Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Retirement to Indulge in Self Care

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You hear people talk about self care a lot. And with good reason. Self care isn’t just making sure our basic needs are met. Self care is what recharges us. And while the definition of self care may vary from person to person, in the end it is the key to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Why You Shouldn't Wait Until Retirement to Indulge in Self Care. Self care isn't just making sure our basic needs are met. Self care is what recharges us. And while the definition of self care may vary from person to person, in the end it is the key to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. #selfcare #healthandwellness #healthylifestyle

Are you still putting yourself last?

How many times have you heard your parents say, “When I retire, I’ll have the time to do the things I love.” Or, “When I retire, I’ll spend more time outdoors on the hiking trail.” Or perhaps you’re already at that age that you’ve promised these things to yourself. You’ll travel more. You’ll make time for brunch with friends.

The problem with this way of thinking is that you are always planning for a future you. So when you finally arrive at that point in time where you had planned to make changes, those changes never happen.

What generally occurs, instead, is one of two things. You either A) find that you’ve neglected self care (which includes a healthy diet and exercise, fresh air and healthy stress management) and your health won’t allow you to do all those things you planned over the years. Or B) you’ve trained yourself to put other people above you for so long, that when you finally do have the time to focus on yourself, you aren’t able to break a lifetime of behavior in which you were always doing for others.

Do you have trouble saying no?

My mother has always been the type of person who has trouble saying no. “We need someone to be treasurer for ABWA. Can you do it? We really need someone.” “Sure.” “We need someone to organize the PTA fundraiser. No one volunteered this year. Can you help?” “Of course.” “We’d really love to have a Cub Scout troop for our church. Can you run that?” “Absolutely.” “No one signed up to host a Princess House party? Would you mind hosting one?” “I can make that happen.”

Growing up I remember my mother being involved in everything. From work to church to school she did just about everything that anyone asked of her. And as a baby boomer, I feel like she was raised to be that homemaker, parent and activist. At the same time, however, roles were changing. So she also worked full time. She didn’t ask for help. And she eventually ran herself into exhaustion and a nervous breakdown.

My mother retired around two years or so ago. Guess what? She still hasn’t found the time to keep up with her flower gardens. She’s volunteering now more than she did when she was working. And why not? How else do you fill that void that work left open if all you’ve ever done is work?

More recently my grandmother has been unable to take care of herself. So my mother is only home one or two days a week. The rest of the time she’s helping my grandmother with everything she needs as the family prepares to move her into assisted living.

All of those things my mother said she’d do once she retired? Well, she hasn’t done them yet.

You shouldn’t wait until retirement to indulge in self care because self care is not an indulgence. Self care is a must for a happy, healthy life. Self care is a must for managing stress so you don’t get overwhelmed. Self care is healthcare. (Also, learning how to say “no” is pretty empowering too.)

Why You Shouldn't Wait Until Retirement to Indulge in Self Care. Self care isn't just making sure our basic needs are met. Self care is what recharges us. And while the definition of self care may vary from person to person, in the end it is the key to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. #selfcare #healthandwellness #healthylifestyle

An introduction to Soulplant Apothecary.

Recently I had the opportunity to try, what I consider, self care products from a small company called Soulplant Apothecary. Based in Zagreb, Croatia, this little Etsy shop is owned by Kristijana. Kritijana not only works as a transformational life-coach, aromatherapist and herbalist, she also crafts personal care products that she believes can help people live more soulful lives.

The principles behind Soulplant Apothecary tie together plant love, skin care and soul healing. So it’s easy to use these handmade products to better connect with your inner self. A daily skin care routine not only helps to soothe your body, it can also help calm your mind. So take that extra few minutes each day to really focus on your skin care needs.

I love all of the products I tried from Soulplant Apothecary. My hope is that you will love them as much as I do. As well, be sure to utilize skin care as a daily reminder to take care of not just your physical health, but your emotional health as well.

Sacred Space Room & Body Mist from Soulplant Apothecary. This is a truly sacred blend of purifying essential oils and mindfully chosen floral waters. It helps dispense stagnant energy in your space and/or aura.

My favorite self care product from Soulplant Apothecary.

My favorite product from Soulplant Apothecary has to be Kristijana’s sacred space room + body mist. As a person who has struggled with anxiety throughout my life, I love that this essential oil mist helps to ground my energy and cleanse my space. Dubbed as a magic mist for soulful living, this mist been super helpful at helping me focus and concentrate on my writing and upcoming projects. Plus it smells amazing – something similar to sitting outdoors on a damp forest floor enveloped by woods and rich dirt.

In addition to the sacred space room + body mist, you can also shop for three other aromatherapeutic scents including happiness, divine feminine – and for him – divine masculine. Try your favorite scent to help you destress when you meditate. (Soulplant Apothecary’s sacred dust smudging blend is also lovely for this purpose.) Or cuddle up with that book you keep meaning to read. You deserve a break in your day to let the tension and stressors in your life go.

This hair love restore & heal hair serum from Soulplant Apothecary is a potent blend of more powerful plant oils, just to mention some of them: argan, macadamia and rare precious gem of nature - abyssinia oil. This composition is meant to protect hair from damage and to substitute commercial conditioners. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins, this elixir will add boost of glow and health to your hair.

My roommate’s favorite self care find.

