Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How To Make Your Own Mango Body Butter

Last week, I told you to throw away all your cosmetics and make your own products! Last week I made my own body butter and chapstick with my younger sister and her friend. In our excitement and attempt not to have the oils solidify, we didn't take many photos. Next time when I make ointment and macerated oil, I will do my best to take more photos.
Mango and Lime Body Butter
Base instructions were obtained from A Green Guide to Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert . We made variations based on the flavors we wanted.


Ingredients
10g beeswax (or jojoba wax)
25g cocoa butter
30g shea butter
25g mango butter
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E
10 drops lime essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
(optional- One batch I made with 12.5g of mango butter and 12.5g of coconut oil. Note: This changed the texture of the balm)


Equipment
Double boiler (or make your own with two pots)
Metal spoon
Measuring spoons
Digital Scale
Glass Jug
Airtight 3 1/2 fl oz jar 
Step 1:
Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter (coconut oil if you decide to use it) in the double boiler. If you have time you can let the mixture sit over a gentle heat for 20 minutes. This helps prevent the butter from going grainy when it cools. I waited 10 minutes and got impatient.
Step 2:
Add almond oil and vitamin E. Stir.
Step 3:
Remove oil from heat and pour into the glass jug (or you can keep it in the double boiler). Add the essential oils and sir thoroughly. 

Step 4: 
Pour the mixture into the jar and leave to set. 

Step 5:
Apply to body(after it cools of course). Enjoy the moisturizing effects and lovely smell of an all natural product! 

I got my equipment and ingredients from various places:
Walmart
(oops, just realized that I never saved my photos onto my jump-drive. Later today, I will add the remaining photos)
In July, I will take a stab at making my own arthritis/joint pain massage oil and acne/spot cream. 
Do you make your own cosmetics? 
***Lisa-Marie
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How to Make Your Own Chapstick


Throw away all your cosmetics and make your own products! Last night I made my own body butter and chapstick with my younger sister and her friend. In our excitement and attempt not to have the oils solidify, we didn't take many photos. Next time when I make ointment and macerated oil, I will do my best to take more photos.

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Sticks

Base instructions were obtained from A Green Guide to Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert . We made variations based on the flavors we wanted. 


Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre


 Ingredients
15g beeswax
10g cocoa butter
5 teaspoons jojoba oil
(optional 10 drops spearmint essential oil or flavoring of choice
-         We made three different types: one with 5 drops lemon and 5 drops lime, one with 10 drops spearmint, and another with 10 drops vanilla.
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Equipment
Double boiler (or make your own with two pots)
Metal spoon
Measuring spoons
Digital Scale
Shallow dish with ice cold water
Twist up lip balm tubes
Small glass jug

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 1:
Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter in the double boiler. 

Step 2:
Add jojoba oil and stir until everything is liquid. 

Step 3:
Stand the empty lip balm tubes in the ice cold water (this part was tricky and by the end we skipped it because the tubes kept falling  in the water and water is not favorable for this type of product)
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 4:
Pour the mixture into a glass jug and stir in the essential oil (make sure to do this quickly because it will start solidifying. We ended up pouring the oil into the jug, then putting the jug on the double boiler to keep it warm)

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre
Step 5:
Pour the mixture into the tubes and let sit in the ice cold water. 
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 6:
Leave to set for about 10 minutes, then place lids on and put in the refrigerator to harden completely.

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre
Step 7:
Use on your lips and enjoy the moisture from an all natural product.

I got my equipment and ingredients from various places:
Walmart


Later on this week, I will share the process for the mango body butter!

Do you make your own cosmetics? 

***Lisa-Marie

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Help a Woman Dying of Cancer Reach Her Dream


Don’t put off your dreams for tomorrow. Do them today, next month, soon.

This was posted on a Facebook group I am a part of and I wanted to share it on my blogs.

