11 Ways to Upgrade Your Coat Closet

Is your coat closet small and cluttered? Turn your messy coat closet into an organized space with the help of these 11 coat closet ideas! 11 Ways to Upgrade Your Coat Closet via @tipsaholic #coatcloset #organize #closet #closets #diy


11 Ways to Upgrade Your Coat Closet
Is your coat closet small and cluttered? Are you forever picking up coats from the floor and searching through a pile of shoes to find a pair? Turn your messy coat closet into an organized space with the help of these 11 coat closet ideas!

1. Create cubbies with flipped brackets and shelves.

Is your coat closet small and cluttered? Turn your messy coat closet into an organized space with the help of these 11 coat closet ideas! 11 Ways to Upgrade Your Coat Closet via @tipsaholic #coatcloset #organize #closet #closets #diy
Putting cubbies in your locker can help organize small clothing items, such as mittens and hats. You can DIY your own cubbies by flipping brackets upside down and attaching shelves at the bottom. This is perfect if you already have brackets laying around!

 

2. Attach plastic file boxes to the wall.

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Another way to hold smaller items is to grab a few plastic file boxes and drill them into one of the walls in your coat closet. They are the perfect size to hold shopping bags, both paper and reusable!

 

3. Use wire baskets to hold cold, wet items.

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Mittens, hats, and scarves that get snow on them can become wet. Put them in hanging wire baskets to let them dry out faster.

 

4. Add narrow and long wire baskets to the door to hold sandals and flats.

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If you love to wear sandals and flats, attach narrow wire baskets to the bottom of your coat closet door and store your shoes there. These baskets can hold a lot of sandals and flats and your coat closet floor will be much less cluttered.

 

5. Install extra shelves above your coat closet’s existing shelf.

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Most coat closets have one shelf and a whole lot of wasted vertical space above it. Make good use of the space and add an extra shelf or two.

 

6. Build a shoe shelf.

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Add another shelf in the lower part of your closet to hold your shoes. One shelf or two will give you and your family a place to put their shoes instead of just throwing them on the floor. And you’ll be able to see every pair so you can easily grab what you need.

 

7. Put a shelving unit in your coat closet.

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A simple shelving unit, such as the discounted Expedit or the Kallax from IKEA, that can fit inside your coat closet would be an organizational powerhouse that can hold baskets filled with shoes, gloves, scarves, purses, hats, and more. Take down your existing rod and get two smaller ones to attach to the shelving unit. This would give your kids a place where they can hang up their own coats themselves.

A note: the Kallax has only four sections, so an Expedit really would work better. Try searching for one through your city’s Craiglist ads.

 

8. Add hooks to the coat closet door.

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Putting hooks on the inside of your coat closet door will give you a place to hang up your purses, hats, and scarves. This would be a great solution if you like to switch between purses and bags. Use Command hooks if you have a hollow door.

9. Divide your coat closet into zones.

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If you have a smaller home, dividing your coat closet into zones with MDF panels would help you gain space for other things besides coats and shoes, such as a basket filled with balls and sporting equipment and a mail center.

 

10. Turn your coat closet into a mini mudroom.

Have you always dreamed of having a mudroom instead of a coat closet? You can turn your coat closet into a mini mudroom by removing the rod and shelf and adding hooks on the wall. Add shoe shelves to the bottom. No more coat hangers that tangle up!
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If you’re up for some demo, you could widen the opening to your coat closet and add beefy trim along the top and sides. Put in a bench to complete the transformation!

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Here’s another beautiful example of a coat closet-turned-mudroom. Note the drawers below the bench for even more storage space.

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11. Add a secret room behind the coat closet!

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This one is completely just for fun! If you have extra space at the back of your coat closet, add a tiny door to lead to a secret room for your kids to hide away and read books and play in their pretend world.

 

Want more closet organization tips and ideas? Check out 6 Features of an Organized Closet and Tips for Organizing Kids Closets.

 

Featured and title image via Better Homes and Gardens.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Have Too Many DVDs? Try These 7 DVD Storage Ideas!

Are you looking for a way to store your DVDs that is organized, efficient, and saves space? Here are 7 smart DVD storage ideas that you’ll find useful! via @tipsaholic #dvds #organizing #storage


Have Too Many DVDs Try These 7 DVD Storage Ideas!
Are you looking for a way to store a large collection of DVDs that’s organized, efficient, and doesn’t take up a lot of space? Here are 7 smart DVD storage ideas that you’ll find useful!

1. Store your DVDs in binders.

Get a couple of binders in a color you like and add pretty labels to their spines. Take the time to create a table of contents of all of your DVDs to make it easy to find the movie you want to watch. This great tutorial includes all the steps and materials you need to organize your DVD collection in binders! Each 1.5-inch binder can hold up to 120 DVDs.

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2. Use DVD slips in a basket or a drawer.

DVD slips, or movie sleeves, are a great way to store your DVDs. They’re much less bulky than DVD cases, even though they can hold two DVDs per sleeve as well as cover art. This DVD organization tutorial shows you how to store and organize movie sleeves in a small basket. You could find a really pretty basket or box with lid and display it in your TV set or bookcase as functional decor.

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If your TV console has drawers, you could organize your DVD sleeves in simple baskets and put them in a drawer.

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3. Build a shelf case that’s designed to fit your DVDs.

If you have some wall space to store your DVD collection, you could build your own DVD shelf case. This tutorial shows you how. So much better than using a standard bookcase and wasting a lot of space on each shelf, since most shelves are much deeper than the width of a DVD.

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4. Build a DVD shelving unit on the back of a closet door.

