Car Organization for Kids and a GIVEAWAY

The fab people over at Mollie Ollie sent me the cutest caddy to use as my little heart desired. I have to tell you, I kinda wished I had four of these because my mind was running with all sorts of uses for it!

This caddy has SO many pockets and compartments, it’s kinda crazy. The inside is velcro so the three compartments can totally be adjustable to three, two larger ones or just one larger one if you remove the velcro insert. How awesome!

The outside of the caddy includes pockets on each side as detailed in the photos, a zipper pouch on the end that is PERFECT for my essential oils and another larger pocket on the other end. Talk about a win for ANY mom of ANY number of kids! What mom doesn’t need more organization in her life?

Here are the ways I brainstormed to use our caddy:

A) As a general diaper caddy for our diapers for the baby, pull ups for the toddler, wipes, creams and all of those essentials.

B) For all of my three year old’s homeschool supplies.

C) For storing all of my oily products and pamphlets for when I go to host and teach home parties. I still plan to use it for this, so looks like I need to get one more ;) This is perfect for me to carry from my house, to my car and into my guest’s home to teach oil classes.

D) For car organization for all of my children! And this is what we went with!

For our car organization, I have each child a set of clothes, a set of pajamas, a sweater, socks, panties, diapers, pull-ups and a few small toys for the baby. We also have some essential oil must haves like DiGize and our immune/wellness roll on, a pacifier, a movie, a snack cup and some puffs. I also added a clutch for me for when I am in a bind and I plan to add a hat in there for myself for those days where I have bed hair and need to get out of the car unexpectedly. #momlife

I am in LOVE with this thing! So because I love it so much, we are giving away one caddy to a very luck reader of mine! It’s super easy to enter to win, enter below and share this post with your other mom friends!

Good luck! I hope you win because we all need this storage in our lives! Comment below on this post to tell me how you plan to use it, I would love to hear your ideas!

Want to grab your own? Check them out on Amazon!

Creating Seasonal Book Bins For Kids

As a mother I am a sucker for books for my children. I strive to be minimal on many things, but books have been hard to be minimal on. In fact, the last time I checked we had around 300 books in our home thanks to hand me downs, free subscriptions from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, gifts and the occasional book that I purchase here and there.

One of my favorite things to do is to create seasonal and themed book baskets for our little ones. Overtime I have realized that with the amount of books that we have, it is crazy to leave them ALL out at once where they can be a little overwhelming and also add excess items for us to clean and organize.

Having a rotation of books can be great because this helps to keep them surprising and “new” to your children. In many ways as they start to become older and remember more, they may become excited about knowing that their favorite Christmas stories will be on display soon for them or that their favorite Halloween stories will be sitting in a basket on the first day of fall. It almost provides a tradition in itself for your children as they look forward to and reread these books each year.

Figuring out how you want to create your book bins is totally up to you. There are perhaps many different ways you could create themed baskets or book bins for your little ones each year. Find some of our suggestions below on how we do this:

  • Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving book bin

  • Christmas/Birth of Jesus/Winter book bin

  • Valentines/LOVE books

  • Spring/Nature/Easter/Earth books

  • Summer/Beach/USA/Vacation books

  • Back to School bin (example: The Night before Kindergarten, Junie B school days books, etc…)

  • Farm and animal theme (can be worked into spring as well)

  • Insects and Bug theme (can be worked into summer time)

You can also go a step further for younger toddlers and create theme bins for:

  • Colors

  • Letters

  • Numbers

  • Animals

  • Vehicles

Fall Seasonal Book Bin

As you can tell this is very basic and still leaves you plenty of normal, every day books to leave out for your little ones (Corduroy, Dr. Seuss, Junie B., ABC’s, etc…). As your children get older and start to crave new books and need new reading materials, you can purge and donate over time and continually build your collection for each bin.

We recently made a purchase for several fall books through Scholastic books with my daughter’s school because the prices are so amazing. This allowed us to have more books focused on fall that can grow with my children for the next several years. Over time I hope to add children’s classics to these bins as they learn to read and begin their journey with chapter books.

Never feel bad for storing your children’s books away through the seasons. Children do better with less around (yet here we are with a ridiculous amount of books, I know). Continue a wonderful family tradition year after year as you grow your seasonal book bins and provide a familiar tradition each year for your little ones to read their favorite seasonal stories. This provides them with a tradition to pass down to their children as they one day pack up their favorite holiday classes to share with their little ones one day.

What a wonderful way to make reading a little bit more fun!

Seasonal Book Bins for the Home


Essential Oils and More for Babies

Using essential oils for babies is a beautiful, wonderful thing. With the right guidance, you can easily help support your little one from head to toe with just a simple touch of nature. 

While using essential oils on little ones can be intimidating for some, it's honestly a very easy and glorious task. Essential oils can support your baby and help them sleep better, feel better and even cry less. Why yes, that sounds beautiful right? 

