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Earn extra income as a SAHM

IncomeTried and sure ways to earn an extra income as a SAHM. One of the big decision makers when considering being a SAHM is income (finance). It usually requires that you have to cut down on lots of things because you will be relying on one income. Another way could be for you to do these things online or with your kids. Use these tips to earn extra income as a SAHM.

How to save when living on one salary:

  • Pay off all debt before hand
  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Cutting down on luxuries
  • Cash back apps
  • Buy in bulk
  • Cheaper (shop brand) version
  • Make your own DIY
  • Giving
  • Buy Long lasting clothes
  • Buy from second hand shops (thrifting)
  • Reuse and Recycle
  • Get creative
  • Use less (avoid careless use and spending)
  • Gardening – plant your own garden for veggies and other things you can grow in your back yard.

What can you do to earn extra income as a SAHM:

Freelancing: copywriting, social media management, web developing, writing, editing and proofreading etc

Survey taking: If you have the patience for surveys, you may do this. You may do small tasks, fill in questionnaires, play games for a price or a voucher. I found this a little slow because they required you to do so many tasks for a small price. You could do product testing.

Cash back apps: I am currently using SnapnScan, it is a South African based app. You book groceries that you are going to buy, scan your grocery slip and you get cash back off the items you booked.

Run errands with Uber or taxify or lyft: you may sign up for Uber, taxify or lyft. You may sign up as a delivery driver or errand runner.

Domestic house keeping and house or pet sitting

Piece work: if you are good at gardening, you may offer to clean someone’s yard for a price, take care of the children (baby sitting).

Make your own goods to sell on Shopify: candle making, essential oils, digital products, printables, jewellery making, soap making, anything that you are good at making and sell them online.

Second hand selling: eBay, Gumtree, Facebook marketplace. You may sell used closed or good on these websites. I find more Facebook marketplace to be reliable. We have sold many things on Facebook marketplace.

Pawn: if you really love an item and don’t want to part with it, but is not being used at the moment you may pawn the item. This means the pawn shop gives you money for your item and keep it for a certain period. When you need your item back you pay the money back with interest. This is one way you can earn an extra income as a SAHM.

Online tutor: I found that most online tutor apps need you to have a degree in any field. This allowed you to qualify as a tutor. A few did not require that you have a degree.

Blogging: affiliate marketing, Freelancing, influencer, brand ambassador, selling courses on your blog, selling printables.

Air bnb: you may rent out your home as an air bnb. Don’t forget about the risks of having strangers in your home.

Virtual Assistant: these include random tasks from admin work to social media, depending on the company who hires you.

Offering at home Car wash services to friends, neighbors and family.

Mechanic: if you are good with cars and have an eye for them. You may fix small things or do minor services.

Dog walking: if you are good with dogs, dog walking maybe a good idea.

Online travel agent: you can travel with your kids.

Work at home Business: you may consider offering your own work at home business or working remotely for companies.

Offer other services to earn Extra income as a SAHM.

Apps for online work that allow you to earn an extra income as a SAHM:

  • Hubstaff Talent
  • Perlu
  • LinkedIn jobs
A few tips when dealing with online business:

Be patient with certain jobs. They maybe slower in payment but they are just your side gig. Some grow into a big business and you need to put in a little extra effort. Have a heart (passion) for what you are doing so that you will not be discouraged.

Passion is the one that fires up your engine, keeps you steady and going even when the light is not shining. Understand that all businesses have an up and down. Sometimes you get flowing clients other times not. That is the beauty of an extra income as a SAHM.

Try these above and see what works best for you. Always have an option C when your option B doesn’t work. Don’t give up. Keep your head high and keep striving. Join groups both online and offline and have a solid support team that will understand you, encourage and help you. It helps to have a good support team.

Be patient, be wise, be strong, be watchful. If something feels and looks too good to be true, it probably is. Look for other peoples reviews, the company contact details, years of operation and go to common sites to avoid scams. Do a good Google investigation for each company. Avoid going to secluded places.

If you must meet strangers please don’t go alone, always let someone (family member and close friends) know where you will be, turn on your location services for your close friends or family to know where you are, meet strangers in a busy and open areas like a police station or a shopping mall. The first place I mention is a police station, if the person runs away then you have been saved.

When you arrive at a meeting place check for exist strategies that you can easily duck and hide. If you feel unease about something, don’t do it. Trust your gut. Carry pepper spray if need be. Make a safe and secure check out process on your app.

Make sure to get a large deposit before you do any work for anyone. And please get the job done when you do. As much as you would hate being scammed, be trustworthy and reliable, don’t be a scammer.

Lastly but not the least, don’t forget to pray for your business / side hustle.

Final words: In conclusion: earn an extra income as a SAHM with these methods. Remember to be smart, stay safe and be wise. There are so many ways to earn extra income as a SAHM. You try alot of possibilities till you find what works best for you. Let me know in the comments what works for you as a SAHM.


More from MrsChettyLife: Self care routines for moms

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Self-care routines for moms.

Important routines for self-care as a mom. I received an overwhelming response from my post on self-care here: This inspired the following round up post on self-care routines for moms. Here are the very best tips for self-care routines for moms.

self-care routines for moms

I have learned a lot from these mom bloggers and put self-care as my priority. Since I incorporated these routines, I feel uplifted and not lazy and slump. One mom commented that self-care for mom’s is like putting a gas mask on a plane, you are advised to put the gas mask on yourself first before you put it on your baby, if mom is not breathing, no one will. Enjoy reading:

39 Self Care Ideas for My 39th Birthday. Do you have a hard time taking care of yourself? Is self care a totally foreign concept for you? I know that I struggle with figuring out the best self care ideas to implement that won’t cost too much money or time. To improve my year I decided to throw myself a bit of a self care party! I’ve come up with a bunch of ideas for self care and I’m excited to share them with you.

But I saw a post the other day on Facebook which turned the traditional tongue-in-cheek saying, “Mama needs a drink” on its head, and I wanted to address it. It leaned heavily on the extreme feminist side as it talked about how mamas really need a pay check, paid healthcare, childcare, etc., etc. It called for the general society to draw a line between wants and needs. My response is basically this: much of what they term as “wants” are generally seen as self-care, and self-care is needed.

8 Quick Self-Care Ideas You Can Do at Home. I have found so many amazing blogs and websites with self-care ideas, but they tend to be kind of crazy like a Spa Day. That requires a lot of planning in advance and sometimes I just need 3-5 minutes for me. Yes, I have hidden in the bathroom to take a couple of deep breaths before, haven’t we all?!

It goes back to our daily routines and schedules. Work, school, day-care, you name it. So what’s a girl to do? How does she take care of herself? Well, these are some of the self-care techniques that I have adopted since becoming a mom.

Hey mama! I see you trying to be all things to all people. Trying to do everything and beating yourself up when you fail. I see you neglecting yourself so you can put everybody else first. I see you telling everybody, “No, really, I’m fine.” I see you because I am you, I was you. But I have to tell you something. You can’t keep going like this. You are only human, and you can only do so much until your mind and body final say they’ve had enough. That nagging feeling, that exhaustion, that irritation, that short temper? That’s mom burnout.

