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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!

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

 

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!

 

Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls

Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls

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Chalk Paint DIY by The Resource Girls | Mamma Chia Blog

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.

DIY Geode Coasters

DIY Geode Coasters

April 14, 2016
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DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

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!

DIY Geode Coasters | Mamma Chia Blog

 

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!

DIY Upcycled Beverage Cap Magnets | Mamma Chia

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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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