Homemade bath bombs

Beautiful, good, cheap and homemade. And what's more, it's child's play. Literally!
Homemade bath bombs

Ah the little, or big, bath bombs... I didn't know about these things, because I'm sensitive to smells and I always found that the commercial ones smelled too strong for me. But last year, for Mother's Day, my son, who was 5 at the time, brought me one as a gift from the daycare, which he had made himself! His educator had perfectly measured out the essential oils to make something nice, in my olfactory sense anyway!

When I put this in the bath you thing... It was the first time I had watched, with satisfaction, a bath bomb dissolve energetically in the water, releasing its cocktail of goodness for the skin and the soul. I was thrilled! Not only had I discovered a new pleasure, but I was learning at the same time that you can make them at home easily enough for a 5 year old to do. After testing a few recipes, I found a mix that works for me and it only takes a few ingredients that can easily be found at the grocery shop or drugstore... nothing specialized!

So, with Mother's Day just around the corner, I suggest you celebrate by making this bath bomb recipe with your kids. After all, you wouldn't be a mum without them! Keep a few for yourself, and give the others to the Moms in your life who are close to your heart.

Materials:

1 medium-sized bowl;

1 measuring cup;

1 small whisk;

1 spoon;

1 mould (this can be a muffin or ice cube mould. Silicone is good, but metal or plastic works too).

Note that the number of bath bombs you can make with this recipe will depend on the size of your pan. I make 8 of about 75g each with my silicone muffin tin.

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda;

1/2 cup Epsom salts;

1/2 cup cornstarch;

1/2 cup citric acid;

1 tbsp. warm water;

3 tbsp. sweet almond, grapeseed, avocado, jojoba, castor or other neutral vegetable oil. Olive oil works, but its colour and smell will add something special to the recipe;

20 drops of true lavender essential oil or other appropriate essential oil(s)*.

Optional: Dried lavender buds, rose petals or other flowers, or oatmeal... For decoration.

*WARNING: Essential oils may be harmful to babies, children, pregnant women or people with certain medical conditions or chronic diseases.

Okay, I don't want to scare you with this... But many people take the power of essential oils, which don't just smell good, lightly. It's important not to use just any essential oil without knowing its properties, contraindications and recommended dissolution ratios. I wanted to offer you a recipe that you could make with your little ones and that they could also use in the bath. True lavender is known to be safe for everyone, even small children, which is why I chose this essential oil for the bath bombs. Plus its relaxing and soothing properties are just right for bath time! If you don't like true lavender or don't have any, I asked my friend Natalie from Zone Nature to suggest some child-safe essential oils. She knows what she's talking about! Here are some of her suggestions, other than True Lavender, for use in a bath bomb that is safe for everyone, in the ratios used in this recipe:

Roman Chamomile

Frankincense

Rose Geranium

Sweet orange

Grapefruit

Patchouli

Fir

Finally, when in doubt or if you don't have any essential oils, you can use 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of vanilla or sweet clover extract to scent naturally and without any problems!

For adults only: eucalyptus, peppermint and spearmint are popular essential oils...

A more in-depth article on the use of essential oils would be interesting, no? To be continued!

Well, let's get on with the recipe!

Instructions:

Sprinkle a few dried flower buds or petals, if used, on the bottom of the mould compartments;

Mix all dry ingredients with a spoon in a medium bowl;

In a measuring cup, mix all liquid ingredients well with the whisk;

Pour a little of the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and quickly and thoroughly stir in with the whisk or spoon (only a small amount of liquid should be added at a time and stir well before adding more, otherwise the mixture will start to fizz. The result will be less beautiful and the effervescence in the bath water will be reduced);

Repeat step 3 until you have a mixture that holds its shape when you press it into your hands, a bit like wet sand;

Using a spoon, fill the mould, pressing the mixture firmly to compact it;

Allow the bombs to dry in the mould for 4 hours, remove from the mould, then allow to dry on a clean, dry surface for 20 hours.

You are now ready to run a nice bath!

