Posted in Blogging, General lifestyle, Motherhood

WHO AM I? Rebranded

Who am I? Rebranded. MrsChettyLife is (to be) an all resourceful blog especially for the first time mother about surviving motherhood: Tried and True tips, hacks and tricks from a mother and other moms to make motherhood a knotch easier and fun for everyone.

Natasha Chetty is the woman behind the blog: MrsChettyLife. I am just a mother like you, winging it in this mom world. I enjoy discovering myself as a mother, woman and wife. Who am I? Rebranded.

That’s me. ?

After months of blogging, its time to reintroduce myself:

MrsChettyLife rebranded

I am here to enrich the livelihood of moms through blogging about motherhood. MrsChettyLife was born when my son was born. I kept a pregnancy journal when I was pregnant. My passion for writing inspired it.

As I was pregnant ? and then my son was born, I would Google online to find hacks, tips and tricks to help me on my motherhood journey (I still Google alot).


What is your name?

Natasha Chetty

What is your blog about?

My blog is about surviving mom hood (motherhood): tips, mom hacks and tricks. It is all about reaching out to mothers, connecting with them and sharing experiences.

I would love to be a useful source to mothers in all stages of motherhood from pregnancy.

  • A mother’s lifestyle: organization, stay at home life, work at home life, random posts
  • Self-care and inspirational quotes for moms
  • Essential oils (natural living)
  • All about baby; teething, baby weaning, pregnancy, newborn, toddler life
  • Marriage life

What is your location?

I reside in Johannesburg, South Africa. ??

How old are you?


Coffee or tea?

Rooibos Tea please, does hot chocolate count? and lots of chocolates and cookies.

What do you do? Who am I? Rebranded.

I am a stay at home mom leaning towards living naturally who blogs and loves photography.

What is your child’s name?

Nathaniel Mapalo means (God has given a Blessing).

my son and i

How old is he?

Born in 2018.

What is your status?

Married ?

What are your Interests?

  • blogging
  • photography
  • music
  • nature
  • DIY
  • Essential oils
  • organization

What makes you different?

I believe we learn as we grow. We develop through experience, ours and others. Through connection and interaction.

I don’t know it all and I don’t pretend to, that’s why I am constantly updating, growing and researching for new ideas and I prefer being authentic.

Where can we find you on Social media? ?






Are you an Introvert or extrovert?

I am an introvert. I’d rather spend my day curled up indoors with a hot chocolate and reading a book or watching a movie with my son.

What keeps you going?

Hope, faith and love keep me going. I hope for a good and better tomorrow, I have faith that things will work out and I love my son, my husband, my blog, myself and people. These things keep me going. Writing is my outlet.

What is your blog URL?


What is the inspiration behind your blog?

I always loved to write and keep an online diary. With a baby I can’t always write in a book, so I type on my phone or online journal.

I began this blog when my son was born to originally write letters to him. It turned out to be a mom lifestyle blog.

Surviving motherhood:Tips, Hacks and Tricks.
#allthingsbaby #stayathomemom #mother #greenliving #essentialoils #Marriage #allthingsmomlife

What are the colors and fonts for your blog?

Pink ? is my favorite color,

white ?️,

black? is my other favorite color,

blue ?and

green ? for freshness and eco-living.

What apps do you use for your blog?

  • Canva
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Spark

Who is your Target market / audience?

Moms, stay at home moms (sahm), first time moms (ftm), married couples looking to spice up their marital life, and natural living moms. Ages between 25 to 44, all around the world.

What are your goals?

-To write a post every week, Tuesdays after 3pm

-Engaging on social media every day

-Connecting on social media

-Sharing on household organization and cleaning

-Developing and growing my marriage

-To be present for my baby and husband

-As a side gig

-Learning all about essential oils and develop a natural living lifestyle.

What are your wants and needs? Who am I? Rebranded
  • money
  • Natural living
  • motivation
  • a brand kit
  • a solid blogging system
  • a solid cleaning and home organization system
  • some structure
  • my work desk
  • a helper

What will readers expect from you?

  1. Honesty and authentication
  2. simplicity
  3. non-judgments
  4. a friend
  5. a source of information
  6. freebies
  7. a post every week
  8. I won’t overburden you with something I am selling.

Why do you blog?


Writing keeps me sane. I am an overthinker and get 3am morning ideas when I can’t sleep. I love to write.

A gratitude journal helps me to highlight one thing to be grateful for every day. Blogging keeps my hands and head busy. Blog to share my experiences and hopefully help someone who knows less than I do in that certain area.

I believe everyone has something valuable to say, why not say it in a blog? This blog, MrsChettyLife, as a matter of fact, is all about exploring, sharing, connecting, discovering and learning momlife.

What is important to you?
  • First time moms
  • My son
  • Sahms
  • My marriage
  • My sanity
  • Writing and blogging
  • Organizing my house
  • Nature
  • Birds
  • natural living

What inspires you?

  • Nature
  • Other people’s blogs
  • My son
  • Google
  • Motivational quotes
  • I always look for something good in a situation or someone
  • Positive thinking
  • Downfalls
  • A good photograph
  • The cross tattoo on my wrist
  • Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
  • My faith
  • Accepting everyone as different and unique

What is your moto?

Surviving motherhood:Tried and True tips, hacks and tricks.

  1. “It is only for a season.”
  2. “Enjoy today, it will never come back.”
  3. “Don’t give up!”
  4. “You are doing good, mom.”
  5. “Smile.”
  6. “Enriching the livelihood of moms by blogging about motherhood.”

What type of mom are you? Who am I? Rebranded.

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I am a loving, calm, all in, hands-on super mom who forgives herself when I make a mom fail and I cut myself some slack.

No mom is perfect. I embrace the good and bad. I don’t know it all and I’m constantly researching and learning.

What are the other blogs you recommend?

Merely Meadows

Ordinarily Extraordinary Mom

PS Download my freebie

In conclusion, follow my blog and social media accounts to get to know more about MrsChettyLife. Who am i? Rebranded https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/contact-us/

Cheers happy mothering, MrsChettyLife.

Posted in Motherhood

Natural powders

Natural powder. Natural cleaning and cleansing powders and other products to use in the home. These have less to no chemicals compared to conventional cleaning products that are natural, safe for you, your family and the environment. Natural powders and other products for home use.

Arrowroot flour:
Arrowroot flour or starch is a plant (Maranta arundinacea) made from the root and rhizome (underground stem). It is believed to aid in diarrhoea, relieves nausea and improves gum health therefore good for teething in babies. It is a good source of potassium, iron and vitamin B.

Arrowroot is extracted without using high heat or harsh chemicals. It is tasteless and used as a thickener. It softens the skin, moisturizes and promotes scar healing. A natural deodorant as it reduces odours and helps to eliminate toxins.

Natural powder: Bentonite clay:
Bentonite clay is a natural powder derived from volcanic ash that is rich in nutrients such as magnesium, silica, sodium, calcium, iron, copper and potassium.
It detoxifies the skin and draws out impurities and detoxifies.

A great absorbent as well. Bentonite clay is believed to improve teeth and gum health, therefore, can be added or used as natural toothpaste. Good for sensitive skin and eczema.
Can also be used as a natural deodorant. And may help relieve diaper rash. Be careful to use Bentonite clay from a reputable natural brand as others may contain heavy metals.

Citric acid (Natural powder):
Citric acid is a disinfectant against bacteria and viruses. Natural Citric acid is derived from citrus fruits: lemons, oranges, lime, grapefruit and tangerines. It is a preservative. Used greatly for removing soap scum, rust and hard water stains. Citric acid boosts energy and increases absorption.
Please note that there are synthetic versions of citric acid, but the natural version comes from citrus fruits.

Cacao powder vs cocoa powder:
Both products come from the cacao plant and its seeds. Cacao powder is made through cold pressing non-roasted cacao beans. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that has been roasted at high temperatures plus added sugar.

Which means that Cacao powder is raw and unrefined compared to cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is cheaper than Cacao powder. Cacao powder contains the natural antioxidants and nutrients like magnesium, iron and potassium from the beans and enzymes. It is said to have anti-aging properties improve blood vessel health.

Cacao powder boosts hair growth and repair. While improving skin complexion, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. Therefore, add cacao powder to your hair and skin remedies for its added benefits plus its edible and healthy.

Cornflour aka corn starch is a gluten free product. Magnesium and iron act as digestive aids. It is tasteless and a natural thickener. And is extracted from the endosperm of maize kernels. It contains oil absorbing and cleansing properties which make it great for oily skin and acne prone skin.

