Relaxing Bath Salts

Relaxing Bath Salts

Nothing is more relaxing than a hot bath at the end of a long day.  So why not make your bath more enjoyable by adding a handful of these Relaxing Bath Salts to the tub?

These Relaxing Bath Salts are made with lavender essential oil and have a wonderful soothing aroma when released into the warm bath water.  Lavender is said to have soothing qualities that help people who suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other ailments.

Now you can buy bath salts from most anywhere that sells beauty supplies, but why pay more for commercially packaged bath salts when you can make these wonderfully scented Relaxing Bath Salts easily and inexpensively? These bath salts have just 4 ingredients, epsom salt, 2 types of essential oils, and coloring.

Making it is easy peasy, just combine all the ingredients in a big bowl, mix well, then store in airtight containers like mason jars, and you’re done!  They make a great addition to your nightly routine and also make awesome gifts and party favors.

Before you start here are a couple of things you should know about using and working with essential oils:

Never apply essential oils directly on to your skin – always use a carrier oil like coconut, almond, avocado, or whatever you prefer – your choice will mostly be to the scent or scents you like

You can also dilute essential oils in water – this works well for mists and steams as oils mix better when the water is hot – in the case of bath salts the salts will be your carrier, oils dilute so much better when mixed into the salt

Never ingest essential oils without first consulting your doctor or health care professional

Test oils on a small patch of skin before you use it to make sure you aren’t allergic to them

Use metal or glass bowls when making things like salts, melts, soaps, etc.  with essential oils. Plastics absorb the scents which you may never be able to wash off.

So if you’ve got a little time, say about 15 minutes let’s go make some Relaxing Bath Salts!

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Supplies:

2 Lbs. Epsom Salt

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Coloring – soap or food coloring whichever one you have will work

Procedure:

Place epsom salt in dry large metal or glass bowl

Add essential oils and mix very well

Add color you want and mix very well

Place Relaxing Bath Salts in airtight containers like mason jars and store in a dry place until ready to use.

 

 

Calming Shower Melts

Calming Shower Melts

calming shower meltsLove soaking in a nicely scented bathtub after a long day at work but can never seem to find the time for it?  In today’s busy world it’s sometimes difficult to find time, even just a half hour, to just stop and pamper yourself.  That’s where these Calming Shower Melts come in handy!

Calming Shower Melts are scented with lavender essential oil which seem to have a calming effect on many people.  Lavender essential oil is said to also help with insomnia, depression, and other conditions.  I use it primarily because I just love the smell.

(As with many essential oils do your research and test it out if you’re not familiar with it because along with their beneficial effects there are not so beneficial ones for some.  Also never apply these oils directly on to your skin or ingest them without first consulting your doctor or health care professional.)

Lavender essential oil as well as any other oil must never be applied directly to the skin.  Oils must be diluted in a carrier such as coconut, avocado, jojoba and other oils; you can even dilute in water.  Calming Shower Melts are actually combined with a powder and diluted in water, the same water you use when you shower.

The hot water you shower with releases the aroma from the Calming Shower Melts making this a great way to get some calming and relaxing alone time every day.  I mean you’re going to take a shower anyway so why not sneak a bit of relaxation in.  It’s particularly helpful if you shower just before bedtime as lavender is known to help send one off into slumber land.

Not only do these Calming Shower Melts smell heavenly they are so easy and inexpensive to make at home.  Your biggest investment would be the essential oils and silicone molds if you don’t already have some. If you don’t have silicone molds no worries, you  can use ice cube trays!  Other than that it uses supplies you more than likely already have at home.  Oh and of course you’ll need airtight containers to store your shower melts, I use Mason Jars.  By the way these melts make awesome hostess gifts and party favors!   So let’s make some shower melts!

