DIY Natural Deodorant That Actually Works


If there is one body product that I would recommend to anyone thinking to switch to cleaner ingredients, it would be deodorant. There has been scientific proof of aluminum being found in cancerous breast tissue, which is an ingredient found in all conventional deodorants. 

I'm sure this isn't new to anyone, but it helps to reiterate, our skin is our largest organ and absorbs a large percentage of what you put on it, so its important to be conscious of what we're slathering on our skin.

I'm always on the look out for affordable DIY products, because lets face it, buying "clean" and organic products can sometimes put a dent in your wallet. When I came across this recipe. I just knew I had to try it. I have been looking for a recipe to try for a couple weeks now and none of them jumped out at me, until I came across this recipe. The shea butter combined with beeswax just seemed like a great combination. Consistency in a product is always key, I personally didn't want to have to scoop out deodorant after using a stick deodorant for so long, it just didn't seem convenient so I loved that this recipe is made for a deodorant stick. I've been using this Schmidt deodorant, and the consistency of this recipe is identical to the store bought Schmidt. I do have to point out that it is a little softer than your usual Dove or Secret deodorant, but the pros far outweighs the con.

It is recommended you do an arm pit detox with bentontine clay and apple cider vinegar, if you're new to natural deodorant, you could really benefit from doing this detox. Although I've been using natural deodorant for some time I still went ahead and did this detox and will continue to do it a couple more times, it suppose to help with the switch from conventional to natural deodorants, in minimizing the odor that could occur from the switch. You can find the recipe for the detox below.










Deodorant Recipe
Ingredients:

1/3 cup of coconut oil
3 Tbsp of beeswax
2 Tbsp of shea Butter
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
1 Tbsp of baking soda (2 Tbsp if not sensitive to it, I used 1 and it works fine)
10-15 drops of essential oil (lavender is my favorite) 

Directions:

1. Melt first three ingredients in either a double boiler or a glass bowl in a pot filled with water, stirring until all have melted through (the beeswax will be the last to fully melt)

2. Once melted remove from the stove top and quickly whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Add in your essential oil

3. Pour into two deodorant sticks ( I re-purposed my old deodorant container, just clean it out and air dry beforehand) 

4. Place in either in your refrigerator to speed up the hardening process for a couple hours or leave it on the counter overnight 



                                                        Arm Pit Detox Recipe
Ingredients:

1 Tbsp of bentonite clay
1 Tsp of raw apple cider vinegar 

Directions:

1. Mix both ingredients with a wooden or plastic spoon (avoid metal, it effects the properties in the clay)

2. Spread the paste under both arm pits and let it dry for about 5-10 minutes (you can start with 5 minutes and build to 10 minutes) 

3. Repeat this process until you notice a significant reduction in odor, about three times a week (apple cider vinegar can be a little rough on the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin, so you can even do this once a week, if it's too much for your skin) 

*People have reported to be able to go without deodorant at times after doing this detox! 

I can't recommend this deodorant recipe enough! I don't have the time (like anyone else) to waste making things that don't work, so when I come across a DIY that is not only cost effective, but works as well, I can't help but share! With all the nasty ingredients in our beauty products these days, it really is a wise investment to make the switch to cleaner ingredients. You'll never regret it. 


Have you made any DIY body products lately that were a total win? Please share! 


A Little Preview Of Our Home Remodel



It almost feels surreal sitting in our newly remodeled home! It seems like it was only yesterday that we were talking about finding a new home on a total whim, just before we found out we were expecting our second little one. There's still so much left that needs to be done in terms of details and decorating, which is honestly never-ending, really. Anyway, I thought it was time to share where we're at so far. This is our second personal home flip, and a much different experience from our first. Our first was a three-story flat in the city that was completely gutted (I'll have to write a post, the flip was remarkable); this one is a single family in a cute little suburb surrounded by forest preserves.

The "before" photos were unfortunately taken on an iPhone - so not the best quality. 

This is the main level along with the upstairs bathroom. I wish I could share our powder room, which was supposed to be my favorite bathroom but we had a mishap when the cement tile was installed and I'm still trying to figure out how to fix it. If anyone knows how to clean stained cement tile, please let me know!!

I instantly fell in love with the floor plan. At a comfortable 3,000 sq. ft. spread, I can still hear my husband from any area in our home, which is ideal with kids. I love how the kitchen is somewhat part of the living room and gives me the ease of quickly fixing meals while still keeping an eye on my little one. 








                                                                   














There is still much to be done as far as details go, the kitchen has some loose ends that need to be tied up (a worker shattered one of the light pendants and we're still waiting for the replacement along with some electrical switches that need to be replaced and capped). We're thinking to add a salvaged wood mantel piece to the fireplace. The bathroom needs a glass shower door along with a light fixture above the mirror. 

I'm so pleased with the progress we've made. It's becoming to feel more and more like home. I can't wait to share more with you guys! I'm so happy to finally be at the fun part of this project and can't wait to post photos of the complete look of each room, which lets be honest, is anything ever really complete? I'm already getting exciting thinking about how I'll switch up the rooms as the seasons pass through. 

Is there anything that you'd like more details on? I would be happy to share!















