15 Thrifty Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas

This post is totally helpful for finding tons of ideas on trunk or treats that aren't so expensive. My favorite is the yellow brick road one - so adorable! 15 Thrifty Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas

Every year my church does a Trunk or Treat for Halloween. I am always looking for thrifty trunk or treat decorating ideas and something that can be put together quickly. If you haven’t heard about Trunk or Treats before it’s usually a church, school, neighborhood or community sponsored event where people gather up and park their cars in a big parking lot. They open up their trunks or truck-beds and decorate them. Then they pass out candy. It’s a fun way for kids to get a lot of candy in a short amount of time. Plus it’s a nice safe family friendly environment usually too.

As you know I am always trying to save as much money as possible so I found 15 amazing & thrifty Trunk or Treat Decorating ideas for you! Enjoy!

1. Skeleton Truck or Treat Idea from Curly Crafty Mom

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2. Slumber Party from BethanyHahira

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3. Mike Wazowski from Shine Like Stars

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4. Candy Cottage from Intelligent Domestications

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5. Hay and Scarecrow from Pinterest

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6. Trunk Zoo from Project Little Mo

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7. Camping Trip from Jeannie Marie & Company

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8. Mouthful of Candy from St.Joseph’s Catholic Church

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9. Yellow Brick Road from Pinterest

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10. Trunk Frog from Pinterest

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11. Black Cat from User on Flickr

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12. I Spy from Trunk or Treat Decorating

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13. Mummy from C.R.A.F.T

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14. Grease from User on Flickr

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15. TMNT from Pinner on Pinterest

For more Thrifty Trunk or Treat Ideas check out my Pinterest board full of them here!

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Happy Savings everyone.

9/18 Amazon Deals / Bracelet, iPhone 6 Case, Flameless Candles, Evenflow, Catch Phrase, Ladies Robe, Ped Bed

We have jewelry, a game, a phone case, a robe, candles and a stroller.  A big variety of items today–I hope you find something on sale today that you are looking for!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Such a pretty bracelet!  Iced Out 10mm Black and White Beaded Adjustable Bracelet + Gift Box is only $16.99 (was $175) and there is Free Prime shipping.

Have you gotten your new iPhone 6 yet?  Here is a case for it.  You can’t beat this price!!!  TeckNet® New Apple iPhone 6 Case Cover For Apple iPhone 6, 4.7 inch is just $.99 and FREE shipping.  Literally can’t beat that price.

I love these battery powered candles.  They  make me feel like it’s fall!  Flameless Candles – Flickering LED Candles are on sale for $16.95 (was $35.99) and they ship for free if you have Amazon Prime.

Great deal today for Evenflow carseats and strollers.  This Evenflo JourneyLite Travel System with Embrace, Marianna system is only $103.20 when you Enter code WHATADEAL at checkout and get 20% off. (was $169.99) It ships for free for Amazon Prime subscribers.

This is a favorite game at our house.  We can play it quickly, and ALL of us can play it.  So much fun–we always end up dying laughing.  Scrabble Electronic Catchphrase Game is on sale for $12.17 (was $22.99) and it has free Amazon Prime shipping.

I can’t wait to get this robe in the mail.  I wish I was wearing it already as I sit here and type.  Looks so cozy!  Dearfoams Women’s Sherpa Shawl Collar Long Printed Robe, Hot Dots Pink, Small is only $11.60 (was $58!!) and it has free Prime shipping.

My dog would LOVE this bed!  Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler is on sale for $21.66 (was $44.95) and free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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Natural Remedy for Ear Ache Relief (Homemade Garlic Oil)

Natural Homemade Ear Ache Relief recipe - Happymoneysaver.com

Having little ones can be a challenge, but having little ones with a ear ache is not tolerable. You know what I’m speaking of, those late nights when your toddler comes into your room, crying of course. She is in pain! She had a resent cold and now it has made its way into an ear ache, possibly an infection. You’re tired, but you muster the little energy you might have left to figure something out to comfort her. Light bulb moment! Run and grab one of your hubby’s unmatched socks, fill it with rice, tie a knot at top and nuke it. Then apply near the ear.

