Top Ten Uses for Tea Tree Oil + Giveaway!

Essential oils can be used for so many different things, and there are so many to choose from.  I know it can get overwhelming to figure out which oils you should try, and what you can do with them.  (It’s overwhelming for me, anyway).  I decided that a great way to tackle essential oils was to pick one great multi-purpose oil, and start by exploring all its possibilities – in this case, tea tree oil.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil, to be exact.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

Apothecary Extracts only carries essential oils they’re 100% confident represent the best quality and potency available – no dilution, no unsafe extraction processes that contaminate the oils.

And as for their 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil, you can count on a pure product that smells great and has a wealth of uses for every member of the family.  (The scent is strong, but it’s what pure tea tree oil should smell like.)  You can use it to naturally fight acne, lice, toenail fungus, yeast infections, skin tags, cold sores….well, you get the idea, and the list goes on and on.  It really is an amazingly versatile oil.

53 Uses for Tea Tree Oil Book

To get an even more detailed list of uses and recipes, Apothecary Extracts offers a free e-book with every purchase of their oil, providing over 50 pages of uses for tea tree oil.  Just to give you a sneak peek of the recipes you can find in the book, these are my Top 10 Favorites:

  1. Minty Tea Tree Oil Lip Balm
    Use tea tree oil, shaved beeswax, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and mint leaves to make your very own healing, protective, and soothing lip balm. (And it tastes good, too!)Face Mask
  2. Cleansing Tea Tree Oil & Clay Mask
    All you need for this weekly cleansing mask are green or red clay powder, tea tree oil, and water.
  3. Creamy Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
    To fight dry hair, itchy scalps, and lice, just whip up this creamy shampoo. You’ll need tea tree oil, rose oil, coconut milk, almond oil, vitamin E oil capsules, and liquid Castile soap.
  4. Detangling Tea Tree Oil Conditioner
    For tangle-prone hair, create a detangler from tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, and distilled water.
  5. Tea Tree Oil Steam Inhalant
    Colds and sinus infections can lead to major congestion, but a steam inhalant can help clear things up. Just use hot water, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil.Make Your Own Oil Soak for Tired Muscles
  6. Tea Tree Oil Soak for Sore Muscles
    Tired and achy muscles are no match for this soak made from tea tree oil, Epsom salts, and hot water.
  7. Sleepy Time Diffuser
    If you or the kids have trouble falling asleep, try this simple diffuser for an aromatherapy cure. You’ll need tea tree oil, bergamot essential oil, Roman chamomile essential oil, and water.
  8. Relaxing Bath Oil
    After a long, stressful day, you’ll love relaxing in this bath oil made from tea tree oil, rose essential oil, lavender essential oil, mandarin essential oil, and coconut oil.
  9. Tea Tree Oil Toilet Cleaner
    Yep! Tea tree oil is great for household use, too.  To make this cleaner, you’ll want liquid Castile soap, baking soda, tea tree oil, water, white vinegar, and lemon essential oil.
  10. Cleaning & Whitening Tea Tree Oil Detergent
    To wash and whiten your clothes, just use bar-form pure Castile soap, borax, washing soda, and tea tree oil.

(Remember, that’s just a peek of what you can do.  Make sure to use the book to learn how to safely and properly create, use, and store the recipes).

As you can see, it’s good for almost everything!  And in this case, you have the added bonus of knowing that Apothecary Extracts is not only good for you, it’s also good to the environment.  They have an Australian tea tree plantation that has received awards for its industry-leading conservation farming practices and have the smallest carbon footprint of any producer of pure and natural Tea Tree Oil.  The Australian Parliament has even invited them to represent farming operators at a Carbon Farming Incentive forum.  In other words, they’re kind of a big deal!

To get your own bottle of 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil from Apothecary Extracts, you can find it on Amazon.  Don’t forget, the oil comes with a totally FREE book with over 50 pages of great ways to use tea tree oil for both family and home!

You also have a chance to win a bottle right here!  Apothecary Extracts is offering one of our readers an Amazon coupon code for one free bottle of 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil.  Winner must have an account in order to claim this prize.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 3/16/15.  Good luck!

