Respiratory Wellness & Tips with Essential Oils!

The following article was provided by my friend, Lorraine Aguilar- Sales Consultant for Young Living Essential oils & Creator, of Created for Healing.

The best offense is a good defense.

Essential oils are part of a good defense. According to several scientific studies, eucalyptus, rosemary, and basil contain natural compounds that have been shown to exhibit strong antiviral activity against the enterovirus.

These essential oils can be diffused to allow their natural compounds to enter the respiratory tract and promote natural support and wellness. The oils can also be applied topically into rubs that can be applied to the chest, back and feet, where they are absorbed into the body via the skin. Essential Oils

Essential Oil Chest blend- Apply to chest, back, and or feet as needed.

5 drops Rosemary
4 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Peppermint
3 drops Cypress
2 drops Lemon
Add to ¼ cup coconut oil/or carrier oil

Here are some additional oils to support the immune system.
I use this wellness foot blend in a bottle with a roll top for easy application.

15 drops Melrose
15 drops Thieves
15 drops Lemon
7 drops Oregano
7 drops Frankincense

Diffusing is something that is important to do on a daily basis, but especially during the fall & winter. Diffusing essential oils creates an unfriendly environment for viruses and bacteria. Diffusing also allow the oils and their natural germ fighting compounds, to enter the body via the lungs to promote wellness.

Taking additional supplements such as: vitamin D, C, and probiotics is also shown to be beneficial for the immune system. Eating balanced foods and getting a good night’s sleep, lower stress, and exercise help to build a healthy body and immune system.

If you would like an essential oil and supplement consultation send me a message. or follow Created for Healing on Facebook!

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LEGO KidsFest 2015- City & Tour Dates Announced! #LEGO

I am SO Pumped up to share this info with you!

Information provided in cooperation with US Family Guide. No compensation was provided.

2015 LEGO KidsFest Tour

The LEGO® KidsFest kicks off its seventh year on the road with new tour stops in St. Louis and Nashville and a return to some popular markets!

The 2015 tour stops include Phoenix, AZ (Feb. 27 – March 1), St. Louis, MO (March 20 – 22), Nashville, TN (April 17 – 19) and Austin, TX (Sept. 4 – 6).

In its seventh year of touring, LEGO KidsFest is visiting a few less markets this year to focus on its new LEGO Creativity Tour.

“With the pilot of the LEGO Creativity Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi in December, we expect to be sharing some news about new tour dates early next year,” said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc.

“Right now through year’s end, our focus is on testing new concepts and continuing to deliver an amazing and fun-filled LEGO experience for families around the country.”

Covering more than three acres of space, the LEGO KidsFest extravaganza brings all of the hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experience together in an activity-filled event for all ages and builders of all skills.

Five sessions — all identical and 4½ half hours in length — are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at

On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more.  Tickets generally sell out and attendance averages 27,000-30,000 visitors at each venue.


Some of the activities at the shows include:



  • LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
  • LEGO Fusion: test out a new, fun and creative way of combining real LEGO brick building with a smartphone or tablet.
  • LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
  • LEGO Star Wars™: build and display a Star Wars model
  •  LEGO Disney™ Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book
  • LEGO Super Heroes: build a badge and pose with a bigger than life Spiderman model
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail:purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
  • LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
  • LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
  • LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama
  • LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity


 Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets for all 2015 tour stops are on sale at

PomTree Kits Review & Giveaway #2014HOTHolidayGifts

This post is brought you as part of our #2014HOTHolidayGifts Holiday Gift Guide and is hosted by Home on Deranged.

Disclosure: The following post is a collaboration with KidStuff PR on behalf of PomTree. We received products for the review. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

PomTree colorful mess-free craft kits review and #giveaway on Home on Deranged @homeonderange

Alright, we all know that I’m not terribly crafty. I can do simple crafts with cutting, pasting, and coloring. But I’ll never be the Pinterest-prize-winning mom on the block. Thankfully, I was recently given the opportunity to try out the PomTree line of creative craft kits. Mess-free? Yes, it was, and the girls were laughing and smiling, and I was blissfully stress-free as I helped them work their crafty magic – with a big dollop of inspiration from Pom Tree.

PomTree is Stuck on Fun

PomTree colorful mess-free craft kits review and #giveaway on Home on Deranged @homeonderange So what’s so special about PomTree, you’re wondering? No sewing, no gluing. That’s right, no needles or extra work needed by me, and no glue sticks or bottles of glue or even hot glue guns. Zero mess, zero fuss. The pieces are pre-cut, so you don’t even need scissors.

How does it work? PomTree is “stuck on fun,” which means everything has a sticky backing that kids as young as 3 can unpeel and then stick, which Annie did as she crafted her puppy pillow. Truthfully though, Leelou, our 2 year old, could do it as well, since she’s had practice at preschool. However, she was a little more “artistic” in the placement of the parts than her sister was, if you know what I mean. But she still loved her Mama Owl, probably even more.

