Baby shower!

It's my friend Faith's baby shower this evening.

We got her a snake called Adam.
I don't know why.
My kids just liked it and wanted to get it for her.

I think because her son is called 'Adlai' and 'Adam' looks kind of similar?

The best part was that we had just bought this snake when we agreed to meet her in town for some juice. I hid the snake in a bag under Lila's pram and warned William that he mustn't talk about it in front of Miss Faith because it would spoil the surprise.

The thing is Elisha's speech has been improving in leaps and bounds, so we spent just over an hour with jabbering on about 'Adlai, snake!' whilst William and I desperately ignored her and tried to act natural!

Anyhow, wanting to get her something a bit more practical, I made her some diaper rash ointment.

Faith's starting out on the whole real-food-try-to-avoid-chemicals journey too, so a bottom butter without all the sulfates, parabens, silicone, formaldehyde and synthetic fragrances in should make her feel good about changing her new baby's diaper, plus it smells great.

I'll own that it's probably not the most aesthetically pleasing item she'll receive. Bentonite clay has a habit of making everything it touches looks like mud, but the good news is I tested it (repeatedly) on my hands and it doesn't leave any colour when rubbed in.

Plus it makes my hands soft and lovely.

If anyone else would like the recipe, here it is:

2/3 cup coconut oil (antifungal and soothing)
1/2cup bentonite clay (calms inflammation)
1/4 cup vitamin E oil (promotes collagen repair)
1/8 cup beeswax
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops chamomile essential oil
5 drops rose essential oil

You can leave out the essential oils, but they smell lovely and they have calming soothing properties. I'm hoping they'll make for a contented little baby who lets his mama rest.

Heat the beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler (or in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water) until melted.

Stir in the clay (be careful not to inhale).

Stir the essential oils into the vitamin E. Good oils are volatile and easily denatured/evaporated, so don't mix this into the clay/wax mixture just yet. You want the mixture to be cool, but still mixable, keep stirring it and checking with a finger until its not much above skin temperature.

Stir it all together and pour into a cute jar.

Rub any extra into your hands and smell them obsessively.


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