This week we were honoring teacher appreciation week this week. Sometimes it's a challenge get something special for all the people who interact, encourage and engage in the kiddo's lives daily weekly and so on. Without a doubt we appreciate all these people VERY MUCH! 

This particular gift also overlaps nicely with Valentine's Day. 

I have made truffles in the past, but this particular time I bought my go to chocolate truffles from Whole Foods Market.

What you need:

  • truffles, or something equally special
  • small canning jars
  • paper
  • pen


Truffle Jars

I just use regular drawing paper and I use the jar lid as a stencil. Make as many circles as you need jars, then cut out and write your message.

truffle gifts

Fill jar with truffles, then place jar lid, paper, and jar ring around. Repeat as needed!

truffle jar gifts

The kiddos then sign there name. If you are doing this for Valentine's Day, you can put sweet love notes on your jar to give to your Valentine!

Happy Valentine's!

Happy Appreciations!




Apologies for the delay in posts. The end of 2014 was filled with a few bumps in the road. One of them was the computer decided to die and talking sweetly to it to bring it back to life took some time. This set off a series of things that just didn't get done. I am beginning 2015 working on recovering from the items that need attention from 2014. So it goes.

Winter is here and any added moisture is a treat! A good friend of mine sent me some homemade coconut sugar scrub for the holidays, which was a such a welcomed treat. Thank you, friend. I went through that quite quickly. I was anxious for more, so I made some.

I am sure there are a lot of varieties out there, but here is what I did. 

Here is what you need:

  • one part coconut oil
  • one and half part sugar
  • essential oils, or extract
  • essential oil options: lime, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, clove
  • extract options: vanilla, lemon, almond, lime, peppermint
  • jar for storage

Melt the coconut oil until it's easy to mix. Add the sugar until it forms it's own clumps and begins to stick together. If you want it courser, add more sugar. If you want it creamier, add coconut oil. Then add your fragrance of choice. I used lime essential oil for my first batch. If you're making some for kiddos, use extract. This is especially helpful if you have kiddos who like to taste things. 

Once you have all items mixed up, place in a jar for safe keeping. 

coconut sugar scrub

I use about 1-2 Tablespoons per bath. I've also been keeping some by the sink to grab for a little to clean up. This is especially helpful when working on art, as the hand washing becomes a little obsessive (for me). 

As the story goes, this is also great for gifts!

coconut oil scrub