Easy Christmas Decor: DIY Snowflakes From Paper Doilies

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I like to fully embrace the Christmas season starting the day after Thanksgiving, some people it’s the first of December, if your a department store its July. In celebration of our new place, my husband and I are hosting an all-apartment complex party- don’t worry its only 30 units rather than 100’s. With that, we are trying to go all out for decorations. 

While I was going through my craft box to find white printer paper to cut out snowflakes, I came across my paper doilies that I have had a knack for hoarding a bit. I grabbed them and did a quick google search. I came across this wonderful YouTube video! So easy and quick, whereas snowflakes from plain paper is really hard, well for me at least! This is a good one for kids too.

DIY Snowflakes from Paper Doilies

Directions

Use any size you want! Fold 3 times (4 times for an extra little challenge and intricacy). Cut different shapes out along the folded edge. The more you make the more you learn and explore different shapes and styles. I kind of went crazy. It was a blast. I hung them from my ceiling with sewing thread. They are 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable. Have fun! 

Below is the video I referenced. 

Three Bath and Body Hacks for When You’re On a Tight Budget

Big things are happening with YourEarthIt so stay tuned to new design and potentially a business out of this thing I started as  hobby. Sorry is has been a little while since I’ve been on here!

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With that, my husband and I have been a pretty strict budget these past few months. We’ve had job and housing transitions. Like-make veggie pot pie without the creamy inside…or mixing coconut yogurt to make ‘milk’ for cereal-kind of budget. Some of that was out of laziness or unplanned-ness BUT we did have to tighten up our budget quite a bit; and what came out of it was some pretty frugal and useful tips for bath and body. Less than $5-10 that lasted me around 4+ months!

Three Bath and Body Hacks for When You’re On a Tight Budget.

  1. Don’t use conditioner. Really? Really. If you have average-ish hair (not too greasy, not too dry) than you can definitely can get away with no conditioner. Especially if you use a great all- natural shampoo like I use at Plaine Products. My advice would be to not shampoo your hair every day, ain’t nobody got time for that anyway AND use a tiny bit of oil (see below) or DIY body dew to give it a conditioned feel. As a good family friend always says- dot dot not a lot!
  2. Use inexpensive oil- for everything. In my frugalness, I used olive oil and grapeseed oil for a plethora of uses, like body and face moisturizer, facial oil cleansingDIY dandruff treatment, nail bed treatment, hair conditioner, and MORE!
  3. Use green tea as a tonic/moisturizing spray. Get a box or even better bulk loose leaf organic green tea or tea bags, brew some up, store tea in a glass container in the fridge and use to your liking for a week or so until you need more! It’s easy as that. I use this tonic prior to moisturizing my face, spritz before and after makeup application, spritz my face a dewy look, spray whole body for out of shower rejuvenation and moisture. It also fights acne, is anti-inflammatory and has great anti-oxidant properties (Source). BONUS!

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DIY Vegan, Naturally-Colored Candy Corn

Happy Halloweeeeeeen………month!

On a whim, I bought a candy thermometer and decided to go for homemade, vegan, food-dyed candy corn again (last year’s was a droopy fail since the recipe I followed didn’t cook the syrup). I’m excited! Are you ready?

I fully intended on this being a very difficult, long, messy process. I had intentions of having to scientifically add a ‘wax’ of some sort or agar as a solidifier and GUESS WHAT?! It never got close to that point. One try and done, literally. Nothing complicated. Yeah they’re not the cutest or realistic in size but they are fun and easy to make not to mention vegan, naturally colored and yummy: triple bonus! The more I practice the more store-bought they’ll look, even though that’s not necessarily always the goal.

