Friday, May 1, 2009

Cuttlebug Spa weekend: Relax, Rejuvenate, Be Inspired!

Happy Friday everyone!! It's finally time for the Cuttlebug Challenge Spa Retreat! We are kicking off the weekend with a blog hop! You've got all weekend to hop around so don't feel like you have to rush! Grab your beverage of choice, get comfy and enjoy. Do it all at once or space it out all weekend!

Here's what to do:
-- Grab the list of Blogs for the Hop found HERE
-- Leave a comment on each blog
-- "Follow" each blog
-- Each blog will have a spa weekend post with instructions, and a specific flower
-- Collect the names of all the Blog Hop Hosts and their flowers
-- Once done, email us at cuttlebugchallenge @ gmail. com to be entered to win one of the Spa Weekend prizes.


It's always good to take a moment to relax and rejuvenate! I chose Lavender as my flower because it is typically used to relieve stress and tension. And I think the fields of lavender growing in France are just lovely!



Ever since my little man was a baby, we have used the lavender scented bubble bath and lotion from Johnson & Johnson at bedtime. Lavender is believed to be soothing and relieve tension. I definitely think it helps him!

About 10 years ago I found some lavender scented linen mist and ever since then I love to spray my sheets with lavender scented linen spray/pillow mist. Just a light spray before crawling in bed. (It's a great trick for traveling too as I tend to have a hard time sleeping in a different bed.) That and a game or two of Sudoku and then I'm off to dreamland. You would think Sudoku would stimulate my brain; I think it's actually just a focused, easy activity and allows my mind to escape all the other stuff that builds up in it during the day! Without it I lay in bed thinking of all I wanted to get done and didn't and all that needs to be done the next day. And then of course I start stressing out about the sleep I'm losing!! LOL!!

You can find some more information here about other benefits of lavender.

Thanks for stopping by!! I do have a little treat to give away to TWO lucky readers!! Yep, TWO!! I love this stuff and want to share it with you! I'll be giving away a small bottle of Lavender-Vanilla Pillow Mist from Bath & Body Works and a small sachet of culinary grade lavendar, which you can cook with if you felt so inclined or use it in a craft project!

To win, all you have to do to win my prize is become a follower and leave a comment!

Cassie's Flower (that's me): Lavender (ETA: You only need the 30 flower names!)
Your next stop is: Jenyfur

Be sure to visit all the blogs - several of the design team have prizes to giveaway on their blogs and of course there are the big prizes over at the CBC blog!

137 comments:

cpbunch said...

OH!! I will definitely look for that mist. I love the smell of lavendar too!!!

Wanda said...

I love the smell of lavendar too! I use it to calm my babies at night...lol I think it's so I can sleep..
Lots of Hugs

Meda said...

I Love your flower choice. Lavander is great to paint as well. And thanks for the bed spray tip. I think I would love that too.

silvia said...

Cassie, I love lavendar. I have lavendar growing in my garden.

Christina said...

I've subscribed thru google reader to your blog. Love it. Thanks for letting me join you in this blog hop!

Beth said...

Wonderful choice of flowers Cassie my GD loves lavender and I am always buying her soaps and lotions with lavender in them.
Hugs
Beth

java diva said...

I love the smell of lavender! I gave my SIL a bunny stuffed with it for her baby, oh, it was sooo soft and dreamy!

Ellen said...

I can't resist Lavender too. When we are in France (vaction) we visit the lavenderfields and pick some, they are so beautiful.

Ellen

jeanie nieva said...

this is lovely. thanks for sharing. :)

jeanie nieva said...

this is lovely. thanks for sharing. :)

JillyBelly said...

i wish i can find a lavender mist here in the philippines too ;) thanks for the flower cassie!

Tonya said...

Yummy lavender. Thanks for the link. >:0)

Mimi said...

mmmm, the word alone is relaxing!

Wendy said...

What a fun hop Cassie! :) I hope you have a great time with it!!

ellen s. said...

i just want to lay in that field! glad i found your blog cassie! happy NSD!

joni said...

Love Lavender too!!! What a great CC Blog Hop! I just became a follower too!

Julie said...

lavendar is my fav too

Mandy said...

I love the smell of lavender.

stampinsueco said...

