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Me Time Friday

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I think it’s very important to make ‘me time.’ Time spent focused on an activity that brings you pleasure – just pleasure. But that’s not enough. I think we need to slip special extra’s through the day. And believe me there are days, I need a lot of the special extras.

Doughnuts and cookies make awesome through out the day boost. But today I’m going to share my shower bomb recipe with you. I love to soak in a bubble bath but some days that just isn’t a real possibility.

Shower bombs are awesome ways to release soothing scents (like lavender or chamomile) for the evening. Or you can use them in the morning to jump start your day with scents like hyacinth or Eucalyptus.

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Ingredients
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup Epsom salt
• up to 2 tsp of water
• essential oils: amount depends


Instructions
1. Combine baking soda, salt/Epsom salt, and mix well until combined.
2. Spray or drop small amounts water into the mix and stir until you get the consistency of slightly wet sand.
3. Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling but should not appear wet at all. You may need to add slightly more water if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet.
4. Once you get this texture, add the menthol crystals and the essential oils and stir to combine.
5. Quickly push mixture into silicon molds, greased muffin tins, or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened.
6. When dry, remove and store in airtight container.

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Edit week…

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Well I’m starting day 2 of work, edits, and a writing deadline. Just to make things more interesting, when at my day job we merged our special education data with the states we received 65 pages of errors.  65!!!!!

Soooo I needed a stress buster last night….One of my favorites is a bubble bath.  Now because I live in Northern Michigan, my skin resembles that of a snake skin if I’m not careful. Here is something I make and use on such nights as last night.

Bath Cookies

You don’t eat these treats, you soak them in the tub to soothe and relax you!  But feel free to bring a bag of Oreo’s or Girl Scout cookies with you.

2 cups sea salt — finely ground
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons light oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
2 eggs
6 drops your choice of essential oil

Mix all together. If you want to give as gifts or just make yourself feel special cut out with decorative cookie cutters.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. Allow to cool completely and store in containers.  Use 1-2 “cookies” per bath.

Turn lights low and relax.

Some of these along with candles will be included in the three stress packs I’m giving away at the end of week so make sure to leave a comment.