Yesterday I had so much to be grateful for. It was Fathers’ Day and I was blessed to watch the two bear cubs spoil their amazing Dad with such pleasure and enthusiasm. I also enjoyed a Viber chat with my own Dad, (which for a change was very clear and without those weird delays) and also my step Dad, both chats left me feeling joyful and thankful.

I was able to harvest and dry some lavender from our wonderful bushes and then whip up a batch of lavender soap which I have wanted to do for ages (I’ll put some pics on instagram soon @mummabeardoes).

We also went on THE most incredible walk with Dadda Bears’ parents. Its spring time here and we saw beautiful orchids, three eagles, one we watched as it ate a small bird while eyeing us protectively. We drank from a fresh water stream, and as if it were a special little treat for me: a whale threw itself in the air and dived back under just at the exact moment that I look out to the ocean (my family – who didn’t see it, don’t believe me that this actually happened but I’ve put it in writing now, so it must be true!). I just kept saying to everyone, this is the best walk ever!!

Donkey Orchid Spider Orchid

Rewind to nearly four weeks ago. I texted a friend and asked her to play a Gratitude game with me, she agreed. The game involves texted each other every day with something that we are grateful for from the previous day, for example: Yesterday I was grateful for the rain that watered my garden. The only trick is that you must try not to repeat the same thing twice.

The law of attraction says that where your thoughts go your life follows. Our minds are muscles and when you actively work your ‘gratitude muscle’ you strengthen it. Your mind will keep looking for things to be grateful for because this is your dominant thought pattern.

The point of the Gratitude Game is simple – to feel good. However, in the last few days, I believe as a result of this exercise, I have felt incredibly abundant. I am so very grateful that I have so much to be grateful for.

Yesterday I opened a draw and pulled out a spoon and before I could catch myself I thought “I really like this spoon, I am so grateful for this spoon”. It’s just a plastic spoon, I use it for soaping, I bought it two years ago for $2… but it makes soaping easier and I like the feel of it. My mind was simply and subconsciously busy working to find things for me to be grateful for “How about that sunset? How good was that cheese? Did you notice that person’s warm smile?”

Feelings of gratitude create feelings of abundance.

I’ve had a few enquiries about the recipe I created for my Clay Facial Bar that I made a while ago and posted on instagram. I love this bar and am more than happy to share the recipe for the soapers out there. I’ve learnt so much from other soap bloggers so here is my chance to pay it forward.

However, this is not a ‘how to’ make soap, simply what went into it. If you are interested in learning to soap, check out Soap Queens Blog here. Beginners need to start at the beginning with a lye safety lesson and a basic batch and progress from there.

That said, here the recipe:-

 

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Mumma Bears Clay Facial Bars

Organic Coconut Oil    150g
Mango Butter              150g
Organic Olive Oil          450g
Sweet Almond Oil        250g

Lye                         127g (this is 10% discount to add extra moisturising)
Liquid                     330g (I used organic cow’s milk)

Essential Oil:- Tea Tree, Lavender and Grapefruit –
follow your nose with the quantities (sorry I don’t measure) 🙂

Clays:- I split into three parts and added two  tablespoons of Kaolin Clay, Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal to each. I simply plopped it in alternate layers to create this look.

This fills a standard 10 inch soap mould.
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Cure for minium 6 weeks but the longer the better, it’s a very gentle soft bar.

I plan to make another batch of this soon but with additional Vitamin E oil, so if you would like one of my bars, I’m happy to take orders!

I am so grateful to be able to share my thoughts and creations with you.

Big Bear Hugs to you my friend xx