Amazing DIY Body Scrub – So easy!

I made my own body scrub once and LOVED it! I was amazed at how simple and easy it was so I’ve kept it up for a few years now.

I have tried store bought body scrubs and let me tell you, they are nothing compared to the recipe I am about to share with you.

You can add your own scent, you can change and adjust it a little if you want but oh my goodness, its amazing!

I use it after shaving my legs to get that silky feel. It doesn’t make you feel raw in the least. It makes you feel rejuvenated and soft.

Its great for a gardeners hands. The sugar scrubs off the dirt and dry skin and the oils soften and soothe.

I have developed my own recipe but it all started from myfrugaladventures.com. Her peppermint sugar body scrub inspired me and over the years I have added and adjusted it to my liking.


Peppermint Body Scrub

1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tsp. vitamin E oil
5-6 drops organic rosehip oil – cold pressed
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
Mica – if you want color

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil down leaving a few solid chunks. Add the remaining ingredients, mix and pour into your container. I leave mine right beside the shower. I love it so much I make a double batch like in finished product below.

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Some other variations would be adding half cup sugar and half cup ground coffee. You can use any essential oil that you like, I use it primarily for sent.

Make this for gifts, stocking stuffers or party favors! You can get really creative with the jars or dishes you display it in.

Have fun ladies!

My Baby Shower Project.

I love events! LOVE them! Its a chance to dress up, get out and visit with friends and family. This Saturday will be a busy day. I have a baby shower to attend at 1:30 and then a wedding of a cousin at 5! Thank goodness the locations are close together or this could be difficult.

The baby shower is for a close friend who is so kind and deserving of everything wonderful! I am happy to have the chance to bless her and this new little baby. Because she is special I wanted to make something extra neat. Something that would stand out from the rest of the gifts at the shower.

I headed to pinterest for some cute and simple DIY boy clothing ideas. We all know that there isn’t much cute and stylish clothing options for baby boys but I was determined to find something, and something I did!

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The woman who wrote this tutorial did a wonderful job! I am in awe at its simplicity and cuteness! She explains how to sew everything from the straps, to the bow,  and how to apply the snaps. A great tutorial!

I wanted to make a few of them so I went to Walmart and bought two packs of white onesies. One was size 3-9 months and the other was 12 months. I would have bought newborn but babies never stay in those for long.

I also bought ribbon for the suspenders. Since I was making a total of eight onesies I didn’t want to cut, sew and iron 16 individual suspender straps. Plus the ribbon was colorful and cute and my son, Eli, enjoyed picking them out with me.

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Next I headed over to Joann’s for the metal parts to the suspenders. I searched high and low at Walmart but never found any. I also got the snap pack from Joann’s as well. I was excited to work with the snaps as I never have before. These are used to attach the bow tie. Yes, they are interchangeable!

I waited for a lazy afternoon and began cutting, pinning and sewing the ribbon on. It was a little tedious. Its the same thing over and over again for each onesie but I was enjoying a Netflix show while sewing. Gotta love Netflix!

It was difficult to pin the ribbon on as I kept catching the back of the onesie so I put my ruler up inside and had no more issues. Sewing the ribbon on was a little tricky since the back is still on the onesie. It was a little difficult to maneuver around all the material but got the hang of it after about the third one.

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It was easy work and the outcome is so stinkin cute. I really enjoyed making them and probably will again.

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A closer look???

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The bow tie tutorial was so simple! I got those done within an hour and they were the last and final piece to finishing off the overload if cuteness.

Which bow tie would you choose to go with which color? That is for you to decide!

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I also cut out a little fleece blanket with frilly ends. I love giving these out at baby showers, as I often do. They are simple, require no sewing, they are cute and oh so soft! You can also make them as big or small as you want.

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My projects are all wrapped up in a cute little bag waiting to be oooed and awwed over. I wish I knew of this tutorial for my boys. I would have totally done it for them!

Next I have to find something to wear to both events. Its spring here in the northwest and you never know what weather to expect. If the sun is shining and the weather report of the day says it will stay that way, I plan to wear this!

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Cute, simple and will fit at both events. My only problem is I have no shoes that go with this… Looks like a little shopping trip might be in order 😉

If its on the cold side I will wear this with a cute jacket.

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Again, cute, simple and comfortable. Looking forward to Saturday!

Our Beautiful Home

This past week I have felt so blessed and filled with joy. My family is strong, true and being lead and blessed by God Himself. I have felt safe, loved and protected. In spite of everything that was seeming to fall apart around us, our home, stood strong.

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I look at all the projects we got done this summer:

Danny’s swing set which has proved to be more loved and played on than we imagined.

