Showing posts from August, 2018

DIY Pumpkin Spice Liquid Hand Soap Recipe With Castile Soap and Essential Oils

This DIY liquid hand soap is easy to make with castile soap and essential oils.  I made mine pumpkin spice to kick off the PSL season! I am not one to start holiday seasons early—Yes, pumpkin spice is a season!—but I know we're ready for it because it's all over my Facebook and Instagram feeds.  My Pinterest has been crazy with PSL for a few weeks now. I figure if Starbuck's can release their PSL this early, then I can start posting pumpkin spice this early, too. This liquid hand soap recipe is so easy to make.  Seriously, once you get the ingredients together, it takes less than a minute.   It's also easy to customize, and I'll teach you how to do that.   I make my own soap because we go through a lot of hand soap.  I'd swear my kids were draining the bottle the way we go through it. I tried the hair tie trick where you wrap a hair tie on the pump so it doesn't use as much per pump.  We still went through an insane amount of soap

Vanilla Peach Jam Recipe With Whiskey

Add whiskey to this vanilla peach jam recipe to enhance the vanilla flavor.   When we moved to the farm almost six years ago, we were thrilled that it was established with an orchard and several different type of edible plants and trees.  In addition to the 200 fruit trees, we have rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, and nut trees growing on the farm.   At the front of the property, there is a large orchard with peach, apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees.  The trees were planted with canning in baking in mind because there are different kinds of each tree, each selected for a different reason. Want applesauce?  We have apples for that.  Apple pies?  Yep, that too.   There's one white peach tree here, and it gives us delicious fruits.  I have no idea what the rest of the peach trees are, but I do know that they are yummy. We don't get peaches every year.  In Ohio, sometimes the winter is just too harsh for the trees to produce fruit.  We got a good crop

Why I Feed My Dogs Like Family

This post is sponsored by © Nature’s Recipe, LLC., all opinions are my own. I joke that if we get any more critters here that I'm going to start charging admission at the gate.  We currently have goats, chickens, two cats, and two dogs.  We bought the chickens and goats, but the dogs and cats are all rescues.  We are just one critter short of a zoo around here.   My dogs couldn't be further apart from each other in size or personality.  Nacho is my seven pound chihuahua mix with the typical small dog attitude.  He's definitely a momma's boy though.  He's sits beside me or on my lap while I'm writing or working on my social media posts.  If I go to my craft room, he follows me in and sits behind me in my office chair so he doesn't disturb my work.  His important job in the family is being my muse. Dolph is a 60-something pound rottweiler and German shepherd mix.  He's big and happy-go-lucky.  He loves to play, especially outside.  He's happiest

Turmeric Benefits for Hair and Skin + 6 DIY Beauty Recipes

Learn the hair and skin benefits of turmeric.  Then use it in these DIY turmeric recipes for natural beauty.   I don't think turmeric is used often enough in hair and skin recipes.  It probably gets a bad reputation because it tends to stain your skin and counters.   I have a large collection of spices that I use for cooking and for DIY beauty recipes, and turmeric is always in my spice basket. Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. Turmeric is a great ingredient for skin care because it can help both acne prone oily skin and dry skin.  It helps boost radiance, so it's good for most skin types.

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub Recipe

This vanilla mint lip scrub keeps your lips soft naturally and also tastes amazing. It doesn't matter what time of the year it is, my lips are dry.  In the winter, They get crazy dry because of the low humidity in the house.  In the summer, the sun zaps the moisture from my lips. I'm the girl with lip balms all over the place.  One in the car, one in my desk at my office, one in my purse, one beside my bed, and one hidden in a basket in the living room.   Even though I use my lip balms constantly, the best thing I can do for my lips is to scrub them a week.  The sugar scrubs away dead skin cells, and the coconut oil gives my lips some serious hydration.   DIY VANILLA MINT LIP SCRUB RECIPE The inspiration for this vanilla mint lip scrub came from two different sources.  I was originally going to make a plain vanilla scrub.  My kids' karate instructor went to Mexico and brought me back a bottle of Mexican vanilla as a thanks for helping with the cl

Fall Exfoliating Melt and Pour Soap Recipe With Almonds

These adorable squirrel and acorn melt and pour soaps are naturally exfoliating thanks to ground almonds .   You guys, it's killing me to see fall stuff in the stores.  I am savoring my summer even though school starts today.  I'm not ready! A few weeks ago, I was at a craft store and found an adorable squirrel and acorn silicone mold.  I actually walked right by it, refusing to buy anything fall themed until September. My husband saw it and said it would be nice for soaps.  Caleb loves squirrels, so we joked that maybe he wouldn't fight his showers as much with squirrel soap. So I bought it.  I'm glad I did, even if it was too early in the year. I had my fall themed DIY projects on my calendar for the last half of September.  But I decided to post some early because you have to get a head start on the seasons when you're making things by hand.  

