Must Have Festival Accessories & Summer Festival DIY’s

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These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY’s are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Keep reading to discover not only a collection of my favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of my very own summer festival DIY’s for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Must Have Festival Accessories & Clothing

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Made to Your Hiking Bottle Tote in Floral Tapestry / Cactus What You Preach Battery Pack in Geo / Good News Travels Vast Backpack / Boldly Buckled Belt in Cognac

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Geometric / Floral of the Story Flower Crown / Braid for Walkin’ Sandal in Cognac / Daisy, I Love Your Way Shorts

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

On Cloud Divine Top / Fun-Woman Band Romper / Put Your Mind at Peace Top / May the Vest Fan Win

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Hands-Free to Be Me Belt Bag / Birkenstock Strappy Camper Sandal in Taupe Suede / Banjo Schmo Hat / Now Boarding Zone Fun Belt Bag

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Summer Festival DIY’s

These summer festival DIY’s are perfect for helping to maintain your comfort insect free while you’re enjoying time outdoors!

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Summer Festival Soap Recipe

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Ingredients (x2):

5.4 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. soybean oil
1.8 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. shea butter
3.6 oz. cocoa butter

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace Batch A:

.85 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree oil
.05 oz. lavender flowers
lavender ultramarine pigment or mica powder, to suit

At trace Batch B:

1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil

Directions:

You’ll need to make two batches of soap in separate pots for this summer festival soap recipe. The final festival soap recipe will fill two of my wooden soapmaking molds. Combine equal amounts of all soapmaking oils into each pot and prepare two containers of lye-water. (Each pot should have 5.4 oz. coconut oil, 9 oz. palm oil, 9 oz. rice bran oil, 3.6 oz. soybean oil, 1.8 oz. grape seed oil, 3.6 oz. shea butter and 3.6 oz. cocoa butter. Then each container of lye-water should contain 12 oz. distilled water and 4.8 oz. of lye.) Prepare according to your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Once each container of lye-water and oils have cooled, you are ready to mix your soap. Start by mixing one container of lye-water into one pot of soapmaking oils. At a light trace, weigh out and stir in the ingredients listed for Batch A – the lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, lavender flowers and the pigment powder. Mix well using your immersion blender. Once it reaches a thick trace pour the soap evenly into the bottom of BOTH of your lined molds.

Now mix your second batch of soapmaking oils and lye-water together, weighing and adding the ingredients for Batch B – the lemongrass and peppermint essential oils – at trace. As lemongrass essential oil turns the soap a lovely shade of yellow, you won’t need to use a colorant for this layer. Once ready, pour the soap from this batch evenly into the two soap molds over top of the lavender fragrance/colored soap. Cover and insulate for 24 hours, then unmold and cut your festival soap into bars. Allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks before use.

This recipe will yield 20-24 bars depending on how you cut them.

Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

Summer Festival Dry Shampoo Recipe

My summer festival dry shampoo recipe avoids using food ingredients that may attract insects and in lieu of cornmeal instead uses a super effective and light blend of arrowroot powder, rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal and cosmetic clays. Essential oils and herbs are also added for a fresh fragrance as well as for their insect repellent properties.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms or (lavender flower powder)
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract

Instructions:

Because I tend to have red highlights in my hair I chose to use red Moroccan clay in this recipe. If you prefer you can substitute with Fuller’s earth clay. You can also sub the arrowroot powder with Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour. (Although Bob’s Red Mill makes an all natural arrowroot starch/flour as well.) For darker hair you can also add 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of brown iron oxide.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flowers in a glass measuring cup. Then, using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. This will turn your lavender blossoms into a powder and evenly distribute the essential oils and extract. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. or one 8 oz. jar or container.

To use simply apply to hair – a makeup brush actually works wonderfully for this and cuts down on spillage – and lightly massage into hair with your hands. (If you used brown iron oxide pigment, avoid your scalp area as it can stain your scalp.) Then brush through and go! I found this recipe works really well, smells heavenly, and it even added some nice volume to my fine, straight hair.

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects when camping, hiking, biking and gardening this summer!

Summer Festival Insect Repellent Spray

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects at summer festivals and during other outdoor activities! Simply mist this spray on your skin after showering and as needed throughout the day.

