Zombie Costume and Makeup DIY

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From the Archives and still my favorite.

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My son has decided he’s too old to go trick or treating so we didn’t work on a costume for him this year.  But then he was invited to a party and had a zombie Amazing Race event to attend.  So let’s do this! Here’s our Zombie Costume and Makeup DIY.   I picked up an old shirt from Goodwill and ripped it up with a knife, then painted and poured blood on it.  I’m not going to lie, I love doing stuff like this.

I knew we had to do some fun makeup to go with the blood stained shirt.  All Mommy Wants has a great tutorial video here.  All you really need is some Knox Gelatine and I already had that in the pantry.  Then I used the Spirit coupons and bought some makeup and fake blood.

Mix up the Gelatine with some warm water and work fast because it hardens quickly.  Then just spread on areas that you want to make into a zombie wound.  You can make some thinker areas and I loved the face one where I had it hanging off his cheek like loose skin.  Fun! Give these ‘wounds’ a few minutes to dry and you can work on the facial make up.  I used a mixture of white, green and black to rub all over his face for that dead look.  Then I put black around his eyes and on his mouth. I could have done a much better job but he didn’t like me rubbing at his face.


Once the gelatine has hardened you can apply make up.  I used a brush to apply a dark purple to the outsides and some deeper inside pits.  Then I used a sponge and dabbed on the fake blood.  Need less to say, everyone at the party wanted to touch the ‘wounds’.  He had a blast.   To remove the gelatine and makeup, just take a warm shower.  The warm water dissolves the gelatine.

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So rip up an old shirt and throw on some zombie makeup.  Nothing says fun like the undead.  :)

Hubby had a work event that he wanted me to help him with so I did the zombie thing for him.  Imagine working in the IT department and having him show up at your desk for tech support on that day?  Well I couldn’t let him have all the fun.  Our outfits are thrift store finds and I just roughed them up.  It was a blast!

Possibly the BEST SELFIE Ever lol

DIY Zombie Costume

THE Walking Dead Costume

Homemade Deodorant With Essential Oils

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Homemade Deodorant With Essential Oils

One of the reasons I started using essential oils was try and rid our bodies of toxins.  Store deodorant and the chemicals in them have been weighing on me for a while.  I’m not kidding when I say I literally thought about it every time I put them on.  I love knowing the ingredients in this one.

You can purchase your own empty deodorant containers here.  This makes approx. 3 full containers.

1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
2 1/2 Tb Beeswax
4 Tb Arrowroot
1/2 Tb Aloe Vera
1 Tb Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Vitamin E
Essential Oils – I used 5 drops Lavender and 5 Drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea tree)

Deodorant DIY

I put a glass bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water. This is like a double boiler. Melt Coconut oil, beeswax, aloe and vitamin E until combined.

Making Deodorant

Remove from heat and add your arrowroot and baking soda, combine well.
Now you can pour into your deodorant containers. The baking soda may add some bubbles to the mixture so when you pour into the containers, tap them on the counter to get air bubbles out. I was able to add more to each container once I did this.

Allow to cool and harden for a few hours.

Don’t forget I have a special going on right now for the Premium Essential Oils starter kit.  Click here to read more.

Be sure to check out my other homemade Essential Oil items.  I’m adding more all the time.

Essential Oil Starter Kit Bonus Offer Through October 18th

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My family and I have enjoyed the benefits of Essential Oils for over a year now.  We use them daily and to support all of the different systems in our bodies including the immune system, digestive system, overall wellness etc. I even make some DIY items that would be good for Christmas gifts.

I’d love to help your family get started with winter wellness.

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Now through October 18th I’m offering an additional $20 Amazon gift card in addition to the regular bonuses I offer.

If you’ve been considering trying essential oils, this is the PERFECT time to start!

Now through October 18th you can sign up for a Premium Starter kit for only $160 (Retail value over $300) plus if you sign up with me (member number #2032385) I’ll send you my favorite essential oil reference material, a diffuser necklace and a $20 Amazon Gift card!

Here’s what you get with your Premium Starter Kit:

  • 11 essential oils (5ml each) :: Frankincense, Copaiba, Lemon, Purification, RC, PanAway, DiGize, Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, and Stress Away
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • A roller fitment that will turn any oil bottle into a roller bottle
  • 10 essential oil sample sachets
  • 10 sample bottles you can use to share oils with your friends
  • 10 informational sharing cards
  • 2 NingXia Red samples
  • Informational literature
  • Plus access to two private Facebook groups where you’ll find support as you start using your oils

You can visit my Essential Oils page for a bit more information on Essential Oils.

