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

2019 in a wrap

Counting blessings and celebrating wins. 2019 in a wrap. 2019 has been tough. I’ll admit it. It has been stressful and quite difficult. If it’s not some family member being ill, it’s family moving far away or money issues. At the end of the year things picked up and got much better.

There has also been a bad rate of killings in the country by people who are supposed to be protecting you. At this moment I am so glad 2019 is done and dusted. But there were still good moments in it that were worth having. Let’s celebrate 2019s’ wins. 2019 in a wrap.

Momming (2019 in a wrap):

(2019 in a wrap)

I am beginning to fit into my mom pants better. New born stage was hard. I feel toddler stage is good, my son is responsive, he understands a lot of what I say. Even though he throws tantrums. He is beginning to speak and its such a joy listening and learning with him. We are learning to act better when feeling overwhelmed.

We have conversations even though he responds in baby talk. We are bonding better. He feels only mom can help him but is understanding that other people can too. He is a tad bit more independent.

2019 in a warp.

And speaks lots of one word phrases: juice, mama, Daddy, Skylar (his sister) , Kylen (his brother), there, ball, car (and car noises), papa, amu (food), shoes, shower, yay, shakes his head (no), what’s this, whose this, go, eyes, baby, chacha (chaky, breastmilk), no, dada, tata- bye.

He points at body parts. Eyes, nose, teeth, tongue. He sings along educational songs like old Macdonald, one little finger etc.

I learnt to give myself grace and a timeout or rest on my own. I am also learning to not only be just a mama but a wife and a person as well.

My sons milestones:


He said mama for the first time at 15 months. My son called me by my name ‘Tasha’ before then because everyone calls me Tasha. Now he calls me mama only.

My son loves his sister. She comes every two weeks for the weekend and they have such a beautiful time together. We celebrated my son’s first birthday with a smash cake. He has 8 teeth and 4 are coming out.

His hair is now fully curly compared to when he was born with straight hair.

2019 in a wrap.

He now feeds himself even porridge. He couldn’t hold the spoon well for porridge. He throws his diaper in the bin after changing him. He answers when he is called. I love having discussions with my son even though I don’t understand what he says sometimes.

He loves to write, dance and sing. We have transitioned to one nap a day.


 I reached that milestone of blogging every week and 50 blog followers. I grew my followers on Pinterest to just a shy of 1000. Instagram followers has grown to 1300 + with interaction and consistency (posting almost every day).

I figured out my blog brand and reintroduced myself in accordance. I began a Twitter account which I am still trying to figure out.


(2019 in a wrap):

My house is looking much cleaner nowadays. Along with green cleaning. I began a trend on Instagram called Mom Hacks Series. #momhacksseries where I’m sharing my findings and wins on making #momlife easier and cleaning hacks. Getting my mojo back. And continuing DIYing, working on hobbies and able to do things I loved to do pre-pregnancy.

Developing via online classes on Udemy and obtained aromatherapy certification. I attended live first aid classes (thanks to Jeanette) and obtained first aid certification level one. I learnt a lot on baby safety and wrote a conquering post.


(2019 in a wrap):

My increase in followers attracted brands such as Travelstart, KidloLand and Education.com. I also attended a candle making course where I learnt to make scented candles and diffusers. I left my son alone with a nanny for the first time, my nerves! He was fine till he slept and when he woke up, he wanted his mom. Luckily, I was five minutes from home.

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This year I have been leaning towards Eco living and clean living. This includes reducing and recycling the amount of plastic in the home. Reducing toxins in the home by using essential oils, vinegar, baking soda and other biodegradable ingredients for cleaning. I began my own company for green products for cleaning the home and beauty called Econest.

Essential oils:

I found a great South African based essential oil company called the Soil to buy my oils from. They are organic and their farms are in South Africa. I also found an organic green company to buy green products called faithful to nature.  

We celebrated our first 1st year wedding anniversary with my husband.

I got into the habit of Bullet, Bible and gratitude journaling. Helps to relax and de-stress, blogging, planning and organization.

2019 in a wrap
In conclusion:

2020, I am hopeful for a steady flow of income from both businesses. More blogging and growing, more learning. I am looking forward to implementing green living My lifestyle and encouraging those around me. 2019 taught me to be patient as well as saving during times of plenty.

