Friday, February 17, 2012

DIY Coconut Oil Body Scrub

I am a huge fan of coconut oil and all of the amazing health benefits that come from using it, so making a body scrub from the miracle ingredient was a natural succession for me. I haven't tried too many different blends for a scrub, but this one seems to work really well and has a nice light smell to it :)

Vanilla Coconut Body Scrub

1/3 c virgin olive oil
1/3 c coconut oil (softened in the microwave)
1/3 c salt
1/3 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

  • Stir everything together and store in an airtight container. I currently have mine in a plastic storage container. I would prefer glass, but didn't have the right size jar with the right size opening on hand right now :)
  • You can use this as often as you like/need. The more that you rinse off, the less coconut oil will be left on your skin. Leave on as much as you want though. It absorbs nicely and doesn't leave a greasy feel to your skin.
That's it!!!! Can you believe that you've been paying up to $30 for bottles of yucky chemicals that have less of an effect on your skin?!?!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Stained Glass Finger Painting

January was a whirlwind around here!! I think there were only about 3 days where everyone in the house was healthy at the same time :( And we fought the stomach flu for about 3 weeks straight. Thankfully it was fast moving for the victim, but it took forever to get through all the people!! And we all know that even though Mama isn't sick (yet), she is still knee deep in the trenches. Which leaves no time for bloggy land :/ Enough flu talk......I'm starting to feel nauseous just remembering it all. UGH

In the good moments we have done a few crafts that I've been wanting to accomplish and I even photographed a few of them. I'm not quite sure how I remembered, but I did. One of the most popular was the stained glass finger painting. I actually found this through a facebook friend. She is quite ingenious when it comes to entertaining the littles :) (TY Dawn)
All you need is a good quality freezer bag (gallon size) and a few good squirts of a thick paint. That's it!!!! Seal it up and tape to a window. While you draw the light will shine through the drawing. 1yo enjoyed making polka dots :) This project was awesome for motivating our 4yo to practice writing her letters, too.

Of course we also had parties :)
And down time, too :)