Wild Orange Body Butter Recipe

Another spa recipe? You bet! I just love coming up with new ways to use my doTerra essential oils.  And…living in a dry, desert state has me craving some super yummy lotions and body butters, especially with the approach of summer time.

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If you have been following along with me for a while, you will know of my love for my doTerra oils and of all things citrusy.  One of my favorite oils is doTerra’s Wild Orange essential oils.  It smells amazing.  Sometimes I will just dab a little drop on my neck so that I can smell it all day long!

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I decided to take it one step further and make a lovely, creamy cocoa body butter with it.  You could substitute mango butter instead of cocoa butter and it would be equally as delicious.  But, since I already had some cocoa butter on hand, I used that.  I actually really loved the final outcome because the cocoa butter gives the body butter a hint of cocoa smell…so it smells like chocolate oranges…and you can’t go wrong with that.

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This recipe is a great basic recipe and you should be able to substitute any essential oil with the Wild Orange oil to make a number of great smelling body butters (think chocolate mint, chocolate raspberry, cinnamon, etc).  So, if orange isn’t your favorite, experiment with something that you are going to love!

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Wild Orange Body Butter Recipe

1 cup shaved Cocoa Butter

1 to 2 TBSP of Almond Oil (Coconut Oil)

8 drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)

8 drops of Wild Orange doTerra Essential Oil

1.  Soften Cocoa Butter in the microwave if yours is hard.  Do this by melting it in 5 second intervals.  You want it soft like butter…not liquid.

2.  Whip up the cocoa butter with a hand held beater (mixer) and slowly add your almond oil.  I use less almond oil and just slowly add it till I have a good consistency.

3.  Add in the Vitamin E oil and your essential oils and stir together to fully incorporate.

4.  Store in an airtight container.

5.  Only scoop the body butter out of the container with clean hands to prevent bacteria from growing in the body butter.

6.  Should last for up to 3 months.

7.  Use as a body lotion to make hands and skin soft, smooth and smelling amazing.

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This makes a perfect gift for friends and family!  Put it in a cute container and add this adorable printable Wild Orange Body Butter Label to finish it off nicely!

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The labels can be printed off from here, which I am happy to share with you below.  Simply print the label (which comes in a couple of different sizes to fit your needs) on white computer paper or white cardstock on your colored laser printer (this is keep it from bleeding ink if wet).  Then cut it out with a circle punch or scissors and glue onto the container lid or side of the container with a simple glue stick.  The labels look just like a real sticker label!  If you want to reuse the container, all you have to do is soak the label in warm water and it comes right off!

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If you would like to download the Wild Orange Body Butter Labels, click on the link below:

{Wild Orange Body Butter Labels}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: Wild Orange Oil

Julie Crowell is so helpful and is happy to answer any questions you may have.  Her contact information is on her site or you can email her at [email protected]

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

Recipe Book & a Giveaway

Mother’s Day is upon us…but have no fear…I have a great gift idea for the mother’s and women in your life!  If you are like me, you have a lot of loose recipes in the form of magazine pages, printed recipes from the internet and handwritten recipe cards shoved into a makeshift recipe book.  Wanting to organize my recipes in a pretty fashion, I decided to design a very versatile, functional…but equally CUTE Recipe Book.

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I made some recipe index pages and placed them in a 3 ring binder.  Each page and recipe can be slipped into a plastic sleeve which allows you to fit any size of recipe, in any form that you may have.  These allow you to keep the recipes organized and in the proper order.  And, if you are a messy baker like I am…the plastic sleeves can easily be wiped down with a damp cloth to clean off any spills or spots.

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I love this organization system and think that it would make the perfect gift for any woman…or man for that matter.  I plan to make one for each of my children and add their favorite family recipes in them so they can take them with them when they move out and begin their own lives…which is coming way too fast for me!  Seriously…in two years…my oldest will be moving out…and I can’t even stand to think about it.

And, of course, I will share these recipe book printable pages with you.  I also plan to start sharing some of our regular everyday family favorite recipes with you so that you can start filling up your recipe books too.  This is a great way for me to get motivated to make family dinners and update our family recipe book and recipes.

