How to make your own bath salts

As Mother’s Day is approaching here in Australia (Sun 11th May) I thought I’d share a post that I wrote for Kidspot this time last year – how to make your own bath salts.  It is a quick and easy Mother’s Day gift that is simple enough for the youngest of children to make for their Mum’s, Grandma’s or special women in their lives …

Last year my daughter purchased me some bath salts as a gift for Mother’s Day.  When I used them all up in one go in a long and relaxing bath all on my own, she was disappointed that I hadn’t saved any bath salts for her!  After refraining from having a little discussion on the art of gift giving and the concept of Mother’s Day, I told her that she could always make some for herself.  If you’d like to make some too, here is what we did.

You will need:

Epsom salt
Food colouring
Essential oil
Mixing bowl
Spoon

1. Pour the Epsom salt into the mixing bowl.  Any amount will do.  My kids were fascinated by the salt that looked like snow and they couldn’t resist running their fingers through it.

2. Add a drop or two of food dye to the salt and stir with a spoon to integrate the colour.  Any colour will do – we chose purple to match our lavender essential oil.
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3. Add a few drops of essential oil.  We chose lavender as it was all that we had in the cupboard and it is known for it’s soothing & calming qualities.  Nikki mentions some of the benefits of particular essential oils in this article.

4.  Mix the salt, colour and scent around with your spoon until they are all combined

We couldn’t resist having a good smell or two – it smelled divine!

 5.  Why not make some more using a different colour?  With my girls, pink and purple are always the colour of choice!

6.  Pop it into a jar for storage, or pretty it up as a gift.  We thought that it would be fun to layer the two colours and package them up as gifts.  Don’t you just love five year old’s handwriting?

7. Now go and run the bath and relax with a soothing lavender scented soak in the tub – you deserve it!

What is your favourite way to relax?  Do you ever make time for a bath?

 

You might like to try making some bath bombs to go with it as it uses some of the same ingredients and is also fun and simple to make with kids.

You can find some more gifts to make in jars in this post and some more Mother’s Day gifts for you to make in this post. xo

 

Christmas Boxes

Yes, I’m writing a post about Christmas and it is only October.  Never fear, I am not one of those people who is super organised and has my Christmas presents sorted.  Far from it!  I’ll start thinking about that in a couple of months time and kick myself again that I didn’t start getting organised back in October!

I’m always looking for ways that I can help my children look a little beyond themselves and be a little more aware of those who do not share the privileges they do. It started the year that I attempted to buy a gift from the Kmart Wishing Tree when Goose was younger and she had a meltdown over the fact that we were not buying the same gift for her also.  It was a foreign concept that she just did not understand.  I felt that things needed to change.  

I thought I’d share with you something that the children and I did for the first time last year.  We put together a Christmas Box for Operation Christmas Child.  Run by international aid organisation, Samaritan’s Pursethe idea is to collect small presents that will fit inside a shoe box and they are sent overseas to those who would otherwise not be receiving a gift for Christmas. 
The photo below is what we sent last year for a girl aged 2-4.  Can you tell that this box was put together with the help of my pink obsessed 3 year old?


They provide the box for you and you choose the gender and age group that your gifts would suit and purchase (or make your own) one or more gifts from the following categories:

- something to love
- something for school
- something to wear
-something to play with
- something for personal hygiene
- something special
They are all relatively inexpensive things and we even made a few ourselves, such as the drawstring bag and fabric covered hairties.  Their website is very informative and will let you know all that you need to know. 

Something that I think is quite special is that they also give you the chance to follow where your box is sent.  There are some beautiful videos on their website of children receiving their gifts also.

If you’d like to put together a box or 2, you’ve got until the 25th of October to get them in for this year.  You can check here for your nearest collection point if you live in Australia or New Zealand.

I’d love to hear of any ways you get the message of the joy of giving, instead of receiving, across to your kids at Christmas time or any time of the year really, as quite frankly mine need a good dose!

MY CREATIVE SPACE…clay decorations


Completely inspired by clay christmas decorations that I have come across online via pinterest - here, here & here & here, just to name a few.


Goose and I tried our hand at making clay Christmas decorations on the weekend.


Using cookie cutters, some rubber stamps, some pine leaves & some doilies.


I was really happy with how they turned out!



We used oven bake clay and it was so beautiful to work with.  
It was so much fun, we just kept going and going. 


A friend and I are having a little stall at a fundraising market at her children’s school on Monday night next week, so I think that I might add a few to our stall. 



I think I’ll also use them as tags on Christmas presents that can then double as Christmas tree decorations as part of the gift.


What Christmas creativity have you been getting up to?
Time to put up the tree and start the advent calendar.

For more creative spaces head over here.



THIS SATURDAY I’M GRATEFUL…



- for wonderful playgroup friends (they really are the best group of Mums!) who put together a fantastic birthday gift that was so ‘me’!  Homegrown roses & vege seedlings and a handmade felt pouch containing a collection of tried & true recipes from each of them.  


- for Mr FGB being home on a Saturday and making the best pancakes ever!* for breakfast.

- for regular craft nights with friends, sweet treats, a glass of wine and great conversation.

- for three gorgeous kids who don’t mind their Mum taking thousands of photos of them with her new camera!


Frog


Goose


and Bear.

- I was grateful this week that when our washing machine decided to die it was within one month of warranty and that they will replace it with an upgraded model.  Although not so grateful that it will take 2-3 weeks(!?!), I am grateful for kind friends who have offered to do a load for me in the meantime.  

- I was not so grateful to discover that someone** had put a disposable nappy in that very last load which had released millions of jellylike crystals throughout the entire load!  With no machine, I decided to hang it out anyway and deal with it later.  To my surprise, I was extremely grateful at the end of the day to discover the sun had worked it’s magic and completely evaporated the jelly – what an absolute gift!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Joining in once again with Maxabella’s gratefuls.




* let me know if you’d like the recipe.
** last time I’ll be using child labour in that department!  I should add that the nappy was unused.

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