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My Secret Bedtime Weapon


I’m letting you in on a HUGE secret today.  It’s almost seemed too good to be true, so I held out a little while to tell you to see if the bedtime magic continued…

Want to know what puts my kids to sleep in 10 minutes?  15 minutes tops?

This little wonder

I like to call it “Bedtime in a Bottle”.

It’s called Peace and Calming from Young Living, and it’s every mom’s “dream come true”for bedtime success.  When I ordered the Premium Kit from YL, little did I know how it would work wonders for my restless little dudes!

I decided to try it one of the first nights…

5 minutes later: Hmmm…They haven’t came out of their beds yet.

10 minutes later: It’s completely quiet in there.

15 minutes later: OUT x 4. 

Surely it was beginners luck or just a fluke! 

A couple months later, it’s still working like a charm. {Oh and did I mention it smells absolutely wonderful too?!!! It’s a blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy.}

It’s like the “get out of bedtime routine knock down, drag-out free” solution. For our boys they have always been good sleepers when we can get them to stop and be still and go to sleep.  It’s getting them there that’s sometimes the trick. And getting them to stay in their beds instead of coming out 20+ times for every reason under the sun.

I need a Band-aide. 
I need to go potty (even though they just went 2 seconds ago). 
I need another hug. (I’m a sucker for that one.)
I’m soooooo hungry.
I’m sooooooo tired. (Um, then go back to your bed and go to sleep?)
I need some lotion.
Are we going anywhere tomorrow?
I need to tell you something. (Always.)
On And On. And On And. Onnnnn…

It’s even worked when we’ve been away from home and sleeping in different surroundings. Now this is simply our own experience, but I’ve heard it from many others as well. Can you say: Game-Changer? It’s great for parents too!  Supports a good night’s sleep and who couldn’t use that?!!!

I apply a couple of drops to the bottoms of their feet just before bedtime, and put any remainder on the back of their necks. I also have them take deep breaths of it to encourage relaxation. You can try this with kids of all ages, but you should dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut for babies and toddlers. 


What are some ways that YOU make bedtime a success?  Have you tried Peace and Calming yet?  


* These statements are based on my own experience and resources. Not everyone may experience the same results, but I hope you and your family do! The above is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease or evaluated by the FDA. I do receive a commission on sales when you sign up, which is a little boost of motivation to share. However, the main reason I’m telling you about our family’s experience with essential oils is because of their positive impact on our family.


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20 Easy Last-Minute Teacher Gifts

20 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Teachers

The boys have their end of the semester performance tonight, and their last day at the 1-day a week school. So what will I be doing today?  Putting together last-minute teacher gifts, of course. I have a date with Trader Joe’s, some gift bags, and ribbon. No apples, just some simple gifts to show our appreciation for all their hard work. But in case you were needing some last-minute ideas for your kid’s teachers, I have 20 EASY ones for you over at Land O’Moms today.

 {No glue gun or glitter required.}

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Christmas Traditions To Make The Season Magical


It’s a precious thing to behold Christmas through a child’s perspective. This year I’m soaking up these Christmas moments with my Littles while they last.  I know that the excitement, the innocence, the wonder, are depleting by the year. The way they light up when we plug in the tree for the first time, the way they react when they find their favorite ornament, how they serenade Brad as he puts up lights outdoors, and the anticipation of counting down the days, are all things that will be a little less on the “magic scale” come next Christmas.  Which is why we’re savoring it all the more this December.

So What Are Some Ways We Hold on to the Magic of the Season?

~ Walking downtown Indianapolis to take in the Circle of Lights, the reindeer, and the nativity

~ Dancing to Christmas music on Pandora

~ Watching some of our absolute favorite Christmas flicks together

~ Opening a door of their an advent house every morning of December

~ Decorating sugar cookies with grandma(s) ~ Allowing them to decorate their own kids’ tree

~ Sleeping under the tree on Christmas Eve

~ Caroling to neighbors and to the nursing home

~ Reading some of our favorite Christmas stories: The Polar Express, The Tale of  Three Trees, The First Christmas Tree, and others

~ Making Reindeer Food together


We’ve also been having fun with the North Pole Magic Mail, and the North Pole Communicator that Hallmark sent us this month. And the boys would love to decorate a Gingerbread House this year, so maybe we’ll add it to our yearly traditions if it’s not a complete disaster. Hopefully a lot of these traditions will continue for years to come, and perhaps one day they’ll carry on a few of these magical traditions with their own kids. Their spirit is contagious, and I hope we can spread some of that child-like wonder to family and friends this season. It’s all about enjoying the moments, celebrating the meaning, and soaking up their excitement this season. 


So How Do YOU Make the Most of This Magical Season?  What Traditions Do You Enjoy with Your Kids? What’s Your Favorite Way to Take It All In?

This post is part of a series that I’m partnering with Hallmark for during this month of December. I’m honored and grateful to be part of their “Life is a Special Occasion” campaign this December. 


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