I finally did it. I made my own homemade body wash. I found this recipe on Pinterest. The recipe is for sweet orange body wash, which sounds great, but I didn’t have any sweet orange essential orange, so I changed the scent. I decided to make Lemongrass Mandarin. Several years back Bath and Body Works had lemongrass mandarin as a limited time scent. I thought it was amazing. At the time I was working as a security officer at a local mall, and would do regular walk-throughs at Bath and Body Works, just to get a whiff. I still have some of their body spray, and will probably refill it with my own recipe once it’s gone. But I digress.
Lemongrass Mandarin Body Wash:
- 2/3 cup castille soap – I used Dr. Brommer’s unscented Baby-Mild castille soap
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons oil (jojoba, sweet almond) – I used sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E
- 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
- 25 drops of lemongrass oil
- 30 drops of mandarin oil
I used an empty foaming soap dispenser for my body wash because I really like my soap to foam, and mixed it right in the container. Once all the ingredients were in I stirred it really well with a spoon, and shook it up before I used it. It smelled heavenly, and I was able to use it with my loofah.
As you can see, the recipe doesn’t make very much, so if I decide I don’t like it I won’t be stuck with it for long. But my first use was wonderful. If I still like it this much when it’s time to make more, then I’ll double the recipe.
My tee ball team has been practicing for about 2 weeks now, and it has been a pretty fun experience. The kids and I are learning a lot. If you don’t remember, I volunteered to manage my son’s team with absolutely no experience. Thankfully, four of my parents have volunteered to coach, and three of them have done this before. However, on the first night of practice, (which was poorly attended as it was on a makeup day due to terrible weather on practice day), the only coach that was there, other than myself, was the other first time tee ball parent. I had been watching some videos on youtube about how to conduct a tee ball practice, and had decided to start out playing catch. The other coach and I split them into two groups of three and would throw the ball to one of the kids, who would try to catch it and then throw it back to me, and I would throw it to the next kid. This would have been a great idea if I had any throwing skill at all. None of the kids I was throwing to managed to catch the ball, usually because of my own lack of skill. I would either be too careful and not throw it far enough, or throw it too hard and it would go way over their heads. Thankfully, before my lack of skill became so apparent that even the five year olds started noticing it, another coach showed up and we moved the batting cage. While they waited their turn, I had them play hot potato with the ball so that they could get used to catching the ball. Unfortunately, the kids were so busy watching the kid that was batting that none of them paid enough attention to actually catch the ball, and I had to put a stop to it before someone ended up getting beamed in the face.
Since then practice has gotten better. Now all the practices start with the kids throwing the ball to each other, rather than me throwing it to them, and I’ve learned proper throwing techniques from watching the other coaches. Once all the kids arrive we do a mock game, so they get practice batting, running the bases, and catching and throwing the ball.
I’m proud to say that the girls on the team are some of my best players, and are even able to hold their own against last year’s returning players. The other players vary in their ability, and how well they play usually depends on their level of interest, which is to be expected at this age. One of my players, I’m convinced, is going to grow up to be a geologist. I’ve never seen a kid that likes the feel of dirt so much. I don’t mean that he plays in the dirt, all the kids do that, he actually likes the feel of the dirt. Not only does he dig in the dirt when he is supposed to be in the outfield, but he will slow down as he runs the bases to lean over and run his hands along the dirt, as if he is comparing the feel of the dirt in different areas of the field. It’s pretty hysterical.
We have our first game this Saturday and I’m both excited and nervous. It should be fun and entertaining. I look forward to telling you about it.