DIY Body Lotion With Essential Oils

DIY LOTION WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 cup unrefined shea butter (mountain rose herbs)

  2. 1 cup coconut oil

  3. 30+ drops of whatever essential oils you want!

I heat my shea butter + coconut oil in the microwave. I try not to completely melt it, but sometimes it happens. I combine it in the mixing bowl + mix it for 7-10 minutes. You don’t want any lumps. If you melted it too much + its like liquid soup while mixing put it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. Then take it out + start mixing again. You want it super fluffy. Once it is fluffy add in your eo’s then mix for another 3 minutes. My favorite brand of essential oils are Young Living + Mountain Rose Herbs. If you ever have any questions about a certain eo just message me! I'm always learning, but if I don’t know the answer I will point you in the right direction. If you want to set up an account with Young Living message me. I can tell you how you can get your favorite oils at a discounted rate! This time I used..

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*10 drops of Lavender (Young Living) best for relaxation + it smells AMAZING. I love diffusing it before bedtime to help us relax.

*15 drops of Stress Away (Young Living). This is my GO TO BLEND with my crazy kiddos, if my husband comes home + he smells this blend diffusing in the house he knows it has been a stressful day with the kids HAHA (the blend is: copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea, + lavender).

*5 drops of Thieves (Young Living). It is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon, + Eucalyptus. In sickness season this is my go to blend to help boost our immune system! I love diffusing these + putting it in our lotion.

*5 drops of Ylang Ylang (Now) has many different uses but my massage therapist (https://www.facebook.com/touchofhartmassage) always used this on anything that was sore during massages! So I always add some in there. It does have somewhat of a strong ordor. I love it, but Zach isn’t a huge fan. So I only put a little bit in there.

(Please note: EO’s are amazing + I 100% support them, but I always ask that everyone does their own research when it comes to using EO’s around kids + pets.. There are some essential oils you want to wait till kids are older + some that are unsafe for cats + dogs! They have MANY health + wellness benefits, I just always tend to stay on the safe side! I never recommend ingesting oils unless you have been in contact with an aromatherapist! Also always use a carrier oil when putting on skin (my go to carrier oil is coconut oil mixed with whatever EO you want))

This is my favorite lotion to make. It is super easy + I never do the same scent! You could totally do the same scent every time; I just like switching it up. Everyone always asks me if this lotion is super oily since it has coconut oil in it, the answer is yes (kinda). I use a hand scrape amount + lather it in-between my hands to heat it up then I rub it on whatever area. It seems super oily at first, but then it soaks into your skin! Always start with a small amount + you can add more. I tend to need more in the winter than in the summer. I’ve also had people ask me if I put this on my face, the answer is no (kinda). My face is super oily so I put on a light daily moisturizer. In the winter if I’m SUPER dry I will apply a small amount at night after I’ve taken my makeup off. I wouldn’t recommend putting it on before makeup unless you’re super dry! I will put it on my face if I’ve gotten a sunburn, it helps me for that! These specific ingredients made 4 jars (I think 6oz jars) You can customize the oils to whatever you want. Feel free to get creative! People ask me why I choose to make my own lotion + my answer is simple. I love making things, plus there is a lot of chemicals + fragrances in many lotions on the market. Our skin is the largest organ we have so anything we put on our skin is absorbed! Of course there are clean lotions on the market, but I also have fun making my own!

If you’ve ever wondered about the ingredients in your household/beauty products I encourage you to download the app ‘Think Dirty’. It is one of my favorite resources. You scan any barcode or type it in + it goes in depth about the ingredients good + bad and gives it a “clean” rating! Go put everything in the app + I think you'll be shocked what score your everyday products get!

