It's Christmas time again and while there are so many things about the holiday that I love there is one thing that I absolutely hate.......
Yup, the ole' Elf on a Shelf. If you don't know, the purpose of the Elf on the Shelf is to sit him out before Christmas (usually the day after Thanksgiving) and tell the kids that he's one of Santa's helper sent to watch over the kids and make sure they behave before Christmas. His box even says to, "Adopt a new Family Tradition this Holiday Season". Well that sounds like a good time doesn't it? No, it doesn't. Not at all. What the box doesn't tell you is that when you buy or as in my case, your mother-in-law buys this guy you are stuck trying to find new and exciting ways for the kids to find him each morning. Yes, that's right, he's supposed to move. There are even blog pages full of cute and unique ways to pose your Elf on the Shelf when your kids go to bed. Like so....
Which is all fine and dandy if you're one of "those" moms who has nothing better to do then think up imaginary adventures that your little elf can go on while you're all asleep. Hey, I'm not judging, more power to ya. But if you've learned anything from this blog then you've learned that I'm not one of "those" moms.
Heck, if we're being honest I can't even remember to have my kids brush their teeth every night let alone find some special way for the elf (who my kids named Dasher) to surprise them each morning. I'm lucky if I can remember to move him from the book shelf to the desk each night. What has already happened more then once this year is that I wake up at 5 in the morning from a dead sleep suddenly remembering I need to move that frickin' elf. So then I get up, tip toe around the house, and place him in a new and unique spot for tomorrow, "hey on top of the microwave sounds adventurous!"
Eh, good enough.
So while all of you count down the days to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, whatever it is you celebrate, I will be counting down the days until I can shove that stupid elf back in the Christmas decorations tub where he belongs.
After learning how to make my own Fabric Freshener that actually smelled damn good, I started searching the internet for other homemade air fresheners. I found
this post on Holy Cricky on how to make your own fragrance for your used plug-in warmers. The post talks about how the store brand fragrance has something called VOC in it which is something really bad that causes cancer, infertility, and a whole mess of other things. Naturally I was happy to find a cancer-free alternative (although the hypochondriac in me swears I've already damaged myself from using them in the past) but really the idea of saving money by reusing the old fragrance bulbs with my own essential oils and water was what sold me. Especially since I had 6 bottles of barely used essential oils in my barely used craft closet from a homemade lotion attempt that went horribly wrong. Score!
All you need:
A few used plug-in warmers with empty bulbs
essential oils of your choice
First you take the empty bulbs and remove the wick and then rinse the bulb in warm water.
Take your essential oils and fill the bulb a third of the way full. My bulb was one of those bulbs for a duel warmer so I used two scents: Lotus Flower and Sweet Pea.
Then fill the bulb the rest of the way with water (we're paying for 2/3 water!), leaving room for the wick. Insert the wick and they are ready to use.
Now how easy was that? I have to be honest and say that personally I didn't think the scent was as strong as the store bought bulbs but I think you could change that by using more essential oil and less water. I also don't remember exactly how much I paid for the essential oil because I bought them at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago but I still think it was cheaper then buying the plug-in refills. Regardless, this version is free cancer causing ingredients and that's always a good thing right?