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Supplies:

2 Cups Baking Soda

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

8-10 Tbs Water

Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)

Silicone mold or ice cube tray

Procedure:

vaporizing shower meltPlace baking soda in a large metal or glass bowl (don’t use plastic as it absorbs the smells which may never wash out)

Add essential oils and mix well

Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing.  If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want.  I ended up using all 10 tbs.  Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.

Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture.  You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet.  That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring.  When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.

 

Press mixture into your mold or ice tray.  The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray.  I got 5 large roses out of one batch.  You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix.  If you need lots of  melts make one batch at a time.

Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour.  Then unmold and store in airtight containers.

Like I mentioned I store them in large mason jars which are the perfect containers specially if you’re gifting them!

Have a stuffy nose?  Try making my Vaporizing Shower Melts, they really will clear your sinuses!

 

 

Vaporizing Shower Melts

Vaporizing Shower Melts

Cold and Flu season are in full swing and even if you have took the flu shot (which you should have) you can still get the flu and winter colds.  I know!  I got the flu 3 times last year even though I had taken the flu shot as soon as it was available.  I know the flu or a cold is no fun.  You feel yucky, you’re tired, your skin and mouth can feel dry, and worst of all your nose is stuffy.  That’s where these Vaporizing Shower Melts come in handy!

Think back when you were a kid and had a stuffy nose.  Remember your mom or dad sitting you in the bathroom with the hot water running and the steam building up?  They probably even put a dollop of Vick’s Vaporub or Mentholatum ointment in a bowl of hot water.  Or perhaps they used a vaporizer in your room.  Which ever one they used the idea was to create steam that released the caphor and other ingredients in the Vaporub or Mentholatum, these days we call it aromatherapy!

Well so far since last Christmas everyone in my family has has a winter cold.  I swear no matter what I do or what medication I take my nose is still stuffy.  That’s why in desperation I turned to my parents’ stuffy nose cure, the good old fashioned vicks in a steamy bathroom.  But to bring it into this century I made these Vaporizing Shower Melts.

Vaporizing shower melts work on the same general idea, Vicks + Steam = stuffy nose relief!  Only it’s a bit more PC in that you’re not wastefully running water down the drain whilecreating steam.  It actually works with the water you’re  using to take my shower.  Talk about multitasking!

But best of all these Vaporizing shower melts really work!  Yes, they will clear your sinuses.  So they’re not just good for winter colds they’re great during allergy season as well.  Whenever your nose is stuffy these Vaporizing shower melts will definitely help out.  Now I’m not saying they’ll cure whatever ails you; they definitely won’t!  But they will make you feel just a little bit more comfortable for a little while.  In my case it clears my sinuses just long enough so that I can at least get to sleep.

My daughter told me that a while back these vaporizing shower melts were sold in stores but she hasn’t been able to find any recently.  Why bother to find them when you can easily make them.

Really these vaporizing shower melts are super easy to make and use 4 ingredients you probably already have.  All you have to do is mix them up, stick them in molds, freeze for an hour and they’re ready to use.  Seriously it’s that easy!

I used silicone molds to make mine, they’re really ideal for making these vaporizing shower melts because you can push the finished melts out of the molds so easily.  Not to mention there’re lots of cute molds out there and using them make the melts look so pretty.  But don’t worry if you don’t have any molds you can use ice cube trays!

I also decided to color my melts a teal blue, you can color yours any color you want or leave them white.  It’s totally up to you!

Once you’ve made the vaporizing shower melts you just have to store them in air tight containers, mason jars work well, and use them when you need them.  They should last for about 3 months, so you may have to make more to take you thru both the flu and allergy seasons.  By the way they make great gifts when you visit friends suffering from winter colds or allergies, they’ll love them!

To use them just place a Vaporizing Shower Melt in the shower with you when you’re taking your shower.  Place it somewhere out of the way like by the drain so you don’t step on it and slip.  The floor gets a bit slippery as it melts so be careful where you step.

