Crafting:, Going Chewie, Inside the Home, Mom

Make It @ Home: Mood lifting Body Sprays

I love good smells. Who doesn’t? Am I right?

Spraying myself with good smelling goodness was always part of my routine, from the time I was in Jr. High, until I conceived my first child. When I learned what it means to have the word fragrance on an ingredient list I started second guessing the products I was using, along with those I was spraying all around me.

As the gatekeeper to my body, my home, and my children I look for better products now.

Therefore, I am wicked excited to share this recipe! You can use basic ingredients to achieve the same goal! Essential oils, Water, Witch Hazel, and Vegetable Glycerin!

By using essential oils to replace the body sprays, not only am I smelling good, but I can help others at the same time!

Did you know, you don’t necessarily have to be able to smell an oil to receive it’s benefits?

Also, good moods are contagious. Don’t let anyone bring you down!

So without further ado, here is the recipe along with some combinations you can use in your body spray!

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Basic Body Spray Recipe

In a 2 oz spray bottle,

Add essential oils of choice

Fill 1/4 of the bottle with Witch Hazel

Fill 1/4 of the bottle with Vegetable Glycerin

Fill rest of bottle with Distilled Water

Label, Shake, and Spray!

Essential Oil Combinations

Pick Me Up

    10 drops peppermint

    10 drops lemon

Tantrum b gone

    10 drops white angelica

    10 drops stress away

Cuz I’m happy

    8 drops lime

    8 drops orange

    8 drops lemon

    8 drops grapefruit

 

My oils of choice are Young Living essential oils. Their Seed to Seal promise brings me comfort. The benefits I notice from using these oils surpasses any oil I have ever used. I highly recommend then, and am always willing to share if you are willing to learn more!

If you like this recipe, please share with your friends, and let me know how it has helped you! Connecting with new people is why I do what I do!

 

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Make it @ Home: Honey Lavender Lip Balm

Winter sucks.

With winter comes dry heat air, cold, and with that, more time and money spent on winter personal products. Especially if you’re like me and have a hard enough time staying hydrated as it is.

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My skin wants to crumble and fly away with the wind once December hits, but nothing is effected more than my lips. Those pesky things. In order to keep lips happy you need some form of lip balm.

Let’s pause for a moment and think about your conventional lip balm in that sleek little tube. If price is your decision maker, you’re lathering your lips with a product made primarily from petroleum. Petroleum is not only an unsustainable product, its horrible for you to be lathering it on your skin.

If your goal is healthy lip skin without the yuck, well, EWG.org has a list of the best and worst balms. I don’t know about you, but I can not afford to spend $2.99 every week on a tube of amazing lip balm and to actively choose between potential cancer and money, is no way to live.

Luckily for the scatter brain blessed such as myself, there is a solution. The solution is to make your own! If you want something done right you have to do it yourself!

The best part about making them myself is getting rid of the worry of what is in it, or how many I lose. I’ll just grab another out of the fridge.^^

Tip: Keeping them in the fridge helps them last longer. I would recommend letting the tin thaw a little before use as the cold beeswax will cause it to be pretty hard to use.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Beeswax pellets: $10.89 per lb. 0.03lbs = 2 tbsp = $0.33
  1. Shea butter: $5.69 per 7oz = 0.48oz = $0.39
  1. Coconut oil: $21.75 for 54 oz = 0.39 / oz = 0.95oz = $0.37
  1. Sweet almond oil: $13.95 / 16 oz. 0.03
  1. Lavender oil: $10ish when purchased through young living starter kit 15 drops $1.60
  1. Frankincense Oil: $10ish when blah blah Young Living 5 drops = 0.55
  1. Raw honey: $15.95 for 3.0lbs 0.01lb = $0.05

$3.32 for roughly 16 oz of lip balm.

That’s $0.41 per tin.

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One recipe made roughly (8) 2oz tins of lip balm. Lip balm without petroleum products and without breaking the bank at all. I can lose $0.41 a week.

To learn more about how essential oils can change your life, and those of the lives around you, feel free to connect with me.

Let me teach you all I’ve learned so we may go on this wellness journey together. 💜

Disclaimer: I do not have a medical background and do not diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases, neither does Young Living. Please consult with your physician before beginning any new diet or wellness regiments. I’m just a mama sharing what I’ve learned in my own oily journey. 💙

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Sorting Inventory: Entrance Way

Today I get to go to HMart. For those of you unfamiliar it is the Walmart for Asians, but with a food court. There’s all sorts of things you can’t find anywhere else. Believe it or not, we don’t have a decent Korean store, ya know the ones you could rent tapes from, and your mom went to church with the owners so sometimes she would just pay later. You know the one I’m talking about. When we went to Florida a couple years ago, I found one because where I live now, we don’t have one. It’s shocking. We have Asian food stores, but its not the same thing. So when my mom needs something specific, she goes to HMart. She wants to make Kimchi, so we get to go. This isn’t even what I’m writing about today, I’m just that excited.

Today I’m going to start showing you my house!^^

Ok, it’s an apartment, and I’m only showing you one part, and no, it’s not my kitchen. But First!

When we first moved into this apartment, I was 8 months pregnant. Everything was put into reach. Everything was put in a very easily accessible spot. Now that I have full range of motion back, everything needs to change.

