3 Quick and Easy Ways to Save on Toiletries

sketch-of-cosmetics-dispensers-and-tube-vector-illustration_GJpCZMdOIf you are anything like our family, saving money wherever you can is important to you. I know we have striven to find ways to save money.
Here are 3 ways we save money on simply things. Though they are not exorbitant cuts in our bills, overall, over time, every little bit counts.
HAND SOAP
We go through a LOT of hand soap, especially in the summer washing off mud, sun screen, sand, did I say mud?
I started making our hand soap a few years ago and have been very happy with the cost savings, not to mention the quality of the product.
First, foaming hand soap is less messy and easier for little hands to use so having foaming hand soap (and body soap for that matter) is best.
We reuse our foaming soap containers for a while and replace occasionally. You can buy ones like this or you can reuse ones you have purchased elsewhere.
Simply rinse out (if you are switching brands or scents), fill 3/4 of the way with distilled water, add one drop of olive oil, add about a Tablespoon of Castile soap, and a few drops of essential oils (if you wish), and VOILA! hand soap. Easy peasy and natural and scented the way you want it.
I once found someone that figured that it end up being about 25 center for an 8 oz bottle of foaming hand soap if you do it this way. I haven’t checked these figures but I would say its certainly WAY less that $2-$7 per 8 ounce that you will pay for hand soap so…cost savings could be pretty good over time.
So for the sake of quick figures let’s say I use 1 foaming hand soap per month (which is or isn’t accurate, not sure), figuring $3/bottle for something acceptable but not all natural, that would be $36/year or 25 cents a bottle for all natural I made which would be about $3/year so that’s a yearly cost savings of $33 or $2.75/mo.
MAKEUP REMOVER
I have been buying eye make up remover for years. You can buy some for about $4-$7 per 2 oz bottle at CVS. It is full of chemicals and burns your eyes but it takes off the mascara well. On bottle of eye make up remover lasts about 3-6 months (assuming daily use once per day) for me. So say about $20 per year.
I started using pure coconut oil about 3 years ago to remove eye makeup. I can buy a large jar of coconut oil for $7 and if I ONLY used it for eye makeup remover it would last over a year (but, of course, I use it for a myriad of other things). Anyway, so that is a savings  of  $1/month.
DIAPER CREAM
If you don’t have a baby in diaper this one might not save you much, but I have found this to be a great help and has saved a lot of money, time and worry.
My little one doesn’t get a lot of rashes, though she has had a few and gets red from time to time. With my first daughter we used lots of different creams and salves trying to find something that would work. But they were loaded with chemicals, note exactly what you want to put on the private parts of your little one.
So with this one I was buying natural lanolin and it worked great but, again, can be expensive. I have found that my wonderful jar or coconut oil and some lavender oil has been the magic potion. It has saved her little bum as well as my pocket book and is SUPER easy to make.
I take an old jar on the lanolin cream or even a small Tupperware jar or glass mason jar (I use these for everything) and clean out. Then I put in about 3 or 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil (remember that coconut oil that I said I use for everything) then I add 10-15 drops of lavender oil and stir. Put the lid on and keep near the diapers.
You can keep in the frig for cooling relief or to harden up a little if it gets too liquid in the warmer weather. Applying liberally and you have a great diaper salve that is free of chemicals and helps with redness and rash.
Savings wise it a little hard to tell and depends upon what you typically have used. But let’s compare to my lanolin that I have been buying. It is $10 for a 3.53oz jar. If I fill that 3.53 oz jar with coconut oil, which is about 50 cents per ounce, and some lavender oil which is about 11 cents/drop, that would be $2.15/jar saving $7.85/jar and if you go through one jar every other month or so, so say 3 month, that would be a savings of $2/mo.
Again, like I said, this isn’t HUGE monthly savings; however, for all natural products that are EASY to make, you can save yourself right here with these 3 things, with a conservative figure, $6/mo or $72/year.
I don’t know about you, but I love to feel like I’m doing something right for my family, using nature products AND savings our budget.
What are your quick and easy ways to save on home products?

The Terrible 2’s – Are They Really That Terrible?

crying babyWe have all heard about the “terrible 2’s.” My little one is fast approaching that mile-marker.

If you have already been through the 2’s, you know this “stage” can be anywhere from 18 months to 3 years really, depending upon your children’s development and personality. Therefore, I’m here to argue we are smack in the depths of the “terrible 2’s” right now and we are at 21 months.

So, what is this stage that we call the “Terrible 2’s?”

It is primarily where your toddler knows what he or she wants but can’t communicate effectively yet thus creating frustration. Each child handles that frustration differently but many become upset and throw tantrums. Thus this stage gets the bad title of the “Terrible 2’s.”