This tutorial shows you how to build a DVD storage unit that can be hung on a closet door! Hiding away your DVD collection is as simple as closing your closet door. If you have solid wood doors, you could screw the shelving unit right on the door. For only $35 and around two hours, this is a great DVD organization idea.

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5. Invest in an attractive DVD organizer.

There are many products that organize DVD collections, but not all of them are pleasing to look at. Try to find a DVD organizer that is easy on the eyes and practical to use. This nice-looking DVD organizer divides your collection by color and it’s really simple to use. You could add labels to make it even more organized.

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6. Put floating shelves on a narrow wall between two doors.

Do you have a narrow wall in your home that’s between two doors? These narrow spaces are often left blank because they’re too small for a piece of furniture or a bookcase, but you could put up DIY floating shelves to hold your DVDs there! This tutorial hacks an IKEA Lack table to make the floating shelves, but any floating shelf tutorial would work just as well, like this one.

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7. Convert your DVDs to a digital format and store them on a portable hard drive.

The ultimate way to organize your DVD collection is to digitize it completely. That way, the only space your DVD collection takes up is virtual space, other than a thin portable hard drive. If you have plenty of memory available in your computer, you could store it all there instead. There are plenty of tutorials online, but here’s a good one.

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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36 End of School Year Party Ideas

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school

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The school year is winding down, and summer is almost upon us once again!  Kids are excited for longer days spent in the sun, playing and taking long vacations.  Perhaps you’re looking forward to more family time and day trips you can’t take during the school year.  In any case, a celebration is in order!  If you want to welcome summer in style, here are 36 end of school year party ideas to give you some inspiration.

 

DECOR:

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Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolIce Cream Theme – This ice cream party features adorable decor – from paper ice cream cones hanging on the backdrop of the table, to washi tape covered trays!  There are cute signs for each station and lots of coordinating paper products that fit the whole Ice Cream Social theme.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolPool Theme – A pool themed party is perfect for welcoming the coming summer!  What makes these decorations awesome is that they are totally functional AFTER the party is over!  You won’t pay a dime for extra things you’ll just throw away – just buy summer items (like beach towels, pails and a wading pool) that you would normally buy and use them in unique ways for decor!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Theme – This carnival themed party is over the top amazing.  From a large, big top style tent fabric backdrop, to hand designed carnival graphics printed on paper products, this party has it all going on.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBright Future” Theme – If you’re planning a graduation party at the end of the school year, you’ll love this decor!  Taking inspiration from the “bright futures” ahead of the grads, there’re pops of neon colors, a sunglasses motif and fresh flowers.  Learn how to make mortarboards from scrapbook paper with neon tassels!  Whether you’re celebrating preschool, 5th grade graduation or high school graduation, this decor would work wonders for you!

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and an Apple Theme – What says “school days” more than an apple for teacher?  Learn how to make your own honeycomb apples to hang around the room.  And this adorable apple themed party features a black paper background with white writing – reminiscent of blackboards – and a tree adorned with apple cookies.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeach Theme – Everyone’s looking forward to long days at the beach, so why not bring the beach to your party?  Dollar store beach balls make a cheap decoration and you can serve food from sand pails with shovels.  Toss in some rope, pilings and driftwood and you’ve got some inexpensive, cute summer-themed decor!

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FOOD:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeach Cupcakes – These adorable cupcakes feature a sunbathing bear, such a cute nod to sunshine and warm days on the beach!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSchoolbook Sandwiches – For a school-themed party, you’ll need some textbooks!  All you need are flour tortillas, cheese and deli meat cut into rectangles – then simply assemble and write on them with food coloring markers.  Too cute!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSunshine Cupcakes – Cupcakes are a party must, and these are a cute and delicious symbol of summer.  This smiling sunshine will be a perfect addition to your “welcome summer” party!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeachball Fruit Pizza – You can learn how to turn a fruit pizza into a beachball!  If you’ve got a beach or summer themed party, it’s a great treat that’s also healthy.  Plus, it’s just as pretty as it is delicious!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school“Build Your Own Picnic” – This is an easy and super cute way to host a picnic lunch.  With lots of individually packaged options, everyone can pick and choose the elements of their own picnic lunch.  Bright labels are a fun pop of color.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolIce Cream Social – The food for this party is all ice cream – tons of toppings, syrups, waffle bowls and cones, and lots of ice cream.  Then let everyone build their own perfect sundaes.

 

ACTIVITIES:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome Summer Banner Burst – Make a large-scale banner welcoming summer and let the party-goers race through it – bursting into their vacation!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolFrisbee Tic Tac Toe –  This tic tac toe board is made out of a shower curtain!  Players toss frisbees, trying for three in a row.  It’s an inexpensive and summery outdoor version of the classic!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolOutdoor Water Party Games – You’ll find all sorts of inspiration for water-filled games here – like sponge relays, trike and bike wash and water gun filling stations.  If your end of school party is outdoors, you may want to include lots of water fun!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome to Summer Outdoor Games – This party included all the outdoor summer classics – like kickball, frisbee, water balloons and blowing bubbles!  When in doubt, you can never go wrong with the old standby’s!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolChalk Drawing – Host a chalk drawing party!  The whole point of this “festival” is to brighten up the neighborhood with art while celebrating the longer days of summer.  It’s a super easy, inexpensive and low-key activity all ages will love doing!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolLast Day of School Basket – While this activity was created for family’s to do on the last day of school, it’s certainly something you could alter a bit for a party.  Simply leave a basket out with lots of fun summery activities – water guns, water balloons, chalk, bubbles, balls, treats, towels, etc – and have the kids dig in!

