DIY Himalayan Salt Candle Holder Project

Marissa: Mysunshinekisses:

This looks beautiful, and easy!

Originally posted on Organic Himalayan Salt:

DIY Himalayan Salt Candle Holder Project

DIY Himalayan Salt Candle Holder ProjectThis DIY Himalayan Salt Candle Holder Project allows you to quickly and easily create beautiful Himalayan Salt Votive Candle Holders for your home. The peach-pink color of the salt emits a smooth, earthy glow when the candle is lit, creating tranquil lighting for any location of the home, while the project it’s self allows for great conversation and fun while making them around the kitchen table! You may even want to try some of the culinary delights that Himalayan Salt has to offer while your at it!

This project also creates a wonderfully unique handmade gift which is perfect for Christmas, Birthdays or Wedding gifts!

Materials needed to make 1 candle holder:

  • 1 glass flower vase, bowl or candle holder, about 6″ in dia. or across, with low sides(I used a square Wal-Mart flower vase, you can use any shape you prefer.)
  • 2lbs Course Grain…

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DIY Powder Laundry Detergent!

Hello Everyone!

I posted on my Facebook awhile back about how I made my own Laundry Detergent, and a lot of people seemed interested. So, here is my recipe!

I love using this detergent. It is super cheap, cleans well, and you can even add Essential Oils if you want a different scent!

*I have tried this on our Cloth Diapers a couple times, and I have really loved it. I know a lot of people are against DIY detergent and Diapers, but it is completely up to the person washing them.*

DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent


  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 bar of soap (or 1/2 of two bars. I personally love to use 1/2 bar of Fels Naptha, and 1/2 bar of Zote.)
  • 1.5 cups of Oxy Clean (optional, its okay to use the Dollar Tree brand!)

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  1. Grate Soap

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  2. Add All Ingredients into the container you are going to use, and shake well to mix ingredients. Then you are done!


I add an old Tide Lid, so I can measure the Detergent how I like. Also, If you have Hard water, it really helps to add 1/4 or so of salt to the mixture!

I used a Dollar Tree container, and printed off a label to decorate my Detergent Storage :)


If you make the detergent, let me know how you like it! Feel free to leave questions, or comments below!

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa :)





DIY Rice Milk!

Hey Everyone,

Today I am going to share about how you can make your own Rice Milk!

If you look at the ingredients in Rice Milk, you will see that it is full of sugar. Store bought Rice Milk is not healthy for you, and it is not cheap either.

My daughter has a couple allergies that stop her from being able to have most conventional milks, so we switch between Hemp, Rice, Coconut, and Raw Goat’s milk.

This milk doesn’t have the greatest flavor, so you could always add whatever you like to it. My personal favorite is adding a couple drops of Organic, Pure, Vanilla.

DIY Rice Milk


  • 1 cup of rice, cooked by the instructions on the package.
  • 4 cups of distilled water.
  • A couple drops of Vanilla Extract (optional).


  1. Cook 1 cup of rice, using the instructions on the package.

1 cup of Rice, Cooked.

1 cup of Rice, Cooked.

  2. Add Rice, and 4 cups of Distilled Water to a Blender.

It will definitely look gross.

  3. Blend on high for at least 1 minute, until all of the rice is gone. It should look something like this:

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  4. Add any essential flavors, and you are done!


There you go! A quick, easy way to make Rice Milk! Plus if you ever run out of milk, it is an awesome substitute in recipes! :)

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa :)

DIY Dishwasher Tablets

Hello Everyone!

Last night my Sister and I got bored and decided to do a bunch of DIY stuff. I searched my Pinterest board, and found a picture of DIY Dishwasher Tablets! They looked pretty, and I decided to give them a try!

*I have only tried these twice so far, but both times my dishes came out sparkling clean, with no residue! After continuous use, I will update!*

This is cheap, and effective, so try it already! ;)

DIY Dishwasher Tablets


  • 1 cup of Borax.
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda.
  • 1 cup of Vinegar.
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice.


1.) Pour Washing Soda and Borax into a large bowl, break up any of the chunks.

Washing Soda Borax

2.) Stir Vinegar into the mixture, scraping all of the powder off the bottom of the bowl.

Vinegar Mixture after Stir

3.) Stir in Lemon juice, this will turn it yellow tinted.

