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What to do with broken jewelry?

What I once considered trash is now a treasure. I’ve found new life for these vintage pieces. I see depths of beauty and color that I never observed before. Now my mind goes to all the wonderful DIY projects that can be created, embellished and spruced up with just a few pieces of jewelry.

1.Use an old brooch to embellish the wrappings of a special gift

 

2. Make you own phone case

 

3. Bracelet made with vintage earrings

4. Decorate your purse

5. Picture frame embellished with old costume jewelry

5. Make brooch magnets

6. Costume jewelry monogram initial

7. Costume jewelry mirror

8. Decorate bottles 

 

9. Decorate your shoes, it's going to be WOW!

10. Create a floral arrangement with vintage brooches and old clip on earrings with wire and florist tape

Have other ideas? We would love to hear from you!

Vegan Avocado Matcha Ice Cream

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with matcha. You may ask - what is matcha? Matcha is a type of green tea where the whole tea leaf is ground into powder. Regular steeped green tea just infuses water with the leaves, whereas with matcha (which is dissolved into the water) you're actually ingesting the whole leaf itself. Which apparently is extra beneficial to our bodies and mind. In fact, matcha delivers 10x the antioxidants than a cup of standard green tea, which we'd say is pretty substantial difference. Matcha also boosts metabolism, improves concentration, increases energy levels, aids in detoxication of the body, and strengthens the immune system. It's also rich in fiber, protein, chlorophyll, as well as a ton of other vitamins and minerals. Go matcha go!

Matcha is typically consumed as a drink, but it can also be added into just about any recipe. So I have decided to make my own avocado matcha ice cream 
because it's delicious, easy to make and full of healthy fat. It’s gluten free and dairy free!

Green tea and avocado are spring-green-colored soul sisters. 

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder ( add more if you like)

  • 1 large, ripe Haas avocado

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 can cream of coconut-sweeten ( you can use full-fat coconut milk but add 1 tablespoon of honey)

  • 1/2 cup cashew milk ( or any non-dairy milk of your choice)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Sprinkle with your favorite nuts or coconut flakes and enjoy!

DIY Lip Scrub ""Kiss Me"

Who doesn’t love having soft, smooth and juicy lips that just scream 'Kiss Me'? I’ve found that I can achieve the perfect pout by doing something very important – exfoliate! This is the step I never skip in my skincare routine and the results are wonderful – hello lustrous lips!

If you are on a budget or if you just love a good old DIY project you’ve come to the right place! The little potion of perfection that I love making consists of brown sugar, honey and coconut oil. All you need to do is mix :

- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

- 1 tablespoon of honey.

Stir until they form a homogenous mixture and then add:

- two teaspoons of brown sugar.

Mix everything together and if you need to you can add some more coconut oil to smooth out and blend the mixture better. Now you’ve done that you just need to transfer the mixture into a clean jar and voila – your organic scrub is ready to use and let me tell you – your lips will be thanking you! The honey and the coconut oil are well known for their moisturizing properties and the brown sugar helps gently remove the dead skin. Enjoy your soft, kissable lips! :)

Pucker up lovelies, this is all you need for achieving the perfect soft, smooth lips! Rub some lip scrub or gently brush your lips, pop on some lip balm and embrace your new, irresistibly plump pout!

DIY SCAR SALVE

Here is a chemical free, magical recipe to reduce your stretch marks and scars. 

DIY SCAR SALVE

  • 6 tbsp. Coconut Oil

  • 4 tbsp. Shea Butter

  • 2 tbsp. Bees Wax

  • 1/2 Tbsp. Vitamin E Oil ( When I purchased my Vitamin E Oil I bought the highest strength at 32,000 IU )

  • 40 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil

  • 20 Drops Helichrysum Essential Oil

  • 20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender –Medicinal uses for lavender include cell renewal (especially related to burns) and minimizing scarring.

Frankincense – The king of oils is used to prevent and reduce scarring.
Helichrysum – This wonderful essential oil is indicated for reducing scarring, scar tissue and regenerating tissue.

    Instructions

    Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Once they’re melted, stir in the wax until it melts (I sprinkle a layer over the top, stir it in and repeat so it all melts). Once it’s melted and stirred in completely, remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.

    Stir in the essential oils and Vitamin E oil. Pour into a clean container with a lid, label and store in a cool place (it’ll take a few hours to cool completely). 

    TO USE

    Rub a small amount onto scars twice a day. I usually just scrape out a small bit with my fingernail – a little goes a long way. The same combo I use on my face for acne. 

    *( Please note: I only use "Young Living Oils" because I have done extensive reading and reviewing of their quality and purity. So if you use some other essential oil brand for any of my recipes, I cannot vouch for their safety or effectiveness!)

    How to Make Natural Deodorant And Why You Should

    If you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you want to live as naturally as possible – yet, no one wants to smell bad while doing it. 

    We also don’t want all those horrible chemicals clogging up our pores and seeping into our bodies. Most commercial deodorants and antiperspirants contain parabens, aluminum, silica, triclosan, propylene glycol, and other yucky things. Many of these are linked to cancer (particularly breast), skin irritation.

    A side note: If you’re an avid store-bought deodorant user, it may take your body a little while to adjust to the natural deodorant – you may sweat a little more for a time. Just apply the homemade deodorant more frequently to combat this. You’re body will adjust – and you’re doing yourself a favor!

    Homemade deodorant ingredients + what they do:

    - 1 cup coconut oil: This acts as the base for your deodorant and gives it a creamy texture. It has awesome anti-bacterial properties. If you live in a hot climate, you may need to store the deodorant in the fridge if it starts to get melty.

    - 6 tablespoons baking soda: Neutralizes your pH and helps with body odor.

    - 6 tablespoons corn starch: Absorbs excess moisture.

    - 2 tablespoons bentonite clay (optional): Also absorbs moisture and pulls toxins from the body.

    - 30 drops essential oils: I like tea tree for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but you could also use lavender, orange, rosemary – use your imagination! I love that this deodorant can be tailored to whatever scent you want.

    Please note that this recipe makes enough to fill 2 empty deodorant canisters, plus a little extra.

    Homemade Deodorant Method:

    - Start with 2 empty deodorant canisters. You can split the recipe if you only have one. Just wash it out and you’re good to go! 

    - Melt the coconut oil until it’s in liquid form. 

    - Add all the dry ingredients and essential oils to the coconut oil and stir with a small whisk or fork until it’s nice and smooth.Then pour it into your empty canisters.

    - Refrigerate for several hours until the mixture is solid. You may need to let it sit at room temperature for a little while after this if it’s super cold. It will soften a bit and enable you to twist the deodorant up and down.

    Your deodorant is ready to use! I’ve noticed that it goes on a little thicker than store-bought, so you won’t need as many swipes as usual for good coverage.

    Once you start making this, you’ll probably never want to start using the fake stuff again! So simple, frugal, and good for you.