Soap Wedding Favors – Buy Them or DIY Them!

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Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you’re planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

If you’re brave enough to embark on making your own custom soap wedding favors for your wedding (or for someone else’s) then my soap wedding favor tutorial will guide you through the process! Within this blog post you’ll learn how to make natural mango & coconut milk soap soap wedding favors with labels!

Included within my soap wedding wedding favors tutorial are two recipes for making natural mango & coconut milk soap. There’s a luxury soap recipe as well as a budget soap recipe. Simply choose the version that works best for your budget.

These heart shaped homemade soaps are perfect as DIY wedding favors or homemade Valentine's day gifts!

However, if you find these recipes a bit intimidating, or if you’ve never made soap before, then you can also give my beginner’s soap recipe a try.

In addition to the soap recipes in my tutorial, I’ve also included step-by-step written instructions on how to create custom labels for your soap wedding favors. My custom label tutorial also includes screenshots of each step along with information for obtaining free software you can use. There are also links to beautiful wedding themed  clipart that’s available to customize your soap wedding favors even further.

If it all still seems a bit challenging, you can also find a label template to work with on Canva. Or you can design and have your labels printed through a 3rd party like StickerYou.  StickerYou offers not only wedding & event templates to create your own labels, but they will also professionally print and mail your pre-cut labels to you.

Ready to get started? Learn how to make your own soap wedding favors here.

Soap wedding favors. Whether you buy them or DIY them, they are always a great choice because everyone can use them! So if you're planning a wedding for this summer, fall, winter or even spring of next year, consider telling your guests thank you with soap wedding favors!

Not quite sure about taking on yet another task with everything else going on? Following are some of my favorite handcrafted bath, body and soap wedding favors that you can buy!

Olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. Luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. Eco friendly, gentle and palm oil free.

I love the labels on these olive oil soap wedding favors from Olive Street Mercantile. These luxurious artisan soaps created in small batches with ethically sourced ingredients including essential oils, botanicals and clays. They’re also eco-friendly, gentle and palm oil free. More here.

Rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves.

These rose cookie soap wedding favors from LolliLuscious are perfect for warm weather months. These handcrafted soaps are layered with delicate peony pink & shimmering pearl topped with a beautiful, blooming rose & delicate leaves. More here.

Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly. They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box.

LolliLuscious also sells these Garden Butterfly Soap Wedding Favors. These artisan soaps are delicately created with perfectly pink rose buds nestled in green grass with a soft pink butterfly.

Boxed Soap Wedding Favors from LolliLuscious

They are available packaged in either a party-ready cello bag or pretty gift box. More here.

Medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents.

I really like the simplicity of the labels on these medium 2.3 oz. soap wedding favors from Rustic Joy Soap. These handmade artisan soaps are available in your choice of colors and scents. More here.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice.

These beautiful assorted soaps from Kopa Kauai are perfect for soap wedding favors. Choose from a mix of scents or get them all in your favorite fragrance choice. More here.

These cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch.

Or set your sights on these super cute bath salt and lip balm wedding favors from Little Flower Soap Co. They come tucked into a natural muslin drawstring pouch. More here.

These homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors.

Another non soap wedding favor idea are these homemade lemon honey lip scrubs from Solis & Mare. They make both great wedding favors AND bridesmaid favors. Plus the packaging is to die for! Learn more here.

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors!

These test tube bath salts from Shore Soaps are also perfectly packaged for gifting as wedding or bridesmaid favors! Learn more here.

For more wedding favors you can buy or simply additional wedding inspiration, be sure to browse my Wedding Wishes board on Etsy here. Also be sure to visit my DIY Wedding Pinterest board here for wedding favor ideas you can buy or DIY as well as inspiration for planning your wedding.

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Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 26th-April 1st)

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This week I thought I’d share a few of my favorites things and products. What I’m watching, products currently I’m using, and other delights I’m crushing on this week. Of course, this video from SNOBLOVE Beauty topped my list. In this video, she shares how she made her stunningly beautiful cold process unicorn queen soap. You can also shop for this fab soap for a limited time while supplies last in The SNOBLOVE bar shop.