Self-care routines for moms include:

Life is busy, and my list could go on and on of all the ways that I pour out into others. Most days I don’t even give much thought to how what I am doing for others impacts me because I enjoy what I do and it is fulfilling. That is until I find myself running on fumes. Immediately, I start to notice that my conversation and tone are short, and my patience is thin. All of this happens when I fail to take care of me in the process of taking of everyone else. I needed to make taking care of me a priority.

No matter what season of motherhood you’re currently in, we can all agree that mom life is hard work. Its 2am feedings, and then another one at 5am. It’s trying to keep your cool while your toddler has a complete meltdown in the middle of the produce aisle. Motherhood is coming home after a long day of work to cook and clean, when all you really want to do is curl up on the couch with a big glass of wine. It’s juggling doctor appointments, parent-teacher meetings, playdates, piano lessons, and soccer games. It’s resisting the urge to slap someone when they question what you do all day as a stay-at-home mom. We are so busy taking care of our families that we often forget to take care of ourselves. I know I do.

You hear it all the time: being a mom is the most rewarding job there is. You are blessed with the ability to bear children who grow into wonderful creations of us that we love forever. And while that’s all true, no one seems to mention the exhaustion, the overwhelming moments, and the lack of self-care mothers endure daily. Too many times I’ve looked up to the sky and let out a huge sigh of frustration just to get through the rest of the night. I’m almost certain that I’m not alone. Being a mother is demanding, confusing, and stressful at times. It’s time we start carving out moments for ourselves (without feeling selfish about it) to take care of our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

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3 Ways to Overcome Home School Burnout. Home school burnout is one of those subjects that no one wants to talk about. We avoid talking about it out of embarrassment or shame. After all, a home school mom chose to home educate her children, didn’t she? How could something that a mom carefully discerned, thoughtfully researched and carefully planned cause burnout? She is her own boss and she makes her own choices, doesn’t she? It is not like being a doctor or lawyer or even a school teacher, or is it?

Some people – often people who just have too many words and not enough things to use them on – will tell you that being a stay at home mom is easy. But those of us that are, or have been, stay at home moms know that is simply not the case. Sure, it’s a blessing that I don’t have to get myself and a baby ready for work or day-care every day. And I can do laundry during the day. And don’t get me wrong – at this stage in my life, I love being a stay at home mom. It’s definitely the right choice for our family. BUT BEING AT HOME WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES ALL DAY LONG IS NO JOKE.

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WHAT SELF CARE REALLY LOOKS LIKE (HINT: IT’S NOT A VACATION OR SPA!) Self-care is a popular buzzword in the mom community, and for good reason! Being a mom is tough and exhausting, and you need to fill your cup in order to be able to take care of your family. But self-care doesn’t have to be big and elaborate; read on to see what self-care really looks like in your day-to-day life!

“There’s too much time in the day,” said no one ever. There’s so much to do with little time to get it done. There’s kids to watch, houses to clean, when to figure out exercising, meal preparation, and work to be done! I know you want to accomplish x,y, and z but instead you end up going to bed wondering how you’ll get everything done with a jam-packed day filled to the brim. Here’s how to make sure you get things done- without the mom guilt!

This episode of the Style Your Mind podcast called, Little Luxuries got me thinking about ways I pamper myself. Some people think luxuries have to be super expensive, but there are some things you can do to pamper yourself that cost very little. For some people, luxuries may be days at the spa, vacations or buying top of the line items. Those things may be great, but not everyone can do that all the time. To me, luxuries are those things you do for yourself that make you feel your best. They are the things that lift you up. These things or rituals don’t even have to take up a lot of time.

Hey Guys, I hope you are well. This post is all about Self-Care. As women, we go through a lot. I mean – A LOT. Self-Care has become such an important topic and I want to share my point of view of the topic. As mothers, we make things look so easy, by almost ‘pretending’ to know exactly what we are doing when we really don’t have a clue. Think about it, we rush through in and out of the shower within 3 seconds, just in case, someone wants something. How mad is that? As well as loving others, it’s also important to love ourselves too.

simple self-care routines

Self-Care ideas don’t come easily and as first-time moms, we all need it. No matter how strong or active you may be, it’s just hard to keep up while you take care of your little one 24/7. Finding time for ourselves is vital to living a happy and fulfilling life. For example, I love going for a massage. But we also need a push for some motivation and find ways when to do it. Motherhood is tough and the struggle is real.

Not forgetting these self-care routines for moms:

Summer isn’t just for kids to relax and take a break from the stresses of life. Moms need to take a breather and enjoy some slow moments too. I know it can be hard when you’re managing a household and juggling little ones who need to be fed and entertained. That’s why I’m sharing this self-care summer bucket list for moms so you don’t pass the whole summer neglecting yourself and end up a stressed out mess.

So what’s a broke time-constrained gal to do? It’s easy, take 5 minutes EVERY DAY. I know what you’re thinking, “WHOA, EVERY DAY? Ain’t nobody got time for that”. I get it. I work, I blog, I have a household and a baby and dogs and husband andandand…” we all have our situations. But if we build relaxing into our daily schedule, we don’t have to worry as much about fitting in large-scale vacations, or over-indulging when opportunities to relax actually come up. Being relaxed actually makes us calmer, more focused for the necessities in our daily schedule and ready for the curve balls that life throws at us.  So here are 12 ways to build relaxation into your daily schedule.

I soaked in the shower for a good fifteen minutes. Listening to the sound of water hitting my back, and feeling a bit guilty. I felt a little relief to have time to myself but couldn’t help but feel a little ashamed. I stood there as the water continued to trickle, and tried to relax.

So, I’ve been thinking, what were some ways I coped with my busy, stressful week?  Also, what were some strategies that I SHOULD have been using to reduce my stress, but didn’t? Since it’s now the weekend, and I’ve been able to take a deep, calming breath, I decided to make a list of 5 sure-fire ways to help you control stress.

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Self-care is like the new it thing. Might as well be hot yoga. Or spinning. It’s trendy. Like a top knot or skinny jeans or kale. We are all so obsessed with making sure we are getting our self-care in that it is just one more thing we moms are adding to our never ending to do lists. Well I don’t know about you, but that seems like completely not the point. Here’s the crux of the problem we are failing to define what things are actually self-care and what things are simply treating ourselves.

Foot soaking should be an essential part of self-care! Caring for our neglected feet cares for the rest of the body as well. One way I’ve recently started taking better care of my feet, as well as my entire body, is through the practice of soaking them in Epsom salt and essential oils. Not only does this show my feet some pampering and love, but it is a relaxing, detoxifying evening ritual that decreases stress and grounds my energy.

When you become a mom your priorities change. Suddenly, you don’t go get your nails done like you used to, or your hair. You don’t take long baths anymore because you’re spending more of your time bathing kids. Whenever you get lost in the hustle and bustle of motherhood, we tend to lose ourselves and forget that we had a title before we were “Mom.” This is usually when depression kicks in. Some mom’s feel selfish and bad about wanting to do things for themselves so that’s why they never do. Or maybe it’s a financial thing. Or maybe it’s both. Here’s the thing, in order to take care of your kids, you need to take care of you too, Mom.

