Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Giveaway on Facebook! An Organic Lip Balm and Perfume Gift Set!


Happy Friday! 
You can win me too! Giving is great and I want to giveaway more!
Win this "Mix'd" Stocking Stuffer!
Includes 1 "Mix'd" Organic Honeysuckle trial size perfume, and 1 "Mix'd" Organic Peppermint Patty lip balm! Like our page here:

Singing Tall Grass and then share me and tag yourself in this photo!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

DIY Germ Spray Gellee



  • 1/3 cup of aloe Vera gel
  • 2/3 cup of organic witch hazel (I prefer Thayers)
  • 10-15 drops of your choice of lavender, tea tree, lemon and rosemary, or you can combine your favorites.
  • One small mixing bowl and spoon
  • Clean spray bottle
  • Funnel           
    Now shake well, and spray on clean hands!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

DIY- Fourth 'O July- "Buggin Out" Skeeto Repellent

Here is what you'll need:

Image used from "Fight the bite"

Organic witch hazel, "Thayers" is my choice. 1/2 cup
Essential oils
of: Citronella, Lavender, Lemongrass (Cedarwood and Peppermint can be added as well): 5 drops each
Distilled Water (or Lavender water) 1/2 cup
Empty spray bottle
funnel
Aloe vera gel 1/2 tablespoon
vitamin e 1/2 teaspoon 

Directions:
Take your empty spray bottle and funnel, pour water and witch hazel into the bottle.
Next, take your aloe gel, and vitamin e, and pour into bottle. Shake it up.
Lastly, add your drops of essential oils, and shake again.
*Always test a small amount on skin before you apply all over the skin!*
Once you have determined therre is no irritation, spray onto the exposed skin. Avoid eyes ofcourse. Keep near your picnic table, or where it can be the most accessible.





Saturday, May 19, 2012

Raising Money to open up an organic spa in Manitou


Singing Tall Grass Spa campaign!

Please donate 1$ or more if you can, read the brief campaign summary, it will explain what a great idea this could potentially be!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Just added 1 Dollar campaign perks at IndieGoGo!

Hey everyone! We added 1 dollar contribution perks to the IndieGoGgo campaign! Can you spare a dollar or two today? We have only 13 days left on our campaign. Thank you with my heart ♥ http://www.indiegogo.com/singingtallgrass

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Homemade Doggie Soapnut Wash

Soap Nut Berries with Muslin Bag..


 Soapnuts are not of the nut family, but grow on  a tree and are more of a berry. They are great for allergy sufferers and are hypoallergenic, safe for us, and safe for dogs! If your not familiar with these soapnut berries, you can buy them online, just search them and you'll find them, I like NaturOli, they are great priced, and are clean and de-seeded.

What you will need:
*Muslin bag.
*Funnel.
Glass jar with lid.
*A large pot.
*Water
*12-15 Soapnut Berries.
*clean empty shampoo bottle.
*Any of these essential oils will work, they are dog safe, (not for cats)
Lavender, Chamomile, Sweet Orange.
*vitamin E oil.
*Castille soap.
*Grapefruit seed extract.



1) In a large pot, fill water half full. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high, add your soapnuts. Let these cook for about 20 minutes. Let the liquid cool.  
2) Secure the muslin bag around the mouth of the jar and pour into the muslin bag, into the jar. Ease the muslin bag carefully up, and squeeze the liquid and berries out thoroughly. 
3) Now repeat the steps using the same used soap nuts, fill the pot halfways again, empty them out of the muslin bag and into the water, repeat cooking for 20 minutes. You can do this 3 seperate times, following  the same steps, and you'll get around 6-8 quarts of liquid.

4) Use your cooled soapnut liquid, and funnel it into your clean bottle, fill 3/4 the way. 
5) Now add 2 table spoons of castille soap. 
6) Add your choice of the dog safe essential oils, 5-7 drops. 
7) Add your grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative), about 5-7 drops. 
8) Add a few drops of vitamin E oil. Shake well. (Or you can blend in blender.) Let the bubbles settle, fill the rest of the bottle with more of the soapnut liquid. Shake again.

*The essential oils listed are all nerve calming, helps with skin irritations, and are flea repelling. Only some essential oils are proven safe for dogs. Make sure you research an oil before you use it on your dog!