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My mailbox. Even though the mail service decided the day after I finished it that we would have to get our mail from the community boxes around the block, it is still beautiful and another reminder of a project accomplished. I think I will keep it up, you know, in case the mail service ever changes their mind…

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We were able to do our kitchen back splash. The best part about the industry my husband works in is all the free tile and carpet that comes from left over jobs. All the tile we got was free and oh so beautiful. We had to wait a while before the glass tile became available, but it was worth it. My husband got it done over a weekend and it has added a finished look. Now I want to add blue plates, towels and such. But that will come in time. For now I am completely happy with having the back splash in.

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It took me a while to start this project as I knew the time it would take to complete it. But it is done! It took me all summer to dig the grass out and place the boarder. To make it even harder on myself I added a section on the side of the house because I ended up planting a few bushes there. I need to hide the pipes and stains the sprinklers have made. It will take a few years for them to grow tall enough but when they come in they will be big and beautiful! This was my biggest project of the summer and I am ecstatic to have it done!

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This was another project that wasn’t all that easy to complete. The stones were more on the expensive side so we purchased them a little at a time. I don’t need to tell you how heavy they are. Digging the hole and moving the stones back and forth (and back and forth and back and forth) to make sure they where steady was a long sweaty job! It was worth it though. It always is.

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Now that all our projects are finished for this year I am beginning to think about next year. My first project will come in spring when gardening season roles around. I WILL have a garden next year! I have wanted one for years and due to all my projects this year it just didn’t happen. Next year, it is priority! Check out my Pinterest Gardening Board. I want a nice fence around it and a few raised beds along with a place for some raspberry bushes.

Along with a garden we desperately need to put a roof of some kind over our patio. The sun beats down on our backyard all summer so there is no enjoying the fresh air unless I want to sit in a pool of my own sweat. No thank you.

Next would be nice to extend our porch out. I want to lay brick to the left of my porch leading to the garden to create more of a sitting area. In that area I want to build a fire pit. Since this is such a big project I may have to do it in sections. Here are my Pinterest Patio Ideas. We want a slanted pergola with some kind of roof cover. I want the big bulb lights to hang underneath and I love the curtains that add style and shade. All are easy and quite possible. It only takes time and money right? Stay tuned to see what we come up with next year!

There is a lot I want to get done next year. Maybe to much? Whenever things look to be a little overwhelming I make a list. I am my mothers child. I have a list for just about everything! Below I placed the projects in order, most important to… less important 😉

1. Garden. (A must!)

2. Build a fence around the garden. (To keep curious children and any future pets out.)

2. Plant a dwarf apple tree by the garden. (Easy, and Dustin and I want an apple tree so bad!)

3. Brick under gate leading to backyard. (Easy, and I hate mowing lawn under the gate!)

4. Build roof/pergola over backyard patio. (Another must!)

5. Extend patio out with brick in the direction of the garden. (Another summer long project that may or may not happen.)

6. Plant a tree in front yard, boarder it and fill with rock. (I love trees! Specially dwarf trees placed in peoples front yard.)

That is what I have so far. As we move into the cooler weather I will start bringing work inside. I want to transform our master bed and bath. This project will take a while. I want mirrors above the nightstands. The nightstands themselves need to be repainted. I want a beautiful rug to be placed at the bottom of our bed but they can be expensive so I will be on the look out for a deal. Things like that.

If you know me, you know I am always working on a project and, working on creating new projects. I am a busy girl but I LOVE having something to do. I love creating and doing! I want to use the talents God has blessed me with to make our home a safe and wonderful place for our children and a place where family and friends can feel welcome.

My husband and I are rather exhausted from all the things we have just recently accomplished, namely the rock gardens, so I think we will take next month, October, as a rest and recoup month. It is just getting into the fall season and I want to enjoy every second of it! More afternoon walks, more preschool crafts tailored to decorating for fall/Halloween, more cooking of sweet pumpkin treats and trips to explore farms during their harvest up in Greenbluff.

Hoping you all a blessed season <3

Fall At The Birkland’s House.

I absolutely love fall! It is my most beloved season. The air is crisp, the warm coffee and hot cocoa are ever flowing. The smell of pumpkin everything is baking in the oven and the fall scented candles are burning. Trees are turning the colors of yellow and orange much like the scarves I begin to wear around my neck.

The decorations are out. Oh people, the decorations are out! This is the second fall in our new home and I am adding to the seasonal decor with each passing year.

Last year at this time I was still preggers with our youngest who is now 10 months old and walking! Yes, walking! Crazy to think I was sporting a huge belly at this point last year but it was because of that huge belly that little got decorated. I was to busy preparing for baby Eli to think about fall parties and trips to the craft store.

But I am beginning to make up for it! Last night my husband and I went out on a date to the craft store. He’s an awesome guy and loves to take trips with me to places like these. Making our house into a home is a goal we both work together on. Love doing projects with my husband!

