DIY Lip Balm Pouches Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

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We love our essential oils, and one of our favorite goodies to make with our oils is DIY lip balm. Our lips are so dry in the winter, plus we love when we can put pure ingredients on our lips. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for those that want kissable lips, or want to give a gift of kissable lips, we recommend DIY essential oil lip balm.

Read our DIY lip balm tutorial for the ingredients and instructions. To jazz it up a bit for gift giving, make a cute holder for it – a DIY lip balm pouch. It’s almost like a lip balm sleeping bag. It’s a cute DIY that can be made into all shapes and sizes. We made heart-shaped pockets to hold gift cards for teachers. You can also make DIY felt pouches to hold tissues, treats, and even larger pockets for photos and sweet notes.

This DIY project is incredibly easy. Here’s how we did it.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Cut felt (we bought a pretty library of felt from Target, and it’s thicker than traditional felt, which worked well) into a rectangle larger than the width of the lip balm tube.

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Step 2: Once you have the pieces cut, thread a needle (don’t forget to tie a knot on the end), along the edges of two rectangles that are lined up. We do not have any sewing skills whatsoever, and we did it! Just go in and out of the felt, which will create a cross stitch pattern. Leave the top of the rectangle open so you have an opening for the lip balm.

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Hope you find a way, even if it’s a wave or hug, to spread the love on Valentine’s Day!

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DIY Let Love Grow Plant

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Dolly Parton said it best, Let Love Grow.

When we really look around, in spite of the horrific hatred we see daily on the news, we find that love still exists. In fact, love is all around. But, sometimes we need a little reminder. To us, the heart shape, whether big or small, signifies love. Inside of us, it represents this beautiful life with every heart-pumping beat; but outside of us, the shape represents love, goodness and kindness. When we open our eyes, minds and hearts, we find that not only is love everywhere, but hearts are, too. And, with every heart we spy with our eyes, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the love in our lives, and how we can share it with others.

Last week, we saw a heart designed on the top of our latte. Everyday, as our children learn to draw hearts, we pause to think about the love and joy that lives in their hearts {and the role we play in shaping what love looks like in their world}. Every time we send and receive a handwritten note from a loved one, it’s signed with a heart. And, just the other day, one of our kids saw a heart-shaped cloud in the sky.

Recently, we used our green thumbs to create a green heart to remind us to let love grow. The plant can be transplanted outdoors if it outgrows the container, and good news – it’s a perennial – so it will come back year after year.

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Materials:

  • Plastic Pot Saucer, Home Depot
  • Sedum Tile Ground Cover
  • Scissors, sharp {garden scissors}
  • Potting Soil
  • Chalkboard sign, small stick and pen

Directions:

Drill several holes into the plastic saucer. We drilled one in the center and four evenly spaced around the saucer.

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Fill the planter 1/2-3/4 full with dirt.

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Remove the entire square tile of Sedum from the container and flip it over. Use chalk to draw your design, or eye-ball it. We chose a heart, and without lines to follow, we began to cut.

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Place the heart in the center of the saucer with dirt, and then fill in all the surrounding space with dirt.

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Make a sign – Let Love Grow or Love Lives Here – and insert it in the dirt.

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DIY Salt and Pepper Shakers

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We just can’t get enough of that crazy little thing called LOVE this Valentine’s Day.

This DIY tutorial brings us back to our teenage, high school days when we wore split heart necklaces. You know, when you wore one half of the necklace that said Best, and your bestie wore the other half that said Friend. Well, we have matured {ever so slightly}, so we revised the split heart trend. This time, we are not wearing it around our necks, we are shaking it in our kitchens.

Shaking it with mini, personalized salt and pepper shakers.

Separately the shakers look like two half hearts with initials…

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…but together, they make a complete pair.

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This DIY took about 10 minutes, and we’re adding it to our list of favorite hostess gifts, engagement gifts, anniversary gifts, going away and bridal shower gifts.

And, for this Valentine’s Day, let your loved one, or good friend know that you go together like salt & pepper.

DIY Split Heart Salt & Pepper Shakers

You’ll Need:

  • Mini salt and pepper shakers. We found ours at a kitchen store for about $2 each.
  • Silhouette Vinyl {BTW, all heat transfer is 35% off right now with code SORELLE}
  • Silhouette Transfer Paper or lint roller {good alternative}
  • Silhouette electronic cutting machine. If you don’t have one, an alternative is enamel paint to paint on the hearts.
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How To:

  • Design your heart art using the Silhouette Software. I used a free design that had a heart in it, and edited it. Make sure you cut the heart in half {via the software} before you click cut.
  • Place your Vinyl on the cutting mat {black side facing up}, click print and watch the tool work its magic.
  • Peel away the vinyl you’re not using. Place the transfer paper over half the heart and use a straight edge {credit card, etc} across it to make sure the vinyl sticks to the transfer paper.
  • Pull the paper up and half your heart should be stuck to the paper.
  • Place the image on one of the shakers. You will need a credit card or a straight edge to smooth our all bubbles.
  • Peel away the transfer paper slowly and your vinyl should stick to the item.
  • Repeat the steps above to add the other half of the heart to the remaining shaker.
  • Fill the shakers with salt and pepper.

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{image via j. sorelle}

Dates, Chocolate and Espresso Dessert and Recipe

Here’s a side note before I get into the chocolate goodness treat of the day – we are going through a fun revamp right now behind the scenes. All good, and really exciting news for our blog and business – it’s just taking all our non-existing free time, so thanks for hanging with us, and our lack of posts.

Now, back to food.

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So, I thought I ate moderately healthy. As I learn more, I continue to eat healthier and I really try, but I have my good and bad days {the ones where I just want cheese, fries and cinnamon bears}. But, my neighbor {who’s fantastic} eats super healthy. I love it because she always surprises me with her yummy recipes and their ‘vegan’ ingredients. She made me some Fudge Babies for Christmas, and I couldn’t stop eating them…and now I can’t stop re-creating them for myself.

I’ve revamped the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie and make it weekly. It’s so easy – 6 ingredients, no-bake, dairy-free and gluten-free! Don’t get me wrong – dates still have sugar, but its not refined sugar. And, this makes the perfect treat that satisfies my cravings. My kids LOVE, LOVE them too – I make them some without espresso.

I couldn’t resist shaping them into hearts with the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.

Espresso and Chocolate Bites
Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Ingredients
1 cup walnuts
1.5 cups pitted dates {if the mixture feels too dry and doesn’t ‘stick’ together well, add more dates, up to 1 and ¾ cups pitted dates total}
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground espresso
A dash of sea salt
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

How To
Blend all the ingredients together using a blender or food processor.
Line a loaf pan or small Pyrex with wax paper {this recipe fills a loaf pan and makes semi-thick bars. If you choose to use a small Pyrex, smaller than 9×13, it will fill about ¾ of it}.
Pour blended mixture into pan and press until flat with a spoon or spatula. It should be about 2 inches in thickness.
Cover with the sides of the wax paper and place in the freezer {it’s best when refrigerated or fresh out of the freezer}.
If you want to get festive like I did, use a heart shaped cookie cutter once the blended dates have been in freezer at least 2-3 hours. And, top with a toothpick decorated with a DIY washy tape flag.
Note: If you want to serve these for a party, make them ahead of time, and use your cookie cutter to shape them. Then place in freezer safe bag or container, and then bust them out once its time for desert.

Enjoy! It’s such a treat. I hope you make for a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

{images via Tutto Bella}