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FAVORS:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSidewalk Chalk – What a cute, practical and fun way to wish your party-goers a happy summer!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolPopsicles – Nothing says summer like a nice, cold popsicle!  These are a great treat for any age.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSunglasses – You can’t beat a nod to the 80’s!  These are cute and super functional.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolKool-Aid and Crazy Straws – Kids love kool-aid!  And they’ll love it even more with a crazy straw.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSwedish Fish – You could use the same phrase and card with fish crackers, gummy fish, or other fish candy as well.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSummer Science Kit – If you want to stay away from sugary sweets and are trying to encourage continued learning, this fun science kit will be a big hit with kids.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolJump Rope – Another staple for long summer days – a jump rope!  Inexpensive, active, and fun!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolMonogram Chalk Slate – A little chalk spray paint, colored chalk and some chipboard letters creates a unique, one of a kind favor that’s schooldays themed.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolDr. Seuss Bookmarks –  These Dr. Seuss bookmarks are a cinch to make and require few materials.  They’re colorful and fun; the quote is perfect for little learners.

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INVITATIONS:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSmart Cookies – These cookie-themed invitations are so cute!  Host a cookie bar to toast your smart cookies – and don’t forget the milk!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolThat’s A Wrap! – The invitations for this party state a clear theme – candy!  Wrapped up in colorful papers and plastic, candy makes for a tasty and decorative (not to mention easy) party.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Ticket – This adorable ticket shaped invitation to a carnival themed party is just perfect!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSidewalk Chalk Festival – Here’s a cute and easy invitation to a “chalk festival”.  Simply made on the computer and printed out, they’re easy and inexpensive and can be completely customized.

 

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning

Are your mornings rushed and hectic? Try these 10 tips to make your mornings go a little more smoothly and get kids ready faster in the morning. 10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning via @tipsaholic #kids #school #tips


10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning
Are your mornings rushed and hectic? Do you constantly tell your kids to do this or that while you’re trying to get everyone out the front door every morning? Do your kids miss the morning bus or arrive at school late from time to time? Try these 10 tips to make your mornings go a little more smoothly and get kids ready faster in the morning.

1. A good morning begins the night before.

Prep for the next day before it begins. Every night, try to do as much as possible so you have less to worry about during the morning.

  • Make your breakfasts in advance. These portable breakfasts would do the trick.
  • Have your kids choose their outfits for the next day before they go to sleep. You could have them do that every night or choose all of their outfits all at once on Sunday nights. Try not to let your kids change their outfits on the mornings; have them wear the clothes they chose the night before to reduce any wasted time in the mornings on unnecessary outfit changes.
  • One lost shoe can derail a whole morning. Lay out their shoes either in their rooms or next to the front door.
  • Pack lunches and put them in lunch boxes. Leave the lunch boxes in the refrigerator until it’s time to go.
  • Load the car as much as possible before the morning routine begins. For example, you could put your kids’ backpacks, the stroller, and your lunch bag in the car before waking up your kids.

2. Decide on a morning routine as a family.

Call a family meeting and discuss ways to streamline your mornings. Have your kids pitch in with their ideas to give them a sense of control and ownership over their mornings. They might even come up with a great idea that you would have never thought of! Then decide on a routine together and follow it every morning.

3. Help your kids be more aware of the clock.

It can get exhausting telling your kids to hurry up, hurry up, hurry up! And it’s not at all effective. Instead of taking on the responsibility of informing them of time’s passing, give them the opportunity to set their own pace by helping them understand how fast time can pass. Depending on your kids’ age, try one of these methods:

  • Set up a time timer where your kids can see it to help them understand how much time is left to get ready. You can set the time timer to tick down from 15, 30, or 60 minutes and the red part will slowly shrink down until there is no time left. Then it’s time to go!
  • If your kids have phones, you could set a daily timer on their phones to go off 5 or 10 minutes before it’s time to leave, giving them a final warning.
  • Create a playlist to help your kids stay on track, with a song for every task that they need to do. One song is for getting dressed, another is for eating breakfast, and so on.

4. Give your kids a motivator to get ready faster.

If your kids know that they’ll get some type of entertainment when they’re all ready, they might be more motivated to finish their morning routine more quickly. This could be a good a way to occupy your kids if they’re ready before it’s time to go and you need to do a few last-minute tasks.

  • Put a book basket near the front door for them to sit and read while everyone else finishes getting ready.
  • Withhold your kids’ phones and other gadgets until they’re completely ready.
  • Don’t turn on the TV until every kid is ready with their coats and shoes on. Allow them to watch TV until it’s time to go. However, if your kids get upset when you turn the TV off in the middle of a program, this might not work for your family.

5. Get yourself ready before waking up the kids.

Getting your kids ready in the morning might require all of your focus, which doesn’t leave you much time to get yourself ready. Wake up a bit earlier to get yourself dressed and ready before the kids are up. Just ten minutes of focusing 100% on yourself can help your morning go much more smoothly.

6. Create a morning checklist.

If you find yourself telling your kids what to do every single morning, take the time to create a list of tasks that they need to do. Brush their teeth, put on their shoes, go to the bathroom, etc. The morning checklist can be as extensive or simple as you want it to be, depending on your kids’ ages and personality. For younger kids, a checklist with pictures and magnets would work great.

7. Delegate.

You can’t do it all by yourself. If you have a partner, have him/her take on some tasks to divide up the morning routine between you two. For example, you could focus on getting the kids dressed while your partner gets breakfast ready. If your kids are old enough, involve them in the prep the night before by packing their own lunches and their backpacks. Have your kids dress themselves if they’re able to. Give them the independence to do things by themselves by making your home accessible, such as putting a step near the light switch in the bathroom and having all of their toothbrushes and toothpaste ready and within reach.

