The BIG 4-0!
Well, it happened…I turned the big 4-0! Despite years of denial that it was approaching, it snuck up on me and BAM… there it was. I don’t know why I was so scared of it. I mean, 40 is just a number – just another birthday, but for some reason, I dreaded it. In my mind, 40 was like this magical number that signified “the end” of my youth. To me it meant that I had crossed over some invisible line and there was no return.
All year I just ignored this looming deadline. But, as my birthday approached, I started reflecting on the 39 years that I have been on this planet and how blessed I am. The years have been filled with lots of change – high school graduation, college, first job, marriage, new jobs, birth of my son, new houses, new cites, new friends. We’ve had our ups and downs, but the years have also been a time for lots of personal growth. And, as I reflected on all of this, I had an “AW HA” moment – it dawned on me that all of the experiences in my first 39 years of life had only prepared me – prepared me to embrace life, to challenge myself, to experience life in a new light and without fear for the next 39 years (and hopefully more).
I wasn’t so scared of turning 40 anymore. I actually looked forward to this new chapter in my life. I made a commitment to be better to me – physically and emotionally. I vowed to get more sleep, eat better and move more. I want to enjoy my life and cherish each moment and I can’t do that if I am not at my best. It was time to be good to me!
In the wee early morning hours of December 29, 2016, I woke up, still groggy from a good night’s sleep and looked at the clock. I was officially 40! And you know what? I felt good! I really did. I went to work in a great mood (helps I really love my job) and shortly after arriving at work, my phone rang. It was my mom and dad signing Happy Birthday to me! They do this every year and I love it!! I look forward to it and am saddened by the thought of not hearing them sign to me one day. Then a bouquet of beautiful flowers arrived – bright yellow roses and daisies and phlox. Brightened my day!! I just couldn’t help but think, “40 is going to rock.” But, it only got better. I got home and my darling husband and sweet son had cleaned the whole house, put up all the Christmas decorations and cooked me a wonderful meal. It was perfect. Or was it? All of a sudden, my husband was being super sneaky in the kitchen and then I started smelling something really good. Was that the smell of essential oils? No – my husband doesn’t know anything about essential oils!
As I was sitting on the couch trying to figure this mystery out, my son came to me and said, “Mom, I’d like to try a candle in my room tonight. Where are the candles?” Hum…weird, but I went along with it and told him where he could find a candle. A few moments later after he had scampered upstairs, I was summoned to my bathroom. As I opened the door, there was my husband standing with a huge smile on his face, a hot bath, several lit candles and the Michael Buble station on iHeart Radio. WOW!! Even more impressive was the small plate of homemade fizzy bath bombs!! What? Did that just happen? I was impressed. Turns out, that was the good smell cooking in the kitchen.
Grinning from ear to ear at his homemade concoction, he had me check out his fizzy bath bombs. Well, they weren’t really bath bombs, but more so bath “cakes” and by cakes, I mean they were shaped like a crab cake or salmon patty. Bless his heart. He didn’t realize they needed to be put in a mold and left for 24 hours to set. And I wasn’t going to tell him. But, nonetheless, he dropped a cake or two in the tub and they fizzed. Victory!! And, they smelled heavenly. He had found an amazing recipe using Frankincense, Lavender and Geranium. It was perfect! And, after I got out of the bath, my skin was as smooth as butter and I was super relaxed.
And, it was a perfect way to end my 40th birthday and begin a new chapter of my life!
Here is a great recipe for some fizzy bath bombs for your husband to make for you!! And remember…Be Good To You!
Handcrafted Fizzy Bath Bombs
To soak away a stressful day, all you have to do is toss a bath bomb into your tub. It will set off a fizzy reaction that releases super-relaxing essential oils.
1. Gather your supplies. Ingredients for bath bombs vary depending on preference, but we like this recipe list from Intimate Weddings, and makes 2.5 eight ounce bath bombs:
- 8 oz. of baking soda
- 4 oz. of citric acid
- 4 oz. of corn starch
- 4 oz. of Epsom salts (make sure these are fine grained)
- ¾ tsp. of water
- 2 tsp. essential oil
- 1 tsp oil (we like almond or coconut oil)
- A few drops of safe coloring of your choice
- Round, plastic, snap together dome molds
- Bowl and cup for mixing
Note: One of the best parts of making your own bath bombs is getting to choose the essential oils! You can go with floral scents like lavender or rosemary, or a citrus blend with lemon or grapefruit. Some other common essential oils used for bath bombs are peppermint, vanilla and chamomile.
2. Combine dry ingredients. Dump all of your dry ingredients (citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salts and baking soda) into a big bowl and stir together with your whisk.
3. Combine wet ingredients. Place all of your wet ingredients (water, essential oil, almond oil and food coloring) into a cup and stir until well mixed.
4. Mix together. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir them. (The mixture should begin to clump together.)
5. Pack mixture into molds. Grab your plastic mold and pack the mixture into the first half of the mold. Pack it as tightly as you can! Then, do the same with the second half.
6. Press together. Add some extra mixture on top of the second half and squeeze the molds together to create your sphere. Press firmly! Tip: If the mixture isn’t packing well, place the ingredients back in the bowl and add a tiny amount of water. Be careful, though – too much water will ruin your bath bomb!
7. Let dry. Wait a few minutes, and then carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold. Place them on wax paper on top of a fluffy towel. Let the bath bombs dry for at least one day before you use them! If your bath bombs are a gift, wrap them in cellophane or tissue paper. To store them, keep them in a plastic, airtight container.
Lush Lust Fragrance Hack
30 drops jasmine oil
15 drops ylang ylang
25 drops sandalwood/rose blend
20 vanilla sugar