Create Your Own Custom DIY Salves the Easy Way!

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Spark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

About Spark Naturals Essential Oils.

I recently discovered the company, Spark NaturalsSpark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

Unlike some essential oils companies, Spark Naturals is not an MLM company. However, they do offer the same products along with better pricing and availability as other similar essential oil companies.

Create your own custom DIY salves the easy way with Spark Naturals' base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. This salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own oils!

Easily create custom DIY salves with Spark Naturals!

I was especially excited by Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out by buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own essential oils!

To get you started, I recommend 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of base. You can try ginger essential oil with this base for a warming sore muscle salve! Or mix 12 drops of ginger essential oil with 1 oz. of one of their carrier oils for a simple sore muscle massage oil.

And Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is 100% natural. It’s made from 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E. That’s it! You can buy Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve online here. Or shop from their full line of pre-made salves here.

Sparks Naturals sells essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

In addition to the salves offered at Spark Naturals, they also sell essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

And, they also make it easy to get started with aromatherapy! Start shopping now and save up to 20% off their current sale products. You can also use coupon code: share15 for 15% off.

If you’re interested in homemade salve recipes that are a little more complex, you can find all of my salve recipes here. Make your own from scratch or use them as a springboard for inspiration for making your own custom DIY salves.

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4th of July Nail Art

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4th of July Nail Art Inspiration - Click through now for three great DIY 4th of July Nail Art Ideas!

4th of July Nail Art Inspiration and a Free Gift Offer

If you’re looking for red, white and blue 4th of July nail art inspiration, then you’ll want to consider one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. You can get all of the nail polishes used in these looks for FREE in the Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift if you join Julep’s beauty box subscription program. Or, if you’re already a subscriber, then use code LETSGET20 to save 20% on any Julep polish or beauty purchase that you make.

To create the easy patriotic 4th of July nail dots (pictured above) first create your base with two coats of the red crème polish, Myriam. Once those coats have dried, use a toothpick or a dotting tool to make dots with the white polish, Brigette. Once your white dots have dried completely, then add additional dots with the peacock blue nail polish from Julep, Paulina. Don’t forget to complete your look with a top coat to extend the life of your new 4th of July nail art look!

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If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then try creating stars and stripes nails. Begin by painting all of your nails with two coats of the red polish, Myriam. Allow to dry completely. Then, on your accent nails, use scotch tape as a guide to paint even stripes of the white polish, Brigette. Once these lines have dried, use a toothpick to draw blue stars on your accent nails with the blue polish, Paulina.

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If you’re a master at nail polish and have steady hands, then you may want to try these red, white and blue wave nails for your 4th of July nail art look. Begin by painting half of your nail with Myriam, your red polish, then add on a scalloped edge. Allow to dry, then apply the white scalloped paint layer with Brigette. Once that layer has dried, complete the look with a third scalloped layer of Paulina (blue). Optionally, you can also add a touch a sparkle on top of the blue with Kirby. Be sure to finish your completed 4th of July nail art look with a top coat to make your mani last and shine!

Free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift from Julep when you join their monthly beauty box program.

Right now Julep is running a special offer to receive all of the polishes featured in the above nail polish tutes, along with three fantastic beauty products, in their free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift! Simply enter promo code: FIREWORKS to get your free gift when you pay for your first month of Julep ($24.99).

Get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous "Makeup the Rules" cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products - just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

Alternately, through 6/15/16 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last, you can get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous “Makeup the Rules” cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products – just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

But hurry! You’ll want to buy your Pool Party Mystery Box in the next few days, because there are a limited number available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Julep is only offering their Mystery Boxes a few times a year now, so the next Mystery Box will not be available until August or September. (Please note that every Pool Party Mystery Box will include the “Makeup the Rules” BRIKA Bag, however other products vary. The purchase of multiple Pool Party Mystery Boxes may result in nail polish or beauty product overlap. This offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). Also, no exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $100. Taxes vary by location.)

You can discover more amazing beauty products by following my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest. Or learn how to make your own natural skin care products by following my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.


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End of Season Sale at Julep

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Save up to 75% off during Julep's End of Season Sale! Four days only!

Julep’s End of Season Sale

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend so far! Just wanted to give you all a heads up that Julep is having a huge end of season sale this weekend only!

Discover the lowest prices of the season during Julep’s End of Season Sale in which you can save up to 75% on all of your beauty favorites! Plus take advantage of their nail polish mystery bags. You can get 10 nail polishes – regular $14 each ($140 value) – for just $20! That’s $2 per bottle of nail polish! Julep’s End of Season Sale lasts four days only – today through Monday, May 30th, 2016 – so buy now!

Here are few highlights.

