Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

Homemade Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are easy to make and are always well received as gifts. They’re made of ingredients that will make your bath water fizz and smell delicious by releasing essential oils. These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes, even by beginners! They’re also the perfect size for putting into organza bags to give as gifts over the holidays.

Bath Bomb Ingredients:

Bath Bomb Directions:

  1. Combine the baking soda and citric acid.
  2. Add in the coconut oil and then the water a little bit at a time and combine to mix using your hands. You want it slightly dense but not soaked through.
  3. Add in several drops of green food coloring and use your hand to thoroughly mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the Christmas Tree mold filling each cavity about halfway. Use your fingers to press down.
  5. Spoon the remaining mixture evenly into the cavities and continue to press down.
  6. Set the Christmas Tree bath bombs in a cool/dry spot for 24 hours to allow them to set.

*Makes 6 Christmas Tree Bath Bombs/Fizzys

To use them, just drop a bath bomb into your warm bath water. Watch as it fizzes and dissolves before your eyes while releasing the essential oil.

These Christmas Tree bath bombs can be made in just a few minutes even by beginners and deliciously scented! #bathbombs #diybeauty

Other Easy DIY’s:

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

This Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub is a simple and delicious smelling DIY for yourself or a gift idea for the holidays! 

My daughter and I had fun over the weekend whipping up some delicious smelling pumpkin pie sugar scrub! It was such a fun and easy activity to do together. Then of course, once we were finished, we had to try it out! Our skin was oh so soft afterwards.

Want to pamper yourself? Here’s how you can quickly make a batch of Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub. Double up to gift a friend!

This Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub is a simple and delicious smelling DIY for yourself or gift idea for the holidays!

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

– 1 cup of white sugar
– ¾ cup of coconut oil (cold pressed, virgin coconut oil is excellent)
– 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie seasoning
– 1 teaspoon of brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a bowl, mix the coconut oil and white sugar. Simply mash it together with a spoon until mixed.
2. Add in the pumpkin pie seasoning and continue to mash.
3. You can now add in the brown sugar. Mix well. If you feel like your scrub is too dry, you can add a small dab of coconut oil to add some moisture.
4. Spoon the pumpkin pie sugar scrub into a glass jar and sprinkle the top with additional brown sugar. This not only adds a little more “scrub” to the scrub but makes it sparkle.
5. Cover with an air tight lid and store in a cool place for up to one week.
6. To use your pumpkin pie sugar scrub, simply apply to wet skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and repeat if necessary.

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This Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub is a simple and delicious smelling DIY for yourself or gift idea for the holidays!

7 Creative Uses for Egg Cartons

Doesn’t it seem as though everyone has an abundance of egg cartons around the home? The typical family can easily go through a dozen eggs in a week, leaving you with an empty carton to recycle. But before you give that old egg carton the heave ho, take a look below at 7 creative uses for egg cartons that you can try! You may never look at egg cartons the same way again.

7 Creative Uses for Egg Cartons

Creative uses for egg cartons. These creative ideas for reusing egg cartons will have you saving all your empty cartons!

1. Make seed starters.

Poke a hole in the bottom of each compartment, fill with soil, and add a seed. They are the perfect seed starters! If you use cardboard egg cartons, the cups can be planted directly in the ground when ready.

2. Sort office supplies.

Cut away the bottom half of the egg carton and use it to sort office supplies. The little cups are great for storing safety pins, paper clips, push pins and more.

3. Add them to sensory tables.

Cut the compartment into tiny cups and add them to sensory tables for kids to use as cups and pouring devices. They also work great in kiddie pools and sandboxes.

4. Sort your jewelry.

Cut the compartment half and use it to keep jewelry sorted. It is great for holding small pieces (such as earrings) and keeps them from becoming lost or damaged.

5. Make suet balls.

Mix some birdseed and bacon grease into a mixing bowl and spoon into the compartments. Press it in and freeze until solid. Pop the suet balls out and place outside for birds to dine on. They will love them.

6. Craft a sorting game.

Give children a variety of colored chips, marbles, or scraps of paper and allow them to sort the colors into the various compartments. You can also have them sort according to size or shape if you wish.

