Our Boho Chic Baby Shower

Boho Chic Baby Shower heroIf I were to make an honest confession, the first time I heard the term “boho chic” a couple of years ago, I couldn’t really have definitively described it to you. I had the vibe down but the description was going to require a Pinterest board.  I think that’s kind of the point though too. It’s a term that’s descriptive of a life without boundaries, freedom from expectations, and the confines of traditionalism. It was the perfect theme for this little new life we were celebrating.

Boho Baby Shower Aunts

It was not long after making the exciting announcement about our tiny little human and selecting a shower date, that the aunts were in full on baby shower planning mode. They were amazing at every turn and took on the majority of planning efforts. All the parents-to-be needed to do was provide us with a guest list.  Sydney has never been a fan of traditional pink pastels and polka dots. We were given instructions to do whatever we liked as long as we primarily shyed away from pinks of every hue. Easy enough. There would be no blush & bashful (shameless Steel Magnolias reference) for this southern shower.

Boho Baby Shower baby Clothes

Instead we went with coral, a light sea blue and creamy white. We also knew we would be incorporating textures of wood, burlap, natural florals, succulents and berries. Much of the decor purchased we wanted to be suitable to be reused as nursery decor later.

Boho Baby Shower decor arrow

Boho Baby Shower flowers

We served a lovely buffet full of crackers and cheeses, fruit, fresh vegetables, chips and various dips. To drink we served a sangria like punch and water.

Boho Baby Shower food spread

Boho baby shower food and flowers

Boho Baby Shower Punch

These lovely lemon and almond cookies were made especially for this shower. Feathers, dream catchers, hearts, and little wishes for the baby delicately etched on each one. They were absolutely perfect.

Boho baby shower cookies

Boho Baby Shower cookies

The cake was one of my very favorite parts. We contacted a local cake decorator and told her what we were looking for. She was incredible to listen, ask questions about the parents, the theme and offer to add a few creative elements we hadn’t thought of but made it so special.

Boho Baby Shower Cake

As guests arrived, we had them place their gifts in the cutest tepee/tent to house the presents until it they were opened. It was adorable and I cannot wait to see little ones playing in the tent for years to come.

Boho Baby Shower gift tent

Boho Baby Shower TeePee

Another brilliant idea we had to make things easier for the expecting mom is an address card table. Before the guests left (or as they arrive) have a little table set up by the door and ask them to write their mailing address on the outside. At the end of the shower present those with note cards and stamps. It is a gift the mom to be with thank you for. It saves a ton of time locating addresses for thank you cards later on.

Boho Baby Shower Thank You card table

The best and most important part of all was that this new little family was celebrated and showered with love. It was a great treat to have everyone in our home and see how much fun everyone had!

Boho Baby Shower Gift Opening

DIY Deodorant– that really works!

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to my friend Heather at Happy Lane Soap Co. Today she is sharing with us an awesome DIY deodorant that really works! We have been making a switch to natural bath and beauty products for awhile but deodorant is one that I have been holding off on because …..well, lets face it, deodorant is one thing that NEEDS to be effective.

 DIY Deodorant– That Really Works!

DIY deodorant

The internet is filled to the brim with do it yourself deodorant recipes.  Many, many people are actively looking for healthy alternatives to chemical and aluminum laden commercial deodorants.  A few years ago, I was one of these people.  A friend shared a recipe she found for deodorant that worked, and since then I’ve shared the recipe with everyone and anyone who expresses even an inkling of interest in it.  I L-O-V-E this stuff.  At the risk of embarrassing myself, I have to say that it is more effective for me than any men’s deodorants found in the store.  I know… TMI, but I tell you this to stress that it really works!

With that said, allow me to share the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 C baking soda
  • 1/2 C organic, unrefined coconut oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

OPTIONAL: 5 drops lavender essential oil or skin safe essential oil of your choice

Directions:

 1) Add the coconut oil to a mixing bowl.

2) Add the baking soda to the oil.

3) Add the arrowroot powder to the mix.  Expect it to get all over everything.  It’s a small price to pay for natural deodorant.

4) Add the tea tree oil and any other skin safe oils you want.  A note about tea tree oil- tea tree oil is a holy grail of essential oils, but too much can cause skin irritation.  If you are unsure about tea tree oil, start with fewer drops.  Remember, you can always add more if you’d like later!

5) Using a fork, mix everything together until the ingredients are evenly distributed. The final product should be a whip-like concoction that is a little stiffer than the consistency of pudding.

DIY deodorant mix

6) Store in an air tight container. Eight ounce, wide mouth canning jars work very well!

7) Use your fingers to scoop out a very tiny amount (about half the size of a Tic-Tac), and apply to your underarms after your morning shower.

DIY deodorant jar

You may find that in the heat of summer, your deodorant liquefies.  Coconut oil has a very low melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit.  If this occurs, no worries!  Just stir it back up with your (clean) finger to redistribute the ingredients, and apply as usual.  Conversely, during the winter, you may find that it’s a little stiffer than you like.  Stir it with fork or your (clean) finger to loosen it as needed.  A batch typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on individual usage.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Heather generously shares this recipe with all who ask so feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and your real life friends. Although we know in today’s busy world, it’s hard for many people to find the time to make awesome things like this themselves.  If you are running short on time, Heather sells Reckless Arm-bandon deodorant on her website too! Check out www.bathehappy.com  & be sure to follow Happy Lane Soap Company on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with special sales and discounts!

reckless Arm-bandon deodorant

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