Self-Care? hah! More like: Wash dishes. Fold the Laundry. Taxi the kids around. Solve sibling rivalry. Pick up toys. Rush to work. Rush home. Change hats. Wipe noses. Start dinner. Bath the kids. Find clean jammies. Wrestle them onto the kids. Get teeth brushed. Hair brushed. Kids into bed. Bedtime story. Snuggles. One more kiss. One more hug. No you can’t have water. No you can’t have a snack. Your knee will feel better when you fall asleep. Goodnight… I said GOODNIGHT.

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The days are long, and they tell me the years are short. Which of course I can already attest to. Even though mine are still so small, I still look back and think the time has flown by. But still. Life is busy, chaotic, and exhausting. Sound familiar? But alas… I must find a way. I need exercise in my life. I need a gallon of water every day, 5 servings of fruits and veggies, protein… yada yada.. I try. But exercise is one of those things that every time I do it, I’m always glad I did. I mean seriously. Not once have I ever regretted working out.

I always feel very busy. Honestly, I’m not that busy, but when you are looking after a 16 month old all day, or work a 13 hour shift when you’re not looking after your child, you just feel busy. I think what I really mean is…my alone time has been far removed from my life. We have all talked about not being able to pee alone, but that doesn’t even bother me. What I want is good, quality alone time. Quiet room, TV off, no music playing, and no interruptions. Alone time.

These self-care routines for moms are essential as well:

Today we are going to talk about how to engage in some mental self-care. This post will be a shorter one, but don’t let the length be an indicator of its importance! I see a lot of information about self-care strategies come across my desk as a psychologist turned health coach/fitness instructor. Many of them are physical – meaning they are generally focused on one of our five senses. Some examples include listening to music, taking a bath, lighting0020your favourite candle, painting your nails, etc. I think they are all absolutely incredible acts of self-love. However, what I want to talk about today is mental self-care.

Self-care tips: mind, body and soul. Hey ladies!  Self-care includes taking care of your mind, body and soul.  Last week I did something for my body by having my annual physical exam.  This is the first time that I’ve been to the doctor in YEARS!  Shame on me but I’m just glad that I finally made the appointment and went.  I will be 40 years old next year and I want to make sure that I’m taking the necessary steps to be healthy.  Part of being healthy is one’s ability to practice and sustain self-care.  So I would like to propose five self-care practices that are budget friendly and can be implemented today.

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Have you ever been standing strong for so long that you slowly forgot how to breathe? Forgot who you were, what you liked, what you needed? Gave yourself up until you were lost? And then one day, you woke up gasping for air, wondering where you’d been for all these years? Do you now look over your shoulder because you don’t recognize the person staring back at you in the mirror? And then you stop looking altogether, because it’s too hard to take in, to digest and to face?

13 Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms. Being a mom is exhausting. But, being a mom is also a lot of fun and the best thing ever. As moms, we tend to overlook ourselves. We’re so busy making sure the little’s are taken care of, working and maintaining a home. I’ve put together a compilation of 13 self-care tips for busy moms. Self-care is so important and it took me a long time to realize it. Once I did, I became a better mother, a better wife and a better person to myself. I hope you find these tips helpful.

Don’t forget to implement these self-care routines for moms

How are you supposed practice self-care when you’re a breastfeeding mom? It might seem impossible at times. Whether you are breastfeeding, combo feeding, or exclusively pumping, it is a serious time commitment. It can be a very draining part of motherhood, no pun intended! Often mothers will let their meal get cold or not shower to be on top of feeds.

In this ever-evolving era, we need to customize ourselves accordingly to live a better life. And in the search of this perfection and flawlessness, we tend to tax and strain ourselves. Which definitely poses harmful effect on our physical and mental health. This unfavourable situation can be prevented with good self-care.

What is Self-Care? In short, self-care consists of taking time for yourself to recharge and take a break from the pressures of life. It may seem selfish to want to make ‘me time’ a priority but as my professor explained to us it will enable you to be a better person for yourself and to those around you.

The Self Care Checklist to be Healthy, Happy, & Impactful. I know myself. I will not slow down unless I have a plan. So, in an effort to put myself first, I created a self-care checklist to be healthy, happy, and impactful. This list is tailored to a mom of small children, but I believe that it can be tweaked for anyone at any stage of life.

Last year on Instagram a common theme was self-care and much of my Instagram feed–and I’m sure yours–was filled with picturesque bubble baths and face masks in every colour of the rainbow. While I am 100% on board with these simple acts of self-care—you don’t have to ask me twice to enjoy a glass of bubbly in a bath of bubbly—I wanted to shift my focus this year to focus on self-care on a deeper level. As mothers, especially in early motherhood, we tend to push all of our ailments and personal struggles to the side and instead focus all of our energy on our babies and our families.

Cut yourself some slack with these tips on self-compassion

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Refill your tank: 3 ways cultivate self-compassion on hard days. You’re always messing things up.  You’ll never get things right.  You never seem to say the right thing.  You are ugly.  You don’t belong to be here. Most of us would never say these phrases to someone, but how often have these ugly words replayed in your mind or even come out your mouth about yourself? Sadly, I will admit I have been there.

Build Your Own Self-Care Kit for Unapologetic Me Time. If you haven’t already built a self-care kit for yourself, it’s time. Your self-care kit should be built around you and your needs, likes, and happiness. You can use your kit daily, a few times a week, but gosh darn it make sure you use it! You needn’t apologize for taking time to care for yourself. This is the time to let loose, be free, and clear your head. You deserve it.

How to Make Time for Self-Care for Busy Moms. Self-care is so important for moms to feel happy and refreshed. Here are tips on how to find time in your busy day for yourself so you can be a better mother.

And because having a self-care routine is so much important for us moms, let’s spend some “me time” on our skin. No matter what skin quality you have, there are ways how to improve your skin health naturally, at home, and without any harsh cosmetic procedures. Just a few small changes can have a huge impact on the quality of your skin.

At 36, with a 6 year-old, a three-year old, and classrooms full of teenagers, I have forgotten that every day is a new occasion to look my best.  Some days, I look at the beauty of the 20 year-olds and have to shake away twinges of envy.  As I literally mop up the spilled milk, I cannot help think to myself, “Am I even worth the fuss? Who exactly am I here to impress?” And I answer with a resounding, “YES! YES!  You are ABSOLUTELY worth the fuss!!  You are here to impress YOURSELF!  You need a self-care routine! Doll yourself up MAMA!!”

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IS YOUR TANK RUNNING ON E? News flash ladies (and gents if you’re reading), balance does not mean balancing “doing it all”. No one can do it all without eventually suffering burnout which could be what someone reading this is feeling right now. Having a balanced life means making time for the things you HAVE TO do as well as the things you LIKE TO do. With kids this can seem impossible but, with a little bit of groundwork, moms can get it done.

Self-reflection is a great way to look at the big picture not just what’s going on in the day-to-day. It can help you open your mind and bring attention to areas in your life that you don’t always focus on. Self-reflection gives you a chance to evaluate where you started to where you are now. It can also help you determine what is important to you and what may no longer be important in your life.

