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March 2015

DIY Recipes

DIY Tropical Breeze Whipped Body Butter

DIY Tropical Breeze Body Butter

Do you want to make a light and creamy body butter that is natural and organic?  Here is a great recipe to try out & I know you will not be disappointed!  I’m leaving for Florida in three days so I’ve really got the sun, sand and surf on my mind.  I wanted to make a body butter to take with me on my trip that would be ultra moisturizing and smell fantastic…..I started thinking about citrus combos immediately.  Then I remembered that in my last months #EssentialRewards purchase from #YoungLiving I got jasmine essential oil to try out.  So I ended up mixing my all-time favorite tangerine & jasmine essential oils to the mix!  The result is pure heaven 🙂

There is nothing more luxurious than homemade bath and body products that are so fresh, natural and organic. This tangerine and jasmine body butter is delicious! I had a hard time not wanting to scoop it right into my mouth. . . though I am sure it feels and smells better than it actually tastes. It is a base of two butters and two oils which when melted, chilled and whipped together make this smooth and silky cream. It is on that last step of whipping that you will add your essential oils for the final fragrance. I love citrus mixed with jasmine for a soothing yet energetic finish. Of course you can choose your favorite essential oils.  I hope you enjoy this recipe!!

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup each of organic
  2. • cocoa butter
  3. • shea butter
  4. • coconut oil
  5. • jojoba oil
  6. 12-15 drops of Jasmine & Tangerine essential oils (I use this kind)

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Instructions
  1. Add cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil into a double boiler. If you do not have one, use a glass or metal bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  2. Heat until melted, mixing with whisk. Remove whisk and put mixture into fridge for one hour or until firm.
  3. With hand mixer, whip oils until creamy and light. Add essential oils and mix again.

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  1. Spoon your body butter into glass jars. Mixture may seem a bit moist after whipping but will firm up after a few minutes.

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Notes
  1. Makes about 2 1/2 cups of whipped body butter.

Enjoy & moisturize!!!

Andrea

 

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DIY Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub

DIY Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub

coconut tangerine sugar scrub2 I LOVE SUMMER!!!!!  This Tangerine Young Living essential oil aroma immediately reminded me of summertime. I knew that mixing it with coconut oil to create a sugar scrub would smell AMAZING. This scrub reminds me of the tropics and it makes me crave sunshine and beaches………maybe even an umbrella drink.  It’s that good 🙂

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut oil

  • 1-2 cups organic sugar
  • 6-8 drops tangerine  Young Living essential oil
  • 1 tangerine (optional)
  • a few drops of orange soap colorant (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine coconut oil, essential oil, and soap colorant together. Add 1-2 cups of sugar until you find the consistency you prefer. The more sugar used the coarser the scrub will become. Grate tangerine peel into sugar scrub and mix well.
  • Store in airtight container.
  • Using a spoon, scoop the mix into your 4oz ball jars and label!

BTW-You can make a basic scrub using only coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil. It’s totally optional to use the rind of a tangerine and a soap colorant to dye the sugar scrub. I don’t always use soap colorants but this time around I wanted it to have the orange color in the scrub. Again, this is for appearance only and could be left out.

Enjoy & get to scrubbing!

Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub

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Odyssey of the Mind!

Well we did it!  The 5th grade team from Grand Blanc City School is moving on to the World Final Competition in May.  We are so excited for them……they have worked so hard!  We spent most of the weekend at the State Competition that was held near Grand Rapids.  The kids did not do as well as we thought on their spontaneous problem so our scores alone did not get us first or second place.  BUT they received the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award.  This award “represents the essence of the Odyssey of the Mind. It is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, either through some aspect of their problem solution, or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution. A successful problem solution is not a criterion for winning the award; rather, the award is a way to acknowledge and encourage creative thinking and risk-taking.”  So surprised and blown away with this……..BRING ON WORLD COMPETITION!!!!

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I had a bit of free time on Saturday between the performance and the awards so of course I headed out to explore a few breweries downtown!  My first stop was Hop Cat where I sampled their special coffee and chocolate brew-YUMMY.

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Last stop was Grand Rapids Brewing Company for a BEER FLOAT…..that was a new and super tasty dessert.  Loved it!

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Enjoy~

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DIY Margarita Bath Fizz

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Are You a Product Junkie?

Are you a product junkie like me?  I’m not talking Bath and Body Works or Burt’s Bees stuff…….I mean indulgent products from Lush, Origins, L’OCCITANE en Provence and my old guilty pleasure  (before kids) of Chanel Glossimers.  Honestly I haven’t completely given all of that up BUT I’m making a conscious effort to do my homework when it comes to chemical-filled products.  I want to do without the chemicals!  Honestly since I’ve started to make that switch I’ve never felt better.

Ever since I was little I LOVED taking baths and this has rubbed off on my son because at age 10 he still like to take them every night & just SOAK.  He also has the same love of products that I have…..although he doesn’t like to talk about it-LOL.  He always asks if I can put any bath salts or bath bombs in his bath and of course the answer is YES.

