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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pumpkins and Presents

Hello Sweeties! Long time, no blog...
We have been busy beavers here in our house. The elves are trying to get a jump on the holidays...

Before I get to that, let me show you what we did the other day at the park. "Pumpkin Math" with Friends!


We met up with some dear friends to estimate the size of our pumpkins as well as the amount of seeds inside. The kids did a great job! What a mess, but it sure was fun!


Look at those orange fingers!


Joshua and Katie are so cute together. Puppy love at it's finest.:)


The weather was perfect- breezy and warm...


Now on to a fun project! I saw this on Blonde Designs... Bath Salts! An inexpensive and oh so fun gift to make with your children!

You will need some wonderful scents. We purchased essential oils ($8-$20) at the health food store (quite expensive and VERY strong) as that is what the recipe calls for, but ended up using fragrances purchased at Hobby Lobby (soap/candle aisle). They are much more reasonable in price and the scents were lovely!


We found some cute containers for wrapping the finished product...


Then you need to purchase Epsom Salts and Baking Soda. Two cups of Epsom salts and 4 tablespoons of baking soda (softens skin and adds bubbles!) are mixed together and then fragrance is added. The girls tried it out and loved it!


We found these glass containers at Hobby Lobby, too. $1.47 each. Blonde Designs has darling labels you can print out, too! Buy some sticker paper (scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby) and print your own!


Mandy's play was last week. She played a vendor and did a wonderful job. Our co-op classes are now over for the semester so I can rest for a bit.:)


That's all for now! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!



Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Lori
Looks like they had so much fun with the pumpkin math in the park. The bath salts you made and packaged look great and so professional. We enjoyed seeing Mandy in her play. She looks very at ease on the stage. I always shyed away from doing anything like that as a child and still so now! Tim is the opposite though he has just agreed to take part in the church pantomime!
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for catching me up! Caroline and I did the same project with a mini pumpkin. I couldn't believe the baby pumpkin had 168 seeds. Also, love the bath salts.

Yarni Gras! said...

what a fun time! I love the pumpkin math...too fun!
I make bath salts each year for the kid's teachers....they are always appreciated!

Eileen said...

Oh, Lori, thanks for sharing your project, your gift idea, and your family!
This was a wonderful post, and I enjoyed it so much!
I want to make up little gift baskets for the teachers and the bath salts are a wonderful idea to stash in there!
Thank you!
Love to you,

Anonymous said...

the kiddos are ADORABLE! and getting SOOOO BIG! omg...growing up so fast. your bath salts look lovely all packaged up and ready to go!! thanks for sharing the how-to! we might just have to give it a shot over here :)

hope you are doing well and enjoying the holidays, my dear friend :)

Tristan said...


I need to make me some of those salts..lol!

KKJD1 said...

What fun youve been having! I madesome bath salts the other day too minus the baking soda and I used peppermind eo what a great smell for Chistmas! Yours look great I so need to get my printer going so I can make cute tags. Hope you have a great week! Blessings,Karen

Darlene said...

What fun to do some pumpkin math! Anything that makes math fun is GREAT!

LOVE those bath salts. Those must have been fun to make & I bet the bath water smells GREAT!

Mandy looks so cute in the pics from the play.♥

Lori said...

Love your update and your pictures were really great. I want to make the bath salts too - I can't find the labels, but I'll keep looking.

Sherri said...

Hi Lori! I have missed you on your blog lately-glad you're back! Those bath salts are just what I need to make for some Christmas gifts this year-thanks for the recipe! I loved the pumpkin math!!

April said...

Hey Lori!
I love how you live life to the fullest...that's what it's all about, isn't it? You seem to know how to put a little fun in everything you do! I will definitely have to try making those bath salts. What a great gift they'd make!

Elise said...

Love the bath salts!! So cute how you have them packaged!!

Robin Beck said...

That little Joshua looks alot like Timmy when he was little! So cute.

You are the crafting queen my friend, you always have wonderful ideas.

Amanda looks so cute in that play-Oh the talent in this family never ceases to amaze me!!!! ~♥~


Ruth said...

What a busy time but it looks like lots of fun. The bath salts are great. What cute jars. You made them beautiful.


amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

You guys have been so busy. Been missing you! We like to make bath salts here, too. I just found my sticker paper, too! Now, if I can just get the printer to work.

Polka Dot Moon said...

We did the pumpkin math last year at school. I would have preferred the park :)

Lovely presentation of the bath salts! Great gift idea!!

Connie said...

You're such a good mom, turning everything into an educational experience - but then that's what teachers do!
The bath salts look like a fun project. Love your containers!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What a fun post!!! The kiddos seemed like they were having so much fun. You wrote, "Look at those orange fingers", but all I could see were the delightful smiles on their faces. : )
Great project. Thanks for sharing the details.

Nancy said...

Busy girl! With good stuff, that is. I remember doing a pumpkin math unit when I taught 1st grade. The kids loved it. Enjoy your weekend...

Jerelene said...

HI Lori!
The bath salts look like a great project to do...I bet they smell great...I esp. bet the coconut one smells heavenly :)
I love the long dresses...I love the red fabric on your sweeties dress....she looked lovely :)
Glad things have slowed down for you...wish I could say the same...
Hugs and Love, Jerelene

Fran. said...

Hi, Lori looks like you've been busy as ever! LOL Mandy sure is growing up fast and getting so pretty. I love looking at the pics of your girls, they are always so happy in them. Take care, I'm going to the couch to rest.I'm recovering from my outpatient surgery. But, I am gonna check out that blonde site where you got the bath salts ideal from. Take care. XO Fran.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are getting a little R&R Lori! The bath salts look (or in my imagination...smell) amazing, tee hee. And one of my favorite fall activities is squishing my fingers through the pumpkin 'guts,' Fun times!

Jamie :)

Susan said...

Pumpkins are such a mess. But so much fun!

Cant wait to try the bath salts. Cute project.

Susan said...

Again, another great idea I am going to steal. Those bath salts sound like they would make great teacher gifts... and it sounds like you love Hobby Lobby too. One of my most favorite stores!!!!