8. Make sure your kids get enough sleep.

A tired kid in the morning will take double (or triple) the time it takes to normally do something. On school nights, try to stick to a early bedtime and don’t forget to get enough sleep yourself, too.

9. Give personal alarm clocks to your kids.

Kids love to feel like big kids and doing things themselves. You can use that tendency to your favor by giving them a personal alarm clock that will go off when they need to wake up. Allow them to choose their own alarm clock and choose their own song. This pooh alarm clock is really cute for younger kids, while older kids might enjoy this batman alarm clock.

If you happen to sleep through your own alarm clock, you have a backup! Your kids will probably wake you up thanks to their alarm clocks.

10. Practice your morning routine as a family.

Practice makes perfect. Over the summer or a long break, practice your morning routine together as a family to get everyone familiar with what they need to do. Take this opportunity to tweak your routine to find one that works for your family.

What other tips and tricks do you recommend to get kids ready faster in the morning?

For more parenting tips, check out How To Exercise With Kids and 7 Ways to Teach Kids in the Kitchen.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Top 10 Reasons To Try Stress Away Essential Oil

Stress Away Blend is an important part of your essential oil arsenal. Not convinced? Top 10 Reasons To Try Stress Away Essential Oil - Tipsaholic, #EO, #StressAway, #youngliving, #essentialoils, #health, #greenliving

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Stress Away Essential Oil blend is a unique and important part of your essential oil arsenal.  It’s meant to combat the normal stresses that crop up during everyday life.  With a natural blend of vanilla and lime, the scent is refreshing and pleasant, but these ingredients also promote relaxation.  Copaiba and lavender combine to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium and other natural ingredients, including cedarwood, reduce nervous tension and feelings of anxiousness.  With this description alone, it’s easy to see why this oil can quickly become an important household tool, but here are even more reasons to try Stress Away.

 

1. Everyone worries.  It’s a fact of life, and completely unavoidable.  Everyone experiences feelings of anxiousness, nervousness and worry.  Everyone.  Stress Away can significantly reduce these feelings, leaving you with a calmer demeanor as you approach your day to day tasks.

 

2. Workplace frustration.  Whether your workplace is your home or in an office, there’s bound to be tension and frustration from time to time.  Conflicts with coworkers or bosses, stressful deadlines, difficult tasks and long hours are only a few causes.  Wear a little Stress Away on your wrists or diffuse it into your office and you’ll feel more peaceful when at work.

 

3. Stress can cause pain.  Experts agree, prolonged stress can have physical manifestations.  Stress causes muscle tension, which can lead to tension headaches and migraines, achey muscles, sore back and shoulders and many other hard to deal with pains.  Using Stress Away daily can relax those tense muscles, calm aches and pains, and give you a feeling of ease.

 

4. Kids.  Need I say more?  Just kidding.  But seriously, kids can have crabby days, too.  And even on their best days kids can become testy and fussy.  Stress Away is the perfect remedy when kids start bickering.  Calm the crankies in no time by diffusing Stress Away at home during periods of known frustration.

 

5. Occasional high-stress situations.  Everyday stress is one thing, but everyone experiences occasional periods of even higher stress.  For events like interviews, being in the spotlight, giving a speech, or meeting people for the first time, Stress Away can create a a much appreciated feeling of peaceful calm.  It also reduces mental rigidity and helps you to feel less anxious.  Dab it on before you leave or use a diffusing locket when you go.

 

6. Painful PMS symptoms.  If you’re plagued with feelings of irritability, unease and anxiousness, along with cramping muscles once a month, Stress Away is a must have.  Calm those clenched muscles and uplift your overall mood by using it topically or drinking it with some water.

 

7. Your teeth and jaw will thank you.  If you suffer from clenched jaw and grinding teeth – even while you sleep – Stress Away can help in a major way.  Dab some behind your ears and on your temples for more relaxed facial muscles and ease your soreness.

 

8. Happy travels.  Car rides can be anything but peaceful.  First, there’s the stress of other drivers and traffic in general.  Add to that any other people in the car, kids or pets and the anxiety of travel grows exponentially.  Calm crankiness by diffusing Stress Away through your air vents.  Kids and parents alike will benefit from the calming affects and travel will be a breeze.

 

9. Calmer pets.  Help your pets feel more at ease when going to the vet or traveling in a plane or car.  Pets get anxious and nervous as well, and by simply applying just a drop or two topically, you can help them feel more at ease at unpleasant times.

 

10. Overall balance.  Restore some much needed equilibrium in your life.  Your mental balance will improve with daily use of Stress Away – along with all of the great physical and emotional benefits.

 

Are you ready to find out more about Stress Away essential oil? Check out these links for more information about how to get started with essential oils or to purchase your own essential oils.

 

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5 Prom Hairstyles

Prom is coming up. Once you find the perfect dress, complete your look with the perfect prom hairstyle. Here are some ideas to get you started. 5 Ways to wear your hair to prom via @tipsaholic #hair #prom #promhair #hairstyles

5 Prom Hairstyles

Prom is often the big event for the school year. The dress is perfect and the shoes are just right. Now a great prom hairstyle is needed to complete the look. These 5 hairstyles will make any one feel like a queen on Prom night.

 

One Sided Look

This is the right prom look for a soft style that lets your hair down, while still keeping it in place after a night of dancing. Start with curled hair for a voluminous and textured style. Gather hair to one side and keep draped over the shoulder. Secure with pins along the back of the head.

 

Bun On Top Look

For a polished look that keeps your hair off your shoulders, try this hairstyle. Put hair in a large bun on the top of the head. Make sure hair is slicked down with no fly a ways. Add a thin headband to the front, to complete the look. Choose a headband with a material that color coordinates with your dress or something with rhinestones to add some sparkly to your style.

