It’s the final day for our DIY all natural gifts!
This one makes a great, kid-friendly project. You can tie them on gifts, put them in individual Christmas treat bags, or even hang them on a small tree to give as favors for Christmas guests.
There are so many options with the cookie cutters; and while the recipe calls for Pine or Spruce essential oils, there are so many wonderful Christmas tree scented oils. Hang a few on any artificial tree to give it that “real” aroma of a fresh cut tree! Ahhhh! Can you smell it? Better get busy. Christmas will be here before you know it!
Day 6 – Scented Diffuser Ornaments
Day 5 and we’re back in the tub! There is something about the hurry and scurry of the holiday season that begs for a quiet, luxurious bubble bath…sigh….
When you finally give yourself the gift of time in a hot bath filled with bubbles, the last thing you want to think about is the long list of artificial this and that – aka toxins – found in most bubble baths. Next time, really treat yourself with this DIY toxin-free bubble bath! With its wonderful essential oils, it will relax you and restore your JOY in a way only Young Living can do!
Day 5 – Luxurious Bubble Bath
Well, I’m excited about this one! I’ve always admired those little decorative soaps and thought they would make such good gifts. Who knew they could be so easy to make?!?!?
I know this is a Christmas post, but can you think of all the possibilities? Change the oils, change the mold, and you’ve got a great gift for any occasion! (Note to self: Bookmark this post for future reference!)
Day 4 – Decorative Hand Soaps
When the days run long and the nights are short, there is the temptation to skimp on or even skip the nighttime beauty routine in exchange for extra sleep. Here is an all natural remedy to have on hand to help you get to bed quicker and refresh your eyes at the same time!
You will not only have an excellent eye make-up remover, but the Lavender essential oil is known for its rejuvenating qualities when it comes to the delicate skin around your eyes.
Day 3 – Eye Make-Up Remover Pads
It’s Day 2 of our Christmas DIY gift-making adventure! Since stress can be a real factor during the holidays, today’s Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soak can be a real life saver. Better make extra to keep for yourself!
Purchase some decorative glass bottles or, better yet, use your empty NingXia Red bottles. See: Getting Crafty with NingXia Red
Day 2 – Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soak
We’re within hours of December 1, and I can’t wait any longer! Yes, I plead guilty. I could celebrate Christmas ALL YEAR! It’s a wonder I was able to wait this long.
Whether you are on a tight gift-giving budget, an avid Do-It-Yourself enthusiast, or somewhere in between, you’re going to love the next six days of gifts ideas.
That’s right! Check back each day for the next six days and find an exciting gift idea you can make at home for minimal cost. And best of all – they’re all made with Young Living Essential Oils!
“See” you tomorrow!
DAY 1 – QUICK AND EASY BATH BOMBS!
Are you an enthusiastic DIYer? Maybe you just want to stretch your gift-giving budget this Christmas. Why not put all those empty NingXia Red bottles to good use?
It’s a vase! It’s a centerpiece! It’s SUPER NINGXIA!!!
A little paint, a little twine, a little embellishment, and VOILA! Gift worthy!
Here are some great ideas!
Add a cork and some bath salts and you have an amazing spa night to give away or keep! (HINT: Search the archives for DIY bath salts!)
Perhaps the best part of this whole project is the wonderful health benefits you received from drinking all that NingXia Red! Cheers!
Kids getting bored? Need an activity that will get them out of the house and benefit everyone? This activity is a weekend (or any time) win with the kids!
Go out and gather some pinecones. It’s like a fall/winter “egg hunt”. Make a game out of it.
- Who found the most?
- Who found the biggest?
- Who found the smallest?
- Who found the oddest shape, etc.?
Once you’ve gathered all your pinecones, make sure they’re clean before laying them on a foil lined baking sheet. (Dust off any dirt and debris and visible hitchhikers!) Bake at 200º F in oven for about 30 minutes.
(NOTE: In case you haven’t worked with pinecones before, don’t throw out the ones that are tightly closed! The baking will cause them to open and release their seeds. I found that out the hard way when I placed some closed ones near the wood-stove to use as kindling because they were tight and “ugly”. Well, the joke was on me. I came back to find beautifully opened pinecones and what seemed like hundreds of seeds all over the place!)
Wait for them to cool and transfer to gallon zip-top bag. Add about 15-30 drops of your favorite essential oils – Can anyone say “Christmas Spirit”?!? – and leave the bag sealed for 1-2 weeks. The longer you wait, the stronger the smell.
Now, what do you do with them?
- Add them to your garland over your mantle.
- Tuck them into your decorations.
- Place a small basket of them on the back of the guest bath toilet to keep things smelling fresh!
- Hang them in your artificial tree to give it that “real” smell. (Try Young Living’s Pine, Idaho Balsam Fir, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Idaho Blue Spruce, or Cypress for that wonderful real Christmas tree experience!)
Place out just in time for your holiday celebrations, or put them in a decorative tin or basket for gifting! Be sure to share your tips, too! What oils did you use? What did you do with your pinecones?
Posted in DIY Projects, Young Living
Tagged Bored Kids, Cedarwood, Christmas Spirit, Cypress, DIY scented pinecones, Idaho Balsam Fir, Idaho Blue Spruce, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Pine, Scented Pinecones
The countdown has started! Many of you are up to your armpits in sales papers and shopping bags. Don’t forget your Young Living shopping list! It’s not too late to place your order and still take advantage of these wonderful “Get Me Ready for the Holidays!” oils! See all the details below, including a new reward level – 100 PV!
- 6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 carrots, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 apples, diced
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 drop Black Pepper Vitality™ essential oil
- 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality™ essential oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- Additional salt to taste
- Green onions, chopped (for garnish)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Toss squash in olive oil and salt and bake on a cookie sheet for 30–35 minutes.
- While squash is cooking, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan.
- Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add carrots and 3 tablespoons water or vegetable broth to pan.
- Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add onion and apples.
- Cook 15–20 minutes or until all veggies/fruit are soft.
- Add veggies/fruit to the blender and blend until well combined.
- Transfer to a large pot.
- Stir in vegetable broth and coconut milk, reserving 2 tablespoons of the milk.
- Stir in Cinnamon Bark Vitality™, Black Pepper Vitality™, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir thoroughly.
- Reheat gently, serve in bowls, and garnish with reserved coconut milk and green onions.
- Best paired with a cozy blanket and your favorite book.