Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Orange Essential Oil

~ cold-pressed from the peel of an orange ~

·  Make your own pesticide:  Add 2 ounces of orange essential oil to 1 gallon of water in a spray jar.  Use sparingly--over-use can burn plants.

·  Put a drop of orange oil on a cotton ball.  Place the cotton ball in a pantry or cupboard to keep the area free of insects.

·  Add a drop of orange oil to each load of laundry.  It smells great and also acts an effective cleaner.    
·  Make a spritz for diffusing throughout your home.  Mix about 10 drops of orange oil in a spray bottle with water.  Orange oil has anti-depressant properties.

·  Add a few drops of orange oil to your bathwater.  Orange oil has anti-inflammatory properties.

·  Use orange essential oil in your own homemade foam soap.  Click here for recipe.

Have you found orange oil to be helpful in your home?
Do you have any recipes or suggestions to share?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lemon Oil

Lemon Essential Oil is
antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic!

Lemon essential oil is commonly known as a cleanser, but it has an amazingly wide variety of applications.  Here are some ideas to try in your own home.

  • Add lemon oil to drinking water to help reduce acidity in the body.  This can ease the symptoms of gout and rheumatism by helping to cleanse uric acid from the body.

  • Add lemon oil and a bit of stevia to water to make a refreshing lemonade.

  • Add lemon oil to your diffuser.  Diffused into the air, lemon oil has been shown to improve alertness, memory and productivity. 

  • For coughs, colds , and throat or mouth infections, add a few drops of lemon oil to a glass of water and gargle.

  • Apply lemon oil topically to cold sores to help ease the pain and promote healing.

  • Add a few drops of lemon oil to a bath to add in easing symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

  • To make a clean-smelling disinfectant spray, add 3-5 drops to water in a spray bottle.

  • Apply a few drops of lemon oil to remove gum stuck in hair or to get rid of gummy residue on glass.

  • Add a few drops of lemon oil to shampoo to clean greasy hair.

  • Apply lemon oil topically to cellulite or varicose veins.  Lemon oil promotes circulation.

  • Use lemon essential oil in your own homemade glass cleaner and wood cleaner.  Click here for recipes.

  • To reduce static electricity in your laundry, put 3-5 drops of lemon oil on a small rag and toss it in with the load in the dryer.

  • Have you found lemon oil to be helpful in your home?
    Do you have any recipes or suggestions to share?

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    SuperKids Chewable Vitamins!


    SuperKids Chewable Berry Vitamins are a delicious way to provide key essential nutrients needed for a growing child in a fun, tongue-pleasing little bite! Since these playful vitamins are sweetened with only Stevia and Xylitol and use natural, derived from fruits and vegetables color to enhance their appeal, you can be confident about the ingredients going into your child’s body.

    Optimally, all the nutrition a body needs would come from our diets, but it is a common problem to have small nutritional gaps left by picky eaters, lack of nutrients in our foods, or other circumstances. Using Beeyoutiful’s SuperKids Chewable Berry can help to bridge any gaps of vital nutrients needed for growing children as they are continuing to form strong bones, fast and witty brains, and overall health and vitality.

    SuperKids Chewable differs from SuperKids Liquid in that it does contain a small amount of iron to help combat iron deficiency, which can lead to ADHD and learning problems. We suggest coupling this with a diet rich in eggs, meat, fish, legumes, molasses and greens.

    Chewable Berry Superkids is designed to appeal to children who may dislike the taste or texture of the liquid SuperKids vitamins. It is also a more portable, less messy form that is easier to travel with than the liquid. Steve and Steph Tallent (Owners of Beeyoutiful) use both the liquid and chewable versions of SuperKids with their children. Liquid is their preference and is used at home while SuperKids chewable is what they pack to use for overnight trips or when life is too busy to make time to dole out the liquid servings or mix it in smoothies.

    Beeyoutiful highly suggests considering taking SuperKids Chewable Berry with a probiotic like Tummy Tuneup and a Cod Liver Oil supplement for optimal fat soluble vitamin intake.

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    Orange Bird Feeder

    ~ Make your own orange bird feeder ~
    (instructions from

    You will need 1 orange, 4 pieces of string cut into 24″ lengths, and bird seed. 

    With a sharp knife, cut the orange in half and scoop out the flesh.

    Pierce 4 small holes on opposite sides, about 1/2″ from the top edge of each half.

    Thread one piece of twine through a hole, and out the opposite end.

    Repeat with the second piece of twine in the remaining holes.

    Gather the ends together and tie in a knot.

    Repeat with the other half.

    Fill with bird seed and hang from sturdy branches outside.

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

    A Jar of Encouragement

    My children gave me a wonderful gift for my 50th birthday--
    A beautifully painted jar filled with colorful strips of paper
    on which they had written 50 things they love about me!
    I laughed!  I cried!  I loved it!
    What a precious gift!
    Thank you!!!!!