DIY Moisturizing Coconut Lime Bath Salts

One of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year was to regularly indulge in self care. This is especially critical this time of year when things are insanely stressful at the office. One of the things I’ve discovered that works wonders for me is a nice long soak in the tub. It helps the tension in my neck and shoulders release, it increases circulation, AND with this awesome bath soak I’ve been making, it keeps my skin super soft. Which normally isn’t a big problem since Florida is incredibly humid, but we had a surprisingly cool dry winter and my poor skin was in bad shape. Nothing is as distracting dry itchy butt that you can’t scratch, am I right? TMI? I digress. When I first started using this soak, I didn’t add any scent because I thought the coconut was lovely on its own. Now that the weather is warmer though, I wanted to add something extra. I took inspiration from one of my favorite parts of Practical Magic, the scene where they make Midnight Margaritas and sing about putting the “lime in the coconut”.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Rock Salt
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Coconut Milk
  • 6 drops of Rose Hip Oil
  • 10-15 drops of Lime Essential Oil

*Combine all the ingredients together in a large baggie and shake until thoroughly combined. Store in cool dark place for up to 3 weeks.

Super simple, and your skin will feel amazing. I catch myself absentmindedly running my hands over my arms or legs after I get out. How do you exercise self care in your routine?


Friday Link Love

It’s Easter weekend! Andy and I have big plans to go watch our nephews hunt Easter eggs for the first time. They’re pretty small, and I don’t think they’re going to get the “hunting” concept, but I think that’ll make things even more fun. Plus I get baby snuggles, and that’s always pretty great. I say this every year, but next year I want to have brunch for my friends and host a grown up egg hunt. Still put candy in the eggs, except for one that’ll contain a $20. I figure that will be incentive enough to get everyone to participate 😉 Here are some links to get your weekend going:

Andy and I got an Instapot for Christmas, but neither of us has been brave enough to try it out yet. I think these recipes for “10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Could Make in an Instapot” might just be the push we needed.

I am thinking about whipping up this little wreath to brighten up our new purple front door.

This charming lemonade bar is charming and perfect for this warmer weather.

Some ideas and recommendations for a quick and easy Easter brunch.

Coming from humbler beginnings, this article on class anxiety really resonated with me.

I picked up this pretty purple dress a couple of weeks ago, and I have been LOVING it. Super comfy, and I get complements every time I throw it on.

This before and after on the renovation of a childhood home is heartwarming. It’s wonderful to see an old place given new life by people who really care about it.

Kids always have questions; here is some great advice on how to positively talk about something that might be considered “different”.

 

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Back to Basic: Blueberry Muffins

For the last couple of years, my yearly lists of goals have included trying a certain number of recipes from a cookbook I’d purchased. This started in part because I was one of those people who bought books and very seldom used them, and also because I wanted to be more intentional about the things I was bringing into my life (books included). For years 30 and 31, I picked books that would force me to stretch my abilities and push me further out of my comfort zone, but this year I wanted to try something different. With me starting to write recipes of my own, I wanted to go back to the basics and really work on refining my scratch baking. Also, regardless of how I look, I am southern, and I think it’s a bit embarrassing that I bake and I’ve only made biscuits once or twice. So I took to Amazon and found Muffins and Biscuits, and just a few days after my 32nd birthday, I tried my first recipe: Blueberry Muffins. I am hoping to alternate and make their basic biscuits the next time around.

Notes:

  • Yummy, yummy muffins! And the streusel recipe for the topping!? These are great without it, but it really elevates the whole muffin.
  • I split the difference between 12 regular muffins and 6 jumbo muffins, and settled on 9 muffins in a regular tin, but just really full. My baking time increased by 5ish minutes, but they turned out just fine.
  • Don’t be afraid to really layer in the fruit. I got a bit jumpy, and I didn’t use the full 2 cups of blueberries because everything was looking a bit crowded as I assembled, but they puffed up quite a bit and, while delicious, would have benefited from the additional fruit.

32 Before 33

This was supposed to go up right after my birthday, but things got away from me a bit. I was pleased to see that my list from last year was almost completely crossed off, and I am hoping that this year I’ll be able to get everything accomplished. A tall order, but I’m feeling pretty confident. So here we are: My list of 32 things to do before 33.

  1. Try a new fantasy hair color
  2. Travel to the west coast
  3. Try 12 new restaurants
  4. Write 12 new recipes
  5. Blog at least 3 days a week
  6. Post to Twitter, Instagram & Facebook at least once a day.
  7. Grow my Instagram following
  8. Collaborate with 2 other bloggers
  9. Take 10 classes
  10. Try burlesque dancing
  11. Make 20 of the recipes from Biscuits & Muffins. That’s right, 20.
  12. Continue to work on “finding my sexy”
  13. Revamp Vylette
  14. Have a photoshoot
  15. Practice some form of self care daily
  16. Have a girls only road trip/weekend
  17. Decorate 3 layer cakes.
  18. Visit a waterfall
  19. Read 20 new books
  20. Go somewhere I’ve never been
  21. Go fruit picking
  22. Be in bed by 10 during the week
  23. Learn how to wear false lashes
  24. Make and decorate with marshmallow fondant
  25. Complete a 30 day yoga challenge
  26. Make 2 new holiday tradtions
  27. Watch the sunrise at the beach
  28. Get my dad’s house ready to sell
  29. Learn some conversational Spanish
  30. Monthly random acts of kindness
  31. Finish getting my office in shape
  32. TBD

 

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Friday Link Love

Well you guys, I’ve been 32 for a whole 24 hours now. Doesn’t feel that different from 31, but I genuinely enjoyed being completely spoiled by my friends and family yesterday so I can’t say that I have any complaints. I have two and a half days of birthday week left, and I am a bit torn on how to spend them. On one hand, it’s been a busy week and the idea of “doing nothing” is immensely appealing; on the other hand, there are lots of spring festivals and other community things happening and Andy has to say “yes” to whatever I want to do… So I’ll probably do what I always do which is “wake up and see how I feel.” Not the most orderly way to go about things, but it mostly works. I am also going to finish writing my 32 before 33 list so I can get things started and share it with you next week. I hope you all have a wonderful spring weekend!

Let’s be honest, everybody poops, but things don’t always “move” the way that they should. Here are some tips to help you stay regular and relieve any blockages.

Punch was always something my mom made for very special occasions, and after reading these recipes, I am thinking about cobbling together my very own mix the next time I have people over.

Normally I am not a huge fan of wallpaper, but I think this cute cat print would be paw-some (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it) in a small space or as an accent wall.

I’ve always though 3D printing was some next level “we’re living in the future” coolness, but I think it’s even more amazing that people are utilizing the technology build homes for communities in need.

I always take online quizzes with a grain of salt, but this one on “Which Tarot Card Are You?” was eerily accurate.

Some wise words about being responsible for our own feelings and releasing the expectations we unfairly put on others.

It’s been years since I’ve dyed Easter Eggs, but I might give it a go this year so I can try out these natural dye options.

My massive canopy bed was one of the first purchases Andy and I made when we moved into our house, but as much as I love it I also find myself getting wistful and inspired when I see non-traditional headboards.

These are supposed to be funny, but I think life would be a lot better for all women if we just tried to treat each other a little more like this.

 

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