 

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Post-pandemic consumer environment: 5 characteristics

This is also explained that this evolution is not only experienced by the consumer, but also has an impact on the environment in which the consumer lives: 

Characteristic 1: High speed
Although before the pandemic, there was constant change, today "the speed of change is much faster, we live in a world where we want everything now. Therefore, we must understand that we cannot make the customer wait.

Characteristic 2: Connection
Consumers spend more hours of the day connected, especially on their mobile phones, finding out everything that is happening in real time. There are no cinemas, leisure spaces have been reduced, so we are increasingly connected to the Internet. 

Characteristic 3: Abundance
There were already multiple alternatives for each of the product categories required by the customer and after COVID-19 many more emerged, so now, if a brand does not give the customer what he wants, when he wants it and how he wants it, he will go to the competition and if not, he will continue zapping until a brand gives him what he is looking for".

Feature 4: Experts
Expertise in the digital world was boosted, promoting reviews and storytelling of online experiences: "Millennials feel the need to share their experience on social networks to enjoy it or to make sure that no one makes a mistake and makes the mistake they made".

Characteristic 5: Awareness
Brands need to be aware that their customer cares more about what is going to happen tomorrow and this was reinforced by the unexpectedness of the global pandemic. They are now starting to care about a range of issues, understand the problems and are out protesting for change. This is something we haven't seen for a long time.

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How to study for an entrance exam?

Are you dying to get into the university of your dreams? Well then, the first step is to pass the entrance exam. This test is used to select the most suitable candidates to become students at that university. If you have already done your selection process and you already have the exam form in your hands, congratulations, you have already taken the first step!

Now, the next step is to prepare for the admission exam. It is not really difficult, but sometimes nerves and stress can play tricks on you, so we decided to create these lines in which you will learn how to study for an admission exam. Remember that it all depends on you, if you put in the effort, you can do it.

How to study for an entrance exam? Here is a step-by-step guide:

1. Plan ahead
The first and most important thing is that this is an exam that covers many subjects, so you will have to dedicate time to each one of them. Our suggestion is that you start by seeing how much time you have from the day you know the date of the entrance exam and make a plan, remember to be very honest and set real goals: how many days and hours a week you are willing to dedicate to study.

The best thing to do is to make a study schedule for your entrance exam, so it will be easier for you to see your progress and always have at least one week of "cushion" for anything that might happen. With all this in mind, it will be much easier to organise yourself.

2. From the most difficult to the simplest
As you read in the previous section, an entrance exam includes several subjects, a university entrance exam generally evaluates the following:


As you will have enough time to prepare yourself, our recommendation is that you consult the study guide (this should be provided by your university) and see which subjects are the most difficult for you and start going over them; for example: if your thing is not dates and historical movements, start there, as you will have time for your admission exam, you can go a little deeper into the topics, also consider this in your timetable so that you do not get out of control when you study.

Once you have more than mastered them, then move on to the ones that are easier for you, you won't have to stop so much because as you already know them, you'll just have to take a look at them, review them to remember the most important points and that's it! you'll be all set for your entrance exam.

3. Use study techniques
Do you realise that with these tips you are getting super well organised for your entrance exam? Well, remember that when you are studying for each one of them, a very important point is to have study techniques that will help you understand the knowledge of each subject in a better way.

For example, if mind mapping is more useful for Biology, that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be the same for Mathematics, maybe for that subject you should use flashcards. Remember that everyone learns differently, so the most important thing is that you yourself feel comfortable and realise that you are making progress and assimilating knowledge.

 

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Everything you need to know to get back on the road after COVID-19 

 

OK, travelling is our passion and, even with all the security measures in place, we can't wait to get back to it! However, we have to admit that between the so-called "new normality" and the limitations on international flights, our trips planned for this and next year... may have to be a little different. We'll help you make a mental map to start planning your next trip.

Plan and book now... for dates far away...

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The situation created by the arrival of COVID-19 has disrupted many people's holiday plans for 2020, and we have to be realistic with the current situation. However, we can try to adapt to it to make the most of it. For example, it is true that, when it comes to big trips, far-flung destinations, tours and cruises, it is probably best to postpone your travel dates until 2021, although there is nothing to stop you booking today and enjoying great deals and convenient cancellation conditions that will presumably disappear over time as everything returns to normal. One of these destinations could be Lapland, one of the most desirable, which you can book now and enjoy months from now. If you are planning your trip for distant dates but move fast when it comes to booking, COVID-19 may give you the opportunity to visit dream destinations in better conditions.

