Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Seaweed Bath Salts DIY

These bath salts make my skin so soft, and they are full of minerals that our bodies need and can absorb through our skin. Plus is smells so good! Watch the viedeo below, or if you prefer to watch it on youtube click HERE



I love to use epsoms salt in every bath that I take because it has loads of magnesium that is so important for our bodies. Magnesium is important for nearly every function of the body. You need it for proper nerve and muscle function, blood glucose control, and energy production among many many other processes. Magnesium can be a bit difficult to get enough of, but thankfully it is readily absorbed by the skin and we can take advantage of that by taking baths with epsom salt. This recipe also uses powdered kelp which is a seaweed that is chock full of nutrients. When we put nutritious elements in our baths we can take in those nutrents and use them without needing to drink them. Like who likes seaweed unless its on sushi anyway? Ooo, those seaweed chip things are pretty good!


Ingredients 

  • 20 drops of essential oils such as eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, myrtil, etc.
  • 1 cup epsoms salt
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 3 TBSP powdered kelp


Mix to combine. Store in an airtight container. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup in a nice warm bath.

*In the video I say to use dulse. Dulse is not the same as kelp but can be found in the same area. I'm not sure if it would work as well. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Setting Obtainable Yearly Goals

I like goals, lists, and and writing things down. What I don't like is setting a goal and feeling like I absolutely must do it right away, or start on it right now, which even if I don't set an immediate deadline, I'm still going to feel like it needs to get done right away because that's the only thing on my list, or just one of a few things on that list. For some reason when I have a big list I don't feel as pressured to do everything. Probably because it gives me options to choose what I want to do. When I set goals in this way it helps me to stay motivated and able to get more things done without getting distracted from my list since I have so many options.

I've got another video for you so as always, Click HERE to go directly to the video on youtube or watch it below.


How I do this is every year for my birthday I take the age that I am (or just turned) and I set that many goals to get done by the time my next birthday comes around. I set easy goals and harder goals so that I am able to do the easy ones when I need motivation to do the harder/bigger goals. Setting my goals in this way helps me to stay motivated and to not get stressed and give up. I put them on paper and pin them up so that I can see what I've done and  so that I don't forget what else I want to do. Sometimes Life just gets in the way so I use this method to stay focused.   I like to set things like "exercise every day" because even though I'm not going to exercise in the "workout for 45 min at a time" way every day it reminds me to at least do something, even if its just running around chasing my son I still get my heart rate up. Sometimes I just need to have some wiggle room for a lot of fun.

I like to not have my goals in much of any order, other than maybe if my goals go together. Like say I want to finish painting my house, I'll put that with all indoor house kinds of things, this includes decluttering, getting 6 cross stitches done, etc. Some of you might find it less stressful and easier to do if everything is organized from easiest to hardest, or all in categories, or whatever, just make sure you know what kinds of goals work well for you and what keeps you on track. You can even start small with monthly goal lists to figure out what keeps you the most motivated and the least distracted from your goals. This works for some daily and weekly goals too. But only some. Things like cleaning lists, or sometimes project lists, but of course not things that deserve immediate attention.

I like to write my list down a couple of times, refining it and really getting a list of goals that will work for me. Sometimes I wright things that are just filler because I haven't thought of anything better yet, but once I get to a list that really aligns to my needs I organize them just a little so that they are a bit easier to find, and then I put them on a bigger piece of paper that I can see easily on my pin board.

I like to mark things off as I go, a highlighter usually looks best for me because I can easily see what I've done and because sometimes I will mark out a goal with a pen and add something different to my list. that way I can tell the difference between things I've added and things that no longer align with my life.


  • Make a list of all the things you want done
  • Don't just put boring lame things, maybe one or two of those if its the only way to motivate you to do them, but put mostly things that will enrich your life and bring you joy. 
  • Take the number of the age that you are and set that many goals to accomplish by your next birthday
  • Make sure you have easy and harder to achieve goals
  • Pin them up somewhere that you look often so that you are reminded to work on your goals 
  • Don't forget to tell yourself how awesome you are when you get something done. 





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Friday, January 13, 2017

Recovery and Self Care

I haven't posted anything the last two weeks because I got a ridiculous cold like thing just before new years. Suffice to say it was awful and lasted way to long for my liking. I don't get sick very often so when I do I like to take advantage of the situation and try to enjoy myself. When I was sick this last time I finished reading a book series, colored in a new coloring book I gave myself for Christmas, wore fun colorful socks, took plenty of baths, snuggled in lots of blankets, and drank TONS of tea. Also I whined, acted miserable, and was a general pain in my husbands butt. A nice change from my point of view, haha!

So, when I started to get better I made nourishing broths full of herbs like nettles, thyme, and rosemary. I wanted to get lots of minerals so I salted my food decently, utilized as many herbs as I could, and took baths in epsoms salt. It was nice to take time for myself, however when all was said and done my house needed a little tlc. Once I had enough energy I made sure to try and have fun while cleaning my house. Oddly, having my three year old help me while we listened to music (that annoyed my husband, but he didn't complain! He's such a sweetheart.) really helped. We danced and giggled, threw ourselves onto the bed, played hide and seek and somehow got the house clean.

