A New Year, A New Me: Five Worthy (And Doable!) Goals for the New Year

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Five worthy goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let’s do this!

Five worthy and doable goals for the New Year. Make the New Year your best year ever by taking the time to try new things and explore the world around you. #goals #inspiration #newyear #resolutions #newyearresolutions #newyearsgoals

This year I’m kicking off January not with resolutions, but with achievable goals for the New Year. I went through a lot last year. From changing unhealthy relationship patterns, moving on from a not so pleasant divorce and learning how to manage a chronic illness so it doesn’t manage me. It’s been a doozy. With past challenges conquered, however, I’m super excited about all the new adventures in store for me in the coming months.

Following are some of the goals for the New Year that I’ve set for myself. I hope you’ll join me in on some of these endeavors to explore and try new things. I’d also love to hear what your goals for the New Year are. So don’t forget to share your plans for conquering 2019 in the comments.

Goals for the New Year. Winemaking. Learn how to make wine in an Instant Pot. For about half the price of a Bota box, you can make your own homemade red wine in an Instant Pot with just grape juice, sugar and yeast! #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #wine #winemaking #diy #redwine

Goals for the New Year

#1 Make wine.

I’ve always wanted to make wine. My first husband used to make beer from scratch. However, there’s typically a lot of equipment to buy for winemaking.

Just before Christmas however, Greg bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Our first dinner we made in our new Instant Pot for baby back ribs was amazing! (And yes! They do fall off the bone.) However, on our second dinner attempt we learned the hard way that the smell of chicken fat rendering challenges my nose in a very big way. That, and we didn’t realize until after the fact, you need to clean the seal with vinegar after every use and/or purchase separate sealing rings for different types of dishes/meats. (After dry heaving for an hour straight I’m never eating chicken thighs again.)

However, while chicken is permanently knocked off the Instant Pot menu, other things are still a go. Like making wine. Yes. For around the half the cost of a Bota box, you can make your own wine. You don’t even need fruit! Just grab a bottle of Welch’s grape juice, some sugar and yeast and you’re all set! (Plus you’re not fighting with those giant glass jugs so it’s perfect for small spaces.) You can find the instructions for making your own Instant Pot wine here.

Five worthy (and doable!) goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let's do this!

#2 Focus on strength training.

I put on quite a bit of weight (for me) last year. I actually went up two full sizes. Part of it was stress, part was a prescription medication (I’m no longer taking) and some of it is just age. Hormone changes after 40 can really leave you struggling a bit with self esteem. However, I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m okay with weight gain – or even the unfortunate redistribution of said weight from my butt to my gut – as long as I know I’m still eating healthy. So instead of cardio (which is nearly impossible to tackle with fibromyalgia) one of my top goals for the New Year is strength training.

As we age we start to lose muscle. According to Forbes, we lose about 25% of our muscle between 30-35. By age 70, it’s as much as 50%. Therefore, resistance and strength training is extremely important once we, as women, hit our forties. Especially if want to retain our independence throughout the later years of life. I’m starting out slow with knee push ups and yoga, but I’m getting it done! I’d love to hear your favorite ways (or video titles) that you use to help build muscle and strength. So please share your tips in the comments!

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#3 Create less waste.

While it’s nearly impossible to achieve a 100% zero waste lifestyle, there are simple things one can do to minimize excess waste – especially in the kitchen. Last year I fell in love with Grove’s European dish cloths. I even got my BFF hooked on these. She’s always holding on to her paper towels and reusing them multiple times on the counter. Not only to reduce waste, but also to save money.

Not surprising, the European dish cloths were an instant hit in her home! Not only are they thicker and have a higher absorption rate than regular paper towels, you can reuse them over and over. Simply toss them in the dishwasher on your regular cycle when they get dirty. This, of course, also frees of some counter space if you have a small kitchen.

I’ve also made the switch to Grove Collaborative’s cleaning concentrates. Not only am I not having to repurchase my cleaning supplies in bulky plastic spray bottles, I’m also saving a ton of storage space. (Which REALLY matters when you live in a tiny apartment. Grove’s cleaning concentrates come in tiny 1 oz. containers to reduce plastic waste and lower your carbon footprint. All you need to do is add one to a 16 oz. glass spray bottle, then fill with water and shake.