Having survived an emotionally abusive marriage followed by breast cancer, my roommate Bambi springs for a haircut and color as a treat to herself when she has a little extra cash. She’s a fan of flat ironing her hair (when it’s not raining) to smooth out her naturally kinky, curly hair. Therefore it’s no surprise that her favorite product from Soul Apothecary is the hair love restore + heal hair serum.

Thoughtfully crafted with a blend of argan, macadamia and rare abyssinia oil, this plant based hair elixir protects hair from damage and gives hair a healthy shine. Out of the plethora of hair care products on the market today, Bambi rates this hair serum as THE absolute best hair care product she’s used for straightening her hair. For super damaged hair, consider Soul Apothecary’s strength + volume version of hair love.

FLOWER MANTRA | Exfoliating plant powder from Soulplant Apothecary. This is a gentle exfoliating powder, made of differently granulated plant powders, clays, and flowers. Include it in your daily skin care routine to help your skin glow and look fresh. It gently exfoliates skin, leaving it soft and clean.

In addition to these products, Soulplant Apothecary also carries a wonderful flower mantra exfoliating plant powder, nourishing face cream, ritual bath salts and yoni sacred feminine oil – to restore the connection with your feminine power center. (Which is a whole other kind of very special self care. *wink*) To learn more about Soulplant Apothecary or to browse all of the great products created by Kristijana, visit her Etsy shop here.

More self care rituals that are easy to adopt.

• Spend a few minutes, either at the beginning or the end of the day, to write in a journal. This will help you visualize the achievement of your goals and be more mindful.

• Take a mid-day walk at lunchtime to boost your energy levels.

• Turn off your ringer and take a break from your phone. No one should be tethered to a phone 24/7. Choose a time frame out of everyday to disconnect from all your digital devices and just sit outdoors, watch the clouds and take in the view.

• Pick a day to say no to social media each week. Instead, invite a friend or neighbor over for a cup of tea and engage in a real conversation about something other than the news.

• Reduce stress with simple activities such as spending time with a pet, painting a picture, making soap, planting a flower or even dancing – like no one is watching, of course!

What are some of your favorite ways to practice self care? I’d love to hear your tips for reducing stress, practicing mindfulness or simply how you take time out for yourself each day. Alternately, if you are currently struggling with where you are in life, I recommend reading my article titled, You Are Not a Failure (Tips to Change Your Perspective & Get Your Mojo Back.)

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You’re About to Discover Your New Favorite Tea!

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Whether you’re new to drinking loose leaf teas, or you’re a self described tea connoisseur, you’re going to love the natural, organic loose leaf teas from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Find your tea soulmate with this genius tea quiz from Mountain Rose Herbs based on your tastes and lifestyle. The tea soulmate quiz asks questions based not just on your favorite flavors, but also where, how, who with and why you choose to drink tea. So whether you enjoy your tea hot or iced, with or without friends, in a valley of wildflowers or in an urban sanctuary, you're sure to find the perfect tea to fit your lifestyle.

With a wide selection of every kind of organic loose leaf tea imaginable, it’s hard not to find a tea that you love. However, if you’re still on the hunt for that perfect tea that fits both your tastes AND your lifestyle, then you must take Mountain Rose Herbs new tea quiz to find your tea soulmate!

I’ve been shopping with Mountain Rose Herbs for over a decade and I’ve never once been disappointed by the quality of their products. I first became a customer in what I like to call my “market days.” I would shop from their selection of organic ingredients that included unrefined butters, clays and carrier oils for my soapmaking recipes and skin care products that I sold on my local city market.

Rarely, however, did I consider purchasing from their wide selection of organic loose leaf teas. What a mistake! After taking the new tea soulmate quiz from Mountain Rose Herbs, I found my new favorite tea!

Discover your favorite organic loose leaf teas! Take the tea soulmate quiz to find the perfect organic, loose leaf tea for your lifestyle! Your perfect tea isn't just based on your favorite flavors. It's also about where, how, who with and why you choose to drink tea. So whether you enjoy your tea hot or iced, with or without friends, in a valley of wildflowers or in an urban sanctuary, discover the perfect tea to fit your lifestyle now.

Take the tea soulmate quiz!

Mountain Rose Herbs tea soulmate quiz asks questions based not just on your favorite flavors. It also asks where you enjoy drinking your tea most. How you like your teas? Who are you drinking that cup of tea with? And why do you reach for a cup of tea over another beverage?

So whether you enjoy your tea hot or iced, with or without friends, in a valley of wildflowers or in an urban sanctuary, you’re sure to find the perfect tea to fit your lifestyle. With 32 different teas featured in their quiz, you’re not only going to discover your new favorite tea – but possibly several new favorites! Simply take the tea quiz more than once and change up your answers to find the perfect tea to fit your mood.

Find your tea soulmate with this genius tea quiz from Mountain Rose Herbs. Discover your favorite organic loose leaf teas! Take the tea soulmate quiz to find the perfect organic, loose leaf tea for your lifestyle! Your perfect tea isn't just based on your favorite flavors. It's also about where, how, who with and why you choose to drink tea. So whether you enjoy your tea hot or iced, with or without friends, in a valley of wildflowers or in an urban sanctuary, discover the perfect tea to fit your lifestyle now.

My tea soulmate.