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Tomorrow I will share the printable index pages and the front cover so that you can get the recipe book started and give it as a gift to your favorite Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, or friend…or make one for yourself!

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If you would like to download the Recipe Book Printables, be sure to come back tomorrow when I will share them.  But today…I would love for you to enter this amazing Mother’s Day Giveaway a group of bloggers and I have shared.  You are going to love this one!

Update: You can find the Recipe Book Index Printables here:  Recipe Book Index Printables

We are happy to celebrate el Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day with an awesome

Shopping Spree Giveaway

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The 3 lucky winners will get to choose their prize of $150 for them and $150 for a friend!

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I love all the AMAZING Bloggers behind this celebration and I’m sure you will too!

They are sharing on their blogs today delicious recipes and adorable Mother’s Day ideas.

Click on the links below and be inspired!

The 36th Avenue / 30 days Blog / I Heart Naptime / The Idea Room / Lil Luna /U-Create Crafts / Tatertots & Jello / Chef In Training/ Whipperberry /

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THREE LUCKY WINNERs are going home with $150 BUCKS for them and another $150 for a friend!

And it could be YOU!!!

HOW TO ENTER:

Just enter using the Rafflecopter below…

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Good luck to all!

 

Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe

You know I had to try it….

a Chocolate Sugar Scrub!

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It’s chocolate-y…and I like it!

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I hope you are not sick of these sugar scrubs! I am having a lot of fun experimenting with some different combinations.  They make fun gifts and…well…its that time of year!

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One of the best things about this gift is the potential for cute packaging…and you KNOW how much I love gifts in a jar! Jars just make everything cute.  I get asked a lot about how I attach my bottle labels.  I simply print them out on my laser printer (or you can print them at a copy shop) onto white cardstock.  Then I cut them out and paste them onto the bottle with a simple glue stick.  This works really well and is fast an easy!  You can print them on sticker paper if you want, but I find that to be a lot more expensive.

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Many of you have asked in the past about where I find my jars.  So I thought I would share it here with all of you.  I find a lot of cute bottles at Hobby Lobby and they have them on sale for half price a lot of the time.  This particular jar was $1.50 on sale.  I also LOVE using Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles too!  Those are the ones I use most frequently and I am lucky to have a friend who gives me them when she is done with them.

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Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe:

1/2 cup raw cane sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp. cocoa baking powder

*don’t add more cocoa unless doubling…it will turn your skin brown ;)

up to 1/4 cup Almond Oil {Coconut or Olive Oil}

1/2 tsp. vanilla

chocolate shavings from bakers chocolate square (optional)

a few drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)

*If you want to spice it up you can add some peppermint oil or cinnamon oil for a fun twist.  I did not do that for this recipe.

Mix together the sugars and cocoa in a bowl.  Slowly add the oil until you have your desired consistency.  I prefer mine to be drier than oily.  But of course you can make it to your likes.  Add the vanilla and Vitamin E if desired and stir all together until combined.  Store in an airtight jar or container.  Should last for up to 3 months.

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If you make it…let me know what you think! I love getting feedback from you guys.  It helps me know what other projects to work on that you might be interested in!

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And…I am sharing these Chocolate Sugar Scrub Labels with you all.  To download the Chocolate Sugar Scrub Labels click here:

{Chocolate Sugar Scrub Labels}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

Brown Sugar Scrub

Are you guys ready for another Sugar Scrub? There is just something about the Summer Season right upon us that has me craving a good scrub.  This Brown Sugar Scrub is actually a reposting of one of my very first Sugar Scrubs when I first started blogging.

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My photo skills have come a long way since then.  And I have been dying to make this scrub again and take better photos.  I finally got around to doing it.

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This recipe is really simple and I have found that my very favorite oil to use for scrubs is coconut oil.  I did not know about coconut oil 3 years ago so I have made the change in the old recipe.

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Brown Sugar Scrub:

1 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted)

Directions:

1.  Mix together until thoroughly incorporated.

2.  Store in an air tight container.

3.  Good for up to 3 months.

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You will thank me for you smooth, soft skin! Bring on summer!

