To Make / All Natural Bubble Bath

 

     Hi there! I've got a super easy DIY today, and bonus: it's for mamas and kid's alike! All natural bubble bath only has 3 ingredients (try and find that on children's bubble bath!), and it really only requires a couple of pours and a good shake. Get the how-to below!

Ingredients:

- 4 cups of lavender castille soap

- 1/2 - 1 cup of vegetable glycerin (this just depends on how much bubbles you want!)

- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions:

1. Pour your castille soap into your bottle. Then, add the vegetable glycerin. 

2. Add your essential oil drops.

3. Give the bottle a good shake, and you're done! Enjoy!

To Make / After-Sun Balm

 

     Good morning! Today, I'm sharing a DIY that's essential for summer: after-sun balm! Regardless of skin tone, and susceptibility to sun burns, any sun exposure to the skin damages it. If you're lucky, it's not visible (like with burns or sun spots), but thanks to UV cameras, we know it's there! That being said, there are ways to treat your skin after being out in the sun, and my favorite (and most natural way) is with pure aloe vera. I have a aloe plant, and haven't utilized its gel until now! It's bizarre, but each stalk is only covered with green skin and is actually filled with a clear gel column. All you do is remove the skin and then mash the gel and it's ready to use! Get the rest of the how-to below! 

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of aloe vera 

- 1 tbs. of beeswax

- 1 tbs. of jojoba oil

- 1/2 cup of shea butter

- 1/2 cup of coconut oil

- 20 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

1. Melt down the beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil together in a double boiler. 

2. Transfer to your container, and add your aloe and essential oil. 

3. Let set for a few hours, until fully hardened and cooled. Enjoy!

To Make / Rose Facial Spray

 

      Good morning! It's finally June, and that means summer! Along with the coming solstice, there will be a few changes to the blog. I'm rolling out a new business venture in collaboration with the existing blog, and this means that with the new work being shared, there will be less posting here. My goal is to post 3 times a week, expanding on fashion and style, while still keeping a couple of recipes and projects around. I'll share more about the business I'm working on in the coming weeks, but for now, lets kick off June with a refreshing, summery DIY! 

     Rose facial spray has been on my list of essential DIY's for awhile. As you may know, I'm in love with anything rose, from the scent to the color. I just can't get enough! What with the temperatures heating up and all, I figured it's time to share how to make this little gem, to keep your skin hydrated all summer long. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- rose essential oil

- witch hazel

- distilled water

- a glass spray bottle

Directions:

1. Pour your witch hazel in your bottle, about half way to the top, then fill the rest with distilled water and add 20 drops of rose oil. 

2. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. 

3. Mist your entire face and let it soak in. Enjoy! 

(Side note: this is such a fun thing for kids to do. Bailey asks me to spritz her face on the daily with the spray, and thinks it's hilarious. Of course, this is perfectly safe to-do, which is the whole point of these chemical-free, natural DIY's!)

To Make / Laundry Detergent

 

     Hi there! I've really been enjoying Homesong, a blog about topics ranging from motherhood to essential oils, written by Amanda Watters, a KC local. She has inspired so many small changes I've implemented in my life, and most of them always come back to providing a clean and natural, well-rounded home for Bailey. I've made quite a few of her DIY's already, and I have another one to share with you today! This homemade, all natural laundry detergent is everything you could want, and it actually works, which can't be said for all homemade cleaning supplies. Get the how-to below!

Ingredients / Materials:

- one bar of Dr. Bronners castille soap

- 1 cup of washing soda

- 1 cup of borax

- 20 drops of essential oils, your choice

Directions:

1. Chop up your bar of soap in quarters, and then quarter those.

2. Add in all of your ingredients to a food processor, and blend, then add the essential oils. 

3. Use about 1 tbs. for an average size load, and you're good to go!

To Dye / Tea Towels

 

      Good morning! A month or so ago, I came across a new (to me) way to naturally dye fabrics. I was mostly drawn to this natural dye because the end result is my favorite color, blush pink. It sounded very unusual that you could get this dreamy shade from avocado pits! But it's the real deal, and it's remarkably simple. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- about 10 avocado pits

- a cotton tea towel

- water

Directions:

1. Wash off all of your avocado pits, and place in a large sauce pan. Put in your towel, and cover completely with cool water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Let cool.

