Mamma’s Mask

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Mamma Chia is all about living a life full of Vitality. That means taking care of ourselves inside, and out. For our last January wellness post we’ve come up with a perfect at home clay mask that does just that.

Throughout history healing clays have been used by numerous cultures to help rid the body of toxins, as well as heal skin, leaving it looking smooth and bright. Mamma’s Mask uses Bentonite Clay, known to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. Bentonite Clay can also help irritation caused from eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, insect bites, burns, and unwanted blemishes. It’s a unique clay due to its ability to produce an an electrical charge once it comes in contact with liquid. When the liquid is added, the electrical components in the clay change. This is what gives the Bentonite the ability to absorb toxins.

It’s like a science experiment you get to do on your face! So many masks you buy in stores contain this healing clay, or other clays like it. They also contain chemicals and additives our bodies really don’t need to get the job done!

Ingredients

4 Tbsp Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

5 Tbsp Bentonite Clay Powder (find it at most vitamin shoppes or online)

1-2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

1-2 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

2 Tsp Organic Lemon Juice

*Optional: 2 tsp Raw Honey

Directions

Place your lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in one bowl, and your clay in a separate one.

Slowly pour the liquid into the bowl with the clay, as you simultaneously stir the mixture.

Add two to three drops of your lavender, and tea tree essential oils. (This is when you would add the honey.)

Mix until all ingredients are combined. (Make sure there are no clumps of clay that haven’t been mixed in well.)

Apply paste evenly across face. Leave on for about 30 minutes. (If you have sensitive skin, reduce the time to 15 minutes.) Mask should completely dry before removing.

*Do a patch test first for about 10-15 minutes. Even though these ingredients are great for us, everyone’s body reacts differently to different things.

To remove, simply use a wash cloth soaked in warm water. We recommend letting the wash cloth sit on your face for about a minute, giving the heat and moisture time to break apart the hard clay. Next, gently wipe away the mask. Rinse and repeat if needed. We suggest using this Mamma’s Facemask 1-2 times a week.

 

Mamma’s Throat Soothers

Mamma's Throat Soothers

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Cold season, it’s not just about weather my friends. We all know the symptoms we do our best to avoid this time of year. The only way to do it would be to stay cooped up inside, binge watch Netflix, while living off shipments of Mamma Chia Vitality Granola, and Mamma Chia Seed Pudding. As amazing as this does sound, we must all face the world and their stuffy-nose-coughing-faces.

Have no fear Mamma Chian’s we are here to get you through all types of cold this season, and hopefully leave you feeling a bit better. To continue with our Winter Wellness we are making throat drops. Skip buying brands that contain artificial colors and additives we can’t pronounce. These not only taste better, but they’re better for you.

Minimal. Natural. The way an ingredient list should be.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup tea

1 organic lemon (juiced)

1/2 cup manuka honey

1 tbsp cloves (optional)

Make It:

First, make your tea. For these drops we went with straight Lavender and a Lemongrass Ginger (Earl Grey also works great). Feel free to choose any flavor. Do some research on what each tea can do for your body, and go from there!

 Pour that cup of tea into your pot, and stick on the stove top.

* An option which we left out of ours would to be add cloves. The oils in cloves are known to help break down the “cold glue” (eww gunk) in the back of your throat, as well as kill germs.

Squeeze your lemon into the pot (we went with a whole lemon)

Pour in the manuka honey and watch the magic happen!

*Honey is a natural cough suppressant, as well as a great way to soothe the throat.

Allow to boil, strain anything you added, or may have missed (lemon seeds, who knew when you squeezed a lemon seeds came flying out. Note: squeeze lemon into a bowl first, strain seeds as you add it to the pot…)

  You want this throat saving potion hot! Try to get the mixture up to 300 degrees. If you don’t have a candy thermometer just hanging out in your kitchen, use a glass of ice water. Drop a tiny bit of the mixture into the glass, if it solidifies, it’s ready.

Carefully spoon the mixture onto parchment paper.

Yours will be better circles than ours. Great thing is, you’re going to eat these, so if they aren’t perfect circles no need to worry. If you want your drops to be pretty, silicone molds work really well!

Let the drops harden (feel free to put these little guys in the freezer).

You did it!

Once hardened keep in a small jar, canvas bag, or up-cycled metal mint container.

Give these a try, tell us know what you think!  We love hearing from you. If you have any other tips to make the cold season less cold share them with us! #MammaChia

Teas The Season

Teas The Season

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Teas the season for homemade tea! Get ready to sooth some souls with your own seasonal blend. If you’ve been looking for a personal, last minute gift idea, this DIY is sure to bring much needed warmth to your holiday season!

Step One:

Head down to your local spice shop, or pick up a few packages of your favorite organic loose leaf tea blends.

Tea is a great gift, especially during the chillier months. Not to mention it looks so pretty!

Experiment with your blends. Scout out different types of edible tea flowers and spices.

A few of our holiday favorites include peppermint, orange peel, cranberry and cinnamon.

We went with an invigorating three ingredient blend.

Our Blend

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*Organic Vanilla Earl Grey

*Organic Dried Rose Petals

*Organic Crystalized Ginger

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season
Step Two:

Mix all your ingredients in a bowl. Keep in mind, tea smells similar to the way it will taste. We chose a base tea and added accompanying flavors to create a unique blend with delightful aromas.

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Step Three:

Once you’ve mixed up the perfect homemade tea, get creative with your packaging! Glass is a great way to display your colorful creations. You can also use brown paper lunch bags, or large tea bags. Wrap up in colorful yarn or twine and add a GIFT TAG!!

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Teas the Season

Additional Pairing Ideas

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*Lavender, Hibiscus, and Vanilla

* Black tea (of your choice), Crystalized Orange Peel, Dried Orange Slices, Cinnamon, and Rainbow Black Pepper

*Dandelion Petals, Mint, and Dried Raspberry Leaves

*Lemon Verbena, Rooibos, Vanilla, and Dried Rose Petals

Teas the Season

 

Teas the Season

 

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

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Practicing Self Care

Tis the season for giving, but it’s also the time for practicing self care!

 With so much time spent giving and thinking about others, it’s easy to be lead astray with our self love efforts.

This blog post is all about taking a few minutes (or thirty) to remind ourselves to Seed Our Souls!

We believe in order to love others me must surround ourselves with well-intended acts of self care.

What does it mean? How do we do it?

We must first be aware and then acknowledge ourselves and our self worth!

We’ve pulled together a fun and relaxing way for you to sneak in some you time during the busy holiday season.

What You Need:

*Mod podge

*Paints

*Stamps

*Various art supplies

*Markers

*Craft Paper

Practicing Self Care

Step one.

Start by pulling your favorite books off the shelf! Poetry books, inspirational books, stories with passages you linger on, or head to the internet.

 

Step two.

Choose two or three of your favorites. Don’t overthink this!!! Let the words speak to you! That might sound cliche but it’s true. When you find words that resonate with you, then write them down!

 

Step three.

Contemplate. Re-read them a few times. Spend time with this step. Compare the concepts and images between the poems. What do the themes reveal about where you are in your life? What is speaking to you from within the poem? Stay open to any guidance you may receive.

