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Helichrysum Italicum and all the Benefits and Uses

Essential oils and their various health benefits are becoming popular among many as we are beginning to advocate for natural health products.  Essential oils can be used to help promote relaxation, eliminate stress, purify the air, nourish the skin, and help eliminate aches and pains.  They can be used to help regulate hormones and even fight inflammation.  Oils can also be used for cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces within the home.

The use of essential oils date back to the Egyptians where they used herbal medicine and oils to deepen meditation. The essential oil Frankincense was known as the "perfume of the gods".  Today essential oils are widely used and sold anywhere from health food stores to online.

One oil in particular that is gaining popularity because of its medicinal properties is Helichrysum italicum.  Helichrysum has been known for its antiallergenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and astringent properties. It's particularly used for the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Helichrysum is considered to be a non toxic, non-irritant safe oil and can be used on people of all ages. 

A few drops of Helichrysum goes a long way.  Whenever using essential oils, it is recommended that one uses a carrier oil when applying directly to the skin.  Examples of carrier oils are jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, coconut oil, and almond oil. There are many ways you can mix essential oils with a carrier oil.  You can do a few drops in your hand or make into a roller ball. An example of a roller ball blend is pictured below.

Helichrysum italicum and Skin Support

  • Eczema 
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne/pimples
  • Dry chapped skin
  • Bruises
  • Dermatitis
  • Burns 
  • Inflammations of the skin
  • Candida Rashes
  • Scares
  • Aches and Pains

About Essentials by DDRX

The story on how we started importing and bottling our own Helichrysum is worth its own post but I'll give you a little idea at how special this oil is to us.  It all started with wanting to learn more about essential oils and their health benefits.  Then came the communications with a small organic farm in Bosnia Herzegovina that inspired us to learn more.  After much research and direct contact with the farm, we purchased some oil to share with you.  We don't have intentions on bottling a lot of oil but we do believe that when we find something as wonderful as this organically grown Helichrysum, we must share at a price that is fair!  Now we have a limited quantity to share with you. Our oil can be purchased here.  Enjoy! 

If you've tried our oil, please comment below and share your thoughts.  

My Simply Earth Recipe Box has Arrived!

There are two things I love most...getting a surprise in the mail and living a healthy and natural lifestyle with my family. You can only imagine how excited I was to receive my Simply Earth Recipe Box in the mail!

Simply Earth

As a small business owner, I appreciate small companies that value their customers.  Simply Earth started as a way to help make our homes natural through using essential oils. This family owned business is dedicated to providing customers with quality and safe oils while eliminating the middleman.  They work directly with the farm and ensure we are receiving quality and safe oils.  Having a company to trust such as Simply Earth is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

One of my favorite things about Simply Earth is their dedication to help fight human trafficking.  With each purchase, 13% of all sales goes to help end human trafficking.  

My April box came with 4 essential oils, Castile Soap, recipe cards, and a spray bottle to make one of favorite recipes. The Foaming Hand Soap recipe is first on my list to make!

Essential Oils

  • Lemon
  • BO Be Gone ( a blend of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Lavender & Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree
  • Nutmeg

Getting your Box

Simply Earth's subscription box makes for the perfect gift or monthly surprise to help keep your home safe with pure essential oils.  

I have exciting news!  I have joined the Squad at Simply Earth and using the code SUBURBIAMOMFREE you can receive $20 towards a future purchase.  When you subscribe using SUBURBIAMOMFREE or using my personal link you will receive a $20 gift card with your initial subscription box and every first purchase comes with a BONUS BOX!!!

Bonus Box

The Bonus Box comes with your first purchase. It is packed with so many goodies!  My box came with roller balls, bottles to make my own recipes, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, and Beeswax! What a fun way to start a subscription!  

With Mother's Day coming up, you can guess what I am gifting my mother!  She was over when I received the box and her eyes lit up!  I knew right away this would make the perfect Mother's Day gift!

Comment Below on what oils you'd love to see in your next Simply Earth recipe box.  We'd love to know what your favorite essential oil is.  

