Why spend $3 or more per tube of lip balm? You can make it yourself in just minutes and for a fraction of the cost. Plus, every ingredient is all natural and safe to use over and over again! The directions below will make a couple of small lip gloss jars or tubes. You can double the recipe or stick to the ratio of 1 part beeswax to 2 parts oil to make as much as you want! Adding different oils will feel and taste different, so experiment and find what you love most.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tsp. of grated packed down beeswax or beeswax pellets
- 2 tsp. of coconut oil
- 4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil
- 1/2 tsp. of honey
- To make colored lip balm, you’ll need some of your favorite blush or lipstick (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients together and microwave for 10 seconds. Stir, then another 10 seconds. Do this over and over until it is fully melted and mixed together.
- Once everything is melted and mixed, IMMEDIATELY and carefully pour the mixture into the container of your choice.
- Allow to cool and fully harden (a few hours) before using or giving as a gift.
Have you spent tons of money on buying fun things to do for your kids or grandkids in the bath tub? With all the fancy toys, coloring crayons, paints etc they have on the market now. You could probably spend a pretty penny on just bath entertainment for kids alone. Here is a fun, quick, and of course frugal way to letting your kids have some bath time fun, and saving your money. Mommy is happy = Everyone is happy.
DIY Bath Paint for Kids
1. Inexpensive Shaving Cream – buy whatever is on sale, or get some at your local Dollar Store.
2. Food Coloring
1. Mix chosen food coloring into a small bowl of shaving cream. Or if you are going to make up more than one color a muffin tin works perfectly.
2. Give to child to have fun.
That’s it! How simple was that!!!!
Looking to make a spring wreath? Better yet, trying to think of a way to save some of your child’s favorite baby outfits and other stuff? This DIY scrappy wreath is the answer! Takes only a few minutes and a few bucks.
Go to the craft store and get a plain straw wreath or foam wreath. You can also save a couple of dollars and go to the hardware store and buy foam tubing, cut it into the size you want, the duct tape the two ends together.
Cut fabric out of your favorite old clothing, blankets, ribbon, or other items. Hot glue them around the wreath securely. Keep going until all of the foam or straw is covered.
Staple, tack, or glue on buttons, flowers, pacifiers, pins, earrings, necklaces, or any other decorative item you want to the wreath.
When the wreath is how you want it, you can either hang it as is, or use a long piece of ribbon or fabric, stick it through the center, and tie it in a a bow to use as the hanger.
Thanks to BluKatKraft for the picture!
My whole family is in Michigan, but my sister and brother-in-law took jobs down in Louisiana a few years ago. One of the things they HAD to share with us is how Mardi Gras is a state holiday in Louisiana, and she sent us a traditional King Cake. We’d never heard of it, but once we had our first bite, we were hooked! You will too with this recipe from Betty Crocker.
- 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
- 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) Rapid Rise yeast
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, cut into 12 pieces
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Dark green, purple, and yellow or gold sugars, if desired
- Miniature plastic baby, if desired
- Mix 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl of stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, on low for about 30 seconds.
- Heat milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and milk is between 120°F to 130°F.
- With mixer on low, pour in liquids and mix until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time. Continue mixing until a shaggy dough forms. Clean off paddle and switch to dough hook. Mix in the remaining 1 cup flour a little at a time, adding more or less flour as needed to make a soft dough. Add the softened butter, a piece at a time, kneading until each piece of butter is absorbed.
- Knead for eight minutes on low. The dough should completely clear the sides of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more flour is needed. If the dough seems too dry, spritz with water from a spray bottle a couple of times, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more water is needed. Every 2 minutes, stop the machine, scrape the dough off the hook, and then continue kneading.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times by hand to be sure it’s smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- While the dough is chilling, make cinnamon filling. In small bowl, combine the brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Combine butter with cinnamon mixture and mix well.
- Roll the chilled dough into a 10 x 20 inch rectangle. Spread the filling on half of the long side of the dough. Fold the dough in half covering the filling. Pat dough down firmly so the dough will stick together. Cut dough into three long strips. Press the tops of the strips together and braid the strips. Press the ends together at the bottom. Gently stretch the braid so that it measures 20 inches again. Shape it into a circle/oval and press the edges together.
