Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and nothing says I love you more than a handmade gift.  Below are some great DIY gifts that won’t break the bank:

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrubdiy gift ideas

  • 2 pureed strawberries
  • 1 TBS of olive oil
  • 1 TBS of vegetable oil
  • 2 TBS granulated white sugar
  • 4 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients and put them in a jar.  You can keep them the jar in the fridge for up to a week.

Exfoliating Lip Gloss

diy gift ideas

  • 2 TBS Crisco Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 TBS Strawberry or Cherry powdered drink mix
  • 1 lip balm container or clean contact case

Heat the Crisco in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it is a liquid.  While it is still hot, mix in the powdered drink mix and pour into the lip balm container.  Let it cool for 10 minutes.

Luxurious Muscle Soak

diy gift ideas

  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salts
  • 5 drops pink food coloring
  • 10 drops of your favorite aromatic essence 

Mix the salts and add the food coloring.  Using a fork, mix lightly so it is evenly colored.  Add in the aromatic essence and store in a pretty jar!

Like these DIY gift ideas?  Check out this video for more ideas.

Which one are you going to try first?!?  I’m making the lip balm!

For more tips and recipes like these, check out the book Bonding over Beauty in bookstores near you!

AHHHHH! It’s Christmas!

I really thought this Christmas was going to suck.  I couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit.  I was in a rotten mood, etc.  My husband took this week off so we could do fun, Christmas stuff together and it really helped to get me in better spirits.  Christmas morning rolled around and the kids were absolutely hilarious.  Our daughter came running in my room shouting “it’s morning everybody”!  Our son came tearing out of his room and yells “hey, why did Santa block the steps”.  Santa’s no fool kid…no way would we leave it so you can get downstairs and tear through those gifts before we could get down there!

My most FAVORITE gift I gave was a gift to my mother inlaw and father inlaw from all three grandkids.  A gorgeous 12×12 photo panel that I made.  (if you like it and would like one made…let me know.  I make them for other people too).

My most favorite gift I received is the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter.  Two years ago I got a sewing machine for Christmas that I am still learning how to use.  The main thing I want to learn to make is quilts.  I saw this machine at JoAnne’s and knew I just had to ask Santa for it.  Check out the link above.  It’s a really neat machine!!

What was your favorite gift to give?  How about to received?

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Moon Dough…the New Play Doh!

My kids have been BEGGING me to get Moon Dough since they saw the infomercial about it.  And let me tell you, my kids are hilarious after seeing an infomercial.  They remember all the tag lines and selling points and then come at me hard trying to convince me to buy whatever it is they think they “have to have” at that moment.


So imagine their surprise when we opened a box and in it was Moon Dough!  They were jumping up and down; screaming and yelling; you would have thought they just won a million dollars.  Nope.  Just Moon Dough!


I have to say, this stuff is pretty neat.  When I first opened the packages of dough I didn’t think it was going to do what it says it does.  It felt like sand and I truly did not think it would form into something and stay into that form.  But it does.  And my kids played for 2 hours straight with this stuff.


Now I have to admit.  I’m a Play Doh girl.  I like the way it feels.  I like the smell of it.  I like everything about it basically.  But I HATE how it dries out.  I hate how if it gets on your carpet you basically have to let it dry out and then scrub with a brush to get it up.  But Moon Dough is not like that.  It NEVER dries out.  And this is one time I can truly say never.  I left it in a pile on my kitchen table for 12 hours to test it and believe it or not, it didn’t dry out at all.  My kids were able to pick right back up where they left off.  Another thing I like is that it is hypo-allergenic and wheat free!

I won’t lie to you.  It makes a mess.  But honestly, no more of a mess than regular Play Doh makes.  Would I buy it?  Probably not.  But I don’t buy Play Doh either.  I let my kids play with that stuff at school and we do other things here…while I think Moon Dough is cool and would totally recommend it for schools, I personally don’t want the mess.

Thanks to Team Mom and Moon Dough for supplying me with the awesome farm theme package for this review.  All opinions are mine.


Wholesale Keychains Review

Do you have people on your holiday list that just seem impossible to buy for?Are you looking for a unique gift or stocking stuffer?

Well guess what! I have that unique gift situation solved! Not too long ago, I was approached by Wholesalekeychain.com to do a review for them. They had me choose three keychains from a whole slew of keychains that they offer. Now I love keychains, the more unique, the better!

The keychains that I chose are:

After receiving the keychains, I tried each one out to make sure they did what they were supposed to do. The digital frame works great. I love that I can show people the latest pictures of my kids without having to add another thing to my purse. I just attached it to my keys and I always have pictures of my kids with me. I like this keychain so much, that I will be ordering them for a few birthday gifts coming up in 2010!

I personally think the USB flash drive keychain is great! I am forever losing those little flash drives. With it attached to my keys, I always know where it is and it makes printing pictures at CVS much easier. Plus my husband doesn’t get irritated with me when I tell him I’ve lost another one of those flash drives!!

And finally, the yo-yo keychain is a huge hit with my husband and son. It’s small so it makes it much easier for my 5 year old to get the hang of playing with a yo-yo, yet my husband is able to play with it as well. And trust me, it has come in handy while my husband sits outside dressing room doors waiting for me to try something on. He is kept occupied which means less complaining to me about leaving the store!!! Always a huge plus!

If you would like to purchase one of these keychains for yourself or someone you know, I have a 10% off coupon code that you can use at the check-out time to receive 10% off your purchase!!! Just enter the code GODDESS1.

Definitely check out the site. Another favorite keychain they offer is the super soaker keychain!! I could have a TON of fun with that one!

Please note that this review is solely the opinion of the blog owner. I am in no way responsible if you do not hold the same opinion of these products.

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I am the PROUD owner of…

Just about the coolest boots in the world! Well to me anyway. Yesterday we spent a LOOOOOOONG family day at the mall. I got my haircut while Dan and the kids walked around waiting for me, anxiously awaiting a trip to see Santa.

After my haircut, we decided to get lunch at Max & Erma’s. We sit down and Dan pulls out…my very own pair of Croc boots!!!! I was so surprised! He bought me a GPS thing for my car and that was my Christmas present. But he knew how much I liked the Croc boots and decided to get me a pair. My toes love him! I’m not quite sure if I am supposed to wear socks with them or not. I did yesterday, but would love to be barefoot in them…though they have that liner in it and I don’t want stinky boots…oh well it doesn’t matter! Socks, no socks…I’m just so happy to be able to wear Crocs 365 days a year now!!!

Aren’t they cute??? They are oh so comfortable and come in a lot of great colors (though I don’t care for the black so much…which is the color I originally wanted). It just looks weird to me (no offense to anyone who bought black). Here is the best part…Dan got me a little camel thing to put on each boot up at the top! I collect camels. I can probably guarantee that NO ONE has boots like mine with the camel! (most people that bought these boots, bought this pretty flower to put on it).