My tea soulmate was turmeric chai. This spicy, warming herbal chai tea is caffeine free, making it the perfect tea for chai enthusiasts who have cut caffeine from their diets. Especially delightful as we start transitioning into cooler nights this fall, the turmeric in this organic tea, gives this brew an exotic, piquant flavor. It also highlights the other earthy spices found in this chai tea blend.

I love the pinch of cayenne that gives this tea blend a spicy bite! And while this organic chai tea is delicious when brewed with water, it’s also delightful brewed with milk or your favorite milk substitute. Think of it as a flavorful twist on golden milk.

As I’m a bonafide turmeric junkie, this tea is a perfect fit for my healthy lifestyle. (You can find all of my favorite turmeric recipes here.)

Discover your favorite organic loose leaf teas! Take the tea soulmate quiz to find the perfect organic, loose leaf tea for your lifestyle! Your perfect tea isn't just based on your favorite flavors. It's also about where, how, who with and why you choose to drink tea. So whether you enjoy your tea hot or iced, with or without friends, in a valley of wildflowers or in an urban sanctuary, discover the perfect tea to fit your lifestyle now.

What makes loose leaf teas special?

If you’re new to loose leaf teas, then you probably don’t realize what you’ve been missing. Compared to tea bags, which commonly contain what is referred to as “tea dust,” loose leaf teas are like the caviar of teas.

What really sets the teas from Mountain Rose Herbs apart, however, is their quality. Not only are their loose leaf teas made using organic tea leaves and herbs, you know you’re always receiving the freshest, pesticide free botanical tea blends. So you get all of the healthy benefits of drinking tea, without any of the things you DON’T want in your teas.

How to brew loose leaf teas.

So, just how do you blend that perfect cup of organic loose leaf tea? To brew Mountain Rose Herbs turmeric chai tea, heap one tablespoon into your preferred strainer. Then pour 8 ounces of boiling water over the tea. Steep for 3-5 minutes, or until desired strength. Then simply strain and enjoy.

Or discover three more ways to enjoy your turmeric chai tea here.

To learn how to brew your other favorite types of loose leaf teas, be sure to check out this guide to tea brewing.

Find your tea soulmate with this genius tea quiz from Mountain Rose Herbs based on your tastes and lifestyle. The tea soulmate quiz asks questions based not just on your favorite flavors, but also where, how, who with and why you choose to drink tea. So whether you enjoy your tea hot iced, with or without friends, in a valley of wildflowers or in an urban sanctuary, you're sure to find the perfect tea to fit your lifestyle.

So, the only question left is, which tea is about to become your new favorite? Find your tea soulmate now!

To discover more about tea, including recipes and tea infused products, be sure to follow my Everything Tea board.

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Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Into College Even Easier)

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My son is entering his senior year of college and applying for grad school this fall. So he’s not who you might think of when you’re shopping for back to school supplies.

Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Into College Even Easier) Must have college back to school supplies for your new college student plus tips on surviving college life and making the most of the experience from a both a male and female perspective from rising college seniors. #backtoschool #collegelife #collegetips

There are no teacher supply lists and his books are now all entirely digital. This kind of makes highlighters a thing of the past. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t need any school supplies. It simply means that shopping for a college student is different than shopping for school supplies for a third grader.

Target has a lot of great ideas for decorating college dorm rooms in addition to the standard back to school tools for college students. However Target also has one really amazing perk that really got my attention. And it’s absolutely perfect for students who are leaving home to go off to school.

College Dorm Room Decorating Ideas from Target, The Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Even Easier)

When you shop online at Target.com, students can pick up your purchases at a Target store near the college campus they’re moving into. So there’s a lot less to pack for their next big life adventure. This means more room in the car for things from home that your new college student can’t live without.

So what are those must have back to school supplies for college students? Following are a few of my favorite back to school supplies. Plus some great tips for easing your son or daughter’s transition into college life. I’ve even include tips from my own son (who stayed local) and his girlfriend (who left home for school) that, as rising college seniors, felt will help your son or daughter have the best college experience possible.

The Best Back to School Supplies for College Students. Plus some great tips for easing your son or daughter's transition into college life. I've even include tips from my own son (who stayed local) and his girlfriend (who left home for school) that, as rising college seniors, felt will help your son or daughter have the best college experience possible.

The Best Back to School Supplies for College Life from Target

Even with a busy academic schedule and the opportunity to make tons of new friends, college can still feel lonely and even somewhat isolating to students. Something as simply as a package of command picture strips can help ease the loneliness as it’s an opportunity to display photos of friends and family back home. Plus, it’s also a chance to share photos of moments with new friends they make along the way. Or for a more whimsical touch, give a set of fairy photo clips with LED string lights a try.

Best Back to School Supplies for College Students (Plus Tips on Making the Transition Even Easier)

Having a roommate for the first time in one’s life is always a new, and a somewhat challenging, experience – especially if your son or daughter is an only child. And let’s face it. Not every personality is well suited for another.

Wireless Apple® AirPods are a great way for kids to tune out the overstimulation that comes with starting a new school. And listening to music on the way to class can help ease anxiety so they’re relaxed when they enter each new class of the day. Not an Apple family? Sony also offers a great pair of True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds that has equally rave reviews.

