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Simple, Small Batch Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe | Holiday Craft

Looking for an easy, DIY stocking stuffer? Try this simple, small batch peppermint lip balm that you can do in less than an hour and make a whole classroom full if you needed to! This peppermint lip balm recipe makes 14 full tubes so multiply it out as necessary if making for a large crowd. It has a few more ingredients than my lavender orange lip balm but is still an easy, inexpensive DIY craft using essential oil.

small batch peppermint lip balm

How to Make Peppermint Lip Balm:

Gather the following supplies in your work area. This moves very quickly so you need everything at your fingertips.

peppermint lip balm ingredients

Melt 1/4 cup Coconut Oil and 2 TBSP plus 1 TSP of the beeswax pellets together over very low heat.

melting beeswax and coconut oil for lavender orange lip balm

Remove from heat. Stir in 15-20 drops of Peppermint depending on how strong you want it. Personally I think 18 is perfect. Poke a hole in the Vitamin E tablet and squeeze contents into mixture. Add 1/4 teaspoon honey or agave nectar. This can turn your mixture into a deeper amber color but it sets up well. Stir well-if you don’t get the honey mixed in well you can create this odd amber pockets that turn into liquid quickly in the tube.

Line up your tubes (or rubber band them together in a tight circle) and fill to to just below the top using pipette to handle liquid. Be careful. It is VERY hot. Remember to work very quickly. This cools and solidifies pretty quick.

peppermint lip balm tubes

Let cool for 2-3 hours and place lids on. * I didn’t count this in the hour the project takes. Go put your feet up!

Decorate with tape if desired.  I personally liked the Scotch Expressions Packing Tape because it was just the right size for the tube without the cap. I bought mine at Target but I have seen it at Walmart and Micheal’s as well.

holiday decorated lip balm tubes

 *this post contains affiliates links to the products I bought on Amazon. 

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How To Get a Young Living Discount | Essential Oil Sales

So, everyone you know is into Essential Oils. You’ve seen all the pictures of skin looking younger, warts disappearing, age spots fading. You’ve heard all the remarkable stories about kids falling asleep peacefully, husbands that stop snoring and moms that are able to handle the stress of it all better because of these miraculous oils. And you’ve heard all of this from actual, real life friends on Facebook. People you know and love that aren’t trying to sell you something crazy. You’ve thought,  “OK, I will try it. I can’t hurt.” Until you look up the prices. And then, let’s face it, you likely wondered out loud to yourself “Are these people crazy? This isn’t liquid gold people!“. and I would have to agree with you on some level. Essential Oils ARE expensive. That’s why I am glad that I am able to use my Young Living discount to feed my obsession.

My whole story of how I got involved with Essential Oils was because my son loves horses. You know what else loves horses? Biting fly’s and mosquitoes. It seems they also liked us since every time we left the barn we were covered in bites that turned to welts. I was so miserable from these welts that I posted a picture of them on Facebook and asked for suggestions on how to avoid a summer of this. A friend that happens to sell Young Living sent me a bottle of Purification Oil. I dropped some on that night and by the morning the welts were down to manageable bites. Within 24 hours of use, they were gone.

My friend suggested I make my own bug spray using essential oils. I thought she was crazy, but I had success with the Purification so I was willing to try it. I hated covering our family in DEET products. The thought of spraying it and it getting in our lungs each time made me sick. In order to get the 3 oils I needed for the bug spray I decided to help my friend out and purchase a starter kit. I really did think of it as doing her a favor to repay the Purification she sent me. Turns out she was the one doing me the favor. The kit came with 11 oils and a diffuser. I had no idea what a diffuser was but it was fun to play with. 3 nights in I was one of those nutty people posting on FB about how we could finally sleep. This thing made a HUGE difference.

young living discountBuying my kit made me a “Distributor” which gave me access to buying oils at 24% off the retail price. That was good because I have NO PLANS to sell anything. I was however buying a ton and the more I bought, the more I shared, the more people wanted to buy them from me. I was selling it and didn’t really mean to. But the money was nice and having this account allowed me to get points back towards more oils and several free ones a month. I still don’t have any great plans to sell them but I am happy to pass on how you can get your kit and own account to start ordering at 24% off.

If you have been looking to get into the oils the best way is to start with the Premium Starter Kit for $150. This buys you the diffuser and 11 oils! That’s huge when you break it out. At retail its double that price and some of the oils you can only get exclusively in kits.

Young Living Discount:

Young Living Premium Starter Kit Sale

Young Living Diffuser Recipes:

Here are some ideas to on how to use your diffuser and oils from the kit.

young living discount - diffuser recipes

How To Get a Young Living Discount-

Steps to get your kit and open your account.

Young Living just upgraded their website so this is a new link. It seems to work very smoothly from a computer (apple/pc) but might get tricky from a tablet or mobile. I recommend you bring up this message on your mobile phone, but conduct the sign-up process from a computer.

1. Click on the link attached to this message. https://beta.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?site=US&sponsorid=1926067&enrollerid=1926067

2. The Blue “Member” box should be checked, not “Retail Customer.” (Members get 24% discount on all future purchases. Retail customers do not.)

3. My member number (1926067) should appear in the blanks that say SPONSOR ID and ENROLLER ID. If it does not, please enter it in manually.

4. Select UNITED STATES, then ENGLISH (UNITED STATES) and then click NEXT.
5. Fill out the Sign-in information, writing down your pin, username and password when you choose it. You’ll need these in the future to log into your account, speak with Customer Service or communicate via Live Chat.

6. Complete Tax information. Your SS# is requested for legal purposes, so that you have the ability to sign others up for kits (Young Living is a referral based business). If you never sign anyone up, your SS# will never be used. I don’t see this information at all. Young Living has been in business 20 years and this is part of the wholesale account for everyone.