There’s still the thrill of making something from scratch and using their imagination to figure out how exactly they wanted all the pieces to fit together. The control freak mommy in me wanted Annie to make her puppy pillow look like the one on the box. But after a deep breath I realized, she was learning far more about colors and shapes by doing it in her own style, and it was more precious to her because of it.

There are visual guides provided with each craft kit, just in case you’re worry a little lot like me.

***Did I mention there’s a giveaway at the end of this post?***

Puppy Pillow Puff Kit

Our girls are crazy about puppies. They love all four of my sister’s tiny dogs, and they love our two black Labs, and of course, they love every puppy we see. Everywhere. So it was pretty much a no-brainer for me to choose the Puppy Kit.

I helped her remove the backing from the bigger pieces, but otherwise she knew what to do. And dad lent us a hand with sticking it together, to ensure that it was done correctly and would hold. She made a crazy design on the puppy, and its eyes weren’t quite level, but it didn’t matter. She felt like a “big girl” for doing it, and she thought mom was cool for doing crafts with her. Oh, and the little bone? Adorable!

Mommy & Baby Owl Kit

PomTree colorful mess-free craft kits review and #giveaway on Home on Deranged @homeonderange

I had purposely asked for the owl kit because Leelou loves them, and I wasn’t one bit disappointed. She was “hooting” the entire time we made it. With the big pom as the Mommy Owl body, Leelou loved unpeeling the eyes, wings, and by the time we got to the feet, she was doing it all herself. She’s a very independent young lady, and she had very definite ideas on how Mommy Owl would look.

I did step in on the Baby Owl, because as a much smaller pom, it required a slightly more delicate touch. When Leelou graciously let Annie take over, she got the eyes, wings and feet onto it, and the tiny little pom ball instantly got a home next to the puppy. Gah, the cuteness!

Other Favorites for the Holidays

  • Pom Jewelry – We also received this craft, which is rated for ages 5 and up. There are over 400 pieces of pom pom beads, pony beads, satin cord, foam charms and felt shapes. The ideas are limitless: bracelets, necklaces, keychains, hair bands and so much more. And still – no mess for you to clean up!
  • Felt Pillow Puff Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff – Just like the Puppy Kit, only with a kitty cat and mouse!
  • Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Bird Kit – Similar to the Mommy & Baby Owl Kit, this one is a bluebird of happiness, with her sweet baby alongside!

PomTree wins with mess-free craft kits: review & #giveaway on Home on Deranged @homeonderange

Learn More
PomTree was founded in 2012 with a specific focus on easy-to-assemble make and play craft activities for kids, without the messy glue. For more information, visit their colorful website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check out their Pinterest board.

Ready to Buy?
All the PomTree craft kits, activity playsets, PomTree Pets, Activity Tubs and More can be purchased at Consumer Crafts.

And now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!

For readers age 18+in the U.S., we are offering a giveaway of a Winner’s Choice of any ONE of the 5 craft kits listed above (Puppy & Bone, Kitty & Mouse, Mommy & Baby Owl, Mommy & Baby Bird, Jewelry Kit)! Enter the Giveaway Tools entry below and get ready to enter the colorful and mess-free world of PomTree Kids!


Home on Deranged and The Noise of Boys are highly recommending PomTree Kids and its colorful activity playsets for all your Holiday Gift Guide Needs! #2014HOTHolidayGifts


Brilliant Sky Toys Brilliance Award winner #giveaway! #2014HotHolidayGifts @homeonderange

A post, for moms. Just because. #TrueTales

Every Thursday, we bring our True Tales from the Pink & Blue Series- which focuses on the ups and downs, the hilarious and the not-so funny moments, surrounding parenthood inspired by our own toddlers and preschoolers.

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My co-host on this series is the fabulous tech mom Melissa from Home on Deranged.  Not only is she now hosting a TV segment but she is also a co-author in the new Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness book! I have buying this book, on my list of things to do this week! After working with Melissa for over a year, I consider her not only a brilliant writer, but also a trusted friend, so I hope you will visit her blog.

Another project we hold near and dear to our heart is our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, which is currently in development and features some fantastic brands and giveaways.  It truly is a labor of love, so any time you enter or share a giveaway- it means SO much.

Now what is the topic for this weeks #TrueTales?  Well, its actually a just because post and dedicated to ALL moms.  A local store in town is promoting their “just because” bouquet.  I will tell you I had a rough week, physically and mentally. I pulled a muscle in my back.  No worries, no complaints! I am on the mend. but full-time motherhood and parenting, had to go on throughout the healing.

Just Because

I am sure many of you had an even tougher week, so I wanted to dedicate this “just because” post to you!

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

This is for you, moms!

