Thursday, December 5, 2013

Homemade Lip Balm, Sugar Scrub and Body Butter


My friends and I had a little get together and made gifts for this holiday season.  I will be gifting these to teachers and friends.  We made lip balm, sugar scrub and body butter.  All the recipes were simple and most we got from Pinterest!
Me applying a little lip balm on Amy's lips.  *peppermint kiss*

We did plan a few weeks ahead and purchased:

Is also purchased a few items such as cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and essential oils from    Great prices and customer service.

Coconut oil from Costco seems to be the most economic, $15.99 for a 54 oz container.
I also found some great tapes at Hobby Lobby to put of the top with labels we printed from avery that I also purchased from amazon.
_______________________________________________________________________________ is a list for the lip balm, scrub and body butter
` essential oils (whatever scents you like)
`coconut oil
`bees wax
`local honey
`shea butter
`vitamin E oil
`sweet almond oil
`lip balm containers
`8oz deli containers
`cocoa butter (smells like chocolate)


Lip Balm

Peppermint kiss
Coconut kiss
Orange kiss
*pouring the lip balm*

We used a recipe from the blog "food for my family"

1/2 ounce beeswax
2 teaspoons olive oil or jojoba oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil (solid at 74ยบ F)
1 teaspoon shea butter or cocoa butter
1/2 teaspoon pure aloe vera
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
5-7 drops essential oil (like peppermint or grapefruit)

In a double boiler, combine the beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, and the shea/cocoa butter. Heat over low heat just until oils and beeswax are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in aloe vera, vitamin E, and the essential oils.

Pour the mixture into small 0.15-ounce tubes. Allow to cool completely to set.

Makes (7) 0.15-ounce lip balm tubes.
Copyright © Food for My Family.

The body scrub recipe is pretty simple.  We just used raw brown sugar and or white sugar combos as the base and added honey, vitamin E and a carrier oil such as olive oil or sweet almond. Add whatever essential oil for your scent. Be creative and add what you want.  We even added orange zest to one of the scrubs and lip balms.

Tis the season for spending time with friends and making fantastic homemade gifts!

Kara making sure Amy pours it just right....

Traci sporting her "naughty" shirt for the holiday season.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Master bath #goodbyehollywood

~Master Bath Update~

When we bought our house in 2003 I was not a huge fan of the gray tile and never a fan of the hollywood lights!  Glad to say adios to the ugly lights and hello to serenity.



I painted my cabinets gray with a black glaze.  Now I'm ready to tackle my kitchen cabinets.  I also chose sconces for lighting in the bathroom.  Kind of an out the box light above the mirror and way cheaper.  I bought these for $20/light at home depot on clearance.  The sconces are glass, not plastic which was a huge sell for me.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

~B U F F E favorite FREE stencil

This is your typical ugly dresser/buffet
Thrift store buy~ $49.99

Painted with "aquarium" blue from sherwin williams.  Sanded the top and painted with my fav. free stencil from: The Jones Design Company

I used scrapbook paper and modgepodged the outside of the drawers.

Fantastic glass knobs from hobby lobby.

This pic shows the scrap paper on the front of the drawers.

I traced the stencil, then traced the pencil lines with paint.  I then applied a gel stain mahogany, let it set for 8 min. then wiped it off.  

Winter decor

Birthday party fun!

Monday, July 1, 2013



My husband says I need to get back in school.  I have the summer off from grad school and the projects just keep coming.  Since May I have replaced all the flooring in our upstairs with hardwood (blog later), finished some furniture and rehabbed by master bath. This may sounds like a lot of work to some, but this is truly my R&R....not school!

I always get started on something and forget to take good before pics.  I had already sanded the top.  Paid $20 for this piece at a garage sale.

Look really close.  I drew the flower on top with a pencil.  My inspiration was a plug-in from Bath and Body.

I painted stain on top of the wood after sanding it down.  Love the look and wish the end product would have been as bold.

 love this look

Next time I will try a different type of stain to keep the dark, bold look.  


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