DIY Home Decor: Mason Jar Madness

http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/mason-jars-painted-distressed/
http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/mason-jars-painted-distressed/

Clutter! Its one thing I absolutely cannot stand; it drives me to insanity and nearly causes mental breakdowns. I’m constantly looking for affordable ways to avoid clutter throughout my home. Although, not everyone becomes as extremely irritated when it comes to clutter as I do; it’s still a relief to find easy ways to avoid it.

While walking through an aisle of our local Walmart Store a few months ago I noticed adorable Mason Jars spread along a shelf. Who doesn’t love a cute little mason jar? Whether it’s to use as a cup for your ice water or to hold your toothbrush; you can never say no to a Mason Jar. I feel as if they add such character and a bit of “shabby chic” to any environment. After noticing these jars and having them circle throughout my brain for a few days, I took my curiosity to the internet. After some DIY searching and come combining of others ideas, I’ve combined two affordable and easy DIY methods to produce to most adorable mason jar organizers. Keeping clutter off my counters while still adding flare to my walls is one small joy I live for. Therefor I present to you, what I like to call; Shabby Chic Mason Jar organizers:

Supplies:


To paint jars:
– 8, 12, or 16 oz Mason Jars

-Perm-enamel surface conditioner

-Paint brush-Dishwasher safe Perm-enamel Paint

– Paint Brushes

To attach Jars to board:
– Hose clamps

– Piece of wood (roughly 2 ft by 7 in.)

– Wood stain

– Drill & screws

– Picture hanging kit

Following these two instructive BLOG’s ideas I created a brightly painted Mason Jar organizer to hang in my bathroom!

http://thediyplaybook.com/2013/04/mason-jar-organizer.html
&
http://sugarandcharm.com/2011/01/easy-and-beautiful-enamel-painted-vases.html/

Natural Products: Sensitive Skin Solutions

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http://www.miss604.com/2013/06/viva-from-best-buy-giveaway.html

From a newborn baby through my life, I’ve battled a constant struggle; sensitive skin! Sensitive skin is something that at one-point-or-another I believe everyone has encountered. Whether it be a small redness to your skin due to sunscreen, or a flaming and itching rash just because you used a generic soap; we’ve all met the battle.

For many years as a child I was forced to carry along a bar of hypoallergenic soap in my backpack throughout my travels; as in attempts to prevent inflamed, blotchy, itching hands. The 90’s we’re quite the time to grow, although the decade wasn’t very far in advanced with all-natural products. Thankfully as the years have grown, so have the need for natural and Eco-friendly products!

Live Clean: is a product I strongly stand behind. With a variety ranging from: hair products: face cleansers: skin therapy: to baby products. Live Clean has options for everyone of any size.
I have personally been using the Canadian Made, 98% biodegradable products for roughly one year and have noticed the most beneficial reactions to my hair and skin. While offering a hypoallergenic (sensitive) version of their products, I find that without the use of chemicals in their products; with my extremely sensitive skin I can use their normal products without an issue!
I find a freshness and nutrients left on my skin and hair after rinsing which leaves me feeling awake and refreshed throughout the day.
I’m so thrilled that with the arrival of our baby early September 2015, my partner and I plan to be continuing our use of these products on our precious little one. We believe that natural is always positive and that the more natural products we surround our child with, the more beneficial it will be!
With so many products its hard to chose; this brand leaves you prepared for every time of the day. By offering Lavender scented lotions and washes to help your little ones get a good night sleep; we see that this product is all for natural remedies!

http://live-clean.com/default.aspx

http://live-clean.com/collections/baby

DIY Home Decor: Dollar Store Decor

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http://www.seawaynb.com/2093-diy-cork-board-pictures-ideas.html/diy-burlap-cork-board

Living inexpensively is a must as a young couple on a tight budget! Although, I am still human (and I am a organize-craze female); whom loves to decorate and add spice to our small basement suit. Living on a small budget can cause many set backs while watching HGTV or walking through the aisles of Urban Barn. Therefor the dollar store and a little imagination have come a long way.

Simple and simple touches can add wonders to a home; whether it be a small vase on the fireplace, or a decorative way to organize your toothbrushes. and with small tips and tricks from the dollar store; I present to you DIY Home Decor all from your local dollar store.

One thing every house has; light switches. They’re white, square and generally look basic;while adding nothing of interest to our homes. Although, with a few dollars well spent, they can add unique character and flare to any wall in your home!
All you need is to purchase a few picture frames of your choice (I preferred purchasing white frames; as they matched the light switches and base-strip on our walls). Next, I took the glass and back of the picture frame merely leaving the frame and we’re nearly done! Finally, placing the empty frame around the light switch and adding a few nails and we’re complete! You now have a cute accessory on a common household accessory.

