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Homemade Gift Ideas – Sugar Scrub & Whipped Coconut Oil & A Winner!

Week #2 of homemade gift ideas is something so luxurious, yet so simple, you will wonder why you haven’t been making it all along – Lemon Vanilla Sugar Scrub & Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter. First let me just say that these two little gifts go together so well and smell so fantastic you almost want to keep all the goods for yourself (and maybe even taste them). And that is what is so great, they are easy to make and can be made in a variety of ways all from stuff you already have in your house, so there is enough for gift giving and a little for yourself.

I always find with the cold temperatures this time of year there is nothing better than a good scrub and some moisturizing body butter to help combat the dryness and chapped skin and these really work so well and are so much more affordable to make. The scrub is a combination of olive oil, sugar, lemon zest and some vanilla and when you open the jar in the morning it smells like joy, I mean pure happiness. The burst of lemon zest is a bright wake up with the scent of vanilla lingering in the background. The body butter is so simple; it is just a couple cups of coconut oil whipped up to a thick, creamy lotion.

The yellow of the scrub and bright white of the whipped coconut oil are so pretty on their own that you really don’t need to do much so I packaged these gifts up fairly simply, just little mason jars with labels and some raffia, a pretty red or gold Christmas ribbon would also work well for the holidays.

The indulgent, luxurious feeling of this gift combination would make a great gift for the people who you really want to show your appreciation to – the great teacher, mom and sister, your best overworked friend, or maybe the new mom who has a hard time finding some time for herself (not to say it is only for women, if you happen to know a guy who has to work outdoors a lot, the scrub and oil would be great for dry hands). I know I always love receiving a great gift that makes me feel pampered and this one I love!

And finally, thank you to all who participated in Friday’s giveaway, I hope everyone had a chance to visit Lemon Sweet Jewelry’s site and pick some items out for the wish list or gift list. And thanks to Lemon Sweet for choosing to do this giveaway on Cookies & Corgis, it was so fun and appreciated. The winner of the tiny dot gold necklace is Kate! Thank you for subscribing and taking the time to leave a comment as well, I will be in contact to get your shipping information. Thanks again to all who participated!

Lemon Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Combine the sugar and olive oil and mix really well, you want the sugar very well coated with oil. Then add your zest and vanilla and mix well. That’s it, so simple! Store in cute jars for gifts (add a label and some ribbon) or keep for yourself. I recommend scrubbing up with it before turning on the water in the shower since the sugar will dissolve easily once you rinse off.

Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

  • 2 cups coconut oil

Put coconut oil in stand mixer and whip it for about 5-10 minutes. I only did about 7 minutes. I also recommend putting the mixer bowl in the fridge first since the oil warms easily and then is liquidy to whip up.


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What a HORRIBLE Week For a Diet!

I realize how stereotypical I am, but when I am approaching my Special Time each month all I want is chocolate and ice cream.  I CRAVE chocolate and ice cream.  I DREAM about chocolate and ice cream.  And let me tell you, when I do not get my chocolate and ice cream, my Special Time just feels a little less special and a little more hellish.

Particularly when, on the second week of my diet, Sonic goes and decides that they’re going to give away free root beer floats on Thursday night, and that they will air a commercial to this effect every bloody second on every bloody commercial.  (Hm, perhaps a bad choice of modifier there… ew.)  Last night, I practically broke down in tears when I saw the Free Root Beer Float (!) commercial at 11 o’clock and I realized that the opportunity had passed me by.  You’d think I would be proud of myself for resisting the siren call of the delicious, bubbly, icy cold, creamy combo of soft serve vanilla and root beer, but no, all I could think was, “Good job, asshole, you missed your chance!”

Tonight I’m finally meeting one of the absolutely fabulous internet friends I’ve made over the past four years, and apparently the restaurant we’re going to serves a chocolate cake that is absolutely to die for.  I don’t know how I’m going to hold up and make it through the evening without tears.  I cracked under the pressure of the root beer float, however am I going to make it past a dessert with the name “Chocolate Insanity”??  It’s cruel really.  Shouldn’t there be some kind of clause in the dieting contract that exempts you from participation when you are faced with such temptation?

The only light breaking through all of these black dessert clouds is that I am ever so excited to be meeting my friend and Colby should be arriving home some time tomorrow.  At the exact point at which I lay eyes on him for the first time, I plan to go into full on campaigning mode, my platform being that we should hire the adorable painter who came yesterday and gave me an extremely reasonable quote for painting the majority of the remaining, unpainted interior of our house.  The thought of picking up a paint roller again makes me feel physically ill, and I can’t bear to see another room of our beautiful new house butchered by our complete lack of painting skill.  I was completely charmed by the painter when, on our first phone call, he segued from room sizes and number of coats of paint to an ongoing narrative about a bird that was talking to him, and playing with a ball.  Then he emailed me a picture of his dog.  Apparently, just because. 

Now, that is the kind of endearing insanity that I wholeheartedly endorse, and I feel that our only choice is to do our part to support his bird talking, dog loving lifestyle.

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