• Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    10 Pretty DIY Soaps

    Natural soap making is one of the hottest DIY trends for gifts, yourself, or even for sale at local art walks and farmers markets. Check out these 10 cool tutorials for making your own. Warning: your house may smell fantastic afterwards.  Seascape Soaps These beautiful pour and swirl bar soaps are absolutely fantastic. The scrubby layer at the bottom is perfect for exfoliating hands. Get the full tutorial from The Soap Queen. Rosemary Mint If you are looking for something to awaken your senses, this Rosemary Mint soap bar is perfect for you. Get the full tutorial from Garden Therapy. Gradient Soap Bars How cool are these? Perfect to go…

  • Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    DIY Seaweed Face Mask

    If the beautiful emerald color of this face mask doesn’t pull you in, the benefits to using this homemade mask will. This recipe includes 2 types of seaweed  Fucus vesiculosus and chlorella. The types of seaweed used are essential because not all nutrients can be absorbed by the skin. Prime example is collagen, applied directly to the skin collagen is ineffective, but these algae are absorbed through transdermal contact and support your own natural collagen production when applied to skin.  INGREDIENTS 1/2 teaspoon kelp powder 1/2 teaspoon chlorella 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 drop vitamin E essential oil Blend the kelp powder, chlorella and vitamin E together to make a paste…

  • Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    DIY Citrus Toner

    The best way to make sure your beauty products are cruelty-free is to make them yourself. As a Florida native, I cannot get enough of citrus. With just a few ingredients, this aromatic spritz will revive your skin on a hot summer day. Store it in the refrigerator for preservation and a cool spritz on a hot day.  Vitamin C protects your skin from the effects of aging. Essential for collagen production and maintenance, Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. SUPPLIES Peel of 1 organic orange or lemon 1 tablespoon witch hazel Heat Safe Jar + Lid 1 cup boiling water Strainer Spray Bottle 20 Minutes…

  • Cruelty-Free,  Self-Care

    Cruelty Free Cosmetics

    Although animal testing is not required in the United States, some companies still choose to do so. The progressive companies below use products with a long history of human level safety to avoid animal testing (20,000+ to give you an idea). By purchasing their products you are voting with your money to say that you don’t want any part of animal testing.  I don’t know about you, but personally, I’d rather pay for the peace of mind that no animals were uncomfortable in the making of my lipstick. If you are looking for more information on action being taken to create a more humane world, check out Humane Society International’s…

  • DIY Projects,  Pet DIY,  Pet Products,  Pets

    Ikea Hacks for Pets

    Not only can pet supplies be expensive, they aren’t always easy on the eye. One way to spruce up the look is by using Ikea “hacks” to either build or camouflage common pet items. What is an Ikea Hack? Similar to Life Hacks you see on Buzzfeed etc., Ikea Hacks are those which originate from Ikea products but are then altered to suit your need. This ultimately results in a well designed solution which fits into your home decor rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.  Crate Dog Bed Simple and shabby-chic this crate style dog bed makes a perfectly cozy place for your pooch to rest. Follow this…

  • Gardening,  Self-Care

    Succulent Savvy

    Succulents are one of the best house and patio plants due to their low-maintenance and drought tolerant characteristics. They also look exotic and vintage at the same time. Although they are easy to care for they do need some regular maintenance to keep them growing beautifully. These articles should help you be on your way to a beautiful collection in no time.  Succulent Identification In order to care for your succulents properly, you must correctly identify them. This visual aid from my soulful home should help you identify some of the basic succulents available at local nurseries. Read more at MySoulfulHome.com. Simplicity Relished 7 Tips for Succulent Success is a…

  • Christmas,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Holidays,  Self-Care

    DIY Christmas Gifts

    Making your own Christmas gifts is a great way to put a little extra love into your gifts while learning something new and making memories with your co-creators. Even when its something simple, gifts made by hand are often more cherished than those which are expensive. Here are a few simple ideas and tutorials to get you started.  Chalkboard Ornaments Go the kids route and make cute keepsakes like these, or do your very own hand chalking for an elegant spin on this gift idea. Full tutorial available from Fireflies and Mudpies. Gold Gilded Coffee Mugs These beautiful and simple mugs can be given as is, or for a dual-purpose…

  • Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    DIY Beauty Products

    Natural beauty products are one of the hottest DIY trends for gifts, yourself, or even for sale at local art walks and farmers markets. These 5 tutorials should get you started off right with your own at home spa style branding. Peppermint Spa Trio This set of two scrubs and a soak are perfect for baby showers, Christmas, and bridesmaids alike. The refreshing peppermint aroma will relax and revive your spirit. Get the full tutorial from PopSugar.com. Rose Clay Face Mask Clay face masks are great for drawing out impurities from the skin. This rose scented one is easy to make and beautiful to boot. Get the full tutorial from…

  • DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    DIY Home Decor

    Decorating your home is fun and comforting. Its even more fun when you are able to drop little bits of yourself into the atmosphere with DIY projects. Imagine your guests amazement when they compliment an accent and you get to tell them you made it yourself. Check out these tutorials for a few of our favorite selections. Watercolor Drum Shade Ready for Summer? This Spring inspired shade will spruce up your indoors and remind you of sunnier, happier times.  Full tutorial available from Better Homes & Gardens. Chunky Knit Throw If that Frenchie doesn’t make you want to get cozie with this blanket. We don’t know what will. Get in…

  • Pet Products,  Pets,  Self-Care

    Dog Mom Essentials

    In 2018 the New York Times reported that younger generations are having less babies siting financial insecurity and better career options for women. Call them the experts if you like, but I think its because being a Dog Mom is the new Mom. We love our furbabies as if they were our children– we make them meals from scratch, buy them clothes, take them to the park, push them in strollers, have birthday parties, put them in PJs and even make our own natural remedies for them. We consider them more like companions than pets and make sure they are included in family vacations and get to go out to eat.…

  • DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Halloween,  Holidays,  Self-Care

    Halloween Make-up

    If you want to be sexy but keep it classy, try one of these 5 make-up tutorials this halloween.  Wednesday Adams The greatest goth princess of all time! Sugar Skull A little historic Spanish style Cat Woman A simple, natural, sexy kitty-cat look. Wonder Woman A comic-style Wonder Woman! Half-Face Skull A half-makeup masquerade look Bambi A cute look with what you already have in your took-kit. The Mad Hatter An Alice in Wonderland Classic Poison Ivy A favorite for those bold enough to go RED Facebook Pinterest

  • DIY Projects,  Halloween,  Holidays,  Self-Care

    No Carve Pumpkins

    Bohemian Style Holiday decorating doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your interior design. These pumpkins use a simple color scheme with geometric shapes anyone can paint. They are finished by spray painting the stems copper to give them a metallic finish.  Bedazzeled To create this pumpkin masterpiece all you need is a little spray paint, some glue, and a little time to bedazzle. Melted Crayon A great use for all of those random crayon bits laying around your house. Its a great example of something you don’t want to waste, but dont have a use for. Get the full tutorial from MomDot! Pumpkin People Cuuute! This welcoming decor is as…

  • Self-Care

    Nature Inspired Jewelry

    Our connection with nature is undeniable. Mother Earth calls to us all one way or the other. If you are like me, spending time in the outdoors and nature is paramount to my happiness. These bits of jewelry allow me to take my love of nature anywhere I go and add a whimsical accent to my wardrobe.  Ruby Robin Made with love from Ireland, Ruby Robin makes miniature terrarium jewelry that is whimsical and enchanting.Pictured here is the Mushroom Terrarium Necklace. Two polymer mushrooms push their way up through treated and dried woodland moss and dandelion. Hannah Lamb This perfectly interlocking custom ring comes in two pieces– the land and…

  • DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    Macrame: 101

    A classic craft from the 60’s and 70’s is making its comeback in the resurgence of bohemian style. Macrame can be used to add a handcrafted flare to any home and are hot items to sell at local craft markets if you are looking to get into the biz. Check out these tutorials to get you started. Measuring Rope Measuring your rope (or other material) is a crucial skill in Macrame. Read this article on how to measure the right amount of ripe for your design.  Pro-Tips: Measure twice, cut once. Extra is better than too little. Three Basic Knots These knots might be familiar from your friendship bracelet making…

  • DIY Projects,  Pet DIY,  Pet Products,  Pets

    D.I.Y Doggo

    Controlling the amount of chemicals and “processed ingredients” which go into your dogs system are essential to their long term health. Just like people dogs “are what they eat” and since their grooming habits are a little bit more “mouths-on” that that of people, we have to make sure that they aren’t ingesting harmful chemicals. These chemicals may temporarily solve problems, but in the long run the side-effects can have far more impact than the solution they provide. Check out these DIY guides for making your own whole ingredient supplies for you pets; and always remember to consult your veterinarian before starting your pet on anything new.  Paw Balm This…

  • DIY Projects,  Gardening,  Self-Care

    D.I.Y. Doll Planters

    These creative up-cycles are another way to reduce the clutter around you home and turn it into something beautiful, unique, and functional. Sometimes cute and sometimes creepy, these little planters are double-the-fun to make.  Cabbage Patch Kids Not all of these collectibles are valuable, but they are 100% adorable. Their rosy-red cheeks and baby blue eyes are great for grabbing attention. Just pair with your favorite “hair” and you are ready to go.  Baby Doll Heads These decapitated doll heads are precious, creepy, and perfect for repurposing. Simply give them a lobotomy and they are ready to go. Pro-tip: Pair with small saucers for an up-cycled duo.  Brain Cactus I…