Listen to this momma as she reflects on the 3 Questions for a Happy Self-Care Balanced Life as self-care routines for moms.

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In conclusion: Use these self-care routines for moms to replenish, rejuvenate and energize yourself as a mom so that you can feel brand new and whole again.

More from MrsChettyLife: If you feel overwhelmed as a SAHM, this letter is for you

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Self-care as a SAHM

When I became a mom, especially as a Stay At Home Mom, I quickly learned that I have no time for myself. Self-care as a SAHM did not exist. Its either I was too busy taking care of baby, cleaning the house, cooking or taking care of my husband that self was pushed to the back door.

Self care as a SAHM

Self-care became a far-fetched dream that I once had before kids, marriage and SAHM life. I had an enlightening moment, I wrote about it in this post and I decided to write this concurring post. Above all else, self-care as a SAHM should be very important on your list.

“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”

Katie Reed

What is self?

According to the online dictionary: “Self is a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others…”

What is self-care?

Self-care is the practice of taking deliberate action in order to preserve and improve our mental, emotional, physical health, well-being and happiness. Self-care should be practiced as often as possible.

Why is self-care important?

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”.

Andre Lorde

Self-care is important because it improves our general well-being. It enhances our productivity, self-esteem, outlook to life and helps to build our immune system. Self-care is like ‘coffee in the morning’ that gives a boost, a wake-up call and encouraging a positive outlook to overcome each day’s challenges.

Why is self care as a SAHM important

What does self-care mean to me?

For me, it’s in the small things as a mom. Self-care involves taking a lovely hot shower alone without disturbances, soaking in essential oil baths especially in lavender essential oil, drinking hot chocolate, watching a movie, getting a massage from my husband, writing in my blog.

I also enjoy drinking a cold glass of fruit juice, googling nonsense, getting my hair and nails done, shopping once in a while, indulging in chocolate cake (I love chocolate cake), receiving flowers from my husband (especially red roses), taking walks around the complex or at the mall, looking at beautiful sunsets, taking pictures of nature and beautiful sunsets and laying in the grass in the backyard at home etc.

“Clutter is not just physical stuff. Its old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” .

Eleanor Brownn

Why should you be practicing self-care as a SAHM?

The answer to this question is simple to be a less stressful, happier, more present mother, you need to practice self-care. Children especially young children sense and portray moms’ mood. In other words: if you are happier your child and your home will be a much happier place to live in.

You will stress less that will boost your immune system because stress has lots of unpleasant effects on the body. Most importantly you will be you and loving and celebrating who you are. When you practice self-care as a SAHM your perspective changes, your world is better, happier, self-rewarding and much stronger.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

Eleanor Brownn

Elements of Self and ideas on practicing self-care as a SAHM:

Elements of self

When we look at self. Each element of self should be taken care of. Remember self-care works best by doing something you love to do when you enjoy doing it and not force or beat yourself down. Therefore, we look at the different aspects of self and things to do to practice self-care which are:

  • Emotional: Anti-stress adult coloring, forgiveness, kindness, practicing talking and communication rather than yelling, anger management classes (can also be found online), cry-it-out method and comedy.

“If you can find a reason to laugh every day, you’ll find that your mood will improve, your relationships with others will seem more meaningful and effortless, and life’s hurdles won’t seem so daunting.”

Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Self-care elements:
  • Environmental: organization, natural healthy living, repurposing, recycling, diffusing essential oils, using essential oils for cleaning (laundry, dishes), deep house cleaning, relaxing in nature (like a park) and decluttering.
  • Financial: saving, opening a home-based online business, buying in groceries bulk, buying yourself one expensive thing from time to time and couponing.  
  • Personal: practicing hobbies and creativity (crafting, photography, swimming, dancing, phone games, writing, blogging, sewing, pottery, knitting, gardening, scrapbooking, art, journaling, baking, beading, gratitude and or bullet journaling), Mom quiet me-time, saying no when necessary, shopping alone, getting nails, make-up and hair done, enjoying a facial and or a massage, having a glass of relaxing drink, tea, coffee, personal grooming, watching TV series and a long hot relaxing essential oil bath with lit candles and soft music in the background.
Other elements of self include:
  • Physical: detoxing the body, eating healthy, drinking water, exercise, resting, taking a brisk or relaxing walk, yoga sessions, diffusing and purifying the air, switching off and taking a breather outside the house.
  • Professional (Work): planning, online home-based business, general business, working or studying part-time, taking an online course on Udemy and learning something new.
As well as these elements:
  • Psychological: reading, tuning out and cutting those bad voices, friends and negative people in your life, cutting yourself some slack, listening to music, practice self-positive affirmations, getting a cleaner for your home, part-time childcare, stop comparing yourself to others, ask for help from husband, family and friends, self-forgiveness, going for rehabilitation and stopping or cutting down on a bad habit.
  • Social: going out with friends, going to the movies, eating out, visiting friends and family and social phone calls.
  • Spiritual: attending religious meetings, reading religious books, investing in spiritual ornaments, practicing meditation, joining spiritual groups and prayer.
“Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.” Cecilia Tran.

In conclusion: Self-care as a SAHM means that you don’t forget to feed you, cloth you, heal you, clean you, build you, save you, find a point of release. That is to say that you are making yourself a better person, change you, cultivate, learn, mature you and fight for you.

Other people are simply a helping hand to your existence, but you do you. As a result of practicing self-care as a SAHM your perspective changes, your world is better, happier, self-rewarding and much stronger.

More from MrsChettyLife: 4 steps to heal/

Good read: I’m not a bad mom for wanting some me-time.

Cheers MrsChettyLife.

Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

My daily cleaning routine

As part of my daily cleaning routine I have been pushing a practice to shower or bath when we just wake up every morning. We usually eat breakfast after the shower.

This wakes me up to carter to the day’s demands and my daily cleaning routine. Another reason for showering in the morning saves me a diaper, because then I don’t have to change my son’s dirty diaper, then waste the clean diaper after taking a shower or bath.

The first thing in my daily cleaning routine is opening the windows in the bathroom. I open the curtains and blinds in the bedroom, lounge and the small room to allow some light in. Because it’s winter, I don’t want the house to get too cold for my son.

Our house is an average two-bedroom house. I place the mop in a bucket of warm water and add 5 drops of eucalyptus, 5 drops of lemon, 5 drops of lavender, 5 drops of lemongrass and 5 drops of tea tree.

I also soak the toilet bowl and the sink in the same mixture adding some baking soda. These 👆are my top five favorite essential oils at the moment. (lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon and lemongrass).

I go to the lounge, play some music or educational song cartoons like the ABC song for my son. I love to work with music playing in the background.

My daily cleaning routine

Playing music keeps me motivated and I do things faster as my concentration is not on cleaning but dancing and having fun while getting all icky germs killed.

The next thing in my daily cleaning routine is to pick things up off the floor. I do this in all rooms all around the house. I make the bed. I add a few drops of essential oil at the foot of the bed.

My son follows me around the house pacing up and down, I think that is the way he feels he is contributing. He also imitates me as I clean.