  • The ones who constantly eat cold dinners to make sure everyone else gets fed before it turns messy. Then, cleans up said mess. (I calculated a minimum 19,656 table cleanings).
  • If you have ever cooked multiple meals to please a picky eater or due to allergy.
  • Or if you regularly sneak candy after the little ones bedtime, to avoid sharing.
  • For the moms who might pick up, step on, listen to and/or fix the same toys repeatedly. Perhaps even purposely “lost a toy” (shhh….I have heard that happens).
  • The ones who have battled to get the beloved blankie into the wash. Or played the nightly game of Where in the house, is my beloved blankie? (The live action version of Where’s Waldo?)
  • The women who gets the flu last, after taking care of “our precious little germ bombs.”

Whether to you are a stay at home, work at home or working mom- I salute you.  I have been all. They ALL have “those” days.

  • For any mom who has badly needed and taken a time-out for herself.
  • If you have ever needed a playdate or brought your child to a coffee shop to avoid cleaning the house.  You are not alone.
  • Moms like me who might wear clothing years out of style and sometimes WAY beyond the fit, to make sure the household budget will work.

  • The brave ladies that endure Jake and the Neverland Pirate episode repeats, or the theme song to Frozen karaoke style.
  • The gals who clean up potty training hits and misses (or in a house of men the every day, regular hits and misses)

If you were ever inspired by Pinterest to create interesting child related projects, failed miserably and given up.  I am here with you.  I have suffered actual “Post Pinterest Depression”

  • If you are a mom that is now able to mostly avoid using web MD after a playdate discussions of current illnesses…Well, because you trust your ability to “read poop and mucus, yep me, too.
  • If you haven’t had a truly peaceful or uninterrupted shower (in years) OR you look like you’ve showered with clothes on- after bathing your kids….  I feel ya, sister.

Being a mom can be dirty, filled with boogers, farts and is sometimes thankless work.  It is ALSO very rewarding- but take this moment to just breathe and think “it’s almost Friday!”

Oh yeah….  Fridays mean squat!

Seriously….even during the roughest of weeks, you are in good company.  (I know there are fantastic fathers out there and I will write you a post someday) but this post is just because, and just for, the moms.

Some blogs out there make motherhood look so perfect and clean- sometimes I read them and feel less than adequate. How do they make it look so easy? I actually enjoy the mess (sans the backache). I am not afraid to show you truth and laugh at myself a little!

If you will, share one “Toast” or “Cheers” to other moms in the comments!  Then let’s hope for a great new week to come!


M is for Monster Box review & #giveaway #2014HOTHolidayGifts #ad


* We received a M is For Monster Box for review purposes. All opinions are honest and based on our experience.

M is for Monster

What is a M is For Monster Box?

M is for Monster is an educational subscription box service.  I became aware of the company after we won a box and I was thrilled by its contents! After our initial experience I wanted to know more, so did Hayden (and Henry).  I was impressed and I wanted to share it with you!

M is for Monster Boxes are available to select for Toddler or Preschool ages.

  • Toddler boxes are suggested for ages 2-3 and focuses on uppercase letters, numbers 1-10 and basic shapes + more!
  • Preschool boxes are suitable for ages 4-5 and focuses on lowercase, numbers 1-20 and basic shapes. More complex activities for children with longer attention spans are introduced here. Other skills are introduced on occasion.
  • If you have more than one child, additional boxes are discounted!
  • Boxes ship to US addresses only and are mailed out on the 20th of each month.
  • Buy as a one month gift or monthly automatic service!

M is for Monster

Perfect choice for a Holiday or ANYTIME Gift!

What did I like best?  Several things.

  1. Projects were planned out, easy to follow and supplies on hand! No shopping trips or guessing required! Hayden had no trouble handling the activities himself with minimal parental instructions.
  2. If I had a question the Monster blog offered back-up, step by step instructions! That was key for this no-so crafty mom!
  3. Everything was fun, yet reinforced education- at home! It gave me a chance to open up additional preschool dialogue and it WAS welcomed! For example, after we finished with an activity- often, I saw opportunities to use the projects in other meaningful ways.  He had so much pride in creating these projects!
  4. Each box has four brightly colored envelopes- to Hayden opening each envelope held SO much excitement and anticipation!

M is for Monster

Loaded with Activities!

Everything was child friendly and easily cleaned up!  There is even a bonus sheet included that offered songs, rhymes and game opportunities related to that month’s theme!

As a mom, I can’t tell you how nice it was to have fun, fresh projects packed into a BOX! I could tell, this was a mom based business and appreciate the thought and detail put into the creation of the M is for Monster Box.

M is for Monster 5

Easy to LOVE!

Yes (with supervision) 2 yr old Henry joined us.  Actually, there was no stopping him. Though some of these activities may have been beyond his age range, I was able to create some fun on the spot!

He very much wants a box of his own and I think it will make an ideal gift for each of my children this holiday season.

Priced in the mid $30 range it averaged about $2.00-2.50 per activity.  The materials provided were DEFINITELY quality items, so I feel for a FULL month this is a definite bargain!

Proudly including as a selection in our #2014HOTHolidayGifts

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Disclosure: M is for Monster box was provided to facilitate this review. Opinions are honest and based on my experience.