Saturday, November 7, 2015

DIY: Body Oil Spray - 2 Ingredients, 4 Easy Steps to Save Money & Go Green

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DIY:  Body Oil Spray
Its that time again! The harsh winter months are breathing down our necks and the dry heat from our Central heating units are stealing all the moisture from our tanned skin. Now, more than ever, its important to moisturize. However, its the one step that seems to get pushed aside in our daily routine when we're rushing to take care of the family, job, and home.
I love products that help speed up any aspect of my routine effectively. I guess that's why I love this product. If you're like me, you have fallen in love with the convenience of the body oil sprays - Jump out of the shower, spray down, rub down and we're done. The downside of this convenience is the extra expense.
Anywhere from $7.00 to $27.00+ a bottle, this healthy habit can really add up over a year. What if I told you that you can still have that convenience without breaking the bank? And Its simple, easy, and inexpensive.  In fact, I like my way much better because I get to choose the exact scent that I'll be using and I'm combining steps of my daily routine; spraying with body spray and spraying with body oil.
I bet, if you try my way, you will not go back to buying these off the shelf, ever, again.

Step One:

Purchase an Oil Mister.
You will want one like those made by the company Misto. Their misters work by pumping, building up pressure, and then, releasing the pressure by spraying a fine mist. These can be purchased in kitchen sections of Amazon, Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, JCPenney; etc. If you don't have one of these misters for your kitchen, you may want to invest in a double pack. I love to keep olive oil in one and use it instead of purchasing non-stick spray.

Step Two:

Purchase your favorite Body Spray.
I use Bath and Body Works Body Spray. Do Not use perfume or cologne but body splash, mist or spray.

Step Three:

Purchase Baby Oil or Mineral Oil.
Now, the correct Mister and putting the right amount of liquid in it, are the keys. The mister that I suggest, works under pressure by pumping, therefore, the more of an area to force air into - the better spray you will get. The manufacturer says to fill the mister half way, then pump 10 times. I say, fill it a quarter to 1/3 of the way up, then pump 10 times. Too much liquid in the mister and you can't get enough pressure to get a fine mist spray and that's what you're looking for. 

Step Four:

I use a measuring cup and a lidded mason jar for the mixing and storing.
You will want to use a 1 to 1 measuring ratio;
1/2 cup of baby oil to a 1/2 cup of body spray.
Pour both into a mason jar; apply the lid and shake. Immediately, pour part of the mixture into the mister (about a quarter or a 1/3 of the way up). Apply the lid to the mason jar and store it to refill the mister, later. Place rubber ring on rim of mister bottle. Insert the sprayer tube into the bottle. Screw holed ring onto the bottle. Apply lid and pump 10 times with the bottle sitting on a flat surface. You're ready to spray down.
A few questions you may have:
Why not use straight baby oil?
You can; but the liquid will be thicker and will cause the mister to have to be primed or pumped several times just to spray your body once. Adding body spray to the baby oil dilutes the oil and gives it a fragrance.
Aren't those misters expensive?
I bought a double package of the misters for under $20.00. Shop around for the best deals.
Is this really cheaper than buying individual spray bottles of body spray?
Mister $10.00
Body Spray $14.00
Baby Oil $3.00
$27.00 for a year + supply.
The next year, will only cost $17.00 because you have the mister. Plus - you are helping the environment by producing less waste.
If you bought the $7.00 bottle every month for 12 months, you spend $84.00 a year on body oil.
The fine print: 
We do Not have any affiliation with any of the companies named above, nor make any claim for them. Those names are used as references, only. Please contact stores directly for availability. Read all product labels for warnings, warranties, or instructions.

DIY Body Oil Spray

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fast & Easy Way to Keep Your Fruits & Vegetables Fresher, Longer

Keep a dry sponge in your crisper drawer to absorb moisture and extend the life of your produce.

Simply change out sponge, for a dry one, every week when you buy groceries. Doing this one thing will save you money by decreasing the amount of produce you must throw out.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Quick & Easy Homemade Pico De Gallo

Quick & Easy Homemade Pico De Gallo
With Home Gardens being harvested all around this great nation, we thought we'd share one of our favorite recipes. We can't wait for garden ripened tomatoes, just to make this every year. Its so simple and versatile that its one of the things we keep in the fridge all summer long. We not only use it with Mexican dishes, but on Hamburgers, in Chicken or Tuna salads, on Garden salads; the uses are endless. So go pick those fresh vegetables and make up a batch for your family.


1 Cup of Fresh diced Tomatoes
1 Cup of Fresh diced Vidalia or Sweet Onions
1/4 Cup of Fresh diced and Seeded Jalapenos (This can be more - its up to your personal taste.)
1/2 Cup of Fresh finely chopped Cilantro
Juice of 1 Lime
Dash of Garlic Salt
1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix all ingredients. Place in covered container and refrigerate over night. Serve the next day. Will keep well for about 5 days.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Transporting Your Unity Sand Art

How to Seal and Prevent Damage to Your Unity Sand Art
How to Seal and Protect Your Unity Sand Art

With the Unity Sand becoming so popular in weddings, I've had a few people asking about transporting the sand art from the ceremony to home without damaging. Here are a few methods you can use.

Once the sand ceremony creation is complete, you will want to preserve it so it can be displayed in your home forever. If any space is left in the jar, the sand will shift with movement and may destroy some of the designs you both have created. The easiest way to prevent damage is to fill the jar as completely as possible. You will want to eliminate any space between the top of the sand and lid, before sealing.

Another easy way of sealing the Unity Sand Jar is the Candle Method. The one thing about weddings, there's usually some candles burning somewhere. Fill Unity Jar about 1/2" from the top with sand. Now, simply burn a white jarred candle until its melted about a 1/4" to 1/2" of  wax. Blow out the candle and slowly pour the melted wax over the top of the sand and just below the rim of the jar. Allow wax to sit undisturbed, until it hardens. Once cooled, the sand should be held in place by the wax and the design will be more stable while transporting home.

The final method is more work but is the most reliable option; Paraffin Wax. Melt a block of wax slowly over a double boiler. Once melted, carefully pour the wax over sand until it is just below the rim of the jar. Allow it to sit, undisturbed, until it hardens.

One more tip - I would suggest having someone in place that will care for the Unity Jar. Their job would be to make sure its completely filled and properly sealed before moving it from the venue. You wouldn't want someone accidentally, damaging your art.