To download the Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Labels click here:

{Brown Sugar Scrub Labels}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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Other sugar scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

With Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the special women in your lives.  Now, I don’t know about you…but as a Mother myself, I prefer gifts that are of the pampering kind.  I have been obsessed with using DoTerra Essential Oils and just got some Lime oil.  It smells AMAZING!  So…I made a Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub.

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If you have been hanging around The Idea Room, you have been aware of my Sugar Scrub obsession.  At the bottom of this post, I will share with you my entire collection of Sugar Scrubs so that you can take a look at them if you are interested.

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Since my food allergy diagnosis, I have incorporated Coconut Oil as my main cooking/baking base and I am in LOVE with it.  It is the perfect oil to use in this scrub because it has a slight scent and leaves the sugar a nice, crisp white.  It also leaves your freshly scrubbed skin feeling soft and smooth.

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Plus, the combination of Lime and Coconut scream summer, which we are totally looking forward to at our house.  I also threw in some fresh grated coconut to give the scrub a little more texture.

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You just might want to eat this stuff…which would totally be fine since everything is edible :)!

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All you need is a cute jar and a label, which I am providing as a free download (see below for link) and you have a great gift for that special Mother or woman in your life.  You will want to make a really big batch so you can keep some for yourself!

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Or if you want to get really creative, you could gift your sugar scrub inside of a coconut shell after the fresh coconut meat has been removed.  Then wrap it up with a cellophane wrapper and a cute little tag.

To make this Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub, you will need the following items.

Supply List

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Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 TBSP shredded coconut
  • 6-8 drops of Lime Essential Oil

Instructions

  1. Melt Coconut oil in microwave.
  2. Mix in with the sugar, until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the coconut and the Lime Oil.
  4. Mix together.
  5. Makes one cup of scrub.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2013/05/coconut-lime-sugar-scrub.html

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And, I apologize for the picture overload, but I just couldn’t narrow down the pictures to share with you.  I had a bit of fun with this photo shoot.

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To download the Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Labels click here:

{Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Labels}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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If you could create your favorite Sugar Scrub scent…what would it be?

 

You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils here: Lime Essential Oil

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

Mother’s Day Card with Cardstore

Before we know it, it is going to be Mother’s Day.  Do you know what you are getting for the special Mom’s and Women in your life?  I have a couple ideas brewing for the Mom’s in my life…and of course I am planning on sharing here.

Along with a nice gift, I usually like to give a written note in the form of a Mother’s Day Card, which I can express in the written word exactly why I appreciate my Mom and my Mother-In-Law.  I think it is important to express how and why we feel the way we do about a person, instead of just assuming that person knows how we feel.  You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Just a couple of months ago my mom suffered a pretty serious stroke.  She lost physical control of the right side of her body and was taken to the hospital via an ambulance.  Her doctors kept her overnight in the hospital for some testing and to wait on her test results before sending her home.

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It was quite the shock for me and my family members.  if you have had similar experiences, you know what I mean.  One day everything is going along like normal and then suddenly everything is different.  Luckily my mom has almost made a full recovery, but there is always going to be that worry in the back of our minds.  We are so blessed and she is getting good medical care now to try and prevent another stroke from occurring.

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My mom is such an amazing woman.  I attribute most of my good qualities to her and my dad…and possibly a few of my not so loveable traits too ;)!  She is one of the most loving and selfless women I know.  She lives her life with Faith and Hope and continues to be an amazing example of courage and happiness to my family and I.

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Her recent health scare has been a big reminder to me about the importance of letting our friends and family members know just how much we care about and love them.  Don’t wait another day to tell someone how much you care about them.  Even if you are estranged from them…reach out to them and tell them.

I was excited to be able to team up with the Cardstore this Mother’s Day and I was able to make a fun and personalized card for my Mom.

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It was so easy and is a lot more personal than just picking out a card at the drug store.  I was able to add photos and have the card say exactly what I wanted it to say for my Mom. You can even use your personal signature.  This way you can totally personalize it to an individual loved one.  Cardstore can print, stamp and send your card via US postal service for you.  How convenient is that?

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Don’t you just love the vintage pictures of my cute Momma?  Such a fun keepsake.

