Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Times They Are A-Changin (Plus some Odds and Ends)

Hello Dear Readers!
First of all, Happy New Year! Shall we celebrate this momentous occasion with some good old Bobby Dylan?

Secondly, this post is going to be a compilation of things that are going on and things that I've been meaning to write but aren't long enough to be posts of their own.
The agenda:
1) New Years Resolutions
2) Body scrubs DIY
3) Tie-Dye Candle
4) Succulent News

Section 1) New Years Resolutions

My parents are health nuts. My mom has always been a little off the edge with all-organic everything everywhere, but since my dad has joined the rebellion, they've gotten worse. They're so far off the deep end, they practically need scuba tanks. But all the chia seeds, health food magazines, and all-natural protein shakes have got me thinking, and I've realized I eat a ton of sugar. Of course it's all-organic and preservative free, but it's sugar all the same. So that's New Year Resolution #1: Eat Less Sugar. 
What to do when you're home alone for two entire weeks and you've just seen the last installment of The Hobbit? Marathon watch nine hours of Lord of the Rings, obviously.  And while watching, I got inspired to read the books. So that's New Year Resolution #2: Read all three Lord of the Rings books. (I read The Hobbit in 6th grade.) And as an add on, I want to watch the extended editions of each of the movies. Twelve hours of pure enjoyment!

Section 2) Body Scrub DIY

These are really great Christmas presents, and I made them for my mom, my friends, and my dance class secret santa. Sorry it's a little late for Christmas. But hey, New Years Gifts are a thing, right? Or, you could just do yourself a favor and make one for yourself.

Scrub #1: Coffee Coconut
The recipe was originally from Free People Blog but I adapted it a little by adding some shredded coconut on the top. Also, I used plain white sugar instead of coconut palm sugar cause who even knows what that is? Basically, I heated up some coconut oil, added 1/2 decaf coffee grounds and 1/2 caffeinated, put it a little dash of cinnamon, and enough white sugar to absorb most of the coconut oil, and put it in a jar. Actual recipe here.

Scrub #2: PiƱa Colada Scrub
I can't remember where the actual recipe came from, but I just put lemon juice, coconut oil, shredded coconut, and white sugar in a little bowl and voila: a fancy sounding scrub that's the simplest thing ever.

Section 3) Tie-Dye Candle

Don't you hate when you have a little votive candle (because you're too cheap to buy the kind in jars) and it seems like all the wax drips out of the candle and just makes a mess of everything? So do I. So I collected a bunch of dried wax drips, melted them in a jar, and added a wick. Plus, the drips were different colored so it looked cool when they all got melty together.

 Warning: DO NOT PUT THE WICK IN THE MICROWAVE because it's metal and that does not work. Melt the drips first, and then wiggle the wick in. If the not-melted chips are an obstruction, don't hesitate to get your fingers in there. It's just wax!

I didn't let all the chips melt all the way cause they mix into a purple-y brown, but you can if you want. Tada!! Tie-dye candle! Plus it smells delightful!
Maybe you could put a cute little scrapbook paper wrap around the jar if you let it melt all the way, and/or if you don't like the color it turns out.

Section 4) Succulent News

I regret to inform you that our beloved friend, succulent, and sibling Jane has passed away. She had been ailing for a while now, and was overtaken by her illness last week. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers in these troubled times.

On a happier note, we have an addition to our flora family! We'd like to formally welcome Ian into the clan.

Due to Jane's passing, we have moved Tabitha and Toby Martin out of the terrarium the three used to share together. Tabitha has moved into a lovely mug on the bedside table I received as a Christmas gift, and Toby Martin has moved into a beautiful giant seashell with newcomer Ian.
Tabitha in her new home
(with the best book ever)

Toby Martin (left) and Ian (right)
 in their seashell home

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