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DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils: Room Spray and Stress Ball

Finding a unique gift for teachers is tough. This DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils is easy to make, inexpensive, and something all teachers can benefit from!

In minutes you can put together a Mood-Boosting Anti-bacterial Room Spray to help keep those special people happy and healthy. Also, add a quick and easy Stress Ball for those rough days.

This works for teachers, coaches, bus drivers, etc. and it is a gift that is great for both male and female recipients. We’ve got it covered!

DIY Teacher Gift with Essential Oils: Mood-Boosting Antibacterial Room Spray & Stress Ball

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2016 Goals

I did a lot of thinking during my break from the blog through the holidays. I reflected on my goals from 2015, and wondered if I was focusing on the things that would make me the most happy and fulfilled in 2016.

When it all came down to it, there are four areas of focus that I seem to gravitate toward. These are the things I think about the most often, the things I pin on Pinterest, and I’m excited to push myself to execute some of the things I research and “plan” to do.

2016 goals

So, what made my list?

If you’ve been checking out the new blog design a little, I bet you can guess. Although, in my header, they are in no particular order…

First and foremost, my goal has always been to be a fun mom for my kids, to set a great example, and teach them all I can. Some of my previous goals definitely distracted me from this, and I am determined to bring this back to the forefront!


Kids Goals

  • Spend more quality time together
  • Plan projects and activities for us all
  • Be present
  • Read more
  • Focus on healthy eating and exercise in a fun way together

Next, I’ve always tried to focus on setting a healthy example for the kids. This year, I want to be more concrete with the things I change, healthy recipes I try, healthy habits I put in place, and increasing my activity level.


Health Goals

  • Focus on small changes
  • Serve healthier meals and snacks to the family
  • Get active together as much as possible
  • Schedule and plan
  • Take time for myself and make it a priority

We bought our home before having kids and we’ve definitely outgrown it. However, we aren’t finding much in our target area and our mortgage is so low, we are looking into more ways we can make our home work. Add to that that I’m a bit of a pack rat and have some severe hoarding tendencies, and organization and decluttering is an area that is pretty important to me. I’m determined to make some changes here!


Organization Goals

  • Declutter
  • Tackle small tasks
  • Deep cleaning schedule
  • More effective planning and scheduling
  • Making our small home work better for our growing family

I work part-time from home and my husband has recently changed professions and is working his way back up, so  money saving is an important thing for me. I want to continue to stay home and, to be honest, I definitely get a bit of a thrill out of saving money. The more we do for ourselves and the smarter we are with our money, the further we can stretch what we do have.

Saving Money

Money Saving Goals

  • Budgeting
  • Finding small ways to save
  • No spend periods
  • Savings plans
  • Making things at home

A lot of these areas overlap, and that’s when I  really love it! My goal is to check something off each list each week. I’m looking forward to it!

What are your goals for 2016?

Do we have some in common?

Kristin - Exploring Domesticity


50 of the Best Money Saving Tips

We all have those things that we get obsessed with every so often. For me, each time our finances changes, I scour Pinterest and start adding to my $ Stuff board.

Follow Exploring Domesticity – Kristin’s board $ Stuff on Pinterest.

I’ve been through tons of posts regarding ways to save money, and I’ve narrowed it down to…

50 of my absolute favorite Money saving Tips

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No Spend March {Week 2}

Week 2 of my No spend Month has gone great!

No Spend Month - March I’m learning so much about our spending, and it is really challenging me to make due with all that we have. I’ve had some times that were a little hard, I’ve made some amazing decisions, I’ve resisted temptations, and I’ve spent a little bit of money. How much did I spend this week? Continue reading