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How To Force Paperwhite Narcissus

You can grow paperwhite Narcissus right inside your home and have beautiful white blooms that will perfume your room and brighten any cold dreary day!

How To Force Paperwhite Narcissus

Flowers brighten any dreary day at my house but during the winter months I find that I need them around more than ever! They’re just so

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DIY Bath Bombs

DIY bath bombs will turn your bath into a glorious soak. Enjoy pampering qualities of epsom salts, olive oil, delicious essential oil fragrances and secret surprises inside.

DIY Bath Bombs

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of a busy life calls for a luxurious bath. Slipping into a hot tub of pink water that’s scented like roses, feels like silk ribbons swirling around you and melts into an explosion of sweet little heart sprinkles can make you feel like a queen. (Or a king depending on who you are.) My daughters happen to be huge fans of a store called Lush, and they especially adore their bath bombs. After a recent pricey trip of loading up on their favorite bath time essentials, my eldest daughter decided to experiment with different bath bomb recipes.

DIY Bath Bombs

She’s very sciencey and always smitten with a challenge, so it took her only a few hours of experimentation to come up with a perfect fizzy bath bomb concoction. She’s had numerous friends and family members volunteer as “guinea pigs” lately and we’ve all agreed hands down, that these bath bombs are, well…the bomb. 

DIY Bath Bombs

When making your own DIY bath bombs, the world is your oyster as far as shapes, sizes, colors, fragrances, and surprise additions are concerned. My daughter likes to embellish her bath bombs with a hidden capsule inside that differs in color and always entices the recipient with an additional hidden treasure of sprinkles, glitter or even pop rocks for a special effect. The typical round bath bomb can be molded into a tennis ball that’s been cut in half. However, my daughter decided that she much prefers to make unique shapes out of a plethora of different plastic vessels for an individual touch.

DIY Bath Bombs

Why not surprise someone this Valentine’s Day with a personalized DIY bath bomb? Tied up with a bow in a simple plastic wrap makes an impressive gift that anyone would love to receive.

DIY Bath Bombs

Treat those you love (as well as yourself) with a reason to indulge in a glorious bath any day of the year.

In case you missed it, here’s another suggestion for a relaxing bath ::

Wishing you a splendid Valentine’s Day!


Here’s the bath bomb how to ::

DIY Bath Bombs
Recipe Type: Bath bomb
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
Serves: 4-6 bath bombs
DIY bath bombs will turn your bath into a glorious soak. Enjoy pampering qualities of epsom salts, olive oil, delicious essential oil fragrances and secret surprises inside.
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 3/4 teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoons rose essential oil (or any scent you like)
  • 2 1/2 tsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • a few drops of red & purple food coloring
  • optional :: sprinkles, tiny plastic toys or glitter
  1. Mix dry ingredients well and set aside.
  2. Combine wet ingredients (minus food coloring) in a separate bowl.
  3. Very slowly, add wet ingredients to the dry. Water will start fizzing in reaction to the dry mix, so stir well and the excess fizzing will subside.
  4. Stop adding liquid once mixture resembles wet sand (grab a handful and squeeze to check if the mixture will hold its shape).
  5. Next, remove 1/3 of the mixture and place in a separate bowl (this will be used for a center capsule)
  6. In 2 small bowls add a few drops of red food coloring and purple food coloring in respective bowls. Add 1/2 teaspoon of water to each bowl and stir.
  7. Slowly pour the red into the bowl with the 2/3 mixture and the purple into the bowl with the 1/3 mixture and stir.
  8. Add 1/4 of a teaspoon of the heart sprinkles to the purple bowl.
  9. Make purple centers with a small mold that will fit inside the bigger mold.
  10. Sprinkle heart sprinkles into the bottom of the larger mold, then cover with the red mixture, add purple capsule, and fill in and around capsule with red mixture until container is filled. Pack down with fingers, pop out of mold onto a flat surface and let dry for 6 hours.
  11. Repeat process until all of the bath bomb mixture is used.
  12. Drop one bath bomb into a filled tub of warm to hot water, slip into fizzing water and enjoy a luxurious & rejuvenating soak!
[i]Bath bomb recipe developed by daughter, Lauren.[/i]


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Epsom Salt Bath

Slip into an epsom salt bath and enjoy all of the glorious medicinal benefits that magnesium sulfate has to offer.

Epsom Salt Bath

Taking a long luxurious bath has always been a favorite stress reliever of mine. I love the process of gathering up and lighting my favorite candles, selecting which of my beloved magazines to read and listening to the sound of the bathwater as it slowly fills the tub. With that first toe touch of almost-too-hot-water I quickly slip into full submersion, instantly surrounding my tried, heavy body into a beautiful buoyancy. There is just nothing like it in the world. Nothing.

