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Bewitching in the Kitchen – Winter Skin Care

Bewitching in the kitchen is a series of classes that teach serums and potions that are great to make around Halloween time.  The first class is about winter skin care recipes that use natural ingredients such as Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil and Calendula Oil.  We teach about these amazing ingredients and show you how to make recipes that will moisturize dry skin and help heal skin conditions such as Psoriasis or Eczema, Bug Bits, Sunburn, Diaper Rash, and even give a Facial Toner recipe that will help with acne.

Winter Skin Care Recipes

We will be posting YouTube videos until the class is ready to be release on DVD and a downloadable file.   We will also have printable files with labels to put on the bottles, and a handout with all of the recipes.  To come will be a printable file for a poster & invitations for a homemaking teacher to advertise the class along with easy refreshment ideas for the class.

Facial Toner and 2 bottles of the Healing Skin Care Spray

The Youtube demonstrate shows how to make a bottle of Facial Toner and 2 bottles of the Healing Skin Care Spray.   The same recipe is used for both but we have found that it’s more convenient to have two different types of containers.   Shopping List:   2 empty 8 ounce spray bottles,  1 – 16 ounce bottle Witch Hazel, 16 ounces of Liquid Aloe Vera (make sure to buy a brand that doesn’t need to be refrigerated after opening)  and you need Lavender Essential oil.

In each of the empty 8 ounce spray bottles put:   1/2 Cup Witch Hazel,  1/2 Cup Liquid Aloe Vera and 20-30 drops Lavender Essential Oil

At this point half of the witch hazel has been removed and you can use the container with the remaining 8 ounces of Witch Hazel to make the Facial Toner.  To this bottle add 1 cup of liquid Aloe Vera  and 50-60 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

The Facial Toner is a natural remedy for acne.  Applying the toner to acne-prone skin can help slow down inflammation, redness, oiliness and bleeding. As a natural cleanser, it’s capable of reducing bacteria growth on the skin and speeds up the time needed to heal infections or scabs.

Another benefit is that this toner reduces the look of pores and helps stop excess oil production, sweating, and development of blackheads or whiteheads, which can contribute to breakouts.  Instead of opening up a pimple and making the problem worse, apply the toner directly to the skin wherever you notice a zit forming or tend to break out.

Apply the facial toner to discolored skin, bruises, old acne marks and bites to help fade their appearance and reverse damage.


Healing Skin

Recipe and Printable Labels for the Healing Skin Care Spray

Click here for the Printable labels for the Healing Skin Care Sprays

The Printable Labels can either be printed on Avery 6873 or a full page sticker sheet.   I purchased some expensive water proof labels at one point and even though they work better than a regular label I still had ink smear when they got wet.  I started putting contact paper over the top of the label on the spray bottle to help solve this problem.   I cut around the label design so a full page sticker sheet works well for this project.


The Printable files has a label for each of the 5 sprays mentioned on this webpage plus the Facial Toner.  On the label to be placed on the back side of the bottle there is instructions how to refill the bottle when its empty.   I’ve enjoyed the recipe being on the bottle so that I don’t have to get the handout every time the bottle runs dry.

Healing Skin Care Spray

The Healing Skin Care Spray is very simple to make! In an 8 ounce spray bottle put:   1/2 Cup Witch Hazel,  1/2 Cup Liquid Aloe Vera and 20-30 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  • kills bacteria that lives within skin’s pores
  • It is one of the most effective natural acne treatments — and it’s even been shown to stop cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer
  • Prevents signs of aging
  • and speeds up the healing process

We use this spray for 6 different purposes:  Facial Toner and Acne, Diaper Rash, Bug Bites, Sunburn, Hair and Irritated scalp, Hand Sanitizer

This spray isn’t limited to those 6 purposes but the list of skin conditions will help much more than that! It is good to use for Minor Cuts and Burns, Skin Sores, Bruises, Redness and swelling, Ingrown hairs, Psoriasis or Eczema, Oily skin, Excess sweating, Varicose veins, Cracked or blistered skin, Poison ivy, Razor burn, and Hemorrhoids


Healing Burns with the Skin Care Spray and Calendula Healing Balm

Another example of the effectiveness of the Healing Skin Care spray was when Shirley used it on her 2nd degree burns from her oven.  The picture on the right was taken three weeks after using the spray and some Calendula Healing Balm.

