DIY Lip Balm Made Easy

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My sister-in-law sent my kids a kit to make their own lip balm. All of my kids love experimenting. Who can blame them! I love experimenting and making things too. I had found a few recipes for making lip balm on Pinterest. I really wanted to try making my own. I was a little reluctant to purchase all of the ingredients and the containers when I didn’t know how it would turn out and if I would like using the DIY lip balm.

This was the perfect way to find out what is involved in the process so I could decide if I wanted to make my own. If my lips liked it, then I wouldn’t mind investing in the ingredients.

This is what we received in the mail.

Lip Balm DIY Kit

Lip Balm DIY Kit Contents

We took out the ingredients for the first batch we were going to make. My daughter picked vanilla flavoring for the lip balm she was making. The other flavors in our kit were cherry and sugar kisses.

Lip Balm DIY Products

The directions were easy to follow. This is what they looked like after my daughter filled her lip balm tubes.

Lip Balm DIY Finished Product

Our kit included labels that said “Handmade by {child’s name}.” Here’s what they looked like after the labels were applied. My kids loved having labels with their names on them. Who wouldn’t, right? They have also loved giving the lip balm to the special people in their life.

Lip Balm DIY Completed

I love the lip balm. My lips are so smooth. Cherry flavored is my favorite which is strange because I usually don’t like cherry flavoring. You can purchase your own kit at Handcrafted Honeybee. Watch the Handcrafted Honeybee Lip Balm Tutorial to see how easy it is to make your own lip balm using the kit. While you are there, check out the other products. They make great gifts!

DIY Succulent Terrarium Fairy Garden

After I made the terrarium for my mom’s birthday, I started one for my sisters birthday. She likes Tinkerbell and collects fairy items so I went with a fairy theme for hers. At Michaels I found a little stone fairy and a small rock that says “Fairy Garden”. I had succulents left over from the terrarium I made my mom. Find the basic steps for making a terrarium here. This is what I came up with for the Fairy Garden.

Fairy Garden

Here’s a closer look.

Fairy Garden Close-up

I love how this magical fairy garden turned out! Check out my first terrarium. You can also see the terrarium with strawberry rocks here.

DIY Succulent Terrarium with Strawberry Rocks

I love my terrarium! I had to make more. I made one as a birthday present for my mom. I wanted to add something special to the terrarium. My mom collects strawberry items so I decided to find some strawberry shaped rocks and paint them to look like strawberries. It was a challenge to work with rocks that small but they turned out adorable! Instructions for making them can be found here.

Here’s how they turned out.

Strawberry Rocks

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Strawberry Rocks

I came across some painted rocks on Pinterest. Such as these. And these. They are so cute! Since I’m working on making some succulent terrariums to give as birthday gifts, I decided to try my hand at painting some small rocks to look like strawberries. My mom collects strawberry items and hers is the first gift terrarium that I’m making. The smaller the rocks, the harder to paint. That’s for sure! I wanted to use small rocks  because the terrarium isn’t that big.

Here’s how the rocks turned out. This picture does not do them justice. Believe me when I say that they are’t bad for my first attempt.

Strawberry Rocks

I used acrylic paints to paint the rocks. Then I sprayed them with several coats of Mod Podge acrylic sealer.

Acrylic Sealer

DIY Succulent Terrariums

Living in California, in a constant state of drought, I started planting succulents and I have really come to love them. They provide color (mostly green) and are easy to maintain. When pieces of plant break off you can stick them in soil and they will continue to grow. Who can ask for more than that? I know. More color would be nice but remember…they don’t need much water!

While searching through Pinterest one day, I came across a post about making your own terrarium using succulents. What a great idea! Now I can enjoy my succulents outside and inside.

After researching the recommended and commonly used ingredients, I made my shopping list. I ordered the charcoal, succulent soil, and moss from Amazon. I picked up three different types of rocks from the dollar store. The succulents came from a garden center. I already had the glass bowl. I covered my tablecloth with plastic to make cleanup easier.

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My Blog Name

I’ve had a few  people o-LOVE-PICKLES-facebookask me how I came up with my blog name.

I knew I wanted to keep the name somewhat short and hopefully easy to remember. I also wanted it to mean something to me and my family. I came up with a few different ideas and asked a few of my nerdy friends for their opinion.

It all came down to the fact that I love pickles. My kids love pickles. I lost quite a few baby teeth when I was a kid from eating pickles. My grandma made her own dill pickles and I loved them. My grandparents and great grandparents got such a kick out of my love for pickles.

I like little pickles and big pickles. I like that they are sour and crunchy. They make awesome snacks. I will even start to salivate when I think about pickles. I can’t have just one. I grab two at a time. I buy the gigantic jars of pickles at Costco and we will frequently eat a jar in less than a week at my house.

That my friends, is how I came up with my blog name. 🙂

Bus Driver Appreciation

School Bus

As the holiday season quickly approached in December, I was searching Pinterest for gift ideas for teachers. I enjoy making things. All different kinds of things. Part of me wanted to find inspiration to make something special for my kids teachers. Another part of me wanted to keep it simple and go to the store and buy an item that was ready to wrap. As I was searching the numerous pins filled with gift ideas for teachers, I came across one that mentioned giving bus drivers a gift as well.

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