5 ingredient deodorant

hello friends!

this post has been a looooonnnnnnggggg time coming!

i gave up deodorant about 10 years ago after reading about all of the disgusting toxins that exist in most commercial brands. i wasn’t into making my own products yet at that point, so i just went without! eventally that became…. hmmmm…. unacceptable. haha. i needed to find a solution without exchanging my health for a social circle.

ingredients:

2 T arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)

1 T baking soda

1 T coconut oil

1 T shea butter

10 drops essential oil (i used orange)

melt the shea and coconut oils in a double-boiler. while they’re melting, measure out the dry ingredients into a bowl or mug. pour the melted oils into the dry ingredients, and mix them well. then add your preferred scent, mix, and pour into your storage container.

oh!!! i want to talk about this: please don’t buy dollar store cheapo plastic containers for all of your potions! the chemicals in the plastic leech into your “natural products”, and basically defeat the purpose of making your own. i use glass jam jars which can be purchased at canadian tire, amazon, or any department store once canning season starts. they’re reusable too!

as for application of the deodorant- yes, you have to actually use your finger to apply it, and it’s not weird. i mean, you already made the deodorant in your kitchen and are storing it in a jam jar– embrace the fact that it’s an alternate form of odour control with alternate forms of application.

as to the efficacy of the product? i love it! otherwise i wouldn’t share it. it doesn’t leave white marks on my dark clothing (apply AFTER getting dressed), and i don’t stink. it’s an “apply once a day and walk away” product.

let me know if you try this! i know several of you have been using my toothpaste recipe with great results, and i love hearing the feedback!


(LOCAL FRIENDS ONLY: as always, if you’re wanting to try this recipe but don’t want to buy the ingredients- just message me and i’ll give you a sample to try.)

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March 16, 2018 at 12:16 Leave a comment

lipbalm DIY

hey guys. just jumping on here quickly to share my lipbalm recipe before my good intentions fall flat.

i love making my own products, not because they’re superior or cheaper or cleaner (although they are all of that). making my own products totally meshes with my “i hate shopping” and “i hate making decisions” personality. there’s no redeeming the number of hours i’ve lost to zombie-mode in the pharmaceutical aisles! plus, i’m a creative sort. playing with ingredients in my kitchen is so much more my speed.

here’s the recipe!

  • 20g beeswax
  • 20g coconut oil
  • 10g sweet almond oil
  • 12 drops wintergreen eo
  • 2 drops rosemary eo
  • 2 inches aloe vera

heat the first 3 ingredients in a double-boiler, and add in the last 3 before it cools and sets. really really easy! let me know if you have any questions!

January 16, 2018 at 12:38 Leave a comment

closure

i wrote a lot last year about my new year’s resolutions, but the posts dwindled as the year progressed. so obviously my NYR to blog once a month, was a bust. here’s a break down of the 10 hopes & dreams i had for 2017:

  1. ✔️bible in a year: done, and doing it again this year- join me!
  2. ✖️blog each month: nope. i did well at the beginning of the year, but time is a speeding bullet.
  3. ✔️don’t waste: i feel like i did so well with this one! a lot of veggies were turned into stock, and i made a “leftovers bin” in the fridge to highlight what needed to be eaten. some foods sadly ended up in the compost bin. overall though, there was definite improvement and i’m calling it a success.
  4. ✔️meal planning: i got the whole family involved with picking meals to add to the menu, and made good use of the “click and collect” feature at my local grocery store. by far this was my favourite resolution of the year, as it didn’t use up my time, but rather saved it.
  5. ✖️woodworking: nah. this was a “good intentions” goal, but my life wasn’t ready for it yet.
  6. ✔️music: i practiced my flute ALOT this year! in the beginning my face hurt and i felt like i couldn’t breathe, but by the end of the year my fingers knew the notes without my having to look up charts online. if you remember, i had planned to reward myself with the purchase of a piccolo. i qualified for that reward, but piccolos are way more expensive than i thought! i might just reward myself with a tune-up on my old old flute.
  7. ✔️stretch: so good. i turned into one of those wierdos who HAD to stretch all the time regardless of the public situation, but my joints and sore muscles are very thankful for the success of this NYR.
  8. ✔️french: french netflix, podcasts, and duolingo got me through. i’m sitting at 61% fluent (according to duolingo), and i accidentally use french words in english conversation from time to time. i’m pleased with my progress so far, and can’t wait to be actually fluent some day.
  9. ✖️knit: maybe i did this one, maybe not. i dunno, i definitely didn’t do one every month, but i did make a lot of things. i just didn’t really keep track, so i don’t feel comfortable marking it as complete.
  10. ✖️home improvement: kind of the same as the knit goal– i did alot! sometimes 3 things a month, sometimes zero. so i don’t know if it averaged out sufficiently.

