Beauty || DIY Bath Bomb || Peppermint Vanilla

 

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 or Bath Salts (I went with my fav peppermint vanilla scent from Rocky Mountain Soap Company)
  4. 1 tsp. water
  5. 2 tsp. coconut oil
  6. 2 drops of red food colouring

 

peppermint vanilla bath bomb recipe DIY

 

Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

 

Next add the coconut oil… 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! Place two drops of red food colouring, toss once in bowl.

 

IMG_3946Finally, place mixture into moulds of choice. 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.

 

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Lifestyle || #FPplayday || My Event Recap… #partner

Early this year I was approached by Fisher-Price® to help spread the word on the importance of unstructured play.  A recent survey from Fisher-Price®, found that nearly all Canadian parents surveyed (90 per cent) agree overscheduling children’s activities can be overwhelming to them as well as to their children (86 per cent). Along those lines, the majority of parents (80 per cent) believe childhood today is more complicated than it should be. This concept really spoke to me as a parent and even had me reflecting on my own childhood. I was blessed to have parents that found a really great balance between free time to play and structured community based activities in my life. Looking back, this balance really had a positive impact on my ability to grow my identity, deal with stress and build self-confidence.

By giving children toys that have been designed to encourage physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive skills and imagination, a lot of what parents seek is right there on the floor.I’m so excited to partner with Fisher-Price® to encourage families to Play More! The truth is, we need to give kids time to just be kids, am I right?

Some of you may have noticed from my IG stories that I hosted a good old fashion Play Day at my home with local moms to encourage this playful concept. Below is my event recap, including my decor! But don’t feel pressured if you were to host your own Play Day with your mommy friends to go to the extremes I did. In the end, it’s all about toys, snacks, drinks, and unstructured play time! It’s that easy, share your play moments on social media with #FPPlayDay to play along.

To help you get Play Day ready I’m giving away a Fisher-Price® toy prize pack valued at approximately $375 CDN. For an entry, simply subscribe to my blog by email on the sidebar, and leave a comment telling me your fav Fisher-Price® toy!

And be sure to check back on the blog as I’ll be sharing tips to get your little ones playing, new product news and more exciting toys and gear throughout the year.

Closes this Sunday at 11pm MST. No cash value. For more ways to enterry head to my Instagram account and look for one of these photos for all the info.

mini me style gap jeans fisher price stack toy Alastair playing with the Fisher-Price® Rock ‘a Stack

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Lifestyle || Netflix Stream Team || Our Top 4 Strong Female Role Shows

With so many snow and wind storms this month we have had a fair amount of down time around the house. Relaxing has been our middle name as of lately. In all honesty I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love a good movie snuggle with my little guys.

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This month Netflix challenged the Stream Team to explore and evaluate the shows we watch with our children. Studies have shown that gender stereotypes have an impact on girls at a young age, and that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect. Although Alastair is obviously a boy, I still want him to see shows that represent women and girls in strong roles. I think it’s important for both little boys and girls to see women in confident parts impacting those around them in a positive way. Smart, capable and driven.

Here are my March Netflix picks for breaking gender stereotypes by showing casing women in a strong lead:

1) Inside Out: This movie is a MUST see for both kids and their parents. I love that it addresses how different aspects of our life help to shape our identity even at a young age. And how we, as parents can positively impact our child’s development for the better.

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Lifestyle || Home Decor || 4 Spring Place Settings with @TheBrick #partner

I love a good seasonal place setting, it’s probably one of my favourite home decorating activities. I have a “go with what you’ve got” mentality. The base, an amazing and versatile dining table with chairs. I like an easy to clean surface and ample seating. The Caroline dining bench from The Brick is a comfortable option for seating, while the Monarch metal cafe chairs are easy to wipe down for your mini children guests.

Next, mix in china sets that you own and love, for me these floral vintage pieces from my late Grandma are perfectly paired with the new Anthropologie gold spot plates. Get creative with your napkins, it’s an easy and cost effective way to mix in a seasonal theme. Layered into the china, bunny shaped or with fresh flowers or herbs tucked inside… napkins can turn a place setting from everyday to special event in seconds.

Finally nothing says fancy like fresh flowers, I found these at my local grocery store. I bought the most affordable grower’s bundles in my table setting colour palette and made my own bouquets. Making your own arrangements makes it far more affordable to go with fresh centre pieces.

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Think about adding a mini mimosa bar to the end of the dining table. Mini bar cart like set ups add fun little details that would otherwise be left out of the dining decor. Plus, your guests have amazing beverages right at their finger tips literally. It’s all about the little luxuries.

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Play to your guest list! I LOVE champagne flutes but it’s always nice to incorporate both the masculine and feminine versions of the popular cocktail glass. I like to set the short champagne flutes out for all the men dining to give them a less feminine tall glass for their dining enjoyment. And always offer water… it’s a table staple not to miss.

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