I have been loving the weather lately, but my skin…not so much. It has been very dry, which makes it itchy and doesn’t look great either. My weapons to help fight the dry flaky skin? Moisturizing and exfoliating. You can tackle both with this super easy, super awesome DIY mocha body scrub. It has just four simple ingredients and takes only a few minutes to make. And bonus–it smells amazing! Good enough to eat (which I wouldn’t know from experience of course…ok I might have tried some)
Unless you have been living under a rock or are new to the internet, you probably have heard people talking about the benefits of coconut oil. It moisturizes and nourishes your dry, thirsty skin. The sugar exfoliates to get rid of dead skin cells and allows the oil to penetrate and do its job. You could stop after those two ingredients and have a great scrub, but I added coffee and cocoa to give it even more skin beautifying qualities.
The caffeine in the coffee helps firm the skin and reduce swelling. I’m sure you have heard of cocoa butter being used in beauty products, but cocoa powder also has its benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti aging properties.
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 c melted coconut oil
- 1/4 c finely ground coffee
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container.
Give your skin a pick me up with this mocha scrub!
Lately, I have been trying to create a happier work space for myself and trying to get organized. I have been replenishing some of my office supplies and have been going gold all the way. If gold paper clips make me happy, I figure it is worth the extra dollar or so to upgrade. I think you should always surround yourself with things that make you happy, and the small things count. Here are some of the gold office supplies I found that I am totally loving!
1. Acrylic & Gold Stapler 2. Gold Foil Acrylic Clipboard 3. Ananas Trinket Dish & Clips 4. Gold Binder Clips 5. Metallic Idiom Journal 6. Gold Rustic Wire Magazine Holder 7. Fatima Dress Making Scissors
I have wasted a lot of money on scented items in my life. I used to love having candles and air fresheners all over my house. I would have stashes of them that never even got used, but for some reason I kept buying them.
I still love having a fresh smelling house but I now try to avoid using synthetic fragrances. I also like more natural scents now as opposed to the super strong or sickly sweet smells of my youth (cucumber melon from Bath and Body Works anyone?).
This reed diffuser is a super easy DIY project that will make your house smell lovely. And it costs a fraction of the amount of store bought air fresheners…bonus! All you need is a small glass bottle, water, diffuser reeds, essential oils and vodka (helps the oils and water to bind). I used lavender and vanilla oils for mine because it is in our bedroom and I wanted a calming scent, but you can use any scents you like.
- Glass Bottle
- Diffuser Reeds
- 1/4 c Vodka
- 3/4 c Water
- 15-20 drops Essential oils
- Combine vodka, water and essential oils in the glass bottle.
- Add several diffuser reeds (I used 5).
- Turn reeds over every several days to keep the scent fresh. Add more essential oils as needed.