DIY: Peppermint Mocha Body Scrub

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It’s the time of year when we turn off the air, bust open the windows, and let the cool breeze of autumn whip through our homes. Forget spring cleaning – fall is when I want things to be light and fresh – which is exactly what has inspired my classic homemade Peppermint Mocha Body Scrub.

Made with ingredients from the kitchen, the exfoliating texture and delicious smell of this DIY treatment will transform your bathroom into a foodie spa extravaganza. Unlike the fattening espresso drink of the same name at Starbucks – this luxurious scrub is actually good for you! Made with olive oil, coffee grounds and effervescent peppermint, it will awaken your senses while sloughing off dry dull skin.

Follow the recipe to see how easy it is to indulge!

Ingredients:1 cup used coffee grounds, 1/2 cup raw sugar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 10 drops peppermint oil, 1 teaspoon cocoa

To make, combine the coffee grounds and sugar in a small bowl and stir together. Next, add the two oils to the coffee sugar brew. Once you have thoroughly mixed the oils in, add the teaspoon of cocoa to give it an extra kick of scent. Pour your concoction into a cleaned out jam jar. For gifting purposes, wrap a string of ribbon or raffia around the base and tie in a bow. Will stay good in open air for two weeks – or you can refrigerate it to extend the shelf life.

Enjoy!

Finds: Warm & Toasty

Pierogi Picnic: Warm & Cozy Handmade Winter Finds

With half of the nation in a deep freeze this week – I thought it appropriate to bring you a collection of goodies that will having you feeling warm and toasty in no time!

These beautifully crafted items were all hand-selected by me to help you think cozy thoughts in these blistering winter temps. So stop what you’re doing, grab a warm beverage, and explore the sites of these talented artisans. I guarantee that you’ll like what you find!

p.s. If you’re already gift-hunting for Valentine’s Day – this collection should give you some great ideas!

      1. Handmade Boots by Rita J Felt
      2. Warm Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub by Blackberry Ranch
      3. Couples Hand-Holding Mitten by With Love From Emma
      4. Knitted Ear Warmers by Yes Jess
      5. Organic Fair Trade Drinking Chocolate by Flying Bird Botanicals
      6. Goat’s Milk, Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal Bath Bombs by Kissmibella
      7. Winter Scenery Art Print by Malobi
      8. Heart Knit Boot Cuffs by Senur Sasa
      9. Whipped Shea, Mango and Cocoa Butter by Fatty’s Soap Company
      10. Knit Hand Muff by Ovinity
      11. Spicy Chocolate Truffles by Epic Edibles
      12. Minimalist Winter Wall Decor by Raceytay
      13. Rose Vanilla Cuticle Cream by Swamp Angel
      14. Knitted Cosby Skirt by Pierogi Picnic
      15. Scalloped Fingerless Gloves by Cookieletta
      16. Pocket Hand Warmers by Worme Wool

DIY Gifts: Peppermint Mocha Body Scrub

If you’ve run out of time to shop for that special someone this holiday season – and don’t dare go out in the blizzardy snow – then make this year’s gifts DIY. There’s tons of things you can put together last minute for someone who will appreciate time, effort, and creativity much more than a purchased good.

So to give you a little inspiration I am sharing one of my personal favorite concoctions – Peppermint Mocha Body Scrub! Unlike the fattening espresso drink of the same name at Starbucks – this luxurious scrub is actually good for you! Made with ingredients found in the kitchen, its exfoliating texture and delicious smell will transform your bathroom into a foodie spa extravaganza.  Follow this recipe to make a brew as a gift for the last person on your list – or simply to indulge yourself. Continue reading