How to use essential oils around the home

How to use essential oils around the home - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

I discovered essential oils about three years ago and in that time I have started using them more and more around the home.

Not only is it a more natural and environmental friendly way to keep your home clean, it’s also a great saver for the family budget.

One small bottle of essential oil can go a long way and be used in so many ways round the home that it’s well worth the initial investment.

You will find that you will be able to remove cleaning sprays, floor cleaners, air fresheners and more from the shopping list with some of these simple ideas for using essential oils around the home.

All you really need is water, white vinegar and a few essential oils in your favourite scents (lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint are a few great choices to get you started) and you’re well on your way!

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15 uses for reusable food pouches beyond the school lunch box + WIN a Sinchies kit to get you started!

15 uses for reusable food pouches with Sinchies - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

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Living on a budget, I’m always on the lookout for ways to help reduce my family’s living expenses and one simple way is through the use of reusable food pouches in my children’s lunch boxes, in the kitchen and around the home.

Since discovering Sinchies last year – you can read my full review here – they have become one of my favourite items to use, particularly in the kitchen but also more generally around my home.

They have saved me many dollars along the way as I no longer need to buy cling wrap or throw away ziplock bags any where near as often as I used to. The initial cost of purchasing the bags and pouches is well worth it in the end when you consider the number of times they can be used over and over and over again. This is a win not only for your bank account but also for the environment!

I use reusable bags and pouches for so many things now, I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t pull out, open or wash one of these bags or pouches.

Whether it be making school lunches and snacks, storing items around the home or when travelling on holidays, uses for reusable food pouches and bags are almost endless.

I thought I’d share a few of the ways my family uses reusable food pouches.

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Guest post: How to avoid out of pocket private hospital expenses

How to avoid out of pocket private hospital expenses - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

*This post is sponsored by Health Insurance Comparison

You’ve been paying your health insurance premiums each month, it’s rather expensive but you keep finding the money for peace of mind that your family is protected.

So it’s really frustrating that when you do finally need to go to hospital and make a claim on your insurance to find that not only do you need to pay the excess but you’re also you out of pocket a chunk of money to cover a range of expenses not covered by your policy.

This has happened to me. I originally took out private health insurance when my husband and I began planning to have our first baby. I’ve since had all three of  my children in the private hospital system. At the time, my hospital cover was considered top of the range, but I have still found myself out of pocket for certain costs, such as the anaesthetist.

I have to admit that it was a bit of a shock at first as we hadn’t factored in that extra expense, but after that we were better prepared and knew we needed to allow for these costs.

However, not all hospital visits are planned, so Sally from Health Insurance Comparison is here to offer some tips to help keep those costs to a minimum and your family budget looking healthy at the same time.

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