DIY Sugar Scrub 

This week I’m sharing with you all my homemade sugar scrub recipe. This recipe is easy, literally takes about 5 minutes to throw together and then you have a really great gift! Don’t forget to keep some for yourself though cause this stuff is the best! Sugar scrub is such a simple luxury everyone should have a jar on their bathroom sink. 

Let’s get started –

 First you want to start with a Sugar and Sea Salt mixture. 

  • 2 parts Sugar – I like cane sugar it’s a little courser than regular sugar or brown sugar, but you could use either.
  • 1 part Sea Salt – Finely ground Sea Salt works best as it desolves and clings to the sugar granules, thus assisting your body in its obsorbtion of the many health benefits. Some of the benefits of Sea Salt are treating acne scars, tones the skin, removes dead skin particles, and assists in skin renewal. 

Next add a few drops of Essential Oils. I used Sandalwood and Lemon Essential Oils. 

  • Sandalwood Oil – Provides relief from inflammation, heals scars and spots, fights aging, tightens skin, soothes irritated skin, and works as an antiseptic.
  • Lemon Oil – Brightens skin and is a very effective in uplifting your mood.

Lastly add equal parts Honey and Avocado Oil till you get your desired consistency. I prefer my sugar scrubs to be a little crumbly (as you see in the picture) because I tend to sprinkle a little on my hands each time I wash them. You can make yours moister if you are planning on only using the scrub once a day. 

  • Avocado Oil – Slows wrinkling, heals burns, moisturizers skin, contains Vitamins A + E, stimulates collagen production, softens skin, improves elasticity, relieves eczema, reduces age spots, and reduces redness. 
  • Honey – Prevents acne, fades scars, fights aging, lessens fine lines, heals sunburn, and moisturizes skin.

Store in a jar next to your sink with a teaspoon. The ingredients included in this recipe will all keep for a very long time. With the addition of the Sandalwood oil that fights bacteria growth I would say you could keep this scrub for up to 6 months safely, but the odds are you will use it up before then. This is a very plain recipe that smells great and appeals to all skin types. If you wish to add things to this recipe to enhance the smell such as tea leaves, puréed fruit, or citrus zest that’s completely fine just keep in mind you are adding perishable items and that will lesson the shelf life of your scrub.

Happy scrubbing!! 

DIY Bumper Matress

Hey there all! I wanted to share some pictures from my recent DIY craft! 

Unfortunately I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out so I didn’t take pictures of the process (which is a bummer) but it’s not that difficult to understand how to do it, so hopefully that won’t keep you fabulous readers from doing it!

So I had a baby crib bumper that was given to me but never used (because of the severe risk of SIDS—-for more info on that be sure to listen to my Podcast Episode about SIDS) so I decided to take this bumper in all its softness and do something with it! 

  
I came up with the idea of cutting the two short ends off and sewing them together, so I would then have 3 long strips. I then took all three strips and tied them together with the ties that were already attached to the bumper. I did have to cut a few of the ties off and sew them back in so that they would line up with the other ties, but that was easy! 

  
The whole thing only took about 30 minutes and I think it was well worth it! Now we have this adorable play mat / matress! I totally see us pulling this out in the future when my son has little friends spend the night! And I haven’t mentioned the best part—it folds up super easily!  

 
I would love to get another bumper and make this one even larger! So there you go, if you have a bumper lying around that hopefully you aren’t using (again listen to the Episode on SIDS) then here is a quick easy craft that you can do so it doesn’t go to waste! Plus think about it—if you turn the bumper into something else then it won’t end up at goodwill and in someone else’s home that may not know what a risk it poses to SIDS. You could be saving a life! I think I may have just started the War On Bumpers!

In fact if you like this post you should tweet it with the hashtag #WarOnBumpers

Now go get yours and turn it into this adorable comfy cushion! (Would be great in a reading nook!)

Mami 2 Five
The Twinkle Diaries
A Cornish Mum

Essential Oils

  

You all have been waiting and it’s finally here! This weeks HomeBase Podcast episode is all about Essential Oils! What are they, where to get them, and how to use them! And of course I include some amazing life changing DIYs to use your oils in! Then we wrap up the episode with a get back to nature challenge that was inspired by this weeks quote! Enjoy!

