Make it Monday: Geode bath bombs

One of our favourite TV shows is ‘Tumbleleaf‘ available on Amazon streaming. It’s a fun show with Fig the fox, Maple the bear and assorted other characters who make the world of Tumbleleaf so colourful and interesting. One episode focusses on Maple and Fig going on an adventure to find a dragon and when they reach the dragon’s lair, they are rewarded with a geode.

 

Egg shell geodes

Geodes were something I’d wanted to make with the toddler for a long time and the holidays were a perfect time to get mixing and colourful. First we made geodes in egg shells.

We found a recipe on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Facebook page with all the information we needed. Luckily I had some Epsom salts which I disolved in hot water. After carefuly pouring the salty water into the egg shells, we then added food colouring. Then came the tricky bit – waiting. I did explain to the toddler that we would need to wait overnight for the geodes to form but was informed we had to check fairly frequently ‘just in case’. We had some help from the pup in keeping an eye on them and she helpfully knocked them on to the floor for a closer inspection (managing to cover herself and the carpet in the process!). 

We had to frequently break the salt crust that formed on top of the geodes which also gave me a chance to push some of the salt to the edges. An evening on the radiator, and our geodes we’re ready! They weren’t quite like the ones the Smart Girls team made, but given half our salt water ended up on the dog and carpet, I was pleased we managed to create some geodes. The toddler was fascinated and this is a craft we’ll definitely do again, just firmly out of reach of the pup!

Bath bomb geodes

Our next experiment was bath bomb geodes. I’ve seen these on Pintrest a lot and it’s been on my list to make for a long time. We make bath bombs fairly frequently and I even posted my recipe on a previous Make It Monday. This time I didn’t add the Himalayan salt as I wanted the base of the bath bomb to be pure white to contrast with the geode colour.

I put a third of a cup of Epsom salts into four different bowls and added a few drops of food colouring. I keep meaning to buy proper soap colouring but have found food colouring works well and is a cost-effective option given how many bath bombs we go through. The only downside is that they can contain water which reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid, sometimes lessening the ‘bomb’ in the bath, but not by much.

Some of the colours weren’t as vibrant as I had hoped, with the black being particularly disappointing.

And here’s our first attempt at a geode bath bomb! The red turned more pink as it dried, whilst I didn’t bother to use the black as it really didn’t contrast well with the white bath bomb. I’ve seen other people make these so that the outer part of the geode is a lighter shade than the central part so it looks more like a rock but we were pleased with our results. Perhaps next time we’ll choose just one colour and make them look like ‘true’ geodes. The toddler loved playing with them in the bath and it’s was fun seeing the different colours mix as the bath bomb foamed. They were a bit fiddly but something we’ll be making lots more of it the future.

Have you ever made geodes?

Movie review: April Fools Day (1986)



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Synopsis: A millionairess invites her college friends to stay at her mansion on a deserted island for the weekend. However, it’s not long before the bodies start piling up.

Director: Fred Walton

Starring: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O’Neal and Clayton Rohner

Review: A group of rich friends celebrate the end of an era by visiting the mansion of mutual friend Muffy (Foreman). Some have known her for years, while others are new acquaintances. The house has a number of quirks which the friends all discover, from paintings whose eyes follow you around the room, to faulty light switches and collapsing chairs, all of which builds the tension. Intrigue follows supposition, with clues, murder and more than a little mayhem.

There’s a few character cliches but the friendly jokes and easy-going manner between characters draw you in, making you feel part of the group. They are a group who love to play practical jokes on each other which tempers some of the more horrific parts of the movie. However, like all friendships they can become strained under pressure and seeing the cracks form adds to the tension but it is the changes seen in Muffy which personifies the groups descent into madness.

Like a lot of 80’s horror, the musical score seems to have been kept to a minimum which I like. I”m not a fan of most slasher horror movies, preferring a supernatural slant, but April Fools Day steers away from excessive gore or overt violence allowing the tension to build as each victim discovers the identity of the killer just as it’s too late.

From the beginning there are clues to the final twist. I’m not going to spoil anything but take it all in. It’s a slow build movie which allows you to enjoy the relationships and interplay between the characters as well as trying to work out who the potential killer might be.

While the fashion seems a little dated now, the script and story and ultimately the friendship of the cast, stand the test of time, making this a true genre classic. Come and join the party, this April Fool’s Day.