DIY Citrus Mint Bath Salt Recipe

Easy DIY Bath Salt RecipeThese bath salt recipes might be my easiest DIY projects ever. I tried a couple variations, but found that the most simple was my favorite. When I was ingredient shopping, I grabbed the wrong bag of Epsom salt by accident. I thought I was grabbing the plain stuff; but the one that ended up coming home with me said “therapy soak” on it. Turns out that it’s infused with mint oils (spearmint, peppermint and rosemary, to be precise). It smells fantastic on it’s own. But I wanted to spiff it up a bit further. I tossed in a bit of citrus zest and a spritz of coconut oil and this DIY was done in under five minutes!

Lemon Bath Salt

Lemon Mint Bath Salt Recipe
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 Cup epsom salt (either the plain salt, or “therapy soak” version works great!)
  • Optional: any combination of minty essential oils (rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, etc.)

All you have to do for this bath salt recipe is stir everything together! Top it off with a spritz of coconut oil spray and you’re good to go! I packaged these in some cute glass vials I picked up at The Container Store; so they’ll make great little gifts! 

Lime, Mint, Coconut Bath Salt

Coconut Lime Bath Salt Recipe
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 C. epsom salt
  • Coconut Oil (1 tsp.)

Mix all ingredients together in a  bowl. If your bath salts are too damp from the coconut oil, you can leave the mixture uncovered in a bowl overnight. After it’s dried out, package it up in an airtight container, and you’re all set. I found that after the bath salts were packaged overnight, the scents really combined and created an even better, therapeutic, relaxing experience. These also work great as a foot soak after a long day of being on your feet. 

I’m also over at The Land of Nod today sharing some fruity-flavored kid-friendly sugar scrub recipes. Pop over there to check it out! 

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A Mini Home Tour + An Announcement

Home Tour - WelcomeWhen we bought this house four years ago, I sincerely thought this was IT. Our final destination. I poured my heart and soul into turing this house into my dream home. But life has a funny way of showing you who’s boss. A couple months ago, opportunity came knocking and we answered. Our family is headed to Denver, CO later this year, to begin a new adventure. I’m excited and sad and scared and happy all at the same time. Salt Lake City has been so good to us, It will definitely be hard to leave. Not to mention that we’ve lived in this house longer than any other we’ve lived in, so this house will forever hold a special place in my heart when I think of “home.” Colorful Living RoomNow that we’ve got the house on the market (you can find the listing here; and we have an open house on Saturday. Please come!) I’m feeling nostalgic about all the projects we’ve done over the last four years. Most of these were done just for us. I didn’t really take “before” photos, because I never really intended to share them. They were just things you do when you own a home. But I treasure all the photos I’ve taken of all the homes we’ve lived in; so I couldn’t resist the chance to snap and share a little home tour with you. Home Tour - Living RoomWhen we bought the house four years ago, the whole thing was very brown and very heavy. Making things more light and airy was my main goal. The floor plan is great, and there’s a ton of natural light in the house, but it got lost with all the heavy textures and wood throughout. Colorful StaircaseI’ve painted nearly every surface in this house. The stairway makeover is still one of my favorite projects ever. I’ll share the before and after + the products I used in another post next week. 

 

Home Tour - BookshelvesStyling our bookshelves for the listing was honestly one of the most stressful bits for me. We have SO many books, but all those varying colors and heights can be really overwhelming. Even though this look isn’t very functional or realistic, I still love the way it turned out. I don’t have a lot of knickknacks; so I got a couple bonus shopping trips in to buy props to fill our shelves. 

Home Tour - Family RoomI usually decorate with a lot of color, but I tried to tone things down a bit in our main living space. I didnt’ really have a plan for this area when I started, but I’ve had my heart set on owning this painting for years, and everything else kind of fell into place around the artwork.

Fireplace Makeover

After several trips to specialty tile shops, and running all over the valley, I nearly had a nervous breakdown in the middle of the Home Depot tile section when I was under a big time crunch to choose tile. But I’m so glad I held it together and I’m even more glad I chose this tile. 
Home Tour - KitchenI have a lot, A LOT, of opinions on painting kitchen cabinets, and I’ll also be sharing them in a separate post next week. But as for this kitchen, the only thing I’d do differently, is having the cabinets painted sooner. And the backsplash. But I ran out of time and didn’t want to pick something the new homeowners would hate.  Home Tour - Kitchen Home Tour - Kitchen So there’s the first bit of my home tour! I’ll be sharing the bedrooms and the basement next week, as well as sharing before/after pics of the makeovers we did and lots of my favorite tools and products I’ve used throughout the process. Home Tour - Puppy

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Printable Classroom Valentines

Class Valentines. Here’s how it usually goes: I think I’m going to come up with something super cute and fun and pinterest-worthy. Then February hits and I still don’t have my crap together from the holidays. We run to Target the night before the class valentine party and grab whatever box of cheap character valentines is left. At this point, it’s slim pickings, so nobody’s happy. And don’t even get me started on trying to find Valentine’s Candy in the empty aisles at this point. 

