Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quick and All Natural Homemade Air Freshener

I seem to be on a roll making homemade stuff lately.  It's not that I have tons of extra time- I enjoy making things, plus I enjoy the healthy benefits!  

I would hardly consider this homemade because it took approximately 1 minute... or less.

Get a spray bottle.  I like THESE for the air fresheners because they are pretty and a good size.
Add about a teaspoon of epsom salt in the bottom (regular salt would work too) add about 8-10 drops of Purification Young Living oil in the bottom and let it sit for a minute. 
Fill with Water.

Purification smells great but it doesn't cover up the bad smell- it kills it.  So it's gone.  

I keep one of these in each of the bathrooms plus near the diaper pail... and in the kitchen.  It's safe enough for your kids to spray in their mouth (fabreeze.. not so much, unless you like the idea of formaldehyde in their mouths)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Painting Tips for Painting Your Own Artwork

Don't get your hopes up.  If you have ever taken art before, even if it was in jr. high, you probably know more about painting than me.  I do a lot of creative things but I'm not a great artist.  However, I believe anyone can make their own artwork and can paint beautiful things if they want to.  So here are a few easy tips to help.

 1) Pick your paints.  They don't have to be expensive or even from a special art store.  I usually use the apple barrel paints from Hobby Lobby that are like .50 a jar.  Today, I'm using some paint from Target that I got for Cason but I love it so much (because it shimmers) that I wanted to use it for this project.

 2) Pick your colors.  Paint your whole background.  
Don't try and paint detail and background at the same time.  
I choose 2 colors of blue for the background with a hint of green.
So that's part of tip 2.  Pick up more than one color of paint with your brush and use big strokes.  Solid even color- not good... at least not for this!

3) Once that dries.  Use chalk to draw your main image.  It doesn't have to be this simple but simple is easy!  Also, off center is better.  It is easier because you don't have to be perfect- plus it looks like you put extra thought into it.  You thought so much about it that you made it off center to make other people think more.  Awesome.

 4) Paint your main image- again using 2 different colors on your paintbrush at a time.  It really helps make the art look dimensional.  When it's dry you can wipe the chalk off as if it never existed.

5) I wanted to add another layer to the painting- text.  Text is hard because it's hard to get a smooth line with paint.  I wrote the words in chalk and used a tiny paintbrush and carefully wrote everything in.  It's not perfect but it's real.

And here's the finished piece.  It's personal and it's homemade and you can do it too!  
So if you make awesome things please pass on this tutorial.  Hopefully, it will inspire you just a little to start making your own artwork and saving a little $$ in the process.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Yummy Smoothie Recipe

I decided I needed to try and make smoothies for most of my meals this week.  That has a lot to do with the fact that I'm in a wedding next weekend and my dress is a little snug around the ribcage.  I tried to research online how to loose inches around the ribs and there was nothing helpful.  So naturally I thought the best thing would be to drink smoothies all week... well, mostly smoothies.

I also thought it would be fun to try some new smoothie recipes and take a break from juicing.  Not because I don't love juicing but because it's even messier than smoothie making.

For breakfast I use Balance Complete that I get from Young Living.  You can find out more about it HERE or how to get it for less HERE.  It's actually yummy and makes a quick easy breakfast and I'm not hungry in an hour!

Key Lime Pie Smoothie
2 T Lime Juice
1 t lime zest
1 c. milk (i use coconut or almond)
1 bananna
¼ t vanilla
1 date (optional)
1 tbsp cashew butter
2 c. baby spinach
4 ice cubes

 I didn't know what to expect.  I tried it because I liked the name of it but I wasn't sure.  Luckily, it was delicious!  Didn't taste like spinach at all.  I used a Ninja blender and it got everything really smooth.  Give it a try!  

When I said the blender was less messy than the juicer.  I lied.  Blend with caution.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm- Like Burt's Bees

 I had been waiting to make this!  I am addicted to Burt's Bees- like seriously addicted.  Can't sleep without it.  There's one by my desk, by my bed, in my purse, in my diaper bag and when I'm somewhere that I don't have it- I go a little crazy.  Burt's Bees is kind of expensive though.  I found a recipe to make by own and I was gathering supplies so I could try it!  The best part?  They are less than $1 each, but I don't do math so I'm not really sure.

 Here we go!

 Gather your supplies.

Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe (Makes 12)

  • 1 TBSP shea butter - I got mine HERE
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil - sprouts, amazon, target- take your pic.  Make it organic, just because.
  • 2 TBSP sweet almond oil - I think I got mine at Target. 
  • 1-1/2 TBSP beeswax- I got it at sprouts.  Amazon has it in pellets I believe- might be easier to measure
  • 1/4 tsp therapeutic grade peppermint oil - get it HERE
  • 0.15 oz. lip balm tubes - get 'em HERE

  • A note on essential oils- make sure you research any oil you are putting on your skin- and since there's a good chance lip balm will end up in your mouth (at least a little) then you want it to be safe to use internally.  And that pretty much narrows it down to a few companies.  My favorite is Young Living and I tell you why HERE

     So take all the ingredients except the peppermint and put them in your double boiler.  
    No, that isn't a double boiler.  It's my redneck version of one.  I don't think have have a double boiler.  My mom would be ashamed.  
    While everything is getting melty get your chapstick tubes ready.

