Homemade coconut sugar scrub

This bitter cold winter is taking a toll on my skin, especially my hands. So I whipped up my favorite homemade sugar scrub and have a small jar at both my kitchen and bathroom sink. It smells and feels amazing on my hands!

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It’s like a mini spa treatment every time I wash my hands. Not only can you use it on your hands but it’s also great for your feet, and body. I do recommend that you be careful if you take it in the shower with you as the coconut oil can make the bottom of the tub super slippery. Alright, so let’s get to the recipe.
Ingredients
1/2 Cup coconut oil (I love Trader Joes organic virgin coconut oil)
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
10 drops of your favorite essential oil, I used lemon and lavender

Directions
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. If you want a more coarse texture add more sugar to the mix. Once all the ingredients are combined you’re all set, grab a small scoop and massage into your hands for about 30 seconds with a little bit of warm water. Rinse and pat dry.

If you don’t have essential oils you can omit the oils for a fragrance free scrub or zest a lemon and add to the mixture.

To learn more about essential oils head on over to my teams page http://www.prettyoil.com

~Mary~

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Valentine Love Notes for kids

Valentines day is my favorite holiday, and I don’t mean all the romance, buy me chocolate, a dozen roses valentines day. I mean all the pretty pink (I adore the color pink), showing one another love, making pretty cards, giving little gifts to the ones I love.

Ever since my twins first valentines day I have tried to celebrate and make the holiday special for them. One of the ways I have done this is by writing little love notes to them for each day in February leading up to Valentines Day. It’s a simple yet beautiful way to show your kids how much you love them, and how special they are.

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Here’s what I do:
Each night starting the last night in January up until the night before Valentines Day I write a simple note to each of my kids, then I place them in these little *mailboxes. When they wake up the next morning they each have a note that I get to read to them. It’s that simple. Don’t have a little mailbox? Tape them to their door or make one of those paper valentine mailboxes, or a shoebox would work too. Happy Valentines day!

*I found these mailboxes a few years ago in the dollar bins at Target, and I actually just saw very similar ones this year if you’re looking for some.

~Mary~

Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate

It wouldn’t be a snow day without a steaming mug of hot chocolate, now would it?

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Sure you can just grab a packet of hot cocoa mix and add it to warm water but trust me this is just as easy, taste so much better, and you’ll know exactly what is in it. It’s so easy it’s hard to even call this a recipe. I used unsweetened plain almond milk but any dairy free milk will do.

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Ingredients:
Unsweetened plain almond milk 3 cups
Cocoa powder, unsweetened 2 Tablespoons
Sugar 2 teaspoons

Method:
– Add milk to a medium size sauce pan and gently heat over medium heat until hot, but not boiling
– Whisk in your cocoa powder, and then your sugar until it is smooth without any lumps
– Pour into mugs and enjoy

~Mary~

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Oatmeal Bar Breakfast

Looking for an easy weekday breakfast that’s not only fun for the kids but also healthy?

Try an oatmeal bar !!!

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My four year olds went crazy for their oatmeal when I added their options in cute little bowls and let them pick and choose what they wanted. They loved sprinkling, poring and mixing up their breakfast all on their own. Here’s a list of the ingredients we used but the options are endless.
Ingredients:
-Bowls of your favorite oatmeal ( we used steel cut oats)
-chia seeds
-raisins
-sliced bananas
-flax meal
-almond butter
-soy milk

We love hearing from our readers so comment below and let us know how your kiddies enjoyed their oatmeal bars and what options you used.