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Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub, skin care

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub made at home. Skin care at home can both be inexpensive and effective. I love this oatmeal honey body scrub for its exfoliation power and simplicity. No dyes, no offensive scent, wont break the bank and takes 5 minutes to make. Winning!

My short article on How to Rock Your Skin Care Routine recommends exfoliating your entire body once a week. This helps remove dead skin cell build and leaves your skin silky smooth. This particular formula is perfect for winter time dry skin. Winter just kills me. My skin hates every minute of winter. It truly does.

Here are some reasons why you should be mixing up some oatmeal Honey Body Scrub today:

  • Honey in the formula aids in soothing, moisturizing and has antioxidants. Antioxidants help slow down the aging process. We can all use a little of that.
  • Oatmeal has numerous skin benefits including aiding in the healing of Psoriasis and Eczema. oatmeal moisturizes, scrubs and has saponin properties which cleanse.
  • Sugar helps exfoliate and scrub away those dead skin cells leaving you with glowing skin.
  • The most important ingredient is probably the olive oil. Olive oil is literally gold for all its potential uses from the kitchen to your hair, cuticles and skin. Olive oil helps calm skin irritation, moisturizes and is packed with antioxidants to help fight the aging process. Olive oil should be included in everyone’s beauty routine! It is ahhh-maz-ing!

 

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

 

Let’s make a batch of Oatmeal Honey body Scrub now!

  1. Gather your ingredients (oats, honey, brown sugar, granulated sugar, olive oil), measuring cup, spatula, large bowl for mixing, food processor or blender, and a sealable container. If you have kids around, a plastic container may be best.
  2. Put 1/2 cup oats into food processor and blend for 1 minute. Add to your mixing bowl.
  3. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar into bowl.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons honey to bowl.
  5. Now add 1/4 cup olive oil and mix all ingredients together with the spatula.
  6. Look at your mixture, if too dry you will want to add more olive oil. Maybe 1/4 cup more or until it is at the consistency you like it. I prefer mine a little dry so it is easier to handle in the shower.
  7. Put scrub into sealable container. Use once a week for glowing, beautiful skin.

 

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

 

Do you ever make body scrubs at home? What are your favorite mixtures or ingredients?

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Goodbye Letter

rainbow baby, miscarriage, loss

*Thank you Jasmine from Jasmine & Littles for writing this guest post for Leggings ‘N’ Lattes. I know many women who have miscarried, some early in the pregnancy and some much later and overtime get pregnant again to have a rainbow baby.

 

goodbye letter

 

In two weeks exactly it is the due date of my baby, the baby that I lost this past June. With each passing day this month I have been thinking more and more about the baby that I lost. I am fortunate enough that I got pregnant again and am now carrying what is known as a rainbow baby. This does not mean that I have forgotten about the child that I carried for 8 weeks.

The night before I miscarried I picked up my journal, something I hadn’t done in months. I wrote the baby a letter. This letter reminds me of the spirit that was and will never be brought to life.  It is the only tangible item I have to remember this baby. I’d like to share it with you all.

 

Hello little baby!

I hope you are ok. You have been scaring me almost all week. Well not you, but the tiny tear in your placenta called a subchorionic hematoma. I wish we didn’t have to worry about this. I just want you to be healthy. Today you are 8 weeks old and he size of a kidney bean. I hope you are big enough to see on the ultrasound this week. You were too small on Tuesday.

Your big sister Audrey waved to you last week. She doesn’t understand yet that you are growing in my belly. She thinks my belly is full of food, which is true but you are in there too! You are going to be lucky to have a big sister. I know she will love playing peek-a-boo with you,

I can’t wait for you to get bigger and I can feel your kicks. Maybe you will get the hiccups like your big sister Audrey. I am hoping and praying you continue to grow. If you are anything like me then you are a fighter and strong and can overcome this battle and hold on. I will do my best to hold on too.

I love you soo much.  Stay strong!

Love,

 Mama

 

Visit Jasmine to hear more about her pregnancy journey, miscarriage, mental health issues and stories of motherhood HERE. *

Follow Jasmine on Instagram @jasmineandlittles

Why You Should Always Buy White Bedding {Even with Kids}

Why you should always buy white bedding , white bedding, kids, home decor

 

Why you should always buy white bedding even with kids! I have two messy children, two rambunctious dogs and a crazy little ferret in my home. I always buy white bedding for the master suite and I am sharing with you why you should also!

