Handmade, Organic Goodie Bag {Giveaway Month}

Organic Themed Goodie Bag Giveaway {HomeSweetHomebodies}

This is week 3 of our handmade giveaway month! Our first week we partnered with Drill Bits and Oven Mitts and gave away a beautiful, vintage reclaimed wood holiday sign. Last week, we gave away a gorgeous cable crocheted headband, as well as 2 pdf patterns for headbands from our boutique. This week, I am excited to present a luxurious, all natural, organic-themed goodie bag for one lucky reader!

This week’s prize is all about wellness, and treating our bodies right! There are seven fabulous, self-pampering items in this giveaway- worth $60! Keep it for yourself, or give as a very special handmade gift.

Goodie Bag Giveaway items {Home Sweet Homebodies}

  1. Handmade goodie bag- This works fantastically for storing your cosmetics, nail polishes, etc., or as a wetbag- because the inside is lined with fused plastic bags, making it water resistant. This goodie bag is an interesting mix of old and new- the fabric is current, the zipper is vintage, and the fused plastic- well,¬†you could call that “hipster recycling”. If you wanted to. ūüėČ ($14 value)
  2. Detox Bath Salts- We all pick up toxins from the environment we’re in, the things we eat, and chemicals that touch our skin. This packet of¬†super luxurious bath salts will help pull those toxins out, while affording you a much- deserved soak in the tub. This blend of high quality bath salts includes epsom salts, sea salt, Redmond real salt, and magnesium flakes, and is scented with relaxing lavender essential oil and revitalizing peppermint. ($8 value)
  3. Trust Fund Beauty nail polish- this is the only non- handmade item of this giveaway, but I included it because it is a nail polish that is truly non- toxic and cruelty free. Win! ($15 value)
  4. Super smooth, organic lip balm. I shared a post yesterday on how to make these lovely lip balms. I will probably be listing them in our shop, though, for those who want a ready-made option. ($4 value)
  5. Hard Lotion Bar- another extremely nourishing, organic beauty item! If you haven’t used hard lotion bars before, they are fantastic. The warmth of your skin melts a tiny bit of the lotion, and you rub it in. It is long lasting, and it’s nice to let kids use too, because they can’t squirt it everywhere- they just get a bit. I use mine on my hands and on my lips sometimes too. These bars have organic coconut oil, beeswax, avocado oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter in them, and are lightly scented with essential oils. ($6 value)
  6. Measuring tape bracelet. Ok, this is just a fun, handmade statement piece. This bracelet is adjustable, and it has an attractive silver buckle to fasten it. Perfect for those who sew and/or design. ($9 value)
  7. Measuring tape key fob- another “just-for-fun” piece for the fashion- minded. Includes a key ring. ($4 value)

Fun stuff, right? :)

Hard Lotion Bars {Home Sweet Homebodies}

We’re going to run this giveaway a little differently. You can enter right here on this page by leaving a comment, or you can enter on our Facebook page. In either case, leave a comment explaining¬†which entries you did. Here’s how to get entries (do as many or as few as you like, but we will verify entries for winners):

  • Share this blog post on Facebook using the round blue button at the bottom of this post.
  • Follow us on any of our social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google+ (each follow gets it’s own entry)
  • Subscribe to our¬†posts by email (remember to click the link in the subscription verification email you receive)
  • Leave a comment with your favorite item from the goodie bag.

Rules, aka the fine print: No purchase necessary. 1 winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook page on Tuesday, November 24th. We will cover shipping to winners with shipping addresses in the lower 48 states. Winners outside of the lower 48 may need to cover the difference in their own shipping. Thanks for understanding. All entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted within 12 hours after close of Giveaway and has 48 hours to reply with shipping address.  We cannot be not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged shipments or entries with incorrect contact information. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

PS- Our next giveaway will be another Christmas decor item!

Glitter Rudolph

Happy Giveaway Month!