Along with purchasing items from the craft store I also like to build and paint. When it comes to wood working I have my handy-dandy huby to help out. He’s got all the tools and experience to get the jobs I Pinterest, done 😉

While on Pinterest I found pumpkins made out of pallets.

Done!

I knew that would look great in front of our home, making it look more warm and welcom.

Since the pallets were to flimsy (they broke apart as we tried to unassailable them) we used a few 1X6 boards that were laying around the garage. I layed them out lined them up and traced out the pattern my husband would follow with his hand saw. Like so…

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The last pattern you see is a ghost. That’s for when Halloween roles around 😉

I had fat, skinny, huge, and averaged sized pumpkins. Gotta have variety.

I did end up using the pallet a little to trace the leaves and steams out on.

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There is my man cutting them out for me! Ta-da, the finished product (he makes it look so easy)!

Next I set out a tarp and began spray painting. I wanted a very light coat on the pumpkins so as to still see the grain of wood through it. This gave them a more rustic/worn look.

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They were dry within a minute. That is how light I sprayed them. I used two colors of orange for the pumpkin body.

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The one on the left was used over the whole pumpkin. It was more of a light orange. The second was more of a yellowish orange. I used that in the creases where the boards meet. This added a little definition. Its the slightest difference but it had a big effect.

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Our competed pumpkins! They turned out perfect and are adorable if you ask me! Next I wrapped some orange ribbon around the two posts and got a finished look.

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I have a chair and table sitting behind the railing that could use a pop of color. I will purchase some beautiful fall flowers to set on the table. I want to recover the chairs but that will have to wait till next year.

I am so happy with how they turned out. I think it looks warm and welcoming which is how I always want our home to appear.

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Our Front Door

I absolutely love front doors that are decorated with personalized signs so I decided to make one of my own! Its been a slow day and I felt the urge to go through my craft supplies.

I remembered that a very long time ago I bought supplies so make a personalized door sign with the first letter of our last name. I dug through my supplies and found everything I needed!

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The idea came from this picture which I found on Pinterest.

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Right now I have an Easter bunny hanging on our door and now that Easter is over, a new decoration is in order. I wanted to make something that could be hung for the seasons of spring and summer. I wanted to make it light and colorful. Something that makes me happy to look at! So I came up with this!

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And here is how I did it!

First I spray painted my letter B.

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Then I spray painted the corners of the picture frame I took a part. I only painted the corners as those are the only parts that will be showing. The frame was ivory to begin with so you don’t see much of a difference in this picture.

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Next I cut strips of yellow fabric I had laying around.

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This will be used to make these…

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I love, love, LOVE these! Even though they are time consuming to make. And I always burn my fingers on the glue from the hot glue gun. But they are cute and easy to make!

First you start with your strip. Then you fold the material in half and hot glue the sides together. Not down the whole strip. Just at the beginning like so…

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Then you fold the beginning of the strip the other way and hot glue that! Like so…

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Keep in mind the measurements and the strips do not have to be perfect. I literally took my siccors and just hacked off the strips. I tried to keep them the same width but really didn’t worry to much. The length of the strips aren’t a big deal either because you can always add another strip to make a bigger flower if you want to. These cute little flowers are so forgiving! So don’t stress 😉

Next you begin rolling the material and hot gluing it along the way…

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It only takes a dot of hot glue to hold the material in place. You role the strip, glue, role, glue, role, glue, until you have the desired flower. Keep in mind the fatter the strips the more bulky the flower.

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The flower on the top left was done with fatter strips of material. After I did that flower I realized I wanted flatter flowers so I cut my strips in half (length wise) and thus created the other four. It all depends on what you are going for!

After the paint on my frame dried I wrapped the blue and white yarn around it. I had other choices like in the supplies picture above but decided on the blue and white.

If you think those material flowers take time, my gosh! Wrapping the yarn around the frame took a while. I suggest putting on your favorite movie or something to do this part, and the part of the flowers, because it really takes some time. Its easy, just time consuming.

I also hot glued the beginning and end pieces of the yarn to the frame.

After I finished the frame I played around with where I wanted to place my yellow flowers. Once that was decided, I hot glued them on as well.

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Then I added my B. This part was tricky. I don’t want it spinning around so I had to be mindful of where I placed the yarn on my letter.

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And then after that was attached! Whalla!

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Notice I added two other pieces of yarn to the left and right of my letter. It wouldn’t stop spinning!

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I am so proud of my very first DIY door decoration! I can hardly wait to make more! There are several other ideas on Pinterest that I want to DIY as well.

Before I do that I need to get my hanging flower pots in place and some other kind of welcome sign that sits next to the door. Even with this pretty little decoration my front door is still a bit boring.

Like I said… I love a decorated front door 😉