I really hate to see things go to waste. Each morning I dump a bunch of coffee grounds into the trash and I cringe every, single time. On average, my husband creates a cup of coffee grounds a day. That’s a lot of grounds. I decided it was time I found a way to use them rather than tossing them.
I looked for a few recipes online. And I picked one I found on Pop Sugar that seemed promising. After mixing all the ingredients together, the mixture was way to wet for my liking. It was like soup. It totally wasn’t going to work.
I added a little more white sugar, as well as some brown sugar, but it still wasn’t working. As a last ditch effort, I decided to whip the mixture in my standing mixture. Voila. That was the trick. The final product — whipped coffee + sugar scrub — is awesome. It’s nice and fluffy, so you can scoop up what you need. And when you scrub it on your body you can feel the coffee and sugars gently exfoliating. My skin soaked up the coconut oil and felt nice and soft after the scrub.
This wasn’t at all what I set out to make, but I love the final result.
1 cup coffee grounds
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil
Mix the first three vitamin together thoroughly. Slowly add the coconut oil to the mix. Let the mixture stand, so it firms up a bit (I put mine in the freezer for 15 minutes to speed up the process). Using a standing mixer, slowly start whipping the mixture while adding the vitamin E oil. Increase the mixer’s speed and let the mixture whip until it’s light and fluffy.
Massage the scrub on wet skin and rinse with warm water.
And a quick reminder … the Ultimate DIY Bundle sale ends today. If you haven’t had a chance to get your bundle, you should head on over … quick!
Over the weekend, I had a chance to check out some of the resources in the bundle (there are 76 contributors!). At the moment (based on my DIY beauty obsession), I’m most excited about the health and beauty resources. Heather Dessinger’s “DIY Organic Beauty Recipes” is fabulous. I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes for body creams and face wash.
It’s an awesome deal at $34.95.
Each Sunday, Mike and I sit down and plan out our meals for the week. We’ve been doing this for awhile now. We do it for a couple of reasons. Mike does all the major (read: elaborate, yummy cooking) cooking in our home. I don’t like to cook, but he does … so this works out perfectly. He likes to have a plan, so he can prepare accordingly. Mike also does all the grocery shopping. I don’t mind grocery shopping, but I have a tendency to overspend and my accountant husband does not like that at all! With work, school, after-school activities and homework it’s necessary we have a plan, otherwise we’ll eat crap or go out to dinner (and waste money). With my restrictive diet, we can’t just make meals on the fly. We have to be thoughtful, which is another reason meal planning is so important.
Once we come up with our meal plan for the week, we write it down on our large family calendar in the kitchen. This helps us not only stick to the plan, but it gives me an idea of any prep work (cleaning and cutting broccoli for instance) I might be able to do before Mike gets home each night. We print out any new recipes we might be trying. Then we check our panty, Fridge and freezer to see what we have on hand. Finally we make our grocery list for the week. We have a shared Google document for our grocery list. When we need items, as we add them to the list. Then Mike prints out the list when he shops, which is normally on Sunday afternoons.
This system has made us more efficient (we save time) and less wasteful (we save money). It’s also made school night meal preparation less chaotic, since we know exactly what we’re eating and what needs to be done. Best of all, it’s helped us make healthier choices.
Now that I’m on this doctor-prescribed diet (no gluten, no dairy, and no processed sugar), it’s even more important to create weekly meal plans. Just a week into this new way of eating and I can tell you that being prepared is the key to success. You have to have the right foods on hand. You have to have know what you can eat and when + what you’ll be eating.
Last week my best friend suggested I posted here what I’m eating, so she could follow along and eat the same things. Last week, I texted her the different recipes we’d be using as I picked them. Since it was our first week with my new dietary restrictions, we were a little less prepared. I liked her idea of sharing on the blog, it will help me stay on track and possibly motivate others to plan their meals and eat healthier.
So here’s what we’ll be eating this week:
- Monday: Coconut Chicken Satay
- Tuesday: One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf (minus the cheese) with a fried egg (I’m allowed to have eggs)
- Wednesday: Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Boats (minus the cheese) with grilled chicken
- Thursday: Leftovers (Shelby has a cookie booth for Girl Scouts, so having sit-down family dinner together won’t work this night)
- Friday: Grilled salmon on top of Heidi Swanson’s Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
- Saturday: Easy Coconut Curry with grilled chicken
- Sunday: Super Bowl Party …. so I have no idea what we’re going to make and eat! Maybe naked chicken wings, along with chips and guacamole?
We all eat the same things at our house, kids and parents a like. For the kids, I do let them have dairy and they sprinkled cheese on top of a lot of last week’s meals. For now, that’s what we’ll continue to do.
Check back next Sunday for another meal plan, as well as my thoughts on the recipes we going to try this week.
And a friendly reminder: the Ultimate DIY Bundle is still on sale through Monday.
Hello! Happy Wednesday to you. I’m so excited to be sharing the Ultimate Bundle with you again today. Back in November I was asked to contribute some printables to this bundle and I jumped at the chance. Who would say no? The list of crafters, DIYers and bloggers contributing is just so awesome … and I was happy to be in their company.
I looked through all my designs a picked some of my favorite goodies to share with you all. The Make Your Own Sunshine printable is relatively new and my personal mantra. You can’t change what happened, but you can choose how you react. So make your own sunshine.
Keeping with the same theme and feeling, I added my Make Your Own Path printable. It’s one of my all time favorites. I have a thing for maps and the message is a constant reminder to me to be myself and do what works best for me (not the crowd). I have this particular print hanging in my hallway, and I walk past it probably a 100 times a day.
Finally, I tossed in a few printable journaling cards for good measure! If you’re a memory keeper, you can use these on your scrapbook pages or with Project Life. You could also use them as lunch box notes for your kiddos (or even your partner). I often leave these little cards taped to my daughter’s bathroom mirror, so she has little love notes from me when she’s getting ready each day.
My contribution alone is valued at $22 and the total bundle is just $34.95. That’s why you need to check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! It’s stuffed with a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing. Seriously, there is something for EVERYONE. And you can’t beat th price.
For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.
Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.
You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.
Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…
A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).
So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!
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Hello! Happy, happy Thursday. If you’ve been following me for awhile then you know I’m be scrapbooking a little less these days. I’m still doing a ton of memory keeping, but I’m not pumping out traditional layouts like I used to. That’s okay. There’s a season for everything. But, I’m still creating a few layouts each month, thanks to the templates and prompts over at Simple Scrapper. Here’s my newest layout, created with one of the premium templates from the February 2015 Collection.
I modified the template a bit and swapped out the background paper for a large photo. I love the perspective of this photo and wanted it to be the focus of the page. Plus, how cute it my Lego-loving boy?
There are a lot of toys in our house, but the all time favorite toy would have to be Legos. We have oodles and oodles of these tiny little bricks in just about every color you could imagine. Cooper can sit for hours putting the Legos together, creating spaceships, towers and all sorts of crazy concoctions. I love watching the wheels of your mind turn as you play with your Legos.
The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.
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