A very different case is that of trips to Spain and Portugal, nearby destinations that are easy to reach and pose very little uncertainty. Of course, now is the best time to make your reservations in these destinations, even for the next few months, so as not to leave your summer "blank".

So, think NOW and BOOK EARLY, for dates far away.

GAME with the cancellation and modification fees.
Due to the situation that has arisen, most tour operators have made their policies on changes and cancellations much, if not completely, more flexible. This means that they now allow you to make bookings that you can cancel up to the last few days before travel, or change travel dates at no additional cost, and in destinations where these policies used to be very demanding before COVID-19. Of course, it doesn't happen on every offer, but if you pay attention or trust us to help you find them, you could book your dream destination holiday today without taking any risk!

You have to be a blank page

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Without a doubt, the star recommendation to make the most of the unexpected situation created by COVID-19: be a blank page. Why? Because it has never been a better idea than now to let yourself be inspired by the offers and travel ideas that we will offer you, in the safest, most receptive and most economical destinations at any given moment. What if it was time to travel to destinations that you hadn't thought of in the short term, but that you also want, and that are beginning to open their doors and become available for booking? You may not have foreseen it, but this year, or next year, may be the ideal unexpected opportunity to discover a world... that you hadn't thought of yet.

And the blank page can start to fill up with thousands of ideas on Spanish territory, or Portuguese territory, i.e. nearby, simple destinations, full of richness and attractions, which you can reach with a simple car journey, for example. In addition, domestic routes will be among the first air routes that we can expect to be reopened soon, bringing us even closer to nearby destinations where we can enjoy ourselves to the full. Perhaps this is the best time to investigate and be seduced by the best destinations in our country: beach destinations that you have not yet visited, nature in natural parks whose names you have pronounced many times but which you have not yet been to, gastronomic routes to travel by car and enjoy the best of each place, etc.

There are even those who these days are taking the blank page in the most transcendental or spiritual sense of the term: what if this were the occasion to reinvent my travelling self? And the fact is that, in the face of the desire of many to enter the so-called "new normal" as soon as possible, there are those who are considering taking advantage of the occasion and bifurcating their lives towards a new phase full of "new things", a "new me", which can begin to take shape by choosing unexpected destinations, or new ways of travelling, which they would not have even thought of before. "Once in a lifetime", once in a lifetime, some say these days, signalling that perhaps we will never have a better time to reinvent ourselves, to choose new ways of travelling, destinations that we didn't even think we could discover or that we said were not for us, without limits! Does it seem like a chimera in times of COVID-19? What if it was precisely the other way around and this was the best possible time thanks to COVID-19? Your blank page!

Make your travel plan B

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For troubled times, liquid responses! Some call it resilience, although in the world of travel it could very well be called... having a plan B. Yes, because it is not a bad idea to recognise that COVID-19 has brought us a certain amount of uncertainty that can put an end to our dream trips due to outbreaks or health security limitations and impositions that make our trips difficult or impossible. And at the last minute. In order not to be left with nothing, and even less so after having gone through a confinement (another way of saying "nothing"), and not having too many "swims" together, it might not be a bad idea to come up with a Plan B for travel that is easier to make a reality. Just in case. For example, car trips to nearby destinations, routes linking cities full of attractions or simple stays to enjoy the beach with little more than a hotel and car reservation. Just relaxing in a nice place... can also be a dream trip!

 

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Shoe business, how to start a shoe shop 2022

 

To set up a shoe business, it is necessary to have a business vision with a good grounding in the world of fashion. A business that sells shoes or any clothing must keep a watchful eye on the trends that may emerge throughout the year and thus, in the different seasons and seasons. It is not a simple matter to manage; many artists and designers dedicate their lives to creating and manufacturing a product that is cosmetically desirable. But what you have to look for is to maintain and stand out from the competition by selling a quality product and attracting customers.

