The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside

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This post is sponsored by Bubbly Belle. All opinions are my own.

Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside – and a chance to win something even better!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Remember when you were a kid and you begged your mother to buy X brand of cereal JUST for the prize hidden inside? Or, even though the debate of whether or not Cracker Jacks actually tasted great, you suffered through them anyway just for that tiny little reward at the bottom of the box. (And why was it a miniature paper comic 90% of the time?)

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Lucky for you, you can bring back those fond childhood memories. And, you don’t have to eat anything you don’t want to.

Where the joy of most bath bombs is short lived, the bath bombs from Bubbly Belle are not. Sure they perform the same as most bath bombs. They fizz and spin and tint your bath a beautiful array of colors. Although, once the water show is over, you’re rewarded with a prize inside!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Just like those days of old. (Er, years past.) This time however, you’re actually get a prize with real value. Tucked inside every Bubbly Belle bath bomb is a beautiful ring. So you have something to show for your money even after the bath bomb is gone.

I had the chance to try three different bath bombs from Bubbly Belle. While I wasn’t sure about some of the fragrances, once they were in the tub the scents were perfect! I also love that their bath bombs don’t stain the tub. But seriously, my favorite part has to be the rings.

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Every bath bomb from Bubbly Belle comes with a ring inside. Each ring is valued at $15 or more and are custom designed specifically for Bubbly Belle customers. Additionally, the rings must pass multiple quality assurance tests, including fluorescence and allergy tests, so you know you’re getting a quality product. You even get to choose your ring size!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

There’s a code with the ring hidden inside each bath bomb your receive from Bubbly Belle. This code will tell you the value of your ring. You’ll also be entered to win a $100, $1000 or $10,000 ring!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

Afterwards, there’s also a second chance to play, in which I won the opportunity to purchase a bath bomb for just $1!

The Bath Bombs With A Prize Inside! Bubbly Belle bath bombs promise all the joy of other bath bombs. The chance to relax in a warm tub and soothe your cares from the day away. Unlike other bath bombs, however, Bubbly Belle bath bombs end their show with a hidden prize inside - and a chance to win something even better!

If you’re ready to dive into some self care, or you’re looking for a unique gift idea, look no further than Bubbly Belle bath bombs! Visit Bubbly Belle now to take advantage of a special limited time offer and enter for your chance to win!

Don’t forget to come back and share your experience with Bubbly Belle bath bombs! I’d love to hear about your experience – and find out what you won!

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Handmade Arts and Crafts from the Historic Roanoke City Market

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I love going down to visit our local city market on Saturdays. We have such a wonderful array of artists, crafters and farmers! And, this year we already started off with a handful of new vendors. Here are some of my favorites pieces from the Roanoke City Market today.
A regular long time vendor on the Roanoke City Market is Brian Seckinger of Roanoke Pottery Works. I always love discovering new pots he’s created whether from slabs or a pottery wheel. And I love that he’s able to throw some of the largest bowls I’ve ever come across. In fact I own two great pieces from him that are around 1 1/2 feet in diameter.
These are new hand built slab pottery pots with handles for spring. They come in an array of bright colors including blue, green, yellow and red. They’re perfect for indoor and outdoor planting – I’m using my green one to grow garlic! – for small plants and herbs or indoors for storage or decoration. These can be tied onto a trellis or hung from a porch in multiples to save on space!
Brian also recently made some raku horse hair pottery for spring. To see more of Brian’s work, be sure to take a peek at his photo albums on his fan page – Roanoke Pottery Works – on facebook.
A new potter to the market is Mary Hadden of Floyd, VA. She hand builds all of her clay works and finishes them with a unique matte, glaze finish that she worked hard to perfect.
I love all of Mary’s pieces, but I think my favorite pieces of hers are her wind chime fairies. 
She also makes lovely handmade flower pots, soap dishes, bird houses, lidded boxes, and even business card holders! You can see more of Mary’s pottery in my Market Days Album on Facebook
Both Brian and Mary sell their pottery on the Historic Roanoke City Market on Saturdays, weather permitting.
A few other highlights include the following:
Unique, handmade jewelry crafted from bracket fungi. These one of a kind necklaces, earrings, and brooches are made by Penny Lane, also of Floyd, VA. Penny shares a booth on the Roanoke City Market with Mary Hadden on Saturdays.

Lunar Scapes – owned and operated by regular vendors Kyle and David – hand crafts and sells recycled wine and beer bottles. These melted bottles come in various shapes, sizes, and colors and  are perfect for cheese and crackers, butter, and other party appetizers. Each cheese tray is embellished with beads and wire work and comes with a small knife.