While this little warm comfort is hopefully soothing your child for a bit, now you can go ahead and have non crying time to make a natural homemade remedy for ear ache relief — garlic oil.  I try to have this recipe on hand at all times, but if you don’t, the speedy recipe is at the bottom of this post.

When using garlic oil for natural ear infection remedies, make sure to find organic fresh garlic, such as at a local farmers market, but most grocery stores do carry acceptable garlic all year long.

Garlic can help with infection, it has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. It has been used for both food and medicine for thousands of years. There are some people that take 50-80 garlic cloves in a day, for more severe illnesses. Wow! No vampire will attack them!

How to Make Garlic Oil

Natural ear infection remedies -- you only need garlic and olive oil. You can make garlic oil to soothe and help with the infection.

For this recipe, you’ll need a small glass container with a lid.

Ingredients:

1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Put the oil and garlic in the container together and put on the lid. For best results, let the oil and garlic sit overnight for use the next day. If you are needing a quick remedy, you can use some of the oil in 2-3 hours. Strain out the garlic with fine strainer or cheese cloth. At this point you can add your oil to a little tiny dropper bottle (affiliate link) or just keep it in the jar.

Speedy method: Warm the oil slightly in a pan on the stove (not hot, just enough that it’s warm to the touch.) I’ve over heated the oil in the past and so, I just keep my finger in the oil until warm. If you over heat your oil you may just fry your garlic. You don’t want that to happen. Put the oil and garlic in the container together and put on the lid. For best results, let the oil and garlic sit for 30 min. Strain garlic out and use immediately as above.

Looking for ear ache relief? This natural ear infection remedies recipe is fast, and you only need garlic and olive oil. You can make garlic oil to soothe.

When ready to treat ear aches and infections, use your finger to rub the oil around the outside of the ear or on the infected area. You may also use your finger to rub some at the entrance to the ear. You CAN allow one or two drops to enter the canal as well.

I have used this remedy to treat many “oncoming” ear infections. However, if you do not see an improvement or the pain/infection worsens, I recommend contacting your physician.

Just trying to make those rough nights easier on ya. ;)

Have you had any luck with other ear ache natural remedies? Please share!

9/17 Amazon Deals / Doormat, iPhone Case, Neutrogena, Herbal Essences, Sonicare, Hair Dryer, Timex Watch, Beanie Boo

There are so many good deals today.  I hope my husband doesn’t read this post today because I will be buying them all I think!  Yep, they are that good today!  Enjoy!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

This doormat is absolutely adorable!  Love it!  Apache Mills Masterpiece Home Stones Doormat, 18-Inch by 30-Inch is $16.47 (was $39) and free Prime shipping.

This case is so pretty!  elago S5 Glide Case for iPhone 5/5S on sale today for $11.89 (was $25.99) and free Amazon Prime shipping.

I’ll certainly be trying this cream.  The reviews are great, and it’s on sale.  I hope it can do some magic on my under eyes, if you know what I mean!  :)  Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, 1.4 Ounce is on sale for $11.19 (was $19.47) and it ships for free with Prime.

Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Shampoo 10.1 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 2) has a coupon for $3.00 off today making this two-pack only $3.90 (was $8.98), which makes it just $1.45 each!  Great deal today!  This will ship for free as an Add-on Item.

There is a $4.00 coupon for Sonicare replacement brush heads.  There are lots of different heads to choose from to use the coupon with.  Philips Sonicare HX7023/30 Eseries Standard Replacement Brush Heads, 3 Pack, Frustration Free Packaging is on sale and is eligible to use the coupon as well.  They are just $26.95 (was $36.99) when you clip the coupon and there is free Prime shipping.

Conair 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer is on sale today for $27.99 (was $39.99) and there is free Prime shipping.

Great deal on this great watch today!  Timex Women’s T5E511 “Ironman” Sport Watch with Grey Band is just $36.47 (was $59.99) and it has free shipping with Prime.

