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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Outlive the Test of Time with the Most Rewarding (and free) Father’s Day Gift

Go outside.

Hike. Walk. Camp. Kayak. Backpack. Rollerblade. Skateboard. Go to a dog park (with or without a dog ha!). Being outside is nice and it seems like I don’t appreciate the sky and fresh air ever enough. Might as well share that with our dads while spending time together and creating comfortable places and fun memories?!? And most simple activity of walking outside. Free. A win-win to me.

Those who don’t have a special father-figure to spend the day with?

Go outside.

Spend time with your Father our God. The most powerful, loving and perfect father. To chat, grieve, vent, cry, breath, rest, exercise, have fun and just plain ol share life with.

Enjoy.

Dad, if your reading this, can’t wait for our backpacking adventures! Thanks for being you. Love you lots.

DIY Healing Lotion Bar. Thursday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Thursday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. DAY 4 PEOPLE!! We can do this. You know those days where you are just exhausted to think. I think I’m there. Thank God for rest and Friday’s to come and sleep and snuggling with a book.

DIY Healing Lotion Bar

I seriously love these things, any kind of any sort. My auntie gifted some to me for my birthday OVER 6 months ago and I just ran out..so what do I do? I make it myself. These are my pointers: I only use them when I’m real dry and crusty, need extra moisturizing like after shaving, or have have any dry spots. I use them before bed or in the winter whenever because your going to bundle up in clothes anyway BECAUSE they can feel a little sticky (with beeswax) and greasy (without beeswax). BUT who cares they work and are SOOO easy to make AND use. You jut rub a dub dub and your skin does the melting and rubbing at the same time. mind blown.

What you need for BEESWAX ones (makes roughly 2 bars or 4 small ones) 

1/4 cup Shea butter

1/4 cup Coconut oil

1/4 cup Beeswax

Other oils- vit E, apricot kernel, grapeseed, argon, jojoba, safflower etc. -optional

10-15 drops Essential oils-I used lavender and frankincense- optional

molds or muffin tins

What you need for NON-BEESWAX ones (makes 1 bar or 2 small ones)

1 tablespoon Shea butter

2 tablespoons coco butter

1/2 teaspoon Other oils (see above for examples)- optional

5-10 drops Essential oils- I used Young Livings JOY blend- optional

molds or muffin tin

Instructions

Melt all ingredients together except the essential oils via double broiler method (see my bootleg version below). Take off heat, add essential oils. Pour into molds (see photo for small and large) or muffin tin, or make a big batch by multiplying ingredients into bread pan and cut into bars (tell me how that goes I haven’t tried). Let sit out to harder or put in fridge/freezer and use when hardened. They should stay solid at room temp. Store extras in the fridge/freezer. Rub on designated area and enjoy the lather, smooth goodness of fresh -radiant-dewy skin.

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

Easter Basket Almond Joy No Bake Cookies

He is Risen!!!

No refined sugar, gluten free, Vegan, almond, chocolate, coconut, no bake Cookies, a yummy mouthful.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup agave (or other sweetener of choice, maple syrup, honey etc)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1-1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashion)

1-1/2 cup shredded coconut (split)- we did unsweetened

1/4 cup almonds (1/8 food processed into small/medium sized chunks)

Instructions:

Melt agave, coconut oil, almond butter and cocoa powder in a medium pot on the stove on low/medium stirring frequently until all combined and a little bubbly from the heat. Meanwhile, mix oats, 1/2 of the coconut and the almonds chunks in a bowl. Pour the melted mixture on the dry stuff and stir. Drop with a spoon on silicon baking sheet or wax paper 1-1/2 inch wide. Top with the rest of coconut and an almond (“egg”) in the middle forming the basket. Let sit for 20 mins or put in fridge for 5-10 and enjoy!! Store in fridge for up to a week in a sealed container.


Happy Easter everyone! What an amazing weekend. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. I am thankful for the freedom to worship God and opening display my affection. Enjoy this moment, something I continue to tell myself.

DIY Easy Paper Flag Banner

Hey cuties, (yum clementines)

Spring Time is Near

The sun is up, there is still a little bit of snow on the ground, I am using my phone as a hotspot for this post and it’s a wonderful day to be alive. Sometimes I think we forget to recognize the breath of life from the Holy Spirit. So welcome to this day, whatever day you may be reading this on. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, listen to your heartbeat and appreciate being alive.  Thank you Jesus, for giving us life. Amen!

Time to appreciate the little things, like cute paper banners in a kitchen or at a party. I love banners! There is one for every occasion, usually inexpensive and easily DIY’d, and its quick set up and take down.

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Supplies:

  • Cute paper 1-2 or more sheets
  • old cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional) -replace with hole punch and cute string/twine/ribbon

Cut out a template of the shape you want your ‘flags’ to be ( I used triangles big and small). Click  here  for a tutorial of how to maximize paper space. She gives detailed instructions for a fabric banner @ I Can’t Stop Crafting.

 

 

 

and literally sew a 1/4 inch seam, leaving like 1-2  ‘fake stitches’ in between pieces. (the needle goes up and down but it doesn’t stitch anything (it gives some space between the pieces to freely move) ). Glue or hole punch and tie and cute ribbon/twine at the ends for decoration/fanciness (optional) and enjoy! If you don’t sew then hole punch at corners and thread ribbons through. 2-3 sheets of paper is about 6-8 feet of banner. I cut about 10 big triangles and 16 little on if I did a mix. I used a few of these for my sissy’s tea party baby shower. It was a hit!!

 

Upper left: I collected the scraps in the remaining cereal box  of making a template and composted them! or you can recycle. Or use them to make your own compostable/biodegradeable confetti with a small punch! The oppurtunities are endless.

Upper right: My bootleg templates I wung (yes, that’s a word)

Bottom left: Cute paper

Bottom right: Sewing in action