Thursday, February 04, 2016

Teacher Valentine's Card and Free Printable

I came up with a quick and easy Valentine's Day Card after browsing through Pinterest. This is for my kids to give to their teachers. I have six of these to make. Thank goodness that this year I got my act together sooner than later and was able to whip these up with plenty of time.



Free Printable Here. You will get a PNG file which you can print onto 4X6 matte photo paper.

I also made these for the kids to give their classmates:


I got the idea for these from Easy Green Mom but made almost the same one on Illustrator.


I don't remember where it was I saw this as there are so many different versions that have been around on the web for a few years.


I got the idea for this one from Just Another Day In Paradise and again I recreated it on Illustrator.

Happy Valentines Day!!!







Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Green Tea Bath Salts

On that rare occasion that I actually have a free moment to have a bath (accompanied by a generous glass of wine, of course) it's nice to melt in the tub to the scent of natural healing ingredients.


This DIY Green Tea Bath Salt mixture smells incredible thanks to my favourite essential oils lavender and orange. 

Ingredients:

1 cup Dead Sea salts 
1 tbsp melted organic coconut oil
2 tbsp fgreen tea
1 tbsp calendula petals
1 tbsp lavender flowers
10 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops orange essential oil 


DIY Three Step Skincare Products

When I was in my teens and even in my twenties I never worried about my skin or my hair. My daily beauty routine was minimal. What can I say? I was pretty lucky.

This all came to a halt after I had my second baby. My skin became dry and flaky and I started breaking out. My hair also suffered and became a brittle and frizzy mess.

I have tried everything from high end to drug store brands in order to improve my situation . To be honest there really isn't anything out there that I have fallen in love with completely. Whether it be the result I got from using certain products to the simple fact that they can be very expensive, I have not been able to stay loyal to any specific beauty product line.

Recently I came to the conclusion that if I wasn't going to be happy with any of the products out there I was just going to make my own. It was with the help of my trusty online friends, Google and Pinterest, that I did extensive research to finally come up with a few recipes that I can truly say are not only economical but have worked great for me so far.

I am now sharing the amazing recipes with you.

Before making any of these products make sure that you boil all the containers to eliminate any bacteria that could cause the products to go bad early. There are no preservatives other than the natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities of tea tree oil and lemon essential oils.

All the oils I used have a comedogenic rating of 0 meaning they will not clog your pores and cause acne. I used beeswax which has a comedogenic rating of 2 which isn't super bad since the highest rating is 5. For a list of comedogenic ratings go here.



FOAMING FACE WASH

1 cup of organic calendula and chamomile water
1/4 cup unscented liquid castile soap
5 tsp organic hemp seed oil
1 tsp tea tree oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops carrot seed oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil

To make the calendula and chamomile tea I simply added 1tbsp each of organic calendula and organic chamomile to 2 cups of water and boiled on high. I allowed the mixture to reduced to 1 cup and then I strained the flowers and used only the water.

Mix all ingredients and pour into a foam pump container.

CLARIFYING FACE TONER

2 oz witch hazel
1 oz rose water
3 drops frankincense essential oil
3 drops chamomile essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients and add to a small bottle. I used a nail polish remover pump I got from a nail art supply store.

FACE MOISTURIZER

1/2 cup shea butter
2 tbsp hemp seed oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops clary sage essential oil
5 drops geranium essential oil
1 tbsp beeswax

In a double boiler melt all the ingredients. Pour into glass jar and allow to completely cool before you place the lid on it.

To enjoy wash your face, tone and moisturize. You will not regret it.

What are the benefits of all these ingredients you ask?

Calendula - reduces swelling and has healing properties.
Chamomile - used to treat acne, eczema and rosacea.
Hemp Seed Oil - helps skin balance oil production and lubricates skin cells making your skin silky.
Tea Tree Oil - Antifungal and antibacterial. Perfect for oily, acne prone skin and will preserve your natural products.
Lemon essential oil - rejuvenating and cleanses toxins from your skin.
Carrot Seed Oil - tightens and rejuvenates skin.
Frankincense Essential Oil - tones and tightens skin  as well as helps with pigmentation.
Witch Hazel - clarifies skin and shrinks pores
Rose Water - prevents signs of ageing and nourishes skin as well as having anti-bacterial properties.
Geranium - balances oil production and conditions skin.
Shea Butter - moisturizing and accelerates healing
Lavender Essential Oil - heals skin irritations and soothes stressed skin.
Clary Sage - reduces signs of ageing and puffiness.
Beeswax - anti-inflamatory, soothing and the perfect natural and anti-bacterial thickening agent for creams.

