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Jun 1, 2015

After Sun Soothing Spray


I happen to be notorious for overdoing it in the sun.  So I've just prepared ahead and mixed up a little after sun soothing spray to have all ready.  Lavender is an amazing skin soother, and so incredibly gentle. When we recently went to Florida I had a little dry skin upon my return, just where I missed the sunscreen on one shoulder.  The Lavender Essential Oil took the itch right out and my skin cleared up quickly. 

To be ready the next time, I have paired 1 oz Pure Aloe Vera Gel with 1 oz of water and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil in an amber spray bottle. This little concoction is staying cool in the fridge.  It will be a perfect relief the next time that I've got a little bit too much sun. 



It will also be a perfect relief if I (somehow) manage to stay sunburn free but feeling hot and tired from the sun. You can also use this healing spray for minor cuts and abrasions.  Love my lavender!




If you have questions or are interested in Lavender Essential Oil please contact me, or you can place an order here. Please be sure to reference my Young Living member ID: 2642514  

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May 31, 2015

Let's Chat About Lavender

Lavender is sometimes referred to as the "Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils" and now I giggle when I look up something in my Essential Oil Guide and the answer comes up Lavender. It is incredibly versatile. If you are just venturing into Essential Oils, Lavender is a wonderful place to start!

As I find additional uses for Lavender I will continue to update this post, so if you have Lavender Oil you can bookmark this page for future reference: 

  • To begin with, it's gentle, so gentle in fact that you can safely use Lavender on minor cuts and burns.

  • You can mix it with a little aloe vera and it will pull the sting out of a sunburn.

  • It will also soothe a case of razor burn. This happened to me the other day and a dab of lavender worked like a charm! 

  • I add rub one drop onto the soles of my feet when I snuggle into bed and it helps me fall asleep and sleep soundly

  • Add a few drops of lavender to your shampoo to help moisturize your scalp. You can add to sweet almond oil, and create a masque for your scalp to alleviate dandruff.  Why not add a drop or two to your shampoo to keep your hair and scalp feeling great? 



  • You can use it to keep your laundry smelling fresh and clean.

  • Lavender has been recommended to assist with attention issues and to ease worries. Add a drop to the forehead or add to your diffuser to improve focus.  Inhale or use in a shower gel or bath salts to alleviate worries and stress.  

  • Pair lavender with Lavender is paired with Peppermint and Purification in my Itch Stick. 

  • Add a drop of Lavender to your temples to ease a headache.

  • Lavender is gentle enough to use on your face, I've seen several anti-acne and face washes created with lavender. 

  • Menstrual cramps can be alleviated with a few drops of Lavender in a carrier oil, lightly massage or use as a compress on your abdomen. 





If you have questions or are interested in Lavender Essential Oil please contact me, or you can place an order here.  Please be sure to reference my Young Living member ID: 2642514  

If you'd like to learn more about the Young Living Opportunity and how you can enjoy 24 percent off retail pricing on your favorite Young Living please contact me!

May 25, 2015

No Bite Spray


All natural essential oil bug spray

It seems that summer weather is finally here in New England, and along with that comes fun things like barbeques, picnics, long walks with the dog.  Unfortunately, with fun adventures like that you'll also sometimes get mosquitoes and other annoying little pests.

The good news is you can use your Young Living Essential Oils to keep those little pests at bay. My younger son has extremely sensitive skin, so traditional bug spray has always been incredibly harsh on his skin.  As an added benefit, it smells fresh and clean!

I mixed up a Spray Bottle with the following and headed off to our first BBQ of the season:

I found these cute Kraft Labels to label my DIY sprays.

The boys and I headed out to our first BBQ of the season and I gave a little spritz for all of us, and it was a no-tears event. (Usually there is a big howl because regular bug spray stings.) The boys were playing outdoors all afternoon and into the evening, walking through the woods, playing in an open field and not a single bite on any of us.  I had my "Itch Stick" handy just in case but we didn't have a single bite!



