Friday, February 12, 2016

DIY Beauty Products...Getting Started

Hello!  Today, I wanted to share a few tips for getting started when it comes to making your own beauty products.  The whole realm of DIY products is completely overwhelming.  Trust me, I spent hours searching blogs and Youtube to try and figure out where to start.  So far, I've made my own body butter, shampoo, eye cream, and sugar scrub.  I'm going to make a face cream in the near future.  One thing you should know is starting out might be expensive but it's going to be cheaper in the long run, much cheaper.  So here are a few things I would purchase first. (I have included the links where you can purchase these items.)

This is the one I would purchase just because it's unscented.  I purchased the almond the first time because that was recommended on a blog.  If I had to do it again I would go for the unscented.  The almond isn't bad, it just covers up the fragrances I add to shampoos and body washes.  So on my next purchase, it will be this.  The reason I suggest purchasing Liquid Castille Soap is because it can be used for so many things from soaps to cleaning supplies.  It's all natural with no harmful ingredients.  I have made three batches of shampoo and one batch of body wash, and still have over half of the bottle left.

This bottle of Almond oil is $10.  Its extremely cheap for so many different uses.  I've used it in shampoos, body butter, sugar scrubs, and as a carrier oil for essential oils.  It is super moisturizing.  

These are a few oils I would start with, well I did start with.  I now have a lot more.  We use lavender all. the. time.  I put it in shampoos and creams.  We also diffuse it at night when we go to bed.  It really helps with sleep.  Erik is the one that loves it at night, not me.  Not that I'm complaining, I'm telling you it really works.  Peppermint oil is awesome.  We diffuse it too mixed with the Eucalyptus. It really helps you to breathe better and smells so good.  I've used peppermint to treat headaches and back spasms.  I mixed it in some olive oil and applied it to my head or my back and it works.  It really and truly took the pain away.  I couldn't believe it.  That sort of sold me on the whole essential oil thing.  

As far as where I'm now purchasing oils from, it's Rocky Mountain Oils.  I put weeks of research into which company had the best essential oils.  There are tons of articles on the internet on it.  There are books written about it.  I started out using Aura Cacia oils because they were at Toucan where I shop. I still use some of them because I haven't run out yet.  They worked but I found the Rocky Mountain oils to be more potent.  The lavender was such a huge difference from what I purchased at Toucan, I was sold on their products.  I will go more into why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils in a future post.

Other Household Items

Many household items can be used in beauty products and you can find them at the grocery store.  You probably have some of them in your pantry.  Here are some that I use quite often.

Sugar (I use Raw Organic)
Olive Oil
Coconut Milk
Coconut Oil
Vitamin E Capsules
Vanilla Extract (100 percent pure and organic)
Raw Honey
Apple Cider Vinegar 

So there you go.  Those are just a few items to get you started.  I hope this post helps.  Keep in mind, that I'm just starting out too.  I am going to share this adventure with you including the fails.  Ha.  Have a great day.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hello February

Hi there everyone!  I wanted to post this post the first of February but it was impossible.  Last week was such a busy week for me.  I had duty so I have to leave the house extra early.  It involves me escorting children across the crosswalk in frigid temperatures.  I really wish I had a picture of me for you.  I only wore two shirts, three jackets, and a reflective vest.  Nothing says fashion like a reflective vest, let me tell you.  One of the days, one of the parents rolled down their window and yelled, "I like your jacket, does it have a hood?" I'm thinking which one?  I'm wearing three. Also, I'm thinking obviously it doesn't have a hood because the jacket I'm wearing on the outside is black and my hood is pink.  I think he was making fun of me, but when its 14 degrees out you do what you have to.

So this post is just to touch base for the month.  I'm hoping to post a few times this month, including at least one crafty post!  Isn't that awesome?  This month, I'm hoping to share some recipes and reviews of things I've tried in the homemade beauty products world.  It's been fun and I'm actually loving it.

I'm off.  I have a busy Sunday preparing for the Super Bowl.  We're a nervous wreck around here.  What are your plans for the Super Bowl?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello there!  You should have arrived from Kim's blog.  She always has so many amazing layouts to share.  I'm so glad to share my project with you today.  I barely made it, though it is good to be crafty again after so long.  My little puppy was sick yesterday.  I guess I shouldn't say little...she weighs 67 pounds now at 4.5 months old.  We had to make an emergency trip to the vet.  She seems to be doing okay, but it cut my crafty time way short.  I have a very simple layout to share with you today.  I loved the Ephemera pack that came with the kit and used it to complete the entire layout.  Those ephemera pieces really can speed up your layouts when you are short of time or just want to get a lot of layouts done.  I always find too, that they are good for titles.  It's so hard to come up with titles sometimes and make them look right on your page.

I really apologize for the poor photo but it was so dark when we got home, I had to take it inside.

I hope you have a really lovely day!

Here is the complete blog list incase you need it!  You should be heading to Renee's blog.

​Clique Kits
Gia Lau
​*Melissa Vining
*Kat Benjamin
​*Leigh Ann
Emma Pescott
Sandy Gonzalez
Kim Allen came from here.
Mariah Hecher are here.
Renee Aslette here next.
Kate Blue
Megan Blethen
Kelly Baron
Bernie Miller

Saturday, January 2, 2016

DIY Product Goals

This photo has nothing to do with the post.  I had no photo and this Meme was funny so.....

