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DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

 

I really value the art of DIY. It is something that makes me happy especially when it comes to beauty products. Maybe it is just me but I feel like DIY beauty products seem more luxurious when you put the time and effort to make them your own. The more natural the product the better I feel they work and the better I feel about using them. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t mess up the recipe or find one that isn’t so spectacular but with anything DIY it is mainly trial and error. The same can be said for products you purchase in a store as well. At least when you make them yourself you know exactly what goes into your beauty product and how much. That isn’t always the case for store bought items.

Ingredients:

Sea Salt (any kind you have ready to use)
Organic Essential Oils (any scent or scents of your choice )
Oil (any oil except baby oil)

Directions:

1. Find a clean jar that is easy to scoop the scrub out of but that won’t leak and can be opened quickly in the shower. I would suggest using a plastic container as this does have oil and you are in the shower so a glass jar may be risky. Plastic has its disadvantages too. A plastic jar will absorb any essential oils you add into the scrub, and that means that you can never use the jar in any other purpose.
2. Choose a salt to use. Almost any kind can work for example; sea salt, Epsom salt, kosher salt, or table salt which is usually the cheapest. Table salt tends to have smaller granules, which means you don’t have to break up big salt clumps. Epsom salt has relaxing properties, while sea salt is often used in bath salts. You can also mix salts to have different textures in your scrub. When you have found a salt or salts that you like, fill about half of your container with it. I used sea salt because I had a huge container of it that I am sure I would never have used.
3. Pick an oil to mix with the salt. Almost any kind will do just not baby oil as it does not absorb into the skin. I had a few different kinds at home so I mixed olive oil with a small amount of coconut oil. Coconut is a favorite scent of mine and I considered not even using essential oils but being that I have plenty of them it couldn’t hurt to use both. Coconut oil is very good for your skin as is olive oil so mixing the both I thought might work very well and smell delish. I also added some honey to this mixture which is also supposed to be great for your skin but it isn’t a must.
4. Fill the jar with oil until the oil covers the salt. Make sure the oil gets on to all of the salt. I poured some oil in then shook around the salt and continued until the oil looked like it had covered all of the salt in the container. You can use a utensil such as a spoon or spatula to mix your oil and salt together as well if you like.
5. Add a few drops of essential oils into the mixture. Some popular scents used in many store bought scrubs are lavender (relaxing), peppermint (energizing), orange, lime/lemon, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla. Or you can try extracts, like vanilla, almond, peppermint and coconut. Stir the salt scrub after you put add the essential oil.
6. Use your salt scrub on particularly dry areas of your body. The scrub works especially well on hands and feet too. I use loofah gloves for my body and pumice for my feet. I put the salt scrub on the pumice and scrub my feet with that which removes the dead skin just as well as any pedi place does. If your skin feels a bit oily, you can wash it off with some soap or body wash, but it is not necessary because usually the skin would absorb all the oil depending on how much you added to your scrub. Your skin should feel soft, moisturized, and exfoliated. You don’t have to but for added moisture I lotion my body after I dry off to make sure I am fully moisturized.

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

 

 

I just found this on Facebook from one of my friends and I think it is an amazing idea!! This is so simple and a great way to reuse citrus rinds instead of just throwing them out, you can also use the rinds as extra exfoliant in body butters, washes and scrubs! This is a simple and quick way to freshen up your home with ingredients you already have at home! No more having to go out and spend money on sprays, candles or other expensive fresheners. I cannot wait to try this!

Supplies:

Citrus Fruit (orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit)
Organic Olive Oil
(olive, vegetable, olive, coconut, avo, whatever you have at home)
Essential Oil (if you want to mix scents and get fancy)

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit in half.
2. Cut out the fruit but leave the core center attached.
3. Pour oil in to the cored out fruit.
4. Add any other essential oils or even bits of the fruit in to the oil.
5. Light the stem and it will burn for hours.

Make Your Own Super Cool Book Covers

DIY FABRIC BOOK COVER

DIY FABRIC BOOK COVER

 

Back to school season is here and one of my favorite parts of school supplies was definitely book covers. I know many of us have fabric laying around that we hate to part with but have no use for. Now you do! I can’t believe I have never thought about doing this before! You can also totally personalize the covers when you are done and who knows this might make your kids want to crack open their text books! I found this fun project that is great for students or just DIY-ers like myself right here. There are plenty of photos to help you along the way if you get confused.

