How to Reuse EOS Containers for DIY Chapstick!

Hey Friends!

I had a lot of fun with this little project.  My daughter LOVES those EOS chapsticks and just finished using up a few.

I recently watched a video on how to refill the EOS containers with your own beeswax recipe but I really didn't feel like going out and buying all the ingredients as I just wanted to give this a shot and see how it turned out.

If you are like me, you have chapsticks that are laying around the house - some of them almost all used up. Well, if you want to make your own EASY chapstick re-using those COOL EOS containers just get a glass jar and DIG OUT every last bit of the chapsticks.

For those who want a little tint, cut off a chunk of an old lipstick you don't use anymore.

You will need the equivalent to 3 chapsticks in the jar.  If you want to add a drop or two of essential oil for flavor/smell that adds to the fun. (peppermint is great!)

Next put it in the microwave at 20 second intervals, swish around between zappings so it can all melt evenly.  This should take 3-4 rounds.

After you pop off the bottom part of the container, screw the lid back onto the TOP.  Set this top section face down and fill it to the rim with the new melted chapstick. (Some people found success putting saran wrap in the top mold and THEN pouring the liquid.)

Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator or freezer till completely hardened.  Once it is completely hardened (20 min?) pop back on the bottom of the container and unscrew the top of the EOS lid.  If there is a little piece that stays in the lid, just push it back into the rest of the new chapstick. 

(OK friends, it's hard to pull off a picture applying chapstick without it looking like I am eating it, so this was the best I could do LOL)


What do you think?  Will you experiment with your own chapstick creation? 

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Why American Clay is PERFECT for bathrooms!

Hi Friends!

This is one of my favorite bathrooms I did for a client.

Adding American Clay to the walls of her gorgeous home was just icing on the cake.  My client chose the American Clay product Porcelina.

american clay home on water Selina Hoit applicator

"Porcelina is often compared to the Venetian plasters of Italy.  It is truly closest to quality of "porcelain" ceramics for which it was named.  Satin smooth, easily blended for marble-like surfaces, Porcelina casts a spell of beauty…with an edge of contemporary, crisp lustre.which is the smoothest of all the clay products and closest to the look of Venetian plaster".  (from A.C. website)

For those that are thinking about doing American Clay in their bathroom you made a GOOD CHOICE! We did our own bathroom in American Clay and every time my husband takes a shower he feels like he is at a spa because the clay naturally absorbs water vapor and then releases this amazing clay smell back into the air!

Our own master bathroom done in American Clay - I also made the clay swirl art piece above the tub :-)

 Don't forget that the clay is completely natural (no VOC's)  100% "green" and mold resistant. :-)

The color my client chose was Amber Grain - one of my favorites! 

american clay Amber Grain applied in Tuscan Bathroom

Pardon the dust!  We did this home right in the middle of all the construction process, in fact we did this entire home in American Clay - top to bottom including the garage! 

Amber Grain American Clay in Bathroom with Vessel Sink

The home overlooked Lake Coeur d'alene in Idaho.  I just LOVE this natural stone vessel sink paired up with a deep mahogany wood along with the depth of the textured, all natural clay walls.  Be sure and click the link above to see more photos of her home.  It's very "Italy meets the Northwest!"

Come see my HOME TOUR - I did all my walls in American clay! Even my little girls room in PINK clay :-)

creative juices decor tuscan home with American clay
Our home with Duke the GoldenDoodle Dog sleeping away!

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Grandparent Wall Gallery - Preserving the Memories with Photos and Books

Hi Friends!

So, I have been getting a little nostalgic lately :-) 

This grandparent wall is my favorite photo gallery in my home.  Every time I walk by it I smile and think of the life my grandparents have lived.  I am also reminded how richly blessed I was/am to learn and be loved by them for so many years.

Photos of my Grandparents when they were kids!

My Grandpa and Grandma on my mom's side.  My grandma was an artist and would give me lots of fun art lessons.


This is my FAVORITE photo because it captures the wittiness in my grandpa's smile and the warmth and kindness in his eyes.  He is still that person today.  :-)

My Opa (grandpa) and his sister 

I count every day a blessing to still have my Opa around.  

He is the world's greatest Opa and YES, he reads my blog - Hi Opa :-)

Relaxing in the San Juans

I know it would be odd to have every wall in my house be covered in family photographs :-) so the next best thing is to put them in a nice, professional looking photo book

You can include both PHOTOS and STORIES to create a safe record of your family that can be passed on, and shared with future generations. They make the best coffee table discussion pieces too.

  There aren't words to describe how much all of these pictures mean!!  My children LOVE looking through photo books :-)

My husband's grandparents on his dad's side.  I'm not quite sure what to think of that ruffle collar ;-)

Honestly, don't you love that swimsuit!  

My husband's grandma on his mom's side.  She looks a lot like Judy Garland to me :-)

Hopefully this post has been an encouragement to collect some photos so that you can make a photo gallery or photo book too. :-)  

And.........since we're talking about grandparents and preserving memories, my good friend wrote the BEST blog post about a notebook she made for her grandma to fill out.  It's such a wonderful idea.  I hope you guys click on over there and read what she did.....just a may get a little teary eyed (in a good way!!!)

Experiencing the past and enriching the present - Selina :-)

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