Thieves Oil And It’s Many Uses

Hi, my name is Alysia and I am an addict.I have only just recently come to the conclusion that I am hopelessly, utterly addicted to thieves oil.
I discovered Marseille’s Remedy Traditional Thieves Oil via the Still Eagle shop because it appears that Deb, from the store, has a knack for sending me things to review that I end up loving. I had heard of it before, I’ve used components of it previously, and I was most definitely open to trying thieves once I smelled it as a complete formula. The scent is quite powerful, although not at all unpleasant, and the notes that come through the best for me are those of rosemary, clove and lemon as the finishing fragrance. There is also cinnamon and eucalyptus within the mix, adding to the powerful pungency but it makes for a lovely aroma overall and it is one that you will keep going back for, once you have used it the first time.

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The picture and date of 1413 on the bottle was intriguing for me, which made me do a bit of research into the origin and I found out that thieves oil was originally used by grave robbers in France, who were stealing from the bodies of those who died of the plague. They had mixed a blend of spices in a recipe that allowed them to be among plague victims without contracting the disease, which they eventually traded for a lesser sentence from the judge when they were caught and tried for their crimes (they were hanged, instead of burned alive). It is said that their blend of spices and perfume mix is the reason why plague doctors would wear beak-like masks filled with the concoction, although one can only speculate based upon old tales. What I know for certain is that thieves oil is an excellent antibacterial solution and, with a simple Google search, you can find over 100 uses for the stuff. I particularly enjoy diffusing it to kill bacteria within the air, which I have read that it can eliminate over 99% of it within 12 minutes.

thieves oil
I think so!

I have also started applying it to the soles of my oldest son’s feet before he leaves for school, which is supposed to help prevent him from contracting any of the other germy children’s viruses. Here’s hoping, as I have two toddlers at home with me and sniffly, sickly toddlers are not fun housemates. Come to think of it, a whiny and sick husband isn’t either and he is not at all partial to oil of oregano. Luckily, thieves oil tastes much better to ingest (I would recommend a drop in some tea).

I have also used it on acne spots since I got the bottle a few weeks back. My oldest daughter is potty trained but she had an accident in bed a while ago so we put her in Pull Ups for a couple of days, just in case, and they caused her to break out in some spots on her bum. The thieves oil lessened the redness and actually completely healed the pimple within a couple of days. Admittedly, I can’t wait to experiment with that aspect more but it will be a while yet before my children require remedies of that nature on a regular basis. When the time comes, however, I will update again.

My usage of choice is the headache remedy; I have suffered from something called “cluster headaches”, aka “suicide headaches” (as people who deal with these will kill themselves), since I was 19 years old. They come on out of nowhere, last for days on end and are like nothing that I can possibly describe but they are similar to a long-lasting migraine that has been sent straight from Satan. When they come on, I will be sick as a result of the kind of pain they cause and used to take pills that would cost upwards of $100 for 6 of the silly, little things. Now, I have not had a full-blown episode since I received the thieves oil but I have had a normal headache, or a preceding type of migraine, and the thieves oil took care of it quickly. I was absolutely shocked over how fast the remedy lessened the pain and had better luck with this than any over the counter medication; I put a drop onto my thumb, then rub it into the roof of my mouth. When I dealt with more severe pain, I also put some oil onto my temples and the pressure points in my neck. I actually found that to instantaneously relieve my headache, although it did also cause my eyes to water for about five minutes until the scent died down a bit. Worth it? I think so.

I have also used it to combat mildew in the bathroom, scrubbing my tub surround with it, and adding it to the Zero Xeno descaler. I also use it in my laundry and am going to try the stuff as a stain remover, as I have read great reviews for it online, tonight on my son’s grass stained pants.

My husband’s preferred method of application and use would be via massage, when blended with coconut oil, lavender and peppermint. It smells absolutely divine, helps to relieve muscle tension and pain, and is so relaxing to inhale that I end up falling asleep before he attempts to seduce me- or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

I am a firm believer in the benefits of thieves oil and love the organic blend offered by Still Eagle, due to the size of the bottle and how long it lasts. I suggest it for a multitude of remedies in the advice section of the Frugal Mommy Facebook group all the time and needed to write this post so that people finally know what the heck I’m talking about, as I genuinely do love the stuff and use it for everything. In the interest of an honest review, I must say that shipping costs are quite high if you are not placing a large order so be sure to stock up and make it worth the postage. Talks are presently in the works for a possible discount for readers so stay tuned for the next Still Eagle review.
If you want to check this awesome, germ fighting oil out for yourself, click here. If you want to connect with the store via Facebook, you can find their page here.