2019 taught me the importance of family. I learnt to get into my creative side and make good use of it. I developed as a mother, I developed personally and as a wife. How was 2019 for you? I wish you a happy festive season and a productive 2020. That is my 2019 in a wrap.

Cheers MrsChettyLife.

More from MrsChetty: www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/natural-immune-support/


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Natural immune support:

Natural immune support: Natural remedies to support and boost your immune system. As a mother, I always want the best natural ingredients for my child. With all sorts of season changes comes allergy and other seasons that weakens our immune system.  

It’s good to prepare our bodies to withstand the various diseases or infections they may be poised to. We prepare our bodies immune system by simply eating the right nutrient packed foods, drinking lots of water and eco-cleaning. Remember immune system building is not a one fix but a continued journey.  

First of all, What is the immune system?

immune system

The immune system protects and defends the body against viruses, disease, infection and processes healing after the body has taken a hit. The immune system plays a big part in your overall health. The health of your body depends on the immune system. It is a good idea to take care of it 😉.

What does the immune system need for it to function?

The immune system needs Nutrients.

Nutrients are the building blocks for the body (immune system). They repair, build and regulate the body (immune system). Nutrients include Carbohydrates, fats (lipids) Vitamins, Proteins, Minerals and Water.

Vitamins are essential for tissue growth, hormone function, mineral metabolism for bones and organs and help prevent deficiencies according to the Vitamin properties. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E, and K.

Minerals (iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, phosphorus, potassium etc) sourced from plants, animals and water support the human biochemical processes. They help build up the structural system (bones, teeth) and body weight.

Sources of nutrients for natural immune support:  

Fruits: Pineapples, Papaya, Apricots, Passion fruit, Citrus fruits: Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit, Limes, Clementine, Tangerines are high in Vitamin C, which helps in the production of white blood cells which fight infection. Berries: Grapes, Blueberries, Pomegranate are rich in Vitamin C which also help prevent injury to cells in the immune system.

immune system support

It is no surprise that apples make the list. Apples contain flavonoid quercetin that help regulate the immune system. It is also anti-inflammatory and protects the body’s immune system.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”



Spinach, Tomatoes, Carrots, Avocados, Onions, Mushrooms may contain antiviral, antibacterial and anti-tumor properties that help in boosting the immune system naturally. Broccoli contains Vitamins A, K, E and C, antioxidants and fibre (potassium, magnesium and folic acid) which work wonders on the immune system.


Cinnamon has high anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Ginger not only helps prevent nausea and irritable bowel system. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger may contain properties that relax blood vessels.

immune boost

Turmeric powder aka Curcumin is antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and natural mood booster. This is one powerhouse that should be added to your medicine cabinet and your beauty cabinet. We also use it in cooking.

Whole Nuts and Seeds are packed with protein, antioxidants such as Zinc, Omega 3 fatty acids aka healthy fats and Vitamin E: Pumpkin seeds, Cashews, Macadamia nuts, Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, Flaxseeds and Chia seeds etc.

Almonds are highly packed with protein. According to their content nuts contain selenium which supports the immune system function. Seeds contain good amounts of iron which assists in transporting oxygen throughout the immune system.

Essential oils:

As Essential oils are the defense system of plants. There as the added benefits are believed to assist the human body’s immune system. Use Essential oils for immune support by applying them on your feet, temples, abdomen, chest, diffuse, warm steamy bath and or hot steam therapy.

immune support

Essential oils best for the immune are Lavender, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Frankincense, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Clove, Rosemary, Oregano, Cinnamon. These essential oils contain antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties according to the oil that help boost the immune system. This is not a comprehensive list as a lot of essential oils contain these properties.

Carrier oils: Carrier oils in their natural and organic state are also great additives to your body and immune system according to their properties. Carrier oils in their virgin (raw, natural, unrefined state) contain the carrier oil’s nutrients, vitamins and fatty acids.

Examples are Sweet almond, Carrot seed, Avocado butter, Pumpkin seed, Argan, Coconut, Arnica, Black cumin seed, Macadamia, Calendula, Hazelnut, Neem oil, Pomegranate, Olive and Wheatgerm Oil.


Did you know that our bodies contain a whopping 60% of water? You read that right. Water is virtual to the body for digestion, absorption and transportation of nutrients. Good for circulation, maintenance of body temperature and creation of saliva. Water acts as a lubricant to keep your joints, bones and muscles moving.