 

Step four.

Pick as many as you want, or need. Blend poems and songs together. Make this your own soul song. Once you have your collection of words, spend some time thinking about what they mean to you.

 

Now get to it!

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

Step five.

Put your chosen words into art. Paint them, write them, stamp them on! There’s no wrong way to do this. Use the art supplies as a backdrop for your piece. Incorporate multiple mediums: water color, acrylics, paints. Have fun with this. This is your time to practice self-love.

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self CareStep six.

Display your work. Let it serve as a reminder of all the great things you are and will become. Share it with others, inspire them to spend some time loving themselves, too!

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

We hope you take some time this holiday season to focus on yourself. With the new year fast approaching so many of us will set resolutions for ourselves. Seed Your Soul and focus on self care.  Let this be the way we end this year and start the next.

Happy Holidays!

Hot Chia Chocolate

Hot Chia Chocolate

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Add a new tradition this season!

Replace your chill with chia on these frosty days.  Seed your soul with rich and creamy, slightly spiced Hot Chia-colate. We promise one batch won’t be enough!! You’ll be making this warm chocolaty treat time and time again!

Grab your favorite mug, curl up with your favorites, and sip on a cup of Hot Chia Chocolate!

Did we mention that it’s super easy to make? Simply throw all the ingredients in your crock-pot and stir every hour. Wow! The easiest homemade hot chocolate (and the most delicious) that you’ve ever made!

 The most amazing part is that you get all the benefits of the chia!  Omega-3s, protein, fiber and more make this warm delight a bit more nutritious than your normal cocoa.  So sip on my friends!

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You Will Need:

*Organic Bittersweet Chocolate
* Organic Cocoa Powder
*  Organic Mamma Chia Seeds
* Organic Cinnamon
* Organic Nutmeg
* Organic Chili Powder
* Organic Almond Milk

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Ingredients:
* 1 tbs organic cocoa powder
* 1/3 cup hot water
* 4 ounces chopped organic bittersweet chocolate
* 2 tbs Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
* 2 sticks organic cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon powder
* 1/8 tsp organic nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp organic chili powder (optional)
* 4 cups (1 quart) organic almond milk (2% or skim is also fine)                                                                                                                         * 1/2 cup organic marsh mellows (try to find ones without corn syrup)

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*Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 5 mins
Serves: 4-6 servings

* In a small bowl combine the hot water and the cocoa powder, stir until smooth.

* In the base of the slow cooker, add the bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon stick, cinnamon powder, nutmeg, almond milk, along with the cocoa powder mixture. Heat on low for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so.

* Serve warm with marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or chocolate shavings! Get creative!

Mamma Chia’s Jammin’ Holiday Playlist

Mamma Chia's Jammin' Holiday Playlist

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It’s the 7th day of our Chia Holiday and we bring to you the Mamma Chia Holiday Playlist!!

To continue our celebration we’ve put together the perfect mood boosting playlist to keep you in the holiday spirit!

From the car, to the office, to your holiday dinner, this playlist has you covered! Let our list of musical perfection be the backdrop of your holidays this year.

Wishing everyone a warm and joyful holiday season, full of sing-a-longs and groovy dance moves.

Enjoy!

Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap

Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap

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Wrapping can be a strenuous task for many people. Whether it’s the idea of perfection that cannot be mastered, or the millions of tiny unused pieces of wrapping paper that just don’t seem to fit any gift!

But, have no fear Mamma Chia is here to help you with our Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap! With butcher paper as the base, we’ve up-cycled our Mamma Chia Vitality Beverage bottle lid, and added some basics you can find at any craft store. Our simple, yet well thought out wrapping ideas, will have you jumping for joy when someone tears open their perfectly wrapped gift!

To Buy:

Butcher Paper

Colored Yarn

Holiday Winter Foliage (This can either be real or store-bought)

Wire Cutters (For cutting fake foliage)

Glitter

Hot Glue Gun

Clear Dry Spray Adhesive

Mamma Chia Vitality Beverage Bottle Lid

White Acrylic Paint

Holiday Flair! (Be Creative & Think Outside The Gift Box Here!)

Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap

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Directions:

Turn on Netflix, mix up a few of our Noble Experiment cocktails, and turn the stressful

hours of gift wrapping into a relaxing DIY.

There’s no wrong way to do this! The key is simplicity.  You can even add some homemade gift tags for color!

Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap

Use acrylic paint and the lid from your favorite Mamma Chia Vitality Beverage

to create your own print. Sprinkle on gold glitter.

Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap

Wrap the yarn in unique patterns, simply tuck in holiday flair or foliage.

Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap

TIP: To add glitter to the package spray lightly

with clear dry spray adhesive and then sprinkle on.

Holiday Flair and Foliage Gift Wrap
Share your designs with us! #MammaChia #MammaChiaWrap #ChiaHoliday

Winter Tree Garland

Winter Tree Garland

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Garland has become something we can use all year round. From birthday banners to wedding flair, it’s a great way to add a creative element to your home and event decor!

For this DIY we are stringing together a winter tree garland that you can leave up the entire season.

White with gold accents create a neutral, yet inviting color scheme that will pair well with your existing holiday decorations. It’s all about creating pieces you can use and reuse, time and time again!

You will need:

White and Gold acrylic paint

Twine

Thick cardboard or craft wood (You can find this at most craft stores)

Gold Glitter

 

Step One: Cut your cardboard or craft wood into 10 trees. Here is a stencil you can print: Free Tree Stencil

Step Two: Cut a slit up the bottom of five trees and a slit down the top of five trees.

For the five trees that have the slit on the top, punch two holes, this is where you will feed in your twine later.

Step Three: Paint your trees white

Step Four: Let it dry

Step Five: Brush your gold paint across each tree in various spots, there’s no wrong way to do this, so have fun!

Step Six: Add glitter (we love lots of glitter!)

Step Seven: Feed your twine & hang it up!

Holiday Gift Tags

Holiday Gift Tags

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There are so many things to remember at the holidays!  So why make that extra trek to the store when you’re wrapping and realize you don’t have any tags? With these gift tag designs, you can simply print-at-home and finish up without the added stress!

Gift tags are a great way to personalize a present, while incorporating a unique design element in your wrapping. Our friends over at River & Bridge created gift tag designs just for Mamma Chia!

River & Bridge is a boutique design, print and photobooth company based in Orange County, California – owned & operated by Brandon & Heather Myers. We love what our clients love: good eats, handcrafted drinks, thoughtful design, and creating friendships through new experiences. We believe the smallest details matter. When we’re not making your creative dreams come true, we are hanging out with our 3 little ones (Hudson, London & Bishop). One of our favorite holiday activities is baking cookies and searching for the best Christmas lights around!

 Find the printable PDF (with instructions) in the link below.

TIP: Print out a few extra sheets and use these awesome designs as place cards on your holiday dinner table.

 

Click here to download the printable PDF: River & Bridge Gift Tags

Mamma Chia Cranberry Salad

Chia Cranberry Salad

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We’ve teamed up with California Country Gal to bring you a delicious holiday table favorite! Her company specializes in starch free, grain free bread mixes, and other auto-immune friendly treats.