The Funky Frog Children's Resale Boutique {Rochester}

Let's be real... as much as we love to dress our kids in those cute denim pants and designer shirts, it hurts a little when you spend full retail price and they refuse to wear that cute outfit!

Recently my daughter refused to wear (in my opinion) the cutest outfit ever! I purchased it at a special boutique store and for whatever reason she would not... could not... wear it.  I tried everything to try to coax her into wearing it.  I may of even said I'd give her a special treat if she would wear it but she just wasn't having it.  I heard this happens... but at three!  I can see 13 but I didn't see this coming already!

Then there's my son.  I have not been able to pick out his outfit since he was 3.  Every morning he finds himself a short sleeved sporty shirt (mind you it's -10 degrees outside) and a pair of his "cool" and "sporty" pants.  I've made many outfit suggestions just to be politely shut down with a "no thank you, I want to wear this!"  It is safe to say that I now proceed with caution when it comes to clothing for my kids. Designer shoes and pants must come as a bargain and many times found at second hand stores.

Facebook Market Place/Groups

When the Market Place on Facebook first came out, I found myself meeting moms in parking lots and driving across town to pick up a cute pair of winter boots or jacket. I even tried selling clothes myself in Facebook groups but that didn't go well.  I found it to be a hard gig for just a few bucks. Nothing is worse than planning to meet someone and no one shows up.   I soon resented traveling long distances for one single item. Now, if I decide to make a deal on FB, I first make sure the item I'm showing interest in is within close proximity of my home.  If it is an easy drive, an awesome deal, and worth my time driving or meeting someone, I'll try to seal the deal.

Resale Shops

I find resale shops to be a safe bet when it comes to finding your basics and those specialty items that you just wouldn't pay full retail price for.  Most children resale shops will have plenty of clothing for children ranging from newborn sizes to size 7/8.  Prices range anywhere from $2 and up depending on the clothing brand.  

 The Funky Frog Children's Resale Boutique

One of my go to resale shops for children's clothing is The Funky Frog Children's Resale Boutique downtown Rochester.  Here you will find upscale brands of clothing for both boys and girls of all sizes from newborn and up. Recently, while shopping at The Funky Frog I purchased many great clothing pieces for my daughter.  I even scored Matilda Jane clothing at prices that make it affordable for her to have a closet full!  If you are in the Rochester area be sure to stop in and see what you can find.  You'll have fun looking for that exciting deal or designer jacket. 


When it comes to cosigning I love The Funky Frog.  It is a great way to make money for that next size and sell those Uggs you just had to buy that only lasted a season.  

What is awesome about cosigning at The Funky Frog is that if you use your store credit for purchasing items within the store, you receive an additional 10% off!  Since my children were babies, I've enjoyed maintaining a store credit.  This way I can stop in for that perfect Easter dress or outfit and feel as though I didn't spend a dime!

To learn more about cosigning at The Funky Frog visit their website and be sure to follow The Funky Frog on Facebook. Often times Renee (the owner) will go Live on Facebook showcasing the newest and hottest items.

Be sure to check out The Funky Frog.  Your treasure is awaiting! 

The Funky Frog
Children's Resale Boutique
433 Main Street
Rochester, MI 48307

Do you have a favorite children's resale shop?  Have you been to The Funky Frog?  Please share, we love learning about new places and where to find that next size for our little ones. 

Daniel the Tiger at The Fox Theatre Detroit on April 27 and Giveaway

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVEApril 27 at 2:00 and 5:30 PMFox Theatre-Detroit

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back! Young fans and their families will get to experience Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the hit Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS series, in an all new way! 

The can’t-miss live stage show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! King For A Day, comes to the Fox Theatre for two performances on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! King For a Day, audiences “ride along” on an exciting adventure as Daniel learns what it takes to be king. 

Produced by Fred Rogers Productions and Mills Entertainment, the engaging, full-scale musical production is filled with magical moments and sing-along fun, and features favorite characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It’s “royally” a good time for the whole family!

The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. One of the key ingredients that makes the series a standout is its
groundbreaking use of catchy musical strategies, grounded in Fred Rogers’ social-emotional curriculum, that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents can sing – and use together – in their daily lives.