Now again these melts are there to provide soothing relief from runny noses.  They do not treat colds, the flu, allergies, or other ailments.  If you have fever, sore throat, aches, pains, chills, and other cold and flu symptoms seek medical attention  from your doctor or a health care professional.  You definitely need to take care that a winter cold or flu do not develop into something more serious and only your doctor or health care professional can tell you what needs to be done and prescribe the correct medications you might need to get better.

So here’how you can make Vaporizing Shower Gels to help soothe your stuffy nose!  If you’ve got a stuffy nose when you make this you’ll find that the scents will clear your sinuses as you mix!  That’s an added bonus!

By the way use a metal or glass bowl to mix ingredients in.  Plastic will absorb the smells and will more than likely you’ll never be able to get the smell out.

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Supplies:

1  3.53 oz. jar Vick’s Vaporub, Mentholatum, or other similar ointment

2 Cups Baking Soda

8-10 Tbs Water

Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)

Directions:

vaporizing shower meltIn a large metal or glass bowl mix the ointment into the baking soda.  This make time some time for the ointment to mix well with the baking soda but keep mixing.

Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing.  If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want.  I ended up using all 10 tbs.  Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.

Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture.  You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet.  That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring.  When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.

 

Press mixture into your mold or ice tray.  The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray.  I got 4 large hearts and 8 small ones from one batch.  You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix.  If you need lots of melts make one batch at a time.

Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour.  Then unmold and store in airtight containers.

They look pretty good in Mason Jars, specially if you’re gifting them to a sick friend.  Just add a tag with instructions on how to use them and you’re good to go!

 

 

5 Things You Should Know Before You Start A DIY Project

5 Things You Should Know Before You Start A DIY Project

There are many benefits to conducting a DIY project. Whether you are painting your house, remodeling your kitchen, replacing the windows or sorting out a plumbing issue, DIY projects can save you a lot of money and keep your brain sharp as you learn new skills.

In order to successfully complete a DIY project, you will need to know what to expect so that you can be adequately prepared.

Here are 5 things you should know before you start a DIY project.

Here are 5 things you should know before you start a DIY project.

1. Be Aware Of The Surroundings
If you intend to carry out a DIY home project, make sure that you keep an eye on everything around you. Ensure that the children stay away from the construction site to prevent accidents and injuries. Never leave active power tools unattended and safely store them away from your children’s reach while not in use.

2. Be Prepared For The Mess
One thing you should know about DIY construction projects is that they can be messy. If you are demolishing a wall or installing a new floor, get ready to uncover pet stains, rodents, insects and also, to be covered in dust and debris. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty; when you are mentally prepared for the job it will be easier to get started, get through the mess and complete your DIY project successfully.

3. Accidents Can Happen
Always remember that accidents can happen. Before you start your DIY project, it is important to know where all your tools are and which areas you will need to be extra careful. Utilize protective gear and clothing such as goggles, gloves, and boots. Keep the workspace clean to avoid slips, trips, and falls. Your walkway should always be clear of debris and machinery to avoid accidents.

Identify all the hazards and make a plan to avoid them. Make a list of all the preventative measures you would take in the event you or your family member got hurt. A well stocked first aid kit should always be within your reach.

4. Follow Instructions, Not Intuitions
Power tools should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, warnings, and instructions. Before you start your project, be sure to read all the tools manufacturer’s instructions. Use tools that are in good condition. A cracked wooden handle on a hammer could result in the head of the hammer flying off and striking your fellow worker. Do not assume anything, if the tool is not right for the job at hand, do not use it.

5. It Is Okay To Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask a few friends or family members to pitch in and give a helping hand. If your DIY project becomes too overwhelming, you could also call in a professional to help you finish the project.

Conclusion

There you have it; 5 things you should know before you start a DIY project. If you have gotten hurt while doing your DIY project due to a manufacturer’s defect or a product that was not labeled properly, do not worry. This New Jersey Attorney will help you protect your legal right and get the settlement you deserve.

