OH MY WORD Soft-Hands Balm

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This stuff stays on your skin (even hands!) for a long time even when you’re busy moving about. I have made many oil mixes, salves, balms, creams, etc, and this is by far my favorite one. My daughter and I have been rubbing our hands together all morning to feel the softness. 🙂 This would make a great homemade Christmas gift!

OH MY WORD Soft-Hands Balm recipe:

  • 1 oz bar of beeswax with an amazing smell
  • 1 Tbsp Jojoba oil
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 heaping Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • a small squirt of honey
  • a few drops each of lavender and chamomile (I used my own pre-made blend I call “CALM down” which has slightly more lavender than chamomile.)

Melt in the microwave in a glass container till completely liquid. (You can also do this on the stove, but steer clear of heating glass on the stovetop…I may have broken a jar that way before.) 😀 Be careful…I suggest letting it sit in the microwave a little while till you can pick it up and mix it. If it has hardened by that point, just melt it again a few seconds. Pour into containers while liquid and place in the fridge to harden. I love saving containers for this purpose, but you can also find empty, new containers on amazon.com.

All of these ingredients can be found on Vitacost at a low price! I love the things I get from Vitacost, and have had great customer service since the very beginning. I highly recommend them, and I highly recommend spending $49 (especially on products you’d normally purchase anyway) to get free shipping. 🙂 Here is my referral link for you to get $10 off, and me to get $10 off. Thank you! 

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Do-it-Yourself Ollas

 Some days are yogurt & fruit popsicle days…

 And others are homemade Maple View ice cream days! Mmmm…

It has been quite hot here! And speaking of hot, I have a fun gardening find for you to try out! We recently found some plans for do-it-yourself ollas…An olla is a slow-watering pot and can be pricey and difficult to find. Since we…ok, fine, I’ll own it I have trouble remembering to water the plants daily, this is an excellent option to at least try out. 
We found these terra cotta pots (we are trying 2 different sizes) at Home Depot and they were very cheap. We also visited the discount area in the tile section and found a large and very inexpensive tile to break up & cover the bottom with. We had Gorilla glue already, and it is waterproof, so we used that. Here is a picture of one of them in use…

I found some flat rocks to cover the tops with. This picture shows how well it is working! The ground around the olla is wet…just enough to keep the roots of the tomatoes around it moistened. And as you can see, the area outside that is dry! I think this means it is working great! We have yet to fill them up again. I believe we put these in on Sunday afternoon, so I will report back and let you know how long it takes till they’re empty again. We also started some cuttings from these plants using rooting hormone, so I will let you know how that works after a few more days.

On a separate note, I got a Vitacost order today! (Click the link for $10 off your first order and I’ll get $10 off as well! Thanks!) Some of this is from a “Be” box…$13 for $70 worth of items from a certain category with free shipping, some are free samples, and some are to replenish my essential oil/supplement collection. 🙂 I have already used some of my supplements and added some oils to my homemade eczema balm. I am so excited to see the results! I love Vitacost! I strongly suggest you check it out if you haven’t yet. So many great products at such great prices.