Adapted from The Mountain Rose Herbs Blog

Ingredients:

2 oz. witch hazel extract
2 oz. catnip or peppermint hydrosol
2 oz. distilled water
1 mL (20 drops) lemon eucalyptus essential oil
1 mL (20 drops) lavender essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) lemongrass essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) Virginia cedarwood essential oil

Instructions:

To make this natural insect repellent spray recipe you’ll need to begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the witch hazel, catnip hydrosol and distilled water. Combine into a 6 – 8 oz. spray bottle using a funnel. (I used this Boston round bottle with mini spray trigger from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Using a graduated transfer pipette or dropper, add the essential oils to the bottle then screw on the trigger sprayer. Shake well to combine the ingredients and again before each use.

To extend the shelf life of this natural insect repellent spray and to help you and your loved ones cool down on a hot summer day, store this in the refrigerator between uses. And don’t forget to pack it for your next hiking or camping trip!

In addition to these summer festival DIY’s you may also be interested in my nine natural foot care recipes to keep your feet looking great all summer long. (Find them here.) And you may also want to try my natural deodorizing foot powder recipe for stinky sweat or rain soaked shoes. (Find that recipe here.)

For more of my natural summer bath and body recipes, be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. In addition you can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook,TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Spring Beauty Trends at ModCloth

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Fantastic spring beauty trends now at ModCloth! Favorites from theBalm, One Love Organics and Rosebud Perfume Company Inc. I LOVE these!

Spring Beauty Trends

It’s finally spring and that means lots of amazing new spring beauty trends! One of my favorite online shops, ModCloth, has a fantastic collection of new spring beauty finds available now on their website. Their latest spring beauty trends include these retro and vintage inspired products from theBalm, One Love Organics and Rosebud Perfume Company Inc.

Here are my top spring beauty picks from Modcloth.

1. Body, Mind, and Spirited Antioxidant Serum :: You’ve already mastered smart style – now you can apply your knowledge what’s underneath by using this antioxidant body serum from One Love Organics. Made of all natural and organic ingredients – lightly scented with gardenia and tea – this gentle mist hydrates, nourishes, and promotes healthier and more beautiful skin, assuring that your self glows with radiance equal to your bright ideas.

2. Soothe Move Skin Balm :: An important aspect of self-love is skin-love, and using this organic balm by One Love Organics is one suave way to achieve a smooth surface! This travel-sized tub is packed with natural ingredients, with coconut oil and beeswax as the base, bringing out your innate radiance and offering a lovely scent to top it off.

3. Precisely! Liquid Eyeliner in Black :: Highlight your lovely eyes with the thin, true black line that this felt-tip liner offers and you’ll get the exact look you were going for. Primed to make your pin-up look the most perfect one, this Schwing liquid eyeliner by theBalm is just what your makeup bag is missing!

4. Salve the Day Lip Balm Set in Luscious :: Give the gift of stylishly soft lips when delivering this cute tin of flavored lip balms! Nestled within crisp crepe paper lie three vintage-inspired containers of sweet salve in brambleberry rose, mocha rose, and menthol and eucalyptus flavors – the perfect rescue for a pucker in need of a pick-me-up! Also available in Lavish.

Looking for a new spring wardrobe? You can shop ModCloth’s new spring styles here.

Fantastic spring fashion trends now at ModCloth! I LOVE these retro and vintage inspired outfits!

Looking for great spring styles at bargain prices? Then visit ModCloth now and check out their latest sales event! For a limited time, they’re offering some of their most unique spring styles and accessories for $20 and under. All apparel is $20, and everything else is $15, when you shop ModCloth during their enormous Stylish Surprise sales event! Sale begins March 28th, 2016 (12 pm EST) and continues for as long as supplies last. What are you waiting for? Take a peek!

For more spring inspired ideas, be sure to check out the ModCloth blog! You can also follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest for more of my favorite spring beauty trends and skin care products.


