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DIY Summertime Citrus Bath Salts

If you’re not familiar with the adorable Willow and Sage Magazine then you’re in for a treat! I first saw the magazine in a bookstore, and with its hand-drawn illustrations and fancy recipes, it was too beautiful to pass up. Naturally when they sent this gorgeous DIY project I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

These citrus bath salts are packaged so beautifully they’d make the perfect gift — just be sure to make an extra for yourself because they smell and feel delicious. And with all-natural ingredients and fragrances, the result is a clean, fresh, wholesome product that anyone would love. Plus the packaging is totally pin-worthy.

I’ll let Sarah take it from here. Post a pic if you make these at home!

xo
Jules

Hi everyone! Sarah here from Willow and Sage Magazine. This recipe for summertime bath salts includes a zesty citrus scent and bath herbs that will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. It’s so simple to make and a great way to get your skin glowing and summer-ready in no time!

I decided to package this recipe in these adorable test tubes, making it small enough to gift, or display on your vanity. We all know someone who deserves a little TLC (and it might be you!), so dress these up by adding a button, gift tag, and jute twine for a finishing touch that is sure to please. Continue Reading

Living

Get Crafty With These DIY Bath Bombs

What’s more divine than a long, relaxing soak in the bath? Not much. Do you know someone deserving of a little rest and relaxation? These DIY bath bombs are a thoughtful, feel good, smell great gift anyone will appreciate (even if that deserving person is you).

Ingredients:
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup citric acid
• 1/2 cup Epsom salts
• 1 tsp. water
• 2 tsp. essential oil (my personal favorites — rose, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood, chamomile)
• 3 tsp. oil (I like olive oil)

Optional Ingredients:
• food coloring
• dried flowers

You’ll also need:
• bowl
• glass or jar
• whisk
bath bomb mold

Directions:
1. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl. Use the whisk to blend.

2. In a glass or jar, blend all liquid ingredients.

3. Slowly pour the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring as you add it in.

4. Once blended, pack the mix tightly into the bath bomb mold and let it dry.

Voila! Definitely experiment with colors, scented oils and dried flowers or berries. And please tag me in your pics! I’d love to see your creative concoctions!

Living

Let Mr. Kate Be Your Thrift Store Guide

Thrift shopping takes patience, persistence and often, a creative eye. Sometimes what you see isn’t necessarily what you’ll get as an end result. For example, a beat up picture frame might look like a piece of junk at first glance, but with some care and restoration it could end up becoming a work of art itself. The same goes for clothing. I was advised to pay attention to prints and patterns more than shape and size because a great tailor can turn almost anything into a perfect fit. 

As much as I love looking for treasures, I’m no expert when it comes to seeking out a diamond in the rough. Luckily Mr. Kate, an expert in all things thrift, is giving us some of her best advice when it comes to shopping in thrift stores. And in honor of it being National Thrift Day, Kate threw in one of my favorite DIY projects featuring painted patterned mugs!

I’ll let Mr. Kate take it from here. Happy thrifting!

xo
Jules Continue Reading

Home Decor

DIY Gorgeous Dried Flowers

Whenever I receive flowers (or buy them for myself because — why not?) I always wish they’d last longer, especially if they hold sentimental value. Of course the only option for forever flowers is to dry them, but I never seem to get it right. Often they start to stink or fall apart; I have yet to dry a perfect batch.

It wasn’t until I found this simple trick that I was able to simplify the process. And wouldn’t you know, the solution was right under my nose all along! All you’ll need is a sizable amount of silica gel. You know, those tiny white baggies that come in the box with your new shoes and most other items? They say, “Silica Gel: Do not eat. Throw away.” Those are silica gel!

Their purpose is to suck the moisture from the air keeping those new products dry and fresh. (Light bulb moment, right?!) You can either start collecting these little guys or buy them in bulk — but please remember to keep them out of reach from pets and small children.

4 Steps To Perfectly-Dried Flowers

You’ll need:

Silica Gel
• A jar, bowl or container that has a tightly-fitting lid.
• Flowers! Continue Reading

Living

This DIY Home Fragrance Makes Scents

Fish. Bacon. Broccoli. While the savory smells are wafting from the stove you salivate over the anticipation of your first bite. But once the dishes have been washed and you’re post food coma, the once incredible smells become – well, stinky. The other night, I slow cooked a delicious spicy chili. I thought for sure the kitchen walls would somehow soak up the peppery stench and by morning it would be back to its fresh and clean state. But holy jalapeno it still stank like last nights dinner!

I figured, if cooking is what got me into this stinky mess… cooking was going to get me out of it. I thought about the rich, fragrant apple cider my mom makes during the holidays. It makes the whole house smell unbelievably warm and festive. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, but I did have some vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks and cloves in the pantry. I had to get ready for the day and didn’t have time to monitor an open flame on the stove, so I put the ingredients in my slow cooker instead. I added 2 cups of water, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 capfuls of vanilla extract and turned it on its lowest setting. In not time at all my home smelled sweet, warm and inviting. Not a trace of chili leftovers lingered in the air. Continue Reading

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