Afterward, I wipe down my picture frames, bedside cabinet, windowsills, and headboard. I do a quick arrangement in my wardrobes, picking things that may have fallen.


Our bedrooms are carpeted. Sweeping the carpet in the master bedroom concludes the cleaning routine in the master bedroom.

The next is the small room, which is hardly ever dirty. I simply put staff in order, wipe down the photo frames, windowsills and sweep the carpet.

Next room is the toilet. I scrub the sink, bathroom and shower tiles and floor. I wipe down the tiles on walls, windowsills, and mirror.

I clean the toilet bowl, ensuring that I wipe down the bottom part of the toilet. The sink gets a scrub. I also try to make sure I hang bath towels outside for some fresh air.

I’m off to the lounge. In the lounge, I dust the couches. Placing the scattered pillows neatly. I put Nathan’s toys neatly. He has number foam carpets plus a pool full of toys in one corner of the lounge. I always say ‘there is a child in the house. Everyone should know that.’

I sweep the carpet and the floor. Using microfiber clothes to wipe down the tv, tv stand, picture frames and ornaments I have.

Next place to wipe is countertops in the kitchen. I add baking soda, a few drops of dishwashing liquid and lemon essential oil to the stove for soaking.

With lemon essential oil and vinegar, I wipe ornaments, windowsills, outside the electronics (Kettle, toaster, microwave, washing machine, etc.). I wipe the outside of the fridge. I then scrub the stove.

Then I sweep the whole house except bedrooms as I already did them. (I open the windows and keep the doors closed in the bedrooms).

 Afterward, I hand wash dishes. Then I mop the whole house. As the mop has been soaking in that water I mentioned earlier.

The tiles come out sparkling and clean. Those essential oils are good tile cleaners and add good shine. I have flowers in most rooms of my house. my husband loves to buy me flowers. I love to spray or drop my essential oils on them for a refreshed smell in the room.

My finishing touch is my DIY spray with my essential oils for a topping smell. I through the garbage from inside into the big garbage bin outside.

And open the front door for some air as well. This concludes my daily cleaning session for the morning.

I do laundry weekly on Wednesdays or Thursdays. I like to add 5 to 7 drops lemon essential oil to get rid of stains on laundry and tea tree essential oil to kill bacteria and disinfect laundry to my washing powder. I must say baby food and poop stain easily.


I fold and pack the clothes away immediately they are dry, later during the day. I use this opportunity to tidy up the clothes and shoes in wardrobes.

I vacuum all the carpets and hard to reach corners. I scrub the carpets with light water and my favorite essential oil mix.

A garbage disposal service collects the garbage bin weekly on Thursdays at 8 am. We have a cleaning service that cleans the outside loan on Thursdays.

I clear out and clean the inside of the fridge once a week with vinegar, lemon essential oil and tea tree essential oil to disinfect and kill bacteria. I wipe walls, kitchen cabinets, light switches, and doors once a week with my favorite essential oil blend.

I clean walls, windows and the glass sliding door in the lounge twice a month.

This concludes my daily cleaning routine. What is your daily cleaning routine? Comment down 👇 below.

Please don’t forget to be cautious when using essential oils and keep them away from children. I don’t need a carrier oil as I am using these oils for cleaning.

FDA DISCLAIMER. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Posted in Inspirational quotes

Cultivate that relationship with yourself.


Cultivate that relationship with yourself. The most important relationship you can ever have is a relationship with yourself. I lay in bed at 12 to 1 am and I think. My mind is racing, jumping from topic to topic as I self reflect. I have not done this in a while. Life has been too busy.

I have been too busy being a good mom and a good wife I forgot about being me. Being Natasha. Yes, a mom and wife are part of my description but they are not only who I am.  It is only a part of this gigantic puzzle called Natasha. Nowadays if you ask me who I am. I will simply tell you I am a mom and a wife.

Picture this, a SAHM dedicated to her being a SAHM perfected to excellence.

Her kids are all grown now. Does she continue to be a SAHM? What does she do now? All those years were dedicated to the children and the home. What’s her self worth? Another instance could be you gave yourself and everything to a man in a relationship or marriage.

Your life was perfect. Till he up and leaves you for another, how dare he! or less fortunately he dies. Where does that leave you? Today, my mind ponders on relationships.

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My mother is moving overseas. Sister is already living overseas. Father is moving to another town. My brother is moving on his own. I feel like a perfect puzzle piece being broken and strung across the world. Or parts of a body being cut off and joined to another and shipped off.

My family has always been close-knit. But with time differences, no personal interaction, new puzzle pieces, will we stand the test of time? We will video call and keep in communication. But sometimes you just crave for humanly interaction. Where you meet face to face and talk. Memories are made that way.

Why should you cultivate that relationship with yourself?

One thing relationships have taught me is that everything can change with the flip of a coin. Priorities, virtue, time, space and people change. I’m afraid to admit I lost one too many friends because she decided her boyfriend was better than me or because she decided I no longer belonged in her circle, or she could not use me for her own selfishness.

All the times and efforts we spent building and cultivating were useless because she now had a ‘Bae’ and ‘besty’ to fill her most precious time and needs. People change with a flip of the coin. Do not find your self-worth in other people. Cultivate that relationship with yourself.

self worth

You are enough. You and you make the perfect couple. When all else is gone or they are all grown for whatever reason, you have yourself to account to. You were there since your birth, in good health and bad health, good times, average and bad times. There were times when you were lonely and through your mistakes.

You had you and you will still have you till death do part. Cultivate that relationship with yourself. It is the most important relationship. Give yourself a break and enjoy your time.

Cultivate that relationship with yourself.

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Hey, you won’t have it forever. Give parts of you to other people but not your whole self to a point where you don’t recognize who you are. Don’t find value in other people. Cherish and take exceptionally good care of you.

When you do this everything else falls into place. When that one up and leaves you know your value and self-worth. They won’t stop you from flourishing and growing. You are worth more than rubies. Rubies are one of the most fragile yet strong, delicate, rare and most expensive jewels.

Enjoy your relationships and give. But don’t lose yourself. Enjoy the most precious relationship with you and everything to do with you. Make yourself a better person. Cultivate that relationship with yourself. The best and only rewarding thing you can do is take care of you. Taking care of someone else is exhausting and most times go unnoticed and unappreciated.

Celebrate who you are today.

You know who you are and what you have done. How far you have come, the obstacles that you have faced and mountains you failed and climbed, only you know you best. So do you right. Put this to an end now. That person was not with you in your mother’s womb. That person was not with you every single step of your life, especially during your down times.

Put them to an end.

Stop putting your self-worth in someone else’s hands apart from you and your God, no one else deserves it. Yet don’t put your needs above all else that others suffer. Cultivate the relationship with you. Build who you are so you can better build others. That is our purpose in life. Boom, I just hit a light bulb. Your purpose in life is you.

cultivate that relationship
In conclusion, cultivate that relationship with you. A person cultivates a relationship with themselves by cutting people that suck the life out of you from your life and putting your self first. Just as every relationship takes time and patience, do that with yourself.

