DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Bath Bombs

Happy Friday!! I hope you’ve had a great week so far.  I’m not sure about you guys, but I’m seriously looking forward to the weekend! We have plans to finish up some small projects around the house that I just can’t wait for.  What are your weekend plans?-and if you say lounging around in PJ’s all day….I’m super jealous!! But if that is the case, and your feeling you want to take on a DIY, I got you covered ;).

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I have been working on perfecting this DIY Citrus Bath Bomb recipe for longer than I would like to admit.. LOL. But the good news is it’s finally perfect!

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I’m a huge addict to the Lush Bath Bombs and love how they are 1) Super Fizzy, and 2) Usually have a small surprise inside.  I’ve made bath bombs in the past and although they were super moisturizing and smelled great, they never fizzed as much as I would have liked.  So now, it’s recipe 2.0 (really like recipe 3241234242).  I replaced the usual moisturizing ingredient in bath bombs of castor oil with coconut oil.  I find it to be much more moisturizing, however, you can use any type of oil you see fit! Ex. Avacado Oil, Almond Oil, etc.

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For this recipe, I used this Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil as well as some Dehydrated Lemons for decoration.  To Dehydrate the lemons, I placed thinly sliced lemons on a baking sheet with parchment paper at 170 degrees for two hours then flipped them over and baked for another 2 hours.  If you don’t wish to have a citrus bath bomb, totally feel free to swap out your essential oil scents! I’m thinking the next batch I make myself will actually be a Jasmine scent. To get the round bath bomb shape, I used clear plastic Christmas ornaments.  However, you could really use any type of mold you would like!

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Below you will find the recipe for these super cute DIY Citrus Bath Bombs!

PS: If you wanted to gift our bath bombs, Take a small square of parchment paper and wrap it around your bath bomb.  Then, take some twine or whichever string you prefer and wrap it around like you would a gift.  I like using parchment paper because it can withstand oil stains from the bath bomb vs. kraft paper.

I would love to what bath bombs you create! Be sure to shoot me a tag or a comment below 🙂

Have a great Weekend!


DIY Bath Bombs

Servings 5 Bath Bombs


  • 1 1/2 cups Baking Soda
  • 3/4 cup Citric Acid
  • 3/4 cup Corn Starch
  • 3/4 cup Epsom Salt
  • 13 tspn Coconut Oil Liquid Form
  • 1 tspn Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 1.5 tbsn Water
  • 3-4 drops Food Colouring Any Colour


  1. Mix together epson salt, baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch in a large bowl.  

  2. Slowly add the coconut oil, essential oil, and food colouring to the dry mixture. This has to be done slowly so the baking soda does not start to bubble.  

  3. Once the above is mixed, slowly add your water. Add small amounts at a time, mixing with your hands during the breaks. The mixture is ready once you can form it without it falling apart. 

  4. Once mixed, add the ingredients to your bath bomb forms. For these bath bombs, I used clear plastic Christmas ornaments but you can really use anything you would like! 

  5. Let dry overnight. Once dry, you can remove them from their forms and use however you would like :). I individually wrapped these for gifts by taking a small square of parchment paper and tieing together with twine.

Recipe Notes

You can use any food colouring colour you wish.  For this recipe, I used 5 drops of red food colouring.  You can add more or less just depending on how intense you would like the colour.


Be sure to add wet ingredients slowly to prevent activating the baking soda.  However, do not be alarmed with some minor fizzing! 🙂

DIY Candy Grams

DIY Candy Grams

It’s officially February!! Can you feel the love in the air 😍😍 LOL.  For real though, we know why we all love this holiday, CANDY! So you can guess that that’s what this DIY includes today.  I wanted to take the idea of the candy gram and run wild with it.  Who doesn’t like to receive surprise sweets any day of the year! At first I was thinking to put a helium heart-shaped balloon inside, but unfortunately, you cannot add helium to a 6-inch balloon.  So plan B, an adorable paper spring :). I mean, if you really wanted to, you could put this DIY on steroids, use a large box, large helium heart balloon, and tons of full-size candy and boxes of chocolate inside.  It would be pretty insane 😎. Omg if you do that, please. Send. Pictures!!!!

