Freedom Feet: Pampering the Military

Freedom Feet: Pampering Service Members Around the World

Are you looking for a unique way to send a care package to a loved one or friend who is deployed?

Freedom Feet Kits are the answer!

Creams, Scrubs, and Soaks to help tired feet during deployment or home duty. Keep our service members fit to fight!

Freedom Feet Lemongrass Spa

The Freedom Feet matching campaign is now all year around!

Lemongrass Spa Home Office will donate one Freedom Feet Foot Kit for every 10 kits sponsored.

Service members often spend many months away from their loved ones, and the holiday season can be especially difficult.

This holiday season, let’s send service members stationed overseas a small gift of appreciation with a Freedom Feet Foot Kit.

Also, a great gift for military spouses!

Support Our Troops

Choose your Freedom Feet Kit or Soap for shipping Overseas or Domestic, or send a donation!

  • T3920 Freedom Feet Kits for Overseas $24
  • T3930 Freedom Feet Kits Soap for Overseas $29
  • G1101 Freedom Feet Donation – donations go directly toward the purchase of a Freedom Feet Kit being sent overseas
  • T3921 Freedom Feet Kits for Domestic residents $28
  • T3931 Freedom Feet Kits Soap for Domestic residents $33
    *All Freedom Feet Foot Kits are shipped from the Colorado facility.

(prices includes shipping and sales tax)

Shop Lemongrass Spa for great natural makeup and personal care products!

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Homemade Hair Spray

I seldom use products in my hair.

I have a teen daughter and she’s been begging me to find a way to make a natural hairspray for some of her parties and events.

Have you read the labels on hairspray?

We strive for a chemical-free home, and I have to provide great natural alternatives to the commercial beauty and personal care products out there.

And most commercial hair sprays are bad for the environment, especially the aerosol sprays.

My daughter complained of choking on all the hair spray applied on her at a salon for an updo and when she was getting done up backstage for a play. She has lots and lots of thick hair and going hairspray-free isn’t an option for her to hold some styles.

Here’s a simple hair spray that held my daughter’s hair so well and smelled great – with no chemicals!

Homemade Hairspray |

Hair Spray Recipe


  • 2 cups boiling water (I used my water cooker)
  • 2-3 T white sugar
  • 1-2 T vodka or isopropyl alcohol (I wonder: would witch hazel work?)
  • 10 drops essential oil (I love Citrus or Bergamot or Ylang Ylang- something fun or floral)


  • 1-2 T juice of orange (for dark hair) or lemon (for light hair)
  • 1/4 c aloe vera juice

Dissolve the sugar in the water. After cooling, mix in the vodka and essential oil. Add juice if using. Pour into a sprayer bottle and enjoy!

Wavy Hair

I misted my daughter’s hair before hot rollers, and then liberally spritzed the rollers to set. She had gorgeous waves!

Her hair definitely felt like it had hair spray in it, but smelled great and wasn’t sticky. I could run my fingers through it. It didn’t hold up the whole evening, but her hair doesn’t hold a curl super well. I think it would hold an updo just fine.

Homemade hair spray saves money, protects the environment, and makes your hair healthier!


Linking up: Simply Rachel

Wellness Program for Business

Your Business Can Benefit From A Wellness Program

A health and wellness program is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure that your employees take their health seriously. When they do this, it benefits them in the long-run, but it’s also hugely beneficial to your business. If you own a business that is legally required to offer employee insurance, then enacting a wellness program is an investment that helps your business thrive by keeping your employees healthy and happy.

When you enact a wellness program, your business sees the following benefits:

Decreased Health Costs

Wellness programs do require an initial investment, but they pay off handsomely over the long-run; your employees stay healthy, and that means that you end up paying less for things like insurance and employee sick days.

For example, Wellness Corporate Solutions estimates that employees who smoke cost a business around $3,500 per year in health care and low productivity. Just imagine how much money your business saves when you help your employees quit smoking. When you get help implementing a program from a company like WCS, you end up saving tons of money, and this instantly boosts your yearly profits.

Reduce Accident And Disability Claims

If you’ve ever had to pay off a workers’ comp claim, then you know just how much it can eat into your budget. The claims are expensive, but you can reduce them when you carry out a wellness program. The programs help people stay healthy and fit, and a fit person is much less likely to get injured on the job, so your disability claims go down.

Happy And Loyal Employees

When you treat your employees like they matter, they are much more likely to stay loyal to your business. Enacting a wellness program helps your employees become healthier, and this makes them happy as well. Exercise and eating right enhances a person’s mood, and when your employees exercise and stay fit, their productivity increases as well.

