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Lather Yourself with Joaquin, Your Spanish Querido

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When my son was an baby he had eczema patches on his wee little infant calves. It was dry and look really irritating. The doctors made some well-meaning suggestions like use Vaseline. But as a crunchy type of gal that I am, I opted for more natural methods.

All-natural shea butter (fat from the shea nut) and melaleuca (tea tree essential oil) was just the cure for his nasty little skin condition. I also started making our own soaps and found that really help keep both our skin really nice and smooth.

Throughout the years (he’ll be 3 in Autumn) I’ve continued to make these awesome all-natural products for him and have gotten requests here and there for me to make larger batches for interested parties.

So today, I decided to whip up a wonderfully exhilarating bar of soap for my Etsy shop, Like My Body.

The back story to Like My Body is quite a hilarious one, which I’ll share in a future post. But for now here’s a tutorial on how to make your own bar. Or head over to LikeMyBody‘s shop and get one from the soapmaker herself. ME šŸ˜€

Let’s begin…

First gather your supplies:

Melt and pour soap base (I used 1 pound Aloe M&P soap base for this particular project).

Gold Mica (for color)

Aura Cacia’s Sweet Orange essential oil

Rubbing alcohol in a spritz bottle

Heat safe measuring cup (I use Anchor because well.. I really like the anchor decal!)

Double boiler or microwave (I use a double boiler on a gas stove because microwaves are not all natural and Like My Body uses ALL natural ingredients and processes)

Spatula or something to stir with

Knife

1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon

Small cup for mixing mica and alcohol

Soap mold.

Lay all of your supplies in front of you and double check that you have everything. You don’t want to have to run around looking for supplies and risk ruining your soap base.
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Begin by cutting the soap base into small chunks. The smaller the quicker they melt.
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Place chunks in heat safe measuring cup.

Melt the soap chunks on the stove in a double boiler OR a microwave. If you use a microwave melt in 30 second increments. If you use a double boiler beware the process takes around 15 minutes to fully melt your soap chunks.

While the soap is melting, get your small cup for mixing the mica and rubbing alcohol together. Put 1/4 teaspoon of Gold Mica (available at Brambleberry.com) into your small cup. Then pour a dash of rubbing alcohol into the cup on top of the mica. Mix them together. Pour more alcohol into the mixture until the mica resembles a liquid instead of a powder. And you definitely don’t want it thick like a paste. If it’s pasty, add more rubbing alcohol.
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Also, grab your soap mold and spritz the entire mold with rubbing alcohol.

Once your soap chunks are COMPLETELY melted down and the soap base is clear of any chunks, take it off the flame (if you’re using a double boiler).
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Pour the mica/alcohol mixture into the melted soap. Stir with spatula.
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Then pour .25 ounces of the Aura Cacia’s Sweet Orange essential oil into the melted soap.
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Point two-five ounces of an essential oil is generally 1/2 of the bottle. Essential oils typically come in 15mL bottles, that’s .5 ounces. And for every pound of melt and pour soap base you want to use .25 ounces of fragrance.

Now it’s time to shape your soaps!

Grab your freshly spritzed soap mold. Carefully pour the melted soap into the mold. 1 pound of melt and pour base will make around 3-4 bars of soap depending on how many ounces your soap mold is.
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Lastly, spritz the tops of the melted soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate those crazy looking bubbles.

And now you’re all done!

Easy… right?!

Just wait for them to cool (around an 2 hours) and pop the soaps out of the mold. You can even refrigerate them too if you’re in a rush.

Look at how beautiful and sparkly these soaps are! I just love ’em. And they smell AAAAAMAZING! Like you just walked onto an orange orchard. YUM!
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Take on deep luxurious inhale and this soap will instantly remind you of a that sexy Spanish man Joaquin who you met in Granada last Spring. The one who pretended to be your tour guide, but all the while he wanted to make you his ‘querido’!

Joaquin is available at LikeMyBody.etsy.com.

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Do You Etsy?

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. A break was necessary as I was finishing up the last couple weeks of school (graduated Summa Cum Laude, bitches!!) and just really wanted to take time to find direction.

And direction is exactly what I found.