 

Half Up Half Down Look

This look gives you the best of both worlds. Start by teasing the roots at the crown to add texture and volume to your hair. Take the side pieces of hair, twist, and secure together at the back of the head with pins and some hairspray. Add curls to the rest of the hair with a large barrel curling iron. Let them lie loose, while trailing down your back.

 

Braided Look

This can add a sweet, romantic style to any prom look. Braid both side portions of hair. For the back section of hair gather into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Twist the ends of the braid around the elastic band to hide it. Add jeweled pins or hair accessories every few inches along the braids on both sides.

 

Let It Flow Look

As with most things, sometimes simplest is best. Just let your hair fall naturally down. It can either be worn straight or curly. Whatever you decide, because, after all prom, is your chance to look your best in whichever way you choose.

 

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12 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

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When most people think of Frankincense they think of it being one of the first Christmas presents. It has been used throughout history, in rituals and religious ceremonies, and was once thought of as so valuable that the Romans sent armies to possess it.  But what most people don’t know is that it’s actually very usefully in our modern times. When used as an essential oil, Frankincense can have many benefits.  Here are twelve uses for Frankincense essential oil.

 

1. Help improve the look of skin. Adding a few drops to your face can help combat wrinkles. Also, add it to your favorite lotion for anti-aging benefits.

 

2. Frankincense is perfect for use on scars or cuts to help prevent scarring from occurring. It can also speed up healing.

 

3. It can combat bad breath. Add a little to your toothbrush before you brush your teeth.

 

4. Help support the immune system. Add a few drops to water, and drink it when you are feeling run-down.

 

5. Can help uplift and balance mood. Wear it as perfume or put it in a diffuser to help improve the way you’re feeling.

 

6. Soothes itchy skin. It also helps to rub a few drops on bug bites.

 

7. Rub a littleFrankincense on joints or sore muscles. It can reduce pain after a heavy workout or help with everyday aches.

 

8. Quiet a cough. Just apply a few drops to your neck for a little cough relief.

 

9. Help relieve anxiety. Rub a few drops on your temples next time you feel stressed.

 

10. Can reduce inflammation. Either rub a few drops on the skin or take it internally mixed with a glass of water.

 

11. Combat indigestion. Frankincense can help maintain a healthy digestive system. Just drink the oil mixed with water, or make your own capsules to swallow.

 

12. Get better sleep. Rub a few drops on the bottom of your feet before bed.  Frankincense is known for it’s relaxing properties and can help you fall asleep more quickly and get more productive sleep as well.

 

Are you ready to find out more about Frankincense essential oils? Check out these links for more information about how to get started with essential oils or to purchase your own essential oils.

 

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8 Practical (and Stylish) Uses for Trays Around the House

Can't pass up a pretty tray? Here are 8 uses for trays around the house, from the bathroom to the kitchen. Read on to see just how useful a tray can be! 8 Practical (and Stylish) Uses for Trays Around the House via tipsaholic.com #trays #home #homedecor #decorations #interiordesign


8 Practical (and Stylish) Uses for Trays Around the House
There are so many beautiful trays out there in stores and DIY tray ideas in the land of Pinterest, but there’s only so many ways you can use a tray, right? Well, here are 8 uses for trays around the house, some of which you might not have thought of! Read on to see just how useful a tray can be and you might want to immediately buy or DIY a new tray for your home!

1. Put a tray on your nightstand.

A chic tray will be right at home on top of a nightstand. In it, you can put your nighttime reads, your jewelry, and any lotions you like to put on before bedtime. Even if you load up your nightstand tray with random items like vitamins and cups, it’ll all look organized when contained in one tray that partially hides the mess.

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If you need a temporary nightstand until you find the perfect one or for your guest room, you could put a tray on top of a luggage rack!

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2. Hold all of your remotes in one tray.

If you have several remotes for the various entertainment devices, such as your TV, your Roku device, your DVD player, and a game player, you might misplace one or two of your remotes on a daily basis. If that’s happening to you, try designating a tray to hold all of your remotes in one place.

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The obvious place to put a tray for your remotes is on (or in) your coffee table, but you could also put the tray in a TV set or on a side table.

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Or you could even put your remote tray under your sofa!

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3. Organize your bathroom clutter in a tray.

Do you often find that your bathroom vanity and sinks are covered with your makeup, perfumes, lotions, toothbrushes, and other bathroom items? Try putting a tray on your bathroom vanity to hold your most used items. It will look less messy while still keeping everything you need available at your fingertips.

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Here’s another example of how a tray can organize the space on your bathroom vanity. If you love makeup, you could put all of your makeup supplies in one pretty tray. Add small bowls on the tray to organize your supplies even more.

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Don’t have enough countertop space on your bathroom vanity for a tray? You could put a tray on the toilet tank!

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4. Reduce visual clutter in your kitchen with a tray or two.

Look around your kitchen. Are there several small items that are all over the kitchen countertop? Things like salt and pepper shakes, wooden utensils, measuring tools, spices, and other things that you use daily can all be corralled in a tray.

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See how three separate and different utensil containers instantly look grouped together and organized when they’re simply put in the same tray?

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Here’s another great example of a tray in a kitchen. If you cook with a lot of different oils and spices, put them all in one tray (or basket) next to your stove.

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5. Toss your paper clutter into a tray.

One of the secrets to controlling paper clutter is to go through your mail as soon as you bring it into your home. Have a tray ready in your entryway, your kitchen, or your office to hold the documents that you need to follow through with.

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Even if you just can’t manage to go through your mail right away, simply having a mail tray will help reduce your paper clutter. Just drop your mail into the tray and open them all in one place when you have time. It’ll still look much better than piles and piles of mail all over your kitchen countertop.