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XO Colleen Cashio

link to Mountain Rose Herbs: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

This is one of my favorite body scrubs, because I LOVE the smell of coffee + it exfoliates my skin so good! It is seriously SO easy to make – hope you enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS

1-cup coffee grinds

1-cup raw brown sugar

½ -cup coconut oil

 

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My in-laws always stock up Community Coffee Mardi-Gras King Cake for me because I’ve never been able to find any in Arkansas! I used it this time in the coffee scrub because it smells so amazing! It says it has hints of Cinnamon & Vanilla so I’m sure if you have regular coffee you could totally throw in vanilla + cinnamon and call it a day! This recipe is literally as easy as it sounds – mix all three ingredients together!

I do soften my coconut oil if it’s harder, (normally my house is chilly) BUT you don’t want your coconut oil to be hot because it could melt your raw sugar. So I warm it in the microwave, stir it around, + let it cool down before pouring in my mix. The reason you don’t want to melt your brown sugar is because that is what actually exfoliates your skin! Sometimes if I’m lazy + don’t have anything made I will just use plain raw brown sugar to exfoliate my body! The grittiness of the sugar works so well! Once everything is mixed together put it in a glass jar to store it! This specific batch made 4 4oz jars, perfect to make some for yourself + gifts or if you’re lazy like me + hate dirtying dishes I store some for later use!

My husband asked me why “exfoliating” is important. Instead of telling him, I googled it to give him a good answer so he doesn’t think I’m just making it up! Ha, does anyone else’s husband think they do unnecessary ‘beauty’ steps?! Anyways, this is what google said:

“Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them most effective. In short, a regular exfoliating (not daily though) routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy”

If your skin is normal-combination you can exfoliate 2-3 times a week. I have sensitive skin so I exfoliate every 7-10 days. Over-exfoliating can really hurt your skin so just play around with it. It’s a really good tool to incorporate in your routine, but don’t do it too often!

 

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XO Colleen Cashio

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Happy Birthday Luna!

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I remember it like it was yesterday. Zach + I went on a date in Conway which ended like it always does- by grabbing a coffee + cake pop from Starbucks. We got our items + sat in the comfy chairs scrolling the internet looking at puppies. (Side note: We love luna, but we were uneducated about breeders + shelters.. Next doggie friend we get will be from a rescue/shelter. There are WAY too many puppies that need good loving homes at your local shelter. And chances are, they are just as smart and friendly as the one you will be paying a good bit for from a breeder. There are even pure bred puppies at shelters sometimes too.) While searching we found the cutest little Australian Shepherd + we fell in love!! That little nub and cute little fluffy booty had us wrapped around her finger. Unfortunately after looking more in depth we saw that her adoption status said "PENDING". We were so bummed + we knew that she wasn't for us. So we kept looking, but had no luck. Finally I said I was just going to message the breeder + ask if for some reason it happened to fall through to PLEASE let us know! They immediately responded saying she was obviously waiting to be picked up if the owner could talk his wife into it. Our hearts were broken again. Until, I received an email saying it wasn't going to work out + Luna was ours if we still wanted her!! We were SO happy. We packed our truck + headed for Springfield, MO. My little sister came along for the ride. The couple who were the breeders were so nice + they had so many dogs. You could truly tell they loved their dogs. They all got to come inside + get to cuddle. They really were such nice people! Every litter they have they take turns getting to pick one to keep. At that time they had a total of 17 Aussies. The husband was super upset because it was his wife's turn to choose + if it was his, he would have picked Luna. He said that every time he came to feed the puppies she always sat under his chair and hung out with him. He actually shed a tear when we loaded her in our truck to head home. Our lives forever changed that day. We became parents. We treated her like a child from day one. To say she is spoiled is an understatement. At one point she had 2 big bins stuffed with toys. She was an only child. She has been through it all with us. When we had 2 legged kids we were afraid she'd be jealous + not like them. Of course it was a transition for her, but I think she wouldn't have it any other way! She just LOVES to get her hair pulled from her brothers and get climbed on. What she really enjoys is when big brother (Ezra) is finished with his food and says "Here sissy, eat!". That's when she really loves being a big sister. 

