Archives for April 2013

Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

A few years ago, I wrote about how I reward myself for clearing out the dishwasher.  I set a timer and reward myself with scrubs for my hands.

So, I was psyched to see Simple Scrubs to Make and Give in the Ultimate Homemaking eBook bundle.

The author Stacy allowed me to share the basic sugar scrub.

Basic Sugar Scrub




1 cup sugar – brown, white, raw, or a combination of these
¼ to ½ cup oil – coconut oil (melted), safflower, sweet almond, grapeseed, or olive – choose one oil or use a combination

Optional extras:

Essential oils

Grated cocoa butter

Vanilla or almond extract

Ground coffee

Dried herbs, ground

I chose vanilla extract.  You simply combine the sugar and oil, adding oil to produce the consistency you want.  Stacy says, “Body scrub should be soft and somewhat slushy, but not too runny.”

And if you’re not happy with the results she says to adjust in the following ways:

  • If the scrub is too runny and slides right off your hands, add more sugar.
  • If the scrub is too dry, add more oil (a little at a time).
  • If the scent is not strong enough, add a drop or two of essential oil (but don’t go overboard! Once it’s too strong, it’s hard to go back without making scrub for the entire neighborhood).


Lexi tried it with me and she couldn’t get over how sweet it smelled and how smooth her hands felt afterward.  I love that I can use ingredients I have in my pantry.  Who knew it was so simple?

I put mine in a little mason jar from Hobby Lobby and topped it with some extra fabric I’ve had from IKEA.  Perfect for gifts and easy peasy!

Stacy has included all sorts of different recipes and additional information like where to buy ingredients and how to use them.  You can buy Simple Scrubs on its own or I’d certainly suggest buying the eBook bundle.  And if you have the book already, try one of the recipes out and let me know what you think!

It’s Here! The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle + Kindle Fire HD Giveaway



Happy Monday! I’m so excited about this bundle and hope you will be too!!  For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!  That’s just .31 per book!  PLUS over $140 of FREE Bonuses! I’m so honored my book Entangled has been included and would like to welcome any new readers checking out my site for the first time! Entangled is a book close to my heart and I hope it’s a blessing to your marriage.

You’ll find books in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle the following categories:

  • Organization and cleaning
  • Cookbooks
  • Spiritual growth for both moms and kids
  • Home décor and DIY
  • Frugal living
  • Health and fitness
  • Blogging
  • Financial tools
  • Time Management
  • Pregnancy and baby care

You will not find a more comprehensive collection of homemaking resources anywhere on the web, and particularly not in this price range. For this low price, you gain access to every single one of these resources, so that you can customize your own collection to contain exactly the ones you want and know you’ll use.


You know me, though, I like to count the cost of a deal.  Is it *really* worth $29.97?  There’s no doubt it’s overwhelming to decide so I did the hard work for you. I took the time to find the books I’m most excited about to see if the math works. Check it out in the video below.



In case you skipped the video, I shared the 15 books pictured below which are worth $86, making them $1.99 each if you JUST got those.  But, you get 82 other books you can read, many that are AWESOME but I just didn’t have the time to mention.  PLUS you get the  free bonuses (anyone like free toothpaste?).  I firmly believe a book can change your life so there is no question this is a good deal.




And listen, you might just find one or two books you like and for sure, just buy those if that’s all you want.  Like I said, it’s only a great deal if you use it.  It only takes 5 or so to make it worth it though.

For you regular readers, I’ll warn you this week may look a little different than others. I’m so excited about this bundle that I’m dedicating all my posts this week to the sale.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to be spammy.  I’m just going to take the time to highlight some things *I* get from the books in the bundle because there just really is no way to do it in one post.  Whether or not you buy the book, I hope they’ll be informative and FUN.

On top of all that, 21 of the authors are offering an extra incentive to share the sale by giving away a Kindle HD Fire to help you read all these books!  How cool is that?

So without further adieu, head over to a landing page which has the giveaway, all the books pictured and linked individually if you prefer, all the bonuses you’ll get, links to buy and all the fine print you need to know.

Please note: This collection is only available from 9 a.m. EST on April 29th to 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4th. There will be no late sales offered.

(in)RL Conference and Five Minute Friday: Friend



My intent with today’s space here was to tell you about the free (in)RL conference this weekend.  It’s free and you can stay right at home and watch.  Or, there are meetups going on all around the world where you can meet new friends and watch the webcasts together.

I was honored to film a tiny little segment while I was at Allume last year.  I talk about how intentional I’ve gotten with my real life friends since the (in)RL conference the prior year.

Before (in)RL 2012, I knew that meeting with my friends was fun and I’d always walked away happy but it wasn’t until that conference that I understood it was my lifeline.

I needed community.

I don’t know about you but life builds up inside.  One child is dealing with sickness and the other friendships and then your grandmother gets sick and then your husband’s and then work is pressuring you with goals and you’re trying to write blog posts until 1am and keep up with laundry and make healthy meals every night and keep up with teacher appreciation gifts and on and on and there just comes a point where you’re full and overwhelmed and you just need a friend to unload on. 

