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DIY BATH BOMBS

Bath bombs can be expensive to buy.  These easy DIY bombs look and work just as well as the ones in the stores.  You can spend a day making them and then have plenty on hand to give away as gifts.  Once you get the hang of them, you can use any basic bath bomb recipe and change it up by adding SLSA (Sodium Lauryl Sulfacetate) for bubbles, switch up the oils for different scents, and use various sprinkles & trinkets for different looks.  It’s fun to experiment.

Below are samples of some of the bombs I made along with the recipes I used.  You can also find tons of ideas and recipe on Pinterest.  At the bottom of this post I’ll share links of all the supplies I purchased to make them.

 

CONFETTI BATH BOMBS

I used THIS RECIPE and tripled it to make 12 medium bath bombs.  Instead of coloring the Epsom salt, I used plain Epsom salt and added edible confetti sprinkles.

LEMON BATH BOMBS

Here is the recipe I used.

CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM BUBBLE BATH TRUFFLES

 Recipe here.

PEPPERMINT BATH BOMB FIZZIES

Recipe here.  The recipe only makes 3 bombs.  I tripled the recipe.

VAPORUB SHOWER BOMBS

Recipe here.  I found that these were not really strong enough to smell in the shower unless I used at least 3 cubes.  If I made them again, I would consider adding several drops of essential oils as well – maybe eucalyptus, tea tree, lemongrass, etc.

SUPPLIES

                               

 

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SHOP MY HOME & CLOSET

Did you know you can shop my home and closet right here on the blog?  All of the things I share here and in my Instagram Stories can be found under the “SHOP” tab above.  As we remodel our house, items we use in our home will be added to the home decor page by room.  If you’re looking for outfit ideas for an upcoming photo shoot, you can shop items from my favorite retailers.

 

If you are an Amazon Prime fan like I am, take a peak at my Amazon Boutique featuring all of my personal favorites I’ve found on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/christyBphotography

 

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER {MAY MEAL PLANNER} + KETO UPDATE

It’s been seven weeks since I began the Keto diet.  I am the world’s worst dieter.  I’m not the most adventurous eater, I am a sugar addict and I hate to exercise.  So, I didn’t have high hopes this time around, either.  I had thrown around the idea of the keto diet – a high fat, high protein, low carb, no sugar or processed foods diet – because who doesn’t like bacon, heavy cream and meat?  What sealed the deal is when my family jokingly said, “you’ll never stick to it”.  Game on!

I am now seven weeks in and still going strong.  It literally has been the easiest diet I’ve ever tried.  The no sugar thing really hasn’t been a big deal for me.  Over the weeks, I lost 17 pounds with no exercise; just counting my macros and eating keto friendly foods.  I have cheated twice.  On Easter I ate all keto foods for my meal but allowed myself a tiny sliver of dessert.  Then, last week for my daughter’s birthday, I celebrated with her by having a piece of garlic bread and a slice of the Oreo dessert.  Since last week, I had my first weight gain of 2 pounds bringing me back to 15 pounds lost.  I’m not discouraged.  Pair the cheat items with the exercise I started regularly (muscle weighs more than fat) and the fact that women gain weight right before that time of the month (sorry, TMI), I can understand why I gained a few pounds and I’m okay with that.  While the rapid weight loss has slowed down, I’m still continuing the exercise and keto eating.  I’m sticking to it.  And, because they said I wouldn’t, I’m more motivated than ever.

If you are interested in the keto diet, I suggest starting with the book “Simply Keto”.  It is very good at explaining exactly what keto entails, what are keto-friendly foods and is full of great recipes.

I’m continuing this month’s dinner ideas with keto meals.  While I promise, most every recipe I try is delicious, if you don’t want the high fat meals, you can simply use the dinner ideas below and create your own regular/lower fat versions.  If you do want to try keto meals, the items with a * in the meal calendar below include recipe links.  Happy eating!

 

A few notes:

NOTE 1:  The calendar below will change as the month change.  If you are viewing this post after April, just use the < > buttons to click back to April 2018.

NOTE 2:  Items marked with an (*) asterisk on the calendar below have recipe links you can refer to.  Simply click the item and a recipe link will pop up.

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WHAT’S IN MY CLOSET {SPRING TRANSITION}

I can’t believe it’s almost May and we are just now getting to wear spring transition outfits.  Bring on the warmth!  This outfit is perfect for the weather right now – not too warm, but just enough for the morning chill.  This combo also is a good example of a family or senior photo outfit that can give you several different looks in one by adding or taking away the jacket.  And, the bar bib necklace dresses it up just a touch for photos.

SHOP THE LOOK:

    

      

 

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BROOKE {FEATURED SENIOR}

Meet Brooke, a 2018 Christy B senior.  Brooke attends Holden High School and will be graduating in just a few short weeks!  She is a softball lover and will be continuing to play in college.  I first photographed her brother’s senior photos several years ago.  Being a typical guy, I squeezed out maybe an hour of photos with him.  Thankfully, Brooke was a more willing subject and it was so much fun capturing all of her senior images.  (Not that Andrew’s session wasn’t fun.  He was just a little less, shall we say, enthusiastic.)  As we take a look at some of my favs from her senior sessions, let’s learn a little more about Brooke.