Healing Diaper Rash Spray

The Healing Diaper Rash Spray is easy to make. In a 8 ounce spray bottle put:   1/2 Cup Witch Hazel,  1/2 Cup Liquid Aloe Vera and 20-30 drops Lavender Essential Oil

The Anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel makes it an effective and safe remedy for soothing pain from diaper rash.  Regular application will also assist in healing damaged skin faster, further reducing your baby’s discomfort.

Adding Aloe Vera helps heal skin faster. It moisturizes the skin and prevents skin from drying.

Lavender Essential Oil is one of the few essential oils that is safe for your baby’s skin if the baby is older than 3 months old.  It will help soothe a baby’s bottom and it will also help clam and relax them.   Witches also like to add this oil to help the potion smell great.


Hand Sanitizer

A lot of homemade recipes for Hand Sanitizer are similar to brands that can be purchased.  They contain 60% to 95% alcohol because it kills bacteria.  Hand Sanitizer that contains alcohol, not only is flammable but it stings when put on cuts and chapped hands.  Alcohol dries out skin so if you have chapped hands it makes it even worse.  Alcohol can also seep into the pores of the skin and can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Did you know that a few squirts of Hand Sanitizer can be equal a couple of shots of hard liquor?   If the Hand Sanitizer is ingested it could lead to alcohol poisoning.

One advantage of making this recipe of Hand Sanitizer is because it contains Witch Hazel and it reduces the amount of alcohol from 60-95% to only 4%.   Witch Hazel is not a hazardous chemical.  If someone were to ingest Witch Hazel it may cause nausea but it’s not a health hazard.   If ingested you should drink lots of water to dilute it and seek medical attention.

Instead of drying skin the way alcohol does, Witch Hazel helps heal chapped and dry skin.  Another amazing ingredient in this recipe that helps moisturize skin is Aloe Vera.


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Cleaning Class

This cleaning class helps women of all ages.  The young gals like this class because they can save a lot of money on cleaning products and the recipes do not use harsh chemicals.  The participants learn about “Green Cleaning” and recipes taught are better for sensitive skin and for the environment.  Cleaning tips help women of all ages to be able to clean their home faster and easier.  The recipes have been tried and truly work better than expensive products.

Cleaning Class Poster

The poster adverting the class is so dang cute!   You can buy mini clothes pins and string a clothes line (jute cord) on the top of the poster to hang the printed pieces of clothing (Pictured above).  The printable PDF file has poster pieces that fit on 8 x 11 size paper and can be printed on any color printer.   The file has a sign up sheet and a page with 4 invitations for participants to take home.  (the invites look like the poster).

Plan to send the participants home with a spray bottle of glass cleaner.  It will be a reminder about the video every time they use it.  A month before the class start passing around a sign up sheet so that you will have a count of how many people will be attending.   Start making the spray bottles early so that you won’t be too busy preparing for the class.   The file has the sign up sheet and the labels that can be printed for the glass cleaner bottles along with instructions how to prepare for the class.


To prepare for the class quart sized spray bottles can be purchased from the dollar store. The labels on the file are printed on sticker sheets and then placed on the bottle. If you don’t have waterproof labels, you can use regular Avery labels and place clear contact paper over the label so that the label will be water proof if it gets wet. Put 1 Tablespoon of Rubbing Alcohol in the bottle and fill the bottle with water. Make a batch of the homemade laundry detergent and place 2 tablespoons of detergent in a baggie and tie the baggie to the bottle with a ribbon or jute cord. For my demonstration I made the laundry soap into flower shaped tablets (Instructions are on this weblink) If you are going to purchase the mold to make these then you can also do a short demonstration on the class how to make the tablets. When I did this everyone wanted to make tablets in a super saturday activity after they saw the demonstration.