Tools/equipment:

  • Stove and pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Cutting board or non-stick/scratch surface
  • Pizza cutter or knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups powder sugar (separated)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/6 cup or 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Turmeric powder
  • Beet root powder

Instructions:

  • Stir together oil, corn syrup and sugar in pot on stove on medium heat. Once stirred leave alone to cook. Stick the candy thermometer in and wait for temperature to rise to 245-250 degrees F, the mixture should be bubbling. This will take 1-6 minutes depending on stove.
  • Immediately take off heat once at desired temperature (my candy thermometer had a hard and soft ball marker near 245-250 so I did in between). Stir in vanilla, it will bubble and is HOT so wear protective clothes and try not to be too aggressive with stirring.
  • Add powder sugar a bit at a time while stirring until a dough ball that’s not too sticky or wet looking. It may not need all the powder sugar or it may need more. It will be squishy because it’s hot. Put the dough ball aside on a plate or a surface to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once it’s cool enough to work with your hands but not cold and rock hard, divide into three parts. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to one ball. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon of beet root powder to the other, leaving the third one white. Work in with hands careful not to stain clothes (this is where kids could come in!)
  • Roll out into snakes and line the colors up. Use a kid safe knife or have an adult pizza cut the strips into triangles resembling candy corn. It dries and hardens as you go so speed is of the essence (10-15 minutes) but still have fun!
  • Once all dough is rolled and cut use your fingers to round edges and shape to your liking.
  • Let dry overnight. Mix with peanuts, jar them up for display, serve on a cupcake and/or eat! Store in bowl (if you have self control) out for all your creepy guests!!

Example of strips and the recipe I used for inspiration and tweaking Here. They have great troubleshooting as well, I just didn’t come across any so hopefully you don’t too!

In conclusion: I am definitely adding this to our yearly October tradition. Would be a great activity with kids who love candy, play-dough, crafts and baking. As I am a giant kid, as we all should be ESPECIALLY during Halloween, all should enjoy this treat. Half the fun is making it! No Tricks here just Treats. Have fun and let me know how yours turn out.

Zero Waste DIY: Rose/Floral Water

I love using rose water as a tonic face spray! So naturally I started to research how to make it myself….Rose water in my opinion is one of the “Super Fruits” of skin products. Rose water has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It can reduce redness and excess oil, control your skin’s acidity levels and give you a moisturized, fresh look without using any heavy chemicals. (Source)

This recipe is zero waste, easy, fun and frugal!

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Ingredients:

  • Water that your comfortable with; Distilled, filtered, tap etc.
  • Rose/Flower of choice Pedals- fresh with NO pesticides is best. I used a pink/purple Rose of Sharon bush, that isn’t actually a rose- who’da thunk. It’s in the hibiscus family but still has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also use dried pedals as well if you don’t have access to any fresh but make sure their safe for cosmetic purposes.
  • Spray Bottle

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Instructions:

  1. Pick flowers and collect the pedals. This is the relaxing, get-outside-kind-of fun part. The less blemished or dried out ones the purer the rose water will be (I tried to use old crusty ones and it turned the water black AH!).
  2. Rinse with cold water. In a stainless steel pot, place a heat-safe clean bowl filled with water in the middle of pot, this weighs the bowl down.
  3. Put pedals around the bowl (make sure the bowl is taller than the level of pedals. Add your water that will be the rose water to just covers the pedals (see photos below for steps 2-6 below).
  4. Turn stove on medium/low and wait until flowers get wilty and discolored. When this happens put a larger but flatter bowl on top of middle bowl and put the pot’s lid on pot upside down
  5. Wait a few minutes until you can see or hear the water simmering. Once simmering add ice in the small concave part of the upside down lid to induce more condensation on the inside of pot (that will be your rose water).
  6. The rose water (distilled version) will drip from lid to the top bowl. Let this happen for 15 minutes. If your like me and apt to forget, set a timer. You may have to add more ice and empty the lid basin if it melts (this is tricky, a suction/dropper may be easiest because I tried to grab and pour the melted ice into another container and spilled all over and burnt my finger a bit).
  7. Once timer is done, turn off stove and let cool. Collect rose water from the top bowl and pour in spray bottle. Let cool completely before use.