7. Save them for packaging cushion.

Foam egg cartons are great for storing breakable items such as holiday ornaments. You can also place the entire cartons in between valuables (for example plates, china, and other breakables) when packing.

Bonus:  Use them to make egg carton flowers!  This is fun for the kids and you!  Take a look at all these great ideas I found on Pinterest!

Did you ever think an old egg carton could be so valuable? Give these tips a try for breathing a new life into your empty egg cartons and see how great they can be. Chances are, you won’t need to go any further than your own recycling bin. 🙂

How do you like to reuse your empty egg cartons? Let me know in the comments below!

40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

It can be difficult keeping kids busy while you shop the aisles of the grocery store. After all, there is so much to look at and both you and your child can become easily overwhelmed. Luckily, there are ways to keep kids occupied while you shop. A scavenger hunt of sorts is a great way to keep kids busy while you check off your own shopping list. Look at these 40 things to look for at the grocery store, perfect for turning into a checklist for kids to keep them occupied!

Now, let’s look at 40 items your kids can keep an eye out for at your local grocer. How many of these items do you think they can spot and check off? You can print off this list for easy reference and checking. Or, print the items off, cut them into strips, and let children pull a strip out of an envelope as you shop. They can then look for each item as they pull it. There are so many ways you can use this list!

40 Things to Look for at the Grocery Store

1. A shopping basket
2. A bunch of bananas
3. Produce bags and ties
4. A produce scale
5. Fresh herbs
6. Roses in a color other than red
7. Jelly in a flavor other than strawberry or grape
8. Sprinkle donuts
9. Someone shopping with a list
10. A squeaky shopping cart
11. A delivery man
12. Strawberry milk
13. Cereal with a cartoon character on the box
14. Potato chips in a red bag
15. A box of jello with fruit on it
16. A meat butcher
17. A bakery employee
18. Paper coupons
19. Cheese that isn’t orange
20. A bottle of root beer
21. A patron shopping with a baby
22. Baby diapers with a baby on the package
23. Sale signs
24. Produce sprinklers
25. Price tags
26. Clearance stickers
27. Rentable Rug cleaners
28. Bulk candy bins
29. Dog treats with a dog on the package
30. Fresh fish
31. Balloons
32. Nail polish
33. A fruit that is green.
34. A vegetable that is red.
35. Any kind of pie
36. Magazines
37. A receipt
38. Shopping bags
39. Cashiers
40. Baggers

Are you ready to get hunting? Consider these 40 items to search for in your grocery store and see how much fun kids can have hunting these items down!

Dollar Store DIY’s that Will Make Your Home Look Fantastic

If you want that Instagram-perfect house without the price tag, check out these Dollar Store DIY's! These home decor hacks will take your home to the next level.  #dollarstorediy #dollarstore #homedecor #homedecorhacks #homedecordiy

We’re 5 months into living in our new house. Everything is unpacked and it’s feeling more like home every day. However, we’re still missing some personality in most of the rooms. I’ve been waiting to hang pictures and add decor items until after we’ve painted the walls. Well, we’re nearing that point so I’ve been having fun looking for inspiration on Pinterest!

BUT… decorating a home isn’t always easy or cheap. In fact, making a house feel more like home with decor items can be downright expensive! So, I’ve been looking for really simple and budget friendly ways to decorate. There are some crazy creative people out there that have turned everyday dollar store items into near works of art.

From practical to pretty, I’ve rounded up my favourite Dollar Store DIY’s that Will Make Your Home Look Fantastic.

DIY Hurricane Lanterns

From Grosgrain

Seriously, how beautiful are these hurricane lanterns? One of these would look so nice as a table centerpiece or on a shelf.

Metallic Rope Basket

From Lydi Out Loud

Can you believe this basket is made out of a laundry basket, some rope, paint and felt? So pretty and practical!

Industrial Wire Mail Baskets

From A House Full of Sunshine

Here’s a quick and simple transformation that is sure to get your important papers more organized. Find some similar chalkboard signs on Amazon here.

