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DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

1 Mar

Easter is around the corner and I thought this year it would be really fun to include some homemade Easter egg bath bombs in my kids Easter baskets.  If you have a tween or teen girl, you know how much they love bath bombs.  I recently learned how easy (and somewhat inexpensive) they are to make at home.  Besides Easter, you could make these for any occasion.  Birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, etc.  I think these would make great bridal shower favors.  You could use our personalized favor tags & bags to make it an adorable take home favor!

My daughter Emily and I made these over the weekend and we had a lot of fun doing this together.  It was messy, so keep a vacuum nearby!  Here is the recipe we used from diyprojectsforteens.com:

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 2 tsp. essential oil
  • 3 tsp. oil (olive oil)
  • food coloring (any color you want)
  • bowl
  • whisk
  • jar
  • bath bomb mold

Step One

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and then mix them all evenly with the whisk.

Step Two

In a separate container, mix the liquid ingredients together. Note that in this step, the essential oils, fragrances and colors are added. This is an important step! Make sure to pick out lots of fragrance oils to try out here, as you can make many fabulous combinations for bath time.

Step Three

Slowly add the liquid mixture to the dry mix, one small spoon at a time.

Step Four

When well mixed, you simply pack this mixture into a bath bomb mold and pack tightly, then let it dry. Work quickly so as not to let the bath bomb mixture dry out.

We packed plastic Easter Eggs and clear ornament molds I found at a craft store.

My daughter Emily proud of her Bath Bomb creation!  You can combine different colors and scents if you’d like to make more colorful combinations. 

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Power of a Handwritten Letter

18 Feb

Over the holidays I received a letter from a college friend that took me by surprise.  Her letter talked about how much our friendship meant, how I cheered her on when she needed it and how I’ve always been by her side.  That letter made my day.  If you know my friend, you’d know it took a lot for her to write it.  I was so inspired by her letter, that I decided in 2017 I was going to pay it forward.  I have committed to writing a letter of gratitude to all my close friends and family in their birthday cards this year to let them know how much they mean to me.

I had lunch recently with my college friend and told her how she inspired me to pay it forward.  I asked her what inspired her to write that letter and she said “a glass of wine.”  All kidding aside, she said she wanted to let her closest friends know how much they mean to her.  I told her how it inspired me to do the same.

Seeing that it’s only February, I’ve only had the chance to write a handful of birthday messages.  Some were more challenging than others, but I focused on what makes those people special to me.  I did this without expectations of any response, but to just let people in my life know how important they are.  Funny thing?  Every one of those cards I’ve given or sent has inspired them as well. I’ve received such heartfelt messages saying how much those letters meant to them.

I encourage you to write letters of gratitude to people important in your life.  You may inspire them more than you know.  And you can’t tuck a text or email in your drawer to pull out and read over and over again.  A handwritten letter is so much more meaningful.  Order some fresh new stationery or pen a letter in the next birthday card you send.  You’ll never regret letting someone know how much you mean to them.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Wedding Inspiration: New Orleans

15 Feb

With Mardi Gras around the corner, it seemed fitting to have a New Orleans themed wedding board!  Whether you love Mardi Gras, New Orleans or just the idea of a fun party, this inspiration board is for you.  You can be bold with your color palette and most anything goes.

How fun would it be to have tables strewn with colorful beads?  And to have a variety of masks your guests could use at a photo booth?  You can even have a King Cake to really keep with the theme!

Check out our inspiration picks for your New Orleans themed wedding:

Fleur de lis invitations, Purple damask photo save the date cards, Traditional fleur de lis napkins, Mardi Gras die cut invitations, The Big Easy border note cards collection, Design your own personalized plastic plates, Create your own twisted handled bags, Fleur de lis letterpress flat note cards, Fleur de lis wood block rubber stamp and Personalized clear plastic small wine glasses.

Other Image Sources:

Band Procession: http://www.brit.co/new-orleans-wedding-ideas/?crlt.pid=camp.XqlsyKUiw0Ak

Beignets: http://www.brit.co/new-orleans-wedding-ideas/?crlt.pid=camp.XqlsyKUiw0Ak

Street Sign Centerpiece: http://coreyann.com/blog/brides-talk/brides-talk-%E2%80%A2-cassie

Wedding Guests in Masks: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/gallery/23021

Bride: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/gallery/23021

Suitcase With Beads: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-photos/real-weddings/new-orleans-historic-hotel-wedding/i/15c39d8a196b38f4-ee27f7de7e7664e6?view=end

King Cake: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/southern-weddings-magazine-10862917/navy-gold-louisiana-wedding-by-greer-gattuso-4716746630

Bride and Groom: http://arielrenaephoto.com/new-orleans-french-quarter-wedding-crystal-will/