Moisturizing DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

Moisturizing DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

 

Bath bombs are, well… the bomb. They’re almost a guilty pleasure, a bit of a calming sensory experience packaged up in an attractive, sweet-smelling fizz ball. Recently, bath bombs have become a staple in our self-care regimen and a fun addition to the kid’s nighttime routine. They’re also a great tool for parents, a foolproof way to coerce (bribe) our smelly little nuggets to take that much-needed bath. As the overbearing, annoying, I-need-to-know-everything-that’s-in-this-product mom, I decided to create my own homemade, DIY bath bomb recipe. After several experimental batches and human test trials (my children), I nailed down the perfect recipe for moisturizing, fun bath bombs. These bath bombs make the perfect gift and a fun family activity where the kids can test their creativity (and your patience… they’re messy). Enjoy!

 

 

Make Your Homemade Bath Bomb Recipe

Supplies

Large Mixing Bowl

Spoon

Bath bomb molds (where to buy)

Ingredients

1 cup arrowroot powder (where to buy)

1 cup citric acid (where to buy)

1/2 cup baking soda (where to buy)

1/2 cup epsom salt (where to buy)

1/2 cup coconut oil (where to buy)

 

Optional Ingredients:

40 drops of essential oil

Dried flower petals (see “Tips” section)

Food coloring or natural coloring (see “Tips” section)

Directions

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl

2. Melt coconut oil and slowly add the essential oils

3. Pour the coconut oil and essential oil mixture over the dry ingredients and stir. Add any desired food coloring, natural coloring or flower petals to the mixture

4. Firmly pack the mixture into the bath bomb molds and press together for 20 seconds

5. Carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold and let it sit to dry for 24 hours

6. After 24 hours, wrap the bath bomb in tissue or store in an air-tight container

Tips

Moisturizing DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

It’s perfectly okay to use food coloring or food coloring gel for your bath bombs, but I really love to play around with natural coloring. Here are some of my favorite natural ingredients for beautiful, vibrant coloring:

 

     – Blue butterfly pea powder (royal blue)

     – Beet root powder (fuchsia)

     – Elderberry powder (deep purple)

     – Black Himalayan sea salt (gray to black)

 

 

Add the plant powder or sea salt gradually until you achieve desired color. If the mixture seems too dry after adding plant powder or sea salt, add a little melted coconut oil (about 1-3 tsp).

 

If you’d like to add some dried flowers to your bath bomb, some of my favorites include lavender, rose, jasmine, red plum and lily. 

 

 

Note: These bath bombs will leave your tub a little slippery, so please be careful! I recommend using my Multi-purpose Cleaning Scrub to remove the excess oil from the tub. 

DIY Easy Moisturizing Bath Bomb Recipe

Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Play dough… the squishy, colorful staple of every household with school-aged children. During the pandemic and lockdowns, we were in need of a new craft or activity for the kids. Thankfully, my mother-in-law passed along this seriously simple, long-lasting play dough recipe. This easy recipe makes for the best play dough (seriously, the BEST) and almost all the ingredients are found in your pantry. There’s also so much room for creativity and experimentation when making homemade play dough – you can personalize your batch with color, fragrance, and glitter. If you’re looking for an easy, low-waste and plastic-free craft for the family, this is it!

Supplies

Large cooking pan and mixing spoon

 

Storage container (mason jar, glass container, Tupperware, etc)

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 cups water

2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil

4 tsp cream of tartar

Optional Ingredients:

20 drops of essential oil

Food coloring or natural coloring (see “Tips” section)

Glitter

Directions

1. Mix all ingredients in a large cooking pot over low heat

2. Stir frequently until dough forms and starts to pull away from the sides of the pot

3. Remove the dough from the pot and let cool

4. Enjoy!

Storage

Store in an airtight container, away from direct heat or light. I’ve found mason jars to be the best option for play dough storage (some batches have lasted up to six months!)

Tips

Use liquid or gel food coloring for a variety of play dough colors. If you’d like to be a little more creative, I highly recommend using natural coloring. Here are some of my favorite natural ingredients for beautiful, vibrant coloring:

     – Blue butterfly pea powder (royal blue)

     – Beet root powder (fuschia)

     – Pitaya (dragon fruit) powder (vibrant, bright pink)

     – Elderberry powder (deep purple)


For that smell-good batch of dough, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender, orange and peppermint are some of our favorites!).


During the fall season, we love to add some pumpkin pie spice and orange food coloring to make pumpkin spice dough! Just add 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to the recipe above and enjoy a fun and festive adaptation of the original recipe.


From my family to yours, we hope you enjoy this homemade, low-waste recipe!

