DIY Sugar Scrub 

This week I’m sharing with you all my homemade sugar scrub recipe. This recipe is easy, literally takes about 5 minutes to throw together and then you have a really great gift! Don’t forget to keep some for yourself though cause this stuff is the best! Sugar scrub is such a simple luxury everyone should have a jar on their bathroom sink. 

Let’s get started –

 First you want to start with a Sugar and Sea Salt mixture. 

  • 2 parts Sugar – I like cane sugar it’s a little courser than regular sugar or brown sugar, but you could use either.
  • 1 part Sea Salt – Finely ground Sea Salt works best as it desolves and clings to the sugar granules, thus assisting your body in its obsorbtion of the many health benefits. Some of the benefits of Sea Salt are treating acne scars, tones the skin, removes dead skin particles, and assists in skin renewal. 

Next add a few drops of Essential Oils. I used Sandalwood and Lemon Essential Oils. 

  • Sandalwood Oil – Provides relief from inflammation, heals scars and spots, fights aging, tightens skin, soothes irritated skin, and works as an antiseptic.
  • Lemon Oil – Brightens skin and is a very effective in uplifting your mood.

Lastly add equal parts Honey and Avocado Oil till you get your desired consistency. I prefer my sugar scrubs to be a little crumbly (as you see in the picture) because I tend to sprinkle a little on my hands each time I wash them. You can make yours moister if you are planning on only using the scrub once a day. 

  • Avocado Oil – Slows wrinkling, heals burns, moisturizers skin, contains Vitamins A + E, stimulates collagen production, softens skin, improves elasticity, relieves eczema, reduces age spots, and reduces redness. 
  • Honey – Prevents acne, fades scars, fights aging, lessens fine lines, heals sunburn, and moisturizes skin.

Store in a jar next to your sink with a teaspoon. The ingredients included in this recipe will all keep for a very long time. With the addition of the Sandalwood oil that fights bacteria growth I would say you could keep this scrub for up to 6 months safely, but the odds are you will use it up before then. This is a very plain recipe that smells great and appeals to all skin types. If you wish to add things to this recipe to enhance the smell such as tea leaves, puréed fruit, or citrus zest that’s completely fine just keep in mind you are adding perishable items and that will lesson the shelf life of your scrub.

Happy scrubbing!! 

Cold and Flu Season

Hey Guys! On this weeks episode I’m talking about cold and flu season. I take a look at the differences in the symptoms, what the three things are that doctors look for, and how to prevent your family from getting either one this Winter. Be sure to tune in for a great check list and reminders to how you can stay healthy and enjoy this holiday season!

Essential Oil Post

Cuddle Fairy
You Baby Me Mummy

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

So it’s starting to feel like Fall and of course that means that homes everywhere are eating some delicious warm comfort food! And when it comes to comfort food I think Chicken Tortilla Soup. So I wanted to share my family favorite chicken tortilla soup recipe!  

Looks delicious right?! It’s super easy and straight forward, so let’s get down to it! 

Chicken Tortilla Soup (serves 8-10)


  • 1 box chicken stock
  • 12 chicken tenders or 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sriracha, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 drops Lime Essential Oil (I only use Young Living see my essential oil post for More Info)


Add everything to a large pot except the beans and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and cook until chicken is cooked through. Take chicken out in a separate bowl and shred with a fork. Add the chicken back in along with the beans and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes. 


Serve with Tortilla chips, Avocado, Cheese, and extra fresh Cilantro. You can also serve it over rice as well, Yummy!


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The Freerange Family

Essential Oils


You all have been waiting and it’s finally here! This weeks HomeBase Podcast episode is all about Essential Oils! What are they, where to get them, and how to use them! And of course I include some amazing life changing DIYs to use your oils in! Then we wrap up the episode with a get back to nature challenge that was inspired by this weeks quote! Enjoy!

Growing Up KaterTot
The Dad Network

Where to Buy Essential Oils

 Essential oils have changed my life – and believe me, I was a skeptic when I was first introduced to them. How on earth could a sniff of this or a rub of that help to improve my family’s health or wellbeing?

But before I explain why essential oils are so great, you might be wondering what they actually are!
What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the oil of the plant from which they were extracted. They’re basically concentrated herbs! They contain all the goodness that protects and maintains the plant, and we can use them to help support our own bodies’ health and wellness.