*Use at your own risk when making this recipe. Apply a small amount to test for any irritation. We have used this recipe successfully without any harmful side effects.*






Friday, April 27, 2012

Quick DIY dryer sheets



Here is what you'll need:
 
*sponge
*spray bottle
*essential oil(s) of choice, (citrus scents are always good)
*distilled water
*cut up used fabric
*container with lid, or large zip-lock bag

Fill your spray bottle with distilled water, add your 5-10 drops of essential oil(s), and shake.
Spritz the sponge until it's slightly damp. Throw into the dryer!
Another cool way to just have some dryer sheets on hand, is use your cut up fabric pieces (make sure the fabric you use for the sheets does not bleed the dyes), place and stack them in the container or zip lock bag, pour your essential water solution on them, seal bag or container and shake! You may want to ring out fabric sheets if they are to damp before use. The best thing about these dryers sheets, is that you can re wash, both fabric pieces and sponge, and repeat the steps and reuse! Frugally green ever after!

 *Make sure to always read laundry care directions. 


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Visit us on IndieGoGo!

We are at 19 days left on our campaign...We need a boost of support, will you help us?

http://www.indiegogo.com/singingtallgrass


We thank you for your support!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Organic Dry-Hair Repair

Homemade Organic Rose Oil


This is a very easy and inexpensive mixure to create!
You'll need these items:

*Container, or jar with lid
*Spoon for mixing
*2 ounces of Organic Coconut Oil
*5 drops each of: Rose, Rosemary, and Lavender Essential Oils
*Grapefruit Seed Extract
1)Combine the Coconut oil into the bowl or container, and add the Rose essential oil,  and mix thoroughly. 
2)Now add the Rosemary, mix, and follow by using the Lavender oil, and Grapefruit Seed Extract. Mix all together well.
3)Apply a small amount to the ends of wet hair and let it air dry, and remember a little goes a long way! Once dried, style as usual. Repeat daily for a week, longer if needed, until you have desired results.
Shelf life is 3 months.


Both Rosemary and Lavender oils dilate blood vessels, stimulating hair follicles, aiding in producing new hair growth.  Rose also helps in promoting hair growth, and has proven hydrating properties.

Don't be shy to use this as a face or body moisturizer too!

Monday, April 23, 2012

DIY Natural Hair dyes and lighteners

Natural  sun ray highlights~

Lemon,
Sunshine,

Chamomile Tea,
 clean empty spray bottle,
grapefruit seed extract.


Combine  1 cup organic lemon juice and 3 cups Chamomile tea, a few drops of grapefruit seed extract, and pour into a clean spray bottle. Spritz the solution onto the hair and massage it into your hair.
 Go out and get some yard work done, lay out, or even as you walk or jog, the sun ray's will help in the lightening process. Do this a few times a week for maximum results. The shelf life of this solution is a week. I always like to add a natural preservative like Grapefruit Seed Extract to everything homemade that I know I'll use more than once.
  
A Little Red...





organic beet juice
organic carrot juice
grapefruit seed extract

Combine 1/2 cup organic Beet juice 1/2 cup carrot juice, and a few drops of grapefruit seed extract into the clean container.
Pour the solution onto hair and massage into hair and let sit for one hour. Shampoo and rinse normally. Repeat this process a few times a week to accomplish desired red highlights.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Perks on IndieGoGo!


Make a contribution for the "Chief" painting Here @ Singing Tall Grass Featured Painting!

We modified the perks, making it even better when we raise money for OLCERI!

Please help us in our efforts!

Last Day to win an All Organic Tattoo Beeswax Candle!

I encourage you all to post this link from the blog, near the "comments" section, for a chance to win this organic, "Abeja Reina" Patchouli scented, all beeswax candle..

The more participants, the more frequent the cool, awesome giveways!
Again spread the word to  people to "like" Singing Tall Grass page
This giveaway will run until today, Friday, 4/20/12.
Who doesn't like a free, cool prize?!
Thanks for your support!






Thursday, April 19, 2012

Organic Beeswax Tattoo Candle Giveaway



 SHARE this post for a chance to win this organic, "Abeja Reina" Patchouli scented, all beeswax candle..

