By Amy K
I never understand how a whole week goes by every time it is time for the blog hop! Seriously, time flies! This week was another hectic week with work, but luckily this weekend was super restful! Plus, there is warmer temperatures in our future. Yipee!!!
This week I shared…
We now have 5 hosts! That means when you link up to 1 blog your link show up on all 5 blogs! More opportunity for you to be seen! Party opens at 8:00pm CST Sunday Evenings! Let’s get our party on! But first a few rules….
▪ Link up your crafts, frugal finds, recipes, DIY projects, clothing, happenings around the house, homemaking…. anything made by you!
▪ The posts can be new or old! But please don’t link up the same project each week. It will be deleted.
▪ Make sure you link to a direct post not just your blog home page. It makes it easier for people to find your post!
▪ Link back to us… Grab a button or just put a little link at the bottom of your post!
▪ Visit other blogs linking up to the hop! Feel free to spread the love and tell your friends about our blog hop.
Some of my favorite posts from last week are….
By Amy K
We almost have one room complete! It’s only been uhhh 3.5 months.. Last weekend, Jordan came over to help me hang this gallery beautiful wall. It’s always nice to have an extra set of eyes and hands to help. Especially, if that friend is good at visualizing. AKA your “Jordan”. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room once its complete. and brag about my amazing couch! Now I just have to finish it
How to Create an Inexpensive Gallery Wall
Use items you already have: This easy gallery wall was created mostly with things I already had. Like the DIY Gold Leaf Heart Art, the painted K, most of the frames, and that random two colored square painting. Funny side note: people ask me if that painting is a mirror a lot. It is actually the canvas I used to pick out the colors for the living room ha. Using the two sample paints we picked out, I painted big squares of each side of the canvas. My hubby things it’s kind of weird so I may change it eventually.
Purchase small things on sale: The only items I bought recently was that small mustard mirror for $5 and a $5 frame from Hobby Lobby.
Collect items over time: I wanted a cohesive/simple theme to please my hubby, (he compromised with the “crazy” patterned rug, so I compromised with a simple gallery wall) and went with all black frames. I purchased most of my frames overtime on super clearance at Hobby Lobby.
Get creative: Jordan came up with the cute idea to hang lace ribbon on the frame. I love how it turned out! It pulled all the colors together, it’s simple, and it adds texture! The lace ribbon was an estate sale find! They wanted $10 for a box and I got them for 25 cents for 5 colors. The picture above the gold leaf heart was the packaging of a gift (more on that in a bit).
Use items given to you: Many of the other items were gifts: my friend Katie gave me the little embroidery hoop, and it came in super cute packaging which I framed and hung above the heart, another friend made me the anthropology inspired art, and lastly that bird cage photo frame my mom gave me.
It feels so nice for a house to finally be coming together. The first big change was getting rid of our gross smelly old couch and getting this beautiful new Flexsteel couch from the Furniture King! I will share more about this couch next week… fingers crossed!
See even Olive loves the amazing couch!
By Amy K
Skincare is kind of a big debate. When you read the ingredients in your favorite lotion you will probably be discouraged. My guess is that there is at least 15-20 ingredients you can’t pronounce. Even products claiming to be natural may have a lot of suspicious chemicals.
Standard store bought skincare contains carcinogens, neurotoxins, DNA damaging chemicals, and have been link have been linked to: increased allergies, cancer, birth defects, developmental and reproductive problems, and more.
Your skin absorbs about 60% of what is put on it, so putting on chemical ridden products is kind of risky. By no means am I perfect when it comes to natural skincare, but I am learning and making changes. One thing I have not tried is natural sunscreen and with an upcoming vacation planned I think the bahamas will be the perfect place to try it. I will probably try this recipe from the Wellness Mama. Also, I’ve tried the No Poo method of washing hair. This worked great for a few months and then I started to get build up. Even thought I use a store bought natural shampoo I really want to try to make my own. Like this Homemade Shampoo recipe.
I love creating new skincare recipes and I always keep an arsenal of natural ingredients right on hand so I have no excuses!
Natural Ingredients to Stock Your Pantry
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Aloe vera gel
- Almond oil
- Jajoba oil
- Bentonite clay
- Vitamin E oil
- Essential oils- tea tree, lavender, orange, and peppermint are my favorites!
With just these products I have been able to create a ton of different body products. I didn’t just decide one day that I would start making my own skin care products and order everything I needed to make them all. I started slow, bought things as I could (I was a poor grad student living off of one income), and would order in bulk to save money!
Here are some of my favorite DIY Skincare Recipes I’ve created so far… And there are plenty more on the way!
Other great homemade skincare recipes:
This was part of the 30 Day Natural Living Challenge!
Check out all the other great posts from the challenge:
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