Do your kids love these Beanie Boos?  Mine sure do!  Ty Beanie Boos Leona Blue Leopard Regular Plush is just $5.48 (was $9.99) and there is FREE shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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Wise Choice Market – My Secret for Busy Days PLUS a Giveaway!

Summer is officially over and school is back in session.  While technically I should have more time on my hands to harvest my garden, repaint my chicken coop and eat bon-bons curled around a good book, that’s not how it is!  Real life is full of deadlines, rushing kids to school and activities and not a lot of time spent for lazy days at home.

You know I love my freezer meals but recently I found Wise Choice Market better known as “The Amazon Fresh for Real Food.”  It’s a company that delivers real organic  food right to your door.  They have the  highest food standards and most of the foods are also Paleo-friendly and gluten-free.  Wise Choice Market products are also raw, grass-fed, fermented, sprouted and presoaked.

Simon Gorman, the owner and founder, talks more about it.

Getting back in the morning routine of school has been the hardest part of my family’s day–until I found Organic Soaked Cereals.

Organic Soaked Cereal

I love that they contain only organic or all-natural ingredients and that they are presoaked so they are easier on the tummy.  Depending on the mood I am in I can eat them cold with milk, heated on the stove with some water or—my favorite–mixed in with yogurt .  I even keep a bag in my purse for those late mornings to munch on while dropping off my kids at school. You can buy it here.

I also recently discovered the Soaked Nut Butters.  I ordered the Mini Nut Sampler and these little jars of heaven showed up on my doorstep.

pyramid of butters

The Almond and Cashew Butters were my favorite until I had the Mixed Nut Butter.  Then it was fireworks–nutty, toasted fireworks–in my mouth!  I may have eaten the whole jar with a spoon right then and there.

Mixed Nut Butter and spoon

When I have to share I spread the nut butters on toast for breakfast, sandwiches at lunchtime and to dip those veggies for a snack!

Soaked Nut Butter

Learn more about the Soaked Nut Butters in this short video.

When you need to feed your family on the go these Soups from Real True Foods are hands down better than any fast food there is—and they are healthy to boot!

Healthy Soups

Each soup uses real bone broth, simmered for 24 or 48 hours and is loaded with fresh, organic vegetables, herbs and spices.  They don’t use any powders or concentrates which makes for a rich, homey soup.  You can buy them here.

Their shipping is amazing and the food is packaged perfectly.  Its shipped quickly so the food stays fresh.  The first time I got the Raw Coconut ice cream it was still frozen!

Every item that I have tried has been super delicious from their Wild Salmon to their oh-so-addicting Organic Potato Chips.  I love being able to feed my family nutritious, real food even when I am short on time.  And I want you to have the same experience so it’s time for a GIVEAWAY.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Here’s your chance to win a $100 Gift Card to use at Wise Choice Market!!  All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter widget below to confirm your entry in the raffle.  We will also be announcing it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mandatory to enter: Visit Wise Choice Market and look around. Then leave a comment on my blog below sharing what you would want to order the most from them.

Other ways to enter are:

Giveaway ends on  at 11:59 pm EST. The winners name will be displayed in the rafflecopter widget below plus announced on my blog. Winner will only have 48 hours to respond. There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere in the world. Good luck!

Disclosure: Wise Choice Market has sponsored this post. However all opinions here are 100% my own.  See my disclosure policy for more details.

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9/16 Amazon Deals / Necklace, Olay Soap, Legos, Huggies Wipes, Baby Formula, Sonicare, Carpet Cleaner, Hunting Boots

Happy Tuesday!  It is starting to feel like fall, which I totally love!  The nights are cooler and I wore long sleeves all day today.  Yay!  Since it is fall, we have a pair of hunting boots for any men in your life who like to hunt.  Then there is also a carpet cleaner for when there starts to be more mud and mess coming into the house.  We also have a lot of household items that are great prices today as well, so check them out!  Have a great Tuesday!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Here is a pretty necklace at a GREAT price!  New Fashion Water Drop Bib Statement Stone Pendant Chain Necklaces is only $2.99 and has FREE shipping.  What a deal!

