Monday, March 3, 2014

art……green cleaning….healthy living~

ART= LOVE

fun at wrightsville beach rocks ….accordion book workshop~
we had a great time making books and filling them with collage and art journaling techniques!
 thanks to everyone who came to the workshop. :)





playing around with different mandala designs.  i have loved drawing and coloring in mandalas for quite some time.  misty's full circle class has put a different spin on my mandala creativity! 
you can still join if you want to come along and play with us, and to be TOTALLY inspired in many ways :)  the class site stays up for a while, so come on!! 







journal pages from my altered book.  i used one of my mom's old books and love working in something everyday that i know she loved holding and reading.  she had a love for vintage books too!  















this is a handmade journal that i loved making and am filling with studies and practice drawings/paintings paying homage to picasso, matisse and van gogh. (respectively).
this has been a great way to learn more about the artists that i love and also work in  a way that i don't normally work.  misty has a way of encouraging us to stretch our wings ;)














every day i make art in some form.  art keeps me grounded, happy, balanced and fuels my soul.
:)


GREEN-CLEAN-PLASTIC FREE- WELLNESS
NOW, about green cleaning, striving to reduce plastic in every way, and my AMAZING new oils that i am incorporating into my life in many ways!



i recently received my first order from DoTERRA oils.  i really cannot express in this little blog post how happy this makes me and how much i have already seen a difference in so many areas of my life.
my kit came with a diffuser and many other awesome products…..BUT what i really want to share with you is how the diffuser and a drop or two of lavender and serenity has changed my daughter's sleep pattern around!  she has had difficulty getting to sleep for quite a while.  i've tried other lavender oils and essential oil blends and haven't seen results, she has been mindful about turning off all electronics (mainly her phone) an hour before bed time, etc.  it wasn't until she started using the diffuser in her room every night with the DoTERRA oils that she started falling asleep better and sleeping through the night better.  TEENAGERS need their sleep!!  we are so happy now that she is sleeping better!! the diffuser is used downstairs during the day with whatever oil i feel is beneficial for us all to be taking in at the moment!  wild orange and on guard are two of my favorites! keeping the family healthy and happy :)  

there are so many ways to use these oils, i can't even explain it all here….but i will tell you that i had a hang nail (very sore) starting and put a drop of on guard and later a drop of oregano, and it was GONE the next day!!!  (true story).  i'm constantly amazed each time i use the oils and see the results so quickly.



you can make your own household cleaners using just a few INEXPENSIVE, toxic free products.


my husband made this pump lid for my mason jar….and i use my all purpose cleaner in it.
2 T white vinegar
1 tsp. borax
1/4 cup castille soap
10 drops lavender oil
1 tsp lemon juice
a few drops of melaleuca (tea tree oil)
a few drops of lemon or lemongrass oil 
put in a 1 quart container (glass jar is best :)
and fill to the top with hot water
use this as you would any all purpose cleaner.
it works great ~~~
(i have used other brands of oils for years….i see a big difference now that i am using the DoTERRA oils in my cleaning products)  all DoTERRA oils are scientifically tested and approved.  these oils are safe to ingest and that makes me so much more confident and happy to use them in cleaning supplies, on my skin and for my children and husband~ 




i used lindsey chinni's soft scrub recipe, added a few drops of purity
and cleaned my shower and sink in the bathroom….it works SO good!
AND i didn't feel like i was ruining my skin or inhaling toxic junk into my body!
check out lindsey's blog for some great ideas and cleaning recipes~ she also makes her
own liquid castille soap using a bar of "KIRK'S" castille bar soap and 10 cups of hot water.
just grate the soap, add the hot water and shake in the container to mix it all up.  use it as you
would store-bought liquid castille, but save LOTS OF $$$$.  :)
to make the soft scrub, use 1/2 baking soda and 1/8 cup homemade liquid castille…i added "purity' to mine, but you can add any oil that moves you! (lemon would be great….)
thanks lindsey for sharing your recipes at the DoTerra open house!!




i've been making my own laundry detergent for a while now. after playing around with it, i decided that (for me) it's best to make a really big batch.  i use my enamel bucket and pour in 
1 box borax
1 box arm and hammer laundry powder 
and
3 bars grated castille soap
i add a drop of DoTERRA lavender oil to the laundry during the rinse cycle ! (yum)

i use the KIRKS castille soap and can find it at the food lion for $3.65 per 3 bars.  
what a bargain! (thanks again to lindsey)!
you only need 1-2 tablespoons per load.  YES, it works great and YES it works in front loaders (thrown in with the laundry of course, NOT in the liquid tray)!!

please go to the DoTERRA BLOG if you would like to learn more about the oils and products and for some great recipes, articles and DIY's

when you would like to get started using DoTERRA oils for you or your family, please email me and i will help you get started.  i will share all that i know with you once we connect and you will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle :)
kim@bigstronggirldesigns.com


happy march !  
i am getting my honeybees soon and will share my journey here on my blog!! 
BE happy,
BE kind,
BE mindful….
BE YOU
xo