- Transfer the ring to a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350º. Bake the cake until it is golden brown, 20 – 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes on baking sheet and then place it on a cooling rack to cool completely before icing. To hide the baby in the cake, if desired, make a small slit in the bottom of the cake and put the miniature plastic baby in after the cake has cooled.
- Icing: In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth (add additional milk if mixture is too thick or powdered sugar if too thin).
- Spoon icing over top of the cake. Immediately sprinkle on colored sugar, alternating between the three colors.
A take on the favorite recipe of peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookies, this recipe adds the addicting and amazing NUTELLA spread, too! These cookies can be made gluten-free if you make sure the oats are certified GF and not cross-contaminated. YUM!
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup nutella
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup flax
- 1/3 cup coconut
- 1/3 cup cranberries or raisins
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix ingredients together well.
- Once fully mixed, spoon out the mix onto a tray. It’s totally up to you how large you want the bites to be.
- Refrigerate and serve!
I’m warning you: If you make this, hide it from the kids and your husband. Hide in the bathroom and eat it. I’m only warning you because it’s so good, and you won’t want to share it. If you are the giving type, this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip recipe is perfect for a family get-together or work potluck. Oh, and it’s gluten-free!
Thanks to New to Veggie World for sharing the recipe. Check her website out for more addicting recipes!
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
- Graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams (if you are GF, choose a GF variety)
- In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
- Add sugars and vanilla.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams.
Never buy jewelry cleaner again! You can make it yourself for a fraction of the price with this recipe. The below jewelry cleaner works well for gold-filled, brass, German (nickel) silver, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon dish detergent
- 1 cup water
- 1 piece aluminum foil
- Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
- Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dish-washing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. If it has dirt or debris in the little crevices of your jewelry, use a very soft toothbrush to reach in and clean.
- Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
Saw this one floating around Facebook and it was too cute not to share! Here’s how to make “Easter Bunny Bait”, or as it would be called in my house, “There was never any food in that bowl…” :)
- 2 cups pretzels
- 1 bag popped white popcorn
- 1 package Almond Bark white melting chocolate
- 1 bag of festive M&Ms,
- 2 cups of Chex cereal
- 1 container of festive sprinkles
- Melt white chocolate according to directions.
- Throw all ingredients together and mix thoroughly, then spread out on a lined baking sheet.
- Pour melted chocolate over the mixture, then fold ingredients together with melted chocolate.
- Allow to harden and cool and serve!
This homemade air freshener gel is so easy to make and would make a great gift!
What You’ll Need:
- 3-4 jars, capable of holding 1/2-cup of fluid each (this site used 4 baby food jars which hold 1/2 cup of mixture)
- Food Coloring
- Essential Oil or Room Fragrance drops
- 2 cups of water, divided into two 1 cup amounts
- 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Kitchen equipment: whisk, a pan to boil water, funnel, and spoons
- Pour a few drops of food coloring into each jar.
- Pour 1 teaspoon (minimum) of essential oil into each jar. The more you pour, the stronger the scent.
- Bring 1 cup of water to a rapid boil.
- Add all 4 of the gelatin to the water and whisk until fully dissolved (about 1 minute).
- Add the other cup of water to the pan and the salt. Stir to dissolve the salt.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the mixture into the jars within a couple of minutes of removing from the heat.
- Use a funnel to pour an equal amount into each jar.
- Stir the mixture quickly before it solidifies.
- Let cool and solidify for at least 24 hours. The gel air freshener should last between 4-6 weeks and you can do it again!
Thanks to Instructables for the awesome idea and instructions!
Saw this floating around Facebook yesterday and knew I had to share it with you all. What a fun way to make an edible spring decoration with the kids!
- Large Marshmallows, cut horizontally
- Marshmallow Bunny Peeps
- Mini pretzels
- Cream-Filled Cakes (e.g. Cloud Cakes or Twinkies)
- Decorator Icing
- Cut a small rectangle out of the top of the cream-filled cake about a third of the way back from the “front” of the car.
- Use the white decorator icing to adhere the bunny Peep, mini pretzel “steering wheel” and large marshmallows in place.
- Use frosting and sprinkles to decorate your car. Allow to set, then enjoy!