Yesterday we went to our favorite store, Whole Foods, to get some fruit for a daycare goodbye party. Today was the "party" and with all of the regulations at the daycare fresh fruit seems to be the best option. While there and walking by the body section it completely hit me that I forgot about teacher's gifts. How could I forget such a thing growing up in a family of teachers?
The body scrub that caught our eye reminded me of a body scrub I had made a while back and so I decided that I could do better than the asking $14.99 a pound. Salt is under $2 a pound so with a couple essential oils I decided to make my own. I tried to recreate the scent we all liked the best, but it didn't quite turn out the way I had hoped. While I was doing that I also started working on some candles.
These aren't just any candles. These were candles that I was going to make for Mother's Day. We bought all of the ingredients in April and a box of ingredients has been sitting on the floor of our kitchen since about then. I had literally everything ready to go and just never got around to doing it. I told Munchkie's Daddy that it was because I was supposed to wait until now for teacher's gifts. So with some sand from the beach just down the street, wax, ocean mist scent and Goodwill glasses, I made some candles.
I took them in this morning and just walking into the room I started crying. The daycare has done so much for us in the last 8 months. They taught Munchkie how to play with other kids and share. How to "use her words," and to "focus." She learned to wait her turn and be patient. She learned colors, and potty trained. She made friends and looked forward to every day there. They helped me be able to sleep and work without worry. I also was able to spend a few days completely by myself, which is something a working mother is never able to do. While most people look down on daycare, I am eternally grateful for all this daycare has been to us. The first of our goodbyes was an emotional one.
2 cups salt
1/4 cup safflower oil
several drops essential oil(s) of your choice
-Mix together until thoroughly mixed, but still powdery. Rub over body and wash off.