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Quick and Easy DIY Holiday Gifts

Its the holiday season (yay!) and I have been making and giving out some fun and easy little gifts for some special people that share kindness with our family on a regular basis.

These are SO easy and use things you likely already have in your house. People LOVE them. You may remember the coconut scrubs that we made for part of my son’s school project for Thanksgiving. You can see that fun little project and the recipe for that scrub here.


A few years ago, my  mom told me that she made this great scrubs for the ladies in her garden club.

This is SO easy because the Dawn Hand Renewal already smells delicious and is a pretty color. But I was in classic overdrive mode so I added some vanilla fragrance oil and red food coloring to really step up its festiveness. 
What I love about this (besides EVERYTHING) is that is makes a great full body scrub and wash. The sugar and the Olay Hand Renewal are super moisturizing while also exfoliating. And since it creates a nice lather, it makes an incredible shaving product.

Try this for the smoothest shave ever, seriously!


Silas is super into his stickers and love decorating these before he gives them to his friends. We are deep into Hanukkah celebrations in our house this week, hence the blue and silver. Next week we go red and gold!

Another option with things you already have in your pantry is a lip scrub and everyone needs a good lip scrub when the weather starts to get a little chilly and our lips dry out. Its just olive oil and sugar!DSC_0046Last week we had our family portraits taken by the fabulous Sarah Kane Photography. She is the talented lated who took my maternity photos and newborn session for Sloane. I just went back to look at her post from the newborn photos she took and I totally teared up!

The other day I realized that she is 9 months old and I haven’t had any pictures taken of her since her newborn session so I immediately reached out to Sarah and was thrilled when she said she had one spot left in her holiday mini sessions! Here is a little sneak peek we got and I gotta say, Im just in love with her work once again.


These photos were taken the day after Jeff’s holiday party (with the infamous jumping suit) and to say I was not feeling the most merry and bright is an understatement! Thankfully I am pretty ok at this hair and makeup thing and covered up the scars of too little sleep and one too many glasses of wine. I guess I was feeling a little too hot, hot, hot in these fancy pants of mine.

We were so grateful to snag that spot that we made her some lip scrubs to say thank you before heading out. Love her and can’t wait to show off more of the sweet photos she took of our family!


Sometimes with the lip scrubs, I will throw in some brown sugar. I like that the brown sugar softens texture a little bit and gives a yummy smell and taste, since you are probably going to get some in your mouth!


I also made some for Silas’s preschool teachers and popped them into holiday coffee mugs with some candy canes and fun cards. The LOVED them! DSC_0036

These come in handy regularly, not just in the holiday season. They make a great little hostess gift, client gift or  something nice to treat yourself with! What would you use these for? Share your ideas in the comments!

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DIY Sugar Scrub

Thanks, Mom, for giving me this great idea! When I went home to Louisiana, my mom was making this for her girlfriends in her gardening club. I tried it and had to have some too! She found this on Pinterest, of course, she is a Pinterest junkie!

So I made it for my girlfriends, too! But first I tried it out for myself. I believe it was originally designed to be a hand scrub. If you use it to wash/scrub your hands (maybe post gardening?) it makes your hands so smooth and soft. So I used it all over, it is great for your feet when you do a DIY pedi. Because it lathers, in addition to scrubbing, it makes a great shaving foam! Your legs will be so smooth! And it smells amazing too.
Check out How to Make a DIY Sugar Scrub! by Emily Hudspeth on Snapguide.

If you do this or any other DIY scrub, leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it. If you want to save it and do it later or share it with your friends, Pin it on Pinterest! Here is another scrub that I made awhile back that you will also love.

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