if you're here for a last minute Valentine's Day gift then there's no time for an introduction! Valentine's Day is only a few days away and sometimes chocolate and flowers can be overrated. What we really need is some pampering. And mix that with some handmade love, now that's a gift worth giving and receiving.
Lets get straight to it:
DōTERRA essential oils bath bombs:
1 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
8-10 drops favorite essential oil or blend
Silicone mold (I used some hearts molds I found at a local thrift store)
I read somewhere that a tennis ball cut in half makes a great mold for the pretty, round bath bombs. In this case, were using hearts. Set these aside and gather your ingredients.
so, real quick, I have to say, "shame on you, reatilers!!"
Each of these ingredients (excluding the essential oils) can be found at a craft store, health store, or pharmacy section. However, the price is triple, if not more than the exact same product you'll find in the grocery section. Seriously. Be sure to do some quick research to find the right price for you.
My sweet girl and I whipped these up in no time- perfect for a last minute project.
be sure to press mixture firmly into molds and allow to dry 24 hours.
drop in your bath to enjoy! We blended wild orange, lavender, and peppermint for a rejuvenating blend. Lavender printed calm feelings, while orange and peppermint are a powerful to replace your stressors with uplifting feelings. Shoot me an email if you need to get your hands on some essential oils. (Shoestringamy@gmail.com)
peace, love, and rejuvenation
Ahhh....Christmas time. What a beautiful, loving time of year. A time of the year where family and friends come together and happily adorn one another with gifts of gratitude. The time of year where laughter fills the air and joy contagiously replaces the angst that you carried with you throughout the year.
The shopping malls are overflowing just as much as the muffin top sitting on my overly-tight-post-Thanksgiving jeans. Anxiously building up to the day and then it's over. Just like that.
All over, right about now-this very moment, there are mother's and children alike pulling their hair from the roots of their scalp.
It's a real thing. I don't care who you are: The happiest, jolliest- most spirited person or the person who secretly hates the holiday's; We all experience the Christmas hangover.
Maybe not. Correct me if I'm wrong. But, it's well alive in this house! My kid's- Thankful as they are- are in full melt down mode. Pre-Chrismtas we had many planned events, crafts, cooking for dinners, family gatherings, etc. and then....crash. It was all over and nothing to do. Yes, there are tons of brand new toys to play with. Kids will be kids. Right?
So, I came up with a plan.
CHRISTMAS hangover CURE:
Week-o-fun KID'S planner created by kids
What you need:
parents: Use the cardboard and list the day's of the week for the kid's to fill in.
*hint: before you tell the kid's what you are up to, plan ahead. Create a list of activities you would like for them to do or crafts they can do with things you already have on hand.
**double hint: Think old school. There are tons of simple crafts that kids have been creating for years that will never go out of style. Simplicity is key.
This seems like something so simple. Yet, it brings the family together, forces fun during a stressful time, and creates memories.
For my kid's they go into melt-down mode because they are used to schedules. School: schedules, Home: free-will; For my kids, they don't adjust well to that. With this calander, the kid's feel in control, look forward to fun events, and know when each event will be taking place.
What are you doing to combat post-holiday stress?
Peace, love, and fun!
Crayola Crayon kit (Christmas present)
Martha Stewart's Favorite Craft's for Kid's
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Christmas time comes with a fair share of hectic-ness; that's for sure! Holiday traditions should be smooth, simple, and ever-lasting.
One of our family traditons is salt-dough ornaments. Naturally, there comes a little disclamer. If you store your ornaments in an out building, little critters don't know the difference between your priceless orament from a snack. So, looks like we will be making new ornaments this year AND new location to store our ornaments.
Good thing these are so cost effective and easy to make.
After yesterday's post I felt it appropriate to jump straight into Thanksgiving.
Upcycling is my favorite.
I started by coming up with the colors I wanted to use: orange, natrual beige/browns/gold tones, and aqua/blues.
We could have easily left the pumpkins orange, but we're adding glam! A touch of robin egg blue pairs perfectly with orange, so robin egg blue it is.
Painting the pumpkins and sprinkling some glitter across the top allows the glitter to stay in place and adds a little extra special, unexpected touch.
The simplest project is my "Be Thankful sign." I found a font online that I really liked and sketched it on a simple pallet board (free!) and then went over the sketch using a Sharpie marker. Could it be more simple? And adorable!
Stacking some books (displaying them backwards shows off one of my chosen colors beige-y/brown) and placing some branches in a jar add height to the display.
tucking the plate behind the sign and leaves around the pumpkins add some dimension; coming together to create a nice, simple, cohesive vignette.
Fresh Thanksgiving decor: $0
Which is awesome because we all know what's to follow.....
Christmas! We could all use some savings this time of year.
Need more inspiration? Check out some amazing talent and their painted pumpkins over at HOMETALK. Go ahead, add your links below!
Peace, Love, and thankfulness....
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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