Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DIY Body Lotion Great for People with Eczema

What is Eczema? Eczema is an irritation of the outer layer of your skin. It can be caused by many different reasons and there are many kinds of eczema. I have had several episodes of eczema throughout my life. Doctors say is dry skin. My skin gets dry, it itches, I scratch it and it gets out of control. I have had some spots on my arms and face, but during the Summer my arms are the ones that give me the most trouble. If I don't touch it when it itches, it goes away very quickly. The problem is when I scratch it. The irritated skin gets thick, red and ugly! Anyway...I have tried prescription and over the counter lotions: Prescription lotions are EXPENSIVE! Over-the-counter lotions are good, I like the Aveno brand. It really helped my skin, but they are also pricey. So I decided to look up recipes to make my own body lotion using a few simple ingredients :) This recipe is adapted from www.OneGoodThingByJillee.com. Here we go!

 
DIY Body Lotion


INGREDIENTS:

- 7 oz of shea butter

- 4 oz of coconut oil

- 4 oz of Sweet Almond Oil

- 32-36 drops of your choice of Essential Oil (optional)

- Electric Mixer

- 6 oz. Glass Containers (I used Ball Jars)



DIRECTIONS:

1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.

2. Let mixture cool off.

3. Mix in the almond oil.

4. If you are adding essential oil, add 2 drops for every teaspoon of mixture. According to my calculations, I needed about 32-36 drops of essential oil. I used Jasmine Essential Oil.

5. Cover and put mixture in the fridge for about 45 min or until solid but not hard.

6. Transfer to electric mixer and whip until it gets fluffy.

7. It will change color. It goes from beige to white. It is ready when it gets white.

8. Transfer to glass containers.

9. Place containers in fridge for about 40 minutes.

10. You are done!

NOTES:

*This recipe makes about 3 1/2 (6oz) containers.

*If you use virgin coconut oil, it will give you a coconut smell. If you like to skip the essential oil and use the virgin coconut oil for the smell, use 2oz of pure coconut oil and 3 oz virgin coconut oil. I found that the virgin coconut oil does not harden as well as the pure coconut oil, and you need it to harden to be able whip it.

*The Aura Cacia brand products have extra useful things added, such as Vitamine E in the Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba oil in the essential oil all good for your skin :)

*This make a really nice gift as well. I added some ribbon to one of the container and gave it to my mom as a birthday gift :)




Hope you enjoy this DIY Body Lotion Recipe!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Easy Project: Cute Message Board Frame

Here is an easy project for you. It is very simple, fast, inexpensive and cute! Last week, I was given a picture frame without the glass that it would have been put in the trash otherwise, but I decided to recycle it and give it a second chance :) This is what I came up with:

Cute Message Board Frame

Supplies:

- Frame without glass (any size would work)

- Scrapbooking paper of your choice

- Pencil

- Scissors

- Gold cord (Ribbon or twine would work)

- Small clothes pins



Instructions:

1. Remove frame backing

2. Trace it on the back of the scrapbook paper as shown below

 
3. Cut scrapbook paper slightly smaller than the pencil marking
 
4. Place paper on top of backing, and wrap cord a couple of times and secure with a bow in the front
 
5. Ensamble frame
 
6. Use small clothes pins to hang message
 
 
7. That is it! This is what you get: a Message Board Frame. Quick and Simple :)
 
 
Now you have a cute message board to decorate your room, office or to have on hand to give out as a handmade gift. You can use it to hang a greeting card or a gift card as well :)
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Please leave a comment. Let me know what you guys thought about it :)
 
 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day Kid's Craft plus Toddler Activity

Last year, after Valentine's Day I got a bunch of candy on sale, some candy I like and some I didn't like. I am not a huge fan of those Sweethearts candy, but since they were cheap, I decided to get them. I thought I could use them at some point. As I was cleaning one of the kitchen cabinets last week, I found those Sweethearts candy in the very back, so I decided to use them on a Valentine's craft and an activity for my almost 3 year old son. So this is what I came up with:

Toddler Activity: Color Matching Activity

Supplies:

-Deviled Eggs Serving Dish (or a dish with compartments)

-Sweetheart Candy

Instructions:

1. Place all of the Sweertheart candy in the middle

2. Place one heart of each color on each compartment

3. Let your toddler sort them out by color.









VALENTINE'S CRAFT: Heart Door Hanger
 
Supplies:

- Cardstock

-Craft glue

-Pencil

-Marker (we used red)

-A heart shape (like a cookie cutter)

-Something to hang the craft with (I use apipe cleaner)

-Tape






Instructions:

1. Trace heart shape with pencil on cardstock

2. Outline shape with red marker

3. Put glue on the area where you want the candy to be

4. Let it dry for about 1 hour or so

5. Cut around heart

6. Tape pipe cleaner or ribbon to the back of the heart

7. Hang on door and you are DONE!



Finish Projects:

These are the door hangers my sons made:





My almost-3 year old decided to cover the whole heart with candy. (Picture on the Left)


















My 7 year old decided to color the whole heart and outline it with the candy. (Picture on the right)

 


Hope this project inspired you to use any old candy that you have at home before your throw it away :)

Thanks for stopping by!