Homemade Body Recipes

Lavender Orange Shampoo

Let’s make some shampoo. Coconut milk? Coconut oil? Sounds lovely.

Lavender Orange Shampoo:
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile liquid soap in Lavender
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil or coconut oil
10 to 12 drops of orange essential oil

For the coconut oil, melt the oil in the microwave for 15 seconds before mixing it with the other ingredients or leave the oil in the sun if you prefer not to microwave. It melts quickly.

Mix or shake all of the ingredients in a jar.

Keep the shampoo in the jar or if you prefer, transfer the shampoo into a reusable plastic bottle with a flip top or squirt top for the shower. Use one teaspoon to shampoo your hair.

Enjoy your homemade shampoo.


Confessions of a baby clothes hoarder: A quilting story

I have a confession. I’m a hoarder. A baby clothes hoarder. Because for 21 years I kept a bag of my daughter’s baby clothes. For twenty one years. I lugged that garbage bag full of clothes from residence to residence. I have been a faithful hoarder to that bag of clothes. Now, they weren’t all of my daughter’s baby clothes, just my favorite outfits and hats. I just couldn’t part with them. They reminded me of her special baby memories.

From the day I put those baby clothes in that garbage bag with every intention of hoarding them, my goal was to make a quilt out of them. I didn’t even know how to sew back then, let alone sew a quilt. But I figured that one day I would teach myself. I knew it would be a long time before I would teach myself how to sew. So I knew that the sentence for these bag of hoarded baby clothes would be long. Yes, they were treated fairly. They lived in a nice cool garage safely tucked inside a box. I sometimes forgot about them. Every once in a while, I remembered that I had them and reminded myself about my intention to teach myself how to sew a quilt. Well, finally, about a year and a half ago, I taught myself how to sew.

Then this happened:

I finally made my daughter a baby clothes quilt! 21 years later. I made it and presented it to her at Christmas. She loved it! It isn’t a perfectly sewn quilt. But it’s a quilt made from clothes that I put on her when she was a little baby girl. And it’s a quilt made with love.

My little baby girl. Now she is a grown woman and the proud owner of a very special quilt made by her mommy with lots of love. This quilt contains very special memories. Her special memories. My special memories of her.

First party dress from Auntie Sherri and her first Minnie Mouse hat from Disneyland

Like her first baby gap outfit that I loved to death and put on her so many times. It even had little matching baby shoes. Her Minnie Mouse hat that we bought for her at Disneyland. Her first Disneyland hat. Her 1st birthday party dress that her Auntie bought for her.

First Baby Gap outfit, my favorite one for her.

What a great way to piece together and preserve all of your baby’s special memories. It was heartwarming to put this quilt together. As I worked with every article of clothing, I reminisced about my daughter when she was a baby. This quilt is so special because it contains the special memories of my daughter from when she was a little baby girl.

Totally worth the hoarding.

Today I am grateful for babies and memories.

Homemade Body Recipes

Honey lemon whipped coconut cream

Recipe for honey lemon whipped coconut cream:
1/4 jar of coconut oil
10 drops of rosemary essential oil (or any other oil you like that goes with lemon)
1 tablespoon of honey
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon of vitamin E

I found some coconut oil in the refrigerator this morning and decided it would be fun to make a homemade body recipe. With the help of my 6 year old son, we picked some lemons from the tree in our backyard.

Okay, first we made lemonade, but then with the 2 lemons we had left, we squeezed the juice for the body recipe. We poured the lemon juice in the jar of coconut oil, added 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E and 10 drops of essential rosemary oil.

Without melting the coconut oil first because the oil must be solid in order to whip, I whipped the coconut oil for 5 minutes with my electric hand mixer with all ingredients still in the Dr. Bronner’s jar.

Voila! Whipped coconut cream! Softens skin, is all natural and smells great. Store the jar in room temperature.

Or… Place some coconut cream in a smaller jar to keep at room temperature and keep the larger jar in the refrigerator if you plan on using a little at a time. When you’re ready to use the larger jar stored in the refrigerator, you might have to re-whip the cream as it will harden in the refrigerator.

So what are the benefits of the ingredients on your skin?  Well, coconut oil retains the moisture content of the skin and rehydrates the skin. Honey is a great moisturizer. It is a natural antibacterial which is great for acne treatment and prevention. Honey also has antioxidants, which helps fight the signs of aging. Vitamin E is beneficial to skin cells. It is an antioxidant which helps fight the signs of aging and protects the skin from sun damage. Lemon helps brighten discolored skin and helps fade age spots as well as fight wrinkles. In addition, because lemon is a natural antibacterial, lemon juice can fight the bacteria that can cause acne. It’s also really fun to make.

Happy whipping!

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa