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30 July 2018

DIY Essential Oil Roller Bottle Storage Block

This DIY essential oil roller bottle storage block looks pretty and holds your roller bottles until you need them.

Besides my essential oil diffuser, I use my oils in roller bottles the most.  I have several of my favorite roller bottle blends that I always have ready to use plus a few spare bottles for new blends.

I was keeping them on my dresser, but they would fall or get lost.  I'm a major Type A person, so things need to have dedicated space in my home.  



That was the inspiration for this DIY essential oil roller bottle storage block.  It was really easy to make, too.  You only need a block of wood and a few tools to make it.

DIY Essential Oil Roller Bottle Storage Block


I had this idea in my head for a few weeks, but I didn't have a piece of wood.  I looked for some scrap wood and checked the Restore for something to upcycle for this project.  I never did find anything.


In the meantime, the community center where I volunteer had gotten a grant to take down some trees.  The trees had fallen victim so some kind of disease, and they had become a safety concern.  The tree company left the trees for firewood, but we snagged a few logs to turn into something.

My husband cut off a chunk, planed it, and sanded it to just the size that I needed.  

I was envisioning a painted block with vinyl text on the front.  The grain was so pretty and it was a special piece of wood, so I wanted to be able to see the grain. I was going to stain it, but I really wanted some color.
I decided to use a paint and turn it into an almost stain like product.  It was so easy, and it coated beautifully.  The natural grain shows through, and I just love how it turned out.

All I did to make a paint-stain was to water down acrylic paint.  I wanted the wood grain really visible, so I did two parts water to one part paint.

Then I die cut vinyl to put on the front of the block.  I used my Silhouette Cameo and Oracal vinyl to make the saying for the front.

You could also make a similar block for your essential oil bottles.  I have entirely too many oils for that to be functional, but you could have several of them and organize your bottles by use that way. 

SUPPLIES

  • Block of wood big enough to hold several bottles and wide enough not to tip over
  • Ruler
  • Cordless drill
  • Spade bit slightly bigger than the diameter of your bottles
  • Paint
  • Vinyl I used Oracal 631

STEP #1



Find the center of the depth.  Make a line running the entire length of the top of the block of wood.

STEP #2



Decide how many bottles you want it to hold.  Then divide evenly and make your lines where you want the center of each bottle to be.

You want to make sure that you have space between each hole and between the hole and the edge of the wood so the wood doesn't split.

STEP #3



Now select the spade bit for your cordless drill.  It should be just slightly bigger than your roller bottles so they slide in and out easily without wiggling.

My spade bit was 13/16" and I used these roller bottles.  Your bottles might be bigger or smaller, so measure them before you drill.

We also measured the depth of the hole and marked it with tape on the spade bit.  When you drill, just go down to the bottom of the tape so the holes are the same depth.


I wanted the holes 3/4 inch deep so I could see my bottles, yet they fit in the holes snugly.

STEP #4



Now drill your holes where you marked them.  Remember to just go down to the bottom of the tape.  Put your bottles in to test and then get ready to paint.

Now sand the top of the block and inside the holes as needed.  

STEP #5



At this point, you can stain it, paint it, or just seal it.  As I said, I wanted the grain to show through, so I watered down paint with water (2 parts water to 1 part paint).  I brushed it on and used a paper towel to wipe off the excess.  

The wood really soaked in the paint, so I did two coats.  I did not seal it.  Vinyl doesn't always stick to sealer, and I didn't feel that it needed it anyway.  

STEP #6


And finally, I die cut vinyl to add a cute saying to the front.  

I love how it turned out!  It's functional and looks great on a shelf or on my dresser.  Now my roller bottles are ready to use without hunting them down.


You can also use a deeper block of wood and make this for your essential oil bottles.  Go crazy and make two different sized holes or bottles and roller bottles.

If your bottles don't fit in evenly, use scrap paper or even a small piece of felt or a paper towel to take up room on the bottom.

If the hole is too big and your bottles move too much, put some tape, paper, or cardboard in the hole to take up space.

It was hard to come up with a saying for this block because I found too many good ones!  I really wanted to be snarky and put, "At least I'm not addicted to cocaine" but I decided against that with the kids around (although two of them did inherit my dry sense of humor!).


More ideas:

  • Better late than not oiled,
  • This mama runs on coffee and essential oils.
  • Where there is oil, there is hope.
  • There's an oil for that.
  • Be your own healer.
  • You had me at essential.
I hope you liked this DIY essential oil roller bottle storage block.  If you're not ready to DIY or just want to buy one, try one of these:

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27 July 2018

Hard Candy Baked Highlighting Trio Review and Giveaway

I don't ever feel like my makeup is complete without highlighter.  Even I'm just going to the grocery store, I wear highlighter.  I want highlighter for daaaaays.  I want to be able to see it from space.

