Personal care

Silver Sky Imports Singing Bowls 1 comment

Have you ever heard of singing bowls?  They are incredible.  There are different kinds of singing bowls, too:  Zen singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, and Crystal singing bowls!  They are used not only to make music, but to provide relaxation, therapy, meditation, and healing.


Silver Sky Imports is a unique online marketplace that offers unique handicrafts from Tibet and Nepal, including the Antique Singing Bowls. What a beautiful, peaceful, SAFE way to meditate and to find stress relief! I love that it’s (obviously) all natural, and it’s not something you need to ingest. You can use it over and over again, and I know my son, who has autism and anxiety, would absolutely cherish a product like this!

Silver Sky Imports also offers accessories for these bowls, and accessories for your peaceful home. From Himalayan salt, to statues, to crystal pyramids, to Harsani soap and more, there is something for everyone seeking peace and harmony in their lives.

Take a look at the Antique Singing Bowls and more!



*This is a sponsored post. The opinions are mine alone.

Make-Your-Own Body Moisturizers – 10 Recipes!

I’ve really, REALLY enjoyed the adventure of making my own products.  Not only am I saving money, which enables me to provide better for my family, I am producing higher quality products without harsh chemicals.  I can feel better about what I’m doing, for the earth, for my pocketbook, and for my family’s health!  It’s a win-win-win!


Thank goodness for Pinterest, right?  Without that fabulous invention of a site, I’d never have found so many great recipes and ideas to try.  Let me tell you, these recipes are GOOD.  I have personally tried many, and look forward to experimenting by trying them all eventually.


And so, without further ado, allow me to share with you 10 of my favorite recipes for Homemade Body Moisturizers…lotions, body butters, and more (photos are from the corresponding websites):




Solid Lotion Bars


The Whip:  A Homemade Moisturizer


Homemade Cocoa Body Scrub and body Butter


3-Ingredient Homemade Moisturizer


Homemade Organic Body Butter

Coconut Body Butter

DIY Coconut Body Butter


Homemade Moisturizing Hand Creme (this one has a lot more ingredients than the rest)


Homemade Moisturizer


3 Simple Recipes for Homemade Moisturizers and Sealants


Homemade Moisturizer Recipe

Homemade Treatment for Head Lice

Well, now that school is back in session, I’ve already received a notice from one of my children’s school that there has been a reported case of head lice.  Never a fun note to get.  Fortunately, all in my household have remained lice-free, but the recent note reminded me of 3 years ago when we were not so lucky in avoiding the spread.


I remember rushing to the store immediately after discovering my daughter had caught the nasty little bug, and buying the expensive, chemical-laden treatment.  But hey, what else was I going to do?  I remember the treatment not doing a bit of good, except to dry my poor daughter’s hair out terribly.  I remember buying ANOTHER treatment, and having no luck again, meanwhile we were airing out the house of the very strong chemical smell.  I remember being SO frustrated!!



Refusing to buy a third harsh treatment, I turned to the web for ideas.  Oh, how I wish I’d done so earlier!  By this time, my daughter’s lice had spread to me, and it had gotten quite bad.  We had rid her bedroom of clothing, toys, and everything, really, and the poor kid was practically confined to that one room to prevent any further spreading.
We tried a few homemade treatments, all of which worked BETTER than the stuff we’d purchased at the store.  And so, as I take a stroll down memory lane, I feel the desire to share some of the many ideas for getting rid of head lice with you:


Listerine.  The article here explains the process very well.  We personally did not try the Listerine treatment, since we didn’t happen to already have the product on hand, so I can’t share any personal testimonials, but it’s definitely a better option to look at than the other commercial stuff!

Mayonnaise We did the mayonnaise, and although it worked for me, it did not work for my daughter.  She hated the smell, but hey, it’s mayo!  Like I said, the treatment worked for me, and though I smelled like egg salad for awhile, I was very happy to have those little bugs gone!

Olive Oil – Olive oil was what finally did the trick for Munchkin!  The smell was less invasive than the mayo, but I made up for it by making her use a vinegar rinse along with it.  The instructions suggest leaving the olive oil and shower cap on for up to 8 hours.  We kept our caps on overnight, so it was on for at least 9 hours.  I didn’t care; it worked!!


With all of these treatments, it’s important, crucial to remember follow up!  You may find a product smothers the lice, but the eggs may still be intact.  After picking the nits (eggs) out, you may discover a few days later that you missed a few.  Follow up your initial treatment every few days for a couple of weeks to ensure that the eggs are given NO chance to hatch, and if they do, that the lice have NO chance to mature and lay more eggs!  It’s a royal pain, but it’s SO incredibly important.


Other ways I’ve read about to get rid of lice (but not tried) include using Denorex, essential oils, and baking soda .


For more information on what exactly head lice is, go here.

Homemade Chapstick/Lip Balm 2 comments

One of my goals for the self reliance journey was to learn to make chapstick.  I just happened to run out of the store-bought stuff a couple months ago, so the timing was perfect.


It’s really simple, really fun, and really rewarding to do, in my opinion.  Well worth the effort!  The bonus is that you don’t need many ingredients, and they are all natural.  You can easily make a totally organic chapstick.


So, here’s the basic info.  Because I’ve recently discovered other bloggers posting my recipes (and sometimes even pictures, which is weird, cause I suck at picture taking) without permission or linking back to me, I’m not going to share the exact recipe that I use.  I’ll give you the basic idea though, and this’ll get you a great chapstick!  (I’ve made minor adjustments to my own lip balm.)


You want equal parts of the following:

  • Beeswax (preferably organic, locally harvested.  I get mine locally at Cox Honeyland)
  • African Shea Butter (I bought mine from
  • Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, or jojoba oil
  • chapstick tubes

(If you do about 2 Tbsp of each of these ingredients, you’ll be able to fill 10 or so chapstick tubes.)  Melt all the ingredients together in a double boiler over simmering (NOT boiling) water.  When it’s all melted through, you can add organic scent, if desired.  Pour into chapstick tubes and let cool.  It’s that simple!


Now, my chapstick isn’t the “pretty” white, because I opted to buy the raw shea butter, raw organic beeswax, etc.  If you want the white you will have to buy the lighter version of those products.  I personally prefer it as unprocessed as possible.


As I searched for recipes, I came across a lot of great ones, but the ones that I used to create my own are: