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Beach Wave Hairspray

27 Mar

I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks now. DIY beach waves seemed to be in high demand on our Facebook page so I decided to give it a try. I really miss living next to an ocean, and really miss my beach hair (you know, that summer salty, sunscreen scented, beautifully messy hair). So I went in search of the perfect beach wave recipe.

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After trying a few different recipes and testing out different measurements and ingredients, I think I have bottled the beach wave. This recipe is quick, easy, and will most likely work on any hair (my hair is naturally pretty straight, and this recipe really did the trick).

Supplies:
Empty spray bottle
coconut oil
sea salt
hair gel
hair spray

Fill your spray bottle with 1/2 cup warm water, 2 tbs of sea salt, 2 tsp of coconut oil, and 1 tsp of hair gel. Cap your spray bottle and shake until your mixture is dissolved and foamy.

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Spray on damp hair and scrunch with your fingers. Once satisfied, flip head upside-down and spray with hairspray. Dry your damp hair with your blow dryer for a few mins, and voila!

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Enjoy the waves ūüėČ

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The Kitchen Cupboard Face Mask

18 Jan

I’m always looking for interesting face masks, I love the way my skin feels after washing them off. I have seen a lot of at-home masks lately and combined a few recipes to make my own. This is great because they are items you probably already have in your kitchen!

Supplies:

1/4 cup water
Baking Soda
1 tsp lemon juice

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Combine the water and lemon juice in a bowl and then slowly add your baking soda. Keep mixing it in with a spoon until it starts to turn into a paste.

Scoop it out with your (clean!)fingers and start to gently massage it into your skin. Gently massage for a few minutes and you will start to feel the baking soda turning into less of a paste and more of an exfoliant scrub.

After my entire face was covered, I let it sit for 10 mins and then washed the mixture off with warm water.

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This may be one of the most unflattering photos of me…but I felt like I had to share so you can see what the paste becomes on your face.

My skin was left feeling clean, soft, and tight! I’m going to continue to use this face mask every few days and I’ll let you know if I see any difference in my skin.

Mint Chocolate Body Butter

19 Dec

 

 

My DIY Christmas continues with some homemade body butter! I based the recipe off of the one I saw over at Wellness Mama, but I quadrupled the ingredients and made them holiday scented.

Ingredients:

16 oz. Shea Butter

16 oz. Cocoa Butter

16 oz. Almond Oil

16 oz. Coconut Oil

Approximately 30 drops of essential oils – I used Peppermint and Spearmint

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Here are all of the supplies, which actually doesn’t even look like much! I purchased an entire essential oils kit because I wasn’t sure what scent I wanted to go with at that point.

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The recipe says to heat everything except the essential oils in a double boiler so I just used a heat-safe glass bowl, but as you can see it was very very full.

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I switched over to this large sauce pot about halfway through to cut back on spillage possibilities.

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This is what it will look like completely melted. It took about 20 minutes to get to this point and as long as the heat is on about medium, there’s really no need to even watch it – so simple! This is where I added my essential oils because there was no direction in the recipe for when to add them.

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Once everything is melted, the recipe says to let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes before popping it in the refrigerator to cool longer – I just went straight to the fridge and had no problems. It will take longer than the estimated hour to set up though, so keep an eye on it. You want to take it back out of the fridge once it is almost hard, as you can see above I tested it with my finger and it should have a little give but still be a little soft.

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Once the mixture has reached that point, you can take out your beaters and start whipping the body butter to your desired consistency. The mixture will warm up and melt a bit the longer you whip it, so I actually did a double whip, cooling it in the fridge for about 5 minutes in between. IMG_0053

After you’ve whipped the mixture, back in the fridge it goes. You can let it sit there as long as you want, but I was anxious and gave it only about an hour before I portioned it out among my glass jars. I used 8 oz jars that I bought in bulk on Amazon. This recipe filled up 10 and a half of the jars.

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Onto the labels – I debated between hanging labels and glued labels, glued won this round so I used Adobe Illustrator to design them. The labels measure 2″x8″ and don’t wrap completely around the jars.

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I printed these on some thicker cardstock paper and just ran a small bead of super glue down the short ends of the label to secure them.


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Here they are, all finished! I love that the labels all look the same but are each a bit different. I am so excited to give these out to friends and family – they smell almost exactly like Thin Mints, the texture is wonderful and the ingredients are all natural. As usual, there are so many variations that can be done on this project and overall it only took one day to make and cost about $5 per container. Win. Win. Win. Ho. Ho. Ho.

–Heather

DIY Snow Globe Soaps

26 Nov

This is perfect for the beginner soap makers out there who would like to make some personalized soaps in bulk for holiday gifts. I got this idea from the Alpha Mom blog. I stumbled on it when I was searching easy soap recipes and it was just too cute not to try. It cost me about $15 in supplies and took about an hour from start to finish. This makes homemade gifts for about 30 people, so in my book- this is an amazing project.

Supplies:

Glycerine
Soap Dye
Soap Scent
Soap Glitter
Mixing Bowl
1 White bar soap (I used Dove)
Ice Cube tray
Measuring cup
Cheese Grater
Holiday buttons, toys, figurines, ect…

Don’t be afraid by the word “Glycerine”. It was actually very easy to find at the store. I made one stop at my local A.C Moore and found all of the soap materials I needed including the glycerine.