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Okay, let’s get started.  Supplies you will need for this DIY are:

  1. You want to start off by making your paper spring for the balloon.  To do this, cut your cardstock into 6 strips lengthwise. Once you have your strips, attach two of them together at the corners to form an “L” with a glue gun.  Next, fold the strips of paper over each other, alternating between the strips.   I know right now you might be like,😐 I know I am!😂  Which is why I found this video for you to help show what I mean: How to Make a Paper Spring
  2. When making your spring, you want to make it so that once it is in the box compacted all the way, and your balloon is attached, the balloon sticks out of the box about an inch or two (image shown below).  This way, the balloon has pressure towards the lid of the box and when someone goes to open it, it will be sure to jump out. To make your spring longer, continue to add strips of paper to the ends of the existing pieces with your glue gun.balloon candy gram-15
  3. Once your spring is finished, add a dollop of hot glue and attach it to the bottom of the box, in the middle.balloon candy gram-4
  4. After attaching the spring to the box, add another dollop of glue to the top of the spring for the balloon.  Press the end of the balloon onto the spring, being careful to not get hot glue on the inflated portion. balloon candy gram-5
  5. Once you attach the balloon and the glue has dried, you can now add the candy!  When you are filling the box with candy, do not let the candy sit higher than the spring in your box.  This way, it doesn’t interfere with the balloon.balloon candy gram-6balloon candy gram-10balloon candy gram-11balloon candy gram-13

That’s it! This super fun and easy DIY is a great gift for your Valentine, friends, neighbours, coworkers, ..the list goes on! How fun would it be to receive a surprise like this!  I hope you guys have fun creating and giving this DIY.  Keep me posted on your Valentine’s Day DIY in the comments below or by using the hashtag #ohsomonaDIY.


At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

Happy 2018 Friends! I hope you all had a great holiday season:).  I can’t believe the new year is here! It’s been crazy over here this past month (understatement) with work, home renos, holiday get-togethers, and oh yeah, a baby to take care of!  All I’m saying is thank goodness online shopping exists!


Honestly, the internet has been my best friend since having Amel.  I’m finding more and more that every minute of the day counts, which is why I have been doing as much as I can from the comfort of my own home. Paying bills, Holiday shopping, and Grocery shopping (this one especially)!

Recently, I discovered an AT HOME teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant that I am just in love with.  I had been meaning to whiten my teeth in time for all of the holiday parties and events, but getting out to see my dentist was a mission. So when I found out I could order a kit online, do my own teeth impressions at home, and then send them in for custom whitening trays, I was like “where do I sign up?!”.  It was so great.  I did my impressions the night I received my kit.  At first, I was worried I would mess it up somehow, but the kit was super easy! In case I did mess it up somehow though, there was backup ;).

After I finished my impressions I sent them back in the prepaid envelope. My custom trays came soon after and you bet I started immediately! LOL.

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To whiten was simple. Run a thin bead of whitening paste from the syringe along the front of the tray, put the tray over your teeth, then go about your day.  You can whiten anywhere from 45 min to 3 hours.  I usually left my trays in for about an hour and a half while I did other errands around the house and played with Amel :P.  Getting what I needed to be done was another reason why I loved Smile Brilliant.  Anything I could get done while whitening, made me a multitasking queen in my books!


Another feature of the whitening kit was Smile Brilliant’s Desensitizing gel. I was calling this stuff liquid gold while I was whitening.  My teeth are super sensitive which made me nervous to start whitening.  However, this gel really helped to significantly minimize the sensitivity pain after each treatment.



All in all, my experience with Smile Brilliant was a great one:).  Besides having an awesome product, their customer service is also top notch.  Below you can see my results, before and after.


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Happy Tuesday everyone!! Hope you all had a nice weekend :).  How was your Black Friday shopping?!  I totally shopped Black Friday from home this year… but I don’t know, was it me, or were the sales this year just not that great? I was keeping my eye on some things we wanted to get for the kitchen… but of course, everything BUT what we needed was on sale! I did, however, have some good luck at Chapters Indigo! Oh my, I just found the most perfect gifts.  I’ll share them along with others later this week as ill be posting a few holiday gift guides!