There are many different kinds of oils out there, and they all have different properties and uses. From well-known plants like Bergamot and Eucalyptus to unusual and exotic ones like Petitgrain and Spikenard, there’s an unfathomably huge range to choose from – and they each provide all sorts of different benefits and uses.

How Can Essential Oils Help Promote the Health and Well-Being of You and Your Family?

I’m no scientist (and you probably aren’t either), so I’ll explain how essential oils have helped my loved ones and me…

Being a wife and mother can be very demanding and Stress Away and Purification are my go-to oils for balance: they relaxes me, calm me down, and give me that burst of energy I need. 

I also love to make tons of homemade recipes with my essential oils! From DIY skin care, to diaper cream, to body lotion, I have replaced many toxic beauty products with natural and easy homemade recipes.

Stress Away and Copaiba diffused together in the morning is my favorite diffuser combo. It helps to give me and my kids a fresh start to each homeschooling day and helps to energize us.

Those are just a few examples, but essential oils have also replaced many everyday products that I used to spend a fortune on. I now clean my home with oil-infused natural cleaners rather than toxic chemicals from the supermarket, for example. I cleanse my face with oil-infused natural products too. And everyone in the family benefits from using calming essential oils in the diffuser before bedtime!
Can You Just Use Any Essential Oils?

In my opinion, no. I’ve done a lot of research into this and if you ask me, there’s one particular brand that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Young Living.
Introducing Young Living Essential Oils!

There are many reasons why this brand is so great, but here are my three favorites:

1: The Source Matters

One of the most important things I’ve learned in my journey to healthy living is that it’s not just what something is – it’s where it comes from, how it’s grown, and how it’s processed. Whether it’s blueberries fresh from the farm, or cows on green pasture, or a soft organic t-shirt, I know that the source matters.

I did many hours of research to find an essential oil company that I felt I could trust with my family’s health. Young Living is that company: they truly care about quality.

To ensure the purity of their oils, the team at Young Living set the highest standards for planting, harvesting, and distilling on the farms they own and co-op. And if I’m going to be putting products on my family’s skin and around our home, I want to know they’re pure and unadulterated!

2: You Become Part of a Big, Friendly Community

As a Young Living customer, you automatically become a member of a big, oily family that will give you all the support and advice you need! It’s a wonderful feeling to know you have the help and reassurance of a generous and caring community of moms, experts, and lifelong users.

3: The Young Living Premium Starter Kit is the Best Introduction to Essential Oils (and it’s such great value, too!)

No other essential oils company offers such a great-value and comprehensive range of products to get you started.

The Young Living Premium Starter Kit contains your everyday staples – all the oils and equipment you’ll want to have on hand for a variety of situations. There’s an excellent user guide, too, which will help you understand how to use everything contained in the kit.

Here’s what else is great: once you buy the Premium Starter Kit, you automatically become a “wholesale member” of Young Living. This means you can continue to buy other Young Living products for a huge 24% discount off the retail price! You’re under zero obligation to buy any other products as a wholesale member, but if you do, you get 24% off!
Ready to Buy Your Young Living Premium Starter Kit?

Here’s what you get:

Ten 5 ml bottles of essential oils: Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, PanAway, Thieves, Purification, Copaiba, RC and DiGize. Plus a bonus bottle of the popular Stress Away blend. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how I use these essential oils every day.

A home diffuser with optional light, optional 30-second intervals, and auto-shut-off. Or choose the dew drop diffuser (for no additional cost), the bamboo diffuser for $10 more or the gorgeous Aria diffuser (with remote control and music) for $100 more.

Aroma Glide roller fitment (to turn any oil into a roll-on)

Two sample packets each of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves (for you to share with your friends)

Two NingXia Red 2 oz samples (an antioxidant drink concentrate that’s a great supplement for supporting health and wellbeing)

Mini bottles and cards to share oil samples with friends and family

Total value: $300

You pay: $160 – that’s 50% off!

And remember: once you’ve purchased the kit, you automatically become a wholesale member – which entitles you to 24% off all future purchases from Young Living! There are NO monthly minimums or fees.

Order Your Starter Kit Now

Step-by-step: purchase your Premium Starter Kit

Click on the link below to sign up.

Sign Up Here Now!