Julep’s Perfect Finish Lip Collection regular $65 is now $19.99 their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Perfect Finish Lip Collection regular $65 is now $19.99 their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Mocha Minx Shadow, Eyeliner and Mascara Collection regular $60 is now $19.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Mocha Minx Shadow, Eyeliner and Mascara Collection regular $60 is now $19.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Overnight Repair for Hands Collection regular $48 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Overnight Repair for Hands Collection regular $48 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Festival Season Nail Art Kit regular $58 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Festival Season Nail Art Kit regular $58 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Right now when you subscribe to Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box you’ll also receive a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift! This gift set includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value.

Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box

You may also want to consider a Julep Maven Subscription in which you receive a monthly beauty box!

Right now when you subscribe to Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box you’ll also receive a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift! This gift set includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value. Simply use the coupon code: FIREWORKS at checkout when you subscribe here.

In addition to this free gift, Julep is also the only monthly beauty box program on the market that allows you to fully customize your monthly beauty box. You can select all beauty products, all nail products, or get a mix of both!

Additionally, you can also decide to skip any month you’d like (with no charge!) or send that month’s box to a friend.

All Julep products are cruelty-free and five-free (they don’t use the top 5 toxins found in many makeup brands).

You’ll also receive other great perks such as 20% off all Julep purchases, free shipping (always!) and the chance to help test and choose Julep’s next new beauty colors and products.

Subscribe to Julep’s monthly beauty box and become a Julep Maven now.

For more great beauty product recommendations, be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here.


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Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box Subscription

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Julep's monthly beauty box subscription lets you choose what you receive each month in your box and allows you to skip months at no charge!

Love beauty box subscriptions but aren’t always happy with what comes in your box? Then you may want to give Julep’s monthly beauty box subscription a look!

How does Julep’s monthly beauty box subscription stand out from its competitors?

There are so many monthly beauty box subscriptions to choose from – so what makes Julep so special?

• Julep is the only monthly beauty box program on the market that allows you to fully customize your monthly beauty box.

Every month between the 20th and the 24th, you get to log in and choose what you want in your box. You can select all beauty products, all nail products, or get a mix of both!

• Skip any month.

Unlike most beauty boxes, you can decide to skip any month you’d like (with no charge!) or send that month’s box to a friend.

• You know what you’re getting, every month.

Unlike most beauty box brands, Julep makes all of their own products. All Julep products are cruelty-free and five-free (they don’t use the top 5 toxins found in many makeup brands).

• Subscribers get perks galore.

Beauty box subscribers are called Mavens, and Mavens get amazing perks, such as 20% off all Julep purchases, free shipping (always!) and the chance to help test and choose Julep’s next new beauty colors and products.

Julep's monthly beauty box subscription lets you choose what you receive each month in your box and allows you to skip months at no charge!

Are you ready to buy? If decide you’re all in, you may prefer to opt for the 3-month subscription. This option means that your first beauty box is FREE for the first month. Simply use the coupon code FIRSTBOX at checkout. Alternatelty, if you prefer to start with a month-to-month subscription, you can use the same code to get 50% off your first box. Visit Julep now to get started!

If you like Julep, then may also want to consider the monthly beauty box subscription from Birchbox. Or follow me on Pinterest for more great beauty products and finds as well as homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes you can make yourself.


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My Memorial Day Weekend

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Scott Watering the GardenScott is watering the garden again today. He’s been faithfully watering the garden by buckets since there’s no hose or outside water faucet on the days the ground gets dry. Luckily we’ve had some good rain so far this spring and it’s supposed to be a rather wet summer since this can get a little tedious and I seem to keep having him add an extra row here and there. Right now we have tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers planted. I also have a row of organic Summer Bibb Lettuce seeds from Cubits planted in the ground and in a large pot along with some Basil and Calendula. Scott still has one more row to sow so I can plant my mix of organic Heirloom carrot seeds from Cubits.

I spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday cleaning up both the front and back yards. We rent and this is only the start of our second year here – and our first with any sort of extra income – so we’re just now getting the yard to our liking. I don’t have hedge trimmers yet – I spent money on a weed eater and an a/c unit – so I trimmed trees with my hands and a pair of craft scissors – which was surprisingly effective. I also spent a lot of time pulling up Virginia creeper out of the ground and off the fence. While it looks a lot better, it did send my allergies into overdrive so I’m nursing a sore throat today.

If you’re allergies are giving you fits as well – even with medication like mine – there are some natural home remedies that can help. One of my favorites since I have a variety of herbs planted out front is to drink peppermint tea. The peppermint oil acts as a natural decongestant. Simply add 1/2 ounce of dried organic peppermint leaves to a one quart jar then fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water. Steep for five minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy.

And since we’re on the topic of gardens, dirt and mud, I am offering 50% off my new Rose Body & Facial Mud for Memorial Day weekend! Just enter coupon code: FLASHMUD at checkout and receive half off every jar of Rose Body & Facial Mud you purchase from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen through Memorial Day. (Coupon code expires 5/27/13 at 11:59pm EST.)

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Scott and I will be going out to buy a small charcoal grill today so we can enjoy some grilled bratwurst and burgers purchased on the market this weekend from a local farmer.


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