In addition to the occasional YouTube video, I’m also watching the series Legion, which is based on the Marvel Comics, Amazon’s Fortitude and Hulu’s Harlots with great anticipation. I’m also very much looking forward to seeing The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box

Products I’m using right now include:

Lotion: Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion in Unscented
Hand Soap: Raw Sugar Natural Hand Wash in Coconut Mango (bathroom) and Lemon Sugar (kitchen)
Primer: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Luminous Light (This was a freebie via my ipsy rewards!)
CC Cream: Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream in Fair/Light
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Long-Wearing Blush in Risqué
Lip Crayon: LOC Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Punch Line (via my Birchbox subscription.)
Eyeshadow primer: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in Canvas Light
Powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Powder
Mascara: stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Eyeshadow: essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box (They sell this at Target. I also use it to highlight my cheekbones.) Also Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa (via my ipsy subscription.)
Hair Care: Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer (via my ipsy subscription.)
Conditioners: Renpure Solutions Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner and Renpure Advanced Extra Strength Biotin & Collagen Thickening Conditioner (They sell these at Target.)
Face Moisturizer: Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer
Under Eye Cream: My own Anti-Aging Under Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (Recipe here.)
Deodorant: My own Palmarosa + Lime Natural Deodorant Recipe with Aloe Vera Oil (Recipe here.)

Products I’ve purchased this week to try:

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Pink Berry Chiffon
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette
OPI Nail Polish in Princesses Rule

Also this week…

Made James and I #dinner tonight with one of the meals from #HelloFresh!

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I cooked this New York Strip Steak with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Amandine for James & I from my Hello Fresh subscription. (James usually cooks.) If you sign up for HelloFresh here as a new subscriber you’ll get $40 off your first delivery.

I also discovered a great new easy non-toxic no scrub shower cleaner. Simply combine ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner with ½ cup vinegar in a spray bottle & gently mix. Spray on your surface, wait several minutes then rinse! Voila! You can also use a couple tablespoons of Sal Suds for an average load of laundry, dilute with water to sponge down countertops or to mop your floor, or even mix with baking soda to make a powerful scouring agent for bathtubs and sinks. (You can buy Sal Suds here.)

DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess

I also fell in love with these DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess blog. They’re made with soap icing and real sprinkles. You can find the recipe to make your own here or repin this DIY here for later. For more DIY’s like this one be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board. Or, for donut bath bombs you can buy, visit Velvet Moon Studio on Etsy.

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Additionally I also learned about the AirBrush app (available for both the iPhone and Android phones.) This amazing and easy to use app lets you take years off your appearance or simply adds makeup! This photo was retouched using the AirBrush app. I was wearing ZERO makeup in this selfie photo. All of the makeup was added using the app. You can get the app here.

That’s all for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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The Spa Deck – Rediscovering a Treasure of Spa Recipes

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The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck

I moved at the beginning of the year. However, I still had a lease on my old apartment until the end of February so not everything made it’s way over until recently. (We saved the furniture for last.) Anyhow, I rediscovered this deck of spa recipe cards with 50 spa recipes during the move.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.

The Spa Deck by by Barbara Close (Author) and Susie Cushner (Photographer) is a treasure filled collection of both simple and all natural spa recipes that you can make at home.  It’s no longer in print, however, it is still possible to find used decks online and in bookstores.

Homemade Spa Recipes

Lavender + Tea Tree Blemish Remover Recipe via The Spa Deck

Some of my favorite spa recipes that stood out while shuffling back through the cards included this super useful recipe for making a lavender & tea tree blemish remover. This simple oil acne treatment uses a blend of antibacterial essential oils proven to help fight acne including tea tree, lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oils.

Natural Neroli Complexion Serum Recipe via The Spa Deck

Another favorite, especially for those with dry and/or aging skin, is this recipe for a neroli complexion serum. Neroli essential oil is commonly used to increase circulation and stimulates new cell growth and is suitable for all skin types.