    Okay, so this part isn't how a professional would do it.  Here was my thought process.  
    I needed to get the tubes standing up.
    I needed to have them in something that I could move all 12 of them to a safe place so they could sit open for 24 hours.
    I found the smallest container I could but the tubes only fit around the edges so I needed something to keep them from falling inward so I thought the chapstick tops and gross candy would do the trick.
    I have no idea why I have heart candy in my pantry.
    I have no idea why I couldn't find dry beans or rice which would have been a better choice.

     As soon as it's done melting pour your peppermint oil in.  I think 1/4 tsp was about 27 drops.  Now that I have my chapstick I would have preferred a little more. Maybe about 25 drops.  But I like it nice and tingly. 
    Let them sit lids off for 24 hours.  They harden really fast even though my house is approx 100 degrees.  According to the original recipe they will stay hard even in a hot car. 

    Here they are all done!  I have enough extra to make a little jar and I added a couple of drops of grapefruit to it.  I like it too!  
    You can tell that it got a little messy when I was pouring it into the tubes.  I could have wiped it off but then you might wonder why mine wasn't messy when yours is.  

    Let me know if you have questions.  I hope you have fun making your own!

    I found this recipe HERE.  Next I'm going to try her homemade deodorant!

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe and Label Reading

    I found this cookie recipe this week and decided to try it.  Peanut Butter isn't on my list of things that I should be eating or do eat- I don't like it that much and it really isn't that good for you but I really wanted to try this recipe!  Dates have never been something that I eat or cook with but recently they seem to be appearing in many of my "healthy" recipes.  I think because they add sweetness and they blend with the flavor you are cooking them with- but that's just a guess.

    I thought these turned out really good!  Mike even ate them and didn't know there were dates.  I just used dried dates I found at sprouts.  I did add the optional chocolate.  Everything is better with chocolate.

    There's a small note you might not be able to see but it mentions that you should read the labels and look for a peanut butter with no added sugar.  Like I said, I don't eat peanut butter (but do buy it for C and M) but I have never really looked at the labels.

    So at the store this week I read the back of all the peanut butters.  I finally found one that only had peanuts and salt listed in the ingredients.
    Then I went home and looked at the one I had in my pantry.  Peanuts, SUGAR, Palm oil, salt.  That is the Skippy all natural one!  So I know you are wondering why they need sugar and oil if you can make peanut butter with just peanuts and salt.  That's a great question!

    I don't know the answer.  And this is just one little example.  The more I start reading the labels on the "all natural stuff" the more I am seeing "sugar" or something else listed that isn't so natural.  

    I saw some "all natural" coconut water at the store packaged for kids.  I trusted the brand and I was so excited that I could get Cason to like coconut water with some 100% fruit juice added.  But guess what- I read the ingredients just before putting it in my cart and it's full of sugar!  Boo.  Processed sugar isn't natural folks.  It's been taken so far from it's original form.  And that includes white granulated sugar but even "sugar in the raw" and "organic" sugar. 
    In my unprofessional opinion- unless they are swirling a piece of sugar cane in there straight from the plant- don't eat sugar, yo.  
    Honey, molasses, pure maple syrup.  Switch to one of those.
    Processed sugar feeds cancer.  Don't take it from me.  Do research.  Please, please, please!!!

    I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist.  I don't know everything or even most things.  You don't have to listen to me.  But if you have questions, I'm happy to help you find answers... and I'm always happy to give my opinion :-)

    Sunday, September 1, 2013

    How to order your own Young Living Oils!