Anywho, why don’t we jump right on into this post?  A couple nights before this style shoot, my girl Vicki messaged me about this new coffee spot she found, New Order Coffee.  All I have to say is “good eye girl!!” I mean how awesome is this place?! It is just gleaming with sunlight, loads of room, fun decor, and great coffee.  We walked in and ordered … to be exact… ” the most photogenic coffee you have! ” LOL. This was the smores latte. We also ordered the Crunch Berry Krispie, and just saying, is there anyone who wants to bring me ten right now?!?!  Oh my gosh it was so good, I’m kind of upset right now because I was full the day we shot, so I didn’t get to finish mine…. now I want it and I wish I didn’t leave a single morsel behind!  Grrr does anyone else ever do that?!? Don’t laugh at me if I am haha!

So let’s talk outfit.  I have always been a sucker for a denim skirt that checks off all the right criteria.  Softer fabric that moves, good wash, perfect length and shape.  I just love the way this one fits at the waist and flares out enough to be cute/casual. Ya I just made that up, but that’s how I feel about my skirt.  Cute Casual 😎.  Let me explain what I mean.  A full pencil skirt would just be uncomfortable to wear daily and a full flare would just be too much  (at least for me), to wear daily.  This is just in the middle. Cute Casual. Lol.



Well anyway, your going to semi not like me very much, but this skirt is no longer sold.  I got it at Joe Fresh Last year.  It was one of those things I bought but for whatever reason never wore.  Then one day I found it in my closet and had a closet epiphany.  I was like ” WHY DONT I EVER WEAR THIS?!?!?! ” So now, I’m wearing it 😂😎.

But dont you worry! I’ve linked a few others I have recently come across that I equally love, if not more. 🙂  (Linked at the end of this post).

This striped shirt is from H and M and I seriously have 3.  It’s like always wanting to have a fresh white tee, but for me, a striped tee.

This jacket. If you’re ever going to invest in a classic, do a well-fitted camel coat. This one is by Babaton from Aritzia. You can easily wear it casually day to day, or throw it over your shoulders with your evening look. I’ve linked a similar Babaton coat below.

Denim Skirt 1 / Denim Skirt 2 / Denim Skirt 3 / Striped Long Sleeve / Tights / Boots / Coat

I hope you guys enjoyed reading! If you get a chance to check out New Order Coffee, let me know!:)

Have a great week!


5 Podcasts for the Modern Girl Boss

5 Podcasts for the Modern Girl Boss

Being a new mom (for a lack of better words) has completely changed my life.  Of course for the better❤ ! But being an organized & planning super freak, this new lifestyle was something I could have never prepared for…even though I thought I was.  I remember all of the activities I was planning for post pregnancy, and all of the new goals I was setting for myself and my home.  I was absolutely certain I was going to do them all without any troubles or hesitation.  🙋🏻 Raise your hand if pre parenthood you said to yourself “I’ll never be late for an appointment because of my baby/kids”. Really, I didn’t foresee any troubles to be honest.  Oh was I in for a rude awakening.  I remember our first event since having Amel, we were ready to head out the door on time, until we had a diaper explosion! Haha annnndd cue the late mommy.  Add this goal with the Rest of my goals to keep up with my work, start new projects and hobbies, and so much more.  I was feeling pretty lazy to be honest.  I couldn’t figure out what it was that I was doing wrong! Why did it feel like I couldn’t get anything done?!  Obviously being a new mommy is like two full time jobs all in itself.  But like I said, being so crazy busy before to suddenly taking ten years to tackle one item on my todo list was getting to me🤦🏻‍♀️.

I started to think about different ways I could multitask when Mike gave me the idea about podcasts.  I’ve known about them for years but never really listened to them.  Little did I know there was this whole little world in the podcasts section of iTunes and my mind was blown😱.  I started listening and realizing “hey, I could listen to these all day!”. Just like that, lazy feeling, gone.

Okay, not that easily, but it was definitely a start in the right direction.  Listening to these podcasts along with other methods of organization is what worked for me (we can talk about those other methods later 😉).  The greatest thing these podcasts helped me understand , along with the caring reminders from my loving friends and family, was that life is short. Cliché I know, but it’s true.  Listen to the ones in life that tell you this….their right!  That project you want to start,  the recipe you want to try, or the laundry you have to do will still be there!! No really, the laundry will still be there! So don’t sweat it.

