Geocaching and enjoying nature!

Lately it’s been getting really bitter and cold out with Winter approaching. I struggle with my mental health during the colder months and tend to isolate myself because being inside and being warm feels a lot better than being cold and miserable. We’ve had some days that reached around 3C but most days are below 0 now. It’s been really difficult for me already and it’s only going to get colder. Today was weird, I stepped outside and it was 12C!! Usually we only get this warmth when it’s raining and there’s not a lot we can do in the rain, but the sun was shining. My husband took the kids out to play ball hockey in the driveway while I poked around in the woods behind our house. Eventually we decided the weather was too nice to stay home and we packed the kids into the jeep to head to the Wetlands Nature Trails for some fresh air and nature therapy!

As soon as we hit the trail we noticed a tiny painted stone sitting near one of the wood carvings. I told my husband I had heard about people putting these painted rocks around town for people to find and we agreed it was a really neat concept, like a massive easter egg hunt. It reminded me of Geocaching, which has a similar concept, if you haven’t heard of Geocaching, pleeeeease do yourself a solid and check out Geocaching.com! So yeah, we decided to see if any Geocaches were hidden in the area while we were there and sure enough there was one listed further in the trail, so we punched it into the GPS and made our way there. Along the way we noticed more of these painted rocks, the kids were going crazy for them, keeping points for each one they found, admiring them for a minute, and then putting them back for others to enjoy.

We had to go into the woods off the trail to find the Geocache but luckily it was an easy find and I spotted it just as hubby walked past. It was tucked inside a cute old tree stump and was in really good condition! Hopefully this cache will be around for a few good years. We left something and took a small homemade heart. Then we set out to finish the trail. By the end of our walk we had found at least thirty or more of these painted stones, it was an absolutely fantastic day!

DIY: Pressed Leaf Clay Bowls

Another fun activity I did over the weekend, it was a first time experience for me but I will definitely be working with clay moving forward! I bought Natural Modelling Clay at the dollar store, two bricks for $1.50 each. This was MORE than enough, I brought both bricks to my best friend’s and we were both able to make tons of fun creations and still had almost an entire brick left over. She made a really nice Moon Phase chime and a teepee incense burner, I made my leaf bowl, an Awen pendant, and a tiny skull for shits and giggles.

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You can make literally whatever you want, but here is how I made the leaf bowl!

What you need:
– Natural Modelling Clay
– A sizeable leaf to press
– A knife
– Plastic Wrap
– A bowl
– Acrylic Paint
– A rolling pin (Or wine bottle)

Step One:
– Knead your clay until it’s soft and pallable
– Roll it out flat until it’s your desired thickness
– Take your leaf and press it down onto your clay
– Run over it with the rolling pin until it’s definitely imprinted on the clay
– Gently peel your leaf off your clay
– Using your knife, cut out the outside shape of the leaf like the image below
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Step Two:
– Gently lift your clay leaf off the surface, be careful not to smush it!
– Place plastic wrap in a bowl and then place the clay leaf in the bowl so the leaf has a rounded bowl shape as shown below

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Step Three:
– Allow 24hours for your clay creations to dry and harden

Step Four:
– Paint! You can paint these however you like, I do not recommend using water in your paints as it could cause the clay to smudge
– You may choose to use a clear coat, you can use Krylon clear coat spray or even clear nail varnish. This is completely optional.

Step Five:
– Enjoy your new creation, use it for holding herbs, jewellery, or stack them up by size for a decorative piece!

DIY: Beeswax Lip Balm!

Another thing I whipped up this weekend, lip balm! It was my first time making it, in the past I’ve made a lot of body butters, body scrubs, lip scrubs, etc… But have never attempted Lip Balm, even though it’s ridiculously easy. Make some of your own with this easy little instructional, this is how I made mine but feel free to tweak your recipe to your liking πŸ™‚ As long as you have beeswax, essential oils, and a carrier oil, it doesn’t matter!

Beeswax Lip Balm
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What you will need:
– Empty containers, preferably something you can get your finger into like the one I’ve used above. I’ve also made use of empty compacts for such a reason! This recipe should give you 4+ Lip balms.
– Beeswax
– Coconut Oil
– Hemp Oil
– Essential Oils of your preferred scent (I used Spearmint and Wintergreen)
– A microwave safe bowl (Unless you have a double boiler and prefer to do it that way)
– A small funnel for pouring your lip balm

Measurements:
On my first go my lip balm came out too wax-y and not nearly oily enough, the consistency you want is a solid that will melt slightly as you’re rubbing it. Here are the measurements I used.
– 2 table spoons of beeswax
– 2 table spoons of coconut oil
– 1 table spoon of hemp oil
– 5 drops of spearmint oil
– 5 drops of wintergreen oil

How to mix it:
– First you will want to melt your wax and coconut oil, to do this I put the wax in a microwave safe bowl and continuously microwaved it at 30 seconds each time, checking in between, until it was nearly melted. Then I added my 2 tbsp of Coconut Oil and continued to microwave at 30 second intervals until the entire mixture of wax and coconut oil was pure liquid, no chunks.
– Next I added my remaining oils (Hemp, Spearmint, Wintergreen) and stirred thoroughly
– Using my funnel, I poured the mixture into my containers, filling it to the brim
– Set them out to air dry and harden on the counter, this does not take very long, do not put them in the freezer as this will cause them to sweat and not harden properly.

