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How to Make Your Own Bath Bomb

Bath Bomb with Essential Oils

 

Bath Bombs recipe with essential oilsThere is nothing, well almost nothing more relaxing than taking a long hot soak. My husband recently installed a jacuzzi tub in our master bath. At first I really didn’t think I would like it at all. I’m not that into baths. In fact my husband had to fill the tub for me and convinced me to get in. Taking a bath is one thing, but taking a bath with bubbles and with a bath bomb is just awesome. I’m pretty sure its the combination of the jacuzzi and the bath bomb, but it could’ve been the fact that the kids were somewhere else being taken care of by my hubby. Having no worries when you take a relaxing bath is in my opinion the best thing – total relaxment!

Recently I came across this awesome recipe on how to make your own bath bomb. Sure you can buy your own bath bombs. But do you really want something fizzing away under you and not knowing what is in it? Making your own is the safest bet to guarantee that there are no crazy chemicals in it that you need someone help you pronounce them. It also saves you a ton of money too! You can make natural and safe Bath Bombs for a small fraction of what you could buy them for! And it takes no time at all to make them, and just let them dry overnight to harden up is the only thing.

Save money and make your own Bath Bombs with your own fragrance from natural essential oils. With essential oils you can make a bath bomb for exactly what you need it for. make one for when you are sick, or a relaxing one that will help you sleep. You can even make one for a good pick me up with a clean crisp aroma. Make your own Bath Bomb ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Procedure:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)

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In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring

Now go ahead and mix wet and dry

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At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Tightly pack it down into your mold

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Let dry 24 hours

I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

How to make Bath Bomb with essential oils easy recipe

 

How to make your own Bath Bomb
 
How to make a great smelling Bath Bomb, that also moisturizes your skin with all natural coconut oil.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • ¾ tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
  3. Now go ahead and mix wet and dry
  4. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Tightly pack it down into your mold
  6. Let it dry 24 hours
  7. I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

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Easy, DIY Curtains, So Easy to Make!

You guys, I apologize in advance because this tutorial is a little on the long side! These curtains are so easy to make and take very little sewing and/or cutting.  You won’t even believe it!  I was pleasantly surprised at how great they turned out.

When I decided to do a mini makeover on my daughter’s room for her 12th birthday, one of the first things I knew had to go were her hideous lavender curtains that I had made for her nursery as a baby and they were definitely showing their age. Not to mention that they were the first thing I ever sewed on my sewing machine and they showed my lack of skill badly!  She had long since been over the color and it was just time to move on.

She wanted her walls white, and I wanted to bring as much color as possible in other ways into her room.  The palate is pink, aqua and gold.  I had decided to make curtains out of bed sheets.  Not the most exciting, but since the budget was tiny I was going to have to be thrifty.  At Walmart I was able to find twin flat sheets for $5 a piece.  Which wasn’t bad, but I would need 4 of them to add ruffles, or some thickness so that they weren’t see through.  I wasn’t in love with them though.  The color wasn’t exactly what I had in mind and they just weren’t very exciting. I decided to walk through the fabric while I was there and found this gorgeous, damask print and was instantly in love!  This had to be her curtains!

It was $4.97 a yard.  Since it was already the same width as a curtain panel, the length was the only part I had to worry about.  I wanted panels that went to the floor.  The average length of curtain panels I looked at were 84 inches, so I went with that.  To get 2 panels in 84 inches I would need just about 5 yards.  I even had them cut it in half for me so they would be exact (any fabric store should be able to do this).  Remember to allow for sewing, so go a couple inches over your desired length for best results

You will need:

Fabric pieces in the desired length.

Thick ribbon (1.5 inches works great) in coordinating color

thread

sewing machine or needle and thread if you are daring

iron

ironing board

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Once I got them home I ironed them.  I know, who irons anymore, right?  Well, I do only when I sew.  This is a pretty vital step actually.  Once the wrinkles are ironed out of them, turn your edged in about an inch and iron that down.  This will give you a nice, crisp edge that will make it perfect for sewing and keeping the raw edge hidden.  Do this all the way around.  I didn’t do any cutting, it was purely ironing and sewing.  Once you have both ironed you are ready to begin sewing.  I used my ironed edge as a guide to keep my sewing lines straight which works great.  Go slow so that your lines don’t go crazy.  Sew all the way around the fabric.  Since this is just off the bolt, you could actually just sew the top and the bottom to save time.  My fabric had a thin white strip on one side of it, so I opted to sew it down.

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Now that you have the basic panel, cut off some strips of your ribbon.  This will depend on the thickness of your rod.  My rod was only about an inch thick, so I did my ribbon sections in about 3 inch sections. This gave me plenty of room to sew the edge over and still have room to get the panel on the rod.  I also cut mine with pinking shears to keep the ribbon from fraying, but this isn’t necessary.

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Once I had those cut, I pinned them onto my panels.  I folded my panel in half and put a piece right in the middle, one on both ends and then another in between the two.  That was 5 pieces of ribbon if you are keeping track.  If your fabric is heavy, you may want to do more, but I wouldn’t recommend doing any less.

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I let mine be a little lower then my raw edge to prevent them from being visible when the panel was hanging on the rod.  Sew each end so that the edge is under.  The photo above shows how I put the ribbon on to make sure the raw edge stays hidden.

I wish you could really see the beautiful color of this fabric.  The photos just don’t do it justice and there is no time of day that is great for taking photos in this room!

