June 17, 2014

Life happens

I know it has been a long time since I posted anything on this blog, but a lot has happened since my last post. After we moved into our new home we have slowly been making small improvements and planting planting planting. When we moved into this house the yard was pretty bare. Since then we have added garden boxes, berry bushes and vines. Planted an herb patch and continue to add more each week. We have been harvesting as the greens become ready and loving every minute.

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Through all of this I was still working part time until a week ago. I finally quit my job and am trying to focus on my family, home, blog and store. I am excited to be able to have the energy to tackle these tasks without feeling crazy but it has not been an easy start. All last week my almost three year old would not sleep through the night. That Thursday we discovered our roof was leaking at one of the vents. Thankfully it is something we can fix and it was not leaking in a bedroom or main living area. We know that it could have been so much worse. So needless to say we have not gotten much sleep lately but we keep pushing on. Meditating has been helpful.

In an attempt to bring some normalcy back into my life and get back into the projects I love, I attempted making homemade lip balm.  I did not want to buy new containers so I just used some old tins and plastic containers that were on the way to the recycle bin. You could also just pour into a small glass jar. Here is how it turned out!

You will need:
1/4 C Coconut Oil
3 T Bees Wax
2 Gel capsules of oil (Fish, Flax, Sun Flower, Vitamin E, etc.)
4-8 drops of Essential Oil of choice.

Heat wax and coconut oil in a small sauce pan on low heat. You can do this in the microwave but start with the bees wax as the melting point is higher than the coconut oil. Once melted, add the oil from the gel caps and essential oil. I used a blend of Mint and Lavender oil. Stir all together then pour into container  or tin. Let solidify and you are ready to use or give as a gift.

So far I love it. It is soft, smells good and I know exactly what is in it.  If you try this recipe please let me know how you like it. Thanks for reading!

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