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.


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

Strawberry Themed Party

Strawberry Themed Party
Hey Everyone 🙂
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted a few pics of her daughter’s 5th birthday party.  I seriously cannot stop looking at the photos…and also wishing I was 5 lol.  She did such an amazing job putting it all together, from the homemade cakes to the cute strawberry basket favours.  For anyone who may be planning a little one’s birthday party soon (or even something for us adults 😉  ) , she was kind enough to share all her inspiration and ideas with us.  All I’m thinking is how much I can’t wait until Amel is old enough for something like this!
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“I Love any opportunity to get creative! My daughter loves summer, strawberries, and picnics. I thought what better way to celebrate her birthday than to have her own little picnic. Unfortunately, Canadian spring is pretty unpredictable and we ended up with a freezing cold rainy day! We decided to bring the picnic in, and she couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out!”
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“For as long as I can remember my mom always baked our cakes, and I’m a big believer in passing on traditions.” The cake was inspired by this Strawberry Thyme Cake. The base was a lemon ricotta (which sounded absolutely delicious to me), however I wasn’t sure that the kids would feel the same. I really like the simple natural look of the cake, so I made my own vanilla cake and added a few spoons of strawberry jam to the buttercream. It tasted absolutely delicious!
For the rest of the dessert table, Saleme made some dipped strawberries, mini strawberry cheesecakes, fresh strawberry shortcake, some of those delicious white powdered mini donuts from the grocery store, and to top it off, strawberry mint infused water.

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For decor, Saleme was inspired by the floral fabric she had found at Fabricland.  She has a slight obsession with cake stands, so this is what contributed to such a dreamy table!  She purchased her cake stands over the years from Home Sense and Home Goods.
She also set up another small table with a hand lettered chalkboard to welcome her guests.  To accompany the chalkboard, she put out a jar of liquorice and a variety of strawberry flavoured candies. She then dressed it up with a few fresh strawberry plants that her and her family later planted in the backyard.

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For the kids table, Saleme included the old school Voortmans strawberry wafer cookies and of course, more candy!

Each child took home a strawberry basket filled with: a mini jam jar, strawberry lip smackersstrawberry hand sanitizer, strawberry bubble gum, and rock candy.

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The rest of Saleme’s party supplies (or some like), are listed below:

Photography via : Saleme Fayad Photography

I hope you guys enjoyed this adorable party post.  I still can’t get enough! Have a nice week!

-Mona 🙂

DIY Diaper Box Upcycle

DIY Diaper Box Upcycle

Hey Everyone!

This DIY is especially near and dear to my heart since I am such an organization freak! Im obsessed with boxes and containers for storage…especially the pretty ones 😉 .  Also, I think any creative person would agree with me when I say that I hate to part with things that I think could be used for something else down the road.  In this case… a really strong box and a whole lot of extra baby swaddles.  So without further ado, here is what you will need for this project:

  • a baby swaddle
  • a diaper box (however this is not mandatory…really you could use any size box you would like that has a full bottom and sides)
  • a hot glue gun
  • paint
  • scissors
  • rope
  • box tape

DIY Basket-3Start by reinforcing the bottom opening of the box with tape.  Then, remove the top opening flaps with scissors.

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Drape your swaddle blanket over the opening of the box and spread the swaddle to the corners of the box with your finger tips (as shown below).

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Next, run a line of hot glue around the top edges of the box.  Do this gradually while pressing down the swaddle as you glue.  Be sure to evenly gather the extra fabric around the box so that it is not all gathered in just one section.

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Once your finished, trim the excess swaddle fabric around the edges of the box.

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Now this is the fun part! Starting from the top corner of the box, hot glue the beginning of your rope.  Press firmly for about  7-10 seconds or until the glue dries enough that the rope will not fall off.  Continue to glue the rope around the box, making endless circles until you have reached the end.  When gluing, you do not need to do a continuous line of hot glue;  instead you can do a small dollop every 2-3 inches.

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Once you have finished gluing the rope around the box you are finished!  If you want to get the painted stripe at the bottom of the box, tape off the section of the box you would like painted.  Either using spray paint or a brush and paint, paint the bottom half of your box.

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There are so many ways you can decorate your new Upcycled Diaper Box.  Feel free to add different types of rope or other decorating materials like pom-poms.  I would love to see what you all come up with!  Comment below with any questions or comments and be sure to share pictures of your DIY Upcycled Diaper Box using #ohsomonaDIY .

-Mona 🙂

DIY Coconut Rose Lip Scrub

DIY Coconut Rose Lip Scrub

With the winter weather still upon us, and the cold & flu going around, I figured I wasn’t the only one in desperate need of a good lip scrub!  I absolutely love this lip scrub.  The coconut oil is super moisturizing and healing.  Not to mention it takes just minutes to whip together.

Below is the recipe.  Let me know how you like it! 🙂


  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon rose water