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Beauty || DIY || Cooling Bath Bomb Recipe

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Recently my little guy has gotten addicted to LUSH bath bombs… let me tell ya those things are not cheap! So instead of either letting him pamper himself out of house & home or burst his bath bomb dreams I decided to make some myself! How hard could it be to make a fizzy luxury bathing product? The answer, not hard at all and this is coming from a very craft inept person. Here’s my simple bath bomb recipe:

  1. 1 cup baking soda (Food grade, NOT washing soda)
  2. 1/2 cup citric acid
  3. 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  4. 1 tsp. water
  5. 2 tsp. coconut oil
  6. 1 tsp. vapour rub

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Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Next add the coconut oil and vapour rub… mix lightly.

Here’s the only difficult part, adding the water. You don’t want to add it to quickly to the mixture or you will cause the fizzy bath bomb reaction. I found that it is easiest to use a spray misting bottle and spray a few times, mix with hands… spray a few times, mix with hands. Repeat this step until you get the mixture to start sticking together a little. You are not going for cake batter… more like still dry and flaky cookie dough. AGAIN DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH WATER or DO NOT ADD WATER TOO QUICKLY. You want to save the reaction for the bath later!

Finally, place mixture into moulds of choice. I used large silicon ice cube trays from Epicure. Go with what you’ve got! Cute cookie cutters, silicon cupcake trays, or just an ice cream scoop will do the trick. Press down on mixture, gently remove from mould and place on parchment paper to dry.

*If you want some added glitz, you can press a little more salt into the tops before removing from moulds.

There you have it easy cooling bath bombs! Perfect for cold season or hot summer days.

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Beauty || Top 6 || Get Your Glow On: Mask Edition

One of the most constant beauty routines I’ve ever kept up has been bi-weekly masking. Maybe it’s the relaxing ritual or the visual results, either way masks are the skincare products I’ve used most for almost two decades. With that being said, you can guess that I’ve become quite the connoisseur over the years. And yes not all masks are created equal, here are my top 6 “Get Your Glow On,” masking wonders that have passed my test:

Odacite Deep Hydration $60 Green Beauty Option

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask $12 Steal of a Deal 

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Tata Harper Resurfacing $58 Pore Reducer

Vichy Masque Peel $34 Exfoliation  

Origins Improvement Active Charcoal $26 Deep Clean Detox

Tatcha Luminous Sheet $25 Hydration & Lift 

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Beauty || Micellar Water Ultra with La Roche-Posay #sponsored

We all know I’m a micellar water addict, I’ve been a daily user for years and you’ve seen me snap, post and insta story a million times about it. So when La Roche-Posay asked me to try their new Ultra line I was all in. For those of you whom may not be familiar with the popular micellar water product, it’s basically a gentle cleanser and makeup remover all in one. I first got into these waters when I noticed the harsh reactions my face could have to tap waters when I traveled to different cities. At the time, I wanted to know that my skin and eyes wouldn’t react when I was away from home for beauty campaigns or press tours. Micellar water to the rescue!

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La Roche-Posay has taken micellar water to the next level by introducing three different formulas to match your skin type more accurately and delivery even better results. Personally, my fit was the micellar water for dry to reactive skin. It soothes and cares for my delicate reactive winter skin by enriching it with 5% glycerin, the highest percentage in the ULTRA range. This formula not only delicately cleanses my skin, but also leaves it feeling hydrated.

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Lifestyle || Harper Lee || A very personal piece for my mommies out there… || 3 Month Milestone

Let’s get ALOT personal today shall we? It’s crazy how fast time flies in the world of motherhood… you blink and your new born isn’t a new born anymore. I hear it all the time, hold onto these moments while they last my little guys won’t be little forever. I don’t know about you but those words of wisdom give me instant anxiety. I know time is precious! I find myself wishing I could freeze it constantly but there is a part of me in the moment that wants it to hurry up and be over already. Before you get all mad at me let me explain. Motherhood is AMAZING and trying all at the same time. You don’t want them to grow up but you are also challenged to get through that toddler tantrum in the middle of the mall. It’s that fine line between savouring those baby snuggles but also hurrying to get them in bed so you can have a moment to yourself! You know… so you can bath, or eat or just have a second where you are not taking care of another living human.

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My husband and I laugh… whenever we are away from the kids we enjoy ourselves for a few hours sometimes only minutes before we start talking about them wondering what they are doing right then. It’s been this way a long time, before we had kids we talked about the dog on vacation and constantly wished he was there. “Basil would have loved this,” “Alastair would have gone crazy for that,” or “I wonder if Harper is up smiling away right now.”

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In short, I think I’m trying to find that balance… practicing mindfulness to be in the moment. I want to saviour their childhoods and be present. I will admit this is difficult in this social media world of cell phones and apps that steal our time. Television shows and movies that help us escape. On top of it all that online world is now my job… I find it creeps into time that I know should be all theirs.

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Don’t get me wrong, blogging from home is a dream! It’s not only an amazing job that is both financially and creatively rewarding blogging has given me the means to stay home with these two. Not all moms can say they get to have that daily time with their little ones. This is not a sad complaining post but more a written reminder to myself to take back my time and live it with the ones that matter most. I’m going to try to disconnect daily from the internet world and take some time reconnecting with my little nucleus I call a family. Are you with me?

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Lifestyle || I’m a cheater… || A Netflix #Streamteam Confession

We’ve all been there, your Netflix binge buddy isn’t around and you can’t help but watch a few episodes of your favourite show without them. The moment Matt (my husband) goes to work, the feeling comes creeping in… just one episode turns into a whole season pretty quickly when you’re a work from home blogging mommy. I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. Netflix uncovered that 46% of global viewers are cheating right now… with their favourite Netflix shows. How do Canadians stack up against their neighbours around the world? Turns out we are a little less polite than you may think, with over a third (37%) of couples streaming behind each other’s backs.  Now you’re probably wondering which shows I feel are completely cheat worthy… Here are my monthly binge picks from Netflix Canada:

Riverdale: If you loved Gossip Girl, you will be hooked to this teen drama roughly based on the Archie comics from our childhood. Too bad it’s a weekly addition, you’ll just have to binge on the first three episode that have currently aired. Watch out this one is very addicting.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: This family friendly Netflix original series is both kid and adult approved. It’s has constant cliff hangers leaving you wanting just one more episode.

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Santa Clarita Diet: Drew Barrymore is back baby! I “devoured” this comedy in a week. You’ll get the pun once you’ve become hooked.

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