If you have questions or are interested in the ingredients for my No Bite Spray Oils (or any of the others) please contact me, or you can place an order here.  Please be sure to reference my Young Living member ID: 2642514 

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May 21, 2015

Especially for Mom!



I've been making hand made cards since my younger son was only a few months old, and he just turned ten earlier this month.  When I first started, my cards were really simple and honestly quite terrible. Yikes.  Over the years, they've been stitched on, water colored, fussy-cut, die-cut.

And my sweet mother has a drawer FULL of them at her house, every single one I've given to her over the last ten years.  So, when I make a card for her now I'm extra specially careful to make it a keeper because it's going into the drawer.


Fortunately for me, I am well equipped with a LARGE collection of MFT Flower Die-namics. I added a Keys and Locks Die-namics, an MFT Button and a Scalloped Doily too.  I must say that think layering and clustering embellishments like this is my very most favorite part of cardmaking when I'm able to eek out a little time to do so.

It's tough to see in the photo, but the main panel was stamped with Natural Ink using the Sheet Music Background stamp.  A kraft layer was added using the Bracket Duo.  You can use any of the MFT alphabets to create custom sentiments, but for me the Little Letters are just the right scale for cardmaking.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


May 20, 2015

A Nautical Welcome Baby


It's been ages since I've had something crafty to share, but I've got two new cards to blog this week. Since I'm out of my regular card making routine, this all takes me longer than it used to. It was fun to grab my iPad and crank through a few episodes on Hulu and make a big old crafty mess.  I have quite a large supply of stamps and Die-namics from My Favorite Things, so I was pretty sure I could put together something.  And I got to enjoy an episode of Scandal on a quiet Sunday morning, so it's all good!

Up fist I have the card that I made for my new baby cousin.  I'm so excited to meet this little squish later this afternoon.  Sweet Patrick is my cousin's little baby and they're home for the weekend. I'm so excited that our family has grown by one tiny adorable little boy.


Clean and simple cards are such a hot trend, but I can't help myself I do love lots of layers and added details.  I started by grabbing my selected palette of colors - navy, kraft, fuse green and whip cream.

Then I reached for my Sailboat Die-namics.  These are so classic, and so ME!  At first I picked up my Let's Get Nautical Die-namics but realized the scale of the anchor was off.  Happily I recalled I had my Sea Charms, the scale was just right for a small accent.

Up next I reached for my assortment of Cover Up Die-namics and selected the Stripes Die-namics.
As I layered my elements I wanted something to cover the bottom third of the card.  I die-cut a rectangle and overstamped with the Typewriter Text Background Stamp from MFT.

Rather than use the anchor as a charm, I diecut it from a Navy circle and used the negative, I paired that with two MFT Buttons for a little trio.

If you've been collecting the Blueprints Die-namics then you'll have a variety of small elements to mix and match.  I found this stitched strip in one, and this large fishtail in another.  It's a great way to have perfectly even, square cornered cuts.

That's it for me today, I have a girly-girly card to share with you. I'm off to go edit photos and will have it to share with you tomorrow! 




May 5, 2015

Head Lice Preventative: I've Got an Oil for That!

When you work at a school or have kids in elementary school, sooner or later "that email" comes home. You know which one I mean, the one that lets you know (ever so politely) that a student in the school has lice.


Reading "the email" makes you itchy, in fact typing this post makes me itchy.  Well, even just thinking about it makes me squirm. (Confess, you are resisting the urge to scratch your head right now.)

So after I got over the urge to scratch, I grabbed a hair tie from my purse and got to investigating remedies.  I'm sure you won't be surprised when I say "I have an oil for that."

Within a few minutes, a friend of mine at work stopped by and asked me what I had at home that would be a good preventative.  She bought two glass bottles at lunch and I'm fixing up a spray for us tonight.

In a four ounce bottle add four drops each of Lavender and Tea Tree oils.  Shake well to mix and spritz onto hair. Just obviously be sure not to get this spritz into your kids eyes!  I've got two bottles ready one for me, and one for my friend who has a serious case of the itchy-scratchies just even contemplating this idea.

