While blogging I’ve found that I sometimes like to go the extra step where necessary and edit my photos to include my own handwriting. You may have noticed it in the past on my DIY and recipe posts especially, but if not, you can see what I’m talking about here, here, and here! Lately, I’ve had people complimenting the “font” I use, so I figured why not put a post together to show y’all, it’s not a font! Just a fun little extra step I like to take to make my stuff more polished.

Let me preface by saying there’s probably an easier way to do this, but here’s how I get my writing on pictures. For those of you who don’t have a tablet but still want to give your pictures something more, this is for you!!

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diy holiday card

diy holiday card

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Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m super stoked for us to finally be in the home stretch Christmas season. I’m one of those people that listens to holiday music in the middle of the May because it’s just so dang upbeat, but now it’s finally socially acceptable to advertise it, hah!

My favorite thing about the holidays is making DIY presents and decor, so I decided to share a crafty way to make DIY holiday cards with you! Making linocut prints is something I first did in college, but if you’ve ever carved a stamp out of a potato as a child (you know, before phones existed and we made non-technological fun), you’ll get the gist.

So what exactly is linocutting?

Linocut printing a type of relief printing, similar to woodcutting, that involves chiseling or carving a design into a linoleum surface. The parts carved away stay blank, laving the raised parts to print a reverse image once inked (like a stamp). The cut linoleum can be used repeatedly to make hundreds of prints. View Post

coffee charcoal face scrub

coffee charcoal face scrub

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Has anyone else been having a rough time with the effects of the weather on their skin lately?? The constant rollercoaster of temperatures has been doing a huge disservice for me and leaving me with crazy combination skin, so I decided to try to whip something together to make me feel better.

I don’t know if any of you remember those Frank. scrubs that were going around a couple years back, but I partially put this together with those in mind (basically, the part where you use coffee grounds as a skincare ingredient). While I intended to use this on my face, there’s just so much goodness in each part of this recipe that there’s really no reason to not just smother yourself with it so you can get the full body experience, ya know? I think tripling the recipe would be sufficient for covering your whole body.

(I actually love how good everything makes my skin feel so much, that I used two of the ingredients from this scrub in my most popular mask, here.)

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diy incense holder

diy incense holder

Lately I’ve become obsessed with lighting incense in my home, particularly right when I get home from work or when I’m just chilling out doing work. But my incense holder was just a basic flat wooden one, and as cute and practical as it is, I wanted something a little more fun, now that I’ve committed to that incense life! I saw this Free People hamsa incense holder and was super inspired, but didn’t feel like dropping the $48 to buy it… so I decided to make my own version, and show you how too! Follow along for instructions!

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If you’re like me and have an affinity for anything that’ll grow, you know that you can never have too many plants. That said, you must also know that you can eventually run out of space for your green friends and have to get crafty. This is where the hanging plant comes in. There’s a lot of different methods for hanging your plants, but the most popular right now (especially in the boho-style that’s flourishing lately) seems to be the:

macrame plant hanger.

Seriously, take a peek on instagram. Or on Urban Outfitters* (the plant in their photo is definitely thirsty though oops). I know some of the designs look absolutely insane, but I’m gonna teach you how to make a really simple one of your own, so keep reading! View Post

aromatherapy

 

I feel like a lot of people have been turning to more holistic methods for health lately, and I’m no different. As I’ve been trying to heal my leaky gut (keep an eye here, I’ll definitely be sharing how!), I’ve been finding myself seeking out and trying all different sorts of alternative medicines. One thing I’ve for sure fallen in love with during my experimenting is essential oils.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are a volatile, concentrated liquid containing the oil of the plant they’re derived from. They have been around for ages (I’m talking almost a thousand years), and are used in many things to add taste or smell, ranging from perfumes to food, and even cleaning supplies. Their most popular use lately seems to be in aromatherapy, where the oils are used to alter one’s mental and physical mood and well-being positively. They can help with headaches, body aches, energy levels, and even anxiety, just by being smelled or absorbed through the skin.

Because they’re volatile (meaning they evaporate pretty quickly), they have to be combined with a carrier oil, which helps dilute and make the oils’ concentration levels easier to control. A little goes a long way with these!! Diluting essential oils also helps for those who have sensitive skin, because applying them directly may be a little harsh. Fractionated coconut oil (it’s liquid all the time, unlike regular coconut oil) is probably my first choice of carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil (just be careful if you have a nut allergy).

 

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turmeric yogurt face mask

The last time I shared a face mask post it ended up being a hit (and one of my most popular posts), so I figured why not do another? I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with different homemade masks, and this time was no different. This mask is super cleansing and gets deep down in your skin with moisturize so you glow (I swear, my skin looked so good). All the ingredients are natural too, so you know there’s no crazy chemicals messing with ya. Here’s some of the benefits these ingredients offer:

  • Greek yogurt has lactic acid, which dissolves dead skin cells and helps boost collagen in deep layers of your skin, helping you look young and fresh.
  • Turmeric is good for treating acne because of it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helps regulate the amount of oil your face produces, AND helps stimulate cell growth.
  • Honey pulls moisture from the air and helps it get deep into the layers of your skin, while its enzymes help clarify your pores.

Basically, this mask is gonna help clear up your skin then keep you looking fresh and young. Honestly, if you don’t love it I think you made it wrong.

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bentonite clay mask
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I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m feeling crappy, pampering myself is my go to. Usually, I chill out and do my nails while face masking and hanging out with Netflix.

A few weeks ago I bought myself some bentonite clay off amazon and figured now was as good a time as ever to try to it out for a homemade mask!

Well what exactly is bentonite clay??

It’s a natural healing clay mostly composed of volcanic ash. The clay has been around for thousands of years, being utilized largely for is detoxifying health properties. I’d been reading a lot about using it internally because it can help settle your body’s pH level, as well as aid your digestive system, but bentonite clay also has a lot of benefits externally for your skin, including: View Post