DIY Essential Oil Teacher Gifts


School is coming to an end, summer will be here before we know it and before your flip-flop, bathing suit cover-up wearing days begin you need to think about your child’s teacher!  Say thank you for all they have added to your child’s life by making them these special gifts!

DIY EO teacher gifts

Thieves Hand Sanitizer

1/2 Cup Aloe Vera Gel

1/2 Cup Distilled Water

10 Drops of YL Thieves Essential Oil

Stir all ingredients until gel becomes uniform.  You may want to add more water depending on how thick you want your hand sanitizer.

I used emptied and cleaned hotel shampoo bottles for my travel sized hand sanitizer.  To fill them I funneled the hand sanitizer in a soap dispenser pump (good to keep on your desk), then pumped the sanitizer into the smaller bottles.

Grapefruit Bath Salts

1 Cup of Epsom Salt

5 – 6 Drops of YL Grapefruit Essential Oil

In a glass or stainless steel bowl measure salt, add drops, stir, store in glass container.

Citrus Burst Sugar Scrub

2 Cups Coconut Oil

2 Cups Sugar

Zest and Juice from 3 – 4 Mandarin Oranges

15 -16 Drops of Your Choice of Citrus EO

(I used 8 drops Grapefruit, 8 of Lemon)

*This recipe was adapted from my friend Janelle’s Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub*

Using a mixer (or a fork and some elbow grease) whip coconut oil until smooth.  Once coconut oil is smooth and free of chunks add in the other ingredients and mix well.  Store in glass containers.  Use on face, hands, feet or any skin area that is problem or acne prone.  This is also great to use when shaving for swimming pool!

Hope you enjoy these recipes!  Don’t forget to thank your children’s teachers!!!

with heart and health,


For information on how to get your Young Living Essential Oils for wholesale pricing follow this link!



Poppy-Seed Bread Two Ways


Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever blog post!  I am so excited to start documenting some of the fantastic aspects of the heart, home and motherhood.  (and a bit of trial and error)

My inspiration for this post is this huge lovely bag of poppy seeds I received from my brother and sis-in-law from Prague.

 I have also been craving one of my mom’s specialties, Poppy Seed Bread.  My mom has the best recipe ever…this didn’t stop me from making a few alterations…some out of necessity, some just because.

I will give you the original recipe because it is awesome, but will put my alterations in parenthesis.

Mom’s Poppy Seed Bread

This recipes makes two loaves or six mini loaves.  You could make muffins as well, but I have no idea how many you will get.

Prepare your pans and heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

3 cups sifted flour (I used 1/2 AP and 1/2 Whole Wheat)

1 1/2 t. salt

1 1/2 t. baking powder

3 eggs

2 1/4 cup sugar

1 1/8 cup oil

 1/2 cup milk (I used soy)

1 1/2 T. poppy-seed

1 1/2 t. almond extract (I only had about a teaspoon  :(…)

1 1/2 t. vanilla

1 1/2 t. butter flavoring

(my addition to the second loaf is a cup of finely chopped strawberries)


1/4 cup orange juice

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 t. almond extract (I ran out remember?)

1/2 t. vanilla

1/2 t. butter flavoring

First I mixed the dry ingredients in my mixing bowl.

And against every notion I have about wet/dry ingredients and quick breads, I added the rest of the ingredients right on top of the dry.

Normally if I see this in a recipe I would mix the wet and dry separate and slowly add the dry to the wet, but I have eaten this amazing bread so many times I am not going to argue method.

Beat 1 -2 minutes (again against my normal method).

Then I poured 3 cups of batter into my first bread pan.

My helper had woken at this point just in time for the…


I cut about a cup of them.

My helper stirred the strawberries in,

then  poured the rest of the batter into my other pan.

I do not have matching pans and it is difficult to tell how even the loaves are, but I did the best I could.

The recipe says to bake at 350 degrees F for an hour, however both of my loaves needed an extra 10-15 minutes.

I assembled frosting ingredients when the bread was about to be pulled from the oven.

While I waited 5 minutes for the bread to cool I mixed the ingredients right in the measuring cup.

After 5 minutes pour the frosting on the hot loaves.  They will soak up all the sweet stickiness.

The hardest part was waiting for them to cool enough to get out of the pan.

Since they are sticky the loaf in my glass pan needed a little help getting out.

I also noticed that the strawberries floated to the top of the batter while cooking (this is a liquid-y batter).

Although this does not bother me or anyone else eating this loaf, the next time around I will try to replace some of the liquid with strawberries puree.

There you have it.  My mom’s poppy-seed recipe with a little whole wheat added and a touch of summer strawberries.


Let me know what your favorite strawberry and poppy-seed recipes are!

With heart, home and motherhood