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6. Put your most-used office supplies in a tray.

Office supplies, from staples to paper clips, can overtake a small desk if you don’t have that many drawers to organize all the stuff. Find a stylish tray and put it on your desk to hold all of your office supplies and you’ll instantly feel much more organized and productive.

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7. Place a tray on your entryway table to hold keys, sunglasses, phones, and other miscellaneous items.

If you or other people living with you like to empty their pockets when they come into your home, having a tray available for all of the stuff will keep everything looking organized and neat.

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You could also charge all of your household’s phones and devices on a tray in your entryway. Keep it all in one spot and nobody will forget their phone as they’re rushing out of the door in the morning!

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8. Use a tray to set up a bar.

A bar cart is a very trendy home decor item, but you don’t have to have a fancy bar cart to display your liquor or to host a fun cocktail party. Put a tray on a table and put all of your favorite liquors in one spot — it’ll look like a party is about to begin!

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An acrylic tray is the perfect choice to show off your favorite liquors!

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You could have a tray for every room in your home and easily find a use for each of your trays! What other ways do you like to decorate or/and organize with trays?

 

For more organizing ideas, check out 11 Ways to Organize the Little Things.

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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12 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Calming and Relaxation

12 Ways to Use Lavender for Calming and Relaxation - Tipsaholic

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Take a whiff of a bottle of lavender essential oil and you’ll instantly feel just a bit calmer. The smell might remind you of a leisurely hot bath or freshly laundered linen. Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils and one of its many uses is to calm and soothe the body and mind. Here are 12 ways you can use lavender oil to reduce your stress, help you sleep better, and much more!

 

1. Put lavender essential oil in a diffuser when it’s nearing bedtime. The calming scent will help everyone in your household feel less restless and more ready for sleep.

2. Rub lavender essential oil on the feet before going to bed to help promote better sleep.

3. When you feel stressed, try rubbing a few drops of lavender essential oil on the base of your neck. You could also put it on your palms or your wrists.

4. Take a relaxing bath with the help of lavender essential oil. Take a cup or 2 of Epsom salts and mix in a few drops of lavender oil. Put the mixture into a tub full of warm water and soak away your troubles.

5. No time for a bath? A shower can still be relaxing when you add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your shampoo.

6. Indulging in a facial scrub at the end of a long day is a great way to relax. Make a homemade facial scrub with rolled oats or sugar mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil.

7. Put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow and rub it all over for a good night’s sleep.

8. Need a few minutes of relaxation in the middle of a busy day? Apply a few drops of lavender essential oil on a rag and put it over your eyes.

9. Work can be stressful. Put lavender oil in a diffuser at your workplace to help you relax and feel more calm, so you can focus on your work better.

10. If you often feel nervous and anxious when flying in an airplane, try putting two drops of lavender essential oil on your wrists and inhaling the oil whenever the nervousness bubbles up.

11. Exercise is great for reducing stress, but sore muscles aren’t fun. Mix coconut oil and lavender essential oil and rub it on your sore muscles.

12. Feeling tired? Exhausted feet? Turn fatigue into relaxation by adding five drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath.

Since everyone can benefit from the relaxing effects of lavender oil, this essential oil should be on the top of everyone’s wish list. It’s also a great beginner oil if you’re new to the world of essential oils.

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Quick DIY Projects

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Around the house it seems like there are always things that could use a little bit of DIY love. For some that might seem daunting or maybe fun. If you aren’t sure where to start with DIY projects check out this amazing infographic of Quick DIY Projects from 1st in Place Home Inspections. By using any of these quick DIY project to fix up your home you will be adding value and making your home nicer to live in. From painting, to stain removal to fixing floors this infographic will help fix those annoying problems all by yourself.

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10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health

Lemon essential oil can enhance your hair, skin, immune system, and mental health. Here are 10 ways to use lemon essential oil for better health! 10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health via @tipsaholic #lemon #lemonoil #essentialoils #youngliving #oils


10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health
Essential oils can do so much to maintain and improve our health, from the hair on our head to the feet that hold up our bodies daily. Lemon essential oil, which contains the powerful antioxidant d-Limonene, can boost your skin’s health, your mental health, and many more things. Read on to find 10 ways to use lemon essential oil for your health and well-being!

 

1. Add Lemon to Your Water

You’ve probably heard about how healthy it is to drink lemon water. Instead of stocking up on lemons, you can just add 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil to your daily morning glass of water. This will help cleanse your liver and kidney of toxins. Drinking this daily can also can boost your metabolism.

You could also add lemon essential oil to your morning tea or smoothie to get the same results. The lemon oil will also add a nice flavor to your morning drink!

 

2. Maintain Clear Skin

If you struggle with breakouts or oily skin, adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to your moisturizer can help balance the oil glands in your skin. Just don’t use your enhanced moisturizer on days you plan to be outside; the lemon oil is UV sensitive.

 

3. Wash Your Fruit and Vegetables Efficiently

Many fruits and vegetables have a waxy residue that can be hard to wash off with plain water. Clean your food completely and sanitize them with the help of 3 to 5 drops of lemon oil added to a water-filled sink.

 

4. Whiten Your Teeth

Lemon essential oil can lighten stains and they can do that for your teeth. Mix the oil with baking soda and coconut oil and rub the mixture on your teeth. Wait for two minutes and then rinse.

 

5. Improve Your Mood

Put lemon essential oil in a diffuser to lift your spirits and to give yourself a clearer outlook on your day. The fresh scent can rejuvenate your mood and can help you attain a positive mindset.

 

6. Boost Your Immunity

To maintain your health during cold and flu seasons, try mixing lemon essential oil with coconut oil and rubbing it on your neck. This encourages proper nasal function.