Implementing a program also encourages camaraderie among your employees. When your employees take health classes together, they meet their incentives together, and this causes them to bond. When other employees see this, they tend to take the classes as well; this leads to a tightly knit team that works well together. This benefits your business, and your employees feel like part of a team instead of being cogs in a machine.

A wellness program is a great way for you to increase profits while showing your employees that you care about them. Both you and your employees see great benefits from a program, and in the long-run, it makes your business stronger, more profitable and more likely to succeed.

Natural Bug Spray

I am one of those people who must have a neon sign to bugs that screams, “Come and get it!” Bugs like to chew on me and I used to spend most of the warm months scratching and itching.

I like prevention.

I don’t like using those chemical bug sprays. They smell disgusting and aren’t good to put on your skin. Whatever you put on your skin eventually makes its way into your bloodstream. So, those nasty chemicals in commercial repellants have DEET and other poisons. Do you want that in your blood or your kids’ blood?

We like to natural methods that bugs don’t like.

Sick bugs. Healthy kids.

We have the added fun bonus of icky ticks running rampant here in Germany. I don’t want ticks on us. I know people who have contracted Lyme disease!

Natural Bug Spray

Homemade Natural Bug Spray

One oil will do the trick. We like to create a fun blend that’s just right for our family.

We love the scent of Lemongrass. A great fresh blend is Rosemary, Lemon, and Lavender. We diffuse that all the time at home!

We always diffuse Lemongrass when we go camping. Our campsite is the only one with no flies or mosquitoes!

I created my family’s bug spray with Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lavender, Lemon, and Citronella.

It smells divine – not at all like those chemical bug sprays that I can almost taste after spraying. Yuck!

We haven’t noticed any problems with our recipe and it smells amazing. So amazing that people compliment us on our perfume!

My kids love to get all sprayed before we head out. They’re happy scents. Be aware that citrus oils are photo-sensitive and can lead to skin burning in sunlight.

These also work great diffused or sprayed where bugs like to enter our home or gather. We get fruit flies in the summer and don’t have screens on our windows. Rolladens don’t keep all the flies out. We often spray diluted peppermint around our windows and sinks to get rid of ants and spiders.

You really just need two ingredients to make a natural bug spray. It’s super simple. (Have you read the list of ingredients in a commercial bug spray?!)

Carrier oil:

  • Coconut oil for a cream or lotion – mix 8 oz. with 40-50 drops of essential oils. In hot weather, this will become liquid, so keep it in a cool place like the fridge or cooler for travel.
  • Witch hazel (or vodka) for a spray – mix 4 oz with 40-50 drops of essential oils. The witch hazel offers an added dimension to skin health and keeps the water from developing bacteria.

Add water to fill a spray bottle. You could make everyone his or her own personal blend in little bottles. Or make a larger family batch by multiplying the ingredients. With 6 of us, we go through a lot of spray. You can also add vitamin E if the spray dries your skin out.

Essential oils we love:

These oils can work as repellants to insects:

  • Rosemary
  • Citronella
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Cedarwood
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass (has been known to attract bees, so be aware of that)
  • Basil
  • Thyme

Be sure to use glass spray bottles and jars with essential oil products so you can reuse them again and again. Plastic will work for short-term use, but some of the oils will eventually corrode plastic.

If a sneaky bug does make it through that 1-millimeter-squared bit of space on your skin, Lemongrass works like a charm on the itch. Also Lavender with witch hazel is a great skin-soother, if you happen to step in an ant colony or some other tragedy.

Bugs also don’t like vinegar. I clean my counters with white vinegar often in summer to keep ants away. Also, some recipes I’ve seen call for EOs with ACV. I don’t know if my kids would go for that!

Isn’t it wonderful that we can smell nice and be healthy while making it uncomfortable for creepy critters with our natural bug spray?

Also, check out our natural sunscreen recipe!

Linking up: Burlap and Babies, Mommy Crusader, A Life in Balance, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Golden Reflections , My Joyfilled Life, Happy and Blessed Home, xoxo Rebecca, 123Homeschool4Me, Hip Homeschooling, All Kinds of Things, Wife Mom GeekKids Activities Blog

Diagnose Yourself Book Review

I had a great opportunity to review Diagnose Yourself: Place the Power of Healing in Your Hands by Reid Jenner.

How many of us have visited a doctor only to leave, frustrated, with a fistful of prescriptions that don’t even help the problem?