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Easter Morning DIY

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DIY Ideas for Easter Morning
Start off your Easter morning with delicious (1.) Jam Filled Biscuits (via One Sheepish Girl) using eco-friendly cloth napkins wrapped in (2.) DIY Jelly Bean Napkin Rings (via Delish.) Create a beautiful centerpiece for the dinner table with (3.) Printable DIY Paper Bows (via elli) – the kids can pick the tulips that are just starting to bloom – then keep the kids busy crafting (4.) DIY Egg Carton Chicks (via Parenting) using those empty egg cartons left over from last night’s Easter egg decorating session.
DIY Ideas for Easter Morning

Dress up to go out with a beautiful (1.) Fit and Flare Coral Organza Dress (via Taylor Dresses) and matching (2.) DIY Blooming Easter Basket (via Growing Home.) Don’t forget the (3.) Handmade Easter Dresses for the Girls (via Sweet Chics Couture.) I love the idea of gifting Grandma these (4.) DIY Easter Floral Eggs (via The Fashion Writress) when the family gets together! Still trying to figure out what to put inside those Easter baskets? Then check out these ten fun DIY Easter Basket Fillers perfect for kids.

Does your family have any ongoing Easter traditions?


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Do You Have Zombie Fever?

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AMC's The Walking Dead

AMC’s show, The Walking Dead, has made zombies – even the apocalypse – a hot new trend. So much so that fans are willing to overlook the fact that while everyone now carries the zombie virus, you will still only become a zombie if you die or are bitten. Case in point – Hershel had his leg cut off after being bitten by a zombie to avoid infection. But I have to wonder if it really necessary to cut off his leg since he’s already carrying the virus anyway. How is a bite any different if you’re already infected? Anyone know? (Psst. If you’re like me and don’t have cable, you can catch up on Season 3 of The Walking Dead via Amazon instant video.)

Zombie Outbreak Response Team Sticker
Zombie Outbreak Response Team Sticker (via Amazon.)

With that said, zombie mania is definitely sweeping the nation. Saturday Night Live recently did a parody skit of The Walking Dead which definitely portrays what we’ve all been thinking about Carl – is Rick is raising a right fine sociopath? So whether you’re a zombie fan or just know someone who is, here are a few fun zombie inspired products that you may find you just have to own.

Cool Zombie Inspired Merchandise

1. I loved the children’s book, Pat the Bunny, as a child. So as an adult I just couldn’t resist this parody book – Pat the Zombie: A Cruel (Adult) Spoof (via Amazon.) / 2. If you’re the DIY you may just appreciate the book, Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead (via Amazon.) / 3. Kick some butt in this rockin’ Zombie at Tiffany’s Women’s Girly Boat Neck T-shirt (via Threadless.) / 4. Make Easter extra fun and er, gory with a completely edible white chocolate zombie bunny (via ThinkGeek.)

Cool Zombie Clothing and Accessories

1. These handmade zombie flesh high heels are sure to garner some attention and let the zombies know you mean business! Besides, a girl can never have too many shoes (via Nixxi Rose.) / 2. This fashionable zombie gore t-shirt may be right up your man’s alley (via StrangeLand tees.) 3. Don’t be the soccer mom, be the zombie mom and show off your fabulous living dead family with these zombie family decals with pets (via Tawnya M Designs.)

What’s your take on the zombie craze and who is your favorite character from The Walking Dead?


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Bartinki $50 Merchandise Certificate Giveaway – Handmade, Eco-Friendly Fashion Accessories and Clothing

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Are you a fan of unique, handmade fashion clothing and accessories? Then you’re going to love Bartinki! Martina Marekova, the designer behind Bartinki, creates an exciting line of eco-friendly, non-conventional handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories with European edge and style.
Handmade Eco-friendly clothing, fashion accessories and jewelry from Bartiniki
She re-fashions vintage clothing and deadstock (new waste) to create new articles of clothing using at least one eco-friendly component in each piece. In addition, Martina purchases many of her supplies locally, especially her fabrics, from small businesses.

Unique Eco-friendly Handmade Fashion Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry from Bartinki

Originally from Slovakia, the heart of Europe, Martina currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband. She is a devoted wife, friend and eco-conscious of the world around her. She also believes in supporting small businesses through KIVA microlending, which offers people a chance to do more through no-interest loans rather than through charity. Martina opened her shop, Bartinki, in March of 2011. (Learn more about Martina and her shop.)

Now through February 4th, 2013 you can enter to win a $50 merchandise certificate good toward any of the products available at Bartinki! This contest is open worldwide – simply enter via Rafflecopter below. If you’re already madly in love with Bartinki, you can receive 5% off your purchase. Simply visit Bartinki for details. You can also find Bartinki on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Blogger and Pinterest.

This giveaway has ended.


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