DIY Crockpot Coffee Soap and Body Scrub

DIY Crockpot Coffee Soap and Body Scrub

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I love soap and I love coffee. So I’m thinkin’, why not smash them together? I found a coffee soap recipe that’s made in a crockpot. It looked simple enough, so off I went  to grab the few ingredients I didn’t already have at home. I was out of olive oil and coffee, so I quickly snagged those. Last on my list… Lye. I struck out at two grocery stores. The Wal-Mart girl was very disinterested and said she’d “never heaaaarrrrd of lyyyyyye”. Lowe’s directed me to the industrial-sized fertilizer aisle where , shocker, I found no little bottles of lye. This is what I was looking for…

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My last stop, before I was going to bag the whole idea, was at the neighborhood hardware store.  This extremely polite kid directed me to a shelf right by the checkstand, and there it was, finally! As I’m grabbing bottles and gushing about how excited I was to have finally found it – you guys are great!oh my gosh, now that I’ve found it, I’m buying a ton of it! – blah, blah, blah, I noticed him and the clerk exchanging weird looks and giving me half-assed courtesy smiles. When I dumped my three bottles on the counter and told them what I was making, they explained the odd looks. Turns out the store has to keep the stuff close to the counter as apparently it’s a main component of meth (which explains the scarcity of Lye on shelves). Local meth chefs had been  making a habit of waiting for the store to get busy, then scooping it off the shelves and out the door, so they keep a close eye on it. Yikes. Have you ever felt like a criminal even when you know you’re not? I promised the clerk a bar of soap to prove my innocence.  Moving on…

Crockpot Coffee Soap

Supplies needed:

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  • Coffee
  • Olive Oil
  • Palm Oil (Canola oil)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond or Castor oil
  • Lye

I used the step by step tutorial from Heart, Hands, Home. The project was going well until my crockpot went turbo on me and cooked the holy hell out of the soap. This is what their’s looked like after cooking in the crockpot, then putting into the Pringles can mold…

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Nice and fluffy!

And here’s what mine looked like…

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A hard-as-a-rock, oozing hot mess!

Their soap dry and cut into bars…

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I couldn’t even get a slice cut in one piece to display.

I wrote this project off as a fail and walked away from it. When the hubs came home and saw the mess on the kitchen counter, he suggested power tools. I laughed. He wasn’t kidding…

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You ROCK, my contractor husband!

He totally saved my soap. The bars were perfect, and this soap is awesome! Now, obvs I made some small errors somewhere in the construction. My first problem was the cooker:  I used a crockpot I had since replaced because the heating element had gone haywire and cooked everything on, like, broil. My second problem was the cook:  I packed the soap into the mold too tightly, which caused it to push itself out of the mold. In addition, I’ve mentioned my personality glitch before, that when a recipe suggests one drop of something , I assume three would be better? Yeah Pat, not so much. Stick to the recipe numb nuts.

And here’s how my soap turned out. Pretty cool, huh?

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Success! Note to self: Stuff table saw into my soapmaking supply box.

To go with the soap, I wanted to make a coffee body scrub. This one is a no-brainer and you can whip it up in minutes. It smells like fresh brewed coffee and makes your skin feel like baby butt cheeks.

Coffee Body Scrub

I followed the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • a few drops vanilla (or whatev) essential oil

Just mix in a clean jar, label it and add a scoop. Voila! Seriously, this takes under five minutes to make.

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Wrapped up in a pretty little gift bag, this soap and scrub is an inexpensive, handmade Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift for coffee-lovin’ mamas that’s really easy to make. Go for it! Let us know how it turns out!

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20 Minute DIY Spa Gift

20 Minute DIY Spa Gift

Reader note: I had posted this on another blog as a great idea for brides. Since then, we’ve received a ton of feedback and photos from those of you who have made your own spa pack. Do you even understand how exciting it is hearing from you and seeing your projects? Like, the most exciting-ist. Yeah, that’s a word. Granted, the mags are talking about stories we know the end result of but the idea is the same.

So, keep it up and send us your photos!

