Mint-Infused Coconut Oil Body Butter

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Homemade gifts are just the best! They are really fun for the giver to make and the receiver knows that much time and love went into the gift. This recipe for Mint-Infused Coconut Oil Body Butter fits the bill quite nicely! It’s easy enough to make with the kids and delectable to use!

Ready in 50 minutes.

Makes ¾ cup of body butter.

Ingredients:

        • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
        • 2 tablespoons of mint-infused coconut oil
        • Dried rose petals
        • 2 tsp of vitamin E
        • 7 drops of lime essential oil
        • 4 tablespoons of solid shea butter
        • 7 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. Add in the olive oil and the dried rose petals. Heat the mixture for ten minutes then remove from heat and let it cool.

Once cooled, add the vitamin E and essential oils and whip the butter until it becomes airy. Transfer the butter to an airtight jar.

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DIY White Tea and Coconut Oil Bath Bomb Recipe

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Do the over priced store bought bath bombs make you cringe? Did you know how easy it is to make them from home yourself? Mix things up with this refreshingly simple recipe and incorporate your own favorite scent. Pretty, fragrant, fizzy bath bombs made easily from scratch with nourishing coconut oil.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 teaspoons of strong white tea (water can be used as substitute)
  • Few drops of the essential oil of your choice, optional
  • All natural food coloring, optional
  • Mold
  • Airtight container

Directions:

Mix cornstarch, baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt together in a large bowl. Use a whisk to work the coconut oil into the dry ingredients. Continue until the mixture becomes sandy with some chunks of oil.

Add the white tea to the dry ingredients 1 teaspoon at a time, making sure to immediately stir with a large wooden spoon after each teaspoon is added. Keep in mind that the mixture will foam up a bit after each teaspoon of liquid added. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about.

Continue stirring until the mixture has the same texture and appearance as sand that is slightly damp. You are ready to proceed to the next step when the mixture is primarily dust but can stick together when you squeeze some between your hands.

When you are ready to continue, simply press the bath bomb mixture into the mold. The mixture must be tightly and firmly packed into the mold. Set the mold in a safe location to dry for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. After the allotted time has passed, carefully remove the bath bombs from the mold and place in an airtight container until you are ready to use.

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3 Natural DIY Beauty Recipes

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Silky Makeup Remover Wipes

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These wipes are perfect for removing makeup all over the face and neck without leaving your skin feeling too oily, or getting makeup all over your bath towels. This recipe will normally last for 3-4 weeks at room temperature.

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll strong paper towels
  • 1 very sharp knife
  • 2 cups warm water (preferably water that was boiled and then allowed to cool to a warm temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Reusable airtight plastic container

Directions:

  1. With the sharp knife, carefully cut paper towel roll in half, and set aside extra half of roll.
  2. Remove inner cardboard tube from paper towel.
  3. Drop coconut oil and warm water into your chosen plastic container and mix until coconut oil is completely melted.
  4. Place the half of paper towel you are working with into your plastic container and allow roll to absorb the water and coconut oil mixture.
  5. Once roll is fully wet, you can squish down the roll until it fits into your plastic container and close the lid.
  6. To use, open container and remove 1-2 sheets of your new wipes and gently remove your makeup.
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16 Mistakes Weary Homeschool Moms Make

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The baby will not stop crying,your toddler is fighting with the preschooler, your second-grader refuses to work on anything without you, the fourth-grader asked permission to go to the bathroom an hour ago, you’re late getting your sixth-grader to dance class, and your husband wants to know what’s for dinner. These are the days we just want to go back to bed, the days we lash out in anger or dissolve into tears or wonder why we ever thought homeschooling was a good idea. Every homeschool mom has times when she is weary of it all, even with an only child.

By the grace of God, these days usually pass. But make these mistakes and a bad day can become serious burnout, threatening the future of your homeschool. Avoid them and you can be happily homeschooling again much sooner.

  1. Neglecting Devotional Time

The number-one reason we moms become overwhelmed is because we’ve become self-sufficient Christians. We weren’t designed to do all things in our own strength but rather in His strength. Even with babies, late nights, and busyness, we must treat time in prayer and the Word like it’s as vital as eating. It absolutely is!

  1. Not Leaning on Your Husband

We are called to be our husband’s help meets, but our husbands are also called to care for us. How often my husband has rightly pointed out that I’m doing too many of the wrong things—like making a meal for a new mom when I had just had a baby myself! Pray that God would speak through your husband to encourage and guide you.

