I’m not kidding guys this really is the best chicken nacho recipe ever and you can customize it to fit exactly what your family or friends love. I made this the first time because the Kiddo really wanted nachos from a restaurant and I did not have the time or money to waste. I started with small basic Nachos with chicken, cheese and tortilla chips and then started customizing adding refried beans and olives. The beauty is that if you like jalapeno – add them. If you do not like beans do not add them. I get requests for these nachos for almost every party. The Kiddos friends as if we are having nacho’s when they are deciding which day to hang out. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Continue reading →
Peppermint Rose Sugar Scrub recipe from H&P Artistry
The winter is the worst time for dry skin. I feel like I go through tubs of moisturizer in February alone. In Nashville February is the worst month for cold weather. The ice moves in and the town shuts down for a few days. Yes Ice, People tend to make fun of the south because a snow flake falls and immediately the stores are out of milk, eggs, bread, and beer. We don’t have wine in grocery stores here. (yet… that’s another post) The thing is it’s not the snow that makes us freak out. It is the ICE! The ice that causes roads to be slick and people to slide into one another like bumper cars at the fair. The Ice that, last year, caused us to have no power for a week at a time, and the pipes to freeze three times.
I would love to have snow, the light fluffy stuff you can make a snowman with. I haven’t made a real snowman since I was 12. Snow Balls are ice-covered missiles that can give you a concussion. I don’t want the awful snow that the North (hehe – yes The North, I did not say Yankees.) had last year. I don’t know what I would do if I saw that much snow.
Why talk about snow and ice now? Because last week it was 70 degrees outside and this week it is freezing. In a matter of 3 days we went from wearing shorts and t-shirts to full winter garb and it is beginning to sleet. Everyone is sick. It will warm up again after Christmas a little and then freeze.
Now is the time to start intensive moisturizing. This recipe is super simple and you can personalize it however you like.
1 cup Sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
Food coloring (not necessary)
1/4 cup olive oil (for extra moisture)
Scented oil or extract. I used rose oil and peppermint extract.
Pour the sugar, coconut oil, coloring, and scent into a bowl.
I recommend a color safe bowl. The food coloring can stain. Add a few drops of color and scent to start and add more as needed. The color will intensify and brighten as it absorbs into the oils and sugar.
Mix well with a fork. Your body heat melts the coconut oil when you apply it to your skin. The mix looks dry when mixing.
For a more liquid mix add the olive oil
The scent will change if you add olive oil because the olive oil has its own earthy smell. You will have to adjust the intensity of the scent with trial and error. Always start with less and add more as needed.
Mix well and pour it into the jar.
Add a Label
I am a huge Harry Potter Fan (geek) so I thought I would add a little fun with my labels and I made a Floo Powder label for the dry scrub and a PolyJuice Potion label for the liquid scrub.I then proceeded to add the wrong labels to the jars. My friends will understand. And love me anyway.
I used a ball jar and cut a circle of glitter tape to cover the top of the lid for added detail. (It looks magical.) And used packing tape to secure the label. The Harry Potter theme is also the inspiration for the green coloring.
What are your favorite moisturizer scents and colors?
My favorite thing about Christmas is the special time I get to spend with The Kiddo. We make Hot Cocoa and curl up and watch “Polar Express” together. When she was little, she would sit in my lap and we would pretend that we were on the Polar Express too. I miss those days. (insert wistful mommy sigh) I know that I only have a few more Holidays like this before she is grown up and I plan to hold on for as long as I can.
Check out the Youtube Video below
As many of you know the Kiddo, my family and I have lost some very special people this year and I searched for a way to honor them through the holidays and for years to come. After searching the inter-webs … Pinterest … I found a great option. There are many different versions of the memory ornament from a photograph of the loved one inside the ornament to a tiny scroll letter to heaven. I liked the idea of feathers.
One of my Favorite flavors of the Holiday Season is Peppermint. Peppermint in Coffee, Cookies, Candy canes, it’s everywhere.
Check out the YouTube video below.
My favorite Peppermint treat is Peppermint Bark. You can make it so many ways with so many different combinations of ingredients. This is my recipe using Almond bark instead of chocolate chips. I like almond bark because of the smooth consistency and ease of melting. You can use your favorite chocolate if you want. If the Almond bark or Chocolate are not smooth when melting add 1 tsp of vegetable oil to smooth it out.
This is a super simple and super fun Tutorial to do with Kids. I had fun working on it myself. You can make a basic Rudolph reindeer with brown antlers and a red nose or you can mix it up and make crazy colorful and fun reindeer.
Eyes (stickers or glue on)
Small Pom Poms
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I decided to clean up some of the clutter in my crafting and sewing space and found some clothespins left over from the Decorative Clothespin DIY. I don’t like to waste anything if I can help it so I sat aside a few of the other project left overs to see if there was another fun DIY project hiding amidst the clutter. I found cording from the Razor Back T-shirt tutorial and beads left over from the Wrap Bracelet How to tutorial. I guess this makes for a scrap busting, clutter eliminating, upcycling, waste not want not DIY project. Continue reading →