Encourage people to "like" Singing Tall Grass page. This giveaway will run until Friday.
Who doesn't like a free, cool prize?!
Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kiss of the Sun Lemon Scrub

Kiss of  the Sun Lemon Scrub..
 
Clean Mason Jar or container with lid.
1/3 cup Kukui oil
5 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract as a natural preservative.
2/3 cup fine sugar 
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
lavender or tea tree essential oils 
pinch of two of lemon zests
 In a jar or small container, stir together the Kukui oil,  Grapefruit Seed Extract, essential oil(s), sugar, lemon juice, and zest.
Store in the fridge with a lid for  freshness.
Use this scrub on your hands, feet, elbows, knees, face, and total body whenever it needs a burst of moisture and sun kissed glow.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two Essentials for the sunny weather..

I found this natural deodorant recipe at "howaboutorange.blogspot.com"




http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant.html


You'll need sunscreen too! You can avoid the harsh chemical laden sunscreens with this DIY "Natural Sunscreen" recipe..I found this on "WellnessMama.com", fantastic sites for the DIY'er!!



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This painting will be auctioned off soon and proceeds will go to a community garden!

Singing Tall Grass and Mikarla Teague Artworks  encourages you to share this post on your Facebook, blog, or other positive outlets you may have. We are working on an auction date. We would love to have more participants, spread the word if you would and we thank you so very much ♥This painting was custom made by Australian painter, Mikarla Teague. She donated this painting to be featured on our "Singing Tall Grass Featured Artists Series" labels. These custom painted labels will be on our organic beauty line, "Singing Tall Grass". This painting will be auctioned off soon and the proceeds will go to a community garden in Pine Ridge, SD.
www.olceri.org



Best way to set up a beehive



I think we should all have bee hives! Bring them back to nature's goodness!

Fight CCD! Colony Collapse Disorder..
http://www.takepart.com/actions/bees-are-still-dying-tell-congress-step

Monday, April 9, 2012

Homemade Vegan Mayo with Lime







  • Clean empty jar with lid
  • cup  coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 2 -2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar,
  •   1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice , 1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/4 cups safflower oil
  • Combine all ingredients except vinegar and lemon/lime juice in blender, blending until smooth. Slowly add vinegar and lemon/lime juice until liquid thickens. Blend again. Spoon out mayo into jar, use a rubber spatula to remove the excess from blender. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Homemade Summertime Ginger Ale

What you will need:

1 pound fresh organic ginger, unpeeled and chopped

2 stalks organic  lemongrass, trimmed and chopped
2 small organic fresh chiles, stems removed
1 1/2 cups sugar
organic sliced limes

Soda water


*Organic is optional*

 

Combine the ginger, lemongrass and chiles in food processor and process until minced, stopping the machine periodically and scraping down the sides. Place the puree in a saucepan with the sugar and  four cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium and simmer for 15 minutes. 
Turn off the heat. Cool, then strain into a glass measuring cup, let chill.Once chilled, pour a 1/4 cup of the syrup in a glass full of ice, get the soda water and fill to the top. Add more syrup to taste if needed. Grab your lime wedges and slightly squeeze some juice into your ginger ale, mix and drink!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Sugary Lip Scrubby


container
1 teaspoon either (olive, sweet almond, grapeseed oil)
1/4 teaspoon

Mix together 1 teaspoon oil  of your choosing, and 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar in a container.  Apply to lips, gently scrubbing in a circular motion.  Rinse off with warm water. If you have any leftover, this works great for a hand scrub as well! Same instructions, just wash with soap and warm water.

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Thank You to Great Artists with BIG hearts!

To the great artists that have been so gracious...

I would like to extend a heart felt "Thank You" to some supportive people and artists that are making my vision come to life! Show them support and "like" there facebook pages, hire them, or buy something from their shops! Visit the links below to see their work!
 Thank you so much for everything!
Illustrated Ink,
These images are featured here. *Not to be copied, these are protected.*
"Singing Tall Grass" "Lei'd Back" "Occupy an Idea" "Mix'd" "Rocky Wildflower"
Mikarla Teague,
"The Chief"
Big Horn Photography,
"Rocky Wildflower"
Joyce Burton-Sousa
"Lilies" and "Sofia"










Natural Fabric Stain Remover

Everyday household items can work better than most commercial store bought stain removers.

