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31 December 2019

Everything Pretty Top 10 Posts of 2019

These are the 10 most popular posts on Everything Pretty in 2019.   This includes 9 DIYs for a natural home.

You guys.  It's almost 2020!!

I'm showing my age here, but I remember everyone freaking the freak out for Y2K.  Shelves were bare.  You couldn't find water, bread, or beer on any shelves.

My oldest son was born in 2002, so I had to explain the Y2K scare to them.  They didn't get what all the fuss was about. To be honest, I didn't either.  I figured if there was a problem, it would sort itself out in a day or two.

How to make 9 natural living recipes for your home. These recipes are simple and perfect for beginners. Learn how to make green products with essential oils. If you need inspiration and ideas for a healthy home and family, check these out. Make DIY products with these tips for a healthy lifestyle. #essentialoils #naturalliving #natural #diy

At the end of the year, I take some time off.  This year, I took off two wonderful weeks.  I caught up on my Netflix queue, played a lot of games with the kids, saw Frozen 2 with my daughter, and even caught a few naps with Nacho.

I also use this time to reflect up on the year.  What worked, what didn't, and what do I need to do next year to improve.

Everything Pretty Top 10 Posts of 2019


If you're a regular reader, you've probably already seen these posts.  If you're new, maybe you'll find a great post that you missed.

I use my top 10 of the year posts to see what you all like and what's working.  Clearly, DIY recipes are working very well.

These were all posted in 2019.  If I did my top 10 of all time, it would likely never change.

2019 was a good year both personally and professionally.  We got to go back to Great Wolf this year.  The kids always love that trip each year!

Thanks to Mediavine (my ad network for my non-blogger friends), I was able to be choosy on which brands I partnered with.  I enjoy the challenge of sponsored posts, but it was nice to have some freedom to say no if it wasn't a good fit.

My family is happy and healthy.  Nacho gave us a few scares with the seizures, but he is doing great since the last set a few weeks ago.

My oldest, David, has been accepted to two colleges and we are waiting on the final acceptance in January.  He rocked his interview, so I think he will be accepted and be a contender for their highest scholarship award.

My other two kids are loving traditional homeschooling because they have more freedom and control over their education.  Both are becoming more independent and really growing in all subjects.

I also want to take a moment to thank you, my readers.  This blog allows me to stay home with my kids and teach them while still supporting my family.  I thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, and pinning to help me grow.

10. How to Make Unicorn Soap With Melt and Pour Soap




This unicorn soap is my favorite soap of any that I've made in the last 15 years.  I love the colors, the glitter, and the unicorns.  And it smells amazing too!

9. Bug Repellent Solid Lotion 




Succulents were very popular last year!  I used my mold to make solid lotions with a bug repellent essential oil blend.

8. Homemade Window and Mirror Cleaner 



I got frustrated with natural glass cleaners that didn't work, so I started experimenting and made my own natural glass cleaner recipe.  This has arrowroot powder in it, and it works great to cut grease and little spots on mirrors or glass.

7. Dandelion Oil Benefits and Uses 



Dandelions have so many benefits for your skin.  Learn about dandelion oil benefits and how to use it in DIY beauty recipes.

6. 23 Advanced Melt and Pour Soap Techniques 



I looked all over Pinterest to find the best melt and pour techniques for more advanced users.

5. Gardener's Hand Soap Recipe 



My hands get so dirty when I'm gardening, so I made this loofah gardener's soap to scrub and really get the dirt and grime off of my hands.

4. Eczema Body Butter 



My eczema is finally under control thanks to some DIYs like this eczema body butter with aloe.  This is also great for dry skin even if you don't have eczema.

3. How to Make Whipped Soap From Melt and Pour 



If the unicorn soap was my favorite soap, this mermaid soap was a close second.  I tested and finally got the perfect recipe to make whipped soap from melt and pour soap.

2. Cold and Flu Sinus Relief Shower Steamers




I love these cold and flu shower steamers so much, I always have them on hand.  These turn your shower into a huge aromatherapy spa.


1. Orby TV 



Sometimes when brands approach me, I worry that they might be too off topic.  I posted my Orby TV review because it was relevant to my life living in a rural area with limited options for TV and having slow Internet.  At the time, I was frustrated with DirecTV (and frustrated is an understatement!), so I was happy to try it.  This post was my most popular post by thousands and thousands of page views, so I'm happy that even though it was off topic, it still helped people make an informed decision.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy new year!