Mixture with Lemon Juice

4.) Once everything is mixed, pour it into ice cube trays so it sets the shape.

In Ice Cube Tray

5.) Let them sit out for about two hours or so to dry ( I let mine sit overnight for best results). Once they are hard, plop them out.



Cubes on Plate


6.) Put Tablets in an air-tight container, and use one per load!

Cubes in Jar

and there you go!

Home Made Dishwasher Tablets, with prep time under 10 minutes!

Let me know if you try them, how you liked them, and if you changed anything in the comments below!

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa :)

P.s. Sharing is Caring! ;)

DIY Coconut Oil & Baking Soda Face Wash/Scrub!

Hello everyone!

Today I am writing this post because after consistently trying this face wash (and scrub!), I am IN LOVE. My face has never been this smooth, even, or clear! It is simple, cheap, and healthy with ONLY 3 ingredients (Only 2, for just the wash)! I have combination skin: A dry forehead, but oily everywhere else, and I am prone to acne breakouts. This scrub has not caused me to breakout at all, even with the oil!

Coconut Oil has so many advantages!

- It is Antibacterial, and Anti-Fungal.

- Natural Moisturizer.

- Reduces Wrinkles.

- It won’t change the PH balance of your face, or irritate it!

- and More!

I say, with those advantages, why not give it a try?

This face wash contains two simple Ingredients: Organic, Extra Virgin Oil, Unrefined, Coconut Oil, and Baking Soda.

The face scrub contains all of the above ingredients, plus one extra.. Sea Salt!

Simple Ingredients, Simple Directions, Effective, All-Natural, and Cheap! What is not to love?

The Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Face Wash/Scrub:


  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil, Melted. (Please use Extra Virgin Oil, Unrefined, and Organic if Possible!)
  • 2/3 cup of Baking Soda,
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt (If making Scrub)


1.) Melt 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil, pour into medium sized bowl.

2.) Pour 2/3 cup of Baking Soda into the bowl, doing 1/3 cup first, stir until completely white.

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3.) If making a scrub, add a Teaspoon of Sea Salt into the bowl, and stir 1 (3)

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IF making a Scrub, it should look like this. If making a face wash, it should look like the first bowl picture.

4.) Pour into a small mason jar, or baby food jar like I used, and Let it harden! It should end up looking like this:

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Once it hardens, you are ready to go! It doesn’t exactly suds up like conventional face wash, but a little goes a long way! Just experiment to find out how much to use, to your liking!

(I have super sensitive skin, and this has not once made my skin super red or burn. I even tried it as a body wash on my daughter who has hyper-sensitive skin, and it worked great!)

After seeing how much Coconut Oil is in the recipe, are you a little scared to try it? Scared it will make your face oily, or break you out? In case you did not know, Oil fights Oil! When you use everyday cleaners on your face to strip oil, it signals to your body that it needs to produce more oil. Thus, making your face break out even more!

Just give it one try, it won’t hurt, and you may even like it! :)

If you try it, please leave a comment letting me know how you liked it, if you made any changes, etc!

Have any questions? Leave a comment.

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa.

DIY Sunshine Citrus Body Scrub

Marissa: Mysunshinekisses:

She has such a great scrub!

Originally posted on Sunshine Southern:

DIY Sunshine Citrus Body Scrub

I’ve seen a lot of posts recently about DIY body scrubs, so I decided to give it a try, myself. I researched the benefits of different fruits and came up with my own mixture.


  • Bananas: antibacterial, softens, hydrates, moisturizes skin
  • Lemons: antibacterial, brightens skin
  • Oranges: astringent, toner, firms skin
  • Coconut Oil: moisturizes skin
  • Sugar: exfoliates skin, less harsh than salt

You can make your own recipe with your own proportions. Add more of whatever you think your skin needs and whatever will give you the consistency you desire. Here are the approximate measurements of what I concocted:


  • 2.5 cups of sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 medium-sized orange (juice and zest)
  • 1 medium-sized lemon (juice and zest)

Mash up the banana (a fork/wooden spoon combo seemed to work best for me). Use a reamer to juice the lemon and half of…

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Why Organic? – Organic Series Part 1.

Hello Everyone!

This is Part 1 in the Organic Series! Today I am going to be writing about a topic that I get asked a lot, Why do you eat Organic Food?

