Lavendar lotion bars (Easy homemade recipe)

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Why hello, always so nice to see you.  How is your week going so far?  We had a Friendsgiving potluck at work yesterday, so I feel very into the holiday spirit and ready for the family celebrations at the end of this week.

I had mentioned my lavender lotion bars in my Friday favorites last week and wanted to share the how-tos with you today.

I love lotion bars during the winter.  They tend to provide a thicker moisturizer than a liquid lotion, which I need as my skin gets super dry the second heaters start going on.

My lotion bars are adapted from a recipe from the Wellness Mama that I came across a few years ago.  When my little guy was an infant, he had the most sensitive skin and nothing I tried seem to soothe it.  I made these lotion bars the first time with him in mind, they worked like a charm and soothed his little-chapped cheeks right away!

I like the addition of lavender because it is a soothing ingredient and pleasant, mild scent.  Other essential oils could be used though.  These bars are easy to customize and also make a great homemade gift!

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Lavender Lotion Bars

Ingredients:


Directions: Melt beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter together in a double boiler until fully melted.  It can be hard to clean beeswax off of a pan or bowl, I usually use a glass jar or old coffee can in a pan of water, rather than my double boiler pans.  That way I am not as worried about anything having a lasting film on it.  

Once melted, stir in the almond oil and lavender.  Stir and pour into silicone molds.
I used this one.  Amazon has a huge variety and they are super affordable.  If you don’s have a silicone mold, you can use a muffin tin, but be sure to line the cups with plastic wrap before pouring.

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Allow completely cool prior to removing from the mold.  Wrap individually.  Can be stored at room temperature, but try to keep away from any heat sources.  To use, simply rub the bar between your hands or on your skin.  Just like you would use a bar of soap, minus the water.

*The amounts given will yield 6 palm-sized lotion bars.  You can easily make a larger or bigger batch, just aim for equal amounts of beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil.

Please let me know if you give them a try!

Do you ever make gifts?  I’m not super crafty, but I like including homemade beauty products or baked goods as part of our gifts.  I feel like it adds a little personal touch.

Hope you have a great day!

 

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Weekend Recap – Birthday celebrations and all the food

Hey guys! How was your weekend?  We had a pretty family-focused weekend celebrating the little miss’ birthday.

Saturday morning I got up early and enjoyed this beautiful morning while going for an early jog.


I then went home and quickly got ready for our family outing.  We had initially planned to be out of town visiting family on Saturday but had to postpone.  Since we now had the morning free we decided to take the kids on a local adventure to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  I had not been in probably twenty years or so and was really impressed with it.  As the name implies, it focuses on the plant and wildlife native to the Sonoran desert.  It was really informative and fun for all of us.  It’s a ways out of town, which made it kind of a drive to get there, but the views were amazing.

I especially enjoyed the cave exhibits, and we all had fun learning about bats.


The stingray exhibit (turns out Baja California is part of the Sonoran desert) was also a family fave.  It was really cool to be able to see them up close.


The desert museum took up the whole morning. So after naps, the afternoon was spent on chores and prepping for the little lady’s birthday brunch on Sunday.  Lots of quiche and Frittata was made and we engaged in the exhausting cycle of trying to clean while having little ones undo your progress as you go.


After the babes went to bed, I got a lot more cleaning done, while watching Get Out.   Sunday morning, I started the day with an at home barre workout.  The kiddos woke up when I was about halfway through and my son sat on the couch offering encouragement for the rest of my workout, which was pretty cute.  Then we got busy getting things ready for the birthday brunch.  It was a small family gathering to celebrate our little one. We had the quiches I made the night before, along with a cinnamon roll French toast bake and fruit.  We also had cake, because I felt that cake was necessary for a two-year-olds (or really, any) birthday, even if it is midday.

What’s missing from brunch? This delicious cinnamon maple delicata squash that I made for the occasion, but forgot to put out.    I was bummed that I forgot it, but am not bummed that there is plenty leftover for me to eat now.  I will share the recipe soon.


After the birthday brunch, we attempted naps and ran a few errands, before winding down Sunday with some Chinese takeout and a little yoga.  The Chinese takeout is apparently becoming a post-birthday party tradition.  The last time we got it was after the little guys birthday party last summer.


What did you do this weekend? Any fun adventures?  U.S. friends, what are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 11/17/17

Hey! Happy Friday!  How are you today? How was your week?

