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Fall fun, DIY pumpkin sugar scrub!

Hello all!  I know I don’t often post on a Saturday, but considering Houston is under flood warnings due to tropical storm Patricia.  

 Plus I am actually not working today (yay!!), so I have some free time.  To avoid cleaning my office I worked more on my sugar scrub that I started the other night.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz organic refined coconut oil
  • 4-5 cups pure cane sugar
  • 1 TBS vitamin E oil
  • 2 TBS pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TBS cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Whip coconut oil (I used my kitchen aid stand mixer)
  2. Add in sugar, 1 cup at a time, fully whip.  (If you don’t like the consistency you can add more sugar or more oil- For a more gritty scrub, add more sugar. If you like a softer scrub use less sugar or more oil).
  3. Add in spices and vanilla
  4. Make sure all the ingredients are fully mixed together.
  5. Store in a glass or BPA free plastic container.  I am a huge fan of Mason jars!

 
This is perfect for hands, face and really all over the body.  And don’t worry if you eat it because it is all natural!
It makes great gifts, especially with the holidays coming up!

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make it and what you think!  Be warned, you will smell delicious! 😉

Have a happy and healthy weekend!
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Weekend Recap and Motivation Monday is Back!

Hello all!  How was your weekend?  After a few cold and rainy days, we had a weekend of perfect weather!  It was sunny and in the 60s!  Just amazing!  I love this kind of weather and could live in it all year!  It was another busy weekend.
Brief recap:
Friday night- Date night & exploring my new essential oils!
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Saturday- Painting, bike ride, birthday party and babysitting.
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Sunday- Church, babysitting, lots of laundry and dinner with a friend & her kiddos while their daddy is out of town.  Also enjoying my new oils and admiring my hard work!
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I want to welcome back Motivation Monday with my first guest Paula from Run Far Wine Often!
She is a fellow Sweat Pink, Girls Gone Sporty & My Soxy Feet Ambassador!  We have a lot in common and her story is certainly an inspiration to me!!

Here is her story:
My story is similar to what a lot of people go through I’m sure 🙂 I was never athletic (definitely not a runner). My brothers were the athletic ones – I was the bookworm.

In my early 20s I started to put on a little more weight. Then a little more. Until one day, at 25, I realized I had gained 60 pounds over the past 3 years.

So, I did what a lot of girls do – I tried every fad diet. I took diet pills. I drank slim fast. I ate lean cuisines for every meal. And some of the weight would come off, but it would inevitably show back up. What I was not doing – what I HATED doing – was work out.

Finally, after a year of yoyo dieting I realized I had to do something different. It was then that I finally started working out. I started doing the Couch to 5k program to get me running. Within six months I had completed my first 5k and 10k and became obsessed. By the end of the first year of running I had done my first half.

Five years later, I’m training for my first full marathon and achieved a PR in the half of 1:44. It’s become my lifestyle. I still struggle to maintain good nutrition (I love food), but I’ve never stopped running.

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Paula is training for her first marathon to top off all her hard work!!  Let’s leave her some love and encouragement!!

Thank you for sharing your story Paula!
To find more of Paula you can check out her blog:  http://www.runfarwineoften.com
or find her on instagram: http://instagram.com/paulashelly

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Well, welcome to 2015….only a few days late

Hello friends!  How is it already day 9 of 2015???  This year is already starting to fly by.  I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New years.  Things have been plugging along on this end.  Been battling through some migraines since Christmas day, so that has not been fun.  I am not really sure what is causing them, but I am ready for them to go away!  I used to get them often several years ago, but then they went away for the most part.  Other than the migraines, the rest of 2014 was a bit of a let down.  I have yet to really post about my last race, and the disappointment that came with not finishing.  I know in my head that I pushed myself really hard in 2014 to reach some goals that were challenging, yet attainable, and I am proud of those goals, but not finishing the last race really set me back.  I think all year I had this dream and vision that I was going to rock the last few races and really prove that I CAN do this despite some other things I have been dealing with.  Not finishing was like a smack in the face with a reality check that I have a lot of work to do….So in lies my goals for 2015 which I am still processing through and working on.

So in other news I was very blessed and fortunate to receive some really great Christmas gifts, spend some quality time with The hubs, and get some things done in my house.
A few weeks before Christmas I was asked several times what I wanted. As I have grown older, I really don’t NEED anything, but there were a few kitchen items I have had my eye on for a while.

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A girl can dream right?!?!

Well thanks to my darling husband, and generous gifts from several friends, my wishes were granted!!!
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I have been in the mood to change some things in our house, but did not want to fork over $$$$ to do it.  This past weekend I finally got some new bedding (thanks to a gift card) and painted a dresser that we use for kitchen storage!  Bedroom furniture is next on the list to change!!

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I am pretty happy with how it all turned out.  I have a few areas I need to touch up, but overall I am pretty happy with it.  I got the look I was aiming for for around $50 vs $1200!!  Not bad, not bad.

How were your holidays?
Have you ever done a DIY makeover?

XO,
Esther
CRG

Before I travel…

I have this thing…before I travel (especially flying), I have to clean.  And not just surface clean, but deep clean everything!  I don’t know why, but I have been doing it for a while now.  Monday  night as I began to do laundry I realized I was about out of my homemade laundry soap.  So I picked up some supplies yesterday!  When I got home from work I made a new batch!  For me I like to know what I am putting on my body (clothes, bedding, towels), and I don’t want to pay a fortune for it.  I have used some more natural detergents in the past, but they were more than I really wanted to pay.  I finally got brave last year and made some laundry soap.  It was a HIT!  Both the hubs and I LOVE IT!  It is pretty inexpensive to make, smells great, and I have a peace of mind about what I am using to wash my clothes.  (This is in NO way judging anyone who uses any other type of laundry soap!  This is just what works for my family).

Ingredients:
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Use equal parts of each powder ingredient then use a grater to shave in the soap.
The Oxi Clean comes with a small scoop and measures out about 13-14 scoops.  I use the same scoop to measure the borax (about 1/2 the box), and the washing soda (almost the whole box).
I scoop them all into a shoe box sized plastic container.  Between each layer of powder I shave in some soap, then blend it all together.
Overall it takes about 15-20 min to make, most of that time is spent grating the soap.
I usually only use one bar of soap, but since I have been having some sleep issues I added an extra bar of lavender soap in hopes that it will help me sleep better!
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I use a smaller scoop for my laundry, or if I use this one I only use it 1/3 full.

Breakdown
Washing Soda – $3.19
Borax – $3.79 (1/2 the box = $1.90)
Oxy Clean – $7.52
Dr. Bronners bar soap – $4.69 (2 = 9.38)

Total = 21.99

14 cups of each product = 42 cups x 3 loads per cup = 126 loads

Price per load = $0.17
(Only $0.14 per load if only one bar of soap used)

Comparison with other brands I have used in the past:
Tide powder – $0.22 per load
All – $0.21 per load
Seventh Generations – $0.21

Well it is back to cleaning and packing before I travel up north! Oh speaking of traveling, I was featured on a travel blog today, Your Fit Trip!  You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/wybesther

Do you have any pre-travel rituals?
Have you ever made your own laundry soap?

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-