so i scored a 6 out of 10, and that’s better than any of my highschool grades. i still got a diploma at the end of HS though, so i’m calling 2017 a success. i learned a lot about myself through the successes and the failures, and i learned to keep it simple for 2018.

this year’s resolutions have to compete with another, longer goal that i’ve been working towards. i’ve always been goal-oriented, but flighty. so i’m returning to my monthly resolutions this year to keep me focused on my larger goal, while experiencing smaller victories month to month.

this post is getting long and wordy, so i’ll post about my 2018 goals in a separate entry. i just really hate movies/books/conversations that don’t give me closure, and leave me asking questions that can’t be answered (Inception, i’m looking at you👀), and i didn’t want to do the same thing on my blog.

how about you guys? did anyone make it through 2017 with a completed resolution (or ten)?

January 12, 2018 at 16:46 Leave a comment

family night

one of my sisters mentioned to me today, that i haven’t blogged since june. oops! my plan in january, was to blog once a month. the goal was to enjoy blogging again, but honestly, having a monthly expectation did more harm than good. i don’t like expectations placed on my creativity! i’m already a busy girl, and setting up a blogging schedule for myself just made writing feel like work.

there are a few blog posts that i’ve written mentally however, and one in particular that i’ve really been wanting to get out of my head to share with you.


several years ago, when the midgets were still very midgety, and derek and i had been working with teenagers long enough to know that sometimes families co-exist without relationships, we decided to “someday” have a weekly family night.

the pace of life picked up, then sped up, then snowballed out of control. we started to co-exist. it was time to actually do family night. here’s how it’s done:

step one: look at your calendars and pick one of the very few nights in your week when you can all be together. if you don’t have one day out of seven where you can be a family, then i suggest that you reprioritize and shuffle. once you have a day– set it in stone. issue an edict. make it law. nobody makes plans on that night.

step two/three/four… whatever. there’s really only one step (that’s why step one is the hardest and most important!)

everything else is up to you. this is how we do family night:

tacos. every single thursday. haha. tacos are one of our favourite meals, and everyone looks forward to thursday nights just for the food. your family can pick whatever meal(s) you want- just make it something that you can look forward to.

alternate planning: we take turns being responsible for what we do on family night. it really doesn’t have to be extravagant. sometimes we watch a movie, sometimes board games. derek does these really elaborate family nights where he basically turns our house into an escape room. elliot’s a fan of popcorn and the animated star trek series. i seriously get afraid when it’s anne’s turn to plan family night!

we take turns planning because we’re all different! with each of us taking turns being in control, we gain more insight into what our fellow family members are really great at, and where they find joy.

that’s the basic recipe, friends! time+food+creative freedom.

i know that we’re all in different seasons of life. i’m sure that the time will come when the kids have jobs that don’t have flexible schedules, or something will come up and we’ll just get out of the routine. *shrug* that’s life! but for NOW, in THIS season, derek and i have the amazing privilege of getting to know these not-so-little humans on a deeper level, and i’m embracing family night for as long as i’m able to.

i encourage you to give it a shot! carving out time isn’t easy, but you will never ever regret doing it!

October 25, 2017 at 12:29 Leave a comment

thwip!

this spiderman doll here, is exactly why i retired from commissioned work a few years ago.  my creativity needs to be paired with spontaneity, or i feel overwhelmingly stifled. just some insights into my eccentric soul for you.

from the moment that some spiderman-loving friends of ours announced that they were expecting, my brain began drafting a pattern for this guy.  i thought i’d share some of the creative process with you guys, because although i don’t take orders anymore, i still love sharing! 

my go-to for almost any of the superhero toys that i’ve made, is this base pattern here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403946.0.   

step one- print it out, including the picture. especially the picture. (forgive the roughness of this photo- i abuse my tools.)  

once i have the printed photo, i VERY LIGHTLY colour over the pattern, developing the character design. feel free to reference google!  one of the many reasons that i love this pattern, is because of the stitch definition in the photo. once i have the design in place, i can transfer the drawn design into the written pattern quite easily.  if round one is coloured red in my photo, round one is made with red yarn on my hook.

once the body is complete, and i’m ready to move on to the details, i really turn into the swedish chef from the muppets. i throw together a bit of this craft, a bit of that,  and there’s no real planning involved- it’s a creative frenzy.  enjoy it!

