DIY Sugar Scrub

I love a good body scrub. Especially one that I can make in just a few minutes using items I already own. A few years ago, I started trying out some different recipes and came up with this one. It is so simple and quick.

Ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil (You can totally use another oil but I prefer coconut oil. It smells amazing!).

You can also totally add an essential oil or another ingredient to reap some added benefits. However, I prefer to stick with just two ingredients and keep it as simple as possible!

How to:

  1. Grab something to store it in, preferably made with glass. I have used both Pyrex containers and mason jars in the past and both work great.
  2. Mix the two ingredients together. I just use equal parts. That’s literally it.
  3. Enjoy! 🙂

I love using this scrub to exfoliate my lips, but obviously it could be used pretty much anywhere. This would make a great gift as well! Store it in a cute jar and put a little bow on it and you’re good to go.

Have you ever made your own sugar scrub? What would you add or change to make this recipe even better?

Follow:

Weekly Reset Routine

I love being organized, staying on top of things, and making the most of my time throughout the week. But sometimes it gets hard to keep up with. I love the idea of having a weekly routine, carried out on a Saturday or Sunday, to get done all those little tasks I put off throughout the week, prepare for the week ahead, and show myself a little extra care.

I’ve seen this done a lot of different ways but for me it seems to make the most sense to break it into categories. My priorities are to clean, plan/reflect, and physically take care of myself. I also like throwing in a little miscellaneous category in there for all those tasks that don’t fit so nicely in those previous categories. These could be extra things that I would love to get done but aren’t absolutely necessary.

It helps to have a quick, 5 minute “brain dump” before getting specific with the tasks that need to get done that week. Each week will be a little bit different and taking the time to write down what’s on your mind will help you make sure you don’t miss anything.

Before jumping in, I make it a point to light all my candles, turn on my salt lamp, and diffuse some essential oils. Might as well make it as enjoyable as possible, right? I grab a big glass of ice water and get started.

Here is what that usually looks like for me:

Clean

  • Empty the trash
  • Sweep the floors
  • Wipe all surfaces
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Wash, dry, and fold laundry

Plan

  • Write out my work schedule, workout schedule, and any other important events in my calendar for the week ahead
  • Do a financial check-in, go through receipts, update my budget
  • Meal prep my lunches for the week ahead

Self Care

  • Go to the gym, take a walk outside, stretch, foam roll
  • Take a shower
  • Wash my hair
  • Paint my nails

Miscellaneous

  • Grocery shopping
  • Clean my car
  • Write thank you cards
  • Drop off donations

Do you have your own version of a reset routine? What helps you feel prepared for the week ahead?

Follow:

Where to Eat in Edinburgh, Scotland

As I mentioned in my Where to Eat in Glasgow, Scotland post, the food in Scotland is amazing. And Edinburgh is no different. Here are places we decided on and I can honestly say that I’d recommend them all!

  • Greyfriar Bobby- This just happened to be our favorite restaurant of the whole trip, hands down. It had AMAZING food and such a great atmosphere. It was just the kind of restaurant I expected to eat at in Scotland. The restaurant has a really cool story behind it as well. Apparently, Bobby was a dog that visited his owner long after his death at the cemetery behind the restaurant (which just so happens to be the same cemetery that J.K. Rolling got her inspiration for many of the names that appear in the Harry Potter books!). I got some kind of vegetable pie dish and it was So. Dang. Good.
  • Pret A Manger- We ate here again one morning. Oops. It’s just so fast and easy!
  • King George IV’s bar- Another great place we went to after a day of exploring. We hadn’t eaten since that morning so when we were walking into the restaurant after 4pm, we were hungry. I got a salad and sweet potato fries (if I see them on a menu, I can’t resist). I also got an amazing mojito to sip on.
  • The Royal McGregor- Another yummy place along the Royal Mile. My boyfriend and I got bruschetta to start (THE best bruschetta I’ve ever eaten) and I got a quinoa salad as my main. I also sipped on some prosecco.
  • Tigerlilly- The most Instagram-able restaurant I’ve ever seen. Absolutely beautiful interior. I got avocado toast. My boyfriend and I shared some waffles.

This last place isn’t in Edinburgh but I didn’t want to leave it out!

  • Nicky Tam’s- The cutest hole-in-the-wall straight-out-of-a-movie pub. There was literally only one server/bartender and about 10 feet of space in the whole place. We stopped in here after exploring the Stirling Castle and loved it. It’s only about an hour by train from Edinburgh. I got a delicious vegetable soup and garlic bread. I also sipped on a gin and tonic.

Have you ever been to Edinburgh or Stirling? Are there any other restaurants you would recommend?

Follow:

How to Make Kale Chips

If they’re made right these things can be delicious. This is a fairly quick and easy recipe that I’ve been using for years.

To start, all you’ll need is a bag of kale, olive oil, and spices of your choice. I like to use pepper, sea salt, onion powder, and garlic powder, but I’m sure they would be good with pretty much anything.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat your baking tray(s) with an non-stick olive oil cooking spray.
  3. Gather your ingredients.
  4. Put the kale in a large bowl. I like to use enough to fill two baking trays.
  5.  Pour olive oil on the kale. I never measure mine instead choosing to eyeball it for the sake of simplicity.
  6. Using tongs or (clean) hands, toss the kale leaves and olive oil together. You will want to make sure you evenly coat all the leaves. This will ensure every chip is nice and tasty!
  7. Spice it up. Again, I don’t measure the spices but instead just eyeball it.
  8. Now that the spices are added, toss it again.
  9. Spread out your kale on to the baking tray(s).
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes. I usually check them at 10 minutes and decide how much longer they need to go.
  11. Enjoy! 🙂

Obviously I’m no chef. I just wanted to share a tasty recipe that I’ve been enjoying for years. I’d say it’s a good sign when your little sister who rarely eats a vegetable says they’re good!

Have you ever made kale chips? Is there anything you would add or change in this recipe?

Follow:

3 Tools for Productivity

I’m all about anything that makes for a more efficient way to get the important things done. I like to make the most of my time and am always up for hearing about tools that will help me do just that. Here are three picks I’ve discovered over the last year.

  1. The Productivity Planner: I can’t rave about this one enough. I have used this off and on throughout the last year. It is a night and day difference from the weeks I do use it to the weeks I don’t. I feel so much more on top of things and as if I am actually accomplishing all of the tasks floating around in my head. I simply have not found a system that works quite as well for me as this one. I think I will continue to repurchase this item every time I fill it up! My mom purchased this first one for me from a store in SoHo in New York which only makes me love it more.

2. Bullet Journal: There are a million ways to use a bullet journal. Since getting mine over a year ago, I have used it mainly for my monthly budget spreads and that has worked well for me so far. I have also used it for things like Christmas gifts to keep track of everything I’ve purchased or need to purchase for loved ones during the holidays. In the future I would like to utilize this more for various types of lists. A quick Pinterest search will give you numerous ideas. I have never gotten as artistic or elaborate as a lot of examples you’ll see but keeping it simple works for me. I opted for a plain black notebook I found a target but I’m sure there are numbers options of styles and colors.

3. The Simplified Planner: I’m totally a paper planner type of girl. I’d much rather have it all laid out in a physical copy in front of me than on a screen. That said, this is the planner I’m using for 2019 and it is the first time I’m using a planner from this brand. I love the challenge to be intentional with the time you’re given. I chose this pretty pineapple cover but there are so many cute options. Emily Ley, the woman behind the brand has also written a couple of books.

Do you use any of the tools mentioned above? Is there anything you would add to the list?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Follow: