Sunshine Sugar Scrub

Sandal weather is coming and my heels need some work!  Since Lemon is our Oil of the Month, I thought it fitting to make up a batch of Sunshine Sugar Scrub using my lemon essential oils.  This scrub is a GREAT way to pamper your feet in the shower each morning.  Just massage a little bit into your heels and rinse.  After a few weeks, you’ll notice smoother skin AND you’ll get to enjoy the fresh, invigorating lemon scent each morning. Sunshine Sugar Scrub 1 cup sugar (I used Organic Raw, so it’s a little coarser and yellow) 1/8 cup coconut oil (great moisturizer, or olive oil works too) grated lemon peel (from one lemon) 15 drops lemon oil Step one:  melt your coconut oil Step two:  add lemon peel to sugar, then pour melted coconut oil on top, mix until oil is evenly distributed Step three:  add lemon essential oil and mix into the scrub That’s it!  Took me about 5 minutes, and this recipe made enough to fill one jelly size mason jar – perfect to keep in my shower.  Perfect way to treat myself every morning! Need a quick start on making the most of every day?  A way to jump in and start enjoying life while you are planning out your next year?  Check out Make the Most of Every Day and start creating a life you love right away!!! *this post contains affiliate...
Joyful Lotion Bars

Joyful Lotion Bars

Since the oil for the month is Joy, this felt like the perfect time to try a little project I’ve been wanting to create for a while. Lotion bars I had about half the ingredients on hand from other projects and ordered the rest from Amazon.  I’ve included links in case you are interested in exactly what I used.  This project didn’t use much of each ingredient so I have LOTS left for future use. I have this fun heart shaped silicone tray and that’s what I used for my mold.  I think I picked it up at IKEA years ago for a few dollars.  The entire project was super simple and took about ten minutes – I can’t give you an exact time as I was also making dinner and packing lunches at the same time!!! Joyful Lotion Bars 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (I picked mine up from Aldi, so no link to the actual product) 15 drops Joy essential oil 1/4 t. vitamin E oil (GreatFull Skin 10000 IU Natural Vitamin E Oil for Scars, and Stretch Marks, Unscented, 1 Ounce) 1/4 cup Shea Butter (Raw Unrefined African Organic Pure Grade A, lvory Natural Shea Butter,1 lb– Use In DIY Whipped Body Butter,Lip Balm,Hand Cream,Eye Cream,Face Moisturizer,Kids Cream, Deep Hair Conditioner.) 1/4 cup Beeswax pellets (The Best Organic Yellow Beeswax Pellets 1Ib By White Naturals – Top Quality, 100% Pure, Triple Filtered) Step 1:  put all the ingredients in a glass container (I was lazy and just used the coconut oil jar as it was almost empty) Step 2:  boil a pot of water and then place...
5 Easy Ways to Live a Little “Greener”

5 Easy Ways to Live a Little “Greener”

In a nod to Earth Day this week, I thought I’d share a few easy ways to live a little greener – and as a bonus, most of these ideas are also healthier for you! Reusable bottles – this is SO simple to do.  I keep all our reusable bottles in the wine rack above our “drink station” so it’s easy to grab a bottle, fill it up with water and go. Oils for scents versus store bought plug-ins.  Almost daily I run a diffuser or two with a few drops of an essential oil and water.  Better for the environment (less packaging and chemicals) and still leads to a delicious smelling house!  A mix of Thieves and Cinnamon Bark is my current favorite. Paper scraps.  Next to my desk I have a big basket for recycled paper – scraps left over from cutting out something I printed, sheets that only had one side printed on them but the other side is blank, etc.  Anytime I need a piece of paper for a quick list, note taking or the kids want a sheet for drawing, we grab from the basket.  Less paper use = more trees for our environment. Buy used.  Not everything obviously, but if you need something, why not first see if you have something already that will suffice, and if not, consider buying it used – often you’ll save money too! Buy local.  This is a favorite of mine – especially when it comes to food.  Buying local eliminates the need for food transportation and as an added bonus the food is fresher and tastier.  It’s...
Add some excitement to your shower!