I mix up the colors and shades that I wear, too.  In the winter, I use a deep brownish highlighter.  In the summer, I'll use a lighter one.  I also like pink highlighters, and I use blue or purple when I'm going out.  


I went to a May the Fourth Star Wars party and did galaxy eyes with pink, blue, and purple and used a blueish purple highlight.  While I wouldn't wear it every day, it did look amazing.  

Have you tried layering highlighter?  It's fun playing with different colors to create whole new looks.  I do this when I'm going out just to give myself a new look without buying new product.  Because one can only have so much makeup in her stash before she runs out of room!

HARD CANDY BAKED HIGHLIGHTING TRIO REVIEW


Hard Candy recently sent me four of their new Baked Highlighter Trio palettes.  Oh em gee they are gorgeous.  

Each palette has three coordinating shades of highlighter and retails for $9.  Hard Candy is listed as cruelty free according to Phyrra, which is a major bonus for me.  

The palettes each have three colors.  Each color has 0.1 ounce of product.  That doesn't seem like a lot, but a little really goes a long way, so this should last for several months if you use each color equally.  

The colors go on sheer, so you'll need to build them up if you want your highlights to really pop.  You can also apply them wet for a deeper shade.  

Each palette also comes with a short tapered brush.  I generally don't find the brushes that come with makeup to be decent, but this is an exception.  While I prefer my dedicated highlighting brush, this is a good brush.  If I were to travel, I would be comfortable using this to pack light.

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This one quickly became my go to highlighter.  It has a light, medium, and dark highlighter in a beige shade with golden undertones.  With my dark hair and eyes, this works well with my skin tone.


The top color makes an excellent bronzer for light to medium skin tones.  The middle color is stunning in person!

ROOFTOP RENDEZVOUS


This is also a great every day highlighter palette.  It has an almost white shade, a mauve/brown shade, and a mauve.  Layer the dark and light colors looks amazing.


The lighter two colors in this palette are gorgeous alone or layered with other colors.  The darker color is a bit too dark for me, but I bet it will be awesome on darker skin tones.


CRUISING THE COAST


This is a bright palette, perfect for summer.  It has a yellowish light shade and two warm pink/coral shades.  It's really pretty.


I also wear this one often because the colors look great on my skin tone.

A TOUCH OF MOONLIGHT


For a more dramatic look, try this one.  It has an almost white highlighter, light gray, and dark gray.  I haven't layered these yet, but I think they will look amazing with other colors.


To be honest, I probably wouldn't have bought this one, but it is stunning.  I'm glad I got to move out of my comfort zone a little bit with this palette.  


Hard Candy is also sponsoring a giveaway!  One of my lucky readers will one one set of four Baked Highlighting Trio palettes.  Good luck!  Contest open to US residents ages 18 or older.  Void where prohibited by law.  Good luck!
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25 July 2018

DIY Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Recipe

Get your scalp clean with this DIY exfoliating scalp scrub recipe made with peppermint infused avocado oil.

I'm going to get real with you guys.  I have thick hair.  Thick hair and this heat and humidity does not mix well.

I feel like I'm wearing a helmet that traps heat against my heat.  What I'm trying to say is that sweat happens.  Couple that with styling products, and my scalp feels gross.


Even though I wash my hair three times a week, I still feel like my scalp doesn't get clean, you know?  I used a coal tar shampoo to really get my hair clean, and it worked.  My hair was so soft!  But I'm afraid to use it until it's almost time to get my hair colored because it can strip the color out of your hair.

23 July 2018

Honey Comb Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This easy technique makes melt and pour soap that looks like a honeycomb.

Winnie the Pooh is one of my favorite Disney movies, so I'm really excited to see the new Christopher Robin movie when it comes out in a few weeks.  Since I keep seeing Winnie the Pooh everywhere, I decided to make a honey soap inspired by the new film.


Honey is a great natural additive for soap, but I also made the soap look like a honeycomb both in color and texture.  The technique that I used is so simple to do, too.  You can make this honey melt and pour soap recipe in about 15 minutes. 


20 July 2018

Grain Free Dog Treat Recipe With Flax Seeds, Pumpkin

This grain free dog treat recipe has peanut butter, pumpkin, flax seeds, and chia seeds to help your dog's skin and coat.

If you watch my Instagram stories, then you've seen Nacho, my chihuahua.  He's most definitely a momma's boy.   He sits beside me while I write, and I may or may not have bought an extra wide recliner just so the dog has room to sit beside me while I'm working.


Nacho recently went grain free, and it's really helped him.  I bought him some grain free treats, but he didn't like them as much as his old treats.  

