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Homemade Lip Balm

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So this past weekend my sister and I tried our hand at homemade lip balm. And it turned out fabulous! We ended up giving some to friends as gifts and our mom “stole” some too! So I had to share this wonderful find with all of you…

Homemade Lip Balm –

8 TBS coconut oil

3 TBS beeswax

1 1/2 TBS raw honey

30 drops Young Living’s Citrus Blend Essential Oil

 

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*Now, usually I use solely organic coconut oil. But unfortunately I ran out that very same morning. And, of course, the store was all out. So the Lou Ana brand you see here is what I was able to use.

My mom actually purchases organic beeswax from the online Bulk Herb Store, and we order no heat raw honey from Quail Cove Farms which I highly recommend to any whole wheat and organically-minded folks out there.

And I cannot talk about all of the ingredients except for the essential oil. I cannot recommend them enough! We chose to use the Citrus Blend because we thought it would be very appropriate for summertime. My mom sells essential oils from Young Living, and you can visit her website here.

 

Alright, so back to the lip balm…

If you don’t happen to own a double boiler, like me, you can use a bowl atop a pan of water on the stove. You need to combine the coconut oil, beeswax, and honey together on the stove and heat until everything in melted.

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Take off of the heat and add in essential oils after it has cooled a touch (you don’t want to add the oils in while the mixture it too hot or it will kill off benefits from them). I found that the beeswax took a bit of time to combine. But once it is cool go ahead and start putting the mixture into your containers. I was a little surprise at how fast everything started to solidify. So just a little warning: once it starts, it goes fast! But never fear, I found enough time to fill my containers before all was lost!

I actually had a friend who was willing to sell me some containers for this project, but told me that you can find lip balm containers for about 10 cents (small round ones) and 15 cents (tall chap stick) each on Amazon. I personally liked the small round ones best, plus they were SO much easier to fill than the tall tubes.

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Well, there you have it! I have to say, I was giddy with joy at how wonderful this stuff is and can’t wait to make more! My mom, sister, and I have even come up with different essential oils we want to use for the different seasons of the year (Citrus Blend for summer, Thieves for fall, Peppermint for winter, and I honestly can’t remember what we decided on for spring.)

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No Mess Finger Painting Activity

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I have tried making finger paint and helping my little siblings as they paint to try and avoid as little mess as possible. But that doesn’t work – it still goes everywhere. So, when I saw this idea on Pinterest (yes, I get many ideas from Pinterest) I just had to try it!

All I did was squirt some paint into a large storage bag, close it nice and tight, and tape it up to where they could have fun with it!

And they did! It was a big hit!

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(here’s my littlest sibling, Sammy, enjoying the bag-o-paint)

 

It’s a pretty simple way of keeping littles occupied so you can get a bit of work done. And I found that they really enjoy it! I hope you discover the same thing!

DIY Flower Pot Candy Holder

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Two things lead me to make this: 1. Spring is here! 2. I LOVE crafts! So when I saw this on Pinterest, I had to try it! I originally found the idea here and just added my own bit of flair to it.

It’s just about as simple as can be, but so incredibly adorable. I use it to display lollypops for my piano students.

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I grabbed a flower pot out of our garage, bought a bag of Blow Pops, and a foam ball from Wal-Mart (they have small, medium, and large balls. This one is a medium.) and that’s really all I needed. There’s no need to glue anything. The ball fits perfectly in the pot.

After I finished, I thought it needed something more. So I tied yellow ribbon around the top of it to add a springtime pop to it!

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One this I will say is this is only one bag of the Blow Pops, and it didn’t go all the way to the edge of the ball, which I would have liked. But I was happy with how it turned out nonetheless. However, I have since then bought a huge bag of Dum-Dum’s to fill the whole thing out after these run out.

I should have plenty of lollypops all spring long!