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DIY Non-Petroleum Jelly

DIY Non-Petroleum Jelly

DIY Felted Soap Marriage is all about compromise. David's family keeps the butter on the counter. My family keeps the butter in the fridge. Compromise: we keep the butter on the counter, covered, and for short amounts of time I like liquid soap for the shower. David likes bar soap for the shower. (I think it gets gross when it makes a pile of goo on the shower edge) Compromise: I made felted soap Here's what you'll need: *wool batting *soap *hot water You can look up a ton of youtube videos on how to do this if you please. 1. 2. 3. We had lots of fun just hanging out and rubbing soap together. I'm going to miss you so much Lynette.

Homemade Lip Balm | FIMBY You've stumbled upon one of my most popular posts. You might also enjoy let's talk lip balm. After making my own lip balm I will never buy it again. It's easy, cheap, 100% natural and good for your lips, especially this time of year. Ingredients 1/2 oz. Directions In a small pot over medium low heat melt beeswax, coconut oil, lanolin and vitamin E. This recipe makes enough for 3 - 3/4 oz tins (see photo for size) and one 1 1/2 oz jar. Notes I prefer to measure kitchen cosmetics with a scale but I included the approximate tsp. measurements for those without a scale. All ingredients can be found at a natural food store or ordered from an online store such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Some people are allergic to lanolin. I always use solid honey, that's just the kind of have. This recipe makes enough to last our family of 5 several months, plus I usually give away a tin from each batch I make.

30 Challenges for 30 Days Did you know that it takes 30 days to form a new habit? The first few days are similar as to how you would imagine the birth of a new river. Full of enthusiasm it gushes forth, only to be met by strong obstacles. The path is not clear yet, and your surroundings don’t agree. So, take a moment to reflect on the question ‘Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ Check out this short TED talk first to get inspired: Now pick one or more challenges and stick with them! However, be cautioned, picking too many challenges at the same time can easily result in a failure of all of them. #1 Write a I-Like-This-About-You note/text/email each day for someone (Easy) This is the perfect way to let someone else know you care. #2 Talk to one stranger each day (Hard) This is a great one to cure approaching anxiety. #3 Take one picture each day (Hard) This one gets harder nearing the end of the challenge because at one point you will run out of the easy shots. #5 Take a 30 minute walk each day (Easy) We recommend:

EXPERT SECRETS | DIY Sugar Wax - BEAUTY WOO ME - DIY beauty tutorials, expert beauty secrets and a bunch of other stuff... {Image from this etsy shop where you can buy sugar wax if you don't want to make it. We are not affiliated. I just like the way they look. Let me know if you buy the wax!} Hello lovely reader. DO YOU ever make your own beauty products? My favorite, though, is homemade sugar wax or DIY sugaring (whatever you cal it). It's so quick and easy, dirt cheap (you have all the ingredients stocked in your pantry already, swear), non-toxic, hurts less than both strip and hard wax, and rinses clean off, so you don't have sticky spots on your skin when finished; it doesn't clog your pores (Hello?! Sugar Wax Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lemon juice Seriously. Simmer all ingredients in sauce pan on medium-high heat until amber, but don't scorch. Cool until you can handle the wax without it being too runny or sticky. Clean yer skin where you're planning to wax. Frankly, that sounds like a better night, to me, than a night on the tiles... My age is showing, isn't it?

how to make cute bookmarks Cindy with Skip to my Lou is hosting a month of sewing ideas for a handmade holiday season. Pop on over there to see what inspires you. I joined in on the fun with these pretty, cute bookmarks and journal wraps. Do you have a book worm or writer you can gift to this holiday season? Materials: Ribbon or bias tapeScissorsNeedle and thread¼” ElasticBook or journal Ribbon Option: Create a rolled ruffle about 2 inches longer than the book or journal. Fold under each end of the ribbon. Cut a piece of elastic to fit the book or journal. Insert the decorative bookmark in your favorite book or wrap it around your journal. Bias Tape Option: Cut a piece of bias tape the length of a book or journal. You can use them as bookmarks or book decorations. Double up on one book for more personality and fun! Or wrap the strap all the way around a journal to keep it closed. Looking for more unique DIY gift options? Go and be pretty – Sara

How to Make a Friendship Bracelet How to Make a Friendship Bracelet. A friendship bracelet has a knot as a symbol of a friendship that can't be broken. Let your friends know how special they are with a hand-tied friendship bracelet. Use a mix of yours and your friend's favorite colors for a more special bracelet. Things You'll Need HempClipboardsYardsticksScissorsEmbroidery FlossBeads show more Select two colors of embroidery floss for your friendship bracelet. Cut three 27-inch strands of each color to make a total of six strands. Hold the ends of all six strands together and make a knot about 1 inch from one end. Secure the knotted end by clipping it on a clipboard. Separate the colors so you have three strands of one color on the right and three strands of the other color on the left. Pick up the three strands on the left. Wrap them over and under all three strands on the right, forming a loop. Poke the strands through the loop and pull tight, forming a single knot. Pick up the three strands on the right.