Metallic Flower Pots

From Listotic

Your house plants will be blingin’ on a budget with this simple terra cotta planter makeover.

Patio Table

From Hometalk

This is going to be the very first thing that I am going to make. It will be perfect outside by our front door!

Dollar Store Wreath

From The Crazy Craft Lady

Once again talking about the front door, I think that a DIY wreath like this would look so pretty!

Elephant Book Ends

From Love Grows Wild

Have you got a few books to wrangle? These elephant book ends are so cute and simple to make!

Dollar Store Craft Caddy

From Simply Frugal

This DIY craft caddy isn’t just for craft supplies! Stylishly round up your cutlery, cooking utensils and so much more with this easy DIY.

Succulent Planter

From Craftberry Bush

I’m a big fan of succulents and I happen to think this DIY would look so pretty on a shelf or tucked in a kitchen corner. Or maybe the seldom decorated bathroom?

Check out these dollar store decor ideas and let me know which one is your favourite in the comments below!

The Summer Bucket of FUN!

Say goodbye to the "I'm bored" or "There's nothing to do!" sayings once and for all this summer. Spend half an hour or so gathering supplies for your summer bucket of FUN, and you'll be ready to go with at least 23 activities at a moment's notice.

I’ll be honest in saying that I’m sort of dreading this summer. My oldest daughter will be finished her two days a week preschool and swimming lessons so she will be home a lot more. As with most five year olds, she has a lot of energy and likes to keep busy. Normally this is okay, but the littlest is still napping quite a bit so during this time, we’re stuck at home. (and boredom usually strikes…)

With that in mind, I had to figure something out. Especially since I wanted to figure out some easy activities I could do with my oldest to make her feel like mommy isn’t just around for the baby’s needs.

Enter… The Summer Bucket of FUN!

I’m so so excited about it! This summer bucket of fun is loaded with supplies, mostly from the dollar store, that can be used to create an almost endless supply of activities. I think it’s going to be a hit!

The idea is that when Sienna is looking for something to do, she’ll pull something out of the bucket and we’ll get to work doing something fun. Some of the activities she can do on her own as well. I hope that this bucket will create some fun memories for her and remind her that life isn’t all about her little sister. 😉

Here’s what’s included in the bucket:

  • Bubbles
  • Chalk
  • Plastic Shower curtain
  • Dry erase markers
  • Popcorn
  • Birdseed
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Fly swatter
  • Spray bottles
  • Paints
  • Rocks
  • Toothpicks
  • Skewers
  • Nature scavenger hunt printable (search Pinterest or use the one in my ebook)
  • Book
  • Little plastic farm animals
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00RDWTOF0″ locale=”CA” tag=”simpfrug-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]Fishing rod with fish[/easyazon_link]
  • Magazine
  • Glass jar
  • Ice cream image
  • Bouncy ball
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons

In order to complete some of the activities, I’ll have to gather some supplies that I most likely have on hand already. Mostly pantry staples that don’t really have to go in the bucket! In total, I spent about $25 at the dollar store to fill the bucket, so I think each activity will end up being quite frugal too! (Especially since the list below is only a small list of possibilities!)

Here are some of the possible activities that we can do with the supplies from the bucket:

  1. My Summer Adventures book
  2. Spray Chalk painting
  3. Hand print Octopus
  4. Flip Flop Footprint picture
  5. Bird Feeders
  6. Shower curtain drawing
  7. Rock candy experiment
  8. Ice cream in a Bag
  9. Marshmallow and toothpick building
  10. Nature scavenger hunt
  11. Make a bouncy ball
  12. Go to the library
  13. Paint rocks
  14. Movie night/day
  15. Ice block treasure hunt
  16. Fishing game
  17. Blow bubbles
  18. Chalk drawing
  19. Magazine art
  20. Melted crayon art
  21. Fly swatter art
  22. Decoupage vase
  23. Popsicle stick basket

Now, you can purchase The Summer Bucket of FUN ebook that includes a list of all the activities, a supply list and instructions for all activities in one convenient downloadable book! I’ve made it really affordable at only $4.97.

BUY THE SUMMER BUCKET OF FUN EBOOK HERE.