DIY Lip Balm

One of my sisters was just visiting me from NJ and I always have such a good time with her! It's always a lot of eating good food and drinking good cocktails. I swear I just gained 10 pounds in the last 5 days! Doesn't she know this mama is trying to lose the baby weight!

Besides eating and drinking, we did enjoy the weather. She also helped me put together all my flowers for outdoors! 

My daughter is getting baptized next weekend in NJ so I've been scrambling to get things done around the house before we go, since I am working the next 2 days! One thing I needed to do was make some lip balm. My mom's friend places an order every few months for a whole batch of these. She says she can't use any other kind because she gets some sort of reaction to the store bought lip balms. But that doesn't happen with the lip balm I make! So before we go to NJ, I needed to fulfill her order! Which provided an excellent opportunity for me to take pictures for you to share this wo…

DIY Laundry Detergent

I just started making this laundry detergent and I have to say, I really love it! I've been using it since last fall and I am always amazed that our laundry comes out clean with detergent I made! My latest wow moment was just the other day. I let my daughter eat some strawberries and it got ALL OVER HER!

Here is the aftermath....

And this is after using my homemade laundry detergent!

I am literally amazed! I thought for sure those pants were done for!
So what is in this laundry detergent?

Castile soap - Castile soap is loosely defined as a pure vegetable-based soap. It originally was made from olive oil but while it makes a great moisturizing soap, it doesn't really lather well. Most castile soap is made from a mixture of olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, or any other kind of vegetable-based oil. It is mixed with potassium hydroxide and the chemical reaction that occurs creates what we use as Castile soap! It is safe and gentle on the skin! (1) I choose unscented Castile soap s…

DIY Face Cream

Sorry that I have been absent for so long! I had my baby girl on September 22nd; a healthy 6lb. 4oz., 19 cm long baby with a head full of hair! She, along with her almost 3 year old brother, have been keeping me busy and teaching me what it is like to be a mother of two! It has been a whirl wind nonetheless! 

In the interim, I have also been fighting a relentless cold that would not go away. The last few days I had been taking two products that have made me feel immensely better. They are both Young Living products - Ningxia Red antioxidant drink and Inner Defense supplements.

Ningxia Red is Young Living's popular nutrient-rich drink infused with antioxidant-providing superfruits {wolfberry, aronia, blueberry, cherry, pomegranate, and plum} and powerful essential oils {Orange, Yuzu, Lemon and Tangerine}. It provides whole body wellness support, it's energizing, fortifying, and revitalizing, and supports normal cellular function and good health. I have been drinking 2 oz. every f…

Focus and Memory Blend

School time is here so I figured this post would be appropriate for those that are in school.

Another "pastime" of mine is going to school. I am working towards a Nurse Practitioner degree, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020. I decided to take time off from school with my baby being due any day now, so I've postponed my graduation date by another year. Anyways, as I was taking Pathophysiology class a couple semesters ago, I looked up some essential oils to help me focus as I was studying for my exams and writing my papers. I found that this blend worked really well for me, as both a diffuser blend, for when I studied, and a roller ball blend, to apply on my temples when taking exams.

I found this chart on Pinterest (I'm sure its from a book but I can't seem to find a proper reference for this page. If you know where it came from, I would LOVE to know!) I referenced this chart and created my own blend, which is what you see below! If this blend doesn…

DIY Leave-In Conditioner

I started using this Leave-In conditioner because I don't wash my dry, curly hair everyday. On days the end of my hair needed a little boost, I wanted something I could put in my hair that would be nontoxic and non greasy. This fit the boat and works very well! I just spray it on the tips to smooth out my hair and give my curls a little more life!

So what is in this Leave-In Conditioner?

Conditioner - I use Young Living's conditioner. You can use any kind you want, just make sure it is clean and non toxic! If you aren't sure, I highly recommend using the Think Dirty app on your phone or electronic device. It tells how clean or toxic products are on a scale from 1 to 10. It really is an eye opener!

Water - I just use tap water.

Essential Oils

* Peppermint essential oil has a cooling effect and it may alleviate any skin discomforts. 

* Rosemary essential oil helps with hair loss. It can also help alleviate discomforts associated with dry, irritated, and itchy scalp.
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DIY Baby Balm

I've been making this baby balm basically since I started using essential oils. It was one of the first DIY products I made. I love how it is moisturizing and nontoxic for my babies! I just made a batch in preparation for my baby girl coming in September. Normally, I just pour the melted ingredients into a storage container and place in the refrigerator until I need it, but this time, I whipped it, to make it light, fluffy, luxurious, and easy to apply. The great thing about making these types of products yourself is that you can switch it up, try new things, and make it to how YOU like it!

When using essential oils on babies and children, you have to be careful of diluting them appropriately. The rule of thumb I learned when I first started using essential oils is one drop of essential oil to five drops of a carrier oil. I also almost always put essential oils on my son's feet. I do not know too much about reflexology, but I do know that the feet are the most porous part of th…