Cromwell Valley Park

A few Sundays ago we took advantage of the perfect weather to visit Cromwell Valley Park. We have been there multiple times, but this time, we went to hike the orienteering course, which uses compass and map skills to follow a trail that pretty much takes you all over the main aspects of the park.

Of course, when you start a hike everyone is excited and exuberant! 

The building are quite lovely with some walled gardens. The Willow Grove farm house contains the nature center, where we saw live animals like snakes, birds, chicks, and turtles. I particularly love the Apple House. Apparently, this building was used as a "finishing room" when there were apple and peach orchards on the property. It is in this space the fruit was boxed and then transported to be sold along the waterfront and in stalls in Baltimore City.

The Lime Kilns were in the midst of being refurbished, which was neat to see. There are three kilns and the oldest was probably in operation from 1785 onward.

The kids had a blast playing in the Nature Discovery Zone, which had a sandbox, playhouse structure, and see-saw.

It definitely was a fun day of exploring and hiking in nature. We're definitely planning on packing a lunch and going back and spending more time playing in the stream sometime soon!

Citrus Passion Body Butter

Now that the weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining, it's time for lighter, fresh scents.

I recently whipped up some body butter with one of my favorite essential oil blends to create a moisturizing and delicious smelling cream that contains no harmful products.

I used this recipe to create my body butter. All you need are four ingredients: Shea butter, Coconut oil, Almond oil, and your favorite essential oil.

The oil I chose was Rocky Mountain Oils' Citrus Passion blend. I love Rocky Mountain Oils! They are a direct-to-consumer essential oil company (which I love!) and are very transparent about the quality of their oils. Customers can even find their oil's individual batch code on the bottom of the bottle and then input that number into their website to pull up the GC/MS test results. Citrus Passion is a wonderful blend of blend Bergamot, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, Orange, and Vanilla oils. Of course, you can also create your own blend or choose a different oil blend from a company of your choice.

Once your body butter is whipped and ready to be stored you need the right container. Essential oils need to be stored in airtight bottles that are dark to keep out sunlight. Exposing oils to light can cause the oils to oxidize quickly and therefore lose their fragrance and therapeutic qualities.

So I am delighted to partner with Infinity Jars today to introduce you to their airtight ultraviolet light filtering glass jars. I chose from their assorted glass cosmetic jars to store my body butter in and I couldn't be happier. I will be able to wash it and use it again and again.

I also got the glass push pump bottle to use this summer to store my homemade bug spray in. The bottle I used previously was really too large and this is small and easier to pack and carry around for all of our summer adventures!

If you are a person who likes to create your own cosmetics, essential oil blends, or save dried herbs from your garden, Infinity Jars makes storing easy and keeps your products from spoiling. Check out their products on their website as well as follow them on social media.

Do you like to make your own body butter or cosmetics? If so, drop me a line in the comments section letting me know your favorite recipe!