Good as a baby powder and as a replacement for arrowroot powder.
Corn starch is flammable. You may add corn flour to various skin masks for uplifting, beautifying and complexion repair on skin. Also acting as a good sunburn soother.

Corn starch is a grease, blood, ink stain remover on clothing. Cleans silver and windows, shines and polishes wooden furniture and vehicles. As well as acting as a soft scouring scrub and absorbing smells and odours.

Natural powder: Cream of Tartar:
Cream of Tartar (potassium hydrogen tatrate) contains high potassium levels and is a stabilizing agent. It is added to candles to give them a creamier texture. When mixed with baking soda, it becomes baking powder. It is alkaline and helps keep the pH levels on skin. Cream of Tartar is a bleach alternative. Mix with vinegar to make bleach.

It is a non-abrasive cleaner. When added to glycerine in a spray bottle, it becomes a homemade laundry stain remover. Good for Mildew removing, stainless steel and copper cleaner, drain cleaner, porcelain tubs and sinks shine, cloth whitening, ink stain repellent and an ant repellent.

Diatomaceous earth:
I stumbled on Diatomaceous earth (food grade) when researching for my post on natural ways to deter ants in the home: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/ants/. It is an organic sand digestive detoxifier and a powerful trace mineral supplement. It contains concentrated silica and is a natural cleanser. It is believed to promote and improve hair, bone, skin and nail health.

Diatomaceous earth is mined and consists of fossilized algae. It is a natural insecticide and This food grade is approved by the FDA. Please note that Diatomaceous earth comes in food grade can be consumed (safe for humans) which has less silica elements and filter grade which has more silica should not be consumed (not safe for humans). Do not consume on a long-term basis.
Diatomaceous Earth is a good all-purpose cleaner, assists in teeth whitening, deodorizer and absorbs odor.

Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants, gluten-free and contains important vitamins, minerals and fiber (Magnesium, Copper, Vitamin B1, B5, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Folate and Manganese). Oats are whole grains known as Avena sativa. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. Good for sensitive skin and eczema. Eases irritations such as diaper rash and constipation.

Oxygenated bleach:
Oxygenated bleach is considered as eco-friendly because it contains sodium percarbonate with the by-product soda ash. It acts as a stain removal. When it comes in contact to water it releases oxygen that breakdown stains, dirt and germs. It is safe on coloured clothing and carpets.

Natural Soap nuts powder:
Soap nuts or reetha (Sapindus mukorossi), or soap berries are natural, eco-friendly, cheap and soap nuts are reusable. This plant is rich in saponin which enriches soft, healthy hair and skin. It is hypoallergenic, odourless and ideal for sensitive skin. It is also versatile and a natural cleaning agent.

Prevents dryness, removes dandruff and lice as well as cleansing, getting rid of blackheads and diaper rash in babies. Great detangling shampoo and a hair tonic. It is microbial and contains Vitamin A, D, E and K. Soap nuts also have antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-venom and anti-inflammatory properties.

A great laundry and dish washing agent, cleans floors, windows and carpets. They are natural insecticides. Easily made into a multipurpose cleaner. Soap nuts are a must have in your home due to its versatility uses.

Washing soda:
Washing soda is sodium carbonate. It is alkaline and a stain and soap scum remover. Washing soda is a natural detergent booster and household cleaner.

Natural ingredients

Other natural ingredients:
Castile soap:
Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap. It is free of animal fats, nontoxic, biodegradable and traditionally made from olive oil and caustic soda from Spain. It is safe and gentle when diluted right. It acts as a natural deodorant.

Used as a dish, facial, shampoo, body, hand, all-purpose, foot, teeth and laundry soap. A handy scouring scrub and pet cleaner. It also acts well as an insecticide. Castile soap doesn’t mix well with vinegar nor lemon juice. It is naturally hydrating to the skin and may contain antioxidant properties. Plus, castile soap may be used on babies.

Glycerin (glycerol, glycerine) is an emollient that softens, hydrates and lock in moisture into the skin and hair. It is also good for diaper rash. It creates a protective layer on the skin just as petrolatum does. Apply to damp skin. Glycerin gently removes dirt and make up from skin.

Blends well with water or alcohol products but not so with oil-based products. Therefore, you may need to add an emulsifier when using oil-based products). Can also be added to lip balms. It is colourless and odourless. Can be obtained naturally from plant oils such as shea butter and animal fats.

Hydrogen peroxide:
Hydrogen peroxide is a liquid form of oxygenated bleach. It releases oxygen and leaves water as a by-product. It is cheaper than oxygenated bleach but has a short shelf life because it is water based. It is a good cleaning agent and stain remover.
It is a mild antiseptic and disinfectant. It disinfects doorknobs, toilets, counter tops, sinks, tiles and walls.

Hydrogen peroxide has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Kills mould, mildew and soap scum. Acts as a bleach for cloth whitening and for cleaning brushes (make up, toilet, bottle brushes). It is also great to sanitize equipment after a viral illness. Do not mix with vinegar.

Rubbing alcohol:
Acts as a degreaser, antiseptic and disinfectant removing bacteria, fungus and virus. Removes odours and smells. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) should not be inhaled because bitterants are added in. It is flammable. Removes permanent marker on wooden furniture. Is a good window cleaner. Cleans dirty candles, doorknobs, floors and carpet stains. Not to be taken internally. Use for cleaning only.

Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, an antioxidant that occurs naturally in nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. It helps prevent premature aging. It is moisturizing and anti-inflammatory to hair and skin. It is claimed to have wound healing properties and provides temporal relief from itching. Vitamin E may relieve sunburn. It may support hair and nail health. It is added to shampoo and conditioner.

Lye is a metal hydroxide, a caustic alkali sodium or potassium hydroxide. It is used in soap making to combine liquids and oils as they do not naturally mix. Lye is dangerous on its own. But should be used right when making soap. Lye must be added to water and not the other way. It is a good oven cleaner and drain de-clogger.

It is important to wear chemical resistant gloves, vapor-resistant face mask and safety glasses when handling lye in an open ventilated room. Glass is not a good container to store lye. Safety precautions should be stated on the container of lye as it is corrosive.

Baking soda, vinegar, lemon and lemon / orange peels: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/natural-household-cleaners/
Salts: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/natural-butters-salts-and-waxes/

Remember to always do a spot test first.
Buy from a trustworthy, eco-friendly source that do not use chemical additives.
Use powders in moderation and stop use immediately if a reaction occurs and consult medical advice.
Buy raw, unrefined powders that are sourced organically.
Keep out of reach from children and pets. Keep products sealed and on high unreachable shelves.
Do not drink these substances, or apply to body openings (nose, eyes, ears, mouth).

Natural powder

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences. I am not a registered physician, cleaning specialist, chemist or skincare expert.
DIY Recipes have not been tested in a lab. Use your own discretion when using homemade products. Please discuss your health concerns with your paediatrician or doctor.
Therefore, the writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.







In conclusion : these versitile natural powder(s) and other natural ingredients should replace the toxic chemicals in our homes and encourage green living.

Cheers, happy green living, MrsChettyLife.

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Essential oil products

Essential oil products

Essential oil products: Are you thinking of developing your essential oils hobby into a career? Selling essential oil products is one way.

What products can you make from or with essential oils? Clever Business ideas with Essential oils. This post is highly informative and not a sales pitch. So Don’t worry I’m not selling you anything ?.


Products you can make from or with essential oils:
Air fresheners
All purpose cleaner
Bath bombs
Bath salts
Body oil
Body wash
Bug spray
Bum cream
Car air fresheners

Carrier oil bases or balms
Compression pad
Diffuser mixes
Diffuser ornaments
Dish washing bars or liquid

Dusting spray
Essential oil product info (detailed flash cards or printables)
Fabric softeners
Facial toner
Garbage disposal fizzers
Gift baskets filled with essential oil goodies.
Glass cleaner

These products as well:

Hair oils
Hair spray
Hand sanitizer
Insect repellant
Kitchen Wipes
Linen spray
Lip and body balms
Lip, body, foot scrubs
Lotion and body butter
Make up remover
Massage oils
Natural pain reliever
Oven cleaner

Perfumed roller bottles
Perfumes (sprays)
Polish: leather, wood, glass
Potpourri jars
Reed Diffusers and other Diffusers
Roll ons (deodorants)
Room sprays

Scented clay dough
Shampoo bars
Shaving cream
Soap bars
Stain removers
Teething gels
Tile cleaners
Toilet fizzing bombs
Vapor rub
Washing powder

Business ideas:
What business can you do with essential oils:
Candle making: learn how to make candles with SA candle making.
Sell Cleaning products: windows, tiles, wood, polishes, carpets, toilets, sinks, ovens, appliances etc.
Perfumery: roll on, perfumes, roller bottle scents, inhalers

Business ideas with essential oils

Hydrosol distributor
Homestead mentor: play dough, pine cone deco, scented deco, beauty and bath scented accessories.
Essential oil educator / resource / mentor
Essential oil equipment distributor/ maker

Businesses such as:

Massage therapy
Diffuser making with Scented jewelry or clay or Reed Diffusers.
Soap making: liquid detergents, soap bars for hair (conditioner and shampoo), laundry, dishes, facial.

