Saturday, June 15, 2019

Farmhouse Style Kitchen Decor

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Farmhouse kitchen decor perfect for all year round. Whether for decoration or functionality, these items I found on Etsy will give your kitchen unique farmhouse charm! Some of these treasures make great housewarming gifts, too.

One of the vintage teal signs is my favorite, and I have the perfect spot for it! Maybe I can put it on my Christmas list. And the bakery tin is calling my name as well. :) What's your favorite Etsy item in this post? Treat yourself or a friend!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Grow and Make Lip Balm Kit {Product Review}

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Do you ever get the itch to craft but end up getting too overwhelmed with research and having to gather up all of your own supplies? I know I do. I've had a block of beeswax sitting in my closet for over a year now just waiting to be turned into chapstick. What about you? How many unfinished projects do you have lying around? 

Well, it's summer . . . the perfect time to satisfy that crafting itch! GROW AND MAKE is here to make your crafting adventure super easy and fun! 

GROW AND MAKE is a made-in-the-USA company that provides crafting kits for every occasion. In Portland, Oregon GROW AND MAKE manufactures kits in a sustainable manner with quality items and ingredients. The company was founded in 2008 by entrepreneur, Will Johnston, who wanted to start a business that would inspire people to create with their hands. The goal is to teach you the core, do-it-yourself skills so you can take those newfound skills and run with them. Host a DIY party, have a fun parent/child date, create gifts for loved ones, or get inspired to start your own business. 

In exchange for my honest review, GROW AND MAKE sent me a complimentary Lip Balm Making Kit With Exotic Flavors, a complete kit for making 12 tubs of lip balm at home. 

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My kit arrived in a sturdy, compact box with all of the ingredients and an easy-to-follow instruction card. Ingredients in this particular kit include:
  • Beeswax pellets
  • Shea Butter
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Lip balm flavors ( Asian pear, mint, mango peach, and pineapple tangerine)
  • 12 tubs
  • Pipette
  • Blank labels for lip balms

First, I took out all of my supplies and spread them out on my kitchen counter. I used a few of my own containers to to be able to mix up the four different lip balm scents.

I love how I didn't even have to measure the ingredients to melt in a pan. Everything comes neatly packaged and labeled.

It didn't take long at all to melt the beeswax, shea butter, and sweet almond oil over low heat.

Containers are ready to be filled with the melted lip balm. Mango peach is my favorite scent, so I made 4 of those. Asian pear and pineapple tangerine smelled yummy, too, so I made 3 of each. I only made 2 mint, since that flavor is the least exotic to me. I use mint essential oil on a regular basis, so I liked that the other flavors were different and fruity. 

Working fast enough was the trickiest part of the process. The lip balm base starts to harden pretty quickly. I realized I needed to keep the lip balm base on the stove until I was ready to use it. So, I worked with mixing only one scent at a time and then filling the tubs right away.

I definitely used more than the suggested 3 drops of scent per tub. To make sure the surface of the lip balms stay smooth, I think it's best to mix in a separate container and then pour into tubs. But, you have to work FAST!

All done! Tubs are labeled and ready to go! I even had some extra lip balm that I put in a small plastic container. The exotic tropical flavors really smell amazing.

My Thoughts

I had a fun time making my own lip balm with the help of this kit. Made it super easy to do. Instructions are easy to follow, and it doesn't take a lot of time to complete. It's truly a quality kit. I've already shared a tub with my daughter and look forward to sharing with friends. 

One negative thing for me is that I do prefer my lip balm to be in a tube. Tubes make application easier and less messy. Also, I think it would have been helpful to have four pipettes, one for each lip balm scent. 

On a side note, I purchased an oatmeal soap kit last summer to make with my daughter. So, the lip balm kit is my second one to try. Both kits have been great, and if you like DIY, you should try one for yourself!

*Here's a discount code to get you started: TRYDIY for $5.00 off your order.

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Farmhouse Style 4th of July Decor

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Independence Day will be here before you know it! Get your patriotic farmhouse style decor supplies now for celebrating our country's special day. These decor items will work perfectly for your tiered tray display. If you don't have a tiered tray, you can display items on a shelf or entertainment center. All items below are from one of my favorite places to shop for unique items - Etsy. Click on titles or images for details.

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