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And guess what? I have a special promo code just for my Idea Room readers.  You can not get this deal online.

Cardstore is offering Mother’s Day Cards for $1.99 each by using the Promo code: CSF3199

Disclaimer:  Create any Mother’s Day card for $1.99 when code CSF3199 is applied at checkout.  No minimum purchase necessary.  Offer valid through 5/6/13.  Coupon code CSF3199 must be entered during online checkout. Coupon does not apply to shipping & handling charges and cannot be combined with other offers.  Coupon code is not valid on previous purchases, and excludes all plush and greeting card bundles as well as non-card items.  Coupon code may be used to purchase more than one Mother’s Day greeting card but is not valid on orders of 150 cards or more.  Discount applied at checkout. To prevent abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer at any time without notice. Offer is subject to change and expires at 11:59 pm PST on 5/6/13. Offer intended for use in the United States, US territories, and Canada.

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Homemade Lavender Soap

Did you know that this coming Sunday, Feb. 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day?  Well, it is.  And I am joining with Michael’s and participating in their week long “Craft It Forward Random Acts of Kindness Week!  I was lucky enough to be able to get to know many of the Crafty Geniuses who work at the Michael’s headquarters this past summer.  And so I was really excited to work with them again on this fun campaign.

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I decided that I wanted to make some Homemade Lavender Soap that I could then give away to friends and family as my “Craft it Forward” project.  I also wanted to do something that my girls could also help with.  I wanted them to be able to make their own soaps that they too could share with their friends!

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Now, can you believe that with all my crafting projects that I have NEVER made or played with soap?  I know!  I have always LOVED pretty “handmade” soaps and I guess I thought it was a lot more involved than they really were.  I know there are some people who make handmade soaps completely from scratch and in another life, I would love to be able to try that.

But, for now, I took the super easy road.  And I can’t believe how easy this simple method was.  I talked with my local Michael’s and got some really great tips and advice and learned how to make some really simple but beautiful soap.  Today I will share with you the basics so that you can make some for yourself.  Now…I am no expert, but this is how I made these Homemade Lavender Soaps.

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You will need the following:

A premade soap base (I chose Goat’s Milk Soap)

Scent (I went with my doTerra Lavendar oil but Michael’s has several yummy scents)

A Soap Colorant (I did not use any in this particular soap but did in other soaps I will share later this week)

Rubbing Alcohol

Spray Bottle for the alcohol

Soap Mold

Bowl for melted soap

Spoon

Directions:

  1. Break up your soap base into smaller chunks and place into bowl.
  2. Melt in your microwave on 40 second intervals until the soap is fully melted.
  3. Add your soap colorant and scent and stir well.
  4. Pour your soap into your mold.  I used molds that I found at Michaels that were soft and flexible so I did not need to do anything special to the mold.  If you are using a bread pan or a non-flexible mold you may want to spray a little bit of cooking spray to help the soap ease out of the mold when it has hardened.
  5. Spritz the top of the soap with your Rubbing Alcohol to remove any air bubbles from your soap.
  6. If you are adding different soap layers, (like I do in some soaps I am sharing later) you can let the first layer harden and then spritz it again and pour an additional layer of soap on top.  Depending on the number of layers, you can repeat this process over and over.  Allowing sufficient drying time depending on how solid you want your soap layers to be.
  7. Remove from molds and wrap up pretty.

*If your soap becomes too thick to pour nicely into your mold you can quickly re-melt it again in your microwave.

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I was surprised at how easy it was to whip up a batch of yummy smelling soap.  And the fun part was using that same basic method and coming up with a lot of fun varieties of soap.

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And, with some simple wrapping and embellishment you can come up with a very nice and inexpensive gift that someone would love to receive.  Don’t you think?

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I simply took some burlap, which I also found at Michael’s, that I trimmed down to wrap around each bar of Lavender Soap.

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Then added a couple of dried sprigs of Lavender. You can also find Lavender at Michaels.

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I had so much fun making Lavender soap, that I began experimenting.  The girls also joined in and made some of their own soaps.  Be sure to come back in a couple of days and I will share those with you and also pictures of my girls crafting them forward.

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

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In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.

Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe

2013 is not getting off to a very good start around here.  When it rains…it pours…right?  So not only am I in the midst of a huge elimination diet due to some newly discovered food allergies/intolerances, but my sweet Mom suffered a stroke on Tuesday morning.  She spent two days at the hospital and we found that she has had some past strokes from her MRI.  She is just fine now with just a few lingering effects and hopefully she should recover fully in time.

Unfortunately, we have been down this road before with my Dad who has also suffered several strokes.  After one particularly large stroke, we discovered my Dad had a hole in his heart.  He had heart surgery to repair the hole about 8 years ago.

Anyways, needless to say I wasn’t around much last week.  Things are getting back to normal and I am trying to get caught up with my life.  I have had this post sitting here half finished, but there were plenty of more important things I needed to attend too.

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to come up with a gift idea you can give to your girlfriends or yourself.  The sugar scrubs I have shared recently have been a big hit.  So I decided to switch things up and go with a Sugar Scrub Cube.

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Sugar Scrub Cubes are fun because they are single serving cubes that have all the same qualities of an awesome sugar scrub in a fun this square.

I looked all over to see if I could find a great recipe, but I couldn’t find anything that didn’t require some special soap base, which I didn’t have.  So I did a little experimenting and came up with a little recipe that I really like.

Here is what you will need:

Almond Oil or Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)

White Granulated Sugar

Shredded Bar of Soap

An Essential Oil (I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss)

Mixing Bowl

Spoon

Microwave and possibly a double boiler

A mold or a scoop

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This recipe calls for 1 part oil, 2 parts shredded soap, and 3 parts sugar.

Sugar Scrub Cubes:

1/4 cup Almond Oil

1/2 cup Shredded Soap

3-4 drops of Essential Oil

1 cup Sugar

1.  Pour the oil into a bowl and add the shredded soap of your choice.  Microwave this on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each.  If this does not work to slowly melt your soap into your oil you may have to melt the soap shaving in a double boiler.  (If you don’t have a double boiler like me, simply place a small bowl over a saucepan filled with boiling water).

2.  When the mixture is melted and and stirred together, add several drops of your Essential Oil.  I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss.  {If you have not used DoTerra’s oils, you are missing out!  I love them.  I get mine from my friend Julie Crowell.  You can find more information by clicking on the link.  I will be sharing a bit more about my love for doTerra oils in an upcoming post}.

3.  Get your mold ready to go before adding the sugar.  This is important because once the sugar is added the scrub will harden VERY quickly.

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4.  Pour in sugar and stir quickly.  Take mixture and place it into your molds with your fingers.  Or…if you don’t have a mold you can take a scoop and make rounded sugar “cubes”.

5.  Let cubes harden by popping them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  Then pop them out of the mold and cut them into fourths depending on the size you would like them to be.

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Then simply throw them into a fun air tight container and add a cute label.

Sugar scrubs smell amazing and gently exfoliate your skin for a smooth feeling.  The fun thing about these sugar scrub cubes is that they also have a fun “cleaning” element with the addition of the soap.  And the citrus bliss smells amazing and has some relaxation and calming benefits which you can learn more about here.

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And…you know I am going to be sharing the fun labels if you would like to make some for yourself.  Click on the link below to gain access to the labels and to the use-age tag so that the gift recipient knows just how to use their fun and personal gift!

Citrus Sugar Scrub Cubes Labels

{click on previous downloads once you are taken to The Idea Room FB page}

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What do you think? Have you ever tried Sugar Scrub Cubes?

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Interested in some of our past Sugar Scrub Recipes? Check these out:

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub (featured on the Ellen Show)

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Foot Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub with Honey

Bath Salts Recipe

Homemade Bath Salts and doTerra Giveaway

I am so excited to share with you a fun gift idea AND an awesome giveaway today.  I LOVE homemade gifts that are functional AND pretty at the same time.  I like to give things that I would actually like to receive as a gift myself…like this Homemade Bath Salts Gift Set.

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The Bath Salts are really easy to make and just take a few simple, easy to find ingredients.  And, if you like to take baths, you know how yummy smelling they can make your bath water.  Plus the salts have some great healing and soothing aspects for your skin.

