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Bath Tea for Extra Relaxation

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Bath teas, a sure way to find a moment of calm while pampering your skin, are easy to make! With just a few common ingredients and some lush ones too, you’ll be soaking in floral bliss in no time.

Ingredients:

1 cup whole dried oats
1/2 cup dried lavender buds
1/2 cup dried chamomile
1/2 cup dried rose petals
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup coarse Himalayan salt
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops German Chamomile essential oil
5 drops Rose essential oil
Muslin cotton drawstring pouches, approximately 5 inches long by 4 inches wide

How to make bath tea:

 In a food processor or blender, grind oats for up to 30 seconds to make a fine powder.
 Combine oats, dried flowers, salt, and essential oils in a bowl. Mix well to thoroughly combine.
 Scoop mixture into pouches, filling a little more than halfway. This recipe yields 3-5 pouches.
 Store in a cool, dry place. These tea bags will hold their freshness for up to three months.

How to use bath tea:

 Hang the pouch over the spout while your tub fills with hot water.
 When the tub is full, take the pouch off and let it float in the tub, continuing to steep in the bath water.
 Climb in and soak your worries away!

What is in a DIY bath tea?

As promised, infusing your bath with these ingredients will deliver silky, smooth skin and a much needed relaxing aroma. How?

• Oatmeal is a prime ingredient for self-care purposes. Great for dry skin, oatmeal is the skin conditioner you’ve been looking for and even easier to find at local grocery stores.

Dried flowers add a touch of fragrance and flair! They’ll add glamour to your bath and appealing gentle scents, even to the likes of Cleopatra.

• Salt is just the ingredient for ultimate relaxation. When added to your bath tea, it’s just the kind of “sit back and relax” we’re eager for!

• Essential oils – well, they’re a given! Soothing, luxurious, with tranquil scents-everything you want in a bath, thanks to the Lavender, Rose and German Chamomile trio! Bonus: The scent can transport your senses to a field flush with flowers.

Sewing for the Schoolhouse

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This is such a great sewing project – The Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated. I want to make more longer ones (great with leggings) and this will be cute in a shorter shirt length too! It is an straightforward and fun pattern that is explained very well. I made this one in a linen cotton blend that I’ve had in my stash for years. With the weather in South Texas already warming up, it is a perfect spring top. What have you been sewing lately?

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Almond Butter

Almonds In A Food Processor Ready To Be Crushed

If you have ever priced or purchased Almond Butter at the market then you will know how expensive it is. Well, if you have the supplies pictured above you can make your own for less and control the ingredients included (think sugar)! Continue Reading →

Soaked Oatmeal

Easy Soaked Oatmeal Recipe

It’s so important to start the day off in a healthy way. That means a yummy nutritious breakfast.

One option is Soaked Oatmeal. The soaking is the important part. Oatmeal, like many grains, has an outer coating that makes it hard to digest and to get all the nutrients possible. However, if you just slightly prepare the oatmeal by fermenting it overnight, you can break down that coating and allow your kiddos gut to take in all the nutrition available.
It’s really easy!
• Simply pour a cup of oatmeal in a bowl and add enough water to cover the oatmeal.
• Next add a tablespoon of either apple cider vinegar, yogurt, or lemon juice to the bowl.
• Lightly cover and leave out on the counter overnight.
• In the morning, drain and rinse the oats.
• Add milk to a pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
• Immediately turn down the heat and add other ingredients you might like such as cinnamon, nuts of your choice, raisins, etc.
• Stir and keep heating until the oatmeal is as thick as you would like.
• Serve with yogurt, milk, or on its own. You can sweeten with some maple syrup, honey, stevia, or xylitol.
• If you like blueberries, strawberries, or apples, etc. this is the time to add them. Stir them in and enjoy.
What will you put in your soaked oatmeal?