diy coconut oil body butter

I have just started using coconut oil in cooking. I know, I know. I’m pretty late to the game. My sister gave me a huge tub of it and I have barely put a dent in it. I have also been reading about the many, many uses and benefits of coconut oil. If you peruse Pinterest you will find 100s of uses of coconut oil. I decided that, in addition to its benefits in the kitchen, it would also make a great beauty product. It’s a wonderful moisturizer, makeup remover, and hair conditioner. But to amp up the effect I decided to whip the oil into a body butter.

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Using my stand mixer I dumped about a cup of the solidified oil {not melted} in and beat it on medium until it became thick and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Whipping air into the oil makes it lighter and a crisper white color. I transferred the body butter into a small mason jar and store it at room temperature on my bathroom counter.

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I love multitasking products!

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i love you because…

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Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, this is a quick and easy way to tell your person why you love him/her. Your person can be anyone: your significant other, sister, friend, mom. Anyone!

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And you don’t need a cutesy frame either. Your words are well received per any mode.

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But if you are interested in this as a craft here’s what I did: I had this frame in my house, and printed the “I love you because…” right off of a Word document {using Amatic Bold and Doris Day font}. After framing the print I used a dry erase marker to write directly on the frame’s glass these notes to my husband.

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His written response? I love you because… “you buy me donuts”. Swoon.

gold planter succulent garden

My sister and I became inspired by Young House Love’s succulent garden and planted a few gardens to give as Christmas gifts. And in the giving spirit, we gifted ourselves one too. So generous we are. Like John and Sherry, we planted them in a shallow bowl and hoped for the best. However, I think I was a little overzealous with watering and a few of my plants died. Womp. So in an effort to revamp my garden, I replanted my succulents in smaller glass vases, which I painted with my favorite gold leaf paint.

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I started with plain glass vases that I picked up from the dollar store. And free-handed a dipped look on 2 of the vases while painting the entire 3rd vase.

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Once painted and dried completely, I added about a half inch of those small pebbles to the bottom to help irrigation {and avoid root rot} since the bottoms are solid. I then added soil {specific for succulents and cacti; a soil and sand mix} and transferred the succulents. Make sure to take care in handling the cacti: use a garden glove or a dishcloth over your hand because those needles hurt. bad. 

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Top off each plant with more soil and add another layer of pebbles just because they’re so tiny and cute. Water once every 2-3 weeks and place in indirect sunlight.

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map art

For this past Christmas I immediately knew what I wanted to gift my husband. We had just returned from a 6-week cross-country road trip and, after some earlier shared travels in 2013, I knew a travel map would be a perfect 1st Christmas gift.

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I tossed around some ideas, like this, but settled on something similar to this to showcase all of our past and future travels. I found a vintage 1944 USA road map on Etsy {9×12.5} and a gold frame from Ikea {11 3/4 x 15 3/4}. After removing the glass, I then cut down a black foam board to fit the frame and used gold thumbtacks to attach the map. Finally, I used blue map pins purchased from Amazon a few years back. I also painted our home pin with gold nail polish.

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For being married to someone who “hates traveling” {his words, not mine!}, we’ve done pretty well for ourselves. I can’t wait to keep adding shared adventures to our map- and abroad!

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canvas art

Blank canvases have been sitting in my closet for months. So many months I’m embarrassed to say. I knew all along what I wanted to do with them but just never got started. But finally I convinced my sister to take on the craft with just 3 simple supplies: canvas {ours were each 16 x 20}, a fine tip pint brush {nothing fancy here}, and some gold paint {I used one from my collection, picked up from Michaels a while back: Liquid Leaf in Classic Gold}.

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We first perused Pinterest for some font inspiration. We were just going to freehand the words with pencil before painting, so the font needed to be relatively simple.

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My words originate from my favorite hymn. My sister chose “Home Sweet Home”.

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We also painted the outer edges of the canvas for added dimension.

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The whole project took us about an hour and a half, including drying time since we were using very thin layers of paint.

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Our canvases are now hanging beautifully on our walls!