Especially beneficial for dry, irritated or sensitive skin, neroli essential oil regulates oiliness and minimizes enlarged pores. It can also help to clear up acne especially in dry skin. While pricy, a little bit of this amazing essential oil goes a long way!

Homemade Calendula Cuticle Oil Recipe via The Spa Deck

And let’s not forget those cuticles! My cuticles are the worst! And because I have a bad habit of biting my nails when I’m especially stressed, my cuticles tend to rip and tear. This calendula cuticle oil recipe is made with calendula essential oil, but you can also purchase certified organic calendula oil that’s made from infusing organically grown calendula flowers in organic cold pressed olive oil.

The Spa Deck contains 50 spa recipes in all with everything from face masks to papaya body butter. So if you can get your hands on a used deck, I highly recommend it!

Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home!

Alternatively, you may also love the book, Hello Glow, by Stephanie Gerber (author of Hello Glow blog.) This recently released book contains over 150 recipes for creating your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skin care, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home.

This book includes recipes for fun skincare products like warming chai body oil, solid shimmering perfume, creamy marsala lip gloss and an anti-aging mocha mud mask. You can buy Hello Glow online here.

For more great homemade spa recipes and recommended beauty recipe books, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for behind the scene sneak peeks. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Argan Cleansing Facial Oil – A Simple Way to Simplify Your Skincare Routine + Fight Aging

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Argan Cleansing Facial Oil – A Simple Way to Simplify Your Skincare Routine + Fight AgingA simple cleansing facial oil for maturing skin.

I’ve found that as I’ve aged, choosing the right products for my skin can be challenging. Not only has my skin changed but it’s also aging. And believe me, no one wants to age. Thinning skin and wrinkles are two of my prime concerns. And as someone with sensitive skin I can’t always use products I might be interested in. So choosing natural skin care options is a priority for me. As such, one of the simplest ways I’ve found to remove makeup (when soap and water are too harsh or just won’t do the trick) is oil.

Not only will oil conquer waterproof mascara and eyeliner in addition to the other cosmetics you use on your face, but it also won’t strip your skin of the natural oils that help to keep your skin balanced. Stripped skin, of course, can lead to the overproduction of oil as your skin tries to compensate for the oils it’s lost – and in some cases this can lead to acne breakouts. And, if you’re like me, you realize that in your 30’s and 40’s (I turn 42 this June!) that acne absolutely follows you into adulthood.

Therefore one of my favorite makeup removers is also one of the simplest. Because I have aging skin (which is at points more mature than I am at heart!) I like to use argan oil. Argan oil has natural anti-aging properties that help to restore skin’s elasticity, soften wrinkles and fine lines, and restores nutrient content to skin cells. Argan oil also naturally nourishes and moisturizes skin. And, because argan oil is non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores!

How to make your own argan cleansing facial oil.

Learn how to make your own simple argan cleansing facial oil with anti-aging properties! Made with just two ingredients this cleansing facial oil helps to fight aging naturally, effectively cleans skin and removes makeup, and works as a face serum or moisturizer!

That being said, my rosemary and argan cleansing facial oil recipe is the perfect way to simplify one part of your daily skincare routine. My easy rosemary and argan cleansing facial oil recipe requires just two ingredients – argan oil and rosemary essential oil. For super sensitive skin you can omit the rosemary essential oil all together and just use argan oil. Simply combine 1 oz. of argan oil with 12 drops of rosemary essential oil in an amber glass bottle and shake to mix. (Find the original recipe for my rosemary and argan cleansing facial oil here. Or repin it here for later.)

If you have acne prone skin, you can add a blend of natural acne fighting essential oils to argan oil instead. Simply combine 4 drops of tea tree essential oil, 6 drops rosemary essential oil, 3 drops lavender essential oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil to 1 oz. of organic argan oil in an amber glass bottle and shake to mix.

To use apply a small amount to clean fingertips and massage onto face and closed eyelids. Use a dry or barely damp washcloth to gently wipe away dirt, oil and makeup leaving only clean, soft skin behind.

