DIY Body Scrub

As you may remember, I got really, really, painfully, stupidly sunburned at the beach a few weeks ago.  I know.  I’m an idiot.  Normally I’m crazy careful about wearing sunscreen and not getting burned, but I guess we all make mistakes.  Anyway, in the weeks since, once the burning, shivering, and waves of sheer pain subsided, my skin started peeling.  My arms and legs needed some TLC desperately.  With my confidence boosted after I made my homemade body butter, I realized that I could probably cobble together some DIY body scrub, too!  So I did.

DIY Coconut Oil, Honey, Sugar & Salt Body Scrub Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

I scoured Pinterest for some easy instructions on how to make it, and after reading about 40 bajillion of them, I realized that the basics of all of them were the same.

oil + salt or sugar + scent = scrub

DIY Body Scrub Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

So I grabbed a jar and started improvising.

How to Make Homemade Body Scrub | Oysters & Pearls

DIY Body Scrub

ingredients

- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- a few drops Vitamin E oil

instructions

Warm coconut oil to room temperature, or just warm enough that it is liquid, rather than solid.  I did this by microwaving in 10 second intervals – you don’t want the oil warm enough to melt the sugar.  Mix all the ingredients in a jar until combined.

DIY Coconut Oil & Honey Body Scrub Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

I added honey because not only does it smell amazing, but I’ve read it has a ton of health benefits for your skin (in addition to the ones you get from eating it).  According to an article I found on SheKnows.com, some of the benefits honey can provide your skin are:

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
  • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

So it seemed like the perfect addition, especially since I didn’t have any essential oils on hand to scent it with.  The result of this concoction is a sweet smelling, moisturizing, extra scrubby goo that is perfect for sloughing off dead skin, whether or not you’ve recently made a dumb move in the sunshine.

DIY Coconut Oil, Honey, Sugar & Salt Body Scrub | Oysters & Pearls

My legs and arms have actually never felt better!  This seems timely for everyone, though, as shorts season is already upon us.  This DIY body scrub, combined with shaving your legs, which exfoliates them as well, is guaranteed to get you ladies shorts-ready in no time.

Coconut Oil, Honey, Sugar & Salt DIY Body Scrub | Oysters & Pearls

Anyone else have any good recipes for homemade body goo?  At the risk of sounding pretty crunchy, I am kind of digging making my own stuff!  It’s super cheap, doesn’t have any added chemicals or preservatives, and so far, I’ve had really great luck with it.  Let me know if you have any experiences with this sort of thing!

Until Next Time

Earth Day Honey Harvest

Happy Earth Day!

As a Wildlife Ecology & Conservation graduate, you know I had to acknowledge this holiday.  To celebrate Mother Earth, Wheat and I robbed our bee hive of its honey.  ;)

We swapped the frames out last week on the top box of our gifted hive, and we will move them into a new 10 frame double deep at the end of this week instead of the old (and in need of fixing up) 8 frame double deep they are currently living in.  This was our first time harvesting honey, so we were really, really lucky that Wheat’s aunt had all the supplies we needed, along with plenty of sage advice.

We uncapped the honey comb using this hair pick (not really what it is, but it sure looks like it).

Uncapping Honey Comb for Extracting | Oysters & Pearls

Then we placed two frames at a time in the extractor.

Honey Comb in Frame Being Placed into Extractor | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Comb in Frame in Extractor | Oysters & PearlsThe extractor spins the frames around and slings the honey out using centrifugal force.  This is why they call the extracting process “slingin’ honey.”

The honey drains out of the extractor, along with lots of other bits, and into a very fine strainer suspended over a clean bucket.

Unstrained Raw Honey | Oysters & Pearls

Unstrained Raw Honey | Oysters & Pearls

This honey was VERY dark!  I asked Banks (who gave me the bees – they used to be his sweet Daddy Mr. Gene’s bees) about it, and he said that the honey from his dad’s hives in town was always dark, too.  I guess these bees just like some certain species of flowering plant that makes for dark honey?  Or maybe since this honey has been around for a while, it’s just cured really well.  Any seasoned beekeepers out there know why this might bee?

After straining (we covered it and let it strain overnight), we used the gate at the bottom of the bucket to bottle it up!

Raw Filtered Honey | Oysters & Pearls

I haven’t edited or retouched or changed the color at all on these photos.  You can barely see through this honey!

Bainbridge Honey | Oysters & Pearls

But it is delicious!  We are grateful to Banks for giving us these bees, and hope to share most of this honey with friends and family (including Banks and his mama, first off).  I think Mr. Gene would probably get a kick out of knowing that so many people were enjoying his bees, both by reading about them here and by eating the honey.

Bainbridge Honey | Oysters & Pearls

Hopefully we will have more honey to harvest at the end of the summer!

We then put all the equipment and spent frames outside near the hive for the gals to clean up for us.  They got to work right away!