It has been an emotional one over here, but I have been trying to focus on positives, such as celebrating my baby girl’s second birthday and getting ready for the upcoming holidays.  Yesterday was the little one’s actual birthday, and I think she had a great time.  She loves having people sing the happy birthday song to her and was sung to no less than five times before school.  Her teachers made a big fuss and we sent goodies for her to share, so she had a fun day.

In the evening, we had pizza and salad, followed by cake.  It was the first time in probably about 10 years I had written on a cake (I used to work at Baskin Robbins in high school and wrote on cakes all the time) and while it was not quite centered, I was happy with how it came out.  Especially considering how bad my normal handwriting is.

This week I have also been trying to focus on some self-care.  I indulged in a pedicure early in the week.  I also made some lavender lotion bars.  These lotion bars are so easy to make and also make a great gift.  I’ll be sharing the recipe and how to next week.

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Speaking of self-care and natural products, I loved learning about some new to me natural facial cleansers on Julie’s blog this week.  I can’t wait to check out the scrub.

I have been pretty into the booch this week as well and since I was in Portland, decided to roll with one from Portland.  The Love version was my favorite.


On the workout front, it’s been a pretty mild week.  I hit up an Orangetheory Class Monday and have had a short workout every day since.  I am craving a longer sweat session but just haven’t had a lot of time.  I’m hoping to squeeze in a class or two this weekend.

In the blog world. There are just so many recipes I can’t wait to try! I definitely feel motivated to spend some time in the kitchen, and for holiday entertaining and meal planning!

I LOVE pecan pie and am so excited to try Kelli’s healthier pecan pie bars.

I cannot wait to try Maureen’s homemade pumpkin bread recipe.

I definitely see this vegan sweet potato casserole happening very soon.

Megan shared a whole big list of awesome sounding recipes.

What are you loving this week?  Any fun weekend plans?  We have a few little things planned to continue celebrating the little miss and have the usual chores and stuff.

Hope you have a great weekend, see you Monday!

 

 

The King of Breakfast – Elvis baked oatmeal

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Before we get into today post, I have to take a moment to send the happiest of birthday wishes to my baby girl who is a big, bad two years old today!  Even as I type that it seems so impossible that my baby is already two, slow down time!  Tonight will be all about celebrating the little miss with cake and pizza, but before then, how about we focus on some breakfast.

As I mentioned last week, I have had this donut on my mind.

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But I have not had time to drive all the way over to get one.  Also with all the holiday and birthday goodies this time of year, I probably need to rein in my sugar intake.  While it may be a minute before I am reunited with my favorite donut, I dreamt up this oatmeal in honor of it, and it has been an excellent (and healthier) breakfast this week.

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I love the sweet and salty combo of the bananas and chocolate with the peanut butter.  The bacon on top completes the Elvis vibe, but feel free to leave off to keep it vegetarian.

Baked Elvis Oatmeal

Serves 6

Ingredients:

Directions: Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly spray a 9×9 pan.  In a separate bowl, mix together all ingredients, adding the chocolate chips last.  Pour into pan and bake until set and starting to brown, about 40 minutes.  Top as desired, serve warm.img_4293.jpg

What are you enjoying for breakfast recently?  Are you more of a sweet or savory breakfast person?

Hope you have a great day!

Portland Recap – Round 2

Happy hump day friends!  Thank you for the thoughts and prayers yesterday, it really means a lot to me.  Today I wanted to fill you in on the second half of our Portland trip.  Saturday morning started with some early morning errand running to find some toddler leggings, which I had forgotten to pack.  My sister-in-law had very kindly agreed to take some pictures of the little miss (she is an awesome photographer, check out some of her work over at meganashphoto.com), and we needed the tights for her outfit.

Once the tights had been obtained, we headed over to Elephant’s Deli for breakfast.  You guys, this was the cutest little place.  It is a coffee shop/deli and is a local chain.  They had so many goodies and fun things in the shop area.


After breakfast, we took some pictures, had a successful nap(!), and headed over to Powell’s bookstore. I had been to Powell’s before, but it had been several years and I had forgotten how enormous it is.  This trip we mainly stuck to the kid’s section and main floor.  I let the little miss pick out a couple of books, and picked up some goodies for my little guy back home.

After Powell’s, we headed to The Old Spaghetti Factory, which is actually a chain that I had been to once, years ago. I did not know it had originated in Portland. I also did not expect this fancy schmancy lobby!

 

It was a pretty delicious meal,  I am a sucker for fresh bread and they brought out some awesome, warm sourdough to start the meal.  We were having a bit of an early birthday celebration for the little one, and they brought her out the cutest little cake for her birthday.  She was so excited!


