What is colorful, fizzes, and wet? One of my favorite things to do when I need to relax is take a bath. Bath’s have become extra special at this new apartment because we have a garden tub. A garden tub is long, deep, and wide. So when the water is drawn, a drink is set to the side, and my music queued up, I need a little something to make the bath a little more—perfect. That is why I was so excited this week to find out David’s sister Beth, and mom Lydia were going to make homemade bath bombs. They invited me to take part and encouraged me to bring any essential oils I might have to contribute.

Isn’t it the ironic when you hold on to something for years thinking, one day I will use this. Then you get in this cleaning mood and finally make the grown up decision to throw the unused item out.

Now imagine 2 hours later, you get a text, inviting you to make some homemade bath bombs and are encouraged to bring any essential oils you might have. I ran out to the garbage, pulled out the assumed bag and started to dig. I found the two bottles of essential oils I had thrown away from the day of cleaning. Garbage was scheduled to come in the morning. Lucky eh?

 

Store bought eucalyptus and garbage recovered citrus and cinnamon essential oils.

 

Our first batch was a trial and error in bomb forming. This first batch worked, but were not the most pleasing to the eye.

 

Next batch we tried some food coloring dyes and perfected the form.

 

 

 

 

Then we got a little bit more brave in the amount of food coloring we used. All the colors stayed pastel-ish, but we definitely got some more color.

 

We did have one batch we ended up throwing out. We added too much liquid and it activated the fizzing.

 

After forming the ball inside it’s mold, we carefully placed them on the tray to allow them to dry for 24 hours.

 

We ended the night with over 40 bath bombs!

 

The bath bomb making crew: Lydia, Kristin, Beth, Me, and David.

 

We spent over 4 hours making all the bath bombs and didn’t get home until after 10:30 pm. We had forgotten we needed to wake up early the next morning to get our holiday card pictures taken. We woke up on time and made it up the canyon. It was so cold. Granted, it was up the canyon which recently had snowed, and was 9:30 am. This is the first year we have done a holiday card so I am quite anxious to see how the pictures turn out.

 

David grabbed a selfie of he and I between shoots.

 

David’s sister Beth, of Beth Flint Photography, took our pictures.

 

She also took pictures for Andrei and Khemia (David’s sister and brother-in-law).

 

This is one of my favorite spots in the canyon. Just to the bottom left is Storm Mountain Amphitheater, where David and I will married, next fall.

 

Of course, I was the camera behind the camera, because I just can’t resist a behind the scenes look.

 

The left over snow from a earlier storm provided the perfect amount of “winter” to the photos.

 

I suppose it is the combination of stone and pine trees in this part of the canyon that makes it my favorite.

 

 

 

After we finished photos in the canyon, we pick up the dogs and headed over to La Callie.

 

Since dogs are not allowed in the canyons, we decided to take their photos here. Theo was so well-behaved and posed for all the shots we needed, even with other dogs playing in the background.

 

Boston was the most difficult to pose but I think Beth got a few good shots of him. We did try a full family photo, but it just didn’t turn out.

 

After a couple of busy days, we made Sunday more relaxing. We started it out with a new waffle recipe that is for sure a keeper. We ended the evening with a birthday party for David’s 2 nephews.

 

A banana and oat waffle.

 

 

This waffle mix is a tasty and healthy mix. I will for sure make this more often.

 

What winter breakfast isn’t complete without a nice hot coco?

 

Jaxon and Zak shared a birthday party with all their family.

 

Jaxon had a yummy fruit cake (he LOVES fruit) and Zak got his amazing monster truck dirt cake.

 

 

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