DIY Beauty

Best remedy for dry skin ever (and I have tried everything)

Every winter I get terrible dry skin on my legs and hips, and lotions are just never enough (not to mention the alcohol in them only makes things worse). So this year I started looking at some other options to try and help me out.

I actually found this great home remedy on Pinterest and was an original recipe from Paula Deen. I used the same ingredients just edited the amount of oil I put into it, keeps it from being overpowering and not as dangerous in the shower. Not to mention its dirt cheap and most women keep these basic staples stocked in their pantries already.

1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Extra Light Olive Oil, can substitute another carrier oil of your choice
1 teaspoon Vitamin E (cut open Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract , optional (or your favorite citrus essential oil)

In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.

To Use: In the shower, apply to skin and rinse.  Can be used daily.  I use it as my last step before getting out of the shower. Not recommended for use in a bath tub due to the sugars.

For the home

Cheap and Easy Dress Up for French Doors (perfect for all parties)

Cleaning a house to entertain is never an easy chore, especially when you have rooms that are actually lived and worked in! As you will learn I am all about finding cute ways to make things easier, especially when it involves making things easier for my mom.

In preparation for the family coming to the house for Christmas my mother wanted to spend an entire day cleaning out the home office. (ugh!) Seeing as the office is located just inside the main entrance to the house and has french doors is was impossible to just shut the doors and let it be.

So in a momentary stroke of genius I decided came up with the idea of simply taping wrapping paper to the back of the door and a bow around he handles so no one would actually be able to open the door. $5.00 for a roll of paper and we already had the bow and tape from all the holiday wrapping saved a whole day of cleaning (and made for a whole day to shop <3)

This could be duplicated for any event all you need is the proper wrapping paper!! Want to keep the kids out of a room at a party, or keep the ladies out of your husbands messy office on girls night. Don’t waste your time cleaning, and add some festive decor to your space.

Recipes

Just Like Grandma’s (with a Twist) Vegetable Beef Soup.


Since I was a kid I have always loved “Grandma’s Soup”, so when I started getting into cooking on my own I wanted to master it. I took multiple recipes including my own grandmas and pulled bits and pieces from each to put together my ideal vegetable beef soup, and after a few tries on my family I came up with the ideal combo.

Ingredients:

3              Cubes tomato bouillon

4              Cubes chicken bouillon

2 tbsp    Celery Flakes

2 cups   Potato (chopped into approx ½ inch cubes)

1 tbsp    Chili Powder

1               Bell pepper finely chopped

2 cups   Carrots sliced

2 cups    Squash/Zucchini ( I like to use a combo of both)

2 cups   Yellow onion finely chopped

2              Cans fire roasted tomatoes with medium green chilies

1              Can tomato sauce

4              Cloves garlic minced

4-6 cups Water (depending on how thick you like it, can add water as you go)

Approx 3 lbs stew meat, or  beef shoulder roast sliced into about 1 inch cubes ( I prefer to use the roast)

1 lb         Pasta of your choice

Directions:

Season beef with salt and pepper

Add beef to stew pot and brown in hot olive oil

Add carrots, onion, garlic, and bell pepper… cook about 4 minutes or until veggies begin to soften

Add water, bouillons, tomatoes, tomato sauce, celery flakes, and chili powder, then let pot come to a boil.

Once pot comes to a boil lower heat and add potatoes.

Allow to simmer for 45 mins or until meat is tender, add zucchini and squash in the last 10 minutes.

After about 20 mins of boiling check your flavor, you may want to add salt or chili powder to adjust it more to your personal liking.

** if you like it hot add a little cayenne pepper when you add the chili powder