Gifts of Christmas Gift Set

Yesterday I shared with you this simple Christmas gift idea based on the First Gifts of Christmas.  Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were given to the Jesus by the Wise men who traveled from afar to see the Christ child.

sugar-scrubThe Christmas Holiday and Season has become so commercialized and as a mom, I struggle with trying to keep the focus of Christmas on the real meaning for my children.  We try to keep our Christmas presents for the kids fairly modest and reasonable…which can be difficult.   christmas-giftEvery year I try to come up with meaningful AND practical gifts.  I think this one fits those parameters.  As promised, I will be sharing the recipes and printables so that you can re-create these and give them this year to your loved ones.

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*I do ask that…as always…not to use these for sale in your own shops, etc.  Please do not share these recipes on your own sites.  I appreciate you sending people back here for the recipes and printables.  These are for your personal use only.  I would hate to have to start charging you for these, which I have had to consider in the past due to gross misuse I have unfortunately seen with some of my creations.

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Where can I buy the Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils?

I bought my Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils here:  Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils

What size are my bottles?  Where did I purchase them?

My Frankincense bottle was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It is 5 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter.  It holds about 3/4 cup. The bottle I used for the Myrrh was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It is about 5.5 inches tall and about 2.75 inches in diameter at the base.  It holds about 1 cup.  Both bottles came with the cork lids.

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How do I make the gift crate/box?

I made the gift crate by simply cutting some old wood scraps so that they would fit my two bottles.  You may need to adjust your lengths and widths to fit the bottles you are using.  My finished crate measures 7 and 7/8 inch height (from base of the bottle to where the top of the bottle is in photo).  From side to side it measures about 7.5 inches in width.  And the box is about 3.5 inches tall (or sits up off the table at the base).  I hope that makes sense!

gifts-of-christmas-3arrows_thumb.jpg 1.  Cut 2 sides one length and then cut the top and bottom (2 pieces) a little bit shorter.  Cut them so that they can fit on top of the other one so that your box comes out with the right dimensions.  You will have to figure this out in your head based on the width of your wood.  I just eyeball it!

gifts-of-christmas-1.jpg 2.  Cut 4 or so 1 inch slats to make your base (or make a solid base). 3.  Glue them all together with a good wood glue.  We like Gorilla Wood Glue!  Throw a couple of small staples or nails in the sides to give it some extra hold.  Let it dry for 24 hours. 4.  Stain it or paint it.  I like Early American Stain by Min-Wax.  I just rub the stain on the box with an old rag (wearing gloves…sometimes).  Wipe off any excess and let dry.

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How did I decorate the crate?

1.  I filled the crate with some dry moss.  I picked it up from Michael’s originally but it was laying around in my craft supplies.  If your moss is really messy you can lay a piece of cloth at the bottom of the crate.  I just used a piece of canvas drop cloth…(that stuff has come in handy!)

2.  Lay the bottles in the moss and situate them so there is a little on the sides and tops and bottom of the jars.  They will settle in real nice like!

3.  Take a linen gift sack.  I found mine at Michael’s as well.  Fill it with some gold foil candy coins.  I purchased a large bag of Belgium chocolate from Costco as I plan to give them away to several people and wanted a nice quality chocolate.  Or you can opt for the dollar store version.  (If you can’t find those or they are too pricey…opt for some gold Rolos…or if you can afford it…real Gold coins…and then be sure to gift one to me ;)!

How do I get the labels and the printable Gifts of Christmas Parchment Scroll?

I print them on white cardstock (on a laser so they don’t run if wet; a copy center works great too) and then cut them out.  To attach the labels to the bottle, simply glue them on with a glue stick.  It works amazingly well to hold them in place and looks like they are a sticky label!

*I am happy to share these with you…but please do not sell them or use them for anything other than your own personal use.  It is so discouraging to me to see them misused and on other peoples websites and ETSY shops.  Please keep it so that I do not have to charge for them.  If you use them and/or love them…please send people to my site to get them!  I always appreciate that!  Your traffic is what allows me to keep doing what I do and sharing with you!

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{Frankincense Sugar Scrub Label}

{Gifts of Christmas Gift Tag}

{Myrrh Bath Salts Label}

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Where can I buy the Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils (and others)?

I love DoTerra’s Essential Oils.  They are food grade safe and amazing quality and I use them all of the time.  I buy my oils from Julie Crowell.  She is happy to sell them to any of you who may want to purchase some and can answer any questions you may have.  Feel free to email her at [email protected] or message her on her wall or FB Page Drops 4 Life.  I think you will love them too!

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Go here for the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe.

Go here for the Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe. 

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}

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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.

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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}

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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 from my favorite DoTerra Rep here: Lime Essential 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

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