Packing the Hospital Bag!


Hospital Bag

Packing the hospital bag.

I’d say this task was even more daunting than packing the diaper bag after the kiddo had arrived earth-side, and now, we’re going to be doing it all over again! I had no idea what my experience was going to be like, what things I’d need the most, what would comfort me the most, and add in “end of pregnancy” hormones… yikes.

Once we got to the hospital, I didn’t even use a ¼ of the things I had packed. When people tell you to only pack the essentials, they’re right. But, what ARE the essentials?! Obviously, the essentials are different for every person, but, I’d like to think that us mamas can agree on some things :)

So, if you are seriously stressing about what to toss in your hospital bag before that buddle of joy (or bundles of joy!) arrive, read on!

Plus,  I’ll be adding a list of top suggestions that all of you wonderful mamas submitted to me!

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DIY Spider Repellent

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I hate spiders. Simple as that.

This summer, we’ve had more spiders than ever. Not only are commercial bug sprays/killers full of scary chemicals, they’re expensive! I wanted a safe alternative that wouldn’t harm my kiddo or pooch, but, I wanted it to be effective too!

I found an awesome DIY spidey repellent from LifeHacker. It seems to work pretty well so far and it smells good too! The best part- no crazy chemicals that I can’t pronounce and it is crazy easy to make! 


DIY Spider Repellent

*Please note- many essential oils can be toxic to pets, especially cats. Please research any essential oil use prior to using it around pets!*


1 Large Spray Bottle
(or a couple smaller ones so you can keep them in several spots around the house!)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1.5 cups water
20+ drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
(Eucalyptus works well too!)


Mix all ingredients well and put into spray bottle(s). Spray mixture around doorways and windows, basements, and other nooks and crannies that seem like spidey-approved homes! Combine with keeping clutter to a minimum and you’ll have a spidey-free home in no time! :)

If you try it out, let me know how it works for you!


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DIY Natural, Disinfecting Cleaning Solutions

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As a semi-crunchy mama, some of my favorite things to find are “recipes” for more natural cleaning supplies. Plus, with our current renovation, we’re trying to save money when we can. Making your own cleaning products has two HUGE perks! One, you know exactly what ingredients are in your cleaning products. Two, they’re cheaper and you can make big batches!

This week, we’re sharing some awesome “recipes” for natural DIY cleaning products that disinfect- SUPER important when you have kiddos around who love to make big messes with things they shouldn’t be touching ;)


Try them out and let me know what you think! Thanks to our wonderful guest blogger for giving us these awesome “recipes”!

DIY Natural, Disinfecting Cleaning Solutions

It sometimes seems impossible to maintain every room of your home and always keep it clean without store-bought cleaning supplies. A lot of people think this way, but, the truth is that there are many other options. The cleaning supplies you purchase regularly from the store may work, but, they also leave unpleasant residue and contain various dangerous chemicals that could endanger your health and the health of your family. Switching to natural cleaning supplies is a good alternative. This way you will save yourself money and time because you will prepare the special products yourself, using cheap ingredients that are very easy to find.

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t rely on toxic store-bought cleaning supplies and test the effectiveness of the natural homemade cleaners. After the first cleaning you will immediately notice a big difference. The eco-friendly products will not only eliminate the microbes and the grime faster, but, they will also leave a nice smell that will freshen up the air in the premises of your home. The disinfection of all surfaces and fabrics will be easier than ever, when you don’t have to worry about the effect of the chemicals or how much product you use. We are happy to help by presenting several recipes for effective natural cleaning solutions.

Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner
This is a simple but very effective recipe that will allow you to keep every area of your home always thoroughly disinfected.
You will need:
(1) Clean jar with a lid
(1) Orange
(1) Bottle of white vinegar
Remove the peels of the citrus fruit and put them in the jar. Then fill almost the entire jar with white vinegar. Leave the jar in a dark place for about 10 days and then use the liquid to disinfect the counters in the kitchen, the bathroom tiles, bathroom counters, and anything else you like.

Baking Soda Cleaner
The baking soda will miraculously remove all unpleasant stains and grime from your bathroom and kitchen.
You can mix a little water with baking soda in a bottle or in some other container and apply the solution on the tiles in the bathroom, on the tub, on the sink, and other similar areas. Rinse with clean water and a clean rag. Before you know it, you will have a sparkling clean home. If you want to make the product smell better, you can add several drops of your favorite essential oil, too.