Honey Bee Cleaning Up Frame | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cleaning Up Frame | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cleaning Up Frame | Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bee Cleaning Up Frame | Oysters & Pearls

Mother Nature is pretty gosh-darn amazing, and nothing quite demonstrates it so clearly and sweetly as a hive of honey bees.

Happy Earth Day, indeed.

Until Next Time

Carlyle’s & Sloane’s Engagement Party

Happy Monday morning!

I hope everyone had a blessed and wonderful Easter weekend!  We sure did.  We spent Friday and Saturday getting ready for an engagement party we helped host for Wheat’s brother Carlyle and his fiancé Sloane.  They’re getting married next month, and a group of Carlyle’s friends got together and threw a little party for them.  The weather was pretty dicey all weekend, but luckily the rain/mist stopped for the party.  It wasn’t gorgeous weather, but it wasn’t raining and all was well.  Thank goodness!

The happy couple:

Carlyle & Sloane | Oysters & Pearls

We did a simple chalkboard theme (plus Easter candy and springtime pastels) for the party, and naturally I had to DIY some fun things.

Engagement Party Dessert Table | Oysters & Pearls

I spray painted thick kraft paper with chalkboard paint, then cut out the large bunting as well as the cake topper bunting.  I sewed the ribbon onto the paper for the large bunting with my sewing machine with a contrasting off-white thread, and just sewed right through the smaller triangles to make this DIY chalkboard bunting cake topper.  Super easy, but I loved the way they turned out!

I used rubber bands on wooden skewers to keep the bunting in place for the cake topper… Does anyone else have any clever solutions for this?

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Cake Topper | Oysters & Pearls

The ampersand is actually a pewter charm that I hand-stamped with their wedding date.

Hand Stamped Pewter Ampersand Necklace with Wedding Date | Oysters & Pearls

Click over to the Shop page for my new little Etsy shop, if you’re interested!  I can always do a custom listing if you like this one.

Speaking of their wedding date, I have an epic blogger fail for you. Crystal had this adorable idea for me to put on the couple’s first date, engagement date, and wedding date on our DIY chalkboard easel for the party. I spent entirely too much time Wednesday night trying to make my 10-year old boy handwriting look nice, and I didn’t even notice my flub until someone pointed it out halfway through the party…

Blogger Chalkboard Sign Epic Fail | Oysters & Pearls

Yup.  That’s supposed to be 2014.  They are not about to celebrate their one year anniversary…. I’m human, y’all.

#bloggerfail

Unfortunately for Harold, I got his spring/summer hair cut done on Thursday, just before this abnormally frigid and wet spring weather.  He was freezing, so this is what he ended up wearing to the party:

Harold | Oysters & Pearls

Ridiculous, I am well aware.

Harold Blinking in a Sweater | Oysters & Pearls

#quitmakingfunofmemom

The cake itself is the strawberry little layer cake that was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It’s a vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese swiss meringue buttercream icing.  Say that ten times fast!

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Topper | Oysters & Pearls

It was delicious, apparently, because there was not one single piece left.  :)

We had lemonade, sweet tea, and water, as well as a fire pit full of beer.  Little did we know, we would have preferred a fire later on.  It was the coldest and dreariest Easter weekend in my memory!

Lemonade  | Oysters & Pearls

Drink Station | Oysters & Pearls

Carolina Kettle as a Beer Pit | Oysters & Pearls

And lots of delicious food!  Wheat and a few of the guys smoked the boston butts on my dad’s huge smoker we borrowed, and he did SUCH a good job.  The BBQ was so good!  We also had a plethora of spring-time sides made by the other two ladies who helped host and myself.  Deviled eggs, baked beans, broccoli salad, cole slaw, and spicy corn salad.  They all went over well!

BBQ Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

The tables were decked out with black table cloths, Refinery candles, and some springtime flowers, including some hot pink knock-out roses from our yard.

Spring Engagement Party Flowers | Oysters & Pearls

Crystal and I aren’t professional flower arrangers, by any means, but we thought they turned out pretty decently!  They were colorful and cheerful in contrast with the dreary day, so they did their job.

Everyone had a great time!  I managed to snap a few pictures in the midst of it all, but of course, not as many as I wish I had.

Lee & Nikki | Oysters & Pearls

Luke, Elizabeth, & Lee's Eye | Oysters & Pearls

Matt &  Brittany | Oysters & Pearls

Sloane and Bridesmaids | Oysters & Pearls

Jim, Hehle, Parks, and Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Bert & Richard | Oysters & Pearls

Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

Congratulations to the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at the Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

When it came time to cut the cake, we thought we would let them get a little practice round in. ;)

Sloane & Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Cake Cutting Practice | Oysters & Pearls

It was trying at times…

Practicing Cutting the Cake | Oysters & Pearls

But they quickly got the hang of it.  I think they’re safe for next month now!

Cake Cutting

Congratulations, Carlyle and Sloane!!

Until Next Time