  1. Keeping an Erratic Sleep Schedule

One of the blessings of homeschooling is a flexible schedule. That blessing can become a curse, however, when we don’t sleep at roughly the same time each day. Immune suppression, irritability, and poor functioning result, even with the same amount of sleep. Use an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed on time.

  1. Too Many Outside Activities

Another blessing of homeschooling is the variety of opportunities for our families to participate in. Again, this blessing can become a serious source of stress one activity to another. If we don’t cut back and focus on homeschooling, illness will make the choice for us.

  1. Unrealistic School Schedule

If you’re new to homeschooling or perfectionistic, you may have expectations of your homeschool that no one could meet. If you show your ideal schedule to a happy veteran homeschooler and she laughs, you’ll know you need to get real. Assume every lesson will take twice as long as you think, and you’ll end up with the margin you need.

  1. Abandoning Routine

Doing too much is a common source of weariness, but the answer isn’t to give up your routine altogether. Without structure, your house and schooling will quickly plunge into chaos. Keep your basic routine intact and adopt a more relaxed attitude so that you and your children feel less pressure.

  1. Not Having Children Do Chores

Whether it’s because you’re too particular about the house or because you think it’s too much bother, failing to expect children to do chores is a fast track to burnout.This is a subject that must be parent directed. A great resource for training is Managers of Their Chores.

  1. Neglecting to Discipline

When we’re weary, it’s easy to let the kids get away with not doing their work or other bad behavior. Failing to discipline will only give us more grief long-term.Planning consequences for certain infractions in advance can help. Try the If-Then Chart from Doorposts.

  1. Not Utilizing Social Support

My friends who have their children in parochial schools help and support one another. How much more does a homeschooling mother need encouragement? Be sure to include in your weekly schedule time that allows you to talk with moms you can relate to.

  1. Too Little Exercise

When we’re tired, the last thing we feel like doing is exercising. Yet, it’s the key to having the energy we need to accomplish all we have to do. Exercise combined with proper nutrition reduces the risk of illness and most chronic diseases. Can you really afford not to exercise? You can benefit from as little as 15 minutes a day of vigorous activity.

  1. Misusing Substances

Fatigue can trick us into thinking we’re hungry, when actually those unneeded calories will only make us feel even more sluggish. Chronic use of caffeine and sleeping pills only masks symptoms and negatively impacts health in the long run. If you avoid making mistakes 1–10, you will find you no longer need your food or drug of choice.

  1. No Time for Other Pursuits

Over-commitment can prompt us to demand even more of ourselves in service to our families and others. The truth is that we will accomplish more if we take some time to pursue a hobby we love. Choose an activity for which your efforts will be praised—and have fun!

  1. No Limits on Free Time

While a little time for Mom is a good thing, unlimited time is not. Our hobbies and social activities can begin to spillover into time that should be reserved for school and our husbands. Set a timer and ask a Godly friend to hold you accountable for wise use of your free time.

  1. Not Planning Ahead

When you don’t have a plan for schooling,meals, or outside responsibilities,you’re going to be stressed and others will be too. Schedule time to plan the upcoming week and each evening, review your agenda for the next day.

  1. Eliminating Fun

We can punish our children and ourselves for not being disciplined by removing the optional, enjoyable activities in our homeschools. This is a mistake!Don’t try to make up for months of lack-luster schooling in a week. Maintain a reasonable pace, including time for what you all love, and you’ll be back on track more quickly.

  1. Not Asking for Help

God alone can provide the help we each need, but He chooses to give us the gift of participating in the helping. I enjoyed counseling others as a Christian psychologist, but I really love it when fellow homeschool moms ask me for help. Be honest with someone you trust about where you’re struggling, and ask for prayer and counsel.

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“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Dr. Melanie Wilson is a Christian psychologist and mother of six who happily left her career thirteen years ago to heed God’s call to homeschool. She is the author of So You’re Not Wonder Woman?and has written a free meal-planning survival guide for weary moms available at her blog, Psychowith6.

Copyright 2013, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

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Frugally Fashionable Series – Part 4

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Designer looks certainly stand out from the crowd – both in fashion and in price. However, there are so many comparable looks available at fractions of the cost.

You could either shop sales and wait for last seasons looks to be discounted or you can look for similar pieces from less expensive designers. Just make sure that you aren’t sacrificing a huge amount of quality for price. Even if a piece is drastically less expensive, it is still a waste of money if that item will not last long.

Here is an example of a designer look that can be recreated using pieces that are a fraction of the cost.