Hey Tribe!!! 
So hope that some can help me with this request.
I have one member in family who is dying of cancer and has never been outside of DC. When she passes, she will be leaving 4 children under the age of 18. She is divorced and the father has NO involvement in the children's lives. I don't think I need to address how her death will affect them. 
LaJuan, always tells me how lucky I am to travel and how she is glad I found like minded people in my life. Raising 4 children by yourself doesn't leave much time to oneself. She thought once she finished the "18 years"raising part for all her babies, that she would have time to go where she wanted. Now at 40, is time is greatly limited. 
If it is possible, can you send me a picture of where you are ( if you are near something that is symbolic of that area even better!) with the phrase "Mazel tov LaJuan!"and a little bit about that location. 
While saying Mazel tov to a dying woman might seem off, please understand that we view everyday   that she is alive and with us as a celebration. 
The days she can walk on her on or the days when she can keep her food down or even the days when she doesn't need to take all her pain meds..she says "Mazel tov!" and we the family reply back "Mazel tov LaJuan!!"  
I would like to present this to her in two weeks time. 
I would really appreciate all the help I could get. 
Thanks in advance Amber
                                                                                                     
This story touched me and encouraged me to just go ahead and start living my life to the fullest now because you never know. 

If you have an old or new photo and would like to help Amber, please email it to: Amberchinson(at)gmail(dot)com

***Lisa-Marie

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mix It Up Monday: Janine Jackson

Do you remember the Mix It Up Mondays segment?  Each Monday from January 2010 to April 2011, I featured a guest writer or topic that was different from my usual blog topics. The idea behind Mix It Up Mondays: the weekend was fun and relaxing and heading to work on Monday's is dreaded. Readers can start off the week with thought provoking articles on an array of topics that will further the mind. 

I been missing Mix It Up Mondays, so a few weeks ago I asked people to submit: poems, stories, recipes, photos, music, etc. Anything that they felt like sharing. I got a couple of responses, then I got busy and never posted them. Yikes! Well today, even though it is not Monday, I wanted to share what Janine Jackson (you might remember her as PlantFolk) sent me. It spoke to me on so many different levels and I am sure it will speak to you as well. 

This week on Mix It Up Monday is a image created by Janine Jackson and the Bruce Lee quote she paired  it with. If you would like to see more by Janine Jackson, you can reach her on her webpage, Tumblr, or email at inspired.sis(at)gmail(dot)com.

You might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physically or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.
Bruce Lee

Janine says to Meditate on her eyes and observe where they take you. Read more on this piece on her blog. 

 
If you have any poems, stories, recipes, photos, or music that you would like to submit for Mix It Up Mondays, please do not hesitate to either send an email (lmarie(at)closedlids(dot)com) or fill out the submission form


***Lisa-Marie

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Dream of the Day: School


What was your identity in school? Were you a geek, jock, techie, nerd, goth, outsider, insider, none of the above? When you dream of school what is the purpose? Are you reliving your past identity or creating a new outlook?

My Dream

Last night I had a dream that primarily took place at school and on the school bus. The characters in the dream were elementary school classmates. I did not write this dream down. Lately, I have been a bit lazy on that front. From what I remember:

 In the dream I was walking down my first grade hallway with a classmate, we had left class early because we wanted to go to the school cafeteria. We had some flyers and news we wanted to tell people. As we walked towards the door, the Principal walked down the hallway. We were afraid to continue going down the stairs, because we knew we would get in trouble, so we stood reading a bulletin board until the school bell rang. We then laughed about how it was very obvious that we left class early and we went outside to pass out the flyers to our classmates. We then walked to the school bus section and as I was getting on the bus a classmate needed directions to a train stop, which I proceed to help before I got on the bus. My classmate asked me how I knew how to get to that stop. During the bus ride, I had a classmate say some sharp words to me and we proceed to exchange words as the rest of my classmates watched. I then got off the school bus and started to walk home. At this point, the dream shifted elsewhere.

Tony Crisps’ Dream Dictionary Definitions
(Paperback and Kindle Edition- affiliate link) 

I have had dreams of school before, but always dismissed it as the subconscious going through old memories. However, today for some reason, I decided to look up the meaning of school, schoolmates, classroom, and bus. These are the definitions:

School- The learning process;  what we learned at school – not  lessons, but interrelationships, class structure, competiveness, authority, mortification, group preferences, etc.; habits of behavior or feeling reactions developed during those years- puberty occurs at this time and confronts us with many new feelings, choices, and drives. Can sometimes refer to feelings of rejection or aloneness due to the stress faced by many children on leaving their mother for the first time to attend school.

Classroom- study; relationship with authority; whatever sense of oneself engendered by school. Maybe you need to ask yourself what you actually learned at school.