I love this sort of a deal!  So good!  Olay Simply Refresh Bar Soap ,4 Bars is just $1.24 (was 4.35) when you clip the $2.00 off coupon.  It has Free shipping for Prime members when buying this as an Add-on Item.

LEGO Castle Forest Ambush is on sale for 33% off making it just $7.99 (was $11.99) and it has free Prime shipping for subscribers.

Huggies Simply Clean Baby Wipes, Refill, 648 Count has a $2.00 of coupon making them just $8.97 (was $14.97) and they have free 2-day shipping with Prime.

Gerber Good Start Gentle Powder Infant Formula, 23.2 Ounce has a 20% off coupon today making it just $17.64 (was $22.05) and it ships free with Prime.

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush for Kids is on sale again with a coupon!  The coupon has reset, so if you bought it last time with the coupon and you have another child to buy this for, now is your chance to use the coupon again.  You can get this fabulous toothbrush for just $29.95 (was $49.99) after the coupon is clipped.  This is a Prime item, so you will receive it in 2 days if you have Prime.

I love having clean carpets, don’t you?  Having your own carpet cleaner is so convenient.  Today the Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge is on sale for $125 (was $179.99) when you clip the $10 off coupon.  It will also ship for free if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Hunting season has started–do you know a hunter that needs some new boots?  Smith & Wesson Men’s Concealer Xtreme Work Boot are on sale for $83.05 (was $124.95) and there is free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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9/15 Amazon Deals / Frozen Necklace, Measuring Spoons, Scented Markers, Thermometer, Electric Blower, Humidifier, Dove, Ripstik

How did Monday come back to us so fast???  Well, since it’s here–let’s get some deals going for you on our favorite online store Amazon!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Anyone else big Frozen fans?  We are!  Disney Girls’ “Frozen” Silver-Plated Anna and Elsa Pendant Necklace, 18″ is just $12 (was $22) and there is free Prime shipping as well.

These magnetic measuring spoons are the best!  They stack so neatly in the drawer and I love it!  Progressive International Stainless-Steel Magnetic Measuring Spoons, Set of 5 are just $12.50 (was $18.99) and there is free Prime shipping.

I used to love these scented markers and my kids think they are pretty fun, too!  At 43% off–not a bad deal today!  Mr. Sketch Scented Markers, Assorted Colors, 12 Pack are $5.99 (was $10.49) and free Prime shipping.

La Crosse Technology Digital Thermometer with Indoor/Outdoor Temperature is only $22.10 (was 56.61) and also has free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers.

Toro Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller is on sale today for $69.97 (was $119.99) and has free Prime shipping.

It’s getting to be that season…the coughs are starting and it’s time to schedule those flu shots.  So, I guess we need to be prepared with a humidifier.  Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier, Blue is on sale for $26.10 (was $39.99) and has free shipping with Prime.

Dove Bar Soap, Sensitive Skin Unscented, 4 Ounce, 16 Count is 43% off today at just $15.49 (was $25) and has free Prime shipping.

These are a great deal today!  Half off, which I LOVE!  all mighty pacs – free clear Laundry Detergent, 72 Count is on sale for $9.97 (was $18.29 ) and Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

I see kids riding these all the time.  They look so fun!  RipStik Caster Board is on sale today for just $39.95 (was $99.99) and it has free Amazon Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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9/12 Amazon Deals / Lip Balm, Conditioning Treatment, Facial Cloths, Stroller Hooks, High Chair, Lysol Wipes, Kitchen Aid Mixer, Sketchers Boots

TGIF!  Who is with me on that one?  So happy for the weekend!  I’m so excited about today’s deals.  I think that I will be buying almost all of them.  Seriously, they are all great products with great prices!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Have you tried these Baby Lips products yet? There are many colors to choose from and they work so well!  A friend of mine suggested them to me and now I’m hooked!  Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, Cherry Me, 0.15 Ounce is on sale for $2.99 (was $4.49) and Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

I love the smell of Aussie products.  They smell great, but work so well too!  Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Conditioning Treatment 8 Fl Oz has a $.50 off coupon bringing down the price to $3.49 (was $5.99) and there is Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

I’m so glad these are on sale.  Personally, I’m running low.  Olay 4-in-1 Normal Daily Facial Cloths, 66-Count have a coupon for $1.50 off making these just $6.19 (was $11.99) and there is Free shipping for this Add-on item if you are an Amazon Prime member.