2. Let air dry overnight, then wash and dry like normal.

3. Store dye in an air tight jar and enjoy!

To Find / Something Natural

 

     Good morning! For this month's natural product, I wanted to put a spotlight on one of my favorite essential oils: grapefruit! Aura Cacia makes awesome oils, and the grapefruit instantly lifts your mood.

      The citrus really does make you joyful! It's light and sweet, and perfect for just dabbing onto your wrists or incorporating it into a spray or salve.

     My personal favorite use is in body scrubs. I plan to make a summer one soon that will be bursting with the scent of grapefruit. Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Make / Bubbles

 

     Good morning! Just wanted to share a super easy DIY I made for Bailey this spring. Homemade bubbles only require a few ingredients, and all it takes is a little foraging to craft a wand to go with them! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- 1 part dish soap

- 3 parts water

- 2 tsp. of vegetable glycerin

- a twig

- copper wire

Directions:

1. Assemble your wand by curling the wire around the end of your twig a few times, and then shaping it at the end that will form the bubbles. For your bubbles, fill your jar 3/4 of the way with water.

2. Then, add enough dish soap to fill to the top, then add your vegetable glycerin.

3. Shake to combine, and enjoy!

To Make / Linen Spray

 

     Hi there! I was recently combing through Homesong's DIY's, and found this really simple "recipe" for an all natural linen spray. I've been wanting to try one out for awhile as a pillow spray, and this was the perfect opportunity! I tweaked the ingredients a little to make it lavender scented instead of pine scented. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- witch hazel

- distilled water

- lavender essential oil

- a small funnel

- a glass spritzer bottle (I find mine at my local health foods store)

Directions:

1. Fill your bottle about 1/3 of the way with witch hazel.

2. Add in 20 drop of lavender essential oil, and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.

3. Place the lid on top, and shake for a second to combine all of the ingredients. Spritz and enjoy!

To Find / Something Natural

 

     Hi there! Just wanted to share my new favorite face mask today! I picked it out as a Christmas gift, and have been loving it ever since.

     It's from Moon Rivers Naturals, and is made from turmeric and calendula. Both of those ingredients are anti-inflammatory, which is perfect for my always rosy skin. 

     My favorite part about the mask though, is that it dries into your pores super well. When you remove it, you can really feel it cleaning them out, and afterwords, your pores look noticeably smaller. Highly recommended! 

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Make / Beeswax Candles

 

     Good morning! Today's DIY is one I've been wanting to try for awhile, and finally got around to it last month! Beeswax candles are the most natural candles out there, and super simple to make. Not to mention the wax melts down to a pretty yellow, and burns nice and slow. I consider these essential! Get the DIY below!

Materials:

- beeswax pastilles

- wick + wick holder

- washi tape and a stick to hang the wick from

- essential oil

- jar for candle

- double broiler

Directions:

1. Melt down about 2 cups of wax in your double broiler.

2. Set up your wick and pour the melted wax into the jar, then add your essential oils.

3. Let cool overnight and clip the wick, et voila!

To Make / An All Natural Face Serum

 

       Good morning! One of my goals for this year is to try and switch out as many store-bought products with homemade products as I can. A lot of the cleaning supplies, beauty + skincare products, and home goods that are available in stores can be made at home with fewer and all natural ingredients. I have a long running list of supplies to make, but the one I wanted to share with you all today is this "recipe" for a simple face serum. I've been looking for a good serum to use at night, but most serums are pretty pricey, and the most luxe ones are the most chemical-filled. Then, as I do with most things, I thought "I'll just make one". It's a very easy DIY to follow, and I've had great results so far since I made it last weekend. Find out how to craft your own below!

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of coconut oil

- 1/4 cup of jojoba oil

- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil

- 20 drops of lavender oil

Directions:

1. Melt down your coconut oil and jojoba oil in a double broiler.

2. Once melted, pour into a small jar and add in your essential oils.

3. Let set overnight and you're good to go!

To Make / Baby Balm

 

      Good morning! We've created a really solid night routine for Bailey, and it includes this DIY Baby Balm! I wanted something calming with lavender oil, to help her sleep soundly, and this balm fits the bill. See how to make it below!

