Homemade Lemon Oatmeal Body Butter Bars

Use these bars at the end of your shower to moisturize and soften your skin! Rub on, rinse off and towel dry! Bars without oatmeal can be used as massage bars out of the shower.

What You Will Need (Yield: 4 Bars) 
Mold (I used a cupcake tin/cupcake wrappers)
Pyrex or Heat-Safe Dish / Pot of Water
Spoon / Measuring Spoons
2 oz Shea Butter
2 oz Coconut Oil
2.5 oz Beeswax
Oatmeal (optional)
Essential Oil (optional)

1. Place beeswax in a Pyrex or heat-safe dish in a small amount of boiling water

2. Melt beeswax slowly over low heat, being careful not to burn the wax

3. Spoon out Shea Butter and Coconut oil and add it to the dish with the beeswax to melt

4. Carefully boil down the ingredients until you have a clear viscous liquid. It is important not to burn the oils and natural butters because once past their smoke point, the natural benefits from these ingredients are lost.

5. Lay out your cupcake molds and if you would like oatmeal – sprinkle ground oats into the bottom of each cup.

6. Remove mixture from heat and pour equally into molds

7. If you would like to add Essential Oil at this point for scent/ added benefits put one drop into each mold while they are still in their liquid form. I used Lemon Essential Oil for a citrus scent.

8. Set aside to harden and remove from molds when the bars are solid at room temperature

Enjoy! xo K 

A Sticky Face Is a Glowing Face.

I think I’ve established that I’m basically a product whore  lover. On a recent lunchtime trip to Shoppers Drug Mart, K was trying to pick out a new conditioner, and everything she picked up I said I tried, and yay or nay. She’s now worried for me and my bank account, and possibly my sanity? I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember. So in an effort to save my bank account, I have taken a more natural, DIY approach to my skincare.

It’s been three weeks since I have been using a lemon honey mask, and my face looks glowy! My skin already hurt people’s eyes when in direct sunlight, but now they are blinded. I like to think it’s my beauty, but let’s be realistic. I am one pale wonder. The lemon in the mask actually helps you circulation, and to brighten your skin, while the honey acts as an antioxidant, getting rid of those pesky pimples, and any other contamination. For a week now, I’ve been using it on Boyfriend’s troubled skin, and he’s showing signs of improvement!

So here we go:

Honey Lemon Mask:

1 part lemon juice, 1 part honey

Mix until it’s the consistency of cough syrup, and apply to face with a cotton ball. Let that sucker sit for 20 minutes, and they say try not to talk, but that’s impossible for me. I was once asked to take a 10 day vow of silence by my enlightened older brother, and I couldn’t even last 10 minutes. Verbal diarrhea is one of my many talents! As well as origami, but that’s a whole other post. Now rinse! How amazing do you feel? Pretty goddess like right? It’s ok John, you can try it and feel like a goddess too.

Enjoy!

V xo

P.S. You can totally use this over your entire body, but you may have to stand still on a tarp in the middle of your living room for 20 minutes. In that case, I hope you live alone or with your partner. Could get awkward with roommates. Like the time in college, where I boycotted pants and made everyone else do the same. Nothing sexual.

Pinterest, you addictive bitch.

Saying it out loud, makes me really believe that, yes, I am a pinterest addict. And I can proudly say that I have officially made K a pinterest addict too. I can’t go a day without finding something amazing, repinning it, and then trying to make it happen in my every day life. My most recent obession, is making my own fabric softener. What’s better than crawling into a freshly washed bed and smelling rosemary and mint? Or throwing your favourite maxi dress on, and having the smell of coconuts tickle your nose all day? I’M ADDICTED. It’s super easy, and really fun to make, because you get to pick whatever smell your gorgeous little heart desires. Just follow the link below, and I’m pretty sure you’ll find some more amazing ideas on this wonderful woman’s blog. Thank you Jillee!

Ps. Always smell good. Nothing like a hit of B.O to the nostrils to make people run the other way.

xo

Rebecca’s Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener!

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

Mason Jar Lanterns

Materials Needed:

  • A few mason jars ( as many as you want! )
  • 1 tea light for every mason jar
  • galvanized steel wire
  • pliers
  • stones or beads to decorate inside the jars ( optional )

MaterialsThis DIY is really easy, I know because someone with as little talent as myself could do it! You can purchase your mason jars at the local Value Village for about 99cents each. Or if you don’t have a thrift store they can be purchased brand new in bulk at most grocery stores. You might even have a few saved around the house from old pasta sauce jars like Classico. The galvanized steel wire and the bag of stones were purchased at the local Dollar store for $1.25 each.

Instructions

  • Remove the round middle part of the mason jar lid and screw the top back on each jar.
  • Measure out (in my case) three different lengths of wire (long, medium, short).
  • Fold the wires over in half and create a loop. Twist all three wires together to make the loop.
  • Find the ends of each wire and wrap them around the neck of each mason jar lid. There isn’t very much technique to this part, I just wrapped the wire around and around until it was at my desired length and then snipped any sharp ends off with the pliers.
  • Repeat this step with the other end of the wire on the same lid.
  • Repeat the last two steps for each mason jar.
  • (Optional) I decided to finish off the loop by wrapping more wire around the base of the loop where the wires meet and twisting wire around the loop handle to give it a more finished look
  • Fill the mason jars with decorative stones (optional) and your tea lights
  • Hang and Enjoy!

Mason Jar Lantern