Growing Up KaterTot
The Dad Network

The 10 Best Easy Baby DIY

  Hi Everybody!

On Todays HomeBase Podcast episode I shared my list of DIY stuff for babies! This list is amazing for two reasons: one being I use all of these items so I can vouch for their success! And secondly they are all SUPER EASY! I don’t know about you all but some DIYs get a little overwhelming and not really practical with a busy mamma schedule, but not this list! And if you don’t believe me then you should come check us out over on Periscope @homebasepodcast where I will be sharing videos and answering questions for all of these DIYs down below here! Also you can listen to this weeks podcast episode on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts, unless………”shudder”……you aren’t listening to podcasts, which in that case you are seriously missing out! But listen to this weeks episode to hear me walk you guys through how to do these amazing DIYs. So lets get on to the list!

Easy Baby DIYs:

1. Gripe Water – http://mymerrymessylife.com/2013/07/homemade-gripe-water-for-colic-in-babies.htmlAll Natural Homemade Gripe Water for Colic in Babies

2. Homemade Puffs – http://kanganrue.com/2015/02/03/diypuffs/

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3. Infant Pancakes – http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/babycerealpancakes.htm

Baby cereal pancakes....so i can use up the million boxes of rice cereal I have in the pantry!

4. Cheerio Necklacehttp://www.raisingmissmatilda.com/2014/03/mom-tip-keeping-kids-occupied-while-you.html

Cherrios necklace: entertainment and a snack

5. Sensory Bottles, Jars, and Rattles – I go into more detail about how to make these and different ideas for them in this weeks episode so go to the post before this one to take a listen!

Baby sensory bottles! Trial size baby shampoo bottles filled with glitter, water, food coloring and then hot glued shut. Sooo cute!

6. Egg Carton – There are countless things you can do with egg cartons! My 8 month old just enjoys playing with it as is…….I don’t think you can get an easier DIY! But here are a few other great ideas for egg carton usage.

Recycle your egg cartons by using them to hold paint while your kiddos are crafting.Pirate Ship Craft - Egg Carton Craft this actually stays together pretty good looks good on my mantel but did not over do stickers only a pirate symbol on sailStarting seeds in eggshells

7. Diaper Cream and Baby Wipes – http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/08112015-easy-eco-friendly-baby-toiletries-for-crunchy-mamas/

Little Miss Perfectionist: DIY Natural diaper cream.

8. Squishy Bagshttp://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/07/fun-with-sensory-bags.html

I filled a clear ziplock bag with one bottle of clear hair gel which I also purchased from The Dollar Tree, and then tossed in Rosie's light table letters. Rosie loves being asked to find letters. She will squish the contents around until she is able to locate the letter asked, and then quickly asks for me to give her another.

9. Edible Paint (that tastes good!) – http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/04/scented-homemade-edible-paint.html

Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint Recipe for Babies and Toddlers from Fun at Home with Kids

10. Nursing Cover / Infinity Scarf – http://www.babble.com/style/diy-infinity-scarf-that-doubles-as-a-nursing-cover/

DIY Infinity Scarf (That Doubles as a Nursing Cover)

So there you go guys! I could have added so many more but I wanted to try and keep it to a realistic number, plus these are THE BEST OF THE BEST!

I want to say thank you to these blogs that have provided my inspiration today. Hopefully a few of you out there are inspired to go DO IT YOURSELF! It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming to be amazing and fun! The only thing that I talked about on the podcast that is not listed here is my Applesauce Recipe which you can go watch me make here: http://www.katch.me/homebasepodcast. Also I wanted to list the Twitter handles of the lovely ladies that provided todays pictures and links so you can all go follow them and see what other amazing posts they got: @MerryMessyLife @kanganrue @itsmomtastic @GrowJewelRose @FunatHomeKids @BabbleEditors @BabyCenter @lenyak123

Alright everyone have a great week and go create something!

Baby Brain Memoirs
You Baby Me Mummy
Cuddle Fairy
The Twinkle Diaries


Baby DIY

Hello my lovely listeners!

This week I share with you all a list of everything DIY for your wee ones! All of these are things we do in our own household and I’m very excited to share them all with you! From nursing covers to gripe water, It’s all here. So take a listen and enjoy!

Watch Periscope videos @ http://katch.me/homebasepodcast