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.





Monday, March 19, 2012

Giveaway....
Mission "Occupy this page" for a chance to win a new "Occupy an Idea" lip balm! Share this page, help us reach 200 "likes" by the weeks end. @ "Singing Tall Grass"
Whoever gets the most recruits, make sure they give me a person's referring name, will get a new "Occupy an Idea" lip balm...Go sour power! 

Easiest car airfreshener...

You will need:
Baking soda
sandwich baggie, 
favorite essential oil

Pour in the baking soda, about 1/4 cup, into the baggie. Add your favorite essential oils (I used Orange), about 5-7 drops, or to desired strength. Shake bag gently. Open the bag at the corner slightly to release the fragrance. I put my baggie  in the side compartment of my car door. This should last a week. When it's strength fades, just add more drops back into the bag. No harsh toxins. Easy. Kitchen made!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Occupy this page for a chance to win!

My new "Occupy an Idea"
Lemon Sour Power organic lip balm is up for grabs! Recruit some people to "like" my facebook page @ "Singing Tall Grass" and whoever gets the most recruits, make sure they tell me that you sent them, and I'll mail you this Punk Rock lip balm!



"Labels with a cause"

I have this great idea in motion...
I would like to invite artists to be featured on a unique template, a lip balm tube, a body spray, and other beauty products. This plan will feature the artists on my organic beauty line, and showcase their contributing art piece, link and direct traffic back to their sites. To top it off, these labels will be promoting an effort to raise money for community gardens and bee hives. A portion of the proceeds will be made to this cause. Great idea, right? If you would like to be a part of this please leave a comment, email me! If you know an artist and think they would be interested, give them this info...Thanks so much! Can't wait to hear the responses! You can see some of the labels I have already here: Singing Tall Grass


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Air Light Whipped Body Butter

Body butters are thick, greasy, and sometimes too sticky. Here is a lighter version!

Recipe:
Saucepan
Glass pyrex
Mixer
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1 cup of cocoa butter or shea butter
Safflower oil, 1 tsp.
1 tbsp of hemp oil
3 tbsp. of sweet almond oil
1 tbsp of honey
Essential oils of your choice
5-10 drops of Grapefruit seed extract for a natural preservative.
An empty container with lid.

Heat and melt your butter and coconut oil on low to medium in the glass pyrex.
Remove from heat and Let the melted ingredients cool a bit.
Add your sweet almond oil, hemp, honey into the melted butter.
Stir the ingredients and let it stand for 20 minutes.
Mix with an electric mixer to get the whipped cream consistency. Add your essential oils and whip again.
Finally, add the grapefruit seed extract and whip once more.
Spatula the whipped butter into a container. Store in a dark, cool place. This will be good for several weeks!
Great gift!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Calling great artists!

I have an idea in mind! I would like to set up a website, featuring your art on my beauty products!
The greatest part of this plan is that it will help in my quest for raising money for community gardens and bee hives for communities in need! The plan is that I find plots of land that will be donated for the use of planting a garden and building bee hives to improve the health and lives within these communities. The land would be maintained by the community participants to receive the produce.
 So for a great cause, your art and my all natural organic products will play a role in this quest!

If you would like to contribute a donated image, used soley for this purpose, and with the art being credited to you, and re directing the traffic back to your website. Please email me if you would like to be a part of this!

Thank you!
Just let your skin glow'







A scrub for glowing skin with honey, milk, sweet almond oil, salt, and lavender..

Recipe:


  • 1/4 cup salt (fine)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/3 cup sweet almond oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil


  • Blend salt and milk together in a bowl. Blend the rest of your ingredients together thoroughly.  Use this mixture in the shower. This scrub is great for exfoliating off dry, dead skin.

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Get ready for the weekend Body Scrub:


    Sugar, organic cane sugar if you have it
    Jojoba oil
    essential oils, lavender or grapefruit



    Mix granulated sugar with jojoba oil and add a few drops of lavender, or your favorite essential oil(s), and mix! Now you have weekend ready skin :)

    Now with all the same ingredients, (except sugar), pour 1/4 cup of jojoba oil into a shakeable container. Mix a few drops each of your essential oils, shake, rub onto skin and feet.

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    Rosemary Scalp Stimulator



    Rosemary essential oil  helps to add shine, treat dandruff, reduce oily hair and stimulates the scalp, also known in promoting hair growth.
    Use Rosemary essential oil on scalp as a stimulating treatment for hair follicles. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner!

    Recipe:

    1 tablespoon of water
    1 teaspoon vodka,
    3 drops rosemary essential oil and 5 drops lavender, or cedarwood essential oil.

     Add 1 tablespoon of water and massage the mixture onto your scalp. You can leave-in, or rinse out of your hair.
    

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012





    EXPIRED....Jessica Penticoff is my winner!

    It's Wednesday! "SHARE" my page for a chance to win! Let's get some more folks involved :)

    This week we are having another giveaway! Here are the details..."share" my page on your wall, anytime from now until Friday, and you'll have a chance to win "Girly Q's" Detangling Spray! I will choose a random winner on Friday ; )


    Aloe mask for irritated skin.




    My favorite ingredient has to be aloe vera. So many effective uses..

    Have you ever really stopped to think exactly wat all those words and names are on that product ingredients list?! I would rather have less complication when I take care of my health and hygiene. So, aloe vera is one ingredient. This one simple plant can be used for a moisturizer, a hair gel, a burn soother, mouthwash..the list goes on! Here is a mask for irritated skin..