Hello there!  Today's post will be about my desire to begin making homemade health and beauty products as well as cleaning supplies.  It's something I've been interested in for a while.  Some of my friend's have been doing the Essential Oil thing.  I didn't really pay attention to the whole thing until about a month ago.  Now, I've been busy researching essential oils, essential companies, etc.  Let me tell you the search is EXHAUSTING.  I still don't have a clear brand that I am sold on.  Once I finally find one, I will share it with you.  So far, I've made my own shampoo.  I will share that adventure with you soon.

The reason I started to go down this homemade path is because I want to try and rid our home of some chemicals.  We've already done the Real Food change over.  We still follow that.  Another reason is because I was using some beauty products that were very expensive.  I used them for about a month with no real problems.  Then I started getting these red dry patches on my face and neck.  I stopped using them for about a month.  Then one night I thought let's give this another try.  It was a mistake.  I woke up the next morning with a red patch by my nose and on my neck.  The worst part was that apparently I got some on my eyelid.  My eye was totally swollen and had a red itchy patch on the lid.  Thank God for makeup is all I can say.  My eye was swollen for a couple of days.  Then the lid started to peal.  It took about 5 days to recover from that debacle.

So now, I'm spending hours doing research and finding recipes.  I will share them all with you and let you know if they really work.  I'm sure there will be some failures along the way and that could be pretty funny.  Let's hope there are no eye swelling disasters ha.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!  

We've completed another year.  2015 went by so quickly and was full of changes.      Most importantly, we lost some amazing people:  My Uncle Mike, my grandma-inlaw, Joye, and my grandfather, Walt.  All three were such special people and the world will feel their loss.  I know ours does.  The other big change was my new job.  I left my old school after 12 years and moved to a new district.  That move has been bittersweet.  I really miss my old students, community, and friends.  However, it's nice to not drive so far and I love my new school.  I thought today I would share a few pics of the last year...including Christmas and our Snow.  I'm hoping to post more often than I have been this year.  I feel like I sort of fell out of the blogging world.

The photos are all mixed up.  I will just say we got about 5 or 6 inches of snow the day after Christmas.  In fact, as I type there is still snow as I type.  I'm pretty sick of it.  I'm ready for summer.

Cheers to 2016! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

What's Going On?

I can't believe an entire month has flown by and I have not posted anything at all.  I actually forgot I had a blog until the other day.  I was like, "Hey, I haven't posted on my blog in a while."  Here it is five days later and I've finally sat down to type something up.  As a matter of fact, I've hardly posted anything at all since September.  That is no joke.  Anyhow, I thought I would fill you in on what's going on around here.

Our new puppy has been keeping us up at night and early in the morning.  It's like having a newborn baby in the house.  


Getting my Christmas quotes ready.  Good old Clark Griswold.  

And continuing the Christmas Vacation tradition.  I saw this on Facebook and I loved it!!!  Cousin Eddie as the Elf on a Shelf.  

She's getting bigger by the second.

That's all I have for now.  What's going on with you?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hand Lettering...Which Pens I like best

Hello all!  What's this?  A craft related post.  I can't believe it myself.  I've taken pretty much a hiatus from everything crafty.  We've had a lot going on in our lives the last month.  I've really been enjoying hand lettering lately.  I usually sit at the table in the evenings when Erik and I catch up on our days and write.  It's relaxing for me.  I also set up a tray and night and practice while we watch TV.  Currently, we are watching Sons of Anarchy.  It's really good.

I know I have a TON of practice to do.  I just wanted to share some things I'm using with you guys.  There is a ton of information on the internet.  Tons and it's easy to get overwhelmed.  I've always like handwriting and been interested in all kinds of fonts, etc.  What gave me a good jump start was a class I took from Studio Calico called "Love Your Lettering" by Jasmine Jones.  She gave a lot of really great tips.  She suggested using this pen:

I actually love this pen.  It has a drag to it that I like.  I also like the thicker tip.  I can't decide which pen I like more.  This one or my Sharpie.
I love that the Sharpie is so smooth when it writes.  I also like the fine tip.  I get that this is opposite of what I love about the Papermate.  It's just that I really like them both for different reasons.

As I was getting started on the hand lettering, I was filling in the downstrokes of the letters to make them appear more "Calligraphy" like.  To be honest, it was time consuming so I decided to try my hand with brush pens.  I started with this one.
I got two of them.  One was black and the other was True Blue.  They were good pens and I like the dual tip.  However, I noticed a difference between them.  The black marker was firmer than the colored one.  I heard a lot about the Tombow brush pens.  I decided to try them out.  You can see the pen in my first photo (Hello November).  I love this pen!  Love it!!

This pen is awesome.  It's firmer than the Prisma Colors so it's easier to control.  It doesn't have a strong odor..which sitting for a couple of hours and writing the smell can get to you.  I also really love the thin tip.  I used it in the picture above to write Roald Dahl.  It took a bit to get used to the brush pens, but I like the results far better than drawing the letters and filling in the down strokes.  It is far less time consuming and looks much smoother.

I should mention that I am also writing in a tracing paper pad that I bought at Target. I like that the paper is slippery and the pen slides nicely over it.  It's thin enough too, that I can put a paper with lines underneath as a guide.  I might buy a sketch book eventually, but I'm happy with the tracing paper for now.

Well, I hope this post helps if you are interested in hand lettering.  Have a great day.


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