    I LOVE my Young Living oils.  They have seriously changed the way we take care of our health around here!  I did my research and Young Living was the company that I felt was the best fit for us.  Hopefully I will have lots of posts telling you about how they are working for us- but I wanted to go ahead and write about how you can get your oils.  You are always welcome to contact me for more information… I’m happy to help!  everythingdesign@hotmail.comoil image
    There are other oil companies out there- you can even buy oils at your local health food store.  There are lots of choices- but please remember that anything you put on your skin is absorbed straight inside you- it’s the reason the birth control patch and the nicotine patch work.  So, do your research and be careful what you put on your skin.  Young living oils can not only be put on the skin- but you can also use them internally.  That makes the waaaaay different than most of the oils out there.  They are 100% pure therapeutic grade, and that’s the highest quality of oils there are!
    There are 3 Ways to Purchase Oils:
    1.  Purchase as a Customer – paying full retail
    2.  Become a Wholesale Member {Independent Distributor} – giving you the lowest price on oils, 24% off!
    Why Should I Become A Wholesale Member?
    This is a great option that provides you 24% off retail price! When you love your oils, and you start sharing your testimonials with friends and family, you have the option of earning commissions when others join and purchase Young Living oils.
    Is there a monthly order minimum?
    No. You can just order what you need when you need it.  To retain an active distributor account, you have to place one 50PV minimum order per year. If you miss that deadline, you can reactivate your account by calling Young Living Customer Care with a 100PV (point volume) order.
    Do I have to sell Young Living products to be a wholesale member? 
    There is no obligation to sell oils when you join as an independent distributor. However, if you ever change your mind, you can jump right in.  You run the show and determine what you will and will not do.
    Is there a way to save even more money?
    Oh YEAH!  The Essential Rewards program offers reduced shipping, credit for free oils & more!  Plus each month there are great promotions for free oils when you place an Essential Rewards order. I love free stuff!
    Monthly Bonuses!
    Each month there are ways to earn FREE product. 
    starter kit
    How do I get started?
    Choose a kit that fits your need and budget – there are 3 to choose from:
    Here’s a step by step on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:
    1. Click here to begin the enrollment process.
    2. Select Independent Distributor so you can get the wholesale discount.
    3. My member number is: 1458049, but it should already be filled in
    4. Choose the kit you want
    5.  Add more product to reach 190PV or higher and earn the FREE monthly oils.
    I hope you love your oils as much as I do.  I’m here if you need anything. 
    **If you sign up with a premium kit- I will send you a free bonus- a book that will help you know how to use the oils and what oils to use!** 

    Homemade Laundry Detergent

     So I decided to make my own laundry detergent.  Mostly because It's cheap and I like cheap.  But also because it's void of harmful chemicals and I'm also a fan of that.  I got the recipe from the 19 and counting website.. or is it 20 and counting- I can't keep up.  But either way, if anyone knows laundry- I figure it's her!  

    Here's what you do!
    Put 4 cups of hot water on the stove and grate 1 bar of Fels-naptha soap in the bowl.  You can get it at the grocery store in the laundry aisle- it's kind of hard to see but it's just a couple of bucks!

    Grating is hard work!


    Stir over low heat until it's all melty and gather the other ingredients.  Washing soda and Borax.  

    Fill a 5 gallon bucket (home depot) 1/2 full of warm tap water.  Add melty soap, 1 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax.  Fill to the top with more water.


    Add a capful of Thieves household cleaner.  This was my addition to the recipe.  The Young Living Thieves cleaner is a great cleaner and will even take stains out.  I use it to clean all the parts of my house and I thought it would be great to add to the detergent... plus it smells great!

     Here it is in the bucket.  It kind of turns to soap jello when you let it sit overnight.  The next morning stir and start using.  Grab an empty soap container and fill it 1/2 way with the detergent and the other 1/2 with water.  The recipe says use 1/4 cup per load.  I have a front loader and I've been using that super concentrated detergent so I'm just going to use 1/8 cup without diluting it again.  I've done a couple of loads and so far, so good!  There's not a strong detergent smell but I like that- fake smells = chemicals. 

    So basically I just made 10 gallons of cleaner (if used properly diluted) and spent probably $7.  This will last forever!  Especially since I do laundry only when absolutely necessary!

     Next time I'm going to use the thieves soap to grate up instead of the Fels-naptha.  It will smell even better and the cleaning/anti-bacterial properties of the oils are un-matched. 

     You can order the thieves cleaner and soap HERE.  Set up a customer account or a wholesale account if you like discounts!  Let me know if you have any questions. Here's more about why I chose Young Living over other oil companies.  I'll blog more about why I love the cleaner later but 1 bottle is $22 and you dilute it on your own.  You just need 1-2 cap-fulls per large spray bottle so that $22 bottle can make about 12 spray bottles of cleaner.  It's a great deal!

    If you know me I will give you a sample if you want to try it. 

    Homemade All Natural foaming Antibacterial Soap

    Yea!  I made my own foaming hand soap.  It was super easy and super cheap (possibly the best part)!

    Here's what you need:
    Dr. Brommers Castile Soap-I got mine at target.  It's not super cheap ($15) but I'm going to use it for a bunch of different recipes.  
    Foaming soap dispencer-  Order HERE
    Young Living thieves essential oil.  Read about it HERE, order it HERE.  Read about why I love it HERE.

    Put 2 tablespoons of soap in the bottle, 5 drops of thieves and fill the rest with water.  Shake Gently.

    It works!  It smells great too and safe enough to eat (though I wouldn't recommend it).  
    Yes, that's my Young Living kids toothpaste in the background.  Can't live without it!

    I only recommend using Young Living oils for this.  They are the only oils that are therapeutic grade and are able to be used directly on the skin as well as internally.  From this link you can set up a customer account and order them at retail cost or set up a wholesale account and get wholesale pricing.  Let me know if you have any questions!
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