Hint: In the hopefully unlikely event you ever DID get Essential Oil in the eye, you want to flush your eye with a carrier oil (in our house that's Olive Oil.) Never flush your eye with water as it can force the essential oil even deeper into your eye. Remember, you can't dilute oil with water, you can only dilute the oil with another oil. 

By the way, Rosemary is also a great lice repellent, but I don't have that here at my house (yet.) Once again, I was able to make just what I needed with only the contents of my Premium Starter Kit! Love that!


 


You can get your own Premium Starter Kit by signing up HERE I hope that you'll check it out and consider list me, Joane Basile as your reference using the Member ID: 2642514.

If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I'd be happy to help! 





May 2, 2015

The Best Bang for Your Buck with Young Living!

So many of the Young Living products I've posted about recently are part of the Premium Starter Kit. This is an incredible way to receive a wide assortment of Essential Oils and a diffuser too! When you do the math, this deal is pretty incredible.  The Diffusers themselves are a $100 value and then you get the Everyday Essential Oils on top of it!


Using only the ingredients in the Premium Starter Kit I've been able to make the "Allergy Bomb", created some All Natural Cleaners for a thorough spring cleaning.  I settled my whole family in for a good night's sleep using Stress Away, and made a soothing oil for my son using PanAway after an injury, and used Tea Tree Oil to help alleviate some itchy runny eyes. I used a drop of Thieves to help a friend relieve a painful toothache.  We've used Purification to vanish nasty smells in my son's soccer cleats.  Made a little carpet cleaner with Baking Soda, Lemon Essential Oil and vinegar. I used a bit of Lavender Oil with some Olive Oil to soothe a sunburn, and again to help heal a cut on my son's face.  The other day at work I passed around the Stress Away which I'd fitted with a roller ball attachment (included in the starter kit!) for a power boost to get through the rest of the day! And that's all I can think of off the very top of my head!

Again I've been able to do all this, only with the contents of my starter kit!  If you'd like even more uses for the other oils in the kit, let's take a look:



For $150 here's what's included in the Premium Starter Kit:

Kit includes: Everyday Oils collection, Home Diffuser, Welcome to Young Living booklet, Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide, Distributor Resource Guide, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet, Citrus Fresh 5-ml, AromaGlide Roller Fitment, two Lavender Sample Packets, two Peppermint Sample Packets, two Peace & Calming Sample Packets, two Lemon Sample Packets, two Thieves Sample Packets, Sample Packet Business Cards, two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples, Distributor Agreement, Product Guide and Product Price List. 

 Here's a few great reasons to consider membership in Young Living: 
  • Enjoy 24 percent off retail pricing on your favorite products.
  • Participate in the compensation plan and earn commissions just by sharing Young Living.
  • Qualify for exclusive Young Living member events around the world.
  • Enjoy the benefits and convenience of Essential Rewards.
 

You can get your own Premium Starter Kit by signing up HERE I hope that you'll check it out and consider list me, Joane Basile as your reference using the Member ID: 2642514.

If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I'd be happy to help! 

Apr 29, 2015

Stink Be Gone!

Love these boys of mine, but as any mother can attest, kids can be stinky little things. Good thing they're cute right? (PS, in the background of this photo you catch a glimpse of Dart, while I love that boy dearly, he also is responsible for his own fair share of stinkiness in this house!)



I mean let's discuss sports.  Whether it's a smelly soccer cleat, or a big old sweaty hockey bag sometimes you could just fall over.  Rumor has it that even little beautiful ballerina's have a little something sour smelling in their dance bags. The remedy is an easy one, a drop of Purification oil on a cotton round and then stuffed inside the shoes.

And mothers of boys everywhere can weep about regular bathroom cleaning.  Please don't even get me started there. Here's a quick way to keep your bathroom fresh smelling - again add a drop of Purification to a cotton round and then tuck inside the cardboard tube of toilet paper before hanging it on the holder. As the roll spins, it will freshen the scent. When you change the roll, add a new cotton ball inside with a dab of Purification.