Today is her F-I-F-T-H birthday. Man time has flown by. She is no longer our little baby girl. We wish she could be our 'forever' dog. Anyone else have/had a dog like that? Sure she can be a pain at times. Especially when a stranger comes toward our path on hikes, or comes near our car, or just happens to wink our way. She's a bit protective at first. So many people stop to ask if they can pet her. And we feel bad every time we have to say "No we are sorry, she isn't the sweetest towards strangers". Its her beauty that attracts people. One of the downfalls of not being able to socialize her at a young age is her protectiveness towards people. But she truly is a loving dog. Once she realizes that you aren't going to hurt us or the kids, she will be your best friend if you throw her a ball. That. is. her. crack. She can chase a ball all day long. No matter if she can even stand up or breathe. Common in a herding dog. They do not know when to stop. And occasionally you have to make them stop. But we wouldn't change her for the world. She loves us just as much as we love her. And today is her day! So we celebrated with baking doggie cupcakes (that Ezra approved of too) + lots of snuggles! 

We LOVE you sissy! AKA Luna.

Scroll down to the bottom for cute pictures + a yummy dog treat!

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Can't you tell she just adores having brothers?! She's still learning that its not all about her 24/7 like it was 2 and a half years ago. 

If you're ever looking for a good recipe for your pups heres one:

recipe + instructions

This made us 6 cupcakes:

1/8 cup oil

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 of 1/3 cup of honey

1 egg

1/2 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix together + bake 350 (just keep watching, i never remember to put a timer but id guess around 10ish min)

Icing:

2 big scoops of greek yogurt

2 big scoops of peanut butter (softened)

Mix those two together until you get the constancy you want + put on cooled cupcake :)

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Funny story- I am actually not about Valentine’s Day. Zach + I stopped celebrating it because it never failed; we made plans + boom, we got sick. Which is the crazy part, because we rarely get sick. But leave it to the day of love to make us sick. After three Valentine’s in a row of scheduling a couples massage + having to cancel because of a sickness- we decided to avoid the holiday. This year we said “oh let’s go hiking for Vday.”..and guess what? I’m not sick, but I have an ear annoyance. It was bath time the other night + the kids thought it was funny that mom could go under the water + come back up. So I played along a couple times- until I felt water go in my ear! I didn’t think too much about it. Until it woke me up at 3am with a bunch of pressure. So from 3-5am I tried everything Google suggested. With no luck I finally fell back asleep. After talking to a nurse friend she thinks the water got behind my eardrum. UGHHH…I heard from THREE other people with the same story. All went to an ENT + basically all got the same answer; keep blowing out of your nose while holding it to pop your ears. One person had it for a few days, one for a couple weeks, + one for 2 months. My ear feels like it is full of water. Talk about annoying! I pray it goes away- FAST. Anyway, enough of my Valentine’s drama…Here is a cute cookie recipe we did with the boys! My favorite thing to do in the kitchen is to bake cookies with them, mainly because they love it so much. Secondly, because I love sweets. Win Win!

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Sugar Cookies Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

½ cup unsalted butter room temp or warmed in microwave

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

1 ½ tsp baking powder

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350

2. Mix sugar + butter together for a couple of minutes

3. Add egg + vanilla

4. Combine dry ingredients + add to wet ingredients (everyone always says combine in a separate bowl then add the wet ingredients…I never do that, I just throw it all together. Less dishes + less time)

5. Mix until combined, dough will be very thick.

6. Put it in the fridge for 15ish minutes

7. Put wax paper down + put flour on top the put your dough + roll it out!

8. Use whatever shapes you are in the mood for, we did hearts + lips for valentines day

9. Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes (each oven is different) Take out of oven let them totally cool on rack before adding icing

Icing recipe:

2 cups powdered sugar

1 stick of butter

1 tsp of vanilla

1 tsp of heavy whipping cream or whole milk

Mix all together – I took out some icing to mix red food color

I hope everyone has a great Valentines Day! Remember its not about the gifts we get, but the love we share! I hope you enjoy baking cookies with your family like we do! Fair warning, your kitchen + kids will get messy! But its ok let flour get everywhere...the best memories are made there!

XO Colleen Cashio