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Let's see what aspects and steps we need to know to get started:

Public of a Shoe Store 
One of the first steps to start a business, in this case the manufacture and sale of shoes, is to be clear about the sector to which the product you want to sell belongs. The shoe industry (and the textile industry in general) covers a huge number of design specialities; there can be sportswear, special garments for medical conditions, up to exclusive high-end clothing and footwear. The entrepreneur looking to set up a shoe store must choose to sell the categories of shoes according to the customers he or she wishes to attract, based on their particular preferences. There is a market for orthopaedic shoes, sports shoes, designer sandals and even children's shoes; but the most profitable type of shoe store is the women's only store, so we can focus on this type of market.

Staffing and manufacturing

The shoe manufacturing process can be time-consuming if we take into account that we start with the design, the materialisation and the final details. For this, it will be necessary to have personnel with knowledge in the area of products and handling of the machines to make our product known. Try to keep up to date with trends and new styles, so that you are not left behind in the fashion of women's footwear or your chosen area.

Develop a business plan
Now that the type of shoe store is decided, the next step is to start developing a business plan that will give the store a solid foundation and focus for your entire business and process. The basics of the shop's public policy, competitor analysis, material and equipment needed for manufacturing and it is good to plan a budget for about 3 years with subject expenditure figures. Among the main materials you will need are:

-Fabrics, soles, laces, zips.

Heel nailing machines, stamping machines, boot bell machine, machine consumables, - Chairs and work tables, -Working tables and chairs, -Working tables, -Working chairs, -Working tables, -Working tables

-Chairs and work tables, packing material for orders, decoration of the place, shelves, displays, shelves for footwear.

Then, we will have to get the legal permissions corresponding to the type of sale, i.e. tax issues, possibilities of commercial premises and the necessary sales permits, as well as the registration of the business in the corresponding entity in your city. Remember that the procedures and costs may vary depending on the regulations that apply to you.

When starting a business, it is good to get help from experts in the field, so that no detail is overlooked. And of course, don't forget to set out in the business plan your objectives and all kinds of tangible and non-tangible aspects for the best way to produce and sell the shoe shop.

Building business relationships and outreach

The next step is to build the shop's relationships with the public and the material suppliers for the manufacture of the shoes. Trade accounts have to be opened with the different material suppliers and sales estimates have to be calculated. Then, we can extend the business with a brand; advertising campaigns can be created, inter-commercial relations with other shops and even contracts to sell our product wholesale when we achieve a higher volume production level. It is important to work a lot in the area of relationships, especially if you run a shop selling products related to fashions and trends. It is a market with a lot of competition and the help of more experienced people with contacts in the area can help you to grow your business.

 

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Smart travel tips to save time and money

 

When you think of a trip, no matter what the destination, what you want is to have a great time, stay in a good hotel and, what's more, be cheap.

Achieving a perfect combination of these three elements is not easy, unless we "fish" for a travel offer, it is very difficult to get the three "B's": good, nice and cheap.

Due to the above, here are some tips for you to be able to holiday in a smart way, that is to say, that you can optimise and get the most out of your time, your money and not sacrifice the comfort you are looking for:

1.- Travel in low season

Travelling when most people work has its benefits. Flight tickets and accommodation are cheaper as well as the attractions you want to visit. This option does not apply to all places, as some, such as Paris, are among the most visited all year round.

2.- The hotel that suits you.

This is perhaps one of the most important points to consider during your trip. You don't always have to look for the cheapest option. It's all a matter of investing a little time, calling, quoting and seeing which one is the best.  Make sure your choice has a good location and preferably has breakfast and WiFi included.

3.- Choose local products

When we talk about these products we are referring to dishes, handicrafts, clothes and everything made in the place you are visiting. In the end you will support the community you visit and pay less tax than if you buy something imported.

4.- Travel light

It is best to travel with only one suitcase or backpack (unless you are visiting a place for more than 6 days). Factors to consider when choosing to travel light are:

-Weight allowed by the airline, plus travelling with a "carry-on" bag will economise your ticket.
-If you are travelling in a group and in a car, you will need to find space to accommodate it.
- If you have to walk somewhere, consider carrying your luggage to your next destination.
-Consider carrying only one suitcase if you decide to do your laundry on site.