Start the class by watching the video “Looking Through Windows”
You will need to work with your Relief Society Presidency to get permission to show the video and to ask for help to set up the equipment to show the video. Our ward has a special person who brings the projector and will hook the projector up to your laptop. After the projector is set up test the video to make sure you will be able to view it in class.

The Powerpoint slide show has this video embedded in the first slide. You will need to be connected to the internet in order to view this video so after the projector is hooked up to your laptop start the slide show and make sure you are logged on to the internet and can view the video.

As a back up plan, downloaded the video to your computer in case you have problems with the internet the night of the class.  You can find the video on this weblink.  click to download on the bottom right hand side as pictured below.


The Powerpoint has pictures so that you won’t have to do a lot of demonstrations during the class. While teaching the class you just can read the slides as you teach. Towards the end of the powerpoint presentation you will do a demonstration on how to make the homemade laundry soap and you will need to take those supplies.


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Planning Additional Relief Society Meetings

Helpful tips on how to plan additional Relief Society Meeting that are not held on Sunday

In the Relief Society section of the “Handbook 2: Administering the Church” it says – a sister may be called to help the Relief Society presidency coordinate the planning of Relief Society meetings that are not held on Sunday. These meetings may include service, classes, projects, conferences, and workshops. A committee can be formed to give specific areas of responsibility. This webpage is to help the Meeting Coordinator and the committee plan these types of meetings. When planning these meetings you should keep in mind the guidelines from the Relief Society handbook, which are to help sisters learn and accomplish the charitable and practical responsibilities of the Relief Society. They learn and practice skills that will help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen their families and make their homes centers of spiritual strength, and help those in need. They learn and apply principles of provident living and spiritual and temporal self-reliance. They also increase in sisterhood and unity as they teach one another and serve together. All Relief Society sisters, including those who serve in Young Women and Primary and those who do not actively participate in the Church, are invited to attend. Sisters may also invite their friends of other faiths.  Sisters should not be made to feel that attendance at these meetings is mandatory. daughters-in-my-kingdom-150x105-06500_000_Thumbnail A resource to help plan meetings is the book “Daughters in my Kingdom” that can be found on LDS.org.  This book is about the history and work of Relief Society.  Click here to download the book   This next weblink on lds.org will help you use the book “Daughters in My Kingdom” as a resource for planning additional Relief Society meetings.  Click here Consider the needs of the sisters Plan at least 4 larger activities/meetings a year for the entire group of women.  An activity that will let them spend time socializing and also fulfill the Relief Society goals.   The other meetings can be classes or activities that are smaller in size to help meet the sister’s needs.  A survey can be passed out for the sisters to fill out so you can learn about their interests and also find people who have talents in those areas. Relief-Society-Survey

CLICK HERE for the printable Relief Society Interest Survey

Meeting Planning

Plan a year of activities 4-5 months before the year begins.  The goal is to complete enough planning you will have an idea of budget needed.  Find out the date the budget needs to be turned in and then start planning 4-5 months before that date. In this example below the budget needs to be turned at the first of the year, January.

  • Aug – Plan the first large activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.  This activity for many wards/branches is the Relief Society Birthday party in March.
  • Sept – Plan the second large activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.
  • October – Plan the third activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.
  • Nov-Dec – Plan the Fourth activity for the next year.   Price the activity and figure out the date you want to hold the activity.

