DIY Sudafed Shower Soothers

A few years ago I tried an amazing product by the makers of Sudafed called Shower Soothers. These awesome little disks got me through so many sinus infections! One little disk in my shower completely cleared my nose, let me breathe, and helped all the gunk drain from my sinuses. They worked better than any antibiotic or over the counter medicine ever did. And then one day suddenly they were gone from the shelves at every pharmacy! You can occasionally find them on amazon for nearly $50 for 3 disks! WHAT?!

 

I figured there had to be a way to make them myself, but I didn’t know how to go about it. Then I found this great little tutorial by Frugal by Choice and all hope returned and just in time! My boyfriend, Patrick, has been feeling slightly under the weather and we have a wedding party get away to attend this weekend in the Dells. So perfect time to try these babies out!

While Frugal by Choice’s tutorial is a good one, I did have to make some changes here and there to make these work for us, and I did make one mistake that I will definitely be changing in the future. But all in all I’m very happy with the results!

What you’ll need

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  • Baking Soda about 1 1/2 cups
  • Water about 2/3 cup
  • Essential Oils: Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus, which I purchased at my local VitaminShoppe
  • A large mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • One table spoon for scooping
  • Muffin tray and liners

First, preheat your oven to 350F. By the time you’re done with the other steps, your oven will be good to go!

Then I added my Baking Soda to the mixing bowl and slowly added my water. The original tutorial called for 1 cup Baking Soda and 1/3 cup of water, but I found to fill the muffin tray completely I needed about 1 1/2 cups of soda and 2/3 cups of water. Add your water slowly. The consistency should be like pancake batter. Once you have a good mixture stop adding your water and stir to thicken up the mixture.

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Now, scoop your mixture into your muffin tin, using one table spoon scoops per disk. Make sure you are using liners around your disks, otherwise getting these babies out won’t be easy! Here’s where I would do things a little differently next time! I used paper liners, like the ones that decorate your cupcakes. I found that once these baked up and cooled, some of the paper stuck to the bottom of the disks. Not THAT big of deal, I will just have to make sure they don’t go down the drain once these have dissolved in the shower If you can find the thicker metallic ones that have the wax paper liners, I would recommend using those. But they may be a little more expensive.

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By this time the oven should be heated up and ready to go. Place your disks in the oven for 20 minutes.

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After your 20 minutes in the oven, remove the disks from the heat.

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Add a few drops of each oil rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender to each disk. If your disks are still piping hot from the oven you may notice some steam or “smoke” come off of each one when you add the oil. This is fine, it won’t affect the out come.

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Now, let your disks cool before removing them from the liners. I put mine in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until they were completely solid. Once they have cooled, pop them out and store in a plastic or glass container until it’s time to use them. Just toss it on the shower floor and get ready to feel amazing!

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These are even great if you aren’t feeling under the weather, but want a little “spa treatment” at home. They can irritate the eyes a little so be sure to avoid standing directly over the vapors.

I hope you found this tutorial as easy, fun and useful as I did! If you have any other suggestions for how to make these better, please feel free to leave me a comment!

🙂 Mandy

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The Jessica Collection: Swarovski Pearl and Crystal Floral Bracelet

In between unpacking boxes, I’ve been hard at work on a new collection that I absolutely love and it’s been getting a lot of attention too! Introducing the Jessica!

I began working on this piece as a way to distract myself from how many boxes were still laying around the apartment. :/ It was bumming me out, so I wanted to create something sparkling and fun to wear. I used a beautiful champagne colored Swarovski Crystallized Glass Pearls called Crystal Gold. I’ve had these pearls for sometime now, but never really found the perfect project to use them for. So I saw them sitting there, lonely in their tray, and thought “Why not?!” I also had these stunning crystals by Swarovski that change colors based on the light and what color they are placed next to. I picked these up a while back at a local bead shop, I try to shop small when I can :).

When I started working this piece up, I really had no idea what pattern I was going to be working with, I just cut my thread, added my needles and started working. It was more like the piece was creating itself rather than being created by me. I love those moments! For this piece, I really focused on using a two needle right angle weave. This is one of my favorite techniques, it never goes out of style, and I honestly don’t see ever coming to an end with this stitch. It’s like once I think to myself “I’ve found the last possible use for this stitch” I’m completely proven wrong! And man do I like to be wrong… at least in this case :p

I wore this piece to work the next day, I figured even though I’m in scrubs all day, doesn’t mean I can’t have something pretty. I got so many compliments on it from my patients and from my coworkers. I knew I had to share this piece and the pattern for it as well! So I worked up a second piece using a deep Smoked Gray pearl by Swarovski called Crystal Black. I also found these fantastic light sapphire AB2X crystals to offset the pearl. The color combination is really stunning together, I was really happy with it. Both of these pieces are now available in my Etsy Studio.

While I was working up this second bracelet I took photos of each step and began working on a new tutorial to share. There are two variations of this project, one with the crystals along both sides in between the pearls, and one with seed beads between each pearl. This variation I also have for sale, the Madison, in my Etsy Studio. The tutorial includes both versions of this piece! The tutorial is available now in my Craftsy Patterns Studio.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do, whether you’re wearing it or crafting it!

Happy Beading Everyone!

Mandy of NiteDreamerDesigns

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