By grooming, cherishing and loving who you are. Feed yourself, drink plenty of water, cloth yourself, take necessary medication for healing, by practicing self-care you are cultivating yourself. You will know your worth.

When the arrows come and try to destroy your self relationship, they will be your cupid to make to fall more in love with yourself. When this happens your perspective changes. Your world is better, happier, self rewarding and much stronger. Give yourself credit, you stayed even in your darkest hour. That’s what matters the most.

Don’t procrastinate. Start now. By accepting and celebrating your wins and fails. You may begin with this post:  

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Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

Tea tree essential oil

In this post, I talk about Tea Tree essential oil and Lemon essential oil. Tea Tree essential oil is called Melaleuca alternifolia in Latin. It is rejuvenating, cleansing, purifying and soothing. Good for the skin and promotes a clear, healthy complexion. Tea Tree essential oil is considered as a neat oil therefore, it can be used without dilution in small quantities.

Tea Tree essential oil is affordable and safe when used as directed.

If you don’t like the smell, I would recommend mixing Tea tree essential oil with another oil like Lavender because it doesn’t smell kind. Don’t forget to continue reading for Lemon essential oil uses and benefits at the bottom of the post.

What are the properties of

Tea Tree essential oil that makes it a recommendable oil?

Tea tree essential oil
  • Antifungal.
  • Antiviral.
  • Antibacterial.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antimicrobial.
  • Antiseptic. 

What are the uses of Tea Tree essential oil?

Tea tree essential oil uses
  • Prevents razor burn from shaving.
  • Treats dandruff, lice and cradle cap.
  • Fights acne breakouts and scarring from acne, smallpox, and boils.
  • Treats nail fungus and ringworms.
  • Fights coughs, colds and congestion.
  • A good hand sanitizer due to its antibacterial properties.
  • Natural insect repellant.
  • Acts as a natural deodorant.
  • Used in personal care products.
  • Promotes a healthy immune system by increasing white blood cells that fight against germs.
  • Stimulates hormone secretions.
  • Promotes healing.
  • Prevents infection.
  • Assists in the absorption of food.
  • Helps prevent disease.
  • Fights against seasonal and environmental threats.
  • Removes excess water and salts from the body.
  • Provides relief from muscular pain, aches and sprains.
  • Purifies and freshens the air.
  • Soothes minor skin irritations
  • Promotes a clear, healthy complexion
  • Soothes ear infection.
  • Freshens foot odor

What are the best ways to use Tea Tree essential oil?

  • As a neat oil, applied directly to acne. Add a few drops to a cotton bud and apply to the affected area.
  • As a diffuser oil.
  • Add to your shampoo for dandruff.
  • As an air purifier. Add about 20 drops to vinegar and water, spray the room.
What are some blends of other essential oils with Tea Tree essential oil?
Blends with tea tree essential oil

Use as an antibiotic against yeast infections: 5 drops of Melaleuca, 5 drops of Lemon, 5 drops of Oregano

Mix with Lavender oil for treating head lice.

Tea Tree essential oil blends well with Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Geranium, Thyme, and Clary sage.

Safety first: Caution when using Tea Tree essential oil:

Tea Tree oil should not be inhaled as it becomes toxic to children and pets.

Its always advisable to do a patch test before using essential oils.

Use in small quantities.

The best carrier oils that blend well with Tea Tree essential oil are:

Grapeseed oil because it is good for the skin. It has regenerative and restructuring properties. It does not clog pores and may have properties that prevent wrinkles.

Jojoba oil has good nourishing properties for the skin and offers a protective layer to the skin.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil is highly known for its cleansing benefits. That is why it is used in many skin care and cleaning products. It has a strong smell. It is also called Citrus Limon. Lemon essential oil is a versatile oil.

What are the properties of Lemon essential oil that make it a recommendable oil?

Lemon essential oil
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Aromatic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Promotes cognitive ability, it gives you an awakening jumpstart 😊.

What are the uses of Lemon essential oil?

Uses of Lemon essential oil

In the kitchen: Stain removal for gum, oil, grease, and crayons. Is a natural dishwashing soap and as a laundry detergent. Adds a zesty flavor to your food and baked foods. Can also be used to purify tables, stove tops, counter tops, walls. As a refreshing beverage. Saves fruit from browning, like opened apples and pears.

In your lounge: Lemon essential oil is a good furniture spray and is an effective carpet cleaner.

In your bathroom as a toilet bowl cleaner. Good for cleaning sinks, tiles, and bathtub.

Great as a multipurpose cleaner and air purifier all around the house. Get rid of the smoke smell and other toxins in the air by adding eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemon oils to vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Aromatically as an air freshener.

On the body: Supports immune and respiratory system. Acts as a skin lightener and improves complexion. It is also a neat oil for acne and blackheads. Reduces stress and anxiety. Eases pain and inflammation. Assists in weight-loss. Relieves nausea. Is a natural reliever from constipation.

Nourishes damaged skin and cellulite. Boosts oral health making it good at teeth whitening and reduces bad breath. Boosts the removal of body toxins. Works at uplifting and encouraging positive moods. Supports respiratory system. Aids in digestion.

What are the best ways to use Lemon essential oil?

Diffusion: Can be added to your diffuser. Can be added as a drop onto a cloth for inhalation.

Added a few drops to hot water, lean over the bowl of water, cover your head and inhale the steam.  

Internally: can be taken as a lovely beverage.

Topically: applied to the skin as a neat oil or with a carrier oil.

What are some blends of other essential oils with Lemon essential oil?

Blends with lemon essential oil

Eucalyptus, tea tree and lemon oils to vinegar and water in a spray bottle as a multipurpose cleaner

Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, baking soda and honey facial wash

Lemon, warm water, honey, ginger, cinnamon as a natural sore throat soother.

Safety first: Caution when using Lemon essential oil:

Lemon essential oil is phototoxic: Avoid sunlight after using it.

Avoid using on pets and children.

Remember to always do a patch test before use even on furniture.

Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding and have other health conditions.  

The best carrier oils that blend well with Lemon essential oil are:

Argan oil contains vitamin A which is good for anti-aging properties.

Grapeseed oil is a beneficial carrier oil for improving the appearance of skin.

Rosehip oil is an antioxidant and helps brighten skin complexion.   

In conclusion: Tea tree essential oil is considered safe as long as it is not inhaled and used in large quantities. It is good for your health, skin and hair conditions. And is considered as a healthy alternative to antibiotics.
Lemon essential oil is versatile. It is used in a lot of common household ingredients for its cleansing and purifying properties. Always find out from your doctor when using essential oils.

Bonus tip: Read here for the shelf life of essential oils:

FDA DISCLAIMER. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

Lavender essential oil

As a mother, we want what is best for our children. One way to do this is by using as much natural ingredients as possible. Why not kill two birds with one stone by using a multi-functional, budget friendly Lavender essential oil which can be used for your entire household.

Lavender essential oil is part of the largest oil producing family called the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) also known as the mint family. Lavender oils’ Latin name is Lavandula Angustifolia. Other Essential oils part of this family are Basil, Bergamot Mint, Clary Sage, Melissa, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Marjoram and Thyme. This post is all about the wonderful uses and benefits of Lavender essential oil. 