Figure out what other classes or smaller group activities will be held during the year.  How much will each class/activity cost?   Many wards plan their budget to cover advertising, teaching materials and the cost of the handouts.  If the participants make something to take home they pay for the project materials.
You may need to plan on some of the following expenses:

  • Handouts given to participants:  If the handouts for the classes will be photo copied at the church you need to find out which budget pays for those copies and if the library needs to have that amount for their budget.  If the handouts are made at a local store you will need to plan the cost of those handouts in your budget.
  • The cost of teaching materials
  • Will the budget cover refreshments? Or will the participants take turns bringing refreshments?
  • Will the participants be making something to take home?  Will the participants be paying for the project?  If so the invitation and advertising of the class needs to clearly tell them before they sign up for the class.  Participants should be required to pay for the materials before class so the instructor/ward budget won’t have to pay for materials if the participant doesn’t show up to the class.  Try to keep the participants costs as low as possible and also plan projects that can be completed in class so they won’t take unfinished projects home. In the advertising tell participants how long the class will last so they won’t have to leave class early.
  • How will you be advertising the class/activity and how much will it cost for those materials?

January you should be prepared at this point to put together the year’s budget and the dates that you need to reserve the building or location.   Find out who schedules the building.
Know the needs of the women in the ward/branch.  If most of the women work, don’t expect people to take time off work to help you.  You will need to accommodate their schedule.  If you don’t have people to help you in the middle of the day, when will you set up the activity?   What time is best to hold the activity if most of the women work?   These are the kinds of questions you need to ask when setting a date and time for the activity.

January start working on the March event: You should have most of the plans completed because you planned the event 5 months ago.
Pull together a committee to help

  • Because you planned ahead of time you will know what kind of help you need and you can be upfront with them when asking to help.  Tell them what kind of help you need (and don’t ask for additional help later.)   Treating people this way will build a trusting relationship with those who you ask to help.
  • If you make a sign up sheet to find your committee, explain what you need help with so they will know what they are making a commitment to do.  The clearer you explain the duties, the more successful your committee will be.
  • Know the people you are asking (if they work and how much free time they have.  Know their strengths and weaknesses).   Start making notes for future use.

Have a committee meeting.  Plan the invitations and poster. Give a deadline to the person making them.   Put the event in the ward news letter and announcements in Sacrament Meeting (yes, this far ahead).   Delegate tasks 2 months before the activity so that everyone will have time to complete their tasks.


Feb work on the event in March Follow up to make sure the building was reserved (so you don’t have any last minute surprises).   Don’t just trust the person you gave the dates to in January, but contact the person who has the schedule for the building to make sure your dates were turned into them.  Ask who else will be using the building that night (or the night before if you need to set up the day before the activity).    Contact the people who will be using the building and let them know of your plans.
An example of what you are trying to avoid:   If the young men of a different ward usually plays basketball in that room, they might move your tables out of the way to play basketball.   Even though they have good intentions to put everything back, they won’t remember how it was set up.  If you contact the leader of that group a month ahead they can make plans to take the group to a different location.

Always have a backup plan.

  • Sometimes your activity could be bumped to a different room because of a wedding or funeral.  The best solution is to plan your activity in a different room to begin with, one that is not commonly used, so you won’t have to change the meeting place at the last minute.
  • If you are having an outdoor activity where will the activity be moved to If the weather is bad?  Announce the backup plan on the invitation

Have a committee meeting a month before the event to see if the poster and invites are ready.  Start passing invitations out 4 weeks in advance and start displaying the poster.  Finish the plans and see where everyone is at with their assignments.
Note: It’s a good idea to advertise the upcoming activity/class at the current activity because these meetings attract participants who may not attend relief society on Sunday.  You might want to have the invitation/flier ready to hand out that far in advance.

March RS birthday party.  A week before the activity, hold a meeting with the committee members that still have tasks to complete (the people who are decorating or preparing food)   Let them tell what they have completed towards the task and what they still need to complete.  Listen for red flags to see if they need additional help.  Hopefully this will be a short meeting.    At the March activity you will want to announce the next activity.