Your college student will appreciate the Bose® Noise-Masking Sleepbuds when leaving home for college. These completely wireless headphones will help your child get a better night's sleep amidst the chaos and noise of dorm life - especially if their roommate snores.

Alternately, if your son or daughter already owns a great pair of headphones, they’ll appreciate the Bose® Noise-Masking Sleepbuds. These completely wireless headphones will help your child get a better night’s sleep amidst the chaos and noise of dorm life – especially if their roommate snores.

Of course, a laptop is also a must for any college student. My son started college with a new MacBook Air and it’s kept up with needs over the past three years. However, if an Apple computer isn’t in budget, Target offers a lot of budget-friendly alternatives from Chrome, Windows, HP, Dell and Acer.

A Room Essentials™ Bathtub Caddy is a must for college dorm life. This convenient bathtub caddy not only allows for easy transport of all your college student's bath and shower supplies to a shared dorm bathroom, it's also and easy way to keep bathing supplies organized! Constructed to be partially see-through so there's no guessing what's inside, this caddy also has draining holes to help prevent water from collecting inside. 

A Room Essentials™ Bathtub Caddy is a must for college dorm life. This convenient bathtub caddy allows for easy transport of all your college student’s bath and shower supplies to a shared dorm bathroom. It’s also and easy way to keep bathing supplies organized! Constructed to be partially see-through so there’s no guessing what’s inside, this caddy also has draining holes to help prevent water from collecting inside.

You’ll also want to be sure your new college student is stocked with personal care items, clothing hangers, a desk lamp and a power strip.

A super functional backpack is also a must. While many college students won’t necessarily have physical books to tote around, there are plenty of other things to stash inside. Snacks, money and a water bottle are musts for anyone running around a college campus all day.

This SwissGear® 18.5" Scan Smart TSA Laptop and USB Power Plug Backpack is THE backpack to rival all other backpacks. It features a USB power read port, TSA ScanSmart Technology and a large main compartment with flip-up show storage with side access pockets. The ergonomically contoured, padded shoulder straps with built-in suspension make this backpack comfortable to carry, while the organizer compartment comes outfitted with a key fob as well as multiple divider pockets for pens, mobile phone, ID card and memory stick, and the add-a-bag strap to slip the backpack over most telescoping luggage handles.

This SwissGear® 18.5″ Scan Smart TSA Laptop and USB Power Plug Backpack is THE backpack to rival all other backpacks. It features a USB power ready port, TSA ScanSmart Technology and a large main compartment with flip-up show storage with side access pockets.

The ergonomically contoured, padded shoulder straps with built-in suspension make this backpack comfortable to carry, while the organizer compartment comes outfitted with a key fob as well as multiple divider pockets for pens, mobile phone, ID card and a memory stick. It also has an add-a-bag strap so it’s easy to slip the backpack over most telescoping luggage handles.

If you’re on a budget for back to school as many of us are, then you’ll appreciate both the quality and pricing of the products Target offers. Additionally, if you sign up for a Target REDcard (debit or credit,) you’ll also save 5% off your purchase when you use your card. Plus you’ll always get free shipping.

15 Tips for New College Students to Ease the Transition into College Life from both a male and a female perspective from rising college seniors. Plus the best back to school supplies for your new college student.

Tips for Easing Your Student’s Transition Into College Life

Now that you have your son or daughter stocked with the best back to school supplies for college, it’s time for the hard part. For them, it’s having the talk. For you, it’s learning to let go.

It’s super important to discuss what expectations you have for your child as far as academic performance as well as behavior while they’re away. Safety tips are also equally important. At the same, they’re learning to stretch their wings and start forging their own path for their lives. So here are fifteen amazing tips for new college students that you can share with them to ease their transition into college life.

Cody’s Back to School Tips for Entering College (From a Male Perspective)

1. Go to orientation and do all of the events. Everyone else will be as apprehensive as you. However this is one of the easiest ways you can make friendships that last a lifetime.

2. Buy a calendar. Read the syllabi. Put all important dates down in advance. This will let you know when you can have fun and when you need to work.

3. Make a daily schedule. Short work every day will be more effective than trying to do a lot of work all at one time.

4. Sleep. This cannot be stressed enough. If worse comes to worse, a fresh mind studying at the last minute will do better than a dead one that studied all night.

5. It will be harder than high school. It’s okay if you see a temporary drop in your usual grades. It’s happening to everyone else. Find out what you need to change to work around that.

6. Call home each week. The emotional support will be helpful.

7. Learn how to be independent. Figure out your schedule. Eat regularly and exercise if you can.

8. Do at least one extracurricular you enjoy, whether it’s a club or a sport. You’ll meet people and keep your sanity by doing something you enjoy.

9. Safety is crucial. Always be with someone you trust when you are out at events. Never leave a drink unattended. Also, don’t take a drink from someone else – even people you know. If you see someone that needs help, help them. Call campus police. You won’t be a party pooper, you’ll be saving a life.

10. Get to know your professors. It’ll help you now and when you need letters of reference. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors questions outside of class.

11. Write down your overarching goal. Write down all the things you need to do to achieve that goal. Then make sure you complete one of those sub goals every one to three months. This will help ground you to what you’re striving to achieve after college.

