Spring Treats!

11.jpgHappy Spring!!! We are SO happy that winter is finally over; this winter was miserable for us. We had lots of cold, however we only had 2 snow days, and the snow only stayed around the first snow day. Only cold and rain, for quite a few months. We’ve had enough, and couldn’t be happier to say good bye to the cold! To celebrate, we pulled out an old recipe that we haven’t made in a long time. Pastel colors scream a few things to us: spring, Easter, and adooooooorable! These delicious peppermints are made of only 3 ingredients and couldn’t be easier. Let’s get started!

12The three main ingredients we used are 1 cup of softened butter, about 6 cups of confectioners sugar, and Young Living peppermint essential oil (if you don’t have oils, that’s okay! Just use 1 tsp of peppermint extract). We also used some food coloring  pens and gels by Wilton since we didn’t have all the colors we needed in gel. Here we go!

3.jpgFirst, start by placing your softened butter in an electric mixer and use a paddle attachment to beat the butter for one minute. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time. We sadly forgot to take pictures at this part 😥  Be sure the powdered sugar is fully mixed before you add the next cup, and that you mix slowly at first or the powder will fly everywhere! Add 4-7 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix, tasting between each drop. Once it tastes minty enough for your liking, you are ready to color your peppermints!

4.jpg6Next, let your mix stand in the fridge for about half an hour, to let it harden up just a bit. It can be hard to work with if the mix is too melty! Separate the mix into the same amount of piles as colors you plan to use (we made 5 piles for 5 colors). Spread your last 2 cups of powdered sugar on your counter top and kneed the mixture so it is no longer sticky. If you are using food color gel, dip the tip of a butter knife into the pot and dab it in the peppermint mix. If you are using food color pens, twirl the tip of the pen in the peppermint mix for a bit. Remember, not as much dye comes out of the pens so be sure to swirl a lot!

5Kneed the food dye in until the mix no longer has streaks of color. Add more coloring until you reach the desired shade. Repeat for all of your different colors, allowing the finished batches to rest in the fridge.

789Once you have completed coloring all of the peppermint mix, it’s time to shape them! This part is very fun, and perfect for letting little ones help. Simply take a pinch of the mix, roll it between your palms into a ball and gently flatten it a bit. Use a fork to press the top and peel the fork away, leaving a striped design on the mint. Repeat with all batches of color until you have none left, let them chill in the fridge for an hour, and you are done!

101112Don’t they look lovely?? They taste so yummy, and everyone loves them! The only issue is that since they are mostly made of butter, they soften if left out too long, so they need to be refrigerated while covered when you aren’t eating them. They keep for about a month covered in the fridge, however they never last more than a few days in our house!

What do you think of our mints? We hope you try out the recipe and let us know how they come out! Have you ever made peppermints before? Let us know in the comments!

😀 ❤ Happy Spring! ❤ 😀

 

Christmas craft: sugar scrubs!

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Today we made one of the easiest Christmas gifts ever; sugar scrubs! They’re great for your skin, super customizable, and super fast and cheap to make.We ended up making an orange-vanilla scented scrub. We love how you get the little black dots from the vanilla bean on your skin, and its super moisturizing.  Lets get to it!

This recipe is enough for one 8 oz. jar of sugar scrub. These are the tools and ingredients you’ll need:

5-6 oz. white or brown sugar

4-5 tsp. carrier oil (you can use grapeseed like us, or sweet almond oil or even olive oil)

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

5 drops YL orange essential oil

You will also need a bowl to make the scrub in, measuring cups and spoons, and a container to store the sugar scrub in.

First, measure your sugar into the bowl. Measure in the orange oil and vanilla bean paste. Lastly, slowly add your carrier oil. You may need to add more than 4 tablespoons, depending on how moist you want your sugar scrub to be.

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Now, spoon the scrub mixture into your jar or container. Tie a cute ribbon around the lid and you’re done! You are now ready to give these out as gifts, or treat yourself and keep it. So fast, easy, and cheap to make, you’ll find yourself making these like crazy!!! I know we do!

Have you ever made a sugar scrub? Do you know of any great scents to make them in? Let us know in the comments below!

Our Homemade Mascara

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One of our favorite homemade beauty products to make is, no doubt, mascara. It darkens, thickens, and lengthens your eyelashes, and looks oh-so pretty! On Erica, it does all these things, but on Veronica, it makes her lashes look SO huge and beautiful!!! They get so long and big that they almost look like falsies. Veronica’s eyelashes have always been so long that she doesn’t even need mascara! We use lavender and cedarwood essential oils in our mascara because lavender and cedarwood promote hair growth, and who doesn’t want longer lashes!?

This is a great recipe. Best of all, its done in 5 minutes, only uses 6 ingredients, and you know exactly whats in it; no chemicals!!!

Here are your 6 ingredients:

1/4 tsp activated charcoal (you can use cocoa powder for brown mascara)

1/4 tsp bentonite clay (this helps the mascara dry)

4-5 drops vegetable glycerine

1/4 (plus more if needed) aloe vera gel

1 drop YL lavender essential oil and 1 YL cedarwood essential oil

You will also need a little bowl, a plastic baggie, and either an old clean mascara tube (We buy ours on Amazon) or a tiny makeup pot and spoolie to apply it with.

Here we go!

First, measure your activated charcoal OR cocoa powder into your bowl. Next add your bentonite clay and vegetable glycerine. Slowly add your aloe vera gel. Don’t freak out if its too dry; we almost always need to add a bit more. Lastly, add the drops of essential oils. Mix it up well till its smooth. If it’s too dry, add more aloe vera, and if it’s too runny, add some more activated charcoal.

Here comes the fun part! Carefully scrape the mascara mix into the plastic baggie and scrape it all the the bottom corner tip. Cut off the tip of the baggie. Carefully squeeze the mix into the bottle. We usually stop every few squirts to tap the bottle on the counter so the mix goes all the way to the bottom of the bottle. Once the mix is all then the bottle, you’re done! Just test it out and see how you like it!

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This recipe is really great. It holds for a while too. We’ve never had a batch go bad on us, but we also use it often enough to use it up pretty quickly. Always smell your homemade mascara before using it, just to make sure it hasn’t spoiled.

What kinds or homemade beauty products do you make? Have you tried homemade mascara? Lets us know in the comments below!