DIY Coffee Scrub

This past week Tennessee decided to skip over the fall weather and plummet right into shiver inducing winter temperatures. It got me thinking that I needed to share how I beat lack-luster skin as colder weather approaches.

I recently discovered the greatest dull skin remedy and only had to look as far as my pantry! And it only consists of TWO ingredients: Coffee and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Let’s keep it SIMPLE: 

 It’s literally that easy – just mix and done!
(I usually don’t use exact measurements; I just pour the olive oil over the coffee until the grounds are (for lack of a less disgusting word) moist.)

                                SMOOTH SAILING 

I love using this scrub as a prerequisite to shaving – of course, it makes the tub a tad filthy (though it washes down the drain with a few extra splashes of water) but the olive oil makes your skin SO SMOOTH.  

AND this is great for men, too! If they’re dealing with ingrown hair due to shaving this is a fantastic solution. 


The caffeine from the coffee is said to help with cellulite so why not be generous and slather on this mixture & take care of two birds with one stone?! 

So to RECAP: 

-Mix your ingredients together (just use the grounds from your morning coffee!)
-Take a handful of your mixture and scrub over legs 
-Rinse off & and wipe clean with a towel (so you don't get your razor all clogged up with the scrub) 

I hope this helps you in your battle against dull winter skin!


                          (Brands used: Organic 365 Coffee & Bragg’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Weekend Inspiration

If you are a little low in inspiration or just need something to cheer you up, I have the perfect idea!  Find a local garden store and spend the afternoon finding yourself through nature!

We found this great local gardening store in Nashville yesterday and I can't wait to go back!  Sometimes it just amazes me how great little shops/parks and so much more can be so close without you even knowing!

This shop was filled with everything from crafts, soaps, plants, seeds, fermenting and home brewing products, hydroponics, air plants and so much more!  Check out the pics below of our little weekend find!

Barefoot Hiking

Ok, so when my hubby told me he wanted to go on a barefoot hike I instantly wanted to call him crazy!  But after a few seconds internalizing to myself about how this could turn out pretty funny, I decided that it was an awesome idea.

For him...not for me!  Well not yet.  I stole his Vibrams and let him go barefoot.  Check out the pictures and let us know how crazy you think he is!

The health benefits of barefoot hiking and grounding are incredible.  I would recommend you read more and try this sometime.  I recommend trying for the health benefits, but you may enjoy the pleasure of everyone looking at you like you are crazy! :)

Here are some links I think you would like:

The Secret to Lifelong Health

DIY Bunting: Halloween Edition

So, if you’re anything like I am, you’re unapologetically obsessed with all things Halloween…especially when it comes to putting those spooky touches around the house! 

This year I decided to go for a more sophisticated decorating theme, thus leading me to classic bunting. If you’re on a budget this DIY is perfect for you (how does FREE sound?)

Ok, let’s talk materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

Paper grocery sacks
Hole-punch (or if you don’t have a hole-punch in your possession, just use a big nail!)

**Side-note: If you don’t have access to a printer, just grab some stencils and a black marker--it’s more time consuming, but still super easy! 

Alright, let’s get to the How-To:

Step 1: If you’re using a printer, cut your paper bags to the size of your printer paper, pick your favorite font and print whatever Halloween inspired phrase you want onto your bags

Step 2: Once you’ve got your letters printed, cut the bags into triangles that are 8” at the top and 10” on the sides with the letter centered in the middle

Step 3: Now you’re ready for twine!  Punch holes in the top of your triangle -- maybe 5 inches apart -- and run the twine through (I ran mine through the back so it could be seen across the top)

AND THAT’S IT! Easy, right? 

Have fun haunting up your house!


Primal Spice Cake

In an attempt to recreate my pumpkin cookies and not realizing that I was out of coconut flour, I somehow stumbled upon an amazing Primal Spice Cake!

This cake was absolutely amazing!!  You can really add what you like and take away a couple items in this recipe to create your own, but here is what I put together.

Let me know how you like it!

3 eggs
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
2-4 T maple or honey
1 cup almond flour
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4th tsp allspice
1/4th cup almond butter

Mix together and cook on 350 for about 30 minutes

I'll be posting the frosting recipe soon, so stay tuned!

Hope you enjoy!!


Halloween Book Tree

Last year I saw a book tree on Pinterest and decided that this year I definitely needed one!  But, I couldn't wait until Christmas.  So I decided to make a Halloween book Tree.

It was so simple.  We just stacked books until it looked even on each side.  I went to Target and got some multicolored lights and a little pumpkin bucket for the top.  It looks wonderful and gave us some Halloween spirit.

Hope you like it!


Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Everyone always ask how we don't eat out and still able to "enjoy" all the pleasures that everyone else does.  Well here is a little tip on how we survive this way of living.  We make our own! :)

And that's exactly what I did today.  It's fall and I am missing my Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I wanted to find a healthy alternative.  It was a success!  I'm sure you could change around the ingredients in this recipe to your own liking, which is always good.

Let me know how you like it!

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Makes about 1 cup, leave in the fridge and enjoy for a week or with friends

1 cup of coconut milk (can use raw milk or heavy cream)
3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1/4th tsp Nutmeg
1/4th tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp Vanilla

Heat up all ingredients on stove for a couple minutes on low to medium low.  After everything is mixed add in 1-3 tsp of raw honey.  Enjoy!

DIY Pumpkin Cutie

I saw this cute little thing on Pinterest and decided to give it a try and change things up some!

Here is everything I used:

An old pillowcase (you can use any fabric you have)
Toilet paper roll (the whole thing)
A stick from outside

Gift Wrapping Craft

I wanted to brighten up this boring gift box for my friend April a couple weeks ago and decided to get my craft on!  This was so simple to make and I think she just adored it!  

p.s. - Congrats to April and Matt!!

All you need is the following:

Burlap (or any other material)
Twine (or ribbon)
Paint and a brush

If you are looking to purchase some burlap take a look at this link.  It's a great deal!!

All Things Pumpkin

In the spirit of Fall, I decided to take the best of the best pumpkin recipes from primal blogs I love.  I will also be posting my pumpkin cookie recipe soon! They were so good that they were gone before I could take any pictures!

Primal Pumpkin Bread - By Joyful Abode

Primal Pumpkin Chili - By Cave Woman Cafe

Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes - By The Food Lovers' Primal Palate

Primal Almond Butter Pumpkin Brownies - By This Primal Life

Primal Pumpkin Muffins - By Green and Grateful

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie - By Deliciously Organic

Primal Pumpkin Pie - By Wellness Mama

Pumpkin Granola - By PaleOMG