So let’s get to this new recipe I created using #YoungLiving essential oils and lots of other natural ingredients!

DIY Margarita Bath Fizz

This is a science experiment type of DIY project!

Materials:

1/4 Cup of Almond Oil

1 Cup of Baking Soda

1/2 Cup Citric Acid

1-2 Drops of Plant-Based Food Coloring (I use these)

5 Drops of Lemon Young Living Essential Oil

5 Drops of Lime Young Living Essential Oil

3-4 4oz. Ball Jars

Instructions:

*Mix the almond oil and baking soda in a bowl, it should have a dough-like consistency.

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*Add citric acid to mix and combine thoroughly.  Depending on variables you may have to play around with the amounts a bit to get your dough-like feel.  Your mix should be moist enough to stick together but not so much that it sticks to your hands!  Add small amount of either baking soda or almond oil to make the mixture either more moist or dry.

*Optional-add a few drops of food coloring of your choice (we added pink because my neice Emma wanted that color)

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*Using a spoon, scoop the mix into your 4oz ball jars & make a cute label like I did!

Enjoy & happy fizzing~

 

 

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Traverse City has a new Butterfly House & BUG Zoo!

Did you know that Traverse City now has a butterfly & bug house?  It literally just opening last Fall & it will be open for the season next month in May!  I’m SUPER excited because it is right down the road from Rob’s (my boyfriend) home on M72 in Williamsburg, MI.

Logo Their Garden is filled with plants and flowers that best showcase the hundreds of butterflies flying all around you.  Enjoy the tranquil water features, and take in the tropical setting. Butterflies are from all over the planet, and will amaze you as they emerge from their chrysalis in their viewing area, and then make their way into their garden to be enjoyed.

 

The Bug Zoo is home to hundreds of insects from around the world!  Check these out:

 

  • Tarantula Tree–A large tree that holds some of the largest bodied spiders on the planet.  There’s also education on spiders, including venomous species that live in Northern Michigan.
  • Beetle Boulder–This exhibit houses many different kinds of bugs, including blue feigning death beetles and millipedes and a very large Vietnamese Centipede.
  • Honeybee Observation Hive–Take pleasure in knowing that the bees are safely tucked behind glass while you are able to observe the inner workings of a hive!  Watch the bee dance, and keep an eye out for her majesty, the Queen Bee!tarantula Vietnamese Centipede

 

This is a MUST SEE stop on your way into Downtown Traverse City!

GT Butterfly House & Bug Zoo GT Butterfly House & Bug Zoo1For more information & hours of operation visit their website:

http://www.gtbutterflyzoo.com/butterfly-house.html

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40 Places to See With Your Kids Before They Grow Up

Are you a travel junkie like me?  Do you love maps & have one marked with all the spots that you’ve been and where you dream of going someday?  OMG me too!!  For me traveling is part of learning……there is something so fresh and exciting about visiting new places and experiencing new cultures and areas in life.  And being able to expose your children to travel early on is vital in teaching them about valuing differences not only in physical areas but different cultures.

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Check out this blog post from Being a Mom :  40 Places to See With Your Kids Before They Grow Up

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DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub

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DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub

I like this recipe because it contains ingredients I always have on hand, plus I can eat everything in it. I use this on my face, which is perpetually dry, and on my arms and legs! Cane sugar is a great exfoliator and it doesn’t clog your pores. Make sure you are using organic cane sugar!!!

Organic unrefined virgin coconut oil has so many benefits for your skin it’s truly wonderful.  Coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and has anti-aging properties and may actually help strengthen your skin in addition to removing dead skin cells! Coconut oil is also anti-fungal and antimicrobial.

Raw honey is also a great moisturizer as well as promotes skin clarity.  Again please be sure to be using organic, raw honey-only the BEST for your skin and body!

Lavender essential oil is amazing! Pure therapeutic grade lavender (I get mine here) is soothing to the skin, promotes healing and reduces redness. Lavender is also know as the Swiss Army knife of essential oils! It can be used in a thousand different ways! It soothes anything it touches.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar

1 cup organic unrefined virgin coconut oil ((This is what I use)

1 Tbs raw honey (Like this)  I use this brand because it’s made in Northern Michigan & it’s AMAZING!

8 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (Get it here ).

1 Tsp of Vitamin E oil (like this)

Mix it all together and seal in a glass jar.

Enjoy!

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DIY Homemade Linen Spray

Homemade Linen Spray

I use this on all my fabrics!!!!  Just like a Febreeze spray minus all the harsh chemicals 🙂

It’s really SO simple. All you do is:

  • Add 6 oz of distilled water to a glass bottle (I used an 8 oz size bottle)
  • Then add 20 drops of lavender essential oil (or another Young Living oil of choice)
  • Mix together and shake before each use.

You can use different oils for this recipe too, but why wouldn’t you do Lavender??! It has so many great benefits and uses and smells incredible.  Just remember if you make the linen spray, the darker oils can stain your linens, so I’d stick with the clear, lighter oils.  Enjoy!

Homemade linen spray