Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

This pumpkin spice lip balm recipe is an easy fall craft project. The small batch recipe is a perfect DIY using cinnamon, nutmeg and clove essential oils.

#PumpkinSpiceEverything Fever has hit but to be honest I would rather this Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm hit my lips. It's all natural, leaves my lips smooth and glossy and has a cool tingling (slightly plumping) effect that I am addicted to....best yet? Almost zero calories. Beat that Starbucks.Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm IngredientsThis list contains affiliate links3 tsp beeswax pastilles 2 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp cocoa butter-I eyed a chunk that fit just about right in the tsp 2 tsp pumpkin seed oil 4 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil  (click here to get a Young Living Discount) 2 drops Clove Essential Oil 2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil 6 lip balm tubes Pippette (glass or long plastic-I personally prefer the plastic because the glass is hard to clean but the glass is safest)Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm Directions If you have NEVER made lip balm before please read through a few lip balm tutorials to become familiar with the process.Melt the following in a double boiler. For this project I made a double boiler effect by setting a Pyrex measuring cup in a saucepan filled with a few inches of slowly boiling water.beeswax coconut oil cocoa butter pumpkin ...

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How To Make Soap For Kids

Super easy way to learn how to make soap for kids. My kids would love these fun colors and monster mold shapes.

Learning how to make soap for kids is easy. This fun little project is perfect for back to school with all those grimey hands making their way back home. The whole project should take you less than 30 minutes. Just think how much fun they would have using these little soap monsters!Learn How To Make Soap For Kids: Supplies NeededDisclosure: the following list contains affiliate links. In addition, I am a Young Living Distributor.  Fun, silicone mold. There are so many great shapes out there now. You can easily adapt all the cake pop ones as well. I bought this Monster Mold on Amazon. Soap Colorant-loved these neon colors. Olive Oil Soap Base-if you don't order this one make sure you use a see through base. Thieves Essential Oil- You can buy Young Living at retail cost or sign up to be a wholesale member and save money on Young Living-24% off! (pssst---there are some cool slides on that last link that talk about all the individual oils in the kit and how they can benefit your family like this one)How to Make Soap For Kids: Step by StepCut 4 cubes off Olive Oils Soap Base. You will see they are pre-scored. Place in microwave safe ...

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Beyond The Comforter: Ideas To Furnish Your Kid’s College Dorm Room

Great list of must have college dorm room items. Do you have them all?

Sending your kid off to college this Fall? It's a scary and exciting time for all. Shopping online (especially using your Amazon Prime membership) for their college dorm room supplies can be a real life safer both now and once they start school.Before we get started make sure that you have renewed you Amazon Prime membership. Not only will you get free, 2 day shipping on thousands of items, but you get unlimited Photo Storage (really useful for your student to backup their photos with through an app on their phone), Prime Instant Video (free movies for them to stream in their downtime), Kindle owners lending library and Prime Music. This membership is so useful it needs to be on everyone's college shopping list. HINT: Students get a free 6 month trial and 50% off their Prime membership.We are going beyond the comforter, sheets and towels in this list. For those things I would suggest Gordmans (click here for 20% off coupon), Target, Bed Bath and Beyond or Costco for towels and bath mats specifically.*Disclosure: Almost all links in this post are affiliate links.  College Dorm Room Must Haves: The little things that are often overlookedCommand Hooks and ...

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Listen To Your Gut

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It's been a while now since I have written any advice for special needs moms. A lot of that is because my boys are both more than old enough to read and process the things I write and I am sensitive to how they perceive things. But the one thing I know for sure (in the words of Oprah) is that a special needs mom (or ANY parent) HAS to follow their gut. Its the one thing that you were given that is more valuable than any doctor has or any medical book could ever teach.I learned when my youngest (born with spina bifida) was just 4 months old that doctors didn't know everything about him that I did. He needed a shunt (a device that drains extra fluid off the brain) surgery and they kept saying no. They were experimenting, seeing how far they could push the limits. I knew what he needed in my gut and one day that I will never forget I packed him up and demanded they admit him for the surgery. Everyone thought I was nuts. Turns out my little guy who could never open his hands came out of surgery with them open. Right there I got my power and knew if I did nothing else in all of this mess I knew I had to follow my gut.In his almost 17 years there have been thousands of times when ...

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Simple DIY Citrus Soap

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I love soap. I have a real thing for pretty, beautiful smelling bars of soap. I also hate lye and stay as far away from it as I can. If you are the same way, you will LOVE this DIY Citrus Soap recipe. It's so easy that a monkey with microwave could do it!DIY Citrus Soap Prep: Here are some things you should do a few days before planning to make (Amazon Affiliate Links below)Order Goats Milk Base in cubes Order silicone soap mold (look around for cute shapes if you want) Grate 1/2 cup citrus peel. I used lime, grapefruit, orange and lemon. I found that zesting did not give me big enough chunks to make the soap look pretty. Leave on a cookie tray lined with parchment to air dry for 1-2 days.DIY Citrus Soap Ingredients:14 cubes of Goats Milk Base (link above) 5 drops of Citrus Fresh Essential Oil (you can buy Young Living oils here) 1/2 cup dried, grated citrus peelsDIY Citrus Soap Directions:Place cubes in glass bowl. I use a Pyrex measuring bowl. Melt in microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Once fully melted, stir in grated citrus peels and add 5 drops (do more or less depending on how strong you want it-5 gives it a light ...

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