He really likes pumpkin, so I wanted to make him some healthy grain free pumpkin treats for a snack.  This recipe is full of ingredients that are good for dogs, like pumpkin, peanut butter, flax seeds, chia seeds, and coconut oil.

GRAIN FREE DOG TREAT RECIPE WITH FLAX SEEDS, PUMPKIN


My husband brought Nacho home when he was just a puppy.  Someone at his work had one pup left over, so we took him in.  At first, I didn't want a puppy because I had plans to get a girl and name her Sadie and put bows in her hair.

This was a short haired boy.  But I fell in love with him, and he's still here 8 years later.



Nacho had been eating grains in his kibble and treats for the first 5 years of his life.  I don't know what happened, but he starting getting skin issues and allergies.  The poor thing would itch all the time, and he started losing hair.

I took him to the vet, and they gave him an anti-inflammatory that helped while he was on it.  As soon as he went off of it, he started itching again.  Unfortunately, the medicine could only be used short term, so it wasn't a long-term solution.

When I asked if he could be sensitive to grains or gluten, the vet assured me that he wasn't.   I decided to do a grain free trial just in case.  I figured it couldn't hurt him, so we tried it.


Nacho slowly stopped itching and biting his legs.  In about two weeks, we noticed a big difference in that he was regrowing his fur where he had had bald spots.  

Even as a puppy, Nacho didn't play.  He's always been my little old man and will happily cuddle, but he will never chase a ball or try to play with the kids or me.

After he went grain free, his personality and behavior changed.  He would come to me for petting and give me kisses.  He's my happy puppy now.

He likes his daily treat, or good boy snack as they are known in our house, so I decided to make him some.  He absolutely loves pumpkin, so that's what I used.  

I used coconut flour for the flour in this recipe.  It's my choice for non-wheat flours, so I haven't tried any other flours in this recipe.  If your dog isn't gluten-free or grain free, you can use wheat flour in place of the coconut flour.

I used organic pumpkin puree.  Just be sure to get pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie because it has extra spices.


I normally use natural peanut butter for this recipe, but I found a crunchy natural peanut butter with flax seeds and whole chia seeds at Aldi.  Both flax and chia seeds are wonderful for your dog's skin and coat, so this is perfect for these grain free dog treats.

Trader Joe also has a natural peanut butter with flax seeds and chia seeds, but it also has sea salt.  It has 10 mg sodium per 2 tablespoons.  Use your best judgement and maybe talk to your vet before using it.  For small dogs, it might have too much salt.  

If you want to use natural peanut butter, you can add a tablespoon each of flax seed or chia seeds.

Flax seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids, so they really help improve the skin.  Chia seeds are also high in omega 3 fatty acids, and they are also calming for your skin, full of antioxidants, and naturally anti-inflammatory.

This recipe has a lot of coconut oil in it.  It's a great oil for dogs to ingest if they have skin issues.  The coconut oil is also the reason that you need to put the dough in the fridge.  When it melts due to handling it, the dough doesn't want to hold its shape.  Just pop it in the fridge to harden the coconut oil and continue working.

I added some shredded carrots for more nutrition.  These are optional.  

Eggs are very good for a dog's coat.  I always give Nacho extra eggs when I'm baking.

Nacho loves these grain free dog treats.  The first time he got one, he took it to his bed to eat it.  Then he ran right back for more.  I think he approves!

I used dog bone cookie cutters because they are cute.  You can use any shape, but I just like being traditional here.  I really like this set with different sizes, especially if you're a multi-dog household like we are.  


INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix well with a spoon.  I stole used Dakota's hand mixer because it was easier to mix that way.  Place in the fridge to firm up for 15 minutes or longer.

STEP #2



Take out half of the dough and place it between two pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper.  Roll to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness.

STEP #3


Cut out with cute dog bone cookie cutters or any shape.  You can also skip rolling it out and just make small spheres and flatten them.

Combine what's left with the other half of the dough and repeat.  If the dough sticks to the cookie cutters, put it back in the fridge for the coconut oil to firm up again.

STEP #4


Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  Let cool completely.  The underside will be golden brown when they are done.


These are a softer snack, and they tend to break easily.  Nacho really doesn't mind a broken treat as long as it makes it into his belly.

This makes two cookie sheets of dog treats if you place them close together.  They don't get bigger when you bake them, so you can have them almost touching on the pan.  

These should last for a few weeks on the counter.  You can also store them in the fridge and just take out a few at a time if your dog doesn't like cold treats.  Nacho doesn't mind cold treats.  Again, as long as they make it to his belly, he's all good.

I hope your pooch loves these as much as Nacho does!

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