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5 Ultra Moisturizing Body Butters You Can Make Today!

Posted in DIY
on March 27, 2017

It’s starting to warm up outside and soon you’ll be wearing shorts, skirts or donning a bathing suit on a peaceful beach. Start prepping your skin now by using moisturizing body butters that will make your skin look youthful and healthy. These DIY Body Butters are made with natural and organic ingredients that make your skin glow for all the right reasons. With a little effort, you can make a luxurious body butter that rivals your favorite retail brands. They’re super simple make! Enough talking, check these out for yourself!

This Orange & Coconut Whipped Body Butter from Hello Glow uses bright citrus notes and sweet coconut for a skin moisturizing cocktail you’ll crave. Slather this on after your bath to seal in the moisture and scent all day long.
If you love the light floral scent of roses then you’re in for a treat! Poppytalk delivers with their luscious Rose Hibiscus Whipped Body Butter. The addition of sugared rose petals elevates this body butter recipe and makes it a perfect gift for your gal pals!
Creamy white chocolate and energizing orange are the perfect pair in the White Orange Chocolate Butter from the Hot For Food Blog. Your skin will soak up this moisturizing treat and your senses will thank you!
This Peppermint Spa Trio from Pop Sugar is the thing that your home spa dreams are made of!  A lovely Peppermint Scented Scrub, Whipped Body Butter and Foot Soak would make an amazing gift for your friends. Indulge your senses with cleansing peppermint with this lovely spa set.
This DIY Lavender Coconut Whipped Body Butter from Lulus will not only moisturize your skin but help you relax. After a long and stressful day unwind with this body butter with ingredients proven to soothe mind and body.
Have you ever made your own whipped body butter? I’ve made and bought many and love the way they make my skin feel!

DIY Beauty Recipes Too Easy Not To Try!

Posted in DIY
on February 13, 2017

I’ve always been into organic and mostly natural products.  When my husband and I were first married, he used to look at me funny when I insisted that I could make my own cleaner with water, essential oil and a little dish soap.  He’s more of a believer now, but it’s taken some time. I wanted to share a few beauty diy’s that will keep you looking fresh faced and youthful! Let’s get into it!

Jeni & Teri over at Spoon Fork Bacon deliver the ultimate homemade balm with their DIY Lip Gloss. The moisturizing cocktail of avocado oil, shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil will have your lips feeling and looking perfectly kissable. Head over to their blog to get the deets!

Here at Pink Balloons For Lunch, I created this great smelling  Cherry Lip Scrub to pair with your lip gloss. A great exfoliator makes your lip gloss look that much better when applied. Honey and cherry combine to make a scrub that is definitely sweet enough to eat, although I wouldn’t advise it.

My very talented copywriter friend Vanessa bought me the Hello Glow book as a gift this past Christmas. I was so excited to receive it because it has so many amazing diy’s.  It’s chock full of organic recipes that address all your beauty concerns. This Vitamin C Cranberry Face Mask will leave your skin feeling moisturized and toned. Fresh cranberries, organic maple syrup and yogurt are all you need to make this creamy and indulgent face mask.

Kristin over at Live Simply combines ultra moisturizing aloe vera, honey and olive oil for her Homemade Honey & Aloe Facial Cleanser. She says to leave the cleanser on for a minute to allow your skin to absorb all the goodness!

This Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub from Kaylee at The Kitchen McCabe has all organic ingredients like grapefruit juice, coconut oil and white sugar for a refreshing scrub that’s sure to awaken your senses! I love grapefruit, so this is no-brainer for me.

Do you have any diy’s that you use consistently? I’d love to hear from you. I know that I can’t live without my olive and coconut oil because they can be used for everything from cooking to beauty!

 

 

Amazingly Affordable DIY Projects For Your Home

Posted in DIY, Home
on January 19, 2017

Having bought and sold a home, I completely understand how expensive the everyday maintenance can be. That’s why when I see a way to make something I already need and save little money, I’m all over it. Plus I’m a little crafty, so I enjoy painting and sewing whenever inspiration hits.

Every now and then I come across a few that truly mimic the look and quality of their expensive retail counterparts. I get really excited about those types of  DIY’s! For example, this West Elm Bench cost $699 and Ursula of Homemade by Carmona creates an almost identical bench for under $15! When you can save that much money, it’s worth a little extra effort.

Don’t these benches look amazing?

