Saturday, November 28, 2015

Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner

Back in September I made the decision to slowly weed out the harmful toxins in my life from store-bought products. I quickly got rid of lotions and made my own. Through out all my Philosophy face products that were higher than 5 from the Think Dirty app. (I practically cried!) I was able to successfully make my own. I easily threw out my old shampoo and tried to make my own with no success :-( I ended finding a Lemongrass shampoo at Natural Grocers that I like for now. Then I finally ran out of my old conditioner and replaced it with the Young Living copaiba and vanilla conditioner!

I tried it on my daughter first when she ran out of her detangler.

Homemade Detangler
1 teaspoon - conditioner of choice
10-12 ounces - warm water
1 empty 10-12 ounce bottle

Softly swirl the conditioner and warm water together for several minutes by rotating the bottle 360 degrees fairly slowly the entire time. Every now and then give it a good shake to make sure the conditioner is dissolving.

You could also use a bowl, whisk or fork, and a funnel to dissolve the conditioner and then use the funnel to put it in the bottle. (Too much work for this lazy girl!!)

Smells great and I actually like it better than that store bought crap!


My own personal experience now. The first time I got way too much out. I have extra thick shoulder length hair. I am used to using sever silver dollar sized portions to get my hair fully covered. I used 1 silver dollar potion and wished I could have put half of it back! I hated to waste it!! The bottle with my discount was $22 for a 10oz bottle!! So expensive!!

First Thoughts: my hair was very soft but could get weighed down with this thick conditioner.

The second time I knew to use less but it was still too much.

Third time's a charm!! I used about a nickel size amount with water and spread it all over. Got great coverage in getting all my thickness and still got the soft hair I was looking for without it feeling weighted down! Finally!!

I feel like this 10oz bottle is going to last me forever now that I see I barely need any to make it work!! Hallelujah!! I don't feel like the price is that much any more based on the serving size I require for my desired results.

I will definitely purchase again to keep it in my stock. I will probably buy the shampoo that goes with it since I am not completely happy with my nonYL shampoo.

Monday, November 9, 2015

How I started using essential oils

[This has not been reviewed before publishing. I apologize now for the grammar and spelling errors you are about to read!]

I started my essential oil (EO) journey in August 2015 when I decided to go to a free class at a local gym that was advertising a class to learn about essential oils. I learned that EO are made from plants and can have some great benefits to our wellness.

I remember feeling very overwhelmed by all the new information and the other girl in the class was an enrollee of the presenter. The enrollee was very annoying and was making me want to leave the longer I stayed.

I stuck it out to make the 5 free rollerballs the presenter was offering. It was only supposed to be 1 rollerball per person but since there was only 2 of us, she let both of us make all of them. I was excited about the allergy blend for my husband, the focus blend for my daughter and the sunshine in a bottle for myself.

I asked hubby if I could put the allergy blend on his feet at bedtime as instructed. He allowed. He woke up the next morning not sneezing his head off. I thought to myself, "Wow! I can't believe it worked." The next bedtime I asked to put it on him. He declined. He woke up sneezing his hiney off. I asked to apply the oils to his ears. He declined. A few minutes later (still sneezing) I asked again and took his "NO!" to heart. Ok. Fine. Sneeze your @$$ off and see if I care...Fifteen minutes later still sneezing he says sulking, "Can you put that stuff on me?" Within minutes, he stops.

I was sold on oils!! Even though the husband saw immediate results, he was still not sold. REALLY?? What's it gonna take??

The focus blend I made for my daughter seemed to be working too. She was getting nothing but green smiley faces from her kindergarten teacher and asking for the oil before school. It seemed to make her more aware of her lack of attention. Made and passed on the same blend to my friend in the Boston area since her son was also having trouble focusing. Seems to be working for him too. She said something to the effect of, "He comes home with good notes on the days he wears the focus oil." Yay!!!

Allergy Blend
5mL rollerball bottle
10 drops lavender
10 drops lemon
10 drops peppermint
fill rest of bottle with carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil)

Focus Blend
5mL rollerball bottle
10-15 drops peppermint
10-15 drops orange
fill rest of bottle with carrier oil

After trying out these rollerball blends, I was ready to buy my own oils and start sharing all the wonderful goodness that was happening for my family. I contacted a fellow LE wife that I remembered was always posting about oils but that I never really payed attention to. If anyone was going to get my oil business it was going to be a fellow LE wife who really introduced me to oils without giving me any information. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy she sent me a link and I signed up.

I was a little apprehensive since the website was asking for my SSN. I didn't want to sell these oils. I just wanted the package that had several and the diffuser. About five minutes later, I got over it and signed up. Since I got my kit, my story got my three of my closest girl friends, my mom, my granny, and my sister-in-law to all buy a kit as well to see if it would work for their families. I also gave out a lot of samples for them to try all my oily goodness!!! It worked for them too. How did I not know about this stuff before. I know my company has been around for twenty years but how could I not know??

Young Living Essential Oils is the company in which I invested $160. It has changed my life, and I will always be grateful! Want some samples? Have some questions? Email me or FB message me!

Ready to try YLEO?? Here's the link: CLICK HERE!!.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine Pintrest Party

Had my first official Pintrest Craft Party this past MLK holiday with 3 of my teacher friends - Kathie, Liz & Lacey. I'd say it was a success! My apologies to Kathie for getting burned by my mega hot glue gun more than once! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my wreath though!

However, I couldn't have my party until I organized my craft room. I had tons of ribbon piled in a basket. I saw some cool ideas on Pintrest but came up with a free version instead! Extra pant hanger and 17 gauge wire I had laying around.

