Essential oil diffuser necklace

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

After reading about how to make a diffuser necklace and seeing one of my favorite bloggers write an article about them a while back I thought I would give it a try!

Diffuser charms are very interesting but simple to make.

When you wear the Terracotta against your skin and your body heats up the clay, it diffuses the scent of the essential oil into the air.
Terracotta sculpting clay is extremely inexpensive and easy to work with.

The first thing you have to do when working with the terracotta clay is to warm it up by squeezing it in your hands like a stress ball. Then when the clay is easily mold-able you will lay it out on an old cookie sheet.

Use cookie cutters or an X-acto knife to cut the shape you plan to work with.Then use a small straw or instrument to make the hole at the top, where you will later place the string.

Here is the fun part, the design! You can use rubber stamps, the x-acto knife, a regular pencil with
sharpened point or just use your fingers to create the perfect charm for you!

You can press tiny shells or crystals into your charm as well!

Pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees. Then place the cookie sheet you used to make the charms into the oven for 3 minutes. *Please keep a close eye on your charms to ensure they do not burn*

From my experience you may want to use bake a test charm. Make sure the thickness of the charms you are not testing are the same size as the test charm and you should be good!

Once your charms are out of the oven give them a few minutes to cool, pop them off of the tray, and add your hemp cord or string to turn it into a necklace!

Drop one drop of your favorite essential oil onto the grooves of the charm. Allow the oils to soak into the clay for a few minutes.

Then all you have to do is wear it and bask in your cleverness and aromatherapy all day!

Keeping your family healthy: As the seasons change.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Seasonal change means different things for different people. For some families it means back to school, depending on your location it could mean drastic temperature changes, but overall it means changes.. during which being healthy could make or break you.

Join Joanie Tester of Ideal Life Solutions and I during our live webinar to learn simple, holistic ways to ensure your family stays healthy during seasonal changes!
Joanie and I will be going over a few topics:

  • Emotional health during season changes.
  • What is a diffuser and how to use yours.
  • Diffuser charms and family wellness.
If you enjoy freebies you will want to stick around through the end of the webinar for your chance to win a diffuser necklace handmade by me (Kayla).

There will also be other chances to earn freebies and a question and answer session at the end!

Click here to join the Facebook event to make sure we have enough freebies for everyone and to reserve your spot!

The webinar will be between 40 to 45 minutes with a 15 minute question and answer session at the end.

I will be held tomorrow night, September 24th at 10PM EST/ 8PM MST. We decided to hold it at this time so that you have time to get your kiddos in the bed before the webinar, show up in your pajamas if you like!!

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me or ask them in the Facebook Event. 

We will send out social media notifications right before the show with the link as a reminder that we are starting it so join us on Facebook (ApotheKayla & Ideal Life Solutions), and Twitter (Kayla and Joanie)!

Life in the present & My Dear Husband (DH)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

As we wait for the answers to some big questions my lovely husband's birthday will be here in a few days.

The best present I could possibly give him are answers; when we will be heading out, when we will be able to fix the plumbing, when we will make it to warm weather and friends on the West coast.

Setting up your space.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm sure you have heard the old saying: "A place for everything and everything in its place"! Do you know why this phrase is so important? Let me tell you!

When you begin the switch to all holistic products, and you plan to create your own having all of your tools, ingredients, and containers in one place makes a huge difference.

At our last house my wonderful husband built me a custom desk with little nooks and crannies for ingredients and tools. I also had an Italian built cabinet that displayed my collection of tiny vintage bottles.

Since we are moving into our camper over the next two weeks I have had to really consider the space I will have to store my apothecary goods. I have narrowed my bottles/ containers down to a small box.

A photo of my old desk
All of my ingredients are in one huge Rubbermaid tote and will have to be organized to fit in the few spare cabinets we will have left.

While I may not have a lot of space I feel it is very important to keep all of these items organized because when I need to find the ingredients for my all natural stomach soother in the middle of the night I don't want to have to dig through every cabinet.

There are also times when I have friends or family around and I am so excited to share holistic remedies with them that I find out what ailment I can provide a remedy for and head straight to my apothecary station.  

In my book, the first thing I recommend is to set up your space.  I also give a complete list of the tools I like to keep on hand and suggestions for setting up your own space.

I wanted to talk specifically about organization though.

When you begin thinking of a place you plan to keep your apothecary station think of a temperate location that is out of direct sunlight. Exposure to sunlight will decrease the shelf life of natural ingredients and essential oils.