How to make 9 natural living recipes for your home. These recipes are simple and perfect for beginners. Learn how to make green products with essential oils. If you need inspiration and ideas for a healthy home and family, check these out. Make DIY products with these tips for a healthy lifestyle. #essentialoils #naturalliving #natural #diy




19 December 2019

Mocha Mint Solid Sugar Scrub Bar Recipe

These adorable doughnuts are a solid sugar scrub bar recipe.  I used a natural mocha mint fragrance oil and drizzled soap on top for a cute soap that exfoliates while it cleanses.

I love the smell of mint chocolate.  It has the deep chocolate scent mixed with the sharp mint.  It's perfect for minter....I mean winter.

Winter is when my skin gets crazy dry.  I have to exfoliate it often or the dead skin cells build up and I can use a fingernail to draw pictures on my arms.

How to make solid sugar scrub bars with melt and pour soap. Follow this easy tutorial to make peppermint chocolate exfoliating bar of soap. Exfoliate and cleanse your body with this easy soap making techniques for beginners. This also has tips for making homemade soap with essential oils. A fun DIY recipe in cute designs. This is like a sugar scrub cube but in a fun doughnut shape. #sugarscrub #meltandpour #diy #solid


I switch to a solid sugar scrub bar recipe in the winter.  I needed some for this year, so I made these cute mocha mint doughnuts with soap icing on top.

You can make them in a regular soap mold, but I think the doughnut shape is just fun.  It makes a smaller bar of soap, but I like it because I like to switch scents often.

17 December 2019

Low Sugar Christmas Punch Recipe (Alcoholic or Not)

This is an easy and low sugar Christmas punch recipe that you can make to serve at your holiday parties.  The delicious cranberry and orange flavor works well for New Year's Eve or any other party where you want a drink for a crowd.  Make it with or without alcohol.

This year, we have a few Christmas parties, so I'll be taking this low sugar Christmas Punch recipe.  I love this recipe because it's easy to put together, so I usually just take the chilled bottles and make it wherever we will be.




It's also easy to make alcoholic or not.  One party will have a lot of kids, so I'll make it non-alcoholic.  But we have a few parties where mine will be the only kids there, so I'll add some vodka and they can have something else.

I'm calling this sugar free since it doesn't have added sugar or sugar in any soda like most punch recipes do, but it still has sugar in the fruit juice and the fruit.  If you are diabetic or will be serving this to diabetics, be aware and warn them.

12 December 2019

Lemon Lavender Bath Salts in a Jar Gift Idea

These lemon lavender bath salts in a jar are a great gift idea.  They smell wonderful, and they are very easy to make with only a few ingredients.  Even if you are new to making DIY bath and body recipes, this is a great recipe for beginners.

You guys, Christmas is in less than two weeks!  I am so not ready.  I started my shopping back in August, but I'm not close to being done.


How to make an easy lemon lavender bath salts recipe with essential oils. These use aromatherapy to promote calming and stress relief and other benefits.  They are easy to make with Epsom salt, sea salt, essential oils, lavender, and dried citrus peels. This makes a great Christmas DIY gift with cute container ideas with tiny mason jar ornaments for containers. Give the gift of homemade relaxing detox herbal bath salts for Christmas. #bathsalts #diy #gift #lemon #lavender

If you're like me and time is moving too fast, I have a really easy lemon lavender bath salts in a jar gift idea.  These are so easy to make, it's perfect for the beginner.

Even if you have never made a DIY bath and body recipe before, I promise you can make these.  Even though it's simple, it looks adorable with these cute mason jar ornaments.

I made these as part of a gift set for my son's therapists.  He has three again this year, and they will each get several of my handmade bath and body gifts.

When my kids were in public school, we had up to 20 teachers and support staff to thank at Christmas.  As much as I'd have loved to given each one a big gift certificate, it just wasn't possible.


How to make an easy lemon lavender bath salts recipe with essential oils. These use aromatherapy to promote calming and stress relief and other benefits.  They are easy to make with Epsom salt, sea salt, essential oils, lavender, and dried citrus peels. This makes a great Christmas DIY gift with cute container ideas with tiny mason jar ornaments for containers. Give the gift of homemade relaxing detox herbal bath salts for Christmas. #bathsalts #diy #gift #lemon #lavender
These are inexpensive, so you can make several of them without hurting your budget.