Now I'm working on getting back into my regular routine. I've really liked not needing to exercise, but it is such an important part of self care that really makes me feel better. I've started a 30 day yoga thing that Tim Senesi is doing, 30 days to the total yoga body. I'm only on day three because of me being sick, but I really like that he doesn't have music and he tells you how to do the poses correctly. Anyway, its been nice to get back into a routine that I don't need to think about. I just go to the next day and do something gentle and not to difficult so that I can give my body time to adjust.

Alright, well now that I've let you know that I haven't fallen off the planet, I'm going back to deciding if I want to paint or color. Have a great weekend and hopefully, if the roads don't get to icy,  I'll have a video up in a few days.


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Bubbling Bath Salts

This DIY like most of my DIY's is extremely easy, however this one only requires TWO ingredients! How cool is that?! Like my last few posts this one has a video too! Click HERE to go directly to that video on youtube, or watch it below.



Materials:

  • Mixing bowl 
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • 1/3 cup measuring cup
  • mixing spoon
  • sheet pan


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Epsom salts
  • 1/3 cup body wash


Mix everything together then spread evenly on a sheet pan and let air dry for 24 hours. I like to let it dry for up to 48 hours, and I like to stir and re-spread it every 12 hours but that isn't necessary.

Store in an airtight container, mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salts with running water for your bath.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

DIY Natural Beauty Gift Basket

This is a simple little gift basket that I put together using dome diy beauty products and some chocolate, plus a homemade gift tag that I made at a party. Don't Forget to watch the video to see how I put it together!
if you would rather watch the video on youtube follow the link HERE.





Basic lip balm recipe;
In a double boiler, Melt 1 Tbsp beeswax, 2 Tbsp cocoa butter, 1 Tbsp almond oil, a few drops of tangerine and vanilla oil. pour into containers.

DIY ginger snap body scrub

Pink Peppermint Lip balm I used a different one but I haven't posted that recipe yet.

The goats milk soap is a basic melt and poor soap from etsy.

Berry basket from target

Alter eco chocolate bars

Honey patties

Other things you could add are things like a mini loofah, tea, bath salts, clay mask, bubble bath, nail polish, lotion, anything that you like that is shelf stable.


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I'm not sponsored by anyone, I just really like these chocolates and they were on sale, so extra bonus!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Gingersnap Body Scrub DIY

HEY! I did another video! This week I made a gingersnap body scrub. Gingersnaps are my favorite cookies to make and to eat this time of year and I love to make sugar cookie body scrubs so I thought why not use molasses and make gingersnap body scrubs! I also figured the spices would be a bit warming this time of year too. You can use essential oils instead of the spices, but I felt like keeping it simple and making a recipe that pretty much anyone can make without buying anything special. I used sugar for this scrub (duh, cookies! am I right?) and I used coconut oil and almond oil for the moisturizer. I wanted to use coconut oil because I wanted that rich fattiness to kind of mimic butter without, you know, using butter. Anyway this is such a fun recipe because I felt like I was making cookies but unlike cookies this will last longer. Wouldn't this make such a cute gift pared with some homemade gingersnap cookies? If you would rather watch the video on youtube you can easily click the link HERE.




Ingreadiants: 
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (or 1 cup white with 2 Tbsp molasses)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup liquid oil (such as almond)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp ginger, ground
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice)
  *optional body wash/liquid body soap, 1 tsp to 1 tbsp

Directions: 
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
This also works well as a lip scrub just make sure you don't put any soap in it if you use it for that. You can  use just coconut oil and use a little extra to make tubes of lip scrub also. Maybe I should make a video on that.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wonderful Wintergreen Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are really fun use but they can be a bit of a pain to make. My preferred way of making them is without the water and just putting it in a container to sprinkle it in. For gifts you can put it in a sachet with enough for a single use. Like bath packets that you would buy at the store. I like to mix up bath bombs with ingredients that  I want mixed into my bath that can clump up, such as goats milk powder, oat flour, etc. The reaction helps mix in ingredients when you have a cooler bath also. When you use a powdered color it is helpful to be able to mix it in with the reaction as well. If you don't want to bother with the citric acid, you can use cream of tartar, or even baking powder in place of the baking soda/citric acid combo will work. But if you want to go really crazy you could skip the acid in the bomb and just use the baking soda then when you go to put it in the bath add in apple cider vinegar to create the reaction. That would make it really easy to make the bath bomb but you would need to add them both at the beginning of the bath for it to incorporate all the way.  Don't forget to watch the video below or you can go to it on youtube HERE.
I have tried to make Bath bombs with melted coconut oil before, and it does help them to stay together but it also doesn't mix into the bath quite as well but if your water is really warm/hot then you could probably get away with it just make sure your area that your mixing everything together is nice and warm otherwise the coconut oil will harden before you get everything mixed in.



Ingredients 
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
3 1/2 Tbsp Epsom salt
1/4 - 1/2 tsp mineral pigment
2 Tbsp Almond oil
5 Drops wintergreen oil
5 drops of vanilla
Spray bottle of water (optional)

Mix together the dry ingredients with a whisk you could sift the baking soda beforehand to get out all the clumps. Add in the oils. Spread out the mixture and mist with water, mix, repeat until it comes together when squeezed. Press firmly into a mold and turn it out.

Or skip the water and place mixture in a clean container and sprinkle a couple of tablespoons into a bath.

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