DIY Sunscreen

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Hi there Mine for the Making readers! Bee here with the-oily-bee.com! It’s summer time here in the desert, and that means I’ll be out by the pool! So what is the number 1 thing we need during the summer to protect ourselves? Sunscreen! It’s super important to protect that precious skin of ours from that bright sun! I want something that is ALL natural, and SAFE to use on myself and my family. I have a great recipe you can try out! Thanks to my all time favorite oil educator, Jen O’Sullivan. I love her recipes, You can find her books on amazon and I recommend them! Let’s get started.

Sunscreen SPF 35 (Essential Oil Make & Takes, By Jen O’Sullivan)

You will need:

  • 4 Ounce glass jar
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax
  • 1/2 tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Carrot Seed Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Zinc Oxide Powder (Non Nano)
  • 10 Drops each Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils
  • Gloves
  • Facemask

 

Directions to make: In a double Boiler (or you can totally do what I do, and put a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water), melt the cocoa butter. Turn off the boiler and add your Carrot Seed, and Raspberry Seed Oils and blend well. Add essential oils and stir until combined. Grab your mask, and put on your gloves for this next step! Once your gloves, and mask are on, slowly start adding your Zinc Oxide Powder into your mix. Add a small amount at a time until fully blended into the lotion. Use a mixer for several minutes to make sure all is evenly blended. Pour lotion into your container, and let cool before using.

Side note: Always use gloves and a face mask when you are dealing with Zinc Oxide powder. Although this is an all natural ingredient and non-toxic when used in your lotion, it should not be inhaled. Do not have young children in the room when working with zinc oxide powder.

 

Directions to use: Apply to exposed skin before heading out to enjoy your nice sunny day! This sunscreen is water-resistant but not waterproof. Reapply after swimming or every 30 minutes (depending on your skin, if you are more likely to get sunburned apply more often) while swimming.

Apply every hour or as often as you need.

There you have it! Your DIY Sunscreen!!

Make sure you always reapply your sunscreen. Take care of that skin!!

Just a quick little tip if you happen to get too much sun (I did this weekend): After a long day in the sun, get out your pure Aloe Vera gel (this should be a clear gel substance). Pour some gel in a 4oz container, and add 10 drops each Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils. Apply on red areas and start to feel the relief. This felt so GREAT on my shoulders! I will have this in my bag ALL summer long.

Thank you for stopping by!! Enjoy and visit me on Instagram for even more healthy tips and tricks.

Hugs,

The Oily Bee

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15 DIY Backyard Games

Hello, hello! Yay for Friday! 
 
 
Allison here once again and it is time to finish out this month’s summer posts today. I am bringing you lots of ideas for outdoor fun! These 15 DIY Backyard Games are sure to make those summer get-togethers even more fun!

There are so many fun ideas out there and here are 15 that caught my eye! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 How fun are all those games?!
Which one are you going to build this summer for fun with your family and friends? 
 
 
Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic!
 
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Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas

Hello and happy Friday, friends! With it being summertime, it’s the perfect time for partying outdoors with your family and friends. I gathered up the Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas so that you can throw the ultimate backyard party. Everything from food, games, lighting, DIYs, tips, and more!

Watermelon Pops

DIY Outdoor Games

Sunscreen and Bug Spray Station

Condiment Station using mason jars

25 Sides to bring to a BBQ

DIY BBQ Apron

Bubble Refill Station

Easy Outdoor Serving Station

DIY Beverage Station

Creative BBQ Napkin Ideas

Grilled Tiki Orange Cornish Hens and veggie skewers

DIY Summer Picnic Coasters

DIY Personal S’mores Pots

Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

12 Backyard Lighting Ideas

How to Clean the Grill

Grill Cupcakes

Campfire Cones

Aren’t you ready to throw your next backyard barbecue?! I know I am! I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. 

Stay tuned for more summertime tips and ideas from Allison next week! 

 

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Projects for the Beach, Lake or Pool

With summer finally here, that means that it’s time to head to the beach! (At least, that’s what I wish it would mean). While we might not make it to the beach this year, I’m still dreaming of a trip!

I’ve gathered up some of my favorite projects to make for the beach – but a lot of these would be great for trips to the lake or pool too! Here are some fun projects to make up to get you all set for relaxing by the water!

Splash Proof Phone Case

Sewing Pattern for a "Splash Proof" zippered phone pouch. Totally making one of these for summer.

Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag

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Pom Pom Beach Coverup

15 Minute Picnic or Beach Blanket

DIY Reversible Picnic Blanket

Quick Hooded Towel

Straw Tote Bag

Free Sewing Pattern for a Straw Tote Bag - cute summer beach bag pattern!

DIY Chapstick Holder

DIY Fabric Chapstick Holder....attach to purses, backpacks, keychains, etc. | via Make It and Love It:

DIY Drawstring Bag

DIY Tiki Torches

DIY Tiki Torches - upcycle bottles into portable mosquito repellents!