Since leaving Daydream Mom last November, not only did I obtain my much-desired degree in Early Childhood Education, but I moved to a new neighborhood, had a 4 month platonic-yet-highly-sexualized fling with a virtual love interest, hired a life coach, and found my purpose in life.

I’ve also started to work on a couple Etsy shoppes I have — Like My Body (natural, handmade body care products infused with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils) and 2020Vision Vintage (freaking awesome vintage and antique finds)!

As you can see, I have a TON of interests, which is why Daydream Mom was born in the first place. It’s a way to catalog my ADD and make it functionable.

Anyway… So yes.. To add ONE MORE THING to my ever-growing list of ventures, I am in Life Coach training as well. I have my first legitimate, registered business — which essentially ALL my business are umbrella’d under, so to speak. Your Powers Defined, LLC is my primary business where I help spiritual women identify their soul’s purpose. You’d be surprised how much clarity and direction you’ll obtain from hiring a coach.

So that’s about it! Busy busy busy! AND I’m a mom on top off allll of that.

It may sound like A LOT going on to the typical person, but I’ve always thought of myself as a mogul in training because I was born to be an entrepreneur and I’m always going to be a Jill of all trades, and I can master a few too.

I’m sure this will not be the last Daydream Mom post as I am intent on getting this blog off life support.

Stay tuned šŸ˜€


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Thirsty Thursday: Smarmy Clothes

Staying in line with my vision of blogging more regularly, Thursdays have been reserved for showcasing the talents of other bloggers, crafters, DIYers, artisans, etc. And being the scattered-brained scanner that I am, I have a tendency to hop from one crafting project to another and gain much inspiration from other creative beings — hence, “thirsty”.

Today while Binging “how to paint fabric” (I want to paint my son some Spider-man inspired, spiderweb motif curtains (project pending)) I clicked on page 34 of the search results and stumbled upon the most spectacular of crafting sites called What the Craft. Then somehow I drifted further down the rabbit hole that is crafting awesomeness and ended up at the What the Craft blogger’s shop titled Smarmy Clothes.

Oh. MY. GOSH! Let’s just say if you’re into all things girly, gothic, circus, punk, trendy, and damn near unlabelbleĀ (yes, I just made up a word. Daydream Mom defines ‘unlabelble’ as anything that is different, unique, and somewhat uncatergorizable…. is that even a word?) then you’ll TOTALLY dig Smarmy Clothes.

Lex is the owner/creator/seamstress.

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And how does she find the energy or time to push out the hundreds of items she has for sale? I have no clue. Check out Lex’s Etsy shop and FB page to see why I’ve fallen in absolute love.

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Now if only she made plus sizes!

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Sinful Sundays: I Want My 15 Minutes of DIY/Crafting Fame

It’s Sunday.Ā  And what are Sunday’s an opportune time for? Confessing ‘sins’:

I’m notoriously inconsistent when it comes to posting on my blogs. Over the past 6 years I’ve had 5 blogs and I’ve unfortunately never really stuck with any of them. But things feel/are different with this one (Daydream Mom). I have finally found my niche and passion. I’ve also finally found something to blog about that MANY people can relate to or have ongoing interest in. (Thank You Pinterest!)

My other blogs were a bit more in the early childhood education or occult realms. Although I’M passionate about those subjects it doesn’t seem everyone else out there is.

Basically, I’m having a blast with this new blog. It’s in its infancy still but it’s doing really great and I’m hoping that in the next couple months things will really pick up. Especially since one of my projects was featured at BeckieĀ Farrant’s Roadside Rescue site!!

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Repurposed Starbucks Caddy {Tutorial}

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I am the frugal Queen. But I have nice taste. (Or at least I think I do). However, sometimes those standards are not reflected in my buying style because I simply don’t have the funds. I’m sure many of you would agree you’re inĀ a similarĀ predicament — especially if you’re a single, co-parenting parent.

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Create Easy, Yet Cool, Art w/ Your Tot

As a mother to a 23 month old boy AND a teacher to a classroom of 12-24 month olds, I can 100% say that I have my moments when I rather forego the creative art projects! But I’m an artist at heart (amongst many other things) and just can’t stand to live a day without creating something….

When my little boy was just 8 months old I’d paint with him. I’d stick his foot in some paint and make footprints, or let him have at it with some crayons or markers.
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