Awesome Halloween Decor from the Dollar Store

Awesome Halloween Decor from the Dollar Store

Halloween is fast approaching, decking out your home in ghostly glory is half the fun.  Who says you have to break your budget to have an awesome Halloween display.  With a little creativity, items you probably already have at home,  and a quick trip to the dollar store you too can have some ghoulish fun to fit any budget. Here are some awesome Halloween Decor made from dollar store finds!

Take a trip to the Dollar Store for some witches hats and other gruesome stuff for this Halloween Decor.

Floating witch’s hats, like these from brooklynlimestone.com , creepy crawly spiders, spooky skeletons, and bloody hands are no problem.  With a bit of fishing line, some tape, black paper, twigs, paint, and some imagination your “haunted” house is sure to get raves from friends and family.

 

Here’s another cheap Halloween Decor idea using dollar store spiders!

Have plastic spiders crawl on doors and walls.  To see more creepy ideas check out my blog about decorating with glow sticks.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to make this plastic tablecloth wreath from Mother’s Niche.

I’m sure you’ll find plastic table cloths at the dollar store to make this wreath part of your Halloween decor.  It will definitely set the mood!

 

 

 

 

Spooky door by mylitter.com 

This Halloween Decor is a bit more elaborate than a wreath, but it’s pretty awesome!

 

 

 

 

More spooky ideas from brooklynllimestone.com

 

 

 

 

All this Halloween decor can be found at the dollar store!

 

 

 

canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.ca has some cool ideas.  Check it out!

You can make all this Halloween decor with just one trip to the dollar store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stirizsisters.blogspot.com

 

 

 

dollarstorecrafts.com

 

 

 

Shop Halloween Party Supplies on Zazzle.com

 

 

DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

DIY Halloween T-Shirts – Easy & Cheap

It’s Fall!  That means Halloween is coming soon.  I think Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas.  I’ve always loved the costumes and decorations for Halloween.  It’s such a fun holiday for kids and adults.  I loved taking my kids trick or treating; these days I go with them to take the grandkids!  And when we’re not trick or treating I enjoy handing out candy from my witch’s caldron I keep on a table at the top of my driveway.  Of course we deck out the driveway with ghoulish props; we even set up a fog machine that spews fog all the way up the long driveway.  The neighborhood kids love it!

But in our family Halloween isn’t just celebrated on the last day of October.  We celebrate it all month long!  We start decorating at the end of September, play the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed”, make Halloween related crafts, go to a haunted house or two, throw a Halloween Party, and dress the kids in Halloween T-Shirts in the week leading up to Halloween.  Yes, it’s a month long celebration of spooky fun things!

This year I re-discovered the ease of iron-on transfers for DIY T-Shirts.  It was perfect timing.  Now that I’ve made Birthday Shirts for Jett and the twins, they have September birthdays, it’s time to turn my attention to Halloween. Since iron-on transfers are my current obsession why not combine it with my Halloween crafts.  So I’ve been busy designing and ironing on all sorts of ghouls, monsters, and Halloween stuff to just about everything I can think of.

One of my favorite projects are these Halloween T-Shirts.  They’re fun, easy, and very inexpensive to make.  Sure beats paying top dollar for Halloween T-Shirts the kids will only wear for a day or two.  In fact they’re cheap enough to make several Halloween T-Shirts for each kid, so he or she will have one to wear everyday leading up to October 31.

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halloween t-shirtsI’d considered making appliques tees, but decided against it.  I didn’t want to invest too much time making shirts that they’d only wear for a day or so; they’re sure to have outgrown them by the time Halloween rolls around next year.  That’s why iron-on transfer are perfect for this project!

You iron on anything you want on the t-shirts.  I made the Halloween Hello Kitty, and the witches’ feet for Harper, and the monster and jack-o-lantern for her twin brother, Sadi, and cousin Jett.

