DIY – Homemade Bath Salts

I’ve had these vintage pill bottles around in my craft room for ages and decided to finally do something with them.  Originally I thought to make a sugar scrub but it would be hard to get the sugar scrub out of the small opening so I changed the plan to bath salts.

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You need:

Coarse Sea Salt – I found this on the seasoning aisle
Epsom Salt – I found this in the health and beauty aisle
Essential Oil – I used lavender
Food Coloring – you probably have some in your cupboard right now
Glass containers of your choice – I found mine at a garage sale
Embellishments to decorate

I measured out how much sea salt I had, because it was a smaller container and then added that much epsom salt.

Food coloring and you are just using this to give the mixture some color.  The amount and color you use is your personal preference.  I was going for a “pinkish” color so I added red.  When I first added it, it kind of clumped up so I had to really mix it well to coat all the mixture.

Add some essential oil to the mixture.  This step is optional but I chose lavender as it is soothing and calming.  How much you add is up to you, based on how strong you want the scent.  I then mixed it really well again to make sure it coated all the salt mixture.

I happened to have some bottles that I purchased at a garage sale but you could use any container that you like.  The bottles I used had a small mouth and I really should have used a funnel to fill the containers but I made it work.

All that is left is to embellish.  I had some stickers that I attached to the front of the bottle and then just added a ribbon to it.  Very simple and easy and they make nice little gifts!

hugs -lisa

 

 

HASK Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner

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I recently tried a sample of the Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo and the Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Conditioner.  There are several things that I like about the products and one big thing that I don’t.

I have color treated hair so I do like that both products are non-staining and safe for all hair, natural or dyed.  The scent is nice, light and citrusy, and not overpowering at all.

This is a purifying shampoo and conditioner that uses a combination of charcoal (derived from coconut shells), lemon and grapefruit oils that is designed to cleanse, clarify and eliminate impurities from your hair and scalp.  I like that it’s does that but is gentle enough for daily use and is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors.

After all that, what is there not to like?

Glad you asked!  I don’t like how my hair feels after using the shampoo.  It left it feeling really dry and very tangly.  Like super tangly.  I’m assuming that it is because the shampoo did it’s job of purifying and clarifying my hair.

I of course thought that the conditioner would correct that but it didn’t help.  I did leave it on for several minutes to see if that would help.  Good thing that I had my wet brush (that thing is a lifesaver!) to detangle my hair because it felt like a hot mess back there.

hugs –lisa

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DIY – Makeup Brush Cleaning Board

I want to show you how I made a super quick and easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Board. You just need a few things:

* I also created a template to guide me as I glued onto the clipboard

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I know that I need to be better at regularly cleaning my brushes but for me it was always so messy and time consuming because I didn’t have a tool to help me.  I saw a DIY on Facebook one day and then I watched several videos on YouTube and thought, “I can make that!”  So I did!

I glued dots, squiggly lines, spirals and zig zag lines onto the clipboard.  I let it thoroughly dry and then cleaned my brushes using baby wash.  It worked really well and it was easy to use.  A lot less mess than me doing it by hand.

Here’s my video showing you how I did it!

 

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How I Use Ebates.com

I’m often asked about how I “work deals” when it comes to online shopping. It does just a little extra work but it’s worth it!

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I first go to Ebates.com and search for the store that I want to shop at.  I click on the link and then shop as normal.

An additional step that I also do is use RetailMeNot.  Right before I’m ready to check out, I open a separate browser/tab and pull up the RetailMeNot website.  I search for a coupon code for the store that I am shopping at.  More often than not I find one that works so that’s an additional savings.

I actually take this a step further and pay for the purchase with my credit card that earns rewards.  I earn points that I can later convert to gift cards.  And if the particular retailer that you shop from offers their own rewards program, you get additional benefit from that!

Once you get used to doing that, it’s actually very easy and pretty quick to do.

Hope this helps!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

I’ve got high hopes

One song that always comes to my mind when the new year rolls around is “High Hopes”.  To me it just reminds me that things are possible.

“Next time your found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant

But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your gettin’ low
‘Stead of lettin’ go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call, and your back’s to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he’d punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin’ that dam

‘Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes
He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your feelin’ bad
‘stead of feelin’ sad
Just remember that ram
Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon
They’ll be bursted soon
They’re just bound to go pop
Oops there goes another problem kerplop”

Songwriters: J. VAN HEUSEN, S. CAHN
High Hopes lyrics © BARTON MUSIC CORPORATION

Welcome 2017!

After the busyness of the holiday season I find myself eager to get back to a more “normal” routine.  I start thinking about the New Year and it makes me want to jot down some goals for myself as well as some for the creative endeavors that I have.

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I also have the urge to simplify and purge.  It may seem weird to be thinking about that but really, this time of year is the perfect time to start making some changes.  The New Year is here and having things back in order really allows us to focus on our priorities in life without worrying about clutter.

And I also got to thinking, what if I said yes to more things this year?  What would that really mean?  What would that really look like?

It could mean more opportunities for me to grow and be challenged.  It could mean connecting more with others and building community.  It could mean simplifying and prioritizing my focus on things that are important to me.  It could mean a lot of things and I am excited to find out as the new year approaches.

But all that won’t happen by accident.

So set goals.  Write them down.  Look at them daily and do the work to make them happen.

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Cheers to you and the new year.  May the coming year bring you an abundance of blessings and happiness.

xo – lisa

Waiting For Santa

What’s the number one question children ask on Christmas Eve?

{{ WHERE’S SANTA??? }}

It ranks right up there with, “Are we there yet?” when traveling on a road trip and y’all know I’m not lying about that.

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One way to handle that question is by using NORAD to track Santa and his journey. Here’s the link to the official NORAD Santa site so that you can track Santa too!
http://www.noradsanta.org

Did you know using NORAD Tracks Santa to follow the big man around the world this Christmas Eve is due to a misprint in a 1955 store advertisement?  Watch this video to find out more!

hugs- lisa