Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A New Additition...

So, as some of you may know I have wanted a puppy to call my own for quite some time. The fact that I stay home during the day and have an unreasonable fear of any noise I hear in the house has only made this desire stronger. We had been looking for a while and thinking about what kind of pup would be the right kind for us. I knew I wanted something big enough to scare potential intruders and with an instinct to protect. Forrest knew there was no way he was going to harbor a midget dog, or "rat" as he calls them, and that he wanted something that would learn to be obedient and revere him (like all creatures under the sun should : P ).

Everyone, meet Mosby!

According to the Petsmart we adopted him from, he is a Shepherd mix and will grow to be over 60 lbs at least. We will see. I think it seems promising, seeing as how he is only two months old and already closing in on 20 lbs. We have noticed that he also has some lab, since he has webbed toes, and some terrier because of his scruffy face.

Mosby is proving to be quite smart. He has already learned to "sit"...

to "lay down"...

to "go to bed"...

However, we are still working on "leave Gremlin alone!"

 **Note** The picture taking should vastly improve in quality soon, when Forrest's fancy camera gets done in the shop and I learn how to use it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bath Fizzies made simple and cheap...

Ask my husband and he will confirm my favorite thing to do every day (sometimes on cold days more than once) is take a nice warm bath. Every evening before bed I soak, read, and give Forrest time to play his football video game thing. It is no wonder why I love making my own bath bombs. It is cheaper than buying them at fancy stores and you can control what is in them. For instance, a little extra oil if you have dry skin, or what kind of scent and how much.

Here is how to make them:

You will need baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, a light oil (I use EVOO but other people use different kinds),  your favorite essential oil (scent), and water. For this batch I used Rosemary Oil which smells just like Vick's Vapor Rub in the bathtub....mmmMMMmmm!

Just mix 1/2 C of the baking soda with 1/4 C of the citric acid, corn starch, and Epsom salt. Stir a bit and add about a tablespoon or so of the olive oil and as much of the essential oil as you enjoy (should be within about 1/2-1 tablespoons worth of drops). Mix this around and create a well in the center where you should put about 1/2 tablespoon of water and then mix it all very quickly before the water fizzes the powder too much.

Use a tablespoon sized mold (I just used an actual tablespoon) and scoop up a mound of the mixture and press it firmly in the mold with the heel of your hand.

Tap the mold onto the palm of your hand gently to release the bomb and carefully place on a dry surface. They will be very breakable at this point, but if they cant even be handled gently then go back and add another 1/2 tablespoon of water. You should end up with 14-16 bombs if they are a tablespoon each.

Leave them out for at least several hours or overnight to dry and firm up, and then place them in a cute watertight jar to set next to your tub!