Not Quite Granola- Mom Hacks that will make your life easier!

I don’t know about you but this school year has kept my head spinning ! While trying to find that “balance” in life, I am always looking for ways to make this momma’s  CRAZY life a little easier!  I have made a list of some of some of my new favorites (some oily, some not) that help me keep my sanity in this crazy thing called life!

Develop a Calendar System: Like many families, my husband and I keep busy with work and our girls after-school activities. I have found that our new lifesaver is our Google Calendar. With this Live calendar you and your hubby (or 16 year old) can add any events as they come up. This also helps with those nights that you know you won’t have time to cook and you can meal plan ahead of time! Meal planning for us is looking in the freezer (:

Google Calendar

Google Docs ( a safe place for all of your files): If your workplace hasn’t introduced you to this place of awesomeness, you are in for a treat! Go ahead and create a Google Account and all of your “files” can be stored in one place and wait…….you can access it almost anywhere if you can get on the internet! I am learning more each day! You can create files, folders, documents, online surveys….the list goes on and on! Hop on and you won’t regret it!

Google Drive

Need labels?!: I mean seriously!! Who has been hiding this little gem from me for ALL of these years! If you are a label making fool like me… you would want to know that you can make your labels on Avery Labels! They will even print projects for you and mail them to you?! I can’t tell you as a teacher and as a business leader, how easy this has made my life!

Instant Ink: This leads me to my next time saver!! Hold on to your seat for this one!! Did you know that you can go to Instant Ink, sign up for a monthly subscription depending on how many pages you print and they will send the ink cartridges to you!!! SAY WHAT?!!No more running out of ink in the middle of a project !You can thank me later for this one!(:

Breakfast Energy Protein Balls: Make these Breakfast Balls ahead of time so you won’t be running around like a crazy mom in the morning! Your kids will thank you for this mouth full of deliciousness! Even your picky orders will find this appealing!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy :Creative Juices Blog
  • 1 cup oats
  • ⅔ cup toasted shredded coconut
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Roll and compress the mixture into 1 inch rounds and place on parchment paper
  3. Refrigerate a few minutes until firm and then transfer to an air tight container.
  4. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to one week.

Favorite Smoothie Recipe: Green Thickies

Serves 2



  • Blend all ingredients until smooth (about 2 minutes)
  • Drink straight away or cover and refrigerate
  • Keeps for 3 days in the fridge

I leave out the pecans because my oldest has a nut allergy and I use my 1 scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder from Young Living. Check it out here:

Pure Protein Powder-Young Living

Make-Tip: I am sure that you all have heard about our new SAVVY Minerals Make-up line?!! My make-up tip is with our Lavaderm Cooling Mist Spray! Spray your foundation make-up brush with this mist to help smooth on your mineral make-up. Not only will you love the smell…you will love the feeling! I won’t go without it! Are you already a wholesale member?! It’s only $13.75!!

Roller Balls (my best friend): Or that’s what I call them (: Sometimes you need ONE of these rollers on before, during, after work and sometimes you need them ALL! This jewel was a gift that keeps on giving! I can’t leave home without it!

Disclaimer: (Cause you know I got to put it here!) I am not a medical professional, I do not and cannot diagnose anything. Use these recipes as they suit you and your family. People with sensitive skin are advised to use a higher dilution ratio. The below recipes are intended for adults unless specifically stated for children. When using Essential oils on children please consult the proper reference materials.

Always use a glass roller bottle for essential oils! A metal ball is recommended with citrus oils because they eat the plastic! Young Living provides us one in our starter kit.

Choose a carrier oil (not olive oil for this one)My favorite carrier oil is :

  • fractionated coconut oil – coconut oil broken down to remain liquid and last longer. Find what your favorite is!
  • Tip-
    Essential Oils if stored correctly will last indefinitely. BUT once you mix them with a carrier oil in your roller bottle they take on the expiry date of the carrier oil.
  • Get your Rollers Here:5 ml Rollers

Try rolling these on your wrist, back of the neck, and or on the bottoms of your feet! Don’t be afraid to use use these throughout the day !(:

Inspiration Roller Blend:

  • 10 drops of Inspiration Oil/top off with Coconut Oil

Focus Roller:

  • 10 drops of  YL’s Clarity Oil
  • 5 drops of YL’s  Peppermint Oil/top off with Coconut Oil

Rest Roller:

  • 5 drops of Cedarwood
  • 5 drops of Lavender
  • 5 drops of Valor oil/ top off with Coconut Oil

I’ve saved the BEST for last especially since this mom is about to hit the sheets! For those of you that know me…know that I love to snuggle in my bed and I have been called a mamaw for more that 1/2 of my life(: Which leads to me to my next favorite….

This little buddy has been a member of our family since June and now we don’t sleep without him (or at least our youngest doesn’t)! This it Topsy Turtle. This little cuddle buddy provides the best comfort for our little ones! Order yours here:

Nelly Packs 

This is where I wish I had a scratch and sniff screen because the moment you smell this little guy, you will want one of your own!! Think of warm vanilla with a hint of Lavender….

Sweet Dreams and Have a Blessed Week!


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