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One of my friends gave me heart shaped soaps that looked like the age-old candy conversation hearts. I thought it was adorable and found these instructions on how to do it too! This could be a really fun (and relatively cheap) way to make gifts with your kids for their class or even for family and friends (or the neighbors)! You simply put your homemade soap in cellophane bags tied with tags and throw a little glitter inside!

 

Makes: 16 heart shaped soap bars

Tools and Materials:

  • Nonstick 9-inch square pan
  • Heart-shape cookie cutter
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Glycerin soap
  • Bench scraper
  • Soap colorant or food coloring
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
  • Cutting board
  • Needle nose pliers
  • 1/8-inch metal letter stamps
  • Masking tape

How To:
Note: Use a 2-inch cookie cutter (1 inch high) and 2 1/2 pounds of glycerin soap-sold at crafts stores-to make 16 hearts.

1. Depending on your equipment, yields may vary. To determine how much glycerin you’ll need, fill pan with water to 1/4 inch below height of cookie cutter; pour water into measuring cup. Record amount; discard water.

2. Cut soap into small pieces with bench scraper; fill measuring cup. Microwave on medium heat until melted; stir. Add soap and heat until you’ve reached the water amount. Add colorant; stir. Pour liquid into pan. Spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

3. Let harden at room temperature, 2 hours. Freeze 10 minutes.

4. Turn upside down onto cutting board. Create soaps with cookie cutter; pull cutter out with pliers if it sticks. Tape stamps together to form words, and imprint on soap, applying light, even pressure.

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Sweet and adorable – two words to describe the Store Manager of Milk and Honey Kids children’s boutique, Barbara Ballard whom we interviewed this week for our “Premier Store Spotlight.” We couldn’t get enough of Barbara’s tips for the winter, especially with two store located in chilly Pennsylvania! From the Crayola factory to must-have winter items to her parenting tips – this store is worth visiting and worth reading about. Read below to find out more about Milk and Honey Kids stores.

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A sunny, sweet kiss between mom and child

A sunny, sweet kiss between mom and child

Apparently kissing lowers stress levels. The scientists of kissing recently met to discuss their findings at a session called, what else?: The Science of Kissing (this body of study has an interesting moniker of “philematology”). According to one scientist, more than 90% of all human societies kiss as a customary practice. That’s a lot of kissers! Kissing is said to build attachment, intimacy, long-term bonding and release chemicals that ease stress. To read the complete article, click here.

So, though this started as just an ode to Valentine’s Day, kissing your darlings…little, big, tall, short, young and young-at-heart, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day…might be good for your physical and mental well being. Smooches!

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Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

An adult kiss is when you eat the person’s lips without biting it.

– Miranda (age 4)

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