Paris’ Back to School Tips for Entering College (From a Female Perspective)

1. Everyone feels just as isolated as you. I never lived in a dorm. Rather I lived in the same apartment with roommates while I away from home over the course of four school years. So I can understand the isolation and difficulty that comes with trying to make friends when you’re in that type of situation. It’s easy to feel like you missed the train.

Students who are living in dorms for the first time will have already made friends the first week of classes. So it’s natural to feel like you are being annoying when trying to break into new friend groups. Honestly though, if you can find the right people, they will warmly welcome new friends into their circle. They will also value the things you bring to the table as part of that new friendship.

Your first year of college may be hard. Once you get into your major and find the right set of roommates however, making friends (even if you’re an introvert) will become SO much less daunting. You’ll find that you’re surrounded by like-minded people. You’ll also start to see recurring people each semester as your classes become more specialized.

2. Roommates can make or break your college experience. If you have the worst, most filthy and messy, disrespectful, loud roommates the first two years of college like I did, you’ll be able to relate. As a result of my first two years with roommates, I become a neat freak. I had to have all of the mugs facing in the same direction. I also had major trust issues when it was time for the next roommate to sign a lease with me.

The sight of a sink full of dirty dishes may eternally trigger you as a result of your experiences. However, if you keep pushing forward, you’ll realize that there is a light at the end of that gross, loud tunnel. And one day, even if its not in college, you will have a space you can call your own. Or you’ll finally share a home or apartment with somebody you know who shares your same methods and ideals.

3. Friends and relationships will come and go. People change a lot from who they were in high school. This can be hard to accept. You may feel like something is wrong with you when you leave home to go to college, and as a result, lose both your best friends and a significant other. Nothing is wrong with you. People just grow and change so much at this stage in our lives. So embrace it! See what and WHO the world brings to you and be thankful for the change that signifies.

4. Have whatever type of college experience you want. You don’t have to bend to peer pressure. Always keep in mind that there are people out there who are going to love you as you are and respect the boundaries and choices you make for yourself.

Peer pressure exists. It’s not everywhere like parents probably think however. If certain lifestyles aren’t for you, that’s great! Respect other people for their decisions as well, but also stand by yours. Standing by your own values and belief systems doesn’t make you lame. There are so many people that will ask once, you politely decline (and give your reasoning, or not) and they will ACTUALLY say, “That’s awesome! I respect that.” (This is from my own personal experience.) Those people are so important to have in your life. Try your hardest to find them, and don’t settle for less than what you are comfortable with or deserve.

Share Your Own Tips for New College Students!

Do you have any additional back to school tips for students entering college for the first time? If so, I’d love if you could share them in the comments. Alternately, I’d also love to hear about your memorable college experiences and how they helped to shape who you are today!

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Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy (Plus Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners to Make Right Now!)

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If you struggle to stay organized amidst the chaos of your crafty life, then be sure to check out this collection of six clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy. Plus learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaners to keep your creative spaces clean this summer!

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy (Plus 5 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners to Make Right Now!) If you struggle to stay organized, then check out this collection of clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy. Plus learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaners for your home this summer.

As a crafter and soapmaker, staying organized can be a challenge for me. However, it’s a necessity I can’t live without. I’ll admit that I do allow my desk to become a mess of papers, books and notes from time to time often. However, every time I reorganize and declutter my desk, it falls back into disarray within a few days.

While I can deal with a messy desk, keeping my soapmaking and craft supplies organized is an absolute must. Obviously keeping my supplies organized allows me to find what I need for my projects quickly and efficiently. It also serves as a great reminder of which ingredients or materials I have on hand for my next recipe.

Knowing what materials I have to work with is of upmost importance. I’m sure that you, like myself, have accidentally reordered a supply only to discover you still had it in stock, hiding in the back of your pantry. This was, of course, after you removed that new product you were dying to try from your cart in order to buy said supply to stay within your budget. (I SO hate that.)

The best thing to do in this particular situation is to make a list. And while I generally enjoy making lists, I loathe making inventory lists. It remains one of the most tedious tasks I have to perform, so I almost never ever do it. I’d much rather have limitless storage space and containers for organizing.

Cleaning caddies are perfect for neatly storing and carrying just about anything around your home. Especially if your regular storage spaces are overrun with craft supplies. So when I received this stylish, multi-functional enamel caddy from Grove Collaborative, I’d already thought of a reason to order two more!

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy for Other Uses Around the Home This Summer

It’s also why I’m so excited to share this free offer with you: When you place your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative, you’ll get this free caddy to help you organize your space. Even better, this awesome cleaning caddy comes filled with Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and lotion. Plus you’ll also receive free shipping!

While you’re more than welcome to go the traditional route and fill your caddy with cleaning supplies like a multi-purpose spray, microfibers, a wand duster, and Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap – why stop there? Following you’ll discover six clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy for something other than simply cleaning! (Plus keep reading after these tips for recipes to make your own homemade cleaners!)

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy. Repurpose your cleaning caddy into a mini herb or succulent garden. Add a few inches of gravel or pebbles for drainage, then a layer of potting soil, and your plants. The handle makes it easy to carry your plants to the sink for watering!

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy

1. Mini herb or succulent garden.

I love the idea of a kitchen herb garden in an unconventional planter. Add a few inches of gravel or pebbles for drainage, then a layer of potting soil, and your plants. My favorite herbs to grow are basil, cilantro, and rosemary. Another benefit of the caddy: The handle makes it easy to carry your plants to the sink for watering!

