DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board and Easy Steps for Living Green #BringingInnovation

This DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board project has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBiasI'm sure that all of you avid bakers out there can commiserate with me over the deplorable state of our cookie sheets. I have a serious love of baking and those little sheets of metal get put to work on a regular basis. While I try to scrub them well after each use, there comes a point in every cookie sheet's life when it must be laid to rest! The same can be said … [Read more...]

How to Make a Wine Bottle Lamp

I am a big fan of the occasional glass of wine and I find myself wondering about how to reuse wine bottles. I especially love the cobalt blue wine bottles that my favorite Riesling comes in at the grocery store. While recycling the wine bottles is a great idea, finding a new use for it is even better. I started researching how to make a wine bottle lamp and found that it is really quite a simple process!When I first started looking into how to make a wine bottle lamp, I searched on Amazon for supplies. I found an incredibly simple and … [Read more...]

Pucker Up with this Raspberry Sugar Scrub for Lips!

Winter is harsh on our lips and some days I feel like I am applying lip balm just about every hour. I am the queen of lip balm....I find them in my pants pockets, in the car, and quite often I find them in the dryer. You could say I am a bit of a lip balm addict, especially in the winter! However, lip balm application is not always enough to keep my lips smooth and soft. And with Valentine's Day fast approaching, we all want soft, kissable lips, right? I might be old and married but I do like a nice kiss from my husband on Valentine's Day! I … [Read more...]

Lavender Oatmeal Bath Bombs for Soft Skin and a Good Night Sleep

Georgia isn't exactly known for it's cold winters and dry air but the minute that heat comes on in the fall, I start battling dry skin. It's a good thing I don't live in Minnesota or my skin would seriously resemble alligator scales by the time spring rolled around again! I have decided that the best way to treat dry skin is to moisturize it multiple times a day. Once is NOT enough, at least for me. That means morning lotion and evening lotion and hand lotion about 15 times a day. I get sick of lotion, to be quite honest! Well, there is another … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Jar Lids for an Upcycled Valentine’s Day Treat Jar

Valentine's Day isn't really a huge deal in my house. I don't have small children and my teenagers think the holiday is a bit cheesy right now. My husband and I are not particularly the 'romantic' sort of couple. There is no flashy jewelry, trips to the spa or exotic vacations in store for us on Valentine's Day. But, I still want to do something simple for my husband to let him know I love him. He is, of course, the guy that kills cockroaches and unclogs drains. He deserves a little something special now and then! These decorative jar lids are … [Read more...]

Chamomile, Honey and Vanilla Sugar Scrub and a Twinings Tea for every moment!

The last month has been very stressful trying to get ready for the holidays. Every spare moment has been spent either working, shopping, or dealing with an unexpected crisis. There has been very little time for making sure my own needs have been met. I barely found time to eat this month, much less relax or pamper myself. Even finding time to shave my legs or enjoy a cup of tea was tough! But, now that the gifts are open, the parties are over and the baking is done, I can once again take care of ME. First thing on my to do list is to enjoy a … [Read more...]

Your DIY Beauty Pantry: 10 Must Have Ingredients

Over the last couple of years I have become very interested in making my own diy beauty creations. I have made everything from sugar scrubs to homemade mouth wash and overall have been very pleased with the results. Some recipes have come out better than others and I have learned quite a bit along the way. As we move into the new year I would like to encourage everyone to try their hand at a few easy diy beauty recipes,  They are incredibly easy to make and cost only a fraction of what those expensive spa products cost you. Not only will you be … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe and DIY Festive Drink Stirrers!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.With the holidays quickly approaching, I am excited to start adding a few festive foods and beverages into our lives. Eggnog, cranberries, pumpkins and other fall and winter flavors have already found their way into my grocery cart. One of the things I love most about this time of year is definitely the food! If you plan on having company over during the holidays, this pomegranate margarita recipe should be a huge hit, especially if you decide to … [Read more...]

