Homemade Deodorant

1/4 cup arrowroot powder (corn starch)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil
Essential oil (optional) about 30 drops of Lavender (or Purification would probably be a good option)
Makes about 3 deodorant sticks -1 cup total

Old deodorant container or can be applied with finger tips and stored in any container with a lid.

Melt the coconut oil and mix all ingredients and spoon/pour into choice containers.

Makeup: Light Coverage Everyday Powder


Arrowroot (substitute: corn starch)
Cocoa powder
Bentonite clay
Color variants: Cinnamon powder, Nutmeg powder, Ginger powder
Vitamin e oil
Essential oil (optional) for scent or customized facial health

Old powder container or container with lid

The base ingredient will be the mostly arrowroot with cocoa powder and bentonite clay. The seasoning powders give shade customization (ginger is a yellow color for olive tone skins, cinnamon & nutmeg give shades of brown). If you have sensitive skin do a test with all ingredients to see how your skin reacts.
The more vitamin e oil added the more like a pressed powder. Less will give a loose powder. Essential oil is optional, some people love them in any and everything for various reasons.

I found that I like the results of wearing this powder best when applied just after cleaning and lotioning up. I have very dry skin so I give my face a coat of vitamin e oil, a few drops of frankensince (LOVE the way this oil feels on my face) or some olive oil or coconut oil. Basically, any oil I have on hand. My dry face soaks it up!! After piling up I immediately start brushing my powder on. Feels much better than if applied on a “dry” face.
This powder is light weight, doesn’t cover blemishes and fades/needs to be reapplied in the afternoon.
This recipe is a money saver! Once you have the ingredients on hand you’ll be able to make several batches up. And these ingredients cross over to other uses as well. Win-win.
*currently testing out setting sprays to top it off.

Eucalyptus oil vapor smear for sinus relief


This has worked well for me during allergy season & giving sinus relief.

What you need
Vaseline (approx 1 tsp)
Coconut oil (optional) (approx 1 tsp)
Eucalyptus essential oil (10 drops, more or less to your preference)

How to
Heat about a tsp of Vaseline and a tsp of coconut oil over low heat until melted.
Put 10 or so drops of Eucalyptus oil, stir and pour into a small container.

Rub across forehead, down nose, behind ears, nape of neck and over throat and chest. Provides sinus pressure relief. It’s very Vicks vapor rub-ish but has been much more effective for me personally, my husband also likes this (the same guy that hates my cough globs). My mom does not like anything eucalyptus, so for some raven or Rc may be a better choice. But this works perfect for me so I’m not changing ☺️

After rubbing on, make sure you wash your hands really good. If you rub your eyes it will burn.

Stay healthy!! But if you don’t, I hope this brings some relief.

Homemade Cough Globs with essential oils

What you need:
Small pot
Candy thermometer
Silpat mat dusted with powdered sugar
(Or parchment paper)
Whiskey (optional)
Essential oils-what flavor do you want or what benefits would you like from the oils??
I used thieves, lemon, & peppermint (thieves for immune system & numbing, lemon for immune & respiratory benefits, peppermint for respiratory benefits)
An all lemon would be great also!! Or lemon & mint. Easily customizable for taste preferences.
Jar for storage (Mason jar, small crockery with lid)

How to:
Turn heat to med-low and bring about 1 cup of honey and 1 tsp whiskey to a boil. Stirring regular. Turn the heat down to low and continue cooking/low boil. Be vigilant, you don’t want your honey to scorch to the pan.
You’re looking for the honey to reach the “hard crack” candy stage, which is from 300-310 degrees. This takes what seems like forever, about 20 minutes.
Ok, that was the easy step!!
Pull from heat once it reaches the desired temp, 300* and add in essential oils. Stir to combine. (about 10 drops of your main oil, mine was thieves for numbing, about 5 of lemons and 5 of peppermint. -or a total of 20 drops of any combo or single oil, such as lemon for honey whiskey lemon globs).
Prep the silpat mat with a dusting of powdered sugar. Or roll out some parchment paper.
I used a spoon and drizzled little mounds of globs onto my prepped mat. Dusted with more powdered sugar. Let completely cool and garden. Store in container.
Shelf life-at least a couple months.

**the candy cooled quicker than I could get it all globed onto my mat. I’m not a candy expert so I have no idea if there’s a fix for that, if I could simply put over low heat. I’m really wanting to try prepping a jelly roll pan with parchment paper, topped with my dusted silpat mat and just pouring the whole mix on top and after cooling to tacky, using a dusted knife to cut into pieces.