Simple gardening hack idea - Turn your cleaning caddy into a garden tool organizer! Fill it with a cute pair of gloves, trowel, pruning shears, hand rake, and kneeling board. Easily carry your garden tools around the yard instead of running back and forth to the shed.

2. Garden tool organizer.

Here’s a gardening hack for all my green thumb friends: Repurpose your cleaning caddy into a garden tool organizer! Fill it with a cute pair of gloves, trowel, pruning shears, hand rake, and kneeling board. Easily carry your garden tools around the yard instead of running back and forth to the shed. When you’re done gardening, Meyer’s hand soap and lotion are perfect for pampering hardworking hands. (You can also learn how to make your own homemade gardener’s soap from scratch!)

3. Hair tool organizer.

Low on storage space under the bathroom sink? Repurpose your cleaning caddy to create a styling station with your hair dryer, brush, flat iron or curling iron, and products all within reach. I recently added Seed nourishing hair and body oil (which is available through Grove) to my kit, and it’s perfect for taming summer flyaways! My roommate, Bambi, is always flat ironing her hair while I’m always trying to put curls in mine. So having a place to stash our styling tools is a must!

4. Dog toy holder.

Your furry best friend will love this trick: Repurpose your cleaning caddy into a dog toy bin that matches your decor. Fill the caddy with tennis balls, stuffed animals, and other toys. Your pup can reach his own toys, and you won’t have to worry about stepping on a squeaky toy in the middle of the stairs! (This was, of course, my dachshund’s favorite idea!)

5. Ice chest for summer entertaining.

Raise your hand if you’re ready for patio season! This caddy is just the right size to hold ice and a few bottles of wine or lemonade. It’s easy to carry outside, and so much cuter than a plastic cooler. I also recommend adding Murphy’s Naturals mosquito repellent candles to your Grove order to keep summer pests away from your party! (You can keep wine in stock all summer long without ever leaving the house with Winc!)

6. Art supply organizer.

With summer finally here I’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors. Part of that time includes hunting for river rocks to paint! Rather than struggling with multiple containers for our paint brushes and paint pens, my roommate and I repurposed this cleaning caddy for our art supplies. Now it’s quick and easy to remove our art supplies from the dining room table for our regular Tuesday date night dinners.

Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Cleaning Caddy. If you struggle to stay organized amidst the chaos of your crafty life, then be sure to check out this collection of six clever ways to repurpose your cleaning caddy. Plus learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaners to keep your creative spaces clean this summer!

What are some of the ways you would repurpose your cleaning caddy from Grove? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Plus, don’t forget to grab your free set while supplies last. Here’s how: Sign up for Grove Collaborative here.

You will receive the Grove cleaning caddy along with a Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, and lotion free when you sign up! (To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days!)

Tip to save: Once you have submitted your Grove order, you will be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service.

Favorite Non-Toxic Cleaner Recipes

Favorite Non-Toxic Cleaner Recipes

Now that you’re set with some awesome new products from Grove, why not try your hand at making some of your own? I love the ease and flexibility of making my own non-toxic cleaners when I run out last minute or just feel like a fresh new scent. Here are some of my favorite recipes for homemade cleaners. (Or try out one of Grove’s easy cleaning concentrates!)

1. Best Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe

This homemade shower cleaner recipe is a snap to make and is super effective at ridding your shower of hard water stains and soap scum with almost no effort on your part! Even better, it requires just two ingredients that are likely already in your home! Learn to make it here.

2. DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray

This 2-ingredient DIY odor neutralizing spray tackles tough odors your pets or family leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. Make yours with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil. Or go completely natural with Spark Naturals Refresh Cleansing Blend Essential OilLearn how to make your own odor neutralizing spray here.

3. Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? This 3-ingredient recipe with lemon essential oil not only makes wine stains disappear, but it’s also non-toxic, saves you money and smells amazing! Learn to make it now.

4. Homemade Laundry Detergent

Learn how to make your own DIY homemade laundry detergent for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning! Not only does making my own detergent save money over buying commercial detergent brands, but it’s also rewarding to know you’ve made your own natural products. Learn how here.

5. Homemade After Shower Spray and Window Cleaner

This homemade after shower spray and window cleaner is a wonderful natural, non-toxic way to clean your bathroom and other home surfaces! It requires as few as three simple ingredients and can be customized with your preferred essential oil or essential oil blend. Find this non-toxic cleaning recipe here.

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Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin (To Buy or DIY)

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Need help getting your acne under control? Then you’ll love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help to treat and prevent acne.

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

Darn Those Wacky Hormones

When I was a teenager I always assumed that I would grow out of my acne. Sadly, that was not the case. I had terrible acne flare ups throughout my thirties. Some of which were hormonal. Others were due to stress. I figured that in my forties I could finally kiss acne goodbye. Well, no one told me about perimenopause.

It’s like my entire life since I turned twelve has been plagued by hormone changes. And now I’m stuck with yet another bout of insane hormone surges. Surges that not only cause worsening acne, but also ridiculous mood swings, fatigue, hot flashes, worsened premenstrual syndrome and tender ta ta’s.