April – Start working on the next activity.  Hold a meeting after the RS birthday party and talk about what was good and bad about the previous activity (how you would change it).   Talk about the upcoming activity and delegate the tasks. (Follow January instructions above two months before the next activity)

May – meet again with committee a month before the activity.  (see Feb instructions above).  The poster and invites should be ready to pass out.

June – summer activity (follow March instructions above)   Also start thinking about the next years planning.

Are you starting to see a pattern in the planning?
Always plan three months ahead of the activity.  Pull together the committee.  Meet with the committee members: two months before, one month before and one week before the activity.  Have a follow-up conversation about what worked and didn’t work.  If the same people are helping with the next activity, this conversation could happen at the meeting for the next activity.

Planning Successful Relief Society Classes

Plan a year of lessons with variety.    Make a schedule so you can see the larger picture of what a year will look like.   Planning at least 6 months in advance gives more time to identify helpful resources, and ask for additional help.

Classes will have the same planning flow as the “Activities” planning.  Classes need to be planned before the budget is turned in and then you can fine tune the planning 2 months in advance.   The advertising begins at the previous class one month before the class is held.

Plan a year following this example.

Subject taught


Items needed to teach

Jan Journal in a Jar Start writing a history Prepare kits.  Have them bring a wide mouth mason jar.  Bring items to decorate the jar.  Maybe paint the jar lids.
Feb Cards and Stationery How to make inexpensive cards, paper craft.  Valentines and Mother’s day cards Prepare kits, a couple of paper cutters, tables to work on, etc
March Photo Plaque Prepare & paint wood, family photo project or a temple picture Prepare kits, buy additional supplies for class. Area needed large enough for tables.  Tables and plastic table covers, etc.
April Etched Dish Soap Dispenser How to etch glass.    Tag for mother’s day gift or Christmas gift Order oil dispensers from Walmart a month in advance, order stencils and etching cream
May Family Home Evening lesson packet Homemade printable game Print game piece. Each participant needs scissors and a table work space.  1-2 glue sticks and clasp envelopes
June Knitted Dishcloth Basic knitting Purchase cotton yarn and knitting needles.  Find someone who knows how to knit to teach or assist in the class
July Campfire cooking Emergency Preparedness Tinfoil dinners
 Aug Jalapeno Jelly Canning Gather canning items. Find a cooking area large enough for demonstration and participants.  Print labels
September Recipe Card Holder Wood craft with cut vinyl Prepare kits, buy additional supplies for class, tables and plastic table covers, etc.
Oct Service Project Take Primary children to the nursing home to pass out treats This is a two meeting event.  1 meeting to make the treat bags, (the bags could be made in Sept) 2nd meeting is to take the primary children to pass out the bags.
NovSuper Saturday Basic Sewing, dish towelBanana Bread

paper bag  with wood painted snowman tag that the dish towel or bread will fit in


Prepare kits, find sewing machines, find people to help participants, tables to set sewing machines on.Cooking area to demonstrate banana bread. Gather cooking items

Items for paper/fabric craft and wood painting project.   Tables and plastic table covers, etc.

DecDipped Marshmallows/Hot Chocolate Quick and easy xmas gift ideaHot Chocolate social with cookie exchange Gather marshmallows, chocolate, electric frying pan and glass bowls.  Order straws a month in advance. Hot Chocolate items.


 An option is to write the 4 large activities on the schedule and then teach classes the other 8 months of the year.
Keep the lessons in mind, thinking of those subjects, as you go through your daily life.  You will pick up ideas that will help you teach the class or enhance the class.   If you’re teaching a craft project, just walk around the craft store and think about the project.   You will be amazed what kind of ideas you will get to enhance the lesson, I call this spiritual guidance.

Prepare: Make sure the classroom is neat and organized.   Set up the class so it will flow smoothly and timely.   An example is a cooking lesson:  set the items up on the counter in the order you will use them, prepare ingredients in advance 1) chop or dice ingredient, 2) measure the ingredients and put them in separate bowls.

Beginning the class in a way that prepares the participants to learn. Do such things as present an object lesson, write questions on the board, print little posters to hang up on the board, or have someone read a story or a thought.

