coconut vanilla body butter

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

If you've been here before, then you know that I love my coconut oil - especially making things with said coconut oil (see 1 & 2 for starters). Something you might not know is that I also have a sweet spot for vanilla (get it? ha!). So when I found this recipe for coconut vanilla body butter I had to share.

Coconut Vanilla Body Butter
via my life at playtime
  • You only need a jar coconut oil, vanilla extract, and a container (or containers if you're making this for gifts or party favors)
  • Scoop the full jar of coconut oil into a stand mixer or mixing bowl
  • Mix on high (in a stand mixer or via a handheld) for 2-4 minutes, then add a capful of vanilla extract, be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl every now and then
  • Mix on high for another 2-4 minutes, scraping the sides as needed
  • The mix will be nice and fluffy when you're done, like a rich lotion 
  • Transfer to container(s)
  • You can even print cute little labels if you're so inclined
  • Enjoy!
NOTE: This will work with any extract or essential oil of your choice, peppermint or lavender maybe? Also, if you're making a large batch, use one capful of extract for every jar of coconut oil used. 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Such a good reminder - when you're sure of yourself, there's no need to shout.

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You're welcome

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hitchhiker's new music video: Eleven. Crazy and amazing. 

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Emma Watson is my hero

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Friday, September 12, 2014

It may be September, but summer ain't over yet - there's still time for one last float.

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Soda Floats


  1. 1 pint of dark chocolate ice cream
  2. 4 ounces of bourbon
  3. 2 bottles of cherry soda
Fill glasses with ice cream.
Pour in 1-2 shots of bourbon (or lots more). 
Pour in soda. 

They practically make themselves.

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Livy at Four Months

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My baby is four months old. Four! These have been the fastest (and sweetest) four months of my life. It's true what they say, the days are long but the years, they are short. I remind myself of that on especially trying days - someday you will miss this. She'll never be this little again, and you will miss this. It's an odd thing to feel nostalgic for a moment as you live it. I guess that's something every mommy ever has struggled with.

I'm just trying to drink her in. Her warm milky baby breath on my neck, the delicious weight of her body as I carry her to bed, the way she melts into my shoulder when I pick her up, her bright blue eyes and they way they follow me where ever I go, how fuzzy her little coconut head is ... I am truly smitten by this little lady. I don't even mind her poop that much (but we haven't started solids yet, so check back with me on that one in a few months).

At four months, Livy is so alert and very social. She loves going on walks, and prefers to sit front facing in our Stokke carrier now. She is an observer, quietly taking it all in until we're alone together, then she coos and squeals, telling me about everything she saw and what she thought about it. She can reach for and grasp a toy or lovie, and pull herself up to a seated position with help. She's rolled over once, but it would seem that for now, once was enough. She smiles and giggles, and wakes up in such a good mood - all big baby blues and toothless grins. She has such a sweet disposition, but there is determination there too. She knows what she likes, namely nursing, singing, cuddling, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, her baby gym, her lovie, her daddy, and me - most of all.

Babies don't stay babies for long enough, and I can't believe mine is already four months along. My sweet girl, I love you more than words can say.

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Current Beauty Indulgences

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Since becoming a mama, I've really started to hold my daily (fingers crossed) shower as sacred. It's basically the only "me" time I get these days. So I decided to invest in some indulgent products to make the whole thang that much more of an escape.

I've always been careful to choose healthy products with safe ingredients, but I've definitely stepped it up since my pregnancy. Even now, while I'm breast feeding, everything I consume or put on my body gets passed to my baby girl so I want to take extra care to make healthful choices for the both of us.

So I went on a search for indulgent and healthy products, and I've made a few discoveries.

Nourish Organics Almond Vanilla Body Wash: this smells so divine, the blend of aloe, coconut milk, vitamin e, and essential oils is truly soothing, and yes, nourishing.

Pacifica Kona Coffee Body Scrub: I'm still a fan of making my own scrubs, but every now and then it's nice to buy a special one. This scrub exfoliates and stimulates to really improve the texture of your skin, leaving you almost as soft and smooth as your baby.

Aveda Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner: let's face it, this stuff works. My hair is soft and bouncy, plus you can't beat the herbaceous lingering smell.

Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion: I use plain old straight up coconut oil on my baby (it moisturizes and makes her smell so yummy), but I was gifted some of this lotion so ... I'm using it. :-) It's silky, highly moisturizing, leaves a nice light sent, and I know it's completely safe for my baby cakes. It's nice not to have to worry about holding her after applying it.

In terms of facial skin care - I'm still faithful to the basic outline of the AM and PM routines, but am really digging the Korres products, especially the Wild Rose Serum, these days.

Are there any indulgent products you're enjoying at the moment? Also, if you ever want to check on the safety of your products you can do a search on the Skin Deep Data Base - it's a great resource.

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