10 December 2019

DIY Essential Oil Gifts From Simply Earth

Learn how to make several DIY essential oil gifts from the December 2019 Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box.  This box includes oils and supplies to make 6 different recipes that are perfect for gift giving.

Have you started your DIY gifts for Christmas yet?  I'm about half done with mine.  I'm giving a small collection of DIY essential oils gifts, including solid lotion, lip balm, and air fresheners.

  How to make 6 easy essenital oil gifts at home. These are great Christmas ideas for teachers, for friends, or even for Mother's Day or another holiday. Learn how to make a lip balm, roller blend, air freshener, coffee sugar scrub, and more products. Combine them for a simple basket set.  DIY homemade gifts are easy to make these with these recipes. #essentialoils #diy #gift #diygift


The December Simply Earth Recipe Box has a gift giving theme.  It has 6 DIY recipes that you can make and keep for yourself or give as a gift.

You'll have plenty of essential oils in your bottles, so you can double or triple these for gifts.  You can make several of the coffee scrub, but you'll probably need to buy more coconut oil for that one.

05 December 2019

How to Make Loofah Soap at Home Mint Chocolate

This adorable mint chocolate soap tutorial teaches you how to make loofah soap at home.  This is an easy DIY soap making idea that's perfect for beginners.  The mint chocolate scent smells amazing and is made with a natural fragrance oil blend.

If you are still looking for last minute DIY Christmas gifts, learn how to make loofah soap at home with this easy mint chocolate soap recipe.

 How to make DIY mocha mint loofah soap. This easy recipes uses melt and pour soap for round bars of soap. It scrubs and exfoliates the skin.  This has a natural fragrance oil blend with peppermint essential oil and cocoa absolute. Use mica to color it. If you need gift ideas, try this easy glycerin soap techniques.  Easy tutorials that you can try at home. #soap #looofah #loofahsoap #meltandpour #peppermint


This adorable soap looks and smells like boutique soap, and they'll never guess how easy it was at make at home.  It will be our little secret, ok?

This also makes a great soap for yourself.  I've been using this soap for a few weeks since I made it, and I absolutely love it.

The loofah exfoliates, and my skin definitely needs it in the winter.  It smells absolutely amazing, too.  I used a natural fragrance oil blend from Right Note called Mocha Mint.  It is a blend of a natural chocolate fragrance oil and peppermint essential oil.

It smells heavenly.  I use it a lot for soaps, wax melts, and in my diffuser.

03 December 2019

Glitter Snowflake Soap for Kids


How to make a fun and easy glitter snowflake soap for kids.  This easy melt and pour recipe is perfect for beginners.  It makes a great stocking stuffer, especially for the Frozen fans.

Have you seen Frozen 2 yet?  We have not.  Yet.

I can't wait to take Dakota to see it.  She's 12 now, so she's kind of on the older end of the Frozen craze.  She wasn't very excited for it, but I reminded her that I'm in my 30s and I really want to see it.

I'm a big Disney fan, and I loved Frozen.  My daughter loves the princesses, and I agree that they are pretty fun.  I'm trying to raise her to be a strong woman, so I love how Frozen shifts from the prince saving the princess to sister saving sister.


The soundtrack was amazing too.  Dakota and I sing along and know all of the words to the songs (and the entire movie if I'm being honest here).  We listened to the songs in the car for years after the movie came out.

Frozen 2 inspired me to make these cute glitter snowflake soap for kids.  Since Christmas is coming, I wanted a really easy recipe that you can make even if you've never made melt and pour soap before.

This is a very basic recipe, but it's really cute with the fun mold and glitter.  The glitter is optional, but it makes this soap more fun.  

29 November 2019

Easy Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas With Essential Oils

Easy ways to make your house smell like Christmas with essential oils. These simple DIYs will make your home smell great this holiday season. Use them when you are entertaining to set the mood.

I like having a nice smelling house. Back in the day, I make wax melts and candles and used those to make my home smell good. With three people with allergies and asthma, I've had to switch to essential oils to make my house smell good.

I change the scents through the year. In the summer, I use a lot of fruity scents. Now that it's almost Christmas, I'm using winter scents like cinnamon, peppermint, other mints, and earthy essential oils.