Supplies:
Books
fabric
glue gun
scissors
butter knife
spray adhesive

Any bows, buttons, ribbons, odds and ends you have been needing something to do with to jazz up your book covers.

Directions:
1. Iron the fabric you intend to use.
2. If the book has a jacket take it off and put it in a safe place.
3. When cutting the fabric make sure to leave about 1-2 inches of overhang all the way around the book.
4. Make sure to cover the surface you are working on with something you don’t mind getting sticky. Spray adhesive is an evil substance akin to Aquanet times infinity!
5. Spray the adhesive on the back book cover and spine. You don’t need too much as a little goes a long way and that stuff really is sticky.
6. Turn the book over, position it on the fabric how you want it, press down, turn it over so the back is now facing you, and smooth it out with your hand.
7. Do the same for the front cover.
8. Cut 2 slits on the spine so that you can fold them over into the spine (to be explained later)
9. Add some glue along the longer edge of fabric where it will meet up with the book. Do not go completely to the edges of the fabric. Fold over onto the inside cover to hid the edges.
10. Put a dab of glue where the fabric meets on the corner. Press the fabric together and hold for a few seconds.
11. Run some glue along the edge of the fabric and make sure to secure the fabric to the inside of the cover.
12. Fold the outer corners in a little bit and glue them into place.
13. For the spine cut the fabric to 1/2 inch to make sure enough is there to fold over.
14. Get a butter knife and use it to fold the piece of fabric into the spine. You can use a little dab of glue to secure the fabric if you want.
15. Once the cover is finished and set to dry for a little bit you are free to finish decorating the book anyway you want! Use your imagination and have fun with it!.

Back to School 2013 Save Your Green

JuiceBeauty.com FREE SHIPPING

 

Back to school season is here already can you believe it! Time just flies and I feel like summer only just got here. I am not at all ready for fall no matter how much I love it. I am ready however to save you money on your fave green stuff for back to school! There is no reason to pay full price for items that you have to purchase. As always if you can reuse or recycle anything you have from last year I say go for it but that is not always a possibility so here are some great deals and discounts I have found from some great ethical stores!

Save 35% on Glob – Paint Set at GreenCupboards! Offer ends 8.18.2013.

Save $10 off $50 in our back-to-school category at GreenCupboards! Offer ends 9.15.2013.

Eco-Friendly Products on sale!! Just in time for Back to School!

Receive 10% OFF all lunchbox orders with code LUNCHBOX2013. Code Expires 9/30/2013

Take an Additional 10% off Eco-Friendly Furniture

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ethicalDeal.com

Sale On Fair Trade iPad Cases – Over 15% Off

Vegan Soaps and bath products at LUSH.

Save 20% on All Trilogy Rosehip Oil PLUS Great Free Gift

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Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49 with code SUMMER2013! Coupon only valid for UPS Ground Shipping. Coupon does not include furniture, over-sized items and orders shipping outside of the contiguous 48 United States.

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FREE shipping when you spend $100 from Coyuchi.com. Use coupon code: Organic100

Mandrill Candle Holder Give Away

Mandrill Ceramic Candleholder

Mandrill Ceramic Candleholder

 

 

It has been a long time since I have had a contest so I figured now is an excellent time to get back on the ball. I found these super cute Mandrill Candle Holders quite some time ago and think they are a great addition to any ones home. The artist, Putu Oka Mahendra makes his art in memory of his mother. He has this set of candle holders and other beautiful home decor items as well. I like Putu’s style and artistry. I think many of you would enjoy his style which is why I have decided to give away a set of his Mandrill Candle Holders. I have also given you some interesting information on what exactly a mandrill is because they are not only interesting they are kind of really cute to boot! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!!

The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is a primate of the Old World monkey (Cercopithecidae) family, closely related to the baboons and even more closely to the drill. It is found in southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. Mandrills mostly live in tropical rainforests and forest-savanna mosaics. They live in groups called hordes. Mandrills have an omnivorous diet consisting mostly of fruits and insects. Their mating season takes place from June to October.Both the mandrill and the drill were once classified as baboons in genus Papio, but recent research has determined they should be separated into their own genus, Mandrillus. The mandrill is the world’s largest species of monkey. Charles Darwin wrote in The Descent of Man that “no other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrills.” The mandrill is classified as vulnerable by IUCN. The mandrill is the most colorful primate. It has an olive green or dark grey pelage with yellow and black bands and a white belly. Its hairless face has an elongated muzzle with distinctive characteristics such as a red stripe down the middle and protruding blue ridges on the sides. It also has red nostrils and lips, a yellow beard and white tuffs. The areas around the genitals and the anus are multi-colored, being colored red, pink, blue, scarlet, and purple. They also have pale pink ischial callosities. The coloration of the animal is more pronounced in dominant adult males. Both sexes have chest glands which are used in olfactory communication.