If you have tough to tackle skin issues elsewhere, you can also apply several drops of your argan cleansing facial oil to clean skin and massage into the problem areas as you would a facial moisturizer or serum. Then simply remove any remaining residue from your hands by rubbing them onto the ends of your hair or smoothing onto your hair from scalp to end for extra shine.

Once you’ve cleaned your face, follow with toner (if desired) and a natural anti-aging moisturizer.

Retinol Surge Moisturizer - Retinol Cream 2.5% - 3.4 fl oz w Best Natural Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Green Tea + Vitamins for Anti-Aging & Anti-Wrinkle & Even Skin Tone & Acne Care

If you’re looking for a great natural anti-aging moisturizer that won’t break the bank, try Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer. It’s made with natural and organic ingredients such as Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid to comfort and hydrate your skin while ingredients like Wildcrafted Green Tea, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5 and Shea Butter join forces to reveal a brighter and younger looking you. This is the exact same face moisturizer that I’ve been using for the post six months and I love it!

Prefer to buy and not DIY?

Exquisite Stuff Cleansing Facial Oil from Crunchy Betty. This cleansing oil blend is the perfect combination of ingredients for dry or mature (or dry AND mature) skin. And, when you buy the product, you’ll also receive the recipe to make your own!

Looking to buy a natural cleansing facial oil? I like this Exquisite Stuff Cleansing Facial Oil from Crunchy Betty. This cleansing facial oil blend is the perfect combination of ingredients for dry or mature (or dry AND mature) skin. And, when you buy the product, you’ll also receive the recipe to make your own! Buy it now here.

Calendula Cleansing Facial Oil from Botanical Buddha. This light yet nutrient-rich cleansing oil helps to calm skin as it removes impurities so your skin feels clean and hydrated. It’s made with a soothing, Calendula-infused base oil along with a trio of enhancer oils - Aloe, Rosehip and Avocado oil - all well-known for their skin nourishing and reparative properties to offer a refreshing and natural alternative to typical soap-based cleansers.

I also like this Calendula Cleansing Facial Oil from Botanical Buddha. This light yet nutrient-rich cleansing oil helps to calm skin as it removes impurities so your skin feels clean and hydrated. It’s made with a soothing, Calendula-infused base oil along with a trio of enhancer oils – Aloe, Rosehip and Avocado oil – all well-known for their skin nourishing and reparative properties to offer a refreshing and natural alternative to typical soap-based cleansers. Buy it now here. Or Botanical Buddha also makes a honey & coconut cleansing balm that you can buy here.

This unisex organic face cleansing facial oil from Bumble & Co. is 100% natural and is made using fine oils that gently deep clean skin. Organic oils of sunflower (infused with calendula + chamomile flowers), macadamia nut, castor, and sesame will open pores, dissolving dirt and toxins, while softening and toning the skin tissue. This formula was created for both normal to dry and oily skin types.

Looking for a face cleansing oil that the entire family can use? This unisex organic face cleansing facial oil from Bumble & Co. is 100% natural and is made using fine oils that gently deep clean skin. Organic oils of sunflower (infused with calendula + chamomile flowers), macadamia nut, castor, and sesame will open pores, dissolving dirt and toxins, while softening and toning the skin tissue. This formula was created for both normal to dry and oily skin types. Buy it now here.

Formulated for oily skin, this cleansing facial oil blend gently cleanses without blocking pores. It rejuvenates skin's appearance and reduces the appearance of imperfections and acne marks.

Or if you have acne prone skin, then you’ll definitely want to to give this Oil AF Oil Cleanser from ad floreo a try! Formulated for oily skin, this facial oil blend gently cleanses without blocking pores. It rejuvenates skin’s appearance and reduces the appearance of imperfections and acne marks. Buy it now here.

My DIY anti-aging under eye cream with hyaluronic acid will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you like my argan cleansing facial oil recipe, then you may also be interested in learning how to make a simple 3-ingredient Hyaluronic Acid Serum, my anti-aging under eye cream and my anti-aging night cream!

This natural face luminizer recipe highlights and accents eyes, cheekbones and lips by giving skin a sheer glow without too much shine or sparkle.