TIPS

  • 1 cup pedals + 2 cups water = 1/2 cup rose water
  • Use as a spritzer before you moisturize your face and body daily
  • Keep in fridge for longer shelf life (this is where I keep the extra for refill when I run out in the sprayer)
  • If not using really fragrant flowers like I did, you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil, like Lavender, Frankincense ect. I did DragonTime by YL. Be careful with putting certain essential oils on your face due to sunlight exposure and sensitivities, also avoid the eyes.

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Resource used: Thanks to the internet, and Dulce Delight for Dulce Delight’s YouTube How to make Rose Water – Incredible and concentrated recipe

Disclaimer: I am not a herbalist, cosmetologist, dermatologist, or anything else that is medical that ends in ‘ist’ for that matter. These are just fun suggestions and are not guaranteed to cure diseases. Use recipe at own risk. I don’t even know what to say for this or if I have to, hope y’all don’t take advantage of that 🙂

DIY Zero Waste Face Powder Foundation With Pressed Option

Makeup can be expensive, wasteful, an enabler and crutch of insecurities, toxic, and time-consuming. But it can also be easy, fresh, natural, balancing and healthy.

The past 6 or so months I’ve been using this DIY face powder. It’s not my original idea, much smarter people figured this out way before me. But the goal of this blog to be an encyclopedia of environmentally friendly, DIY, low consumerism insights, ideas and inspiration. This face powder is perfect to use solo for light coverage, or in junction with liquid foundation for heavier coverage. I feel that it balances natural fluctuations of skin tone on the face instead of just covering up everything. I am a firm believer in less is more. This doubles as my bronzer (not shimmery kind). I strive for zero waste. I have goals of demolishing societal beauty and rewriting my definition of beauty starting with Beauty vs Makeup, trust me theres a difference. So to conclude, I am an eco-freak  (I seriously want to coin that term<—-I don’t even know what that means), which makes this DIY perfect for my fellow frugals.

DIY All Natural Face Foundation Powder Makeup with Pressed Option Made From Common Household Items.

Ingredients

(bought them all in bulk stored in mason jars)

1/4 cup Arrowroot powder

1-4+ tablespoons cocoa powder (1.5-2 tablespoons for light/medium)

Optional Ingredients (these are estimates)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

To press half the recipe 10-20 drops Other Oils (oil you like for your face) Jojoba, grape seed, fractioned coconut, almond, argon oil etc.

1-3 drops essential oils (optional)

Rubbing alcohol or vodka in a spray bottle

Instructions

Start with a base of 1/4 cup arrowroot powder. Mix/sift/whisk in cocoa powder 1/2-1 tablespoon at a time until desired shade (aka test it on your face to see if color matches). Add ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for added warmth and yellow tones. This all depends on your skin tone and shade and so therefore optional. Best to start with a little and add more if needed. But if you add too much of something slowly stir in more arrowroot powder, no biggie.

For pressed method

Drops other oil and essentials oil in and stir. Pack down. Spritz powder with 1-3 sprays with rubbing alcohol or vodka press down with a spoon, fingers or lid of some sort until packed down. It might take a couple rounds of oil and spray and packing since the powder is dry. It gets a little messy but you don’t want it too wet so slow and steady. Have patience. Eventually it packs down (about 1/3 as much as the powder). It may look darker and uneven color in some spots, that’s okay! Let it harden/evaporate overnight with the lid off and use as normal the next day.

How to use

Skip pressing if you like loose powder. Dip brush and tap off excess. Brush it on your face gently before and after liquid foundation. Or after DIY Tinted Daily Sunscreen to soak up the oils for a natural SPF-kind of day- look. Store in a sealed container in a dry, cool place. I.E a make up bag in a drawer in the bathroom.