The second thing I loved about these podcasts is how they made me feel like I was learning sooooo much!  Really I am!  It’s definitely filling that void of always keeping busy and having to be multitasking as much as possible.  I think being a true entrepreneur and girl boss is to constantly stay current and keep learning, and this is one step in the right direction 🙂 .

Okay, enough of the background story.  Let’s dive into it:

1200x630bbThe Simple Sophisticate

“The simple sophisticate is someone who prefers quality over quantity, sensible living over mindless consumption, personal style instead of trendy fashions, has an insatiable curiosity for life’s endless questions and a desire to live a truly fulfilling life rather than being led around by the nose.

Inspired by her lifestyle blog The Simply Luxurious Life, Shannon Ables (the original Simple Sophisticate) shares with listeners tips on how to live a refined life on an everyday income. From achieving your goals, preparing a memorable meal, creating a capsule wardrobe, traveling the world (Francophiles tune in as Paris is a favorite destination), and living life to the fullest without breaking the bank, living well is really quite simple.”

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“Say YES to the things that matter most to us and NO to the rest. It’s a great philosophy …but what does this look like in real life? Making time for our favorites—travel, creative work, loving our people, and good self-care—means saying no to the good and YES! to the great. Tsh Oxenreider chats with co-hosts Kendra Adachi, Stephanie Langford, Erin Loechner, and Haley Stewart about how to make this work in the day-to-day.”

downloadElise Gets Crafty

“small business knowledge & thoughts on goal-setting, motivation and creativity.”



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“PRIV Talks is a boss babe driven podcast brought to you from the hard working, wine loving girls of Privilege Clothing (@styleforthepriv). Ready to spill all the details on what it’s really like to work in the fashion industry, the PRIV Babes aren’t holding back when it comes to the ups and downs of building a brand in the digital age. Get ready to laugh, be inspired and relate to all chaos as they interview fellow boss babes and share their stories of success, struggle and all the behind-the-scenes reality that keeps it interesting…”

obK1pTiaBeing Boss

“Being boss is owning who you are and making things happen. Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon believe in building a business you love, making bank, and being unapologetically who you are 100% of the time. They have a combined experience and expertise in branding and coaching small online businesses to be more boss in work and life by focusing on “boss” mindsets, habits & routines, tools, tactics & strategies, blended with a little bit of hustle. And they interview other bosses such as Brene Brown, Marie Forleo, Ramit Sethi, Danielle LaPorte, Tara Gentile, and more!”

I hope you all enjoy listening to these podcasts as much as I do!  Let me know how you like them and if there are any you recommend think I give a listen to!


DIY Belle Sleeve Top

DIY Belle Sleeve Top

Hey all!  Today I am sharing a DIY that has been on my todo list for about 43984573 years … no joke.  Do you ever write something in your planner and you don’t get to it so you move it up to the next week.  Which is fine, but I moved this project up to the next week about a thousand times!!  So you can imagine my excitement now as I sit here, FINALLY sharing this project with you!! Lol!

The belle sleeve top has been a staple this year and will continue to be this coming fall and onwards.  Today I am showing you a super quick and easy tutorial on how to take a basic shirt and turn it into a beautiful belle sleeve.









I’ve linked all the details to the items in this outfit, or the like over here

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It is best to read all of the instructions prior to starting

  1. first you are going to want to get your fabric.  I was using a black shirt so I decided to use this dark grey and white print fabric.  You don’t necessarily have to go out and buy fabric.  You can also recycle an old item of clothing if that works too!
  2. Once you have the fabric you would like to use, cut a 2 large circles out of it, and then another in the middle of these circles.  To do this I just traced over a large mixing bowl and for the inner circle I traced over a cup.  My mixing bowl was 12 inches in diameter and the cup was 3.  If you don’t have access to a large round object, you can also tie a string to a piece of chalk at the desired length you would like.  Then hold the string down in the middle with your finger, then trace a circle using your other hand and the chalk.
  3. To determine the size of the circle is really up to you. A larger circle will equal to a large more dramatic belle sleeve.  Where a small circle will turn to be more of a frill like sleeve.  It is really up to you and your preference.
  4. Once you have cut out your circle, you will need to cut the circle within it.  If you notice, I placed my inner circle a little off centred of my large circle.  This will allow the sleeve to drape slightly longer in the back.  If you wish to have it even all the way around, place the inner circle directly in the middle.
  5. To figure out the size of your inner circle, measure the circumference of the sleeve opening of the top you will be attaching this to.  I used a cup to measure my inner circle.  It was slightly bigger than the opening of my shirt but that is okay and I will tell you why soon.