 

Intelligent Nutrients, Not Just for Geniuses.

Hey you! Glad to see you on the page and here’s what I have to show you today, my find of the season;

This is the Intelligent Nutrients Bug Repellent Perfume Spray, which I was sent to review,  and I was absolutely thrilled with this product for a variety of reasons.
I have been hunting around for an organic bug repellent for ages and had either very little luck with effectiveness or an oily, stinky and poor experience. My homemade mosquito repellent, admittedly, did not work nearly as well and was not as strongly-scented as this one either. The Intelligent Nutrients one smells like peppermint and cloves, as far as I am concerned, and my hubby thinks it smells “like an herb garden”. It’s not offensive, like many commercial products, and is gender neutral in aroma- always an important thing for two, little boys who believe smelling the least bit floral is the equivalent to being put in a dress.

What is important for me though, and a pleasant surprise, is that it works to help ward off ticks, gnats, flies, aunts and mosquitoes! We took it up north to Muskoka, where the bugs were so bad that going outside meant you were putting yourself up as feast for dozens of mosquitoes at once, and I used it every day. This picture was taken about five seconds after spraying it on and, as you can see, there’s no oily film or absorption issues and I found it left my skin quite soft. The sensation is pleasantly cooling and I believe that is due to the peppermint.

We were also provided with the handy, little pocket-appropriate bug serum;
https://www.intelligentnutrients.ca/shop/certified-organic-bug-repellent-serum
Both products smell exactly alike, only the serum is more oily and I found it was perfect for massaging on our youngest child. She loved the snuggly bonding time and it was a great moisturizer, on top of being an effective mosquito repellent.

My husband, like most any normal human being, hates bugs and thought that our OFF Family Care would be more effective due to the Deet content and the reputation. The boys, wanting to be like their father, opted to wear the same spray until we compared bug bites at the end of the night and the boys ended up with a lot more than the girls. The Deep Woods version is the only one that compared but I was not pleased with the boys using the less harsh Family formula, let alone that, and the only one who wore it was my husband.
The spray was my top choice of the two but I really liked the oily serum for in a diffuser, which I use on my front porch now. I can genuinely say that Intelligent Nutrients makes the best natural mosquito repellent that I have used to date and highly recommend the product!

I was also sent their Harmonic shampoo and conditioner combo and, although I do not normally review sample size items, I decided to take these away with me as well. They are the perfect travel sized bottles;

Much like the bug spray, there is an herbaceous undertone to the shampoo and the peppermint is prevalent, as well as cooling on the scalp. I love hair care products that include mint and have become somewhat addicted to the sensation- It’s so refreshing! My only complaint about this product is the packaging- the bottles are very stiff and it leads to the whole harsh shake, wiggle and squeeze to try and get the shampoo out. It would be fantastic if they were in soft tubes, or if the shampoo and conditioner came out easier.

I found the scent to be slightly more masculine, in my opinion, and loved the smell of it in my husband’s thick, beautiful hair after he showered. The conditioner is moisturizing but not overly greasy and rinses very cleanly away. All in all, I had a pleasant experience with this where scent and sensation were concerned.

Last, but not least, is the certified organic sanitizer;

It is always difficult to find a sanitizing product that is free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances but this one contains none of those while still remaining 99% effective at killing germs. I found this to dry incredibly quickly and it was initially very pungent where the alcohol scent was concerned, then it quickly died down to smell a bit like vanilla and pumpkin. My husband said that the scent reminded him of Trix cereal, for some reason. He’s a strange man. What I liked most about this product was the fact that it came as a spray, not a runny liquid that you can squirt into your palm, and is therefore more difficult for children to use. I like the idea that my toddler will not get into this as easily as she could a bottle of the gel, although I would never leave her unattended around something like this anyways. An extra precaution, however, is always a bonus. I also like the spray for toting around in a purse, as it is less likely to leak and comes with the additional cap to put on top. Very handy.

