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Easy Gift Idea

This year, we decided to try to simplify Christmas as much as possible.  We decided to not only work to save money, but also to (hopefully) be a little more “eco-responsible” than we have been in the past.  We decided to try to think of ways to give of ourselves and our talents in the form of services or products that can be consumed/used up instead of simply cluttering up space (and eventually landfills).  Today, I mixed up a batch of my homemade bath salts and thought I’d share the idea here, because it’s so easy, and always well-received!  They’re simply made from Epsom salts and organic essential oils.  That’s it!  Epsom salts are great for soothing tired, stressed muscles, and you can customize the scents for each individual.  My favorite essential oils are grapefruit (refreshing) or vanilla (soothing/calming).  You may prefer lavender, rose, tea tree, or many others. One small bottle of essential oil will go a LONG way!

I bought the Bell® jars in the picture above at Meijer as a package of 4 for $5.  These were a little fancier than you would have to use, and there are cheaper options in canning or jelly jars available.  I try to reuse glass jars and lids whenever possible, and am always on the lookout for unique jars at resale shops, garage sales and Goodwill.  Just make sure they have a lid, or some way to close.  I found a great bottle with a unique shape at a resale shop with a cork in it that was one of my favorites.  Epsom salts are readily available at any pharmacy, and are very cheap.

I love this project for several reasons.  First of all, there’s no exact science.  Simply fill your container with Epsom salts and add drops of essential oil until you are happy with the scent.  Remember that it’s always easier to add more!  You can’t really remove the oil once you’ve added it, but you CAN add more salts to tame the smell.  I also love it because Jenna can help!  She helped scoop the salts, add the drops (Careful with this one – toddlers tend to go a little crazy.  Stay close!), and then LOVED shaking and shaking the containers once the lids were firmly screwed on.  Finally, I love how pleased people are when they receive their gift.  I think you will too.

Today, I bottled four jars like you see pictured above.  Total time for the project?  Twenty minutes!  And that’s with a toddler helping.  It could go a little faster even, if you’re doing it without pint-sized helpers, but it’s a great opportunity for them to get to help.  What a wonderful way to teach about the spirit of giving (instead of simply the spirit of shopping).

Happy giving!

P.S. This makes a great gift for year-round giving, too!


Origins Organics Giveaway!

And the winner is…………….#8 – Issa!  Congratulations!!  Be watching for an email requesting your address and I’ll get your prize going out to you.  As always, sorry I don’t have a prize for everyone.

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Not so long ago, I posted about how much I like the organic facial care products from Origins Organics™.  Now, I have a wonderful giveaway of three of those fantastic products!  One lucky reader will win the starter set pictured above, which includes:

• Origins Organics™ Purifying Tonic 95% Certified Organic 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml
• Origins Organics™ Foaming Face Wash Made with 73% Organic Ingredients 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml
• Origins Organics™ Nourishing Face Lotion 95% Certified Organic 1 fl. oz./30 ml

Organic products mean that farming standards prohibit the use of toxic and persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers, which is not only good for your skin and your health, but also helps to sustain the global health and well-being of our planet.  Origins Organics™ products are certified to USDA standards. (A value of $66.00)

To enter the contest: Simply leave a message in the comment field below.  One extra entry for posting a comment at Twitter about this giveaway & review, then commenting (in a separate comment) here with the URL of your tweet.  If you don’t use Twitter, you can email your friends and include me in the email (psychmamma(at)hotmail(dot)com) and leave an additional comment here telling me that you did it.  Please leave separate comments for each entry opportunity in order to receive full credit.  Contest ends at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 6. Comments that don’t follow the posted instructions will be deleted.  One winner will be chosen via random number generator.  The winner must provide a valid email address and respond to prize notification within 3 days. After 3 days, your prize will be forfeited and another winner will be notified. Contest is open to readers in the United States.


Posted by on December 30, 2008 in Giveaways, Going Green, Pampering


Pampering You

Two of my favorite things are coffee and chocolate. Here are 2 recipes I have on file for personal pampering using those 2 ingredients. I have no idea where they came from (I didn’t invent them), so if they’re your original concoctions, claim your fame in my comments section, and a big THANK YOU from me, because I’ve been enjoying the pampering.

Coffee Scrub:

  • 2 cups of coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar (sea salt works)
  • 2/3 tablespoon of sweet almond oil (or any other massage oil)

Mix all together and enjoy the rejuvenating effects of caffeine. You can also add cinnamon or vanilla for some added aromatherapy or brown sugar if you want the mixture to be more coarse and sweet smelling.

Cocoa Bath Milk:

  • 1 c cocoa powder
  • 1 c. powdered milk
  • 1 capful of peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Mix all and add to warm bath. Mmmmm…..Chocolate!

If you’re in the mood for more chocolate immersion and want to spend some money on yourself, check out the great chocolate spa packages at The Spa at Hotel Hershey.

Send the hubby with the kids to Hershey Park, Hershey’s Chocolate World, or Zoo America and submit yourself to some chocolate decadence. Ahhh……

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Posted by on June 13, 2008 in Pampering