One of my favorite market photographs is one I took in June of 2009 of David kissing a local goat that liked to visit the market on weekends.

A new vendor, Joe Stanley of Upcycled Cards, also creates his wares from upcycling. He recycles wine corks and used gift cards to make something new.

Joe uses spent corks to craft handmade coasters and serving trays.

And retired gift cards are used to make one of kind jewelry including fun bracelets and earrings.

To see more wonderful arts and crafts from local artists on the Historic Roanoke City Market from past to present, be sure to check out my Market Days Album. There are so many beautiful works of art, it’s just impossible to include them all in one post. And don’t forget to stop by the Roanoke City Market to shop for Mother’s Day!

What are some of your favorite things to buy from your local farmer’s market?

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Handmade Journals – For the love of writing as a past time and how to make your own!

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These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

In the fourth grade I was required to keep a daily journal. I used to write in it several times a day. Everything from poems to short stories to just random thoughts. In high school I kept a journal of poetry I wrote for a special boyfriend and also wrote poems for one girl in particular who enjoyed passing off my poems as her own to her beau. In college I took a poetry class and I had another journal for keeping track of thoughts, ideas and obviously, more poetry. I’ve also kept a dream journal that I loved sharing with others so they could help me decipher my dreams.

During the ‘zine movement in the 90s – that fabulous era of grunge, alternative and riot grrrl – I steadfastly cut and pasted and pen and inked over thirty issues of my own ‘zine which I self published via the United States Postal Service and Kinko’s copiers. Writing a ‘zine also helped me discover the handmade movement for the first time as it was via mail order as a precursor to the famous handmade marketplace online – Etsy. I bought my first hand knit ladybug hat with pipe cleaner antennae through a ‘zine order form, a check and a stamp courtesy of Marissa Falco.

While I have not written much on paper lately, it remains one of my favorite past times when life is rough or I’m filled with a little extra creative energy.  A computer lacks the intimacy, for me, of pen and paper. Perhaps it’s because my childhood years pre-dated the invention of computers, and typewriters I considered only for my final drafts. Either way, I have a special fondness for handmade journals.

These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

So, of course, I couldn’t help but find inspiration from the handmade journal tutorial found on torta gialla blog. The aesthetics for creating handmade journals are endless – as demonstrated by the photo above of a journal created by Linda Tieu, owner of Torta Gialla on Etsy. Linda  creates an endless variety of handmade journals and sketchbooks using a basic bookbinding process. If you’re a fan of writing, I encourage you to visit Linda’s blog and check out her tutorial for creating journals for yourself.

I am also currently in love with the following collection of handmade journals from various etsy artists from around the world.

These beautiful handmade journals inspire us to get back to our roots of ink and paper even as digital technology continues to grow. Discover your next favorite handmade journal and dive into self exploration and growing your own creativity.

1. Blue Silver Baby Elephant Journal – Handmade Leather Notebook from  Baghy’s Journals

2. Handmade Journal – Leather Bound Blank Book from Medieval Journey

3. Scottish Tartan Kilt Journal in Red, Black, and White Plaid from peaseblossom Studio

4. Overswirled Leather Journal from Kreativlink

5. Tree of Life Natural Handmade Journal from Leather Druid (shop closed)

6. Wood Log Engraving Handmade Leather Journal from Medieval Journey

7. Desdemona Journal – Leatherbound Shakespeare Blank Book from Immortal Longings

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Tequila? Agave? Lime? Margarita?

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I very recently made a new salt bar soap that is scented with agave lime. My intention was to name it lime margarita. However, the scent is not quite limey enough to pull off this name. So I tried searching key words to see if I could come up with something creative to name this new soap. I typed in words like lime, margarita, tequila, salt, agave, and Mexico. I still haven’t come up with a name, but I did stumble across a great recipe for making Lavender Margaritas.
Lavender Margarita, Photo Credit Taste Spotting
This complex recipe calls for tequila, blue curacao, coconut milk, lime juice, raspberries, blueberries, sugar, ice and dried lavender blossoms. It’s the perfect drink for summer! You can find the complete recipe for this alcoholic drink at MyRecipes.com. Also be sure to stop by Taste Spotting to browse for more great food and drink ideas by picture! Taste Spotting allows users to create a profile to share their own food photos or to heart their favorites.
Meanwhile, if you can think of a creative name for my new soap and comment with it here, I’ll send you a free bar of this new soap if I choose to use your name! The soap scent is a shimmering citrus blend of lime, lemon, and orange essential oils highlighted by accents of liquid ozone. Tropical floral notes and exotic agave greens balance out this fragrance, while musk and sandalwood add a subtle background scent.