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5.- Take advantage of wireless internet

Save your data by using the internet at your hotel, a park, restaurant or cafe where you're staying. Use it when necessary and if you are travelling to a country, consider the different data packages that phone companies offer, but be aware that they are expensive.

6.- Research and plan

The best investment you can make during a trip is time, and when we mean time, we are talking about sitting down and researching what will benefit you the most for each trip or place you want to visit.  The more you know about the destination, the more you will be able to enjoy it when you are there.

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7.- Look for the best discounts

Many attractions, restaurants and even hotels have promotions and discounts. Use them in case they are useful. Most museums offer one free admission day per month and all of them have special discounts for students, senior citizens, etc. Visit the websites of the places you want to visit and find out more.

Many attractions and hotels also have better rates online so consider buying some tickets in advance and/or booking your room online.

 

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How to study for an exam? 

If you are one of those students who want to know how to study for an exam and get results that are reflected in your grades, here you are going to know them.

How many times have you spent sleepless nights trying to study all the content of the subject, take the exam and hurriedly pass it or even fail it? This is not an effective technique of studying for an exam.

Studying is much easier than you think, it's all a matter of a little perseverance.
 So... How do I study for my exam?
Some techniques are very simple and very logical, but we will tell you why they are usually effective, now, we also want to clarify that none of them is magic and without putting enough effort you are going to get an outstanding grade in your exam, it is all a matter of effort, determination and a lot of discipline, that is the main key to any success in life.

But well, we're not going to make you dizzy, it's time to see it, take some notes and start applying them in your next exam, we assure you that they will give you the results you are expecting, here are the most effective techniques to study for an exam, check them out!

1. Use short periods with breaks vs. long periods of time.
Give yourself treats, some snacks between study days will keep you motivated.
If there is a lot of content to study and you say "in the next five hours I'm going to learn all this" you will automatically be conditioning your brain to a long day in which it will probably get tired and in the end you will not assimilate the information. On the other hand, if you use the technique to study for an exam in which, maybe it is five hours, but in short study days, the load on your brain will automatically lessen.

For example, you can take 50-minute mini study days and then take a 10-minute break and do something completely different to help you clear your head. It can even be a kind of "reward" for having done well, for example: eat a chocolate, watch a video on the computer, go for a walk, etc. It is a fact that with this, the load will lessen and you will feel much more motivated, try it, it works!

2. Zero distractions! One of the best techniques to study for an exam.
Bye to the computer, social networks and the mobile phone!
How many times have you said "I'm going to study, but first I look at my social networks for 10 minutes and then I start working" and then 20, 30 or even 1 hour goes by, sound familiar, then you have a serious problem with distractions. 

To study, you need your brain to get into concentration and this takes about 10 minutes of constant study time and when you distract it, it automatically takes another 10 minutes to get back to that state.

That's why you have to disconnect completely from everything: social networks, television, computer. It has been proven that someone who studies with these types of distractions tends to take four times longer than someone who is completely focused.

If you find it hard to separate yourself from your beloved mobile phone, there are some apps that also help you to do this: they block all applications so that you don't receive anything, in this link you can find the apps that every student should have. 

3. Music for concentration and relaxation
We know that we all like to do our homework and activities with a bit of music in the background, as it helps to liven up the moment. When studying, it can also be useful to listen to some music to relax; in addition to lowering the tension you accumulate, certain genres can help you increase your level of concentration.

But be careful, your favourite song of the moment may distract you more than it helps you focus. Here are some suggestions for classical music for studying.

4. Little by little is much better than "all at once".
There are thousands, millions of students who expect their brains to assimilate the information they have seen in a month, two months or an entire course in a few hours before a test, and this is humanly impossible.

The suggestion for studying for an exam is to do it little by little. Divide the content into reasonable lessons, study one part each day and you will see that this will pay off.

Think of it this way: if you already have under control all the content of the unit or whatever you have to study, one day before the exam you can do a review and that's it, you can even go for a walk before that important day or do whatever you want without feeling pressured or anxious.

 

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