DIY Fencing

DIY chicken or garden fence! We are super excited this is finished and our chicks are loving all of the open space! Our total cost including paint, 100 feet of fencing, and 5 4x4s was only $150! We went to home Depot where they cut the 4x4s in half for us (found two of them in the 80% off section of the store) then went home and painted them with the red back paint that you can pinterest up at home depot for $15 a gallon. The boys dug the holes and layer the cement. I happened to be out at yard sales the day of and found and entire fence including three already assembled gates that just fit perfectly! It took all day and a few beers, but it’s done and we couldn’t be happier! ~~

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4 Ingredient Lotion Bars

I have seen these all over on Pinterest and I have always wanted to make them. When you work in an office all day, trying to keep your lotion to yourself is nearly impossible, but with these lotion bars, you can hide them in an old Altoids tin, glass mason jars, Tupperware, or just about anything! Plus, it’s almost like having that bar of soap in the shower that you don’t want to use because you know it has been on someone else’s body… Yuck!

 

I used to live in the desert of Southern California where it averages over 100 degrees all summer long, so I have had problems in the past making a lot of these Pinterest items because they tend to melt everywhere after I store them because of the Coconut Oil that is a huge main ingredient in most of these DIY items online. (As you can see by my huge container of Coconut Oil is always melted just by sitting in my pantry) I have now found the perfect recipe that works for me and this weather we have. Yay!

 

 Here are the Items you will need and what my recipe calls for. This will make about four large bars or six small ones. I will give you a list and link of all the items I used and where you can get them from at the end, so be patient, read carefully, and then go shopping!

 

Ingredients:

 

– 6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

– 6 Tablespoons Raw Cocoa Butter

– 8 Tablespoons Beeswax (either pellets or grated)

– 5 to 6 drops of Essential oil of your choosing (optional)

– 4 Drops food coloring of your choosing (optional)

 

Other Items needed:

 

– Foil in case of spillage

– Silicon Molds

– Glass measuring cup (or double boiler)

– Stick for Mixing

 

1st Step

I use a glass measuring cup and my trusty microwave because during the summer, it is way to hot to have the stove on for too long, but it works just the same to me as it would be with a double boiler.

Mix the coconut oil, raw cocoa butter and the beeswax in your glass measuring cup and place in the microwave for 10 – 15 second intervals. Take the cup out and stir with a wooden spoon or stick (I use a wooden skewer so I can just toss it when I am done). After about four to five times of stirring it should be melted. (The tip to heating and melting these ingredients are not for the microwave to melt it, but for the glass to get hot enough to help melt it). Once melted, let it cool for about a minute. Don’t worry, it won’t harden just yet.

 

2nd Step

Once you let it cool for about a minute, you can add your essential oils and the color if you want.

 

3rd Step

Now you are ready to pour, once everything is nice and mixed, pour your mixture into your molds then place your mold in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

 

4th Step!

After they are done hardening in the freezer you can pop them out of those molds and enjoy!

 

For storing:

If you live in a hot place like I do, I would suggest to leave these in the freezer for a few days locked in zip-lock bags so they don’t capture all the smells of your freezer. However if it isn’t summer time, or if you keep your house at 70 degrees or below, you should be fine with storing them in jars or in virtually anything you would like to package them in!

 

List of Ingredients and the links on where to get them:

 

Coconut Oil

Beeswax Pellets

Essential Oil

Silicon Molds

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you just liked my Recipe!

Easy 5 Minutes – Long Necklace Rack!

FINALLY! I have my necklaces hung up without it being a huge tangle every morning! I found a piece of wood at the “second chance” store out here in Boise for a buck and had my brother in law cut it to the right size of my closet wall. I then painted it with chalk paint I found at Hobby Lobby and then screwed it into the wall and hammered some nails in! Done! No more mess in the morning! ~~

 

 

Getting Ansy

Our closing date on our house got pushed back by a few days so I am getting more antsy! My first plan for the house is to paint all of the baseboards and doors white, which I hope will create a nice light flow throughout the house. There are many windows and a skylight and by having a lighter color in the house it will feel much more open, especially when the sun is shining through. Once I get started on this project I will post photos and step by step of what I did. Now – I am no “expert” in anything DIY, but you can only get better by trial and error, so I am happy to show everything I will mess-up as well because I know for sure that I will have many mistakes, but hopefully some of those mistakes can become something different and good! I am also starting to think of what plants and flowers to use so I will need to do some research on what greenery grows best out here in Idaho, if you have any suggestions for me please let me know! ~~~

A little about our move

It’s an exciting time for us, we are only 12 days away from getting the keys to our new home. We have so many plans for what we will do with it to make it ours! We have been here in Idaho since October and have been dealing with the “worst winter in 30 years” – at least that is what everyone is telling us. We lived in Roswell, New Mexico for awhile, then moved back to our roots in Apple Valley, California, I then got an opportunity to get a transfer with my work out to Meridian so we jumped on the chance. We luckily already had family that were living here so it has been a wonderful transition with moving here. The weather has been much worse than I thought it would be, but hey – change is good. It’s nice to actually have a real winter for once, but yes, I can’t wait until springtime is here. So far so good though, I drive a small car and haven’t had any issues driving around, it helps that I went and got studded winter tires almost immediately. Totally worth it by the way – plus they last for up to 5 seasons! Just have to remember to take them off by April 15th. Moving here was hard because my husband and I both have a lot of family still in California, but we know that we will lead happier and fuller lives in a place where we can fish, float down the river, hike, camp, eat at awesome family owned restaurants all within a 20 minute or less drive from home. We have been able to enjoy the Boise downtown experience for “First Thursday” and it is awesome! I highly recommend going! We certainly love this city of trees, I have never lived in a place that is so green with huge, mature trees before. We are very excited to start building our garden in our new home, and we hope that you can join us for our journey into home ownership in the Treasure Valley ~~~