December, seriously?

Hey guys,

I know its been a little while since I have written, I apologize for that, its crazy to me that its already December 2nd! How did this happen? I’m not ready for the holidays!

With that being said, I recently have decided to start thinking about DIY Christmas presents because truthfully, with all these wedding expenses, there isn’t enough money coming in as fast as its going out. I am sure all the married readers would understand this.

2 years back, I made an adorable painted mug and put coffee and hot chocolate ingredients in a plastic baggie to accompany the mugs, they were so cute and such a big hit.

With the painted mugs, I made a few different kinds, some had cute little sayings, and some had peoples initials and depending on the recipient I gave either coffee grounds or hot coco ingredients.

The supplies for the painted mugs:

  • Sharpie Pens – thick, thin, all different colors. I chose Green, Red, and Gold Metalic
  • White Mug – white works best, or even a solid color. – I got mine at the dollar store! 
  • Oven 
  • Stickers – for designs

1. To do a monogram design you will need a scrapbook stickers. Pick the monogram/design you want and stick it on your mug. You will want to make sure it’s in the right place/angle etc.

2. Next you will want to make dots ALL around the scrapbook sticker. Do some practice dots on some cardboard before hand. Once ready, start filling in the area around the sticker with dots. Really fill in the area. Add a second color if you like. If you mess up, wipe away with some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip.

3. Once you have the design you want and it’s dry – carefully peel off the scrapbook sticker to reveal your design. Do touchups if you need to.

4. Making sure your area is well ventilated – turn on your oven to 350, set your mugs inside and let them bake for 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven and let the mugs cool down inside. I left it in the oven for a few hours.

5. Then of course, fill and enjoy with your favorite beverage.

 

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Once I have decided on what DIY Christmas present I am going to do this year, I will be sure to post it and with pictures so you can all enjoy.

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Fizz this

If any of you know me, you’ll know I can not go a week without a relaxing bath. From as far back as I can remember I would jump at the chance to take a bath over a shower any day. Maybe I like to be lazy with it or maybe I just like to light a few candles put on some spa music, read some trashy magazines and pretend I am getting pampered at a $200 an hour spa. Whatever the reasoning being it all comes down to the same thing, I LOVE baths!

I have become almost obsessed with creating the perfect bath atmosphere, bath salts, bubbles, lotions, candles, even a loofah! Because I am on the tightest budget possible lately, I have decided to try out a new hobby that can help with my passion of baths and warm water. Bath Bombs! I know you have all seen these once or twice before. You throw a ball of fizz that almost looks likes a candy jaw breaker into the water and then all of a sudden that $200 spa experience is all yours for just a measly $10. YES $10!

I read up on DIY tutorials and watched some YouTube videos on how to make bath bombs at home, here is all you need to get yourself set up, some of these items you may already have in your home!

  • a clear plastic ornament (for the mold) OR metal molds- I purchased my metal mold on Amazon for $1 but any craft store has the clear plastic ornaments that you can use as a mold
  • Baking Soda – I luckily had this already in my cabinet
  • Citric Acid (this makes the fizzing) – I found mine again on Amazon for $5.99
  • Epsom Salt – Again, I was lucky to already have this in my bath room.
  • H2O – FREE Water!!
  • Essential Oils – For the smell. I bought a set of Essential Oils at my local TJ Maxx (go figure!) for $3. I used Lavender and Eucalyptus. Lavender is for calming and relaxing and Eucalyptus is used for inflammatory and respiratory.
  • Olive Oil or Coconut Oil – I had both in my cabinet. These oils leave your skin feeling nice and smooth as well as a radiant glow.
  • Food Coloring – Again, I had this in my cabinet. To make the bath bomb a pretty color, you can pick any color you want. Use a few drops, don;t worry it wont stain your tub or your skin.

Once I created these amazing bath bombs, I couldn’t wait to jump in the tub to try them out!

I think I am going to create more and start selling them on my Urban Hippie site, these are too amazing not to share!

*I have a video of my final product on my Instagram page*  https://www.instagram.com/urbanhippieapparel