First of all, I wish I had thought of these years ago when I needed them!  Second of all, they are on sale!  These Stroller Hooks are just $9.99 (was $24.95) for a pack of two.  Not too bad.  They will help you hold groceries, diaper bag, purse, whatever.  So convenient!  I wish I had thought of it!   ugh.  They will also ship to you free with Prime.

This high chair is so pretty!  Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System, Winslet is on sale for $122.39 (was $189.99) and there is free Prime shipping.

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon and Lime Blossom, 240 Count is on sale and has a 15% off coupon, making it just $8.47 (was $13.99) and it ships for free as an Add-on item if you are an Amazon Prime member.

I love my Kitchen-Aid mixer!  KitchenAid Pro 500 Series 10-Speed 5-Quart Stand Mixer, White is on sale for $254 (was $350) that’s almost $100 off!  It will also ship for free for Amazon Prime members.

Skechers Women’s Portraits Boot,Black are on sale today for a low price of just $39.05 (was $64.99) and they ship for free with Amazon Prime.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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9/11 Amazon Deals / Erasers, Lunch Tote, Pampers Wipes, Cuisinart Immersion Blender, Cast-Iron Skillet, Surge Protector, Oil Diffuser

Amazon did not disappoint me with their deals today.  We have lots of kitchen items for you–but also a few extra items like erasers, baby wipes, a lunch tote and then my personal favorite, an oil diffuser for essential oils.  I would love to put some lavender oil in this to fall asleep to every night.  Aaaahhh…sounds heavenly, right?

My favorite kitchen item listed today is the mandoline.  I think this makes slicing veggies so much easier and more efficient.  I also love that the vegetables are all chopped uniformly.  That makes me happy for some reason–am I the only one who enjoys order in everything?  :)

Have a great day!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Paper Mate  Pink Pearl Premium Erasers, Large, 3-Pack is just $1.63 for a pack of 3 erasers.  (was $2.37) Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

Isn’t this lunch tote cute?  It’s a GREAT deal for just $3.05 today (was $6.10), plus it has FREE  shipping!  Tote Portable Thermal Cooler Insulated Pouch Waterproof Food Storage Bag Lunch Carry Bags Pouch (Red)

Pampers Softcare Baby Fresh Wipes 7x box, 504 Count has a $.50 off coupon make it just $9.21 (was $15.99) and it will also ship for free with Prime.

Cuisinart  Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender, Metallic Red is at a very low price today of just $34.95 (was $65) and it has free Prime shipping.

This is a great price today for this cast-iron pan.  Lowest price I’ve ever seen.  Cast-iron can be pricey, but not today!  Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan, 10.5-inch is only $18.97 (was $33) and it ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

Slicing your veggies has never been easier with this mandoline slicer.  Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer, Green  is on sale today for just $22 (was $51.99) and it will ship for free with Amazon Prime.

This surge protector is so ideal for an office!  I love how many things I can plug in!  Belkin 12 Outlet Home/Office Surge Protector with Telephone and Coaxial Protection is on sale for $17.35 (was $49.99) and has free Prime shipping.

K’NEX Angry Birds Mission Mayham is on sale for just $11.79 (was $29.99) when you clip the $1.00 off coupon.  It will also ship to you for free with Amazon Prime.

Essential Oils are so good for you and getting more and more popular.  Now Foods Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser is just $32.77 (was $44.99) and has free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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3 Home Remedies for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (They really work!)

No need to wait it out! Fight hand foot mouth disease with these natural remedies. Turn recovery into days - not weeks!

Ok, so this post isn’t exactly a money saving post, but it is a sanity saving post, which is equally as important in my book.

Let’s talk about Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD).   Cue shudder.