Properties and benefits of Lavender oil

Lavender essential oil

Antiseptic- it prevents growth of disease caused by micro-organisms which makes its good for treating fungi and thrush.

Analgesic- it is a natural pain killer that relieves headaches and migraines.

Antidepressant- calming from stress and depression.

Aromatic- can be used as perfume or deodorant and as air fresheners.

Calming itches, dandruff, rashes, thrush and skin irritations.

Strengthens and supports digestive system.

Supports respiratory system- helps with allergies, flus, colds, sore throats etc

Anti-inflammatory- helps reduce inflammation.

Stimulating or healing oil- assists in healing scars, wounds, burns, stretch marks.

Natural insect repellant for fleas, lice, mosquitoes etc

Good Fungicidal oil in the sense that it facilitates in destroying fungi.

Increases blood circulation thus stops nose bleed.

Supports Hair growth.

Good for skin treatments as it treats and prevents acne and aging skin.

Antispasmodic- relaxes muscle spasms.

Common diseases Lavender Essential oil is good for are written below.

Please note that I am not a doctor, please use essential oils with caution and at your own risk. Don’t forget to do a patch test if you have never used the essential oil before. It is also best to ask the advice of your doctor before using this oil especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding and have blood issues. Use carefully around children and pets.

  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer
  • ADHD
  • Antibacterial
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Athletes foot
  • Back pain
  • Bladder infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Boils
  • Bug bites
  • Insect stings
  • Cancer
  • Cellulite
  • Chicken Pox
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colds and Flus
  • Dandruff
  • Depression
  • Detoxification
  • Diaper rash
  • Ear infection
  • Eczema
  • Insomnia
  • Fear
  • Fever
  • Fibroids
  • Hair loss
  • Hangover
  • Heat stroke
  • Itching
  • Jet lag
  • Measles
  • PMS mood swings
  • Scars and stretch marks
  • Stress
  • Sunburn
  • Tonsilitis


Uses of Lavender essential oil for babies.

Uses of lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil is considered generally safe to use while breast feeding and for babies. I will mention this again, do a patch test before use, dilute with a carrier oil and use with caution.

  • Calming and relaxing a fussy baby
  • As a sedative as it encourages sleep in your baby.
  • Reduces the sting of Insect bites and itchy skin.
  • Help alleviate colic
  • Soothes teething irritants
  • Heals wounds. You should keep it as a first aid must have.
  • Calms fever.
  • Eases eczema on your babies delicate skin.
What are the best ways to use Lavender essential oil?

Adding 3-10 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath for relaxation.

Rubbing your temples, neck and forehead to relieve migraines and nose blocks.

Add to your carrier oil or aqueous (unscented) lotion and massage onto skin for a glow, eczema and sun burns

Pour some onto cotton buds and apply onto affected areas on skin for acne and scars

Add some drops to your shampoo for hair growth

Add 10 drops of lavender oil with warm coconut oil, massage onto scalp and wrap your head for an hour for relieving dandruff.

Add to your diffuser.

As a natural cleaner: mix with white vinegar to clean counter tops, stoves and walls.

Add to your mopping water as a deodorizer and tile cleaner.

When scrubbing and sanitizing carpets, a few drops makes them smell fresh.

Drop in your washing machine when washing your towels, pillows and beddings. 

Make your own DIY salt bombs with lavender essential oil.

Drops to pine cone help in refreshing the house smell while being a lovely home decoration.

To your spray or roller bottle as a perfume.   

What can you blend Lavender Essential oil with?
Blends with Lavender essential oil

For efficient effects this essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Clove bud, Clary sage, Geranium, Lemon, Rosemary, Chamomile, Sweet orange, Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Vetiver.

Carrier oils that blend well with Lavender essential oil are Flaxseed oil, Coconut oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Almond oil, sunflower oil and Rosehip oil.

Safety first! Don’t forget to be cautious when using these oils. Ways to be cautious include:
  • Stop use immediately if you notice an allergic reaction to the essential oil such as hives, swelling and difficulty breathing.
  • Do not inhale. Seek medical attention if inhaled accidentally.
  • Do not use if you will be going on a long drive as this essential oil causes sleepiness.
  • Do not use over prolonged periods of time. Use with caution.
  • Store in a dark bottle at room temperature and away from heat and sunlight.
  • Studies suggest that lavender essential oil is linked to breast tissue enlargement that is not suitable for young boys.  

In conclusion: Lavender essential oil is a widely used multipurpose oil that is good for babies as well.  It is one of the few essential oils that you can use without diluting or a carrier oil. Its safer to use with a carrier oil though. Apart from its wonderful smell, it is used for calming stress treatments, skin care routines, hair routines and cleaning routines. Read here for more on essential oils and download your freebie from MrsChettyLife:

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Cheers and happy oiling, MrsChettyLife. PS let me know in the comments why, how you use lavender essential oil and why you love it.

Posted in Motherhood

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Ain’t anybody got time for queues, nor spending hours hunting down deals nor changing plans. All the best travel suppliers and specials can be found on Travelstart.

From Visa denied policies to premium service packages and mobile apps, Travelstart has it all and should be your go-to travel app.

Plan your trip with this travel app. Disclaimer: The following post was done in collaboration with Travelstart.

  • Be flexible and travel on the date you want. All passengers on Travelstart can make one date change without having to pay additional airline penalty fees.
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The visa denied policy by Travelstart covers you if your visa application gets denied by an Embassy.

  • Do you need an insurance policy that is Schengen visa complaint? They offer you a travel insurance policy that meets this criteria.
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A great offer for travelers a full refund on airfare and taxes if the airline you are travelling with is liquidated prior to departure.

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You might as well choose your preferred airline with this travel app.
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Introducing this Mom platform!! (insert drum roll) As a first time mom and as a sahm, I always look for the best products for my son. Since pregnancy, I always google information and ask other moms. I joined many Facebook mom groups looking for advice and a way to connect with other moms. Finally I came across MomSays.

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It is South African owned and based mom platform.

It is a platform that showcases tried and tested South African products from real moms. Good way to go local. I signed up for this wonderful review center and I am not disappointed. It is free. All you have to do is review and read other mom reviews. Its like my own personal mom based google.

MomSays launches innovative new data platform in SA

MomSays has launched their new website, and it’s the platform that moms and brands across the country have been waiting for. 

MomSays is a unique resource for moms who are looking for unbiased, trusted advice from other moms regarding the best product solutions for their families. And before you brush this aside as ‘just mommy talk’, consider this:

  • 60% of the 18 million female consumers in SA are the primary buyers in their households.
  • 65% of moms trust what other moms buy in the retail market.
  • 83% of new moms are millennial’s of which 46% trust the recommendation of other parents above any other channels.

According to global trends and research company Nielsen,

“ first-time moms tend to be unsure about the delivery and reliability of products. They rely on trusted advisors for product recommendations and become averse to trying new products, unless otherwise advised. Brands therefore have a short window of time to capture and retain their trust and loyalty”.

