How to make your own lotion bars

I have very dry skin which gets worse each winter, so I am always on the lookout for a solution to keeping it moisturized during the winter months.

I am a little late to party on these as I had no idea lotion could be in bar form until visiting my little sister in Seattle this past spring.

She showed me one she had purchased from a boutique in Seattle and I thought as wonderful as the lotion bar smelled and felt on my skin, I bet I could make one!

If you struggle in the winter trying to keep your skin not looking like the Sahara then you will love how rich and moisturizing these bars are.

I was a little intimidated to try my hand at these since my attempt at candles looks like a sad puddle of wax.

But these are easy, and to keep it super simple I based my recipe off the equal three parts recipe I found here.

You can add a bit of essential oil, but I think they smell great just like they are.

I tried a few different ingredients but so far my favorite it a common three ingredient blend of organic coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax.

I don’t have a double boiler so I just used a mid sized sauce pan inside of a low sided stock pot with a couple inches of water in between the two. It worked great.

I used silicone muffin “tins” and this recipe made 8 bars if I filled each to the top.

Using equal parts of coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax pellets (I started with one cup of each) you stir them as they continue to melt.

Once the solid material is completely melted, remove from heat and add a couple teaspoons of vitamin E oil and your essential oil once the mixture has cooled about 10 minutes.

Carefully pour the mixture into your silicone molds (they don’t need to be prepped at all, just clean and I put mine on top of a large cookie sheet) allow to set completely (mine were totally solid a cool after a couple hours but I let them sit for about 3 hours before removing them and wrapping them in plastic for future use and gift giving.

Everyone I gave them to this year loved them and I am just about out of my supply so I think I will make another batch this weekend.

Have you made your own homemade lotion bars or homemade skin care before?

As always, thank you for reading friend, and I hope these last few days of 2018 find you full of peace, and joy as we are about to ring in a new year!

xoxo,

Tanya 

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Homemade Christmas gifts: EASY earrings & necklaces!

Sometimes it’s the little things.

That are simple, yet meaningful.

Beautiful but not fancy or expensive.

Joyful times and wonderful memories for me have always surrounded the quiet simple moments, and fun memories of doing something together as a family.

With each year that passes I find myself going back to what was most meaningful to me, and two things continually come to mind.

Time, and kindness.

To give the gift of time spent with someone you love, and being kind, showing kindness, and doing so in a thoughtful way.

More than an extravagant gift, or something to “top” what we did last year.

The greatest and most extravagant, undeserved Gift was given in a very humble way.

 

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In humble surroundings that didn’t seem fit for a baby, let alone a King.

No sounding of trumpets or credit cards at their limits.

But a gift of pure love, because we are loved so very much.

Maybe part of what we are to take away from that most meaningful Gift arriving was how we are to live and give.

With humility and kindness.

Sacrificially, giving because we love, not because someone has done something to deserve it.

That is one of the reasons that I love to give handmade gifts. [Read more…]

How to paint a refrigerator

#paintedrefrigerator #howtopaintarefrigerator #diy #spraypaint

 

Oh friend, I cannot tell you how fun this before and after were.

I always have a running list of things I want when thrifting and junking.

Do you keep a similar list?

Right now mine looks like this (probably pared down due to recent deep cleaning and getting rid of stuff we don’t need)

  • Good quality white curtains
  • 2 side chairs that need minimum work
  • Entry way table
  • Anything that looks remotely close to Ironstone 
  • Pedestal base for new dining room table 

There are little things too but those seem to be the items top of mind for upcoming projects.

And, this weekend I was able to take one off the “list” a refrigerator for my office at work! [Read more…]

7 things you should buy at thrift stores

What are the best deals at thrift stores #thriftstore #secondhand #thrifting #thriftyliving

 

Walking around my home with my coffee recently I realized that I have more second hand items than not. 

If you have followed twelveOeight for a while or you are new here (yay thank you everyone for your love and support!) you will probably see that my PASSION is to turn nothing into something fabulous.

So…I began thinking that it would be fun to do a series on what a 30 year veteran of thrifting does to score those finds.  

When Macklemore came out with Thrift Shop a few years ago, I instantly loved the song, and him (ok there may be a secret crush going on too hee hee)  and listen to his music often.  While we don’t pop any tags lol, we do believe that paying full price or spending $50 on a t-shirt is getting swindled by an industry.  Not only that but look at how full our landfills would be if everyone just discarded their furniture, home goods, clothes etc… when they no longer wanted them.

YES!!! This is where it gets good.  One come up coming at you.  

I can remember the first yard sale in my neighborhood as a kid.  My family were not thrifters, in fact I was an only child for 15 years and my Mom loved her some Nordstrom.  So I was accustomed to all that came with having a Mom and Grandma to hang out with who LOVED to shop.  

