{diy} calming glitter jar

GLITTER. GLAMOUR. SPARKLE. SHIMMER.

Whatever you call it, I can’t get enough of it. It’s always been that way. The more glitter or shimmer, the better. Just ask my best friend. She’ll attest.. Won’t you, Angela?

We are in the midst of party planning a special little girl’s two-year old birthday, so naturally, we are surrounded by glitter {think Frozen inspired glitter!}.. I’ll be sure to post all the details later, but first, decided to make a quick and easy calming jar.

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF THEM?

Most likely you have, but, if not.. A calming jar is simply a jar full of glitter, glue and water. And, if you’re like me, a drop of lavender oil too! Now obviously these calming jars are intended to remain closed, but we have found that the gentle scent of Lavender oil is noticeable when using them.

WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR?

I’m not going to lie.. I have a high maintenance three year old who is full of drama. Always. He is the sweetest, most affectionate little boy, but jeez, he is a handful. And that’s actually an understatement.  He’s NOT naughty, just incredibly persistent, very relentless; a complete roller coaster of emotion. ALL DAY LONG. He’s the one child of ours who needs more of everything. That’s the perfect way to describe him: Needs more of everything.

Anyways, we decided to make a calming jar as an alternative to timeouts. Which for us, don’t really work, anyways. As a semi-attachment parent’er, I believe that timeouts aren’t really an effective form of punishment, at least for our children. They seem to get increasingly frustrated, and do not learn any calm-down techniques when they are isolated in a timeout.

Instead, our calming glitter jars are used when our children are misbehaving, overwhelmed, rambunctious, or not able to control their actions.

They take it over to the couch, and shake it up as hard as they can, and watch the glitter fall to the bottom. Shaking the jar mixes the glitter, which releases a lot of their frustrations, and then watching the glitter settle, makes them magically feel calmer.

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TRY IT.

It’s both calming and mesmerizing to watch the glitter fall.

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SUPPLIES //

DIRECTIONS //

  • Pour 1/3 to 2/3 of the glue into the jar, keeping in mind that the more glue you use, the longer it’ll take to settle… wink-wink ;)
  • Pour 1 TBSP {or more} of glitter into the jar.
  • Fill the remainder with hot water.
  • Close the jar tightly, shake, and watch the magic happen!

 

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THERE HE IS.. OUR HIGH MAINTENANCE LITTLE LOVER :)

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{diy} luscious lip balm

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Have you ever made homemade lip balm before? It is {seriously} one of the easiest and quickest homemade beauty products you can make. It took me less than five minutes to make over 20 tubes!

Well, except this last time. I had an extra six little hands in my kitchen, so it took me slightly longer. But still, so easy and my kids love helping!

My 22-month old daughter has been fascinated with lip stick, lip gloss, and lip balm lately, and every chance she gets she grabs some of mine, and smears it all over her {precious} little face! Since I’d much prefer that what goes on her skin is all-natural and safe, I hand her our homemade lip balm, and let her have fun! What doesn’t make it on her lips, can surely do no harm to her. So now, whenever our naturally adorable little girl wants to be a little glamorous, she certainly {and safely} can! My boys love it too, and each one has a few tubes on their nightstands, and often in their pockets!

EQUIPMENT //

  • lip balm tubes
  • double boiler
  • utensil to stir {I just use a popsicle stick to skip the messy clean up}

INGREDIENTS //

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic beeswax pellets
  • 1/2 teaspoon nourishing oil {almond, jojoba, or olive}
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil {my favorites for lip balm: peppermint, lavender and lime, or eucalyptus!}

DIRECTIONS //

  • Heat all ingredients in your double boiler over low heat.
  • When all is melted, remove from heat and add the drops of essential oils. I usually wait a few minutes until the mixture has cooled just a bit.
  • Using stirring utensil, mix in essential oils.
  • Pour into lip balm containers and let cool for a few minutes.

Viola! That’s it.. Your lips will thank you :) 

xoxo,

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