Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:50:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Make a Shower Bomb Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:00:03 +0000 How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother


DIY Peppermint Shower Bomb

Have you ever wanted to know how to make a shower bomb, or shower soother?  It’s simply a different version of a bath bomb that fizzies and fizzles while you take a shower. It’s perfect for taking a quick “wake me up” shower as the aroma and the steam will help wake you up.

I REALLY love these.  I am generally a shower person since I am constantly running in 500 directions.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I took a nice, long bath. These make the quick shower experience a little more “spa” like. Check out how easy these are to make.

Below are the ingredients you will need for a shower bomb.  I am including a few affiliate links so you can see exactly what I used.

How to Make a Shower Bomb

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother

If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, this may be the easiest thing to use.  Pour the baking soda and citric acid into the mixing bowl and stir well.

In a small bowl, add water, essential oil, and food coloring.  Mix well.

Turn the mixer on low, and then add three to four drops of the essential oil mixture at a time.  DO NOT POUR.  It’s very important to just do a few drops at a time, and while the mixer is ON.

Once you have all of the ingredients mixed, you should have a light colored damp mixture. You don’t want it wet like a paste, just damp.

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother

How to make shower soothers

I then took the mold and my tablespoon and scooped the mixture into the mold.  It takes about 2 tablespoons of mixture per mold piece.

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother

Once you have all of the mold full, take the spoon and press down to make sure they are good and compact.  Allow to sit for a few hours to rest and begin to dry.

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother

After a couple of hours carefully remove the shower bombs from the silicone mold and allow to continue to dry overnight.

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother


You want to make sure they are in a safe place so they don’t get wet.

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother

I like to keep these in a jar on the counter so when it’s shower time I can just grab one and go.

DIY Peppermint Shower Bomb

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother

I love how refreshing the smell is, and how the steam and the peppermint help open up my head congestion right when I need it.  It’s a nice “wake me up”, too.


how to make a shower bomb or shower soother

If you loved this tutorial on How to make a Shower Bomb, and are looking for other uses for essential oils, check these other ideas out!

How to Make a Shower Bomb or Shower Soother


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diy Sunday Showcase 1/24, & FAVS! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:00:44 +0000 NEWDIYLargeButton

Welcome back to the DIY Sunday Showcase.  What have you been up to this week?  It’s been all about Valentine’s Day snacks and Toddler and Toy Organization.

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops


Last week we had 440 amazing ideas to choose from.  Every week you make it difficult to pick JUST ONE favorite.  Here is a quick list of our favorites from this past week.

My favorite this week are these baked honey chipotle chicken wings. Yum!



Megin’s favorite was this DIY Pallet Heart.



Shelly’s favorite DIY Sweater Covered Lampshade.


Erin’s favorite was this awesome Rustic String Art Sign.



Katie’s favorite was this Warm Winter Pom Pom Wreath.



Marie’s favorite was this beautiful buffet.




Want to know what I have been monetizing my blog with lately? It’s something that has not only brought in additional income, but it’s also brought a ton of healthy uses to help me and my family live a healthier lifestyle (and opened up additional blog post ideas!) To me that’s a total WIN-WIN. Are you interested in learning more and growing with an amazing group of bloggers who are just like me and you? You can find more info about that here. 

Now let’s get this party started!


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Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:00:45 +0000 Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

Is your home in need of some toy organization ideas?  I think most of us can agree that taming the chaos in our home from all of the kid stuff is at the top of our lists for creating a little more peace in our day. These moms went above and beyond standard storage and created these Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas. 

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

There are so many ideas out there for toy storage, but today I am sharing ten of the the most useful and stylish ideas out there! So get ready for some amazing inspiration…

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

If you have little princesses or super heroes, you might need to keep those costumes in order.  This costume closet by Rambling Renovators will do the trick!

Create a beautiful place to display your children’s artwork like this idea from Lolly Jane.

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

BHG featured this idea of using a hanging shoe organizer to keep all of the little parts and pieces of dolls and small toys in one spot.

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

If your home is brimming with legos, organize them by color in these sliding cubbies like I Heart Organizing.

