Three gifts of summer

Up Springs Hope Blog Post
April 4, 2016
Up Springs Hope Blog Post

Three gifts of summer

With summer right around the bend…. I figured I would make a list of some totally rad summer go-to’s that are safe for your family, safe for the environment, and containing way less junk and chemicals than the store bought versions.

Disclaimer: it may come as a shock to some of you that I don’t have a doctorate. You may think that becoming a cosmetologist was my second career choice… Something I do on the side since I don’t make as much as a physician. But just in case you were confused, I am NOT a doctor. I am in no way diagnosing, treating, curing any conditions, diseases, or ailments you may have. Please always consult a physician. These statements have not been approved by the FDA. Now back to your regular scheduled programming.

What I would like you to do, is close your eyes and pretend you are on a beach. Suddenly, your buddy turns up his boom box. ( for you silly young whipper snappers out there; a boom box was the coolest portable radio your eyes have ever seen). It went great with tight rolled jeans and air Jordan high-tops. All of a sudden, “Summer girls” comes on the radio by LFO. You immediately sink into the sand thinking how sweet life is.  Then suddenly, you remember that you forgot the three essentials… your buzz off nature spray, sunshine cream, and after sun spray. You have suddenly now become that person. That unprepared, gonna hate your life tonight and tomorrow person. Well crap. You lose.

Good thing that’s not where this mental imagery ends. Shwew. Now… Go back to that scene, but this time, the Beach boys show up to sing California girls. Your life is changed forever. Those surfer singers sure do know how to melt that heart of yours. The only thing that could make this better was if the cast of Full House came bursting onto the stage with uncle Jessie on the mic. Not only were those surfer boys coming to sing, but they came bearing gifts. Three exactly. When Jesus was born, the wisemen came bearing gifts too. You all know the story. Gold, frankincense, and myrh. Wouldn’t u know that I’m gonna give you the wisdom for three summertime gifts to yourself?!?!! And what’s even more fun is that frankincense is in one of these awesome DIY items!!! Listen, if it’s good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for you. Of course, I don’t have any gold… But a vintage boom box and being on the beach is kind of the same thing. And about myrh… don’t you worry about him. He’s involved in this summertime story too.

Gift number one: Sunshine cream.

Listen. My mom used to always say to me through my teenage years when I would refuse to wear sunblock, “One day you’ll be sorry.” Of course I did what all teenagers do and rolled my eyes at her silly words,  and in my head I thought, “What a stupid thing to say.”  Her words sure were stupid alright… When fifteen years later, I had to get basil cell skin cancer removed from my back. #winning. Don’t be dumb. Support your skin. Wear sunshine cream.

Gift number two: Buzz off

I love critters. I really do. I capture moths trapped in my windows that are too dumb to realize they’re never getting through the glass… and I free them outside. The other day, I caught a wolf spider in my salon to set it free in my backyard with lots of pretty grass and flowers to frolic in. He came right back in the next day to say thank you. You’re welcome, dear spider. You’re welcome. I even apologize to anything I ever have to kill …For survival purposes only of course. But there is one thing this tender-hearted critter lover can’t stand. And it is the irritations and annoyances that nature sometimes brings. Spray that buzz off…. And well… Stuff will buzz off.

Gift number three: After sun spray

Really, this could also be called…Awwwwww, that’s better. What’s even more fun about this, is that these oils infused offer great skin support. So not only will you be soothing that bikini bod after you’ve baked in the sun all day, but you are investing in the overall health of your skin. Give yourself a pat on the back. You can even slap yourself on the back if you want, Because that skin won’t be tender from the sun.

Essential oils make my world go round. Well, first it’s Jesus. Then it’s my smokin’ husband. Then those adorable 6 nieces and nephews I have. And THEN it’s oils. I use them every day. I use them for everything. They will change your life. So get out your boom box, put some air Jordan’s on, and pop in that LFO cd. Actually, you’re probably gonna need a cassette tape since it’s a boom box were dealing with. Either way, get your Suzy homemaker on or Sally or whatever name you prefer…and get to makin’ these products. Oh yeah. If you are saying to yourself, “I can not possibly live another day without the amazement of essential oils. I want these summer spectaculars, but I don’t have any oils! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.” Well first off, stop screaming. Second off, here’s a link to get yourself a starter kit. I promise you won’t regret it. essential oil kit

Recipes below:



SUNSHINE CREAM:sunshine cream

In a half pint glass jar, mix together:

1/4 cup coconut oil (or carrier oil of your choice)

20 drops of carrot seed essential oil:

15 drops of myrh essential oil.

10 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix together; apply liberally and often.




BUZZ OFF SPRAY:all-natural-diy-bug-repellent-spray-with-essential-oils-young-living-up-springs-hope

In a glass spray bottle, mix together:

10 drops Purification essential oil

10 drops Peppermint essential oil

10 drops Thieves essential oil (optional)

1 TBL epsom salt

Fill rest of spray bottle with water



AFTER SUN SPRAY:all-natural-diy-after-sun-spray-with-essential-oils-young-living-up-springs-hope

In a 2 oz. glass spray bottle, mix together;

1 T aloe vera gel

10 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Copiaba essential oil

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I love this so much for many different reasons.

A. You mentioned LFO. I need to dust off my signed CD and pop that baby in for a listen. B. Your love of critters. I’m glad I’m not the only person who apologizes to a bug when I have to kill it.
C. The recipes you listed! I’m really interested in essential oils…I’ll look into getting the starter kit. I tried Neal’s peppermint oil and I LOVED it.

Keep writing girl…you’re too smart and witty to keep that information to yourself. 🙂

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