The other day I started my organizing the house project by “creating an entryway”. I noticed in a lot of vlogs and blogs that a set entryway is very important. They are absolutely right. It really is nice to have a place to put your keys so you don’t have to make sure you remember to slot in “look for the keys” time when you’re leaving for work. We tried having a set place to put keys before, but with a set up entry way, you are forced to put your keys in that spot. Where else would you put them? Ok on with the pictures.

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 This is what my entrance way looks like now. We bought the coat hangers a few months ago, but that is a bookshelf we bought from Walmart that has been sitting in another spot. It’s been mostly empty except for a mountain of things gathering on the top of it. In the spot there was a chair that had a mountain of clothes on it, 90% my work clothes. The first thing I did was put everything that didn’t belong in the living room, into the appropriate room.

Second, I took a big empty diaper box, and put EVERYTHING that was on the top of that bookcase into it, except for the trash, you know, papers and things that get tossed on it. I still have yet to go through this box, but luckily we have an extra bedroom that literally just has storage in it for now.

WP_20131108_004On top of the bookshelf we have our change bottles. These are just glass milk bottles that we get at a local market. Some day I am planning on decorating them, but for now they still serve their purpose! We sort change into pennies, dimes and nickles, and quarters. We do laundry at the laundromat. This method is useful so we don’t have to worry about getting quarters. The next time we have to do laundry we usually have enough.  Next to the change bottles is a 3 cup thing that we bought at Target. This is my new designated keys area, also my name tag.

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In the bookshelf I am planning on keeping a few things that we need to grab on the way out, diaper bag, electric pump, B’s shoes (when I figure out where the other one went), hats, and gloves. I have to be careful how I plan spaces, simply because of B. I am trying to organize, but be baby friendly at the same time, which really limits options, but it also adds a level of difficulty to the challenge. I only have to worry about this in the living area, since the kitchen is gated off, and everyplace else has doors.

Tada! I am really proud of how this turned out. I have absolutely no skills in this department, and it’s hard to find organizing tips in the space that I am living. Hopefully this segment gives you some ideas on how to organize your own small space, by using different things that you already have. I still have yet to get to the box of things from the top of that bookshelf.

/grin

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Going Chewie: Homemade Linoleum Floor Cleaner

Today I cleaned my kitchen floor.  This may not sound like a big deal to most, but today I did it with a cleaner that I made myself, which always makes it better. It’s the ultimate win win, clean kitchen floor, accomplished mommy. Plus making my own cleaners makes me feel like a scientist.. MY CREATION!

Okay so it’s not entirely my creation. I look around the interwebs and usually end up combining ideas from other random people to make something spectacular. So without further ado, here is how I cleaned my kitchen floor! (I don’t have pictures, because I’m planning on bombarding your eye balls with lots of pictures coming soon. Imagination should work for now.)

I used a microfiber cloth that I picked up from the super market. I literally was on my way to get something else and saw it, figured I would give it a go. I will say that if cheapy store brand microfiber works that good, I cannot wait to get my hands on some good quality microfiber clothes. I think I’m hooked. Thank god, because I’m really sick of buying paper towels.

I have a 5 gallon pickle bucket that I use for a cleaning bucket. Why spend money on a bucket when I can get one that is just going to be recycled? Ask your local deli department or even bakery, since they get giant frosting buckets. It depends on your grocery store, but most will let you purchase a bucket or two for pretty cheap.

Ingredients:

~one gallon of hot water

~1 1/2 cup of vinegar

~3 drops dish soap

~3 drops baby oil

~15 drops each of lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil

I don’t know why but lavender and tea tree is my favorite scent right now.

I mixed them all in the bucket dunked my microfiber cloth, and begin to wash! The baby oil adds some sheen, I used Dawn blue dish soap for grease cutting factor, and increased the vinegar a little based on a lot of recipes I read because well, my floor needed it.

Vinegar is a great cleaner because of the non toxic and also acidic properties. I just buy a big gallon of regular white distilled vinegar. There is a Heinz Cleaning Vinegar that has 6% acidity instead of the normal 5%, I haven’t tried this out yet to see if there is that much of a difference. If you have, let me know!

/cheer

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My Projects for the next week

Hello! I didn’t post yesterday. I’m awful. There is a lot of my mind this past week and there have been alot of things happening (both good and bad) that have taken up my mind. B has his 9 month appt on wednesday, Ez’s birthday is on thrusday, and my house is a complete disaster. So. I did what any person would do. I took a vacation off from work. Seems logical. So, Starting on Wednesday i am going to be organizing my house. One room at a time. I’m going to do my best to take pictures and write about my experiences.

I am not an organizing person. I don’t have the creative thinking mind to look at a space and go, “yeah, this is the most efficient way of doing things.” So i watch organizing videos. At least I try to. Here’s the thing, most organization video people have houses, or at least nice looking rental spaces. I have a 2 bedroom apartment. A small 2 bedroom apartment. With a hallway kitchen, and minimal closet space. As in almost none.

So I will be doing an organize your small apartment series as I work through projects throughout my home. Hopefully this will help those of you that are struggling with organizing small spaces as well. Cheap. Did I mention cheap? Yeah.

I am looking forward to sharing this info with you soon! If you know of any good organizing tips, or anythings specifically you would like to make sure I document, let me know! 

 

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