Retro Beach Umbrellas

The cutest DIY retro beach umbrella for under $100 by Sugar and Cloth! - houston blogger - summer

Simple Beach Cover up

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Seashell Collection Bag

Create a small seashell bag for collecting shells down by the seashore. ;) FREE SVG file!

DIY Lounge Cabana

Water Bottle Carrier

Carry-It-All Tote

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So many fun ideas right? I’m ready to get crafting!

Make sure you come back next week – Kara will have tons of great tips, diy’s and food and more for your outdoor BBQ’s!

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How to Clean the Grill

With summer upon us, we are back to using our grill often. We love to barbecue by the pool or while camping and even on the beach. Most people find cleaning the grill to be troublesome and messy, but I’m here to show you how to clean the grill the easiest way possible. Plus, it’s chemical free, which is a huge win in my book. 

All you need to clean your grill is…

  • dirty grill
  • aluminum foil
  • grilling tongs

First, cover the top of the grill grate with aluminum foil. This will trap the fire/heat. 

*No need to wrap the grate all the way around, just the top.

Next you want to light your grill and put the aluminum foil covered grate back into place. Close the lid of the grill to really heat it up, but be sure to inspect and monitor the smoke. 

If your grill grate is super dirty, you’ll want to turn up the heat and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. If your grill grate is only semi-dirty, keep the heat at medium and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. 

Once the time is up, carefully use the grill tongs to remove the aluminum foil. When to aluminum foil is cooled, you can ball it up and use it to scrap off and scrub the ashes on the hot grate (you can also use a grill brush). Using the grilling tongs, take the grate out and smack it on the concrete to knock off the ash (sweep off the patio to get rid of the ash). 

Now you are either ready to barbecue on a clean grill, or your grill will be ready for the next time you use it. 

**Please remember to be careful and use your best judgement when cleaning and using your grill. Everything is obviously super hot. **

Check out that before and after! What a difference…and no chemicals necessary. 

How often do you clean your grill? If you found this post helpful, I’d love for you to PIN it, bookmark it, or share it with your friends. Happy summer grilling!

If you like grilling, then you’ll love this recipe for Tiki Orange Cornish Hens

Embellished Cactus Purse

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Hello there makers and welcome back! Have you noticed the cactus trend lately? We are from Arizona… home of allllllllll the cactus ever. Not really, but we see our fair share of desert life. I thought it would be fun to make my daughter something that can carry her hiking nature notebook and mini first aid kit when we go hiking and exploring. How cute did this Embellished Cactus Purse turn out?

My daughter loves it and it’s the perfect size for her couple of hiking things. It was pretty easy to make too! 

I used a blank canvas purse (found at Hobby Lobby), felt, pom poms, embroidery thread, and my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and my new cactus steel rule die. 

I used the Platinum 6 and the die to cut out a felt cactus. 

Made it so quick and easy and look at those clean cut lines!

Then, using green embroidery thread, I stitched X’s on the felt cactus to secure it to the canvas purse. Plus, it looks like cactus needles!

I added blooms to the cactus using pom poms and embroidery thread.

Then I hand stitched more pom poms to the bottom of the purse. I really love pom poms, y’all.

The zipper needed a little something special too, so I used embroidery thread to make a tassel to hang from it.

The cute little cactus notebook that my daughter uses for her nature journal was made at SNAP conference in the Spellbinders room. It’s so cute and fits just right in her cactus purse. 

Ready for our next hike! 

Do you love the cactus trend too?

Summer Wine Cups

Hello makers! If you don’t already know, I am pretty mermaid obsessed and I have been since I was girl. So naturally, when it starts to warm up and summer starts making it’s way to Arizona, I have a creative urge to make something mermaidesque. Check out these Summer Wine Cups I made!

Aren’t they fun?! The wine cups are plastic (found at Dollar Tree) which makes them the perfect cup for by the pool. I used a pretty, glittery coral vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and designed the images in the Silhouette Design Studio. I used my new Silhouette Cameo that I won at SNAP conference (WOOHOO!) to cut the vinyl images. 

Next I weeded the vinyl and added transfer paper so that I could rub them onto the wine cups. I just love the tiny shell and mermaid on the base of the cups, don’t you?! 

I thought the sayings were fun… Drink like a fish and Shell Yeah! And that glitter… it makes everything better!

I think they turned out so cute… perfect for a lemonade, a watermelon slush, or even wine! 

Be sure to wash these cute cups by hand to preserve the vinyl. 

What summer projects do you have coming up?

DIY Makers Camp for Kids

Hello there makers! It’s been a HOT summer here in Arizona and I’ve been having fun finding things for us to do to not only keep us busy but keep us cool. When I found out about Pinspiration’s DIY Makers Camp for Kids, I knew that my daughter would LOVE to attend.

