Posts tagged DIY
Re-Blog: Holiday Cheer Punch Recipe

Last year I shared this holiday punch recipe and I have made it this year again. It's as good as ever! It's really become a holiday staple at the Baer's. 

We have served this punch a few times this holiday season and our guests seem to really enjoy it.  It is sweet, spicy and sour, and great because designated drivers and young children can enjoy it without getting tipsy. (The alcohol is added upon serving).  It warms my belly during the holidays and fills me with glee, that's why I've named it Holiday Cheer!

 -1 litre apple juice
-half litre orange juice
-half litre pineapple juice
-the juice of 2 limes
-2 cinnamon sticks
-6 cloves
-1 tsp ginger powder
-1 jigger of white rum per mug of punch (Optional but highly recommended)

Serves 6

Mix ingredients (apart from the rum) in a large pot, let simmer on stove for 30 minutes before serving. 

What have you been drinking lately? 


It's time to think of others and share gifts. Action House, the creative collective I am a part of here in Heidelberg, is putting on a DIY Christmas Workshop this Friday evening. We'll drink some Gleuhwein (mulled wine) and make gifts together. I'm going to be leading some linoleum print christmas card making, at the #Weihnachtswerkstatt. There will be all kinds of DIY christmas gift ideas and time for making.

Lino Cut inspiration courtesy of The Home Press.

Are you making any handmade gifts this year?


Natural Ladies
You know about my recent obsession with natural beauty products and how I've been creating some and using many, well, this summer I joined in on a natural perfume making workshop. It was held at Moorea Seal's shop in Seattle.  My friend Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky lead the workshop.  

We all got a little guide book (pictured above), and we able to mix any number of essential oils to make our own signature perfume. 

 The scent I made turned out really sweet, with rosemary as my base. I wear it on days I want to feel warm and cozy. It's perfect for fall.

To read more about my natural journey click here.

Or to check Delightfully Tacky's natural living tips, read her blog here.

Thanks for reading lovelies,


Natural Beauty Product Experimentation
My new hobby has been wonderfully exciting to explore and experiment. My collection of essential oils is growing, which makes my range of product choices wider. I am really happy with my first mix the Vanilla Coconut Body Moisturiser. The week before leaving on our USA trip, I made some tinted and un-tinted lip balm and some bug spray to take along.

My growing knowledge has been so enabling to make beauty products that I can use. It's a small but significant mind-set shift, to make my own beauty products.

We are taught that we can't make things that we use and that is such a silly lie.

I'll be trying out these products over the summer, then report back about how they work. At that point, if I can recommend them, I will provide you lovelies with the recipes. 

Have you been learning anything new lately?

Have a lovely day.



2 Ingredient Body Moisturiser
 I've been using this heavenly coconut oil based moisturiser for the past two weeks. I have been smelling so sweet and delicious, if I do say so myself. The mixture of the coconut and vanilla aromas is like candy. Yup, it's just two ingredients, extra virgin coconut oil and vanilla essential oil.

There are a number of uses and benefits of coconut oil. One of the main ways, that I have loved so far, has been to use it as a moisturiser. You'd think it would be gross to feel all oily and gross, but I love it. My face even absorbs it really well, without leaving a nasty greasy look.

1. Warm up 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a small container. It is much easier to mix when your coconut oil is liquid
2. Stir in 5-8 drops of vanilla essential oil.
3. Enjoy!

If you live in a cool/cold climate like I do, your coconut oil will harden. No worries, just take a half a teaspoon put it in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and your body heat will melt it and make it ready to use. 

I am getting really into using oils in my daily routine. I also just love the aromatic oils. I know that oils don't work for everyone, but you won't know if they work for you until you try.

Before using any oils be sure to test a little dab of it on your skin before applying it all over your body. You will want to make sure you are not allergic to it. What may work for me may not work for you. We are all unique humans so it only makes sense that we have different needs.

I wanted to share my experience with you! But keep in mind that we are all wonderfully unique so what works with my skin may not do such wonders with yours.

To check out some other ladies who are loving Oils, check out Mandi at Making Nice in the Midwest or Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky! They have some great recipes and resources.