! Be sure to check out the freebies I have available for those who sign up through me in December!

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Boys, Banks, and Mason Jars

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

So, now that my 18 year old son has a job and is getting regular paychecks, he needs a plan for his money other than keeping all of it in Mason jars in his room.

Yes, really!

He has always been the frugal type, saving any birthday or Christmas money he gets and rarely spending it. There have been times when I have needed cash for one thing or another and I have had to borrow it from him. I would always write him a check or an IOU for him to stash in his jars.

The reality that he didn’t have a bank account, just the jars, meant that the checks and IOUs piled up until one day he came to me with them in his hand and asked for me to give him the cash for everything I had borrowed. I ended up having to pay him back several hundred dollars!

He never saw the need for a bank account because he figured the jars served him well enough.

Until he got the job he has now at the local movie theater. Now that he is getting regular paychecks, he can’t hand me those and ask me to exchange them for money. The time was long overdue for him to get a real bank account.

So, I did a little research online and I really liked what I saw at Chase Bank. They have some great perks like no monthly service fees with direct deposit, and mobile banking, which means you can download the app on your phone send money to another person, transfer money, check balances, and even deposit checks simply by taking a photo of the check!

While we were at Chase and my son was being helped, I noticed this large sign on the wall and was immediately interested in the words “CASH BACK.”

So, as my son was talking to the lady helping him set up his account, I Googled “Chase Ultimate Rewards“ to see what it was all about.

And I saw that it is a personalized rewards program available to Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, and Ink from Chase cardholders that allows you to earn points which you can redeem for rewards, like merchandise, gift cards, or even cash back.
 
Then, I got to thinking about how we had planned to pay for all of our extra Christmas expenses with my husband’s year-end bonus from work, but how that bonus was coming at the YEAR-END and it was mighty tight right now before the year-end while I am buying a million and one Christmas gifts and Christmas decorations and Christmas party supplies. 

And I thought how handy a credit card would be that gives me cash back for all the Christmas purchases I am making, which I could just pay off at the end of the month. And Ultimate Rewards makes it easy – you can earn cash back starting at $20 for 2,000 points and get it sent direct deposit into your bank account! 

And that’s right about the time when the lady who was helping my son informed him that his driver’s license was expired and, unless he had another form of identification on him (she wouldn’t count his library card), we would have to come back when he had it renewed. 

Well, he didn’t have another form of identification, and I needed to high-tail it back home to be there for our annual gingerbread house decorating party and sleepover for 15 girls which would be taking place pronto.

BECAUSE I’M CRAZY, THAT’S WHY.

Long story short: My son still doesn’t have a bank account, but as soon as he gets his driver’s license renewed, he will be going back to Chase to get that set up so he won’t have to stuff his paychecks into Mason jars.

And I will be checking further into Chase Ultimate Rewards, which also offers extra incentives to cardholders during the holidays, helping you to stretch every dollar this season.

Then I will be taking a nap. 

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