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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. 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 p

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. 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.

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, b

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. 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

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. 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.

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. 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 mel

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 t

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. 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

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. 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

Elderberry Syrup Recipe With Honey

How to make an elderberry syrup recipe 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. 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 bu

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. I don't talk about it a lot on the blog, but I suffer from chronic joint paint.  I could never get a traditional job because I can't sit or stand for long periods of time. I have to take frequent breaks to get up and move or my joints hurt. One day of deep cleaning or even shopping can lead to several days in bed because of the pain. I've seen specialists,  and I've tried prescription medications.  I didn't like the side effects, so I stick with alternative treatments for

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. 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 so