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Saint Louis

Last week we took a family trip to Saint Louis. I spent my teen years there and it was like going home. Went to my best friend’s wedding, got to see old friends and childhood haunts. It was a great time. Here are some pictures I took of the Arch. It was fun seeing my kids enjoy places I did as a kid.


Looking straight down from inside the top of the arch


Tug boats are awesome!


That’s a lot of stairs!


At the top!


Bridge over the Mississippi River


Saint Louis has a lot of really amazing old buildings that are abandoned. Fun photo ops for sure.

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Valentine’s Day Soap

We did some crafts today which was super fun. Here’s how we made some Valentine’s Day heart soaps.

(Cause there’s nothing more loving than handing your best friend a heart shaped soap and saying “I love you, now go take a shower!) 😉

What you need to get start: Glycerin soap blocks, a nice smelling bar of hard soap (we used some almond soap from the dollar store), food coloring (obviously it must be red since we are making hearts!), glitter, a grater, a bowl, and some sort of scent (we used cooking almond to flavor the glycerin since our hard soap was almond.)

Now you’re going to grate the hard soap bar. My handy dandy helper, Weasley did this step. His hands are getting big!

Finished! Let’s move on…

Put about 4-5 glycerin blocks into a bowl and microwave until liquid. The soap gets REALLY hot so be careful.

Next put some drops of food coloring in the liquid glycerin until it is as dark or light as you’d like, add your chosen scent, and sprinkle some glitter in it.

(There is a break in photos here as I was attempting to keep two small children from burning their fingers on the soap.)

Pour the glycerin mixture in the heart shaped muffin pan. Let stand until a thin crust forms on top then put a thin layer of the soap shavings on each heart. Then you are going to pour the remainder of the glycerin mixture over the soap shavings to seal them in. (Make sure the shavings are fully covered by the glycerin.)

Let the soap sit until fully cooled and hardened. (I put them in the snow to cool)

When they are cooled, pop them out of the muffin tin and look at your pretty, glittery, yummy smelling creations!