Check out her website here: California Country Gal

I always make a ton of cranberry sauce for the holidays because it keeps well, takes minutes to make and is so easy to do there’s just no reason to buy canned.  BUT when I’m a lazy gal, opening a can works here too.  The raw (enzyme rich!) ingredients in this salad make it delightfully refreshing and even better the next day for breakfast.

CHIA CRANBERRY SALAD

Serves 10-12

INGREDIENTS

Sweetener to equal 1 cup sugar.  I used 1 cup erythritol

1 1/2 tablespoon organic gelatin or agar powder

1 cup organic cherry juice

1 thin skinned organic orange

2 cups fresh organic cranberries

1 1/2 cup organic whole cranberry sauce (homemade preferably)

1 cup organic sour cream

2-4 tablespoons port wine (optional)

1/2 cup diced organic celery

1/2 cup chopped organic walnuts

2 tablespoons Mamma Chia organic chia seeds

2/3 teaspoon organic cinnamon

½ teaspoon stevia or Pure Monk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a jello mold or large bowl with plastic wrap or coat with mild tasting oil or cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, stir together the erythritol and gelatin.
  3. Slowly stir in the cherry juice. Warm and stir over low heat until dissolved.  Set aside to cool.
  4. Chop and de-seed the orange and put into your blender.
  5. Add half the cranberries to the blender.
  6. When the juice/gelatin mixture is cooled a bit, add to the blender and blend until the orange is in small pieces.
  7. Add the rest of the cranberries and pulse to chop, set aside.
  8. In a large bowl stir together the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Stir in the contents of the blender until well combined.
  10. Pour into the prepared bowl or mold and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
  11. Unmold and serve with sauce: 1/3 cup sour cream, zest and juice of one orange.

Enjoy!

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

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Homemade gifts are truly the most special, especially ones that seed your skin! Why not spend time this holiday season, crafting your own handmade scrub, with the help of Mamma Chia! Our Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub is the perfect gift to share with co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and family! Simple and easy to make, we promise this will be a go-to for all occasions.

Oh, and don’t forget to make a jar for yourself!

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

Need Need Need!

  • 1 cup Organic Granulated White Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 oz of Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
  • 12 ml Organic Cranberry Seed Essential Oil. You can order it here ( if you want to make other scents we recommend lavender or mandarin
  • Mason jars or Bail jars
  • For color: We used strawberry gelatin mix but food coloring, hibiscus powder, or any sort of natural tint used in baking will work

Get to it!

TIP: If using coconut oil make sure to melt on the stove top or in the microwave.

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

The sugar should be wet but not soupy. If too much coconut oil is used, the mixture will solidify once the coconut oil returns to room temperature.

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

TIP: If you are using olive oil skip the first two steps.

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub
Combine sugar and oil, mix it up well, and divide into separate bowls. Add coloring and essential oil.
Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub
Add the chia seeds last and stir well!
Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub
Move the finished mixture into the jar, and you’re done!
Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

 

Let it Snowglobe

Let it Snowglobe

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We love snow! But here in sunny San Diego, we don’t get to see a lot of it, so we need to be creative and bring the snow to the sand. We thought that a fun way to upcycle our Mamma Chia bottles, and add some snow to our holiday season, would be to make homemade snowglobes! A festive and simple DIY that everyone will enjoy creating together. Let it Snowglobe!!

Let It Snowglobe

Materials:

Recycled glass bottles or mason jars (We used a Mamma Chia bottle of course!)

Faux flowers, garland, ornaments, and all sorts of holiday flair!

Gold glitter

Fake snow confetti

Hot glue

Liquid glycerin

Distilled water

Let It Snowglobe

Glue the ornamentation to the inside of the jar lid

Tip: Leave enough room on the edge of the lid to make sure the lid will close securely around the entire jar

Let It Snowglobe

Add 2-3 pinches of glitter and snow to the jar

Tip: Less is more when adding the snow

Fill the jar with water, leaving a 1 1/2″ space at the top for displacement

Add 1-3 tablespoons of glycerin, depending on the size of your jar

Let It Snowglobe
Tip: Glycerin can be found in the cake supply or soap making aisle at craft stores

Insert the finished lid into the jar, sealing with the ring band

You’re done! Shake up your globe, and watch it snow!

Don’t forget to tag yours: #Letitsnowglobe #MammaChia

Tip: This is a great craft for the classroom, at home with the kids, or your holiday party!

You can skip the water and glycerin for a “less mess” option.

Let It Snowglobe

Let It Snowglobe

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging

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With the holidays quickly approaching, we often lose sight of what’s most important. Let us reflect and be mindful by giving thanks and expressing gratitude to those you love, and all the beauty around you. Practicing gratitude every day can make a huge difference in your life, which is why we often say “Gratitude fuels the Soul.” Gratitude is a powerful practice that can revolutionize your life and change your mindset forever! Here’s a fun and easy way to remind yourself of this important practice. Be sure to hang it where you will see it everyday!

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma Chia

 

What You’ll Need: 

  • Wood slice (We got ours from Michaels)
  • Tan/neutral paint in “chalky” finish
  • Medium paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Black paint with a small paint brush OR black paint pen
  • Printed message of your choice. Click HERE to download our “Gratitude Fuels The Soul” template.

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma Chia

How: 

  1. First, paint your wood slice with your desired chalk paint. We recommend 2 coats. Let dry completely.
  2. To transfer your text onto your wood slice, shade the back of your printed text with pencil.DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma ChiaGratitude Wall Hanging DIY | Mamma Chia
  3.  Flip it back over and you will find a faint stencil of your design!
  4. Using your paint brush in black paint OR paint pen, simply fill in your stencil. Voila!

Now you have a beautiful sign to hang in your home!

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma Chia

 

Pumpkin Party DIY

Pumpkin Party DIY

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Pumpkin Party DIY

Calling all ghouls, witches, and monsters to come party with us! We’ve got two simple pumpkin DIY’s that will be a hit for your haunted Halloween festivities.

PUMPKIN PARTY COOLER

We’re here for the BOOS. This innovative beverage cooler will spook your guests as eerie fog seeps out of your wicked pumpkin while keeping your beverages (non-alcoholic or alcoholic) chilled as you boogie the night away!

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*Adult supervision is suggested while handling dry ice.

Supplies: 

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • Cutting knife
  • Pencil/pen
  • Dry ice
  • Any beverage of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Gut and clean your pumpkin.
  2. Trace the bottom of the beverages you are using  to ensure the opening is the proper size.
  3. Make as many holes as you desire. Feel free to get creative and add any additional carvings.
  4. Insert beverages into their placeholder.
  5. Carefully handle dry ice, place inside the pumpkin, and add a splash water to create smoke.
  6. Chia-eers!

TATTOO PUMPKINS

Pumpkin Party DIY

Don’t have time to carve a pumpkin or want to deal with the mess? No worries, just slap on a pack of your favorite shiny, metallic tattoos and have the flashiest pumpkin this Halloween season!