  1. Brightens up your space.
  2. Establishes a classic, crisp and polished look.
  3. Easy to accessorize and makes feature items or colors in the bedroom pop!
  4. It is effortless.
  5. Easily cleaned.
  6. Pieces are easily replaced or updated.

 

White bedding, home decor

 

Everything gets a little messy with kids around. ” They’re always sticky like they’ve got jam on their hands. Even if there’s no jam in the house, somehow, they’ve always got jam on their hands! I’m not the right guy to deal with that. I have no patience for jam hands!”- Luke, Gilmore Girls. Where my Gilmore Girl fans at?

Here is the thing with all white bedding. Jam will magically appear on whatever you buy. Period. White bedding is easy to clean and if damage happens to be irreversible, you don’t have to buy an entire new bedding set. No, simply replace the damaged item with another piece of white.

How to keep white your white bedding…well, white? Do not bleach, use a spray stain remover if needed, dry on low temperature settings, and use cold water.  Most importantly, do not wash bedding with anything else.  This means you do not throw a towel or hoodie in the wash with your bedding! Take care of your bedding and it can last for years.

 

white bedding, home, decor, bedroom

 

Here is what I have on my bed right now:

  1. A duvet with cover. [Similar: Target Texture Duvet Cover Set]
  2. Two Euro sized shams with covers that correspond with that duvet cover. [Target Texture Euro Shams]
  3. Bedskirt. [Same product: Target Tailored 14″ Bedskirt]
  4. Sheet and fitted sheet that correspond with two of the pillows. [Similar: JC Penny Ultrafit Performace Sheet Set]
  5. Lumbar pillow for décor. [Fun idea: Zazzle White Leather texture Lumbar Pillow]
  6. Coverlet that corresponds with two more pillow shams. Yes, I have a coverlet and also a duvet. [Coverlets and quilts from Wayfair]
  7. Throw blanket. [Similar: TacheNew Faux Fur Sherpa Throw]

 

white ebdding, bedroom, decor

 

I literally have mix matched sets of bedding from six places? They all work great together. Think of different textures when going all white. Do something with more detail, something classic, and something fuzzy. Always need a fuzzy touch. Extra pillows and blankets add more depth and comfort.

Make your master bedroom a serene spot in your home to relax and unwind. Lavender or vanilla scented candles, classic white bedding, beautiful flowers and a piece of art you absolutely love is all you need. Keep it simple and enjoy your bedroom!

 

white bedding, bedroom, decor

 

Do you dare to all go white in the bedroom? I promise, you won’t ever look back!

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Kale Pesto

pesto, sauce, kale, almond, olive oil, chicken

 

Kale Pesto made with loads of kale, almonds, parmesan cheese, olive oil and garlic. Perfect for pasta, pizza or sandwiches.

 

kale pesto

 

Kale is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin A. Has no fat and low calories and lots of flavor for a leafy green. Perfect food to get your family eating healthier. Almonds serve as a healthy protein source and olive oil has healthy fats. The parmesan is… well… mostly for the great flavor, however still a great source of calcium and Vitamin D.

 

 

For a simple dinner idea: add 2 tablespoons of Kale Pesto on chicken breasts, place some sliced Roma tomatoes on top with some extra shredded parmesan. Cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees.  There is something about pesto and tomatoes together that works so perfectly.

Visit Simply Made Recipes for a Shrimp Pesto Linguine recipe.

 

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Kale Pesto
 
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Kale Pesto with almonds, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese and kale. Perfect for pizzas, pasta and sandwiches.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¾ cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • .5 bunch of kale
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Wash kale well.
  2. Shred parmesan cheese and mince the garlic cloves.
  3. Place the olive oil, kale, almonds, garlic, salt and shredded parmesan cheese into food processor.
  4. Blend until smooth. This only takes around 3 minutes.
  5. Taste test. Pesto may need more salt.
  6. Blend another minute. Consistency should be paste like but still somewhat creamy. You may need to add a dab more olive oil at this point also.
  7. Store in a sealed container in the fridge if not consumed immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 235 Fat: 22 Carbohydrates: 4 Sugar: 1 Sodium: 225 Protein: 7

 

Try other variations of pesto. Swap kale for basil, almonds for pine nuts or parmesan for romano.  Delish!

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