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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Monday, November 28, 2016

Glossy Pink Peppermint Lip Balm DIY

This diy was inspired by my favorite holiday ice-cream, Pink Peppermint. Mountain Rose Herbs has a great diy for tinted lip gloss that I had been wanting to try out. Since I was going for more of a balm instead of a gloss I added a little extra beeswax and I'm not really into geranium so I changed the essential oils that I used to suit my needs. I also have been really loving almond oil lately so I used that instead of macadamia nut oil.

This recipe is easier than it seams and is so great for the winter. It has a glossy finish with a rosy hue. You need to make the alkanet root infusion first but that is so simple. 
Its just 5 Tbsp of liquid oil (I use almond) and 1 Tbsp of alkanet root gently heated together in a double boiler until the oil takes on the color of the root. The longer you let it sit the more color will be extracted. strain out the root and you've got your infused oil to use in the lip balm recipe. Watch the video to see how it's done and you can use the directions below to make it easier. 



Pink Peppermint Lip Balm
1 Tbsp plus  1or 2 teaspoons of beeswax 
1 Tbsp of coco butter 
3 Tbsp of your almond oil alkanet infusion
5 drops of peppermint oil
10 drops of vanilla oleoresin 

In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, then the coco butter, then add in your oil and stir till its all combined. Once its all melted add in the essential oils. Poor into lib balm tubes or tins. let sit until hardened. 

This recipe can be changed up depending on what you prefer in a lip balm. If you don't want it to be as glossy and you want it to shield your lips from the winter, add an extra couple teaspoons of beeswax. if you want it to be more buttery add a half Tbsp more of coco butter. if you want it to be more of a straight up gloss play around with using a higher oil to wax/butter ratio. You could even exchange the coco butter for coconut oil and that will make it more of a gloss just definitely put that in a tin instead of a tube. And if you don't quite like how it turns out, melt it down and add a little more of something. I like to test mine out by putting a little bit in a tin and cooling it down in the fridge until it sets. This can be a bit deceiving so let it warm up slightly if you've let it sit in the fridge to long. 

I hope this inspires you to try something new this week. DIY's are so fun for holiday gifts and the extra thought goes a long way to make people feel special. 

Have A great week everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Natural beauty on a budget

Hey! So I've got a new video up. I'm trying some new things out, I'm not sure if I like the song or the Instagram filtered look, but hopefully I'll  keep it up and make some more. I've got a few ideas such as a lipstick diy, and maybe a lip gloss recipe. As I'm writing this my husband is sitting next to me burning a beeswax candle that he just made by squishing it together... He left the match in it and so now it smells like honey and burning hair. I guess he can't ever complain about my diy's haha!

This video features four products that I have been using regularly for a while now. I like them all quite a lot because they all work well for my sensitive skin and nose. My skin can get irritated pretty easily, and my nose can smell everything to an unpleasant extent, like the smell of dust irritates my nose, it's lame. 

Let me know what you think, please don't tell me about that annoying blotch I realized it after it was uploaded, can any of you tell? feel free to complain with me, just not at me haha! Anyway just watch the video I guess. (wow I really need to get better at this, don't I?)


Ok, so my favorite thing is for sure the Buddha butter. Ohmygoodness it is wonderful! I like all the other stuff, but they are just practical things, Buddha butter feels like a luxury. Like a mini spa, a small moment of indulgence. Can you tell that I'm obsessed? even when I was in humid Florida this stuff was essential. It is never to oily for me, and it always works just the way you want a body butter to work. I don't think I have anything interesting to add about the other products so I'm going to end this now and go get ready for bed. Have a great week everyone and happy thanksgiving!