Lucky for me perimenopause only lasts an average of four to ten years. (Please insert sarcasm here.) After that, without some type of hormone therapy, it’s completely plausible that I’ll be able to grow a beard. But hey, at least they have contests for that!

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

(Incidentally, if you are also struggling with perimenopause, I’ve found several natural supplements that work for me. Ashwagandha root, a B-complex with ginseng and evening primrose are great for increasing energy, preventing hot flashes and improving stress response.)

For the most part I’m able to prevent most of my acne with the right skin care products – with one hold out. My chin seems to be completely immune to nearly everything I’ve tried. And with summer here, I feel like I constantly have a volcano erupting somewhere on my face. Especially since I sweat like a teenage boy.

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne

Luckily there are a lot natural skin care products for acne prone skin that I can turn to. These natural, anti-acne skin care products not only help treat and prevent acne, but they also help calm and soothe inflammation. Following are some of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can either buy or DIY!

Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne (To Buy)

This is my collection of the best natural skin care products for acne that you can buy. These natural skin care products not only prevent and treat acne, they can also help calm and soothe the inflammation that accompanies it. These products get to the source of your skin issues to prevent acne before it even starts. So you can finally ditch that irritating benzoyl peroxide spot acne gel. After all, who needs dry flaky skin on top of everything else?

It's Tamanu Thyme Oil Cleanser. Formulated for normal-to-oily or acneic skin, this natural cleansing oil from Crunchy Betty naturally cleanses skin by removing excess oil. Not only does it help to balance oily skin, it also deters acne and removes makeup! Buy it here.

It’s Tamanu Thyme Oil Cleanser

Formulated for normal-to-oily or acne prone skin, this natural cleansing oil from Crunchy Betty naturally cleanses skin by removing excess oil. Not only does it help to balance oily skin, it also deters acne and removes makeup! Buy it here.

Also be sure to check out Crunchy Betty’s ebook, Food On Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin. More than just a natural beauty book, you’ll discover a complete system designed to clear your acne prone skin. This ebook contains 35 natural skin care recipes for acne prone skin including all-natural cleansers, steams, masks, moisturizers and more. Buy it here.

Mother Earth Mask (Turmeric & Matcha Facial Mask.) You can naturally get glowing summer skin with this turmeric and matcha face mask! Enriched with manuka honey to tackle acne scars and promote skin health, this facial mask from Ballernia Botanicals also brightens and evens out skin tone. So your skin is left feeling smooth and revitalized.

Mother Earth Mask (Turmeric & Matcha Facial Mask)

You can naturally get glowing summer skin with this turmeric and matcha face mask! Enriched with manuka honey to tackle acne scars and promote skin health, this facial mask from Ballernia Botanicals also brightens and evens out skin tone. So your skin is left feeling smooth and revitalized. Buy it here.

Veil of the Earth Detox Face Mask Powder. This natural detox face mask from Cattail Apothecary is gentle enough for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for acne prone skin and blackheads. Charcoal and bentonite clay combine to create a powerful team that draws out and absorbs heavy metals, dirt, bacteria and other impurities. While calendula and lavender flowers promote healing and soothe irritated skin naturally.

Veil of the Earth Detox Face Mask Powder

This natural detox face mask from Cattail Apothecary is gentle enough for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for acne prone skin and blackheads. Charcoal and bentonite clay combine to create a powerful team that draws out and absorbs dirt, bacteria and other impurities. While calendula and lavender flowers promote healing and soothe irritated skin naturally. Buy it here.

Brightening Gel Moisturizer. This brightening moisturizing gel from Naturally Beautiful is a perfect light weight vegan moisturizer for all skin types. However, it is especially helpful for acne prone skin. Formulated with organic ingredients, including pineapple extract, this lightweight moisturizer is an excellent choice for your summer skin care needs.

Brightening Gel Moisturizer

This brightening moisturizing gel from Naturally Beautiful is a perfect light weight vegan moisturizer for all skin types. However, it is especially helpful for acne prone skin. Formulated with organic ingredients, including pineapple extract, this lightweight moisturizer is an excellent choice for your summer skin care needs. Additionally, this gel also works beautifully as a moisture boosting serum  for maturing skin when used under another moisturizer. Buy it here.

Or try the Vitamin B3 Retinol Serum from Naturally Beautiful. Crafted with watermelon extract and sea kelp, this natural moisturizer works to balance balance, smooth and tone maturing skin. It also calms topical inflammation, speeds cellular turnover and boosts collagen production. Buy it here.

Organic Anti-Blemish Acne Spot Treatment. Just a dab of this acne spot treatment from Teava Skincare fights troublesome blemishes. Formulated with salicylic acid, white tea and tea tree oil, this potent pimple potion exfoliates pores to remove acne causing clogged dirt, oil and bacteria. Additionally bearberry is also included in this natural skin care formulation to lighten blemish scars by inhibiting melanin production.

Organic Anti-Blemish Acne Spot Treatment

Just a dab of this acne spot treatment from Teava Skincare fights troublesome blemishes without drying out your skin. Formulated with salicylic acid, white tea and tea tree oil, this potent pimple potion exfoliates pores to remove acne causing clogged dirt, oil and bacteria. Additionally bearberry is also included in this natural skin care formulation to lighten blemish scars by inhibiting melanin production. Buy it here.