This whole spa pack cost less than $20 and took me around 20 minutes to create. This is literally the quickest DIY project on the face of this planet. Literally, meaning that I’ve looked up every DIY project ever created. Okay, no, but I must have you know that it’s so easy peasy.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to join a friend at a party or received a last-minute invite and didn’t have a gift. I’m the type who can’t just swing by the store, grab something, throw it in a gift bag and run. I have to have some sort of “I gave this a bit of thought and effort” gift.

Who doesn’t like a little pampering?

Included in the gift:

  • Hand Scrub
  • Leg Silk
  • Face Peel
  • Gossip mags
  • Scoops
  • Loofah
  • Face Towel

I also had shipping labels I printed the name of the mixture on. I cut it out in an oval shape and added a ribbon for a little flair. I grabbed some ribbon from my random smattering of craft supplies.

In order to pull this gift together, I went around my house and gathered anything “new” I had in the way of spa gifts and spa supplies. The rest I purchased at the store. In a quick run and grab shopping trip, I grabbed:

  • 3 Glass Jars ($1.99 each)
  • 3 Coffee Scoops ($1.29 each)
  • 2 Gossip Mags ($6)

I had the rest of the supplies at home. No joke, it’s super easy stuff.

So, in all, I have three jars of at-home spa treatments, scoops so you don’t have to dig  your hands in, a loofah, a face towel, two magazines, ribbon, labels, a basket and I’m out the door!

Spa in a Jar Recipes

Face Peel (like an entire face pore strip)

  • Gelatine – unflavored
  • Milk

Instructions: Mix 1 tbs of unflavored gelatin with 1-2 tbsp of milk. This will create a chunky paste. Microwave for about 10-15 seconds and apply immediately to your face. Let dry for around 15 minutes (your face shouldn’t move easily). Peel.


Hand Scrub (people say it’s like the Mary Kay scrub)

  • Sugar
  • Dawn with Oil of Olay

Instructions: Pour the jar 3/4 full of sugar. Add Dawn liquid. Stir. Add whichever ingredient you need in order to create a gritty/liquid consistency. These instructions are extremely specific. No, they’re not.

Scrub-a-dub-dub those hands and rinse with water. They are silky smooth.


Silky Legs

  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar

Instructions: Mix 1-1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of olive oil and 3 tbsp of lemon juice. Using a jar as small as the ones I was using the mixture reached the top quickly. Stir the oil and sugar to allow the levels to go down a bit and then add the citrus.

How to use silky legs (source: militaryfit-bombshell):

  1. Soak your legs in the tub for 5 minutes.
  2. Shave your legs.
  3. Rub some of this mixture all over your legs. The sugar will help rub off all dirt and dead skin. Rub, rub. Feels like a mini massage.
  4. Rinse it all off, shave again. I would use one razor per leg if you have two. You will be rinsing this razor a lot. I was GROSSED out by the amount of dead skin I was “shaving” off. It was insane! Trust me, you’ll see.
  5. Rub your legs again! Second coat of wax, oh yeah.
  6. Rinse off! You can use a mild soap to help get some of the oil off.
  7. Lotion your legs up, and feel the silkiness!

Enjoy your 20 minutes, under $20 spa gift!

tawsha connell

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts – Cheap!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts – Cheap!

So here we are, the night before Valentine’s Day and you haven’t got a clue. Now let’s not beat ourselves up for leaving it to the last-minute, not setting aside the moolah, or just totally spacing the holiday. For whatever the reason, you’re in a bit of a pickle and have that bug-eyed-I’m-so-screwed look.  We’ve got ya. Here’s some ideas to have you come out smelling like a rose (oooh, always a good idea) and looking like you had this sucker planned months ago. My ex-husband always presented my gifts in a paper sack – endearing, but tacky and screaming “afterthought”.

Helpful tips:

  • If you do nothing else, give them a card. The Dollar Store has cards. A buck and you’re golden.
  • Don’t blow it off  and show up empty-handed. Do something even if it seems cheesy.
  • Presentation and timing are everything! It can make a little thing look big. (The Dollar Store has gift bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper, ribbon, candles and candy).
  • It won’t matter how it tastes, if it fits, or how it looks.  Most times the effort you give is way more appreciated than the gift itself.
  • If one woman’s man has delivered or brings something to them at work, the rest of you guys automatically become an ass  if you didn’t. Speaking from experience. I have no idea if this rule applies to men.
  • Have your gift or card ready the night before and present it first thing in the morning. It makes it seem that you were excited to give it to them.

