5 Natural Bath Recipes

Jojoa-oilWe all deserve to be pampered now and again, so why wait until you can afford an expensive spa trip, when you can create a spa in the comfort of your own home?
With this fantastic list of recipes for luxurious bath time treats you will soon sooth away life’s stressful moments. Not to mention all the recipes are completely natural, so forget all of those horrible chemicals!

Cleopatra’s Milk & Honey Bath



  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1/4 of a cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of Epsom Salt (natural healing agent, detoxifier, skin emollient and exfoliate)
  • 1/2 cup of baby oil
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Bath Melts



  • 300 g cocoa butter
  • 150 g sweet almond oil
  • Essential Oils of your choice {I added 40 drops to this mix}
  • Colouring
  • Mold – {I use a silicone mini muffin mold}

Melt the cocoa butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once it has melted, remove from the heat.

Stir in the sweet almond oil, your essential oils and a little colouring if you are using any.

Carefully pour the mixture into your molds.

At this point you can add in your extras. A small flower bud, a sprinkling of dried lavender, some glitter. Alternatively, you can let the melts set for an hour and then sprinkle the extra’s on top so that it stays on the surface of the bath melt – up to you!

Leave to set until they are firm and opaque – you can speed the process up by placing them in the fridge if you wish.

Chocolate Bath Salt



  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • 1 cup sea salt, rock salt or coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon glycerin
  • chocolate fragrance oil

Best to do this on a dry day or in a dry room, to avoid clumping. Combine salts in a large glass bowl and mix well. Add the glycerin and 4-5 drops of oil and mix well. Store in an airtight glass jar. Makes 3 cups. Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup in each bath.

Lavender Bubble Bath




  • 1 Bottle of Natural Dishwashing Soap
  • ¼ Cup of Glycerine
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 10 Drop of Lavender Essential Oil
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Mix together all ingredients gently until sugar is dissolved.

Rose Water Lotion



  • 11.7 oz. distilled water
  • 4.8 oz. Rose Water
  • 2.7 oz. Sunflower Oil
  • 1.2 oz. Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 1.2 oz. BTMS-50
  • .2 oz. Sodium Lactate
  • .3 oz. Chamomile Extract
  • .9 oz. Glycerin
  • .4 oz. DL Panthenol
  • .2 oz Otiphen
  • Three 8 oz. Bottles with Pump Top

Best Homemade Soap Recipes

il_570xN.685267463_fzecThe first concrete evidence we have of soap-like substance is dated around 2800 BC., the first soap makers were Babylonians, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans. All of them made soap by mixing fat, oils and salts. Soap wasn’t made and use for bathing and personal hygiene but was rather produced for cleaning cooking utensils or goods or was used for medicine purposes.

Soap making can be very simple or you can make it as complicated as you like. The beauty of making your own soap is that you can make it with the ingredients that you choose and the fragrances that you like. Most of soap recipes use ounces or grams and ingredients must be weighed to get good results.

Lavender Soap

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Materials for Making Lavender Soap:

  • Goats Milk Soap Base
  • Lavender Oil
  • Organic Lavender Flowers

To make three lavender soap bars you will need about 13 goat’s milk soap cubes.

  • Cut soap into cubes and place in a double boiler or microwave in 30 second intervals (I used a large pyrex measuring cup over a double boiler).
  • Melt soap over low-medium heat.
  • Once soap cubes turn liquid add a few drops of lavender extract, colorant, and lavender; stir well. The lavender will naturally float to the top as you can see in the picture above.
  • Pour into soap molds and allow to harden for at least one hour. Press mold to release soap.

And there you have it your own lavender soap bars!

Coffee Soap


Materials for Making Coffee Soap:

  • Coffee Essential Oil
  • 1 Cup Brewed Coffee
  • Coffee Beans


  • Cut melt and pour base into small cubes. ?Place in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. ?Mix base, heat for another 30 seconds.
  •  Once melted, add your cup of brewed coffee. ?The stronger the coffee, the better. ?Also add approximately 4 drops of coffee essential oil.

Note: This is the step where you would add other essential oils or colors if you wanted to get more creative.

  • Pour soap into tray.?This is also the point you would garnish with coffee beans. ?Some will float to the top, others will fall into the soap. Once cooled, they will have a fantastic texture.

