• DIY Lip Balm

    diy lipbalm

    I have a confession. I’m addicted. To lip balm. I have some in my desk, in my purse, in the bathroom, in the kitchen and probably elsewhere. But all this lathering got me thinking about what I was actually putting on my lips.  Have you ever looked at the ingredients on lip balm? Granted you can find some natural varieties that are pure and few ingredients, but they are also expensive. So, I started on the quest to making my own in order to save money and my sanity.

    I made my own Hard Lotion Bars years ago and love to add my own essential oils in them. Making your own lip balm is very similar and I can create the scents/flavors that I want.  Since I started using essential oils over a year ago, I have used essential oils in many different ways – topically, diffusing, and in my water (only using Young Living essential oils). Adding them to lip balm was perfect because I could add some of my favorite flavors like lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, lime, cinnamon and orange. I’ve even enjoyed mixing a few to create my own favorite concoction!

    So if you share in my addiction – or just want to make a fun gift for a loved one this holiday season, check out how easy it is for DIY lip balm.

    DIY Lip Balm

    What you need:

    • 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon Bees Wax (I recommend the pellets because they are easier to melt)
    • 3-5 drops essential oils (lavendar, peppermint, etc)
    • Double-boiler (or improvise like I did with a pot inside of another).
    • empty lip balm containers

    melting DIY Hard Lotion Bars ingredients

    Directions:

    1. Melt the coconut oil, shea butter (or cocoa butter) and bees wax in a double boiler. The bees wax will take the longest to melt, but just keep stirring to help it go faster.

    stirring DIY Hard Lotion Bars ingredients

    2. Once everything is completely melted, add your essential oils.

    3. Pour the liquid into your empty lip balm containers.

    4. Let cool for 1-2 hours.

    Enjoy!

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  • Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

    Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

    Aren’t these Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes adorable? They would be a perfect dessert for a summer BBQ with family and friends. And the fun part is that they are pretty easy, so you can grab the kids and have them help you make them!

    My daughter has recently found that she loves cherries – she had her first Shirley Temple the other night at dinner and was in heaven! She has also always loved pineapple (got that from her mama!) so this treat is one of our new favorites. Since she has a birthday coming up, I’ll let her decide if these are the cupcakes she wants – although I know she also loves chocolate – so who knows? Either way, these will be great to make as a nice surprise for the family.

    You might want to serve them with a DIY Pineapple Dole Whip (my family loves pineapple!).

    So, without further ado, here is how to make Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes:

    IMG_9424Ingredients

    • 20 oz canned Pineapples
    • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
    • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
    • 3 Eggs
    • 1/3 cup melted Butter
    • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
    • 24 Maraschino Cherries

    Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes 2Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. In using pineapple rings, cut them into quarters.
    3. Spray muffin pan with non stick spray.
    4. Combine cake mix, oil, eggs and pineapple juice in a bowl and beat on low until incorporated.
    5. In another bowl combine melted butter and brown sugar and stir until blended.
    6. Spoon 2 teaspoons of butter mixture into each cup.
    7. Place pineapple pieces in a circle around bottom with cherry in center.
    8. Fill each cup 2/3 full with batter.
    9. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    10. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
    11. Run a butter knife around edges of each cup and invert onto baking sheet to remove cupcakes.

    You can print this recipe here:

    Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
     
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    Ingredients
    • 20 oz canned Pineapples
    • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
    • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
    • 3 Eggs
    • ⅓ cup melted Butter
    • ⅔ cup Brown Sugar
    • 24 Marischino Cherries
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. In using pineapple rings, cut them into quarters.
    3. Spray muffin pan with non stick spray.
    4. Combine cake mix, oil, eggs and pineapple juice in a bowl and beat on low until incorporated.
    5. In another bowl combine melted butter and brown sugar and stir until blended.
    6. Spoon 2 teaspoons of butter mixture into each cup.
    7. Place pineapple pieces in a cirle around bottom with cherry in center.
    8. Fill each cup ⅔ full with batter.
    9. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    10. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
    11. Run a butter knife around edges of each cup and invert onto baking sheet to remove cupcakes.

     

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  • Captain America Civil War: #TeamCap or #TeamIronman

    captain america civil war

    My oldest son and I had a chance to go to the screening of Captain America Civil War this week. Before I even mention how much we enjoyed the movie, I have to say that we were invited to view it at an Imax AND in 3-D, which was such a fun experience! It really felt like we were IN the movie. If you get a chance to see this movie in 3-D, I highly recommend it!

    We are pretty big Avengers fans in my house – last Halloween 4 out of 5 of us were the Avengers (Baby Girl wanted to be Elsa instead). We had Captain America, Black Widow, Ironman, and Spiderman. Don’t we look tough!

    family avengers

    My son loves the idea of Ironman and Captain America facing off in the new Captain America Civil War movie.

    In the movie, another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, which brings political pressure to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

    So which side will you choose? #TeamCap or #TeamIronman 

    The movie is full of action, emotion, and the humor we are use to in the Marvel movies. I love that Spiderman is finally an Avenger – and my son was very excited to see Ant Man as well. This movie is a blast and definitely worth seeing. If you haven’t seen the other Avenger/Marvel movies, some of the story line may not be completely clear, but you will get the main gist (friends fighting friends). And if you are an avid fan like we are, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to wait around for the extra scene after the credits.

    Here’s the official trailer:

    I love Ironman – but I have to say I’m #TeamCap on this one. How about you?

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  • DIY Mother’s Day Butterfly Flip Flips

    Mother’s Day Butterfly Flip FlipsLooking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift – here is one that you can make yourself (or the kids can make) that won’t cost you a fortune. Get Mom’s feet looking fabulous for less with these DIY Mother’s Day Butterfly Flip Flips. With just a few dollar store supplies you can create customized flip flops just for her.

    Supplies needed:

    • Flip flops in your choice of color
    • Embellishments from your local dollar store (this can includes $1 items such as silk flowers, butterflies, felt cut outs, etc.)
    • Hot glue, glue gun (hot glue is essential to making the items stay secure, craft glue will not work)
      Ribbon (optional)

    mother's day flip flopsCollageAs mentioned, all of these supplies can be found at your local dollar store for $1 or less. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make something nice and thoughtful for mom.

    Directions:

    1. Begin by deciding what embellishment you will be using. You will need two, one for each flip flop.
    2. Apply some glue (be generous) to the back of the item and press it to the spot of the flip flop that would rest between the toe.
    3. Repeat on the other flip flop, pressing firmly as you apply the embellishment.
    Give the flip flops a solid hour to dry. Tie them together with ribbon for presenting.

    Head to your local dollar store and grab the supplies you need to make your own fabulous Mother’s Day flip flops. If they have different sizes, you could even make Mommy and Me flip flops!

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