 

7. Reduce Morning Sickness

Diffusing lemon essential oil can help pregnant woman feel better if they’re struggling with morning sickness. Even just opening a bottle of lemon oil and sniffing it can help you feel less nauseous instantly.

 

8. Soften Your Feet

Do you have corns, bunions, or calluses on your feet? Try rubbing lemon essential oil on your feet every morning and evening for softer feet that you’ll be proud to show off in summer sandals.

 

9. Improve Circulation

Maintaining proper circulation in your body and skin can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and to remove waste from your cells. Massage lemon essential oil into the skin around your problem areas regularly to achieve optimal circulation.

 

10. Strengthen Your Hair

Shampooing every day can cause damage to hair, but some people need to shampoo their hair daily because of oily hair. After washing your hair, put four drops of lemon oil to your wet hands and apply that to your hair. Rinse the oil off and style as usual. The lemon oil will help reduce oily hair, helping your hair become stronger thanks to less shampooing. The oil will also help your hair become more shiny!

Some people also report that lemon oil helps reduce dandruff, so that’s another great use for lemon oil for your hair.

 

For more information on lemon essential oil and other essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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25 Simple Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

25 Simple Ways to Use Thieves Oil - Tipsaholic

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Thieves Essential Oil blend is a fantastic natural addition to your medicine cabinet.  This oil is a proprietary blend of rosemary, cloves and other aromatics and botanicals.  It’s beneficial for immune support and is well known for it’s purifying properties.  Thieves can be used as an aromatic or topically, giving it a lot of versatility.  How versatile, you ask?  Well, here’s just a sample of the simple ways to use Thieves essential oil in your home!

 

1. Immune Support Capsules – Pour a few drops of the oil in a capsule and swallow with water for a boost to your immune system.  Fight off colds during flu season before you even feel them coming!  Or take them periodically on a regular schedule to increase longevity.

 

2.  Topical Rub – Feeling ill?  Kick cold or stomach bug symptoms to the curb.  Dilute Thieves with regular olive oil and rub it on the soles of the feet (or along the spine for particularly nasty bugs).  This will help your body absorb their purifying properties and jump start your immune response to sickness.

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3. Laryngitis – Place a diluted drop of Thieves under your tongue when your voice is raspy or gone entirely.  It’ll help clear up your vocal strain in no time.

 

4. Nasal Function – If you’re feeling sniffly, sneezy and itchy, putting Thieves on the soles of the feet can alleviate symptoms and encourage proper nasal function.  You can also apply a drop of Thieves diluted in a drop of olive oil directly under your nose.

 

5. Lung Congestion – Place Thieves in a diffuser then drape your head with a towel, trapping the vapors.  Breath the vapors in for up to 5 minutes.

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6. Travel Well – Take Thieves along with you when you travel on planes, trains or buses.  Rub some into the soles of your feet or take a drop or two with orange juice to ward off airborne illnesses and amp up your immune system.

 

7. Throat Spray – Adding Thieves to a spray bottle of water and sea salt can create your very own version of a disinfectant spray.  You can then use this to numb a sore throat!

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8. Headache Relief – This quick fix for headaches requires nothing special at all!  Simply use a finger to apply a drop of Thieves to the roof of your mouth.

 

9. Skin abrasions – If you’ve got a small cut or simple abrasion, ditch the Neosporin and try Thieves instead.  Apply 1-3 drops with a cotton ball or q-tip to the wound for anti-bacterial purposes and to speed healing.

 

10.  Skin Care – To help with acne, you can dilute a few drop of Thieves with a carrier oil, like coconut oil (known for anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties), and apply it to affected spots with a q-tip.  Or mix it with olive oil and apply over the face.  It’s nontoxic and will clean away nasty germs.

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11. Wart Remover – No more expensive and only slightly affective OTC wart removers!  All you need to do is apply Thieves directly to the affected area – or dilute it with some coconut oil.  It’ll kill any viruses there and get rid of those warts completely.  Added bonus: the coconut oil will moisturize the area as well!

 

12. Athlete’s Foot – Rub oil “neat” (undiluted) directly onto the area of your foot that’s infected.  Or you can make a foot soak with warm water, epsom salts and thieves combined.

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13. Canker Sore Relief – Follow the directions here to fight off canker sores.  You can apply the oil “neat” (undiluted) directly to the spot, or dilute it with coconut oil – known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Not only will it speed the healing process, but it will numb the area upon contact for some needed relief.

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14. Gum Health – Rub a drop of oil neat on irritated areas of the gum, or dilute it with a natural oil carrier like coconut or olive oil, then apply with a q-tip.  It will reduce swelling and inflammation, kill germs and bacteria, and promote overall dental health.  Plus, it’ll help freshen your breath!

 

15. Oil-pulling – Combine a drop of Thieves with coconut oil for regular oil-pulling.  This can help with oral hygiene, as well as immune support and overall health.

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16.  Remove Splinters – Applying Thieves oil to a sliver or splinter and allowing it to rest for about 5 minutes will reduce the inflammation and cause the sliver to rise to the surface of the skin.  With its anti-bacterial properties it’s a great alternative to rubbing alcohol or the like.

 

17. Natural Air Purifier – Use a diffuser with Thieves for 15-30 minutes in your home to purify the air.  It will start removing mold around the house and eliminate some germs.  It leaves a refreshing, natural and clean scent.  It can also promote a happier mood.

 

18. Floor Care – Add a few drops to a bucket of water and mop your floor as you normally do.  It will ward of mold and mildew, kill germs and bacteria and make your floors smell good!