All Natural Lip Balm The week leading up to the new year wasn't exactly how I had pictured it. It was the last week of the boys winter break. I had envisioned walks around downtown looking at the lights, taking down the Christmas tree together, continuing our holiday baking marathon and maybe even a little post Christmas mall browsing. Thankfully, I had made a big batch of lip balm the week before Christmas to give as little handmade gifts to my girlfriends. This recipe is super simple. The recipe came from this blog last year and I tweaked it a bit and she grabbed it from this book where she had tweaked it a bit. Sweet Orange Lip Balm 8 Tablespoons Coconut Oil 3 Tablespoons Beeswax 1.5 Tablespoons Raw Honey 30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (if you want color) 1/2 stick of natural lipstick (I like Jane Iredale and Josie Moran) Place oil, beeswax and honey in a double boiler (or heatproof bowl resting on top of a small saucepan of simmering water). Place the pan or bowl in a larger bowl full of cold water.

No Slip Bookmark Tutorial I have so many books requested at the library right now! I love books they may be my favorite thing, but bookmarks I have an issue with. I've always been a dog ear person (you know, folding down the top corner of the page to mark my spot). Bookmarks always fall out then I have no clue where I was. But I don't like to dog ear books that don't belong to me (or even some that do). I love it because it fits all different size books. Sew a length of ribbon around a hair tie, attach a button on the other end (I gathered the ribbon under the button for interest) and your set! By using our thomas sabo chains and dental insurance facility, you can carry your anne klein watches anywhere along with you.

Halloween Specimens, Potion Bottles, and Apothecary Jars Halloween is the one time a year where everyone can get away with putting their strangest collectibles on display. So, take full advantage -- light up those squishy little Halloween specimens in glass jars, fill the potion bottles with colorful liquids adorned with vintage label designs, and top off the apothecary jars with edible candy sweets and/or gruesome appetizers to indulge your guests in an unforgettably strange Halloween party. Potions, elixirs, and specimens have been bottled up since the middle ages, as one of the earliest ancient medical practices to be able to easily distinguish and dispense pharmaceutical mixtures in both healing and poisonous forms. Bottles, jars, beakers, and vials can be attributed to countless scary stories and strange lore inclusive of visions of Witches conjuring up creepy concoctions in the kitchen, to a Mad Scientist's secret laboratory with frightful preserved body parts and experiments while creating mere doom boiling over... Image - WebSpinstress

Lotion Bits - All Natural - Melts in the Palm of your Hands Lotion Bits - kids love them! Keep them in a small jar in the bathroom and after a shower just grab one, put it in the palm of your hands and rub your hands together! The solid shape will "melt" in your hands and you can put it all over! My nieces love it because it's not just lotion, but it's safe and non-toxic and they like to use it on their lips as well! If you only need a little, you can grab a thinner piece - for the whole body grab a big one! Items Needed: Take a small pot and fill it about halfway with water (you may need to empty some of it out). That's it - you're done! *Optional: I also dyed some of mine with beet juice.

Bath Bomb Surprise Tutorial For my son’s seventh birthday party I wanted to make party favors that didn’t cost very much, were mostly hand made, and that weren’t stupid cheap plastic games that would break immediately. I made pirate booty bags out of some pirate fabric I already had, put some chocolate coins in each one, some fake dollar bills, a few plastic play rings, and one surprise bath bomb which the kids could use in their next bath and after watching the ball fizz for a couple of minutes in the bath a prize would drop out of the center of it. Because the trinkets you use will be immediately immersed in water you need to choose water proof ones. Plastic bugs or rings (shown in this tutorial) are all good choices. They also need to be small. This project is not difficult, but it has one tricky aspect to it which is that baking soda and citric acid combined will foam and fizz when in contact with too much moisture, which is what you want it to do in your bath. That is the only tricky part of this project. 1.

Mommy Blessings: Potion Bottle Labels Tutorial Just in time for Halloween – We’ve raided the Fairy Godmothers Potion Cabinet. Pull up your magic wand or broom and enjoy a fun How To Make Your Own Potion’s Bottle Labels Post. We even got some more sinister ingredients from our Fairy Godmother’s less than trustworthy sister, the Wicked Witch, and borrowed a bit from the Hogwarts Potion Store as well. You can spend a pretty penny buying potion bottle decorations this time of year – or for a fraction of the cost make your own. I used leftover food and oil bottles that I’ve accumulated over the past couple of months with this craft in mind. Also I treated myself to a few odd shaped bottles found at the local thrift store and paid around $1 each. Supplies needed: Bottles, Paper (from printer to decorative depending on your budget), tea bags (for antiquing the paper), Mod Podge & Paint Brush, Ultra-fine Sharpies (colored ones too). The first thing I did was antiqued the printer paper. Can’t come up with some potions names of your own.

21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You're Depressed. A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things. I’ve had depression for as long as I can remember. It’s manifested in different ways. I did therapy. So, this Cult of Happy article just set me off. It’s bad enough without people ramming Happy Tips at you through facebook. A friend of mine suggested that I write something from my point of view because, surprisingly, I manage to give an outwards impression of having my shit together. So, here it is. My 21 Tips on Keeping Your Shit Together During Depression 1) Know that you’re not alone. 2) Understand that the Happy People are usually acting out of some genuine (albeit misguided) concern for you, that it’s coming from a good place, even if the advice feels like you’re being blamed for your disease. 3) Enlist the help of a professional.