Add some excitement to your shower!

Another official creative endeavor for the month!  I thought this would be easy, so I merrily went along creating my batch of amazing heart shaped bath fizzies after combining about a zillion different recipes I found.  I’m sure you can guess where this is heading . . . epic fail. Here is my first batch: Yep, just a big clump of stuff! I didn’t give up, I just did a little research and discovered that my mistake was in adding the water too quickly.  So if you give this recipe a try (and I would since it really was simple once I got the hang of it), go slow with adding the water.  I plan on breaking the failed batch in pieces and using them myself, so even if you mess up, they won’t go to waste! Successful Bath Fizzies 1 cup baking soda 2/3 cup citric acid (find it in the canning section or Amazon: Citric Acid – 1 Pound – Food Grade , Non-GMO, Organic, 100% Pure) 1 cup arrowood (or you could use cornstarch if you prefer) 1 and 1/2 T olive oil or jojoba oil essential oils (I made three batches:  Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender) water in a spray bottle Step 1:  Stir together the baking soda, citric acid and arrowood until well mixed. Step 2:  Pull out 1/3 of the mixture into a smaller bowl (makes it easier to handle and also to create different scents).  Add 1/2 T oil and 5 to 10 drops essential oil.  Mix well.  Repeat this process with rest of fizzy mixture. Step 3:  Here is where things get tricky . . . spray...
No need to be a hippy to make your own deodorant!

No need to be a hippy to make your own deodorant!

Making your own deodorant?  Pretty crunchy, right?  I thought so too, but actually it is pretty simple and a great way to reduce the chemicals you put on your skin.   As the largest organ, anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.  Kinda scary when you stop to think about it.  I typically use Tom’s Deodorant – and probably will continue to in the summer, but this five-minute project is a great way to save some money (that stuff is EXPENSIVE) and will take care of your stinky needs most of the year. As I mentioned yesterday, Bergamot is a natural deodorant (among its many other terrific properties).  And it smells so good, I had to give this a try – I’ve had a recipe for homemade deodorant I found several years ago on Passionate Homemaking, but never got around to actually making it.  But adding Bergamot?  I’m in!  I tweaked the recipe a little and here is what I came up with: Homemade Bergamot Deodorant 6 T coconut oil 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup arrowroot (or 12 – 16 drops Bergamot Essential Oil Step one:  Mix the baking soda, arrowroot and Bergamot into the coconut oil until well blended.   It should have the consistency of solid deodorant, and thanks to the Bergamot will smell delicious! Step two:  Scoop into a jar – I used a small jelly type jar with a wide mouth. Step three:  Dip your fingers into the jar and apply deodorant. Simple right?  But, does it work?  That’s the big question.  I wouldn’t share this recipe without actually testing...
Mom’s Toolbox – New Monthly Calls!

Mom’s Toolbox – New Monthly Calls!

So, do you feel like essential oils are a little too out there?  Or maybe you just aren’t sure how to use them?  If you need a little extra help learning how to use essential oils to help your family, I invite you to join us in 2014 for FREE monthly education calls.     Each month we’ll explore a different topic – join one or join them all – they will ALL be informative and USEFUL – something we can all benefit from: January -Cleaning with Essential Oils February -Romatic Essential Oils March -Allergy Essential Oils April -Weight Loss Essential Oils May -First Aid Essential Oils June -Essential Oils for Pets July -Skin Care Essential Oils August -Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Small Children September -Raindop Essential Oils October -Daily Essential Oils November -Essential Oils for Men December -12 Oils of Scripture The first call is this Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:00 EST – you’ll find out how to use essential oils for natural and safe cleaning in your home! By signing up, you’ll receive a 30 minute training call along with a recording of the call (so you can refer back later), a pdf with information and room for notes, and the experience and knowledge of two experienced oil educators and users! Sign up below for the first month’s call: [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form] Shared on Inspire Me...

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