I love how it turned out and how they look like they cost a lot more then they actually did.  I have seen panels similar that sell for much more then I spent.

If you are on a budget and want to change up any room in your house, this is the way to do it.  Inexpensive,easy and high impact.  You can’t ask for much more then that!

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Teaching Kids About Money and Consequences

I have been at my wits end lately trying to find a punishment that gets my kids’ attention!  It seems like nothing was getting through!  Until I thought of this.

Now the struggle of getting them to mind as well as helping them learn about saving and spending money are being addressed at the same time and it is working out great!

To begin with, lets talk about the consequences side of things.  The way it works in our house is by getting quarters.  At the beginning of the month we add $5 in quarters for my younger two and $10 for my 12 year old.  As the month goes on, anytime they disobey, talk back, hit someone, refuse to do their chore, or anything else that we feel fits loses them a quarter (sometimes more depending on the behavior).  The quarters then get put in a separate jar and the only way to get quarters back is by doing an extra chore or going above and beyond.  This is usually something they don’t know they will be earning money for and isn’t something they expect.

So by the end of the month they could have nothing left, or they could have even more then the $5 they started out with.  I realize this isn’t a ton of money, and may seem super small to you.  If that is the case, by all means increase the amount you are putting in!  It is great for any budget!

We plan on using the quarters month after month and paying them with bills so that they aren’t bogged down with tons of quarters.

Now onto the teaching them about money side of it.  We are trying to teach them the importance of saving for something they want, paying a small 10% portion to our church for tithing, and buying things they want.  It is hard for some of them.  Sometimes they get that money and want to spend it right away and then are disappointed when they could’ve gotten something better if they had saved for a couple of months.  But it is all up to them. With gentle reminders from us when the money is burning a hole in their pocket about something they had mentioned wanting that costs more then they have. (In our case this would be a video game that right now is still $60 and our son isn’t up that far yet!) it is ultimately still their choice if they spend or not.

I feel like allowing them to make a few mistakes and buy something they may regret later it is teaching them a valuable lesson.

I have found that this has also been great on cutting down their asking for everything they see at the store.  They are learning that things cost money and that none of us have an unlimited supply of it.  I used to dread taking them to the store because I always got asked for something and it is frustrating! Now, they see something they want and then notice how much it costs.  They do sometimes still ask for it, but if it isn’t something they need, it is something they will have to spend their own money on it.  They don’t usually like that idea!

This has been great at our house. It has worked wonders on both lessons and has eased up some of the arguing, tension and frustration around our home!

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These candles are such a great way to bring a little Valentine’s day festivity into your home without having to break the bank!

With some simple candles, a sheet of scrapbook paper and just a bit of ribbon you have a great decoration!

This tutorial really is so simple that typing it out is the most work the project took!  All you need is candles, a sheet of scrapbook paper, ribbon and some glue.  Now, I used scrapbooking squares so that it is easy to remove because then I can change them out for the season!  Smart, right?

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Depending on the size of your candle, will depend on how much paper you need. I left about an inch of space on top and the bottom edge of the candle, that made my paper about 4 inches, but like I said, it really just depends on the sizeof your candle.  I chose black and white with a hint of red because I wanted a little more of a “romantic” feel.  I love that with paper you can totally change the feel of this project!

All you need to do is wrap the paper around and tape it.

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Once you have paper attached add some ribbon.  Cut your ribbon the size you want.  If you want to tie a ribbon in a bow be sure to leave enough extra ribbon.  This could be done several different ways, with a ribbon, just tied like I did mine leaving the ends hanging, or just wrap it around and tape it in the back so it is just a smooth, flat ribbon.

That is it!  I told you it was easy!  Grab some scrapbook paper and make some of your own!  What a great way to add a little pizzazz to your decor!

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Candy In a Can~Thrifty Gift Idea

Here is a fun, unusual gift idea for Valentine’s day, or anytime really!  It is thrifty, original and cute!

You will need

A can of fruit Must have the pull tab on top

Small candy

A smooth edge can opener like this one or this one

Super glue (not pictured) with a small hole for dispensing

Scrapbook paper or duct tape to decorate the can

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Begin by cutting your can open with the smooth top can opener.  A regular can opener will not work for this!  You may have a hard time when you get to the area with the pop top. Be gentle but try your best to get it around there.  If you can’t get it off, just leave that part attached. Gently pry open the top, making sure not to distort the shape of the lid.  You will be reattaching it in a few minutes.  Dump your fruit into a bowl so that you don’t waste it, and rinse out your can.  While your can dries, peel off the label.  This would also be good for April fools day, just leave the label on!

Once your can is dry, fill it with candy.  You will want something small.  I used conversation hearts.  Once your candy is in, set your lid back on to make sure that it isn’t too full and that there is still room for it to set right.  Now, you will take your super glue and carefully glue the lid back on.  You want to use a very thin layer so that it doesn’t drip into the can onto your candy.  Let that dry.  While it is drying, if you want to add some cute scrapbook paper to the outside, or other embellishments you can do that now.  As you can see from my picture, I put the paper on before I glued it.  It doesn’t really matter.

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Once that glue dries you have a unique gift to give.   All that is left for the recipient is to pop the tab and enjoy the surprise inside!  This would be such a cute, thrifty way to show someone that you are thinking about them this Valentine’s day.  I am really thinking that sending my kids to school with some mandarin oranges in their lunch on April fools day would be so fun.  You could leave a little note on top of the candy inside the can.  For now though, these make a sweet little Valentine’s day gift.

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