If you’re a fan of makeup you’ll also love the Organic Matte Facial Mister and Setting Spray from Teava Skincare. Made with orange blossom and white tea, this natural skin care product for acne controls oily skin all day long while also reducing the appearance of pimples and preventing new ones. Buy it here.

Moscato Glow Bentonite Clay Face Mask with Red Wine. Blended with bentonite clay to detox skin and anti-aging superstars antioxidants, this natural bentonite clay facial mask from Dab & Dabble helps you find a balance with your oily, combination or acne prone skin. While naturally astringent citrus fruit extracts and red wine promote clearer, brighter, blemish free skin.

Moscato Glow Bentonite Clay Face Mask with Red Wine

Blended with bentonite clay to detox skin and anti-aging superstars antioxidants, this natural bentonite clay facial mask from Dab & Dabble helps you find a balance with your oily, combination or acne prone skin. While naturally astringent citrus fruit extracts and red wine promote clearer, brighter, blemish free skin. Buy it here.

Strawberry Exfoliating Facial Toner. This powerful tonic from Leaf Seed Berry is so much more than just a toner. It's a natural way to experience fewer breakouts and brighter looking skin. Not only will pores appear smaller with use, but naturally sourced salicylic acid (from willow bark extract) gently exfoliates skin to promote cellular turnover and deter blemishes. While the addition of strawberry fruit water and chamomile extract soothes skin to reduce both inflammation and redness.

Strawberry Exfoliating Facial Toner

This powerful tonic from Leaf Seed Berry is so much more than just a toner. It’s a natural way to experience fewer breakouts and brighter looking skin. Not only will pores appear smaller with use, but naturally sourced salicylic acid (from willow bark extract) gently exfoliates skin to promote cellular turnover and deter blemishes. While the addition of strawberry fruit water and chamomile extract soothes skin to reduce both inflammation and redness. Buy it here.

Discover more of the best natural skin care products for acne that you can buy in addition to my other favorite makeup, beauty and natural skin care recipes here. Or try one of these amazing natural home remedies.

Best natural skin care products for acne prone skin that you can buy or DIY! Need help getting your acne under control? Then you're going to love this collection of the best natural skin care products for acne prone skin! Whether you choose to buy or DIY your own anti-acne treatments, these natural skin care products help treat and prevent acne as well as calm and soothe inflammation!

Best Natural Skin Care Products for Acne (To DIY)

If you love holistic skin care products but can’t always afford to buy your favorite luxury brands, then why not make your own? Following you’ll find my collection of the best natural skin care products for acne that you make at home!

This DIY herbal facial steam is so easy to make and it's a great way to naturally reduce acne breakouts, boost circulation and remove toxins.

DIY Herbal Facial Steam

This easily customizable DIY herbal facial steam is so easy to make and it’s a great way to naturally reduce acne breakouts, boost circulation and remove toxins. Learn how to make it.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Activated Charcoal Detox Face Mask Recipe

This activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times. Formulated with natural ingredients that include kaolin clay, mineral salt, calendula and activated charcoal, this dry powder mask has an incredibly long shelf life.  Learn how to make it.

Essential Oil Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe! If you have a new teenager struggling with acne, or like me, you realized that acne doesn't end with adulthood, then you must try this essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe! This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. And, because it's formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, it also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promotes skin regeneration and health. #antiacne #essentialoils #acne #diy #rollerball #naturalremedy

Essential Oils Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe

This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. Formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, this natural acne remedy also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promote skin regeneration and health. Learn how to make it.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

This moisturizing facial toner is formulated with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin’s PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts. Made with rooibos tea to soothe a variety of skin conditions including eczema and acne. Learn how to make it.

DIY Natural Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub and Cleanser Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

Natural Activated Charcoal 2-in-1 Facial Scrub & Cleanser

This two-in-one cleanser and activated charcoal facial scrub recipe is a Soap Deli News fan favorite. This anti-acne recipe combines a gentle Castile based soap with natural carrier oils, activated charcoal and a blend of organic essential oils proven to fight tough acne. While natural fine grain white sugar gently exfoliates facial skin to slough off dead skin cells for brighter, smoother looking skin. Learn how to make it.

This easy natural Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe that fights acne plus soothes and helps to heal skin.

Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This easy homemade activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe is made with four simple ingredients to help control acne, soothe skin and promote healing. Learn how to make it.

Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Polish Recipe for Clear Skin

DIY Exfoliate & Detox Face Polish

This dry face polish is crafted from all dry ingredients for a long shelf life and to enable you to customize it with every use. Sugar, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, coconut milk powder and natural botanicals gently exfoliate skin and help to draw out impurities. So you can say goodbye to acne for good. Learn how to make it.

DIY Handmade Lavender and Tea Tree Soap Recipe with Activated Charcoal for Acne Prone Skin

Classic Lavender & Tea Tree Soap Recipe

This classic lavender & tea tree soap recipe also contains acne fighting activated charcoal to deep clean pores and fight acne at its source. Learn how to make it.

You can discover more of the best natural skin care products for acne that you can DIY by following my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board.

I Want to Hear from You!

Do you have a favorite natural product or remedy for your acne? I’d love to hear about the products that work best for you. So be sure to share your story in the comments.

I’d also love to see what you’ve been making lately. So be sure to tag your handmade skin care products on instagram with #soapdelishowoff so I can see what you’ve been up to!

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