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Designer Look:

  1. Caslon Drawstring Linen Pants (Nordstrom) — $59.00
  2. Vince Camuto Lace Cami and Tank (Nordstrom) — $129.00
  3. VC Signature Leather Ballet Flats (Nordstrom) — $195.00
  4. Pilyq Sunbeam Embroidered Bag (Nordstrom) — $52.00
  5. BP Druzy Stone Necklace (Nordstrom) — $24.00

Budget Look:

  1. Summerland CA Linen Beach Pants (Target) — $39.99
  2. inLUV Woven Lace Blouse (Target) — $39.99
  3. Ona Scrunch Ballet Flats (Target) — $16.99
  4. Embroidered Floral Pattern Clutch (Target) — $14.99
  5. Satin Druzy Necklace (Target) — $39.99

Here are the rest of the upcoming post in this Frugally Fashionable series. Be sure to check back to find these other helpful tips on looking great while spending less.

  • Create a Mix & Match Wardrobe
  • Transition an Outfit from Season to Season
  • Create Several Styles from One Basic Outfit
  • How to Get a Designer Look on a Budget
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Frugally Fashionable Series – Part 3

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One of the best ways to save money and be fashionable is to get a lot of use out of the same basic wardrobe.

You can easily create several different distinct and stylish looks by simply changing up the accessories and shoes of an outfit. You can take the same pair of bottoms and top from casual to dressy by making a few easy changes.

Not only is this a great way to save money by making your wardrobe more versatile, it is also a great way to transition your look from day to night without any major wardrobe changes.

Below is an example of taking the same outfit and creating three distinctively different looks. Simply change the shoes and accessories to create these three looks.

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Look #1:

  1. Mossimo Mid-Rise Jeans — $22.99
  2. Black Rainn Lace Trim Top — $32.99
  3. Mossimo Short Sleeve Cardigan — $24.99
  4. Plume Hurache Flats — $19.98
  5. Crochet Pattern Straw Tote Handbag — $39.99

Look #2:

  1. Mossimo Mid-Rise Jeans — $22.99
  2. Black Rainn Lace Trim Top — $32.99
  3. Merona Ponte Blazer — $29.99
  4. Ona Scrunch Ballet Flats — $16.99
  5. Black Clutch Handbag — $39.99

Look #3:

  1. Mossimo Mid-Rise Jeans — $22.99
  2. Black Rainn Lace Trim Top — $32.99
  3. Revel Lola Flats — $37.99
  4. Circle Print Infinity Scarf — $14.99
  5. Embroidered Floral Pattern Tote — $24.99

Here are the rest of the upcoming post in this Frugally Fashionable series. Be sure to check back to find these other helpful tips on looking great while spending less.

  • Create a Mix & Match Wardrobe
  • Transition an Outfit from Season to Season
  • Create Several Styles from One Basic Outfit
  • How to Get a Designer Look on a Budget
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Frugally Fashionable Series – Part 2

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If you find a great pair of pants or a fantastic top at a great deal, there is no need to pack it up as a winter only outfit or to save for summer. It is easy to take a basic top and bottom outfit and transition it from one season to the next.

There are several different ways to transition an outfit from warm weather to cool or vice versa. Here are just a few ways to make your apparel pieces seasonally versatile:

  • Roll or cuff a pair of jeans or pants to wear them as capris or crop pants.
  • Choose short sleeve tops to layer for colder weather and wear alone in warmer months.
  • Scarves a great accessory for lots of seasons. Wear them in the spring with a tank for a bit of warmth or in the winter to make a fall outfit more cold weather friendly.
  • Cardigans are a great go to apparel piece to layer outfits for various seasons. And there are lots of styles and thicknesses available.
  • Shoes can help you to transition your wardrobe. Wear a pair of knee-high boots with crop pants in the fall and then ear sandals in the summer.

Here is an example of a basic outfit of a tank top and pants that can be easily transitioned from season to season by simply changing the outerwear, accessories and shoes with each look.

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Fall Look:

  1. Halo Scoop Neck Paisley Blouse — $29.99
  2. Denizen Cropped Straight Leg Jeans — $27.99
  3. Cherokee Cardigan Sweater — $37.99
  4. Hailey Jeans Co. Boots — $39.99

Spring Look:

  1. Halo Scoop Neck Paisley Blouse — $29.99
  2. Denizen Cropped Straight Leg Jeans — $27.99
  3. Striped Print Infinity Scarf — $19.99
  4. Kendall D’Orsay Flats — $29.99

Summer Look:

  1. Halo Scoop Neck Paisley Blouse — $29.99
  2. Denizen Cropped Straight Leg Jeans — $27.99
  3. Surf Sunglasses — $12.99
  4. Mad Love Carly Flip Flop Sandals — $17.99

Here are the rest of the upcoming post in this Frugally Fashionable series. Be sure to check back to find these other helpful tips on looking great while spending less.