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19. Sani-Wipes – Add a few drops of Thieves to warm water, then dip in clean, small scraps of cotton or muslin cloth.  Wring them out well, then keep them in a small, airtight glass jar.  Take them with you when shopping to disinfect shopping carts and other germy surfaces.  It’s nontoxic, so perfectly safe with kids.

 

20.  Dishwashing – Use a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher along with your regular detergent to thoroughly clean your dishes.  Bonus: it eliminates any lingering odor from grease or strong-smelling foods!

 

21. Purifying Spray – Add Thieves to water in a glass spray bottle and spray everything that is high traffic – light switches, doorknobs, countertops, etc.  This is especially effective during flu season to ward off unwanted germs and bacteria.  It can also get rid of mold in damp areas and prevent future mold build up – just add some distilled white vinegar as well.

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22. Bath Toy Disinfectant – Make a solution of equal parts vinegar and hot water, then add a few drops of Thieves.  Soak your bath toys for 10 minutes to get rid of mold and help with mold prevention.

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23. Canine Wound Care – If you’ve got a furry four-legged friend that’s prone to surface scrapes and abrasions, you can use Thieves to clean the cut and speed healing.

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24. Marker Eraser – If you accidentally grab the wrong type of marker when using a white board, you can make that “permanent” problem go away by putting a few drop of Thieves on a tissue and rubbing.

 

25. Plant Care – Spraying diluted Thieves on houseplants or gardens can repel insects and guard against mold or fungus.  Learn more essential oil plant care tips at the link.

 

Learn more about Young Living essential oils and how they can help you!  You can purchase Thieves oil here.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls With Paint Pens

Sometimes a beautiful pattern on just one wall can bring a room from blah to gorgeous. Read on to learn about 5 ways to decorate your walls with paint pens! 5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls With Paint Pens via @tipsaholic #paint #walls #pens #paintpens #decorate #diy


5 Ways to Decorate Your Walls With Paint Pens
Sometimes a beautiful pattern on just one wall can bring a room from blah to gorgeous. Wallpaper achieves this purpose, but it can be expensive and a headache to put up, let alone remove when you get tired of it. You can achieve the same effect with a couple of paint pens. Read on to learn about 5 ways to decorate your walls with paint pens!

1. Freehand It!

If you have some artistic skills, you could just freehand a design on a wall to make your room pop! You could look at wallpaper designs and get inspired by one or two and create a similar pattern on your walls, like Kellie did on her hallway walls. So great!

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And one of Kellie’s readers did a similar wall treatment with a paint pen and her walls turned out just as beautiful.

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Another great freehand design done with paint pens is this modern faux stone accent wall. Monica sketched out her design with a pencil on the wall first and then traced it all with a black paint pen.

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So, if you’re not totally confident at freehand designs, you could easily test out any design you want by sketching it out with a pencil beforehand.

2. Use a Pre-made Stencil

Another way to decorate your walls with a paint pen is to purchase a pre-made stencil and use a paint pen instead of paint! It’ll be a much less messy project and the results are more delicate.

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If you want to go this route, check out the amazing selection of stencils at Royal Design Studio.

3. Create Your Own Stencil or Template

Of course, you can always create your own stencil or template instead of buying one! A Beautiful Mess created a fun stencil with cardboard and cut it out with an x-acto knife.  They made sure that the pattern was interlocking and used push pins to hold the stencil on the wall as they drew away.

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Instead of making a stencil, Wendy created a template based on a pattern on a fabric she liked and traced around that with a pencil. Then she went back and went over the lines with a paint pen.

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It’s probably best to decide the pattern and design of your walls before deciding whether to create a stencil or a template. Or you could just use something around the house as a template, like Savannah did! She used a steamer pot lid, of all things, to create this beautiful scalloped accent wall.

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4. Measure Out a Geometric Design

No matter how you feel about math, you have to admit that it does amazing things in our world. It can create bridges and advanced technology, predict human behavior, and help you design a beautiful accent wall.

With some measuring and creativity, you can come up with a design that you can sketch out with a paint pen. Mandi used a level and a ruler to create horizontal lines and then did some more measuring to draw her triangles. Her finished accent wall is a beaut!

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Here’s another example of a geometric accent wall created with paint pens that was done by Becky for her son’s nursery.

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Again, a ruler and a level was all that she used to create her accent wall. She also planned out the design in Photoshop, so that might be a good route for you if you have that program or a similar one.

A simple, diagonal design with a gold metallic paint pen is unexpectedly gorgeous! And it can be done easily with just a little measuring and a long, straight ruler. Julia’s bathroom turned out beautifully using this method.

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5. Use a Projector

You can use paint pens to draw a huge mural on a wall instead of a pattern. Amanda made this great world map mural for her son’s room with an overhead projector.

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If you don’t have an overhead projector, you could ask your local library if they loan them out or get an image projector. The options for a mural is limitless — you could draw your own design, create one in Photoshop, print out a photo from the internet, or trace an image from a book.

The best thing about using paint pens to create an accent wall is that it is a VERY cheap project that has a big impact. A paint pen usually costs around $3 and you can find them at craft stores. Just be sure to buy latex, or water-based, paint pens so you can easily cover them up with paint without having to use primer when you tire of the design.

For more decorating ideas, check out 8 Ideas for Decorating a Kids Bathroom and Great Mudroom Round Up.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Turning Trash to Treasure Infographic

Turning Trash to Treasure InfographicIn this day and age, it is really easy to throw away everything. Big box stores make it easier to just go buy something new, but sometimes that isn’t always best for the environment or our wallets. Instead of always throwing everything away at the first break, try to fix or reuse it in some other way. Donate items rather than dispose of them and check out all these amazing ways to turn trash to treasure with these projects from Dustbox Cleaning Services.

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