So... Summer Vacation has commenced here in Maine. Which means that the sibling rivalry has also started and... is driving me nuts! My kids are 10, 6 and almost 3. If you think that an age gap will minimize the fighting, just trust me, it will not (most likely). Don't get me wrong, I love my munchkins even though there is currently a war transpiring in my living room.
Now to cut to the chase, I've been trying to find ways to keep them busy and help them calm down when necessary. This morning this search led me to Sensory Bottles, the best of both worlds (hopefully).
There are a few big bonuses with this project:
DIY Sensory Bottle
What you will need:
We added glitter, beads and buttons last. Once everything was in the bottle we taped the lid on to keep it secure and the kids got busy shaking and swirling their bottles.
To make this more of an experiment here are some things you could ask or discuss:
When you've finished experimenting the kids can play with their bottles. If you have a child that likes to take things apart it's best not to leave them unsupervised with their bottle as it might get messy. We have a strict no bedroom policy.
If you try this project we would love to see your family's creations. You could share them here or on social media with #pureblissbodyconfections
One of my favorite things to do for someone that needs a little cheering up is send a Box of Sunshine. "What's a Box of Sunshine?" you ask.
A Box of Sunshine is a package full of sunshiny, yellow, cheery goodness that is sure to "turn that frown upside down". I can't take credit for the "Box of Sunshine" idea, but whoever came up with it rocks! I came across the idea scrolling through Pinterest a few years ago and it's been a go-to ever since.
Now, what kind of person needs a Box of Sunshine? Personally, I think we could all use a little sunshine, but the idea here is to send this to someone who needs a little cheering up. Here's a few examples: a friend going through a breakup or divorce, someone suffering from an illness, a friend or family member who has recently lost someone close to them... you get the idea right?
I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of our amazing customers! I truly appreciate each and every one of you!
I have been so busy lately that I haven't been able to find the time to blog. I promise to find more time and content to share with you! This is just a short and sweet moment to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! Seriously though, it makes my heart happy to know that so many awesome people are choosing Pure Bliss! You are all helping me fulfill my dreams for this company, I'm so blessed!
Wishing you blissful showers and baths,
We have had a very busy summer here at Pure Bliss, but I wanted to take the time to update everyone on our happenings...
First and most importantly I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of our amazing customers! Pure Bliss is steadily growing and we couldn't do it without each and every one of you. I have met so many amazing people since I started this journey and I love that I get to share my creations with all of you!
Now for a festival/market update! Yesterday we were back at Classic Clutter Farm in Tamworth and I have to say that we are loving it there! If you haven't checked out Classic Clutter and you are in the area it's so worth the trip. As for the market, it's a lot of fun. The vendors and customers there have been so awesome to work with. As you probably know by now, I'm all about shopping local/small business and this is definitely the place to do that. (A little side note; if you or someone you know makes/sells something amazing and would be interested in becoming a vendor at the market contact Classic Clutter Farm on Facebook or let me know and I will pass the info along.)
Aside from the Market, we spent last weekend in Hiram at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival and we had so much fun that we didn't want to leave! If you didn't get to check out the festival I would highly recommend it for next year. It was a weekend filled with amazing music and very happy/positive people from all walks of life.
Product update time... We will be very busy stocking products over the next couple of weeks. As things are restocked they will become available here at our website and on Etsy. We will also be restocking The Curiosity Shop and Classic Clutter. Another side note; I hear that Farm To Table Market now has smoothies, be sure to check it out!
I know that for some people it's way to early to talk about the holidays, but for those that are thinking ahead we have lots of fun things planned! I've had a few people ask about expiration of products as they have purchased gifts to put away. Our products that expire have an expiration date on them, as far as the soap that won't be an issue for the holidays. At this point in time almost all of our products will last well after the holiday season, but if you want to wait that's totally fine (plus we have lots of things that will be rolling out over the next few months that are designed just for gift giving).
I think that about covers things for now, but one more time I want to say thank you everyone for supporting Pure Bliss! Wishing you Blissful showers and baths. -Cassie
Bath & Body Q&A
We had our first festival of the year this past weekend and I was asked many great questions about soap. Yesterday I took a much needed day off to rest and enjoy the freedom that we have in this country because of so many brave men and women. While relaxing it occurred to me that sharing some of these common questions and answers might be beneficial to everyone.
Is it safe to use your soaps on your body or are they best for hand washing only?
Answer: Yes, our soaps are great for all over use. They don't contain all of those nasty ingredients and fillers found in a lot of big name brand soaps and body washes. I design our products so they are not only fun (with names like Mermaid), but they are beneficial to the skin.
Do handmade soaps actually lather and cleanse well?
