How to Survive Working from Home Without Losing Your Mind

Working from home has so many perks! The flexibility is amazing, you can essentially set your own hours, and you can throw in a load of laundry (and maybe even exercise) while you’re in another Zoom meeting.
But this new working from home gig can also be dangerous, and a pitfall to your work-life balance.
What is this work-life balance you speak of?
I know, right?! It has been nearly impossible (for me, at least!) to strike a work-life balance while working full-time from home, running a business, keeping the house afloat, and the kids entertained. It is A LOT to juggle.
And, I’ve got to be honest, I’m used to having a ton of irons in the fire. This working from home full-time thing has definitely thrown me for a loop.
But, since March 2020, I have learned a fair deal of tips and tricks to make things a bit smoother and more efficient for every member of our family.
Catch my top 3 tips for maximizing your work time while at home, striking a good balance with the kiddos by your side, and not totally losing your mind.
Ready to dive in?! Here we go!
1. Plan Things Out … The Night BEFORE
This trick works for me time and time again. Plan out your day, and prep as much as you can the night before to maximize your workday. Lay out your clothes for the day, and the kids’ clothes, too. Pack any lunches or plan out meals ahead of time, if possible. Set your coffee mug out, and your workout stuff, too. Get your workstation all set the night before, too. Any little tasks that you may dread first-thing in the morning, take care of those. Your morning and your productivity will thank you!
2. Block Your Time
This is another tip you can do the night before, or the week before, if you’re feeling ambitious. Block your time so you know exactly what needs to happen each hour you’re awake. Notice I say each hour you’re awake there … not only the hours you’re planning to work. Map it all out—taking the kids to school, your virtual meetings, exercise time, lunch—all of it! This will give you a realistic picture of how much time you actually have to work with.
3. Stay Positive
Now this may be easier said than done. I get it! When it’s 9:00 AM, you’ve been up for 3 hours, and you’ve gotten NOTHING done on your to do list. However, a bad attitude is not going to serve you. Put those positive pants on, re-fill your coffee, and pump some essential oils into your workspace. Your mindset and your long list of work to-dos will thank you. And, you’ll feel better, too!

What tips are you using these days to survive your work from home time? I can’t wait to hear from you!

Love, Joy + Oils Always,
Megan Nelson, Owner + Founder
Oil Up Omaha
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The only holiday gift guide you need this year

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST (and every budget, too!)

The holidays are here, and gift-giving is in full swing! Nothing about this year has been conventional, but we can still show loved ones near and far how much we care with special gifts personalized for every budget.


Here are a few of the gifts that I will absolutely be gifting to my family and friends this year. Just because this year is unlike any other, doesn’t mean we can’t give really stellar, meaning gifts.


Need some ideas to get the juices flowing? I’ve got you covered! Catch my must-give gift list this year for everyone on your list, and for every budget.


Happy shopping!!


These sweet gifts are perfect for your co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors. These serve as great little additions to finish off your stocking stuffers, too.


Holiday Kisses Lip Balm Set

Perfect for anyone on your list. Also great to have on hand for any of those last-minute gifts. Don’t miss the best deal when you shop with my member number: 10489847.


Christmas Spirit Essential Oil + a cute little diffuser

Christmas Spirit Essential Oil is absolutely delicious, and so much better for us than those old-school, chemical-filled potpourri and candles. Shop with my member number + let’s talk member pricing for the BEST deal: 10489847.


2021 Daily Planner

Perfect for anyone who's ready for a fresh new start in 2021. 


Stock up—these are all crowd-pleasing gifts for moms, sisters, aunts, friends, and any other sweet ladies on your list. Happy shopping! And, be sure to pick up one of each for you, too. Holiday shopping can be a lot of work!


Drops of Joy Diffuser Earrings Collection

Beautiful and the perfect gift for any special woman on your list. Be sure to shop with my member number + let’s talk member pricing for the BEST deal: 10489847.


Heated Eyelash Curler + your new favorite mascara

This gift and this revolutionary volumizing mascara is seriously to die for!! Don’t miss the best deal when you shop with my member number: 10489847.


Mindfulness Mug + Tea Set

Perfect for that already mindful mama, or to anyone needing some more Zen in their life these days. Shop with my member number + let’s talk member pricing for the BEST deal: 10489847.


Snag your new favorite luxe necklaces + bracelets—awesome for stocking stuffers, too!

These are seriously my favorite necklaces, bracelets, and watches—they are adorable. Be sure to use my coupon code for 20% off: megnelson17. 


Chunky knit blanket throw for any room of your home

Ready to snuggle up in luxury? You’ve got to add this chunky knit blanket to your must-have list.


Thieves Laundry Caddy Collection

Any ultra-clean freaks in your life? They NEED this. It’s super cute and a great addition to anyone’s laundry room, too. Don’t miss the best deal by becoming a member. Be sure to use my member ID: 10489847.


Vitality Culinary Set

Ready to spice things up in the kitchen? Try Young Living’s Vitality Essential Oils line. With ingredients that never go bad and they’re always on hand, your kitchen-loving family and friends will adore this gift. Shop with my member number + let’s talk member pricing for the BEST deal: 10489847.