Essential oil distributor: like doTERRA and young living.
You may also concentrate on creating products for a specific needs.

Age groups such as anti-aging, skin disorders, babies, teachers, women, men, laborers in construction.

What you need for essential oil business:
Start up costing. Will you need any workers?
What is the goal of your business?
Reliable essential oil source.
Websites and social media channels for your business.
Have a vision. Draft up a business proposal if possible. Educate yourself thoroughly. Patience with your business.


Space for creation like a workshop.
Know your dilution rates.
Understand your essential oils, purpose, botanical names, therapeutic properties.

Also know about storage, shelf life, warming and cooling oils and safety.
Determine your target ? market. Who will you market to?

Is there an interest for your product now and near future?

Blending by notes:
Top is the first light fresh smell you get when diffusing or blending essential oils. It evaporates quickly and lasts about 5 minutes.

Middle: aka the heart is the next smell you get during diffusion. lasts about 2 to 4 hours or so. It balances the smell.
Base: the last smell lasts about 24 hours to a few days.

Categories for essential oils when blending:
Citrus: orange, bergamot, lemon, lime, lemongrass, Grapefruit, Citronella, tangerine, mandarin, verbena.

Floral: rose, Roman Chamomile, geranium, Jasmine, lavender, neroli, rose geranium, violet, ylang Ylang.
Minty: Peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen.
Spicy: nutmeg, bay, Aniseed, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, coriander, Clove, cardomom.

Woodsy: sandalwood, tea tree, cedarwood, pine, juniper, cypress, rosewood, myrtle.
Herbaceous: thyme, Angelica, Basil, carrot, celery, clary Sage, doll, fennel, marjoram, pepper, Rosemary.

Camphoraceous: eucalyptus, Tea tree, cajeput.
Resin: Camphor, myrrh, Fir needle, vanilla absolute, Frankincense.
Exotic / oriental: palmarosa, patchouli, vetiver.

What Blends go together:

woods blend with all, floral and exotic, Citrus and floral, herbal, minty and Citrus, woods and herbal. These blends go well together: spicy, floral and woods, resin and spicy, exotic and resin. Same family group blends.

Choose your methods of application (skin or smell).
Look into laws for your business.

Understanding essential oil terms.
The best carrier oils and their shelf life.
Other carriers for your essential oils.


consider the sponsors available to fund your business.
Time, funding, education and resources available to you.
Have a back up plan. Keep your hopes up, your circles good and never give up.

Marketing your essential oil products:
How will you market your business.
At home.
Flyers and banners.
Sell at markets such as Hillfox flea markets, China mall, stands in shopping malls. As well as Sunday markets, crafters markets, Fourways markets.
Permitted related functions.
Expos such as mosaiek expo

Word of mouth to family, coworkers and friends.
Social media:
On takealot
Facebook marketplace

Methods of delivering your essential oil products:

Ways to deliver your product.
Courier companies
Safe Collection points
Post office
Deliveries such as Uber

In conclusion: selling essential oil products can be one way to make an income. These are ways you can do this.

More ? knowledge from MrsChettyLife: essential-oils-for-babies http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils-for-babies

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Natural household cleaners

Natural household cleaners: Household cleaning hacks: Unconventional household uses of baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, orange and lemon peels for green cleaning.

Lemons have antioxidant properties. Orange peels are anti-inflammatory. Vinegar is antimicrobial. All these ingredients are cheap, versatile, nontoxic, biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Household cleaning hacks


Lemon clarifies and cleanses skin and hair. Reduce dandruff with orange peels and lemon. Save your cracked heels by making a foot scrub with lemon, baking soda and lemon peels. Bath salts made from baking soda and essential oils. Replace your deodorant with all natural baking soda and removes build up of smelly sweat. Exfoliate your body with baking soda. Vitamin C in lemon and orange peels encourage skin lightening properties.

Clean nails naturally with lemon. Whiten teeth and freshen your breath with a natural toothpaste made from baking soda, lemons, lemon and orange peels as well. Awaken your dull puffy eyes with potatoes. Reduces the appearance of acne scars with potatoes. Soothing salt and body scrubs made from lemons, lemon peels, orange peels and baking soda. Wonderfully scented lip balms with lemons, oranges and orange peel powder. You may add coconut oil (any carrier oil) and beeswax.

Uses of vinegar

Household Cleaning hacks:

Sanitize your tooth brushes, dish sponges, hair brushes and vacuum cleaner with baking soda. Lemon and orange peels are natural bleach. Leather furniture can be wiped down with vinegar. Substitute your toilet cleaner with baking soda and lemon juice or with vinegar scented lemon or orange.

Household cleaning hacks

Kill odours around the house naturally with orange and lemon peels. Can also be placed in shoes and wardrobes. Scrub sinks with baking soda, lemon and orange peels. Clean walls with baking soda. Polish copper, brass and stainless steel that include pots, pans. As well as bathroom fixtures with potatoes or lemon and baking soda. Make cleaning vinegar with orange and lemon peels.

More cleaning hacks:

Shine glass cutlery, windows and shower doors with vinegar and lemons or potatoes and baking soda. Cleanse and clean carpets with baking soda. Vinegar removes crayon and pen marks on walls with a magic eraser. Reusable Dusting cloths with vinegar, orange peels, lemon and lemon peels.

Orange peels serve as natural sponges. Tile cleaners made from baking soda and lemons. I soak my bathtub in water and vinegar when I can’t get rid of scum and smells. (we don’t use it often). Your showerhead can be soaked in a bag filled with vinegar overnight to open those clogged holes.

Uses of baking soda


Awesome smelling potpourri with lemon, lemon peels, orange and orange peels. Refreshen your garbage disposal and bins with lemon peels, baking soda, orange peels and lemon juice. Deodorize your appliances such as microwave, humidifier, fridge, dishwasher and oven. Not forgetting the washing machine with baking soda, lemons and orange peels. For smelly mattresses and pet beds clean with baking soda. Cutting boards can also be refreshed with vinegar.


Lemon may help reduce nausea. Help soothe flu’s and colds with lemon. Make wonderful orange tea. Hand sanitizer with Aloe Vera gel, castile soap and lemon.

Insect repellant:

Lemon juice and peels deter insects such as ants, slugs, cockroaches. Relieve Insect bites with potatoes. Rub orange peels on your skin to repel mosquitoes. Baking soda neutralizes bee stings as it is alkaline and bee stings are acidic. Wasp stings neutralize with vinegar. Vinegar is acidic and wasp stings are alkaline.

Household cleaning hacks: kitchen:

Refreshing cutting boards with potatoes, lemons, orange peels and baking soda. Get rid of rust with potatoes and baking soda. Keep fruit flies at bay with vinegar. Give silver and stainless steel a shine with baking soda, lemons and left over water from boiling potatoes. Scourer with baking soda and sea salt for sinks and stove. Adding Vinegar to dish washing liquid gives your liquid a boost. Unclog drains with baking soda and vinegar.

Household cleaning hacks:

Great flavoring agents are lemon and orange. Clean your grater with potatoes. All natural degreaser with lemons and baking soda. Multi purpose cleaner: orange peels, potatoes, lemon, baking soda (for scrubs) or vinegar (for sprays). Scrub your sinks with baking soda, salt, lemon and orange peels.


Remove stains on clothes with lemons. Soak white socks in vinegar to make them white again. Give laundry soap a boost with baking soda and lemon. Vinegar is a natural fabric softener especially for towels. Clean shoes with baking soda. Suede shoes cleaned in vinegar look as good as new. Another natural whitener is vinegar.