I watched the neighbors set up their tables, then out came box after box full of dishes and lamps, and paintings, and some furniture.  After I could take it no longer (I am pretty sure this is the test for a lover of all things thrift.  Watch your heart rate and how fast you grab your wallet when you see a yard sale or new thrift shop.)  I had to see what they were doing. [Read more…]

10 budget friendly Christmas DIY’s

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We are going to make a day of it this year, with warm boots, mittens and lots of cocoa to find our tree.

I cannot wait.

Like, literally.  So in the meantime Santa’s little dress workshop can still be full of Christmas cheer and working on lots of projects while I wait for late November and tree-finding day to arrive.

This is my favorite time of year (I know I say that about every season) so I guess I love celebrating and decorating and that is why Christmas brings back so many memories.  And makes me want to get to creating every chance I have.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas projects for a little inspiration and hopefully a few thrifty ideas to begin the season with excitement and joy. [Read more…]

How to make liquid Castile Soap

Liquid Castile Soap Recipe twelveOeightblog.com #Castile #CastileSoapRecipe #GreenCleaning #SaveMoneyatHome #DrBronners #twelveOeightblog

I am far, far from being being completely green in our home yet.

Making some changes as far as how I purchase the things we need, and in what quantities to avoid
extra packaging has helped.  I implemented a better recycling routine recently and am seeing a huge
difference already in how much garbage we have once the recycling is all removed.

That is shocking actually!

I am phasing out many of the cleaners and detergents we have used for a long time.

We all have allergies and sensitive skin, and so much of what is in the giant jugs of detergent and
soap is mostly fragrance and water anyways.

One thing I fell in love with a few years ago was Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Soap, but found myself
going through it quickly, and those little bottles were pretty spendy. [Read more…]

Day #8: DIY Anthro Inspired Rope Basket

 Anthropologie inspired rope basket twelveOeightblog.com #anthro #anthroknockoff #knockoff #anthropologie #ropebasket #howtomakeabasket #twelveOeightblog

Making a basket out of rope couldn’t be easier when the base happens to be a $1 mesh garbage can from
the dollar store.  I found mine at Dollar Tree.

 

How to make a basket out of rope twelveOeightblog.com #ropebasket #dollarstore #diy #upcycle #howtomakearopebasket #twelveOeightblog

Using up a few different types and widths of rope I had on hand, some paint and a few other items from
the craft hoard, I came up with this fun, bright footed basket.

Now the hard part is trying to figure out where I am going to use it.  So far it looks cool by my fireplace,
at the foot of the stairs, with a plant in it, and full of toys.

Oy, the options! Like most things it will probably be moved around and used in many roles over time.

But for today, I will show you how fast this rope basket came together, lets craft! [Read more…]

Day 7: How to Make Pretty Retro Pot Holders

 How to make Pot Holders twelveOeightblog.com #potholders #diy #howtomakepotholders #potholderpattern #twelveOeightblog

Hello crafty friends!

I hope this finds you enjoying your January and hopefully enjoying our 31 day challenge
to make, organize, decorate and cook our way thru the month with a No/Low Spend plan!

Of course, the winter bugs have arrived at casa twelveOeight, so it seems as though it has
taken me 12 days to get through 7 ideas and projects.
Oh well.  With any luck you are reading this and 7 things in 14 days is the most you can
do right now as well.  Then we are perfectly aligned and there is peace in the land.

I love to upcycle, like…anything.
One of the reasons why I cannot fit even a teeny car in my garage is my love of a good
upcycle. [Read more…]

Day 6: How to Make Your Own Cake Mix (gluten free option too!)

How to Make Your Own Cake Mix twelveOeightblog.com #cakemix #howtomakecakemix #makeyourownmixes #cakemixrecipe #chocolatecakemix #twelveOeightblog

Hello friends! I am really excited to share one of my favorite make-your-own-mix recipes today
for Chocolate Cake Mix, with a gluten free option too!

There have been many times I have opened my pantry to find one last cake mix on hand, and with
a sigh of relief I can whip up a quick dessert without having to run to the store in a pinch.

But a few years ago, when I realized that gluten and I were not besties after all, I began to make
my own cake mix, and will never go back!

Cake mix is very easy to make ahead and keep on hand, and saves money on the food budget too. [Read more…]

No spend month: Day 1 Getting started (it’s all about that pantry)

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Welcome to our very first No Spend Challenge!

I am so excited to be doing this, and if you are reading this for the first time, let me tell you what this will not be.

This is not a 31 day exercise in making you feel like a financial failure, because you are not!
This is not a way for me to make money, it’s a fun challenge we can do together to purge, save & use what we have.
This challenge is not designed to make you feel deprived but liberated by changing a few simple things that will make
a big impact.

I know we are probably not going to pay off all of our debt, set aside our retirement and win a Nobel Peace Prize
in the next month.

But we can make some positive changes, that are small and attainable, that we all have time for.
One thing a day, added together makes an impact.

If I learn how to make a few more recipes from scratch or bust out my slow cooker another night or two per week,
I may not save $500 that month.  But I might in a year, and that is a lot! [Read more…]

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties