DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Today I wanted to share with you a quick, easy, and inexpensive recipe for a DIY coffee body scrub. In fact, if you are a coffee drinker, I bet you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry!

This recipe comes together in a snap, smells unbelievable, and does a fantastic job of smoothing out those rough patches on your face and body, all while leaving it nicely moisturized. And let me tell you, if you use this in the shower, it basically makes your whole bathroom smell like Starbucks. Talk about a lovely way to start your day! Continue reading “DIY Coffee Body Scrub”

Krazy About Kombucha: How To Make Your Own

Kombucha. The fizzy, fermented, good-for-you drink that’s fun to make and even more fun to drink. It looks like a crazy science experiment or like an extra from that old sci-fi movie, The Blob. But kombucha is SO good for you, and so easy to make. I’m on my third round of bucha brewin, so I thought I’d share a little bit about the process and how you can brew your own kombucha. Continue reading “Krazy About Kombucha: How To Make Your Own”

Two DIY Face Masks & Hair Tutorials

I love homemade, natural face masks. I love the idea of taking everyday items and turning them into something nourishing for my skin. I think it’s so cool that you can take everyday items from your pantry and make a snack…or whip up a fun skin mask! Life is funny like that. I’ve been using two new face mask recipes lately that have evened out and brightened my skin. Each recipe only calls for three ingredients. Simple, inexpensive, and effective. Check them out! Continue reading “Two DIY Face Masks & Hair Tutorials”

Thursday Things I Love: Puppies, Dates, and Baby Slippers

This Quote:

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

This Puppy

My brother and SIL bought a puppy! Josh invited me and the kids over to meet Bowie and I had so much fun watching Theo love on that little doggy. Theo loves dogs. He has this weird sixth sense about them, too. When Mike took Theo trick-or-treating this fall, Theo asked one lady (at a house he’d never been to) where her dog was. Mike said something along the lines of, “Why do you think she has a…?” before he could finish he was cut off by the appearance of – you guessed it – a dog. So weird.

Oliver does NOT like dogs. He screams. SCREAMS. So that is why he is pictured above on the couch. With a blanket. Whimpering. And, ironically, holding a doggy stuffed animal. (Kids. Sheesh.)

In the bottom left photo, Josh let Theo have the leash to take Bowie out before we left. Theo and Bowie started running and before long, the two of them were tangled together. There was lots of laughing and licking. I’m not sure who was more puppy-like: Theo or the actual puppy.  Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: Puppies, Dates, and Baby Slippers”

What I Ate Last Week

live love to eat. LOVE. IT.

I was going through some old things the other night – some journals, scrapbooks, etc. – and was amazed to see how many of the memories I felt worthy of jotting down for all eternity where food related. Holiday meals described in great detail. Restaurant and cafe menus and napkins tucked in photo albums. And of course, lots and lots of pictures of me and my friends, you guessed it, eating.

Food is just SO great, you know? I love eating food. I love cooking food. I love gathering friends together for a meal that is 50% about the food and 50% about the community. The best way to feed a person’s soul is to first start by feeding their belly.


Last week I made some really great recipes that I thought would be fun to share. So, without further ado, I give you: What I Ate Last Week, Wednesday! Continue reading “What I Ate Last Week”

All Natural, Homemade Play Dough

Play Dough is magical, I swear it is. For whatever reason, it is the one activity that will capture both my boys’ attention for more than 15 minutes. However, at the end of each Play Dough sesh, most of it is on the floor, in their hair, or up their nose (I wish I was joking…). So suffice it to say that a regular pack of Play Dough doesn’t last long around here.

Fortunately, it’s easy to make. I use a basic recipe that you can find repeated allll over the internet:

1 C flour
1/4 C salt
1/2 water
food coloring Continue reading “All Natural, Homemade Play Dough”

An Easy Project For Your Kids to Make For New Baby

I wanted the boys to help me make a cute print for our baby girl, but everything I found on Pinterest was either too cheesy, too complicated, or required fancy crafting equipment that I don’t own. After wasting a few hours searching through craft ideas that I’ll never make, I decided to come up with an idea on my own.  Continue reading “An Easy Project For Your Kids to Make For New Baby”

Things I Love Right Now: Pumpkin Muffins, Norwex Veggie Wash, and Other Fun Stuff

I love sharing ideas, products, and recipes with you that I’m currently crushing on, so I thought it might be fun to write a regular “Things I Love Right Now” blog post. Maybe once a month. Maybe more. Who knows. I guess I’ll start with today’s and see how much you all care about the things I get super excited about and go from there ;-).

Enjoy! Continue reading “Things I Love Right Now: Pumpkin Muffins, Norwex Veggie Wash, and Other Fun Stuff”

Blogger Bites: The Best Summer Muffin For All Your Fresh Berries

Theo and I came home with a bucket full of delicious blueberries the other day, and while he requested we make a pie, the first thing I wanted to bake were some muffins (I’ll tackle the pie tonight). I’d been scouring the internet for a new recipe, but the local fruit farm where we picked the berries happened to have a stand full of their recipes that you could take for free. I chose their recipe for strawberry banana bread, knowing that I would simply sub the blueberries for strawberries, and make muffins instead of loaves. Continue reading “Blogger Bites: The Best Summer Muffin For All Your Fresh Berries”