1/2 teaspoon of glycerin
2 tablespoons dish liquid
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup borax
rinsed dish soap bottle

Add all ingredients into the bottle and shake. Apply to new stains for the most effective results, and let set overnight. *Check your fabric care instructions first, especially for delicates.

For rusted button stains, apply squeezed lemon juice, and salt and rub, let it dry in direct light or sun light, let it set overnight, then wash as directed.

Another great way to get maximum performance from your washing machine, thus getting your clothes softer and brighter too, is to add 1 cup of vinegar to the water in your wash. You can even run a small wash ,add a cup of vinegar to the wash tub water, it will clean and degrease your wash tub.

Add some sliced lemons to your dish water, cleaning buckets. Lemons are proven to kill germs and bacteria. I'd rather use a lemon instead of a chlorine cleaner to kill germs and degrease.
Another cool germ fighter, especially for kids going to school, is to mix 5-7 drops of lemon essential oil in a clean, 2-4 oz. spray bottle filled with water. Shake. Spritz on kids hands, before work and school. Alcohol free and non toxic!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Organic Pesticides with Soap Nuts

Have you ever heard of 
"Soap Nuts?"



It grows on trees and has many different uses! If your looking for a natural, all-in-one solution, soapnuts are it!
View this video for a "how-to" on using this great plant for an organic pesticide!




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY Natural Baby Care

Lavender Baby Powder

1 cup of corn starch
clean, old baby powder bottle, large salt shaker, or shaker top container
10 to 15 drops of  lavender essential oil
Blend corn starch and oils in a blender. Remove shaker lid and pour into the bottle or container carefully.

*Test on your skin first, if no irritation occurs then introduce a small amount at a time on baby, once no irritation is established, apply normally.


Sensitive-Skin Baby Wipes

1/4 cup of Aloe Juice
5 drops of Lavender essential oil 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
2 cups of Distilled Water
Smoothe roll of paper towels
Largest zip lock baggie for storage

Tear off your paper towels one by one and stack. Add your Distilled water, aloe juice, and essential oils into the large bag and seal, shake.
Place your stacked towels into the bag and let  the solution absorb. Release all the air out and seal bag. Make the towels chase and follow the solution, seeping it all up. Aloe, tea tree, and lavender have anti-bacterial properties, but if you want to be extra safe, you can add some Grapefruit seed extract ( a natural preservative) to the solution before adding towels. Ready to use! Non toxic for sensitive baby skin, adults, and even  to keep in your bag for quick mess clean up.




DIY Egg Shell Planters...



So I saw this post on Facebook from, "The Back Yard Diva"

"What a great idea..then just plant the entire thing in the ground/pot the egg will break down eventually and also help feed your plant." You just save the shells, trying to crack the top only, and place them in the carton, acting as your planter holder.



My daughters and I are already saving our egg shells and have decided to plant beets, lettuce, carrots, and cucumbers in the saved shells! We will update with our documented progress...

Join the conversation, add tips and recipes in the comment box!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Quick Apple Mask for Acne

Quick Apple Mask for Acne

- 1 tablespoon of apple juice
- 2 tablespoons of skim milk
- 1 tablespoon of honey

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Apply the mixture to your face for 5 minutes and rinse it off with warm, then cool water. Repeat 3 times a week.

Friday, March 23, 2012

DIY Hand Sanitizer

What you'll need to make an all-natural version of hand sanitizer....

Ingredients:
Rinsed squeeze bottle, 8 ozs. or bigger.
container or bowl

funnel
10 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops tea tree essential oil
2 tablespoons of Thayers Alcohol-free witch hazel 
3/4 cup pure aloe vera gel 
Add essential oils and witch hazel to a container and mix. Now combine the total ingredients and mix all together. Attatch funnel into the opening of a rinsed out squeeze bottle. Snap the cap on. 
Shake well and squeeze out a dime sized portion into your hand as needed.  A no-poo, natural way to fight germs! (If you need to thicken, add more aloe gel)
*Note: With any homemade recipe, test a small amount on skin first.*

Thayer's is the best!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Your favorite tea with two uses.


