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DIY Cupcake Bath Bombs with Whipped Soap Icing

1 Jan

This holiday season my mom surprised me with a DIY project – cupcake bath bombs! In December my mom emailed me and asked if I could bring home some meringue powder at Christmas. My mom is not really a baker. I had no idea what she would need meringue powder for. I definitely wasn’t thinking of bath bombs.

Making these cupcake bath bombs is so easy! And they are so pretty! I cannot get over how darling they are.

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We used Teach Soap basic and moisture rich fizzy bath bomb recipes for the cupcake bases. Both recipes are quick, easy to follow, and hold together very well.

Basic Bath Bomb Recipe
• 1 part citric acid
• 2 parts baking soda
• Witch hazel
• Coloring of your choice
• Fragrance oil or essential oil
• Mold of your choice (we used metal tins – another fun idea is to use sea shells!)

Moisture Rich Fizzy Bath Bomb Recipe
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup corn starch
• 1/4 cup epsom salt
• 1/2 cup citric acid
• 2-3/4 tablespoons olive oil (you can use any type of oil)
• 3/4 tablespoon water
• 1-1/2 teaspoon fragrance oil or essential oil
• Coloring of your choice
• Mold of your choice
• We omitted the optional borax

Basically you mix all the ingredients together in a metal or glass bowl. We used a sifter to make sure there were no clumps in the dry ingredients. Very slowly spray in the witch hazel (or wet ingredients) with a water bottle until you reach a good consistency, a little bit like dry cookie dough. The mixture should  stick together when squished into a mold. Pack the bath bomb mixture into molds of your choosing, pop out of molds after a couple of minutes, and let dry overnight.

Visit Teach Soap for more detailed directions.

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We followed Elle & Blair‘s Bath Bomb Icing Recipe.
• 2 1/2 tablespoons dry egg whites or meringue powder (we used meringue powder)
• 4 tablespoons warm distilled water
• 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
• 1 tablespoon sodium lauryl sulfate (this is what makes the bath bubbles!)
• 4-6 drops of fragrance
• 4-6 drops of color

Mix meringue powder, water, and sodium lauryl sulfate in a glass or metal bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix on high for seven minutes or until peaks form. Frost bath bombs however you like and let dry overnight. We used sodium lauryl sulfate as white sprinkles for our cupcakes! Super cute! Don’t they look delicious?!

More detailed directions can also be found on Elle & Blair or Factory Direct Craft.

BathBomb 003BathBomb 004BathBomb 005These cupcake bath bombs are so sweet. And so pretty! And they smell amazing. Thanks for the fun crafternoon mom!

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Family Photos with Elysse Ford

25 Nov

I love photos. The photos I have saved on my computer, printed in my albums, and displayed on my walls are so so precious to me.

I lived in Vancouver for seven years after high school and missed a lot of family milestones. For my mom’s fiftieth birthday this year I wanted to do something special for my family. I organize a photo shoot with my talented friend Elysse Ford to celebrate this momentous occasion. There is nothing more valuable than quality family photos (with a family I love very much).

My Dad and brother were a little grumbley about the photo shoot. I get it, in general guys don’t like to get dressed up and have their photo taken. After a couple of photos everyone relaxed and we had so much fun!  Admittedly, I have a pretty great (and photogenic!) family, but I don’t think anyone was expecting to have such a carefree and enjoyable afternoon. Elysse captured some great, candid moments.

We wandered around our family farm taking photos with our iconic red barn and various “junk piles”. The random collection of old vehicles, farm equipment, and buildings in our yard is pretty incredible – and makes for an impressive, Saskatchewan backdrop!

It was a really special day. The photos are such a treasurer. I’m so happy I could do this for my family.

Thank you Elysse for the beautiful photos, albums, cards and canvases! They are perfect.

Make sure to visit Elysse’s websiteblog, and facebook page.

XO

ps – Happy Belated Birthday Mom. You are looking pretty darn good for being 50! Love you!

While I’m Away…

30 Jul

Well friends, I am taking a much needed vacation. I’m not entirely sure how relaxing my time away will be, but I know it will be completely fabulous. I’ll share more about my travels when I’m back.

While I’m away please enjoy these lovely Saskatchewan landscapes my mom took this summer at a family reunion! So peaceful and serene. Very unlike my upcoming urban vacation!