Conclude your lesson in a way that invites learners to live what they have learned.   Ask participants how to apply the skill learned and give examples of other ways they could use the skill.    Think outside the box:  As an example; the November class teaches sewing.  You could take a minute of class time and show them how to do a straight stitch to mend a pair of pants, or you could sew a button on a garment that is missing a button.   Ask participants if they can think of ways to use the skill in other projects.

After teaching a lesson, it is helpful to evaluate your teaching and how the class went.  Make notes if someone struggles with a certain task so you can find a way to help them next time.  Write down anything that didn’t work or flow well or that you wouldn’t repeat again.  This evaluation time will help you teach future classes and help you plan classes that will help strengthen participant’s skills.

Starting a Group of women who have the same interests

Organize the group by making a signup sheet to see who wants to be in the class/group.   View the example of the signup sheet for the cooking group below. One person is asked to be in charge of the group and to keep things running, advertising, calling and reminding participants.   Every person in the class will take a turn being in charge of a class and hosting the class at her house. Another option is to hold the class in the same location but the participants take turns demonstrating.  When a group functions this way it gives everyone a chance to teach and strengthen their skills to a deeper degree.   If you decide to start groups with the same interest, make sure you have more than one group so that people won’t feel left out.  For example; if you start a group for young mothers to take their kids to the park during the day time, then start a different group that working mothers would be interested in and hold that class in the evening.  Know the needs of the women so you can accommodate their schedules.

womens_groups Click here for Printable Page – Starting women groups

Example of a cooking group signup sheet Cooking-Group

Click for printable handout for the Cooking Group


List of Classes that will be posted on Homemaking Divas website

I plan to post a new lesson every 1-2 months. The name of the class will be IN BLUE CAPS

if the webpage has been posted. Click on the name of the class to be taken to that webpage.

Dating, courtship, and preparing for marriage and keeping marriage strong Cooking
Prepare to go on a mission & prepare children to go on a mission SALADS IN A JAR
Preventing addictions; recovering from addiction Meal planning, nutrition and food preparation
Encourage children to read Inexpensive meal ideas
Build family relationships. Communication in the family; family councils and learning how to solve conflicts Freezer Cooking: cook larger amounts and then freeze meals to use later
Family Home Evening Packets Secrets for trimming calories
Collecting and preserving family history BASIC SEWING
Becoming an effective Grandmother Beginning Crochet
Teaching children good financial habits Beginning Knitting
Helping children choose a career CLEANING WITHOUT HARSH CHEMICALS
Family Reunion ideas Tips on decorating your home
Have a good Self Esteem Pointers on how to hang a picture grouping
Learning the internet family history resources, searching for records of an ancestor. Organizing your home
Write a personal history, Journal Jar How to keep house plants healthy
Teaching positive behavior and teaching children values Music in your home
Support someone going through a divorce.  Helping single parents Budgeting, eliminating debt, preparing for unexpected needs
How to plan a block party Planning for retirement
Welcome new neighbors Organizing important papers
Developing cultural awareness Using Computers and other technology
Serving others together as a family MEALS IN A JAR FOR FOOD STORAGE (dehydrated/freeze dried foods)
Inexpensive gift ideas to give neighbors Canning
Helping elderly parents Sun Oven and thermo cooker
Organize a walking group Herb garden, preserve herbs, use herbs in cooking
Fitness and Exercise tips, organize a exercise group Gardening
How to dress for your figure First Aid
How to improve self esteem Yard care.  How to prune trees
Makeup, skin care and hair tips Emergency preparedness
DYI WINTER SKIN CARE RECIPES(this is a Halloween Theme class for October) Perennial flowers and bulbs.  When and how to divide them to start new plants
Safety and accident prevention


Relief Society Service Projects

Relief Society Service Projects

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Relief Society Super Saturday

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Old Fashioned Spring Ladies Luncheon

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