simple oatmeal/ brown sugar scrub

the cast of characters:




…brown sugar…


…and…*drum roll*…EVOO!


And that’s it!

Oh, wait, and maybe a bowl too…:)

DIY oatmeal/ brown sugar scrub

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup extra virgin olive oil


1) Mix well.

2) Gently rub on dry skin– before you take a shower– in small, easy circles.

Don’t rush. (Although I recommend doing this while standing over a towel…it gets kinda messy! 🙂

3) Jump into shower and wash off. Your skin will feel like butter. No jokin’.



(I apologize for my pictures….they’re innocent. The lighting in our kitchen is really weird, thus, my pictures…er…don’t really look right :))

Honestly when I first found this recipe, I was skeptical. It just couldn’t possibly be that awesome.

Until…it was.

And I tried it.

I’m never going back to the store-bought stuff again.

I know looking at these pictures it looks really really weird, and probably gross, but it’s really just magical.

Best shower experience EVAH.

So please try it. You, in all seriousness, will NOT regret it.

Psh, I mean, who doesn’t want their skin to feel like butter? 😀


Merry Christmas, Everyone!


I hope everyone had a VERY merry Christmas! I know I did. 🙂

I received many things, things such as books and music and, more than anything, a new perspective on what Christmas is and should be about. So many years I would just go through the motions…and not really feel or think the way I should. I don’t know about you, but, like I said, Christmas has always felt empty…and almost meaningless. But that was because I was making it empty and meaningless, and so all it ever was to me, was shallow.

But now, it’s a time of joy, joy in knowing that the King of kings died for my soul, and now I can really enjoy Christmas for what it really is. I guarantee if you do not put Christ as your total main focus of your thoughts, your feelings, and your life, everything– no just Christmas– will just be meaningless. Life will have NO purpose. Even if you say the right things and act just the right way in front of just the right people, you know, if you talk and brag about your love and fire for God and in reality don’t really have those things, HE will see it. There is no hiding from Him.

Again, I want to make something clear. I am not perfect.

I am NOT perfect.

I cannot brag about my love or passion or desire for God. Sometimes I wonder really, Lord, why can’t I be that Mary who sits at Your feet and listens to you in earnest and excitement instead of the sour, bitter Martha I am, who only cares about appearances and the utterly insignificant things? I don’t even spend time with Him the way I should. There is nothing I do that I can brag about, NOTHING.

Because, really, I fail Him daily.


But you know what I can brag about? His love. His unfailing grace.


The One who was born on that silent night, taking in that first breath which brought life to all who believe in Him.



spread a lil love~ DIY vanilla sugar body scrub

{photos by Freutcake}

{photos by Freutcake}

This is a great, easy thing to make for Christmas presents for all your girlfriends! I found it on Pinterest, and thought it was just the CUTEST idea EVER. 😀

Vanilla Olive Oil Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
2 cups Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract (or your favorite essential oil)

Directions: Combine the two sugars in a bowl and mix to incorporate. Add olive oil and stir. Mix in honey and vanilla. Store in an airtight jar and enjoy!

* This is a coarse scrub, if you would like a more gentle scrub you can substitute brown sugar for the turbinado sugar.
* Always exfoliate before shaving to prevent irritation and achieve a better shave.
* You may add more olive oil to your jar after packing if you desire a different consistency.
* Oil will settle in the jar so stir before using.
* I do not recommend using this scrub on your face. It is intended for use on the body only.

** originally from here