Answer: Absolutely! When making soap, the lather that's achieved depends greatly on the oils that are used. For example: Coconut oil creates a really bubbly lather while Olive oil creates a very creamy lather. For this reason I formulate all of our soap recipes with coconut and olive oil, adding other oils to achieve different lathers, bar hardness and moisturizing, skin benefiting goodness.
Aren't handmade soaps really drying?
Answer: Not as long as they are formulated properly. Just as certain oils achieve different lather qualities they also effect the moisturizing properties of the soap. For Example: (again) Coconut oil can be drying in soap if used at a high percentage. That being said, it can be used at a high percentage when using a technique called superfatting. Superfatting is when a soap recipe contains more oil than will be saponified (turned into soap). This technique makes for a more nourishing bar of soap and counteracts the drying effect that some oils produce when saponified. All of our recipes are superfatted just enough to be cleansing, but non drying.
I have really dry skin, wouldn't your Goat's Milk Soap be best?
Answer: (There's no yes or no for this one). Goat's Milk does produce a very nourishing bar of soap, but I formulate almost all of our soap recipes to be dry skin friendly. The one exception here would be our Charcoal Soap. This is because Activated Charcoal works to balance out sebum in the skin, in user friendly terms; it sucks up excess oils. For this reason I recommend Charcoal for those with oily skin types. Our current facial soap is geared towards those with oily skin (made with charcoal), but stay tuned because I'm currently working on a series of facial soaps geared towards each skin type. For the Goat's Milk Soap lovers, I am also converting some of our regular soaps over to Goat's Milk Soaps.
Doesn't lye burn skin?
Answer: Yes, lye burns skin, but in soap making lye is processed out of the final product. When lye, water and oils come together they create soap. Saponfication is that fun chemical process that turns these ingredients into soap, creating a final product that cleanses and doesn't burn skin.
To wrap this up, if you have any questions I would be glad to answer them to the best of my ability, just ask! I would also like to take a moment to tell you all about the location of the festival this past weekend. Mohawk Falls is an absolutely gorgeous estate that books weddings and events. Their staff went above and beyond to make sure that the festival was a success. If you are in the market for a wedding venue be sure to check them out here.
As always, wishing you Blissful showers and baths. -Cassie
Mommy Needs A Timeout
After a long day filled with meal prep, dishes, laundry, "don't jump on the couch", "leave your sister alone", "because I said so"...( I think you get the point) there's nothing better than a timeout. Yes it's true, Mommy's need timeouts too!
Whenever it's "Daddy's" turn to declare timeout in our house and the guilty child is screaming like the world is coming to an end, I very sarcastically mumble (usually out of said child's earshot)... "Can Mommy please go to timeout?" In all seriousness though, for a mom one of the greatest gifts to be given is a timeout. Even just 30 minutes where nobody expects anything... at all. A half an hour without cartoons, changing diapers, cleaning up crumbs and playing referee is honestly one of the best gifts ever! If you're a mom, you are probably silently nodding in agreement and if you aren't a mom and you can help make this happen for a mom, please do so. It's usually that little chunk of alone time that helps moms keep their sanity and it's much appreciated. (A funny side note; I'm currently sitting on the couch with a napping child while her two older siblings are home for a snow day. One of said siblings is building a stuffed animal pile to very loudly jump into and the other has mentioned boredom probably ten times in the past hour alone and he's not looking for suggestions to fix this. Que "Mommy needs a timeout")
There is a Blissful point to my Motherhood rant. Mother's Day is May 14th and I've got big plans for moms this year in terms of Pure Bliss. We've already established that a timeout is a great gift for mom, but even better, give her the tools to have a mini spa session with that time. Soaking or scrubbing away the stress of Motherhood can be so relaxing.
Be on the lookout for our Mother's Day Sets which will include:
Mommy Needs A timeout- This Set will include a Wine Soap, Body Scrub, Tub Truffle and Lotion in a Sangria Rose Fragrance, all in a cute wooden crate. (If your mom isn't into wine, I can make this set in any of our fragrances, just send me a message for special orders, no extra charge)
Cocktail Truffle Collection- 4 Tub Truffles, one each of Sangria Rose, Mojito, Pink Champagne, and Mimosa.
Mud Mask Collection- 4 Single Use Mud Masks with a mud mask brush and bowl. You get one each of Matcha Smoothie, Charcoal & Citrus, Cocoa & Chamomile and Sea Clay.
Pamper Your Feet Set- Includes Foot Soak, Foot Soap and Foot Butter
Green Thumb- A Green Thumb Soap and Hand Cream in a Terracotta pot
These are just a few ideas, more to come. Wishing you all Blissful Showers and Baths. -Cassie
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Cassie Ennis, owner of Pure Bliss Body Confections is a mom of three who loves all things that pamper. Growing up with sensitive skin eventually led her to creating her own bath & body products with her sister-in-law. Since then, Cassie has expanded that idea to share her skin loving products with others.