You can also tuck a cotton ball or tissue that has a drop of Purifcation into your vacuum, I stuck one inside my air purifier the other day to freshen the air as it worked!

Last night I leaned of a recipe for Purification that I hope I'll NEVER need to use, but better to have it on hand just in case.

Skunk Be-Gone:
  • Glass Spray Bottle
  • 1 oz Baking Soda
  • 10 Drops Purification
  • 5 Drops Thieves
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  • Shake Well and Spray!
  • (Follow with a bath!)
You can also use Purification as part of an all natural bug repellant.  Simply mix the following in a glass spray bottle: 
  • 4 oz. Witch Hazel
  • 4 oz. Distilled Water 
  • 10 drops Thieves 
  • 10 drops Purification 
  • 10 drops Peppermint
Purification is a blend consisting of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle essential oils. When using essential oils for cleaning, it is recommended to use glass bottles.  I picked mine up at Amazon, and then found these cute little kraft labels to go with them. You can find them here:

Spray Bottle
Kraft Labels



Purification is one of the oils included in the Premium Starter Kit, I've really enjoyed trying out each of the oils in the kit over the last few weeks, and for me, this one is certainly a keeper.
 If you're interested in Purification Essential oil (or any of the others) please contact me, or you can place an order here.  Please be sure to reference my Young Living member ID: 2642514 


If you'd like to learn more about the Young Living Opportunity and how you can enjoy 24 percent off retail pricing on your favorite Young Living please contact me!

Apr 27, 2015

Seasonal Allergies and All Natural Relief

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Recently I've added a new all natural treatment to our allergy protocol and I am hoping that we'll have good results this spring.  It's a combination of products from Young Living that is commonly referred to as the Allergy Bomb.

It's equal parts Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender essential oils.  You can combine them in a vegetable capsule, or take them in water, but for the boys I prefer to add it to the diffuser and let it run bedside while they read a book. You can also add a few drops to your hands, rub together and then inhale.

The oils can also be applied topically, but I never apply oils "neat" to my boys as they have sensitive skin.  Instead, I usually add them to a base of olive oil (coconut oil is supposed to be amazing for this purpose, however my younger son is incredibly allergic for coconut so for us, that's out as an option.)

By the way, you'll also want to be careful with topical application of Lemon right now as that oil is "photosensitive." When applied to the skin before sun exposure they can cause a rash or a burn on location.  **Oils applied to the feet and under covered areas of your body should be fine.**

While I know the worst is still to come since things are just now starting to bloom, already this has been a welcome relief for my two sniffly itchy boys. 



If you're interested in Lavender, Peppermint or Lemon Essential oil (or any of the others) please contact me, or you can place an order here.  Please be sure to reference my Young Living member ID: 2642514 



If you'd like to learn more about the Young Living Opportunity and how you can enjoy 24 percent off retail pricing on your favorite Young Living please contact me! 

Apr 24, 2015

DIY Cleansers with Young Living

If you've read my blog for a long time, then you'll know that my two boys have severe food allergies.  To keep them safe, I've been trying to eat cleaner, buy organic, cook from scratch wherever it's possible. We also see a variety of alternative health professionals including a chiropractor and naturopath.  The irony of all of this, is that my younger son is also allergic to coconut, so the majority of all natural cleansers don't work for us.  (You'll also find that a lot of the all natural cleaners have either shea, or almond oil in them.)  So, instead for years, I've fed my boys organic food, and used traditional commercial cleansers.  Yuck.



A month or two ago ago, I purchased some Young Living Oils to help my older son with some seasonal allergies, and then I was thrilled to find that I could use these same oils to create a variety of all natural cleaners using only the ingredients I want (and conveniently omitting the allergens that would put my boys at risk.)