Chop up your glycerine into ice cube-shaped blocks (which is pretty easy if you get the block of glycerine like I did). Then shave your white bar soap with your cheese grater into a pile.

Put about 6 of your glycerine chunks into a mixing bowl for 1 minute.

Gloppy goo. So add your soap dye, scent, and soap glitter to the bowl. I added 2 drops of blue and about 8 drops of lavender vanilla scent. I was iffy about the soap glitter- but I’m really glad I decided to use it. It makes the end product sparkle and seem more “winter-ish”, and it doesn’t come off at all on your hands when you use the soap. So I would definitely recommend picking up a little jar (I think it was about $3 and well worth it).

So here is where there is a little guess work involved. Stick your goop back into the microwave for about 20 seconds at a time. You want it to be as liquid as possible.

Pour your soap liquid into a measuring cup so it’s easy to pour into your ice cube trays. WORK QUICK! This is another one of those projects that I wasn’t able to take as many photos of the process as I would have wanted. If your ¬†mixture solidifies, just put it back in the microwave.

Fill your ice cube tray only about 3/4 of the way up. You want to leave a little room for your “snow”. Place your fun little figurines into each cube while it is solidifying. I found little gingerbread men, snowflakes, and other fun embellishments in the scrap-booking section.

Sprinkle the white bar soap shavings on top of the soaps (which should now be turning solid) and then add pour the last bit of your liquid glycerine on top of each cube to make sure the “snow” sticks.

Pop the tray in your freezer for about 20 minutes, pull out, and enjoy!

I packaged mine with clear sandwich bags and ribbon. I’m keeping them in my fridge until I’m ready to give them as little gifts this holiday.

These would be perfect for the child who frequently skips washing their hands. Once they use up the soap- they have a little toy!

Happy Holidays!

-Emily

Quick Tip: Foaming Hand Soap

24 Sep

Well, we were running low on our current bottle of $5 foaming hand soap but I had an economy sized bottle of traditional liquid hand soap… what’s a girl to do? Scour the internet on how to use what I have to make what I want, of course!

Supplies:

Foaming hand soap container

Water

Liquid hand soap

Optional – essential oils for fragrance

One (almost) empty bottle of foaming soap coming right up!

One economy sized bottle of liquid soap? Check!

Fill bottle almost to the top with water first. Otherwise, the soap will foam up and create a bit of a mess.

Add soap, return the cap and shake well! Ta-dah! Foaming soap at a fraction of the cost and better for the environment.

–Heather

Sock Bun

18 Sep

Top knots are in! Incase you live under a rock and you have not heard of the sock bun…it’s the way everyone gets their buns to look so perfect. And yes- you use a real sock.

Supplies:
A thick sock
scissors
hair tie

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Amy might be the queen of sock buns. To show you just how easy the are, she did hers in a restaurant, with no mirror, in under 2 minutes. While I took some photos for you guys.

Step 1: Put your hair in a high ponytail 

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Step 2: Cut the toe off a thick sock. 

(don’t use an ankle sock, use a tube sock. I’ve found men’s socks work the best…just wash them first.)

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Step 3: Roll your sock

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..keep rollin’

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…until you have a doughnut!

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Step 4: Put the doughnut sock through your ponytail.

ImageStep 5: Pull your sock doughnut up to the ends of your hair and start folding your hair over the sock.

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The trickiest part of the sock bun is hiding the sock. No one wants people to know that they have a sock on their head. You’ll definitely want a mirror when you do your own (Amy is just an old pro and didn’t need one).

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Ta-Da!

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…And no one has to know you have a sock in your hair!

*extra tip: I use the sock bun to get my hair to have big waves. Do your sock bun on damp hair, spray with hairspray and sleep on your sock bun. The next morning, take your bun out and re-spray with hairspray and your hair will have nice waves all day!

Oil Face Cleanser

23 Feb
Ever since high school, my complexion has not been spectacular – not awful, but not the best. I get breakouts which I then pick at and immediately regret, yet I can’t stop myself. So, needless to say I have tried many of the face wash fads – ProActiv, ProActiv rip-offs, antibiotics, creams, washes etc. Still not pleased with the results, I came across some articles on oil based face washes. Advertising has always told me that oil free is the way to be, but logic kicked in when it was pointed out to me that oil removes oil. Duh! I knew this already because I work at a pizza place and we use oil to clean our grill, so why should my face be any different(okay, so maybe this is a stretch, but it made sense to me)?
Supplies:
Travel size container
Castor Oil
Olive Oil
Essential Oil – optional
¬†This cleanser is seriously cheap on top of the fact that there are no chemicals, no dyes or perfumes, and it’s easy to customize to your skin type.
We didn’t have a funnel, so I made a makeshift one with some tin foil. I then measured out three parts olive oil to two parts castor oil. The dryer your skin is, the more olive oil you want. The oilier your skin is, the more castor oil you want. Adjust accordingly, I sort of just went for the middle ground.
 I had also heard of the benefits of tea tree oil on acne so I added a few drops to the mixture, which also gave it a nice refreshing scent.
Shake it up and test it out! To use, apply a quarter size amount to your face – do not wet your skin before – and rub into your skin for about one minute. Then using a hot towel, steam your face for about a minute then wipe off. It’s that simple! And as an added bonus, you don’t need to moisturize afterwards. I’ve only been using this for two days and can already see an improvement in my skin, so definitely give this a try if you’re like me and have had trouble finding a solution to your skin woes.
–Heather
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