If you’re ready to take advantage of the Premium Starter kit and bonus it’s super easy. Here’s how:

  1. Click here to start the sign-up process.
  2. Choose the ‘Member’ option to ensure that you can get the 24% discount.
  3. You should see my member number (#2032385 in the Enroller and Sponsor boxes. This ensures that we’re connected so I can support you as you learn about oils and how to use them. Young Living also sends me a small bonus when you enroll through me. (If the Enroller and Sponsor boxes are blank, simply fill in my number.)
  4. Fill in all of your information.
  5. Make sure you keep your username, password, and PIN so you can use them for future orders.
  6. Choose your starter kit. I HIGHLY recommend the $160 Premium Starter Kit, (Extra $10 off right now) as you’ll get the most bang for your buck that way.
  7. Choose your diffuser. The Home Diffuser would be my first choice for someone new to essential oils.
  8. Skip the Essential Rewards for now. We can talk more about that later. You don’t have to be enrolled in Essential Rewards to order oils and products.
  9. Add anything else to your order that you want (supplements, Thieves hand soap, etc.) or leave the order as-is, with your Starter Kit.
  10. Check out using your payment of choice.

And now comes the hardest part of this whole process, waiting for your order to arrive so you can start supporting your wellness through essential oils!

*Please allow 30 days for delivery of your bonus necklace, reference materials and gift card.

Be sure to share this with any friends that maybe curious about Essential oils.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to mail me.  I’m happy to help.

DIY Centerpiece Box For All Seasons and Holidays

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DIY Centerpiece Box

By Contributing writer Laura.

If you follow my posts, its pretty clear that I LOVE working with wood.  The problem is that I cannot see something in a store without thinking…”I can make that!”.  Granted some things at stores are priced so low you could not even make it for what you can buy it for.  I have found that even if I am not saving money on a DIY, the pride I have that I made it with my own hands is usually worth the effort.  The pride in telling a friend I made it when they ask where I bought it is PRICELESS!

For this project, I wanted a simple box.  I have a 3X6 table and I have never found anything quite the right size to put in the middle.  I wanted something you can see over when talking to family or friends, something I wouldn’t necessarily have to move especially since we usually “fix our plates” in the kitchen.  This was my solution.  Off to the wood pile I went….




Supplies Needed:


~A saw OR have your home improvement store cut the wood for you

~Drill and drill bit


~Stain and Foam Paintbrush

~(2) draw pulls or knobs (optional)

~measuring tape



Step 1: Find the wood you want to use.   The wood on the bottom is the biggest decision.  It determines how wide the box will be.  I wanted a wide box that would not get lost on my table.

As you can see, the weathered wood that I used for the sides still had sand on it.  When we built our house we had the workers throw any extra wood in a pile…and I have really made a dent in that pile.  I wanted my box to be pretty shallow in order to display items without breaking the bank to fill it.  Again, its your choice and preference!


Step 2:  Determine the length of your box by measuring the bottom piece.  Measure the side pieces to make sure you cut them or have them cut to where they are flush for a clean finish.

Cut the wood.





Step 3:  Place the side and end wood to form the end corner of the box and secure with a screw.  I ALWAYS pre-drill a hole on wood projects so the wood does not split or crack.  Two drills work best but since I have only ONE, I take the bits in and out…in the end its worth that step. Work your way around the box.

Step 4:  Secure the bottom piece by placing screws along bottom. Your box is now complete~super easy!




Step 5:  Stain or Paint the box.  I chose Minwax stain.  I buy the cheap plastic food gloves at Sams for stain projects~ its hard to get stain out of skin and nails!  Simply brush on the stain and wipe it down to remove excess.  I used a Viva paper towel on this because their advertising is true~one of the few household items I NEVER cheat on :)  Stain the bottom also.


Step 6: Determine the height of your drawer pulls (if you choose to use one) and drill holes.  IMG_4633 IMG_4635 Centerpiece

Project complete!  I have not played around with my display as it is a “little” early for fall decorating but you get the idea.  From hearts for Valentines Day, Shells for a Coastal Decor, Christmas Decor, or whatever you choose~so many possibilities.  I have even flipped the box over and used it as a display for a centerpiece.

My favorite season is FALL and as I was pulling out my fall decor the 1st week of August my husband commented “It’s still 90 degrees outside”!! I figure if stores can have holiday displays already I can get a pass on bringing my favorite season into our home just a little early!!

