Holiday Stickers, Tracking and Planning!

I love the holidays, but because I am a planner I need organization in my life! Every year I try to make the holiday’s go smooth for everyone, which means the more organized and prepared I am the better. In past years I have kept a log on tracking and shipping information in the note pages of my EC, but sometimes that became a mess. So this year I created tracking stickers to help me keep track. Planning is my key to making busy times in life work. Laying out everything that needs to be done, what I want to get done, and of course being financially responsible in the process, it’s easy to over spend on the holidays.

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I had made some simple stickers for bills in the past but found that they weren’t working for me as well as I wanted. So I made some changes! I like to use a large sidebar sticker in my notes section but found I didn’t have enough room, then I tried small stickers in the monthly boxes, but ended up with no room to write the rest of my reminders for the month. So I made these and am using them in the weekly layout then in my monthly I simply write the bill name in the monthly box.

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Last but not least I made some functional but cute stickers for my weekly layouts. I like stickers that are cute but functional.

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I am excited to get to planning all the holiday festivities, Thanksgiving is coming up and will be doing my annual Thanksgiving Run! Then I started thinking why not a Christmas Run also?

If you would like to get some of these stickers too, I do offer them in my Etsy shop. Merely Essentials
(as always it’s just $3 shipping no matter how much you order)

Wishing you a fantastic day!

XOXO,
Faith

All Natural Aluminum Free pit paste

I have been traditional deodorant free for more than a year now. I have been making my own pit paste, a version of primal paste but at the fraction of the cost. My previous recipe used beeswax and baking soda which worked awesome but I couldn’t use it without a little irritation after shaving.

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I Revised my pit paste, recipe below. I removed the beeswax and baking soda. Some found the baking soda too abrasive. This one is made with Shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot, kaolin clay, and essential oils.

  • Essential Oils: I used lavender for its skin loving and  a Young Living’s blend called purification for the stink elimination.
  • Shea butter will not only heal pits, make them softer, help to keep paste solid but will also soften hair for less frequent shaving.
  • Coconut oil for its awesomeness for skin & is the base for this.
  • Kaolin clay is gentle and amazing for sensitive skin.

Glides on smooth, no staining, lasts all day, aluminum free all natural protection.
all natural deodorant. non-abrasive.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/2 cup kaolin clay
and essential Oils..I use purification and lavender 12 drops each.

Directions:
1. Melt shea butter in double broiler. (or your can use a mason jar or large measuring glass cup and place in a pan of water)

2. While Shea butter is melting, mix softened coconut oil with powders. (if yours is not soft may need to warm it up a little, but don’t melt it all the way)

3. Once shea butter is melted mix with coconut oil mixture that you have prepared. mix well.

4. Add complete mix to freezer for about 15 min, until edges are solid and center is liquid.

5. Remove from freezer and get out your mixer and add essential oils to mix.

6. Blend all until whipped into a paste. Store in 4 oz glass jar.
Links where I purchased some of my supplies:
Kaolin clay: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001K2HY74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Shea Butter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RM35FYE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s02?ie=UTF8&th=1

Arrowroot and coconut oil I purchased at local food store, but you can also find these on amazon.
NOTE: When switching from chemical filled antiperspirants to natural deodorant, you may experience a very sensitive detox period. Some people experience rashes in their armpits and even some pain, though this severe of a reaction is uncommon. If you experience a painful rash due to detoxification, you can use aloe vera gel to help soothe skin during this detox period.

Price Break Down:
Shea Butter 1lb (16oz) @ $8.99  (.56 per oz)
Kaolin Clay 1 Pound @ $9.00 (.56 per oz)
Arrowroot powder 16oz @ $4.49 (.28 per oz)
Coconut Oil 56oz @ $14.98 (.26 per oz)
Lavender EO 15ml @ .9 cents per drop
Purification EO 15ml @  .7 cents per drop

2 oz shea butter = $1.12
2 oz Kaolin clay = $1.12
2 oz arrowroot = $.56
2 oz coconut oil = $.52
12 drops lavender = $1.08
12 drops purification = $.84
TOTAL: $5.24

A little goes a long way, just need a pea size amount. This 4 oz jar will last months for both my husband and I.