7. Select “Premium Starter Kit.” This is the one with the Everyday Oils Kit and diffuser. The other kit options do not include the oils kit. If you want the Home Diffuser it will be $150. The Bamboo Diffuser, which is a different design and reaches slightly farther, is $160. While I prefer the design of the Bamboo Diffuser, you will be equally happy with either one.

7. Consider enrolling in Essential Rewards, Young Living’s loyalty program. Earn 10-20% back on your purchases, which can be redeemed at any time. Get reduced standard shipping (currently $8.99, no matter how large your order is). You commit to 50 PV per month (basically $50 of oils or other products), You can change your order as many times as you would like each month, skip a month, and cancel at any time without penalty. It is a pretty cool way to if you think essential oils will continue to be a part of your improved health and wellness. Essential Rewards is not required. You can enroll in it at any time if you wish.

If you have any problems leave me a comment with your email address and I will help you out.

And for those of you who are dying for help with yucky mosquitoes like I was. Here is the recipe. We used this all summer, never got bit again, and it smells really good. All the oils you need are in the Premium Starter Kit.

Young Living Essential Oil Bug Spray

essential oil bug spray

 

 

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It’s Tough Not To Like the Kyocera Brigadier

Can your iPhone 6 do that?

It’s OK to admit the answer you are looking for is, UM, NO? Admit it, you probably just winced a bit when I dropped it. It’s the stuff tech lovers nightmares are made of. We pay more money for the Otterboxes to protect our precious phones than the phone itself it seems like these days. But, Kyocera and Bear Grylls would like to put to an end to the daily terror of the dreaded “phone drop”. They have accomplished that goal with this tough little phone my guys are fighting over, the Kyocera Brigadier Verizon sent us to test out. Oh, and by the way….the phone came up with a tiny chip in the plastic casing of the phone, about the size of a pin head in the above video. The phone itself was unscathed.

While the main feature of this phone is pretty obvious: IT’S TOUGHER THAN A HONEY BADGER….There are a few other things that make this a favorite in this house:

  • Street noise is cancelled out. This has been really useful for my husband making calls while downtown.
  • It’s got a heavy, sturdy feel and you’re not afraid if it takes a tumble.
  • Built in flashlight means not having to use a third party app.
  • The altitude detector has been great while hiking around Denver.

Who is the phone good for? I would think it would make a great phone for tweens/teens that seem to drop everything. Business men who tend to drop their phones at the beginning of every trip *cough*. Busy moms and really, anyone who lives in Colorado! It’s an active phone that isn’t afraid to live life with you!

*Disclosure: I was sent the Kyocera Brigadier as part of my participation in the #VZWBuzz Verizon Social Media Team  

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Halloween Bar Accessories & 20% Off Gordmans Coupon

Everyone knows we go all out for Halloween at this house. Last year I shared how we decorate the outside of the house and use technology side effects to scare little children. This year I thought I would share the inside of the house and how, while you are tricking the kids outside, you can treat the kids inside. Click the picture below to see ideas for stepping up the tricks outside.

creepy halloween decorations collage

This year, inside, we are going for anything but scary. We are setting up treats inside with these Halloween bar accessories for the grownups with things I found at Gordmans.

halloween bar accessories

I finally found the perfect cauldron and I am going to whip up a batch of easy Chicken Chili from my latest Wildtree Frozen Meal Workshop to put in it. This does have a pumpkin cutout on the other side but it is the perfect size for holding my whole crockpot insert and just turning it around. PS-I love, love, love the green creepy hand in the above picture and it was on sale for $2.99!!

Slow Cooker Chicken Chilislow cooker chicken chili

1-1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
15 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
15 oz can white beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp Wildtree Adobo Seasoning Blend
1 bag Wildtree Creamy Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix
4 oz can diced green chilies (optional)
1 Tbsp hot sauce (optional)

At Cooking Time:
8 oz package cream cheese, cubed cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Mix all ingredients into freezer bag. Remove air, seal & attach label. Double bag and freeze. Thaw bag in fridge. Place contents of bag in slow cooker. Cook covered on low 6-8 hours or on high 4 hours. Shred chicken by pulling apart with two forks & add cream cheese. Combine with cream cheese in slow cooker. Cook an additional 30 minutes on high. Stir to combine. Top with cilantro, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips, rice (serve chili on top), or corn bread.

I plan to use the decorations above interspersed throughout wine bottles that I have decorated like this blogger has:



Looking to up your inside Halloween Game this year and provide some treats to grown-ups too? I have an awesome 20% off any single item coupon at Gordmans to share with you. Just print it out and do some spooky shopping of your own!

November Gordmans Coupon

Disclosure: I was compensated to shop & share my awesome finds by Gordmans for this post.

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How to Promote Your Blog Giveaway

Running a fabulous giveaway and need some help promoting? Here is a list of free places you can submit your blog link put together by Sarah at Moose and Tater and myself . The list is ordered by day of the week and is checked often to make sure the information remains current. If you find an error in any of the links, or a linky stops participating just leave me a comment and I will fix it.

how to promote blog giveaway

If you would like to learn how to promote your blog giveaway the simplest way is to follow each of these links on the given day and add your link to their list. Make sure your title includes what the prize is, who it is open to and the end date. For example- Vitamix Blender System, US & CAN, Ends 10/20/14.  After you have entered a few you will find that the system recognizes you and filling out each form just takes seconds. If you are having a hard time seeing this list, make sure you are signed into Google.

If you would like to submit a giveaway linky for consideration in this list, please leave me a comment with the day the linky is published and also the URL to the linky.

 

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