This dreaded virus has been on the upswing in my community of late. And with school in full force now, you can bet that number is just going to keep climbing higher. Because it’s a virus like a cold or flu, there aren’t any medications you can take to cure it. Most doctors will you tell you to just wait it out until the symptoms subside, which can take up to 10-14 days.

Symptoms usually include mouth sores, fever, low appetite, and sometimes a rash that covers the hands, feet, or buttocks. It’s a miserable beast. But there is some good news, peeps! Did you know by using natural home remedies for hand foot and mouth disease you can cut the duration of the virus into days instead of weeks? It’s true!

Several weeks ago my 2 years old came down with it. He started complaining that his tongue hurt one night and by the next day the inside of his mouth was covered in sores. Poor guy. By whipping out some natural remedies for hand, foot and mouth disease, he was able to make a full recovery in 5 days (from start of first symptoms). My 4 year old made a 1 day recovery (her case was very, very mild), and my youngest never came down with it despite a lot of accidental sippy cup sharing with my 2 year old, even at the peak of his mouth sores! Tell me that’s not amazing!

So, what home remedies work best for hand, foot and mouth disease?

While there are many variations of antiviral remedies, I’ve found that the following three treatments work best for my family:

1 – Doterra Purify

2 – Elderberry Syrup

3 – Homemade Antiviral Essential Oil Blend

Let’s talk about what each treatment does specifically.

Doterra Purify

Down with Hand Foot Mouth Disease? Make that rash disappear with Doterra Purify!

Doterra has an essential oil blend called Purify.

This stuff is pure magic. As soon as you notice any signs of a rash, rub 1 drop Doterra Purify on it immediately. Repeat 4-5 times per day. The rash should start to disappear within 24 hours. You can dilute it with some carrier oil (I use coconut oil) at a 1:1 ratio and it should still work just fine. You can read more about essential oils and how to buy them here if you are interested.

Homemade Antiviral Essential Oil Blend

Home remedies for hand foot mouth disease. No need to wait it out! Rub this concoction on little's feet and spine and you'll cut recovery down to days instead of weeks!

This recipe is amazing as well.

  • 45 drops coconut oil (about ¾ tsp)
  • 15 drops oregano essential oil
  • 12 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 12 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine together until well mixed. You can put this in a roller ball if you have one, and it works great! I didn’t have one, so I just mixed it in a small container and dipped my finger in it. Rub 1 drop per foot and 1-2 drops along the spinal column, 3-4 times daily. This stuff is an absolute antiviral powerhouse! Each essential oil, along with the coconut oil contain antiviral properties and are fabulous as immunity boosters. You can read more about essential oils and how to buy them here if you are interested.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry is the absolute best when it comes to fighting all sorts of colds/viruses.  It was the perfect hand foot mouth disease remedy!

Elderberry is a true gift of mother nature. It is the ABSOLUTE BEST immunity booster I’ve ever come across. While a little pricy, it’s by far worth it’s weight in gold, rubies, and pearls combined. Because I’m a wannabe “prepper” (can we still be friends?), I keep this stuff in my food storage because I’m pretty sure it will prevent me from catching whatever Bio-Terrorists throw my way. It’s that awesome. I have never ever gotten sick when I’ve taken this stuff. And that’s saying something because usually if there’s a sick bug within 3 miles you can be sure I’ll get it. Until I discovered Elderberry, that is.

Elderberry comes in syrup or tincture form. I’ve even seen lozenges made from it. My kids prefer the syrup because it tastes like candy, and who doesn’t like candy? Give 1 teaspoon, 3 times daily to your child when you know they’ve been around a lot of germs. If you’re looking for a great maintenance immunity booster and not fighting any germ in particular, you can give them 1 teaspoon per day. Not a bad idea as school (aka germ fest) begins. You can use each treatment concurrently. When any one of your children start showing symptoms there’s no need to wait to treat your others. The best time to nip any virus in the bud is before symptoms start appear.

How about you? Have you had to fight the dreaded HFMD? What worked best for your family? I’d love to hear any and all ideas!

Note: I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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