I just wanted to let y’all know an article I wrote for Southern Forestry Realty here in Bainbridge is out! We’ve been working on it for a while, and I think my dear readers will enjoy reading it. It’s worth a trip to Climax, Georgia to visit Jones’ Meats!
This is an exciting weekend for me. My little side venture, Maiden South, is coming to fruition! Our building renovation has come to an end, and now we get to move in! The little shop that could finally can, and we hope you’ll join us for a special little
sneak peek this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Jess and I have worked our little behinds off the past few months to not only get our store ready to open, but to help our little downtown become the bustling, hip, fun, lively downtown we see in our daydreams. This Saturday, October 11th, two of those daydreams will come to life: Maiden South, and the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market will have our first open air market on West Street. We hope you will come shop at the Market, shop and dine with our local businesses and restaurants, and although we won’t be selling anything yet, we sure do hope you’ll pop in for a quick look around (and maybe a mimosa to help us celebrate). :)
If you can’t be there with us on Saturday, we hope you’ll consider this your sneak peek, and we hope you’ll come visit us in person soon! Sign up for our emails over at www.maidensouth.com to be the first to know when we open our doors for business, both in Bainbridge and online!
With that, how about a little trip down memory lane? This little ten-foot-wide, hundred-ish year old space has come an awfully long way from its humble beginnings!
Stay tuned… this little shop ain’t finished yet!
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.
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
So I grabbed a jar and started improvising.
DIY Body Scrub
– 3 tablespoons sugar
– 3 tablespoons sea salt
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil
– 2 tablespoons honey
– a few drops Vitamin E oil
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.
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.
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.
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!