DIY Lip Scrub with Young Living Essential Oils

One thing that drives me absolutely crazy, especially during the harsh winter months, is when I have to deal with dry, flaky and chapped lips. I’ve tried every single lip balm on the market and nothing really helps with that issue. It’s like my lips soak it in and an hour later (or less sometimes) my lips are back to the way they were. Not too long ago, I made a hand scrub using my essential oils and it got me thinking, why don’t I make a lip scrub?!?

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DIY Lip Scrub with Young Living Essential Oils

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 oz. Cocoa Butter, melted
  • 3 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 drops Young Living Lavender Oil
  • 4 drops Young Living Peppermint oil

Directions

  1. Place 1 oz. of cocoa butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 25 second intervals, stirring after every interval. I purchased a 1 oz. container of cocoa butter at Hobby Lobby. You can also find it online.
  2. Place all of your ingredients in a bowl and stir. If you need to, add a little bit more olive oil, but don’t add too much…you want this to be scrubby!
  3. Add your lip scrub to a cute little air-tight jar.

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I can’t rave about this scrub enough! If you want an extra scrubbier scrub, use brown sugar. When making a lip scrub, I really thought long and hard about which of my Young Living essential oils I wanted to use and then it hit me, I had to use lavender. Lavender is very soothing to your skin. I chose peppermint because I love the smell of it! I used it this afternoon and my lips are so soft and they look great! Definitely try this!

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More Alternatives to Store Bought Valentines!

Thanks to Pinterest, more and more people are hand making their Valentines! I love it when my kids bring home a box full of Valentines that their classmates made from them! In fact, this year, we are going to try and make our own too! <–I’m not the craftiest mom, so we’ll see how this will turn out! Earlier this week, I put together a list of some really great DIY Valentines ideas from all over the web. Guess what…I have more for you!!

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Remember back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when slap bracelets were all the rage? Well…those bracelets are back and the lovely blogger at Toys in the Dryer came up with an adorable Valentines idea using slap bracelets! And lucky for you, I found where you can buy slap bracelets in bulk for pretty darn cheap!

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I’ve looked at a bunch of DIY Valentines ideas and this one is the most unique I have seen yet!! Audrey with IamBarkingMad.com came up with the idea using mini, individually wrapped bags of cereal to make Cerealsly Cute Valentines! Love these!!

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My kids, especially Bella, love to have a notebook and pencil with her at all times. She likes to write mini-stories or, her latest thing, is to draw out floor plans of what her new bedroom will look like. This child has watched too many of those DIY television shows! The lovely blogger at threedifferentdirections.com has put together an adorable idea for DIY Valentines using stuff you can find at your local Dollar Store!

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This next Valentine idea is perfect for any age group! MomLuck.com has a cute Valentine that uses melted crayons to create your own heart shaped (or any shape you choose) crayon…in the colors your child chooses!! We’ve made crayons before and Bella always enjoys mixing the colors to come up with her own color!

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Do your kids love that loom bracelet maker? Mine do, so this next Valentine idea is perfect for them! And we have a billion (no joke) of those little rubber bands…what a good way to get rid of save some money! Be sure to check out this adorable idea by visiting the site here! Not only is this a handmade Valentine, but it is one that the recipient can wear too!

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Kids LOVE to plant seeds and watch things grow…even if it’s a bean sprout that molds (happened to Bella), they still love it because they grew it! So this DIY Seed Packet Valentine that my friend Shasta has on her blog is not only adorable, but also very inexpensive!!

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There are so many cute ideas out there. I hope you liked the ones I chose above and the others I found earlier this week! If you choose to do one of these ideas, please leave me a comment and tell me about it!! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s

St. Valentines day is not really my favorite holiday. It’s not that anything bad ever happened on Valentine’s day, I mean…I do like it…I just don’t care about it all that much. Thankfully, neither does my husband. We get each other a card, maybe some chocolate or a gift and call it a day. However, out kids LOVE Valentine’s day. They love making their “mailboxes” for school; they love picking out the Valentines that they are going to pass out; and they LOVE looking at the Valentine’s that all of their friends at school give them.

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Fun DIY Valentines for Kids

This year, after running across a friends blog post, I started thinking about having my kids make their Valentine’s this year. Personalized Valentine gifts just seem like a fund thing to do! Especially for Zack’s class…this is his last school Valentine’s day celebration. I love this DIY Valentines idea with plastic recorders. Sorry parents!

valentinesIsn’t this so awesome?!? Go visit thatbaldchick.com and print out her free printable!

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I was so bummed when my daughter did not want to give away recorders this year. There’s still time. With Amazon Prime’s 2-day shipping, we could totally still pull it off! Since she wasn’t interested, I started looking at all the other amazing DIY ideas out there. And boy are there a lot of great ideas out there! This Hershey Kiss Ring idea I found at Thrifty Jinxy is pretty cool and something Bella would really enjoy making for her friends! Isn’t this the best Valentines gift idea ever? So easy and so cute!

valentinesI will have to show this to Bella tomorrow, for sure! She is very into crafting right now, so to make this, I bet she’d love it! And it’s EASY, which is a plus for me…I am so not a crafty mom!

Do you have a Lego lover in your home?? This next DIY Valentine is for the Lego lover in your life and it’s pretty cool and again, one that I could totally handle doing!

