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…]

Boho vibe summer front porch

Hi friends!

I am super excited to share my recently refreshed outdoor space for our front porch.  It’s kind of a wonky narrow area so you cant really lose your mind with big pieces.  

But before I get into that, I want to thank Katrin from Kreativ K for putting together this fun Outdoor Space hop.  If you are not following Katrin and her gorgeous boho-scandi blog, make sure you start, she so creative!

While there are some exciting changes happening behind the scenes while we house-hunt, I still have to have my porch ready for summer.  Am I ready for summer? Not so much hah, but at least my porch is rocking a global vibe full of plants and pretty colors.

 

Boho style outdoor area

 

I find myself flip flopping every few years between a bolder, brighter color palate and a soft, light, neutral color palate.

Lately, everything mid century modern and indie/boho has been making me swoon, so I guess it’s good that I like a super eclectic home and I am not tied to one theme.  I am fairly certain this began on an extremely tight budget many years ago, and since I still love to thrift, I have kept going and never questioned what I like.

So, onto the front porch space. [Read more…]

When less is more: De-clutter with the 80/20 method

I am unsure of how so much stuff accumulates so quickly.  

We have cleaned closets, donated, and done what we thought was a house purge before.

But this time is different…

 

How to reduce clutter #housepurge #organize #reduceclutter

 

This time is for a very special reason. [Read more…]

The coffee table that became a French Country bench

Hello there, please forgive me for going mia for a couple weeks, we have had the most unpleasant of winter colds and tummy bugs passed around.

I think we may be out of the woods, and boy am I am glad!

But as I came up for air I finished an upcycle that I am super duper excited about.

So I know I keep talking about updating our bedroom, and with the flu that hit we kind of hit the pause button for a week.

However, I have to share a very thrifty and fun redo we did for the end of our bed.

We have been looking for a bench that we can use as a coffee table/foot stool/end-of-the-bed-bench.

And while we were open to different styles, and I figured I could repaint THE perfect bench if needed…

I didn’t realize it would be a glass-topped coffee table.

But, there she was at Goodwill when we were out shopping and looking for good junk the day after Christmas.

 

 

We picked this cute table up for $5 not bad huh? [Read more…]

How to make a wooden wall sconce-fixer upper style

Remember the left over pre-fab white bead board from the back of the farmhouse church pew?

 

 

Yep, we found a way to use the last of it.

I have wanted to make something I can hang these Mason jar holders on for quite a while, but to date have just incorporated them on the dining table, porch etc…

So when we saw these metal hooks at the store recently, they made me think of the chippy white Mason jar holders, and well, the rest is another DIY that used everything we already had on hand sans the hooks.

 

 

What I really love about a project like this is

  1. I did not have to buy very many supplies
  2. I was able to use leftovers from a previous project
  3. I had enough Diet Pepsi on hand to complete the project without running to the store (WIN!!!)

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Chindi style no-sew area rag rug

 

I have had a stack of these Dollar Tree rag rugs FOREVER.

They are in the “bin of conviction” (the things I HAD TO HAVE to make something cool then they sit for a long time)

Yeah, that bin.

Tell me I’m not the only one who may have more than one of these had-to-have-it stashes?

Oh good.

I have down-sized a bit over time but I am glad I have the stash of supplies that I have collected (yes, it’s an official collection of amazing stuff) because you never know when inspiration is going to STRIKE!

Yep, sometimes you get an itch to make something cool and there you are, lots of ideas and no supplies.

So, that is exactly what happened in this case.

I loved the colors of these small rag rugs so of course, I cleaned the store out however many months ago. [Read more…]

How to update a 1970’s dresser

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Sometimes a piece of furniture comes your way and it takes a while to decide what to do with it.

Should I re-stain it, maybe a darker cooler color like a walnut?

Should I white-wash it and put new, fun knobs on it?

But this dresser had it’s destiny before it became mine. [Read more…]

Gluten Free Cheesy Pasta + Kielbasa Dinner

Oh yeah….

It’s about to get really cheesy up in here.

And…

Gluten free y’all!

 

Gluten Free dinner ideas

 

I LOVE THIS RECIPE, there I did my all caps and freaked out a teeny bit about how super easy and kid friendly this skillet dinner is.

I love pasta, but pasta does not always love me back so much.  So I use gluten free pasta, and make something sensitive tummies and hard-core-wheat-tummies can eat too.

This is a 30 minutes or less recipe and there were no traces of this cheesy goodness on my family’s plates when we finished.

That is always a good sign right?

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How to make your own carpet cleaner

How to make carpet cleaner

 

I am probably a bit of a cleaning nerd but I like to clean.

Well, more the enjoyment over the end result perhaps than the process itself.

This last weekend I took full advantage of the 3 day weekend and did some serious deep cleaning in our home.

Lifting a layer of winter dirt and grime (and it never ceases to amaze me how bad it really is lol!) makes my house sparkle and my heart happy as I put my feet up and enjoy the end result.

This year I used a combination of store bought items and homemade cleaning supplies too. [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