Relaxing Homemade Bath Salts

Last year as a Teacher Appreciation gift, I made a homemade sugar scrub, and then one year I made lavender sachets.  This year, I decided to make some relaxing homemade bath salts.  I’ve made a few versions of bath salts before, but this year I used dried lavender as a primary ingredient.  I’m pleased with how these turned out, and the jars that I found at Target along with the personalized gift tags I made with my Cricut Explore Air, really made me proud of how the jar of homemade bath salts turned out.  If you’d like to make some for yourself, here’s how.

Have you ever made your own Bath Salts? With a few ingredients, including your favorite essential oils, you can make a jar full of relaxing homemade bath salts that are wonderful to give as a homemade gift!

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Easy DIY Conversation Heart Bookmark

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Mellow Man loves Necco Wafers. They are his favorite candy. I don’t get the attraction to them, but I suspect the best part of Valentine’s Day for him is the Sweethearts.  While I don’t find them that delicious, I would definitely say that Sweethearts are an iconic part of Valentine’s Day.  I mean who doesn’t think of conversation hearts when thinking about Valentine’s Day.  Over the past few months, I’ve been gathering dozens of craft ideas for conversation hearts, and there are a lot of ideas out there.  I’ve seen lots of wonderful recreations of the “hearts in clay and salt dough, and a variety of rings and bracelets made with conversations hearts.  I didn’t think that Mellow Man would appreciate jewelry, so I decided to use an actual conversation heart to create my very own, quick and easy DIY Conversation Heart Bookmark.

Easy to make DIY Conversation Book Mark
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Romantic Rose Jasmine Sugar Scrub

I have to admit that I’m still learning about essential oils, and I am coming at them from a different point of view than many of the websites out there. I don’t completely understand all of their therapeutic benefits, and I’m not trying to fully maximize those aspects. I do recognize that different scents make you feel differently. Some make you feel calm and relaxed, some make you have more energy. My Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash really makes me feel alive and refreshed, and I know that the essential oils contribute to that sensation. For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make a romantic scented sugar scrub, and I did some reading, trying to find a good blend. I picked up some Jasmine essential oil recently, and it smells heavenly.  I actually wasn’t sure how best to blend it with other essential oils.  Believe it or not, searching for blends took me quite a while because I didn’t really want to buy any more essential oils– if I keep it up my sweet Mellow Man is going to start asking questions about all of these little bottles in my house.  Then I came upon an awesome blend of Rose and Jasmine essential oils that is accented by Ylang Ylang.  I tried the blend, and it is heavenly, floral and perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift!  Thus, I created a Rose Jasmine Sugar Scrub for this blend.

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Easy DIY Winter Soup Bowl

Baby it’s cold outside!  Finally! Well, December came and went, and it wasn’t that bad, but now it’s the season for soup, stews and foods that warm you.  It’s also the season to relax and regenerate from the chaos and overindulgence of the holidays.  (Or is my family the only one living in chaos over Christmas?) Soup has this ability to really help center me, particularly more nutritious and healthy options.  If you realize that you have a person that still needs a holiday gift, or you want to give them a New Years or Get Well Soon gift, soup and a personally decorated bowl are a great choice.  I made this super easy DIY winter soup bowl with a few paint pens and my Silhouette Portrait.  It is a perfect accompaniment for the yummy Progresso Light soups that I have been eating.

My Mom Made That: Easy DIY Winter Soup Bowls

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Valentine’s Day Spritz Cookies

We’re  bundled up at home today due to Winter Storm Pax.  As the house was feeling a bit chilly, I decided to get baking, and I really wanted to make some cheerful, colorful Valentine’s Day cookies.  I decided to find my grandmother’s cookie press, and make a Spritz cookie with the press.  I like using the cookie press, as it’s much easier than rolling and cutting cookies.  The Big One asked me to make sure that I added some chocolate to them.  I wasn’t quite sure of the best solution, given that I wanted to make the cookies pink for Valentine’s Day.  I remembered that I had a few of the mini-sized Hershey’s kisses.  I grabbed those, the red food coloring, the cookie ingredients, and the cookie press, and tried my hand at the Valentine’s Day Spritz Cookies.  This recipe makes a ton of cookies, approximately 72 to 84, so there will be plenty to share with your loved ones!

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Spritz Cookies
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