Since spring has finally decided to arrive in New England, yesterday I did a little spring cleaning, using my Thieves Essential Oil.  Easy peasy.  After a snowy and wet winter, I finally threw open the blinds, and opened the windows and what I found was just ICKY.  I used this cleaner, a rag and some q-tips to clean all the sills. I was so happy with the results, and everything smelled fresh and clean during the process.  No gross chemical smell and no allergens that could harm my boys.  Here's all you need:
  • Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Thieves Essential Oil - 10 drops
  • Water - 2 Ounces
  • Glass spray bottle
Afterwards I mixed up a glass cleaner using my Lemon Essential Oil which worked like a charm. It included only:
  • 1 1/2 cups of vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water,
  • 10-12 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
The Lemon Essential oil is potent, it's a total grime and gunk buster.  Did you know that it takes over 75 lemons to create a 15ml bottle of Lemon Essential oil?

By the way, you can find a few other safe cleaning "recipes" right here.....



When using essential oils for cleaning, it is recommended to use glass bottles.  I picked mine up at Amazon, and then found these cute little kraft labels to go with them. You can find them here:

Spray Bottle
Kraft Labels

If you're interested in Thieves or Lemon Essential oil (or any of the others) please contact me, or you can place an order here.  Please be sure to reference my Young Living member ID: 2642514 



If you'd like to learn more about the Young Living Opportunity and how you can enjoy 24 percent off retail pricing on your favorite Young Living please contact me! 

Apr 23, 2015

Today, I'm the Laundry Lady!


I have a handy little tip for you today!  We've just returned from five days down at the beach so I'm just swimming in laundry, mine, the kids, my husbands. A ton. Last week before we left, I used a bit of vinegar and my Lemon Essential oil to clean out my washing machine. I've got a front loader, and if you have one too, you'll know that the rubber gasket can get just plain old icky. It was nice to come home to a machine that was fresh and ready for a workout because it certainly is getting one today!


Traditional dryer sheets add scent to your clothes, but they're actually a bit of a fire hazard, and my younger son can not tolerate the chemicals in them at all. For years I've done without them, however recently I picked up a set of Wool Dryer Balls and I toss them in with my clothes. They bounce around in there, aerating the clothing and actually speed drying time and keeping your clothes really soft during the process.  You could even add a dab of Lavender Essential Oil to freshen the scent. If you're looking for information about the little fuzzy Dryer Balls I found mine on Amazon.

About year or so ago, a friend noticed how much eczema my little guy had and asked what I used for laundry detergent. I always use the free and clear type, but she recommended adding a 1/2 cup of plain white vinegar to my wash as well. I was a little skeptical and concerned that I'd be sleeping on sheets that smelled like vinegar, but that was not the case. You use it in place of fabric softener and it helps to pull any remaining residue from your clothing. It worked like a charm and his skin looks great!!



If you're interested in Lavender or Lemon Essential oil (or any of the others) please contact me, or you can place an order here.  Please be sure to reference my Young Living member ID: 2642514 



If you'd like to learn more about the Young Living Opportunity and how you can enjoy 24 percent off retail pricing on your favorite Young Living please contact me! 






Apr 2, 2015

Ewe Complete Me

Yesterday I took the whole morning to just sit and create and one of my favorite things to do is watercolor. I've had this stamp set patiently waiting on the top of my desk for a day where I could just sit in a quiet house and paint a little.

And I'm so glad I waited. Because it was silent, nobody calling for a snack, no place to rush off to. 
Just sit. And paint.


Now, don't get me wrong, and don't judge. I love the hustle, bustle, crazy of our lives. I love that the boys NEED me around, because apparently no matter where I am in the house, shower, bathroom, laundry room, sleeping, there is almost always a fairly URGENT question for me to answer. Even when their Dad is sitting next to them, they will come and find me.  

And that's a-okay.

But yesterday. Silence.


So while yes, Together certainly IS the nicest place to be. Every now and again, I'll take alone in my peace and quiet, just for an hour or two.  

