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Self-Care Tips for Loveuary

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Love Yourself this Loveuary with Self-Care Tips from Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel is celebrating Loveuary with all new romance movies that remind us to share the love with friends, family and ourselves! Get refreshed and rejuvenated with how-to tips for practicing self-care at home. Swipe right to get started and treat yourself all month long.

DIY Self-Care Kits
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DIY Self-Care Kits
Self-Care Kits
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Health & Beauty

MATERIALS:

Dream Journal:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • White printer paper; could also use any other color paper you like
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon, twine, or anything similar to hold the paper together

Monogram Yoga Mat:

  • Yoga mat
  • Monogram stencil
  • Paint or permanent marker
  • Stencil sponge

DIRECTIONS:

Dream Journal:

  1. Cut the journal to the desired size and cut the paper for the inside so that it is smaller in size by at least a 1/4-1/2 inch.
  2. The paper in the center of the journal needs to be long enough to be folded in half to create the "book" appearance.
  3. Punch a hole towards the top of the "book" and towards the bottom of the "book" note: if you are using a lot of paper in the center, you may need to do this separately.
  4. Place the papers together and tie the ribbon/twine through the two circles to secure the book together.
  5. Add any kind of inspirational quote in the front and/or throughout the book for an added touch

Monogram Yoga Mats:

  1. Place the monogram on the yoga mat; if it doesn't have a sticky backing it can be held on with painters’ tape.
  2. Using a permanent marker, simply trace the stencil with the marker and fill in.
  3. Allow to dry completely
DIY Bath Bombs
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DIY Bath Bombs
DIY Bath Bombs
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Beauty

MATERIALS:

  • Small plastic toys or trinkets
  • Baking soda – 8oz
  • Citric acid – 4oz
  • Corn starch – 4oz
  • Fine sea salt – 4oz
  • Coconut oil – melted – 1 ¼ tsp
  • 1 ½ tsp water
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Bath bomb molds
  • Rubber bands
  • Tray

OPTIONAL:

  • Soap colorant
  • Essential oils 5 – 10 drops

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Measure out then whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl until all clumps are gone.
  2. Measure out then whisk together the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Slowly pour the liquid mixture in with the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If desired, add in soap colorant and/or essential oils now as you whisk together.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the mold. Overfill one side of the mold. Slightly under fill the other then press a toy into it then fill it up the rest of the way.
  5. Firmly press both sides of the mold together. PRO TIP: Wrap the mold with rubber bands to keep tight while the bath bomb sets up for a few minutes.
  6. Tap the mold to remove each bath bomb. If it crumbles, put it back in and give it more time to set up.
  7. Set the bath bombs in a tray to dry overnight.
  8. Store in a sealed plastic bag then enjoy!
Floral Beauty DIYs
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Floral Beauty DIYs
Floral Beauty DIYs
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Health & Beauty

MATERIALS:

DIY Lavender Solid Perfume:

  • 2 tbsp of wax pellets
  • 2 tbsp of carrier oil (your choice)
  • 20 drops lavender essential Oil
  • Dried lavender
  • Tin Container

Hibiscus Blush:

  • Hibiscus Powder
  • Arrowroot Powder

DIY Rose Body Scrub:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops of rosehip oil
  • 15 drops rose essential oil
  • 1 cup rose petals

DIRECTIONS:

Lavender Solid Perfume:

  1. Melt wax pellets and carrier oil in double boiler until liquids
  2. Take off heat and add essential oil and dried lavender
  3. Pour into tin, and let harden.

Hibiscus Blush:

  1. Mix together hibiscus and arrowroot powder until you get desired shade.
  2. Apply to checks with brush.

Rose Body Scrub:

  • Mix together using a food processor.
DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars
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DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars
DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bar
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Health & Beauty

MATERIALS:

Rose & Jasmine Scented Bars:

  • 4 Tsp Beeswax
  • 2 Tb Cocoa Butter
  • 2 Tb Shea Butter
  • 2 Tb Rosehip seed oil
  • 1 Tb Tahitian Monoi Oil
  • 1 Tb crushed rose powder
  • 40 drops rose perfume oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Gently heat oils, butters and waxes in double boiler until everything has melted.
  2. Whisk in the rose powder and the rose perfume essential oil.
  3. Pour into silicone rose molds.
  4. Allow them to set for a couple of hours.
  5. Remove your mini bars from the molds and package beautifully for your loved ones.
Luke Barr - DIY Bath Tray
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Luke Barr - DIY Bath Tray
DIY Bath Tray
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Health & Beauty

MATERIALS:

  • ¾” Plywood
  • 1” x 2” wood
  • Craft basswood in two widths
  • Handle x2
  • Wood glue
  • Stain in various colors and rags
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Nail gun

OPTIONAL:

  • Handsaw
  • Miter-saw
  • Silicone caulking

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. You can have everything cut for you or cut it yourself but determine the measurements of the tray based on your tub and cut the wood to size. You don’t want it to be wider than the outside edges of the tub. You will also need two “runners”, small pieces of 1” x 2” cut to about 5” long that brace the tray in the tub from underneath so it won’t slide in. PRO TIP: If you want to have this cut for you at the hardware store, the corners of the tray will have to be butt joints, not 45-degree miter joints.
  2. Frame the plywood with the 1” x 2” pieces. Add some wood glue to the sides of the plywood then use a nail gun on the corners to secure in place.
  3. Now it’s time to add the runners to keep the tray secure. Measure the width of the interior of your tub, from the center of your tray, this is how far apart your runners should be from the outside edge of each piece. Screw them in place from the top of the tray through the bottom and into each runner in two spots. NOTE: If you put the runners on the outside of the interior measurement, they will just sit on top of the sides of the tub.
  4. Cut the craft basswood down to size for the tray. This can be done with a handsaw or very tediously with an X-Acto knife if necessary.
  5. If you want to create the staggered pattern, cut each piece of basswood in one place then stain the pieces in a variety of colors. Stain the rest of the tray if desired. Allow the stain to dry completely. NOTE: Each piece you cut into two will have to be laid next to each other, so use alternating colors of stain on each set.
  6. Add the decorative basswood to the tray, apply a generous amount of wood glue all over the top of the tray and place the pieces. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before use.
  7. Attach a handle to each end and enjoy! PRO TIP: Add silicone caulking in the edges if you’re worried about water damage seeping into the corners.
Tabletop Meditation Gardens
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Tabletop Meditation Gardens
Tabletop Meditation Gardens
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Meditation, Health & Wellness, Garden

MATERIALS:

  • Shallow tray
  • Fine, white or colored, sand
  • Decor: a mini statue, large rock, water feature, smaller rocks
  • Optional DIY mossy stone: rock, fake moss, glue
  • Interactive tools: rake, stamps, etc.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Plan the design of your garden. This is a very important step so that you don’t have to clean up sand and gravel anytime you want to change something.
  • Fill the shallow tray with the sand.
  • Start putting different decorative elements. Start with the large focal point. This could be stones, pieces of slate that you can stack, a statue, even a small water element. (if you want your focal point to be the big stone and you want a water feature around it, then create a channel for the water by shaping the areas of sand around it.
  • Optional DIY: spray the top of your mini rocks with spray glue and place moss over it. This will give it a beautiful ‘aged’ feel.
  • Use your interactive tools to create beautiful designs in the sand. If you don’t like your pattern, you can always start again with the sand. Hopefully, it will free your mind from what you are presently worried about as you focus on the design!
DIY Body Scrub Cups
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DIY Body Scrub Cups
DIY Body Scrub Cups
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Health & Beauty
Ingredients

Ingredients for Matcha Green Tea Cups

  • 1c sugar
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 cup coconut oil*
  • 1cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp rose hip seed oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

Ingredients for Anti-Cellulite Coffee Scrub Cups

  • 1c sugar
  • 1 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 2tbsp whole coffee beans
  • 1cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp rose hip seed oil
  • 10 drops juniper essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Matcha Green Tea Cups:

  1. Mix the sugar and tea together until well combined.
  2. Pour the oils into the bowl and mix really well.
  3. Pour the mixture into muffin tins, and freeze for 2 hours.
  4. Keep in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

Anti-Cellulite Coffee Scrub Cups:

  1. Mix the sugar and coffee together until well combined.
  2. Pour the oils into the bowl and mix really well.
  3. Pour the mixture into muffin tins, and freeze for 2 hours.
  4. Keep in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

To Use: Before showering, stand in tub and massage in circular motions all over your body. Rinse off in hot shower. When you get out, there is no need to moisturize.

Warning: Using oil in a shower can make the shower very slippery. Make sure you have a shower/tub mat before you use any scrub in your shower. When you are done, take a bunch of paper towels and wipe out bath or shower stall floor with a vinegar sprayer (or your usual bathroom/tub spray).

Grapefruit Ginger Bath Bombs
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Grapefruit Ginger Bath Bombs
Grapefruit Ginger Bath Bombs
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Health & Beauty
Makes 1 to 3 dozen, depending on size.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salts
  • 2tbps ground ginger
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 to 6 teaspoons liquid, such as water or tea (I used strong white tea)
  • a few drops essential oils, optional
  • food coloring, optional (I used all-natural colors)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and salts.
  2. With a whisk or dough cutter, work the coconut oil into the dry ingredients, until the mixture resembles sandy with some larger chunks of oil.
  3. Working with 1 teaspoon add the liquid to the dry ingredients, stirring it in immediately with a large spoon.
  4. The mixture will foam slightly with each addition, this is normal.
  5. Add the liquid until your mixture resembles slightly damp sand. *Be sure to add just a little bit of the wet ingredients at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. If you add too much, these will begin fizzing and continue to do so. It should still be primarily dry, but when you squeeze a handful together, it should stick in a lump.
  6. Add your essential oil and yellow food coloring
  7. Once the mixture is ready, press it firmly and tightly into each mold. You do not need to prepare the molds in any way.
  8. Allow to dry for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight.
  9. Remove from the molds and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
How to Care for Indoor Elephant Ear Plants
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How to Care for Indoor Elephant Ear Plants
Indoor Elephant Ear Plant Care
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Plant Care

