Easy Goat’s Milk Soap

I have recently fallen in love with bar soaps.  The suds, the scents, the colors, plus the fact that they last so darn long make them the apple of my eye…my DIY eye, that is.  Did you know that many store bought bar soaps contain ingredients that can dry out your skin?  Here is a Do-It-Yourself version that is both moisturizing and exfoliating.  It uses goat’s milk soap base and the rest is up to you!  Customize your bar soap with exfoliants like oats, nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E oil and raw honey, and natural fragrances with essential oils.  Fair warning:  making soap this quickly and easily is addicting.  Don’t get mad at me if you find yourself hiding soap all over the place.


Lavender Oatmeal Bar Soap

32 oz. melt-and-pour goat’s milk soap base

3-4 Tablespoons dried lavender buds

3-4 Tablespoons raw honey

4-5 Tablespoons oats

20-30 drops lavender essential oil

Cut soap base into cubes and melt in a glass bowl in microwave, or use double broiler on the stovetop.  If using microwave, melt 1/3 of the soap base at a time and start with 30 second intervals, stirring in between intervals.  Add desired amounts of lavender buds, raw honey, and oats (you can blend the oats in a food processor to make them smaller, but I preferred larger whole oats for exfoliating).  Stir well.  Add essential oil and stir.  Pour into soap mold (individual bar mold or loaf mold) and allow to set up for several hours.  Carefully remove from mold, and cut into bars if using loaf mold. 


The possibilities are endless!  Add in some soap colorant or go natural, change up the fragrance (Citrus Sunrise is up next for me–geranium and bergamot), use additions like orange zest, pink Himalayan sea salt—be creative! These would be so cute wrapped up in craft paper and given as a gift.

Until next time, DIYers!


Half Crunchy Mama




I’m sorry…want a bath bomb?

Remember that time I started a blog, had so much fun writing a couple of posts, and then disappeared off the face of the earth?!

Yeah, sorry about that.  I have a million excuses, but none of them are good ones.  Can we still be friends?  Can I blame my kids?  Can we just move on?

Good 😉

I have missed this.  Not only do I enjoy writing, but I totally count this as adult conversation, and every SAHM needs adult conversation every once in a while, amiright?  I also feel like I have SO many good recipes and DIY tutorials to share with you!

Let’s start with one that you CANNOT screw up, unless you simply choose to ignore the simple instructions, like I did while making the first batch of these.  With Valentine’s Day coming in less than 24 hours, I think many of you might appreciate this recipe.  Last minute gift idea, anyone?

Bath bombs are so fun to make…if you enjoy the bubbling and fizzing of citric acid when you add water to it, making it impossible to get the consistency and timing right.  Then there’s the issue of molding the bath bomb into the most perfect sphere.  Maybe THAT’S why they cost approximately $85 at the boutiques.  They really are a labor of love, and everyone goes nuts over them!  Let’s give a gift with that wow factor, but dial down the frustration a little bit, shall we?  This recipe is fool-proof (I told you I did it, didn’t I?), takes about 5 minutes to prepare and the final product looks great when gifted.  This recipe is adapted from Rebooted Mom and I love so many of her recipes!


Lavender Bath Bombs

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid

1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil (liquid coconut oil)

5 drops red food coloring, soap dye, or coloring alternative (I used beet juice–it is a great natural alternative and gives a nice pink color!)

10 drops Lavender essential oil (I use Young Living essential oils, because I trust the company and love their mission)*

*not into Lavender?  Try another calming or uplifting essential oil like geranium, grapefruit, or a combo like rosemary and lemon!

Mix all ingredients together in a glass bowl.  Mixture will be crumbly in texture, but will mold and stick together in your hands.  Fill silicone mold with mixture.  Let dry for 24 hours and carefully remove from mold.

Troubleshooting Tip: Only add the exact shown measurements of the ingredients.  Your gut will be screaming at you to “add more coconut oil!” because the mixture will look dry.  Tell your gut to shut it.  Give it a cookie, maybe (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, if you must).  Adding too much coconut oil will give the mixture too much moisture, and your bath bombs will puff up faster than my eyeballs while watching Grey’s (Dang it, Kepner!).  Ask me how I know…batch #1 is now exclusively for my 3 year old.  She is thrilled.

