October

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October

October, October with pumpkins and spice,
With leaves multicolored like a quilt without price.
With billowed white clouds ‘gainst a sky deepened blue,
I long for crisp breezes brought only by you.

A nip here and there against rosy cheeks,
A walk along meadows, hedgerows, and creeks.
A plaid blanket and basket with goodies inside
For a picnic with you along countryside.

October, October my year seems complete,
As I quietly sit with a book at your feet.
My soul is serene, my heart ardently gay,
As I ponder your beauty in every grand day.

Copyright©2016 Marianne Coyne

 

Happy October, friends! And until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne♥

 

Homemade Bath Powder

Good day, Friends!  Welcome to Leisure Lane.  I hope all is well with you, and you are enjoying the beginning of the autumn season as much as I am.  It’s a bit cooler this morning, so I’ll be taking a walk when I’m done posting, before it gets too warm.

In my last post, featuring the homemade coconut oil deodorant, I mentioned I would re-post the recipe for my homemade all-natural bath and body powder.  For a long time I also used this as a deodorant and it worked well.  So for those of you who may have an aversion to using coconut oil, this is another alternative.

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This body powder was very easy to make, and is so natural that you could eat it, though I wouldn’t recommend it ;)…  Equal parts cornstarch and tapioca starch (flour), and half the amount of baking soda (the baking soda adds a nice deodorant aspect).  Add enough essential oil drops to suit your desired aroma strength (I used Lavender for this powder), and mix.  Sift it through a sifter or mesh strainer, and put it into any pretty container with a lid.  Decorate it as desired.

Or you can funnel it into a shaker.  I used this widowed pepper shaker.  I bought it years ago because I liked the cheery colors and design, but never put anything in it.  Now, with new purpose, it can sprinkle dust instead of collect it.

These dusting powders make perfect gifts, and you can use any essential oils you like.  I prefer the oils because they don’t give me the itchy nose or sneezy feeling that store bought fragrances do…especially the toiletry items.  Or you can leave out the fragrance for a refreshing unscented powder.

You can also add the oils to purified water with a touch of witch hazel or alcohol, and add to a spray bottle for a lovely, refreshing body spray anytime.  I made some with Jasmine essential oil, and it’s divine.

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Dusting Body Powder

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup tapioca starch (flour)
1/2 cup baking soda
approx. 10-15 drops of essential oil
mix ingredients and sift.  The fragrance will enhance as it sits.

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Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.   Until next time may happy days abound!

Marianne

Easy-Peasy Homemade Natural Deodorant

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Good day, and thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been doing more natural things for a healthier me.  This all-natural homemade deodorant is one of those things.

It’s a simple recipe, yet works wonders, and I’ll never use anything else again.  If you’d like to make your own, the recipe is as follows:

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (for thickener)
1 to 2 tablespoon extra virgin, unfiltered, cold-pressed coconut oil
1/8  to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda**

In a bowl mix the ingredients until smooth, then transfer it into a clean container.  Play with the ingredients to see how much of the arrowroot you need to get it to the right consistency.  I sometimes add more.

The arrowroot powder works as a thickener.  Arrowroot can usually be found in the spice section of the grocery store, but if you can’t find it, you can most likely use cornstarch or tapioca powder.   Coconut oil is absolutely wonderful and has many uses.  In this recipe it helps to keep down the bacteria that causes odors.  So even on its own you get some protection.  The baking soda helps to eliminate or absorb odors, so its an extra addition to the anti-odor solution.

All in all, I am amazed with how wonderful this deodorant works!  And it’s not just for the ladies…it works very well on men, too.

**Though I haven’t had a problem, baking soda can severely irritate some skin types, which is why I added very little.  Some of the recipes on the internet add way too much, and many people complain of a burning reaction.  If you decide to make it, start out with the lower dose, and see how that works for you.  Everyone is different, so do what you think is best for you.  But, I firmly believe that the baking soda should be a minimal ingredient.

You can double the recipe if need be.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this.  Let me know what homemade products you use, if any, and how they work for you.  Thank you, again for visiting.  May your day be filled with blessings.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Pamper Yourself – Naturally!

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Good day, and welcome to Leisure Lane!

Whenever we do something nice for ourselves, we think of it as pampering.  But truthfully, most of what we call pampering ourselves are things we should be doing daily to keep ourselves healthy.  Recently, I’ve been making a most delightful rosemary hair rinse – simple to make, yet glorious to my hair and scalp.

I simmer some fresh sprigs of rosemary in filtered water for a few minutes and then let it cool down a bit.  Then I remove the sprigs and pour the rosemary water through a strainer into a clean container, and I’m ready to use it as my final rinse.  It can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days until I’m ready to use it for my next washing.

After washing and conditioning, I pour it over my hair and gently massage my scalp for a minute or so.  Then I  squeeze out the excess and wrap my hair in a towel before drying.

img_2373-graduatedI made some as a gift along with homemade, all-natural deodorant for my neighbor.  She loved the gesture, as she works very hard during the week and appreciates doing little things that help her to relax when she gets home.  The deodorant is amazing!  I’ll be posting how to make that next time.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post.  What are your favorite ways to ‘pamper’ yourself?  I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Happy Card for a Happy Day

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Hello everyone, and thank you for strolling by the Lane today!

I’ve been creative today, so I thought I’d share a quick card I made this afternoon. It’s a horizontal card made on some extra card stock I had.  It was so much fun and quite relaxing to do.  Simple line drawings and colored in with some markers.

I’ve been doing lots of swirls in my gratitude journal and drawing lots of cupcakes lately, and thought I’d incorporate some of that in the card.  I’ve been having goodies on my mind a lot lately…LOL!

I hope you all have a delightful day today!  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne♥

Popular Valentine Card

valentine card Blue Mountain Arts

Good day everyone,

I’m so glad you dropped by to visit today.  I’ve noticed every February my Blue Mountain Arts valentine card gets a lot of views.  So I thought I’d let you know where you can look for it.  If you like the card look for it in your area wherever Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards are sold.  If you have a Cracker Barrel in your neighborhood be sure to check it out there.  Last year a friend of mine called me to let me know she saw my card at our local Cracker Barrel.  She said there were only two left so she bought one for a friend. I hope to see it there again this year, too.  It really is a beautiful card. Sometimes cards don’t make the same rounds every year, but show up in different places, so if you still can’t find it, you can contact Blue Mountain Arts and see if you can order it.

I hope this helps you find the perfect Valentine’s Day card for a friend.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

 

 

 

Joy in 2016!

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May all of my friends at Leisure Lane, find JOY in 2016; expected hopes manifested, prosperous endeavors, and happy homes and families.  Thank you for your visits, your follows, your time, your encouragement, and your friendship.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

The above image is from the Knittington Fairies series by Marianne Coyne©2007.  All rights reserved.

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