  • Create a Mix & Match Wardrobe
  • Transition an Outfit from Season to Season
  • Create Several Styles from One Basic Outfit
  • How to Get a Designer Look on a Budget
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Frugally Fashionable Series – Part 1

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It may sometimes seem like fashion is a sacrifice that has to be made in the efforts of frugality. But there are many ways to be fashionable and frugal at the same time. Over the next four weeks you can check here to find tips and tricks for being fashionable on a budget.

One of the best ways to save on fashion is to create a wardrobe that is versatile and can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks. Here are the essential items that you will need to create a versatile mix and match wardrobe:

  1. 4-5 pair of basic pants, skirts, shorts and dresses
  2. 4-5 tops that match each pair of bottoms
  3. 1-2 pairs of shoes
  4. A variety of accessories

Accessories are really the fundamental part of a versatile wardrobe. You can pair a cardigan or scarf with a pair of jeans and top to create a different look and outfit. Here is an example of a mix and match wardrobe using apparel pieces from Target. You can create 15 different looks with only a handful of apparel pieces.

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  1. Belted Denim Shirt Dress — $29.99
  2. Fashion Leggings, Black — $8.00
  3. Merona Seersucker Ankle Pants — $27.99
  4. Merona Linen Wide Leg Pants — $24.99
  5. Wallflower Low Rise Bootcut Jeans — $32.99
  6. Mossimo V-Neck Tee, Peach — $12.00
  7. 3Hearts Split Back Tank, Red — $19.99
  8. Merona Gauze Stripe Blouse — $19.99
  9. August Moon Short Sleeve Top — $24.99
  10. Cherokee Cardigan Sweater — $34.99
  11. Shea Ballet Flats — $19.99
  12. Livinia Slide Sandals — $19.99
  13. Floral Infinity Scarf — $17.99

Here are the rest of the upcoming post in this Frugally Fashionable series. Be sure to check back to find these other helpful tips on looking great while spending less.

  • Create a Mix & Match Wardrobe
  • Transition an Outfit from Season to Season
  • Create Several Styles from One Basic Outfit
  • How to Get a Designer Look on a Budget

 

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Target Mix and Match Fashion for Girls

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Get ready for these Target mix and match fashion for girls! Target has in store for you this fun summer fashion for only $7.00 to $17.99 apiece!

Here are 10 great combinations you can try!

Mix and Match Girls' Fashion - TargetNow, check out the prices that make up these outfits!

  1. Cherokee Skinny Jeans — $14.99
  2. Lace Eyelet Shorts — $16.99
  3. Girls’ Jeggings, Purple — $14.99
  4. Floral Shorts — $14.99
  5. Floral Sun Dress — $17.99
  6. Eyelet Peasant Top — $12.99
  7. Marvel Graphic Tee — $7.00
  8. Birds Tee — $9.99
  9. Floral Fashion Top — $9.99
  10. Circo Hollie Sneakers — $17.99
  11. Cherokee Fate Gladiator Sandals — $16.99
  12. Cardigan with Fringe Detail — $16.99
  13. Girls’ Fashion Scarf — $10.00
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Target Mix and Match Fashion

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Get a hold of these versatile and affordable pieces from Target which will cost you only from $14.99 to $34.99 apiece! Mix and match them endlessly to get more mileage for your money.

Here are 15 great combinations – get this all without emptying your wallet!

Target Mix and Match Fashion

Now, check out the prices that make up these outfits!

  1. Xhilaration Tank Maxi Dress — $29.99
  2. Mossimo Sateen Shorts, Orange — $19.99
  3. Mossimo Woven Shorts, Black — $19.99
  4. Merona Striped Chino Shorts — $19.99
  5. Denizen Cropped Pull On Jeans — $24.99
  6. Merona Button Back Shell Top, White — $19.99
  7. Mossimo Lace Yoke Tee, Blue — $16.99
  8. Button Up Blouse, Black — $19.99
  9. Printed Crepe Shell Top, Floral — $19.99
  10. Merona Embroidered Peasant Blouse — $27.99
  11. August Moon Sleeveless Duster — $34.99
  12. Mint Crinkle Scarf — $14.99
  13. Annette Cross Strap Sandals — $19.99
  14. Kendall D’Orsay Flats, Black — $22.99
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