Add potatoes and orange peels to your compost pile. Keep garden pests away with orange and lemon peels. Kill weeds with baking soda or vinegar.

Other uses around the house:

Of course for use in cooking and baking, potatoes, lemons, oranges and peels. Starchy stamps with potatoes for your kids next DIY project. DIY Fire starters with orange peels. Air and car freshners made from lemon juice, vinegar or baking soda (don’t mix vinegar and baking soda) and orange peels. Whole Cloves stuck into oranges are also a great freshner. Yummy treats with orange candy peels.

As well as: Household cleaning hacks

Scented playdough with orange peels powder and baking soda. Get rid of stale garage oil by throwing baking soda over it. Baking soda is believed to help soothe nappy rash. Braai stand: clean with baking soda. Run a lemon with salt or baking soda on the braai stand. Vinegar is believed to remove rust, mold and mildew. Waken and keep fresh for long fresh cut flowers with vinegar.

Household cleaning hacks

When you mix vinegar and baking soda together as a household cleaning hack, you are creating a fizz that breaks it into a salt. That defeats the whole purpose we are looking for. Remember a little goes a long way. Store away from children and pets. Better safe than sorry. Do a spot test on your wonderful furniture and equipment before using these substances.

To make a Christmas Citrus Potpourri:

Add lemon peels from 3 medium lemons Orange peels from 3 medium oranges Grapefruit peels from 1 Grapefruit

1 whole cinnamon stick

4 to 5 whole cloves

A small pot should be half filled

1 tsp vanilla A tbsp of sea salt.

Boil on your stove then lower the heat to simmer.

Lemons, oranges, baking soda, vinegar

More knowledge from MrsChettyLife: essentials-for-essential-oils

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

Therefore, the writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

All wonderful goodies found in lemons: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167746/nutrients

Lemons for health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003767/


Cheers, happy mothering, MrsChettyLife.

Posted in Motherhood

Toddler busy box

Toddler busy box ideas

What is a toddler busy box?
A busy box is a clever, fun, learning, engaging box filled with activities and creative games to keep your toddler busy. A busy box requires much attention from your child.
They should encourage your child’s motor skills, exploration, discovering and solving skills while encouraging independent play.

What’s nice about them?

I like these boxes because my son did not even notice he was learning while playing.
Best thing about it is that they are flexible, we can DIY and custom make it to suit our child’s needs. And as the child grows you may customize it. Anything educational for my son is a win for me.
I saw clever ideas that boxes were made for Sunday to Saturday and rotation so your child doesn’t get bored with the same old staff.

Where and when can we use busy boxes?
On quiet days at home, for long and short trips in the car, busy restaurants and grocery shops, at a friend’s house or have friends over, sensory bags at church, as your child is extra hyper or fussy and you need a bit of quiet ?, when you would like to get some chores done such as dishes or cook a meal etc.

Who is a toddler?
A child aged 12 months to 36 months (approximately 1 year to 3 years old). Toddler years are busy years, and exploring years.
You child notices that they are able to say no and do things on their own. If your child is too quiet, check on them. Lol ?, it’s safe to say not with these boxes.

What do toddlers like?

From my observation: my son at this age likes anything sparkly, colorful, noisy, opens and closes, household items (pot and pan lids).
He also likes things we use daily like cellphone, items he sees other people with, things with buttons, water, that responds to touch and make a mess.
He still uses his mouth primarily to taste. Whatever is given to him goes straight to the mouth.
Each child will have different likes and preferences. Start small and take it from there.

What do you need for a busy box?

Various paper crafts and stationary

Empty Tissue rolls

Straw / pipe cleaners

Modeling clay

Sidewalk Chalk

Googly eyes


Baby Scissors


Mini Pringles box with a slit on the lid

Open and close containers

Coloring books / paper

Reading books



Sealed rice, popcorn, buttons or beads bottle for shaking.

Remote control or an old keyboard.

Fidget spinner for kids


A lock ? and key

Spare phone ? / tablet that’s not working

Landline ?that’s not working

Magnetic toys /fridge magnets

Metal tray or cupcake pan

Dinosaurs (small figurines)

What else can we add?

  • A small bell
  • Colored pegs
  • Post it notes
  • Stacking spoons or cups
  • Baby toy calculator or shop till
  • Baby laptop
  • Empty bottles and lids to close
  • Colored Straws
  • Rice in a bottle
  • Small Cars ?
  • Glow sticks
  • Feathers
  • Small balls ⚽
  • Stacking blocks (or wooden)
  • Colored Ice-cream / Popsicle sticks
  • Clip board
  • Wallet
  • Different shaped and colored lids
  • Glitter
  • Glycerin
  • Pool noodles
  • String / wool
  • different types of fabric
  • Cards or flash cards
  • Cd’s
  • Color in papers
  • bottles in various sizes and shapes
  • Ziploc bags to make sensory bags
  • Finger puppets
  • Earbuds
  • Thoroughly clean spice bottles
  • Empty tissue box
  • Rocks
  • Tissue box
  • Cotton balls
  • Play-doh
  • Fake snow
  • Felt paper
  • Flash cards
  • Clothes pegs
  • Straws
  • Hair ties
  • Blocks (wooden, bamboo, Lego pieces, building blocks)
  • DRY erase boards
  • Rattles and toys
  • Macaroni / pasta / different shapes and colors
  • Soft / felt numbers
  • Teething rings
  • A huge, dark colored blanket for your child to sit on and play. (makes cleanup easier for you).

Creative ideas to keep your toddler busy:
You may use all the items listed above individually or together or as sensory bags in Ziploc bags. (that’s what the glycerin and glitter are for ?, I tried baby oil but the glitter just stuck into a ball instead of loosely floating).
Sensory bags:
Sensory bags are Ziploc bags filled with fun squishy items that allow children to play, explore and learn while using their senses.

Ball pit

Bolts and nuts for babies.
Music and songs using musical instruments.
Let toddlers help you clean up with small manageable tasks.
Play with older siblings or friends.
Check out these learning and educational apps for your toddler (links to reviews of each app at the bottom of the page)

What NOT to add to the toddler busy box:

Sharp objects.
Objects that can choke such as small hard things like beads and candy to avoid choking.
Water according to the weather. And because water is messy, can easily flood and chock kids. Unless it’s blazing hot, you are outdoors and keeping a watchful eye.
Anything that can spill should be closed tightly and wrapped up in tape. I add a piece of plastic that covers the mouth of the bottle before closing the lid.
Messy substances that will stain unless you would want to clean up.
Keep glue closed up and out of reach.
Go for organic (bamboo, 100% cotton) , kitchen-made and eco-friendly products. Because they are less likely to have harmful chemicals.

In conclusion: a busy box is simply a box filled with activities and creative games to keep your toddler busy. Remember to always keep a watchful eye on your toddler. The more the merrier. Step in and play with them for a little.
More ? knowledge from MrsChettyLife: abcs-of-kidloland-app/

It’s important to keep your child safe at all times.

I got a first aid level one certification and did a post on child safety.
Plus download a free emergency contact checklist for your fridge door: child-safety/

Learn about these wonderful Christmas DIYs to make with your toddler whilst keeping them busy diy-kids-christmas-ornaments/

For more on sensory bags, check out: sensory-bags

Source: pinterest
Cheers, happy mothering,
MrsChettyLife. PS: let me know on Instagram if you try any of these and how they work out for you.

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Ants: Natural home remedies to get rid of ants.
It is summer ? here in South Africa. This means that the pests are out of their homes and looking for food to store for the winter. One common household pest are Odorous House Ants ?.

The ants ? go marching one by one hoorah hoorah. They may not be so hoorah for us though.

Why are ants in my home?

Ants are stubborn organized soldiers and are numerous in number. They require fats, proteins, carbohydrates, water ? and shelter for their survival. Basically sugar? and grease attracts them.
Ants have a good sense of smell and follow food pieces. They leave a chemical trail as they go for other ants to follow.

Common hideouts for ants in the home are in the kitchen, cracks in the walls, spaces between the tiles.
Ants hide in the bathroom, bedrooms, behind furniture in living room, behind washing machines, basement and air conditioning.

How to get rid of them:

Don’t just kill the ants you see and be happy ?about it. Their friends will show up soon, you’ll see. Every tiny bit counts.
The first thing you should do when it comes to an ant infestation is to find their home.
They may nest underground, in trees or along the wall. This is usually represented by sand mounted up like a hill with two small holes on the top.

