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Easy Steps to Self-Pampered Bliss // A Guest Post

Easy Steps to Self-Pampered Bliss // A Guest Post

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With the dog days of summer winding down, the luxury of laziness will soon be slipping from us as well. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean we must abandon all TLC efforts for ourselves. After all, we’re mothers, fathers, caregivers of all kind, and ADULTS. It’s no joke that #adultingishard. Before the sun sets on this season, clear an evening for yourself and follow along with these simple DIYs to bring yourself to pampered bliss. Give these a try separately or follow along in order for an at-home spa experience. 

Easy Steps to Self-Pampered Bliss – Guest Post by Erica McCready on THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

DIY Candle 

Easy DIY Candle – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Not only are candles the perfect gift, they’re also inexpensive and easy to make!

What You'll Need: 
Fragrance or Essential Oils
Canning Jar
Soy Wax
Candle Wick
Sauce Pan
Measuring Cup

Place one pound of soy wax into a measuring cup and place the cup in a sauce pan with roughly 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and allow wax to melt completely. While the wax is melting, place the wick in your container and wrap the end around a pencil, allowing it to rest on the edges. With the wax on the stove top, pour 1 oz of fragrance or 30-60 drops of essential oil into wax. Remove from heat and pour into container. Let set for approximately 24 hours before cutting the wick. Light and enjoy! 


Buy Yourself Flowers 

Pamper Yourself – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

This step is not a necessity, however, I highly recommend heading to the grocery store (you’re probably getting wine anyway) and picking up some inexpensive blooms. Nothing brightens a room like a fresh bouquet so, treat yourself!


DIY Rose Milk Bath 

DIY Rose Milk Bath – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Soaking in a nice, warm bath is the height of relaxation in my book. I’m so happy with a traditional bubble bath but every once in a while, you should really #treatyoself and try a new type of bubble bath. Enter the rose milk bath!

What You'll Need:
1½ cups of Powdered Milk
½ cup Epsom Salt
Dried Rose Petals
Rose Essential Oil 


DIY Detox Water

DIY Detox Water – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Nothing says trip-to-the-spa like delicious detox water! There are so many delicious options, all with their own health benefits. My favorite is an old classic for me: lemon and strawberries. It tastes like strawberry lemonade without the added sugar.

What You'll Need:
1 quart of Water
1 Sliced Lemon
½ cup Sliced Strawberries
Optional: 5-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for Added Benefits


DIY Milk and Honey Mask 

DIY Milk & Honey Mask – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

While soaking in the tub, give your face the TLC it deserves. This DIY mask is incredibly easy and most people already have these items in their kitchen.

What You'll Need:
1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
2 tbs Oatmeal
1 tbs Organic Honey
¼ Banana, Mashed 

Wash your face with your regular wash and remove all make up. Apply mask and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry. I follow up my weekly face masks with a night cream but that step is completely optional. 


At-Home Manicure

Pamper Yourself with an At-Home Manicure – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Skip the wait and price of a manicure at a salon and grab your favorite polish at home.

Pro Tip: Use coconut oil on your cuticles before trimming! It’ll soften your cuticles and hands and make for an even more beautiful manicure.



Erica is a New York transplant living in North Carolina. She loves to create and learn how to make new DIY projects, crafts, and all things relating to style. She is the mother of two rambunctious pups and to one human on the way. 

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