Epsom Salt Bath

But did you know that by pouring two cups of epsom salt into your bath water, you could revitalize achy, sore muscles and help your body detox!

Epsom Salt Bath

These beautiful little magnesium sulfate crystals have healing properties for minor sprains and bruises too. However…I’ve got to say that I’m no doctor, make sure that you always go to the doctor when you’ve hurt yourself and then take a nice bath. I don’t want anyone overlooking a serious injury. With that said, my family and I have enjoyed the benefits of these wonderful epsom salt baths for years!

Epsom Salt Bath

On occasion I like to jazz my epsom salt bath up with a few drops of essential oils. Lavender oil is a favorite for relaxation.

Epsom Salt Bath

Here are a few tips to remember about your epsom salt bath ::

  • make sure that you use 2 cups of epsom salts
  • pour the epsom salts under the warm running water as it is filling the tub
  • make sure that the water is warm not cool. The warmer the better to dissolve the crystals and open your pores to absorb the magnesium sulfate
  • make sure that you soak for at least 20 minutes. You need 20 minutes for the benefits of the epsom salts
  • you can use leftover epsom salt bathwater to fertilize your houseplants and/or outside plants (and even shrubs or your yard!)
  • add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath for added soothing properties (or any other essential oil you like)
  • You can find epsom salts at your local grocery or drugstore usually in the first aid section

Go soak in an epsom salt bath and treat yourself to a glorious half an hour (or more) of uninterrupted relaxing bliss that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Now if you’ll excuse me. I’ve got to go draw a bath.

Wishing you a sublime soak!


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New Seats, No Sweat

Winter makes me sleepy <insert yawn here>, not to mention stir crazy . I find myself yearning for change. I have been known to sand, paint and rearrange any and all furniture that I can get my hands on.  I paint as many rooms as I can with any and all paint that I can find. As you can imagine my home becomes quite a parade of projects. My poor family suffers through them until my creative tornado winds down and in a moment of exhaustion I flop onto the couch and curl up with my stacks and stacks of unread magazines-which eventually refuels my imagination and my maniacal cycle begins yet again.

This is my life.

This is why I can’t live without my handy dandy glue gun

or staple gun

or paintbrush

or cabinets of fabric (*ahem* even though I can’t sew).

This is why I have 152 craft cabinets.

This is why I live on Starbucks.

O.k., enough about me.

You see my darling sister Marcey lives in the most adorable house nestled in one of the most charming suburbs in town. Her home is warm, equipped with a delightful front porch, hardwood floors and tidy rooms full of antique furniture including the chair I gave her when I moved to Atlanta (but that’s story for another day). Marcey has the loveliest dining room table that has the most precious chairs tucked around the edges that patiently wait for me and my family to invade her delightful home for various family/holiday/birthday gatherings.

For years my sister has been talking about covering her dining room chairs each time we gather around her lovely table. So for Christmas, I took it upon myself to buy her some fabric that I wrapped along with a note promising to help her cover her seat cushions. A few weeks ago I ventured over with my staple gun on my hip and a Starbucks in my hand. Wait ’til you see how easy it is to give your chairs (and room) a new look! No parade of paint brushes or messy makeovers here.

Just some fabric, scissors and a staple gun.

And of course a chair with a removable seat cushion.

First you’ll want to iron the fabric to remove any creases.

As you can see I ironed the fabric after I took the photo. *cough, cough*

Next, place your fabric on a flat surface and cut the (ironed) fabric into squares that are a couple of inches wider than your seat cover.

You’ll want to begin by stapling along the edge first,

then staple the corner

and neatly fold the remaining fabric from the other side over (like you would when wrapping a present).

And then staple that into place.

I am no professional seat coverer by any stretch of the imagination, however I have found that less is more when covering seat cushions.

If you have too much fabric or too many staples the seat cushions will not fit back into the base of the chair. If you do use too much fabric or too many staples you will just have to keep trimming the fabric off, take all the staples out and do it all over again until the seat cushion will nestle back into place.

I may or may have not done just that a few hundred times.

Continue stapling and folding until the entire edge is stapled and all of the corners are nice and neat (and flat).

Then place the cushion pack into the chair.

And sit on it a few times just because you can.

And voila!

You’ve got yourself a new chair and not a bead of sweat to be found!

Not to mention a whole new room with a whole new look and feel.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m having new-seat-cover-envy. Time to grab another Starbucks and get busy stapling and folding to at my house.