Bird on top of ant house

Keeping your house clean, mopping floors, wiping dashboards and spills. Yes, that’s one way of getting rid of ants ?.
Being a mother to a toddler he drops tiny little pieces of food in the weirdest corner and I never notice it. Until those ants show up.
Vacuum your house often, trying your best to reach the small unreachable corners.
Storing left over food in Airtight containers and locked away in the fridge.

Ants hate strong smells. Therefore, using things like essential oils and spices will make them never to cross that bridge again.
Be sure to cover up cracks in your walls and tiles. Fix leaks in your kitchen, bathrooms and your whole house.
When you notice the entry spot of ants into your home cover it up. You may also soak a cotton ball or bud in essential oils and put it right on the opening.
Wash your pet food bowls after use.
Lastly, empty your trash cans everyday.

Essential oils and spices

  • Ants ? hate
  • Peppermint Clove
  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Black pepper
  • Camphor
  • Citronella
  • Neem
  • Fir needle
  • Bay leaves
  • Mint

Blends for ant sprays:

Recipe 1:
¼ cup distilled water
2/4 cup vinegar
15 drops clove essential oil
15 drops Tea tree E.O
In a spray bottle

Recipe 2:
Essential oils: Peppermint and tea tree 20 drops each, 5 drops Lemon ? and 5 drops Wild orange or Grapefruit, 3 drops Clove to ½ cup vodka and ½ cup distilled water ?.

Recipe 3:
1 cup vinegar or alcohol
40 drops Peppermint
20 drops Lemon
Mixed in a spray bottle.
You may mix any essential oils and add the mentioned herbs as well. Or Sprinkle Epsom salts with essential oils. Oils with strong smells will deter them away.

Other household substances to use:

Citrus peels: Lemon, orange peels you may put these at the door of their home.
Lemon juice
Baby powder with talcum in it (I tried this and my house was white. Lol. The powder messed my carpets.)
Coffee beans
Boric acid
Dish washing liquid / castile soap
Salt / Epsom salt
Cream of wheat
Cucumber ? and peels
Baking soda and sugar paste
Light some Candles
Ceiling Fan or any other fan
Diatomaceous Earth is a nontoxic food grade. It is great at getting rid of ants while being safe for humans and pets.


Please advice all people using your home what the substances you are using are. And they should stay away from them.
Also keep out of reach of pets and children. Place baits in hidden places where children and pets can’t reach them. Crawl on your knees and view the world like they do.

Please do not use hazardous chemicals and pesticides to get rid of pests. They are harmful to the environment, to you and your family.
Contact poison control in case of accidental inhalation.

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA.

They are therefore, not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, nor prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

In conclusion: you may use any of these as baits for ants in the home. Remember to get to the source and attack from there. ?

More ? knowledge from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/child-safety/


Read about diatomaceous earth here: https://www.essentialhomeandgarden.com/diatomaceous-earth-ants/




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SA Candle Supply

SA Candle Supply is a company that supplies everything you need for candle making. This includes fragrances, waxes, wicks, dyes and candle containers and much more.

They supply to wholesalers and private people. This post is in collaboration with SA Candle Supply.

Other than this, they provide educational courses on how to make candles. There is a beginner course and an advanced course.

I was privileged to be part of the beginners’ course by SA Candle Supply. Everything was provided for the course.

SA Candle Supply: Ingredients:

They supplied:


Containers and lids for Diffusers

Reeds for diffusers

Diffuser oil


Pouring jars

Soy wax

Candle containers

Wooden mixing spoons

Popsicle sticks to hold the wicks in place

Infrared thermometer

Candle wicks

Pouring jars

Dye for candles

Soap molds for extra candles

The course commenced with two friendly women teaching us step by step on how to make candles.

Candle wicks:

Candle wicks

How to choose the right wicks for your jar. What type of ranges of wicks they have on their website: https://sacandlesupply.co.za/

It is important to use the right wick size for your jar right from the beginning. We used STB14 and V14 for the nova jar. STB18 for the Leda jar. And two STB14 for the Luna. We learnt how to keep candle wicks in place using Popsicle sticks.


SA Candle: candle jars and diffusers

An explanation on what jars to use for your candle making was given. We were given three jars (classic jars: nova white, Leda and Luna clear) and in different sizes and colors.

Emphasis on the bottom being a thick base and thick sides of the jars should be considered. So that we don’t have exploding jars when candles are lit.

Our next topic was on Fragrance oils:

Fragrance oils

SA Candle Supply has a great range of fragrance oils including essential oils and fine (top range perfumes) fragrance oils.

I used Ylang Ylang and rose fragrance. Because I love roses and flowers. It smells completely divine.

Soy wax:

Soy wax

We used soy wax because it is vegan, eco-friendly, natural and safe (where as paraffin contains toxic fumes). Being a mother, I strive to look for natural nontoxic materials for my household. Candles should be one of them.

They explained why soy wax is the better option compared to beeswax. Save the bees ? please. Learning how to melt soy wax. Using a double boiler too. They have various quality equipment you can use for melting.

What temperatures are needed to pour soy wax for candle making. How to read the temperature with the infrared thermometer.

SA Candle: infrared thermometer

Infrared thermometers measure steam. You may download testing sheets on the website. After pouring the soy wax into the jars, We mixed in the fragrance oils with a wooden spoon (stick).

We poured the oil into the candle containers (step 1). Leaving a little space on the top for candle pouring step 2. We let the oil cool and took a tea break.

Essential oils:

After our break our host explained on using essential oils in candle making. As well as how to choose the best oils by smell and price.

Essential oils must be added to a carrier oil such as vegetable oils and or butters such as coconut oil and Shea butter. Mixing Shea butter, adding essential oils and lastly adding to soy wax.

Color pods

We learnt how to use concentrated color pods to color or dye candles. Remembering to add the color pods before adding the fragrance. We were advised on how to tell the difference between soy wax and paraffin candles.

We then added step 2 of candle pouring when the candle in the jars had hardened. Allowing the candle to harden further to a day and a half before use. A nail clipper is used to cut the candle wicks to desired sizes.

Diffuser: SA Candle Supply

We used the Iris, Arum clear and Arum white jars. All found on their website. When making Diffusers, pour the fragrance oil first then pour your diffuser oil and seal.

SA Candle Supply make their own wonderful diffuser oil. We placed 8 diffuser sticks in each jar when we got home.

According to our host: the Diffusers last about 3 to 6 months and reeds should be turned every 4 to 5 days. Brush reeds with a piece of cloth before turning. And change your sticks when they turn yellowish.

Facial wipes

We had fun making facial wipes in a glass jar using cotton rounds, castile soap or unscented face soap, distilled water, coconut oil and essential oils. Easy to make but wonderful for cleaning, cleansing and toning.

And the last thing, we got to carry home was the handmade lip balms using Shea butter, coconut wax, soy wax and essential oils.


Oil for Diffusers contains alcohol which should not be inhaled. It is also corrosive and may burn some materials. They should be kept in a safe place, high place as well as Diffusers away from pets and children.

Candles are hot and flammable. Should be kept away from open fires, children and pets.

SA Candle Supply

Be extra careful when handling hot melted wax. It is HOT. Remember to protect your working place by putting newspapers.

Also follow the exact melting points and measurements as explained on their website. Or you can ask them. Better yet, take one if the informative courses.


Each step was demonstrated then they walked around to help us and show us how to do it. The website is very informative. Which has a detailed description (including mm on jars) and explanation on each of their products.

The staff at SA Candle Supply are friendly and hands on. If you have questions, each was answered thoughtfully.

They are on call and mentioned that they were available if you needed any help during your candle making. Even after the course was over.

While being knowledgeable and have true and tried hacks to make things easier for you.

For precise measurements and all questions you may have, contact SA Candle Supply on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAcandlesupply/ and for all your candle making needs on the website: https://sacandlesupply.co.za/

Diffuser base oil
In conclusion:

SA Candle Supply is an all-inclusive website that teaches and supplies everything you need for candle making on a small scale and wholesale.

I have fallen in love with candle making thanks to candle making course I attended. Check them out on the website: https://www.sacandlesupply.co.za

More ? knowledge from MrsChettyLife: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essentials-for-essential-oils

Cheers, happy mothering, MrsChettyLife ?.

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Road trip survival hacks

Road trip survival hacks with a toddler (1 to 3 year olds) for long hours and internationally.
We have an upcoming trip to Zambia this December. Therefore, Being the planner mom I am, I have prepared an essential packing list on how to make our road trip with a toddler much easier and essential road trip survival hacks to keep you sane.

