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I shared this recipe for lavender whipped body butter on my old blog a few years ago and was recently thinking about it with my outbreak of dry skin. I thought I’d resurface it and share with you all because it’s one of my favorites and makes my skin feel amazing. The great thing about these recipes are that you can substitute your favorite essential oil for a scent you prefer. I use lavender for just about everything because I like its calming properties. If you don’t want to use lavender, try grapefruit, wild orange, citrus bliss, or lemon. Really, any oil you prefer will work in this recipe.

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Whipped Body Butter Recipe: 

What you need:

  • Double Boiler
  • Hand Mixer
  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 20 drops DoTerra Lavender Essential Oil

Directions:

  1. Measure all butters and oils in glass jar.
  2. Measure all ingredients except for lavender oil in double boiler.
  3. Place double boiler over skillet/pan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to boil.
  4. Stir ingredients frequently using a rubber scraper or wooden spoon for about 10-15 minutes, or until all ingredients are 100% melted into liquid form.
  5. Once melted, remove from heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Add 20 drops of lavender to mixture.
  7. Stir and place in refrigerator for approximately 1 hour or until mixture becomes solid.
  8. Once chilled,  remove from refrigerator and blend with hand mixer. Start on a low setting and slowly progress to high-speed. Whip mixture until consistency is light and fluffy (3-5 minutes).

whipper body butter whipped body butter whipped body butterWhen finished, add your whipped body butter to a glass jar or container and store in a cool place. If you need to re-whip, you can do so with hand mixer again and again. It’s that easy!

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Moving is hard work. Getting settled in and making a house feel like a home is even harder. Steve and I have spent the past month and a half working tirelessly to put each thing in its right place so that we can get comfortable in our new digs. One of the first orders of business was setting up our new living room. A nicely polished common area is important since we have so many guests who come visit us in Nashville.  I was so excited to start from scratch and redecorate with fresh, new pieces of furniture.

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We got rid of all of our old living room furniture, including the giant leather sectional I’ve had for several years, so that I could start fresh with new furniture in a new living room. I knew I wanted the room to be bright and colorful, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I decided that picking out a new sofa would be the first order of business. I knew that once I found the right sofa, I’d be able to build upon whatever aesthetic I was going for. To make the process simple, I visited furniture.com to start browsing for a brand new sofa. It wasn’t long before I found this Cindy Crawford Home Park Boulevard sofa in the perfect shade of blue. This became the foundation of the room and redecorating became simpler.

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The great thing about using a site like furniture.com, is you can filter your search according to your style, color preferences, price range, material, and more. I knew that I wanted to find something modern and colorful but keep it under $1,000. When this sofa appeared, it was love at first sight. They even have tips for designing a room, which made my life easier since decorating doesn’t come as naturally for me as I’d like. Once I knew the aesthetic and theme I wanted to achieve, I just had fun with it. The next few purchases were throw pillows, a coffee table, and curtain panels. When I knew I really loved the color palette, I purchased the two chairs to place in the living room along with some new houseplants.

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redecoratingThe best bit of advice I can give when decorating or redecorating a room is to start with the foundational piece of furniture you know you want and love. Once you have that piece of furniture where you want it, let everything else become an accessory to that piece. The second best bit of advice I can give is to let yourself have fun with it. I was inspired by the bright greens and blues of the grass and sky from outside our window in our new country farmhouse, so I wanted to bring those happy colors into the interior. Now when my husband and I sit in our living room we’re filled with so much joy at how bright and happy it feels.

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This past weekend, Steve and I packed our bags and headed to Asheville, North Carolina for a much needed weekend getaway. We stayed in an Airbnb in West Asheville that was actually gifted to me for achieving our quarterly goals at my job. It’s good to know hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and that Steve and I get to enjoy the benefits of my job together from time to time. We had the option to pick any city we’d like to visit that was drive-able within a weekend, and Asheville had been on our list for quite some time since we both wanted to see The Biltmore and we enjoy craft beer. It was a no-brainer when the opportunity presented itself.

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Things are finally starting to calm down after a month of moving, cleaning out the old house, setting up a new home office so I can get back into my work routine. Our house is definitely feeling like home now. It’s so nice to wake up, make my coffee, and walk over to my office and have my routine back. I get all sorts of out of whack when my workday routine gets jacked. It feels good to feel normal again. This past Saturday I hosted a Lifestyle Blogging Basics workshop for the Nashville Blogging Collective. I love the girls I meet through that network so dang much. I always feel re-energized after meeting incredible like-minded Nashville bloggers. Special thanks to Tiffany of Tiff + Coco for inviting me to host the workshop! I had the best time.
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Today I’m really excited to share my first experience cooking with Blue Apron. I have used other home delivery meal services before, so I had a pretty good idea what the experience would be like going into it, but I had no idea how much I was going to love Blue Apron. Everything was perfect– down to the packaging, produce quality, and recipe selections. All of the meal options looked amazing, so it was hard to choose which 3 to try! All I knew was that it would be so great to be save time and money by using Blue Apron. When the shipment arrived at my doorstep, I was so excited to open it and get to cooking.

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