Clouds

Taken with my phone’s camera, under partly cloudy skies…

 

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DIY BATH BOMBS!

I finally did it!
I decided to try it out for myself, and make my own bath bombs!

So far, I’m not too disappointed. It takes some patience, making sure you mix small amounts of liquid into the dry ingredients so it doesn’t cause too much of a reaction with the citric acid. The mixture has to be wet enough to stick together, but dry enough to hold its shape when its taken out of the mold.

Some like to sift the dry ingredients. It didn’t work out so well for me. The bombs that I made with sifted ingredients didn’t set as well as those where the mix wasn’t sifted.

So…Citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and Epsom salt; Essential oil, water, coconut oil, and food coloring make up the ingredients. For the pictures here, I went for a light-ish red, for a Strawberry scented bath bomb.

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Well, I tried. It looked more orange at this point.

You want to scoop up enough in each half of the molds to properly smoosh together. Not having enough on either side will cause it to crumble. Having too much will cause the two halves to not stick together and get stuck inside the mold.

Basically, you want enough to put together and have room in-between. To remove the excess, you gently twist the two halves back and forth, until the molds meet.  From there, use your fingers or a spoon to lightly tap the top, and slowly remove.

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Gently flip the bomb over, and repeat.

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Set aside, and let it dry!
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*Now* they look more pink. The five in the back are Pina Colada scented. That’s the scent that Aubrey wanted to try first. 🙂

If you want to use one sometime shortly after you’ve made it, pop it in the freezer for 45 minutes, then use immediately.

I’ve read that if citric acid irritates your skin, you can substitute Cream of Tartar for it instead. (I have not tried this yet, but I might soon.)

We had fun making these! Aubrey and the man got a little irked with me, because I was being a butt and wouldn’t let them play in it, too…so they retreated to the living room. I couldn’t help it, it was my first time! 😀

There’s going to be more chances for them to make them…I think I may be making these for gifts this year.

 

More shortly!

 

~Raven

 

 

 

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Modeling FAIL!

Last weekend, the best friend and I decided to make it a Ladies Day. We had lunch, then got in the pool with a few drinks. We decided to try and recreate that one picture that you see, the models flipping their wet hair back over their heads wet hair flip

YES-Exactly like this!

 

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NAILED IT!

 

More soon 😉

 

~Raven

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Still Here, Just Busy!

It’s been a little over three months since my last post. Life got in the way of blogging really fast.

Let’s see…
School started for me in May. I took three classes for an eight week summer term. I managed to knock out an elective, Marketing, and Business Law. It was crazy, but I managed to earn a 4.0 GPA!  I found that out last week and I’m still patting myself on the shoulder for it!

June was a tough month. The manager I was under decided to not renew my contract (as a temp), so I was surprised on a Monday morning and not in a good way. I had to scramble to find another job, and was able to land one right near the end of the month. Same company, different department. I absolutely LOVE it!
During that time, I went to my first concert (it was required for the elective I took for school) with my sister-in-law! We saw Edwin McCain and I had to write a report on the concert. I made a 94!

I’ve had a horrible time trying to keep the pool clear long enough to go swimming. We had a lot of rain here in June and the beginning of July. I’ve just refilled it for the third time this summer, and had to get a new pump for it. Let me just say that sand filters are amazing.

July seems like a blur since it went by so fast. We went to my grandma’s for a July 4th cookout, didn’t shoot any fireworks (Aubrey doesn’t care for them), and finally have been getting some decent use out of the pool!

My best friend and I had some much needed kid-free girl time yesterday, with lunch and then drinks at the pool. We really need to do that more often.

Sorry for the short update, but it’s bedtime in my corner of the world. I’ll try to get something worth looking at up before the week is up.

Be back shortly!

~Raven

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Which One?

I told ya’ll, I’m not a professional.

Which one goes better with this shade of pink? I’m leaning towards the gold (left)

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Too Much for the Birds

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It rained so much earlier this week, that even the birds took cover under the break area at my job.

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Why isn’t it Friday yet?

It’s been a hectic week so far.

 

Last week was crazy.
The best friend had some stuff going on, and I offered to help with that.  I got to babysit my adorable “niece” 🙂  I got a day off of work in the process.

Aubrey finally got to meet Paige! She fell in love with her, just like I knew she would.  That’s about as close to a little sister she’s getting right now. (Sorry, kid.)

I got back to the house, and discovered that our new-to-us pool had been set up!
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We began filling it up on Thursday. It’s a few feet wider than the one I bought last year. (The first one suffered a tragic accident, where the frame was bent and warped, as well as drained by someone slashing a hole in the bottom of it. Oh, I was mad!)

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It took Thursday-Sunday to fill it up. I have well water, so I had to let the pump run a little at a time then give it a rest.  I don’t want my pump to burn up, because they’re not cheap and it’s not in the budget to replace it! #brokelife

It rained earlier in the week, and now the freshly-filled pool is turning green. It’ll be shocked and ready soon 🙂

Friday night I came home to tadpoles in my kitchen:
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They were all dead twelve hours later, and Aubrey decided to bury them. She then caught a ladybug and used the same jar. As far as I know, it’s still alive.

We also got a new fire pit!  A friend of mine brought some Oak logs that he’d cut up from Hurricane Matthew. They aren’t light.

I also don’t know when I’ll have 8 people over at one time to enjoy the fire with us, but they’re there just in case!  I might end up sliding them together by twos so that they make 4 “benches”. That’d be cool.

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My backyard is slowly becoming a place I want to be all the time! I love it!

I started working on a yard decoration for the pool area:

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I’m proud of this! (The scraps of wood in the background only prove that I-do-not-know-what-I-am-doing!) I re-purposed a couple of pallets to make this, and I took some stain to it.  I’m going to use a creamy-yellow for the words, and it’ll have the phrase “Life is better by the Pool” painted on. Then, I want to slap some polyurethane on it and it’ll be good to go.

In other words, prepare for Pinterest fail blogs. It’s going to happen.

I hope to have that done this weekend, and start playing around with another idea or two.

 

For now…it’s bedtime. Why does free time fly by so fast, but the work day passes by so slowly?  UGH.

 

Until next time,

~Raven

 

 

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