You can get your tickets here and the good news is you can get $5.00 off with promotional code SAVE5.


One lucky winner will win 4 tickets to Daniel the Tiger on April 27th to the 2:00 performance.  To enter, comment and tell us about your Tiger fan and why he or she would love to attend Daniel the Tiger. 

Winner will be randomly selected on April 10th and will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response within 48 hours a new contestant winner will be selected. 

Good luck and thank you for entering!

March is Reading Month- Ideas for Making Reading Fun and Giveaway to Junie B. Jones at City Theater

Schools nationwide will come together to celebrate March is Reading Month to spread awareness of the importance of reading each and every day! I bet many of you are volunteering to read to your child's class! There are many ways to make reading fun but before I dive in on all the fun ways to make reading fun...I'd like to share these eye opening stats.

I've received the above information from Nagy & Herman, 1987.

When I first read this I was alarmed.  It made me realize how important it is to read every single day. The more we read, the more we learn.  The more we learn, the more we can achieve.  The more we can achieve, the more we can make a difference.  
I have to remind myself that reading can be done in so many different ways.  For an example, my daughter is into reading to me and she is 3.  She's not reading the words but she is looking at the pictures and telling me a story based on the pictures.  This is reading and it is fun!  It is also a great way to develop vocabulary.

As an English Language Development Specialist (sounds fancy huh!) but in light I'm a teacher of English. I've found that reading comprehension begins with good reading strategies.  These strategies may include using pictures for clues, stopping mid text to go back and reread for understanding, and making connections while reading. We all can learn to become great readers as long as we practice reading!

Below I've shared some ways to encourage reading at home and make it fun. After all reading is for fun! 

Clap out Syllables

If you come across a word that is long and needs to be broken down into syllables...clap it out!

Example dinner ( 2 claps), holiday ( 3 claps)

Stop and Make Connections while Reading

Good readers can make connections with characters and settings within the book. If the setting is at a park, stop and a talk about a time when you were at the park. Kids love to talk about their past experiences and it helps students connect to the book which improves comprehension as you read.  

Role Play Characters

When we role play characters through movement and play, we are improving our vocabulary.  We are also retelling the book which develops our comprehension as readers. 

Recently, I've read the book The Mitten with my children. After I read the book aloud to them, they took turns retelling the book using animal characters from the book.  This was a great way to add play to our daily reading.  My daughter had so much fun that now she always asks to read the book and role play using her barn animals.

Create a Reading Space 

Do you have a special reading space in  your home?  If not, consider making a little reading nook area.  I've seen many cute reading spaces with little home libraries on Pinterest. Gather some fun pillows, bean bag chairs, a lamp, book shelves, and create a fun area. Then dive into a good book. 

If you just want to make if fun for the month of March, pitch a little tent in the basement or play area with sleeping bags and snuggle together and read.

Read Wordless Picture Books

Many advanced readers forget how wonderful picture books are. The illustrations are enjoyable for everyone, including adults.  When using picture books, readers can expand their thinking and vocabulary as they "tell" the story using their own creative thinking. 

A few of my favorite books are Fossil by Bill Thomson and Flashlight by Lizi Boyd.

Visit your Public Library

During March many public libraries host special events in honor of March is Reading Month. It is also fun to go and check out books.  I am amazed at what libraries have to check out.  Recently we fond Vox books which is audio books that read to the child.  This is great for early readers and English Learners. 

Giveaway Time!

If you live within the Metro Detroit area then this giveaway is for you!  We have partnered with 313presents.com to giveaway 4 tickets to Junie B. Jones coming to the City Theater.  

The winner will receive 4 tickets to the Saturday, March 23rd performance at 5:00 PM.  Tickets will need to be picked up at the Xfinity Box Office at Little Caesars Arena. 

For more information on Junie B. Jones coming to Detroit click here.

How to Enter! 

To qualify to win, please comment below on how you are celebrating March is Reading Month.  

This contest will run through Sunday March 8th and a winner will be randomly selected on the 9th.  We will announce the winner on Suburbia Mom's Facebook page and Instagram so be sure to be following us!  Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be randomly selected. 

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