The verdict: 3 likes (myself, my mom, my son) 1 dislike (husband…fun sucker)
All cough drops make my mom cough more & this one was no different. She’s weird, what can I say, it runs in the family.
I really like the slight numbing or tingly sensation the thieves gives and the taste is better than store bought (in my opinion).
The whiskey is mostly so I could tell my husband they were whiskey cough globs & hope that little mind game worked & he’d like them. It didn’t work. All alcohol cooks off so no worries, these are still safe for kids or you can totally leave that part out. You may want to add a small stick if giving to small kids and make little cough glob lollipops. Maybe a toothpick would work if you nip off the pointy end(s) or a wooden skewer into several sticks.
Stay healthy & if you don’t, I hope this bring you comfort!!


Dogs: my daily companions

Perfect fit

Ma’!! Get’er off me!!
The look on duke’s (the big black & tan)face is hilarious. He is disgusted!! Jenny does not care at all! She just wants to play dadgumit!

Cuddle buddies <2

Pinspiration: recipe: 3 ingredient customizable homemade coffee creamer

I LOVE coffee!! And every morning I fix it the same way. Creature of habit.
I pour creamer in the bottom of my large coffee mug. I pour coffee on top. No spoon no stir. Just sip
My routine now includes the making of my own creamer. With a recipe I found on Pinterest. And best of all, it’s customizable!!
1-14oz can sweetened condensed milk
14oz heavy cream (here’s where you substitute for your fav dairy, milk, soy, almond….)
2tsp vanilla extract (also customizable)
Pour all ingredients in a 1 qt jar with lid & shake it up good! Store in fridge. Length of freshness depends on your particular dairy or dairy substitute.

I made mine with heavy cream. It’s extra thick!! But the flavor is amazing!! Next time ill mix it with regular milk just to see if it tastes as good. But seriously, this is delicious & all real ingredient. And for about $6 (local prices) I’ve got 2 qt a worth of ingredients. My new regular recipe🙂

*note*the heavy cream makes this too thick, in my opinion. I think it thickened over night in the fridge. It’s currently the consistency of very thin cool whip. It tastes great but not what I am going for in coffee. That I HAVE to get a spoon out and stir just doesn’t tickle my fancy. So I’ll be making with milk from now on. Which, by the way, is a very thrifty option anyway! A gallons of milk is about $4 and I’m only using a cup of it per mix!! A can of sweetened condensed cream is about 65cents. I use one can per mix. Cheap!!

Sewing: the pattern lies!! Here’s the quick fix!

This top is at about 5-6″ to wide for me!! It’s so frustrating to put the $ into the fabric & accessories & my time into the creation for it to be a waste!! Lets see if I can fix this😉

I used my serger for the first time. I am in LOVE!! Why was I so intimidated by this machine?? It’s way easy & rewarding to use. Did I mention I LoVe this <;3

Dadgum, lookie there!! I fixed it! Woohoo!! And I LOVE this shirt!!
I LOVE sewing. I HATE patterns that lie to me!! I am so sick of spending money on fabric that I love, getting my hopes up for becoming an amazing home seamstress. To have my dreams dashed by a pattern that doesn’t fit when I follow the measurement guides. UGH!
This particular pattern is an “easy” pattern. Perfect for beginners. Not if it doesn’t fit when you’re done!!!
I measured myself, I took my time, I sewed with care. And the dang shirt is too big!!! Grrr!!
My only consolation is that there’s potential to fix too big.
And I did it!! What I did was:
Flipped my sewed shirt inside out and laid it on the table
I took a top that is comfy and laid it on top and eyeballed it even on each side.
I put the arm pits as close together as possible but the just didn’t meet up. That’s ok
I took a sewing pencil & drew a line. Starting at the armpit & going in to the fitting shirt. Then down the body of the fitted shirt all the way to the bottom.
I put away the “good” shirt
I pinned my front & back later together on the line I drew & then used a basting stitch down the new sides
I flipped the shirt right side out & tried it on. PERFECT!!
Flipped it back inside-out and used my serger to finish my seams.
This is my first project to use my serger on. Let me say, it’s LOVE!! It is EASY!!
My shirt fits wonderfully now and I am simply happy <;;3

My mom says: take your body measurements and use them on the pattern pieces (if you cut on fold just use half your measurement). Make sure you go to mid side to include in your measurement #s. and realize you'll have that, typically, 5/8" seam on each side.
Ill be trying that tip next time. Obviously using the patterns typical measurements isn't reliable

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