Friday, May 8, 2009

Bath Salts for Mother's Day (or Any Day!)

I remembered again, as I was bustling around yesterday, that we didn't have something yet for our step-Grandma for Mother's Day! We're also spending the holiday with some of my sisters, and I wanted to take them a little something. My daughter recently went to a "Spa Party" for a friend's birthday, and came home with a few bags of yummy smelling bath salts. Somehow, however, I forgot that they were hers (just another sign that my brain is officially mush and I am getting OLD), and accidentally used them in her little sister's bath. Oh, boy, was she unhappy with me! Anyway, I had promised her we would make more, and that I would get the recipe from her friend's mom. We decided to make a big batch--some to give away, and some for the girls to keep, and now hopefully, everyone will be happy!

So, if you need a last minute, homemade gift, this one is super easy, fast, economical, and the kids love helping to make it! Here's the recipe:

2 c. Epsom salts or Dead Sea Salts (I used the Epsom)
2 tsp. Baking soda
10-12 drops essential oils in whatever flavor you'd like!
5-6 drops of food coloring (now my friend said that some places she had read said that coloring can stain your towels or tub--just be aware of that, and don't use it if it makes you nervous. I guess we're really living on the edge at our house!)

We mixed it all up, then put it all in empty jars I had in the basement. We covered the lids with fabric, then tied a ribbon on each with a little note. I might even head over to the dollar store today for some loofah sponges to go with them.

Now, if you want my little poem, you are welcome to scanner is not working, so I can either email you the pdf (let me know in a comment), or you can just copy it from here. I'll admit, it's a bit cheesy, and will never win any poetry awards, but hey...if your brain is as mushy as mine, at least you won't have to think it up yourself!

Here it is:

"Here's a little something, to brighten up your day...
It's sure to help you just relax, and float your troubles away!
You always do so much for us, you go the extra mile.
You love us and take care of us, and always have a smile.
So here's to you this special day, we think you are the best!
We love you and adore you. Now go relax and rest!"

Now, one more thing. Leigh Anne, over at Your Home Based Mom (one of my favorite blogs!) is hosting a fantastic Mother's Day Give-Away. Hurry on over there and leave a comment for a chance to win some beautiful jewelry!

Well, friends, I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and a Happy Mother's Day!


  1. What a fun gift! And, of course I need last minute gifts! Thanks!

  2. This is great Shelli! And I LOVE your poem!!! I'm putting that one in my files- it's a keeper for sure. Not a bad idea for a last-minute gift for sure. Thanks!


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