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All Natural Organic Lip Balm Recipe

All Natural Organic Lip Balm Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}

I looooove making my own personal care products because I know exactly what is in them, and I could pretty much eat anything I put in them (not that I’d want to… beeswax, Mmmm!). I have been making my own products for several years now, including homemade deodorant (yah, I know, sounds crazy, but it works and I have peace of mind), facial moisturizer, various creams and lotions, shower gel, bath products like foot scrub and detox bath salts, and lip balm. Just to name a few. :) Some of the recipes are still in the developing stages, others I adapted from recipes I found on other blogs, and some are perfected and ready to be enjoyed! ¬†I love my lip balm recipe! It has gone through so many variations, but I am really happy with the final result! It’s super smooth, but not too soft. (Note- you can reduce the amount of beeswax if you like a softer lip balm.) I usually add some nourishing oils like Rosehip Seed Oil and Carrot Seed Oil, and then whatever essential oils sound good at the time.

*Only the Good Stuff*
All Natural, Organic Lip Balm Recipe
{Home Sweet Homebodies}

2 1/2 tsp. organic beeswax
1 tsp. organic coconut oil- I get mine from Costco
1 1/2 tsp. organic cocoa butter (I have used lanolin, but I like this better)- I get this from Mountain Rose Herbs
1 1/2 tsp. organic shea butter- also from Mountain Rose Herbs
1 tsp. organic vitamin E oil
Optionally, add ~20 drops of your choice of essential oils (some oils require less or more, depending on how strong they are)

In a double boiler, add the first 5 ingredients (I use¬†a “homemade double boiler”- a glass pyrex liquid measuring cup in a saucepan with an inch or so of boiling water in it.) and stir until they are melted. Turn off the heat and add in your essential oils, stirring to combine. Carefully pour the hot oils (careful, it will¬†burn if you get it on your skin at this point) into your lip balm tubes or tins. ¬†It really helps to have a disposable plastic dropper or pipette to do this. The oils will harden very quickly, and the middles will sink as it cools, so you can add a few more drops to even the top out. Then, you can put them in the refrigerator to set them more quickly, or just let them continue to harden for a couple hours. This recipe fills about 8 lip balm tubes. This lip balm is so¬†nourishing, and the oils are¬†naturally antimicrobial, so it will last a long time. You’re gonna love it!

Organic Lip Balm Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}

P.S. Our next giveaway is going to be live on Tuesday morning, and one of these beautiful balms may be included, among other fabulous things! >hint, hint< Be sure to stop by!

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Mandala Meditation for Anxiety

I love mandalas. I remember learning about them in Humanities in college. Basically, “mandala” is a sanskrit word that means “circle”. They are beautiful geometrical designs, often brightly colored, and usually in a circular shape, but more than their physical beauty, they represent a deep meditative and spiritual journey, with divinity being near the center of the design. Mandala derived designs are used in forms of worship in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

Certain forms of meditation include studying a mandala, and letting it take you on an internal spiritual journey. Other forms include drawing or coloring a mandala. ¬†Interestingly, this has been researched and results have been published in the Art Therapy Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (click the link to see a summary of the study results). ¬†In a nutshell, the study found that “structured coloring of a reasonably complex geometric pattern may induce a meditative state that benefits individuals suffering from anxiety.” Basically, color a mandala when you are feeling stressed or anxious, and it might help you feel more calm and collected.

A few weeks ago, I printed off several coloring sheets (just google “free mandala coloring pages” for tons of options you can print at home). Last week, I pulled out my kids’ colored pencils, sharpened them up, and spent a few minutes each day working on the mandala pictured at the top of this post. I did feel a reduction in my stress after coloring for 10 minutes or so. (Although, I should note, it can be kind of addicting because it is fun, and they are really beautiful. So, some days I probably spent much longer than 10 minutes.) The mandala I colored above can be found here on Color Pages for Mom.

Hope you have fun coloring! If you have kids, now you have something you can be excited about coloring with them! :)

Beat Nausea… Naturally!

