Summer Series: Soothing Sunburns with Essential Oils

Gardening and planting my summer garden is one of my favorite things to do! I just love it! When we finally got our fence done, I feverishly worked on getting my garden boxes done and planted.  It was a cloudy day, my baby was sleeping, and my toddler was helping.  It didn’t even occur to me to put on sunscreen.  I didn’t even realize how burnt I had become until I went to get in the shower.  That’s when I took this picture.
sunburnFortunately, it didn’t hurt too bad but as soon as I got out of the shower, I went to the oils! There are a couple different remedies and options.

Sunburn Soothing Gel

(this is the one I used, and then switched out peppermint for frankincense once it cooled a little)

  • 1 tsp of aloe vera
  • 2-3 drops of lavender oil
  • 1-2 drops of peppermint oil

Sunburn Spray #1

  • 16oz. glass spray bottle
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E
  • 8 drops lavender oil
  • 8 drops melaleuca oil
  • 8 drops Roman Chamomile oil

Sunburn Spray #2

  • 20 drops of Lavender
  • 10-20 drops of Pepeprmint
  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • Fill the remainder with either water or fractionated coconut oil.

(Once the initial sting is worn away, you can trade the peppermint oil for frankincense oil)

  • 1 tsp of aloe vera
  • 2-3 drops of lavender oil
  • 1-2 drops of frankincense oil


DIY Easter Empty Tomb Craft

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Our empty tomb after the chia seeds grew! Love it!

Easter is just around the corner! One off my favorite times of the year.  Not only is it a spring, with all things new, beautiful flowers, and bright colors, it’s also the celebration of Jesus dying on the cross and raising from the dead.

empty tomb
This was our inspiration photo that has been floating around the internet. My mom shared the photo with me.

My mom sent me a picture to make an empty tomb decoration with my daughter.  My daughter was incredibly excited about it (she loves watching the stories of Jesus on my iphone Bible for Kids app by YouVersion and reading in her Bible).  We got so excited we set out looking around the house for the supplies.  Luckily, we found everything we needed…thus also learning the value of recycling, re-purposing, and saving our financial resources.  I love craft projects that don’t require purchasing anything and yet you are still able to make something new and beautiful.

Here’s what you need:

  • A small terracotta pot (ours might be a little big but again, we were trying to repurpose things we had)
  • A round pan, or pot bottom/tray
  • Some rocks
  • Some dirt
  • Chia seed, grass seed, or moss
  • Some sticks
  • Pipe cleaner, glue, or other means of fastening the cross

It’s pretty simple to complete once you have all the supplies (and feel free to improvise as needed). We used chia seeds and after the first few days, the dirt was so dry I was worried that they wouldn’t grow and was planning to go buy some moss.  However, today I noticed  a few little sprouts. I’ll post a picture as it gets green!  I was just too excited not to share this now so that others could do it for Easter too! (SEE OUR PICTURE AT THE TOP OF THIS POST!)easter (1 of 2) easter (2 of 2)

Adventures with Composting

I remember as a child having a large pile of scraps in our backyard.  But now, forever and a day since then, I’ve started a compost pile.

I really have little knowledge in the task other than your food rots, you use that rotting food to replenish nutrients in the soil for your current plants/garden, and you reduce waste in landfills.  We have some friends that gave us a nice little bin (basically 4 walls and a roof that sits right on the ground). We throw all our scraps in there and that’s about it. Now, I know from the research I’ve read, you need to turn it and mix around to keep the little buggers in their oxygenated but sometimes I don’t have the time (nor the pregnancy nose to stomach the smell).

There is quite a lot of info if you want to be a very good composter, but for the lazy of us that still want to do some, here are the basics.

Have a designated space to throw waste such as yard waste and kitchen waste. If you can turn or stir or move around occasionally, the better. Foods to avoid throwing into the compost would be dairy, meats, fish, weeds, diseased plants, pet waste (except for chickens), or food peels that may contain pesticides or chemicals.

It’s best to do your compost directly on the ground so that natural organisms can find their way in. Also, it’s best to start with some straw or other similar layer on the bottom (I didn’t do this step!–yes I was incredibly lazy with it). It’s best to rotate layers of  moist and dry ingredients initially, however, I just added items as I had available.

Again, there is a lot of info about composting available. I’ve been a lazy one with it. Anyone else have techniques or things they have used that have been beneficial?