it’s important to be mindful of the recipient of your product.  this toy was going to a baby, so i needed to make sure all design elements were secure and would survive chewing, drooling, and freqent trips into the washing mashine.  i had also put the doll through full wash & dry cycles prior to assembly, for that reason. 

so, details: the chest spider was needle felted on. the eyes were made of felt, then sewn onto the body. the face-line things (what are those called?) were a combination of sewing and needle felting.  you can see in my original sketch, the lines on spidey’s face are black, but in the finished product i went with red.  again, keeping in mind the recipient– with the black lines the doll looked “cool”, but a little fierce. the finished product also looked a little top-heavy,  so i ripped off the black lines and tried again with a more subtle approach. 

the finished product was well-received, and i’m loving watching it unexpectedly pop up in instagram photos of my current favourite baby.   

obviously this is not a “beginner” technique, but i’m hoping that an intermediate crocheter would read my words and think “i can do that!”

here are some of the other amigurumi that i’ve made from this basic pattern, using the same technique.

June 6, 2017 at 16:43 Leave a comment

when life explodes

i’ve been working really diligently at pursuing my hearty list of new year’s resolutions, but the fact is- sometimes priorities HAVE to shift.  this post is about how i intend to have success in 2017, even after my world flipped upside down.

without giving too many personal details: my husband spent all of march sick, and almost all of april in the hospital. he’d been recovering at home since then, until a partial return to work this week.  

with each new phase of his illness, we have had to re-adjust what is “normal” in this house.  schedules have had to alter, and priorities have had to be down-graded.   the details are different in my story, but it’s a familiar scenario to most of us who set goals and try to keep them, no?  you’re in a groove, it’s great, then BOOM.

it’s okay to reprioritize. it’s the right thing to do when your goals are not as important as the moment you’re living in. i want to encourage you in this, because i believe it to be the difference between success and failure.  

my daily goals of practicing french, stretching & reading my bible did not fit with my new daily routine of biking to the hospital/home to feed the kids/back to the hospital.  the reality of life is that there are only 24 hours in every single day, and we are accountable for how we use them.  instead, i climbed 8 flights of stairs rather than using the elevator. i listened to french podcasts while cleaning the house once vising hours were over.  i read my bible more, desperately clinging to My Anchor in this storm. 

life is not static, and our goals and schedules must flex with it.  if you’ve been working on a new year’s resolution and were surprised with roadblocks as well- i encourage you to remember that the real goal is still exactly where it was when you started; it’s not too late to pursue it.

May 19, 2017 at 10:25 2 comments

2 minute toothpaste

this morning i saw a kitchen tip for how to cook an egg with less fat: they used water. they POACHED AN EGG and included it in a list of healthy life hacks.  i’m astounded. 

i also saw a DIY for night cream recently- something about blending 4 different drugstore lotions with petroleum jelly.  mmmm. *gigantic eye roll*

the internet has been a great source of helpful information as our culture strives to raise up a healthier generation.  sadly, the internet is also littered with… well, garbage. 
let me give you an actually real, and not new, and not expensive, and not time-sucking recipe for something that is legitimately  good for your body: toothpaste.

here are my daily potions:


sadly, today my toothpaste is empty. 

but hooray for you, because now you can make some along with me!   i’m not even joking- this can NOT take more than 2 minutes to make, and you likely have the ingredients at home.


ingredients:

  • 3Tbsp coconut oil (amazing for oral health: healthy gums, kills bad breath, whitens teeth, and my fave: improved sensitivity issues)
  • 2Tbsp baking soda (for the cleanest mouth feeling ever!)
  • 15 drops peppermint oil* 
  • 5 drops clove oil* 

i use a 4oz mason jar, you can use whatever container you’d like. so:

microwave the coconut oil for 30 seconds, or until it’s soft enough to stir.  add in the remaining ingredients, and mix it up. throw it in the fridge if you want to hurry the cool-down, but you don’t have to refrigerate the final product. i like to give it one final stir when it’s sort of semi-solid, and then it’s done.

*use any oil/flavourings that you’d like, but research the oral health benefits first. clove & peppermint are amazing for oral health, but so are spearmint, cinnamon, and myrrh. play around with your favourites!


i hope you give this a try!  i love it, derek loves it, and everyone that i’ve given a sample to, loves it.  your mouth will feel cleaner, look better, and be better.  i haven’t priced it out, but i’d be shocked if it even cost an entire dollar to make a 4oz jar.  

i could ramble on about my experience with ditching factory toothpaste, but it’s already taken you longer to read this post than it would to make the toothpaste. enjoy, and let me know what you think!

March 25, 2017 at 15:25 1 comment

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