My third Mother’s Day was certainly a memorable one. I had a week-old baby, I wasn’t a first-time mother, but I was living on little sleep, trying to wrangle a 3-year-old and a new baby. As I dozed on the couch that Sunday, I could hear something going on in the kitchen. The banging of pots and pans, the whir of the mixer. The squeals of laughter resonating from my son’s little body. Soon, the smells of baking delight made their way to my spot on the couch. I knew I was in for a treat.
As much as I looked forward to the cake baking in the kitchen, I didn’t even want to venture in to see the mess that I could imagine that was left from the baking pursuits. Luckily, my husband learned the concept of “clean as you go” at his first job in high school. As I tentatively peeked into the kitchen, I was pleasantly surprised to see only a few errant splats of chocolate cake batter- the empty roll of Bounty paper towels at the top of the trash! My dear husband had given me two gifts that day. I cake baked with love and a clean kitchen!
As you honor the mothering-influences in your life this year, whether those influences are your own mother, your wife, aunt, partner, grandmother, or anyone else who impacts your life for good, you don’t need to go over the top. Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are always the most memorable. I still gaze at the photo on my nightstand–me sitting on the couch, dressed in spit-up-stained pajamas, a messy bun perched on my head, cradling my newborn. My older son holding a cake he decorated for me, a proud smile beaming from his face. You can’t buy that in a store.
DIY Mother’s Day Bath Bombs
In my opinion, the only thing better than a homemade cake is a cake made by my loved ones while I soak in a warm, soothing bath. For this reason, I have an easy Mother’s Day craft for you to make for those you love….or for yourself!!
In order to keep this a positive experience, make sure you have a “clean as you go” approach and a roll of Bounty paper towels so you can have a gift and a clean space when you are finished. Bounty is more absorbent, so it means that you will use fewer paper towels in your cleaning pursuits.
DIY Recipe and Tips
Here is the supplies list for your bath bombs. The best things about this DIY craft is that once you get the molds, you can make these bombs as often as you’d like.
Tip: If you have not used essential oils before, go with a “light” smell like lavender or vanilla.
Bath bomb molds
Bounty paper towels
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
8 tsp. coconut water
2 tsp. essential oil
4 tsp. water
3-5 drops food coloring (optional)
- Put all dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix together.
- Put all wet ingredients in a small bowl and mix together.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to dry mix, stirring with a small whisk until well incorporated.
- When the mixture is moist enough to stick together when pressure is applied, press mixture into the molds until filled and firmly press. Removed the excess mixture from the sides. Make sure to have plenty of Bounty paper towels on hand!
- Let the filled mold stand for 5-7 minutes, then carefully removed the bath bomb from the mold and set on a Bounty paper towel. Dry for 24 hours.
Recipe yields 4 round 2.5 inch bath bombs.