Supplies: 

  • 1 pumpkin
  • Adhesive tattoos
  • Sponge or damp cloth

Directions:

  1. Wipe down your pumpkin, removing any dirt or dust.
  2. Arrange the tattoos in any way on the pumpkin.
  3. Follow tattoo instructions or press damp cloth on tattoo and hold for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Carefully peel off paper backing and enjoy!

DIY Summer Essentials

DIY Summer Essentials

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We’re feeling hot, hot, hot this month as the summer days are coming to an end. Squeeze in some last minute rays and spice up your warm weather game with these DIY Summer Essentials. As pre and post sun necessities, this beach towel and aloe vera go hand-in-hand, especially when the majority of the day is spent outside basking in the sun.

DIY Beach Towel

DIY Summer Essentials

Let your creative soul shine through with this custom beach towel made with one common household item…bleach! Create witty summer sayings like “In need of Vitamin Sea”, “Salty but Sweet”, or “Seas the Day” on your favorite colored towel. You can also ditch the quote and create a bleach design like (splatters, polka dots, stripes, tie dye, etc.) instead! Your towel can be anything you want it to be. Get crafting and show off your towel at the beach or pool before your summer fun is over!

*We suggest adult supervision if working with children

DIY Summer Essentials

What You Need: 

  • beach towel
  • 1/2 cup bleach
  • 1/2 water
  • rubber gloves
  • card board
  • spray bottle
  • thick paper, card stock, or stencils

DIY Summer Essentials

Instructions: 

  1. Type out the quote you chose onto a document making sure letters are big enough so when you go to print there is only one letter per page. If you are using store bought stencils skip to Step 3.
  2. Cut down the letters into smaller rectangles so when you place them on the towel they are as close together as possible. Remove the inside lettering from the rectangle to create a stencil, but remember to keep inside pieces that have holes in the center i.e. (D, O, R).
  3. In a well ventilated area, set up your work surface by laying out a piece of cardboard to place the towel on. Set your stencils on the towel in the desired order. To avoid splattering outside of your stencils use extra pieces of cardboard to surround any open space that could be ruined if you want a more clean look to your towel. Also, tape any seams between each stencil to prevent bleeding in between letters (see in photo below). DIY Summer Essentials
  4. Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup bleach into a squirt bottle. Put your rubber gloves on and begin to spray the letters evenly with the bleach mixture. BEFORE spraying make sure to twist the squirt bottle cap and test each spray until you reach a light mist. This is very important so you don’t over-saturate the towel with bleach causing your letters to bleed with one another. Stand 2-3 feet away as you spray to lightly cover the stencils. Spray no more than 15 times. From there use your judgement for how much more you should spray for your desired look. Depending on the towel some colors will change quickly, others like the one in the photo, will take a while to notice any change so be patient during this process. Once finished spraying, let the bleached towel sit for no more than 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes and with rubber gloves on, remove towel from work surface and rinse out the towel in a sink or tub with cold water. Wring out the towel and toss it into a washer with laundry detergent. Transfer to a dryer after it’s finished. While towel is in the wash dispose of the cardboard and stencils with gloves on.DIY Summer Essentails
  6. Once towel is dried, take it for a trip to the beach or hit the pool and show off your summer creation!

 

DIY Aloe Vera Cooling Cubes

DIY Summer Essentials

After a day full of fun in the sun your skin may be a little irritated with you. We all know the common remedy to curing sun burnt skin is aloe vera. But, before you go out and buy the store bought option create your own 100% natural aloe vera cooling cubes at home. They will relieve your skin and have it thanking you and singing “aloe you vera much”, after this extra special treatment. Chill out! Not only will this organic remedy take some heat off, it will also cool your skin to the touch since this DIY remedy requires freezing to help soothe and return your skin to its happy state.

DIY Summer Essentials DIY Summer Essentials DIY Summer Essentials

What You Need: 

  • dixie cups or ice cube tray
  • lavender essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp witch hazel extract
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel from Medical Aloe Plant

DIY Summer Essentials

Instructions:

  1. Melt your coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for 10-15 seconds if solid. Remove from microwave, add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, mix the two ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Remove a few stems from your aloe plant that will give you at least 1/4 cup of aloe gel. It is very important that you are using aloe from a Medical Aloe Plant as this is specifically used for topical usage. Skin the aloe gel from its outer shell until you have several clear gel strips. Dice the aloe and add to the bowl of coconut and avocado oil.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the bowl and 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil.
  4. Whisk together all the ingredients until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Pour mixture into dixie cups and freeze overnight.
  6. Remove from freezer and rip around the edges of the dixie cup until aloe pop is exposed. Slowly move across sun burnt shoulders, arms, and legs to soothe your skin. Pop any remaining aloe back in the freezer for next time.

Make Your Own Shade – DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

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Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Hold onto your hats! This summer DIY craft will blow you away and protect your skin this toasty summer! As we make our way through summer, our sun-kissed skin could use a little break from the UV rays. Make your own shade, and cool your skin, with your own personalized sun hat! We like to keep our bodies happy and healthy so what better way to protect your neck, ears, eyes, and nose than with this one-of-a-kind accessory. This simple DIY  is a great activity to do with friends or family and will have everyone at the beach wondering how they can get their own! Now go grab your sunscreen and hat for a full day of play in the sun!

This craft was inspired by Studio DIY with her playful donut hat that we just had to try, but with our own spin! Sticking to our roots we were inspired to use our chia seeds and ombré them onto the hat brim in our favorite color of course…PURPLE! Let your soul’s creativy take the reigns and make your hat as playful as you want. Here are some design inspirations to get the endless hat ideas flowing: polka dots, gold-trimmed, ombré, striped or create a design that sings to your soul.

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

What You Need: 

  • Acrylic paints of your choice
  • Paint brushes
  • Wide brim hat
  • Newspaper

Instructions: 

  1. Lay out your newspaper across your work surface to protect it from any paint.

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

2. Set your hat on top of the newspaper and begin to paint any design or color you prefer (we printed our chia petals and cut them out to use as stencils)!

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

  1.  Paint however many coats you feel is necessary for your design, the hat will still remain floppy!

Make Your Own Shade - DIY Sun Hat

Enjoy!

 

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

 

Reduce, reuse, UPcycle! Did you know that June 24th is National Upcycling Day? We encourage you to get in touch with your creative side and make something beautiful and new out of something old! See below how you can celebrate this special day by upcycling your Mamma Chia bottles into something fresh, new and functional! After all, the best things in life are (almost) free!

1. DIY Upcycled Bottle Cap Magnets

What brings you joy? Is it crafting, painting, or upcycling items? If so, we have a quick and easy DIY in store for you! Start building your Mamma Chia beverage cap collection and transform them into your own one-of-a-kind  fridge magnets that give you playful reminders to “embrace the wacky you” throughout the day!

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

 

2. Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor | By the Resource Girls

Sometimes the kitchen can be the hardest area in our home to decorate. Maybe it’s because it tends to be the room that seems the most daunting, or depending on where you live, it can be the room with the least amount of space. If you’re in need of a little inspiration and want to spice up your kitchen decor, then this is the perfect DIY for you.  The best part? It’s both decorative and functional and that’s a win-win in our book!