In addition, you may also like my activated charcoal detox mask recipe and my natural face luminizer recipe (from the Soap Deli News archives.)

For more great skincare recipes and handmade skincare products like the ones in this post, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest.

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Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 19th-25th)

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Weekend Wrap Up at Soap Deli News blog!

As some of you may or may not know, I recently quit my day job to venture into blogging full time on March 1st. I feel like I overdid it a bit getting started as I took on the big projects I’d always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for first. Those projects included my mermaid soap tutorial, my geode soap tutorial and my both loved & reviled DIY poop emoji bubble bars. In addition to the time it took to complete the projects, taking and processing all of those photos was insane.

During my first week I tackled 12 hour days – which is actually about two hours less per day then when I was working full time and blog as a side gig. (I also updated my about page as well. So if you’re interested about the changes I’ve made and the goal for my blog you can get the skinny right here.)

Why hello, #Paris.

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It all kind of got derailed however while spending a week in Las Vegas with my boyfriend while he was at a conference last week. My to do list of projects took a back burner while I was gone – I was only able to write and schedule one blog post for the week – my anti-aging eye cream recipe – and my instagram profile temporarily took on quite a new look. I also learned that Vegas isn’t much fun solo. And I came home sick.

I’ve been sick this entire week and the last half of the week prior. Due to my job change my new insurance doesn’t kick in until April 1st so I’ve been suffering through it. Today is the first day I mostly think I’ve started to feel a bit better. I take that I’m not sneezing and blowing my nose every two minutes as a good sign. And I’m crossing my fingers I didn’t just jinx myself because I have dinner with my boyfriend’s mom who I’m meeting for the first time this evening. (She flew in from Florida for the weekend.) Meeting parents is not my strong suit so I’m working through the anxiety.

Anyhow, I finally feel like I’m getting back on track and I’m super excited about what the next few months will bring. My goal is to *try* to blog three DIY projects a week and then do a weekly wrap up just like this one so you know what’s going on in my head and I can share all the super fun stuff I discovered during the week that wouldn’t ordinarily get blogged. If you follow me on social media you’ll find that I do share a lot of these things there. I also share a lot of past projects and recipes that you may have missed along with new discoveries on my Tumblr blog so if you’ve not read it, I hope you’ll check it out.

Off the Grid Modern Farm Dollhouse DIY via Handmade Charlotte blog

So diving right in (but not really because that intro was crazy long!) I am hard crushing on this Off the Grid Modern Farm Dollhouse DIY from Handmade Charlotte. As you may have guessed, I was also pretty crafty as a kid. In addition to once throwing a magic show on our back deck when I was around 7? where I jumped out of a me sized mermaid tail crafted from newspaper, tape and aluminum foil to kick off the show, I was also pretty keen on making dollhouse furniture. So when I discovered this DIY for making this farm dollhouse complete with furniture and other cool features, I got kind of giddy.

This is a great weekend project you can do with the kids! There are several parts to this DIY – this is part 5 and the one stumbled across first. It has some really cool tutorials for making kitchen appliances as well as teaching DIY’s for grey water recycling and a composting toilet! (And then you make them!) Seriously, check it out! I’m still excited over it. (Discover more projects like this one on my DIY for Wee Ones Pinterest board.)

DIY Knit Swing via Park & Cube blog!

I’m also super excited that spring is finally here! (Yay!) Today is sunny with a high of 75° and I’m looking forward to more of this weather! And then there’s this swing! Park & Cube blog has a sweet tutorial for making this knit DIY swing here. While I don’t knit, and I doubt I have the patience or the time to learn at present, I’m definitely tempted to learn just for this swing. We have an old wooden swing set A-frame in the backyard that I was considering using to grow upside down tomatoes in buckets to deter critters from eating them. But it’s highly likely those tomatoes could maybe possibly take a backseat and this swing will go up in it’s place. (Discover more projects like this one on my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board.)

Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash Recipe via Half Baked Harvest Blog

I’m also really looking forward to using the screened in porch I now have at my new home with my boyfriend, James. He loves to grill and I’m a fan of creating cocktails so put the two together and you have the makings for some great evenings. I recently found this amazing cocktail recipe for making a tropical strawberry hibiscus rum smash over at Half Baked Harvest Blog that I’m dying to try. I’m ordinarily a gin and vodka kind of girl but this is one recipe I can’t pass up! (Find more cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.)

Gut Feelings Podcast on how probiotics can help reduce anxiety!

My son, Cody, who is wrapping up his sophomore year in college as a psych major shared an interesting podcast with me this week called Gut Feelings. This podcast discusses how your gut bacteria (probiotics) can affect your emotions. Specifically, as my son put it, “some French peeps did a clinical trial with humans and the probiotic group reported less anxiety on self-report surveys.”

If don’t currently take probiotics and are interested in taking them for your health, I recommend introducing them to your diet via food rather than a pill. I took probiotic pills while I was in Vegas as the closest Whole Foods was a $25 cab ride away which, incidentally, was less than the probiotics. To put it nicely, it put my system into overdrive. Therefore I recommend starting with something like kombucha (now found in most grocery stores) or apple cider vinegar (with the mother still in it.)

I have a great recipe for my turmeric & ginger apple cider vinegar tonic that I drink everyday here. I also really like Purely Elizabeth’s Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Gluten-Free Granola. You can buy it at Fresh Market and it’s also available through Amazon’s Prime Pantry.

Speaking of diet, I recently restarted my subscription to Hello Fresh. Our closest Kroger is a 20 minute drive now that I’m in a small town and the other local grocery stores don’t have the selection I’m accustomed to. Not only does it make it easier not having to plan as many meals, but the convenience also saves me both time and gas money. I’ve tried other similar programs to Hello Fresh, but the menus that Hello Fresh has are more suited to the things I like to eat without going overboard gourmet.

Between my #birchbox and my #ipsy bag and all of my point redemptions via ipsy I got a huge #beauty haul for March!

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When I got back from Vegas I shared my shipments from both Birchbox and ipsy that had arrived while I was gone and someone mentioned Sephora Play. I’d never heard of this program having never shopped at Sephora, but it looked intriguing and at $10 a month – the same price as Birchbox and ipsy – I figured I’d give it a try. My first box comes next month.

Handmade Bath Bombs from Sud Buddy on Etsy!

Daily I’m discovering some really amazing shops and products on Etsy. One such shop is Sud Buddy. Sud Buddy sells a really fun collection of handmade bath bombs, soaps, lip balms, shampoos and more! Pictured here are just a few of the bath bombs available for sale including Sud Buddy’s Margarita Lime Bath Bombs – they come in cute plastic margarita glass so you can enjoy your bath then take the real deal poolside! – For Fox Sake Bath BombStar Wars inspired bath bombs and Just Peachy bath bombs! You can shop the entire line of SudBuddy products here. (Spend $50 and get free shipping with coupon code: MUCHOLOVE.)

A few freshly discovered Etsy favorites!

Other recent favorites include this calendula cleansing oil from Botanical Buddha, these art history hard candy lollipops from LIQ NYC, a super fun poo emoji bath bomb mold from Two Wild Hares Bath & Body, an artisan unicorn cupcake soap from Georgiou Boutique, a Recollections unicorn & llama washi tape set from Chicky Vintage Plus and a fairy garden artisan soap from Pink Sink Luxuries. (You can discover all of my favorite products on by following my Etsy favorites here.)

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Speaking of Etsy, if you sell or are planning to sell your handmade products online, then you may want to check out the free food + still life photography course offered by Christina Greve. This 5-day email course not only can help to improve your photography skills, but there are also helpful tips on branding, business, creativity, productivity, and blogging. (Find more ideas for improving your bath and body business including resources and ideas for packaging and presenting your products as well as other ideas to boost and develop your small business on my Small Business Branding & Packaging Ideas Pinterest board.)

Dinner! Soooo much parmesan!

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I’m also having the most fun creating mini-stop action videos. I really want to try an upcoming DIY video that uses the same technique and see how it works out.

Well, that’s all for this week! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and that’s filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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