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I am sorry to tell you, but this begins the portion of the summer when I complain a lot about the heat. In fact, I don’t understand how I have not sweated off at least 3 pounds by now. It’s the time of year when your car feels like an oven every time you get into it, even if you were only stopped long enough to run into the minimart for a bag of ice to dump on yourself. And WHY on earth can’t I ever remember to put the windshield shade up when I stop?! I walk back out to my car, open the door and the intense heat reminds me that I could have endured only 110° inside the car instead of 125° if only I had put the shade up.
Speaking of heat, I have been keeping stocked up on my beloved Sonic ice. It’s such a help to keep me cool. I buy bags of it and put them in my freezer so I have it on hand at all times. And, because it melts a little then refreezes in a solid piece, I have developed a system for keeping it all loose and perfect. Here’s how I do it…..
- Buy a bag of ice at Sonic, put it in a cooler in the car and get home as quickly as possible.
- Once home, get it out of the car as quick as you can, run if you have to, into the kitchen and cut a small slice in one of the bottom corners of the bag and let all of the water drain in the sink.
- Once you have as much water out as possible, put the bag immediately in the freezer.
- Set the timer for 15 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, get the bag out of the freezer and bang it around on the counter to loosen up all of the small pieces of ice.
- Set the time for another 15 minutes.
- Repeat step 5.
- Now the bag is all frozen and not in a solid piece and you will have beautiful nugget ice all summer!
That may seem extreme, but once you’ve gone to the trouble of buying Sonic ice only to have it freeze into one solid chunk that you have to pound for 20 minutes with a hammer just to get a few slivers off you will see the wisdom of my system.
Since it’s a whole big thing, I usually buy two or three bags of ice at a time so I can do it all at once. And I like to hide one bag behind the meat so the kids can’t find it. Shhhh….
Yesterday while the kids went swimming, I decided to do some mixing and concocting. It was just too hot for me to sit out there with them and I didn’t want to be where I couldn’t hear them, so I found something to do in the kitchen (my kitchen is the nearest room to the pool). I got out my oils and my supplies and made several kinds of lip balm. I am a lip balm addict and I love to make my own so I know exactly what’s in it.
My obsession actually started about a year and a half ago when one of my Young Living friends had a son who really needed the oils that had been helping him with his focus and learning at school. One day the the principle told my friend that her son couldn’t bring his teeny bottle (it was literally the size of a capsule) to school anymore. She needed to find a way to let him use the oils at school (he had huge improvement in school since using his oils) so put our heads together. We came up with two things he could do.
First, we got him a guy-style leather bracelet that he could put a drop on each morning before school and wear it all day. Second, after making sure he could carry a lip balm, we went to work making some that had his oils in it. Then he just rubbed it on his wrists instead of his lips. It worked great!!!!
We made up a big batch for him so she had them ready for the whole year. Then I became obsessed and started making them for myself to use as actual lip balm. I played around with various recipes until I came up with one I like. This is super healthy for your lips and is nice and smooth. Plus I add a little shimmer to it so I can also use it over my lipstick as a gloss.
Lisa’s Favorite Lip Balm (makes 2 tubes)
Materials: Small glass bowl (or glass measuring cup), small pot, hot pad, paper plates¹, empty lip balm containers, metal 1/2 & 1/8 tsp measuring spoons
Ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil, beeswax, Vit E, Mica powder (optional), 8 drops of essential oils²
Fill the small pot with about 2″ of water and bring to a boil. Place the glass bowl with the ingredients into the boiling water and stir occasionally with one of the measuring spoons. Once it’s all melted together, use a hot pad to remove the bowl from the water and add the Mica powder and essential oils. Stir then pour into the tubes. Let sit for 24 hours. Label if desired.
¹Use the paper plates to set your empty tubes on and pour. This catches the spills and makes it easy to know what you put in each tube, in case you make various batches.
²Let’s talk about the essential oils you can add. This is the BEST part! You can mix them up any way you want! I like to have different kinds ready for what I need. If I want to relax, I use lavender lip balm, or if I’m needing to support my immune system, I might use Thieves and Tea Tree oils together. My personal fave is frankincense and lemon. I like the way they help me feel cheerful and alert and those are both really great for your skin. Win-Win.
³For the blend, fill half of the measuring spoon with almond oil, then fill almost with castor oil then add a squirt of Vit E
I love a healthy lip.
The better to kiss you with, my dear.
Now that my Sonic ice is all ready for me and my lips have chemical-free protection, I should stop complaining about the heat. But I won’t. Because then no one would recognize me.
Have a great week!!!
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