Road trip survival hacks

Road trip survival hacks Essentials:

I would suggest you carry waist bags that you wrap around your waist so that you keep these essentials always on hand and close to you. You may also put the car keys in this bag.
Travel documents.
Birth certificate and extra copies.
Child immunization records.
Drivers License.
Emergency contact person details
Spare cash for toll gates and coins for paid toilets (yes that’s a thing in some countries).
Accommodation necessities.
Phone, charger, headsets, power bank.
House keys.
Black Pen for filling in forms at the boarders.
Spectacles (reading glasses ?)
Write down your vehicle registration number as well. Incase it’s a new car or a loan vehicle.
Vehicle registration papers under drivers name. (loan vehicles: assigned letter from owner, copy of owners ID and police vehicle clearance letter).
Pocket tissues or wipes
Hand sanitizer in a zip lock bag.

What to pack for adult passengers:

Packing checklist

Clothes and shoes
Personal Toiletries and grooming
Chargers, adapters, phones
Airtime, data and place your phone on roaming before leaving.
Hand sanitizer
Camera ? and selfie stick.

Packing list for toddler:

Bum cream
Aqueous cream or lotion you use
Bath wash, bath scrubs and shampoo
Baby oil
Toothbrush and tooth paste
Warm clothes: sweaters, pyjamas, trousers, long sleeve inner vests
Sunhats, sunglasses ? and sunscreen
Summer clothes: short sleeve inner vests, shorts, t-shirts, underwear
Eating utensils: bowls and spoons
Baby food and formula
Bottles and sippy cups
Washing powder you use for their clothes
Comb and nail clippers
Slippers, sandals, shoes, socks
Swaddles, blankets
Sling or carrier
Hooded towels

Carry on luggage:

Opt for quiet and busy entertainment as your road trip survival hacks.
For adults:
Doodling books, journals, ? anti stress coloring books, pencil crayons, music pod, podcasts, headphones, audio books, novels, neck pillows and anything personalized.
Spare clothes: 1 vest, 1 warm jacket, socks and extra shirt and or yoga pants. The point is you may get spills on you and it’s a great idea to carry any extra set of clothes for you. And if your trip is too long a refreshing change of clothes will be ideal if you will be meeting people at your destination. Remember you will be hugging people. ?.

For toddler:
Bum cream, wipes, diapers
Extra clothes, bibs
Changing mat
Baby carrier
Potty: if potty training I learnt this hack to add a diaper over your potty, so that you won’t have to clean it. Especially when traveling.
Scented Diaper disposable bags
Comfort toys (lovey)
Pillows, blankets
Garbage bags, empty plastic bags for soiled clothes.
Small bucket for nausea
Water and juice
Kids headphones

Travel Snacks for everyone:

• Dried fruits
• Non mashable fruits
• Nuts (if your child is not allergic)
• Crackers
• Raisins
• Pretzels
• Yogurts
• Biscuits and cookies ?
• Berries and grapes ?
• Energy bars for adults
• Boiled eggs
• Strawberries
• Cubed ham and polony
• Chicken
• Finger veggies
• Popcorn
• Muffins
• Small ? sandwiches
• Carrots
• Peas
• Different colored Cereal
• Simba Chips
• Apple and pear slices
• Squeezable Food pouches for toddler (if you like, you may use empty food pouches and add your home made baby food).

Travel snacks

Eating utensils: paper plates, cups and wooden spoons, forks, tooth picks and knives.
Insulated thermo cups to keep baby food and drinks warm or cold.
Non spill Sippy cups: (pour in juice and water in advance (before the trip).
Tissues, wipes, swaddle blankets, cloth nappies and hand sanitizer for spills.
Lunch bags or cooler boxes for keeping food and snacks cool.
Calming spray mist: lavender essential oil, Roman Chamomile and bergamot essential oil or your favorite blends.
Keep these items in an easy to reach place during your road trip.

Emergency First Aid Traveling kit:
Travel first aid kit

Re-hydration salts
Nausea and motion sickness
Bandaids / plasters
Calamine lotion for diaper rashes
Flu and colds meds
Lavender essential oil for unopen wounds and calming.
Crepe Bandages with pins
Surgical tape
Cooling pack
Cotton buds
Saline nasal spray and nasal aspirators
Antiseptic lotion
Teething gel
Insect repellant
Pain killers (Calpol Tylenol, or panadol)
Allergex for allergies / Benadryl
Personal medicine
Constipation meds
Diarrhea meds
Antihistamine cream
Flash light charged or with extra batteries.

Getting your car ready:

Take your vehicle in for a service before traveling. Be sure to check filters, tires and brake pads. These are essential for your road trip survival hacks.
Car sunshades for your windows.
Ensuring that the doors and windows on child lock.
Seatbelts for safety.
Keep Jumpstart ears, reflector vests and triangles.
Updated license disc.
Spare tire and changing kit
Extra car oil and water
Fill your fuel tank before you leave.
Check tire pressure and fill air.


Pre-downloaded apps for toddler :


http://www.daveandava.com (cartoon apps that your toddler loves)

Any specialized apps for you.

Games and activities
Games and entertainment:

Favorite YouTube videos (downloaded offline). I have the YouTube Kids app on my phone for my son.
App games
Spot the difference
Silent game

DIY activity kit:
• Coloring books
• Reading books
• Crayons
• Stickers
• Sealed rice bottle for shaking.
• Remote control
• Fidget spinner and rubiks cube
• A lock ?
• Spare phone ? / tablet (to spare the battery on your phone) / landlines ?
• Magnetic toys /fridge magnets and metal tray
• Dinosaurs
• A small bell
• Colored pegs
• Post it notes
• Flash cards
• Stacking spoons
• Baby toy calculator ?
• Empty bottles and lids to close
• Straw cleaners
• Rice in a bottle

More things in your DIY kit:
• Cars ?
• Glow sticks
• Small balls ⚽
• Pompoms
• Stacking cups and blocks
• Colored Icecream / Popsicle sticks
• Clip board
• Wallet with cards or pictures
• Glitter in Glycerine in a sealed bottle or resealable (zip lock) bag.
• Paper craft
• Board with different types of fabric
• Cards and a mini Pringles box with a snip on the top of the lid to drop cards in
• Color in papers
• Ziplock bags to make sensory bags
• Finger puppets
• Earbuds and a thoroughly clean spice bottle
• Put balls in an empty tissue box
You may put these in various bags and surprise them during the trip as road trip goodie bags. Pinterest has a lot of ideas on what to make to keep a toddler busy (busy box).

Clever road trip survival hacks:

Avoid sugary drinks, chocolate and food that give toddlers a hype.
If you are carrying cash and cards. Put them in different bags or pockets. Incase one gets lost or stolen you have extra stashed away. Some places won’t allow you into the country with too much or too little cash. Find out the rules on this beforehand.

Wrap plastic / cling wrap on bottles before you close the lid.
Take your child for vaccinations, immunization are up to date and others: antimalaria pills. Visit your pediatrician before travel.
A travel company is a great source of information. They can inform you about small things you wouldn’t know unless you stay in that country.

Carry 3 outfits per day for toddler.

Road trip

One way of budgeting is to store some money in a card you don’t usually use and leave it in a safe place at home. So that you are not completely empty after your holiday.
It is also a great idea to pay two months rent in advance. So that you won’t have to worry about rent after your holiday.

Wear dark, lightweight, comfortable clothes, shoes and laid back hair.
Swaddle blankets and cotton nappies are great absorbers. They are also good in place of hot blankets when the whether is in between.
Patience and tolerance will keep you going.
Be prepared to sit in the back seat.
Taking turns with driver.

Road trip survival hacks

Ziplock bags for food and bottles of toiletries to keep from spills.
Check weather app for destination before packing.
Be ? present in the moment and enjoy your ride. Your children pick up on your vibes.
Start your trip with toys and games, use electronics only later during the trip when toddler is fussy and tired.
Avoid giving your toddler too much to drink.
Stop for a stretch. When you stop for fuel, get everyone out of the car.
Distract from tears by playing games and singing songs.
Sing toddlers favorite songs and play chilled music.

Remember to carry your packing list so that you don’t forget anything on your way back. And when you take something out, put it back on the bags. Don’t leave your personal things everywhere. Lock them up if possible.
Rest well before your trip.
Keep hand sanitizer and tissues in all bags, accidental spills won’t wait for you. And some toilets won’t store these.
Have a full meal an hour before driving.
Leave enough leg room.
Do a quick car tidy up at stops.
Be alert and safe, especially at stops, you never know who may be watching you.