Note: Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbling.

  • Let sit for 3 hours.
  • Put the product into a mitre box and cut with the soap cutter if you want the soap to be smaller.

Note: After letting soap sit for at least 3 hours, put the product in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. ?This will make the cutting easier.

Lemon Soap


Materials for Making Lemon Soap:

  • 1 1/2 cups Goats Milk Soap Base or Shea Butter Soap Base, cubed
  • 4-6 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • Dried Lemon zest of 3-4 lemons


  • Cut soap into cubes and microwave in 30 second intervals (I like to use a large Pyrex measuring cup to melt the soap in). This recipe makes 3 bars of soap and I used about 15 cubes of goat’s milk soap base.
  • Melt soap for about a minute. Add another 15-30 seconds if it’s not completely melted.
  • Once soap cubes have liquefied add a few drops of the lemon essential oil and the lemon zest; stir well.
  • Pour into soap molds and allow to harden for at least one hour. Press mold to release soap.

Now your lemon soap is ready to use!

Mint Soap

Materials for Making Mint Soap:

  • 4 ounces Avocado Oil
  • 24 ounces Coconut Oil
  • 28 ounces Olive Oil
  • 4 ounces Castor Oil
  • 2 ounces Mango Butter
  • 9.0 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 19 ounces mint infused water (mint tea)

To infuse the water, add handfuls of fresh (or dried) mint leaves to a jar and pour simmering hot water over them. When it’s cool enough to handle, move the jar to the refrigerator and allow it to steep for several more hours.

At trace add:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons French green clay
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peppermint essential oil

This recipe is sized to fit a homemade 5 lb wooden loaf mold. The inner dimensions are roughly: 16″ long x 3.75″ wide x 4.75″ tall.
Enjoy with your mint soap!

Honey Soap


Materials for Making Mint Soap:

  • 1 lb Castile soap
  • 1/4 lb honey
  • 1 oz glycerine
  • few drops of perfume of choice
  • 2 tablespoons fine oatmeal

Grate the soap and add enough water in the pot to melt the soap without burning it. Add the honey and the glycerine, the perfume – I like sandlewood with this soap – and the oatmeal. Mix altogether until soap is dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes and then pour into a deep wet container or soap moulds. When quite cold, cut into pieces and leave out until quite dry before storing.
This is a good soap recipe that makes the skin lovely and soft!

10 Most Beautiful Castles In The World

Today we prepared for you a selection of 10 most beautiful castles in the world. All of them were built in the days when there was no technology as we know it today. And still, these castles amaze us with their beauty, grandeur and original architectural design. Let’s take a look at these marvelous facilities.

Eltz Castle
German, Burg Eltz

Eltz Castle is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago.

Peles Castle
Sinaia, Walachia – Southern Romania


Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.

Segovia Castle
Alcazar of Segovia, Spain


Segovia Castle is a stone castle located in the old city of Segovia. Shaped like the bow of a ship and located on a rocky hill, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain. The Alcazar was originally built in the 12th century as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison and a military academy since then. The castle is one of the inspirations for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.

Bodiam Castle


Bodiam castle is a 14th-century castle in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge.

Conwy Castle
Wales, United Kingdom

View of the castle with Thomas Telford's suspension bridge in the foreground Conwy Castle (Guidebook)

A medieval fortification on the north coast of Wales, built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales in the 13th century. The huge investment on this 8 towers castle makes it the most expensive of all castles made by Edward I and also the most prominent.

Kilkenny Castle


A castle in Kilkenny, Ireland built in 1195 by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways.

Miranda Castle


Also known as Noisy Castle, it is a 19th-century castle in the region of the Ardennes, Belgium. The castle was built in 1866.

Mont Saint Michel


A rocky tidal island in Normandy, located approximately 1 km off the coast. The island’s highest point is 92 meters (301 feet) above sea level. The population of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is only a few dozens, but visited by more than 3 million people each year. The strong tides in the area change quickly, and connect and disconnects the island from the mainland on a daily basis.

Neuschwanstein Castle


German for “New Swanstone Castle”, this castle is a 19th-century palace on a rugged hill in Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. More than 1.3 million people visit the castle annually.

