Last week on my instagram stories (@katiielo) I posted a poll asking what I should do for this weeks blog post, and a new song recording won the vote!
So here it is, my cover of Penniless Patron by Sean Hayes!
Check back every Tuesday for a new blog post!
What You’ll Need
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Hand cleansers are a convenient, on-the-go solution for cleansing your hands when soap and water are unavailable. This homemade version will not only cleanse your hands, but moisturize them too.
5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
8–10 drops doTERRA On Guard
Note: Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.
Living in Hawaii, I'll wake up scratching from bug bites constantly. When pests like mosquitos attack, they draw a tiny amount of blood while simultaneously injecting some of their own saliva into your skin. This foreign substance causes your body to release histamine as an immunity defense, which can result in itchiness. Luckily, if you find yourself up all night scratching like I used too, essential oils can help provide some relief.
This simple DIY combines the powerful soothing properties of Lavender and Melaleuca oils to help alleviate skin irritation and put your mind at ease.
As an alternative option, try adding doTERRA’s Purify Cleansing Blend to your roller bottle instead. This powerful blend of citrus and fir oils helps cleanse and protect the skin.
Once you’ve created your Bug Bite Relief blend, be sure to have it on hand for instant bug bite relief.
2 teaspoons doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Melaleuca essential oil
15–20 drops Purify essential oil
The end of an era. As Hawaii closes its doors on the sugar industry, what does that mean for all of the buildings and machines used in the sugar mills over the last century?
While taking photos at the Puunene Sugar Mill, I was approached by a security guard for the area. Knowing I was just down the street from the library, in the middle of the day on a public road, I was confused why he was stopping. Was I trespassing without even knowing? I put my camera around my neck as he rolled down his window. The first thing I see is the enormous smile plastered across his face. "Thank you, thank you sister!" he says to me. And now I am really confused. What was he thanking me for? He proceeded to tell me that all of the working equipment had been sold off, and the buildings were in the first stages of inspection to be demolished. He said they expected to start the demolition project in early 2019. He was thanking me for preserving a part of the Hawaiian culture and history through real photographs. We talked for about a half an hour, and he told me stories of his uncles working at this mill decades ago, and taking the train to school at what is now "Old Maui High School". He told me to just stay outside the fences, but take as many photos as I want, and was on his way.
Luckily, one of the buildings (Puunene School) was restored and is now used as an administration building. So at least a small part of this historic town will still be preserved.
Here are a few links to information about the history and end of sugar production in Hawaii:
End of an Era as Hawaii's Last Sugar Mill Wraps Up Final Harvest
Life After Sugar: A Year Later
HC Sugar History
Below is the collection of film photographs that were taken that day. I love how eerie the film makes the area feel. If anyone has photos of this mill taken while it was still working, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on my blog.
A few months ago, I stared a YouTube channel where I was planning on posting a video a week of me playing a cover of a favorite song. Well, life gets in the way sometimes, and raising three kids and working full time PLUS staring your own business can be very time consuming. I am hoping with the start if this blog that it will make me more accountable for my music. Recording, sharing writing, collaborating, whatever it may be. Sometimes I forget that my skills as an artist are not only physical goods. It can be a felling we share through our music.
To be honest, I have no always been comfortable sharing my music. I constantly pick a song apart until I feel it isn't good enough to share. My voice cracked at one part, I lost my breath and couldn't finish a verse, these were all reasons why I would choose not to share or post. Well I am beginning to look past the minor imperfections, realize I am recording on my iPhone 7, and I do not use auto tune or harmonizing to change or amplify my music. It is just me.
My next goal is to gain the courage to perform at an open mic night, or on the beach during a busy day with a lot of people around. I want to feel more comfortable playing and sharing my music, because "music saves our mortal souls."
Below is the link to my YouTube channel, currently with only two videos posted.
Comment what songs you would like to hear me cover and ill do my best!
Katy Lo Covers YouTube Channel
The first and currently only place you can buy my hand made items in person. The Makawao MarketPlace is located in Makawao, Hawaii on Maui, right across the street from Rodeo General Store! It is a space where local artisans can display and sell their items.
I have made numerous friends and gotten to connect with so many people at this location. Here I met Earl, a local crafter who creates a variety of items out of Axis Deer Antlers (and other animals antlers). We have collaborated on a number of different pendants and rings, combining my macrame wrapping techniques with his hand carved pendants and beads. The pieces are all unique since they are handmade. It is such a great experience to get to combine my skills with another to create a beautiful piece of art.
You can also find great eats from food touch like The Bee and Flower or Pele's Pizza. Links to both of their website are below! Made with locally sourced and organic products, these are delicacies you won't want to miss while you're on Maui! Plus, you're supporting local artists and business owners in the process! Win, Win!
The Bee n' the Flower: https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/the-bee-n-the-flower-makawao?start=30
Pele's Pizza: https://www.pelespizzahawaii.com
If you're on Maui, stop by on Sunday's from 10-3 and check out what us local artisans have to offer!
Shield your strands with a heat protectant spray made with Clary Sage and Geranium essential oils. Easy to make, this DIY spray will have your hair feeling full and healthy.
1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
2 teaspoons doTERRA® Salon Essential Smoothing Conditioner
1 cup water
5 drops Clary Sage essential oil
5 drops Geranium essential oil
Small spray bottle
There is no need to pull out your rubber gloves and surgical masks when you clean your home. It might surprise you to know that you can concoct simple and inexpensive non-toxic cleaners from ingredients already lying around your house. Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is not only safe on the environment, but is safe for your family as well. This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
¼ cup white vinegar
1 ¾ cups water
30 drops doTERRA essential oils
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