You will need:

Your favorite tea, bags boiled, and cooled.
Sandwich bag.
Fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Glass of water.
bowl and spoon.
honey.
1/2 of an avocado.


Save your tea bags from the night before and put them in a baggie, refrigerate. Use the cool tea bags and place over your eyes for 5 minutes. Applying used tea bags to your eyes will help reduce dark circles. If
you use chamomile or green tea bags you receive the extra benefits of
the nourishing nutrients being applied to the sensitive skin around your eyes. Used tea bags can help effectively reduce dark circles and tone skin.

You can use the tea bags even further by making a scrub with the contents inside. 

Pour the used tea from the bags into a bowl and add some honey, forming a paste.  Grab your 1/2 avocado, spoon the contents out, remove the pit, add avocado fruit into the bowl, and mash with a fork into the tea and honey mixture.


This is pretty messy, like a coffee scrub, so make sure you cover your clothes with a towel and put your hair back, or wrap,  to avoid the tea from going in your hair.
Apply the mixture onto your skin for 10 minutes, then scrub gently. Rinse with warm, then cool water.

*Helpful tip: 

Take the juice from a fresh squeezed lemon, and add it to your water.  Replace your morning coffee with lemon water! Lemon water is an effective energy booster that harnesses clean energy throughout the body. The hydrating properties in lemon water fill in the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles. So start your day with lemon water!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Who doesn't like Giveaway's? Win something new and original!

Let's get some new "LIKES"!


The person with the most referrals, and recruits, is the winner!




Baby Carrot Mask





This mask is for combination skin types.


Medium saucepan


handful of baby carrots


1 teaspoon of Honey


1 teaspoon of Olive oil


1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Boil the carrots until soft. Remove from water and drain. Leave a tiny bit of the remaining water, about a teaspoon in the pan. Add the carrot back in the pan and mash with a fork. Get a nice, pastey consistency. Now add your honey and mix. Drizzle the olive oil in next and mix, and finally add the lemon juice and mix with fork.


Let your mask mixture set and cool to room temperature. Once cooled, apply to face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then to cool to circulate blood and oxygen to the face, this will also allow the pores to tighten. 

*If you have any aloe vera gel, or juice, add a teaspoon to a cup of distilled water, mix. (If you have any witch hazel in your cabinet, add a teaspoon to the mixture, if not, water and aloe will be fine.)
Find an empty spray bottle and rinse well. Pour this mixture in spray bottle and shake up. Spritz your face. Aloe vera will moisturize and recharge your skin.*

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Giveaway! Occupy this Page!


 Hi everybody, just a reminder to "Occupy this Page"..we need to get some more "likes" "shares" for Singing Tall Grass! Recruit some folks, make sure they give me the referring person's name so that both parties will have a chance to win an "Occupy an Idea" Lemon Sour Power Organic lip balm! Thanks for your support, let's do this!

DIY Laundry Soap

You will need:
Large pitcher.
Dr. Bronner's Castille soap, or dishsoap, either of these will work.
(I prefer to use Soapnuts, but there not as easy to find.)
1 cup of castille soap or dishsoap.
1/3 cup salt
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 cup vinegar 

Favorite essential oil(s) 
Distilled water.



Fill distilled water about half full in the pitcher.
Add salt and stir. Now add the soap of choice, either castille or dishsoap, stir.
Add the vinegar and stir. Slowly add the Borax and stir. If it starts to bubble, wait a few minutes to add the washing soda. Slowly add the washing soda, it will bubble. Let it settle before mixing.


In a mixer, blend all the ingredients well. Turn mixer off and add essential oil drops to your strength preference. 
I used orange-lime-lavender oils, it has a great aromatic blend. Add more distilled water, about 1/4 more. Add a few more drops of oil(s) if you desire.
Mix again.  
Put the lid on secure. Use one cup per load. Try on a small load of non-delicates first to see if your happy with the results.

*This recipe will get paste like, so shake well before every use. Also the appearance will be gritty, do not let it spill on anything,  it will dissolve in water. Always use a DIY/Homemade recipe with your own discretion. These are tried recipes that have had good results. Again, use at your own risk.