The One with Lip Balm

Have a few spare minutes today? Want to try your hand at an enjoyable and easy DIY project? Read on!

This project is a favorite of mine because it combines two things I love: essential oils and lip balm! Seriously, it’s almost too easy! Why spend money on overpriced lip balm that contains chemicals you can’t even pronounce? {Now, don’t get me wrong, some days I just don’t have time for a DIY with all the littles in my house. On those days, I have a back-up Burt’s Bees lip balm lying around.} This recipe will give you about 14 lip balms so you can save one for those busy days or gift a few to friends and family.

 

Recipe:

  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1 TBSP Beeswax Pellets
  • 1 TBSP Shea Butter
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
  • 10-12 drops of Essential Oil of Choice
  • About 14 lip balm tubes

Directions:

  1. Use double boiler to melt coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter until liquid.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add Vitamin E oil and stir.
  4. Add Essential Oil(s) of Choice and stir.
  5. Pour into lip balm tubes.

Some tips I’ve learned along the way:

  • If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a pan and bowl. Simply add a small amount of water to the pan and place the bowl directly on top of it. {See picture above} Use low-medium heat as the water can start to boil and will cause the water to splash.
  • After removing the ingredients from the pan, I will pour them into a glass Pyrex measuring cup with a spout. This makes it SUPER easy to pour into the small tubes without making a mess. Also, once the mixture starts to harden, you can place in the microwave and quickly zap it to melt it back to liquid form.

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For this recipe today, I used Lavender essential oil. However, the possibilities are endless! Feel free to mix and match to find a scent combo you enjoy. Some combinations that I enjoy are: Lime & Peppermint (smells like a Mojito!), Lavender & Lemon, Grapefruit & Orange and Lemon & Lime. {Please note that Citrus Oils can cause photo-sensitivity}

Click to learn more about the only brand of essential oils I use.

 

 

 

 

 

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The One with the Muffins

I love to bake and try new recipes. My latest obsession is with the recipes from my Fast and Fabulous cookbook by Lisa Leake. She’s the inspiring author and mama behind 100 Days of Real Food. Her recipes are easy, yummy and whole foods.

Today I decided on her Whole Wheat Lemon Raspberry Muffins.

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My oldest has become quite the little sous-chef lately. She’s very proud of the fact that she can crack an egg on her own. I love the fact that we can share something together and not want to pull my hair out.

Since I didn’t have any lemons on hand today I substituted my Lemon essential oil. In this recipe I used about 7 drops but you could definitely use more if you want a bigger punch of Lemon.

These were such simple ingredients which is makes it so easy for Harper to help out. I love that I can show her how to bake–with a few adjustments to accommodate her.

  • a small muffin tin to make it manageable for her small hands to fill. (Plus, it makes it a perfect snack size for the kids)
  • an ice cream scoop for her to fill the muffin tins.
  • a chair to reach the counters

The One with Essential Oils

Essential oils have become an increasingly hot topic lately but one that I wasn’t even aware of until March 2015. At that point I had a 2-year-old and an 8 month old and had been battling illnesses between them and my husband since November 2014. We had what felt like a never-ending revolving door or sickness–the flu, the stomach bug, a cold turned upper respiratory infection, the stomach bug…again, a cold turned upper respiratory infection…again, and a few more thrown in for good measure. I was exhausted and at my wit’s end. I mean, I cleaned my house regularly, we all bathed regularly and ate relatively healthy foods.

So, what was going on??

There are two women that I follow on their blogs–100 Days of Real Food and The Food Babe. Both of these women opened my eyes to all the JUNK in our food and, eventually, in our bath and body products. I started on a journey to rid our pantry (and bathrooms) of all the foods and other items with the extra additives and harmful chemicals. I began making as many of my own bath and body products as I could and researching cleaner/healthier alternatives to our family loved recipes. Now, don’t get me wrong, this was not an overnight occurrence. The kind of change that is needed is slow and tedious, even if needed. We still eat at places like Chick-fil-a and enjoy pizza that’s been delivered but I try to balance it out with fresh fruits and vegetables and less out-of-the-box foods. Balance, I found, has been  key for our family. It’s a slow process converting my family, and myself, to better alternatives when we are so programmed to what is considered “normal”. But that’s a whole other topic and one that both of these ladies have covered extensively.

What I found that was missing, and that I longed for, is a scent profile. Our minds are very much programmed and effected by smells (You can read more in-depth about that here). I wanted to add a pleasing but non-toxic scent to the products I was making. Thus began my research into essential oils. After months of research and back and forth I settled on Young Living essential oils. (You can see why here) 19 months later and I’m still just as in love with their philosophy and products as I was in the beginning. I love having something to use for the scent profile in my DIY products as well as immune support, stinky diapers, stress (hello, two toddlers!), digestive issues, headaches and so much more.

Thus, an oil addict was born.

The One where Play-doh is Made

Having toddlers comes with its own set of standards and rules.

  • Rising with the sun is normal, even exciting.
  • Needing to do everything for themselves is far more enjoyable.
  • Normal attire is a bathing suit over leggings.

 

Its chaotic and monotonous, crazy and lively, frustrating and exhausting. Sometimes it just needs to be more FUN! After all, these little people are just exploring this huge, new world they call home.

Today was one of those days of FUN for us. We made homemade Play-doh!! It was surprisingly easy and added a little spice to our morning. The kids loved picking out the colors for their play-doh and I enjoyed that therapeutic release that always comes with creating something by hand.

So, let’s get our hands dirty and that play-doh cooking!

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Homemade Play-doh

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup Salt
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil (I used Coconut Oil)
  • Food coloring (I used 5-6 drops)
  • 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
  • 4 Quart size Ziploc bags

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Directions:

  • Whisk Flour, Salt and Cream of Tartar in a small/medium pot.
  • Turn burner on medium/low heat.
  • Add in Water, Oil and Food Coloring.
  • Stir constantly until the ingredients become thick and a solid ball begins to form.
  • Once ball is formed, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Add essential oils and knead until thoroughly combined.
  • Store play-doh in a Ziploc bag for future use.

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The essential oils are totally optional. However, if you want to learn more click here to read about the only brand of essential oils I use.