How to make your house smell like Christmas. Use natural ingredients and essenital oils in these recipes. This includes several DIY recipes for candles, wax melts, simmering potpourri, air fresheners, sprays, and more ideas to make your home smell great for entertaining. Lift your spirit and make hour house smell good with cinnamon, fruits, spice, orange, clove, and even a pine tree and greenery. #essentialoils #christmas


Using a diffuser is probably the easiest way to use essential oils to make your house smell like Christmas, but that's not the only way. I found the best essential oil DIYs and recipes to make and use for a great smelling house.

I use my diffuser the most and also wax melts. I will make a simmer pot if I'm going to be home all day, but I usually have to run a kid here or there at least once during the day.

Easy Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas With Essential Oils


What is the Smell of Christmas?

The smell of Christmas is probably different for each person. The smell of cookies baking and of a ham baking smell like Christmas to me, but I don't think I wanted a baked ham scented candle.

When I'm thinking of Christmas scents, this is what I have in mind:


  • Pine or evergreens
  • Chocolate
  • Gingerbread
  • Fireplace
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Orange
  • Cranberries
  • Apples

Essential Oils

Before we start with all of the different ways to make your house smell like Christmas, let's talk about essential oils.

I use Crafty Bubbles/Right Note essential oils (they are rebranding, so you'll see both labels in photos here). I've been using them for over 10 years.

They just released several sets of essential oil and natural fragrance oil blends that I am in love with. Many artificial fragrance oils bother my asthma, but I've been diffusing these natural blends with no problems.

The Holiday Favorites has:


  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Candy Cane
  • Gingerbread
  • Mocha Mint
  • Apple Pie
  • Holiday Biscotti

They also have a Fall/Winter set with:


  • Christmas Splendor
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Eucalyptus Spearmint
  • Citrus Blast
  • Mint Blast

I also use Simply Earth essential oils.

They have several blends for Christmas:



Diffuser

Using a diffuser with essential oils is the easiest way to make your house smell like Christmas. This is how I use oils to make my house smell good most of the time.

I use a basic URPOWER essential oil diffuser. I like it because it lights up, so I don't forget to turn it off. I actually have two of them because I like it so much.

You can use one of the blends I mentioned above or create your own. Pink Fortitude has five great Christmas diffuser blends and Natural Living Ideas has 10 Christmas essential oil blends to try and A Home to Grow in has 25 must have Christmas essential oil blends.

If you're using a lot blends, I recommend cleaning your diffuser often so they don't smell off. Learn how to clean an essential oil diffuser without vinegar.

Room Sprays

Room sprays are another easy way to make your home smell like Christmas. Some essential oils can discolor fabrics, so I never recommend using them on a couch or chair.

I like to use 2 ounce spray bottles so I can make several a time and change scents with my mood.





There are so many ways to make a Christmas scented room spray. Here are several recipes to inspire you.




Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop potpourri or simmering potpourri is a fun way to make your home smell good. It uses spices, herbs, and essential oils to create a blend that you simmer on the stove for hours at a time.







If you want to have this on hand to make quick or give as a cute handmade gift, you can use dried fruits and spices and store them in a jar. This makes a cute teacher gift so she can use it in her home over Christmas break. Learn how to make a Christmas simmer pot jar.




Potpourri

For a light scent, create a mix of potpourri and set it in a pretty bowl to scent the room. These also make great teacher gifts because she can get it before school is over for break. Add a few drops of essential oils and mix it up for a little extra scent.







Candles and Wax Melts

Wax melts and candles are an easy way to make your home smell like Christmas. Just put a few in your wax warmer and your home will smell great in no time.







Air Fresheners

If you want a light scent all the time, you can make a natural air freshener with essential oils. These are ones that I've made in the past. Switch the essential oils to your favorite Christmas blend.








Warm Drinks

Make your home smell amazing naturally (without essential oils!) by making a warm drink. If you're having a party, these drinks will make your home smell great, and you'll have a yummy drink for your guests.








I also switch to Christmas scented cleaners in the winter. I like the Mrs. Meyer's Christmas scents, so I use those for hand soap and for dish soap.

How do you make your house smell like Christmas?


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How to make your house smell like Christmas. Use natural ingredients and essenital oils in these recipes. This includes several DIY recipes for candles, wax melts, simmering potpourri, air fresheners, sprays, and more ideas to make your home smell great for entertaining. Lift your spirit and make hour house smell good with cinnamon, fruits, spice, orange, clove, and even a pine tree and greenery. #essentialoils #christmas

































26 November 2019

How to Make Christmas Wax Melts With Essential Oils

Scent your home naturally this holiday season with these easy to make Christmas wax melts with essential oils.  I used a holiday set of essential oils and natural favor oils to scent my wax melts with.