If you have small children or pets you will want to keep your items out of reach, or inside of cabinets if you have cats like we do!

My vintage bottle collection, at our last house.
Start collecting small containers to corral small items. Install small hooks for things like measuring spoons and pot holders.

I asked my awesome husband to install bookshelf's on my desk for reference books, this really came in handy.

I also have office supplies on hand for labeling purposes; like labels, stickers, and permanent markers.

A spare notepad comes in handy when you are experimenting with a new recipe and want to write it down in-case it is a winner!

When you have a home for every item you will be more likely to return that item to its home so that you and your family (if they are allowed to use your space without supervision) will know where to find the goods!

I can't wait to share my new apothecary space with you all. It will be tiny, but it will also be efficient. I will make sure of that.

Do you have a personal apothecary space? Share it with me on my facebook page I would love to see it!

Thanks for reading and let me know your favorite organization tips in the comments section. I may just use one of them in my new space! -Kayla

RV Makeover

Monday, September 1, 2014

As soon as we bought The Defiant I knew that I would want to make lots of interior design changes. It took a lot of hard work by a lot of people, and a long time but finally I am ready to share the interior make-over of our tiny home!

 Here are a few before photos, the curtains were horrible and the darkness of the wood paneling was a little depressing. [You can click on the photos for a full screen view.]

I wanted to create a space that felt like a tiny studio apartment instead of an 80's model motor-home. I think we accomplished that for sure.

My wonderful husband spent weeks painting, because of rain, leaks, and having to paint the cabinets four times (we know to use primer now).

My awesome mother made custom slip covers for the dinette and swivel arm chairs that really pulled the entire space together; my lovely grandmother sewed the curtains on the back two windows by the bed.

I upholstered the sides of the dinette with a teal blue fabric and a staple gun.

For the DIY roman shades I referred to this video (click here) and used the flat sheets that matched the sheet above the cab. I think it worked out perfectly.

With the help of my little brother I spray painted all of the hardware (knobs, hinges, various hooks, speaker boxes) and the kitchen appliances.

Some of our friends gave us the perfect figurines and decorative pieces to hang up, some of which I still need to put out. We also have a large mirror to put right by the door. While there are many things on our to-do list we ultimately feel very happy and comfortable with the outcome!

We decided to put our full sized mattress, box spring, and IKEA mattress topper on the platforms from the twin sized beds that were originally there. We love having our bed in the motor home and feel very cozy in our room. I used an IKEA rug mat (that prevents rugs from moving) between the mattress and box spring which keeps them in place while driving.

The space on the twin bed platforms that our bed didn't cover make for awesome benches to put shoes on and such.

The people who owned the RV before us took the shower out and built a custom cabinet (refer to the photo above with the oval mirror), that was annoying and ugly so we ripped it out and put a wicker dresser in its place. The wicker drawers wont slide out when we are riding down the road so it works out great for now. I can see a closet there in the future!!

The bathroom was small, even for Robert, so he cut away as much of the wall as possible and used trim to finish it off so that we had more room to use the bathroom. We use the bath house for the most part but when we have to go, its nice to be able to fit in the bathroom!

There was a tiny space up under the bed that I put a vintage trunk in front of in the attempt to keep the cats out of it... but as it turns out that it is the perfect size for our two cats to run and hide in when strangers walk by with their dogs. Yes, we have scaredy cats!

The dinette folds down into what is meant to be a full sized bed for a normal person, but its too short for us. So we use it as a daybed/ couch when we want to lay around and watch movies on the laptop.  We use the big teal blue pillows I bought from IKEA to lounge around on. Again, works out great for us!

The end table between the swivel chairs also converts into a small desk, which I'm typing on at this very moment. I love that our space is transformable!

At some point I'll return with photos of how we organize all of our belongings in our tiny home but for now we are still deciding where everything should go. We ended up bringing a lot less stuff than we thought we would in the beginning. I'm surprised to say there are a few cabinets that are practically empty.

So now.. the moment you have all been waiting for.. Here are the after photos!

The cats are snoozing behind the blue trunk that holds our shoes.

View from the loft.

Watercolor painting by our good friend Anna Lewis.

When we make more changes, because I'm sure we will, I will be back with updates. For now we are thoroughly enjoying our tiny home on wheels and the freedom it brings us.

Thank you to all who helped us make this dream a reality and create a space for us that we enjoy so much!

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