To enter the contest all you have to do is comment below with what kind of animal you think is interesting enough in real life to be made into a piece of home decor for your your home and why! The contest ends August 31st! I will announce the winner via Facebook so make sure you are a Fan or you will miss out. As per my usual contest rules the winner has 48 hours to contact me with their contact information so that I can ship them their candle holders.   If I don’t hear from the winner in 48 hours I will choose a new winner right away.  You don’t want to miss out on this great contest! Free shipping in the US only.  International shipping fees apply. 

Pint Sized Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

Pint Sized Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

Pint Sized Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

 

Pizza is one food I can eat probably forever. I personally change it up so much that it never gets boring to me. The fact that it can be so carby/greasy/fatty is one of the best and worst parts about it. What can I say I am a New Yorker who loves her pizza and I rest my case! Luckily for me I share an equally impressive love of veggies so when smushing both ideas together to make me a less squishy version of myself when enjoying many a delish pizza I say let’s go for it! I am actually really excited to try this. Cauliflower is super delish! I have made “mashed taters” out of them and a few other potato substitute recipes. A pizza crust is almost like a new frontier.  I found this recipe on one of my favorite food sites Tablespoon.com

 

Ingredients:

1 large head organic cauliflower (about 4 cups shredded)
2 large eggs
3 cups shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon dried organic oregano
1 teaspoon dried organic basil
2 teaspoons organic garlic powder
1 cup pizza sauce
12 fresh organic basil leaves
1 organic tomato, sliced into 12 rounds
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1 Using a grater or a food processor to shred cauliflower into crumbles. Reserve 4 cups of the crumbles and store the remainder, if any, in the fridge or freezer for future pizzas.
2 Cook cauliflower in microwave for 8 minutes then allow to cool 10 minutes.
3 Add eggs, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil and garlic powder and stir to combine.
4 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
5 Lightly grease 2 baking sheets (or pizza pans); divide mixture into 12 balls. Place balls on sheets and pat each into a thin round about 4 inches wide. Bake in oven 15 minutes until golden brown (the edges might be charred; this is OK).
6 Remove sheets from oven and heat broiler. Top each mini crust with pizza sauce, basil leaves, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and tomato slices.
7 Broil pizzas until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool.

**You can add any veggies or cheese you like to these pizzas. Don’t be afraid to experiment! I bet they would be good for breakfast instead of toast or potatoes also!!

How To Build A Fairy House….Yes Please!

How To Build A Fairy House

How To Build A Fairy House

 

 

 

I wanted to find the funnest (for me) summer activity ever and I am almost positive I have done it. I am not sure if you can get a greener, more nature-esque activity that is any cooler in my book. I found this outstanding idea from a website called How To Build Fairy Houses. This activity can really be done any way you like. How fun would this be for a party or a school project? I think this idea can be used for many an educational reason but also for family time.  The materials are all from nature and as long as you are respectful of the surrounding plants and animals as well as the materials you collect/use you really can’t go wrong. Different areas will offer different options as will different seasons which make this project kind of really fun. Here is a list of materials that can be used:

Sticks
Rocks
Grass
Moss
Feathers
Seaweed
Seashells
Nuts
Pinecones
Acorns

Location:

Fairy Houses can be designed anyway you want. You can let your imagination go wild or use a design you have already seen. Find a quiet place away from roads or busy pathways. The base of a tree or the side of a rock are great places to build. Try to keep the house close to the ground to help keep the house stable and so a floor doesn’t have to be built. Sometimes you may find a special place in the low branches of a tree or bush if you are lucky.
Look for building areas in woods, beaches, meadows, and especially your own backyard! Use only natural materials to build the house. Try not to use anything artificial as it ruins the look and spirit of the fairy house idea. The idea of a fairy house is to look so natural that it is almost hidden. You never know what may choose to live in there! You could be helping a poor displaced animal or fairy who will forever be grateful.