Most doctors are not trained to ask patients any questions. They use their tools to assess condition and their knowledge to diagnose. All in about a 10 minute consultation.

Most medical institutions prefer short patient visits, more invasive procedures, and a higher prevalence of tests – which contribute to more misdiagnoses, longer wait times, and increase in costs.

Couple this with the extraordinary profits of drug company patents with 20-year non-competition license to sell meds. Drug companies pay incentives to doctors to enroll patients in clinical drug trials.

The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow direct-to-customer advertising for drugs.

There are few checks and balances to this system.

A remarkable concept:

We can diagnose yourself within 60-120 minutes simply by asking the right questions and using your own knowledge.

Ten chapters explain the problems with most medical institutions and how patients can diagnose themselves to get the treatment they need and deserve. Charts, questionnaires, and worksheets.

This often ineffective method of treating symptoms based on commonly categorized disease prototypes is perhaps most blatantly observed in the field of psychiatry. If a mother brings in a hyperactive child to the doctor’s office, very often the child is quickly labeled as having ADHD, and mood- altering psychotropic drugs are prescribed by the attending physician. Or if the child is abnormally withdrawn, he might be labeled as having Asperger’s Syndrome, and a different type of medication is prescribed. An unusually careful or focused child might be labeled as having OCD— and so it goes. In each instance, the condition is often referred to as a ‘disease’, and the prognosis is an indefinite, often lifetime, regimen of side- effect- inducing psychotropic drugs. Very little time or effort is taken to truly understand why the child may be behaving in this manner, nor to allow the child to tell the doctor his full story.

Fewer than 25% of illnesses are caused by genetic influences. Which means 75% are caused by environmental influences.

Reid Jenner walks the reader through steps to learn how we are influenced by factors in our environment to diagnose ourselves.

He cites case studies and describes how the checklists and body outline profiles can be used for self-diagnosis.

The final chapter is all about natural health options and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I highly recommend this book to educate yourself about how the environment affects our bodies and when it becomes imbalanced, how we can diagnose ourselves to best communicate with doctors well.

About the Author

Reid JennerReid Jenner is an acclaimed naturopathic problem-solving specialist with over twenty years’ experience designing, teaching, and facilitating root-cause analysis techniques in the health sector, with a successful record solving hundreds of health problems for clients with a wide range of maladies. He is passionately focused on helping every patient use his or her personal health history to find the quickest, simplest, and least invasive permanent solution to each problem. In his experience, the vast majority of intractable problems can be solved in less than 60 minutes.

Download worksheets at Reid Jenner’s website.

Order your copy of Diagnose Yourself: Place the Power of Healing in Your Hands. $2.99 for Kindle or $10.52 for Paperback

Homemade Hair Wax

My son has been bugging me for months to make him some hair gel. I scanned Pinterest and researched recipes. Simple is best. I think this solid hair wax is better than gel for what he wants: “I want my hair up, Mama!”

Alex is super happy with the result!

Homemade Hair Wax |

I put a glass jar in a pot of water, cuz who has time for a double boiler?

Add beeswax. You want this melted absolutely molten or it won’t be smooth. I messed up on my sunscreen recipe because I didn’t do that. So it’s a little bumpy.


Then add shea butter to the molten beeswax.

shea butter

I took the jar out of the water and added jojoba.

adding jojoba

I mixed it with a wooden stick and added essential oils. It hardened in my cold kitchen pretty quickly.

solidifying into wax

Hair Wax Recipe

  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 1 1/2 ounces shea butter
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil
  • 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils


Melt beeswax in a glass jar in a pot of water or double boiler. Add shea butter and melt. Add jojoba. Add essential oil. When it cools, it will solidify.

Great essential oils for hair:

Rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, copaiba, cypress, and sandalwood are great for dry hair.

Basil, melaleuca, lemongrass, lavender, patchouli, eucalyptus, myrtle, and citrus (lime, lemon, orange) are great for oily hair. Citrus could lighten hair in direct sunlight so take care.

Rosemary, cedarwood, geranium, lavender, copaiba, and hinoki are good for hair loss. (I know some people mix these in a spray bottle with distilled water and spritz their heads daily!)

Melaleuca and eucalyptus are especially helpful with dandruff.

I scoop some wax and rub it with my fingers into his hair and style it. Just look at his little faux hawk. He is so stylish!

Ready for church

Alex only wanted orange oil in his hair wax. He loves the scent of orange!