I also love that they’re made with non-toxic, plant derived ingredients including natural essential oils. Paired with a microfiber cloth, my apartment is cleaner than it’s ever been. (Though Greg will tell you it’s somewhat more cluttered with all the soapmaking supplies.)

Eco-friendly cleaning solutions for your home. Reduce your carbon footprint as one of your goals for the New Year by switching to Grove's eco friendly, non toxic cleaning concentrates. Their plant based cleaning products are made with essential oils and help you reduce waste by using less plastic. Plus they take up less storage space in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets! #cleaning #ecofriendly #zerowaste #essentialoils #cleaners

If you’re interested in trying out Grove’s cleaning concentrates, now is the time to make that leap for the New Year. For a limited time you can get a free set of three cleaning concentrates (for tub & tile, glass and all purpose cleaning,) a glass spray bottle, a cleaning caddy and walnut scrubber sponges with your first $20 order. They even throw in free shipping! Spend a little more and they’ll also send you a free stoneware tray. I use mine on our granite countertop for my dish and hand soap. It keeps the water from pooling on the granite so I don’t get those dark water marks. Shop now so you don’t miss out!

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

#4 Learn something new.

Last year I started taking art classes through a local event called Wine and Art Wednesdays taught by my friend, Hillary. I learned some pretty amazing new crafts while also enjoying the chance to meet new people with similar interests. (You may recall me sharing tutorials from of a few of these classes including how to make needle felted wine bags and suncatchers from upcycled CDs as well as how to create alcohol ink ornaments and gelli prints.)

Five worthy (and doable!) goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let's do this!

This year I plan to attend even more classes to expand my experience starting with ribbon and macrame mobiles next Wednesday. I’ll also be (finally!) enrolling in an herbal course through The Herbal Academy. If you’ve been thinking about enrolling to expand your knowledge of herbs, now is a great time to do so!

Right now The Herbal Academy is offering up to 25% off all of their courses through January 6th, 2019. Not only will you save money by enrolling now, but The Herbal Academy just announced they will be closing course registration for the Introductory, Intermediate, and all herbalist packages on January 7th until further notice as they undergo some website improvements. So don’t delay! If you’re interested, be sure to sign up now!

Five worthy (and doable!) goals for the New Year that anyone can accomplish! Let's do this!

#5 Take the opportunity to forage (and frolic!)

While living in an apartment doesn’t allow the luxury of the garden, I can still enjoy the outdoors and forage for common herbs and flowers. Last year I stumbled upon a patch of chamomile growing wild off The Greenway I walk on during warmer months. Natural herbs and botanicals like plantain and wild violets are also super common in my hometown. I often find them in backyards and growing along city sidewalks. So even if I discover a new plant that I’m not sure hasn’t been treated with pesticides, I can still use the experience to look it up and learn more about it. Not to mention the hunt for new plants means me getting outdoors and walking even more in the New Year.

(I’m also considering making a handmade book with local plants from our area. Something like my 4th grade project when I had to collect and identify 40 different species of trees in book form, smashed between sheets wax paper heated up with an iron.)

If your area doesn’t offer much of an opportunity to safely forage for wild herbs and plants to use in herbal recipes, then check out the organic dried herbs offered from Mountain Rose Herbs to use in your custom tea blends or homemade herbal salves. Or give this recipe for a homemade energy gel a try!

See. I told you these goals for the New Year would be easy! Now be sure to tell me what your doable goals for the New Year are in the comments. Or, share yourself in action working on your goals via instagram with the #soapdelishowoff so we can all inspire one another! (And yes! Soapmaking goals absolutely count. If you’re finally making cold process soap for the first time, I want to know!)

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Year In Review: Top Pinterest Posts of 2018

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Last year was filled with SO many changes for me. Some good, some not so good. However they were all wonderful learning experiences. And while some things changed, a lot of things also stayed the same. Like your favorite posts from Soap Deli News! Here’s a look at the top Pinterest posts from Soap Deli News for 2018 – none of which were actually written in 2018. Enjoy!