Tips/tricks/insights

  • I like the press method, it’s not as messy as powder to apply. Mine broke apart and clumped up a bit towards the end but still works fine when I rub my brush on it to get the powder (I guess I could sift it..too much effort). See photo below
  • I use little mason jars or a cardboard container that was the packaging for the blush I use. check out Zero Waste Makeup vs Beauty I give some reviews of products.
  • Other liquids for spritzing could be witch hazel, vinegar, aloe juice, rose water etc but I’ve only used rubbing alcohol- worth a try though, let me know how it goes!
  • This supply lasted me about 6 months, so frugal? um yes
  • Test on a small patch of skin to make sure your not sensitive to any ingredients
  • No I don’t smell like chocolate during the day but yes you may smell the ingredients when applying it
  • My skin felt happier and healthier once I ditched my store crap and switched to this, my wallet loved me and I think the earth loved me a tad. Traditional powder foundations can contain harmful chemicals/plastic as well as the cultivation of the minerals to produce them can harm the environment. See resource link. and The Dirty Dozen, cosmetics to avoid
  • Don’t throw away your old stuff, use it all if you like and properly dispose of containers. Posts coming in June on disposal, alternatives and reasoning about makeup during my Month of Zero Makeup Challenge, contact me to join.
  • Yes this isn’t literally zero waste, rubbing alcohol usually only comes in recyclable plastic and some oils are hard to find in bulk, but we do what we can right?
  • Shout out to all my sisters, God’s daughters are meant for greatness now go have a great week & weekend!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional aesthetician, dermatologist, shade artist, herbalist or cosmetologist and have zero responsibility when it comes to your face or life. It’s nice that way for both of us.

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Sunday, Day 7: Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

Do It Yourself, DIY. I couldn’t think of a more perfect ending for A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge. Day 7, Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day. I think in todays American society, the Average Joe (just saw Dodgeball last night) wants everyone else to fix the world problems. In all reality they won’t be done unless you…

DO IT YOURSELF

I could make an aesthetically pleasing and call to action list about the 10 best things to do for Earth day, but I’m not going to. I’m telling you to DIY. Do your part in enlightening yourself and others with worldly issues. One, particularly on this day; the environment. Don’t just plant a tree today and call it good. Start a practice, take action, switch out a routine, have continual growth of knowledge and awareness, especially for the environment. But also…Rest, Celebrate and Mourn.

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge. That’s awesome. That is something you can say you accomplished. I can say I accomplished. Give yourself a pat on the back for trying and moving towards a better way of life. Give your body, mind and soul a rest of the chaos of life and pursuit of perfection in your own eyes. Enjoy this earth, celebrate it, take it in, honor it’s beauty. Mourn what you need to for the sake of the earth: plastic littered, destroyed glaciers, deforestation, air pollution, TRASH. But know that Jesus will renew everything and there is hope in that. Enjoy the day, I’m going to.

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

Day 6-  DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned. Saturday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Hey my people. Lets get real and talk about the DIY life. We all know this is MUCH more than just doing it yourself. It’s caring, researching, contemplating, winging it, testing, succeeding and…..FAILING.

Day 6. A big fat fail. DIY eyebrows and eyelashes. A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition.

Aloe gel, beeswax, coco powder, 5 tries, 2 glasses of wine, black tears. DIY eyebrow tinted gel and DIY mascara DOESN’T work, at least not right now with the tools I have currently. Humidity done-zo. Sweating, No. Swimming, don’t even think about it. So cheers, to my go-green, frugal sisters (and brothers, but letzbehonest) out there. I have also given DIY mascara a fair shot, using it for 6+ months.

My first public fail. There will be more I promise you that. I learn and grow more with fails, unfortunately.

The lessons I’ve learned:

-humility is key

-be a tad bit more prepared

-don’t procrastinate (will always be learning)

-failing is good, it’s real, it’s life

-screw vanity, societal beauty, and fame

-nothing is THAT important, the world doesn’t revolve around me

-sometimes zero waste is the opposite

-laugh at yourself everyday

-dishes suck (already knew that)

Wow, I should do this more.

COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE CHALLENGE AND EARTH DAY—–WHAT WHAT. 🌏🌻


A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Monday DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask.

Tuesday DIY Lip Balm.

Wednesday DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask.

Thursday DIY Healing Lotion Bar.

Friday DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer.

Sunday- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day