Want It Wednesday

My mother had really gotten into essential oils. She raves they have improved her relaxation, helped her beat colds, and alleviated her muscle aches. The blog Helloglow just posted an article about the top 5 essential oils to use. 

 I am thinking it is time to give essential oils a try. Do you use essential oils as part of an aromatherapy routine? 
 

DIY Disaster

I have been busily working on details for my upcoming wedding. I still have 160ish days, but doing things early is essential to my sanity. Right now I am figuring out what things I want to do myself and what I am leaving up to the professionals. This weekend we attempted to tackle wedding invitations. 

Wedding invitations are EXPENSIVE. I thought $400 would be enough for all the stationary (save the dates, invitations, thank you cards). Well that was so wrong. Invitations have at least 4-5 pieces so the cost added up quickly. After much research, I decided that I would buy a kit from Michael’s and print them myself. I bought 3 kits of these: 

 
Simple with a touch of shimmer. Perfect right? So Sunday we got to work. We figured out the template, got through the hurdle of formatting, and had our printer in working order. And then…I don’t know what happened. Several trials  and many profanities later this is all I got:

 (Sections have been blurred for privacy) 

Ugh!!!!!! Was this whole thing a waste of time? What was I going to do?

Thankfully, I later found out that I could bring them to a printing shop and get them to print them. Crisis averted (I hope ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ).

Ever had a DIY project go terribly bad?

 

The Beauties of Coconut Oil

My skin and hair are a mess right now. They are dry and lacking their normal luster. I am pretty sure it is from our visit to the cold weather a few weeks ago. Today I had the day off, so I treated myself to some beauty treatments. 

One of my favorite beauty treatment ingredients is Coconut Oil. It is cheap, lightweight, and easy to find. How easy? Well just check out your local grocery store. 

My Go-To Coconut Oil Beauty Treatments

1)I Feel and Flourish’s DIY exfoliater. I made a batch using Coconut Oil and brown sugar. Making one batch? Use 2 tablespoons of both ingredients, mix, and  apply in the shower.

 This exfoliator is great. It is super easy to make and leaves skin feeling soft. Try not to get water in it, as the sugar will begin to melt. 

2)My hair is super dry. So before I  shampoo I moisturize using a Coconut Oil/Tea Tree Oil mixture. Melt 2 tablespoons of  the oil in the microwave for about 25 seconds and then add 4-5 drops of the Tea Tree Oil. Rub it into your scalp and then toward the ends of your hair. I put a plastic bag over my hair to create some heat. I generally leave it on my hair for 30 minutes. Jump in the shower and wash you hair as usual. 

 The The Indian Spot says this mixture is also a great overnight face mask. I have yet to try this, but I may later this week.

Here are some other Coconut Oil recipes I would like to try:

Coconut Oil Eye Cream 

Coffee Scrub Mask
Eye Makeup Remover
What are your favorite ways to use Coconut Oil?

 

Up and Down

Hello all! Sorry for it being quiet around here. I have not been feeling in the blogging mood. Despite my lack of writing, I have been knitting quite a bit. Currently, I am working on two sweaters.

My Plain and Simple Pulloverย is going well. I finished the first sleeve and started on the second one. I casted on 90 stitches and knitted until a 1/2″ above the elbow. Then I decreased 2 stitches every 10 rows 4 times. After that I knitted a 3×3 rib for 3 1/2″ to finish off the cuff.

A few days ago I started the top down sweater On the Beach. This sweater seems super speedy compared to my sweater above. I am using Cascade 220 Sport and size US 8 needles. My fiancรฉ was a little upset with my color choice as it happens to be the colors of the Seattle Seahawks- rivals of the SF 49ers. Whoops!๐Ÿ˜ณ I didn’t even realize it. Don’t worry I will still wear it…just not during football season.

So what are you working on?