Not like silence, but like British for Mom:) Happy May to You! This first week of May is already jam-packed with events…some of which are my all-time favorites…Thursday is Cinco de Mayo!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this day and then Saturday is the season-culminating Girls on the Run 5K and then Sunday is MOTHER’s Day!!
I have a lot of friends who will celebrate their first ever Mother’s Day as mothers this year! I look forward to celebrating this day as a mother myself one day, but until then, I will continue to shower my Mother and the mothers around me with LOTS of love:) If you are looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas, here are a few great “Do It Yourself” spa ideas to pamper your mother:
Homemade Body Scrub
Awhile back, I had a friend that would make these sugar and salt scrubs for her friends and I’ve always thought it is a great gift to give. I mean, everyone loves soft skin, right?! I still use my sugar scrub everyday and it’s helped my sensitive skin and saves me $ because I don’t need to use lotion. There are a lot of homemade body scrub “recipes” out there, but here is a simple one from Martha that I’ve used many times before:
Tools and Materials
Body oil, I <3 Burt’s Bees
Epsom salt, sea salt or organic cane sugar
Glass or Plastic Jar with Lid
Combine 1 cup of body oil with 2 cups of Epsom or sea salts or organic cane sugar (depending on how fine a grain you like). We added lemon zest for color and fragrance. Package in jars (plastic is safest by the tub).
Recently I popped into my local Paper Source store for my monthly visit and I saw these super cute bathtub tea bags filled with yummy smelling herbs and I thought, “man, these would be super easy to make” and I was right! Martha was thinking the same thing and here is her recipe for these super cute calming tea bags:
Fill heat-sealable tea bags (perfect for one bath) with 1/4 cup lemon verbena, lavender, peppermint, or chamomile. For small bags, top 5 1/4-inch starched muslin circles with 1 tablespoon of botanicals; tie with waxed twine. Giving a few of these in different scents lets bathers customize each bath.
Remember back a couple months when I featured vintage teacups as jewelry organizers? Well, here is another way (from Martha of course) to use these super cute teacups and boy is it easy…don’t be intimidated by words like “wicking” or “nested pans”…you work with what you’ve got and Michael’s craft store should have everything you need:
Tools and Materials
Partially burned candles
Candy or candle thermometer
Teacup Lights How-To
1. In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs.
2. Cut a piece of wicking to the cup’s height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup’s bottom.
3. Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup’s rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.