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Planning an at Home Spa Day

5 Mar

shutterstock_158316041The other day we were featured on the TODAY SHOW on a segment about planning an at home spa day.  It got me thinking what a great idea that is … especially in winter where we are all feeling a little “blah” and could use a pick me up.  I love taking a Sunday afternoon for a little “me” time where I do some DIY beauty treatments at home.  It helps if you do a little planning ahead of time.

When planning your at home spa day, why not start off with a personalized spa wrap or waffle weave robe?  I know they always make me feel like I am in “spa mode” when I have them on. Ours were featured on the TODAY SHOW for the spa segment.

I love to get ideas from Pinterest for my spa treatments.  For some great facial ideas, I love the ideas on this DIY Facial Treatment site.  My favorite pick-me-up facial from the site is a great way to revive your skin:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp coffee grounds (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

(You can substitute the yogurt with whole milk, and substitute the olive oil with honey or lemon juice.)

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. The result should be a pasty consistency.
  2. Apply to face gently, with a circular motion.
  3. Cover your entire face, excluding the lips and let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry.

What are some at home spa treatments you love?  Share your favorites with me in the comments below!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Namaste … Your new yoga mat says hello.

2 Feb

If you practice yoga or pilates, you know how important it is to have a good mat.  I practice Pilates and I will sometimes finish my session and wonder which mat is mine since they tend to look the same.  That’s why I am so excited to introduce our new personalized yoga mats.

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These gorgeous and colorful mats are of the highest quality and come with a carrying case for portability and storage.  If anything, these mats might inspire you to start a new workout routine!  I found some great online pilates moves you can do in your own home.  This one from Fitness magazine is an eight minute routine to ease you into Pilates and for those who are short on time.  If you’re into yoga, try these moves also from Fitness magazine.

Enjoy and if you have any pilates or yoga routines you swear by, share them in the comments below.  I would love to hear about it!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Sweet Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

27 Jan

As Valentine’s Day gets closer, I have been gathering cute ideas for my kids classroom parties on Pinterest.  The ideas you can find on there are really amazing!  I also love to bake, so I was thinking of a cute cookie to make for teachers and friends.  A friend at work always raves about my cranberry and white chocolate shortbread cookies so I thought, why not make those?  They have the beautiful red and white colors for Valentine’s Day and everyone loves them!  I originally got this recipe from the Kraft website, but here it is for you to make:

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Cranberry and White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups  (4 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup  sugar
4 cups  flour
1 package white chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups  dried cranberries (I use craisins)

HEAT oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Stir in chocolate and cranberries.

DROP rounded tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets; flatten slightly.

BAKE 10 to 14 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Once you have your cookies made up, why not gift them in some really pretty packaging?  I love our personalized cookie boxes.  They are adorable and perfect for gifting your baked goods.  I also love to use plastic containers wrapped with red and white twine.  You can add your personal note on top!

Do you have a cute Valentine’s treat idea?  Do you make heart shaped pancakes or brownies with messages?  Share your ideas in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer

Photo source:  Kraft Website