There are many reasons why I chose for my family to eat mostly Organic, but here are the Top 3:

#1: Pesticides

Did you know that the USA uses over 1.2 billion pounds of Pesticides a year, and ONLY 0.01% of that actually reaches the bugs? If it is not reaching the bugs, then where is it going? That’s right, into our food! There are many health risks associated with Pesticides such as: Eye and Skin Irritant, Hormone Disruption, Cancer, Blood Disorders, Birth Defects, Immune Disorders, Nerve Disorders, ADHD and more!

When you ingest Pesticides, they are stored in your Colon, and will eventually poison your body. Organic Foods do not contain Neurotoxins (organophosphates), which were developed as a toxic nerve agent in World War I. Think about that, since there is no use for the nerve agent anymore, they are spraying it onto our food. Imagine what kind of damage that exposure can do to your body over time. 

Children’s brains are more susceptible to toxins, and The National Academy of Sciences reported that at least 50% of lifetime pesticide exposure happens during the first five years of life. There was another Study published, that found that exposure to Garden Pesticides can increase the risk of Childhood Leukemia by a SEVEN-FOLD. Leukemia!

There are many major side effects to being exposed to pesticides, and I do not want my family to be exposed to Pesticides anymore than they already are.

 #2: Organic Food contains more nutrients, and even taste better!

One day I was at the Grocery Store and decided to get some Organic Bananas. They were delicious, but I couldn’t understand how they were any better than conventional Bananas. Next time we went to the Grocery store I skipped the Organic Bananas. My daughter and I split a Banana, and I instantly got this disgusting taste in my mouth. I tried drinking water, and even brushing my tongue, I could not get the taste completely away. After a quick Google search, I quickly learned that I was tasting the Pesticides on the fruit. I was absolutely disgusted.

Organic Fruits and Vegetables contain at least 40% more antioxidants, and Organic milk contain up to 90% more!  Antioxidants are said to reduce the risk of heart disease, and even many cancers. They also have higher levels of beneficial vitamins and minerals, that we desperately need. Eating Organic vegetables could “give you the same benefits as eating one or two more of the daily recommend servings,” that is amazing!

Switching to Organic food, has made me feel so much more healthy! 

#3: Animals that are raised Organically, are treated so much better.

Eating fewer animal products is better for the environment, but if that is not possible, at least eat meat that was treated humanly. Animal Agriculture cause 80% of the world’s deforestation, and massive amounts of Pollution. They also consume half of the worlds grain harvest. Animals that are raised Organically are fed organic feed, aren’t filled with antibiotics, they are not from a test tube, and get to eat more nutrients than conventional meat.With Organic meat, there is little risk of mad-cow disease. Animals that are raised organically are only fed 100% organic feed, without other animals chopped up inside. Also, when Farmers use animal manure as fertilizer, they are recycling the nutrients. These animals are not constantly caged, sick, or in overcrowded populations. Most animals in fact, have other purposes besides just giving meat.

Now these were only a few of the many reasons why I believe Organic is important, but there are many more! So please, if you haven’t researched about it before, do it now!

Stay tuned, I have an upcoming post called “Eating Organic on a Budget” coming soon!

Happy Parenting,

- Marissa.

It has been too long..

Hey Everyone!

It has been forever since my last post, and I greatly apologize. I have had a lot of things going on lately, and just finally got a new laptop!

I start College next month, and I am super excited for the great things to come. I have felt myself turning into a new person lately, and I know that College is the push I really need. My views of the world have changed, and I am leaning more now towards Holistic Methods of living. I believe that it is what is best for my family, and I am going to be posting more on how we live. This includes our monthly food budget, shopping, personal care routines, why I believe in certain things, etc. I hope that I haven’t lost you in the months I did not post!

Since I had to get a new computer, I lost all of my pictures and drafts, so it will take a couple days for me to get some posts lined up.

Have any life changing events occurred in your family lately?

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa.

I am back! (Plus a CJ’s BUTTer review!)

Hey Everyone!

I haven’t had much change in my life lately, besides learning more about Cloth Diapers and watching my daughter learn new things!

