Do you need a last minute gift idea of something practical that you can give a loved one or a friend? Who doesn’t like hot chocolate? You can customize this any way you want too and enjoy coming up with creative ideas for your gift. Here is a simple idea that I put together for a friend.
Do you need a cheap and inexpensive gift idea that can last a lifetime? My kids, this year, gave me a wonderful gift and I wanted to share with you all.
Gifts can be expensive, and/or sometimes we just don’t really know what to get. I know myself; so many times I have purchased a gift for someone and they in turn gave it back to me, put it on a shelf, or who knows what. Why waste your time and money buying something when you have other options?
Check out this great gift idea; comment below if you decide to do this, and let me know what you did.
I just love a good buy, especially when it is for crafts or my planner…how about you? We have a very small local shop that is so tiny in size but they offer some great craft classes on everything that you can think of. They also have some planner groups that meet there together as a group to work on their planner set-up and lay-outs.
A few times a year they offer a “craft” garage sale that you can either sell your extra supplies and do a “destash”….or buy some new and “new to you” goodies. I went shopping and I had a ball looking around!!! The items were so well priced…..5 packs of stickers for $1.00 (all new packages). They had some great planner supplies too. Here is a look at some of the goodies I picked up.
Have you all picked out your 2019 planners yet? I am really trying to decide which one to start with for 2019, a disc planner, ringbound, or a travelers notebook…..and then which size, personal, mini or A5.
Let me know down below what you have chosen for next year and why. Share with me your ideas to help me decide what to do for my planner for 2019.
This was something new for me to make… an essential oil candle. I have joined an essential oil’s club where you receive a check each month. The kit usually includes a project, four different oils, and about six recipes and any extra ingredients that you might need to make them. My kit is through a company called “Simply Earth”… and so far I have really enjoyed using all of their oils.
They included the recipe, a candle, and Himalayan Sea Salt to make this candle. They recommend that the candle does not sit directly on the salt… So I was able to find a candle holder at the dollar tree and also one at Michael’s crafts.
The recipe was easy… take the Himalayan sea salt, are used 10 drops of orange oil and 10 drops of fennel oil. I mixed it together in the salt. I then put the salt at the bottom of the glass jar… attached the glass jar lid with the extended candle holder, added the candle to it and then lit the candle. The fragrance in the kitchen was excellent and we really enjoyed the scent of the mix of the two oil’s.
Here’s a copy of the recipe card and some pictures of what I used and how I put it together.
I used to watch people make their own detergent and I thought that they were nuts!!!! I could not understand why anyone would take the time to do this when you could go to your local grocery store with a coupon in hand and catch a good sale and purchase some that was already made up in a pretty bottle.
I am on a kick to make everything homemade these days…that I can make for our home. I really enjoy making things for my family whether it be for a delicious meal, something pretty for the house… or even laundry detergent.
We struggle with hard water/ high iron and my wash has never looked better after making this detergent. My cloths stay newer looking. I love the simplicity of it…simple to make, simple to use and no fragrances to deal with.
When I make a batch it seems to last me about 6 months or so and it costs about $7 to make. I tend to use a little more in my wash since I usually only do extra-large loads and also I use a little more than normal due to the hard water. (Normal amount would be 1 tablespoon per size of load… For example 1 tablespoon for small, 2 tablespoons for medium load.) But all in all for $7 and it lasting 6-8 months, I think that is pretty good deal. As well as I just down right like it!!!! When is the last time that you only paid $7 dollars for laundry detergent that lasted you six months?
Here is my recipie….hope you enjoy it. Let me know in the comments below if you make your own and if you like it. Also do you have any other different recipes to share?
Homemade laundry detergent recipe:
I will let you know I get a big tub and I dump all the ingredients into it. I then store it in an airtight container… and I put some in a smaller container to use on a daily basis. On the larger container that I store the bulk of it in… I have the recipe written on the lid of it so that I always know where to find the recipe.
I have always leaned on the side of natural meds. And the more and more I learn about natural ways I enjoy practicing using them more often!
My family and I have not been on any form of antibiotics for over 25 years now….people look at us strange when we say this. We use a natural one made from a plant and it works. We have not suffered side effects from it and it works even better for us. With having Autism and Epilepsy in our family ……I have found that natural as help us way more than regular prescribed medication.
Now I DO NOT claim to be a doctor or a medical professional. I am just a mom who practices being a “wise woman” who builds her house with the Lord’s guidance. We use natural plant remedies, essential oils, chiropractic applications and I have recently found some GREAT finds from our Amish community too …. all natural plant based items.
A few months ago…my girlfriends and I went for the day out to PA for a road trip. We take this trip about 4 times a year for the day from NJ. We stopped at one of my favorite shops for some homemade Amish pies and breads now also sells natural remedies. I picked up a few things along with two of my friends and we tried it for a month and ….WOW, we were hooked! So a month later when I went back out to PA with my hubby, I was given a list by my friends to buy these same items and anything else they had.
I love learning and learning about things that can help my family is even better! I will be taking an on-line training class in the spring for essential oils, so that I can learn even more. As I learn things and experience the pros and cons of natural remedies ….I will share this with you!
Share with me what natural remedies you have used and how they have worked for you. I would love to hear from you and exchange ideas. Comment below or email me! Find me on Facebook and Instagram too for more pics.
I think we have lost the art of saying “Thank you”! It is an easy 2 words to say, text, write etc…and yet we go on our way and forget. I made it a point a number of years ago when we were having a really hard time in life, to take note of the things done for us. So many people prayed for us, brought us bags of food, sent a check, shared a kind word and the list goes on and on.
I could not afford to repay them but I could say thank you. A simple note was all I could do at that time and I thought it was so small. Yet the reaction I received back from so many, was that they were thankful to receive a simple note. Fast forward a number of years and we are still blessed by many things given to us, but most of all just having some really great people in our lives.
It is easy to take things for granted in the business of life. But for today….I want to take the time and say thank you for all of you who read my Blog today!
Sometimes it is nice to write a note and other times…to add something special with it. I have included a bookmark, a teabag or two and other similar things in the card. I now have a new candy mold that you will see in the pics. I decided to add this to a thank you note for extra special occasions.
Candy chips to melt
Glass bowl or similar
Very easy to do….
Melt the chocolate in the microwave ( directions are also on the candy chips bag)
Pour into the candy mold
Place in freezer for about 10 minutes
Pop candy out
Put in decorative box or similar with a thank you note attached.
Have fun being creative with this project. Send me pics and comments of what you did. I would love to see it!