Monday, February 28, 2011

Make Your Own Lip Balm

We have been craftin' it up with lots of fun kits and supplies that Squirrel got for her birthday. One gift she got was the Kiss Naturals Lip Balm Kit. I love this kit-it has only natural ingredients and pure essential oils, not artificial fragrances or flavors. (Sounds like a commercial, I know.)

We simply used the kit and the instructions, but I noted the amounts of each ingredient, to share with you! (And of course, to make it again sometime very very soon!)

So, what you need to make it on your own...
  • 3 parts Shea Butter
  • 3 parts Safflower Oil
  • 1 part Bees Wax
  • Essential Oils of your choice-Instructions said a few drops. Of course I added about 15-30. Whatever you think.
  • Containers to put your lip balm in.
The kit had 2 oz each of Shea Butter and Safflower Oil, and .75 oz Bees Wax. We filled just about 10 half ounce jars.

The instructions are pretty basic...
Melt the ingredients together in the microwave or on the stove top. We used a glass pot on the stove top-it worked great and we could see everything in action!

For a while there, it looked kind of like corn chowder, before the bees wax pieces melted.

Pour into lip balm containers. Save your recycled ones if you are a lip balm addict like myself (totally doing this for next time), or order some like these.

Oh yeah, forgot to add-let cool for an hour or so. I don't think it really took that long, but just in case...

Here are some of our finished products. We made mint, pink grapefruit, and orange. They are awesome to use and to share! We have already given a few away as gifts.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dance Party for Kids!

We recently held a Dance Party for Squirrel's birthday. We had so much fun! We played Freeze Dance, Pin the Jewelery on the Dancer, and Wii Dance. We also decorated t-shirts. The scenes that the kids created around the dancer on their t-shirts were great, many complete with disco balls and lights! Here are some pictures from our fun afternoon.

First up, our t-shirts. I am proud, because I wanted to do these, then time ran out (big surprise there), but I started them at 9 pm the night before the party and finished them by midnight. I used freezer paper stenciling. These were hanging on a kids' level clothesline for each child to pick one, along with a disco ball necklace and official Mardi Gras beads (saved from trips to Mardi Gras in 2000 & 2001).

Next, some of our decorations. I had something in mind, but didn't know how I was going to create the look. Luckily, I found these albums the day before we decorated! We hung albums, beads, and mini disco balls.

My friend Theresa will be opening an etsy shop soon with lots of printables. She made this awesome DANCE banner, the invites, and cupcake toppers.

 My friend Matt was in charge of streamers and was quite a pro at this. We made a chandelier out of my already very attractive (bleh!) kitchen lighting.

Cupcake tree with the beautiful toppers from Theresa. They were so cute, even though my printer ink is less than mediocre!

Pin the Jewelery on the Dancer, again with Mardi Gras beads. This was so fun!

A picture of one of the dozen roses that Squirrel got from some very good friends. Isn't she a lucky little girl to get a dozen roses for her birthday?!

The train case that I decoupaged for Squirrel that we filled with blank books and supplies to make an art kit.

More to come about our celebrations this week. Hope your week shaping up just great!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thriftiques Coffee Sign

Here is a great sign that I just picked up for our kitchen. As I mentioned, I am doing some painting. (I still am in the kitchen-on a slight break, but not to worry! Once birthday parties and school vacations are over, back to work-I swear!) Anyway, since I am sprucing things up, some decorations, besides kid's artwork, are in order. I got this sign at a very cool store nearby. The store is 2nd Fl Thriftiques (it is on the 2nd floor). It is filled with really neat vintage goodies, and it is all arranged so artfully. Definitely worth a long visit if you are close! 

Regarding the sign, I swear it is straight on the wall now. Also, hooks or no hooks? I am debating pulling them out. Thoughts? 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day! An excerpt from the excellent book, A Charlie Brown Valentine

"There were no valentines from the Little Red-Haired Girl, but that was all right. When you're Charlie Brown, you don't really expect too much. It's enough to have good friend, a faithful (if crazy) dog, and a heart full of love and hope.
Linus shouted, 'Happy Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown!'
And it was."

Here is a scene from my Happy Valentine's Day. A project that I am working on, a nice glass of red wine, and a chocolate. (which ended up being the raspberry filled one-yippee!)  
Hope your day was just as great, and your heart is filled with love and hope. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chinese New Year Celebration

Hi Friends

Still working on banishing the winter blues. We have been crafting and baking and resting trying to get rid of all the winter sickies!

Last night, we celebrated the start of the Chinese New Year. We had these delicious cold sesame noodles. I found the recipe in Family Fun magazine (love it!). The kids had mixed reviews. Squirrel ate her bowl to comply with the bribe of dessert. The little guy choked down 2 bites and a banana. Can't win them all!
(PS-The little guy-I am going to call him Dozer. He was pretty giant from birth through his first couple of years and earned the nickname of  Dozer from a super favorite uncle. So, Dozer it is!)

We swept the house completely to start the new year with a clean (ish) house. We wore some red, as red is traditonally a lucky color. We also decorated with a couple of new plants, to symbolize the rebirth in the new year. The kids loved this stuff. We still plan to make some lanterns, and do some other arts and crafts for the new year. The Chinese New Year celebrations still last for a couple of weeks, so plan some fun stuff!

In other news, I am starting some painting in our house. I finished the living room that I started 2 years ago, and I started the kitchen. I have been given a two week deadline on this one, so it doesn't spill over to 1 year or more (oops). I have been reading this book (Change Your Home Change Your Life) too, which is pretty inspirational for getting your home in order and looking the way you will love. My plan is to paint every room in our house, since we have lived here 7+ years, and most rooms still have only primer on the walls! I will keep you updated (hopefully!).