I made mini heart-shaped bath bombs for my girls’ classes.  I could tell you this was done on purpose because they are little people who only need little bath bombs, but that would be a lie.  I failed to read the full descriptions on Amazon and ended up with itsy bitsy heart molds.  But you know what?  Those suckers are adorable!  Each batch made about 40 mini hearts, so I’m putting 6 hearts into a small mason jar for each kid.  The tags will read: “Valentine, you’re the BOMB!”…I know, I know.  I couldn’t help myself.  I hope you enjoy making these, and be sure to tell all your friends you spent hours making bath bombs!  I won’t tell a soul.


Half Crunchy Mama

10 signs you might be half crunchy

Am I alone here?  I can’t be the only one who is mostly committed to doing things naturally, to reducing my carbon footprint or whatevertheheck that is.  I can’t be the only person alive who has pondered a self-sufficient lifestyle while Pinteresting my life away on that fancy phone.  Please tell me you might be half crunchy, too!  Below, I’ve listed some behaviors that indicate a half crunchy lifestyle.  Don’t be ashamed!

  1. You recycle #allthethings (think Ziploc bags, people), but use disposable diapers.  Or, you cloth diaper your little baby booties, but who has time to rinse out and recycle that container of fresh squeezed orange juice?
  2. You make your own baby food.  While scarfing down Cheetos.
  3. Your flowers are all dead–why be a water waster?
  4. You have an addiction to essential oils and tiny glass containers, and a big, cardboard,willprobablyendupinadump box arrives at your door monthly (weekly? daily? I heart Amazon Prime) so you can make your own toxin-free stain remover.  Ugh, do you know how bad those store-bought cleaners are for the environment?
  5. Your yoga pants are actually used for yoga.  They are made of organic cotton and threads of pure spun gold, apparently.
  6. It pains you to walk by the styrofoam egg cartons at the grocery store.
  7. Coke? Why don’t you just offer me liver disease? Ugh.  Diet Cherry Limeade? You are too sweet, thank you!
  8. Backyard garden fresh veggies make you swell with pride.  They will go great with that mac & cheese dinner.  Whole grain, duh.
  9. Dry skin?  Coconut oil.  Headache?  Coconut oil.  Zombie apocalypse?  Coconut oil.
  10. You side-eye the sunscreen Alex’s mom tries to hand you at the pool party (hello, it is full of toxic chemicals, how can you put this on your angel baby?).  You then serve your sweet pea her second helping of pizza and cake.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, being half crunchy means you are one big ol’ oxymoron most of the time.  Maybe it means we are hypocrites to live this way, and maybe we are a work in progress.  Either way, we are pretty entertaining.


“What do you do [all day]?”

Sometimes I wonder what my college-aged self would think of me now.  She was going to live near the ocean, not near acres and acres of cow pastures.  She was going to search for new species of sea creatures, not for that always-missing pacifier (or set of car keys, or left shoe…but, I digress).  She might give me “that” look–that same look I have gotten time and time again when asked the question: “So, what do you do?”

I would probably give 20-year-old me a sweet smile as I explained, again, that I stay at home with my girls.  And as she processed this news, I would once again experience that fleeting moment of self-doubt.  This is usually the moment when I decide to either fill someone in on my daily duties (laundry, cleaning, cooking, designing for my little side business, and oh yes, mom stuff–playing, teaching, tickling, lulling, shushing, hugging, nursing, to name a few) as if trying to buff up my resumé, or just let them deal with my short answer.  My headed-for-the-coast self would probably think I have given up on my dreams.  She would be wrong.

I think dreams change shape all the time.  As it turns out, I am pretty darn good at this stuff.  I like to cook, to organize, to teach, to be creative, to nurture.   Where else could all these hobbies and skills be put to use?  What could be more rewarding than teaching my girls new things and watching their excitement?

I am in no way implying that I work harder than working moms (let’s go ahead and admit that I don’t), or that I am a better mom than others for spending so much time with my kids.  I believe what makes a good mom is a kid who feels safe and cherished.  This is just what I get to do for a short, short season, and I feel very lucky to be able to do it.

I love do-it-yourself projects.  I get giddy when making my own bug spray.  Homemade jam is my jam.  I buy #allthefabric and love to try out new patterns.  This blog probably won’t win any awards, and you probably won’t be inspired to change the world after reading it.  But hey, maybe I’ll share a recipe your family loves and maybe I can make you laugh every once in a while with a good baby poop story.  Then I’ll share my DIY stain remover recipe with you, just in case you have a good baby poop story of your own.


Half Crunchy Mama