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

Design Sponge featured a way to utilize the wasted space  behind the door to store books.

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

Transform an ordinary bucket to an ottoman with added storage like Killer B Designs.

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

The Idea Room made her own rolling storage drawers to fit under the bed.  These are perfect for out of season clothing and toys!

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

Is your child’s room drowning in stuffed animals?  Make them their own swing for hanging storage with Its Always Autumn.

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

Suburble uses an Ikea cart to store all of her children’s craft supplies. All in one place and mobile is perfect!

Clever and Stylish Toy Organization Ideas by Pink When

Finally, store all of those tiny treasures in a display box with Modern Parents Messy Kids.

I hope you will be inspired to get those toys organized! Do you have any clever and stylish toy organization ideas you would like to share? Leave your link in the comments, I want to come and check it out!

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Valentine Chocolate-y Pretzel Yumminess Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00:18 +0000 Valentine Chocolate-y Pretzel Yumminess

Valentine Chocolate-y Pretzel YumminessHello everyone :) It’s Brandy from BD Design and it’s so nice to be back with you again! Can you believe Valentine’s Day is coming up? This is one of my favorite holidays! Today I want to share with you one of my most favorite treats we make at our house. I don’t even know what to call them other than Valentine chocolate-y pretzel yumminess.  I am a huge fan of anything pink, gorgeous fresh flowers, anything chocolate, and complete mushiness.

See, this holiday is always right up my alley! It wasn’t more than 5 down that my Christmas was down and the Valentine decor went up! Ha!! If you are in the market for some cute heart day decor, head over to my Etsy shop because I just added some new Valentine signs.

Valentine Chocolate-y Pretzel Yumminess

Here’s what you will need:

– a bag of pretzels

– a bag of seasonal M & M’s

– a bag of Hershey hugs

– mini cupcake liners

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

Lay your pretzels out onto a cookie sheet.

Put one unwrapped hug onto each pretzel.

Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 3 minutes. It’s a really short cook time.

Take them out of the oven and will they are warm place 3 M&M’s on top of the kiss.

Place in refrigerator until the chocolate firms up.

Stack into some pretty Valentine cupcake liners to display and try not to eat them ALL! I dare you, it’s so hard to NOT to eat all of this Valentine Chocolate-y Pretzel Yumminess in one sitting.

Valentine Chocolate-y Pretzel Yumminess

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Valentine’s Day Pretzel Treats Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Valentine's Day Pretzel treats

Hello Everyone!  It’s Dee from Meatloaf and Melodrama, and I’m back this month with a very simple Valentine’s Day treat to share with you today. My kids love helping out in the kitchen, especially when it comes to making easy desserts and snacks. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun for all of us to make something sweet and tasty that the kids could also hand out to friends. So, we spent a fun evening whipping up these cute and easy Valentine’s Day Pretzel Treats.

Valentine's Day Pretzel treats

I love just about anything that’s salty, but there’s something about the combination of salty and sweet that pretty much satisfies everyone. We all enjoy snacking on pretzels, but adding some candy coating and sprinkles just takes them to the next level. And best of all, you only need three simple ingredients to make them!

Valentine’s Day Pretzel Treats


  • Mini pretzels ( I used waffle-shaped ones, but any kind works.)
  • Candy coating, in your favorite colors
  • Candy sprinkles or mini chocolate chips

Valentine's Day Pretzel treats


Place the candy coating in microwaveable bowls, and melt according to package directions. You can also melt them on your stove, but the microwave method always works for me.
When the candy is almost fully melted, remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
Dip the pretzels into the melted candy coating, and place on wax paper.
Top with candy sprinkles or mini chocolate chips, and drizzle with additional coating if desired.
Place in refrigerator until firm.
Valentine's Day Pretzel treats

We made a batch of these for snacking during our weekly family game night, and they didn’t last long at all! But the kids thought these would be fun to share with their friends on Valentine’s Day, so we will definitely be making more. You could even use different colors for an easy game day snack!
Valentine's Day Pretzel treats

I hope you enjoy these little sweet and salty morsels as much as we did. Have a super day and let me know if you make these Valentine’s Day Pretzel Treats!

