The Salt Works

So as some of you may know, it has been bitterly cold here in North Carolina this past week…I woke up this morning and it was 8 degrees outside! BURR! In result of the cold weather, my skin and lips have been overly dry and gross looking. I have tried so many face masks and moisturizers and absolutely nothing has worked. Here’s where Epsom Salt comes to save the day!!

✹What is Epsom Salt? Epsom Salt is not actually salt but a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It has many health benefits as well as beauty, household & gardening.

✹Health Benefits? Epsom salt is known to sooth the body, mind, and soul. It relaxes the nervous system, soothes muscle aches and pains, draws toxins from the body, and it is one of the simplest ways to be stress free and relaxed.

✹Beauty uses? Exfoliate dead skin – mix epsom salt with bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Exfoliating face cleanser – mix a half teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleanser and gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water. Removal of blackheads – add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops of iodine into boiling water. Apply to blackheads with a cotton ball. Hair Volumizer – combine deep conditioner and epsom salt, then warm the mixture in a pan and work the mixture through your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

My absolute favorite usage of Epsom Salt is for lip treatment. If you are suffering from dry, chapped lips this time of year here is your savior. Make an epsom-salt scrub by combining it with coconut oil and rubbing the mixture into lips. Wipe away with a warm washcloth and follow with some moisturizing lip balm.

✹Household uses? Cleaning the bathroom tiles – mix epsom salt and liquid dish detergent together to use as a scrub on bathroom tile. Clean detergent build-up on washing machines – fill the machine tub with hot water, add epsom salt and run a soak cycle to dissolve build-up.

Hope you guys enjoy & go buy some epsom salt!

XOXO

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

As promised…

For those who know me, I am not a huge fan of peanut butter. Something about the consistency and the smell really irks me. I sure do love some reese’s pieces though…Call me weird I know! Besides all that, I decided I would make peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies to see if I could potentially become a fan of peanut butter.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of peanut butter

1/2 cup of butter, softened

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 egg

3 tbsp of milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups of flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

⇢Cream together the peanut butter, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until blended. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix together. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough and roll in balls. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press each ball once with a fork.

⇢Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375.

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Go get your bake on! XOXO

Color Wave

For Valentine’s Day weekend, Martin & I spent the weekend watching Fifty Shades of Grey (HOLY COW, talk about being hot & bothered)! On Sunday we spent the entire day baking delicious peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (don’t worry, i will post the recipe for you guys), and tie dying teeshirts. The last time we both tie dyed was probably when we were eight years old and at summer camp…so we decided to bring the tie dye back! We had to look up ideas and instructions on Pinterest & we came across the site called madebyhippies.com 

Instructions ❊

First step: Get a bucket, white t-shirts, rubber bands, and don’t forget the dye. We bought the dye from Walmart for under $15!! Research tie dye patterns and ideas to find out what you want your shirt or whatever your tie dying to look like! Once you have all that figured out, wet the t-shirt thoroughly and lay it flat on the ground or a table. We decided that we both wanted a spiral pattern shirt, in order to do this you need to grasp the middle of the shirt and twist into a spiral. Tie the three or four pieces with rubber bands laying across the entire shirt.

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Second step: Once you have your t-shirt into the shape and pattern you want and binded with the rubber bands, you will take the t-shirt over a sink or a large bucket and pour the dye onto the different sections of your shirt.

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Third step: Cut all rubber bands off!

Washing Instructions: Fill your washing machine with warm-hot water and use super strength laundry detergent. I recommend washing each shirt individually so the colors do not run onto other shirts. Although other websites say to put your t-shirt into the dryer, don’t do it! The dryer heat will fade your t-shirt and ruin it! Let it air dry!

Fourth step: Take photos of your tie dye shirt and share it with me! Leave comments, ask questions, and have fun!!

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XOXO

Cupid’s Coming➾♡

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner….I personally think there shouldn’t just be one day isolated to showing someone how much you love them, that should be every single day. Some people go ‘goo goo ga ga’ over this cheesy holiday and want to go all out, that’s not the case with me.

Of course I like all the colors (pinks, reds, and whites) and the cute little crafts to do! This valentine’s day, Martin and I are keeping it low-key. Dinner, Fifty Shades of Grey, and baking cookies is calling our names! Pretty simple! I did come across the cutest card on Etsy that reads “To my significant otter”. Thanks to https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyZoetrope

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Pinterest is one of the websites that I spend most of my time on. On a side note, they need to create a Pinterest shop that sells the clothes and shoes that are posted Pinterest, SO CUTE! While looking on Pinterest for Valentines day I came across a recipe for donut holes that you place on mini arrows called “Cupid Donut Hole Arrows”. Such a cute idea for a Valentine’s Day party or a little get together with friends!

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XOXO, go get your love on!

Weekend in Wilmington

I spent this past weekend in Wilmington visiting my sister, brother-in-law, and my two adorable nieces. The oldest is four years old and the youngest is one. Their absolute favorite thing to do is to match with one another. The weather was BEAUTIFUL. We spent our days walking the loop, going to the beach each morning, and shopped till we dropped at Mayfaire! Literally. I probably took up all of the storage in my phone taking photos of my two nieces, but can you blame me? They are just so cute.

My sister and I had movie night, we watched A Walk among the Tombstones (a must see). Went out to Hibachi dinner one night for one of her friends birthday…lots of good food and good laughs!!

All in all, a memorable & fun weekend!

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Throwing the clay

If you like to relax & get a lil’ dirty then pottery is for you…

My boyfriend, Martin is the most creative and artistic person that I know and we have both been wanting to take a pottery class together for the longest time. For Christmas I got us a 75 minute private lesson at Clay Create in Raleigh. We went back and forth with each other deciding what we wanted to make and as it ended up, we both made something completely different than what we had in mind. With pottery you can’t really decide what you’re going to make until you become an expert in the clay making process. Now that we have been introduced to the world of pottery, we both hope to start our own pottery making and get a little better at it!

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Take a pottery class & don’t be afraid to get a lil’ dirty!

I will be sure to post photos of our mini-creations once they are fired and finished!!

XOXO

Flannel Fridays

This past fall & most of winter I have been obsessing over flannels. The best part about them is that they are extremely easy to throw on over any outfit. Let’s just say they are pretty much all I have been wearing. You can always dress up a flannel by adding statement pieces and colors that compliment the flannel. I buy most of my flannels from various places, the best finds are from Brandy Melville, Tobi, small boutiques & thrift stores. 

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Enjoy ➾ Flannel On