We left midday on Sunday, so we tried to make the most of the morning.  To start, my brother and I went for a long morning walk along the river.  It was so beautiful, also we saw a bald eagle, which is pretty unusual to see in Portland, I wish I could have snagged a picture of it.

This is my cute little brother with his favorite tree.

After our walk, we grabbed everyone and went to breakfast at Elephants again.  I had the herb baked eggs, which were delicious, but the star of the show was the walnut toast with ricotta and honey,  it was so good!


After breakfast, we did some exploring and shopping before it was time to head home.  It was so nice to see my family there and I will miss them so much.


Have you ever been to Portland? What’s one of your favorite places to visit?

Hope you have a fantastic day!

Portland Recap – Round 1

Hey!  It’s good to be back with you guys.  How was your weekend?  How is your week starting out?  I had envisioned this post being all about the amazing time we had in Portland, and for the most part, it is going to be about the good experiences we had.  But I got some really devastating news while we were there that I am still processing and it felt inauthentic not to acknowledge that while it was wonderful to spend time with my brother and sister-in-law, my heart was aching and elsewhere much of the time.  I am not going to talk about the hard stuff right now, but hug your loved ones extra tight and know that I appreciate all of you.

Now let’s try to focus on the good, shall we?   I don’t want to shortchange the good moments, and as someone who rarely experiences fall weather, I want to share lots of pictures of Portland in the fall so I will be covering the first half of our trip today and the second half tomorrow.

First off, my baby girl did amazing on her first flight, I was so proud of her!  She was super excited and more or less sat calmly in her seat on the way there.  I thought she would be a little freaked out when we took off and landed, but it didn’t phase her at all and she loved looking out the window.


We arrived in Portland late (at least for the little miss) so after a quick catch up with the fam, I settled into the hotel with her and put her to bed.  We woke up to this beautiful view.

I snuck in an early workout in the hotel gym (which was huge! 3 rooms, I didn’t get a picture of the main room because there were lots of folks working out).


Then the little miss, my mom and I headed out for some sightseeing.  We strolled around Portland’s Chinatown (not a lot to see in the am as most of the stores do not open until midday) before heading over Mother’s Bistro for brunch. 

Mother’s was super packed but worth the wait.  Also, they had a nice kiddo waiting area with toys and books, which helped a lot.  I loved the decor inside.


The food was awesome as well.  I had the breakfast nachos, which are potatoes, caramelized onions, bacon and cheese topped with sour cream and green onions.  It was indulgent and amazing. Also, how cute is that mouse pancake (and that sweet little hand honing in on the syrup?

After our meal, we enjoyed the weather and walked around outside for a bit, before heading to the hotel in hopes that the little miss would take a nap. Spoiler, no nap was had.  We were all in awe of the multicolored leaves, it was just so beautiful!


After the nap attempt, my sister-in-law joined us for a trip to the Portland Children’s museum.  It was so much fun!  There was a giant lite brite, which made me super nostalgic, it was one of my favorite childhood toys.  As well as a circus room and a face painting area.  The little lady insisted on painting her own face, which was adorable to watch.  She took it very seriously and had a beautiful, multicolored forehead.

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After the children’s museum, we picked up my brother (he had been working all day) and picked up a couple of odds and ends from Whole Foods.  Since miss no nap was fading fast, she and I got dinner at Whole Foods to eat in the room, while the fam went out to dinner.  My salad was pretty excellent though, so no complaints.


I will be back tomorrow recapping the remainder of my Portland highlights.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Fit for Fall Circuit Workout

Hey Friend’s, happy Thursday!  How are you today?  A quick post today because I need to get packing.  I am off to Portland today!  I will be back here on the blog on Tuesday, but you can catch me on Instagram over the weekend.  I also wanted to take a moment to observe Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day.  Thank you to those that have served.

Today I also have a workout to share, if completing four rounds this workout will take around 30 minutes.  You can also adjust the number of rounds, which makes it perfect for squeezing in a quick workout. As written, the only equipment needed is a set of dumbbells.  If you do not have any weights handy though, try the following substitutions:

Squats or squat jumps instead of the dumbbell swings

Push-ups in place of the chest press

Tricep dips instead of the tricep kickbacks

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As always, feel free to modify as needed to meet your needs.

Any plans for the upcoming weekend?  Do you pack in advance or last-minute?  I am an advance planner in almost all areas of life but usually, wait until the night before or morning of to pack.

Hope you have an amazing rest of the week/weekend!  See you Tuesday!