It’s not often that a lazy Saturday morning comes our way. I didn’t go for a run, I didn’t clean or organize. Noah and I watched movies, baked cookies and enjoyed watching our newly hatched butterflies. It was a nice day.
We gathered up all the necessary ingredients for Martha Stewart’s Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Being three, my son was all about making the cookies himself. Luckily he was patient enough to let me help him, just a little.
The recipe calls for the usual suspects: flour, sugar (granulated and brown), salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, eggs, butter, milk, oats and raisins. One thing I’d mention ahead of time is that this recipe asks that you refrigerate the batter for at least 2 hours before baking. I didn’t read until the moment I had to break the news to Noah. Not a happy moment. Once you are done letting it cool in the refrigerator, spoon the batter into little balls on a baking sheet. I’m partial to Silpat (thanks to my friend Lindsey). Then bake for 16-18 min. Let the little guys cool on a wire rack to cool serve.
Luckily, I was able to bake them while Noah took a nap (and snap a few photos). He awoke to the delicious aroma of freshly baked cookies sprinkled with cinnamon, powdered sugar and love from mommy.
These are the experiences I will cherish and think back on when my son is grown. When he doesn’t pull on my shirt to come play with him and I don’t have to bribe him to finish his green vegetables or use the bathroom before we leave the house. I know one day all I’ll wish for is that he’d cry for me to lay next to him because he can’t sleep.
I am admittedly a person that has a hard time living in the moment. I love to plan and dream of all that lies ahead. However, my little boy teaches me how to let go of the past and not get anxious about the future. He teaches me to just be and maybe make some cookies.
I’ve always been inspired by old hollywood. From the sexy smirk, clothes (or lack of), the jewels, makeup and hair; these ladies are all nothing short of gorgeous in my eyes. Each leading lady is paired with an equally lovely necklace from some of my favorite designers.
Elizabeth Taylor | Turquoise Amsu Necklace by Robyn Rhodes for JewelMint Collective
Lucille Ball | Braided Mint Strands from BaubleBar
Audrey Hepburn | Art Deco Piled Stone Necklace by JCrew
Brigitte Bardot | Fawn Necklace in Cactus by Kendra Scott
Grace Kelly | Labradorite Stone Pendant Necklace by Whitney Stern
Marilyn Monroe | Crystal Fan Necklace in Soft Pink by JCrew
I worked up a new salt scrub this week made with dried lavender and lemon. It’s very bright but also with just the right amount of lavender for quiet relaxation.
Ingredients for a 4 oz container:
- 1 cup salt (I used fine grain sea salt)
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
- 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender (or 10 or so drops of lavender oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 drops of lemongrass (a little goes a long way)
I recently made a lavender scrub with sugar and thought I’d share this one too. It seriously smells like a mojito…
Lavender Mint Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried lavender (or 10 drops of lavender oil)
- 1/2 table spoon of chopped fresh mint
I love body and face scrubs. I can’t get enough of that fresh feeling you get after using a good scrub. I also have come to realize that you don’t need to purchase expensive scrubs to get the benefits by making them at home. I’ve featured a two of my own recipes on the blog already (Lemon Sugar and Salt Scrub as well as a Cinnamon Sugar Scrub). I’m currently working on a new sugar scrub and a new combo sugar and salt scrub that are both a twist on the classics (will share soon!).
Whenever I make scrubs for friends and family I tend to get a few questions about the difference between a sugar and a salt scrub. I thought I’d share my knowledge to compare salt scrubs vs sugar scrubs.
- Right off the bat I’ll say that my skin can handle a high level of exfoliation so I happen to like using sea salt in my salt scrubs because you can feel a difference after even the first use. However, I’d never use salt on my face or in very sensitive areas. So for those of you that have super sensitive skin all over, I would stick to sugar or use super fine salt. You can even take sea salt and throw it in a food processer to create fine grains.
- Best for rough spots such as elbows, knees and the soles of your feet
- I like to combine bright citrus scents when I make a salt scrub such as lemon, grapefruit or lime.
- To me salt is more energizing and best for the morning to awaken the senses.
- By using a thicker carrier oil you can get a bit more moisturizing going as the salt itself is drying and really more of a buffer that rinses clean.
- Salt will help to detoxify skin where sugar only exfoliates.
- Sugar is best for sensitive skin and delicate areas such as the face and neck.
- Sugar is more moisturizing as it sticks to your skin leaving that dewy afterglow.
- Your decision for a carrier oil will again provide either a highly moisturizing experience (olive oil and almond oil) or light and clean (vegetable glycerin).
- I love warm scents such as honey, vanilla or floral such as lavender or rose for sugar scrubs.
- Since sugar scrubs tend to be gentler, I find them more relaxing and great for the evening before bed.
In the end, I love them both but for different reasons. Whichever you love best, the fun part of making your own scrub is the infinite recipe possibilities. Plus, they are such lovely gifts!
Common Salt Types:
- Mineral Salt
- Sea Salt
- Dead Sea Salt
- Table Salt
Common Sugar Types:
- Natural Cane Sugar
- Pure White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Raw Sugar
Common Carrier Oils:
- Olive Oil
- Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
Optional Extras (Don’t go nuts though):
- Essential oils such as lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus or rose
- Vanilla extract
- Used coffee grounds
- Ground oatmeal
- Herbs such as rosemary or basil
- Citrus zest
I’ve been in the crafty mood lately and realized I had a TON of DMC embroidery thread from my DIY Crystal Head Wraps and Macrame Bracelets. I thought I’d try my hand at a different type of bracelet. A rhinestone chevron friendship bracelet to be exact.
I decided on 3 colors of thread and cut 25″ strips, 4 strips of each color (12 strips total). It made for a wider bracelet in the end so you could easily cut it down to 6-8 strips for a thin version. Here a great tutorial from the lovely ladies at Honestly WTF, but I’ll take you through my experience as well.
Once you’ve cut your strips and tied a knot, be sure to leave at least 4 inches at the top. Better to have a little extra than not enough.
I suggest finding a book or box top that you can tape your work to. This way you can sit and work on your bracelet all over the house.
After you get past the first 3-4 rows things get a lot easier. I messed up a few times in the beginning but was able to untie a knot or two and get it right.
Once you’ve run your chevron pattern as long as you see fit, knot it off, braid it and knot to secure.
The last thing I did was glue on a strip of rhinestone trim and stitch it on with some of the embroidery thread.
Lastly, I looked up ways to tie the bracelet on my wrist but the simplest thing is to tie a double knot…