It’s a perfect splurge for that special someone in your life, or your sweet mama—you know she needs this. It’s also the PERFECT gift to separate out and let everyone enjoy a stocking stuffer or two.


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A Christmas Unlike Any Other Made Easy

A Christmas Unlike Any Other Made Easy

Christmas 2020 will surely be like any other. Just like the rest of this year.


As many are ready to give the boot to 2020, we still have some very important aspects of the year ahead: Advent, Christmas, and reflecting on this past year as we wait for the New Year ahead.


Under normal circumstances, this time of year can be hectic. Year-end projects coming to a close, shopping, hosting, and simply not enough time to get it all done. Add 2020 chaos to the mix, and it’s a surefire storm of stress, angst, and potential meltdowns.


Make things easy on yourself, and check out this guide to the holidays.


In the guide, I mention a few time-saving, money-saving, and sanity-saving hacks that I think will be super helpful for your holidays ahead.


Cut out the stress. Cut out the chaos. Press the easy button. I’m here to help!


Read the guide now to open the doors to a peaceful, enjoyable holiday season ahead.


Promise—you won’t regret it!


Instead of getting wrapped up (HAH—get it? Wrapped up! I’m always up for a good pun!) in the hectic nature of the holidays, I challenge you today and especially in the month ahead, to focus on what really matters. Our family, our friends, and showing gratitude to one another for the many blessings we share.


It can be a hard season for many, but with the right mindset, a little planning, and some easy holiday hacks—you’ll be all set!


Enjoy the holiday guide.


As always, I’m here to help make your life easier while living on a budget. Reply to this note—I’d be happy to organize a holiday gift life specific to your budget.


Wishing you a happy + healthy holiday season ahead!

Megan Nelson, Owner + Founder

Member ID: 10489847


P.S. Be sure to treat yourself and your loved ones to this most wanted gift that’s 50% off now on my oily boutique. It’s seriously a killer deal!!


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It’s the Giving Season: Here's $20 Just for You


If it’s your first time here, you’ve definitely found the right place to be. This is where you’ll find the real-life perspective of a Midwest mama on a mission to live a more healthy, vibrant, and abundant life for her and her family from yours truly. I’m Megan Nelson, and I can’t wait for you to read up on all that The Blissful Mom Blog has to offer!



Am I right?! Despite all the chaos, we're counting our many blessings today and always. I'm so incredibly for our sweet little family that has flourished this year, my wonderful hubby, for supporting me every step of the way, and for our health and wellness journey that continues to improve each day. 


Along with these many blessings, I want to be sure to share in the goodness that the season of giving and thankfulness brings. With that, I’m bringing you a can’t miss Black Friday Sale!!!


Catch all the details here and get in on this goodness before it’s GONE!


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Wishing you a wonderful holiday season ahead! Happy healthy shopping!
Megan Nelson, Owner + Founder
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How to do Christmas 2020 without breaking the bank

How to do Christmas 2020 without breaking the bank

Is it just me, or has 2020 been rough? I’m ready to fast-forward to the merry and bright holidays ahead, and prepare for 2021 to be one of the best years yet! But, let’s be real, we still have plenty of time before we get there, so let’s make it count!


So, let’s dive right in! Here are a few of my TOP essential oil-inspired DIY gifts for the holidays. These recipes are designed to save you time, money, and your sanity (or what’s left of it!) this year.

Luxurious Bubble Bath

Let’s be real, who doesn’t need (and sooo deserve!) a relaxing, luxurious bubble bath these days? Make your own at home with the best essential oils and supplies around.



1 cup Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base

1/3 cup Glycerin

15-20 drops Joy essential oil

Olive Oil Bottle



Pour Bath & Shower Gel Base and glycerin into container. Add essential oils to mixture and gently shake to combine. Add bubble bath to running water, relax, and enjoy!


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Scented Diffuser Ornaments

This one is SO easy + gives your gifts a personalized touch.



5 drops of Christmas Spirit essential oil

A cute ornament that will absorb the essential oils (think wood, terracotta clay, or fabric)



Simply apply 5 drops of Christmas Spirit essential oil to the ornament, and you’re all set!

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Peppermint Brownie Treats

Decadent brownies perfectly paired with one of our most popular essential oils. Enjoy! 


Frosting Ingredients 

1-1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

3 TBSP Cocoa

4 TBSP Butter

1 tsp Vanilla

2 TBSP Milk



Mix together and spread on brownies. 

Brownie Ingredients

1 cup Butter

2 cups Sugar

5-6 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil

½ cup Cocoa

4 Eggs

1-1/2 cups Flour

3 tsp Salt



Melt butter and mix with sugar and cocoa. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. 


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Putting this together in a holiday gift basket? 

Add in a little extra goodness with some eye candy from my favorite jewelry boutique. Use my special discount code for 20% off: megnelson17

This is sure to make everyone's holidays extra merry + bright despite the CRAZY 2020 we've all had. 


Wishing you health, wealth, + abundance always!


Megan Nelson, Owner + Founder

Member ID: 10489847


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