Your take home:
• Firstly, Keep these important road trip essentials close to you with a waist bag strapped around you at all times.
• Packing list for adults and toodlers.
• What to keep in your car during the road trip.
• Apps and games to keep your toddler and you busy.
• This handy list of what needs to be in your Emergency first aid travel kit.
• How to prepare your car for a long road trip.
• And lastly, road trip survival hacks.
Read more from MrsChettyLife: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/child-safety/

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Child safety

I did a first aid course and was awarded First Aid certification level 1. We concentrated on first aid for babies, young children and child safety in general. Being a mom to a young boy.

On a personal note: Thank you, Jeanette, I wouldn’t have this without you.

Emergency contact list

Emergency contact list

Be sure to have ready information (emergency contact sheet) on your fridge door about you. Incase you are unable to give information during emergencies, someone else can do it for you.
Parents Name and information
Childs name and information
Street address
Nearest main roads
Telephone number
Emergency contact person details (husband or your parents or trusted friend)
Allergy list and other important medical information eg health conditions, current medication.
Contact Numbers for:
• Nearest Police station
• Fire department
• Poison control
• Doctor information
• Dentist
• Medical aid contact information
Your free download is at the bottom of the page. ?

General Child safety precautions

Child safety

Important child safety precautions:
Keep chargers, batteries and all cables hidden away and unplugged. Avoid leaving hanging cables within reach as these may cause choking.
Keep toilet seat down and bathroom door closed at all times.
Medications and personal care substances should be keep away from the reach of children.
Keep your hang bag locked away. Your hang bag has lots of small substances (medication, coins, buttons, pins, sanitizer, balloons, hard candy etc) that can be harmful to your child. I wrote about this here.

Keep your harsh chemicals and cleaning agents on high selves with no access to climb. Or use Cupboard door locks. Teach your child harsh chemicals sign usually shown by the skull for poison and X for do not drink.
Tie and lock garbage cans and plastic ?.
Don’t leave your child (especially babies and toddlers) unattended on a high position such as couch, bed, changing and feeding table.

Use hairspray or essential oils spray for insects. Keep on higher shelves after use.
Teach your child from a young age what is dangerous and safe. Teach them the word ‘No’ as early as possible.
Avoid table cloths as these lead to accidents.
Keep your child away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from you. Pot handles should face the stove switch (inwards) so that your baby doesn’t topple hot food over.

Make sure to fix all unsteady and broken furniture including furniture with sharp edges. Keep furniture away from the crib and stove.
All yard items and the garage door should be locked. Put chemicals on high shelves and occasionally check your garage door sensor.
My son at 16 months already knows to move away from a car, stop ? and wait for it to pass by. Teach basic road safety.
Pet food should also be kept away from your child.

Child safety tips

Always keep a watchful eye on your child. Don’t leave them unattended.
Avoid walking around with hot cups of coffee or anything hot. Don’t hold hot substances above their heads.
Hot foods, drinks and adult beverages (alcohol) out of reach including electrical appliances (Kettle, steamers, curling iron, iron).

Be sure to wipe spills immediately.
Teach older siblings to dail emergency numbers during an emergency if you are unable to.
If you have pets, educate yourself on pet safety especially with young children.

Don’t allow your child to play around a pet that is feeding. A feeding pet may easily turn dangerous to protect their tummies.
Don’t keep fluffy pillows, blankets and lots of toys in your babies crib especially when they ? sleep. These lead to cot deaths (SIDS). Minimal is safer.

Follow age restrictions on toys. Small toys maybe a choking hazard to babies and young children.
Always check your babies bath water with your elbow before putting them in. I still have scars on my foot because the nanny left hot water in the bath. Start with cold water when running your bath.

Cover pool areas when not in use. Never leave unattended children near the pool area or buckets of water ?. No matter how little water. A child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
Lock the door to the garden. The garden has lots of hazardous chemicals.

Keep coins, beads, magnets, sharp objects and small substances away from your child.
Keep ready ice packs in your freezer.
Practice self care so that you are in a perfect state to take care of your loved ones. Practice being present in the moment.

Warning signs

Don’t place your phone on charge under your pillow especially when sleeping.
Remember to pack away your mommy products and all sorts of tools after use.
Go for organic products. And unscented products for your baby to avoid allergic reactions. Avoid putting soap on your babies face. Water cleans just fine.

Teaching older siblings and everyone who takes care of your child on safety and safe play especially with small children around.
Remember to use all your senses, sight, smell, touch and intuition when it comes to child safety.
A prolonged high fever in babies is not good. Seek medical treatment.
Remember that a baby doesn’t make choking sounds. Look for cues and keep a watchful eye.
Invest in non slip bath mats.

It’s also important to write down the time of the beginning of an emergency.
Don’t rub substances on open wounds and burns unless advised by your doctor.
Cover electric outlets.
Household plants and plastic bags out of reach.
Install baby gates.
Keep glass cutlery on top drawers and plastic on the bottom drawers.

Warning Signs to watch for:

Rush to the emergency department if you notice any of these in your child:
• Bleeding
• Eyes rolling back
• Vomiting
• Fits
• Blurred vision
• Loss of balance
• Constant headaches

First Aid Kit
First aid kit

You need these in your First Aid Kit:
Wound cleaner (salt water)
Swabs for cleaning wound (gauze)
Forceps to remove splinters
Triangular bandages
Roller bandages (different sizes)
Roll of elastic adhesive (different sizes)
Non – allergic adhesive strips
Packet of adhesive dressing strips
First aid dressings (different sizes)
Straight splints / magazines
CPR Mouth piece
Large zip lock bag for amputations
Ring bandages
Burn shield ?
Space blanket
Epsom salt
Cling warp for open wounds

Meds to add for child safety

Meds for personal use (be sure to check expiry dates before each use):
Calamine lotion
Rehydrate for dehydration
Saline nasal spray
Eye wash
Panadol syrup / ibuprofen
Cough and flu meds
Activated charcoal for treatment of 80% of poison inhaled
Coconut oil for diaper rashes
Bicarbonate of soda for bee stings
Vinegar for wasp stings
You may get your first aid kit from Dischem or Clicks. Feel free to personalize your first aid box.

Teach child safety
Teach child safety

Fun ways to teach your child about safety
Educational songs and games.
Getting your child’s school to practice and teach child safety.
Awards like stickers and praise for practicing safety.
Make it fun and interesting.

Practice safety and your child will follow suit (they learn by watching you).
Add to your bedtime routine.
Educational apps on child safety.
Reprimand immediately if your child is doing something wrong.
Made up songs on safety.
Talk through while practicing safety. ‘I am closing the door so that you must not play with water in the toilet. It’s not safe for you.’
Don’t just say no, explain why that’s dangerous for them and Show them the right way to do things.

Child safety tips from other moms to read:
Baby proofing http://www.nurturingtamra.com/15-must-have-tips-for-baby-proofing-your-home
Safety essentials https://aflourishingrose.com/five-safety-essentials-for-infants-and-toddlers/

Download your free emergency contact sheet.

In conclusion:
When it comes to child safety, If you are unsure or at unease, contact your doctor. Trust your mom instinct, keep a watchful eye ?‍? and make use of your gained mom reflex. Better safe than sorry. Most importantly keep your first aid box in clear sight, updated and at hand. Add your Mom Hacks on Instagram.

Key learning points

Emergency contact list and information plus free download
• what to do when Baby proofing and child safety ideas
• Watch for these signs
• First aid kit for babies
• Teach your child to be safe
• Other moms advice

Educate yourself on poisonous plants here.

More from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essentials-for-essential-oils/

Cheers MrsChettyLife.
Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences in life. The writings on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Therefore, Please discuss all your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

Posted in Motherhood

ABC’s of KidloLand app

ABC’s of KidloLand app. ABC’s of KidloLand app contains an A to Z review of what you need to know and can find in the KidloLand app. This post is in conjunction with KidloLand.

KidloLand app has Nursery Rhymes, Learning Songs, activities, educational games, phonics, coloring, songs, music, puzzles, illustrations, skills, worksheets and creativity ideal for ages 1 to 8.

KidloLand Nursery Rhymes

are interactive which means that surprises come alive simply by tapping on screen. KidloLand app won Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Tillywig Brain Child Award amongst other awards.

A is for the ABC’s category, Ages 1 to 8 and Animal Kingdom.