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Easy Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:00:22 +0000 Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

I love Valentine’s Day and it’s mostly for the chocolate. Well, every day and it seems every holiday is about chocolate, but Valentine’s Day allows you to make heart shaped chocolates.  THOSE are really the best! Today I am going to share with you a super easy and fun tutorial on these Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops.

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

This is such a quick and easy idea for you to do with the family to get them ready for Valentine’s Day.  It only takes a little time, and the results are chocolatey fun!

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

For this tutorial you will need a few supplies on hand (affiliate links):

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

Step 1:  Melt your candy wafers according to instructions.  I usually do mine in these easy to use microwaveable trays

Super easy to use, and super easy to clean up!

Step 2: Once your candy is melted, add the melted chocolate to the mold and then place your lollipop stick.  Then refrigerate for 15 minutes so the chooclate has time to fully harden.

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

Step 3:  Dress your heart pops up a little with different streaks of candy colors.

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

You can also add a free and fun printable Valentine Card to hand these out for friends. (Just click on the link above or the photo below to be taken to the post with link.)

Sweet On You Free Valentine Printable

These are so easy to make, and a perfect idea for a classroom Valentine. You can make a dozen of these quickly and have them on hand for your little one to deliver for Valentine’s day.  Or, make them just for fun!

You can also make a fun Valentine Coffee Mug for your child’s teacher and deliver a cake pop with it.

Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops

Make these fun Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops and you are going to make someone’s day!

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25 Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:04 +0000 25 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy some of our favorite soup recipes.  There is nothing better than coming in from the cold and enjoying a nice steaming bowl of soup.  I also love it when that soup happens to be waiting for me in my slow cooker!  I have had a lot of soups in my slow cooker, so today I am sharing 25 of the best slow cooker soup recipes.  Getting dinner on the table can be so difficult, but the crock pot can really save the day… and my stress level!

25 Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

Today I am bringing you 25 of the best slow cooker recipes.  Not only are they delicious, but they are a cinch to throw in the crock pot before you set out for the day.  You will have a warm yummy meal when dinner time rolls around and a very happy family! There are a variety of recipes and I know that you will find something that you and your family will truly enjoy!  Let’s take a look at those delicious slow cooker recipes!

 25  Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

25 Best Slow Cooker Recipes


25  Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup 

2.  Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

3.  Crock Pot Lasagna Soup

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

5.  Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers Soup

6. Parmesan Tomato Soup with Gnocchi and Chicken

7.  Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

8. Best Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

9. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

10.  Crock Pot Split Pea Soup

11. Slow Cooker Beef & Cabbage Soup

12. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

13. Crock Pot Italian Wedding Soup

14. Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

15. Homemade Zuppa Toscana

16. Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup

17.  Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

18.  Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup

19.  Zesty Hamburger Soup

20.  Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

21.   Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup

22.  Slow Cooker 15 Bean Soup

23.  Beef Stroganoff Soup

24.  Three Cheese Broccoli Soup

25. Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Soup   


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Toddler Room Organization ideas

I have to give you another disclosure before you go any further….don’t judge that my daughters room was so completely disastrous in the “before” pictures. I was REALLY bad at organizing her small little space, and she was really good at destroying it quickly. I have that ALL taken care of now.  In fact, I have incorporated a little system that I love in this post on Toddler Room Organization. Not only that, but there is a giveaway going on as part of the January National Get Organized month that you don’t want to miss out on, so keep reading!

Toddler Room Organization Ideas

Here is the thing, Addy’s room is not your regular room.  We had a 3 bedroom house with an office when we got pregnant with Addy. Her room in a converted office that does not have a closet. She has no “extra space” so we have to get creative with her space. (WARNING: The next picture may give you heart palpitations.)

Toddler Room Organization ideas

I obviously was NOT doing a great job.  I purchased this HUGE storage bin to contain all of her toys but it was NOT a great idea in hindsight. Mostly because the bin was so big she could never find any of her toys, so she just left them out and left them everywhere. I would clean and she would “destroy”. I had to think of a better solution.  With limited storage space I needed a better plan.  I did this with a simple 2 step process.