Materials:

- jar

- 1 cup of coconut oil

- 1/2 cup of shea butter

- lavender essential oil

- 2 tsp. beeswax pastilles

Directions:

1. Mix together the coconut oil and shea butter in a standing mixer until smooth. Add in about 30 drops of essential oils.

2. Melt your beeswax in a double broiler, and pour into your jar.

3. Immediately add your oil/butter mixture to the jar. Then, let it set overnight.

4. Store in a cool place, and use liberally on yourself or baby! Enjoy!

To Make / Wood Butter

 

     Hi there! Last weekend, I ran across this cool wood butter DIY from Homesong, and it sounded so practical, I had to give it a try. I am a big fan of wooden serving utensils, and have a lot. That being said, I never thought to polish them! It makes total sense, if you're planning to make the wood last, and I'm so glad I made it. It works for any wood surface, so you can polish all of the wood furniture you have too! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- 2 tbs. of coconut oil

- 2 tbs. of beeswax

- a jar

Directions:

1. Place your coconut oil and beeswax in your glass jar. Fill a sauce pan about halfway with water, and place the jar in the center, as shown above.

2. Bring the pan to a boil at medium heat to melt the wax and coconut, and stir once completely melted.

3. To use, rub small amounts on anything wooden, and enjoy!

To Find Something Natural / January

 

     Good morning! This month's natural product is a necessity. Shampoo can be an iffy subject for people, mostly because they never really do what the bottle says. Typically promising volume, curl enhancement, dandruff relief, etc., a shampoo will usually work once (the first time you use it) and then your texture will go back to what it was before. This is because hair shafts literally get used to the product, much like skincare products and different workouts will stop having an effect once the body adapts and adjusts. It's the shock that you need! That being said, shampoos are also sometimes the most chemical filled, and it's just plain unnecessary.

     Enter: this organic herbal shampoo from Avalon Organics. I typically am after a clarifying shampoo, one that will keep my hair clean and simple. I'm also partial to rosemary, so this volumizing edition is perfect!

     It has somehow thickened my hair quite a bit, especially at the roots. I think people forget that before the invention of modern day chemical filled products, people miraculously used natural things to stay clean (by those days standards, of course). Herbs have always been effective for bodily use, and I see no reason to divert from that. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

To Find Something Natural / Herbal Facial Steam

 

     Hi there! This months natural product is this organic facial steam from No Tox Life. It consists of dried herbs and flowers that you immerse in hot water to create a floral steam. 

      All you do is hold your face over it with a towel creating a tent for the steam. It cleanses and opens your pores to nourish your skin with the herbs and flowers! 

     When I first did it, it was a little hard for someone so impatient to hold my face there for a full five minutes, but it was worth it! Afterwords, my skin felt fresh and clean. The amazing smell from the florals didn't hurt either! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Sunday! 

To Find Something Natural, and To Find the Light

 

      Hi friends. It may be a dark day for a lot of people, myself included, but if there's one thing I've learned, not just from the last year or so, but from life in general, it's that life goes on. I've said this before, but a sentiment that's gotten me this far in life is that sometimes you have to let things go. I'm not saying I'm letting go of the hope of having a female president one day, or the hope that our country is better than what we all witnessed this morning, because I will always try to believe in those things. I'll always be optimistic and find the light, that's just my way; but regardless of how I feel about everything that has happened or will happen, I look at my daughter and I can't help but remember that I have other things to do, to worry about. I, like many parents, am worried about what this means for her future, but I'm honestly still more concerned about keeping her happy and safe right now, in the moment, and just being with her. I still have to be strong for her, and show her by my own example that people are good and kind, that as individuals we lead our own lives and that leads to differences. There's no other way around it, and those differences will always exist. So today, I'm still going to share my favorite natural product of the month, because it is still relevant to me. What has happened to our country hasn't changed how I feel about my toothbrush, or sharing how I feel about my toothbrush with you all, and most definitely how I feel about continuing to share anything I want in this space. If you don't want to read about my awesome wooden and eco-friendly toothbrush today, that's ok and I will always understand. I'm doing this, and have/always will do this, for myself, but also for Bailey, and for anyone who cares. We all have to find a way to get through this, and by the laws of nature, we will. My life has not and will not ever stop for one man, and in the spirit of that, let's get to today's subject matter: an all natural, eco-friendly, and charitable toothbrush.