I love the scent of lavender and I also have a lavender mist I sometimes use before going to bed. In fact since this weekend is about relaxing, I went and grabbed the mist and sprayed some around in the air to enjoy right now.

Jen said...

how beautiful!!! thanks :)

MrsETaylor said...

there really is something so soothing about lavender, and it is great in muffins yummo!!!

Terrie B x said...

love the smell of lavender!!!I am following!!!
Have a great weekend:)♥
`Thanks`:)for a great Blog Hop

Made by Mandy said...

Lavender is just gorgeous to look at and to smell. Going to get some plants this weekend and put in pots in the back garden. Such a relaxing smell too.

Lynda said...

I like to spray my linen closet with lavender scent.

Liz said...

This is fun and I LOVE lavendar and visited France last fall.

butlerfly24 said...

MMM lavender. I love the lavender scented sleepy time calgon body wash!
Wish I had gone to France!!

Michelle said...

oh that picture and mention of lavender makes me wish i were laying in that field right now..(sneezing my head off no doubt..but who cares!)
looking forward to this weekend..i'll be there!

Michelle said...

ps..im a regular visitor here..but now signed on as a follower..love your blog BTW!

.................... said...

Awesome! I'm now a follower!

soccerboyzmom said...

I am going to a lavender festival in a couple of weekends. I went last year and it was the most relaxing place. When the breeze slightly blew you could smell it. I have gorgeous pictures and they even cooked with lavender.

craftylin said...

What a beautiful picture of lavender.
Linda Peterson

akagreenhouse said...

That is a fabulous picture of the lavender! It makes me want to walk through it!

Baba said...

I love lavender so much. You can do so much with it if you can get it to grow. I keep trying.

Katarina said...

I have a hard time falling asleep too. Maybe I should try lavender. I'm also dreaming a lot and I always joke that I do more while I sleep than when I'm awake.
Thanks for the chance on your candy.

Regina said...

that is a very generous prize!

MMG said...

Now I'm a follower of yours (my Google Reader list is getting quite long from all of this blog hopping)!

Looking forward to seeing more of your posts!

BishopsMommie said...

I love the johnson & johnson lavender tooo--I just sniff on my babies all day...thanks for the hop

Brenda said...

Yes! I love lavender too. I love any blue or purple flowers. They make my very warm garden seen cooler.

Daniela said...

I picked up some Lavender on my last trip to Croatia (home) and I rub the extract on my temples when I have a headache.

Eveline said...

I love lavender, we have loads of lavender in the garden and in the summer when they bloom it's covered with bees and bumble bees. Lovely, some bee keeper gets a lot of lavender scented honey.
Eveline.

cottagerca said...

The smell of lavender is very warm feeling.

Sandi said...

I love the smell of lavender! It is a very relaxing flower.
Sandi

Linda said...

Lavender is one of those smells that you can almost smell with your eyes closed....oh so relaxing!!

connie said...

I became a follower. I used the Lavender bath and lotion with my grandchildren. This was not around when I had children BUT it works and I give with every baby gift now.

lisa808 said...

I'm a follower and I love lavender.

Arlene B. said...

Love the smell of lavender! Thanks for posting where you buy yours, so if we don't win some, we can get our own. Thanks for being part of the blog hop as well.

Colleen said...

Love the smell of lavender. I used to grow it and need to get some planted again. Someone is going to be a lucky person.

artycrafty said...

I too love the smell of lavender

Kristine B. said...

*gasp* SaWEET!! :) I'm going to give this a try. Never participated before...but sounds like loads of fun!! I too love lavender and used that J&J Bedtime Bath bubbles with my girls when they were babies. :)

Oh ya, CONGRATS on making DT for Inky Impresions...so thrilled to be DT sistahs with ya!! *big grin*

Beth Norman said...

Nothing beats a massage with lavender oil!

Calie said...

Thanks for doing the blog hop! It is so fun getting new ideas everywhere!

rlovew said...

The midst is a great idea!

Helen F. said...

The photo of the field of lavender is breathtaking! And, you are right about the calming, de-stressing and healing properties of this plant. I also find it helpful for a sleep aid.
This blog hop is fun, it's great to see all of your creativity.
Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Kay said...

Hey, great flower! I use lavender essential oil for various things all over the house.
I'm following your blog, and thanks so much for the chance to win your gifts!

Teresa (aka tmom) said...

