I must say that Easter is my favorite holiday. The season surrounding it is truly delightful. I love in spring how we, along with nature, shake off the weight of winter and blossom with renewed purpose and hope for what lies ahead. For me, the awakening that takes place during this season exemplifies the heart of Easter: the resurrection of Jesus. It is here where we discover the gift of grace in it’s purest form and celebration ensues!
Speaking of gifts, it’s no secret that I love gift-giving! There is something so special about gathering items and creating the perfect gift for someone I love. Since Easter is fast-approaching, I thought it would be fun to make some “grown up” Easter baskets. I decided to make two baskets with different themes: food & spa.
Traditionally, Easter baskets are filled to the brim with assorted candies and chocolates and they are usually brightly colored. However, I wanted to go in a softer, simpler direction with style. For the food basket, I chose sparkling wine, cheese, crackers, and chocolate (duh!). The spa basket contains sparkling rosé, chocolate, my DIY bath soak , and a lovely candle.
- baskets (I got mine at World Market)
- gift filler
- various goodies to fit your theme (wine, chocolate, candles, etc.)
I absolutely adore the packaging on those Mast chocolate bars! Swoon.You can customize these gift baskets in so many ways! For example, I think a gardening themed basket would also make a great gift this season for those with a green thumb. I hope this post inspires you to make some baskets for your friends and family members!
You guys, Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching and I have the perfect DIY gift for you and your friends! Since Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, it makes sense to skip the crowded restaurants and opt for an in-home spa experience instead. I can think of no better way to relax after a long day at work than a peaceful bath – glass of wine optional.
I’ve been on a mission for months to rid my house of chemical-laden products. However, the natural and chemical-free products can often be a bit more expensive. I decided I could make my own versions of some of my favorite products with just a few ingredients (most of which I already had on-hand). This bath soak is all-natural and an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day!
For the bath soak, I used:
- 1 cup himalayan salt
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
- 10 drops wild orange essential oil
- glass bottles (I got mine at Michaels)
Ylang Ylang essential oil is commonly used for its antidepressant properties which reduce anxiety and stress. Wild Orange essential oil is known for its pleasant smell and ability to uplift your mood. Himalayan salt has many health benefits, but one I find particularly helpful is the promotion of stable pH balance. Plus, it definitely doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty & pink! Lastly, epsom salt is always helpful in soothing sore muscles and other aches/pains. This combination is sure to provide you with a wonderful, stress-free evening.
First, I combined both salts in a bowl and mixed together well. Then I added the essential oils and mixed in with the salts to disperse the oil. Lastly, I portioned out the perfect amount for each bottle which has enough contents for two baths, added my gift tag, and voila! So easy and so beautiful!
As with most things, I love how versatile this DIY is. You could combine any number of essential oils and herbs to create your perfect soak. I think lavender or eucalyptus would also make amazing options! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you give this DIY a try!