Stress-Relieving Bath Salts

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“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”
-Sylvia Plath

I could not agree more.  I fully believe in the healing powers of a hot bath.  I love them so much, that I have elevated baths to a full-blown hobby.  If I’m sad, I take a bath.  If I’m happy, I take a bath.  If I’m tired, I take a bath.  You get the picture. I like a hot bath.

At no time is a bath better than when you really need to melt away stress.  These bath salts are perfect after a long day.  They smell amazing, sooth sore muscles, and don’t have the nasty chemicals that many commercial bath products contain.

You’ll need:

1 cup epsom salts

1/2 cup sea salt

10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender)

3-4 drops of food coloring (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients together and store them in a covered container. Trust me, the next time your dog decides to develop enough anxiety to require a Prozac prescription, you’ll be glad you did.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Non-toxic Spring Cleaning

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Hey there!

Is anyone else loving this warmer, sunnier weather?  I’m so happy that the snow is finally starting to thaw.  The fresh air makes it so much easier to focus on all those things that I’ve been neglecting over the winter.

Now that it’s getting closer to summer BBQ weather, I have to make sure that my house is ready for company and impromtu parties.  And you know what that means?  Spring cleaning.

One thing that I hate about spring cleaning is the nasty, toxic chemicals that are in almost everything.  I want something that will scour my bathroom, but I’d rather not scour my lungs at the same time.  Luckily, it’s so cheap and easy to make really nice cleaning products at home with safer alternatives.  Today, I’m going to share my favorite recipe for a simple bathroom cleanser.

Supplies:

1 cup baking soda

1/4 cup castile soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s)

1/2 cup water

1-2 tablespoon(s) white vinegar

3/4 tsp essential oil (I use tea tree for its cleansing properties)

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Slowly mix together the baking soda, water, and castile soap.  Next, add the vinegar and essential oil.  Pour the mixture into your container of choice.  I personally like to use a repurposed squirt top bottle (dish soap bottle, shower gel bottle, whatev) because it’s easier to use for cleaning.

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The water and baking soda will separate a bit, so just give your container a little shake before using it.  Take that, soap scum!

 

 

Easy Breezy Brad Earrings

Hello there, kittens!

I’m so sorry about my inability to write a fascinating and life-changing post last week. Unfortunately, I was forced to leave the freezing cold of home for a business trip in sunny California. And since I’m not a multi-tasker, I was forced to prioritze packing over blogging. Lucky for you I’m back this week with another quick and easy craft. You’re welcome.

I’ll be honest, over the years I’ve grown increasingly bored with fashion in general. Everything today just seems so far removed from my actual lifestyle that I typically just stick to my usual jeans and black knit sweater combo. I can appreciate the women that choose to confidently strap a piglet on their head and call it a hat, but it just isn’t practical for my day to day.

But I do still occasionally appreciate some adorable accessories. Especially if they’re inexpensive and I know that I won’t see 10 other women wearing the same thing as I walk down the street. Making your own jewelry is a sure-fire way to get something that is uniquely you (the inexpensive part is up to you….if you’ve ever gone to a Michael’s store you know…that shit can get pricey). One of my favorite ways to customize my look is to make these adorable brad earrings. They only take a few minutes and can be made for less than the earrings you used to buy at Claire’s boutique in 1995.

Supplies:

1 Hot Glue Gun w/ Glue

Earring Posts

Fabric or Epoxy Brads (find these in the scrapbooking section of your craft store)

Clippers or powerful scissors (I like the ones for jewelry-making)

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I decided to go with a set that reminds me of old-school airlines in honor of my recent travels.

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Step 1:

Clip the metal “brad” pieces off of your fabric brads. You’ll be left with just the cute fabric and a mostly flat back.

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Step 2:

Put a dab of hot glue on your earring post and press it firmly into the center of the back of the brad.

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And voila! You have some spunky earrings that evoke the same laid-back vibe as the vintage button ones that you can buy at craft fairs for 4 times the price. And did I mention that they make awesome gifts?

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I love the mismatched look of this pair here:

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Now I need your help. I have a ton of ideas for future craft posts. Please take this quick poll to let me know which posts you’d be most excited to read:

 

Rainy Day Craft – 2015 Memory Jar

There aren’t many things I love more than a lazy, rainy afternoon. There’s something about gloomy weather that makes me feel free to do nothing. Which is a good thing because I stayed up too late last night partying with friends. My always-awesome friend, Deb, cleared some time in her calendar to come over and help us host a Stella & Dot trunk show. (If you’re unfamiliar with Stella & Dot, do yourself a favor and head over to Deb’s page for instant inspiration….I’m obsessed with the rose gold Rebel pendant: http://www.stelladot.com/sites/debv/profile/?lc=en_us).

So after a fun evening of playing with jewelry, drinking pinot noir, and enjoying my lively crew, nothing could be better than a rainy day. Today is a perfect day for crafting, provided the craft is quick, easy and beautiful. Today I’ll be sharing a project that is all three. This easy Memory Jar is also a perfect project to do this time of year since it is a good way to capture great memories throughout 2015. I make one of these each year and stuff it full of notes, small objects or anything else that will remind me of the good times I experience over the coming months. My family then opens the jar and reads the notes on New Year’s Eve so we can revisit the great times that we had. This project takes 5-10 minutes tops and won’t break the bank.

Supplies:

1 Mason Jar

1 Page of Decorative Paper

1 Pen or Sharpie Marker

1 Pair of Scissors

1 Length of Twine (used here) or Ribbon

1 Glue Gun w/ Glue

Optional Supplies Used in Support of This Post: 1 Venti Chai Latte 1 iPod Full of Tori Amos Songs

First, gather all of your supplies.

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Next, cut your decorative paper to fit over the inner part of your mason jar lid. Write the year on the paper if you choose.

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