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DIY: Upcycling Old Plates into a Jewelry Stand

I was at the mall and somehow ended up on a manic shopping spree for accessories. I walked into a store and like a bear to a honey pot, I immediately zeroed in on the shiny and sparkly stuff. If this was a test of willpower, I failed horribly but – bright side! – I ended up with pretty things that inspired the following project. My existing jewelry stand is pretty overloaded, so I needed to find an inexpensive addition to display my new spoils. After some Pinterest research, I found this idea of repurposing old plates and candlesticks to make a stand. Seemed simple enough, so here’s my super-easy version of the project (I am only capable of super-easy). In total, the project cost about $10.

DIY Jewelry Stand

What you’ll need:

  • Two old plates, one larger than the other. I wanted to do three, but couldn’t find the right sized plate at the thrift store – I’m keeping my eyes peeled and will most likely add a third layer once I find the right pieces.
  • A stemmed glass or a candlestick. I found a small wine glass that was the perfect size for the plates I had.
  • Super glue. I used Krazy Glue Craft/Artisan Skinguard. It was easy to work with since it came in small single-use tubes and my fingers weren’t sticking together all over the place. I did consider using hot glue, but after doing some research I learned that it’s not the best adhesive for glass and ceramic since it will easily peel off once cooled.

DIY Jewelry Stand

Time to complete: About 15 minutes, probably less. Took me a bit longer because I was obsessed about cleaning up the super glue residue.

  1. Clean the plates and glass. Since everything I used was from the thrift store, I polished with a soft cloth to ensure that there was no dust or residue before I proceeded.
  2. Apply super glue to the rim of the glass and press down onto the centre of the plate. This was a bit tricky for me because I wanted to prevent the glue from dripping down the side of the glass – I went slowly and it ended up pretty mess-free (wasn’t perfect, but nothing noticeable). I did get some glue on the plate, but nail polish remover quickly did the trick of getting rid of unwanted super glue (wet a paper towel with nail polish remover and hold on the glue to soften, then wipe clean with dry paper towel).
  3. With the glass now adhered to the plate, apply super glue to the bottom of the glass (and plate, if necessary). Press down firmly and hold for a few seconds.
  4. Put your bling on it! For $10 and 15 minutes, I love how this turned out. Considering that the last jewelry tree I bought was $30, this is a win for me (also now I have more money for important things, like giant earrings.)


Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Review & Giveaway

Honey Bunches of Oats provided complimentary samples for review.  All opinions are my own.

Do you eat breakfast every day?  I try, but I have a bad habit of skipping breakfast sometimes.  Weekday mornings are hectic with trying to get everyone else fed and off to work and school, so I tend to let breakfast for myself slide.  I shouldn’t, I know.  As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

And not only is the meal itself important, it’s equally important to make sure you start the day off with the right foods; you definitely want to have a good breakfast rich in whole grains.  Why whole grains?  For starters, they’ve very filling and will help ward off hunger before lunch (no more mid-morning cravings and hunger pangs).  They’re also great for maintaining good health.  Whole grains help reduce the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, and they also help you maintain a healthy weight.  The USDA recommends eating grains daily and suggests that half of your daily grains should be whole grains.  Thanks to Post’s Honey Bunches of Oats, it just got easier (and tastier) to kickstart your daily grain intake with two delicious new flavors!

Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain

If you’ve ever tried the original Honey Bunches of Oats, you already know how yummy they are.  Prepare to get excited, though, because you can now get Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain with Vanilla Bunches and Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch.  They are both delicious, trust me!

Honey Bunches of Oats Vanilla Bunches

Each serving of Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain cereals is packed with 2/3 of your daily recommended amount of whole grains, 4 grams of fiber, plus nutrients like iron and folic acid.  See?  Good and good for you!

Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Crunch

There aren’t a lot of cereals out there that really appeal to me anymore.   The colorful, sugary mixtures I enjoyed as a child just don’t do it for me these days, and a lot of other adult-friendly varieties are a little too closely related to cardboard.  The convenience of cereal as a busy morning breakfast option can’t be beat, however, so I was very excited when I tried these cereals for the first time how deliciously perfect they are.  I dare you not to get hungry when you look at these yummy clusters:

Honey Crunch Cereal

Check out Honey Bunches of Oats online to learn more about their flavors and nutritional value, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re anxious to try these new Honey Bunches of Oats cereals, make sure to enter the giveaway below; we’re giving away one box each of Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain with Vanilla Bunches and Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch!  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 3/11/2015.  Good luck!

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Ingenuity InStride Easy Up Travel System Giveaway!

We have yet another fabulous group giveaway to share with you!  This one is for an Ingenuity InStride Easy Up Travel System in their Avondale print, which has a retail value of $229.99.  Read this post from Capturing the Moment to learn more about the travel system and how you could win one.