Toddler Room Organization Ideas

Step 1: To take care of the toy situation (which was the MAIN problem) I decided to get storage bins that were stackable and had sliding drawers. This would not only organize her toys, but it is an easier way to help teach her to keep her toys organized.

Toddler Room Organization ideas

Step 2: To help teach organization I also used the Brother P-Touch Label Maker. Each of the drawers above are labeled with which toys should belong in each drawer.  It was super easy to use, and Addy is learning how to recognize words every day, so I thought this would help her.

Toddler Room Organization ideas


Using the Brother P Touch label maker is super simple, and a really nice item to have when organizing. You can use it for so many different things, and it’s so small that’s it’s easily stored without taking up much space. Don’t you love the diversity of labels I had to make for her toys? She is your typical toddler.

Toddler Room Organization ideas


This also allowed me to remove some of the toys from her kitchen and vanity into the bins. I love it because she is less cluttered and so much more organized.

Toddler Room Organization ideas


For such a small space, I think we have her room well organized now.  She’s learning how to use her storage bins and has been doing well at putting her toys back into the correct labeled bin.

Toddler Room Organization ideas

Brother is giving away a Brother P Touch label make every day in the month of January as well as a Grand Prize pack worth up to $2000. Go here to enter and find out more. 

Sometimes all it takes are a few simple adjustments to make things a little more organized. What are some of your favorite Toddler Room Organization ideas? Share them below in comments!

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DIY Sunday Showcase 1/17, & FAVS! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:00:27 +0000 NEWDIYLargeButton

Welcome back to the DIY Sunday Showcase! So happy to have you all back.  It’s been a heck of a week trying to get back into the swing of things. I’m tired! However, it gave me tons of time to check out all of the awesome and amazing links you all linked up this past week.  I even put together a fun Delectable Dessert roundup with all of these delicious treats you linked up. Check out the 17 Delectable Desserts and see if I included you in it.

Delectable Dessert Ideas


Let’s get started with my favorite for the week! It’s included in the roundup above, but my favorite was these delicious Paleo Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes.


Megin’s favorite was this upcycled loaf pan to a soap dish.



Shelly’s favorite was the Marilyn Monroe Jewelry Stand Makeover.

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Erin’s favorite are these salted caramel snickers cookie bars.



Katie’s favorite is this awesome entryway makeover.

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Marie’s favorite are these fun little doodles made from leftover linen and cardboard.



So many awesome things to choose from this past week, we can’t wait to see what you will share with us this week.


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17 Delectable Dessert Ideas Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:10 +0000 Delectable Dessert Ideas

Delectable Dessert Ideas

I’m not sure about you, but I am a big fan of desserts. Whether it’s for a birthday or holiday, it seems like every month there is a reason to celebrate “dessert season”. If you love sweets as much as I do, then you will love this awesome list of 17 Delectable Dessert Ideas.

I host a fun party for bloggers on the weekends and these were some of the most recent links that were shared.  I am always amazed at the beautiful photos and the downright delicious dessert ideas that are shared. I need to create a book with all of these amazing desserts so I can have them at my fingertips at a moments notice!

Check out these amazing desserts and just TRY to pick ONE as a favorite. You will probably find it hard to do!

17 Delectable Dessert Ideas


1.  Cookies and Cream bark

2.  Chocolate Dipped Spritz

3.  Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies

4.  Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

5.  Macarons

6.  White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps

7.  Muddy Buddy Mix

8.  M&M Blondie Bars

9.  OREO Cookie Bars

10.  Snickers Pretzel Bites

11.  Salted Caramel Snickers Cookie Bars

12.  Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Balls

13.  Lemon Blossom Cupcakes

14.  Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream 

15.  Apple Cobbler Yogurt Bites

16.  Apple Muffins

17. Caramel Snickers Soda Cake

Did you check out each and every one of these desserts?  Which one did you choose as YOUR favorite?  It was hard to pick just one, wasn’t it?  I feel your pain. That’s why I made this awesome list of 17 Delectable Dessert Ideas…I couldn’t pick just ONE, either.













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