Happy Fall Ya’ll!!

Amazon Prime $67 Today Only

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Prime Membership only $67 Today only!

Amazon announced that Amazon Prime will be available for just $67 (Reg. $99)  This one day discount will start on Friday, September 25 at 12:00 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. PT. New members can sign up for this limited-time Prime offer at Amazon.com/TransparentPrime.

You can also give the gift of Prime to someone!  What a fun gift idea. And just in time for the Holidays.

We’ve had Amazon Prime for several  years now.  When we realized we were saving money on our Amazon purchases, like car air filters, we did some calculations and realized in the long run, we’d save money by not paying for shipping costs and getting all the Prime benefits.  It’s nice to watch shows and movies, even the kids enjoy it.  MY FAVORITE is borrowing 1 Kindle book for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Amazon Prime is their special membership program that offers participants premium benefits for just $79 per year.  The ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes, anytime.  Plus, receive FREE two-day shipping on millions of products with no minimum order size along with access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.


Homemade Natural After-Wash Facial Cleanser

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Natural After-Wash Facial CleanserI’ve got a pre-teen and a teenager in the house and it’s important to teach them healthy skin habits now.  I’m enjoying making my own items with my essential oils.  Here is a homemade natural after-wash facial cleanser I made.

Container – I chose an 8oz blue/green glass.  It’s so pretty! You an get these at most craft or hobby stores.

8oz Witch Hazel
30 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea tree oil) –Theraputic Grade
30 drops Lavender – Theraputic Grade

Be sure to give the bottle a shake each time you use it.  I use a cotton ball to apply/clean.

Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – Helps maintain a healthy-looking scalp and hair, and reduces the appearance of blemishes.

Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, soothing and cleansing healthy skin.  It’s the “Swiss Army Knife” of Essential Oils and no home should be without it.

Lavender comes in the Premium Starter Kit and bonuses for the starter kit are still available.  Click here to see the Details.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Getting Started With Essential Oils Online Class

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Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Several of you have asked me about Getting Started with Essential Oils so I wanted to share the online Class going on Sunday evening.  This is a Facebook class on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Since this is an online class, it doesn’t matter where you live and you can watch from the comfort of your own home.  If you can’t make it live, be sure to head here and say you’re going.  That way you can watch the videos at a later time.  We’ll keep them up for about a week.

Would you like to know more about naturally supporting your family’s wellness? Learn how essential oils and oil-infused products can support vibrant health!

In this class you’ll learn how to reduce common toxins and how 11 basic essential oils can effectively support:

• Strong immune systems
• Physical, mental, and emotional well being
• Clear thinking
• Great oral care
• Healthy skin
• Balanced moods
• Restful sleep
• Healthy weight, and more!

Feel free to invite a friend or two!

If you’ve never done a Facebook class before, let me explain how it works. It’s very simple!
– Show up here on this page at 9:00 Sunday evening.
– Watch the video that will be at the top of the page. It will be marked as post #1.
– When it’s over, refresh your page, and you’ll see post #2 at the top.
– Keep doing that, and you’ll work your way right through the class!
You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions on each post. And we’ll leave the videos up for about a week so you can view later if you can’t make it live.

If you’d like to learn more now, you can head to my Essential Oils page for more information.  I’m still giving away a few bonus gifts as well, for those that sign up for a wholesale Premium Starter kit with me.  As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Craft Supply Swap – A Fun Way To Save On Craft Supplies

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By Contributing writer Jessica.

I have been getting rid of stuff left and right thanks to this book. I realized I had a ton of craft stuff left over from different projects and thought it would be fun to invite some friends over to swap our left over supplies.
I emailed out the following invite to a few friends.

supply swap

Everyone brought over their left over crafting supplies and we all set them out to swap.  We wound up with a really big assortment of the most random craft items.  This is just a portion of what we had (I got busy and forgot to take a picture once everything was laid out – oops).  We had a lot of scrapbook supplies, ribbon, spray and regular paint, stickers, foam, knitting and sewing supplies, beads, glitter, fake flowers, and other miscellaneous craft items.

Supply swap

It was fun to look at everything and talk about the projects that the supplies were used for.  A lot of the supplies where from projects that we never finished.  I guess everyone is guilty of that.

We took turns picking out new supplies while having some snacks and drinks and talking about different projects we could make.   Some people even browsed Pinterest.  I provided paper gift bags for everyone to use to load up their goodies and we decided to donate the leftovers to a local school.  It was a really fun night and a great way to de-clutter while getting some new supplies for free!