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These Homemade Bath Salts also contain some awesome doTerra Essential Oils.  These essential oils also have multiple benefits and uses depending on the type of Essential Oil you use.

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First, let’s give you the recipe.  It is the same Homemade Bath Salts Recipe I have shared with you when I first started blogging.

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe:

3 cups Epsom Salt
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Table Salt
Food or soap coloring (optional)
Scented Essential Oils (2-4 drops)

If you want more than one scent and color, separate into different bowls before adding the color and scent. Then you can have 2-3 different choices to choose from. Let the bath salts dry for 24 hours before placing them into your decorative jars.

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I chose not to use any coloring as I wanted all of the jars to be similar and fresh and clean looking.  I used doTerra’s Lemon, Lavendar, and Peppermint Essential Oils for my jars.  You follow the directions for each flavor of Bath Salt and then just add the Essential Oil of your choice.

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I haven’t talked much about doTerra’s Essential Oils but I have been using them since April and have fallen in love with them.  You might have noticed that I have used them in a few of my past posts recently.  (Chocolate Cinnamon Bread, Peppermint Candy Cane Scrub, Lemon Sugar Scrub) The thing I love about them is that almost all of doTerra’s essential oils are food-grade oils which means you can take them internally and use them safely on your skin.

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I have been getting my oils from Julie Crowell, an Independent doTerra Consultant who and a fellow fan of The Idea Room.  (I knew there was a reason I liked her ;)!!  She is currently an Idea Room Sponsor and wants to give One Lucky Idea Room Reader…

an Introductory Set of 3 doTerra Essential Oils

(Lemon, Lavendar, and Peppermint).

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If you have questions about each of the oils, you can click on their names for more information about the benefits of each oil by clicking on each of their names above.  Julie has also offered to talk to any of you if you have specific questions on her FB page or by sending her an email ([email protected]).

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To enter, simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter box below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want to print out the labels I used here?  Simply click on this link to get access to the Free Bath Salts Labels.

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And since many of you will ask, the bottles are Starbucks Vanilla Frappacino Drinks.  They came with the cute little carrier in a set of 4.  And I found them at my local Target.  I know…we LOVE Target!

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You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: DoTerra’s Essential Oils

Julie Crowell is so helpful and is happy to answer any questions you may have.  Her contact information is on her site or you can email her at [email protected]

Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Julie Crowell, who is an Independent Consultant for doTerra’s Essential OilsI was given some essential oils to review.  However, the opinions and text are all mine.  Contest runs December 14-18, 2012. A random winner will be selected and will be given 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.

Happy Mother’s Day

I just wanted to take a moment and wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day and share with you some photos of the amazing women in my life. These women have and continue to be examples of beauty and service to me.  I have been blessed to be surrounded by women who are quiet, yet strong examples of what Motherhood is all about.

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My Mother

Each of these women have all had their own unique challenges, some large, some small, some whose burdens have been known to others and some who have had struggles known only to them while carried deeply within their own hearts.

But they each have been and continue to be examples of courage and strength by the way they live and have lived their lives.

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My Mother and Grandmother

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else."

–M. Russell Ballard “Daughters of God,” Ensign, May 2008, 108–10

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On my blessing day.

My Mother, Her Mother on the left and my Dad’s Mother on the right.

I truly believe that women have the ability to love many children and friends as she would love her own physical flesh and blood.  And that Mother’s come in all shapes and sizes.  Some have their own children by birth, some love and raise children that are born from another, some have mother hearts to others around them, and some mothers have empty arms where children should be.  Regardless, we are all women who are striving to raise generations of happy and beautiful children.

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Mother-In-Law

Motherhood is challenging.  It is a 24 hour a day job that can be physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding.  We women should be building each other up, supporting each other and cheering the other on as we try to Mother in our own and unique ways.

I am so grateful for the women who are teaching me how to Mother my own children. And I am grateful for the women who love my children as their own….aunts, grandma’s, neighbors, teachers, leaders, and my dear friends.

Here’s to wishing all of you a Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope you are able to spend it with your loved ones.  And if not, that you are able to reflect on the great blessings that those women have brought into your life.

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