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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How to Make your own Bath Salts

I don't know about you but I LOVE soaking in a hot tub to take the aches, pains and bumps away after a long day.  It's always very relaxing.

This past Christmas I made a jar of bath salts for all of the women in my family as a little something extra from me.  They were a huge hit.

Here is the basic recipe.  There are many, many, many variations.  This is just one.  The possibilities are endless.  You can do just about anything.

1 part Epsom Salt
1 part Sea Salt
1 part Baking Soda (Optional)
Essential Oils (Optional)
Herbs or other additives (Optional)

Take a zip top bag and start with 1 cup or so of each of the salts.  Combine in the bag, close and combine well.  If you're using the Baking Soda (good to help with softening the skin) add it in now as well.

Once combined well add your essential oils, herbs or other additives.  Close and combine well.

The amount of oil you'll use will depend on your personal preference.  I tend to go heavier on the oils than they recommend because I like the effects of the oil.  My favorites to use are Lemon and Eucalyptus Oils.  The combo is divine.

Let the salts dry overnight in a bowl or a tray so that way once you pour them in the jar they don't stick together.

After the salts are dry you can then add whichever dried herbs you choose.  Hole herbs end to work best.  Rosemary is always a good option to go with.

Once dry, use a funnel or a piece of paper rolled up like a funnel to pour the salts into the jars.

You can make pretty labels to go with them if you'd like.  I used quilting squares to put between the lid and the screw cap of the jar to pretty them up a bit.  I also made little cards (business card size) saying what was in the jar as I already had the materials at home.  I tied the card to the jars with a pretty bit of ribbon.  Then I got small craft paper bags at the store and with some tissue paper and I had my handmade gifts to hand out.

Find everything you'll need to get started here.

I'd love to know if you make up your own and what you did so leave a comment letting me know!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

30 Day Mommy Ab Challenge

So it's day 3 of the mommy an challenge from Being Mommy on Facebook. I'm enjoying it so far. The excersises are fairly simple and easy for me to do.

The first day was super easy and so was yesterday. Today was a bit more challenging but still not very difficult. 

I'm sure that by the end it will be a bit hard as it steps up in the reps but it's progressive so I think I will adjust. 

It will just take a little bit of time. 

For anyone reading this doing it with me. 

Good luck to you!

Monday, June 2, 2014

30 Day Mommy Ab Challenge - Day 2

So the 30 day Mommy Ab Challenge started yesterday.

This was day 1.

This was pretty easy for me.  It works up to 130 sit ups, 175 crunches, 85 leg raises and 96 seconds of plank.  It shouldn't be that difficult to do for me.

In High School I ran track to stay in shape for soccer during the off season and we would do HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of crunches, easily 1500 each day after track practice.  I'm only a little bit concerned about the sit ups.  I know I can do them but I've never done that many regular sit ups in a row.

If you're interested in trying it here's the link again