Love lavender, especially for my daughter it is so relaxing for her. Thanks for the fun blog hop!

EstherNZ said...

Hi Cassie - I love lavender too. I have a friend who is setting up a Lavender Farm and I can't wait to go wander through at flowering time :)

Chloe said...

I have lavender growing in my garden but it doesn't look nearly as lovely as those beautiful fields in France!

Enjoy the Spa Weekend!

Kelli said...

Lavender is very calming, great flower choice!

SMK said...

this is only my second blog hop, and I thoroughly enjoy them :) i look forward to following your blog in the future. God bless!

Sharon said...

I love lavender. I have a lavender bush and I love how it smells when it blooms

Mary Jean said...

thank you so much for having this blog hop!

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

What a fun giveaway prize!

jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

Debra Johnson-King said...

I'm with you! I love lavender

Denise said...

I used the lavender Johnson & Johnson stuff on my DD when she was little too. It smells soooo good!

I'm looking for a new room/linen scent. I'd love to try this one!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Amber said...

Hi Cassie, just checking out the blog hop! OK, I'm definitely going to B & B Works to buy some lavendar pillow mist, sounds wonderfully relaxing!
Hugs
Amber

Shellie Munro said...

thanks for the hop!!!

Shellie

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

the are good smellen flowers!

Sandra said...

Hi Cassie, I love the smell of lavender too!! I cut and strip them and put them in little cotton bags to put in my closet!! Great smell. Love your blog. I,m off hopping again. See ya!
Sandra :-)

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Hey, Cassie, imagine meeting up with you on the blog hop ?!? (heehee). Thank you so much for all the sweet comments you make on my blog---they really make my day, believe me! :) .........deanna

www.girlsinthecraft.blogspot.com

inkpressed said...

Thank u for the chance to win and for doing this blog hop. I ahve had the best fun!

Carol Ann said...

Lavender is a great flower and with so many uses. I particularly like your vintage Paris card!

Greta said...

Lavender is definitely a relaxing, soothing scent. So nice of you to offer up the giveaways and participating in the blog hop. :)

Reneeromero said...

I always wished that the lavender worked for my daughter. She is not the best sleeper, she never has been.

Susan McRae said...

Thanks for being in the blog hop!

Dawn W said...

Having a great time hopping from blog to blog. Inspiration is everywhere!!

Janet said...

Lavendar is a wonderful smell.

gram2three said...

Lavendar is the best. Everyone should have some around.
Thanks for participating.

I2BZ2W8 said...

I love lavender and all things purple!

NANCY said...

Gotta love lavender!...........

Daintry said...

I get Lavender for my mom all the time, it is one of her favs. I like it in my bath, it helps relax and calm me. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Britiney said...

I have lavender in my yard and I love it every time it blooms. Thanks!

Dawn said...

Every year my husband gets me a bunch of lavendar grown in Michigan, its like nothing I have ever seen anywhere. I am actually growing a patch in my yard. I love the scent.

Melissa said...

I love Lavander too. Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend. Melissa

Foxcraft said...

I can't use Johnsons products on my kids as they are allergic but I use a hot wheat and lavender pillow to chill them out in time for bed.

Thanks for the blog hop

sandyh said...

yes, i love lavender also for relaxing....sachets, body lotions, even my shampoo! lol!
sandyh
sandyha@comcast.net

Traicee said...

I LOVE lavender- I have lots of different varieties of lavender- they smell heavenly and look so beautiful in the garden!

Sheila D said...

I keep a little oil roll-on of lavender scent at work. I have a stressful job and I dab it on when things are building up. Thanks for the tip on traveling with it.

*BJ* said...

I love the smell of lavender.. wish I could grow it.

Carol said...

Lavender is the best of smells.

Crystal said...

I do the same thing you do! I have a different brand but boy I love it!!!!!

kreativeimagination said...

Love the smell of lavender. I use Johnson's lavender oil for my baby. I just signed up as your follower.
Happy NSD!
Have a great weekend.

Debbie said...

Thanks for participating!

samiam said...

I am having so much fun on the blog hop

nanalady said...

Just love your photo....also love France! Thanks for this great fun and the inspiration!

PaperDreams said...

The colour of lavender is one of my famous and I like the flavor

Chris said...

I dry lavender from the local farmers market to give as gifts.

Viviana Martínez said...