This adorable image is from The Cat's Pajamas and is titled Ewe Complete Me.  The set has a whole slew of cute sentiments to go with the image, I hope you'll check it out.

Apr 1, 2015

No Work Wednesday



With my new work schedule I've got Mondays and Wednesdays off.  For the last few months I've used it to run errands, clean house and do laundry. Today I decided that I wasn't going to do any of those things. (Yikes!) Today I tucked myself away into my crafty cave and made two cards, then took my dog for a well deserved play at the dog park, and now I'm blogging.

I do feel a little guilty about the sink full of dishes, and I'm going to try get the sink cleaned up and switch over the laundry before I head off to pick the boys up at school, but it honestly did my heart good to just be still and create.  Do you have those days? Please say yes.

I was excited to see that the MFT Sketch Challenge worked perfectly with the Die-namics I was itchy to play with. Maybe, hopefully, I can make the Sketch Challenge my new Wednesday routine since it's my regular day off?  I hope you'll excuse the background of my dining room, after all I have no idea where I've hidden my light-box which used to be used every single day!




My Die-namics today are Let's Get Nautical  and I added the sentiment "You Keep Me Anchored" from the companion Go Overboard stamp set.

The insides of cards never photo nicely, but here's a peek:



Here's the original sketch for the day, be sure to head on over and add your own sample too!




Feb 11, 2015

A Little Snowday Stamping

Five out of the last 11 school days have been snow days, and in the last 17 days we've had 60 inches of snow fall.  It is beyond crazy.  During that time I've done endless loads of laundry, shoveled, played in the snow, walked the dog (because its so deep outside he refuses to go out alone) and made all manner of yummy comfort foods.  Finally I said "NO" to the long list snow day to-do's and did some snow-day stamping.  I've missed having a hobby so this was a lot of fun!



Up first I have a card to share with you for the Retro Sketches Challenge this week.  

I used the Cute Cameras Die-namics as my focal point.  It's such a cute die set!  The sentiment "smile" was found in the coordinating Picture This stamp set. The small rectangular element in the sketch was stamped with the Diagonal Background Stripes using Steel Grey ink to Grout Gray cardstock.  I added a little trio of MFT Buttons to the top right hand corner.


Using my Blueprints to diecut all my basic card layering pieces makes for nicely cut, squared off corners. And honestly, my paper trimmer blade is just never sharp enough.  Blueprints make it easy peasy!

With a whole lot of snow accumulating outside, I settled into my Hulu-watching and made a second card.


I pulled out the Die-namics Lightbulb and the companion Watt's Up Stamp Set.  I die-cut the light-bulb from some Grout Grey card stock and then softly sponged the edges with a bit of Lemon Drop ink for a soft glow.

I added a little Fishtail Banner using a piece of Steel Grey card stock which was over stamped with the Diagonal Stripes Background a teeny Sno Cone Button.


Voila - two valentines to pack away for the boys this weekend!  Off to my crafty-cave to see what else I can put together! Have a great day!





Feb 1, 2015

Curtain Call


 

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and today I'm excited to be joining the regulars as a guest designer! 

 
photo source: thetomkatstudio.com

The LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

When I saw this inspiration photo I was SO excited to play along because between the chevron pattern and the classic color combo... I'm smitten.
I grabbed my iPad and a cup of tea and headed into my studio to play a while on a nice snowy and lazy day! It is so rare that we get a lazy day so I like to relish when the schedule affords us a little extra time.  The chevron detail was added with my Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics and paired the Layered Rose Die-namics and the Rolled Scallop Flower.

The flower cluster has a few fun additions.  Tucked behind the cluster you'll see a a Mini Delicate Doily peeking out. Layered over that you'll find a Die-namics Fishtail Banner and a Natural Button is anchored just on top of the fishtail banner.


I used the Happy Hellos Die-namics to knock out the word "hi" from a Stitched Circle STAX. I layered that over a piece of coordinating red cardstock for a nice little "pop" of color. 


Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

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Guest Designer, Joanne Basile



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