DIY Natural Exfoliating Scrub

As we bid a final farewell to winter and prepare to welcome the warmer weather with open arms, you may notice how the frigid cold winter has left your skin rough, dry and dull-looking. Using an exfoliant on your skin allows new skin to grow, and when combined with the moisturizing benefits from the coconut oil, this DIY scrub will leave your skin looking fresh and ready for shorts and flip flops!
scrub2With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we wanted to share this natural (and equally beautiful) facial scrub. It only takes a few minutes to whip up and would make a practical and cute gift for the special momma in your life.

The scrub is made with organic coconut oil, sugar and a mixture of orange and grapefruit zest. You could also replace the real fruit ingredients with essential oils to extend the shelf life of the scrub.

½ C. coconut oil
½ C. white sugar (or baking soda for a gentler scrub)
Zest of ½ Grapefruit
Zest of ½ Orange
1 T. Grapefruit Juice OR approximately 25 drops of grapefruit oil

Place the firm coconut oil and white sugar (or baking soda) in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix together on low speed until thick. Add the grapefruit zest, orange zest and grapefruit juice (or grapefruit oil) to the mixture. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well and then store in a glass jar. Be sure to keep it refrigerated when not in use.
scrub3You can easily replace the sugar or baking soda with sea salt to make a foot scrub or interchange the scent by using different essential oils.
scrub4Have fun experimenting with different flavor combinations and coming up with your favorite. Store the scrub in a pretty mason jar (with a lid) and add it into a little gift basket with a pretty spring nail polish and a gift certificate to your mom’s favorite place to get a pedicure.

And there you have it – a sweet thoughtful gift for mom that’ll make her smile and feel pampered!

DIY Industrial Herb Garden

There’s something so rewarding about harvesting your own vegetables and herbs from the garden. Tending to your garden and seeing it through the whole process from seed to mature plant is extra fun,  so why not bring the goodness of your garden indoors with this industrial herb garden? Added bonus: you wont have to fight off those pesky garden critters!
kingsSeen here on the show, we love using antique items in unexpected ways. For example, this vintage chicken feeder turned into a herb garden – as seen on episode 11- season 2.herbs3We realize that not everyone will have access to a vintage chicken feeder, so we thought it would be a fun idea to show how to ‘get the look’ with items available at your local hardware store.

What you’ll need:
5″ x 30″ gauge galvanized duct pipe
Tin snippers
Aluminum baking pan
Toilet cleaner (to age pipe – we found Zep Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaner to worked well)
Steel wool
Herbs of choice
Orange, brown and black paint
– Cut pipe to desired height (this one measures approx. 14″)
(important: please be sure to use protective gear to cut through the tin as the edges become extremely sharp.)
– In a well ventilated area, place pipe in bucket or tray and generously pour toilet bowl cleaner solution all over pipe.
– Wearing rubber gloves, scrub pipe with steel wool and allow to sit for 30 minutes (you should see it begin to corrode.)
– Once you are happy with the patina, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry (you may need to repeat the process if not completely corroded.)
– Mix orange and brown paint at a 1:3 ratio and apply to give the illusion of rust. (optional)
– Stencil numbers or letters with acrylic paint. (optional)
– Drill four small holes in the bottom of the baking pan. (this is optional, but it allows for improved drainage)
– Fill baking pan with soil. If using a bundt or tube baking pan, place a piece of plastic over the opening to seal its hole.
– Place pipe in the center and fill with soil.
– Plant desired herbs around baking pan and then on top of pipe.herbs5Make these part of your home by stenciling a number that has meaning to you, be it your house number or a date, etcetera. You could also write words related to cooking such as ‘kitchen,’ ‘cook,’ ‘herbs,” etcetera. Whatever speaks to you! Also, remember to research the herbs you choose to plant. Sun-loving herbs may require a few extra hours of sunlight, whereas others may not. Enjoy!


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Simple Spring Quinoa Salad

There’s nothing quite like a cozy blanket and yummy comfort food to keep you warm through the winter, but as the days grow warmer, a light and refreshing salad and a cool glass of lemonade just seems to hit the spot. This particular salad is not only packed with healthy superfoods, but is also super simple to whip up!
You’ve probably heard of the many benefits of quinoa, and it’s no wonder it’s considered the world’s most popular superfood. With its high protein, fiber and mineral content, quinoa has become a healthy alternative to rice and is readily available at most local grocery stores.

Spring Quinoa Salad with Edamame and Peas
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
1 cup of green peas
1 cup of  shelled edamame
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Optional: 1/4 cup thinly sliced fennel

– Cook quinoa according to package directions
– Briefly boil peas and edamame; allow to cool
– In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon and lime juice, salt and pepper
– Mix quinoa, diced onion, edamame , peas and fennel together
– Drizzle dressing over salad and toss until thoroughly mixed
  And enjoy!
Here is a fun little tip: mix some of the foliage from the fennel as part of this easy centerpiece. You can use rosemary, mint or any other herb as well. It’s easy and unexpected, which makes it fun for your guests.
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This salad is not only nutritious and filling, but the edamame and peas make it pretty and colorful! Be sure and present it in some unexpected dishes as well, like this oversized mug, for some extra fun!
We hope you love this simple, filling little springtime salad and take the time to enjoy it with friends and family!