Lavender is great, specially when it helps with children!
After a day full of activities, a warm bath with lavander scent, is the best thing to relax my little one and get her to bed in a good mood.

Melissa said...

Mmmmm. Lavendar. I love it!

Angela Laurie said...

Lavender is great to have in the room when you are at the spa getting a facial one of my favs!!

Nancy Sanders said...

I also love lavender!

HappyHappyJoyJoy said...

Lavender is always so soothing! Thanks for doing this!

Sue said...

Just dropped in to say hi ScrapinNannyof5 grvdger@suscom-maine.net

LISA said...

I love lavender as well. The color and sent are so calming.

Smullis said...

Lavender is my favorite sent...I have it everywhere! Great choice!

Ladybug said...

As much as I love the look of "lavender", please excuse me from your blog candy for it, because I am allergic to it. Yep. That's right, only 10% of the pop. is in that category and I'm one of them. :-(

Christi said...

I love your cards! Especially love the turtle drawing your little guy did!

JanetintheJaw said...

Love your Blog and I love the tutorial on the 'house'card. I'm going to have to try it. Happy NSD!
Cheers...

KerrynF said...

I love lavender too, I always used it in my son's baths when he was smaller.

Jewls said...

Hi Cassie :) That lavender spray sounds divine

Savor the Journey said...

Oh yum! The idea of Lavender spray on the pillows is wonderful! I used to buy a Lavender bath soap, even before I married. Oh to find that again ... it was such a fine fragrance! Thanks for the blog hop!

~Bev

jinxi~ aka angi said...

They say you should put a bit of lavender oil in your wash rinse when doing up your linens to help relax you when you sleep. Love it. And the bracelet.. beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

My little one loves lavendar so we have quite a lot of it about our house

Chrissie said...

This conjures up memories of my youth. My mum used to put lavender bags in the drawers with undies and linen etc Wow I haven't thought of that in a long time... thanks for the memory!
I'm now a follower.
Chrissie

Donna said...

I also use the scent of lavender to help me relax. I'm a shower girl and use a lavender shower gel, the smell just fills the bathroom...wonderful!

eugenie said...

beautiful flower love it too
good luck everyone

Allison said...

ah the smell of lavender, so distinct
AllisonX

Carol B said...

Lavender is so soothing. I have a patch of it outside my front door.

I relax by crafting with my 5 yr old grandaughter. She loves to crank the handle on the cuttlebug. It is such a delight to see the look on her face when the finished product comes through.

Make yourself a GREAT day!

TraceyT said...

What a great choice and lovely blog.

Lisa McDowell said...

HOw much fun is all this... The field of lavender you have in the picture is so pretty...

Brit Swiderski said...

Sooo pretty. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

Patricia St Martin said...

Lavender I can small then. Beautigul fields.

Anonymous said...

Lavender is beautiful & smells wonderful.

Gloria said...

Thanks for chance to win the lovely scent!!!

Nancy G. said...

Lavender is definitely relaxing.

Veronica said...

A classic! I was wondering when this one was going to pop up!

Shelley said...

I love Lavender room and linen spray too! ~ Shelley

Brianna B said...

I agree-lavender is relaxing!!

ALLY said...

I love the smell of lavender! It's one of my favourite scents.

bevyb said...

When looking at your picture I can almost smell the lavender. Thanks for giving us the chance to win such a lovely gift.
On to the next blog...this is fun

Susan said...

wonderful choice!

Rona said...

I'm going to have to try that lavendar spray! Sounds great. I have really enjoyed this today - and gotten some great tips! Happy NSD weekend.

SanDslnrs said...

I love the scent of laveder! I tried to grow some before but it just didn't take for some reason, possibly because we're close to the beach and the salt in the air may have effected it.
Thanks for your blog and the hop!

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

love the smell of lavender. I have some planted in a pot on my back patio.

Rebecca said...

mmmmmm the smell of lavender is so soothing!

Brit in MN said...

Oh, I tried the lavender baby wash with my son(he's 2) when he was a baby, but apparently he got hyper from it. lol. That plan completely backfired. I love the smell thou!

Charo said...

So many new bloggers, so much to read and learn! I loved your blog.

Kim Marie said...

The scent of Lavender is one of my favs...sooooooooooo relaxing! Thanks for the hop!
Kim Marie