Wishing you a great day and thanks for reading!
XOXO
Faith

Took the Etsy Plung

I have been making labels and planner stickers for more than a year for my personal use and found a passion with it. It all started with the purchase of a cricut explorer which is where my learning began. About 6 months ago I purchased a Silhouette Cameo and WOW it opened up design doors I did not have before with my cricut. I love them both but for labels and stickers I prefer my Silhouette.

When I first dove into essential oils, the fun part is making all kinds of useful household products. I began making our own soap, shaving cream, lotions, hand soap, scrubs, bath soaks, face washes, deodorant, lip balm, and more. However it’s no fun when your washi tape comes off your container; which is how I first labeled everything. I started making labels and not only love the way they look cute yet professional but solved the issues with labels falling off.

I have been making things for other people for more than a year and after much support and love from my family and friends who have encouraged me for months to open up an etsy shop and share what I love doing with others. I will list what I make in my shop, well what I can. I made these after one of my favorites Tokidoki. (copyright laws and all so won’t see these in my shop) They go so well with my kaiju city collection.

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I recently made these lip balm labels that I received awesome feedback on! (these are in my shop)

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I am excited about this new little adventurous journey. I will be offering custom work as well, I know not everyone loves Pumpkin Everything as I do so that won’t fit everyone’s needs when they are doing a make and take, DIY for gifts, or even selling their handmade essential oil products. I hope that you will come favorite my shop as I will be adding new designs often and having sales, and bonus buys in the future! I am looking forward to either helping your planner fun and functional needs or helping a little with your essential oil goodies.

Always,
Faith XOXO

Hot Process Soap

I love to make my soap a little differently every time but the base is the same. For this one I used coconut milk and Lavender. My family and friends love my soaps and it makes wonderful gifts for any occasion.

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Hot Process Soap SUPPLIES:

-8 oz coconut oil
-22 oz other carrier oil (i like safflower)
-4 oz lye
-10.5 oz water
-crockpot (only to be used for soaps)
-2 glass mixing bowls
-kitchen scale
-stick blender
-spatula
-color (eye shadow, powder clays, mica powder, or food coloring)
-essential oils or soap fragrance
-silicone loaf pan mold
-solo cup
*Your crockpot, glass bowls, stick blender, and spatula used to make hot process soaps should be dedicated to soap making.

Step 1: Measure out base oils

  • Starting with the solid oils, measure coconut oil and other carrier and place it into your crock pot that is set on low. 

Step 2: Measure out water and lye

  • measure out water into a glass bowl
  • measure out lye in solo cup
  • in well ventilated area (either outside or under stove vent with fan on high) add lye to water. IMPORTANT NOTE: Always add the sodium hydroxide (lye) to the water. NOT the water to the sodium hydroxide. add a little at a time and stir with spatula. 

Step 3: Combine lye mix to oils

  • once oils in crockpot have completely melted, slowly add Lye water to your crockpot oils while using your stick blender to mix well. Maintain a steady, strong stirring motion. Not so fast as to splash but fast enough to keep the mixture in constant motion. Mix until trace- which is when it becomes like pudding. 

Step 4: Let Cook

  • allow soap to cook until edges are folding in and it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. (if it starts to bubble over you can stir with spatula gently) 
  • while this is cooking prepare color. add 1 tbsp safflower oil to mica or other colorant such as turmeric, red clay or other natural colorant, add enough color to get color you want.

Step 5: Add Color and or additives

  • you can add one color or several
    • to add one color just add mica oil mix to crockpot and stir or swirl with spatula 
    • to add more than one color. 
      • divide soap into section in glass bowls. one for each color you would like. Add each color you want into sectioned out soap bowls. you will want to work quickly so that soap does not begin to harden.
  • you can add flowers at this time, just stir in.