I've always been a huge fan of wax melts and candles.  I started making candles and wax melts over fifteen years ago before I moved to DIY bath and body products.

I used to burn candles all the time, but then my cat stepped in one and wax got everywhere.  Luie was fine from the candle, but I'm pretty sure the bath afterwards scarred him for life.  I know it scarred me for life.  Literally.  He sliced my hand pretty good that night.

 How to make natural Christmas wax melts with essential oils. Use your DIY wax melts in a burner or warmer. They have soy wax and are scented with essential oils. Get creative ideas for cute home made wax melts. Use this unique pretty ornament molds for fun shapes. Christmas wax melt recipes. #christmas #waxmelt #essentialoils


That's when I started making wax melts.  I like them better because I can turn them off an on without worrying about the wick tunneling.  

They are also a lot easier to make since you don't have to worry about wick size and testing so much.

This Christmas, I wanted to make some wax melts with the new Fall and Winter set of natural essential oil blends from Right Note.

I also wanted to give some as gifts for friends and therapists this year.  Yes, we started therapy again.  We have two so far and one more starting soon.

21 November 2019

Elderberry Syrup Recipe With Honey

How to make elderberry syrup with honey.  This can help support the immune system and shorten the duration of coughs, colds, and the flu.  Store leftovers in the fridge up to three months.

One benefit to homeschooling is that we avoid many of the germs that get passed around in the schools.  We haven't been nearly as sick, but we made up for it last year.

I don't have time to get sick.  I can't write when I don't feel good, and then I can't get any work done.

Last year, I was in the ER on Thanksgiving and didn't feel better until January.  It was late spring before I finally felt like myself again.

How to make elderberry syrup recipe. Also includes the benefits, dosage, uses, shelf life, and what to do with it. Take it daily or when sick for cough, for colds, or for the flu. This is an easy and simple recipe iwth honey that you can DIY at home. Directions for how to take elderberry syrup and usage.  Homemade elderberry syrup is easy to make. #elderberry #naturalremedy #cough #cold


I don't ever want a repeat of being that sick.  I started looking into elderberry syrup to support my immune system.  Now I take it daily.  The kids aren't believers quite yet, but I do make them take it at the first cough or sign of a cold.

There is some evidence to support using elderberry syrup as a natural supplement to ward off bugs and help you feel better sooner if you do get sick.

I bought some and kind of forgot about it.  Then I woke up with ick draining down my throat and feeling like a cold was coming, so I took it four times that day.  The next day I felt fine.

Maybe it wasn't going to a full blown cold.  Maybe it was nothing.  I'm not taking chances though.  I'll keep taking it as long as I feel that it works.

Elderberry Syrup Recipe With Honey

This is an easy elderberry syrup recipe with honey.  Although elderberries take good on their own, the spices change the flavor.  I add real honey for its health benefits and to sweeten the syrup.


How to make elderberry syrup recipe. Also includes the benefits, dosage, uses, shelf life, and what to do with it. Take it daily or when sick for cough, for colds, or for the flu. This is an easy and simple recipe iwth honey that you can DIY at home. Directions for how to take elderberry syrup and usage.  Homemade elderberry syrup is easy to make. #elderberry #naturalremedy #cough #cold

What Are The Benefits of Elderberry Syrup?


Elderberries have been used medicinally as far back as 400 BC.  Elderberry syrup has been crazy popular the last few years.  The berries are full of vitamins and antioxidants that can help support your immune system.

Elderberries are said to reduce inflammation and offer some protection for your heart.  Drinking elderberry syrup is said to reduce cold and flu symptoms.

Other benefits of elderberry syrup include treatment for:


  • Fever
  • Consipation
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Stress
  • Kidney problems
  • Cold
  • Cough
  • Flu

The benefits of elderberry syrup is mostly through anecdotal evidence, but there has been some research done.  In a study, 60 adults with flu like symptoms took elderberry syrup four times a day and got better four days sooner and had less severe symptoms than those who didn't take elderberry syrup.

One study also showed the elderberries is effective for treating 10 types of flu viruses.

How to make elderberry syrup recipe. Also includes the benefits, dosage, uses, shelf life, and what to do with it. Take it daily or when sick for cough, for colds, or for the flu. This is an easy and simple recipe iwth honey that you can DIY at home. Directions for how to take elderberry syrup and usage.  Homemade elderberry syrup is easy to make. #elderberry #naturalremedy #cough #cold



Does Elderberry Syrup Help With Cough?