8 Steps to Organizing Your Command Center




After a really rough night I woke up very cranky and irritable. I decided to lift my mood by working on a home project. The command center has been more of a "catch all" center since moving in almost two months ago, and is in our main living space. Every time I passed it I couldn't help but feel stressed out, so it seemed to be the perfect project to work on. This spot use to be a "bar" but since we don't drink alcohol, a command center was the perfect fit. Having an organized area where I can plan out our schedules, trips, meal plan, hold receipts, jot down notes, etc. is such a sigh of relief. Being able to have everything at my disposable neatly tucked away when needed I can imagine will really lower the stress that can occur while trying to run a household. Just like any other job or career, running a household takes a lot of planning and intentionality. Don't get me wrong, I by no means have this all figured out, but I truly am trying to figure out a way to not only have an organized home, but be a happy wife and mom in the process. I know a lot of people don't think this is that important and that "the laundry can wait, you'll never have this time back" which I totally agree with and sometimes think like that too, but at the end of the day the laundry will still be there waiting to be washed, your kids will still be waiting for a meal, the house will still need to be dusted and vacuum so why not find a way to be organized in these areas that need to be done anyway, but in a more structured fashion.

A command center can really be anything, we were lucky enough to have the ability to have a designated command center, but I've seen so many creative ideas, such as setting up a blank wall or a kitchen cabinet, or even a small corner, whatever it is that you have free in your home. Here are the steps I took to get my command center in working order.


                                Step 1: Take EVERYTHING out, even if there are a couple tidy drawers.

Step 2: Wipe down all drawers and surfaces 


Step 3: Go through every single item and ask yourself 
 - Does this item have any use in helping me run my household?
    - Do I have any duplicates? If so consider giving it away or have an "overflow office supply" bin 

      Step 4: If anything is out of place not belonging in your command center, put it where it belongs
or keep a bin next to you where you can place the items. It will help you not feel overwhelmed with everything being out

Step 5: Asses your absolute necessities. What is that item that you're always looking for and can never find? Keys, chapstick, note pad, pens, charger etc..
My little helper "helping" me sort out the necessities 

Step 6: What do you need in order to have a functional family life?


This will look very different for each person, it helps to sit down and list everything you can think of 
- a meal plan template or dry erase board
- a receipt organizer 
-a cleaning schedule checklist
-a greeting card organizer 
- a large family calendar
-space for electronics and their charging cables 
-label maker 
-mail sorter
-a space to hold daily moments to late scrapbook
- returns/exchange bin







Step 7: Write a list of what needs to be bought in order to corral your necessities.

In my journey of trying to simplify and organize our home I've found that bins and drawer organizers really do help. Every time I have tried to get away with just placing things neatly without containers, it didn't take long before the area needed to be organized once again. You don't necessarily need to go out and spend a ton of money at the Container Store, shop your home first and see what can be used. Home goods and Michale's also have great organizing supplies that cost a fraction of what you would pay at the Container Store. I would also highly recommend a label maker, it has been a game changer for me! Let me know if you need a recommendation, I love mine! 





            Step 8: Make it pretty!

This is the fun part. Add your bins and drawer organizers! Get creative, add some greenery, framed art or photos, an inspiration board, a pretty lifetime bucket list in plain sight. Whatever makes you happy when you pass your space. For lasting organization I've found that I need to feel a sense of calm whenever I'm using that particular space in order to keep something in order long term.




Do you have a command center? If so, what have you found to be the most useful aspect of it?







A Summer Car Kit For Your Toddler

Summer is a time when everyone seems to let loose a little more than usual, and as a mom it can actually be very good for our souls. As someone with a type A personality, having a schedule and routine set in place for my little guy and myself is what keeps us going. But it can also sometimes take a lot of fun out of the ordinary. With summer in full blown motion, I've been intentionally trying to introduce more spontaneity in our lives. I've been keeping this summer kit in my car which has really come in handy. There's nothing like bubbles to calm a toddler tantrum, or chalk for some quiet play time in a random park as we're driving home from errands.

We recently moved into our second flip home and still have a lot of loose ends while at the same time expecting our second child, so summer hasn't been exactly "normal". In the midst of trying to finish things up, organize, and get ready for our second bundle of joy, I'm trying to make room for summer fun. Life is so short and I would hate to look back with regret thinking "if only we would have done..." I have no room for "mom guilt" in my life. Join me in creating one of these summer kits and let's make this an intentional, but relaxed summer!









J's 1st Woodland Themed Birthday Party

With J turning a year and a half today, I thought it would be the perfect time to finally share his 1st birthday party details. It was such a fun day, and I enjoyed curating all the little details. When I first found out I was expecting in January, I was a little bummed. I love planning parties and a January birthday party theme just seemed so hard to figure out - at the time. Fast forward to the holiday season - my absolute favorite time of the year - a woodland theme just seemed so fitting and it was extremely easy to find all the details I had in mind (Hello Target Christmas clearance!)












Call me ridiculous, but I think I may start planning his 2nd birthday in the next month or so! We'll have an almost four-month old at that time, and I'm thinking it would be nice to have a head start with planning. 

Any cute theme ideas? At this time J is in love with all kinds of animals! 





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