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DIY Spa Products at Home – minty lip balm and fizzy bath bombs

By Jennifer Dyck, PHEc

Making your own home spa products is all the rage. With a few simple ingredients you can create scrubs and masks. Use them yourself, package them for gifts, host a party or get the kids involved. Your options are endless. See a previous post from Jennifer on scrubs and masks, too.

Minty Manitoba Lip Balm

A smooth, soothing lip balm that will keep your lips kissable all year long!

  • 1 Tbsp grated unbleached beeswax or beads
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp liquid honey
  • 5 – 6 drops peppermint essential oil 5-6 drops

Place all ingredients a small jar, tin or heat proof container. Fill a small saucepan with 1 inch of water. Place tin in water. Bring to a simmer. Stir with a wooden stick until completely melted. Remove pan from heat. Pour into pot or tubes. Let sit until completely set (30 minutes).

To use: Rub finger over pot surface a few times, then rub on lips or twist bottom of tube to push balm up about 1/8 inch to rub over lips. Repeat as necessary to keep lips feeling smooth and protected.

Yield: 45 ml (3 Tbsp) or 3 15 ml pots or 6 to 7 ml lip balm tubes.

Recipe credit: www.canolaeatwell.com

Fizzy Bath Bombs

A soothing, fizzy treat that can be added to your bath.

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp essential or fragrance oil
  • 4-6 drops food colouring 4-6 drops
  • water in spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • mould for shaping bombs

Mix the baking soda and cornstarch together. Add the canola oil, the drops of food colouring and the essential/fragrance oil. Using a spray bottle, mist the mixture lightly one time. Mix well until there are no lumps

and the color is well blended. Add the citric acid. Heap as much of the mixture as possible into a mould. Press down very firmly packing the mixture well. Do not add more mixture to the mould after firmly packing it as it will not create a cohesive bath bomb. Let the bath bomb air dry for 1-2 days on a baking rack.

Note: use Lavender essential oil as well as 1/2 tsp (2mL) of dried lavender blossoms. Add the lavender blossoms when mixing the baking soda and cornstarch together.

All recipes credit: www.canolaeatwell.com

Jennifer Dyck is a Winnipeg-based Professional Home Economist, mom of 2, avid baker and passionate about yoga.  She works with the Manitoba Canola Growers in education and promotion and blogs for Canola Eat Well, a blog dedicated to recipes and articles from experts to keep your mind, body and soul working at its best.

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DIY Spa Products at Home – scrubs and masks

By Jennifer Dyck, PHEc

Making your own home spa products is all the rage. With a few simple ingredients you can create scrubs and masks. Use them yourself, package them for gifts, host a party or get the kids involved. Your options are endless. View another post from Jennifer for recipes that are even more adventurous: fizzy bath bombs and lip balm using Manitoba beeswax.

Sweet Sugar or Salt Scrub

This all-purpose scrub removes dead skin cells to reveal new, soft skin. And it is so easy to make!

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar or Epsom salts
  • 3/4 cup canola oil

Mix together in a bowl using a spoon. Use on hands, arms, feet, or elbows. Rub in well. Rinse with cold water. Avoid the eye area and always best to do a test patch. Store in re-sealable container.

Note: Make more using a 2 to 1 ratio of sugar or salt to canola oil.

Beach Sand Foot Scrub

This refreshing and cooling foot scrub softens feet while leaving them feeling refreshed and smelling great!

  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3/4 cup fine, clean beach sand
  • 3-5 drops peppermint oil 3-5 drops

Mix together in a bowl using a spoon. Massage scrub onto feet, concentrating especially on problem areas. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Store in re-sealable container.

Note: Purchase clean beach sand from a craft store or rinse thoroughly with boiling water before using.

Avocado-Ginger Moisture Mask

Tired of sprouting or just throwing away avocado pits? Here’s a great soothing way to use them.

  • 2-3 fresh avocado pits 2-3
  • 1/4-1/2 cup thick yogurt
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil

Allow the avocado pits to dry for 2 days on the counter, but not to the point of becoming rock hard or they will break your spice mill. Using a spice mill or coffee grinder, grind the dried pits to create a grainy, mealy powder. Add enough yogurt to create a paste. Add the ginger and canola oil. Stir well.

Sitting or standing in the bathtub or shower, pat the paste all over your body using a circular motion. Don’t forget to apply to your face too. Leave on for 10 minutes, then shower, first with warm water, then cooler water and pat yourself dry.

All recipes credit: www.canolaeatwell.com

Jennifer Dyck is a Winnipeg-based Professional Home Economist, mom of 2, avid baker and passionate about yoga.  She works with the Manitoba Canola Growers in education and promotion and blogs for Canola Eat Well, a blog dedicated to recipes and articles from experts to keep your mind, body and soul working at its best.

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Wreath Making

by Nancy Schneider, PHEc, M.Sc., C.I.M.

Wreaths have traditionally been used to decorate for the holidays. There are many different ways to create a wreath with children using simple materials you have around your home. You could use cardboard, a pool noodle, or perhaps an actual wreath form (straw, grapevine or wire). You probably have lots of pieces of ribbon, fun foam, extra Christmas decorations, or even pipe cleaners that you can also use on your wreath. Let your child’s imagination run free as you discover items that can be used on the wreath.

To create a wreath, all you need is a round (or not so round) shape that you can attach things to. This round item will be the base for the wreath. Then, decide how you are going to cover the base (or not!). You may use wide ribbon, curly ribbon, tulle, paint, or streamers.

After you have covered the base, add your decorations. Again, be imaginative. Perhaps for a cook you add small baking utensils. A painter? Why not some paint brushes. Or stick with the traditional bows and greenery. Whatever you choose will be right for you.

Here is a sample wreath made out of cardboard. First, cut a circle the size you want your wreath to be. Then cut an inner circle.

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For this wreath I used tulle. I precut pieces (after measuring around the wreath).

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Next wrap the tulle around the cardboard. Fold the tulle in half then place the fold through the hole and pull down below the cardboard. Take the ends of the tulle and covering the cardboard, pull the ends through the folded tulle.   Then give a little tug to tighten.

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Continue to do this with each piece of tulle to cover the cardboard.

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Suggestions: You may want to paint the cardboard first. Also play with the length of the tulle to determine how much you want to have the tulle hanging out.

Another option is using a wreath form. The one below is a grapevine form. To cover the form, I used wide ribbon. It would be very easy for a child to wrap around the wreath base. You will need to secure one end and then let the child wrap the ribbon.

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The whole base can be covered with ribbon or you may want to leave some of the grapevine base showing. A bow has been added to this wreath, but you could add anything you like.

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These are some very simple ways to create a wreath, especially with children. You can give them as gifts or perhaps let them hang the wreath on their bedroom door. With minimal assistance most children will be able to create their own holiday decoration.

Nancy is a Professional Home Economist and has been employed by the University of Manitoba for over 27 years. She has held management, administrative, and instructional appointments. Her educational background includes child development, communication, human resources, and management. She has experience working with pre-schoolers and their families, university students, as well as adult learners.

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