And it’s not to dump on them so you feel a lot better.  Because the thing is, your friend has a different list that’s just as long and you dump it all between you and then lift it up to the Father and say take this.  We can’t do it on our own.  We need each other and we need you.

And this week, I found out one of my lifelines is moving away.  And I won’t pretend there haven’t been tears.  I know she’ll read these words and I know she’ll understand.  Because we’re friends and that’s what we do.  We cry when things are hard and lean on each other and the Father together.

I hope you tune in to (in)RL this weekend because I believe in the power of community and friendships.  It will encourage you and remind you—friends help build your soul, keep you sane and sometimes give you a great reason to have a cup of coffee.



I didn’t register last year until 20 minutes into the first session.  The last opening session doesn’t air today until 9pm EST.  Do it, it’s worth it!


Also, I hope you realize all of YOU are my lifelines too.  I share my life and you say “me too” and it helps to keep marching on.  Thank you for staying with me.


This post is linked with Five Minute Friday.

What I’m Into – April 2013

On the Internet



Coffitivity is a web site that plays coffee shop background noise.  They say it helps boost creativity while you work. 

I have no idea if it really boosts any creativity but I’m at home working often and find that it’s super helpful to have some noise, but nothing I have to pay close attention to.  With music, I’m paying too much attention to the lyrics. Although the site does allow you to add in some music if you want.



Pocket is my absolute new favorite tool online.  I come across SO MANY links to read on Twitter but usually don’t have time to read them. I just click a little button in my tool bar and Pocket puts the link in a list to read later.  

Pocket has a great iPad app and I tend to read through my list at the end of the day while I’m lying with the kids at night when they read.

You should totally “pocket” this article for later if you don’t have time to digest it all now.



Duck Dynasty


I’d been hearing about Duck Dynasty for months and months but without satellite, we’ve been missing out on watching.  I couldn’t imagine that we’d get a lot of enjoyment from a show about a group of self-professed redneck duck hunters but I was really wrong.

We borrowed the first two seasons on DVD and got totally and completely hooked, staying up late every night of Spring Break to watch episode after episode all together.  I wish you could see Scott cackle at Uncle Si.  Jase is my favorite and the girls have a crush on John Luke.

We just realized we could have been watching it online and have watched much of Season 3, much to our disappointment.  It’s been forced and bland.  But still, Si still seems to pull through with some sort of shenanigan every episode and makes it worth the 30 minutes.


In My Kitchen

Chocolate covered espresso beans


Espresso beans by themselves? Grody.  Chocolate covered espresso beans?  Heavenly.  

Love having these to snack on in the afternoon.  They’re not cheap though so wait for a sale.


In My Closet

Neutral Sandals


I picked these sandals up for $14 with free shipping from a Loft sale a few weeks ago.  I was ecstatic when they were a perfect fit.  

If you haven’t noticed in my What I Wore Wednesday posts, I’ve been wearing the hound out of them this month—capris, jeans, dresses—they go with anything. 

Striped Maxi


I’ve mentioned it in my What I Wore Wednesday posts but I adore my striped maxi.  I can wear it so many ways and I plan to keep experimenting through the summer.


In My Hands



I knocked off an item from my Growth Plan and have been crocheting this month! 

My friend Becky met me at Starbucks a few weeks ago and taught me the basics.  I’ve been practicing and finished the roll? spool? bundle? of yarn she gave me.  It turned out like a very wonky doll blanket.  The sides have more waves than a pageant winner in a parade.  I’m horrible at it so far but I do like it.



OK, you haven’t been reading if you don’t know the biggest new thing I’ve been into this month is our new puppy Bella.   She’s a terrible amount of work but oh so fun-loving and sweet and worth it.



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If you are AT ALL interested in eBooks there is a HUGE bundle that goes on sale on Monday FOR ONLY ONE WEEK that you’re going to want to get your hands on.  There’s going to be NINETY-SEVEN books in this bundle worth over $600 from your favorite bloggers (including my eBook Entangled) PLUS $140 in FREE bonus offers for only $29.97.

I’ll be putting up a post on Monday listing all the details on how to get it so make plans to swing by!


What I Wore Wednesday 4.24.2013

It’s Wednesday!  I share my outfits from the week with The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore Wednesday.

I pair my outfits with inspirational photos.  Read more about that here.

Email and RSS readers are probably going to need to click over to the site to see the pins.


You have to know all I care about in this picture is how Bella is looking at me, right?  I love you, Mommy.  I actually do love my new sweater because I got it for like $8 at Old Navy this weekend.






Let’s connect!  Like on Facebook (where you can see some outtakes from my pictures).  Follow me on Pinterest (where I post these inspirational pictures),Instagram (where you might sneak an early peek of an outfit) or Twitter.





If you are AT ALL interested in eBooks there is a HUGE bundle that goes on sale on Monday FOR ONLY ONE WEEK that you’re going to want to get your hands on.  There’s going to be NINETY-SEVEN books in this bundle worth over $600 from your favorite bloggers (including my eBook Entangled) PLUS $140 in FREE bonus offers for only $29.97.

I’ll be putting up a post on Monday listing all the details on how to get it so make plans to swing by!