Orange and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub and a Stress Free Holiday with Sams Club #SimplyHealthy

This sugar scrub recipe and Sams Club shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.We all know that Sams Club is a great place to stock up on huge boxes of cereal for hungry kids and giant bags of chocolate chips for holiday baking. You can find frozen pizzas by the dozen or packages of toilet paper so big you practically need a fork lift to carry them. But, have you ever checked out the produce section of Sams Club? With the chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, there … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Cereal Box into a Beautiful Gift Box

This morning when the kids got up I made them breakfast like I do every weekday morning. I was very energetic and poured cereal into a bowl. I'm not overly ambitious at 6 AM. After putting the bowls on the table I was left with yet another empty cereal box to throw into the recycle bin. I am sure just about every household in American throws away a cereal box or two every week! I decided to put my scissors and washi tape to good use and turn that cereal box into something slightly more useful!You can make this gift box out of just about any … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Avocado Hair Mask for Dry Hair

The weather is finally cooling off and the humidity is dropping. I actually turned the heat on in the house for the first time this morning to get rid of the chill. With the onset of winter and dry air comes dry hair and skin as well. My daughter's very thick and wavy hair is tough to tame and the change in weather means her dry hair starts to frizz out of control. She has a tendency to tame her hair with a pony tail most days of the week but she gets a little tired of that look every once in a while!If you are trying to tackle your own … [Read more...]

Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe

If you suffer from dry skin, this lavender honey milk bath recipe is just what you need. As we move from summer into fall I am excited for the temperatures to drop. One thing I am NOT looking forward to is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in the house. The minute the air outside starts to cool off and I have to turn my heat on I start getting dry and itchy. Milk baths are a great way to pamper your skin so that MAYBE you won't end up itchy and dry this winter! If you enjoy making your own bath products, check out my oatmeal bath … [Read more...]

Upcycled Craft Ideas: Twine Wrapped Bottle Centerpiece

I'm always looking for upcycled craft ideas and since we have plenty of leftover beer and wine bottles in the house, this one sounded like fun. Upcycled crafts ideas are great because you take something old that no one really needs and turn it into something pretty! I had bought a huge roll of hemp twine a few weeks ago for only $10 at Michael's (even less since I used a coupon!). Toss in the cost of the bottles (FREE!), some glue and a few decorative accessories and you have a DIY centerpiece for very little money out of pocket.When I … [Read more...]

Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Last week my husband came home from work and told me he had brought me home a GIFT! YAY for gifts, right? Was it diamonds? Chocolate? Maybe a trip to a spa? Nope, my husband brought me home a stack of old CDs from work that were about to be thrown in the trash! Well, at least my 'live green' message is getting through to somebody, right? Since I now had a stack of old CDs to use, I started to look through recycled craft ideas on Pinterest to figure out what do do with them. You would be amazed at how many recycled crafts there are on the … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Mojito Foot Scrub Recipe

Things have been very stressful the last couple of weeks as I prepare to head out on vacation. I am running around trying to get the dog's vet records updated, buying food for our trip, and getting the garden squared away the best I can. My feet are tired and I have not painted my pore nails in weeks. Needless to say, before I hit the beach or even think about putting on a pair of sandals my feet need some serious pampering. Nothing helps relax me and get my feet flip flop ready more than a nice foot scrub! When I was trying to come up with a … [Read more...]

All Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve

Spring is finally here and with the warm weather comes lots of planting. Gardening is not always easy work and after a day of turning soil, lugging around bags of compost, and bending over to plant seeds my entire body is usually one gigantic knot of muscle pain. I have been buying Tiger Balm for years but have you seen the size of those tiny containers? Yeah, the stuff works really well but it's expensive if you need more than just a finger full of pain relieving salve on your aching body. I decided to try my hand at making my own DIY pain … [Read more...]

Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe to Clear Congestion Naturally

This homemade vapor rub recipe will help you clear congestion naturally, with no artificial chemicals. With the winter in full swing, cold and flu viruses run rampant through many households. My daughter has had a cough and head congestion off and on for what seems like months. I remember when I was a kid my mom would slather that mentholated petroleum jelly under my nose and on my chest to help clear up congestion. Eucalyptus is great for clearing a stuffy head but I could do without the petroleum based products all over my skin. This simple … [Read more...]

DIY Natural Bath Products: Bathtub Teabags

Time spent in the bathtub is more than just time spent getting clean. For me, taking a bath is usually therapeutic. Sometimes I am trying to clear a stuffy head, sooth sore muscles or just relax with a glass of wine as I attempt to ignore the chaos that is my life. I love natural bath products...in fact I am beginning to think it is an addiction of sorts. Is there a Bath Products Anonymous group I should be joining? "Hello, my name is Diane and I spend way too much money on stuff to put in my bathtub water." I have to be very careful of the … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

My hands get abused on a fairly regular basis. Between cooking, cleaning and gardening it is sometimes embarrassing to have people see my hands. Don't get me started on the smell that can linger behind after peeling garlic or crumbling blue cheese! If your hands take just as much of a beating as mine this homemade hand scrub will make a world of difference!I used a coarsely ground Kosher salt for this hand scrub but you could also use Epsom salts if you have those around. The key is to have a relatively large grain and plain table salt … [Read more...]