     This toothbrush has a lot of great attributes, but my favorite one is it's creators mission. For every toothbrush sold, Smile Squared donates one to a child in need. You would think having access to a toothbrush is a basic human right, but sadly, in some places, it's not.

     My next favorite thing about these brushes, is that they are eco-friendly. The brushes are made of compostable and recyclable bamboo, which is always a plus in my book.

     I plan to get one of these for Bailey, and continue using these. I figure, if it's an everyday essential, like a toothbrush, why not make it as good for the environment and the world as possible? That, and the wooden style is much prettier than a crazy colored plastic one.

     That's all for today, folks. Thanks for reading, and try to have a fun day, or as much fun as one could have on a day like today. See you tomorrow!

For a Face Mask

 

     Good morning! I have a super easy and *fall-ish* diy for you guys today! With the pumpkin craze in full swing, I wanted to point out that pumpkin's not only delicious but great for your skin too. Pumpkin is filled with skin nourishing enzymes and vitamins that make your skin glow. Masks are also super popular at the moment, so a pumpkin face mask is a no-brainer. This mask only requires two ingredients (because the pumpkin has everything on it's own, really), and you can customize it based on your skin type. I included apple cider vinegar in mine, to act as a healthy astringent in the mask, but for those with dry skin, replace the vinegar with honey and you'll be set! Get the how-to below.

Materials:

- 1/2 cup of pumpkin

- 1 tbs. of apple cider vinegar (or honey for dry skin)

- jar for storage

- mixing spoon

Directions:

Step 1 - Mix together your ACV and pumpkin in you jar, and store in the fridge.

Step 2 - To use, apply a generous amount and leave on for at least 10 minutes. Then, rinse and moisturize. Enjoy!

To Find Something Natural / Pt. 5

 

    Good morning! For the natural find of October, I had quite a few things to pick from. For some reason, this is the time of year that I run out of everything at the same time, so I decided to replace everything with a more natural and organic product. 

     To replace my Bioderma Micellar Water, I decided on witch hazel. Witch hazel is an excellent toner that's known for its pore-refining qualities while also being less drying than other toners. It's also 100% natural, derived from the North American witch hazel shrub, which means it's the perfect astringent for my sensitive skin.  

     I've used a lot of other toners in the past, and they all work fairly well, but are just too drying. I don't need any of that, especially when the seasons change and the air dries out. The next time you run out of a product, look into natural options to replace it with, and you'll be pleasantly surprised! There's a lot out there that you just have to dig a little for. Thanks for reading, and have a great Friday! 

To Find Something Natural / Pt. 4

 

     Hi there! For this month's natural find, I wanted to introduce these locally-made bath salts that I picked up at Columbia's Farmers Market. They are made by Niobrara Farms, and are composed of only the best organic ingredients!

      They had a lot of products available at the Market, but I chose these bath salts due to my love of baths, especially with the colder seasons coming up. I'm also a big grapefruit scent fan, so the amazing smell is just a bonus.

     Unlike other bath salts I've used, these dissolve really well in the tub! Usually, salts just sink to the bottom and don't do much, but these worked like a charm. I highly recommend you check out their Etsy shop (linked above) for all of their other products. They don't have the bath salts available online, but the soaps are calling my name, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

To Find Something Natural, Pt. 3

 

      Hello! This month's natural product is my favorite essential oil from Aura Cacia. I love the grapefruit scent, and now wear it in place of perfume most days! It's just as the label boasts: joyful. It definitely puts a smile on my face the second I smell it.

     Essential oils are a great natural option with many uses. You can do like I do, and use it instead of perfume. You can also apply different ones to the skin for different ailments. I stated in my last natural post that tea tree essential oil is excellent for blemishes, but is also just a great all around antiseptic. Another thing you can do with your essential oils is use them for their scent. A few drops of lavender on your pillow will be excellent for calmness before you go to sleep. You can add lemon to some homemade laundry detergent to achieve that fresh smell. There are endless possibilities, so go buy some and get to experimenting!