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DIY Magnesium Body Lotion... and more

With some of our fellow Aussies still in lockdown and Christmas looming,  I thought it might be a great time to look at a DIY and eco friendly activities to do with kids.  

First cab off the rank is FIZZY BATH BOMBS.

fizzing bath bombs, DIY

Depending on how they are manufactured, it’s not uncommon for them to include a whole bunch of ingredients that really aren’t that great for us. Not to mention most commercially available bath bombs are individually wrapped in plastic! 

They are really so easy, and the kids have a blast doing these types of activities. You can be as creative as you like adding flowers, leaves - try to avoid glitter if you can, yes the kids love it but it is essentially plastic. 

Materials
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted) you can replace with vegetable oil if desired
  • 5-10 tsp water amount varies, see instructions for adding slowly
  • Food colouring or food colouring gel (optional)
    Tools
    • ice cube trays, tennis balls cut in half, Christmas baubles that seperate are ideal 
    • Measuring cups
    • Bowl

    Instructions

    1. In one bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (baking soda through cream of tartar)
    2. If you're using regular food coloring, mix with the coconut oil. If using food coloring gel (like we did, because it's what we had on hand), mix in after combining wet and dry ingredients.
    3. Slowly mix together the dry ingredients and the coconut oil.
    4. Whisk together all ingredients until the mixture forms a crumbly texture. It should be fairly dry but just wet enough to hold its shape when molded together. Use fingertips, as needed, to knead together the mixture after whisking.  Add water as need to obtain this texture, but be sure to add the water slowly (about 1/2 tsp at a time and then mix in) otherwise the ingredients will fizz up in the bowl before you make the bath bombs.
    5. Fill your chosen mold with the mixture, patting down tightly after to ensure it sticks together It has to be really tightly packed or it will fall apart when you remove it from the. The kids might need an adult to help with this step, depending on their age.
    6. Gently squeeze the two pieces together (if using something to make a ball) to remove the bath bomb from the mold. It helped to squeeze and twist a bit, then squeeze again and twist a bit more to slowly allow the bath bomb to release it. Be patient. 🙂 
    7. Allow to sit and dry overnight on a towel.
    8. Enjoy in the bathtub!

    Notes

    Water: Be sure to add the water slowly, bit by bit, or else the mixture will fizz up in the bowl. We have made these several times and usually use a spray bottle to avoid overdoing it.

    Fizziness: Please be aware that these bath bombs don’t fizz as much as store-bought ones. We wanted to remove some of the ingredients in store-bought alternatives that we didn’t love and chose bombs that don’t fizz quite as much as a result. If you're looking for really fizzy bath bombs, these probably aren’t the ones. They do a great job of adding color to the water and also leave the kids  skin nice and moist, which is great particularly for kids with skin conditions.  

    DIY Magnesium Lotion

    Just about everyone is deficient in magnesium. And that one deficiency messes up the balance of all of the other minerals.  Imbalanced minerals can cause a host of health problems. Victoria lockdown

      • muscle movement
      • growing pains
      • nervous system regulation
      • brain function and mood
      • blood sugar control
      • blood pressure
      • headaches and migraines
      • joint and muscle pain - including the pain of arthritis
      • PMS
      • strong bones
      • over 600 reactions in the body

    Call me crazy, doing myself out of a product line here but we can all do our bit to cut down on plastic, if you already have the ingredients - why not;

    • Favourite body lotion 500ml
    • C&A magnesium oil 100ml

    Steps - add magnesium to lotion, shake and enjoy 

    lockdown activities for kids, Victoria lockdown
    Old Key Wind Chime
    Gifts, especially those created by kids, don’t have to cost a lot of money.  In fact, the perfect materials for a thoughtful gift may be sitting in your recycling bin.  Giving old items new life is not only green, it’s a lot of fun.  It is so cool to take something destined for the trash and turn it into something beautiful and useful.  And when we do a craft like this with our children, we are teaching them to see “garbage” in a new, creative light.  
    With little more than a handful of old keys, a piece of drift wood, string, and paint, why not create this DIY key wind chime.  It would make a lovely gift for anyone who has a garden or balcony, a birthday present for grandma, a house warming gift for a new neighbor, and of course Christmas is just around the corner.  
    Materials.
    • at least 5 old keys
    • a piece of drift wood or stick
    • string or fishing line
    • optional: acrylic paint
    How to:
    1. Paint your keys and stick.  Choose a few coordinating colors and have your child paint the keys and stick.  Our keys took two coats, let the first side dry before flipping and painting the other side.
    2. Tie a piece of string to either end of the stick so that you have a way to hang it.
    3. Tie a piece of string to each key.
    4. Tie the keys to the stick making sure that they are close enough to each other that they will chime when the wind blows them.
    5. Gift, hang, enjoy!
    I hope this project inspires a little crafty recycling in your home.  I’m sure you and your little ones will love turning trash into treasure.  And whoever receives your thoughtful handy work is sure to be pleased as punch.  Here’s to crafting and giving green! 
    HALLOWEEN then CHRISTMAS pumpkins

    Paper Roll Pumpkins are a simple craft that can be created by repurposing items you already have at home! 

    The possibilities for decorating these paper roll pumpkins are absolutely endless - markers, craft paper, paint, fabric or stickers. Or you could use washi tape, lace, or thin ribbon.

    So since there is a never ending list of ways to decorate your DIY Paper Roll Pumpkins your pumpkin will be completely unique & one-of-a-kind! And if you make one I’d love to see a picture -be sure to share a picture on Instagram 

    lockdown activities for kidsMaterials:

    • Empty Paper Toll Roll
    • Mod Podge
    • Decorating Material (Glitter, Paint, Book Pages, ect.)
    • Scissors
    • Twine
    • Stick or Cinnamon Sticks
    • Burlap Scraps
    1. First, decorate your paper roll & then once dry cut them into rings. 
    2. To decorate your pumpkin you could paint it orange, glue book pages to the roll or paint, or any other creative idea you have!
    3. Make sure everything is dry before moving on to the next step.
    4. To form your pumpkin run a strand of twine through the center of the rings, pull tight, & tie a knot.

    I love the idea of using cinnamon sticks in the center, but that would require going to the store buying some so I stuck to broken sticks. I then used extra burlap to create the leaves & I stiffened them with Mod Podge. You could also easily create the leaves out of scrap paper or even an extra paper towel roll!

    After Halloween why not epicycle it with a spray of gold paint for the Christmas table decoration - genius.

     lots of crafty love,

    Michelle xoxox

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