MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOME-MADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOME-MADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
As you know, I have been making my own beauty products for a while now and I have to say that I would never go back to the store-bought ones. Not only the home-made products are cheaper to make but they are also much better for you and the environment.

As you can imagine, packing to come to Spain for 7 weeks with 2 kids is no easy task. Although we already have god few things here in our summer-house, the suitcases were still full and there is a lot to bring between clothes, toys, books… you know the drill. But it is a relief to know that I don’t have to bring my favorite beauty products as I can make them over there with some basic ingredients.

So this week I will be making my favorite scrubs to get my skin ready for the sun, and my favorite facial masks for my skin to feel amazing.

HOME-MADE LAVENDER BODY SCRUB
Home-made lavander sugar body scrub - very easy

HOME-MADE VANILLA LIP SCRUB
Homemade  Vanilla Lip Scrub - OCB

HOME-MADE OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub

HOME-MADE FACE MASK FOR GLOWING SKIN
Home-made Face Mask

HOME-MADE HONEY, LEMON AND COCONUT OIL FACE MASK
OrganisingChaosBlog - HONEY, LEMON AND COCONUT OIL FACE MASK

HOMEMADE BEESWAX LIP BALM
Beeswax lip balm

What is your favorite home-made beauty product for the summer?

Chaotic Itzi

HOME-MADE OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB

I love using facial scrubs. There is nothing like stepping out of the shower with a bright red face to feel super clean.

Although I love the feeling of the facial scrub deep cleaning my face, I find that if I use it twice a week my skin tends to get drier and my ph balance gets disrupted. I know, I know, first world problems (shakes head in shame).
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub
As you all know, I am on a mission to make my own beauty products (Body Scrub, Lip Balm, Lip Scrub, Face Mask) and so far I have been really amazed with the results and how little I have had to invest on them. Well. prepare to be amazed again. This is so simple and yet so wonderful.

HOME-MADE OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB:

  • Two parts oatmeal (ground up finely in a blender or food processor)
  • One part honey
  • One part olive oil oil . You can also use sweet almond oil or coconut oil, whichever you prefer or have handy

Mix all the ingredients together until you have a thick sticky mixture. It is is too sticky or lumpy you can always add more oil or few drops of water.
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub
Clean your face and smooth the mixture onto your clean face and rub into skin for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. Your face will feel not only deep cleaned but also moisturized  – the perfect balance!
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub
It is without a doubt the best facial scrub I have ever used. Much much better than any of the store-bought product and 100% natural.
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub
Do you have a favourite facial scrub? Share it with us!

Happy Friday,
Chaotic Itzi
Organising Chaos

MAKE YOUR OWN ORGANISING TAGS

I am an aspiring organised person, a wannabe. I mean, I love the idea of having things organised but I don’t always get to organise them, either for lack of storage, lack of space,lack of energy and even sometimes pure laziness.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
When I do organise, I like grouping things together, putting them in boxes, jars, baskets and bags and in order to remember what is where, I like tagging them. Tags are great as they come in different sizes and they can be hung from anything.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
The things is, tags don’t necessarily need to be boring and plain, nor they have to expensive to be pretty. All you need to do in order to make a pretty tag is some cardboard, some pretty paper, some glue, some washi paper and your imagination is your limit. There are so many free tag templates around the net these days that you don’t even have to draw your own ones. For this project have chosen few different from RubberStamping and Ihanna.
Make your own tags - Material
Cover some with paper, put some washi tape over others, cover only the edges… whatever pattern or design takes your fancy, whatever you have, whatever suits your house.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
This personalised tags are also great to make any gift feel more special and individual.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make your own tags
Come on! get organised!

Chaotic Itzi

Organising Chaos

DIY MARBLE FLOWER POTS

Easy and quick projects are my favorite, especially with the kids at home. I decided to take advantage of their “ninja training” to get something done.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make a marble flower pot 1
I have had this tin for years. It has been used to store sweets, pens, my sewing kit, anything and everything… but it is starting to look very shabby and I have lost its lid so I decided it was time to update it.  I found an amazing marble effect adhesive paper and I wanted to use it on this project. Marble always looks great and expensive, and this project will allow you to update any tin into something amazing!
OrganisingChaosBlog - An average tin
I measured the tin and cut the dc-fix accordingly. I then wrapped it around the tin slowly to make sure that there was no air bubbles.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make a marble flower pot
From shabby tin to fancy flower pot, a bit difference in few minutes.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Make a marble flower pot 3
What did you do today?
Chaotic Itzi

10 IDEAS TO UPDATE YOUR HOUSE ON A BUDGET

When Mr B and I bought our current home nearly 6 years ago, our house had previously belonged to another family and although the style was very neutral, we wanted to put our own style stamp into the house. When we moved in, I was 7 months pregnant with our second child so we only had time to unpack what we needed before Chaotic Monkey was born.

Since then, we have been trying to update our house to reflect our personalities. After living in the house for few years, we have a very clear idea of how we use our spaces, where things are more comfortable, what is needed and what can go, and we have been doing just that for the last few years.

Updating your home and making it more personal is a long process. Mr B and I were both working full time then, we have two young boys who we wanted to spend quality time with and we don’t want to spend our weekends working on the house, but we still wanted to make changes (there is only so long you can look at magnolia walls for!) so you start small.  Updates don’t have to be  time consuming, big or expensive to make a big difference in your home.

