Some people breeze through our lives and others come in and take up camp, even if that’s not their goal, so as part of a sponsored post with #CollectiveBias and their client, #AmericasTea, I created a bath bomb recipe for a friend that I know needs a mommy time out. I’m weird about friends. I like having a smallish, very close inner circle and a larger base of friends and acquaintances. It’s not that I feel any differently about that large atom body of friends than I do about the nucleus, it’s just that that nucleus keeps you going, lifts you up, and steers you where you want to go. The rest of them, they’re a ton of fun, I love them all, but that core base just keeps me going.
I love it when I meet women who are like me, women who love to be the counselor to people, women who love to solve problems, women whose mission in life is to love and nurture other people. It’s easy to relate to people when you feel the same way about things as they do. It’s those same people who you can turn to when you have nobody to talk to, or you need someone to smack you back to reality.
Those same women have a tendency to put others before themselves, often to a detriment. They give and give and give of themselves, with no thought to simple necessities that keep their bodies running and healthy. One of those women is Brandi from Mama Knows it All. She is the Senior Manager of Community Relations with Collective Bias. She works from home most of the time while also caring for her 5 year old little miss sassypants of a daughter. She is the person our entire community of bloggers turns to, to lift us up, keep us happy, and move us along. She gets so busy giving her time, knowledge, and love to others, that she forgets to take care of herself. You guys, she recently was so exhausted and dehydrated, that her husband came home to find her unresponsive. This is not OK.
I’ve done it before too. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in helping others and your own basic needs go by the wayside, but we just keep trudging forward, helping people to help them, even if it overdraws our bank accounts and nearly sends us to a mental institution. This isn’t a reflection on those people, it’s a reflection on our willingness to give everything we have until our love banks are overdrawn. People like Brandi? They need folks to take care of them too. They need people to place deposits back into their love banks, because at some point, they will run out of gas.
Don’t let this happen to someone you care about.
It is our job as friends to make sure that the very people who take care of us are also taken care of. I don’t have a whole lot of money just lying around to be able to whisk my friend away to a secluded island somewhere, but what I do have is time, ingenuity, and a lot of love & concern.
I knew that I was going to see Brandi at SoFabCon and I wanted to do something special for her, for doing so many special things for us, for me. Without spending a lot of time talking to her, she has often steered me right when I was thinking wrong, she has placed her trust in me and allowed me to shine by taking a step back and just letting me run, and she has just been such a light in my life since we met. I knew this Mama needed a reason to take a time out, so I created a little love bundle that I could give to her at SoFabCon.
I went to Walmart and picked up a few things for her including a cute tumbler so she’d have an easy way to drink water each morning, some Bigelow Tea to help her relax and feel good, some Epsom Salts for the bath bombs I planned to make for her, some cheesecloth for those bath bombs, and I made a leather bracelet for her that says “Choose Happiness”. Because sometimes we all need a reminder that it’s OK choose our own happiness.
Before I go any further, I have to tell you why Bigelow. Well, for a few simple reasons. 1. They’re an American, family owned company. I love supporting American made, and for Bigelow to be such a household name and family owned, I just feel like that’s impressive. 2. The tea is quality. I’m not worried about making a bath bomb that someone will be soaking their body in, because this stuff is quality and not manufactured somewhere with questionable practices. 3. Because it’s our household tea and I’m a brand loyal kinda gal, that’s why. So don’t let me down, use Bigelow. Your bath bomb recipient will thank you.
So I know some of you saw “Bath bombs” and probably got really excited. You think you know, but you have no idea. These aren’t the fizzing, bubbly bath bombs that you can find at that awesome, Lush specialty store. This is more of a tea bag for the bath, but I just can’t say that without giggling like a 14 year old boy, so I’m calling them Steeping Bath Bombs. Just roll with me, OK?
The purpose of this whole care package was to give Brandi a reason to take care of herself for once. I wanted to give her a reason to want to slip into a hot bath while sipping something relaxing and remembering that it’s OK to choose her own happiness over the happiness of others every once in a while.
She hasn’t sent me a selfie of herself bathing yet, so I’m not sure she’s used them, but epsom salts are great for relaxing tired, sore muscles, and green tea is fantastic at detoxing your body. The skin is the largest organ on your body, and it absorbs everything that it comes into contact with. I mean, everything that can fit in your pores anyways. You can’t really absorb the giraffe at the zoo, or your dining room table when you lean on it, can you? I thought that Bigelow’s green tea would be a nice, relaxing detox bath for Brandi to enjoy after, or shoot, during those super stressful days. I also got Bigelow’s spiced chai flavor, because not only does it taste phenomenal, it smells like a trip through an exotic spice market. I close my eyes, inhale, and it just takes me away. I thought that it would be a great scent for when Brandi needs a vacation of the mind.
OK, OK, now that you’re dreaming of your own tea bag bath, er, steeping bath bombs, here’s the recipe!