(Link to photo instructions for light switch covers here:)

(Other ways to add flare to your home on a budget:)
http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-easy-diy-upgrades-that-will-make-your-home-look-more-expe#.kbMQAXoXl

Home Remedies: Aromatherapy

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http://ewallpapers-hub.com/lavender-flowers/

As the years have gone by I have found myself facing many unavoidable anxieties. Finding natural ways to release stress and calm myself have come greatly by the use of my senses. Touch: Smell: Taste: Sight: Sound.
I have found multiple comforts in each. Although one I have focuses on is smell and Aromatherapy.

There’s something about a soft and subtle scent which produces physical and emotional health benefits in which I find comfort. Although finding creative and simple ways to incorporate these scents into our daily lives can be a struggle. Therefor; I have created a list of Essential Oil’s I have personally used along with their Health Benefits. Also fun and easy ways to make these oils accessible!

Essential Oils & Health Benefits:

Lavender:
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Allergies, Asthma, Labour Pains, Migraine.

Eucalyptus:
Stress, Memory, Arthritis, Poor Circulation, Muscle Aches, Sinus Pain.

Basil:
Fatigue, Exhaustion, Memory, Concentration, Colds, Muscle Pains.

Chamomile:
Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Irritability, Insomnia, Stress, Allergies, Arthritis, Colic, Headache, Nausea.

Sage:
Anxiety, Fatigue, Exhaustion, Fear, Stress, Asthma, Labour Pains.

Jasmine:
Stress, Depression, Fear, Fatigue, Exhaustion, Anger, Labour Pains.

Peppermint:
Fatigue, Exhaustion, Memory, Concentration, Nausea, Fever, Asthma, Colic, Headache.

More essential oils and their benefits can be found here:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/list-of-essential-oils.html

Using these essential oils through massage or mixed with lotions, is a common and soothing way of use. Although, there are other tricks I have found that have been possibly more useful and more accessible with a busy schedule.

Epsom salts in your bath; simple yet so soothing! Adding a few drops of your essential oils into a cup of Epsom salts; doing so will pair the aromas with the soothing uses of salts and warm bath water! Epsom salts are rich with both magnesium and sulfate; which alone can help with arthritis and joint pains. Paired with the emotional and physical scents and touch of a warm bath, there’s no going wrong with health beneficial relaxation!

Although, let’s be honest; not all of us have time in the day to relax in a nice long bath. Making my next solution a great one! Making an Aromatherapy Rice Bag! These are easy and almost always useful; easy to pop into the microwave and have relief in a few minutes no matter where you are or what time it is. Whether you place bag and placing it on a sore neck or back: tuck the warm bag into the bottom of you blanket during a chilled night: or just heat it up simply for the aroma. You can’t go wrong.

My mother made me my own aromatherapy rice bag a few years ago and it works wonders! Adding a few drops of your favourite, or most health beneficial oil, to the rice before finishing making your rice bag can provide endless relief. The internet has made it so useful and the following are a few links to instruction on how to make your own.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/86874-make-aromatherapy-rice-bags/

http://justsomethingimade.com/2009/02/homemade-lavender-heating-pad/

Home Remedies: Preventing Stretch Marks

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http://www.thecultureist.com/2014/01/03/green-living-secret-using-raw-organic-shea-butter-face-moisturizer/

Throughout the past eight months I have experienced many pests brought along with the word Pregnancy. One of these pests is expected and practically unavoidable. Stretch marks!

Now, when I first brought up the subject and initial fears around these permanent marks I was told “There’s nothing you can do, you may as well accept them.” Although, accepting these tiger stripes was not the issue, the issue was trying to prevent my porcelain white skin from producing terrible tears through my abdomen.
The hunt was on! If no-one was to assist me in my search, I was doing it alone. After many trips to multiple Health Food stores: speaking with doctors: speaking with other expectant/new mothers: researching the web; I had finally found a possible solution! 

For only a mere $20 I purchased myself a jar of Now Solutions All Natural Raw Shea Butter. Shea butter is derived from tree nuts of the karite trees and is grown in Western and Central Africa. It is known to replenish oils and deep condition. 
Although, don’t be mistaken by the word butter! The contents of the jar are not a smooth and creamy solution; rather, a grainy off-white packed substance that looks almost of sugar. The touch is not one of butter either. The feeling is an odd soft yet grainy feeling that slowly melts to an oil between your fingers.
Now, every evening after my nightly shower starting from the beginning of a small belly forming (roughly 14 weeks along) I had begun to rub this oil across my stomach. Routinely I have been placing this butter across my stomach; now at 33 weeks along I have still to yet produce any stretch marks where I have been replenishing my skin with oils. My skin has stretched like I wouldn’t believe and my stomach protrudes from my body; yet, no stretch marks.
Although this natural oil works amazing on its own; I have also found recipes combining Shea butter with other oils and natural products to produce a butter that of which provides many different healing agents!

Fellow blogger shares her recipe here http://www.jellibeanjournals.com/pregnancy-belly-butter-recip/