Make It Yourself: Brightening Sugar Scrub

There are approximately 1 bajazillion different ways to make your own facial cleansers using everyday ingredients from your pantry. Somehow I often manage to forget this when I’m wandering the aisles of a drugstore and I nearly get sucked in by all of the promises that this product will make me look 10 years younger instantly or that my skin will glow brighter than 7 suns. I ran out of exfoliator a few weeks ago and had planned on picking something up to replace it but luckily for me I’m easily overwhelmed so I quickly realized I should just make my own.

This is my go-to formula for a basic sugar scrub that leaves me feeling soft and refreshed without being too harsh: honey is a natural humectant which means it draws moisture into your skin from the air so you’re moisturized with no grease, citrus juice contains enzymes that eat away at oil and dead skin leaving you bright and beautiful plus it’s antibacterial so it gives you that lovely clean feeling, and brown sugar provides just the right amount of grit. This formula might be a little harsh for dry and sensitive skins (I’ll post a tutorial later for y’all!) but it’s just right for normal to oily folks who need a good sloughing once a week or so.

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Valentine’s Day “We Love Love!” Dinner

For Valentine’s Day this year Conrad and I were a little bit torn about what to do to mark the holiday. His cousin and cousin’s fiance were in town so at first we thought we might just make them a reservation somewhere nice and lay low at the house just the two of us. But then we thought, why not have a dinner party? Most folks we know don’t have big traditions around Vday so we figured our favorite couples would probably be free. Plus Conrad is an amazing cook so we knew we could give our guests the experience of a fancy meal without the expense.

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Spiced Chai Concentrate

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Remember when chai used to be the big thing? I remember going to cafes when I was in highschool and feeling so cool ordering a chai latte. It seemed so much more worldly than coffee. Not to mention spicy and refreshing and delicious.

Nowadays the beverage world seems to be all about artisinal/hand-roasted/small-batch coffee. I love myself a cup of french roast in the morning but lately I’ve been moving away from my daily coffee habit toward tea (it’s so much cheaper!) and I was reminded of how lovely it is to keep a jar of chai concentrate on hand in the fridge. It’s a little more initial work than cold brew coffee concentrate but I promise it’s worth it!

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