Speaking of Cloth Diapers… I have a review! Cj’s boutique was so awesome, and they sent me three products to review! Have any of you tried Cj’s butter before? How did you like it? I absolutely love this diaper balm! In fact, I am about to order extra’s! :)

While I was a little disappointed by the packaging (I have to admit, I had expectations for something creative), I absolutely loved how CJ’s included their website address on the front of the package!


I opened the packaging, and inside my products were wrapped and protected!


I unwrapped the products while my daughter attempted to pop the bubble wrap, and I was so excited to see what I had received!


They had sent me 2 of their Sample Jars (Sweet Orange, Mango Sugar & Mint), and their 2 oz Tea Tree and Lavender stick!

The first thing I opened was the Tea Tree and Lavender stick, which smells absolutely amazing!


One of the first things I looked at was the ingredients list. It contained: Shea butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, and Oatmeal! All of these ingredients I was comfortable with putting on my daughters skin! Score! I also really loved how it named different uses for the stick.


I took the cap off the stick, and examined the actual product. It was very smooth, with yellow in color. It looked perfect and brand new, I almost didn’t want to use it!



This stick glides on clear, but with a slight tint that you can still tell where you put it. I really liked that, since I didn’t want to waste it by putting on too much! I decided to test it out on my hand:


I LOVED how the BUTTer felt on my skin, so I decided to try it out on my daughter before her nap. (She almost always wakes up from naps and bedtimes with a super red bottom due to having a reaction to microfiber.) Once she was done with her nap, I noticed that she did not hardly have any redness, and she wasn’t tugging at her diaper like she normally does! I was so ecstatic! I had finally found something Cloth Diaper safe that did not irritate my daughters skin, and actually improved it!

The stick is now our holy grail, and I use it daily. I have no idea what I would do for her poor little butt if we hadn’t have gotten CJ’s! So thank you so much CJ’s!


  • Glides on Smooth.
  • Smells AMAZING.
  • I don’t have to use my fingers to rub it in.
  • I can tell where applied.
  • It didn’t irritate my daughter at all.
  • It has an expiration date on the bottom of the stick!


  • I have no bad things to say about it whatsoever!

I absolutely love this product, and you should really try it out if you are needing some sort of Diaper Balm!

Now, onto the sample Jars!

I thought that they were cutely packaged, and I love that they are tiny enough to stick in my small(er) purse!



The product inside these jar’s were smooth and had a yellow tint as well!



I do not have a lot to say about these, as I did not get to use these samples on my daughter (She is allergic to mango and citrus makes her really raw,) but I did get to use them on my own dry skin!

These work AMAZING on my dry skin. I seriously loved these better than my Eco Lotion, especially on my knuckles!

Another thing that I did love, is that these little jar’s also come with an expiration date on the bottom!


I find that having an expiration date is super handy, you never realize how long you have had things!


  • Was smooth on my skin.
  • Blended in, and moisturized.
  • Compact to fit in my Purse.
  • I love the expiration date.


  • It started to dent a little in the middle after using it for awhile, so next time I will know to swirl my finger around the jar.

Overall, I am SO thankful we got sent these products! I am going to have to buy more to have around the house :)

Thank you so much CJ’s Unique Botique!!

I hope you all enjoyed this review, and if you have any questions, let me know!

Happy Parenting!

- Marissa.

Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Hello Everyone!

I just recently made an AMAZING All purpose cleaner! The recipe only calls for Natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about it being super harmful to you or your children :)

I used this cleaner all over my kitchen, on the floors, on our wood, in the bathtub, seriously everywhere! The awesome thing? Only FIVE ingredients!


When I made the recipe, I just poured it all in the bottle, and than shook it up! So all you need is the ingredients, a spray bottle, and a measuring cup!

Here is the five simple ingredients to making this cleaner:

  1. 1/2 cup Vinegar
  2. 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  3. 1/4 tablespoon castille soap 
  4. 3 tsp tea tree oil
  5. 2.5 cups water

and here are the three simple steps:

  1. Measure ingredients in measuring cup
  2. Pour ingredients into bottle
  3. Shake bottle, and you are ready to clean!

See, isn’t that simple?

This Cleaner even cleaned permanent marker off of our wood desk, don’t believe me? See the pictures below!







And Wallaa! It is gone!



See! The permanent marker is completely gone! 

Let me know if you make this cleaner, and how it worked for you!

Happy Parenting!