Elderberry syrup is said to reduce coughing.  It can reduce inflammation and help shorten the duration of colds.

Can You Take Elderberry Daily?


Yes, it's recommended that you take one teaspoon daily for maintenance.  You can take one teaspoon up to four times a day if you are have a cold or the flu.

How Long Is Elderberry Syrup Good For?


This elderberry syrup recipe with honey will last up to three months in the fridge.  You an also freeze it to make it last longer.

Can You Freeze Elderberry Syrup?


Yes, elderberry syrup freezes very well. I like freezing it in ice cube trays and then moving the frozen cubes to a bag or container in the freezer.

Set in the fridge to thaw overnight.

How to make elderberry syrup recipe. Also includes the benefits, dosage, uses, shelf life, and what to do with it. Take it daily or when sick for cough, for colds, or for the flu. This is an easy and simple recipe iwth honey that you can DIY at home. Directions for how to take elderberry syrup and usage.  Homemade elderberry syrup is easy to make. #elderberry #naturalremedy #cough #cold

Where to Buy Dried Elderberries


I get my elderberries where I get most of my other purchases.  Amazon!  I like these wild harvested dried elderberries.  It's sold in a one pound bag, which should be enough for two batches of this elderberry syrup recipe with honey.




Where to Buy Elderberry Syrup


Not ready to make the commitment to buying a whole pound of berries to make your own?  I get it!

Nature's Way Elderberry Syrup is ready to use.  That's the brand I bought to try it at first.  I also picked up Nature's Way Umcka Cold and Flu with elderberry.  It has herbal support for coughs and congestion, which is what I have problems with.


Elderberry Syrup Recipe With Honey


1 hour
24 ounces

Ingredients




Directions


Step #1


Place the water, dried elderberries, cloves, and grated fresh ginger in a sauce pan.  Squeeze the juice out of the lemon into the pan and then put the lemon in the pan.  

Step #2


Bring it to a boil.  As soon as it starts to boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 45 minutes until it reduces in size by about half.

Step #3


Remove the pot from heat.  Use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to mash the dried elderberries and get all of the juice out of them.  

Step #4


Use tongs to remove the cinnamon stick and the lemon.  Strain the elderberry syrup through a fine mesh sieve and into a glass bowl.  Use the back of a spoon to smash the berries into the strainer to get all of the liquid out.  Discard the berries.

Step #5


 Put the liquid back in the sauce pain and stir in the honey.  It should be warm enough for the honey to dissolve into the homemade elderberry syrup.

Step #6


Pour into a mason jar or into several jars.  Store in the fridge or freeze until ready to use.

How to make elderberry syrup recipe. Also includes the benefits, dosage, uses, shelf life, and what to do with it. Take it daily or when sick for cough, for colds, or for the flu. This is an easy and simple recipe iwth honey that you can DIY at home. Directions for how to take elderberry syrup and usage.  Homemade elderberry syrup is easy to make. #elderberry #naturalremedy #cough #cold


Take 2 teaspoons daily to support your immune system.  Children can take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.

If you are sick with the flu or a cold, take 2 teaspoons four times daily for adults or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 4 times daily for children.

Mix with sparkling water or pour over pancakes or waffles for a new way to use your homemade elderberry syrup.
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How to make elderberry syrup with honey.

ingredients:

instructions:

How to cook Elderberry Syrup Recipe

  1. Place the water, dried elderberries, cloves, and grated fresh ginger in a sauce pan. Squeeze the juice out of the lemon into the pan and then put the lemon in the pan.
  2. Bring it to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 45 minutes until it reduces in size by about half.
  3. Remove the pot from heat. Use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to mash the dried elderberries and get all of the juice out of them.
  4. Use tongs to remove the cinnamon stick and the lemon. Strain the elderberry syrup through a fine mesh sieve and into a glass bowl. Use the back of a spoon to smash the berries into the strainer to get all of the liquid out. Discard the berries.
  5. Put the liquid back in the sauce pain and stir in the honey. It should be warm enough for the honey to dissolve into the homemade elderberry syrup.
  6. Pour into a mason jar or into several jars. Store in the fridge or freeze until ready to use.

