Homemade Gifts Revealed

First of all, Merry Christmas! I wish you and your families joy, peace, and health.

As the year comes to a close, I just want to say how happy I am to share my goals, projects, and everyday life with you. As I pursue my goals of living mindfully and staying healthy and fit, I want to thank you all for reading and encouraging me with your thoughtful comments and questions.

As you know from the recent post about setting goals, I made some of the Christmas gifts this year. Now that they have been opened, it’s time to reveal them!

There were body bars, lotions, bath salts, lip balms, and “soak it in” bath brew.

I used plain cardboard boxes to put it together.

And whala…

There is something so special about making gifts for others. Yes, it takes more time, but it was so fun watching my family unwrap their homemade goodies.

I made these goodies because I am continusly inspired by The Big Project – there are still so many products on the store shelves that are toxic. Although there is movement in Congress and in California to make the cosmetic industry more accountable, and encourage manufacturers to reformulate their products, the movement is incredibly slow. There are hundreds of thousands of chemicals, and many of them are bad for us (even in small quantities) but they continue to make their way into our favorite products. From cans, baby food,  lotions, to home cleaning products, toxins are everywhere. Luckily, there are companies that are doing the right thing by not using any of these harmful ingredients. Thumbs up to you, we really appreciate it!

I can go on this topic for hours, but I can happily say that giving my friends and family homemade gifts that are good for their skin AND their health, makes me really happy.

Here are some action shots of me making these –

I got a little carried away with the lip balm.

Testing my patience and my small motor skills :)

Concocting the flower and oatmeal mix for the bath “brews”. I made a couple of different types, including lavender and rosemary.

Packaging the cocoa body bars. I went to the beekeeping store and they had soap wrapping paper on sale for 25 cents a sheet. They were so pretty, I had to grab them.

I had a lot of fun making these! Have a Merry Sunday.

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