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Whoa--you won't believe this list of 194 FREE SEASONAL HOME DECOR PRINTABLES! There's home decor prints for Christmas, Fall, Easter, Spring, New Year's, Mother's Day, Summer and more! This is a great post to reference over and over throughout the year for seasonal decorating!

How to Decorate Your Home Seasonally for Free (257 Printables)

Don’t you love decorating your home to match the season? Me too!

However, something I don’t like? Spending a lot of time and money on seasonal decor.

What if I told you that you could have nearly FREE home decor (with little effort!) that welcomed the spirit of the season to your home? It’s possible!

In fact, I want to give you 257 free printables to decorate your home for each season!

Let me show you how to use these as free seasonal decor for fall, Christmas, Easter, summer–you name it!

Whoa--you won't believe this list of 194 FREE SEASONAL HOME DECOR PRINTABLES! There's home decor prints for Christmas, Fall, Easter, Spring, New Year's, Mother's Day, Summer and more! This is a great post to reference over and over throughout the year for seasonal decorating!

(Photo credit: St Patrick’s Day printable from Landeelu; Thankful Tree printable from Landeelu; Christmas printable from Yellow Bliss Road; and Spring printable from Blooming Homestead.)

It’s all about creating a simple picture frame gallery.

I want to give you my tips and tricks on:

  • where to find cheap but durable frames
  • the best ways to arrange your frames
  • how to choose the best location for your photo frame gallery

And… drum roll, please…

Best of all, I want to give you links to over 257 FREE Printables that would look great in these frames, including:

Get the scoop on how to decorate your home for each season–on the cheap!

Plus you don’t want to miss the incredible list of printables (seriously, they’re all in one place here!)

Just click next and let’s get started!

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Do you know a guy with a beard? Here's how to make homemade beard oil--for a fraction of the cost of store-bought! This simple recipe uses easy to find ingredients (plus has FREE LABELS!) Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)! Perfect DIY Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift!

Easy Father’s Day Gift! DIY Beard Oil for Your Guy

Got a guy with a beard? I’ve got the perfect Father’s Day gift for him!

Beards and mustaches are all the rage right now, but do you know what isn’t?

Itchy, prickly facial hair that makes snuggling like cuddling up with a brillo pad. Not cool.

But thankfully all that manly scruffiness can be easily tamed with one simple item: beard oil.

And the best part? Your guy doesn’t need fancy, expensive creams or lotions to turn his facial hair into something soft and kissable.

I’ve got an ultra-easy DIY beard oil recipe that’s:

  • easy to make
  • inexpensive
  • softens even the scraggliest beards; and
  • leaves your guy smelling great to boot.

Do you know a guy with a beard? Here's how to make homemade beard oil--for a fraction of the cost of store-bought! This simple recipe uses easy to find ingredients (plus has FREE LABELS!) Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)! Perfect DIY Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift!

And did I mention it only requires 2-3 ingredients and takes mere minutes to make? Any bearded dude would love this homemade beard oil as a Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift.

You’ll find the recipe (and FREE labels to download!) below.

And remember–if the DIY beard conditioner is for your husband, it’s actually a gift for you too!

Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)!

If your guy is anything like mine, he doesn’t have a lot of beauty products on his side of the bathroom counter.

Guys can be pretty simple like that: soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush and that’s it, right?

beard-oil-number-2But start talking to them about their mustache or beard (and how you can make it better) and their ears perk up.

Hmmm… a better beard? Do tell…”

It’s all about the marketing, ladies.

And, for us busy moms, it’s all about keeping things simple and low-cost.

Who needs to spend $13.50, $19.95 or more on something like beard oil when you can easily make an inexpensive all-natural beard conditioner (with a customized fragrance for your guy)? 

Surprise your guy (and go from scruffy to sexy!) with this simple recipe!

All Natural DIY Beard Oil/Conditioner

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Ingredients:

Dr. Bronner’s – Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil Whole Kernel Unrefined – 29 oz. Plastic JarNOW Solutions Glycerine Vegetable, 16-OunceClear Thick Glass Straight Sided Jar – 2 oz / 60 ml (3 pack) + Spatulas and Labels

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Step 1:

Add about 3 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 teaspoon glycerin to a 2 oz. small glass container with a lid. It’s important to use glass in order to maintain the integrity of the essential oils.

Step 2:

Add essential oils and mix with a toothpick or small spoon (learn about some essential oils and  combinations below).

Here are a few great smelling essential oils that are awesome for your guy’s skin and beard:

Sandalwood: One of the top essential oils for the skin because it helps regulate the production of sebum and is perfect for all skin types. It’s woodsy scent smells fantastic (and is considered an aphrodisiac). It’s one of the more expensive oils, so I appreciate that Rocky Mountain Oils offers a cost effective alternative. 

Cedarwood: Another excellent oil for the skin (especially for treating acne and dandruff) with a light woodsy scent. It’s also helpful for those with attention issues.

Frankincense: Considered the “king of the oils,” Frankincense has many wonderful applications from skin care to mental well-being. It has a full, clean herby scent that blends well with many other oils.

Tea Tree: One of the best oils for fighting infection and small skin wounds. We use this in combination with lavender as a healing remedy for cuts and bug bites, so it’s also excellent for healing shaving nicks. It has a strong, fresh, pungent aroma.

Vanilla: Vanilla softens the aroma of other oils with its calming, sweet, dessert-like scent. (P.S. This vanilla essential oil blend isn’t the same as the vanilla extract used in baking.)

Clove Bud: This sweet, spicy oil (like cloves) is used in many immune strengthening blends. It can be overpowering (use sparingly and always blend with a carrier oil), but it helps to achieve that certain “manly fragrance smell” that many of our guys love.