Head over to the Life + Storage Blog and get the rest of these fantastic and frugal DIY’s!

Chamomile + Lavender Calming & Cleansing Balm

Posted in DIY, Life
on December 15, 2016

 

After a long day of writing projects and taking care of the children, I look forward to unwinding and getting a good night’s rest. This task is more or less difficult depending on what I’m going through at the time. Stress is something that we all experience and any healthy way we can ease it, is a great idea. The better rest we get, the more prepared we are for life. Have you ever had a day where you didn’t get any sleep and you still had to function at full capacity the next day? I’m shaking my head just writing this, because it’s painful. Being tired makes us not only irritable but emotional.

I can always tell when my children are really sleepy because they get upset about the smallest things. I created this DIY Calming & Cleansing Balm for helping to quell you and your child’s anxiety after a stressful day or situation. This balm is great to use right after bath, for a peaceful sleep. I’m not a doctor, so please do your due diligence to find out if it’s safe for you to use essential oils. I know the package says to consult a practitioner if you are pregnant or nursing.

This balm is also an excellent Makeup Remover! Yes, the combination of calming essential oils and butters clean, nourish and calm skin. Just take about a dime sized amount of the calming balm and  rub it into your face using small circular motions. After you have applied the oil to your face, wet a clean washcloth with very warm water. Wring the washcloth out completely and rub off the oil. Your makeup should easily come off as well. After cleansing, splash your face with cold water to close your pores.

DIY Chamomile + Lavender Calming & Cleansing Balm

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cocoa butter (prevents dryness, moisturizes and nourishes skin)

1/4 cup olive oil (antioxidants prevent skin from premature aging)

10 drops chamomile essential oil (calms feelings of anxiousness)

10 drops lavender essential oil (reduces stress)

cosmetic glass containers with lids.

Directions:

Heat 2 cups of water on medium high. Add the cocoa butter and olive oil to a glass bowl that can fit over the top without completely being submerged in the water. Place the glass bowl over the boiling water and allow to melt. After the cocoa butter melts, remove from heat and add both essential oils. Pour in glass container and allow mixture to cool for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

What do you day when you need to take a load off after a stressful day? I also use a diffuser not only for relaxing but cleaning the air in my home with essential oils like lemon!

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DIY Lavender Ombre Dresser

Posted in Crafts, DIY
on October 25, 2016

dresser112Hey everyone! I pray all is well with you. Today I’m sharing a DIY that I did for my daughter. We are always looking for ways to introduce this light purple hue into our surroundings. I asked her what theme she wanted for her room this year and she said purple. Now I’m on the lookout for a lavender canopy and assorted room accessories.

I was really shocked to see how easy it was to create this ombre dresser. I immediately started thinking about the things around my house that could use a nice refreshing paint job. ha! The low cost of the project makes it an excellent choice for a budget diy. I hadn’t ever used chalk paint before but I painted my fair share of bedrooms with interior paint in our last home. Contrary to interior paint, chalk paint has virtuallly no smell and dries fast and smooth. Without further ado, I’m going to share how I changed my daughter’s plain white dresser into something dainty, stylish and fun. Here we go!

What you’ll need:

8 oz of lilac or lavender colored chalk paint.

8 oz of white chalk paint

3 paint brushes

crystal nobs (optional)

dropcloth

disposable bowls that equal how many drawers you have

super glue

chopsticks (something to stir the paint)

ruler

Directions:

  1. Get out your 3 disposable bowls. In the first bowl, pour 2 ounces of your lavender chalk paint and set aside.(This is your darkest color)
  2. In your second bowl, pour 2 more ounces of lavender colored chalk paint, plus 1 ounce of white chalk paint and mix well. Set aside.
  3. In your third bowl, pour 2 ounces of lavender chalk paint and 2 ounces of white chalk paint and mix well.
  4. Add more white paint to lighten the color or lavender paint to darken it, mix and adjust colors to your liking.
  5. Take out each drawer and place them on a drop cloth.
  6. Paint your dresser drawers with each bowl of paint. I went from lightest to darkest.
  7. Let the paint dry for atleast 4 hours.
  8. Use a ruler and pencil to mark precisely where you would like your knobs to go.
  9. Apply a small amount of super glue to the back of each knob and press for 5 seconds on your marked location.
  10. Let the knobs dry for an hour and then place your drawers back in from lightest to darkest.

 

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