Intelligent Nutrients was a company that I had not previously heard of and, upon discovering that they carry such a wide variety of Certified Organic health and beauty products, I am so very pleased to have come across them. If you want to find out more information for yourself, please check out their website here and stay tuned for a future review of their Renewal Complex Eye Gel this month!

 

Baby Spa USA- Natural Baby Care Products for Precious People.

I received a lovely package, courtesy of Baby Spa, for review a little bit ago but have had such a rough couple of months that I put off this post until I had some wonderful news to add along with it. Well, that time has come and I can finally publish this review and you will learn my fantastic news if you just stick it out a bit longer. Here is what arrived in the mail for the cutiepie in my life;

All Baby Spa products are 95-100% natural and the complete line is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, SLS and PEGS, which leaves room for improvement but also makes the products a hell of a lot better than what you find in nearly every store. I appreciate the company’s transparency and how the entire list of ingredients is available on the Baby Spa site, found here. This is truly a range of baby care products for health conscious parents and there are a ton of goodies available on the site that would suit a wide variety of needs. I was surprised to learn of the variety of natural oils used in their product line. I’m not a big fan of sunscreens, which are typically full of harmful chemicals, but I did appreciate discovering that some of the oils used by the company contribute to SPF and UV protection- always a plus.

One of their offerings, full of oily goodness, is this calming massage oil;

I did not find it to be heavily scented, or smelling too much of anything at all, and that was a big selling point for me. I am all about the “baby smell” and don’t want to mess that up with tons of stinky lotions so this one was great. It is also 100% natural, which is definitely desirable when it comes to applying things to baby skin. An infant massage is known to help strengthen the bond between parent and child, as well as nurture the skin-to-skin relationship and relieve stress hormones for the wee one. For some great techniques, check out Youtube for some excellent tutorials.
Next up were the wipes. These are super thick, plush, hypoallergenic (don’t even get me started on Huggies Naturalcare, which made Charlii break out so badly that I wanted to hunt down the creator in a Mama-rage), 100% natural and biodegradable. Yay! If diaper rash is an issue, the organic aloe and calendula is nourishing and soothing for an added bonus. They are pillowy soft and scented witih chamomile, which is calming and a nice addition to pamper little baby bums.

Last, but not least, is the “cologne”. This is for nurseries, to get rid of stinky diaper smell in a Genie or for use on the wee one. I thought the reasoning for the product was very interesting and I’m going to quote Laura, from Baby Spa USA, here because she worded things beautifully;
“Researchers have found there to be a tight connection between smell, emotion and memory. Evidence indicates that odor evoked memories are more vivid and emotional than those induced by other sensory cues….This gentle and lasting scent allows parents to create a safe, familiar environment for their child, triggering a flood of positive emotions that will endure over time.”
It’s 95% natural, smells like heaven in a bottle and looks like this;

It’s got that fresh, baby powder-like scent that I find a newborn’s sleeper will smell like once they’ve worn it for a while. It’s the same smell that mother’s will put their faces to a tiny outfit to inhale and it’s amazing that it could be captured so perfectly as a spray. I think the idea of a baby cologne is just adorable and perfect for a new little man in the family, which brings me to my good news; 

We had a baby!!! 
Well, my husband and I did not make this little munchkin…or not so little, as he was 8.65lbs at birth…but my sister did! My little sis gave me a new nephew on September 17th and I could not be more thrilled. Ryder will be sporting the Baby Spa cologne and getting the most use out of these fantastic products, as he needs some serious spoiling and could probably do with a rub down with the Calming Massage Oil after the awful ordeal of being born. As you can see, he’s pretty pooched as well as completely adorable. The handsome man holding him is my own son, Ryder’s oldest cousin, Ben (or Thing 1, to the regular readers).

