Month of Manicures: September

What was on my nails this month.
Sinful Colors in Thimbleberry

Sinful Colors in Thimbleberry

OPI in No Room For The Blues & China Glaze (crackle) in Crushed Candy

OPI in No Room For The Blues & China Glaze (crackle) in Crushed Candy
Essie in No Place Like ChromeEssie in No Place Like Chrome

Sinful Colors in I Miss You over Essie No Place Like Chrome

Sinful Colors in I Miss You over Essie No Place Like Chrome

OPI I Ate Berries In The Canaries and Sinful Colors in Nail Junkie Accent

OPI I Ate Berries In The Canaries and Sinful Colors in Nail Junkie Accent

Sally Hansen in Raspberry Race

Sally Hansen in Raspberry Race

China Glaze in Wicked Style

China Glaze in Wicked Style

How To: All Natural Disinfecting Spray

Natural Disinfecting SprayI use my reusable cleaning wipes a lot, but when it comes up on my schedule that it is bathroom cleaning day or time to deep clean the kitchen I opt to use this homemade disinfecting spray let it sit for a bit and wipe it up. Of course, I use a clean rag instead of paper towels to keep it green.

Directions and Ingredients

1. 2 cups water

2. 4 tablespoons of white vinegar

3. 10 drops tea tree oil

4. 10 drops lemon oil

(I had lemon eucalyptus on hand, but usually use straight lemon)

Check-In: 26 Weeks

maternity. ootd, striped dress

Pictures can be deceiving. Today marks 26 weeks, and even with horizontal stripes my bump looks like it shrunk back to first trimester size. Physically, baby and I had a fairly rough end to last week. I had weird pain that felt like my stomach was being electrocuted on Thursday. Friday night I had two handfuls of contractions while on a Target shopping date night with my husband. However, starting Saturday I felt kind of normal again.

maternity. ootd, striped dress

 

Dress-Target, Shoes-Target, Necklace- Origami Owl

Origami Owl, living charm necklace, necklace, jewelryA few weeks ago I went to an Origami Owl party at a friends house. I had a great time, and walked away with this cute necklace. The charms on the inside are three birthstones for the kids (Lyla, Jazz, and Atticus) and a diamond ring for me and Nate. A little something for the whole family!

How To: Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent

Cloth Diaper Safe Laundry Detergent

I’ve mentioned before on here and on twitter, and via instagram that I cloth diaper Jazz. Today, I want to share how I save even more money on my diapering expenses by using a homemade laundry detergent. Since using this recipe I found from Fresh Idea Mama I have not had any issue with my cloth diapers (clothes for that matter too) coming out clean and fresh smelling. All I do is dump the ingredients into a large mouth mason jar, close the lid, shake it up, and use 1 tablespoon per cloth diaper load. I up it to 2 tablespoons for my regular laundry loads. You can add a few drops of essential oils if you would like. I use whatever I have on hand, but lately I’ve been loving lemony scents. I currently have a batch of laundry detergent with a lemon, eucalyptus scent. The mason jar I use for storage is large enough to make a double batch.

How To: Homemade Glass Cleaner

Homemade Glass Cleaner

I recently ran out of the glass cleaner I had been using. I decided I wanted to find a cheaper. homemade option. What I found is an easy to make recipe that works really well! I rinsed out and reused the previous comercial glass cleaner bottle, but this recipe doesn’t fill the bottle in case you want to use a smaller spray bottle. Pour all of the ingredients into the bottle and swirl it around before use.

How To: Tinted Lip Balm

DIY tinted lip balmDIY tinted lip balm

Awhile ago, I had made a batch of honey lip balm. I found a sale at Walgreens on some lipsticks that I liked the color of. The downside, was I didn’t love the formula. I decided instead of waisting all three tubes of lipstick I would melt them with my extra lip balm. Voila! Tinted lip balm that has good color, moisturizes, and protects. I don’t have pictures of making the original lip treatment, but I did snap a few pictures of adding the lipstick to it and my not so pretty final results.

Honey Tinted Lip Balm

These measurement are what I used to make my original batch, so you will have plenty. You can make a WHOLE LOT of tinted lip balms, or give away the plain treatment in little tins or tubes for gifts.

1/2 cup sweet almond oil

1/4 cup grated beeswax

1 tablespoon honey

1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, or in a microwave safe container. If you use the microwave use 30 second bursts.

2. Stir in sweet almond oil and honey to the beeswax.

3. Place your chunks of lipstick in small glass containers. Pour in a couple of table spoons of the lip treatment while it is still hot. Mash and stir each container, this will help melt the lipstick. Reheat if necessary.

4. Allow it to cool for minute, and pour into your tubes (or small tins).

5. Wait for it to set, and enjoy your new tinted lip balm.

DIY tinted lip balm

How To: Natural Body Lotion Bars

Natural Homemade Lotion Bars

Making your own all natural lotion bars is ridiculously easy. You only need a few simple ingredients.

Equal Parts

1. Coconut Oil

2. Sweet Almond Oil

3. Beeswax

4. Essential Oil (optional)

Directions

Step One- In a double boiler melt down the beeswax.

Step Two- After the beeswax is melted add in the sweet almond oil and coconut oil. Allow for it to warm up and melt the coconut oil.

Step Three- Pour it into a silicone mold. The silicone mold is the easiest to remove the bars from once they cool. You can also pour it into a small tin to throw in your purse.

To Use- Simply rub the bar over your skin. Your body heat melts the lotion. Your skin may feel oily at first, but it quickly absorbs into your skin. I love how silky my skin feels for hours and hours. These bars are also great at helping to heal rashes, eczema outbreaks, and many other skin issues.

Enjoy and let me know your opinion on this luxurious, moisturizing treat!