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17 DIY Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Partner or Friend

These DIY Valentine's Day gifts are perfect for your partner, a friend, a teacher, a coworker, or whomever!   To be honest, we don't really celebrate Valentine's Day.  I don't expect flowers — but I wouldn't complain about a Reese's bouquet — or a fancy dinner. If I'm feeling spunky, maybe I'll make heart shaped pancakes or a heart shaped pizza for the kids. I do like the cutesy part of Valentine's Day though.  After the polar vortex this week, I need something light and fun to think about right now. Since we don't spend a lot of money on Valentine's Day, here are some DIY Valentine's Day gifts for your partner, or friends, or even teachers. Valentine's Day is in just over four weeks, so it's time to start planning your gifts and ordering supplies now. There are several ideas here, all for adults, but some would work for kids.   DIY VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS FOR YOUR PARTNER OR FRIEND SOY WAX MELTS WITH

Cold and Flu Sinus Relief Shower Steamers Without Citric Acid

Use these cold and flu sinus relief shower steamers when you need a natural decongestant.  They release essential oils while you shower, which can help you breathe easier. When I'm sick with sinus trouble, whether it be from allergies, a sinus infection, or a cold, I am miserable.  I turn on the cool mist humidifier and take my meds, but the thing that brings me the most relief is using my Breathe Easy essential oil blend. At the first sign of sinus trouble, I put Breathe Easy in my essential oil diffuser.  This works well, but using the oils in steam seems to help better. Sometimes I use my bath salts for cold and flu , which works great when I'm achy and want to take a bath.  But I don't always want to take a bath.  Sometimes I'd rather take a shower. Whether you call these cold and flu shower steamers or sinus relief shower bombs or decongestant shower melts, they are wonderful if you have any sinus trouble.

DIY Soy Wax Dipped Roses

These soy wax dipped roses make a great gift for anyone in your life.  These are popular around Valentine's Day, but they can be displayed any time.  They are dipped with soy wax and a natural fragrance, so they lightly scent the room.  I used to sell an insane amount of these wax DIY soy wax dipped roses years ago.  I would make them in rose, chocolate, and several other scents.  I'd sell 100s of these on my website and in person starting in mid January each year. These wax dipped roses are fairly easy to make, but they are a little messy and somewhat time consuming.  I used to have a place set up to hang them to dry, but I don't anymore so I had to hold them while the wax set up. I used Very Berry Cobbler for these dipped flowers, which is the same scent I used for my Valentine's Day massage melts . Normally, I wouldn't use a bakery scent for Valentine's Day, but this is just perfect for Valentine's Day. Also, I realize that my f

How to Make Soy Wax Melts for Valentine's Day

These cute little hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day!  Learn how to make soy wax melts for Valentine's Day or any day with this DIY tutorial.  I used a natural chocolate fragrance oil, but you can use essential oils.   Valentine's Day will be here in just a few weeks.  After the snow that got dumped on us last weekend, I'm ready for the cute and fun holiday to arrive.   We only got about 6 inches of snow on Saturday, but the drifting has been really bad.  There are drifts up to 5 feet tall on the roads, so we've been stuck at home.   I heard the roads are getting clearer each day, but there's now a layer of ice below the snow.  So we've been at home playing board games, baking yummy things, and trying to stay warm.   Since we've moved past the Christmas scents, I wanted to move into some fun scents for Valentine's Day.  I decided to use this new natural chocolate scent that I picked up last month to make these soy wax melts for Valentine'

Valentine's Day Heart Massage Melts Recipe

These massage melts melt quickly and moisturize your skin during a massage.  They are perfect for Valentine's Day or any day. Valentine's Day is in less than a month, so I'm sharing my massage melts recipe that's perfect for the holiday.  They can be used for a couples massage, or you can use them as a solid lotion. How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? To be honest, we really don't celebrate it.  Sometimes I'll make some kind of pink or red food for dinner.  Or I'll get the kids a little bit of candy to celebrate. But the hubby and I don't go out or do much of anything special.  In the past, it was too hard to get a sitter.  When you have two kids with autism, sitters are pretty much not an option. But that doesn't mean you can't show each other how much you appreciate each other with a couples massage to help each other relax. These Valentine's Day heart massage melts are perfect for a massage.  They melt on con

Peppermint Mocha Emulsified Whipped Salt Scrub Recipe

This peppermint mocha whipped salt scrub recipe is made with an emulsifier, so it turns into a lotion when you rinse it off. The scent is made from an all natural chocolate mint blend. I've made a lot of body scrubs over the years. I mean a lot of body scrubs. I love making them because they are easy to use and really help keep my skin from getting overly dry in the winter.  For as many scrubs as I've made, I had never made an emulsified scrub until recently.  Before Christmas, I made a  whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub . I loved it so much, I made the same recipe for my  DIY bath and body gift sets  this year. As much as I loved it, I wanted to make a whipped salt scrub because my hands are crazy dry this winter. Epsom salts have a lot of benefits for your skin, and we will get to those in a minute. I decided to make this a peppermint mocha whipped salt scrub recipe. Just before Christmas, I went to the store that sells Crafty Bubbles and picked up some of thei

How to Clean an Essential Oil Diffuser Without Vinegar

How to clean an essential oil diffuser to keep it working great and not putting germs into the air. I use my essential oil diffuser almost daily, especially since we've been sick the last few weeks.  I just go through the motions of putting water and a few drops of oils in and turn it on.   Now before we move on, you have to know that my house is surrounded by trees and there's almost no natural light in the house.  There are corners that are dark even at noon.   So when I moved my essential oil diffuser to a new spot with better lighting, don't judge me that I didn't notice that it was kind of gross. To be honest, I had never thought about cleaning my diffuser.  Until I saw it.   Then I learned real quick how to clean an essential oil diffuser without vinegar. HOW TO CLEAN AN ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER WITHOUT VINEGAR Now before we move on to the directions, I want to say that this may void your warranty.  I am currently using two ine