I am confident enough in the Baby Spa line up to recommend their products to my little sister, for use on this precious prince, and encourage you to check out their site here or like them on Facebook.
Now to get back to the snuggles…

Organic Lip Balm from Still Eagle

The lovely Still Eagle store in British Columbia, Canada, sent me this organic chapstick for review and I could not be happier!
Now, upon first glance, they really do not look like much. Then again, nothing in an itty-bitty tube of this nature brings a great impact to the table;

 

Now, I know it’s not Hoo-ah but Hurraw, yet I still found myself saying it like Al Pacino;

 

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From then on, this review became a heck of a lot more fun, as well as irritating for my husband because he now has that stuck in his head. Hurr-aw!
Just try to stop yourself from thinking that now. It’s impossible. You’re doomed and, from here on out, you may very well think of Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman every time you put on lip balm. If so, my work here is done. Wait, no…that’s not what this review was about. My work is not done, so keep reading!

Anyway, these little guys are all natural, vegan, fair trade lip balms and they work well!
I truly enjoyed these, finding them far more silky and smooth than others I have come across. More than just that though, I absolutely love all of the trouble that the company goes to in order to make certain that a safe, quality product is produced.

There are no parabens, petroleum, GMO ingredients, artificial colours or flavours in the balms and everything is free of shea butter, soy, wheat or palm; which translates to it being perfect for anyone with a latex allergy too. My sister came to mind, as she’s horribly allergic to the stuff and this would be a great option to test out. I suppose, being the big sister, I’m used to sharing my things and will give up one of them to her. What else is new, right?
Hurraw Balms are made up of a whole lot of fantastic, luscious oils (such as coconut, olive, castor, almond, jajoba and sesame), butters and candelilla wax. Plus a little love, or at least it seems like it, as all of the oils and butters within are cold pressed. That is more costly for the company but it means they retain all of their natural enzymes and essential nutrients. None of that cancer-causing, oil-drilling by product to be found here, which is standard with so many other lip glosses, sticks or balms. I find that simply fantastic!

Now, with the first one, I admittedly had zero clue what the heck a Vata Balm was and had to read further upon the subject. That left me even more confused at first, so I will attempt to explain it as easily as possible and hope I hit the mark. Yay for my disclaimer bar at the top, as I have already made it perfectly clear that I am no expert. In any case, this particular kind is based upon Ayurveda, which his the traditional medicine in India, as Hurraw actually has a practitioner on site. Under this medicine, there are 3 Doshas and those are Vata (wind), Pitta (fire and water), then Kapha (water and earth). A combination of each Dosha is present in every person and this particular flavour would be great for one pulled toward the Vata.

To quote the Hurraw site exactly here, this would be;

“The Vata Dosha: dry, quick, cold, light, subtle Element: air (wind) & ether (space)
Commands: intuition, creativity, imagination, spontaneity
Emotions: anxiety, worry, doubt, fear
Pacified by: sweet, earthy, warm”


By fortunate coincidence, I think this was probably the best organic lip balm that I could have been sent because that description speaks to me on a personal level. It may explain why I enjoyed the combination so much, although it is not something that I would recommend widely due to the distinct flavour. It has a very “foody”, almost spice-like, taste to it and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. For that, I would recommend the chocolate or rootbeer. I have never tried those myself, but I would love to, and you can never go wrong with chocolate!

The other lip balm that I was sent was coconut, which was nothing like the cloyingly sweet, synthetic versions that are on the market. The flavour was very much like actual organic coconut oil, which is used regularly in my home for a wide variety purposes, and was nothing out of the ordinary for me. Again, this one would be ideal for anyone who normally suffers with a chapstick allergy.

Both absorbed incredibly fast, but hydrated just as quickly, and each was fast-acting as a chapstick for fine lines. They did not leave that sickening, fruity syrup-like taste in my mouth, was not sticky, took care of sore lips immediately and I was very pleased with my overall experience.

As per usual, Still Eagle impresses again with their diverse stock options and unique finds.
Visit them on Facebook on check out their site here.

Say it again, just for fun, “Hurr-aw!”