Bergamot: Bergamot is another excellent oil for skin care, and has been known to ease tension and stress. In terms of smell, its slightly floral/citrus scent blends well with other oils and creates a lighter, brighter tone (without smelling too feminine).

Grapefruit or Lime: Citrus oils like these add a refreshing, uplifting top note smell to your beard oil. However, citrus oils are phototoxic (meaning that they shouldn’t be used if your guy is in the sun a lot).

These essential oils are amazing and have SO MANY OTHER uses beyond making the DIY Beard Oil!

Check out these oils here on the Rocky Mountain Oils site!

Here are four beard oil combinations my husband and I came up with:

(DOWNLOAD your free labels here–one for each formula below, plus a blank label if you want to create your own beard oil name!)

Rustic

2 drops Sandalwood

4 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Tea Tree

6 drops Grapefruit

Lumberjack

4 drops Cedarwood

4 drops Frankincense

2 drops Vanilla

2 drops Lime

Mountain Man

2 drops Sandalwood

3 drops Bergamot

5 drops Cedarwood

Woodsy Spice

2 drops Clove

5 drops Frankincense

4 drops Cedarwood

1 drop Sandalwood

Step 3: Print the label (download it here!) and affix it to the top of the container using Mod Podge or double-sided tape (Mod Podge will make it waterproof).

Give your beard oil recipe a fun name that your guy will love (you can use the names we came up with or create your own!).

Package this beard oil together with a beard comb (like one of these!) and you’ve got a fantastic gift for Father’s Day, Christmas or a birthday.

You can even make up several of them in bulk and give them to other bearded guys in your life (your dad, brother, uncle, son, etc).

Fun, right?! Enjoy making this simple beard oil for your husband, boyfriend (or another guy in your life).

Here’s to manly men (with soft beards)!

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your free labels!

You’ll love these Other Essential Oil Recipes/Tips!

All Natural Easy DIY Cell Phone Screen Cleaner Recipe

3 Minute DIY Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Natural, Dairy Free)

Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie (Dairy Free)

Top 3 Essential Oils Questions Answered (+ Free Cheat Sheet)

Ultimate List DIY Natural Household Cleaning Recipes for Every Room

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Do you know a guy with a beard? Here's how to make homemade beard oil--for a fraction of the cost of store-bought! This simple recipe uses easy to find ingredients (plus has FREE LABELS!) Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)! Perfect DIY Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift!

Can you guess what every homeschool mom wants for Mother's Day? Homeschool moms, read this and be encouraged, knowing that you're NOT ALONE in this wish!

What a Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

Another day of mothering has come to an end.

After cleaning up the last meal of the day, tucking the kids in bed, tending the baby, and preparing for tomorrow, I have exactly an hour to myself before my brain shuts down entirely.

I haven’t eaten dinner. I am spent. The list of things that never ends just. never. ends. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, planning, teaching, correcting, disciplining, shopping.

I sink my head to the counter and take a minute to collect myself before I implode. My husband looks on, slightly concerned I may not get back up.

This is my life! It is both messy and beautiful. I know you can relate, right?

Can you guess what every homeschool mom wants for Mother's Day? Homeschool moms, read this and be encouraged, knowing that you're NOT ALONE in this wish!

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This guest post is from Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker.

I love my calling as wife, mom, homemaker and homeschooler. LOVE it. I never doubt the value of my work in this role. And most days I finish with a sense that time was well spent.

Some days though…

Some days I just don’t see the reward I want to see. Some days I just want a gold star to put on my own chart.

Have you been there, too?

What Many Moms Will Get for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What is Mother’s Day all about for moms?

Many moms will be getting gifts, chocolates, jewelry, small appliances, crafts, and more. Those are good things. They really are.

I like a good handprint card and a blender just as much as the next mom. But…

We cook and clean and plan. We snuggle and comfort and play. We teach and we train and we instruct in the ways of the Lord.

It is wonderful and exhausting.

We labor in prayer over our precious children and do our best to point them to Christ, knowing the decision to follow Him is their own.

Everything in us is poured into this worthy endeavor.

So what we really want is this:

  • For our labor to not be in vain.
  • For there to be good fruit.
  • For our children to rise up and call us blessed.

Those are hard things to wrap a bow around, right? Yet they are the longing of our hearts.

Here’s the thing, dear moms: most days you are sowing seeds, not harvesting fruit. There will be times when you will be blessed with an amazing glimpse into the impact your work is having on the lives of your children. Some days, however, there will seem to be little reward.

Here’s Your First Mother’s Day Gift!

Even if you aren’t sure you’re making a difference, I want to tell you right now: What you do matters tremendously.

Be encouraged! You are planting deep and meaningful things into the hearts of your children for a reward that is eternal. It is a work approved for God’s kingdom.

Do not grow weary of good! The labor of a loving mother will never be in vain.

Know this, friend:

  • Your prayers are being heard,
  • your work is being seen, and
  • the gold stars are piling up like crazy, whether you see them this side of heaven or not.

In fact, I want you to read these posts to be encouraged and inspired about motherhood:

A Love Letter from God (for Those Tough Mothering Days)

4 Ways to Cope When Motherhood Feels Relentless

8 Ways to Stay Emotionally Replenished in Every Mothering Season

Tough Mothering Day? 3 Powerful Tips to Turn It Around

 

This Mother’s Day, enjoy your children, bask in the love of their hand-print cards, and rest in knowing that what we really want has already been given: a labor of love that will bear eternal fruit for the King.

Happy Mother’s Day to you!