It promotes healthy skin and cleanses your body from toxins. I learnt a new trick to get my (non-drinking water) son. I let him watch me put water into a syringe and he drinks it. I’m not sure why that works, lol 😊. If you don’t like the bland taste of water adding cucumber or a drop of lemon juice works well.

Fish contains essential fats (Omega 3 fatty acids) and high in protein. Mackerel, sardines, wild salmon, shellfish etc.

Other things for natural immune support:

Not forgetting, Dark Chocolate contains cocoa (cacao) powder which contain antioxidants, flavonoids and minerals. Wholegrains such as Oats and Dairy such as egg york and milk.

Plain Unsweetened Yogurt puts back all the good bacteria into your body. It is rich in protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics. Plain Unsweetened Yogurt helps protect and in the formulation of bones and teeth.  

Raw Honey has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties due to its phytonutrients. It also aids the digestive system and is known to help soothe sore throats. Raw honey aids in natural wound healing. All giving a plus to your immune system.

Chicken soup / broth has Vitamin B6.

natural immune support

Another important way to boost your immune system naturally is through Eco-cleaning. Eco-nesting (cleaning) is the best way to eliminate toxins in the home and therefore, boosting your immune system is by eco-cleaning.

Involving the use natural ingredients to clean your home. As well as clean living including your beauty, body, bath and home freshener products. The less toxins we allow ourselves to be exposed to, the less our immune system is hit.

Speaking of eco-cleaning,

I’d love to introduce to you my new baby, Econest Natural Products is a South African based online natural product shop for beauty and the home. We handcraft products for eco-cleaning (multipurpose cleaners, scrubbing salts, glass cleaners, toilet fizzes etc), eco-scents for keeping the home smelling good (candles, diffusers, room and linen mist, potpourri).

As well as natural beauty products (lip balms, body butters, bath salts and bombs, natural hair oils, etc). With an added touch of essential oils. All non-toxic, environmentally friendly, budget-friendly and uniquely handcrafted. For more about Econest, check out our in-progress Facebook page.

Rest: This article will explain how rest boosts your immune system naturally: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-sleep-bolsters-your-immune-system#The-bottom-line/

Foods and substances that weaken your immune system:

Excess sugar, stress, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol, poor sanitation, excess caffeine, etc.  

Immune boosting Recipes:

#For flu and colds (sore throats): Immune boosting tea: (drink warm every 4 hours and immediately flu symptoms begin).

Fresh Ginger a few pieces

1 tsp Cinnamon powder

1 tsp Lemon Juice

2 tsp Raw Honey

1 tsp Turmeric powder

#a glass of water

Quarter cucumber

A drop of lemon juice or ginger

# As well as making your own blends of delicious fruit and/or vegetable smoothies. Using dairy or a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of sea salt. This is also an easy way to get your child to eat vegetables and fruits. 🙂

#Baking apple and cinnamon tarts or pancakes.

#If it is your fancy, drinking egg york.

Exercising Caution: Be sure to use these immune boosters in their organic (raw, whole, extra / virgin, unrefined) state for best results. Buy from a trusted organic local source that uses organic farming with no added substances. Avoid washed down or pasteurized (refined) ingredients as this kills a lot of the essential goodies in these ingredients.

natural immune support

Another good thing is that these natural immune boosters are good for any age, including pregnancy, elderly and babies (more than a year). Don’t forget that a little goes a long way and avoid misuse. Please don’t give honey to an infant less than one year. And avoid use if reaction or allergy occurs.

In conclusion:

Therefore, Boost your immune system with natural ingredients by eating healthy, resting, drinking water and using essential oils the right way.

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and experiences. I am not a registered doctor, physician, beautician, specialist, skincare expert or aromatherapist.

DIY recipes have not been tested in a lab. Use your own discretion using these products. Please discuss your health concerns with your doctor. Therefore, the writings of this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure nor prevent any disease.  

More from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/natural-powder/








Cheers happy immune boosting, MrsChettyLife.

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Working in silence

Working in silence: Have you ever seen a construction site work in progress? Have you ever seen a shop being fitted and revamped? It looks an absolute mess, and half of the things don’t make sense.