Natural Skincare and Opeongo Soaps

Hello all! It’s been an absolutely gorgeous day outside and thank goodness it has, as I am not horribly thrilled over being back in my area. Here where I live, it’s beautiful, balmy and sunny outside- which is more than what I can say for last week. I was on vacation and took a trip up north to Muskoka, so that had to be just my luck. The weather did not bother me terribly though, as I was able to watch some fantastic rain pound down onto the lake outside my window.
You can never get overly  upset about anything while up north in Canada- it’s far too relaxing for that.
See for yourself;
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That was the view from the doc, just 30 seconds away from my front door. When it was pouring, I had my morning coffee in the screened Muskoka room and it was much like sitting outside. On nice days, such as this one, I got to be out on the lake and enjoy a cup of Death Wish while sitting where the little guy in the right of the photo is parked. This picture was taken from the corner of the dock and can not possibly do justice to the scene.
Due to my vacation and the use of some fantastic products while away, I’ve got a review for you! A couple of these items in particular, I believe, are a summertime must if you prefer to deter bugs naturally but I will tell you about that in just a second.
Opeongo Soap kindly sent me a couple of bars and their goat milk bath soak. I used the soak at home, prior to leaving, a couple of times and will cover that first.

 

I am a big fan of a relaxing bath, with a nice glass of red wine and some sort of addition to the water. I try to stay away from things that are full of chemicals and scents so, more often than not, I miss out on a few of the most pleasurable, bubbly aspects of tub time (apart from not having children making various demands of their Mum for at least half an hour). With the lavender goat milk bath, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrance and how well it came out in the water.
The stuff looks quite a bit like baby powder in the packaging;
The slightly flowery scent is not overly strong but incredibly fresh and pleasant, with that being what made the whole experience for me. The water was left milky, of course, and the difference it made to my skin was only noticed after drying off. There is no beady residue or no oily feeling that can be detected while in the bath, which is nice, but I noticed that it helped to soften my legs in particular and I felt quite smooth afterwards.
Out of that bag pictured above, I got three uses in a very deep and full tub. You can get about twice as many smaller ones out of it, or it can be used for foot soaks and lasts about as long as a bag of bath salts would.
Next up is the spearmint soap!
Of the three products I had been sent, I enjoyed the smell and look of this one the most. It’s the same size and shape of the other soap, which is fairly hefty as you can see;

 

It has green swirls all throughout and smells a lot like a stick of Wrigley’s, bringing back memories of childhood and a mouth-watering yearning for a stick of waxy bubblegum. I loved having this option, along with the peppermint soap (below) because spearmint is lower in menthol content and can be used for young children as well!
The essential oil has a wide range of uses, including this bar likely being an excellent addition to any acne fighting regiment, only I chose to use it in order to bathe the babies while up north in the hopes it may keep some mosquitoes at bay. Of course, I used a natural bug spray in conjunction but the two youngest ended up with less bites than my boys did! The boys opted to use their standard olive oil soap, then also snuck some of their father’s body wash and walked around smelling like Old Spice men, aka mosquito magnets.
Check out this site for more uses for the oil itself; organic facts.

 

The above picture is the bar I figured most useful, the peppermint soap.
I love peppermint essential oil and use it for a variety of reasons in my own home on a regular basis, one of them being the stress relieving properties that make for a warming, muscle-soothing and calming addition to bathwater.
It is a great way to boost circulation and is fantastic for your health, as well as your skin, so I am always pleased when I find it as a main ingredient in products. This and the other soap lathered nicely, were more moisturizing than a standard bar and felt luscious on my skin. Although I preferred the scent of the other more, I liked the way this one made my skin tingle with the fun, minty sensation.
On top of that, I do genuinely believe it may have helped with the bugs and think it is worth trying! I am thrilled to report that I ended up with far less bites than I normally do, less than any of the others in the family, and I spent more time doing things outside during peak “buggy” hours! I set our fires at dusk, was out at the barbecue while the mosquitoes were at their worst and went fishing at night many times without issue. Here is a bit of reading upon the subject, if you care to check this out. The benefits of a peppermint scrub are numerous and I enjoy any such bath products as is, making the use of them as a bug deterrent an added bonus.
After a very hot day outside, the refreshing, moisturizing and minty lather was the perfect indulgence.
If you want to check out Opeongo’s site here, you may find your perfect summer bar as well.

 

Below are a few more ways to get in touch with them.

 

I hope your day is as pleasant as mine has been so far!

Earthing; An Update

I recently wrote about my experience with “earthing“, or grounding, and just wanted to quickly post regarding what happened last night. My husband and I switched sides of the bed due to the positioning of our infant. As a result, he spent the night on my earthing sheet and I woke up in severe pain. My feet were sore once more, my shoulder ached and I did not sleep nearly as well as I have since the sheet had been put on our bed. I truly did believe that the sheet was effective prior to this. Now, however, I am resolute in that fact.