For those who follow me on twitter you may have noticed that I’m a little excited for Osheaga (3 days, 18hours, and 30 minutes to go!). Looking forward to seeing Dan Mangan, one of Canada’s favorite independent musicians, live Sunday afternoon.

When I’m back in Saskatchewan I will definitely be watching What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary on CBC August 25 (or on a later date via CBC Music). I also plan to see Dan perform at the Odeon in Saskatoon with the Rural Alberta Advantage on November 3, 2012. Who wants to join me?

Yup! I’m excited! Have a fabulous, summery August. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

BB

Victoria Day Long Weekend

22 May

For the Victoria Day long weekend in Saskatchewan I took a bit of a technology fast (I spent very limited time on my phone and computer) and visited with friends and family. It was so incredibly lovely and relaxing. Here are some highlights from my three-day Saskatchewan staycation.

Sun bathing and cloud watching.

DIY polkadot pedicures.

Watching my family be way more productive than me (and not feeling guilty about it).

A photo of my mom taking photos of…

A baby robin!

Finding family treasures. I found this beautiful vintage purse on my grandparents’ farm. It used to belong to my Mémère. Now it’s mine!

Hope you had a lovely and relaxing weekend as well.

Happy Mother’s Day Sharon

13 May

It is Mother’s Day. The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and the trees are budding. It is a beautiful day.

I called my mom this morning to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. Unfortunately that call and this (late!) blog post is all my mom will receive from me for Mother’s Day this year.

When there are momentous milestones in my life my mom creates gorgeous, handmade cards for me. My dad says these cards take her hours to craft. And I am not organized enough to purchase and send her a card in the mail before May 13. Shame on me!

To make up for my lack of Mother’s Day thoughtfulness I’m going to share with you how awesome my mom is.

My mom is extremely hard working, kind, generous, supportive, and creative. She is an amazing role model. Growing up she planted a DIY spirit in me. My family was living on the 100 Mile Diet before the foodies made it trendy. My mom was making my brother and I clothes before sewing was fashionable and kitschy (in a good way). Springtime was for planting, autumn was for harvest, and the seasons in-between were for sewing, crafting, cooking, constructing, and baking. I thought everyone grew up planting gardens, canning beans, and making piñatas for their birthdays. Now I know not everyone was so lucky.

We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and I am thankful for that. Growing up we did-it-ourselves because it was cheaper. Now DIY is an anti-consumerist movement people are embracing with open arms. We are realizing how important it is to support local farmers, artisans, buy organic, and/or do-it-ourselves. I am thankful my mom taught me to support our local community and to do-it-myself. These are very important life lessons I cherish! Thank you Mom!

Now that my brother and I are (trying to be) adults my mom has indulged in a fancy camera and has been taking some photography classes. Here are some of my favourite photos she has taken the past two years.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM! You are a talented, smart, and lovely lady.

I learned on the Etsy Blog this week Mother’s Day originated with activist Julia Ward Howe in 1870. Julia wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation calling women to come together and rally for peace. If my mom was alive in the 1870s I would like to think she would have joined this important movement.

To all the amazing women out there – Happy Mother’s Day. You are loved and appreciated.

Lovely Snail Mail

29 Apr

I have been incredibly spoiled this month with beautiful cards filled with wonderful words from my family and friends. I feel very loved and incredibly lucky to know such kind, generous, thoughtful people. Thank you!

Here are some lovely gems I received in the mail over the past two weeks. I’m sorry I’m not posting photos of all the cards I received. I do love them all equally. XO!

Wood greeting birthday card from Spitfire Girl.

Tropical Birds from Hello!Lucky.

Happy Birthday Balloons from Rifle Paper Co.

Vintage girls birthday card made by my mom.

I love snail mail. I cannot wait to return the favour and send my friends some cards through Canada Post.

Garden vs. Garden

22 Aug

Vancouver Garden (aka – my garden):

Saskatchewan Garden (aka Mom’s Garden):

Okay. I guess my mom’s Saskatchewan garden wins. But I think I do deserve an honorable mention, as this is the first time I grew anything from a seed by myself. As a bonus all the plants I grew are edible! Although I see this as a big accomplishment, my potted herbs are not nearly as impressive as my mom’s vegetable garden. Her garden is beautiful, but also a lot more work.