Coconut Oil Lip Scrub

Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? Health benefits range from hair and skin care to helping with digestion and regulating metabolism. It’s almost like a magical elixir in the alternative health world.

This week I used coconut oil to create a great lip scrub to help with my dry, chapped lips. It’s been pretty cold here lately and the more we turn up the heat, the more the moisture is being sucked out of my skin and lips.

I needed something to help with this uncomfortable feeling, so I tried an easy lip scrub from this Pinterest post, http://homemadeforelle.com/homemade-lip-scrub/. Luckily, it was made up of three ingredients I already had at home, coconut oil, sugar, and honey.

I just mixed the ingredients together and used it to scrub my lips for a minute or two. Then I washed it off with some water and my lips were super soft. Some of the coconut oil actually stayed on, which helped keep my lips moisturized. A little goes a long way, and this recipe made quite a bit, so I put the remaining amount in a small container and stuck it in the fridge. The post said you could refrigerate it for up to a month. I can’t wait to use it again!

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Braided Hairdo

This past weekend my sister-in-law got married (congrats Kara and Jeff!) and I was looking for ideas on how to do my hair for the wedding. It was a simple, but elegant affair, so I wanted something pretty without being complicated.

Unfortunately, I’m terrible at doing anything with my hair outside of pulling it back into a ponytail or using my straightener, so I enlisted the help of my sister (thanks Kirsten!).

I found this picture on Pinterest and we used it as our inspiration: http://www.theteacherdiva.com/2014/07/on-the-go.html. The end-result was braids on either side of my head, secured in the back with bobby pins, and some light curls. It seemed relatively easy and only took about half an hour to do. It was a versatile hairdo I feel would work equally as well dressed down with a pair of jeans.

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Roasted Beets

For my first Pinterest attempt, I decided to try something simple. I had just bought some beets at the grocery store and was looking for a quick and easy way to prepare them. I searched Pinterest and found a pin for a roasted beets recipe. The picture looked delicious and the description made it sound so easy.

The recipe comes from a website called formulamom.com. Here is a link to the recipe http://formulamom.com/roasted-beets-recipe.

All I did was cut away the stems and skin and then sliced them into half-inch round pieces. I arranged the beets on a baking sheet and drizzled a little olive oil over them and sprinkled them with a couple of pinches of salt. I roasted them at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes (flipping them halfway through).

It was so easy, and super delicious! I even cut them into small pieces and fed them to my 9-month-old daughter. She couldn’t get enough! They were the perfect balance of sweet and salty 🙂

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