Saje Natural Wellness; Pain Relief

The nice people from Saje opted to send me a couple of their products to try, which had originally started with them choosing to have me review some children’s items to see if they may help my little guy at all (autism). Sadly, those items were not in stock when they went to ship them my way but I was not exceptionally disappointed to find that out; This meant that they sent out enough samples to really test those remedies and adequately study their effects, preferring to know what theirs does and does not do. I can’t wait to find out the results and I am sure many other mothers in the same situation will want to check out their blog here for them as well.

In any case, I was pleasantly surprised by a package at my door that contained some of the pain relief options I had discussed previously, even though I was not able to test out the product that they had requested. I did not expect to receive an item at all, let alone two that were so perfect for my situation and incredibly thoughtful to boot! I was excited to try these out, as I know many other women who deal with pain on a daily basis and it’s an unpleasant issue for me in my daily life.
Myself, I deal with chronic pain due to being hit by a negligent driver in a one ton 4×4, who was more preoccupied with the blonde at the side of the road than where he was going. I was a pedestrian and, clearly, no match for the Ford. I was hit, thrown into an intersection and skidded about five feet after landing. It was quite an experience but I thank God on a regular basis that it had not been a minute earlier, as my son would have been crossing that way with me and on the side where I was hit. He would have surely been killed. Two years of physio later, I can walk without looking like a peg-legged pirate (most days) but have soft tissue damage, joint pain, ligament pain, a leg that decides when it will work or not- and one heck of a grudge! These are things that, regardless of my workout routine or how much effort I put into my recovery, I will always deal with. I refused to take the medically prescribed pain relief options and have been on the hunt for useful alternative ones since.
I had been sent the Pain Release Anagelsic Bath Salt Soak, as well as the Pain Release Analgesic Massage Oil, both being found on their site; www.saje.ca.

Firstly, I took a bath with this in the water;

You’re supposed to add two capfuls to a bath in order to have muscular aches and tension removed with pain-relieving essential oils. I found that this smells very pleasing, with eucalyptus coming through nicely as the prominent scent. I added an additional capful to my bath, as I draw a very deep tub and I’m just that kind of overindulging lady! I am a big fan of bath salts for detoxing as is and my tension really did melt completely away while using this. The fragrant steam calmed me and the chamomile came through for an even more relaxing effect. I have found this to be one of the most effective water remedies I have come across, as I have experimented with my own essential oils to try to find the best mix and nothing has been this pleasing. Top this soak with a glass of wine you’ve got heaven in a tub!

As for the massage oil;

I was not as impressed at first. I found the aroma incredibly pleasant, as with the bath salt soak, but this one smells a little more herbaceous, with rosemary being the prominent component for me. I am a big fan of all things that smell as though they came from the earth and this fits the bill. The salts and the rub are made of similar ingredients and I have to admit that I was surprised to see that wintergreen (or at least peppermint) was not one of the additions. Wintergreen is a known, and studied, pain relief option and it’s great for joint issues. It would be an awesome addition to this and, if I had any on hand, I think that would have made for a perfect remedy concoction. Like I said, I wasn’t horribly taken by it when my husband rubbed this on my shoulders, traps and neck. The aroma creates a lovely cloud of intoxication, it really does. I kept saying that I didn’t notice it’s effects as much and then, all of sudden, I felt nothing. It was not a numbing sensation, or a tingling one, it was just a lack of pain all at once. Either he gave me an excellent massage, which has never been his strong-suit, or this did help to dull pain. Within an hour or so, I was back to having a bit of muscle tenderness but it truly does work for short-term relief. I would say it takes a bit to kick in and a little bit longer to lose effectiveness. On the plus side, you can get a half hour massage out of just the tiniest bit of oil and a small amount goes a long way!
It does give some relief and makes for an aromatic, calming, sensual and lovely massage oil overall.

If you are going to decide between the two, I would most definitely choose the bath salts. Absolutely fantastic, in my opinion, and it was such a pleasant experience that I looked forward to my next bath like a child waiting for Christmas!