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls

 

3. DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Vases

What’s more delightful than visiting your local farmer’s market for a bundle of fresh flowers and placing them in your very own sea glass vase?  Brighten up your home with this popular decor trend and recreate this DIY that helps make Mamma Earth brighter, too!

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

4. Upcycled Tealight Candles

Do you enjoy the inspirational quotes you find underneath our caps? One Mamma Chia fan loved them so much she created this amazing DIY that we get to share with you! Light up your home or backyard summer BBQ with these Magical upcycled bottle cap tealights created by Julie Divinski, of Soy Wicks & Sticks!

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

DIY Upcycled Tealight

5. DIY Recycled Mamma Chia Holiday Bottles

Have your very own winter wonderland in your home this year with these DIY recycled Mamma Chia bottles. You can create this magical piece with any of our beverage bottles (we used our Chia Energy and Chia Vitality Beverage bottles) to dazzle your guests this holiday season. This inexpensive DIY project will bring joy and peace to your home, as well as, Mamma Earth.

5 Ways to Celebrate National Upcycling Day

DIY Recycled Mamma Chia Holiday Bottles

The Beauty of Chia Seeds

The Beauty of Chia Seeds

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Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Did you think you could only reap the benefits of chia seeds by incorporating them into your snacks and meals? Well, who knew you could actually use chia seeds to create your own DIY spa day! We’ve got a handful of tips about how consuming chia can help your hair, skin and body experience the beauty benefits both inside and out!

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair

Our hair, just like chia, is full of protein, which is necessary to keep it strong and thick. Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse containing 20% more protein than soy beans, plus added Omega-3’s that are critical to help prevent hair loss.  Adding chia seeds, a complete protein, to your diet can help promote luscious locks.

DIY Chia Seed Hair Mask

Give your tresses an extra boost of pampering with this DIY hair mask. Chia seeds are the perfect ingredient to add to any hair mask treatment of your choice since they are able to swell up to 12x their normal size when placed in water. This allows the chia seeds to create a gel like consistency that will hydrate your hair. Get summer ready locks with this hair mask recipe. All that is required is 4 simple ingredients: apple cider vinegar for glossiness, coconut oil to condition, chia seeds for hydration, and honey to smooth.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Pop the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the coconut oil so it can be mixed with all the other ingredients. Set aside to cool.
  3. Gently work a pinch of the hair mask through your ends after shampooing and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse and enjoy your silky soft hair.
  4. Store leftovers in small glass container and use whenever you please.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Skin

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it is important to take great care of maintaining healthy, supple skin. Soothe inflammation and calm acne blemishes with a chia face mask. The Omega-3 fatty acids in chia can help aid the healing process of irritated blemish wounds, as well as protect the outer layer of skin from bacteria.

DIY Chia Seed Face Mask

Exfoliate your pores with a refreshing 3 ingredient face mask and rejuvenate your face before you tackle the day. This mask will moisturize dry, sun-kissed skin with the power of chia seeds combined with coconut oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all 3 ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Apply mask to face, avoiding contact with eyes.  Let mask set for 5-10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to create a gel like consistency.
  3. Massage your face with a damp, warm washcloth moving in circular motions to exfoliate skin. Rinse off face with warm water and pat dry.

Magical Upcycled Tealights

Magical Upcycled Tealights

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Do you enjoy the inspirational quotes you find underneath our caps? One Mamma Chia fan loved them so much she created this amazing DIY that we get to share with you! Light up your home or backyard summer BBQ with these Magical upcycled bottle cap tealights created by Julie Divinski, of Soy Wicks & Sticks! These candles are so simple to make that once you’ve burned it all the way down to the wick you can refill the lids again with scents like Bonfire Bliss, Cucumber Mint, Lavender, or Cranberry Salsa (pictured). Unleash your creative soul and brighten your spirits with one-of-a-kind scents for yourself or your friends!

Magical Upcycled Tealights | Mamma Chia Blog

Magical Upcycled Tealights | Mamma Chia blog

Supplies: 

  • Pouring pitcher
  • Large wooden spoon
  • Single electric burner or large sauce pan filled with water
  • Digital cooking thermometer
  • Electric glue gun
  • 1/2 lb. soy wax flakes
  • 1/2 ounce fragrance oil (specific for candle making)
  • Tea-light wicks (pre-tabbed wick)
  • Colored dye chips (optional)
  • Mamma Chia Beverage caps

Instructions: 

  1. Pour the soy wax flakes into a pouring pitcher and place on the electric burner or in a saucepan filled with water using low heat.
  2. Plug in hot glue gun, once warm, add a spot of glue on the metal tab of the tea light wick and place in the center of the Mamma Chia bottle cap. Set aside to cool.
  3. Melt the soy wax flakes and remove from heat once the temperature reaches 180 degrees.
  4. Using your wooden spoon add shavings of colored dye chip and your fragrance oil. Stir well for approximately 1 minute. Remove the spoon and allow the wax to cool to 135 degrees.
  5. Once the wax has cooled, slowly pour the wax in the Mamma Chia caps you set aside in Step 2, allowing the wax to set and harden.
  6. Light and enjoy your Magical Mamma Chia Tea Lights.

The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding!

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Are you new to incorporating chia into your meals or stumped as to what to create next with your chia seeds? We are here to help you out! We’ve put together The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding, highlighting our simplistic in-house recipes along with decadent chia seed masterpieces from our favorite bloggers. Seed Your Soul with recipes that are beginner friendly, using minimal ingredients, as well as intermediate recipes for those who enjoy playing with food art. Grab a bag of Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds and explore the possibilities with this neutrally flavored, but highly nutritious seed. Who knows, you might just stumble upon your very own chia-licious recipe!  For more amazing recipes scroll to the bottom and download the full e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding. Get creative and enjoy!

1.Coconut Chia Rainbow Parfait | @earthyandy

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

2. Mango Tumeric Chia Pudding | @willfrolicforfood

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

3. Cake Batter Chia Pudding | @edibleash

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

4. Carrot Cake Chia Pudding | @blueberrysmoothies

Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding

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Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls

Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls

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Isn’t spring the best feeling? These Resource Girls are loving all of the sunshine, fresh air and patio nights with grilled food. Those cold months stuck around way too long if you ask us. With the newness that spring brings we want to embrace Mamma Chia’s motto of ‘Seed Your Soul’ this season and find a few new ways to include it into our home decor.

As Resource Girls, we believe that a positive word or phrase has the ability to turn your day around. We love embracing positive affirmations on our clothing or jewelry, and definitely won’t shy away from some inspirational quotes hanging on our walls at home. Little extra reminders like these help us remember to not take life too seriously and to live in the present.  If you’re of the same mindset as us or just needing a little extra positivity then we’ve got just the project for you!  We are firm believers that at home projects don’t need to be overly complicated or expensive.  Below are a few of the items you’ll need and we promise the rest is easy and will have your home feeling ready for warmer days in no time!

Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls | Mamma Chia Blog
Items Needed ||

Wooden board or sign (if you want it to be magnetic, use one with a tin surface like the one pictured above!)
Black chalkboard marker or chalkboard paint with paint brush
Terra cotta pot
Acrylic paint with paint brush
Colorful chalk markers
Plant for your pot

Tutorial || 

  1. Ensure your surface is clean. Using your black chalkboard marker or chalkboard paint and paint brush, draw/paint over the entire area you want to create a chalkboard on. For the sign, we covered the entire front.  For the pot, we only drew a square and colored that in. Make it as big or small as you want!
  1. Allow the black chalkboard pen or paint to dry per instructions. Ours didn’t take too long and after one hour, we added another two layers  to ensure the black color was dark enough and no surface was showing through.
  1. While the second coat dries, use a gold permanent sharpie and color the edge of your board, or us any colored acrylic paint.  If you don’t have an edge that shows then you may skip this step.
  1. Now comes the fun part! Make it your own and write a fun saying or quote on your chalkboard surface using chalkboard markers. We love Mamma Chia’s ‘Seed Your Soul’ motto, but we say write what makes your soul happy. Using the chalkboard markers make a pattern or design on it to give it some flair. Mess up? No problem!  Chalkboard markers can easily be cleaned up on the chalkboard surface you created with a wet paper towel. Once you’ve wiped it off, pat the surface dry with a clean paper towel.  These chalkboard markers can be used on wood, paper or terra cotta pots. We’re sure there are many more fun ways to use them around your home, so get creative!

Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls | Mamma Chia Blog

Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls | Mamma Chia Blog

If this doesn’t get you ready for some spring cleaning and decorating we don’t know what will!  Add the sign to your desk at work for weekly reminders, or place your newly decorated pot on your back porch next to your patio chair to give you an extra ounce of sunshine while you relax and enjoy yourself. We’re sure this little bit of positivity, along with a friendly reminder to ‘Seed Your Soul’ will have you channeling positive vibes, ensuring that you will have your best spring yet!Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls | Mamma Chia Blog

About the Authors:

The Resource Girls Lauren and Cat are two best friends who have a lifestyle blog, The Resource Girls. They blog about what they call their 5 F’s – fashion, fitness, finance, food, and friendship. Their number one goal is to embrace who they are and live a healthy and happy life while not spending a fortune. They especially love DIY projects because they can put their own spin on something and make it 100% unique to them. Their motto is Be resourceful. Be you.

10 Unique Ideas to Surprise and Delight Mom this Mamma’s Day

10 Unique Ideas to Surprise and Delight Mom this Mamma's Day

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10 Unique Ideas to Surprise and Delight Mom this Mamma's Day

We love our Mammas here at Mamma Chia! We all can agree that they deserve the world for all that they’ve done for us. To show them our appreciation, we’ve rounded up a list of handmade gifts and ideas for you to spoil your Mamma this year. These budget-friendly gestures are a great way to show her she’s on your mind! Cherish your Mamma and don’t forget to tell her how much you love her!

1. Succulent Tea Cups

Tea party for two? Bring back a bit of nostalgia to when Mom used to play tea party with you! Create this dainty plant holder by treasure hunting at your local antique or thrift store to find unique pieces that hold everyone’s favorite desert plants!

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2. Potted Herbs with Printable Tags

Skip the flowers and create a couple potted herbs for Mom to maintain and use in the kitchen. This simple DIY may even start a new hobby for her!Potted-Herb-DIY-Gifts-with-Printable-Tags-2

3. Grapefruit Rosemary Bath Salts

Pamper Mom this Mother’s Day with these relaxing bath salts that allow her sit back and soak in this delightful aroma combo.DIY-grapefruit-rosemary-bath-salts-Homey-Oh-My

4. Go to Brunch

Beat the Mother’s Day crowd and take Mom out to brunch the day before or create your own brunch buffet with Mom’s favorite foods. Wanna be outside? Go have a picnic somewhere with a view. Your Mamma will sure enjoy the quality family time without any distractions!

5. Homemade Card

Are you far away from Mom this Mother’s Day? Rather than going to the store and sorting through hundreds of cards, why not make your own unique card!  Get creative and make it an arts and crafts project. Be sure to fill it with a heartfelt messages that only you can write best!DIY-Watercolor-Mothers-Day-Card

6. Pick Up the Phone

If a gift isn’t in your budget this year and you can’t spend the day with Mom, what better way to show her you’re thinking of her than some quality phone time. Rather than sending Mom a quick “Happy Mother’s Day” text, pick up the phone and give her a phone call or even Facetime! Give her your time and full attention and remember it’s the little things that count!

7. Marbled Clay Ring Dish

Moms have handfuls of jewelry and always seem to be running out of places to store it all! Make her this DIY marbled clay dish to stash her earrings and rings for a quick grab and go!diy-marbled-clay-ring-dish

8. Coffee Cup Candles

Wake up and smell the coffee or, er, the candle!  Be sure not to use Mom’s favorite mug, but choose cups that accent Mom’s decor.  The best part is that this DIY candle holder can be reused each time the candle is burned all the way through! You can’t go wrong with this gift since everyone enjoys a good scented candle.Coffee-Cup-Candles-6

9. Message in a Bottle Necklace

Leave Mom a quick little message she can wear around her neck whenever you’re apart. This sentimental gift is a great piece Mom can take anywhere and everywhere with her.IMG_8599

10. Wooden Spoon Herb Markers

For Moms who love gardening and just in time for Spring, these super simple garden markers make a gift that Mom will adore. She’ll also appreciate the fact that you’re supporting something she enjoys doing!herb markers painted planters

 

 

 

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DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Flower Vases

DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Flower Vases

April 14, 2016
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Spring is in the air and flowers are in full bloom! What’s more delightful than visiting your local farmers’ market for a bundle of fresh flowers and placing them in your very own sea glass vase?  Brighten up your home with this popular decor trend and create a DIY that also helps make Mamma Earth brighter, too!

DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Flower Vases

DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Flower Vases

DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Flower Vases
DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Flower Vases

What You Need:

  • 2-3 empty Mamma Chia beverage bottles
  • 1 can of sea glass spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Twine
  • Bouquet of flowers

Directions:

  1. Wash your Mamma Chia beverage bottles clean with soap and warm water.
  2. Peel off the beverage label. There will be a sticky residue left after removal. Don’t worry, there’s a few household solutions to get the residue off. We used canned olive oil spray, but here’s a link to alternative options: How to Get Sticky Residue Off Glass
  3. Make sure the bottles are completely dry and find a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors. Lay down newspaper to protect the surface you are working on. Following the instructions on the can of spray paint, and one at a time begin to spray the first coat of paint. Do keep in mind that the more layers you spray with this specific paint, the darker your bottle will be and the less it will look like sea glass. We played around with different layers on each bottle to create an ombré effect.
  4. Let the bottles dry for at least 30 minutes before wrapping the twine around the rim of the bottle. When you’re wrapping the twine around the neck of the bottle, you can secure the loose piece by tying the ends together.
  5. Trim your flowers to fit into the bottles and arrange them as desired!

DIY Upcycled Sea Glass Flower Vases

Enjoy & Happy Spring!