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All the following ideas can be pulled off with either a trip to the grocery store, drug store or the Dollar Store:

    1. FLOWERS: The grocery store has all kinds of flowers in plastic sleeves. Or buy some seeds, a bag of dirt and a couple cool pots.
    2. MUSIC: Buy their favorite CD. Or record a mooshy song, put it in their car player with a post-it saying “Play Me”. Or buy them an iTunes gift card.
    3. CAR: Buy them a gift certificate for a full detail (local auto detailers may offer purchase through their websites). Buy gift certificate book for car washes.
    4. FOOD: Take them out for their favorite food. Or get their favorite take out, get your jammies on and eat at home while you watch a movie. Or make dinner for them and also do the clean up after.
    5. MOVIES: Take them to one they want to see. Or rent one they like, and make yourself watch it with them without criticizing it.
    6. PAMPERING: Buy a massage gift certificate (online purchase through website), or buy some massage oil and give them a massage yourself. Or gift certificate for facial, manicures, waxing, or haircuts.
    7. HOME: Gift card from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Michaels, Sephora. Pottery Barn. The grocery store has racks of gift cards to stores, restaurants, and random places. Go take a look.
    8. PHOTOS: Go through the photos on your computer or phone. Find one of the two of you. Send it to Walgreens for printing or put it on a disc and print it there yourself. Grab a sappy frame. BOOM!
    9. FREE TIME: Pick a couple evenings during the week and a whole weekend day. Write “Your free time” on a calendar (Dollar Store) and you take the kids for that scheduled time. Also write those times on YOUR calendar and stick to it!
    10. DESSERT: Grab a cake mix and frosting at the grocery store. Whip that baby up. Cut it into a heart shape and frost it. Shove some candles in it that match the number of years you’ve been together. Or buy a big coffee mug (Dollar Store), write a cute saying on it. Bake mug at 350 for 30 minutes to set ink. Dump a bunch of candy hearts in it (Dollar Store).
    11. BONUS: If the ‘ol relationship has gotten a bit stale and you’re in the mood to liven things up a bit, have some fun together and play our couples game “Ignite That Spark“. It’s quick, cheap and FUN!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Relationship Q&A

Relationship Q&A

 Ignite that Spark - Valentine's Day Couples Game

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Valentine’s Day comes at us like a punch in the face. Talk of diamonds, sweets, doing something unique and extra special pretty much assaults us. Don’t get us wrong, we love Valentine’s Day. Like, love-it-so-much-it’s-almost-our-favorite-holiday love. What we don’t love is hoping for one thing and having the reality of our life be different. For example, we hope to see that gorgeous blue Tiffany & Co. box sitting next to our beautiful breakfast in bed while we lay in our giant master suite in a private cottage in Bora Bora – even though a day ago we talked about our grocery budget being too high.

What is Valentine’s Day about? It’s about the two of you. It’s also about being as creative as possible without spending a ton of money but still making the day memorable. Have you every asked each other…

Who do you feel is the most attractive between the two of us?

What was the last thing I said to you under the guise of “constructive criticism”?

Who do I idolize far too much for an adult?

If I could commit one crime with no consequence, what would I do?

Whether you’ve been in a relationship for 20 years or this is your first Valentine’s Day together, Ignite That Spark! We’ve created a current version of the Newlywed Game meets the Dating Game meets Speed Dating. Get to know each other, find out what you may not know about the other and have fun doing it…for virtually no money. You can have a gift all ready to go in a matter of minutes.

This game can be played as a couple or with up to 4 couples. All you need is:

  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors

What’s included in Ignite That Spark?

  • Game Details and Instructions
  • Score Card
  • Answer Card
  • 9 Sheets of Game Pieces including non gender specific Ignite That Spark Questions
  • 1 Blank sheet of Ignite That Spark Game Pieces

You can have your Valentine’s Gift all packaged up and ready to go in literally 10 minutes!

Download Ignite That Spark for FREE.

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Simple Packaging idea:

kraft paper box with baker's twine

Print all game pieces on white cardstock paper. Place all pieces together in kraft gift box (or similar). Wrap box with baker’s twine around  to give it a finished look. All pieces can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. 

photo from pippi.

patti and tawsha