Linking up: Mind Body and Sole, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Home Stories A to Z, Your Homebased MomBlooming Homestead, The 36th AvenueHappy and Blessed Home

Obedience in a Bottle

My teen daughter probably would be labeled all sorts of letters if she attended school. We prefer to manage any potential issues without medication.

Liz is often difficult when she wants to be.  Most days, we get along well — with only a few squinty stares as she weighs a decision whether to obey.

What Does Stubborn Look Like?

I often struggle to successfully motivate and teach her while remaining unemotional and objective. I do know that she sometimes feels triumphant when I lose it over not being able to “control” her. She knows how to push all the buttons.

She is stubborn. Like, sit at the table for three hours, staring at one math page, refusing to pick up a pencil, stubborn.

Nothing we say or do seems to matter at these times.

Changing Behavior

My husband gets increasingly frustrated with not making any progress in prompting Liz to obey.

He finally turned to our oil table on a particularly difficult Saturday morning when we had hoped to have Liz quickly complete some school work and head outdoors for some fun. And she decided to be stubborn.

We had just ordered a Potential blend in our monthly shipment. We had purchased a Humble blend at a Utah oil shop after testing it and liking it – and and we had used it before with great success.

He took both those bottles and dripped some of each into his palm and anointed her head.

Humble Blend + Potential Blend + Progesterone =

Obedience in a Bottle

Obedience in a Bottle |

The Effects

Within a few minutes, Liz had gotten dressed, become amazingly more agreeable, and was working diligently on her math assignment.

We stood back in awe.

She completed her math more cheerfully than ever before. The rest of the day, she was compliant and good-natured.

It was really weird, y’all.

Natural Progesterone

We have encouraged Liz for several months to use a natural, plant-based Progesterone before bed. Our daughter does not use this regularly. We understand that hormone therapy is very sensitive stuff. She uses only a drop or two a couple evenings each month.

The Progesterone has helped to maintain balance with her changing hormones. We saw improvement in her mood steadily with essential oil use. Super helpful during this tumultuous time of being a fourteen-year-old girl!

I also like to use the Progesterone for a few days out of every month. I recognize when my body needs it now.

We also got labs completed to rule out any physical issues. Her D and iron levels were extremely low. Her cortisol levels were also very low, but the doctors assure us she will grow out of that. We upped the supplements and changed her diet and got a happy funshine lamp. Within a few months, her mood is much more even and she doesn’t feel so tired anymore. The endocrinologist visits were very helpful to rule out any issues, problems, and set our minds at ease.

My husband and I are quite amazed by how quickly the oils help us with all sorts of situations. While we use the oils frequently and for various reasons, we are constantly surprised by new methods and successes.

Why did these particular oils help?

We Need to Learn Humility

What is in our Humble blend?

  • Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Rose (Rosa damascena)
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium)

If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 AMP

We Need to Reach Our Potential

What will you find in our Potential blend?

  • Cypress (Callitrus intratropica)
  • Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)
  • Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
  • Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)
  • Fir (Abies concolor)]
  • Galbanum (Ferula gummosa)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
  • Rose (Rosa damascena)
  • Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Jasmine (jasminum officinale)]

Essential Oils can be Effective Parenting Tools

These oils (among many others!) are great parenting tools.

We encourage our children to work through their fleshly and sinful natures and to practice better behaviors. We pray and discuss the behaviors that honor God and that we desire.

Essential oils are great tools to help us encourage the desired character we want exhibited in our children. I love that we can use oils, combined with prayer and the Word of God,  to help us achieve our goals.

Parenting Resources

Great parenting resources we love:

  1. You Can’t Make Me by Cynthia Tobias
  2. Lead Your Family Like Jesus by Tricia Goyer, et al
  3. Don’t Make Me Count To Three  by Ginger Plowman
  4. Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  5. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
  6. Parenting From the Overflow by Terrilyne Underwood
  7. The Christian Parenting Handbook by Scott Turansky
  8. Boundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud
  9. The Dr. James Dobson Parenting Collection
  10. The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

Check out my full resource list here!

And the following are valuable tools:

Also see my Parenting and Leadership Pinterest boards.


Linking up: Milk and Cuddles, Natural Beach Living, Hip Homeschool Moms, Blooming Homestead, The 36th Avenue, Mind Body Sole

Resources for Brain Health

Despite having a natural lifestyle, we still occasionally have a focusing issue with our children. These tips have worked for us (and our friends) to keep our kids medication-free.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as adding a nourishing, vitamin-rich diet and supplements to help kids (and adults) to focus and think well. We recognize that some individuals need medications. We also never, ever recommend ending a medication regimen without consulting your physician.