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6. If your shirt fabric or circle fabric as a lot of stretch to it, you will want to attach an iron on interfacing to it prior to sewing.  This way the fabric stays in place while             sewing it and it doesn’t go all wonky on you.

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7. Next is the fun part! To prep your sleeve for sewing.  Lay it flat and fold your circle in half, bringing it towards the sleeve like shown above.  I have my fabric inside out because I would like the print to peak from the inside of the sleeve instead of being so bold on the outside of the sleeve.

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8. Next, match the edges of the sleeve with the circle and pin into place.  If you have designed your circle to be off centre, be sure the longer side of the circle is pinned to the back of your sleeve.

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9. Start sewing the sleeve.  Make sure you are sewing with the sleeve inside out so when you are finished, your seams are hidden on the inside of the garment.  Start your stitching in the middle of the top of the sleeve, sewing until you reach the stitching of the original sleeve about half way through.

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10. Next, starting where you last began ( the middle of the top of the sleeve), sew the other half of the circle stopping at the same spot you previously ended the last stitch.

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11.  Remember when I said my inner circle opening was slightly larger than my sleeve opening?  This is why.  With the left over fabric (as shown below), press down evenly to make a pleat in the fabric (more pics below).

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12.  Once you have your pleat, finish by sewing across it, joining your stitches on either side and attaching the circle completely to the sleeve.  Then trim your remaining strings, repeat these steps for the other sleeve, and your done!!


I hope you all enjoyed this DIY and I can’t wait to see the designs you guys come up with!  Share them with me using the hashtag #ohsomonaDIY or in the comments below!  Stay tuned for more Fashion DIY projects! Also, a big thank you to Vicki Bartel for her amazing job capturing the images of the final outfit.


Embroidery Hack

Embroidery Hack

Hey everyone 🙂 so this post is about 2 weeks overdue (#momlife) lol. Sorry! I promise though you will love it! It’s an awesome and versatile DIY that makes for a nice little weekend project or even a fun project with the kiddos 😊.

I’ve been looking for fun artwork for the walls of playroom lately but I didn’t want to spend a fortune.  I want the room to be able to grow with Amel, her family, and her friends so I want to be able to change aspects of the room (like some of the artwork) to reflect this.   So while walking around the fabric store recently, I came across the embroidery hoops.  I thought “ooo wouldn’t be cool to do some embroidery?”  One problem, that would take me too long, aaannnd I’m not entirely sure I even know how…  Then I thought of this DIY 🙂  Instructions Below.

You will need:

  • Embroidery cloth
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Scissors
  • Thick paper or cardboard
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pencil
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue gun


  • Embroidery thread
  • Beads
  • Hand sewing needle

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  1.  Lay your hoop over one layer of the fabric and cut out a square about 2 inches around the hoop.
  2.  Separate the hoops by turning the screw knob at the top of the hoop.
  3.  Lay the cut piece of fabric over the inner circle of the hoop.

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4) Lay the outer circle of the hoop over top.  Do not worry about tightening the fabric until the circle is on completely.  The fabric will naturally tighten while you put the hoops together and you can also pull at the fabric’s sides once the loop is on (prior to tightening the knob at the top).

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5) Once the fabric is fitted around the hoop, tighten the screw at the top.  Be careful not to over tighten.

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6) Next, draw out your design.  I did a few plants and pineapples because let’s be honest, real world gardening and I do not mix. Lol.  But you can draw whatever you would like:)


7) Once you have finished sketching you can go ahead and paint!  I found mixing the paint with the tiniest bit of water helped to get nice smooth lines while drawing on the fabric.




Thats it!  Once it has dried