Phew! I know it seems like a lot to take in but believe me it is so worth it. We make an effort every day to put good things in our body but often forget that the outside counts too.

I hope you guys try these recipes and that you love the results as much as I do. My skin has not looked so healthy in a long time and I have not had any breakouts. I used to get cystic acne on my chin and (knock on wood) I have not gotten any since I started using these products, which I've been using for about three months now.



Monday, August 24, 2015

Marriage Survival Kit

I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making this marriage survival kit. I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and ended up combining a few different ideas.


I got all my scrapbooking supplies out and went crazy with this one. It had been a while since I got down and dirty in my craft room so it felt amazing to get in there and make something from scratch.


In the end I had to do the writing with Illustrator and print the cards that went inside each envelope as I don't really like my hand writing and in addition it would have taken me all day.




They got a couple of Snickers and a bag of kisses to go with these. 









Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Diffuser Necklace Number Three

I was pretty much ready for bed last night but then I got an art attack and came up with this new necklace. 


I've been using lavender and vanilla in the kids room and used it in the necklace also. It's such a pleasant scent. This is considering that typically I'm not a vanilla person. 





Saturday, May 30, 2015

Prayer Box Necklace

My latest obsession with aromatherapy and jewelry combined has lead me to these beautiful little prayer boxes or also known as wish boxes. 


I have put a small piece of wool inside to which I poured a couple of drops of essential oils so that I can occasionally pop it open and take a whiff of the aroma hidden inside. 

Aromatherapy is my main use for this delicate little necklace. However prayer boxes, or wish boxes are typically meant to place a wish or prayer inside. Prayer boxes are used by Budhists, Hindus and Christians alike. They write on a small little piece of paper and place it inside the prayer boxing hope that their prayer or wish will come true.

I went shopping around the entire city today looking for jewelry making supplies and afterwards when I got home I whipped up this pretty necklace. I love the flower box clasp I used as well. It adds such a beautiful detail. What do you guys think?


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Diffuser Necklace

I found a way to integrate two of my interests together by making this aromatherapy diffuser necklace. Jewelry and essential oils. Haha! So much fun. 



For this diffuser I used a drop each of Patchouli which is great for relaxation and to improve your mood, Lavender for it's calming properties and Tangerine which aids in relief of anxiety. It's a relaxing, feminine, sweet yet earthy scent. Love it!!! 




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Banana & Quinoa Smoothie

Hey everyone! So I know I have been MIA for some time. I was doing the whole "focusing on me" thing. Lots of good things came of it so I have no regrets. 

For starters I started working with a nutritionist who helped me flip my eating habits around and stick with it. I lost 27 lbs and have kept it off since. I started working out and feel so much better. I was having some real nutritional issues before and for years I felt like I was lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant (I even thought I had to give up coffee...eek! No way!). It turned out that I was neither intolerant, allergic or sensitive to anything. Basically my nutritionist taught me to eat clean and my body is grateful for it.

As part of my new healthy and clean way of eating and living I am always looking for ways to avoid man made things. For example protein powders. I know they are jam packed with nutrients but where did these nutrients come from? I don't know! I'm not willing to put synthetic ingredients in exchange for nutrients. 

I started doing research for ways to add more protein to my smoothies and one option is quinoa. I'm pretty picky about what I like and didn't want to make something bland and boring so I thought of adding Horchata to my Quinoa smoothie. Horchata is a Latin American drink mixed with milk which is super delicious and one of my all time faves. It's made with morro seeds which are high in protein, cocoa, rice, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, peanuts vanilla and milk. There are also other varieties made with almonds. Unfortunately Horchata does not have enough protein to consider it a meal and I wanted to make a smoothie for my breakfast.



I came up with this Banana, Quinoa, Cocoa and Horchata smoothie. 

Ingredient for 2 servings:

1 large banana 
4 tbsp Horchata mix
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup cooked (and cold) quinoa
1 vanilla bean
3 cups of milk 

Add everything to the blender. Blend the crap out of it and serve. I also garnished it with toasted sliced almonds and shaved dark chocolate. 

There are about 12-15 grams of protein per serving and if you make this with Greek yogurt and water instead of milk you can increase the protein content. Bonus! Or you can make it with almond milk or soy milk. Whatever tickles your pickle. 

This turned out so good and I will definitely be making it again. If you try it out let me know what you think and pop me a comment below. 


Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

As per the usual it's Thanksgiving weekend and our feasting begins tomorrow. I don't think we ever have Thanksgiving Dinner on the actual day...so I'm wishing everyone in Canada a Happy Thanksgiving now.




Thursday, October 09, 2014

Girly Nails


 
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