About a year ago, when I was starting to try to get pregnant, I began making a mental list of ways I could treat common maladies (mainly just the annoying ones that I’d normally take ibuprofen or an antacid for) without using medications that would be potentially harmful to an unborn baby. My husband and I also started thinking about emergency preparedness and wondering if we would be able to treat these issues if we didn’t have access to our regular medicines. ¬†Eventually, I transferred my mental list and research to a trusty notebook which is growing as I add more and more lists of “natural” treatments.

I am going to start sharing some of those lists as a mini- series called “…Naturally!” So here is the first installment, focusing on the nausea of pregnancy, but the tips could be useful for other tummy situations too.

I have to laugh about this picture… what kind of picture are you supposed to use when you’re
talking about nausea anyway?  I figured a stick figure drawing would be my safest bet. :)

For many of us, nausea is much more debilitating than pain, exhaustion, or just about any other malady. ¬†So the first several months of pregnancy can be really difficult if you don’t have any tricks up your sleeves. ¬†Here is my list of things that I have researched and tried (most of them anyway) with success. ¬†Keep in mind that I am not talking about Hyperemesis Gravidarum here (the severe continual vomiting that affects some women during pregnancy), I’m talking about regular-ish morning sickness (or all day sickness as the case may be). ¬†So if you are looking for more natural ways of combating the urge to lose your lunch, try some of these. {My disclaimer is that I am not a physician, and so this shouldn’t be considered medical advice. ¬†Do your own research, and consult with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your health.}

  • Bland crackers first thing in the morning
  • Eat fermented foods
  • Apple cider vinegar (Read more about the reasoning for these first two items here)
  • Peppermint tea- Peppermint is a digestive aid. Drinking this at night (sweetened with Stevia) has helped me a lot this pregnancy.
  • Peppermint, ginger essential oils- you can just sniff these, or you can rub these oils onto your belly (dilute the peppermint in a carrier oil first to avoid skin irritation- also, some people say it’s fine to use peppermint during a normal, healthy pregnancy, and some advise caution- so do your own research.)
  • Ginger Ale (anything with real ginger in it, really- not just ginger flavoring)
  • Diet Coke, coke syrup- this nausea remedy has been around a long time, and you can get coke syrup at many pharmacies. Also keep in mind that while caffeine helps some with various types of nausea, it can make it worse for others, especially if the nausea is due to indigestion, so you might need to experiment a little.
  • Slow deep breathing (4 counts in, 6 counts out)
  • Cold air- I don’t know why this works, but opening a window and breathing in cold air can be very very helpful in that moment where you start feeling hot before vomiting and may prevent you from throwing up altogether.
  • Positioning- lying on left side and a modified child’s pose (on knees, head down, bottom up)
  • Accupressure/ Sea bands (see this wiki for more info)
  • Eat raw carrots- This is less for pregnancy nausea than an upset tummy that may be the result of food poisoning, but still good to know… see this post by my friend Lani:¬†http://birthfaith.org/nutrition/gods-medicine-chest-carrots
  • Magnesium- I started doing magnesium soaks before I got pregnant, and continued them after I found out I was expecting, and it seemed that my nausea was less severe the 24 hours after doing the soak. Then, I came across this post from Mommypotamus¬†about replenishing the body’s stores of Magnesium before pregnancy to reduce the chance of experiencing nausea. That confirmed to me that magnesium levels can play a role in morning sickness.
  • Unisom and Vitamin B6- ask your doctor or a pharmacist about taking this combination of pills at night to help with nausea the following day. It isn’t a cure-all for every woman, but I have been assured by several different prenatal care providers that it is safe, and it has helped in each of my pregnancies so far. With this pregnancy, it wasn’t as effective at the beginning, but I kept taking it and adjusted the dose a bit, and after several weeks, I could tell a major difference from taking it.
For all my sisters out there dealing with morning sickness… I feel ya! ¬†Hopefully some of the things on this list will help.
For those of you who have a special remedy for dealing with nausea of some kind- whether of pregnancy, vertigo, or some other type, will you share what has worked for you? We all love more ideas on how to combat this particular malady!