Top pinterest posts from Soap Deli News blog for 2018. Best DIY crafts & project ideas, a must see furniture makeover, what is STILL my favorite DIY bathroom cleaner, a divine natural lavender body butter recipe and a must try soap-making tutorial!

I was sick for Christmas again this year. Looking back through my Facebook timeline, it seems to be a recurring theme. This year, however, was cake compared to two winters ago when I got shingles. Of course I had no idea that’s what it was at the time. I was living alone and a close look at my back is not an easy thing when it’s covered in tattoos. Around five days in I figured it out. So this year I’m feeling pretty lucky. I’m only dealing with what seems to be seasonal allergies gone awry.

Nonetheless, sick or not, I can only binge so many Netflix shows before I go insane. So while I’m *mostly* up to it, I figured I’d share with you a recap of my top Pinterest posts of 2018. Therefore, while I’m chugging down home remedies and tirelessly adding new flicks to my queue, you can discover a project to make in the new year!

Top Pinterest Posts of 2018

Best homemade shower cleaner recipe for a natural, non-toxic clean in your home. Simply mix equal parts of vinegar and Dawn together in a spray bottle and you're set for the cleanest bathroom ever! Top Pinterest posts in cleaning recipes. #cleaning #cleaningtips #cleaninghacks #tipsandtricks #bathroomcleaning #cleaners #nontoxic

#1 Homemade Shower Cleaner

Believe it or not, my #1 top Pinterest post was from WAY back in 2012. It’s a simple recipe for a Dawn and vinegar shower cleaner. This homemade shower cleaner recipe is super easy to make. And it’s the most effective method ridding your shower of hard water stains and soap scum with almost no effort. In fact, this bathroom cleaning recipe works so well, I still use it today. Learn how to make it here(Or shop Grove for eco-friendly cleaning concentrate essentials.)

Homemade whipped salt scrub recipe for natural skin care. Strawberry smoothie foaming salt scrub recipe. This homemade foaming salt scrub recipe looks amazing! Which is likely part of its allure. Crafted using natural strawberry powder for its beneficial skin care properties, this whipped foaming salt scrub recipe tackles cleansing and exfoliation in one simple step. Plus all the anti-aging skin care benefits of the naturally occuring vitamin C found in the strawberry powder used for this natural skin care recipe! Top Pinterest posts in natural beauty & skin care.

#2 Strawberry Smoothie Foaming Salt Scrub

This homemade foaming salt scrub recipe looks amazing! Which is likely part of its allure and how it made it to the #2 spot of my top Pinterest posts. Crafted using natural strawberry powder for its beneficial skin care properties, this whipped foaming salt scrub recipe tackles cleansing and exfoliation in one simple step. Plus all the anti-aging skin care benefits of the naturally occuring vitamin C found in the strawberry powder used for this natural skin care recipe! Learn how to make it here. (Explore more delish looking whipped foaming salt scrubs.)

Top Pinterest posts for natural beauty & skin care. DIY coffee under eye cream. A long time favorite beauty recipe on Soap Deli News, this natural coffee eye cream recipe comes in at #3 of my top Pinterest posts for the year. Created way back in 2013, this anti-aging DIY has over 72K reshares and continues to make the yearly top ten list. Formulated with coffee infused oil and a blend of plant based ingredients and essential oils, this eye cream helps to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles.

#3 Natural Coffee Under Eye Cream

A long time favorite beauty recipe on Soap Deli News, this natural coffee eye cream recipe comes in at #3 of my top Pinterest posts for the year. Created way back in 2013, this anti-aging DIY has over 72K reshares and continues to make the yearly top ten list. Formulated with coffee infused oil and a blend of plant based ingredients and essential oils, this eye cream helps to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles. Learn how to make it here. (Or shop for coffee infused skin care products.)

DIY Light Bulb Aquarium. I made these adorable DIY light bulb aquariums back in 2014 for kids' Christmas gifts that year. I was obsessed with all the marimo moss ball terrariums I found on Etsy at the time and really wanted to incorporate them into my own DIY project. These turned out to be super simple to make and were a huge hit as homemade gifts. I even made one for myself to keep in my office. While I bought my marimo moss balls online, I was able to find everything else at my local craft store. This project is a MUST for the new year because it's so simple. It's also a great make and take craft project idea.

#4 DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

I made these adorable DIY light bulb aquariums back in 2014 for kids’ Christmas gifts that year. I was obsessed with all the marimo moss ball terrariums I found on Etsy at the time and really wanted to incorporate them into my own DIY project. These turned out to be super simple to make and were a huge hit as homemade gifts. I even made one for myself to keep in my office. While I bought my marimo moss balls online, I was able to find everything else at my local craft store. This project is a MUST for the new year because it’s so simple. It’s also a great make and take craft project idea. Learn how to make them here. (Or buy them ready made.)

DIY black drawing salve. Black drawing salves are a wonderful home remedy for everything from bee stings and splinters to acne and boils. I first discovered black drawing salve when my son was around eight and developed a boil on this thigh. My grandmother recommended I buy a container of black salve from the pharmacist. I followed her instructions and it worked like a charm. Tracking down black salve locally these days can be a challenge however. So I created my own black drawing salve recipe with a bit of a twist and included green tea and honey in my recipe.

#5 Black Drawing Salve

I was pleased to see my black drawing salve recipe make a comeback this year. Black drawing salves are a wonderful home remedy for everything from bee stings and splinters to acne and boils. I first discovered black drawing salve when my son was around eight and developed a boil on this thigh. My grandmother recommended I buy a container of black salve from the pharmacist. I followed her instructions and it worked like a charm. Tracking down black salve locally these days can be a challenge however. So I created my own black drawing salve recipe with a bit of a twist and included green tea and honey in my recipe. Learn how to make my original black drawing salve recipe here. (Buy a ready made salve here.)

Lavender body butter recipe with lavender essential oil. Another skin care favorite from 2014, my non greasy lavender body butter recipe comes in at #6 on my list of top Pinterest posts of the year. Made with both lavender essential oil and neem oil, this homemade body butter does more than just moisturize dry skin! It can also help soothe itching and has some pain relieving properties.

#6 Lavender Body Butter

Another skin care favorite from 2014, my non greasy lavender body butter recipe comes in at #6 on my list of top Pinterest posts of the year. Made with both lavender essential oil and neem oil, this homemade body butter does more than just moisturize dry skin! It can also help soothe itching and has some pain relieving properties. Learn how to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Kitchen Table Makeover! Another win for 2018 was my kitchen table makeover from the summer prior. My BFF and I had a blast messing this table up. Then I spent the next few days giving it a bright and fun new look! While this table got left behind when my ex and I split, it's still one of my favorite projects that didn't involve soap. Best furniture makeover idea DIY.

#7 Kitchen Table Makeover

Another win for 2018 was my kitchen table makeover from the summer prior. My BFF and I had a blast messing this table up. Then I spent the next few days giving it a bright and fun new look! While this table got left behind when my ex and I split, it’s still one of my favorite projects that didn’t involve soap. Explore the process here. (Discover more kitchen home decor ideas.)

DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap. One of my all time favorite top Pinterest posts is my goldfish in a bag soapmaking tutorial. Also from 2014, this was one project that it took me a few tries to get just right. However, the end result was entirely worth it. And, of course, I shared my tips and tricks that I used so you don't run into the same issues I did. So if you're looking for novelty gifts or kids party favors, then this soap tutorial needs to be at the top of your "to do list" for 2019 things to try. 

#8 Goldfish in a Bag Soap

One of my all time favorite top Pinterest posts is my goldfish in a bag soapmaking tutorial. Also from 2014, this was one project that it took me a few tries to get just right. However, the end result was entirely worth it. And, of course, I shared my tips and tricks that I used so you don’t run into the same issues I did. So if you’re looking for novelty gifts or kids party favors, then this soap tutorial needs to be at the top of your “to do list” for 2019 things to try. View the step-by-step tutorial. (Buy similar versions instead.)