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6 Simple Tips for Raising the Strong-Willed Child

6 Simple Tips for Raising the Strong-Willed Child

6 Simple Tips for Raising the Strong-Willed Child

The strong-willed, spirited child – with patience, consistency and grace, they’ll grow to change the world.

 

These spirited souls are all too often branded by their perceived faults – by the tantrums, defiance and seemingly constant power-struggle. At the root of it these children have great, but misunderstood minds. As parents, it’s our responsibility to retrain our minds to understand theirs and to adapt to a different way of parenting. Strong-willed children should never be ashamed of or punished for being just that – strong.

 

After seven years of parenting my spirited daughter, I’ve finally reached a bit of a sweet-spot. I feel like I understand my daughter’s behavior (to an extent) and we’ve made huge strides in our relationship. That said, the road has been very hard. Motherhood and parenting are inherently difficult, and I’m going to tell you, raising a spirited child is all that plus some. I’ve screamed, ugly-cried, and had complete toddler-esque meltdowns. I’ve felt embarrassed, ashamed and like I’m completely failing at this whole parenting thing. Despite the challenges, I’ve learned so much about my daughter and how to raise a spirited child. These are my simple and practical tips for raising a strong-willed child.

They're a natural born leader, so let them lead.

Fiercely independent, courageous and determined – these children have every attribute of a natural leader. Their innate ability to take command is pretty remarkable for such a young mind. By putting your child in a position to lead, you’re giving them that sense of freedom and autonomy that they crave. This also gives them the agency to take risks, make their own decisions (within reason) and to learn from their actions. Let your little leaders lead – today, tomorrow and long into the future!

Nourish their inquisitive mind.

They’re curious, but still independent – so take a step back and let them learn through trial and error. Don’t force or coerce them to think like you (because they don’t!), they need to satisfy their curiosity through experimentation. Believe me when I say, telling these children how to do something is a recipe for disaster. Giving guidance and support is aways a better option than telling them how to do something. Sometimes it takes my daughter several attempts at something before she’ll even consider my advice. It can be frustrating and seem like they simply don’t want to listen, bit they’re really just problem-solving. Sit back and watch their mind work, it’s an absolutely fascinating thing!

Focus on building a relationship.

Listen, communicate, console and love – do all the things that help build a strong and trusting relationship. If your child is comfortable in their relationship with you, they’ll be more inclined to respect your role as the parent. Set the precedent for what healthy relationships look like, and they’ll follow. One thing to always remember is that strong-willed children are very reactionary and will fight fire with fire (trust me). Parenting out of anger or fear (yelling, screaming, harsh punishments) will only result in your child returning that anger or fear in some form. Build a strong, loving relationship together, one where your child feels protected, heard and valued. You’re their rock and the precedent for all their relationships going forward.

Be mindful and practice patience.

Before you react, take a deep breath, walk away from the situation and calm your mind. Raising a spirited child can test your patience and invoke emotions anger and frustration, even in the most calm of parents. Take a deep breath to center yourself and be mindful of your child. Nothing good comes from anger or yelling and operating our of emotion can overwhelm your child. It’s okay for you and your child to take a few minutes to decompress, regroup and approach the situation when you’re in a better headspace. These children are deeply emotional and with their strong temperament, sometimes they need time to cool off and clear their mind. Teach them that it’s okay to take that time and most importantly, model that behavior.

 

Practicing mindfulness, patience and emotional control has personally, been the most difficult part of this journey for me. I’m a reactionary person, and it’s been an arduous task to train my mind to consciously choose the appropriate reaction. It takes time to learn to be mindful, be patient with yourself and your child.

Reconnect through grounding.

Nature is a great healer, especially for the mind. Grounding in the most rudimentary form, is the process of connecting your body and mind to the Earth’s natural electric charge. This technique may seem a little, well, earthy for some, but we’ve had some success with it. Strong-willed children tend to be emotional and can have a difficult time regulating those emotions. When my daughter seems to be overwhlelmed or anxious, I’ll have her stand outside, barefoot on the ground. This mind-body-earth connection helps to redirect thought back to the present and eases feelings of anxiety. Grounding brings my daughter back to a place where she can operate with a clear and conscious mind. It’s simple, it’s earthy – but it works. Give nature a hand at healing.

Reconnect through grounding. Grounding is the process of establishing a mind-body-earth connection.

Give grace.

Practice compassion, self-compassion, acceptance and kindness. Life is hard – it’s a learning process and we’re all going to make mistakes. When you grant yourself and your child grace, you give room for peace and self-reflection. We’re all learning and evolving – by giving grace we can accept our mistakes and grow together.
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