Lavender Chamomile Milk Bath Recipe (Excellent for Dry, Irritated Skin)

Relax with this easy lavender chamomile milk bath recipe.  It can be used by any skin type, but it's especially good for dry or itchy skin. While most of the country is celebrating back to school because that means that their kids will finally stop fighting, I'll be mourning my free time.  My kids learn at home, so I'll be adding about 6 hours a day to my already busy schedule.   Although our days are crazy, we do have an advantage in that we don't have homework.  When we are done in the afternoon, we are done for the day.  That's right; zero fights about homework or worrying about getting homework done before after school activities.   Starting Monday, I'll be waking up before the kids so I can sip my coffee while I work in peace.  Then I'll help the kids with school work, drive one kid back and forth to his college classes four days a week, take another kid to autism therapy three days a week, and try to keep up with the usual home stuff.

DIY Essential Oil Storage Box

How to make a DIY essential oil storage box with dividers to keep your bottles organized. I may have a slight addiction to essential oils.  Each time I see a bottle of something that I don't have, I grab it because I need all the oils.   Sadly, I didn't have the necessary storage for all of these bottles.  I was using a three drawer plastic organizer in my closet, but the bottles kept falling over.  One bottle leaked, and I had a stinky mess.   After that debacle, I started looking for an essential oil storage box that would be compact with little wasted space and had dividers to keep my bottles organized. I couldn't find one that I liked, so I made this DIY essential oil storage box. I also wanted something cute because I like cute things.  Ever since I got my first Cricut die cutter and now my Silhouette Cameo, I have to paint and vinyl everything.   So I went to Pat Catan's with a few bottles of my favorites oils, Crafty Bubbles , and se

29 Amazing Bath Bomb Recipes

Bath bombs have exploded in popularity recently.  I've been playing with some shower bomb recipes, and I'll have some bath bomb recipes posted in the next few weeks.  I just got some adorable new molds in, and they will be perfect for fall scented bath bombs.   Like most DIY bath and body recipes, bath bombs can have a lot of variations.  You can use different molds and essential oils to make different types of bombs.   You can even add some herbs and other additives to your bath bombs, so I've included them in their own section below. If you've never made bath bombs before, I recommend looking at the first section, Basic Bath Bombs, first so you get an idea on how to make them.  Then you can look at the other recipes for more ideas.

DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum For Any Hair Type

This post is sponsored by Cococare.  As always, all opinions are my own. I've used several carrier oils in my DIY beauty recipes over the years, but one oil is my favorite for both hair and skin: argan oil.  It's sometimes called liquid gold not just because of it's beautiful golden color but because of its many benefits. Cococare argan oil can be used for both your hair and skin, so it's a versatile oil.  It's my go to oil for hair treatments because it does more than just moisturize, which I'll talk more about in a minute. Argan oil can be used alone or in a recipe.  I use it on my hair both ways, but I really like using it with essential oils for an extra boost.

Natural Bug Bite Relief Stick With Essential OIls

Get relief from bug bites with this natural bug bite relief stick made with essential oils. A few weeks ago, I was sitting on my patio writing and keeping an eye on the kids in the pool when a mosquito thought that I would make a nice after dinner snack.  I sprayed myself with my insect repellent spray  and went back to work.   The bug bite really itched to the point where I was scratching it in my sleep and soon scabbed over.  Within a few days, it was angry red, inflamed, and hurt.   It had gotten infected. While it wasn't the worst injury I've ever had, it wasn't pleasant.  It was also unsightly on my leg while I was wearing shorts or capris.   Thankfully, some antibiotic cream cleared it up in about a week.  But it really made me wish that it hadn't happened in the first place! I started researching natural bug bite relief with essential oils.  I knew I wanted something that was soothing for the skin and antimicrobial, so I chose ingr

DIY Bedtime Shower Steamers Without Citric Acid

Relax before bed with these DIY shower steamers made without citric acid.  They are easy to make, and the essential oils can promote healthy sleep. A few weeks ago, I made DIY wake up shower fizzies with essential oils with a blend of oils that help wake you up and make you more alert.  Today, I have a slightly different recipe.  This DIY shower steameris  made without citric acid, and I made it with a bedtime blend to help you relax.   My daughter loves making bath bombs, but we hadn't made shower melts until recently.  They are basically the same thing and made with the same ingredients, but they have more essential oils since you aren't soaking in them.   I wanted to make this recipe without citric acid not only to give you options, but also so I could see the difference between the two recipes myself.  

DIY Tiki Torch Fuel for Mosquitoes

Take back your backyard with this inexpensive DIY tiki torch fuel for mosquitoes made with essential oils. Summer is winding down, but no one has told the mosquitoes.  They are still in full force.  It doesn't help that we have ponds and are surrounded by cornfields on three sides of the property.  They don't exactly spray for mosquitoes in this area. Lately, I've been making our own mosquito and bug repellents with essential oils for a natural option.  I've been very please with the results.  The guests that we have over definitely appreciate that I'm using natural ways to repel bugs too.   I make my own bug repellent spray with essential oils , and I even made bug repellent tarts to use on the patio.   Our farm is a long narrow rectangle with the house in the middle.  But in the back corner, for some reason, there's a square attached to the side of the rectangle.  Years ago, someone planted trees around it, so it's really hidden from