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Spring Cleaning DIY: Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

April 14, 2016
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With spring in full swing, it’s time to rid our homes of dirt and debris (especially with allergy season upon us)! With a plethora of chemical-based cleaners occupying the shelves, we wanted put together these easy-to-use, non-toxic cleaners for you to make at home. After all, the home should be treated as a sacred space, not a space full of toxic chemicals! Non-toxic, biodegradable matter is so important for us to utilize in every aspect of our lives, from food to cleaning products.

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

What You’ll Need…

  • Pure baking soda
  • Pure-castile liquid soap (we love Dr. Bronner’s organic and fair trade soaps!)
  • 100% pure tea tree essential oil
  • Organic apple cider vinegar (we love Bragg’s!)
  • Spray bottle(s)

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

All-Purpose Cleaner

This cleaner will be your new best friend! With pure essential oils and organic soap, you will love the aroma this non-toxic cleaner will release in your home! Measure 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner Pure-Castile Soap (we love the lavender scent!) with 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Add 25 drops of pure tea tree essential oil. Adjust measurements as needed to fit your spray bottle.

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Laundry

Measure 1/3 – 1/2 cup pure-castile liquid soap for a large load + 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half the amount for high efficiency (HE) washers. Vinegar works magic on your clothes! It helps to remove musty odors and brighten colors! Tip: prevent bright colored clothes from staining other garments by soaking them in vinegar for 20 minutes before their first wash!

Mopping

Measure 1/2 cup pure-castile liquid soap with 3 gallons of hot water.

Windows

Measure 1 Tbsp. pure-castile liquid soap with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray down your windows and wipe with a cloth soaked in half water half vinegar mixture.

Toilet

Predilute pure-castile liquid soap 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle and add 25 drops of pure tea tree oil. Turn off the water on the side of the toilet and then flush to drain the water out of your toilet. Spray down the inside of the toilet bowl with the spray bottle contents and let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle baking soda on toilet cleaning brush and scrub toilet thoroughly. Turn the water on to fill the bowl with water, then flush.

Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls

Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls

April 14, 2016
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Sometimes the kitchen can be the hardest area in our home to decorate. Maybe it’s because it tends to be the room that seems the most daunting, or depending on where you live, it can be the room with the least amount of space. If you’re in need of a little inspiration and want to spice up your kitchen decor, then we’ve got the perfect DIY for you below.  The best part? It’s both decorative and functional and that’s a win-win in our book! We were inspired to create a mini kitchen pantry shelf after reading one of our favorite cook books. We wanted something that served a purpose, but was cute to look at, too!

We took this old shelf and gave it a fresh coat of paint, then used this antiquing glaze to give it a vintage, distressed look.

Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls

Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls

Next we took a bunch of old jars, which included our empty Mamma Chia beverage bottles, to store some of our dry pantry goods. It’s important to use jars that are different heights and widths to provide dimension. What’s a kitchen without fresh flowers? We also used one of our empty bottles to serve as a vase in order to add something fresh and cheery. We love the eclectic, yet not cluttered, look of this shelf.  The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to these glass bottles.  We’ve also used them for storing our homemade salad dressing! Follow the simple tutorial below to recycle your old Mamma Chia beverage bottles into kitchen pantry containers!

For the finishing touch we added in these free kitchen printables. Simply go to the website and print off any of these designs and put in a frame.

Get creative! Cut the chalkboard tape into different shapes. Use different colored chalk or chalkboard markers. Find sayings that inspire you! This is what we love about DIY – you can make it your own!Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls

Materials ||

  • Empty Mamma Chia beverage bottles
  • Goo Gone or any kind of adhesive remover
  • Chalk or chalkboard markers
  • Scotch chalkboard tape
  • Scissors

Tutorial ||

  1. Wash empty bottles with soap and water or run through dishwasher. Use an adhesive remover like Goo Gone to remove labels from bottles, then re-wash with warm soap and water to make sure all the glue is off the bottles.
  2. Decide what you want to put in your bottles then make labels.
  3. To make labels we used Scotch Chalkboard Tape. We found the chalkboard markers at Target or you could use actual chalk. The tape easily peels off so if you wanted to change what you put in the bottles it’s no problem.
  4. Simply cut tape to desired size and label each bottle according to what you put in it or write a fun inspirational saying. We definitely recommend cutting the tape first then writing on it.
  5. Don’t delay; fill with any pantry dry good – coffee, popcorn kernels, rice, beans, nuts, oats, the possibilities are endless!

Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls

Mamma Chia Bottles as Kitchen Decor by The Resource Girls


About the Authors:

The Resource Girls Lauren and Cat are two best friends who have a lifestyle blog, The Resource Girls. They blog about what they call their 5 F’s – fashion, fitness, finance, food, and friendship. Their number one goal is to embrace who they are and live a healthy and happy life while not spending a fortune. They especially love DIY projects because they can put their own spin on something and make it 100% unique to them. Their motto is Be resourceful. Be you.

DIY Geode Coasters

DIY Geode Coasters

April 14, 2016
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A beautiful beverage deserves a beautiful coaster! We’ve seen these beautiful, all natural coasters flying off the shelves at home decor stores. With a set ranging anywhere from $50-$150 in store, we figured it would be a delight to find an affordable way to makes these beautiful creations at home (at a fraction of the price)!

What You’ll Need:

  1. Geode/Agate slices. We found ours here! You can also find a beautiful selection on Amazon. Be sure to order slices that are at least 3.5″ in diameter.
  2. Small paintbrush
  3. Gold or Silver Liquid Leafing
  4. Rubber Feet (optional)

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

Directions:

Step 1: Apply the self-adhesive rubber feet on one side of each geode slice. If you are not using rubber feet, feel free to skip to step 2! Press and hold each rubber foot for 10-30 seconds to ensure it has fully adhered to the geode. Place a minimum of 4 to ensure equal stability. If your geode is a little more oblong in shape, you may need to add several more to avoid tilting of any kind when your beverage is resting on top.

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

Step 2: Lay out some newspaper or paper towels on your work area. Shake your gold/silver liquid leafing very well. Dip your paintbrush into the leafing and begin to paint the sides of geode. Tip: you might want to do this in a well ventilated area, as the fumes of the liquid leaf can be a bit overpowering!

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Step 3: Once you have completed painting the sides of the geodes, gently place them on your newspaper or paper towel surface to dry. It should dry fairly fast!

Step 4: Enjoy your beautiful creation, or give to friends as gifts!

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

DIY Upcycled Bottle Cap Magnets

DIY Upcycled Bottle Cap Magnets

April 14, 2016
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What brings you joy? Is it crafting, painting, or upcycling items? If so, we have a quick and easy DIY in store for you! Start building your Mamma Chia beverage cap collection and transform them into your own one-of-a-kind  fridge magnets that give you playful reminders to “embrace the wacky you” throughout the day!

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What you need: 

  • Mamma Chia beverage caps
  • Magnets
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paints (any color you prefer)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Paint brushes
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions: 

  1. Rinse your bottle caps of any remaining residue if not already done.
  2. Protect your surface with newspaper and begin painting your bottle caps however you desire. You will need to paint 2-3 layers on the caps so they are evenly coated, so be sure to let each layer dry completely before applying the next.
  3. Heat up your glue gun. Once warm attach the magnets to the back of the cap.
  4. After glue has cooled, place magnets anywhere you like and enjoy!

