1/8 cup magnesium flakes (i use these)
Baths are a much-needed necessity in my weekly schedule. I am always amazed how much a bath can relax me. I am always looking for things to add to my bath to make it more relaxing and even more healthful. I almost always add Epsom salts to my baths. They are one of the best and easiest ways to help boost your magnesium levels, as well as they are a great detoxifier. And their most well-known property of helping to relieve sore muscles.
For added relaxation, I make this essential oil bath soak recipe. It includes Epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda, clay and essential oils. I’ve tweaked this recipe to perfection. The results, a smooth, silky, aromatic, detoxifying bath. This will leave your skin smooth and moisturized. Just try it!
Measure all ingredients and mix together. The result will be a grainy texture that will dissolve perfectly in your warm bath. If you would like a more “sand like” texture you can put your dry ingredients in a food processor or grinder before adding the oils.
Lavender: helps to promote tissue regeneration, also an antiseptic
I cannot stand stale smelling air, I love for things to smell fresh. But I hate spraying toxic chemicals in the air just to make my nose happy. I have been experimenting for MONTHS to try to find the perfect essential oil spray recipe. This scent is citrusy and fresh. And the best part is, it really works to eliminate odors. I use it to help freshen bed linens, clothes in between wearing and a general air freshener.
1 1/2 cups distilled water
1/2 cups witch hazel or vodka (i’ve used both)
14 drops purification essential oil
6 drops grapefruit essential oil
4 drops orange essential oil
10 drops stress away essential oil
**if you only have the YL starter set, you can easily replace the grapefruit and orange with lemon
Mix all ingredients into a 16 oz spray bottle. I found my glass spray bottle on amazon.
I have tried other varieties of essential oils for other scents, but I find that this one truly does the best of freshening and eliminating odors. Do you have any favorite scents you love in your house?
My DIY tutorial for a stokke crib sheet is one of my most popular posts! I figured I would write a quick update and include some new photos. See the original post here.
After 2 years of use, these crib sheets are holding up great! The fabric does seems to have some wear. The ones in the picture were made from “quilters” cotton fabric. My “test” crib sheet was made from an old sheet, and that fabric seems to be holding up a little better. But both options worked great.
I love that I was able to make these sheets for a fraction of the cost of Stokke sheets. I also love that I was able to customize the fabrics.
About 6 months ago, we decided we wanted to add an allergy cover for the crib mattress. I couldn’t find an option for the stokke sized mattress. I ended up buying a traditional crib mattress cover. I just fold the corners of the cover down and when I put the crib sheet on it seems to hold everything in place just fine. I don’t know that this would be a great option for an infant due to the risk of SIDS, but for our toddler it works great.
I am curious if there is a way to alter or modify an existing crib sheet for it to fit a stokke mattress. If you’ve tried something let me know!
I had been searching for years, for a natural and affordable laundry detergent option. A few years back a friend recommended soap nuts to me. I had ordered a 1 lb bag from Amazon for $15. I followed some simple directions that I found online to toss 3-5 soap nuts in a small muslin bag and throw it in with your laundry in lieu of detergent. After 3-5 washes, you should throw away those few soap nuts and add new ones and repeat. Simple Enough-right?
Well, I did this method for about 6 months-and ALL of our laundry started to feel a little grimy. Totally gross. So I gave up on soap nuts for a LONG time (years!). I hung on to the soap nuts (I had about half a bag left) Flash forward until a few months ago. I was reading a blog that was raving about soap nuts. They went into the why/how they work and explained that HOT water was needed to release the saponin to make them work like soap/detergent. So if you didn’t wash your clothes in hot water (which I don’t), then the soapnuts wouldn’t work. But an alternative is to boil the soap nuts with water and make a liquid. I tried it, and we have happily been using soap nuts in replacement of our laundry detergent for several months now!
But an alternative to using soap nuts wihtout washing in hot water, is to boil the soap nuts with water and make a liquid. I tried it, and we have happily been using soap nuts in replacement of our laundry detergent for several months now!
Here is my Recipe/instructions for liquid soap nut detergent
4-6 soap nuts (I order mine from Mountain Rose Herb, but Amazon sells them as well)
16 cups water (total)
I store mine in glass jars or pint size mason jars. I refrigerate until a new jar is needed and then just keep one jar at room temperature.
This is a simple gift idea. It was easy for me to make. I love essential oils and had most of the supplies on hand!
Homemade bath salts
mix together in a bowl and then divide into containers
price breakdown for each
epsom salt – $0.64
sea salt – $0.11
baking soda – $0.05
Total – $1.80 per jar!
**compare with 4oz LemonGrass Spa- $5.
I made a Lavender Mint (15 drops of lavender, 5 drops pepperment) and a Citrus Cedarwood (10 drops of orange, 5 drops lemon and 2-3 drops of Cedarwood)
I used this Avery template to print “labels” for them. I printed them on thick paper and cut them out and it fit perfectly between the ring and lid of the mason jar. There are lots of great templates/patterns you can choose from. The label was a nice touch! I added the name and ingredients on the label to give it a “professional” look. I plan on giving them to little birds daycare teachers. I am also including a gift card to their favorite coffee place as well! Hope you enjoy this recipe.
So our little bird has eczema, bad eczema. We have tried oh so many lotions and creams. We want to try to eliminate the use of steroid creams as much as we can. Because of his eczema is most likely related to allergic causes, based on our allergist’s recommendations we give him allergy meds once a day. This has helped some, but he still has flare ups. To help with flares up we use this homemade eczema cream (recipe below). We also use a method called “wet wraps”. Once or twice a week right after his bath, we take a wet/damp sleeper (onesie pajama) and put it on right after we lotion him up. We then put a nice warm fleece pajama over the wet one. We then snuggle, play, watch a movie–anything to distract him from being wet. But
We also use a method called “wet wraps”. Once or twice a week right after his bath, we take a wet/damp sleeper (onesie pajama) and put it on right after we lotion him up. We then put a nice warm fleece pajama over the wet one. Then we snuggle, play, watch a movie–anything to distract him from being wet. But honestly, he isn’t bothered by it. And then after 1-2 hours we change him out of the pajamas and into regular dry clothes. This method has been such a game changer for battling his eczema flare ups.