You may have heard that this year’s flu season has caused a run on elderberry syrup. This traditional folk medicine has gained a reputation for boosting the immune system to help you ward off sickness. While traditional medicine is on the fence about the efficacy of elderberries, herbalists have long sung the praises of this gorgeous purple potion. Hyppocrates even called elderberry “nature’s medicine chest.”
When Conrad and I started planning our DIY budget wedding, we vowed to reuse and upcycle as many elements as we could. We wanted to avoid accumulating a bunch of stuff we would never use again so we got pretty creative. One of my very favorite DIY wedding projects we embarked on was making our own liquor bottle centerpieces. Since I rarely keep fresh flowers around, I hated the idea of spending a bunch of money on vases. So we figured we’d make them instead! At the time, Conrad worked at a bar which had a constant supply of beautiful liquor bottles. So we took some of the prettiest ones home, cut off the tops, and use them for our wedding centerpieces. Here’s how we did it.
I’ve come to a point in my life where I really hate washing my face. I don’t mind doing it in the shower in the morning, but there’s something I despise about trying to rinse my face off at night in our tiny bathroom sink. I’ve tried a few different types of facial cleansing pads and I loved the convenience, but I hated the amount of waste they created and all the chemicals they contained so I never used them regularly.
This is one of my favorite recipes for a brightening sugar scrub that leaves me feeling soft and refreshed without being too harsh.
Oatmeal cleansing grains are one of my favorite DIYs for an easy exfoliating cleanser that costs pennies to make, takes only a couple of minutes to throw together, and leaves my skin soft, smooth, and feeling clean without being too tight.
If you don’t know what to get the bearded fellow in your life for the holidays, I have a few handmade ideas for you! I used to sell all-natural skincare products at craft fairs and on my Etsy shop, but then life got too busy so I stopped last year. The products got rave reviews and I figured it’d be a shame to let them go to waste, so I’m here to share all of the secrets of my DIY men’s grooming products. Continue reading Handmade Holidays: DIY Men’s Grooming Products