It's hard for me to put into words how I feel about my friend Amy ... you see, despite how it may seem through social media's popular kids (Facebook & Twitter), and despite the fact that it feels like I've "known her forever" my beautiful Hippie (friend) at Heart is brand new to my life. I think when January hits, we will have finally known each other for all of TWO MONTHS! ha ;) But she is amazing, ultra supportive and the craftiest of crafters who love homemade - gotta love that! Thanks for being such a great friend! Take it away Amy!
Thank you so much Chelsey for asking me to be a part of this. I love seeing posts with such great ideas as you’ve had. Almost all of my Christmas gifts this year are homemade. I’ve had a blast doing it, and the kids helped. The gifts come from the heart and are so easy and cost effective.
This is the Oatmeal Milk Bath I made for the teachers this year. I can’t take the credit for the recipe, but I don’t know who to give credit to. I found the recipe in a magazine and when I went back to look for it, I couldn’t find it. So I checked online and there were several of the same recipe. This is super easy to make. It can be done in just a few minutes. So if you need any last minute gifts, this is a great option. My kids were dying to have some after we made it, so I gave some to them. They LOVED it. Especially the smell ;) And in our dry environment anything that can soothe the skin is a plus.
1/2 cup oatmeal 2 cups powdered milk 1 cup corn starch 1/2 cup baking soda (more if your water is hard) Blender Options: cinnamon, essential oils, dried herbs
The first thing you do is grind your oatmeal in the blender. Then add the powdered milk to the blender and blend.
Empty into a bowl and add the cornstarch and baking soda. Mix until blended.
Then you can customize. I used about 1 tsp of cinnamon. I thought it seemed fitting for the season and I love the soothing smell of home :) You can choose to add dried herbs and a few drops of the same essential oil, dried crushed rose petals, etc. Whatever you like. You can also separate into separate containers then customize each one for different people.
The packaging options are endless. I have Mason Jars (pint size) and scrapbooking paper on hand so that’s what I used. I chose the paper I wanted and cut a circle the size of the lid. I used Mod Podge to adhere it. Then I added the milk bath to the jar and added ribbon and a computer printed label. I adhered the label with glue dots to save time, but I normally would have used the Mod Podge. I also have some really nice containers I purchased at Hobby Lobby for $.75. You can’t beat that!
Now how’s that for easy and nice?
I love it, Amy! What a great gift idea. We know all about living in a dry climate ~ this is perfect to combat that!
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Happy Homemade Holidays!