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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.)

A Season of Thankfulness (Days 2-4) Plus DIY Cornucopia

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Today I have the next three days of my eleven days of thankfulness leading up to Thanksgiving. And I also have a fun November activity I recently did with my siblings: cornucopias made from ice cream cones!

 

First, here is day two:

I am thankful for my Daddy. He is a true hero in my life. Ever since I was little we have always been close. He is THE biggest sports fan, and taught me everything I know about all things sports. We have always used that as our bond from when I was little. He would take me to Seattle Mariners games when we lived in Washington, I would tag along when he had church softball practices, and watch baseball and basketball games all the time with him. But he is SO much more than just a sports fan. He is a true gentleman. I am thankful for the little things he does for me personally and the family. I am thankful for the opportunity to watch him while growing up on how a husband should treat his wife. He holds doors open for everyone, helps my mom out of the car everywhere they go, waits for her to get her food when they are at restaurants to pray over their food – together. And those are just a few of the gentleman-like things he will do. I am thankful that he is such a good leader of his famiy. Sure, no family is perfect. But he does a pretty darn good job because he loves the Lord. I am thankful that he honestly tries to understand what the Lord’s will is for the family. I am thankful that he loves us and is so proud of all of his children, and I try very hard to deserve it. I am thankful that he is MY daddy.

And yes, I am an adult and still call my dad “daddy”.

 

And day three:

I am thankful for my Momma. I can’t even begin to tell you all how much about her I am thankful for – but I’ll try. She is, hands down, the most incredible woman in the world. I have been so blessed to learn from her through walks and talks, but also through the opportunities to just watch her daily. She gives so much for me and my family. She has encouraged me in my wa…lk with the Lord and in growing into a godly woman. I am thankful that the Lord blessed her with a way with words. She knows exactly what to say to me when I need it. I am so thankful that she is not only my momma, but my dearest friend. I am thankful that she has given me so many of her own passions. A love for life, which is why I volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center. A love of learning and reading. Because she decided to keep her many children at home and teach them herself in a loving, caring environment, I have, from an early age, known that I want to follow in her footsteps and homeschool my own children someday.
Growing up, she has taught me that the greatest role/blessing God has given woman is to make a house a home and to love and nurture all who come into it. And for that, I am thankful. She has such faith and strength, and I am blessed to have her as my role model for what a godly wife and mother should look like.

 

 

DIY Thanksgiving Cornucopia-

DIY Cornucopia

These cornucopias make adorable “harvest time” or Thanksgiving gifts. They’re great crafts for the kids and you can stuff they with pretty much anything you like – just as long as it’s small enough to fit in them! So have fun with it!

Here is what you will need to make your cornucopias:

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Ice cream cones

Cup of warm water

A pencil

M&M’s

Plastic wrap

Ribbon

Microwave

Here’s how to make them:

Soak the end of your cone in the warm water for 1 minute. Next, microwave it for 30 seconds. Then, use the pencil to curl the end of the cone to give it that cornucopia look and hold if for about 20 seconds.

Fill it with M&M’s and cover and tie with plastic wrap and ribbon!

 

 

And last, but not least: Day four:

I am thankful for my Aunt Becky. She has lived with me and my family almost as long as I’ve been around. I grew up with her as part of the (living in the same home) family, and I am so thankful for that fact. She is such a hard worker and is so dedicated to me and the rest of my siblings along with my parents. I am thankful that she doesn’t *just* live with us, either…. She puts in a lot of effort, just like the rest of the family, to make this house a home. She helps with chores, shopping, and is an incredible cook. She makes a mean pot of chili! I am thankful that she has always been there for us. I am thankful that she truly loves us, and probably spoils us a little more than she should – but again, I am thankful

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I really enjoy making things homemade, so when I found a good dishwasher detergent recipe I liked, I decided to go ahead and try making some myself. It was super easy!

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Here is the recipe:

1 box Borax

1 box Washing soda

3 cups Epsom salt

25 packets of Lemonade

I tweaked the recipe a little bit. I figured making all of that would be too much, so I cut it in half. This is what I did:

1/2 box Borax

1/2 box Washing soda

1 1/2 cups Epsom salt

5 packets of Lemonade (I used the Kool-Aid packets)

After it was all mixed up, I put it in a storage container I bought at Wal-Mart. (The “one scoop” is a Tablespoon.)

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*Note: In the picture it looks like the container is only half full, but it’s not.

I was actually kind of surprised at how easy it was, and pretty cheap too. The Borax and washing soda will last me two batches, the Epsom salt will last several, so the only thing I have to buy each time is Lemonade packets. And I bought five packets for about a dollar, so that’s nice! So far, so good with using the detergent and I’m pretty sure it will last us a while – I use a one tablespoon scoop for each load. I’ve noticed it does get a little clumpy because of the lemonade, but it hasn’t affected anything.

If you have tried it, or are going to, tell me what you think! I hope it saves you a little money and works well for you, too!