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The summer camp is a week long for 3 hours a day and each day the kids are creating something new.

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Lots of active participation and engagement in a studio full of craft and art supplies. Talk about the perfect place to let your kids creative juices flow!

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A few of the projects my daughter made and came home with were: a teepee, an art caddy, a magnetic dancing doll, shaving cream art, a Tic-Tac-Toe game, and a painted tile.

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Each day/week the projects change, so you can register your children for multiple weeks if you want! And we loved the camp teachers… they were so sweet and helpful and patient with all of the kids.

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They also listened to a story, did science experiments, colored, painted, played games, and made new friends.

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Have you been to Pinspiration yet? It’s a DIY, art and craft studio that has rotational, Pinterest-inspired crafts and projects. I tell you about the top 3 reasons you should visit Pinspiration HERE and we also had a Back To School Party at Pinspiration last year that you can check out HERE.

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Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Snapchat (@mineforthemakin) so you can catch the behind the scenes of all the fun things we do! Here’s our Facebook Live of our first day at camp at Pinspiration in case you missed it!

 


 

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Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

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Hello friends! Today I am sharing an easy recipe that’s perfect to bring to summer potlucks, snack on by the pool at a BBQ, or have as an appetizer before dinner. Once you try it, you’ll want to share this Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with your family and friends!

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It’s light and refreshing, but full of flavor. Want to know the best part? It only takes a few ingredients and few minutes to make. 

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I purchased all of the ingredients for this delicious summer recipe at Smart & Final. All of the First Street products were perfect for this side dish. 

  • canned chicken (2)
  • Chinese Chicken salad dressing (1/4 cup)
  • almonds (1/4 cup, chopped)
  • crackers
  • carrot (1, shredded) 
  • green onion (1/8 cup, chopped) 
  • cream cheese (about 1/4 cup) 
  • pepper (to taste)
  • garlic powder (to taste)

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In a warm pan on the stove, saute everything except the crackers, almonds and cream cheese. This only takes about 5-10 minutes on the stove top. Remove and let cool. 

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Smear cream cheese onto the crackers. 

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Scoop the Chinese Chicken Salad onto the cream cheese and crackers. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top and it’s ready to share at your next summer potluck!

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You could also dump the Chinese Chicken Salad over a block of cream cheese, sprinkle the chopped almonds on top with a cheese knife and set the crackers to the side. This recipe is also yummy in lettuce cups too. 

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Head to Smart & Final for all of the ingredients to make this delicious summer recipe! 

Smart & Final has announced the launch of its new branding campaign which will place the ampersand (“&”) – already in the 144-year old company’s name – front and center to showcase the company’s relationship with both its customers and the communities it serves. The roll out will include print, radio, television and outdoor advertising in select markets and digital outreach now through July 3rd. The new campaign aims to tell the story of what the value-oriented food and staples retailer has become through its growth initiatives and will highlight the company’s heritage.

“Smart & Final has a rich history and commitment of inclusion. The ampersand signifies many different components of our company including the partnership between our founders Mr. Smart & Mr. Final, treating our customers like friends & neighbors and serving as a warehouse & market,” said Smart & Final Chief Marketing Officer, Eleanor Hong. “We are rebranding to ensure customers know who we are, what we offer and what we stand for so that they can choose Smart & Final as their primary shopping destination.”

With the new branding campaign, Smart & Final is also launching the use of their newest feature- Instacart! You will get $5 off and free delivery with promo code: SMART5! Super convenient! 

Keep up to date with Smart & Final on Facebook and Twitter too!

 

What is your favorite dish to bring to a summer potluck? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Hi makers! It is Michelle from Delicate Construction and I am back with another fun kids craft! This is a great activity to have in your back pocket on those long summer days. Most of us have all these things in our cupboard as we speak and this is a fun way to keep the kids busy but still having a blast! Check out this DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

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This paint is so simple to put together, all you need is cornstarch, water and food coloring or liquid water color (both work, sometimes at the school we have more color options when using the watercolors, but at home I use the food coloring and it works great!).

I do a one to one ratio so if I throw in a cup of cornstarch, I put about a cup of water. There is really no science to this, you just want it to be kind of a milky liquid. After it was all mixed, I poured it into a variety of bowls. Old plastic ones are best.

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Lastly, I added colors to each bowl. One thing I should mention is that while both are non toxic, the food coloring mixtures stained hands much more than the water color mixtures. All of it did com out for Avery in the bath that night but I thought it was worth mentioning. 

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Then you pass out some brushes, older ones if you have them, and let them go to town!

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The kids can of course paint the concrete or driveway, but Avery and her friends also had a blast painting a textured wall nearby as well. I love how bright the colors were and how much fun they all had!

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The pictures were great and it was such a fun change up from ordinary paint and brush on paper!

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I hope you and your kids have fun with this idea this summer!! What is one of your favorite summer activities to do with the kids?