With this clear need for reliable information in the market, MomSays has created a data analytics platform that helps brands engage with new moms by utilising the collective knowledge of 1000’s of experienced moms in South Africa. MomSays creates opportunities for companies to effectively engage with this influential demographic in a way that produces results.

Depending on the product or brand, MomSays makes use of its extensive network of influential moms to facilitate product testing, brand events, exposure, panel discussions and social media activation’s. (Amazing idea, ain’t it?)

MomSays gets this influential network to interact with – and talk about –brands and products across various platforms.

According to Sureshnie Rider’s, local radio presenter and MC,

As a Mum, I wish I had a portal like MomSays when I started out my Motherhood journey! This is a tribe of women who help you navigate the tricky roads you might find yourself on when you’re trying to get the right products and items for your little one. This site will save you time which becomes super limited as a new parent and it will help you save because parenthood is expensive! Congrats guys! I’m in love with your tribe!”.

About MomSays and Mompreneurs

In addition to product information, MomSays also provides a platform for Mompreneurs to connect, collaborate and network with each other.

Mom tribes are quickly becoming the most powerful form of personalised marketing in the industry because it is authentic. The fast-growing MomSays ‘tribe’ is a network of mompreneurs who support and collaborate to create an industry of strong, successful moms who all have significant influence in their respective circles.

What makes this such a fascinating enterprise is the variety of businesses that are being created by mompreneurs. These range from product blogs to coding and start-ups in the financial sector.

With a platform giving them a voice and connecting them with relevant brands, the MomSays tribe is set bolster the buying power of moms in SA and revolutionise the way brands approach them.

Take a look at our quick explainer video that puts it all in perspective.

About MomSays founder, Shanèy Vijendranath

Shanèy Vijendranath is a wife, mom of three and an innovative businesswoman. She is the co-founder of the award-winning parenting blog – You, Baby and I – and is the Chapter Lead for SoGal Johannesburg.


We gotta stick together as moms. This is a wonderful mom platform. See you there. Visit

Cheers MrsChettyLife.

More from MrsChettyLife: essential oils for green cleaning

Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

Top essential oils for green cleaning

This post concentrates on the top essential oils for green cleaning. By using essential oils, we eliminate the bad and toxic chemicals found in everyday cleaning solutions. Making blends of essential oils kills two birds with one stone.

Top essential oils for green cleaning: What is green cleaning?

According to Wikipedia green cleaning refers to using cleaning products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.

Apart from being environmentally friendly, essential oils are natural cleansing and purifying oils. Most of them according to their properties are antioxidants, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial oils that make your next cleaning session easier whilst leaving a fresh, rejuvenating and divine smell in your home. There are many Household uses of essential oils which I list below.

Use these essential oils as deodorizers/ air purifiers to make your home more inviting:

  • Cedarwood
  • Yarrow
  • Tangerine
  • Cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Cilantro
  • Juniper berry
  • Black pepper
  • Tea tree
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Citronella

Disinfecting your home with these:

  • Rosemary
  • Lime
  • Thyme
  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Citronella
  • Vetiver
  • Tea Tree
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit

Are bugs bothering you and your home? Lucky enough, these can be used as natural insect repellants:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli
  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Geranium

Have your clothes smelling divine and remove stains with these as laundry detergents or you may use fabric softeners:

  • Tea tree
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot

Germs and grime in the toilet bowl will be killed with these as your toilet cleaner:

  • Lime
  • Oregano
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree

Top essential oils for green cleaning.

The anti-bacterial properties in these essential oils will do the kill and prevent bacteria from brewing in your home:

  • Thyme
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Tea tree
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

As well as the anti-fungal properties in:

  • Clove Bud
  • Pine
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang ylang
  • Camphor
  • Citronella
  • Geranium
  • Patchouli
  • Tea tree
  • Rosewood
  • Cinnamon

Not forgetting the antiseptic properties in:  

  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove Bud
  • Allspice
  • Dill
  • Carrot seed
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cilantro

Replace your dishwashing liquid naturally with:

  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Thyme
  • Tea tree

The multifunctional properties in these below will serve as multipurpose cleaners:

  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Wild Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Cedarwood

Revive your dull looking furniture with these as a polish for furniture, tiles, floors, windows, and walls:

  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Bergamot for wood
  • Lemon
  • Tea tree
  • Pine

Make your home smell fresh, rejuvenating and divine with these wonderful air fresheners:

  • Lemon
  • Vanilla
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Cypress
  • Ylang ylang
  • Vetiver          
  • Orange
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Roman Chamomile

In addition to this top essential oils for green cleaning, others include:

Lemon is a stain remover, shower head, fridge, and microwave cleaner.

Peppermint, Tea tree, Lavender and Eucalyptus make a bed bud killer recipe.

Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Orange are best to de-grease those stubborn grease stains.

Other ingredients to use when cleaning with essential oils:

Apart from your basic mop, scrubbing brush, broom, toilet brush, sponges, feather dusters, newspaper and toothbrush for windows, you will also need a few more things listed below.  

Baking soda is a non-toxic cleaner that can be used for scouring ovens, stoves, and sinks. It is good at absorbing and eliminating smells.

Borax can be used as a good laundry detergent, for scrubbing, mold, sinks and unclogging drains.

Vodka or Rubbing alcohol is a good disinfectant, kills mildew, antiseptic.

Sea salt is a scouring agent, catalyst and deodorizer.

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar: Helps dissolve stubborn smells, grime, stains, and buildup.

Use organic inexpensive olive oil as your carrier oil and polisher.

Distilled or pre-boiled water.

Dark Glass spray bottles to store your essential oil mixtures safely.

Microfiber cloths are good for absorption and leave a streak free surface.

Gloves to protect your hands.

Bucket to mix ingredients and for mopping.

Measuring equipment for measuring every drop.

Hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial ingredients.

Safety first! Don’t forget to be cautious when using these oils. Ways to be cautious include:  

Be careful when using Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, and pine.

Also take note of essential oils that are not advisable to be used under certain health conditions like pregnancy, breastfeeding, elderly and blood-related issues.

Please keep out of reach for children (this includes pets).

Some essential oils phototoxic and require that you should not be exposed to the sun after using them. Such as Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Cumin, Dill, Wild orange.  

Remember to avoid inhalation.

Avoid misuse of essential oils. Use a few drops only as essential oils are highly concentrated. A little goes a long way.  

Always research thoroughly on properties, uses, adverse reactions and safety before using each essential oil.

Use in an aerated room (open the windows) when using these ingredients.

Always wash your hands after handling essential oils.

Store your oils in a safe, dark and water-free environment. Store in glass bottles.

You wouldn’t like your precious furniture to be damaged because of these essential oils so remember to do a patch test first.    

In conclusion:

Have fun (as much as I do) when cleaning with top essential oils for cleaning. According to your likes, the air fresheners can be sweet, minty or woodsy. You can try and play with oils to get your best.

Remember to be cautious when using essential oils and store away safely. doTERRA offers natural cleaning blends if you don’t want to DIY. I received the best news that doTERRA is coming to South Africa soon. I can’t wait.  
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FDA Disclaimer: these statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers and happy oiling 😊, MrsChettyLife.