Voila! Once they have hardened you’re free to use them! If you find the product is too soft or too hard, you can melt the product back down and add more oil or wax to counteract this. If the product is too solid, add more oil. If it’s too soft, add more wax. πŸ™‚

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DIY: Hemp Oil Facial/Hair Oil

I had a really great weekend doing tons of crafty and artsy fartsy things. I have been slacking in that department for a long time. They had always been more than hobbies for me, they were literally my medicine, my soul cleansing me-time. I feel so GOOD about all the things I did this weekend that I feel inclined to share it with you guys. I will be sharing them in a series of posts over the next few days! I considered doing one big clusterfuck post of all the DIYs I did this weekend but for the sake of organization and not overwhelming my followers, I’ve decided to give it to you in small doses. πŸ™‚

Hemp Oil Facial/Hair Oil
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Okay so this one is probably the most minimal effort thing I did this weekend, but somehow I was most excited about it. I’ve been having nasty acne outbreaks lately so I wanted to find a completely natural way to combat it. Hemp Oil is incredibly beneficial for your skin, with lots of fatty omega 3’s, disinfectant properties, and quick absorption, this was a no brainer carrier oil for me. It’s great for people with sensitive skin.

What you need:
– A small, empty bottle to hold your product
– Hemp Oil
– Tea Tree Oil
– Other Essential Oils of your preference!
– Probably a funnel (unless you’re feeling brave)

How to Mix them:
– Fill your bottle 2/3 of the way with your Hemp Oil
– Add 5-7 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Keep in mind this oil can be very potent, but has incredible benefits)
– Add 2-3 drops of the Essential Oil of your choice, personally I chose Lavender and Lemongrass as they both have great effects on the skin and smell lovely!
– Replace the lid to the bottle and shake the shit out of it to ensure the essential oils are thoroughly diluted.

How to Use:
Using it is really simple, cover the opening with your finger and tip to saturate your finger in the oil, or use a dropper if you prefer. Then massage the desired amount onto clean skin. I use the excess on my finger tips to massage into my scalp to promote healthy hair growth! Hemp Oil and Tea Tree Oil are both infamously great for hair.

Shelf Life / Expiry:
Hemp Oil tends to have a low shelf life (in my opinion), so be sure to write it down somewhere so you don’t end up using spoiled product. To increase the shelf life of your products, you might choose a brown bottle instead of a clear one, to preserve the oils.

 

I got a new laptop so I can blog like a normal person!

Ahhh finally! It’s been a really long time coming, the one I was using previously had really seen better days. It was missing keys, couldn’t be used without being plugged into a power source, I had to squeeze and crack the casing every single time I opened it to get the touch pad to work, and it felt like it was giving my thighs 2nd degree burns. Needless to say it was time to take the ole thing out behind the barn and- you know the rest. My amazing partner greeted me at lunch today with an early Christmas gift, it’s a MacBook Air. I am really familiar with Apple products as I have an iPhone, iPad, and my desktop setup is an iMac. So it was immediately comfortable for me! I am really excited to be able to blog and work and nerd out without wanting to hurl myself into oncoming traffic out of pure frustration! It’s really tiny and feels a bit like holding a newborn baby for the first time but I think I’ll get used to that. Happy Christmas to meeee!

The main reason for the new laptop was because blogging on a dinosaur is extremely challenging and discouraging. It went from being an emotional outlet to the source of most of my stress lol Sometimes I felt like a caveman trying to work that old thing. We also finally replaced the broken keyboard on the iMac so that will be useable again!

I’ve been working on organizing my life both physically and mentally and somehow this feels like a small victory. We cleaned our basement so we could utilize all the space we have down there for a home office, play space, reading nook or what have you. I revived the blog, I cleaned out our spare closet to make room for craft supplies for the kiddos, I cleaned out the spare bedroom to make my own sacred space more comfortable, we created a more structured routine for the kids, and I’m staying on top of my ADHD and being a more productive version of myself thanks to a combination of medication and motivation. So here’s to fresh starts, whether it’s Spring cleaning in the fall, replacing your old junkie electronics, or just focusing on the power of positive intent and striving towards positive changes in your life! Cheers.

Biting the bullet

Since the last time I updated this blog so much has happened. As far as my ADHD goes, it’s been extremely tough, to say the least. I have been struggling to manage it on my own, all my apps and resources slowly began to go unused, I sold my FitBit, and I sank into aΒ […]

via Biting the bullet β€” Chatty Katie

I wrote up a new article on Chatty Katie! I debated posting it here instead but in the name of organization I went ahead and put it where it belongs and shared it here instead. Hope this helps anyone else struggling with ADHD and debating going on medication!

The Scribbler lives!

So it’s been a hot minute since I’ve really updated my blog, minus a few random ramblings here and there and if I’m being honest, I really miss blogging! I’ve had a pretty crazy year so far and I have so much to fill everyone in on but I’m going to do it in bits and pieces because it’s going to take some time. Off the top of my head I can tell you I went to Europe, my kids are growing and doing all kinds of cool and funny shit, I went back on medication for my ADHD for the first time since I was like 17-18, I was diagnosed with a gross thing called Endometriosis, I mean this year has been something else!

The most important thing is I’m back and I renewed my domain with a new fresh name! I was going by The Super Scribbler under the domain katlynblair.com because thescribbler.ca was unavailable back then. LOW AND BEHOLD! It’s available now, I snagged it, it’s miiiiine.

*Cuts Ribbon*

Welcome to the new and improved blog, hold onto your panties ya’ll, I’m back!