Disinfecting with Essential Oils
Essential Oils can be very effective when it comes to disinfection. You can count on them for the removing of pimples and other skin problems, as well as for the elimination of dangerous microbes and stubborn grime. Each essential oil has its own special qualities.

For greasy stains, for instance, you can prepare a solution of 12 drops of lemon oil and water.

You can combine several essential oils too and use the product for the effective disinfection of the toilet. Just mix together 5 drops of lavender, lemon and peppermint.

The results will surprise you for sure.

Thanks to those special natural cleaning solutions, you and your family will be always protected. As you can see, they are not only easy to prepare, but, also require simple ingredients that you will be able to find without any problems. That is enough reason to give up the expensive detergents and various other cleaning supplies and start making your own products. This is a great way not only to save some money, but, also guarantee your safety and the safety of the other members of your family. There is no need to hesitate any more, so start making your own cleaning products right now.

The article is kindly contributed by N17 CarpetCleaning

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DIY Dish Soap

Photo courtesy of Bright Nest
Photo courtesy of Bright Nest

Washing dishes is one of my least favorite chores around the house (besides folding laundry!). With kids, I’m pretty sure the dirty dishes double…maybe triple. Even as a toddler, my girl goes through way too many cups and bowls to count. I sometimes think we have a dirty dish troll who steals and hides the dirty dishes so that I have to use a new, clean one.

Anyone else feel that way!?

With tons of dishes, we go through dish soap faster than I’d like. That stuff can get expensive! I’m partly to blame because I’m a sucker for my favorite scents which, of course, always end up being the more expensive ones. Go figure! 

I found an awesome DIY Dish Soap from Hello Natural. Not crazy difficult, and, the ingredients list isn’t too long either. If you’re looking for a great homemade dish soap, give this one a try!

Let me know what you think! :)

DIY Grease Fighting Lavender Dish Soap
An all-natural, grime-fighting dish soap!
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  1. 2 cups water
  2. ¼ cup all natural soap flakes or grated soap
  3. ¼ cup castile soap
  4. 2 teaspoons super washing soda
  5. 1 teaspoon non-GMO vegetable glycerin
  6. 30-40 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the soap flakes and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add the castile soap, washing soda, glycerin, and essential oil.
  4. Stir well, making sure everything is dissolved.
  5. Carefully pour into a bottle with a spout or pump.
  6. It needs to set for about 24 hours.
  1. From Hello Natural: If it's too thick, add a little more water. Different factors can affect the thickness of the soap - the water you use (is it filtered or tap), the brand of soap flakes or grated soap, etc. If you want a thicker soap, pour the soap back into the pan and warm it back up. Add a little more washing soda.
Adapted from Mommypotamus
Adapted from Mommypotamus
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DIY Room Spray

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Sometimes our house can get a little stale smelling, especially during the colder months when the house is all closed up, all the time! I love using candles, but, with my rambunctious toddler running around, using them safely isn’t always doable! 

Room sprays are a great alternative when your house needs a little pick-me-up during the day! There are tons of air fresheners that you can buy, but, you can make a whole stash of your own instead (without funky chemicals and over-the-top prices).

Hello Natural has some simple and amazing room spray recipes with minimal ingredients that you can find almost anywhere! 

Try these combinations for your own stash of room sprays:

 Relax & Rest: Lavender and Vanilla
Energize & Revitalize: Orange and Grapefruit/Orange and Lemon/Grapefruit and Lemon
Focus & Center: Peppermint and Rosemary
Bathroom Refresher: Cinnamon, Clove, and Tea Tree

DIY Room Spray
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  1. 1 tablespoon vodka
  2. 6 tablespoons filtered water
  3. 10-40 drops of essential oils (peppermint, jasmine, citrus, lavender, etc)
  1. Place the alcohol into a small spray bottle.
  2. Add the desired drops of essential oils.
  3. Shake well and add the water.
  4. Shake again and spritz whenever you need a little pick-me-up.
Adapted from Hello Natural
Adapted from Hello Natural