What was your favorite top Pinterest post of 2018? Be sure to let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to sign up for my semi-weekly newsletter so you don’t miss all the new recipes and projects I have going on behind the scenes for the new year!

Best of 2016: Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

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These Beauty and Skin Care Recipes are some of my favorites! Learn how to make your own to enjoy yourself or to give as homemade gifts throughout the New Year!

2016 has ended and we’ve started a bright and shiny New Year. That means lots of new beauty and skin care recipes to look forward to! In the meantime, however, be sure to check out my favorite beauty and skin care recipes I developed in 2016. Then give them a try to treat yourself or to give as homemade gifts throughout the New Year! Here’s to 2017!

Favorite Beauty and Skin Care Recipes

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

My Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe is probably my most favorite indulgence of 2016. inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, this homemade coffee scrub recipe is scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom. Additionally it contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin.

For more beauty and skin care recipes like this one be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe with bentonite clay is made without irritating baking soda and it really works! Plus discover three other fantastic uses for this cream deodorant for whole body care!

2016 was the year I finally made the switch to an all natural aluminum free deodorant for good! And in doing so I gained health benefits as well. My natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is my favorite baking soda free deodorant recipe out of all the ones I’ve ever made. It contains natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil as well as detoxifying bentonite clay.

Not only does this natural deodorant recipe fight odor but it can be used for other skin care issues. Use it on feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in your shoes through the summer months in hot shoes or use it on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne. It also makes a great acne fighting face mask!

For more beauty and skin care recipes like this one check out my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest.

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns - or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

My DIY unicorn balm was my most widely loved, shared and pinned post of 2016! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns – or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

If you have unicorn fever, be sure to give my Unicorn Lust Pinterest board a peek!

This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

Lush fans will love my sea salt face and body scrub recipe! Loosely inspired by Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, this luxurious emulsified scrub is made with mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin and fine dead sea salt for its natural healing properties. It has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like Want to make it vegan? Try substituting the lanolin – which is found in Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub – with cupuacu butter.

If you like this recipe, then you may also like my recent recipe for making strawberry & chocolate fudge solid sugar scrub bars! Or discover more of my body scrub recipes here.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

As far as soaps go, my pine tar soap recipe is fairly basic but is big on benefits making it more than deserving of this favorites list. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I loved the way this soap felt on my skin and I also found it helped my dog’s flea dermatitis.

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board.

This cracked heel repair balm recipe contains all natural ingredients that help to heal and protect cracked heels and feet. It's also great for hands, elbows, knees and lips - pretty much anywhere your skin needs some extra love!

If you’re prone to dry or cracked skin then this cracked heel repair balm recipe is sure to make your own favorites list! My cracked heel repair balm contains all natural ingredients that help to heal and protect cracked heels and feet. Plus, it’s also great for hands, elbows, knees and lips – pretty much anywhere your skin needs some extra love!

For similar skin care recipes check out this blog post with 16 homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect your skin all winter long.

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.

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

You can find more face mask recipes on Soap Deli News blog here.

This foaming salt scrub recipe is super easy to make and can be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

My foaming salt scrub recipe makes showering all the more fun! Not only is this skin care recipe super easy to make but it can also be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises.

My homemade lavender and orange scented magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises. I created this recipe for my grandmother who has been in out of the hospital a lot this past year and has endured quite a few nasty bruises from IV’s. Arnica has been traditionally used to treat bruises while magnesium is key to offering some relief from aches and pains.

If you like this recipe you may also like my non-greasy lavender body butter recipe, my simple 3-ingredient pain relief massage oil recipe, my chocolate lavender pain relief salve recipe and my homemade ginger salve recipe for sore muscles.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

My ultimate detox salt bar recipe is another one of my favorite skin care recipes. This homemade soap recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, you can find a tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch here.

This easy cream eyeshadow recipe requires just three ingredients and results in a beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadow that glides on smooth and provides lasting results. This cream eyeshadow is also great for blending.

If you love customizing your own eyeshadow colors then this easy cream eyeshadow recipe is right up your alley! It requires just three ingredients to make your own beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadows that offer both a smooth application and lasting results.

