With Daylight Savings Time (if you’re in the US) behind us and spring just officially days away, I’m ready for some pampering. It’s been a long hard winter for us in the Northeast. We had a joke that the state of Connecticut was closed on Mondays because for the past two months we’ve had a Sunday storm that closed schools the next day and got a two-hour delay for Tuesday. While that has thrilled my seven-year-old to no end, 2015 had been a little rough on me. I tend to stress eat, so when my Samoa Girl Scout cookie order came in, I thanked her for breakfast. One day I felt it was my mission to eat my weight in potato chips. If it wasn’t for the fact that my tongue got numb on the sour cream and onion ones, I might have made my goal.
Because I didn’t want to have to buy a whole new wardrobe, I decided that I should conquer my snow phobia with a calming cup of tea and a good book. I’m a tea hoarder, so the first part wasn’t a problem at all. I have Paris from Harney & Sons, Eggnog from Bigelows, Red Zinger from Celestial Seasonings, Pineapple Kona Pop from Teavana, Passion from Tazo, Three Ginger from Pukka, Mystic Dragon Tea from The Spice and Tea Exchange, among many, many others. But . . . I couldn’t find my Kindle. So that either left me reading off my phone screen or computer, which didn’t thrill me – or heading over to my TBR pile of “real” books – which did.
I lucked out and pulled a great book that I was able to dive right into. It was Jennifer Probst’s Searching for Perfect, which she was nice enough to sign for me at the Romantic Times conference last year. As I was lounging in bed and reading I started to ask myself, how could this be better? And since I didn’t have an electronic device in my hand to worry about, I thought I could take this book into the bathtub with me. So I filled up the tub and thought, what would make this even better than a hot bath? And I thought soaking in a fragrant tub with lots of nourishing salts and oils. Fortunately, I found a bath bomb from LUSH, but it was my last one. I tossed it in and it immediately began to fizz up. It turned the bath a lovely pink color and sent a lovely scent of vanilla candy in the air.
And it was something that I wanted to do again on a regular basis. I had plenty of books. But I was all out of bath fizzes. So I decided to make my own. There’s a bunch of recipes on Pinterest. I didn’t see one particular one that was perfect and that had easily obtained items or items I had on hand. So I improvised. Of course, you can always buy some online or in the store. But here’s a quick and easy recipe if you want a DIY version. You can push it into a pretty mold, or take the easy way out and pour the mixture into a recycled glass jar with a lid and dump a quarter to a half a cup into your bath.
- 1 cup of citric acid (You can get this super cheap during canning season. I had some left over.)
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. (I love this stuff, but you can swap it for almond oil – if you’re not allergic, olive oil, or grape seed oil)
- 10-20 drops of red food coloring (Or whatever color floats your boat) to get desired color
- 15-30 drops of essential oil (I used vanilla, but go crazy! I haunt Renaissance Faire’s for their custom blended oils. They’ve got great names like “Ancient Queen” and “Dragon’s Blood.” Trust me, they smell better than they sound.) Use less oil if you want a lighter scent.
Mix all the ingredients, in this order, in a bowl. You may want to wear a painter’s mask to protect yourself from some of the dust that will come up when you pour in the citric acid and baking soda. (I just move away until it settles.) You may also want to wear plastic gloves to mix it, if you’re doing it by hand. You can also use a whisk.
When everything is all crumbly and the fragrance and color is distributed evenly, you can stuff them into molds or pour them into pretty jars.
And if you’re looking for a hot and sexy read to go with your hot and sexy bath, I recommend my Club Inferno series. The third book, which can be read as a stand alone, is out on St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe use green food coloring and a mint essential oil to be festive?
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Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You will savor a visit to Club Inferno, the erotic playground where glitz and glamour mix with leather and whips.
Deep in the shadows of her exclusive fashion resort, Couture, Colleen Bryant presides over a much more intimate world: Club Inferno. The successful businesswoman and sex instructor has built an empire that caters to the BDSM elite, but now she finds herself longing for something a bit more ordinary: a man to love. She’s not sure how to find someone who will accept what she does for a living—or the kinks that drive her wild—until her old flame, ex-pro football player Chase Fairwood, comes back in her life.
There’s no woman as hot, sexy, or exciting as Colleen—and Chase knows it. He also knows he’s man enough to play her games, and to give as good as he gets. His return to Club Inferno reignites Colleen’s scorching demands, along with a new determination to test his resolve. Soon he’s competing against a rival Dom to brand Colleen as his own. But Chase has a secret weapon: the burning desire to offer his body—and his heart—in sweet surrender.
Fever is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
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