Windsor Castle


A royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. More than five hundred people live and work in Windsor Castle.

5 Love Books Everyone Should Read

If I Stay

Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

What I Thought Was True


Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners to her island’s summer population. Gwen dreams of getting off the island, and a summer job working for one of the elderly residents might just be her ticket to the good life. But what will it mean for Gwen’s now life? Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to come to terms with what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—and figure out what really is.

The Kiss Of Deception


In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight―but she doesn’t―and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom―to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive―and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets―even as she finds herself falling in love. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles.

Happily Ever After


Meet Prince Maxon before he fell in love with America, and a girl named Amberly before she became queen. See the Selection through the eyes of a guard who watched his first love drift away and a girl who fell for a boy who wasn’t the prince. This gorgeous collection features four novellas from the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content.

Let The Sky Fall


Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is. Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Healthy Dinner Recipes

Salmon With Broccoli And Rice




1⁄4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1 cup long-grain white rice

1 head broccoli, chopped (stems discarded)

4 pieces skinless salmon fillet (1 1/4 pounds total)

1 large red onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

1 tablespoon olive oil

kosher salt and black pepper


Heat broiler.
In a bowl, combine the sugar and soy sauce; set aside.
Cook the rice according to the package directions, stirring in the broccoli during the last 3 minutes. Let stand off heat until the broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Meanwhile, place the salmon and onion on a rimmed baking sheet.
Drizzle with the oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Broil, spooning half the sugar and soy sauce glaze over the salmon during the last 2 minutes of cooking, until the salmon is opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes.
Serve the salmon and onion with the rice and the remaining glaze.

Garlic Shrimp With Asparagus





2 tablespoons olive oil

2 1⁄2 cups sliced asparagus

4 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper

1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1 1⁄2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons lemon juice


Heat oil in saute pan, add asparagus, garlic, and spices, cook for 5 minutes add shrimp, cook until shrimp turns pink.
stir in wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil, remove from heat and serve.

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry






1/3 cup soy sauce (if making gluten-free, be sure to use GF soy sauce)

1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)

3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. corn starch

2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper


1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin, cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. olive oil

8 ounces baby portobello or button mushrooms, halved

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, halved

3 cups chopped kale

2 green onions, thinly sliced



Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour marinade into a large bowl or ziplock bag, then add in the steak and gently toss to combine. Cover/seal and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.


Once steak has marinated, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving the marinade, and add to saute pan with garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove steak with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add mushrooms, kale, and reserved marinade to saute pan, and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the kale is wilted, the sauce has thickened, and the mushrooms have cooked, stirring regularly so that sauce does not burn. Add in the steak, and toss to combine.

Serve immediately over rice or quinoa, garnished with chopped green onions.

Orange-Ginger Carrot Soup





1 pound carrots

1 medium onion

6 garlic cloves

1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large orange

4 1/2 cups chicken stock, homemade or reduced-sodium canned broth

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 bunch cilantro or fresh parsley

1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt


Peel and thinly slice the carrots. Finely chop the onion. Peel and chop the garlic cloves. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile grate the orange to yield 2 teaspoon grated zest. Juice orange to yield 1/2 cup orange juice.

Add chicken stock, orange zest, and bay leaf to cooking vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender about 20 minutes.

In a food processor or blender, puree soup in batches until smooth; return to saucepan. Stir in orange juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Mince cilantro or parsley to yield 2 tablespoons. Garnish each soup bowl with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt and sprinkling of cilantro and serve.

Small Space Organizer Tips

Robins-Nest-Interior-Brevard-Tiny-House-CompanyA lot of things, but little space – unfortunately, we are often faced with these difficulties at home. Small rooms can be a huge problem, especially if the room is small. I think that the small kitchens are the trickiest. Did you know that although small, your kitchen can have it all? Space saving is very important element when choosing a kitchen. In the kitchen, there is no place to put the spices, in the bathroom shampoos fall from shelves and closet in the bedroom is already bursting from the amount of clothing. But there is a solution to this problem.

We brought to you ideas on how to save space in the apartment and make the space comfortable and practical. You don’t need a lot of space. What you need is a small space that is well organized.





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