B is for Bedtime, baby songs, Birds and blog (https://www.kidloland.com/blog/).

C is for Colors, Christmas and Chomping Monsters.

D is for Dinos, Downloads and Days of the week.

E is for Early Learning and educational app. ABC’s of KidloLand app.

F is for Flowers, Fruits and Flashcards.

G is grouped by ages.

H is for help (in app help).

I is for Insects.

J is for Jelly Surprise vehicles.

K is for KidloLand app and Kids.

L is for logging in, Life Skills and Languages (The app comes in English, Spanish and Portuguese).

M is for Musical Games, Magic Words, Months of the Year, My Downloads, monthly subscriptions and My First Rhymes.

N is for Nursery Rhymes, no ads and Numbers and Counting.

O is for Occupations and Places, Old Macdonald songs and Offline.

P is for Playlist, Parental Control and Popping Time plus Potty Time in the Life Skills category.

Q is for quality, quality songs and pictures.

R is for responsive app and Row your boat.

S is for Sports, Surprises, Settings, Stories and Shapes.

T is for timed Playlists.

U is for Underwater.

V is for Vehicles, volume control in settings and Vegetables. ABC’s of KidloLand app.

W is for Weather and Seasons and Wheels of the Bus.

W is also for WINNERS:

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X is for Xtra (extra) fun app.

Y is for Yak in the Animal Songs category.

Z is for Zola tries to sleep Bedtime Story.

Be sure to follow @mrschettylife or @MrsChettyLife across social media for more #momhacks. More from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils-for-babies/

In conclusion: ABC’s of KidloLand app, if you need a complete educational program for kids aged 1 to 8, KidloLand app is the app for you. You may download on your Apple or Android device. They are on Instagram and across social media too @kidloland.

Posted in Econest

Essential oils for babies

Essential oils should be used on babies who are 6 months and older. Although essential oils are beneficial to babies, a little goes a long way. Always dilute with a carrier oil. Educate yourself thoroughly on each use.

Essential oils to use on babies:

  • Roman chamomile: insomnia, fussiness
  • Lavender: calming, soothes diaper rash, teething, unopen wounds, scratches and bumps.
  • Frankincense
  • Dill: for gas
  • Mandarin: restful
  • Tea tree: as an antibiotic, eases thrush.
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cypress
  • Sandalwood (Australian)
  • Geranium Bourbon
  • Sweet Orange: uplifting mood
  • Yarrow (Blue): soothes diaper rash
  • Bergamot: relaxing, enhances sleep.
  • Cedarwood Atlas
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum Italicum
  • Rose Otto
  • Carrotseed
  • Fir needle
  • Grapefruit
  • Copaiba

Why use essential oils on babies:

  • For calming
  • For sleep
  • To sooth Teething irritants
  • To purify the air
  • Helps soothe colds and flus
  • Manages pain and fresh closed wounds
  • Eases diaper rash, you may use essential oils around the private areas, inner thighs.

Do NOT use these essential oils for babies:

  1. Peppermint
  2. Wintergreen
  3. Camphor
  4. Rosemary
  5. Thyme
  6. Eucalyptus
  7. Clove
  8. Birch (Sweet)
  9. Mustard
  10. Garlic
  11. Oregano
  12. Wormseed
  13. Star Anise
  14. Lemongrass
  15. Myrtle
  16. Hyssop
  17. Ylang-ylang
  18. Citronella
  19. Bay
  20. Clary Sage
  21. Avoid premixed Essential oils unless you have patch tested each ingredient.

Carrier oils to use on babies:

If you like you may use carrier oils on their own as they provide wonderful therapeutic benefits. It is also a great idea to mix carrier oils to make salves.

Sunflower oil

Fractionated coconut oil

Jojoba oil

Calendula oil

Sweet Almond (unless allergic to nuts)

Grapeseed (unless allergic to grapes)

Cocoa butter

Other carriers:


Vegetable glycerine

Beeswax (unless your child is allergic to bees)

Safety (Caution):

ALWAYS dilute essential oils before use.

Keep in a cool dark place that is lockable and out of reach.

Store in glass containers.

ALWAYS do a patch test.

Avoid prolonged use of essential oils.

Oils make you and your child slippery. So be careful.

Be sure to follow correct dilution and usage. Diffuse for 30 minutes maximum at a time. Switch off for an hour and diffuse again.

Use one essential oil / carrier oil at a time.

Keep out of reach for children.

If irritation occurs, stop use immediately.

Do not replace essential oils with a child’s medication.

Consult your paediatrician for any concerns.

Be careful when using essential oils on yourself to avoid exposing your child.

Essential oils should NOT be ingested by children unless with advise of a doctor.

Keep diffusers on a high steady spot away from furniture (so that children do not climb to reach).

Always use best quality, organic essential oils.

Educate yourself as a parent on each essential oils, knowing the therapeutic uses, safety and what to look for and do, incase of an emergency.

Also spot for allergic reactions in children.

Do not use essential oils if your child is on medication. Some essential oils may alter medication.

Do not use if your child has broken or damaged skin and open wounds.

ALWAYS supervise children when using essential oils. Wash hands after use.

DO NOT place essential oils on the ears, mouth, nose, eyes and private parts for children. Avoid all openings on the body.

Keep E.O’s away from direct heat and sunlight.

If you are unsure, do not use, trust your instinct.

Add orifice reducers preferably, to all your essential oils as these limit the amount of E.O’s that come out.

Be smart, savvy and safe.

Dosage and Dilution:

To more than 10ml (8 drops of carrier oil / 2 tbsps)

6 Months to 1 year – add 1 drop of E.O

2 to 3 years – 2 to 3 drops of E.O

4 to 6 years and elderly – 4 to 8 drops of E.O

7 to 12 years – 8 to 12 drops

Best places to apply essential oils on babies:

  • Bottom of feet
  • Back of the neck
  • Rub into temples, be sure that it does not drip into eyes
  • Behind ears
  • Belly
  • Back
  • Jawline to sooth teething.
Best Method of application:
  • Diffusing
  • Baby massage diluted with a carrier oil
  • Baby bath
  • Foot soak
  • Chest rub
  • Compress
  • Add to unscented lotion, avoid putting on the face.

Sun sensitivity (phototoxic) essential oils:

Avoid going into direct sunlight after using Citrus essential oils= Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit and Tangerine. They are phototoxic and may cause skin reactions.

Other phototoxic essential oils are Dill, Rue, Cumin.

  • Chest rub to ease congestion:

Lavender – 3 drops

Tea tree – 2 drops

Frankincense 2 drops as well

2 drops Cedarwood

3 drops Wild orange

1 ½ tbsp. Shea butter

1 ½ tbsp. fractionated Coconut oil

  • To uplift mood:

1 drop Lavender and Sweet Orange

1 tbsp . of any Carrier oil

  • For cradle cap

1 drop each of Sweet Orange and Tea tree, Geranium and Lavender

½ cup unscented lotion

  • For sleep

1 drop Cedarwood

1 drop Lavender

2 tbsps. carrier oil

1 drop vetiver

  • Teething

1 drop of Roman Chamomile

1 drop of Lavender

A tbsp. of carrier oil / (½ cup oats and drop Tea tree in a bath for diaper rash)

  • Boost immune system especially during flu / cold season for diffusing

Frankincense (1 drop)

A drop Sweet Orange

Lavender 1 drop

  • 10 drops Helichrysum

6 drops Roman Chamomile

20 drops Lavender

30ml of Carrier oil.

  • Soothing repairing salve

¼ cup fractionated coconut oil

¼ cup olive oil

A tbsp. Coconut oil

20 drops Lavender

1tbsp beeswax

12 drops of Frankincense

10 drops Sweet Orange

8 drops Tea tree


If you are uncertain, you may still use the benefits of E.O’s by using hydrosols. Hydrosols is the aromatic water that remains after essential oils have been steam distilled. A fraction of essential oils remains in hydrosols and are beneficial.

They are safer and gentler to use for children. Storing them in the fridge for up to 24 months. Hydrosols are great sprays with anti-inflammatory properties for calming and uplifting. They are a better alternative for baby baths, sun burns on babies and foot scrubs.

In conclusion: Essential oils for babies are highly beneficial as well as using the alternative of hydrosols. Be smart, savvy and safe when using them.

Read more here: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/how-to-calm-a-fussy-baby/

Sources: https://naha.org

Get your essential oils here: http://www.soil.co.za

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

Cheers, happy oiling, MrsChettyLife.