But is it that “terrible” that they just want you to understand what they want? Not really. How would you feel if no one seemed to understand what you wanted?

This is how I see their frustration in comparison:

Imagine you are in a foreign country and you don’t know the language and no one speaks your language. Now imagine being hungry and you can’t just go get the food yourself. You can’t see it or read it. You just have this person in front of you and you have to tell them you are hungry and what you want to eat.

You try to tell them “I’m hungry may I have an apple?” and they look at you and don’t understand. So you say it again.

They bring you a napkin.

You don’t want a napkin so you say “No” and ask for an apple again.

They bring you a glass of water.

Well you are thirsty so you take a drink. Then you look up to ask for the apple again because, well, you are still hungry, but the person is gone because they think they have gotten you what you wanted. Now you have to get their attention again.

FINALLY, you get their attention again and say you are hungry and would like an apple.

The lady looks at you and asks if you want to go to the bathroom and show you where it is. Ugggg!

“No. An Apple,” you say. She looks at you and says “More water” and refills your cup.

“No. An Apple!” Now you are frustrated and you are looking around for an apple to point to. You know it’s probably in the refrigerator so you point to the refrigerator.

The lady opens the refrigerator and shows you a bagel.

You point again.

She gives you a yogurt.

You point again.

She gives you a piece of cheese.

You finally say a word that makes her think “apple” and she shows you an apple. You grab it before she puts it away FINALLY!!!

You get the picture. So…imagine how frustrated you may be after an exchange like this. Can you only image how frustrated your little one is struggling with the language every day and not being able to get you to understand her needs? I can. And admittedly, I would be EXHAUSTED!

So this frustration may become a tantrum. You would probably feel on the verge of a nuclear meltdown too if it took that kind of an exchange regarding the apple every day, every time you wanted something.

So are the “Terrible 2’s” that terrible? Not really. You little one is just trying to learn the language and communicate it effectively.

The next time your little one is throwing a fit over his cup or the toy you gave him, try to be calm and help him communicate to you. You might see the “Terrible 2’s” tantrums dissipate.

How do you help your little one communicate and avoid break downs? I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions.

Motivate Your Child Action Plan Review

Do you struggle with finding a way to train the heart of your child? I know many Christian parents do. They know that training the heart is important but they aren’t sure how to do it. What is the best way to approach this type of parenting.
Many of us grew up with different types of parenting styles in our household. Maybe you are trying to implement some of the same things your parents did with you or maybe you are trying to do the exact opposite. Whatever your course, the Motivate Your Child Action Plan might be what you have been looking for.
I was blessed to review the Motivate Your Child Book earlier this year and now, with the release of the new Motivate Your Child Action Plan book, I have had the opportunity to review it as well and I must say, I was NOT disappointed in the Action Plan.
The Motivate Your Child Action Plan is a 40 day plan presented in 12 chapters. It is a plan to help you identify character issues that your child may be dealing with and help you come up with a plan to help them build up strength in that area.
The Motivate Your Child Action Plan comes with 12 chapters of workbook style presentation to help you identify the area you need to work on with your child as well as developing a plan to strengthen these character areas. Additionally, the book purchase includes a link to download 12 audio sessions with the authors of the book, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, that go more in depth into each chapter’s topics.
Topics covered in the book include such areas as:
  • Creating a map to get from point A to point B
  • Coaching sets attitude
  • building motivation within
  • good theology makes it work
The book is definitely made to be a companion to their Motivate Your Child book (see review here) and the book is referred to through the Action Plan book. You will likely want to have a copy of the Motivate Your Child book to read before you delve to heavily into the Action Plan.
Using the principles discussed in the book, the parent chooses one character quality that he or she feels their child needs to work on then develops an action plan using 5 motivators:
  • firmness
  • visioning
  • teaching
  • spiritual energy/prayer
  • coaching
The child is involved in the planning process and the parent and child work on the plan together. This keeps the child engaged and accountable, which is an important step toward success.
I loved that the chapters provided plenty of questions and space to answer questions and write out the plan. I like that it’s in the book with plenty of room to write. I have used these type of workbooks before and used a notebook to record the answers because there wasn’t enough space but then later, when I want to refer back to it, I can’t find the notebook. It’s nice that it is all in one place. I just noted which child I was referring to if I was make notes for more than one of the children.
The book is easy to read and the audio downloads were a wonderful compliment to each chapter. It was like getting a counseling session with the authors regarding the topic discussed. The audios are definitely a nice addition.
Does this sound like something that you would be interested in?

The book is available for $29.95 or $36.99 for the original Motivate Your Child Action Plan.

The original Motivate Your Child e-book is available here.

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