Medication-free options to help brain health

Medication-free options for brain health - diet and tips to help with ADHD, autism, attention, and memory

1. The Autism & ADHD Diet by Barrie Silberberg

This book comes highly recommended from friends. We haven’t used it, but I’m sure it’s comparable to some other diets I’ve seen.


2. The Feingold Diet by Ben F. Feingold, M.D.

This is the first resource I found and when we eliminated food dyes and chemicals from our diet, the difference in my daughter’s behavior was amazing.


3. Eating for Autism by dietitian Elizabeth Strickland

This free pdf has some great steps towards a nutrition plan to help your kids!

Eating for Autism Book Cover

4. ADDitude online magazine

This website has a plethora of free resources and articles to help you and your kids!

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) symptoms, medication, treatment, information, help and diagnosis for ADD adults and parents of children with ADHD and learning disabilities from ADDitude magazine.

5. The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks by Heather Haupt

Fun ideas to help your kids take some breaks so they can work hard when they need to focus.

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks


We specifically use a combination of essential oils, dietary supplements, a natural whole foods diet, cod liver oil, plenty of fresh air and exercise to help us perform at our best.

A Great Blog Planner

This Blog Planner for 2015 contains 100 pages for you!


Check out this list of pages:

  • Year-at-a-glance
  • 1-page monthly calendar
  • 2-page monthly calendar
  • Monthly calendar – lined
  • Monthly calendar – lined (2 posts per day)
  • Monthly to-do/monthly goals list
  • 1-page week-at-a-glance
  • 2-page week-at-a-glance
  • Ideas for future posts
  • Ideas for future posts by category
  • Project/post planner
  • Yearly stats
  • Social media tracker (all on one page)
  • Pinterest tracker
  • Facebook tracker
  • Google+ tracker
  • Link-Up tracker
  • Affiliate info tracker
  • Reviews & Giveaways tracker
  • Guest/contributor posts (incoming & outgoing)
  • Blog post checklist
  • Daily blogger checklist
  • Review checklist
  • Giveaway checklist
  • Advertisers/Sponsors tracker
  • Expenses/Earnings page
  • Long term goals
  • Notes page
  • Binder spine

*The ones in bold are new additions to the blog planner.

What I love most:

  • Checklists.
  • Social media trackers.
  • Calendars.
  • Pages for planning future posts.

These pages will help me set blogging goals for the new year.

Perfect to print and place in a binder or have it bound for a really professional, streamlined look!

Just a reminder – This is NOT a physical item!  You will NOT receive anything in the mail.  This is an item that you download and print out yourself.

Buy your 2015 Blog Planner NOW for $4.99!

15 Diffusers Under $50

15 Gorgeous and Useful Diffusers Under $50 for Gifts or Yourself

Diffusers make great gifts for the seasoned oiler or a newbie. We use diffusers in every room in our house with various oil blends year-round. I’m sure you’ll find a fun diffuser to fit your needs and budget. You don’t have to spend more than $50 to get a great diffuser!


7 New models from Aroma2Go:

  • Ultrasonic Diffusion
  • Silent Motors
  • Runs for hours without needing to be refilled
  • Glass, Porcelain, Plastic and Rubber coated options
  • 7 color light changing options
    These models are all under $50 and offer great diffusing, colors, and light:

1. Babs – Ultrasonic Porcelain Diffuser – $49.99

2. Barbara – White Porcelain Diffuser – $49.99

3. Fred – Ultrasonic Frosted Diffuser – $49.99

4. Leo – Silent Ultrasonic Diffuser – $49.99

5. Perfect Purifier Diffuser – $47.99

These models are from various companies. Lovely patterns and lights!

6. Signstek with Chrysanthemum Pattern – $29.08

7. Greenair Aroma Diffuser – $29.99

8. Greenair Spa Vapor for $29.99


9. GreenAir Porcelain Silver Flowers – $49.98

10. Greenair Aquacool – $49.98

11. Greenair Aquamist – $27.99

12. Greenair Zen – $29.99

13. GreenAir SpaMister White Flower Petal – $39.99

14. Greenair Spamister with Butterfly Design – $39.99

15. Aroma Atomizer – $25.46

These are some of my favorite diffusers from third party companies. They work well with all essential oils and have fun features. The kids like having diffusers in their rooms and we use them in all our public spaces and when we travel. You can never have too many diffusers!

Check out my favorite diffuser blends.