Weeknight Project: Tub Teas

It’s almost Mother’s Day! And that means it’s time to whip up a special treat for the beautiful women in our lives. 
This is a quick and fun project that turns out so cute! A relaxing bath is a rare luxury in just about any household, and one that is sure to be savored. Encourage a moment’s peace with these sachets of relaxing herbs for the bath; they are affectionately termed Chamomile-Lavender Tub Teas.

Gather your supplies: Fabric scraps, thread, needle, scissors, parchment tea filters, ribbon, and herbs of your choice. I used chamomile & lavender for a relaxing blend. You could also use mint & lavender, dried lemon peel, dried rose petals, etc. to create your own blend. You should be able to buy these ingredients in the bulk department of a natural foods store.
Fill the tea filters with your herb mixture. Then, carefully fold the top down by pulling the two corners in to create a point. Then tuck the point under, and fold once more, like a tea bag top (keep one out for reference, if you need it!). Quickly hand-sew a long length of ribbon (long enough that it can be tied to the faucet of the bath and be in the water) in place at the top of this fold, securing the fold as well. 
Then, cut out hearts or use your pinking shears to cut little square fabric “tags.” I did some of both. I recommend using cloth as opposed to paper, since it might get wet. Sew this tag to the other end of the ribbon. Voila! 
Time to package them up! I used my favorite little waxed paper bags and washi tape to recreate another ‘tea bag’ feel for the outer packaging. 
I’ll send these along with a few spa goodies: luscious lip balm, cucumber makeup remover wipes, lotion, and a candle. {click the linked words for my suggestions!)
You could also make a tea-themed gift, with tea to drink, a cute tea infuser, and a good book. Why not throw in a Dayspring mug, too? I love Dayspring’s cheerful, encouraging mugs, and they are only $10! 
Make sure to include a note for mom that these teabags are to infuse a lovely, luxurious bath soak. 
Call your mom, pop a letter in the mail (now so you don’t forget!), or craft up a cute little weeknight project to lavish the love on moms! They deserve it.
xo

Snack

 A beautiful snack in a bit of beautiful light.
An orange in a wax paper bag taped with my favorite washi tape, and a sunny Apricot granola bar that tastes *exactly* like that pre-packaged super-sweet oatmeal I ate as a kid. *note that these are NOT certified gluten-free, but neither myself nor my friend have issues with them. I just wanted to make people aware!

It’s snack time at work!
 
 I thought I’d share a quick “spiritual snack”, too; a miniature devotion:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”
Luke 1:38

I am the Lord’s servant. But if I can’t hear what he is saying—nay, if I don’t LISTEN to what He is saying–how can I say, “May it be as you have said, for I am your servant”? It is so easy for us sometimes to put our hands over our ears and say, “La-la-la-la-la, I can’t hear you!”

I cup my ear to the door, I fervently search the Word, I petition and lay in anxious wait for answers. 

May my ears be listening–may my heart be hearing. May it be to me as You have said, and as You are saying. 
Yes, Lord, I am your servant. 

xo
Natalie

Workout Wednesday

Switching it up from a Work-to-Weekend Wednesday to a Workout Wednesday! I wanted to start showing you the outfits I wear for working out to encourage us both to get out there and work out! I also have a completely disproportionate amount of workout clothes to how often I work out (they are so fun, though!). I decided I NEED to start using them! So here’s {nearly identical pieces to} the outfit I wore for a walk/run over the weekend.
run/walk winter

$40 – altrec.com


$50 – nike.com


$18 – altrec.com


$90 – altrec.com


$36 – altrec.com


$17 – altrec.com


$15 – modcloth.com



My Version
Duofold Crew: Free at tag sale
Nike Pro Running Pants (fleece-lined!): Thrifted, $3
Smartwool Socks: $12
Running shoes: Nike, gift from parents
Vest: Columbia, ?
Strawberry Earbuds (yes, I actually own these!): Gift from bro
Fingerless gloves: Gift from Swap
Hat: Local boutique
ipod: Gift