Saturday, July 19, 2014

DIY Personal Care Products

Thanks to some of my fellow Young Living members who recently had a DIY class, I now know how to make my own deodorant, bug spray, and hand sanitizer! It was fun and easy, and I thought I'd share the recipes with you, too. (These are all made with Young Living essential oils because they're the best IMO).

2 Tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
2 Tbsp baking soda
2/3 cup coconut oil
5-7 drops of essential oil (your choice)

Mix the ingredients together and store in a glass container.

Bug Spray
8 oz. water
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops purification oil (a YL blend)
10 drops lemongrass oil (optional)

Put the water in a metal spray bottle and add the oil. Shake before using.

Hand Sanitizer
2 oz. aloe vera gel
1 oz. witch hazel (or rubbing alcohol)
5-7 drops of Thieves oil blend or lemon oil

Combine ingredients in 3 oz. bottle and shake well.

Let me know if you try making any of these and how you like them :)

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Henry Being Cute / Ender Books / 4th of July

Well, I kept putting off blogging last week and then forgot about it. So to make up for it, here's a cute video of Henry playing with a balloon:


Remember, if you want to know more about what Henry's up to, check out Little Henry's Big Adventures on FB.

I went to the library Tuesday (I hadn't been in quite a while) and I was stoked to found a new-to-me Orson Scott Card book in the Ender universe, called Shadows in Flight. After my initial excitement wore off, I realized it said "sequel to Shadow of the Giant" and though I've read several OSC books "shadow" in the title, I was pretty sure that wasn't one of them. So I looked up the books in the series and there have been 2 other books that I haven't read in the Ender universe! I went ahead and read Shadows in Flight, and loved it, of course, but now I'm going to re-read ALL THE ENDER BOOKS since missing 2 in the series is as good a reason as any to do so. :)

I hope everyone state-side had a safe 4th of July. I swear every year the explosions get more and more loud and obnoxious. Maybe I'm just getting old. Anyway, I'm too much of a contentious objector to get all YAY AMERICA, so the 4th doesn't excite me much, except that it's the same date Matt and I celebrate our anniversary of becoming a couple. 7 years this year! I'm so grateful for him and for the way our relationship has blossomed and grown.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Event Pics: "The Art of Discovery" at Johnson County Library

I meant to post this Monday, but I've had a busy week so you get it today instead!

"The Art Of Discovery" Steampunk Art Exhibit opened up last Saturday. I loved seeing all the pieces contributed and it was great to be part of it! Here's some images of the exhibit as well as several of the artists involved (in costume!):

Me with my piece. I opted for a 20s era style instead of the Victorian-esque look.

The exhibit will be up at the Johnson County Library until it is moved to the Blue Valley Library starting July 19, and the Shawnee Library starting August 9. You can see it any time during regular library hours. There are also steampunk-related workshops being offered.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

"The Art of Discovery" Steampunk Exhibit Opens this Weekend at Johnson County Library

This weekend,"The Art of Discovery," a steampunk exhibit that I'm pleased to be part of is opening at the Johnson County Library. The opening event will be Saturday, June 14th from 10 am - 2 pm, and the library will be offering other workshops to go along with it as the summer goes on.

From the library's website:
Responding to the steampunk slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner,” 21 regional and national creators join forces to explore the intersections of science fiction and fantasy through the visual arts. Artists include: Vaska Basham, Susan Beatrice, Doug Bell, Ruth Cohen, James Conner, Ed Downes, Jullian Erickson, May Evans, Ron James, Randall Jessee, Katie Kaufman, Tom Krekow, Stephanie Dal Porto, Brandon Schnur, Joanna Shindler, Bob Spangler, Ptr Sponseller, Julie Summa, Bryan Timmins, Jenna Tomlin and Thomas Willeford.

I'm displaying a piece you might recognize if you saw the steampunk exhibit at Tea Drops a while back. Henry and I will be at the opening event as long as he'll put up with it (which might not be that long), and I'll be debuting a new Steampunk-inspired costume.

Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Body Lotion

I finally figured out a recipe for body lotion that I like, both for how it feels and for how simple it is to make.

I used the above ingredients, adding the jojoba oil and the essential oil together first. Meanwhile I make the coconut oil liquid by placing the oil in a glass measuring cup, and putting the cup in a bowl of boiling hot water from my electric kettle. Once the oil is liquified (it won't be very warm), I add it to the other ingredients and stir it up. Then I pop it in the fridge to solidify, and whip it around with a fork after it's firmed up.

My sister says this might not work so well in the summer, so we'll see if I stay with it. Right now I'm happy with it. :)

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Robyn 'Does It Again' with Royksopp

Image via Robyn's FB

My favorite singer, Robyn, teamed up with Royksopp to create a 5 song mini album called "Do It Again." It's really interesting hearing her sing against a sound that isn't obviously "hers," but very enjoyable!

You can listen to the entire album on NPR's website, or purchase it through Amazon or iTunes.

PLUS, Moby did a remix of the album that's available on SoundCloud!

Have a great weekend, and if you take a listen, let me know how you like it!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Novel Accomplishment


You know, the one I started in 2010 for a NaNoWriMo challenge?

It took far longer than I expected,but I'm quite pleased with myself. Now I can begin the process of sending it out to publishers. w00t!

And because one of my friends asked, here's an excerpt:

Moments later, Sue hung her jacket on the seat next to Kris and sat down. Kris turned to introduce herself and was struck dumb. Sue was the mystery woman from Sureshot! Kris was overwhelmed by the chestnut curls streaming over her shoulders, and the delicate, exquisite beauty of her heart-shaped face. Kris had work hard to remember how to breathe. She inhaled deeply to ground herself and try again, but, as she had at their first meeting, Sue covered for Kris’s speechlessness with her cheerful exclamations.
“Hi, I’m Sue. How are you? I guess you know my sister?” Sue smiled expectantly and tilted her head, waiting for Kris’s response. 
“Um, yeah, I’m Kris. And, sort of. We’re in the same Spanish class.”
“But we only met today, sis,” Stella jumped in. “Would you believe she just came bumping into me while we were waiting for a table?”
“Too funny,” Sue smiled at Kris again before turning her attention to the rest of the group, whom Stella introduced once again. Then, Sue, Callie and Stella began chatting animatedly while the guys listened with half-hearted interest and Kris sat, stunned.
She could not have told anyone, had they asked, why Sue shocked and thrilled her heart so. It was as if she recognized her from another life or from a dream. Kris was sure that if she did not get to know this woman better she would be missing out on something incredible, and that feeling led her to another: fear that she might clumsily ruin any chances of friendship since she’d never had much practice. The stigma of being a loner was one she feared she wouldn’t be able to brush off, despite her new start in a new city. 
 (c) R. May Evans, 2014 

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