Select “Sign up as: Young Living Wholesale Member” – which will allow you to purchase the Premium Starter Kit.

Remember: you’re NOT obligated to make any further purchases after this. Wholesale membership simply allows you to buy the Premium Starter Kit at a huge discount.

You will need a SPONSOR ID to enroll. This is just so you have a contact that can help you with any questions you may have. MY SPONSOR ID : 2655840

Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact information. (You’ll be asked for your social security number in case you want to become a distributor of Young Living products in future. This information will never be shared with anyone.)

Create your password and PIN – which you’ll use to log in to your account and order any future oils.

Select your order: the “Premium”, “Basic “Plus” or “Basic” Starter Kit. I highly recommend the Premium: it comes with everything you need to get started, and it’s the best value of the three.

Optional: sign up for the frequent buyers’ club called Essential Rewards (ER). When you join, you’ll start accumulating rewards points for everything you buy, which can be used to get free products on future orders. There’s no need to join right away – you can purchase your Starter Pack first and join the ER club later if you prefer.

Agree to the Terms & Conditions.

CONFIRM YOUR ORDER! I’ve had many folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out – and I don’t want you missing out on your oils!

Order Your Starter Kit TODAY!

How to Use the Essential Oils in Your Premium Starter Pack

Each of the oils in your Premium Starter Pack has SO many fabulous uses, but here are some of the ways in which I like to use them:


Calming and balancing – we all know that ahhh feeling we get from Lavender!
Supports a healthy nervous system and healthy skin

Supports a healthy and balanced digestive system. Wakes you up! Great to use before a workout! I love it in my tea as well!


Stained clothes? Rub the oil all over the stain, then immediately put the item in the washing machine. Works like no other stain remover – even on dried-out stains! Works great as a natural ‘goo’ gone on those pesky sticker labels. I also love to add a drop to my water to support a healthy liver.


Prized for rejuvenating and supporting healthy aging skin. Beautifully spiritual to diffuse while praying or meditating. Immune boosting! I love it in my DIY facial serum

PanAway (an oil blend containing wintergreen, helichrysum, clove and peppermint)

Supports a healthy muscular-skeletal system. My son loves this one for when he wakes up in the night due to growing discomfort


Awesome immunity booster – I love to rub it on my feet with a little coconut oil. Excellent essential oil for use in homemade cleaning recipes. Diffuse and the whole house will smell like cookies

Purification (an oil blend containing citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, tea tree and myrtle):

Add a few drops to shoes to help neutralize odors. I add a few drops to a spray bottle with water to keep those pesky bugs away. Add a few drops to some baking soda as a carpet deodorizer. I make a laundry and dishwasher booster with this oil that’s amazing!

DiGize (an oil blend containing tarragon, juniper, anise, ginger, fennel, patchouli, peppermint and lemongrass)

This blend contains a blend of sweetly aromatic essential oils that are pleasant to smell and taste. The inclusion of Peppermint essential oil may make it a great support for normal digestion. Add 1-2 drops to water or a veggie capsule to support your digestive system.

RC (an oil blend containing three unique varieties of eucalyptus, myrtle, marjoram, pine, cypress, lavender, black spruce and peppermint.)

Diffuse or add RC to a bowl of hot, steaming water. Place a towel over your head and inhale the soothing steam. Dilute and apply to chest, neck and throat areas as needed.


This essential oil has a pleasant, complex taste, and when taken internally, it can promote overall wellness.

Take Copaiba daily as an important part of a daily health regimen.VAdd 1-2 drops of Copaiba in a veggie capsule or add to an herbal tea to promote overall wellness.

Stress Away (an oil blend containing copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea and lavender)

This is the oil you take with you to the supermarket with cranky kiddos.
Apply it generously to your wrists or the back of your neck, use it in a diffuser, or add two drops to water as needed. 

Below is a link to a very informative webinar one of my up line gals did (Lindsey Gremont from over at She goes over everything there is to know about oils, how to use them, and what is all in your starter kit! Give it a watch to get the most out of your kit! 

Essential Oil 101 Webinar Link

Congratulations on starting your oily adventure and heading towards a healthier you! I’ll be sending you a welcome email soon!

DISCLAIMER: The content on the blog Don’t Mess with Mama is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. I am not a medical professional and the information contained on this blog should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or health illness. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented here. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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