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Conrad’s Christmas Sweater and the Perils of Procrastiknitting

About a month before Christmas, I decided that it was time to knit Conrad a sweater. I’ve never made him any kind of clothing  and I had no idea what to get him, so it seemed like the perfect solution. I thought I’d have plenty of time to get the whole thing done in time for Christmas.

Fast-forward four months and hundreds of knitting hours later and it’s finally finished!

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Handmade Holidays: DIY Men’s Grooming Products

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These DIY men’s grooming products are perfect for dads, coworkers, boos, and bros.

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.

Buying all of the necessary ingredients and packaging supplies is a bit of an investment, but you’ll have plenty of supplies to make enough gifts for all the beardy dudes on your list and then some, so I think it’s worth it.

I buy my ingredients (including essential oils) from Bulk Apothecary because they have really great prices when you buy in quantity, but if you don’t want to deal with shipping then you should be able to find everything you need at Whole Foods (check the beauty section!).

Essential oils are optional and you should feel free to tweak to your liking, these are just the scent combinations that I came up with that my customers loved. If you buy high-quality beeswax then I wouldn’t even bother to scent your mustache wax or beard balm because it’ll naturally smell like honey!

For labels, I used these printable waterproof address labels for the bottles and mustache tins, and these round labels for beard balm.

In conclusion; have fun, don’t be afraid to experiment, and feel free to make these DIY men’s grooming products your own!

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Spiced Chai Concentrate

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Remember when chai used to be the big thing? I remember going to cafes when I was in highschool and feeling so cool ordering a chai latte. It seemed so much more worldly than coffee. Not to mention spicy and refreshing and delicious.

Nowadays the beverage world seems to be all about artisinal/hand-roasted/small-batch coffee. I love myself a cup of french roast in the morning but lately I’ve been moving away from my daily coffee habit toward tea (it’s so much cheaper!) and I was reminded of how lovely it is to keep a jar of chai concentrate on hand in the fridge. It’s a little more initial work than cold brew coffee concentrate but I promise it’s worth it!

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