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With it being the beginning of the new year I've talked a lot about goals. I like goals, I have goals at work, goals at home, goals in life and of course goals for this blog. As I've written this blog for a few years its really been all over the place. As the author, it's fun for me to go back and see how I've grown through my 20s, I cringe at some posts but I still enjoy others (is it vain to enjoy my own post?). But latley I've been thinking a lot about the need to give this blog focus. I want it to be a reflection of who I actually am but still be enjoyable to y'all. My life has changed so much since I started this blog and as it has changed so has the tone of the blog. So look, I'm not going to go through and delete a ton of old posts, because I think our past shapes us and I'm not ashamed of the person I've ever been. But I don't want the 24 year old who started this blog to define me either. 

It's hard sometimes to say to myself that hey, I'd like to be a more positive person and then see how snarky posts get 5 times more traffic than a non snarky one. Plus I'll never ever stop completely y'all, it's just not happening. But, there are other things I want to focus on. So starting next week each day if the week will have a theme: 

Moody Monday - this will be for my random posts; something I'm really excited about, something that has me all riled up, snarky thoughts on the President and whatnot. 

Tutorial Tuesdays - I've finally taken Pinterest from an idea board of "ain't nobody got time for that" to projects I've done. So it might be a craft, it might be a recepie, or it might be a how to not suck at life post if I have residual snarkiness from Monday. But regardless, these will be more instructional posts. 

Weekend Prep Wednesday - from both a blog standpoint and Mandysue's wallet standpoint I need to get back on my $40 date kick. These posts along with fun activity ideas or trip ideas will find their place here. 

Taking Input Thursdays: Thanks to Kate B for the suggestion! Maybe there's a specific topic you'd like me to blog about, maybe there's some reader questions to address or maybe I'll have a theme that I'm looking for opinions on. We'll see how it goes but this one is all about YOU. I'm taking input starting now. 

Fashion Find Fridays : you know it, you hopefully love it and you'll see more of it this year. But for those not familiar, I'll basically cover fashion once a week and include where to buy as part of the post. 

There might be some Saturday special posts along the way but for now this should help me keep a focus on blogging  and provide me some structure so I can be better about actually publishing posts. 

In the meantime, let's all take some time to stop and smell the roses, or assorted floral bouquets. I'll see you again soon! 

 


Pour Some Sugar on Me


One thing I'm really into these days is homemade products. Is there anything less fun to spend money on than shower cleaner? Me thinks not. I'm so tired of running to target for basic household supplies and walking out with an $80 bill and for what, a bunch of crap I can't even pronounce mixed in a plastic bottle. Nope, it's time to shop smarter. So far this year I've made our own laundry detergent and bathroom cleaner, both have been fab but I want to make fun stuff too and cleaning my toilet just doesn't get me excited. So I decided to make a product that I seem to run through frequently: sugar scrub! 

Sugar scrub , btw, is kinda hard to find. Target only sells one expensive version of it with their "fancy" beauty products and WalMart offers two different scents for about $7 for 8oz. It's winter, I get dry skin y'all, I NEED my scrub. My big problem with commercial scrubs is they have too much oil, I want to feel clean coming out of the shower, not like I spent a week at McDonalds. Some of y'all may recall that I use oil to clean my face, it's fantastic! So I'm not opposed to oil on my skin but there's is a fine balance to be had. I've heard that coconut oil is great for skin and doesn't leave a nasty film so when we were running low in the kitchen I decided to give the project a try, it was so easy! 

To make your own sugar scrub here's what you need: 


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The essential oils of your choice. 

Seriously, that's it! I didn't even measure anything, but here's what I did do: 

1. Since I made this when my oil was low I heated it up directly in the jar (lid removed of course) in the microwave for about 30 seconds. 
2. Then I spooned in sugar and mixed every few spoonfuls until I was happy with the consistency, which was on the drier side. I'd say I used a 3 to 1 sugar to oil ratio - 1/3 cup of oil and 1 cup of sugar 
3. I then added about an ounce of vitamin E oil and mixed, this little bit went a long way. 
4. I added a few drops of essential oil. Right now I have a few bottles of cheaper brand I got off amazon a few years ago, they're fine for projects like this where they are just for scent but in the future I'll be investing in higher quality stuff. I had tea tree and lemon on hand so that's what I used 
5. After a few final stirs and determining the scent level to be at my liking I put the jar on the lid, removed the label, shook it up for a final mixing and put it in the bathroom. 

No fancy jars here! 

Here's some visuals on the consistency: 



Just play around with it to your liking, mixing sugar and oil is not rocket science y'all! 

I've used my sugar scrub for a few weeks twice a week now and am so in love! It keeps my skin from getting itchy, doesn't leave an oily film, doesn't sting on my shaved legs, and is gentle enough to use on my face. I didn't buy anything special for this project but the main ingredient is also the cheapest - sugar is only a few dollars for a 4lb bag, coconut oil is about $8 for a 16oz jar, vitamin e oil is a few dollars for an 8 oz jar and the essential oil price will vary. I'd guesstimate it cost me $3ish for a batch (I'm a finance person y'all so I'm pretty good at adding and diving in my head) and I genuinely like it better than the stuff from the store. This project was a total win for me and I can't wait to try more stuff.  


Fashion Find Friday: Prep Obsessed


New Year, new post, same theme. It's Fashion Find Friday y'all! Due to the holiday season I wasn't doing much self gifting and obviously I couldn't share what I was getting for others but here's a look at my first self treat of 2015. 

This week's goodies come from a fab company, Prep Obsessed. Officially Prep Obsessed is a web based fashion retailer offering weekly limited quantity sales on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. But I like to think of it as seeing your bestie wearing something cute and then bam! now you have one too. During the holidays Prep Obsessed offered mystery mailers of past products, a small included 4 items and a large included 8. It was so popular they did it again in January and I wasted no time signing up. I paid $29.95 for 8 mystery items shipped to my door, plus a $5 gift card for a future purchase. 

First off, let me just say how much I appreciate the careful packaging the Prep Obsessed ladies offer: 


Within the bubble wrap each item was individually wrapped: 

That's dedication y'all! 

When everything was unwrapped here was the result: 



It's all so cute but I think the pearl and the gold bracelets are my favorite items. I'm also really excited about the starfish earring, perfect for my cruise later this year! 

Ordinarily jewelry items range from $9.95 to $16.95 and includes shipping. I'm going to try and be real careful with my spending this year but at these prices it's nice to have a treat once in a while. 

To check it out for yourself, visit: 

https://m.facebook.com/prepobsessed

Happy Shopping Y'all! 

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