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Lavender Body Scrub

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Hello lovely readers!

Today I have a DIY beauty tip for you. As summer approaches, so do bare body parts, legs, shoulders, knees and toes… To help you get those parts ready, you need to exfoliate the skin and dead cell build up from winter.  I have a lovely body scrub recipe that you can whip up in no time using what you already have in your pantry!

Three simple ingredients make for a luxurious scrub leaving your skin nourished and moisturized for the summer season!

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Raw sugar is used as the exfoliant. If all you have is white granulated sugar go ahead and use that!

Olive Oil is the moisturizer. Again, use whatever oil you have! Canola oil or vegetable oil will work just fine.

Fresh Lavender not only provides an amazing and relaxing scent to this scrub, but its essential oils are used as an anti inflammatory and also helps purify the skin.

The word lavender stems from the latin word lavare which means “to wash” and is used regularly in a lot of beauty products.

Im currently in New Zealand and just down the block from us is a Lavender bush overtaking the side walk. I pass the lavender bush almost everyday when I bike to the market. The aroma which comes from this bush is truly to die for! Each time I pass it I say to myself I have got to do something with this Lavender! Thus came about the inspiration for todays post.

photo (2)2 TBSP of Raw Sugarphoto (7)Pluck the Lavender off the stem and into the bowl of sugar.photo (4)

photo (3)Using some sort of tool, you want to muddle the sugar and lavender. This step allows the essential oils from the lavender to infuse the sugar.photo (8)Add 1 cap full or 1 TBSP of olive oil. photo (5)Mix!photo (6)After desired exfoliation, rinse with warm water and you wont believe how soft your skin will feel!

Your skin will be prepped and ready for summer! Shorts and swim wear hear you come!

I hope you try this DIY beauty tip and that you love it as much as I did! My husband even noticed how much softer my skin felt, that my friends is proof in itself that this simple ingredient beauty tip is a sure win!

Happy tuesday and stay tasty ladies!

Alisha

Happy One Year!

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Happy Birthday xtrafrosting.com!

A year has past and so have the goals I didn’t meet! New-year, new goals, new motivation, new ideas, new inspirations, same blog. Putting the past behind me and learning to forgive myself. We are our own worst enemy; we need to learn to befriend ourselves.  When I started this blogging journey I set some very unrealistic goals for myself, and I made a lot of mistakes. In the end I learned more than I ever thought I would.  As I look back, although I didn’t accomplish my goals this year, I cant be too hard on myself , cause at the end of the day, or year in this case, I did the best I could. If there is one thing I learned this year, 2014, I learned we are all so hard on ourselves, this causes stress and anxiety, and going forward  in 2015 I hope to achieve my goals, but know if it doesn’t happen, its OK, there is always next year…

 

This last year I have been inspired by SO many people in my life. I could not be more proud of these people and loved ones. The things each of these people have accomplished this year makes it extremely hard to be easy on myself, but It shows, everyone is different.

I want to recognize each of these people and share with you how they inspire me to be a better person each and day.  Starting with my one and only, my love, my husband. Joey has accomplished so much this year. He has gone through the hardest academic journey there is, and come May he will have a Dr. in front of his name and an MD at the end.  I have never seen my husband so busy! He inspires me to keep moving and keep going, but when its time to rest, rest! I think it’s the secret to his success.

On to the people who never rest, no rest for the wicked type of chics, my sisters. they are always on the go. A perfect stay at home mom, a young adult that will be graduating and will attend vet school in 2017.  These girls inspire me to all ends! Nicolle, she is the ultimate domesticated goddess to making sure everyone is ok to making everyone ok.  She inspires me to be prepared for anything. Kelsy, she is constantly on the go, its hard to keep track of this one. Kelsy inspires me to always keep my options open,  save my money for a rainy day and eat as much cereal as I want! No, but seriously, these two are everything to me and its so important and an necessity to my happiness that they remain, and be a big part of my life, if not the biggest part of my life.

By now you are probably thinking, wow, what great inspirational people you have in your life, no wonder its hard to keep up sometimes.  But wait, just wait. I have this really awesome best friend, I like to call her Hanavan.  This year Hanavan has accomplished so much, and she literally leaves me in awe. Much like my husband she is also achieving a career in the medical field and with that comes a long hard academic journey.  Seeing my bestie in such a great place brings me such excitement and makes me long to have the same. She moved closer to her family, got accepted to Denver Nursing Program, newly -wed, domesticated goddess, and the best fur mom ever!  Hanavan inspires me to never forget about me and my wants, and goals, achieve things and accomplish things on my own, she might be the only people who can truly inspire me to eat healthier and become more active. She is always there for me when I need her and always has the right answers.