But come back a few weeks later and you will see a whole new beautiful structure. Its like that huge mess that was there is gone (poof disappeared) and no one remembers it. Everyone sees and appreciates the beautiful thing that has emerged.

Having our own construction / shopfitting company has taught me to never judge a book by its cover. And to work in silence. The only people who know about the demo or the finished product is the site owner, the contractor and the architect.

People passing by have no idea of what it is being built nor the hard work, sweat nor long hours put into it. Nor the snags that will have to be redone over and over till you have a finished product.

Why am I talking about shopfitting? What has this got to do with you? You asked right. When you have a business or a new project, a new baby, a recent marriage or a weight loss programme you need to see through to get done and taken care of.

You start from scratch. This idea has never been done by you, it will require much effort, blood, sweat and tears. This includes new moms and your baby / ies.

Even still snags from the finished product will need to be redone. You will learn and try, unlearn and retry till you come up with a finished product. You will cry, smile, feel like a fool, fail and want to give up.

Yes, you will gain some weight or loose very little compared to the hard work you put in. And yes, they will whisper and talk behind your back. You will argue today, kiss and make up.

Eventually you will succeed if you never give up. You will wonder why you even thought of giving up in that instance. Yes, one day you will look back and smile, thinking it was silly of you to think that way.

People who watched your journey scorned and laughed at you. Believe that you will amaze those same people who thought what a mess! Who did not understand your idea and your dreams just like Joseph in the Bible (Gen 37: 5-11).

Another thing I learnt is that you should watch who you share your dreams to. Some people are dream killers. Others do not want to see you succeed. Some may be jealous of you or want the glory to themselves, others may be struggling and seeing you succeed will eat at them.

While with others, they may steal your dreams. You may not be understood. It is usually with people who you feel you can trust who do this. (Josephs’ brothers where so jealous of his dreams that they sold him (Gen 37:27).

The best idea is to work in silence. Build, cry, sweat, smile, glory and try again in the comfort of your own self. Study, learn new tricks, sharpen old ones, teach and train yourself.

Working in silence as hard as you can and let them see the finished product. Don’t just sit when working in silence. Prove them wrong, prove yourself wrong. Have courage you can do it. Trust me nothing you want comes easy. There will be ups and downs. Celebrate the ups enough to get you through the downs.

Practise makes perfect. Achieve perfection by practising and equipping yourself with the right materials and support system that will get you to the point where you thrive. Use the downer nancys as motivation to keep your head up and keep hustling.

Joseph thrived everywhere he went. He was put in charge of Potiphars’ household. Was thrown in prison on false accusations. Still he gained favour of the prison ward and was put in charge of the prisoners (Gen 39:21-23).

Years later he was put in charge of Egypt. Imagine all Joseph went through. His dreams still came to pass as his brothers and father knelt before him just as he had dreamt (Gen 42).

Now your dreams may be different from Josephs’ but I guess you get my point. There will be hard times and good times when managing your dream (business, baby, marriage, weight loss etc).

It will take a while and you will have to be strong. But you will get there. Where it is planned to be. Imagine If Joseph was bitter and never worked hard or even worse gave up? I am certain he would have died somewhere without fulfilling his dream.

Your dream is your baby to nurse. Only you can handle that dream. No one else is better equipped for it. Be it physically, mentally, socially, creatively or intellectually. You have all the tools you need. All you have to do is use them. Trust me you have all the tools.

Working in silence efficiently and silently. Keeping watch of who you tell and equipping yourself. Your dream will come to pass. As long as you keep doing something about it and working on it. No matter the cost. Soon enough or not as soon as you hope, it will come to pass.

This is your sign, if you have been postponing on working on your dream. Get up and go do it. A drop is better than an empty tin. One step at a time.

Remember this, people will always have something negative to say. What matters is what you do with this information. Will you let it get to you and bring you down or will you let it build you?

This reminds me of a movie on Netflix called ‘Tall Girl’. She kept letting people walk over her and say mean things to her.

Until she realized it in the end that she was beautiful. And she used the very same words others teased her with as a stepping stone to embracing her true self is all her beauty.

“You are beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring you down.” Beautiful-Christina Aguilera.

In conclusion: Work hard. Hustle hard. Work smart. Your dreams will come true. You matter and are significant. Most importantly, work in silence.

Cheers MrsChettyLife.

More from MrsChettyLife: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/natural-powders/

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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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