Places in school- particular abilities or difficulties you have

School friend- your attitudes developed in school, as you are ’meeting’ them in the present
Bus- experience, undertaking or relationship with a group of people; direction taken in company with others; trying to get somewhere but depending on others; overweight problem

My Analysis

Wow! I usually don’t look at dream dictionaries as providing unique interpretations to each individuals dream, but this definition was spot on for me. Lately, I have toyed with the idea of returning to school for my PHD, but decided against because I am over the institutions of education. I would rather go to school and take individual classes or workshops to learn trades that can further me in my Lisa Inks business- accounting, grant writing, bookkeeping, web design, certifications, etc. Going to graduate school to further my education is not what I want or need. It did not help me the first time around. I feel like I have learned more on my own than I ever did in school. School taught me how to live on my own and network; that is about it. I also lately have been having family pressure me to go back to school for either nursing or public health. I actually, came close; I turned in my CV and started to fill out the application and then it hit me- not again. I will not succumb to family pressure and I will stand confidently beside my ideas. Before I graduated college, I threw away all my law school applications, because I was only doing it for family. When I took the year after college to work, I felt pressured to hurry and go do something, so I quickly found a graduate program. I am not going through that again.

In the dream, a classmate asked me how did I know which bus stop, it is almost like I was asking myself, how I know what I do already. Though my dream may not directly be related to going back to school, I do feel it somehow relates back to authority, feelings of depending on others, and relationships. Despite my business Lisa Inks steadily growing, I still cannot get the time of day with family. Every conversation turns to having a job or going back to school. While I appreciate their concerns, I would appreciate it more if they recognized my skills and talents and backed me in my thirst for entrepreneurship. Instead of offering to pay for me to go to school, it would be nice to offer a gift or investment into my ventures. I feel like this dream, was filled with all my thoughts and feelings that I go through daily. The other day I said on the Closed Lids Facebook status:  I have stoppedworrying about the past and the future and I am living in the now, the present!What a great feeling! Let go and live!

Amen to that.

Have you ever had any dreams of school or classmates? What did you get from that dream?  

***Lisa-Marie

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Does Neuro-Linguistic Programming Work?


If someone told you listening to a ten minute program everyday would increase your productivity and in turn improve your personal development, would you sign up? I love learning and because of my curiosity for new things, I experiment with many new programs and books. I am a bit skeptic with all the programs that claim to improve individual's lives and mindsets, but I am a firm believer of don’t knock something until you try it. When it comes to world religions, I own many different religious texts, because I cannot refute a belief without knowing about it. When it comes to different types of diet lifestyles, I try them or read up on them, because how can I say one is better than the other until I know for myself. If a friend is bad mouthing another person, I reserve my own opinion until I have spoken to or been in the presence of that person. I try to live my life with an open mind and without judgments.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am working on creating new streams of passive income, inspired by the Steve Pavlina PassiveIncome Series. I am documenting my journey on my Lisa Inks business blog. In one of his blog posts, he mentioned the Ultimate You Mindfest, a six day online event that touches on:

Day 1 – Succeed by Design: Eliminate procrastination and hesitation
Day 2 – Activate Your Automatic Pilot: Vaporize negative self-talk and self-sabotage
Day 3 – Believe in Yourself: Whisk away limiting habits of mind
Day 4 – Follow-through with Unwavering Consistency: Hardwire inner drive and amazing self-discipline
Day 5 – Feel Great about Yourself: Remove the negative influences of other people
Day 6 – Open the Flow of Prosperity: Use the immense power of your mind to attract what you choose

For each day of the course, you get two programs — one lesson and one paraliminal. The Mindfest is hosted by Paul Scheele, who co-founded Learning Strategies and is an expert of human performance, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), accelerated learning, and preconscious processing.

I love the word free and learning about new things, so I signed up and listened to the preview lesson. I was listening to the lesson in and out, because it was more of an introduction than a lesson, but however, I completed the entire ten minute paraliminal. That was very interesting. I was in a relaxed state and Paul Scheele talks during it, it isn’t hypnosis, but it reminded me of it. Afterwards, I’m not sure if was because of the tape, but I was very motivated and got a lot of work completed. He suggested listening to that ten minute sequence every day until the start of the Mindfest. I haven’t done that, but I might.

Have you ever done anything similar? What were your experiences? 

***Lisa-Marie

On any given day, you can find L.Marie on her website, www.closedlids.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ClosedLids, and on Twitter, www.twitter.com/closedlids . Join the conversation and interact. 

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