Rules:

Be respectful of ALL living things in the surrounding building areas. Destroying nature to create your fairy house is not what a fairy would want and definitely not something nature would appreciate. Try not to disturb plants that are still living, such as ferns, mosses and flowers. Fairies are careful not to harm anything that is growing.

Have you ever built a fairy house?  If so let me know! I would love to see what you made and hear about how it happened.  If you haven’t here are some other books I found that also show you how to build fairy houses:

Fairy House Handbook

Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden

The Earth Is My Patient

The Earth Is My Patient

The Earth Is My Patient

 

 

The Earth Is My Patient has gotten rave reviews from its readers and fans of Mr. Arieti alike! Most readers I feel have a difficult time with informative books if it isn’t a part of their profession or schooling.  I find that when an author can use humor to engage their readers people generally have a better understanding of the points being presented.  Although I have yet to read this book, the reviews of it say that the humorous spin put on the very well researched and illustrated points make The Earth Is My Patient a very enjoyable read.

Description: The Earth Is My Patient
is a brilliantly conceived book about the real causes of environmental pollution and their solutions. Many of the ideas in his book are based on Mr. Arieti’s own experience and knowledge. Written in both a serious and tongue and cheek manner this book is guaranteed to make the reader more aware of his/her environment as well as make him think. This is a must read for politicians, men, women and children who want to see a cleaner earth and a bright future. Mr. Arieti correctly assumes that if the environment goes, we all will go.

About the Author: David Arieti has been an environmentalist for over 30 years. Mr.Arieti graduated from the University of Denver in 1967 with a degree in Science. He also received an MS degree in Marine Science from Long Island University (LIU). Since graduating from LIU, Mr. Arieti was the research director of the Baltimore Environmental Center working on hazardous waste issues, did environmental research on both the Hudson River and Chesapeake Bay, consulted on environmental issues as well as lecturing, and as an adjunct professor in various colleges in the Chicago area where he is now.

Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2013

 

Happy Earth Day Greenies!!!! It is the 43rd annual Earth Day and we should all be celebrating. Not with a party or making a mess but with intelligence. Today make sure you let everyone you come across know what day it is. Try to learn something new about how you can help our world be a better place. Everyone, including this Beagle right here can give you all of the tips and ideas on how to make your Earth Day/everyday greener and more Earth friendly but the only real answer to helping is education. Today to celebrate you should try to show someone who generally doesn’t know about or care about the holiday why it is so important. Even if you can convince them to make one tiny change in their life that is more than enough.

Also make a point of educating yourself. Learn something new about being greener and try to implement that in your daily routine.  All of the fun activities and books and green purchases are great but if you aren’t keeping yourself educated what is the point.  It is easy to forget or be complacent especially when you see others not making an effort.  Ideally we should consider everyday Earth Day but on days like today we should make a point of letting our green show!  Make a point today of letting people know what day it is and share even the smallest tid bit of greenness with them.  Sharing is caring!!!

DIY Organic Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

 

 

I have just run out of body butter. This annoys me to no end and lately I have been annoyed at the prices of good quality body butters as well. I like my skin to be smoothed and moisturized just like everyone else but I don’t appreciate paying an arm and a leg for good ingredients. I am not sure why it didn’t occur to me to make my own as I have made plenty of other beauty products. I have almost all of these items at home with the exception of the raw shea butter. I have looked at a bunch of recipes for body butter so below is a compilation of a few I liked best. If you make your own you can customize the scents and as you get better at it you can add other ingredients specific to your skin type. A little goes a long way with making your own so even if the ingredients may be a little costly you can make much more than what you would purchase at a store.

Ingredients:
1 cup Organic Raw Shea Butter
½ cup Organic coconut oil
½ cup Organic almond oil
Several drops essential oils like these Organic Pure Essential Oils Set (a few drops goes a long way so be careful) *Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.
Glass or plastic jar or canister to put the butter in.

Instructions:
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
3. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.
4. Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill for 20 minutes.
5. Whip until the mixture has a buttery looking consistency.
6. Put in canister or jar.

Tips:
You can use what ever oils you prefer if you have allergies or preferences, just make sure you keep the ratio recipe ratio is 75% solid to 25% liquid.
The chilling step is the most important. If you don’t let the mixture cool properly, your butter won’t whip correctly or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer for this recipe works best. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.