Sunday, January 4, 2015

Make your own foaming hand soap with Essential Oils

Fill a foaming hand soap dispenser about 3/4 full of distilled water. (1 cup of distilled water.)
Add 3 Tbs of Castile Soap. I used Dr. Brommer's that I found at Meijer's grocery store.
Add 15 drops of Essential Oil, I used Young Living's Lavender oil.

Optional: Add 3 drops of Vitamin E oil. I had this leftover from another project. Other recipes I found called for olive, almond or coconut oil.

Put lid on top of soap dispenser and shake.

I added up all of my costs and I figured that it cost almost the same as it would be for me to purchase the refill. It might be a quarter more, but the soap that I made contains more natural soap, which is easier for the environment. Plus, I can choose my own scent with my favorite Essential Oil.

I encourage you to research which Essential oil to use in your foaming hand soap. Do not use citrus Essential oils in plastic dispensers.If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, Please contact me on how they can make a difference in your life.

Here are a few of the recipes that I used to make foaming hand soap.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Save Money by making your own Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls are great. They eliminate the need for fabric softener and dryer sheets. They also save on drying time, which saves you more money on your electric bill.When I saw that someone was selling wool dryer balls for $6 each, I knew that I could make mine own cheaper. I made 7 dryer balls for $10, when the wool was on sale at Michael's.
I was also interested in using fewer chemicals on our clothing, since our family has sensitive skin.

What you will need:

  • 1 skein of 100% wool yarn. I asked the lady at Micheal's to help me find the 100% wool yarn to make dryer balls and she knew exactly what I needed. I don't think that I was the only one that has asked her lately. I prefer the medium weigh yarn (grey and cream) and not the bulky yarn (multi colored).
  • 1 pair of old tights.
Making the balls: Wrap yarn about 20 times around 1st 3 fingers. Slip off fingers and wrap it 3-5 times across loops. I left a beginning tail of the yarn to tie it tight.
I wrapped the yarn 20 times across the loops, then begin changing angles to make the ball.

When you get to the desired size, use a heavy duty needle to tuck the final end through the ball.
The first ball that I made was approximately 2".
Here are the 4 dryer balls after wrapping them.
Next step: Felting. Find an old pair of tights or nylons and place them in the legs of the tights. There should be a knot between each ball. Wash and dry them 2 times. Wash them in hot water and dry the balls to achieve the felting process.
This is what the dryer balls look like after
I applied 1 drop of Young Living Lavender Essential Oils to each of the dryer balls. If you are interested in learning more about Young Living oils, Please contact me on how they can make a difference in your life.
Next, I used all 7 balls in two loads of laundry. This is what the dryer ball looked like when the drying cycle was done. I did not notice a difference in the static between the dryer balls and fabric softener.

These are the two blog postings that I followed to make my own dryer balls.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Kale Chips

Kale Chips are easy to make and my kids love to eat them.
Rinse Kale and cut of tear into pieces. Place the kale in a zip-lock baggy with a teaspoon of olive oil and shake the baggy. The kale should be lightly covered with olive oil. Remove Kale from the baggy and place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Seasoning salt and place in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 5-10 minutes or until the kale is crisp. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Make a bed out of a tissue box.

Make a snow angel out of flour.

Stick the elf in a stocking.

Write a message on a chalkboard.

Go for a ride in any vehicle.

Sit in the candy dish.

Sit on the banister.

Hang out in a tree or plant.

Or Christmas tree.

Hang out with the nativity.

Sit on top of the drapes or blinds.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Elf on the Shelf Ideas - Jack's Adventure's 2014

Jack returned this year and dressed the girls' stuffed animals in Christmas shirts.

The next night, Jack took a ride in Sofia the First's carriage.
Then jack got a little more mischievous by inflating an outdoor decoration inside the house and going for a ride on the merry-go-round.

 Jack brought new ornaments for the girls' trees.

Jack got stuck in the daisy churn.
Jack found a good spot in the tree to watch.
 And he put reindeer antler's and a Rudolph nose on my car.
 He rode around in the cup holder of the car that day.
 He went for a ride on the little tractor.
 He hung out with Santa.
One night Santa sent a message to remind the girls to be good.
Jack brought window clings.
 He even hid in the container or licorice.
 Jack waited to see the toothfairy.
 Hung out in a plant.
Watch one of the girls from their canopy.
 He loves chocolate covered cherries.
 He pretended to be Tony the Tigger.
He took a marshmallow bath.
 Sat on the drums.
 Played guitar.
He drew faces on their photos.
 He hung candy canes on the ficus tree.
We can't wait to see what Jack will be up to next year.

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