Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to Make Chalkboard Paint

Making Chalkboard Paint is a seriously good time for many household projects.  Personally, I think a wall painted with the blackest of black chalkboard paint would be perfect in my brewery!

There are many other places and uses for chalkboard paint, and with a coat or two, you can turn something that is mostly useless into a fun thing for family and friends.

Here's just a few uses I can think of off the top of my head!  Let me know if you got anything else you'd like to use in the comments.

  • Paint a bar top for doodling and provide a bowl of chalk
  • Turn an entire wall of a kids room into something fun
  • Homeschoolers can make their own blackboard for teaching
  • Brewery wall to record exactly what is on tap
  • Small easel for taking pictures with
  • a breadboard sign for events on your street
These are just a few uses for this versatile recipe.  It was shared multiple times on Pinterest, and Martha Stewart has written about a billion uses on her website.  LifeHaker has used the paint in a variety of projects, and a home office could always use a calendar wall like Martha Stewart proposed...

1 cup paint - acrylic, any color, but darker colors work best
2 tablespoons grout

Mix evenly...  Make as much as you need.

Also, check out these sites...
Make Custom Color Chalkboard Paint []
How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint [Crafts At Home via Lifehacker AU]

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Why You Should Buy a Starter Kit

Starter kits are an amazing way to get started with your essential oils!  Young Living offers a steep discount for those who are interested in starting up with a more natural and healthy lifestyle.  The Premium Starter kit is a rocking value!

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

  • Rainstone Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint 5-ml
    • Lemon 5-ml
    • Copaiba 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources
One or more of the following essential oils may be substituted in the event of sourcing constraints or supply considerations: AromaEase™, Citrus Fresh™, Lemongrass, Orange and Tea Tree.

Purchased individually, this kit would cost well over $300...  but purchased as a wholesale member, you can purchase this kit for 50% off!  Then, the kit also entitles you to purchase all future oils, blends, products etc... wholesale price, which is 24% off!

To recap, you get an amazing selection of oils, a diffuser, some stuff that helps you learn all about what you are about to experience, and steep discounts on future purchases!

Click here to get started!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lavender Makeup Remove Pads

Making these simple to use Lavender Makeup Removal Pads really is as easy as 1-2-3!  To learn more about lavender essential oil, check out my blog post about this amazing product!

Watch this great video, and then head on over to my store to pick up some lavender essential oil!

Beautiful Bergamot!


Originating in Southeast Asia, the bergamot thrives especially well in Italy.  Bergamot is a plant that produces citrus fruit.  The rind or peel of the fruit is used int he production of the essential oil.  One of the more unusual uses for this oil is in the popular Earl Grey tea, as it is created by adding bergamot essential oil to black tea. (2015, Joyson)


  • Known for curing certain skin diseases
  • Fights mouth infections
  • Fights urinary tract infections
  • Known to relax and soothe nerves, anxiety, stress and nervous tensions
  • Antidepressant
  • Stimulant to wake you up!
  • Use first thing in the morning to feel energetic


Bergamot is believed to attract money.  A few drops in your wallet or purse is meant to attract money.  Also, it is used in the resolution of conflict (2013, Cunningham)


Joyson, A. (2015). Essential oils: The complete guide: Essential oils for beginners, aromatherapy and essential oil recipes. Place of publication not identified: Publisher not identified.

Cunningham, S. (1985). Cunningham's encyclopedia of magical herbs. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.

Disclaimer - Bergamot is known to be photosensitive.  As is the case with all the citrus essential oils, you must keep them in a dark place.  Also, if used topically, they can cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight.  If ever you are in doubt, please consult a professional.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Power of Cedarwood!

Cedarwood Essential Oil 

This oil has a warm balsamic aroma.  Cedarwood oil can help create a calming and comforting atmosphere when diffused.  Add cedarwood oil to your favorite skin care products and apply topically or massage into scalp for the appearance of healthy looking hair.

Common Uses

  • Diffuse to relax the mind and body
  • Mix with a carrier oil for massage therapy
  • Can be massaged into your scalp and hair 
  • Used for clarifying properties in skin care or facial toners.
  • Repels moths, so soak a cotton ball and put it in your hope chest!
The essence of cedarwood is extracted through steam distillation.  Cedar is a northern tree, and loves colder climates.  Cedarwood is associated with the following therapeutic qualities
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Treatment for Seborrhea (dandruff, cradle cap...)
  • Stimulates the metabolism
  • Improves general feeling of wellness
  • Encourages weight loss
  • Powerful calming and relaxing properties
Ancient Egyptians used cedarwood oil in their perfumes, embalming processes, and as a natural insect repellent.  Ancient Greeks preserved bodies in the essential oil for they believed this would make someone immortal. 

The soothing properties of this oil have been known to help people who suffer from restless leg syndrome, asthma and other conditions which lead to spasms.  As a tonic, cedarwood oil is known to help the liver and kidneys, which are pretty important if you are concerned about your overall health and wellness...

Cedarwood is a natural diuretic.  Therefore it may help with high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, arthritis, obesity, rheumatism, gout and toxins in the blood.  Due to it's natural expectorant properties, it is known to fight phlegm and help the respiratory tract.

A word of warning
As always, use care when using essential oil.  Cedarwood should not be used by pregnant women and young children.  Used properly though, cedarwood essential oil is known to be relatively safe.

When diffused, cedar has the properties of curing bad dreams.  Native Americans used cedar on their fires to help cure head colds.  An old wive's tale says that cedar in your home prevents lightning strikes!  Also, cedar is associated with money and psychic powers.

As always, I'm not a doctor.  Therefore any of my medical claims can be taken for what they are... claims.  I would encourage you to try cedarwood oil for yourself, and determine the accuracy of what others are claiming about this amazing oil.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Heidelberg Kraut-Relish

Heidelberg Kraut-Relish

1 can of kraut (1 lb. 11 oz.)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cooking oil
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 small jar of pimento

Mix all ingredients except pimento. Simmer for 15 minutes Chill and serve.

Note: This is the most popular relish we serve. Our guests really enjoy it. Swanson’s Lodge