Favorite classes and why:  Any history class

Favorite ice cream flavor:  cookie dough

Celebrity crush:  Johnny Depp

Favorite place to hang with your BFF:  the pool

Favorite movie:  A League of Their Own or anything Disney

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it:  Buy a ’67 Impala and go to Florida to watch my Florida Gators play

Dream career:  Special education / Secondary eduction

Movie you rushed right out to see:  Twilight

You can learn more interesting facts about Brooke and see more of her senior photos on Instagram (@christyBphotography).

It was an honor to be your senior photographer, Brooke!  Best of luck in all you do in the future!!

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DIY FLOWER PENS

I was needing some pens for my customers to use at the studio during their ordering sessions.  If you know me, you know I don’t like anything “ordinary”.  So, regular ball point pens wouldn’t work.  I gathered supplies I already had on hand and created, not only a pretty decoration for my desk, but also unique, memorable pens.

The process is super simple even for the most beginner of DIYers.  I photographed the steps if you would like to recreate these pretty flower pens.

ITEMS NEEDED:

Ball Point Pens  //  Floral Tape  //  Artificial Flowers  //  Wire Cutters  //  Hot Glue Gun

STEP 1:  Remove and discard both ends of a ball point pen.  You may need to use your wire cutters to help pry off the top end of the pen.  It’s okay if the end gets messed up a little from prying.  It will be covered up with floral tape.

STEP 2:  Using the artificial flowers of your choice, cut the flower head from the stem leaving about 1/4″ of stem.

STEP 3:  Using floral tape, wrap the tape around the pen until it’s completely covered.  Be sure to pull slightly as you wrap.  The stretching of the tape is what makes it stick to the pen.  If the tape accidentally breaks before you are done, it’s fine!  Just start where you left off.  You won’t be able to tell.

STEP 4:  Using a hot glue gun, put a dab of glue on the 1/4″ flower stem and fill the open end of the pen with a dot of glue.  Working quickly, press the flower into the open end of the pen.  (Excuse my alien hands.  It’s harder than you think to hold a pen and hot glue gun in one hand while you take a photo with the other hand.)

STEP 5:  Place your completed pens in a container.  I always clean and save my empty candle containers to reuse. This glass candle jar was perfect to hold my finished pens.  See?  Easy and cute!  And it literally cost me nothing because I had all of the supplies on hand.

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SPRING WEDGES {WHAT’S IN MY CLOSET}

With the start of spring, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect wedges.  Surprisingly, wedges are generally pretty comfortable to wear.  I like a good heel but not so high that I feel like I’m a middle aged women walking on stilts.  (In all honesty, I am a middle aged lady but I like to pretend I’m not.)  I decided to try several pair of wedges in various price ranges and see what I liked the best.  These were the finalists.  I’ve narrowed down my selection to 2 pair…I think.

Note:  Any of these options would be perfect for spring/summer senior or family photos.

When I started this blog post, I had it in my mind that I was going to settle on two of these options.  After trying them all on for this blog post, I don’t know if I want to take any of them back.  Ugh!  Why must we have to choose?

First we have this pair of blush or rose gold wedges.  The color is what first drew me to this option.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m all about anything blush this spring.  Even better than the color?  They are currently on sale for under $30.  They fit true to size.

You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of chestnut or cognac sandals.  These sandals are reasonably priced at $33 and do often go on sale.  They fit a bit large.  I would suggest sizing down at least a half size.

I fell in love with these wedges because of the cute ruffle.  They come in four pretty color and are very comfortable.  They run true to size and a regularly priced at just under $60 but you can often find sales or discounts for them.

I was specifically looking for a pair of black wedges and these are awesome.  Very comfortable, not too tall and true to size.  These definitely found a new home in my closet.

SHOP:

        

 

Here are some others I think are cute, too.  I gotta keep it real, though.  How many wedge sandals does an old lady need?

        

 

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER {APRIL MEAL PLANNER}

This month’s meal plan may look a little different than previous months.  Generally, I would pick recipes based on how good they looked, not necessarily for how healthy they were.  For the last three weeks, I have been on the keto diet.  Now I plan meals based on how good they look, if they are keto-friendly and if the rest of my family would eat some form of it.  The meals we’ve tried so far have actually been really good and the family has approved of most of it.  Whether you are on the keto diet or not, this month’s menu is still packed full of yummy recipes and can be used to spur regular dinner ideas for your family.

If you are interested in the keto diet, I suggest you consider purchasing the book “Simply Keto”.  It is very good at explaining exactly what keto entails, keto-friendly foods and is full of great recipes.

Some of the whole family’s favorite recipes have been:

Grilled Chicken & Bacon Ranch Kabobs

Keto Hamburgers with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Breaded Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard

Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Chicken


A few notes:

NOTE 1:  The calendar below will change as the month change.  If you are viewing this post after April, just use the < > buttons to click back to April 2018.

NOTE 2:  Items marked with an (*) asterisk on the calendar below have recipe links you can refer to.  Simply click the item and a recipe link will pop up.

NOTE 3:  For my Instant Pot friends, there are several Instant Pot friendly recipes marked with “(Instant Pot)”.

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