NOTES:

Take 2 teaspoons daily to support your immune system. Children can take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. If you are sick with the flu or a cold, take 2 teaspoons four times daily for adults or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon up to 4 times daily for children.

Calories

10.97

Fat (grams)

0.01

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.00

Carbs (grams)

2.97

Fiber (grams)

0.03

Net carbs

2.94

Sugar (grams)

2.91

Protein (grams)

0.02

Sodium (milligrams)

0.51

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
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19 November 2019

How to Use CBD Lotion For Pain With Notion Smart CBD

This post is sponsored by Notion CBD Lotion.  As always, all opinions and enthusiasm is my own.

How to use CBD lotion for pain with Notion Smart CBD oil.  Learn more about how CBD lotion works and how to use it for pain relief.  CBD lotion is the latest crazy, but does it work?  Read my reciew and learn more.

CBD oil and lotion has been crazy popular for a while, but Ohio was a little behind with their laws.  CBD products just became legal a few months ago, and I was eager to try them.


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14 November 2019

How to Make Oatmeal Cream Pie Soap Cupcakes

How to make soap cupcakes.  These adorable oatmeal cream pie soap cupcakes are easy to make with a cupcake mold.  They smell amazing with a natural scent from essential oils.

Melt and pour soap is my favorite kind to make.  It's quick, easy, and fairly inexpensive to make.  I like that you can really get creative with different scents, additives, and molds.

I like making food inspired soap because it looks cute and is fun to use.  My kids really like the food inspired soaps, too.

 How to make oatmeal cream pie cupcake soap. This soap has real oatmeal, cinnamon, and vanilla essential oil in melt and pour soap. This glycerin soap recipe is easy to make with this mold. The frosting is easy and comes out perfect with this tutorial and it's easy for packaging. If you need ideas for designs or new soap techniques, try this.  It's great for beginners. Make DIY Christmas gifts for friends or kids. Use fun scents or oatmeal cream pie like I did.  Also includes tips for making melt and pour soap #cupcakesoap #soap #meltandpour


One that had been on my to do list was to learn how to make soap cupcakes.  Most soap cupcake recipes or tutorials call for whipped soap on the top.  

I do have a how to make whipped soap from melt and pour soap recipe that works great.  However, I am not the best at piping and this soap doesn't fully harden.  It's not great for making soap cupcakes.

So I found an adorable soap cupcake mold, and it's perfect for these oatmeal cream pie soap cupcakes.

These cute soaps are perfect to use as a body soap, hand soap, or give as a gift.  They make great handmade gifts for teachers, coworkers, or anyone you want to thank with a gift but can't spend a lot of money on gifts.  

How to Make Oatmeal Cream Pie Soap Cupcakes

Melt and pour soap is a fairly easy craft to make, and these are very easy.  You just need soap, the mold, a scent, and some oatmeal and cinnamon if you want to add it.


 How to make oatmeal cream pie cupcake soap. This soap has real oatmeal, cinnamon, and vanilla essential oil in melt and pour soap. This glycerin soap recipe is easy to make with this mold. The frosting is easy and comes out perfect with this tutorial and it's easy for packaging. If you need ideas for designs or new soap techniques, try this.  It's great for beginners. Make DIY Christmas gifts for friends or kids. Use fun scents or oatmeal cream pie like I did.  Also includes tips for making melt and pour soap #cupcakesoap #soap #meltandpour


Melt and Pour Soap


I used Crafty Bubbles white melt and pour soap.  You can use any white melt and pour soap base for these soap cupcakes.  You could use a goat's milk or a shea butter soap if you want it more moisturizing.

Oatmeal


I added ground oatmeal because it's an oatmeal cream pie soap.  I grind oatmeal in my Ninja and keep it in a container to use later.   You can also use colloidal oatmeal in soaps.

The oatmeal will sink to the bottom if you pour the soap too soon.  It's important to let it cool to 120 degrees and use a laser thermometer to check the temperature.

If you don't have a laser thermometer, let the soap sit until a skin forms on top.  Stir it to dissolve the skin, then pour quickly.  

Pouring the soap at a cooler temperature will help stop the oatmeal and cinnamon from falling to the bottom.

Cinnamon


Adding cinnamon is optional.  It can irritate those with sensitive skin, so omit it if small children are using this oatmeal cream pie soap cupcake.  

Vanilla Essential Oil


I used the Right Note/Crafty Bubbles Vanilla essential oil.  It has a pure vanilla scent that's lovely in these soap cupcakes.