My 2nd project using my eCraft cutter from Craftwell. I have wasted a lot of paper learning how to use it, but I think I finally figured it out!

I really wanted a kissing ball in the kitchen and made this one out of a 5" Styrofoam ball, 36 carnations with about 2" of stem left on them, silver ribbon, hot glue with 3 push pins to hold ribbon in place, and fishing string to tie to pull-chain on ceiling fan.

I took all of my black, white and pink ribbons (plus a few more) to make this adorable wreath! Thanks, She's {Kinda} Crafty, for the idea!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bulletin Board

Had to share the bulletin board I made for my niece for Christmas. I used a 24x36 bulletin board from w.mart for $9, 2 6ft boas from h.lobby for $7 each and glitter paint from the tie-dye section of h.lobby for $3.50. I painted the board with liquitex basic acrylic tube paints and finished with a layer of the glitter paint on the designs. A layer of varnish could probably be used but I didn't think it was necessary. It really liked the way it turned out and can't wait to make one for Khloe!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DIY Snowman Wreath

This project cost me less than $10!


White spray paint $0.97
 20"  wreath $3.49

15" wreath
18" wreath
wreath hanger

From my stash
17 gauge wire - sticks from yard would probably work too
floral wire
wire cutters
fishing string
scrap material

1. Spray paint all wreaths
2. Use floral wire to twist tie each wreath from smallest to biggest
3. Use 17 guage wire to shape into desired snowman arm (or use sticks and floral wire) and use the extra hanging wire from arm shape to attach to desired place on center snowman
4. Repeat step 3 for 2nd arm
5. Use fishing string and buttons to create a row for eyes, a column for the nose and a row for the mouth. (HINT: I wrapped the mouth row of buttons one time around the nose column to create the arch in the smile.)
6. Add cute scrap material around neck for scarf and VIOLA!

He needs a hat of some sort but at least I have now completed 2 of my 3 Christmas projects!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Totally Free DIY toy box

Once again I got my inspiration from Pintrest! I kept seeing all the projects that use scrapbook paper and mod podge and got to thinking...what if I used my scrapbook paper and gel medium to cover the hideous diaper box I use for toy storage?? Genius!!




Sponge brush
Golden's Gel Medium (mod podge would work too)
Ugly Box
6 pieces of 12x12 Scrapbook Paper (more if your box is bigger, less if box is smaller)
Scissors (I used heavy duty kitchen scissors)
Optional: Tape, quilt rolly cutter thing, metal ruler, and cutting mat (exacto knife would work too)



Empty box and cut off lid flaps

Select 6 pages of 12x12 scrapbooking paper. Fold in 1/2 and use metal ruler, rolly cutter and mat to cut a few at a time to cut quickly. I do not recommend laying all 6 pieces down and cutting at once :-) You do what you want though. Using scissors is totally fine too. The lazy way (which is how I made this box the first time) is to not cut the paper at all until you put the trim on and just use each whole page.)

Set 1 whole page aside for the trim at the end. Make a plan using the 10 remaining halves. Be sure the 1st and last page are not the same print! All 10 halves will be used for this size of box!

Put a layer of glue on box and smooth out desired paper lining the paper up with the bottom of the box. I didn't want the paper to start on a flat side thus why I glued the first piece around the corner. (I did not coat the top of the paper with glue until I was finished putting all the paper down.)

Each piece thereafter should overlap the previous piece just a bit.

When you get to the handle, go ahead and glue like before. Then use scissors or exacto to cut the handle off from the inside of the box. I then cut through the middle of the handle hole as seen here.

Using fingers and the glue, wipe glue on box and paper and continue smoothing paper with glue until it dries and sticks to box. You may have to hold it a few seconds.

Take the 2 halves of paper that you saved for the trim and fold each in half. Open the fold and fold each half in half again to end up with 4 equal strips. Only 5 1/2 of the 8 are needed. Cut 5 1/2 strips and tape end to end. Trim ends as needed to look even.

 Put glue down and smooth paper over all the way around the top. You may end up with parts of the top showing. You can cut it even when everything is dry.

Use glue and brush to "paint" glue on top of all paper! Don't miss any spots especially around the bottom edge. The paper will get tiny tears if you do miss any spots! (Not that I know from experience or anything ;-)

Let it dry then it's ready for use! Easy peezy lemon-squeesy! This does take about an hour from start to finish and without interruption! The box below was my 1st go-'round. I like it way better with paper halves instead of whole sheets. Whole sheets are way faster though!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Addicted to Pintrest

 Pintrest is my new addiction. I can't get enough. I can't even go to bed at night (unless I'm super exhausted) without browsing to see what's been posted for the day for fear of missing something super amazing!

After creating a Christmas board and posting lots of Christmas crafts, I was inspired (along with my bestie Kathie) to have a PINTREST PARTY to help each other create a wreath for our homes. We went shopping at the Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. I spent about $17 to make the fantabulous wreath you see below for my front door! I love it! The only things I didn't have to buy for this project were the 3 green ornaments.


already had: glue gun and 3 green ornaments

1 - $6 wreath (used 40% off coupon)
2 sets - large pearls on wire
1 - roll of floral wire
1 - large green glitter circles on a stick from Christmas floral section

2 - green and white candy cane ornaments
1 set - 2 red and white wrapped candy ornaments

3 - sets of 4 red and silver mixed mini ornaments on sticks
1 - silver, wood and pine cone thingy cut in half
2 - types of ribbon with wire
1 - glittery bow
1 bunch - white poinsettias
This was the original layout and realized that the bow was WAY too small for all the cuteness on the other side!

My Awesome Christmas Wreath