If you’re interested in eyeshadows and beauty products you can buy rather than DIY, be sure to check out my Bath & Beauty board on Pinterest.

Learn how to make this luxury double butter soap recipe with high percentages of both cocoa butter and shea butter that's perfect for dry winter skin.

And last, but certainly not least, is my luxury double butter soap recipe. This low cleansing homemade soap contains high percentages of both cocoa butter and shea butter that’s perfect for dry winter skin. There are both palm and palm free versions of this soap recipe.

You can find more of my palm free soap recipes here.

I hope you have as much fun recreating my beauty and skin care recipes as I had making them! Thank you all for your encouragement and readership throughout the past year. I hope to share even more with you in 2017!

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DIY New Year’s Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

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New Year's Beauty DIY - Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Celebrate the New Year with lots of sparkle and shine by crafting your own DIY Gala Shimmer Sticks! These sparkling beauty sticks can be applied to your face, lips and body for a shimmering effect wherever you want! Keep them simple or “dress” them up with fragrance and even a hint of color!

Handmade DIY New Year Gala Shimmer Sticks

This beauty recipe was created using the DIY Shimmer Stick Kit from Wholesale Supplies Plus with a few additional fun ingredients. As I chose to add fragrance – and even color! – to mine, you’ll need a few additional ingredients in addition to the kit if you also wish to add a scent and/or color. I also created cute labels that you can print for your own shimmer sticks.

DIY Tinted Pink Champagne New Year's Gala Shimmer Stick

Pink Champagne New Year Gala Shimmer Stick Recipe

Adapted from the Shimmer Stick Recipe at Wholesale Supplies Plus

Ingredients:

2 oz. Refined Shea Butter
2 oz. Smooth & Creamy Lotion Bar Additive
2 ml Pink Champagne Fragrance Oil
2 Tablespoons Iridescent Super Sparkle Glitter
Red Orange Oil Locking Mica Shimmer (to suit, optional)

Instructions:

In a double boiler melt the smooth and creamy lotion bar additive, then add the shea butter and continue to heat until all ingredients are fully melted. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a microwave. Simply melt the lotion bar additive in a glass Pyrex measuring cup at reduced power until it has melted about half way, then add the shea butter and continue heating at reduced power until fully melted. Carefully remove from heat source.

Using a plastic transfer pipette, measure out 2 ml of the fragrance oil and stir into the shimmer stick base. Then measure out the glitter and stir in as well. Allow to sit for several minutes, then stir again to thoroughly incorporate glitter, then pour evenly into four 1 oz. clear push up sticks.

To tint your shimmer sticks pink that won’t leave color behind, add 1/2 teaspoon to base and mix well before pouring. For a lightly tinted shimmer stick that gives just a hint of color to lips and cheeks, add 2 teaspoons. For richer lipstick like color use four teaspoons of red orange oil locking mica shimmer. (Note that if you plan to use shimmer sticks on lips, only use lip safe flavor fragrances.)

Allow product to cool at room temp as sharp temperature changes will cause the product to sink and crack in the middle.

DIY New Year's Gala Shimmer Sticks with Printable Labels

Once your shimmer sticks have cooled, screw on the lids and add your labels! For this project I decorated my shimmer stick containers with my Printable Gala Shimmer Stick Sticker Labels {download labels here} as well as Pink Cherry Blossom Snowflake and Peach & Gold Corner Japanese Washi Tapes from Cute Tape.

Free Cover Photo for Your Facebook Profile

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Let everyone know that creativity takes more than just glue sticks and scissors with my free cover photo for your facebook page!
To use it on your own facebook page, simply right click on the image above and hit “save image as” to save to your own computer. Then simply upload it to your facebook page. Below is what it will look like on your facebook profile (or business) page once uploaded.
I hope everyone has a very happy New Year moving forward and that you and those around you will be brave enough to live a very creative life! And, for free wallpaper downloads for your computer and mobile, be sure to check out one of my favorite blogs, Pearl + Earl’s Good-Time Vintage Blog. And if you’re a blogger yourself, visit Misse Design for everything from wallpapers to social media icons!