Host: Capturing The Moment

Co-Host: Baltimore Mom

Sponsor: Kids II Ingenuity by Bright Stars

Ingenuity is a company focused on parents and easing their minds when it comes to products for their babies.  They aim to provide easier methods of doing things with their innovative designs that are sure to please.  What better than to have unique designs that are perfect and designed with safety in mind for your little one?  Ingenuity designs the following products for parents, each one unique in its own blueprint.

  • Travel Systems (Car Seats and Strollers)
  • Bouncers and Rockers
  • Swings and Sleepers
  • Playards
  • High Chairs and Boosters

Thanks to Kids II and Ingenuity, Heather at Capturing The Moment was able to thoroughly review this amazing Travel System.  Read her full Travel System Review for a more details on her experience from how easy it is to put the system together all the way down to how nice it fits in the vehicle and how the fabric feels.  You can take a closer look at what you’re entering to win before it arrives on your doorstep!

With more than 10 fantastic bloggers sharing this amazing giveaway, Kids II and Ingenuity sponsoring it, Capturing The Moment hosting and Baltimore Mom co-hosting it, this is a super fun event that will give any new parent the joy of their life when they are chosen as the winner!

Head over to Capturing The Moment for more awesome giveaways and fun posts about parenting and living the life of a parent!

Win the Ingenuity InStride Easy Up Travel System in Avondale print!

NOTE: Winner of giveaway will be requested to write a quick review on the Kids II website for the Travel System.

Giveaway starts February 20th and will run until March 12th at 11:59 PM.  Open to US residents, 18+ only.  CTM, Baltimore Mom, and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  If the prize is not received within a timely manner, CTM will definitely follow up with the sponsor.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to the winning email or forfeit their prize to a new winner.  Good luck! [Read more…]

It’s Cold & Flu Season, but #ReliefIsHere with Vicks DayQuil & NyQuil Severe!

This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and P&G.

Here we are in mid-February, and you know what that means…

Flu Forecast

Cold and flu season is still in full swing, and I bet that someone that you know has already battled the flu.  Maybe it was even you.  And wow, is it truly a battle! If you’ve ever had the flu, no matter how long ago it was, you remember it. Part of you feels like you were run over by a train, and the other part of you wishes a train would run over you. It’s the worst!

Of course there’s no overnight miracle cure for a cold or flu, but it is totally possible to relieve your symptoms and make the process much less painful. Products like Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu are the go-to reinforcements you need in your flu-fighting army. #ReliefIsHere!

Vicks New DayQuil & NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu

Before I go further, the best advice I can give you is this: the next time you go to Walmart, go ahead and stock up on both NyQuil and DayQuil. Even if you’re not currently sick, now is the time to grab them – what happens if you wait until you or someone in your family gets sick? Then you or someone else has to rush to the store for medicine, which takes away from your valuable healing time and also risks spreading cold and flu germs outside your home, which is no good. So get thee to a Walmart, STAT! (Or if getting to the store isn’t an option, you can also purchase from online from

DayQuil and NyQuil Severe

Now. Let us talk about what NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu and DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu can do for you. They both have the same powerful symptom-fighting ingredients to help maximize your fight against illness, but as you might already know, NyQuil is perfect for nighttime relief (it will help you sleep) while DayQuil’s non-drowsy formula will get you through the daytime.

Both products will help combat nasal and sinus congestion and pressure, cough, sore throat, aches and pains, runny nose and sneezing, and fever. NyQuil specifically helps reduce cough to help you sleep and helps keep you drowsy enough to rest well, and DayQuil helps loosen phlegm to make coughs more productive while allowing you to stay awake and get things done throughout the day. As you can see, they both have specific advantages depending on your needs, so it’s great to have both on-hand!

Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe

So don’t forget. Before colds and flu come to you, stock up on NyQuil and DayQuil and have your arsenal fully stocked and ready to go. You can’t beat Walmart’s price (especially on the combo pack), and while you’re there you can also stock up on other sick-day necessities like Puffs tissues, fuzzy blankets, and everything you need in your pantry for a fresh pot of chicken soup (extra noodles please). If you do get sick, you’ll be able to say #ReliefIsHere right out of the gate!

To learn more about these and other products, follow Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil on Facebook, check out Walmart on Twitter, and bookmark this link to purchase NyQuil and DayQuil from Walmart online.