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Tart Cherry Chia Mimosa

Tart Cherry Chia Mimosa

April 14, 2016
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Kick off 2016 with vitality, energy and strength! This Tart Cherry Chia Mimosa, found in Janie Hoffman’s The Chia Cookbook, is a delightfully tasty way to ring in the New Year with protein, fiber and Omega-3’s to boot!

Tart Cherry Chia Mimosa

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. (3/4 cup) organic, 100% tart cherry juice
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbsp.) St. Germain
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbsp.) seltzer water or club soda
  • 2 Tbsp. black or white Mamma Chia organic chia seeds
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) Champagne or sparkling white wine, well chilled

Directions:

  • In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the tart cherry juice, St. Germain, seltzer, and chia seeds and let stand for about 20 minutes.
  • Chill well, then whisk again before using (makes about 1 cup cherry-chia gel).
  • Pour the chilled cherry-chia gel into champagne flutes. Top with Champagne or sparkling white wine and gently stir.
  • Serve immediately along with a cocktail stirrer to evenly distribute chia as it’s being enjoyed.
  • Serve in your best glassware and remember to stir before serving.
  • Serves 4. Enjoy!

DIY Party Tray

DIY Party Tray

April 14, 2016
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It’s time to start gearing up for the last major holiday celebration of the year! We are thrilled to share this creative DIY piece so that you can be the “hostess with the mostess” while ringing in the New Year. This fun and easy DIY Party Tray can be used for serving cocktails, hors d’ouvres, or as festive décor around the house! Either way, this custom tray will be sure to impress your guests at your New Year’s gathering!

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DIY Party Tray - Mamma Chia

What you’ll need:

  • Ceramic tray
  • Oil-based Sharpie markers (any color you prefer)
  • Alphabet Stickers
  • Oven

Instructions:

  1. Arrange your stickers on the tray in a way that appeals to you.
  2. Let your artwork dry for at least an hour.
  3. Carefully remove your stickers after the ink is dry.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake the tray for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove tray from the oven to cool.
  6. Wash and enjoy!

Chia-eers to a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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DIY Recycled Mamma Chia Holiday Bottles

DIY Recycled Mamma Chia Holiday Bottles

April 14, 2016
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When you thought that a refreshing bottle of Mamma Chia couldn’t get any better, think again!

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Have your very own winter wonderland in your home this year with these DIY recycled Mamma Chia bottles. You can create this magical piece with any of our beverage bottles (we used our Chia Energy and Chia Vitality Beverage bottles) to dazzle your guests this holiday season. This inexpensive DIY project will bring joy and peace to your home, as well as, Mamma Earth.

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What you need:

  • 1 Can of Primer
  • All-Purpose Spray Adhesive (we used Aleene’s Tacky Spray)
  • Newspaper
  • Epsom Salt
  • 3 Empty Mamma Chia Bottles
  • Holiday Picks (any holiday stems of your choice)

Extra Décor:

  • Silver Plate/Tray
  • Votive Candles
  • Ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Peel the label off the bottle.  No need to worry about the sticky residue left behind the primer will cover it.
  2. Protect your surface with newspaper and begin to spray each glass bottle evenly with primer. Spray at least 2-3 layers to make sure bottle is evenly coated, waiting until bottles are completely dry before adding a new layer. (We recommend to do this part outside)
  3. Spread out a thick layer of Epsom salt onto a sheet of newspaper. Spray one bottle at a time with tacky spray and immediately roll it across the Epsom salt until satisfied with the frosted layer. Repeat the remaining bottles.
  4. Arrange your holiday picks into the bottles anyway you wish.
  5. Optional: Place bottles onto a silver plate/tray and add any extra décor that appeals to you. Sprinkle a dash of Epson salt around the tray and enjoy!

Have a Chia-ful Holiday Season!

Lemon Dill Chia Dressing

Lemon Dill Chia Dressing

April 14, 2016
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Did someone say “Healthy Thanksgiving?” One of our favorite vegan bloggers Vegetaryn shows us how to make this tasty Lemon Dill Chia Dressing  a delightful side dish for your Thanksgiving table!


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Chia seeds are awesome, nutritious, and tasty! I love them in my water, on my oatmeal, in a cracker, or on my salad. Chia seeds are pretty much great for anything, and I will be sharing one of my favorite recipes, Lemon Dill Chia Dressing.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. First, juice 4 Lemons.
  2. Then mix the lemon juice with 3 tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar.
  3. Add 1 tsp. of Sriracha to the mix.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. of Mamma Chia’s Organic Chia Seeds.
  5. Let sit over night, covered, in the refrigerator.
  6. The next day add 4 tbsp. of fresh, chopped Dill.
  7. Serve or toss dressing with a salad. Personally, I like to use romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, & chick peas.

Enjoy!


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Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces

Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces

April 14, 2016
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Hello Fall! With all the festivities in full swing, here’s a fun and festive DIY project that will be sure to add a magical touch to your Thanksgiving table!

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These fall-bulous pumpkin succulent centerpieces are a delightful way to turn these popular desert plants into a fall favorite! These petite arrangements are wonderful table decor for any anticipated holiday dinner party, but do feel free to make your arrangement in any size pumpkin! You can find instructions on how to create these Magical inspirations at Luxe Happens.

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Supplies:

  • Pumpkins (small or big)
  • Succulents (we got ours from our local farmer’s market)
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Soil (we just used the soil from our succulents since our pumpkins were small)
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Scissors
  • Spanish Moss

Spooktacular Chia Slime

Spooktacular Chia Slime

April 14, 2016
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Get your little monsters excited for this gooey, chemical-free chia slime inspired by Fun at Home with Kids. Chia is so magical who knew it can also be a hands on activity that can be incorporated into play time? This edible concoction is safe for your little souls (although we suggest you don’t let them go digging in as well as parental supervision during play time)!

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Your ghouls and goblins will practically be squirming as they stretch and pull their Magical chia glob. This four ingredient slime is a great interactive idea with Halloween right around the corner! To find instructions on how to make our Spooktacular Chia Slime, please visit Fun at Home with Kids.

 

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INGREDIENTS

Enjoy and have a Faboolous time!

Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles

Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles

April 14, 2016
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Big Mamma Chia thanks to our pals at Pura Vida Bracelets for this Magical chia-spiration!

Who knew popsicles could be good for you? Hold onto what’s left of summer with these super easy and protein-packed pops.

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Ingredients:

Makes 10 servings
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
4 tablespoons Mamma Chia organic chia seeds
1½ cups diced strawberries
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons honey (more or less depending on taste)

Directions:

1) Combine all the ingredients in a bowl with a spout (makes pouring easier).

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2) Stir until the chia seeds are evenly spread throughout mixture.

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3) Refrigerate for 4 hours or until the chia seeds begin to expand.

4) Pour the mixture into popsicle molds (or plastic cups with a popsicle stick inserted in the middle) and freeze overnight.

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5) Enjoy a healthy sweet treat whenever you need a cool dose of summer!

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Recipe via A Happy Food Dance

Blog post via Pura Vida Bracelets