They see me Rollin’

So I made these roller balls a week ago, but I waited a bit before sharing this because I wanted to see if they really helped. Boy did they deliver.IMG_5295

Since living on the West coast, I’ve had to rearrange my online teaching schedule. (I tutor little kiddos in China.) So with the time difference, peak hours are between 3-7 AM here and that has been pretty tough for me.

I mean, I’m the type of person who needs a solid 8 hours sleep or I WILL be Miss grumpy pants the next day, no question about it. So after changing my sleep schedule, I found it a bit difficult to sleep soundly. Essential oils to the rescue.

I did some research and decided to make a sleepy roller blend. I decided to use ylang ylang, frankincense, and the queen of relaxation, lavender. I filled the roller about halfway with my carrier oil and then used 6-8 drops of each. 

So has it helped? In short yes, I have had better sleep since using the roller. I stay asleep longer which is a good thing for everyone.

I was so happy with this blend I wanted another one to help with keeping me energized in those early hours. I decided on orange, grapefruit, and bergamot.

I really like the scent of this roller and use it as a perfume now too!

Oh, and now that I have more than 1 roller I just had to make cute labels to distinguish them. Ta-da. More to come. Happy rollin.

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DIY Face and Body scrubs with EOs

TLC didn’t want no scrubs. In other words, they did not want, no scrubs, meaning they want all the scrubs. Well, samsies.

Nowadays, if you’re talking about skincare regimens, you’re almost always going to be talking about exfoliation. Body scrubs and face scrubs are all the buzz and article after article from Cosmo, Allure, Women’s Health etc. say so. (And if they say so, it must be true then.)

Anyway, some of the best exfoliators can be found right in your kitchen. Add a bit of this and a little of that, a drop of essential oil and viola- 100% organic exfoliator at your disposal.

I have tried two different Pinterest concoctions so far-one for my body and one for my face. I wanted to try two different ones because the skin on my face is more sensitive than anywhere else on my body and so I really wanted to try different ingredients to target different issues.

Okay, let’s start at with the face. I chose this scrub for my face because one: I had all the ingredients (#winning) and two: I was intrigued by the ingredients. Let’s check them out.

Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidant properties that may help to reactivate cells and fight against damaged skin and help get rid of unwanted pollutants.

Sugar: Good ol’ sugar is a humectant which may help the skin retain moisture. Sugar also contains glycolic acid which may help encourage cell turnover and fresh-looking skin.

Raw Honey: Honey is a powerhouse of nutrients for the skin. It’s loaded with antioxidants and natural enzymes to help cleanse and nourish. Honey may also fight against acne thanks to the antibacterial properties.

Here’s the recipe I used.

1 TB dried green tea leaves 2-4 tea bags depending on size of tea bag

1 cup organic white sugar or brown sugar,

2 TB carrier oil of choice

2 TB raw organic honey

10 drops lavender essential oil

Here is the one I used for the body.

1 cup of organic sugar

½ cup of organic coconut oil

10-12 drops of lemon essential oil

5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil

3-4 drops of vitamin e oil or another carrier oil

Alrighty. Bottom line.

So after multiple uses, I honestly like the body scrub better than the face scrub. Don’t get me wrong, they both did their job and I actually liked the texture the green tea gave the face scrub. The reason I say I like the body scrub a bit more is because I really didn’t care for the feeling the honey left on my face. I just felt like I’d have Pooh Bear chasing me around all day if I didn’t rinse the residue off.

But seriously the body scrub is a favorite. I really love the lemon-mint scent- it’s so refreshing and the coconut oil made my skin feel super soft afterward. Loves it.

There are tons of these scrubs out there and I plan to continue my experimentation (Coconut rose body scrub? Don’t mind if I do.) and play with the ingredients until I find the perfect mixture for my skin.

Sources: here and there

DIY Natural Makeup Remover Pads

DIY Essential Oil Face Wipes/Makeup Remover Pads

These face wipes have quickly become a favorite of mine. I perused some different recipes (Is that the right word?) on Pinterest and used bits and pieces from them to create them. The lavender and tea tree have wonderful benefits for the skin and leave me feeling so fresh and so clean, clean. So first, a little about the ingredients I chose.

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What you need:

Small mason jar

Organic cotton round pads

1 tsp Dr.Bronner Castile Soap

½ cup Distilled Water

1 tsp Carrier oil like Jojoba Oil or Coconut Oil

Essential Oils of choice- 5 drops of each Tea Tree and Lavender

Mix all liquid ingredients together in the jar and then add cotton pads. Push them down until they soak up the liquid.

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Viola! I like using these to refresh my face and I love knowing the ingredients are organic without chemicals 🙂 Be careful using around the eyes, the castile soap is strong and may sting a bit!

 

Sources:  Jojoba oil, Tea tree , Lavender, 
Pinterest posts: Here and Here
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Living essentials

The more research that’s done the more we realize there are some pretty wicked and crazy chemicals in everything we use. (I mean seriously, formaldehyde in some of our cosmetics? Gross.)

Anyway, just as we watch what type of food we put in our body, it’s just as important to learn about what we put on our body. Our skin is our largest organ after all and what we put on it gets absorbed into our bloodstream.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to read and learn as much as I can about natural ingredients and essential oils seem to be all the buzz nowadays. I too have used them for their therapeutic properties but only recently am I realizing their true potential! Essential oils, used properly, can be used in so many different products. I decided to do some research and have a go at making some, kind of like a guinea pig. Some concoctions are quite wonderful and quickly have become staples for us. Others- well, I could do without.

I also am looking into getting my aromatherapy certification, to add that to my bag of tricks. Ah, I wear many hats.

How to Recycle Old Trophies

More trophies, mo’ problems.

Last summer when I was moving into my grandpop’s house, I realized I had a problem. I had way too many trophies. I  know you’re probably thinking, “Too many trophies? How can that be a problem? How can being so awesome be such a hassle?”

Well, I’ll tell you. There just wasn’t going to be enough room in my new room for all of them, so I needed to get rid of them. But just the thought of throwing out my U12 Olympic conference champions trophy made me a bit sad. Each trophy was a little piece of my childhood, growing up as an athlete. Not to mention, someday I want to brag to my kids about how awesome I was. 

So I went to work brainstorming how I could minimize the space taken up by these mementos and voila! Two words came to mind. Shadow boxes.

I went to Michael’s and bought three little shadow boxes. Then I got to work taking off the plaques off of my trophies. I used a screwdriver and was able to get most off without a problem. Then I rearranged the pieces with some medals and old sweaty captain’s bands and completed the project. This is what I call a win- win-win situation.  

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What did you do with your old trophies?

Do you like to, Do It Yourself?

If you read that in your Steve Carell voice, then you’re doing something right. If not, stop what you’re doing and watch 40 Year Old Virigin…classic.  But, seriously. Who doesn’t like to DIY!? Crafting is the new cool thing to do, I’d even go as far to say it’s on level with having Tamagotchis when we were kids. Yup, that cool.