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HOMEMADE POSTCARDS

It was a BUSY summer. I hope to slowly but surely add some bits and pieces of what's been happening here. Traveling can be fantastic, but also it can be tiring. One of the ways we have utilized downtime when traveling is making homemade postcards. It's a great way to record things you've seen and share that with family and friends. Plus you get the bonus of sending mail. Who doesn't love receiving something unexpected in the mailbox?

The great thing about these is it doesn't take much to pack or prepare for this. Have some sturdy paper that you cut down to size. We do 4"x6". You'll want to check your dimensions because if it's larger than what USPS uses for postcard postage you will pay more. Choose a medium that won't get messy in the handling and mailing process like colored pencils or markers. Once you've designed the cover of the card, flip it over to write a message, address it, and send it off! 

homemade postcards

I make sure we have some postcard stamps with our paper and pens before the trip, so we don't have any reason to delay mailing these.

COCONUT BODY SCRUB

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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