Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #124 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
OK, tell me whose skin is starting to get dry and itchy already…anyone else?
I was sitting on the couch the other evening, curled up under a blanket and watching yet another Christmas movie. My foot was sticking out from under said blanket, and my daughter’s hand casually dropped onto my ankle. She looked down, scrunched up her face, looked at me and pulled her hand away. Sigh… I knew what her look was referring to.
Yes, my annual winter-time alligator skin had settled in.
Every year around this time, besides my perennially-dry hands, my legs get ugly. You know what I mean – that yucky, scaly skin that develops with the drier weather (at least where I live). To combat that, Candy and I came up with two recipes that have become staples around my house. Add a few drops of essential oils and they double as wonderful Christmas/birthday/thinking-of-you gifts (wink-wink). Hope you enjoy them, too!
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
Easy-peasy, and using ingredients you’re likely to have around the house, this one’s a keeper. Added bonus: you can pronounce all the ingredients!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp honey (optional)
- 3-5 drops essential oil (I use peppermint or lemon for an energizing scent; lavender is a good choice for an end-of-the-day scrub)
Mix together in a jar with a lid and use just before you step in the shower to slough off dead/dry skin. Follow up after your shower/bath with some…
Homemade Body Butter
- 1 cup solid coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp (use extra virgin to avoid the greenish tinge it may have)
- ~1 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel (optional, but it helps the coconut oil stay soft and adds extra healing properties for cracked skin)
- 2-3 drops of essential oils (optional; use the ones above, or use a combination of 5-6 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5-6 drops of peppermint oil for a natural chest rub that may ease congestion)
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I know I’m not the only one feeling a pinch this Christmas season. I recognize that I’m quite a bit more frugal this year…and watching my Christmas shopping oh-so-closely. From Heather at HappyHumbleHome.
The holidays can be a stressful time when you’re struggling financially. We all want to give our loved ones gifts that they will love, but how can we do this when we’re struggling to get by as it is? Well, today we are going to tackle that problem and try to find a solution to the problem: What should you do when you can’t afford the holidays?
Related feature: 10 Best Christmas Budgeting Resources on Pinterest
Regular readers will recognize this recipe, coming from Marilyn’s blog Marilyn’sTreats. This looks super-easy, and who doesn’t love Andes Mints?! Can’t wait to try this one out this weekend!
What is your definition of cozy? Mine is this treat of white and dark chocolate, peppermint and colored sugar. Just need to let this bark harden in the fridge and you are good to go. Add some hot cocoa, pj’s, a crackling fire and a good movie for that warm and cozy night with someone special! #mint #bark
This post brought back such special memories! How wonderful would a trip to Israel be at Christmas?! From Jen at WordTraveling...
I am blessed to share this interview and incredible photos about the experience of our dear friends, Chelsea and Sean Loomis. Sean is the amazing Worship Director and one of the Pastors of our incredible body of Christ, Generation Church. His beautiful bride Chelsea captures images to take your breath away. Be blessed and dream of what it was like for Jesus to walk these steps and rest in this garden as you read their story. And perhaps dream of taking your own journey some day.
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