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Environment: A large space and large container for your Elephant Ear plant are ideal.
  • Sunlight: Put near bright sun (south or west window), but not in direct sunlight. This can burn the leaves.
  • Ideal temperatures: 60-80 degrees
  • Humidity is important: Place plant on a saucer with pebbles and water to create a humid ambiance. (Or you can use a mister)
  • Watering: Soil should be maintained evenly moist but not saturated. Water when the soil starts to feel a little dry.
  • If your Elephant Ear plant gets too much water, it will let you know by “weeping” or dripping water from the tip of the leaf.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLANTING FROM A BULB:

Fill large container 3/4 of the way with rich, well-draining potting soil.
Place the bulb root side down and cover with soil and water.
The top of the bulb should be at least 1” below the soil.
Place in a sunny spot indoors and follow the care instructions above.

TIPS:

Fertilize your elephant ears plant with a general indoor plant fertilizer at half strength 1 x per month.
Full strength is too strong a dose for a houseplant and may cause rampant growth before it's ready for it.
Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth 1 x per week to keep the "plant pores" or "stomata" open.
Dusty, clogged leaves can lead to a weak plant that will be more susceptible to illness and pests!

DIY Gratitude Dream Catcher
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DIY Gratitude Dream Catcher
DIY Gratitude Dream Catcher
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Decor
Seasonal Event:
Thanksgiving

MATERIALS:

  • Wreath Frame
  • Chunky Yarn
  • Thin Yarn or cord
  • Felt
  • Metallic Letters
  • Blank Hang Tags
  • Embellishments
  • Glue Gun

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wrap a wreath frame using pre-cut segments of chunky yarn until the frame is no longer visible. Be sure to tie the yarn securely to the frame at before you begin wrapping and again when each segment ends.
  2. Take the thinner of your two yarns/cording and cut segments that are slightly longer than the wreath is wide. Tie one side of the yarn to the wireframe, pull it until it is taught, and tie the other to a point on the opposite side. Allow these yarn segments crisscross, and weave in-and-out so that the webbing has a more organic feel. Don’t forget to trim off any excess yarn.
  3. For the banner, pick out a word that embodies your theme, and using felt cut out enough banner segments so that each letter has its own piece.
  4. Hot-glue the metallic letters on to the felt and use them to spell out your word on the webbing – again using hot glue to secure them.
  5. Take hang- tags with a hole punched out of the top and ask your family members to write what they are most thankful for on them. You can also write your own words of thanks. A metallic paint marker works well.
  6. With a think piece of yarn or cord, tie the notes of thanks onto the dreamcatcher webbing.
  7. Finish by using hot glue to add any seasonal embellishments you might like.
Fig Beauty Scrub and Mask
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Fig Beauty Scrub and Mask
Fig Beauty Scrub and Mask
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Health & Beauuty

MATERIALS:

Fig and Coconut Exfoliating Hand and Foot Scrub:

  • 4-5 Figs (Antioxidants, Fatty acids, magnesium & an abundance of vitamins)
  • 1c Sugar (All natural exfoliant)
  • ½c Shredded Coconut (Moisturizing and all natural exfoliant)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil (Ultra-moisturizing… plus it has a great all natural smell!)

Fig Skin and Oatmeal Moisturizing Hand and Foot Mask:

  • 4-6 Fig Skins (packed w/ vitamins A, B1, B2, & C. Moisturizing)
  • ½c Oatmeal (Locks in moisture. Soothes irritated skin from exfoliation)
  • 1c Plain Yogurt (contains lactic acid that hydrates dull skin)
  • 3 tbsp Almond Oil (or avocado, hemp, coconut oil) (moisturizes and softens skin)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Scrub:

  1. Pour sugar and shredded coconut in bowl.
  2. Cut figs in half. Use spoon to scoop out the inside of fig and add to bowl with dry ingredients. Put fig skins to the side. We will be using them for our next DIY.
  3. Mix ingredients together in bowl until dry ingredients are wet.
  4. Add coconut oil and mix together.

To use: Grab a small handful, and lather on hands and feet. Scrub in alternating motions to remove dead skin cells. Rinse and dry hands.

Hand and Foot Mask:

  1. Cut figs skins into smaller pieces.
  2. Mix fig skins, oatmeal, yogurt, and almond oil together in bowl.

To use: Grab a small handful and lather on hands and feet. Let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off.

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