These 10 ideas will help you update your house on a budget:

# 1 – Spray Paint the door knobs.
Replacing door knobs or painting doors can prove very costly but you can easily update the look of your doors by spray painting your door knobs.
Update your house on a budget - Spray Painting Door knobs

# 2 – Paint your furniture.
When we first moved into our home, the whole house was a homage to pine. Kitchen units, kitchen table and chairs, wardrobes and most other surfaces that you can think were pine. I painted my kitchen table and chairs and it has made a massive difference to the space in terms of light and style. It feels more airy, bigger and brighter. It is amazing what a lick of paint can do.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Loving the new colours

# 3 – Paint the tiles.
Whether you inherited some ugly kitchen tiles or your bathroom tiles are too “vintage”, you can completly transform them with some tile paint available in most DIY stores.
Decorating on a budget - Painting Tiles - OrganisingChaosBlog

# 4 – Decorate with plants.
Plants give any space instant warmth and personality and, if you don’t have green fingers, you can replace them very cheaply.
Making a macrame planter - Organising Chaos Blog

# 5 – Use stencils to give your walls some personality.
Stencils are easily used on my surfaces so a small once off payment will go a long way.
Update your house on a budget - Stencils

# 6 – Update your cushions 
Keep an eye for special offers in cushions and change them regularly or update them with with some felt or buttons.
DIY silhouette cushions - OrganisingChaosBlog

# 7 – Add some pompoms to your lamps.
A simple pompom braid, some ribbon or washi tape can give a lamp an instant update to any corner of the house for only few euros
Update your house on a budget - Pompom garland and washi tape

# 8 – Make your own wall collage with your own personal items.
The beautiful thing about wall collages, is that you can include anything and everything. From brand new decorations to second hand finds, from tissue flowers to family treasures. It is a lovely way of displaying your possessions and dressing your walls.
Updating your house on a budget - Wall Collage

# 9 – Update your lights.
Lights and lampshades make a huge difference in a space feels. By investing a little in nice fixtures, your spaces will feel far more homely and more personal.
Updating your home on a budget - Good vs Evil

# 10 – Make your own headboard.
I know this might sound daunting, but iut is far easier that you would think. It can be done at a very low cost and it can be updated easily. What is not to love?
Update your house on a budget - make your own headboard

Happy updating!
Chaotic Itzi

HOW TO REMOVE PERMANENT MARKER

Whether you have little ones that like drawing on any surface, moving in or out of rented accommodation in need of some cleaning or even ,like me,  you are a little clumsy and clothes and surfaces suffer the consequences of said clumsiness, it is always useful to know how to get remove permanent marker from just about anything. 
OrganisingChaosBlog - How To Remove Permanent Marker
If you have never had the need for this information, you are my hero.
Me? I have it printed and laminated.

Have an inspired day.
Chaotic Itzi

HOW TO COVER YOUR OLD PLANT POTS

While attempting to tidy up my utility room last week, I came across few plant pots that I got good few years ago. They were looking too tired and battered to use them around the house so I decided to update them. I am always getting material for different projects and I always end up with odd cuts and bits and pieces that I can never bring myself to throw out, so I decided this was the perfect project for them.
OrganisingChaosBlog - how to cover a pot
For this project I used some decoupage medium as it is very easy to use, it dries quickly and it works as a water resistant sealant which means.

Apply the decoupage glue to the pot and start covering it with the material. Don’t worry when  the decoupage medium goes through the material, this is meant to happen. Once you have cover the sides, cut the top and bottom about 1 cm from the edge, apply your glue to the surface and fold the material in, smoothing with your fingers. Once all is dry, apply another 2 coats of decoupage medium all over the pot to make it water resistant. OrganisingChaosBlog - how to cover a pot
Once all the material is attached and the top and bottom, cut a circle the size of the bottom of your pot and glue it in (you can use any glue for this).
OrganisingChaosBlog - how to cover a pot
Covering your flower pots is  lovely cost-effective way of making things match in your house and create a coordinated scheme.

And no, this is not a new plant, it just some cuttings from my Wandering Jew one. Not cheating, just working the system 😉

Have a great day,

Chaotic Itzi

UPDATING A STOOL

My big monkey loves drawing. I mean, he LOVES it. He is usually with pen and paper in hand, drawing a collection of ninja weapons, dinosaurs’ skeletons or karate symbols. Anything and everything.

His latest theme (read obsession) are karate silhouettes and he is very particular as to what markers he uses. He loves using my thick black markers to fill the silhouettes and surprise surprise, the marker goes through the paper and whatever is below ends up black. Thankfully the Ikea table in the playroom is very wipeable and easy to clean, not like some other surfaces that he uses as tables.
Updating a stool with electrical tape - OrganisingChaosBlog
One of the latest casualties was the computer stool in the playroom – it has black stains on top and I can’t seem to remove them with anything. So what solutions do we have when we can’t remove a stain? a) ignore it and b) cover it. I originally went with option a, but it kept bugging me, so it is time to explore option b.

I always have electrical tape in the house as it is very useful for quick updates and fixes, it is colorful and you can pick it up in discount stores for a couple of Euros. I decided to cover the whole top with tape, this way in the (very probable) event of having any more “accidents”, I could just remove the tape and cover it again.
How to update a stool - OrganisingChaosBlog
Starting at the very end, I added one stripe of each color. Once the stool was covered I added some more tape diagonally and then using a ruler and a box-cutter, I very gently cut out some of the tape exposing the color underneath. There is no method to do this, it depends what colors you want exposed. The cuts need to be very gentle in order not to cut the first layer of tape. I removed the yellow and white tape so the blue and green would be the main colors – the boys’ favorite colors.
Updating a stool with electrical tape - OrganisingChaosBlog
The stain is gone, the stool is protected and the colors look great in the playroom. Happy and quick update, just the way I like it. Oh yes!
Is there something in your house that needs covering?

Chaotic Itzi