    A Mask for soothing irritated skin:

    Mix 1 egg white with 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe juice. Leave on for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water than a splash of cool water to get the circulation going to affected area.
     Use this mask daily to soothe and calm the skin. Another great skin soothing remedy is simple.

    Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera juice, or gel, with 1 cup distilled water, and a 1/4 cup witch hazel. Pour into a clean spray bottle. Spritz your face as needed for relief. 

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Lavender Steam Facial



    Recipe:

    Towel
    Boiled water
    lavender essential oil or tea

    Carefully place your face over a bowl of steamy, boiled tea water, or add a few drops of essential oil to the boiled water.

     Drape a towel over your head, trapping the tea steam for 5 minutes. The steam and oil will naturally cleanse the pores. Now splash your skin with some cool water. You will be glowing! Repeat once a week for lasting results.

    *Lavender water makes for a great linen spray, use it for ironing. Put water into a clean spray bottle, and hold the bottle back about 12 inches, watch for drops! This shouldn't stain, but do a test spray test before you use on clothing.

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    GIVEAWAY!

    This week we will be giving away an all natural detangling spray, "Girly Q's" you can view it here, on etsy, Copious, or Facebook!

    The contest is simple, if you haven't "liked" my "Singing Tall Grass" page on Facebook, 'like" it and "share" my page on your wall starting today. I will announce the winner on Friday March 9, 2012!




     
    Organic Beet Lip Tint



    Beets are excellent for a natural, red colorant in your lip gloss!
    
    There are other excellent, natural colorants from fruits that can be used, but it takes alot more to achieve the deep color. If you can't find a few beets, try strawberries, cranberries, or pomegranate, if
    they are in season.





    Recipe:
    Organic beets, 2-3, cut small
    medium sauce pan
    water
    olive oil
    powdered sugar
    container with lid
    q-tip or lip brush applicator

    Cut up your beets, with a tsp of water, heat them on low to medium to draw out the red juice.

    In a small container, mix your beet juice with a couple drops of olive oil. Mix in powdered sugar until a consistency to your liking is reached.
     Apply your mixture using a q-tip, or cosmetic lip applicator.This is great for rosey cheeks too!

    Incredibly simple and organic!

    

    Saturday, March 3, 2012



    Coconut-Lime Exfoliting
    Body Wash

    My daughter and I decided to experiment and make a body wash.
    This turned out light and fluffy after we blended it!

    Recipe:

    Blender, or food processor.
    empty jar, or old 8-16 oz. shampoo bottle.
    1/4 cup of castille soap, we used Rose by Dr. Bronner.
    1/4 cup of Organic coconut flakes.
    7 drops each of coconut, and lime fragrance oils.
    2 tbsp of Shea Butter
    2 tsp of vegetable glycerin
    2 tsp of guar gum for emulsifying.
    1 1/2 cups of distilled water.


    Melt the shea butter in a glass pyrex, pot with water half filled, wait until melted, and cool slightly. Then pour into the blender with the castille soap, glycerin, and water. Blend these ingredients. Now pour in the guar gum slowly, pulsating, watch out for clumping. You may want to add more or less guar gum for a thinner or thicker mixture. Now add the coconut flakes, coconut and lime fragrance oils, blend  again for a less than a minute.
    The mixture will be a foamy consistency, so cover it and let it settle before you pour into jar , bottle.
    Now pour into a glass jar, or container with lid, or 8-16 oz. rinsed, empty shampoo bottle.

    Make sure to store in a dark, cool place to preserve.
    Use within a few days, or if you have grapefruit seed extract (add 10 drops) , it will last for a few weeks.
    Good to use on face and body, hair...well the coconut flakes might stay in your hair...

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Only Two...



    Ingredients....


    To make hair gel!


    Recipe:
    1 box of unflavored gelatin, 1/2 teaspoon
    1 cup boiled water
    empty jar

    Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin powder into one cup of hot boiling water. Poor into clean glass Mason, Ball jars, or baby food jars will do, and keep refrigerated.
    Experiment with desired amount, for all hair types and do's are not alike.

    Another great use for this recipe is a nail strengthener. Same recipe! Allow each finger to sit in the mixture for 2 minutes each, wash with warm water and moisturize.

    *A helpful tip: Moisturize with a 1/2 tsp of coconut oil, and a 1/2 tsp of honey in the palm of your hands, rub together. It will be sticky at first, but absorbs rather quickly. 


    

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Mint for Blemishes, Non-Drying..



    Acne meds and cleansers are harsh and over drying, mint tackles these blemishes without the side effects. Peppermint also reduces redness and inflammation.
     Mint also acts as an astringent, clearing away pimple-causing oil, and prevents bacteria growth.


    Recipe:

    1 tsp of an organic lemon.
    1 cup of fresh mint leaves.
    Food processor, bowl, or container with lid.

     Pulse a small handful of leaves (you can find in the produce section), in a food processor with 1 tsp lemon juice. 
    Cover the blemish for 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat twice a day until the spot is gone.

    Another quick method in removing spots and blemishes, is with orange juice and apple cider vinager.




    Recipe:

    1 tsp of Orange Juice
    1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinager
    1/4 cup distilled water
    bowl
    cotton ball

    Simply mix the juice, water and vinegar together. Apply on skin for 15 minutes. Wash normal. Repeat daily, until blemish is gone.