When using oils for babies, you want to use only true, 100% pure oils. Unfortunately many labels out there are misleading and claim to be 100% pure when in fact they are not. In fact, they only have to be 5% pure to receive that fancy label. This means that other brands often contain synthetic ingredients or they are heavily watered down. Some companies even add man made smells to make their oils smell better - so crazy!

I only trust Young Living oils for my little ones because I know that by using just a drop or two, I am giving them all that they need because it is so pure and effective. I know that no toxins or chemicals are going into their bloodstream. It's a beautiful thing when you can support your family naturally. In our home, we strive hard to kick the toxins out and use only plant based products and essential oils. We aren't perfect, but we are pretty mindful and everything that touches our skin is pure. It's a passion I have as a mother, and if it's not yours, that's totally okay. We all get there in different ways eventually or perhaps just a few small changes is all that you are looking for. 

Below are some tips for using essential oils for babies and what to use them for:

  • Always dilute. There are some people who don't dilute, but I like to recommend to my readers to dilute for their little ones. You can easily search Pinterest for dilution ratios but honestly, we always do about two drops of oil to one, heaping tablespoon of coconut oil. Or we use one drop with a few pumps of the Young Living V6 carrier oil. Normally the ratio for babies is 1:30. 
  • Read Gentle Babies. Gentle Babies is a great book for pregnancy, mothers and babies. You can find this on amazon and it will breakdown a lot of the safety of oils for little ones. 
  • Invest in the Kidscents oils. These oils are already diluted, so just add a roller top to them and they are safe for your little ones. 
  • Do not apply citrus or photosensitive oils to areas that will be in direct sunlight. Normally your little one won't be in the direct sunlight anyway and typically citrus oils are rarely applied, so this is just something to file away and remember if needed. 

So what can you use your oils for? 

  • Baby Massage
  • Dry Skin, Irritations and bites 
  • Fussiness, Colic 
  • Gassiness, Indigestion, bellyaches
  • Immune support
  • Calming 
  • Teething 
  • Constipation
  • Coughing 
  • Cradle Cap
  • Diaper Rash 
  • Even cleaning! 

Which oils are great for what?

  • Sleep: Lavender, Frankincense, Orange, Peace and Calming, Dream Catcher, White Angelica, Sleepyize, Gentle Baby
  • Fussiness: Gentle Baby, Frankincense, Lavender, Orange, Peace and Calming, White Angelia, Joy, 
  • Tummy Troubles: Peppermint, Tummygize or DiGize
  • Immune: Frankincense and Thieves
  • Teething: Clove Vitality or Copaiba Vitality
  • Skin + Diaper Rash: Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium 
  • Constipation: Peppermint, Fennel, DiGize, Tummygize 
  • Respiratory: Snifflease, RC, Eucalyptus 

Where to apply them? 

Essential oils can be either diffused to be inhaled or applied topically. Young Living oils are so pure you can even ingest some of them, but we're not recommending that for the little ones. Just a simple diffuser in their nursery or a rub on the feet is typically all it takes. 

Most frequently you'll want to apply them to the bottoms of the feet for things like immune support, sleep and bellyaches. You can also massage the belly in a circular motion and for skin and calming support, a baby massage (or diffusing) is the perfect choice. For respiratory support, you can make a chest rub or diffuse for baby. We apply Copaiba Vitality oil straight to the gums for teething and it helps nix the fussiness. 

Oils for emotions. 

Young Living has many oils and essential oils blends that can be safely used for emotions. Since little ones aren't dealing with a ton emotions though, most of the time you can just get by with using Lavender + Frankincense (available in the starter kit) and maybe Gentle Baby (a favorite of mine!). 

Oils for sleep. 

Again, the possibilities are endless for oils for sleep. There are so many recipes and blends that you can use to help your little ones sleep. In fact, this is often the biggest testimony I receive from people is that oils helped their little ones to sleep better. Most people again just use Lavender and Frankincense from the starter kit and see success with this (we do!). Others often love Gentle Baby, White Angelica, Orange, Peace and Calming or Dream Catcher. 

Beyond the oils. 

The beauty of Young Living is that their products for little ones goes well beyond just essential oils. While you can easily make your own DIY products with essential oils, sometimes you just like the ease of ordering the essentials and being done. Young Living has a new baby line, Seedlings, that is so wonderful. Pure and natural products with a scent of essential oils that smells so incredibly dreamy. Their products include wash, diaper cream, linen spray, lotion, baby oil and baby wipes. 

I love the security and confidence I can have with using safe products and truly pure oils on my baby and even my older children. And this is just the start. Essential oils can support you and your emotions SO much (hello and goodbye postpartum ickiness). 

If you think that this is something for you and you still have more questions or it seems overwhelming, it's my job to take care of that and help guide you on this journey. Email me at themushymommy@gmail.com or chat with me on my Facebook page. Lastly, if you're ready to go in to this natural journey with no fees, no monthly obligations and no crazy rules or obligations, then check out this link here to learn more. I would love to hold your hand down this journey to wellness, health and hopefully more sleep! 

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Essential Oils and babies