 How to make oatmeal cream pie cupcake soap. This soap has real oatmeal, cinnamon, and vanilla essential oil in melt and pour soap. This glycerin soap recipe is easy to make with this mold. The frosting is easy and comes out perfect with this tutorial and it's easy for packaging. If you need ideas for designs or new soap techniques, try this.  It's great for beginners. Make DIY Christmas gifts for friends or kids. Use fun scents or oatmeal cream pie like I did.  Also includes tips for making melt and pour soap #cupcakesoap #soap #meltandpour

You can also use a vanilla oleoserin essential oil.  It's a semi-solid concentrate made by removing the solvent from vanilla extract.  

Cupcake Soap Mold


I love this cupcake soap mold! I do a whipped soap from melt and pour soap recipe that I love, but it's not suitable for soap cupcakes.  It is soft, almost like a drier shaving cream.  It will get dented and smooshed if you use it for the icing on these soap cupcakes.

Instead, I bought this cupcake soap mold.  It makes 4 cupcakes at a time.


I'm pretty crafty, but cake decorating is not in my list of skills.  I wouldn't be able to pipe a soap icing and have it look pretty.  With the mold, the icing always looks perfect.  

Mica


I added a little bit of brown mica to get the bottoms darker.  This is optional.  The oatmeal and cinnamon will also make it darker, but I wanted a more uniform color.  

You can also use a liquid soap colorant or a solid soap color block.  I do recommend buying an actual brown color.  It can be hard to find, but I never have much luck mixing colors to make brown.

More fun melt and pour soap ideas:




 How to make oatmeal cream pie cupcake soap. This soap has real oatmeal, cinnamon, and vanilla essential oil in melt and pour soap. This glycerin soap recipe is easy to make with this mold. The frosting is easy and comes out perfect with this tutorial and it's easy for packaging. If you need ideas for designs or new soap techniques, try this.  It's great for beginners. Make DIY Christmas gifts for friends or kids. Use fun scents or oatmeal cream pie like I did.  Also includes tips for making melt and pour soap #cupcakesoap #soap #meltandpour


Ingredients


  • 19 ounces white melt and pour soap divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essential Oil divided
  • Brown Mica

Tools


Directions


Step #1


Cut 8 ounce of white melt and pour soap into 1 inch cubes.  Melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time.  Stir at each interval.



Step #2


When it's fully melted, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essential oil and stir well.  Let cool to 120 degrees and pour into the cupcake top part of the mold.  Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.



Step #3


Cut 10 ounces of white melt and pour soap and melt in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.

Step #4


Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essential oil, cinnamon, ground oatmeal, and mica.  Stir well.



Step #5


When it cools to 120 degrees, stir well again and pour into the bottom part of the cupcake mold.  Spray with rubbing alcohol and let sit until completely cool.

Step #6


When both the tops and the bottoms are cool and fully hardened, remove them from the mold.  Use a knife to score them so you can "glue" them together with melted soap.



Step #7


Melt one ounce of white melt and pour soap.  Carefully spoon it on top of the scored bottoms of the cupcakes.  Set the tops on and press down firmly.  Let sit until the soap is cooled.



Now you know how to make soap cupcakes!  

soap, cupcake, vanilla, cinnamon, melt and pour, diy
Yield: 4
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty

Oatmeal Cream Pie Soap Cupcakes

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 15 M
These cute oatmeal cream pie cupcakes are easy to make with melt and pour soap.

materials:

  • 19 ounces white melt and pour soap divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essential Oil divided
  • Brown Mica

tools:

steps:

  1. Cut 8 ounce of white melt and pour soap into 1 inch cubes. Melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time. Stir at each interval.
  2. When it's fully melted, add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essential oil and stir well. Let cool to 120 degrees and pour into the cupcake top part of the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.
  3. Cut 10 ounces of white melt and pour soap and melt in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essential oil, cinnamon, ground oatmeal, and mica. Stir well.
  5. When it cools to 120 degrees, stir well again and pour into the bottom part of the cupcake mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol and let sit until completely cool.
  6. When both the tops and the bottoms are cool and fully hardened, remove them from the mold. Use a knife to score them so you can "glue" them together with melted soap.
  7. Melt one ounce of white melt and pour soap. Carefully spoon it on top of the scored bottoms of the cupcakes. Set the tops on and press down firmly. Let sit until the soap is cooled.

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