Free Printable Class ValentinesA couple years ago, I found myself in a similar pinch when it came time to produce class valentines. I decided that I could make them as easily as we could buy them. So I came up with some punny candy-related cards, printed four to a page and we were done in half the time the tear-filled Target trip would have taken. The BEARY Sweet Valentine was one of my first. And it’s still a favorite. Because: Gold Bears. 

Free Printable Class ValentinesThese pop rocks valentines are fun because A) Pop Rocks are AWESOME and B) They’re not too sentimental, so they work great for the teens/tweens in your life.

Printable Minecraft ValentinesPlus, my kids get to help customize their class valentines, which makes the process even more fun! They can pick their favorite theme or favorite candy (or video game) and we come up with something around their chosen theme. It’s been so much fun designing class valentines with my kids, so we think it’s time to share with you! Naturally, my oldest chose Minecraft Valentines the first year we did this. And rock candy is pretty awesome. Don’t worry, though, on the printable version (linked above) I left the name off so you can add your own. 😉

Arrow Class ValentinesHere’s a simple arrow valentine. Just add any heart-shaped candy to the end of the arrow and you’re all set! There’s plenty of extra space on each valentine so your student can write to/from on the cards! 

Free Printable Class ValentinesThis one ended up being one of my favorites! Initially I planned on Lemonheads being the treat for this one; but after three trips to three different stores, we went with whatever sour candy we could find. Cry Babies and Sour Patch Kids worked perfectly! 

Sweet Valentine - Free PrintableAnd if sour isn’t your thing, here’s a perfectly sweet alternative. I kept this one pretty generic so you could use ANY kind of candy to go along with it. 

printable gem valentineMy daughter used this gem valentine for her preschool class valentines, and she still loves it. The preschool crowd goes nuts for Ring Pops, so this is a proven winner.

Printable Nerds Valentine

And who doesn’t love nerds?!? This Nerds Valentine is great without being overly sentimental. Just so, you know, you don’t make things awkward with your crush. 😉

So there you go! Hopefully you’ll find something here that will suit your class valentine needs! xoxo

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Take a Shortcut with Your Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday Greeting CardsI’m a stationery designer. I make holiday greeting cards for other people. Most years I come up with something unique for my own greeting cards. And by “unique,” I mean that I use a clever design to avoid taking a family photo. Because: Ugh. Every year, though, my cards are left to the very last minute. Some years, I don’t even send them until after Christmas. And then there was last year: the holiday season got so crazy with performances and parties and markets that I  finally gave up on sending a card. I still have all the holiday stamps in my wallet from last year when I was delusional enough to think I could pull it off. In all my years of making cards, I’ve never considered having someone else do it for me. That’s just not the way my brain works. 

Simple Holiday Greeting CardsWhen my friends at Tiny Prints suggested that we team up for a holiday greeting card project, I honestly didn’t know what to say. I mean, I usually design my own cards. It felt weird to think about letting someone else do the work for me. But one morning as I started my holiday to-do list, I realized something important: just because I CAN do something myself doesn’t mean I HAVE to do it myself. I was so relieved to figure out that I don’t have to design my own holiday greeting cards. I know that sounds ridiculous. But my holiday greeting card becomes such a stressful thing every year. Especially since I always leave them until the very last minute.

Black and White Holiday Greeting CardsThanks to letting go and letting someone else design/print the cards for me, I got my holiday greeting cards finished before December even began! I also get to enjoy the work of another designer, which is such a luxury in my field. Plus, I love all the fun holiday products at Tiny Prints. (Remember this holiday party I threw with them a couple years ago? So much fun!) Now I get to focus on the rest of the holiday prep and spend the extra time enjoying the people I love most. THAT’s what a holiday should be!

Personalize your holiday greeting cardsI always try to include a little hand-written message with my cards, so it feels more personal. This simple insert card is just the ticket! It took me about 5 minutes to design and print these insert cards, which add a personal touch to our holiday cards. I printed our address on the envelope flap to save a bunch of time writing return addresses. I’ve always dreamed of sending holiday greeting cards with some extra-special lettering used for the addresses. And since I let someone else do the work of designing and printing the cards, I get to focus on the special details! The only question is why didn’t I do this years ago?!?

Customized Envelopes There are two morals to this story:
  1. Just because you CAN do something for yourself, doesn’t mean you HAVE to.
  2. If you have a shortcut available, TAKE IT! 

Seriously, busy parents should be able to enjoy the holiday season, too. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in trying to create the magic that I forget to enjoy it myself. So if you have a great bakery nearby, go out and buy those cookies. You’ll keep the kitchen clean, and still have a beautiful, yummy treat to share with friends. If you can find a pre-designed holiday greeting card, use it! If the department store is offering free gift wrapping, go for it! A big thanks to Tiny Prints for helping me realize I don’t have to do everything myself.

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