I even added their names to make their Halloween T-Shirts extra special. That’s what I love most about DIY T-Shirts, you can personalize them for free!  The letters fit on the same transfer sheet as the image, no waste!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Halloween T-Shirts for the children in your life.  They’ll love them!

Supplies:

T-shirt – They don’t have to be the best quality, remember they’ll only be used a few times.  I found the colored shirts on clearance at Walmart this summer.  They cost $2 each.  The white ones are actually Hanes undershirts, you can pick up a pack of 5 for less than $10 depending on the size.  In a pinch you can use any unprinted shirts you have at home.

Iron On Transfer Paper – There are several brands to choose from.  I use Avery Iron On Transfers; they’re available for dark and light colored material. When choosing which transfer paper to buy consider the color of the t-shirt.  For white and very light colors use the transfer sheets for light colored material; for dark colors use the dark colored transfer sheets.  Read my article on how to use iron on transfers for more details.  For my projects I used both types of transfer sheets.

Computer –  You can design your Halloween T-Shirt on the online software of the company who makes the transfer sheets or you can upload images from from phone or online photo sharing sites. Be respectful of copyrights, not all images on the internet are free.  You can find many images from sites like stockphoto.com, some are free others are not.  If you’re looking for some cool fonts check out dafont.com, they have lots of free fonts you can download and install on to your computer.

Printer – Once you’ve designed your shirt you’ll have to print it on the transfer paper.  Read my how to article for printing tips.

Scissors or craft knife

Iron – be sure it’s not on the steam setting

Hard Surface – NOT and ironing board.  I iron on my counter which I cover with a fabric remnant used only for this purpose.

Parchment Paper – most transfer paper comes with sheets of parchment paper for ironing on the transfer.  If yours doesn’t the parchment paper you have in the kitchen works just as well.

Directions:

Wash and dry t-shirt before you begin.  DO NOT use fabric softener.

Iron wrinkles out of the shirt and let cool completely before placing transfers on them.

Halloween T-shirtsDesign and print your transfer

Cut out images and letters they way you want to.  I used my Cricut Explore Air to design and cut my transfers, but if you don’t have an electric die cut machine you can use scissors or a craft knife to cut and trim your transfers.

Halloween t-shirts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re using dark color transfer sheets peel off the paper backing.

If you’re using light color transfer sheets DO NOT peel off  paper backing.

 

halloween t-shirtsPosition transfer on the cooled t-shirt.

For this shirt I used dark color transfer sheets so I peeled off the paper backing before I positioned it on the shirt.

It’s important the shirt is cool, otherwise the transfer will start to stick on and you won’t be able to re-position it without making a big mess!

I positioned the image and the letters on the shirt before I started ironing.

When I had everything placed the way I wanted I carefully placed a sheet of parchment paper on the entire transfer.  Be careful when you place the parchment paper on, make sure the edges of the transfer are flat on the t-shirt.  Otherwise the transfer will be wrinkled or its edges curled up after ironing.

halloween t-shirtsOnce you’ve done all that follow the manufacturer’s instructions; iron setting/temperature and time you need to press the iron on the transfer.

Be sure the iron is heated to the required temperature before you begin.

Starting on one end of the transfer press the iron firmly down on the shirt for the required time.  Do not more the iron around.  Apply as much pressure on the iron as you can to be sure that the heat goes thru the transfer.

Repeat this process until you’ve ironed the entire transfer.

Let the shirt cool completely before carefully peeling off the parchment paper (dark color transfers) or the paper backing (light color transfers).

If the transfer edges lift off the shirt replace the parchment paper or the paper backing and iron again.  NEVER place iron directly on the transfer.  You’ll  end up with a shriveled up mess.  Trust me on this!

When you’ve peeled off the parchment paper or backing you’re Halloween T-Shirt is ready to wear!

Halloween t-shirts

Have fun creating Halloween T-Shirts for your friends and family this year!  They make awesome favors for your Halloween party!

I’d love to see the designs you come up with.  Please share them with us!