Step 6: Add fragrance or EO

  • add fragrance or essential oils into soap and stir well with spatula, add as many drops as you need until desired smell.

Step 7: Scoop into Mold

  • for single color pour all of your soap into a loaf mold
  • for multiple colors pour one at a time in a layered fashion
  • Make sure to gently tap the mold on the counter to get any air bubbles out. 

Step 8: Curing and Cutting

  • allow soap to sit in mold for 24-48 hours
  • once it is hardened you can remove it from the mold. 
  • use cutter and cut into bars
  • store in zip lock bag or airtight container until ready to use. 

To make the lavender soap as shown, I used 8 oz coconut oil, 22 oz safflower oil, 4 oz lye, 5.25 oz water, and 13 oz can organic coconut milk. The water I used to mix with the lye and the coconut milk I added to my crockpot with coconut oil and safflower oil. I mixed in lavender and lemongrass essential oil and organic lavender buds, then once I had my soap poured into my mold I sprinkled Lavender on top and pressed it in gently with my spatula. Allowed to sit for 24 hours and then cut.

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XOXO,
Faith

Skin Loving DIY

I made  some awesome skin Loving goodies this week as gifts!! I love these two and l wanted to share with you just why I Love them and recipes so you can make some too.

Cinnamon Orange Body Scrub smells amazing but also is made with ingredients that has many benefits for your skin!

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*Coconut oil is AMAZING all around but also very beneficial for your skin. Moisturizing, anti-aging, contains vitamin E, and when used in a body scrub aids in removing dead skin cells to reveal smoother skin.

*Cinnamon is great for skin!! Cinnamon has many benefits but some are to help to sooth and soften dry skin, also improves skin tone, reduce signs of aging, and aid in cleansing.

*Orange is great for moisturizing your skin, aiding in signs of aging, and refreshing for your skin!

Cinnamon Orange Body Scrub
1 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil
9 drops Orange EO
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
zest of 1 large Orange

In a small bowl mix up sugar and coconut oil, add zest of orange stir well and then add orange oil and stir well. then spoon into container and label. (these will keep for about 2 months) will make about 10 oz
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Joyful Rose Sea Salt Bath Soak has a very relaxing scent, is skin nourishing and detoxifying.

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*Himalayan salt is great for detoxification.

*Dried Rose petals are relaxing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory.

*Epsom salt is a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammation that is great for dry skin and sore muscles.

*Baking Soda helps to detoxify and soften skin.

*Joy Essential Oil is uplifting and smells wonderful. Joy contains Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine. Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils. Which is why this oil is one of my very favorites!

Joyful Rose sea salt bath soak
1/4 cup Himalayan salt
2 tbsp dried rose petal or buds
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup baking soda
5 drops Joy essential oil

You will want to use a food processor (I use my NutriBullet) to grind Himalayan salt until it’s finely ground. In small bowl combine himalayan salt, epsom salt and stir well. Then add baking soda and mix well. Next add your rose petals, these you will want to light crush and mix in well. Next add EO and mix well. Then spoon into container and label. will make about 10 oz

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XOXO
Faith

DIY Coffee Scrub

Did you know that coffee scrubs are great for helping to reduce cellulite? They are refreshing, pampering and beneficial. After  K&K posted today about their top tips for reducing cellulite I thought I would share some of my favorite scrub recipe. Coffee Scrubs not only help to reduce cellulite but they smooth and and firm skin.

See Tone it Up 7 tips here :: https://www.toneitup.com/lifestyle/how-to-get-rid-of-cellulite/?utm_campaign=How+To+Get+RID+of+Cellulite%21+%28pvmLUs%29&utm_medium=email&_ke=bGlsbWFtYTIzQGNveC5uZXQ%3D&utm_source=Full+Mailing+List Number 4 is coffee scrub!

