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Natural Home, Happy Home

I have always preferred to use holistic or naturopathic remedies before resorting to prescriptions-I even avoid taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen if I just have a headache. I knew that once we had littles running around I wanted to use safer cleaning products as well as avoid unnecessary medications.  

A few months back I reached out to a woman within my Instagram community about using essential oils. I had used a diffuser for quite a while, but never thought to use oils as remedies for ailments or illnesses or overall wellness. I want to point out that essential oils are not labeled as something to use to cure illnesses, as most other natural approaches are not- they have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am, however, one to believe that diet and herbal approaches can be effective in many ways. 

I have just recently began this oily journey, so I have decided to share a few of my favorites with y'all: 



My favorite citrus oils are Orange, Lemon, and Tangerine. I have used Orange and Lemon quite a bit for both cleaning and cooking. I will share a few of my favorite recipes in a later post.   I have yet to use Tangerine often, but I have made a "refresher" using it with baking soda. I took a small mason jar and poked a few holes in the lid, mixed in some essential oils with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours. I will sprinkle it on our mattress every couple of weeks then vacuum it up, as well as use it as a scrub when I clean the sink after doing dishes. 



Earlier this Spring we had some nasty mosquitoes! We've also had a couple black fly bites, even on little Jasper. While I will use regular bug spray if it's around, I don't want to be spraying it on Jasper! I ordered up some Citronella and got to concocting! In a spray bottle, I mixed about 20 drops of Citronella, 15 drops of Lavender, and 2 drops of Rosemary. Rosemary has a very strong smell, so I use it sparingly. I filled the bottle with water and so far have not had an issue with bug bites.



I LOVE cloves. I think it's because it reminds me of winter time, which is the best. Anyway, I like to make oatmeal for breakfast (when I remember, HELLO mom brain!), my favorite recipe is old fashioned oats with chocolate chips, a few drops of Orange and only ONE drop of Clove. This blend is also a great one to diffuse. 



This oil blend is one of my favorites by far. I use it in my diffuser to make my house smell fresh and clean, as well as use it as part of my daily beauty routine. It is worth mentioning that Thieves is considered a "hot" oil, meaning, it has a warming sensation when applied topically. I only use 1-2 drops on my face, making sure to keep it away from my eyes. After a moment, I apply 2 drops of Lavender to cool off the sensation. Thieves is also a powerful cleaner and can be added to a load of laundry or dishes. I have also tried the YL Thieves Toothpaste and really liked it.


Overall, I have had nothing but a great experience with essential oils and the community I have found within it. Personally, I use Young Living; it is important to use 100% pure essential oils, no matter where you choose to get them from.  If you want to learn more about using essential oils or would like to begin using them, feel free to contact me-while I am still learning myself, I am happy to help!

orange cranberry dutch baby

Dutch babies are one of my favorite things to make for breakfast, although I admit, it's not frequent by any means. They're quick, easy, and you'll most likely have every ingredient already in your kitchen! I also have only ever used a cast iron skillet to make these but I've seen them made in Dutch ovens and other ovenware as well.

It's easy to add in different things to plain Dutch babies. Some of my favorites are peach with bourbon glaze or topped with strawberries. In the winter I prefer orange cranberry-keep reading for a quick and easy Christmas day breakfast.


serves 2-4

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c milk (whole milk if you prefer)
  • 1/2 c flour
  • orange zest
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • optional: splash of vanilla extract
  • cranberries, halved (I use about 1/4 c, it's all about preference!)
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • powdered sugar, for topping


  • Preheat your oven to 425F.
  • In your skillet, melt the butter then turn off heat. 
  • Using a blender, combine the first 6 ingredients. I use a KitchenAid hand blender and LOVE it, it's super versatile. 
  • Add cranberries.
  • Let the mixture rest for about 15 minutes, then add mixture to skillet. Don't mix the butter in, it will push to the outside.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, the Dutch baby will get fluffy and golden.
  • When it has cooled slightly, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Depending on your preference, you can also top with maple syrup.

What's your favorite Dutch baby recipe?