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DIY Burt’s Bees Copycat Lip Balm

It’s November and, from what I’ve been told, snowing in Boston.  I was ready for summer to be over but I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to fall.  I was lucky to wrap up October with the treat of having ShareABitOfLove out in Boston last week, but she left for home with us both having a laundry list of incomplete crafts that just simply couldn’t be fit in while sharing the loft with boys. Luckily, I have the treat of sandwiching my conference next week with two weekends at home. TWO! So of course, this weekend brought some tipsy Saturday night projects. While she was in Boston, we made a pretty flimsy attempt at lip balm, but it turned out well enough for us to invest in the proper inventory to make it for real.  The result? Pretty much a copycat of Burt’s Bee’s Classic Lip Balm. I’m feeling pretty psyched about the result. Step One: Pour a glass of wine in the glasses that used to be the only two wine glasses of your Seattle apartment.  …

Winter Skin Savior

Winter is a hard time for sensitive skinned ginger kids. Our near transparent skin loses any pigment from summer, and any moisture dwindles like the daylight.  I’ve tried everything. Literally hundreds of dollars have been spent seeking a cure for winter skin itching, redness and general agony. Being obsessed with all things coconut, and reading that the suddenly-found-everywhere oil moonlights as a stellar moisturizer, I thought I’d give it a shot.  The following mashup of organic awesomeness has changed my life.  That’s not hyperbole. Actually life changing (and money saving). After a week, my legs have been spared their ‘winter itch’ for the first time 27 winters. Here’s the line up.  Cane Sugar, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil (also allegedly skin loving, so what could it hurt?), some essential oil (I went with orange because I love all things citrus), and a jar to put your concoction in.   Simple right? Start by melting your coconut oil and some jojoba oil together. Coconut oil is a solid at room temp, so you’ll have to spoon it out. (Side Note: it doesn’t taste as …