DIY Gifts

Good Morning

I know Christmas is over but today I’m sharing the gifts I gave the teachers at my son’s school for Christmas since I did not have a chance to share earlier.


A while back I shared a lemon sugar scrub recipe hereimg_0113

To make it a little sweeter, I added some scrubbing gloves and Trader Joes dark chocolate peanut butter cups. They are my favorite. img_0111

The gloves were around $3 with a cartwheel coupon at Target. The bags are from TJ Maxx. Another great deal. img_0110

Cute right?img_0114

I used these cute 4oz ball jars I found at Target for around $5


It smells great!


Here’s the recipe for the sugar scrub:

1 cup of sugar (organic)

1 cup of coconut oil (unrefined)

15-20 drops of lemon essential oil (or more)

Mix ingredients together and place into jars

I mixed by hand but you can also use a mixer if you desire 

This recipe made 4 – 4oz containers of sugar scrub. 

It makes a great gift anytime of the year.

Cost breakdown for each gift:

Gloves 3.30

Jar 1.40

Chocolate 1.00 

Giftbag 1.00

Sugar scrub .50

Total $7.20

Not too bad right? I considered candles or bath and body sets at the store but they were more like $10-15. DIY made more sense and it was simple so I enjoyed it. 

Do you enjoy DIY or would you rather buy a gift at the store?

Have a great day!


December 2015


I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I’m just trying to soak in every last minute of it because this year is almost over but at the same time I’m so excited for a new year and a fresh start. Goals, goals, goals.

As hectic as the holidays can be, I have tried to relax and enjoy time with my family as much as possible. I did most of my shopping the week of Thanksgiving.

As much as I wanted to buy my family everything they wanted, I am proud to say I refrained from over spending and stood on the smaller budget I set for myself. It wasn’t super hard because I found some amazing deals on black Friday which allowed me to buy a little more than I normally would. Early shopping kept the stress level down and I also avoided the stores as much as possible the week of Christmas.

As far as diet goes, well that’s been a little less than perfect being that I have a wicked sweet tooth. There has been temptation everywhere I look.

Starting with my son’s class on the last day of school.


At work we had constant gifts from our patients. Why cookies? Why?


Christmas decorating is kept very simple in my house.


A tree, some lights and a wreath pretty much sums it up.


I have this thing about putting up a lot of decorations and taking it all down 1 month later. As much as I love to decorate, I prefer it to last a little longer. Make it pretty but keep it simple.


I enjoyed playing with the filters on my phone.


I bought my tree at Target a couple of years ago for around $50 on sale. I love having an artificial tree. Its much less hassle than the real thing.


Rusty loved his new toy.img_0232And his new blanket.

My son has been pretty helpful around the house during his winter break. He’s done laundry, washed dishes, and more. I guess a little extra allowance around Christmas time is motivating.


What I have enjoyed most about this month is spending a little extra time with my family. I’m looking forward to us having more time off this week for New Years.

Any big plans for New Years? We are planning on keeping it simple. First church, then a quiet evening at home. My husband and I have been out on New Years Eve and found that its usually crowded and overpriced. In other words, we would rather be at home warm and cozy. And for free.

I have some catching up to do on this blog 🙂

Talk you soon.