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I could totally see both of my kids wanting to do this for their classes this year! Mommy Palooza definitely has a great idea with this Valentine! After browsing Amazon.com, I found these awesome Lego molds!

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Do you remember those fortune teller things that we used to make out of paper when we were kids? Well, my friend Jamie with Toys in the Dryer has a printable to make your very own Fortune Teller Valentine! I know, right? Sooo cool!

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valentinesThis next idea is really cool and super easy, again for the non-crafty person! SensiblySara.com has a tutorial for Duct Tape Bookmarks!! Bella, for her birthday and Christmas, got a lot of different kinds of duct tape and she is all about making things with it! So, like most of the ideas in this post, this is right up Bella’s alley!

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The next DIY Valentine is another candy free option, which I like very much! Especially since my sneaky kids took their Valentine mailboxes upstairs to their rooms last year and ate all their candy while they were supposed to be sleeping. Shoot, I think Zack went into Bella’s room and ate all of her candy too! Anyway…this DIY Valentine from Trisha with Momdot uses those EOS lip balms that are all the rage! Also, if you are a Silhouette user, this printable also has a free Silhouette file for you to download too!

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This last DIY Valentine is a round-up done by A Sparkle of Genius, similar to mine, so you will have a lot more DIY Valentine’s to choose from! I know if I were to show this one to my son, he would TOTALLY pick the Valentine that has the Crush soda! Especially since he says he has two of the hottest girls in the entire school in his class…he’s in fifth grade!

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Other things you may want to think about are Valentine coloring pages. These are great for the younger grades or preschool.

What is your favorite DIY Valentine for kids?

DIY #Amethyst Holiday Travel Postcards #BICMerryMarking

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I cannot believe the holidays are almost here. It seems like just yesterday that it was August and I was dreaming of the day that my kids would be back in school so I could get some work done (working from home is rather difficult in the summer)! One thing I would love to do one day is travel and spend the holiday, whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, alone with just my husband and two kids. I love being with family, but I think going to Hawaii over Christmas would be FABULOUS! Don’t lie…I bet you agree!

Now, if you know me well or have seen my desk, you know that I love permanent markers. If I could, I would write in all the different colors all day, everyday. In fact, if you looked at my sons assignment book, you will see that I sign my name in different colors every day! So I took my love for permanent markers and made a cute little DIY Travel Postcard that you can mail to friends and family from a fabulous destination holiday!

How to Make this Craft

Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • BIC Mark-It™ pen in #Amethyst

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Directions:

  1. Cut your cardstock to postcard size. My postcards are 4.25″ x 6″.
  2. Figure out what you want to say on the postcard and lightly write it on the cardstock with pencil.
  3. Trace over the pencil. You can totally free-hand it if you want…I’m not good at the free-hand stuff!

Like this project, then get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking your own creative Holiday Travel Postcards or see one the to other great projects BIC Mark-It™ has to offer! While you’re at it, don’t forget to print the $1.00 off coupon too!

Here’s another postcard I made:

 

If you’ve made a #BICMerryMarking project, I would love to see it!

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DIY Coconut Oil Face Wash with Essential Oils

During my teen years, my skin was perfect. I’m not even joking.I could probably count on one hand how many zits I had. That all changed once I started having kids. Since getting pregnant for the first time when I was 22 years old (I’m 33 now), my skin has broken out like crazy. I finally started seeing a dermatologist, but everything she wanted me to do was crazy to me. One of which was take a low dose antibiotic every day. Um…hello…crazy! Can you imagine the horrible yeast infection that would form from that? Sheesh! I respectfully declined. Little did I know, I had a solution sitting in my pantry…coconut oil!

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I’ve posted before about my love for essential oils and making better decisions for myself and my family to live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve read a lot about coconut oil and all the billions of uses for it from cooking to swishing with it in your mouth…I haven’t done that yet, I’m kind of scared! One of the things I read was that you could wash your face with coconut oil. So I did and I love it!

Why Does it Work?

Simply put, oil dissolves oil. When you wash your face with coconut oil you are, essentially removing all the gross, dirty oil and replacing it with pure, clean oil. Our skin needs oil.

DIY Coconut Oil Face Wash with Essential Oils Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
  • Young Living Lavender Essential Oil (I used 70 drops)

Directions

  1. Place the coconut oil and lavender essential oil in a mixing bowl.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix the two together until you have a nice creamy mixture.
  3. Put the mixture into a small mason jar and secure the lid tightly.

 

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To Use

This part is IMPORTANT!! You only need a little bit…maybe about a teaspoon or less. This is one of those things where less is definitely more! Massage the coconut oil into your face for about 30 seconds or so. Take a wash cloth and using hot water place the wash cloth on your face and then gently wipe off. Be careful not to get the coconut oil in your eyes…just trust me on this one!


You will not need to moisturize your face after. Your skin will feel and look AMAZING! And with the winter months quickly approaching, you will want to jump on this beauty routine. There is nothing worse than having dry, itchy skin in the winter!

You can add whatever essential oil you would like. I chose to go with Young Living Lavender oil because lavender oil is soothing to the skin, helps promote good sleep and it is relaxing to your mind and body. Who wouldn’t want to rub that all over their face at night before bed?!?

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**Please note, for some people I’ve read that there could be a transition period. So you could potentially see your face get worse before it gets better. This doesn’t happen with everyone, and it hasn’t happened with me, but it could. Stick it out! I’m sure you will love the results, I know I am!**