12.24.2015

Christmas Around the House

Sharing my Christmas decorations around the house is truly one of my favorite posts of the whole year! It's our first Christmas in the new house so it was extra fun to decorate. We decided not to get a real tree because of my foot surgery over Thanksgiving. It would have been too much and I was just fine putting our old faux tree in this corner of the dining room. It actually worked out great because I was able to squish it up against the wall and it took up a lot less space in the room without having to move any furniture!
 
 
 I love the addition of the burlap Merry Christmas ribbon this year! And this view with the fireplace mantle in the background is one of my favorites.
 

 I love how our table setting turned out for Christmas Eve dinner.

 
A close up of the mantle- I used a fresh garland and it really made all the difference!

 
These personalized holiday napkins from Tiny Prints and peppermint oreo cheesecake from Trader Joes were a hit!
 
 
I even added a little Christmas flair to the bathroom- a perfect plaid ribbon on a blue and white ginger jar and of course the best holiday candle out there!

 
My holiday picture with Mr. Kitty!
 

Just a few of my holiday entertaining essentials.. plaid napkins, champagne candle, custom gift tags, holly tablecloth, and a Happy Holidays (similar) tray!


This chalkboard advent calendar was so fun to personalize!
 

I hope you enjoyed our holiday home tour! Wishing all my lovely readers a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! XO

12.21.2015

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

My coworkers and I always exchange a little gift each holiday season. This year instead of the usual candy or sweet treat, I thought I would mix it up and make a sugar scrub. When I found the cutest little jars and twine in the Target dollar spot I knew they would be a hit!
 
 
I've seen a lot of recipes around but none of them were portioned correctly for making a large batch so I loosely came up with this:

Ingredients
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Ground Coffee
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Directions
1. Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool (don't let it become solid).
2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
3. Put the mixture in mason jars!
 
I made three batches which filled about 18 jars and it took me about 1 hour in total. The longest part was waiting for the coconut oil to cool. I loved that it was an inexpensive and easy gift!
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