I have a lot of very strong people in my life, my loved and friends have been through quite a lot in their lives just like most.  My mother in law is one of those strong women.  In just this year the amount of things thrown her way put a lot of people’s complaints to shame.  Minerva, she not only moved, again, for I believe the 20th time in her life, to be closer to family in her journey to be happier and healthier.    Minerva supports so many peoples lives, it’s outrageous, her pile of mail puts your shoe collection to shame! Her father and father in law both past this year, which came with a flood more responsibility.  She inspires me to help others and support loved ones and to never let anyone struggle if they don’t have too.

So all in all this year might of not been a great year of many accomplished goals, and Im having to forgive myself for mistakes I have made, but I can look back and tell you that I did find something this year, I found my authentic feeling of gratitude.

Im so so grateful to have such inspirational and strong motivating people in my life.  If its one thing Im taking from 2014 its Gratitude!

A special thanks to Ursala Hudson, she has taught me so much and helped me every step of the way when it comes to xtrafrosting.com. She has helped me accomplish my blogging dreams from day one, and not a lot would be possible with out her help and support.

And last but not least thank! My loyal readers, who visit when posts are made and help spread my inspiration.  Thank you for your patience, patronage and traffic. Please stay tuned, big things for xtrafrosting.com.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Stay Tasty Ladies,

Alisha

Repurposed Kitchen Items

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Hi Readers!

Spring cleaning is among us, today i have a fun,creative,easy way to stay organized. Its a different spin on things, thinking out side the box type post.

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Here we have some basic kitchen items, under $2 each, or if you are like me, you wonder why you have two cheese graders and what the heck do i do with all these empty bottles from friday night…

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Its like killing two birds with one stone kind of thing.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy spring season! Follow me on intagram for daily post.

Stay Tasty Ladies

xoxo Alisha

DIY Makeup Brush Carrier

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All you need is 2 things! An oriental table place mat, and some elastic.

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This helps keep your brushes safe, organized and protected.

Thanks for stopping by xtrafrosting.com this week! Stay tuned for more fun, easy and creative inspirations!

Repurposed Canvas

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Hi There!

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This week i was determined to get our wedding pics up! Its been almost a year and we didn’t have one picture presented, totally unacceptable!  Its been on my to do list now for far too long. After accomplishing that goal, i felt so inspired.

When first moving to Nashville i was super eager to decorate our new space. A lot of our home decor consist of things from our travels and hand me down decor from along the way.  I also really enjoy thrift store shopping and garage selling, taking old things and making them new!

A few years ago i picked up this decent looking canvas painting for around $2. I didn’t really match our stuff and over time i thought it was ugly, but i new it was a nice canvas that could be covered in fabric or repurposed in some way.

old canvas .jpgAfter a lot of thinking and endless pictures of the cutest family ever, i decided i wanted to use the canvas as a bulletin board for the hallway.

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Crafty Coffee Mug

Happy Friday Friends!

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Todays post is a simple and quick craft. It makes for a perfect and affordable gift and the best part is that it is totally customizable! Keep reading for the three easy steps it takes to create this cleaver project.

materials coffee mug.jpgI picked up the mugs at the dollar store, for yes, $1 each! Im telling you its tots affordable!step one.jpgTake the acetone on to the cotton pad and clean the surface, this also takes off the shiny glaze on the mug, helping in the longevity of your creation!step 2.jpgNow for the fun part! Get creative and have fun with this step, using a permanent marker, write or draw your creation on the mug. Draw a doodle or write your favorite quote. Customize it making it a perfect gift or just another addition to your coffee mug collection. bake .jpgFor the final step, just like the picture says, pop those babies in the oven!  After about 30 min in the oven, turn off the oven, and let mugs cool. After they cool, wash them, you will be amazed that your customized creations are permanent! finished cup.jpg

Well, thats that! I hope you enjoyed this quick little craft, also hoping you all have a great weekend! See ya monday for another Manicure Monday!!!

Stay Tasty Ladies

xoxo Alisha