First I use essential oils in my scrubs and I only use the best because I am very careful about what I am putting into my body and on my skin…since your skin is your largest organ. Your skin absorbs 60% – 80% of what it comes in contact with. I prefer not to rub chemicals all over me, I eat healthy, workout daily..why would I sabotage myself with chemicals on my skin? I wouldn’t. To see the essential oils I use click here ::  http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/

So what oils do I add to my scrubs? here are a few suggestions, I like to switch them up!

  • Grapefruit :: it  detoxifies and helps to remove cellulite. I also eat grapefruit on a weekly basis, it has vitamin c and aids in weight loss.
  • Cypress :: it improves blood circulation, prevents fluid retention, and detoxifies.
  • Germanium ::  not only does this one help with reducing cellulite but it’s also skin toning. I also use this on my face.
  • Rosemary :: because I love the smell for one but it’s great for blood circulation.
  • Cinnamon :: increases circulation and re-enforces connective tissue. I also eat a lot of cinnamon, love it sprinkled on my apples and trail mix.
  • Citrus Fresh ::  this is one of my favorites because it’s great for blood circulation, water retention, tightens skin, and strengthens blood vessels.
  • Lemongrass :: is an awesome oil but it has an amazing way of reducing cellulite.

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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup ground organic coffee
  • 1 Cup organic sugar or salt
  • ½ Cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ Tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 6-8 drops essential oil
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify.
  2. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar.
  3. Use 1-2 times a week (or every day if you like).

HOW TO USE

Using a palm full of the scrub, start towards the end of your body (towards your feet) and work your way up exfoliating in a circular motion until you’ve reached your neck. You can use this on your face if you’d like, it just depends on your skin’s sensitivity to exfoliants. (If you have a caffeine sensitivity you may want to use these only in the morning so it doesn’t prevent you from getting to bed on time) Let set for 15 to 30 minutes and then rinse.  Store in an airtight bag or mason jar if you have any leftover.

Note :: be prepared to get really messy in the shower before you get clean, the coffee grounds will go everywhere! But that’s the fun of it, right?

Additional Option :: You can also make individual scrubs. simply add the mix to muffin tin, freeze for about 25-35 minutes, pop them out and then store in airtight container in the freezer until you’re ready to use one. Grab one and head to the shower.

XOXO
Faith

Here we GO!!! Bikini Series Week 2

Are you ready? I am!! Last week was awesome! I use instagram for my check in’s, keeps me accountable and with a huge support team from all the tone it up girls!!

See my instagram check in’s here: https://www.instagram.com/merelyessential/

I am doing the workouts from Beach Babe 4 but there are FREE workouts too. They are posted every Sunday for you, so you have time to prep as you need to. Get your gym clothes for the week laid out, pack them in a bag so you’re ready to go every morning.

To get your videos for the free schedule visit here: https://www.toneitup.com/workouts/bikini-series-week-2-workout-schedule/

To get your daily workout visit here: https://www.toneitup.com/daily-workout/

Have you checked out their phone app? I love it because I can pull up a workout or recipe right on my phone. There is also a large community you can access.

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Tone it up for iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tone-it-up/id556859206?mt=8

Tone it up for Andriod: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toneitup.toneitup&hl=en

 

Food Prep Tips:

Freeze your bananas, I like to slice mine and store them for my smoothies. no need for ice this way and they are much smoother in texture.

Wash and cut your veggies, I like to wash and cut all my veggies for the week. Helps me cut down on the time it takes to make meals throughout the week.

Fruit infused water, I make it every night for the next day. it’s delicious, helps keep my water intake on task. I like to change it up but usually include lemons, limes, ginger, and a variety of fruit.

Overnight oats, I make them on Sunday so I have breakfast ready to go everyday.

Protein, I make what I need on Sunday to last until Wednesday. On Wednesday I make more to get me through Saturday.

Snacks, I prepare those on Sunday’s. Dividing them into proper portions and ready to go containers, so I am never without a snack. I also keep a snack in my purse, usually a think thin bar or 1/4 cup of trail mix.

Here’s to a successful week 2.

xoxo
Faith