DIY Beauty: Homemade Chocolate Body Scrub Recipe

With a baby at home, it’s hard enough to schedule a haircut every four months, let alone an actual spa day. Instead, I’ve been taking another route with DIY Spa Scrubs! I shared a recipe for a Sugar Cookie Scrub a few months back, and now I have one for the chocolate lovers!

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day & Teacher Appreciation Week are right around the corner- better make a double batch!

DIY Homemade Chocolate Body Scrub- just 3 ingredients!

Homemade Chocolate Body Scrub


1 Cup Coconut Oil
½ Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
Four 4 oz. Jelly Jars


1. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil, brown sugar and cocoa powder and mix well.

2. Add the scrub to your 4 oz. Jelly jars!

3 Ingredient DIY Homemade Chocolate Body Scrub

As you can see, the scrub is very easy to make- the hardest part is trying not to eat it! This recipe would be very easy to double {or quadruple!} to give as gifts, sell for a fundraiser, or make ahead for indulgent baths for months to come! Stored in an airtight container, the scrub will last for about 6 months. If there is any separation, just stir the mixture and it’ll be good as new.

Who would you make this for?

Thanks to contributor Jill for this delicious homemade gift idea! Please note that affiliate links are included and I will make a few cents if you decide to purchase through my links. Thanks for supporting my scrub addiction!

Easter 2014

This last weekend we celebrated Easter. It was a particularly special one because Shane was more into it than ever before and it was Zac’s first Easter! We spent the morning finding eggs, checking out presents & enjoying way too much Easter candy and then we spent the afternoon at Justin’s parents’ house swimming & visiting with family. I had to share some of my favorite shots of the day!

Decorating Easter Eggs

Shane was so excited to decorate eggs, and barely needed any help this year!

Dyeing Easter Eggs

Zac First Eggs

Zac wasn’t quite ready to decorate eggs this year.

Dyeing Eggs with Daddy

Shane wanted to teach Daddy how to decorate them.

Finding Eggs

I can not believe how fast Shane found all of the eggs this year. The Easter Bunny’s going to need to step up his game next year!

Boys on Easter

My boys on Easter morning!

Shane's Easter tent

The Easter Bunny brought Shane a tent and he loves it.

Zac getting presents

Zac got his very first Easter basket!

Zac in pool

At Justin’s parents’ house, we went swimming and Zac fell in love with the water. He kicked and enjoyed the water for a solid hour, and slept in my arms & my mother-in-law’s arms for another hour!

Me Justin Zac

Shane was too busy playing to pose for a family photo, apparently.

I hope everyone had an amazing Easter {or Passover}!

Bring the Sweet Scent of Spring Inside with Febreze! {&Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

Note: This post is brought to you by SheSpeaks/Febreze.

Lately, Shane and I have been spending a lot of time in the backyard. The weather has been beautiful {in the 80’s mostly} and we have been taking advantage. He loves to play with chalk, blow bubbles, and run around with the crazy dog. Soon, we’ll be enjoying the Grandparents’ pool and grilling!

Right now is the short window of time between when my flowers bloom & when they get too hot & wilt, so I make a point to enjoy them while they last. I’ve been taking a few photos here & there to capture their beauty before they wilt away.

Yellow Rose

I’ve also been buying myself flowers at the grocery store every week as a special treat. I usually just get the daffodils because they’re only $2, but this week I splurged on some multi-colored blooms for Easter. Bringing a little bit of Spring in just makes me so happy! &They smell so good!

Set & Refresh Febreze on Desktop

I can’t put flowers around my entire house, so I’ve been enjoying using Febreze’s new Spring line. Featuring scents of the season including Sweet Pea Petals, Wildflower, Rain, and Nectar, the Limited Edition line brings the fresh, light aromas of Spring wherever you need it. Whether you’re using one of the NOTICEables to freshen up a bedroom, the Set & Refresh to make a workspace smell sweeter, or the car vent clips to bring the freshness with you, there’s a Febreze for you!

I love the Set & Refresh air fresheners because they don’t stand out {it’s the little white thing in the photo above with the flowers} but they pack a lot of scent in a small container & last for 30 days. I can keep one right on my desk {which is just a few feet from the kitchen trash can} and the focus is still on the flowers, not the tiny freshener behind it! I currently have it in Rain, but I’m thinking about getting the Sweet Pea Petals next because Sweet Pea has always been one of my favorite scents. The whole collection smells great though, and I’m picky about fragrance so that says a lot.

Febreze Noticeables

I love the NOTICEables too because they are a stronger scent, which is great for those particularly smelly areas {like by the diaper genie}. &Of course, the Air Effects {the spray air freshener} is perfect for quick fixes as well.

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Disneynature’s Bears in Theaters Today! {Free Printable Activity Kit}

Just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature’s Bears is out today! The newest in the Disneynature series, Bears follows a bear family for a year and focuses on two sweet young cubs. The scenery is bound to be beautiful as it takes place in Alaska, and like all of the Disneynature films, you’ll get a fascinating insight into the lives of animals you’d never get to see otherwise.

Disneynature's Bears Cub

About the movie:

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown
bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!

Back in August, I shared the trailer for Disneynature’s Bears & admitted to you all how I totally choked up watching it in front of a group of my peers. I chalked it up to pregnancy hormones and an irrational love of animals, and assumed that once I had the baby I wouldn’t be so emotionally invested in the movie. Yeah, totally not the case. In fact, it might be worse, now that I’m taking care of my baby and watching the Mama Bear take care of hers!

Disney Bears Cubs

Because I’m an emotional masochist, I plan on going to see Bears whenever we can get a night out. In the meantime, I’ll just be sitting here with a box of tissues watching the featurettes! I’ve included some below in case you’d like to join me.

If you’re looking for some fun Earth Day activities, feel free to download the free printable Bears Activity Pack by clicking on the image below. The kit includes a DIY mask,  animal fact cards, a matching game, a word search and more! Enjoy!

Free Printable Activity Kit for Disneynature's Bears Disney Earth Day

Disneynature’s Bears is in theaters everywhere now. You can learn more by liking Disneynature on Facebook & Twitter or check out the Bears website! &As a special bonus, if you see Bears during opening week, Disneynature will make a donation to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation fund to protect wildlife and wild places.

What animal do you want Disneynature to do a documentary about next?


Great Protection for a Great Value with Mom to Mom Diapers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mom to Mom.

Babies are expensive. The average parents spend $7,000 in baby items before baby’s first birthday! A large part of that is diapers- a baby requires an average of 7,300 diaper changes by their second birthday. That’s a lot of diapers.

Mom to Mom Newborn Diapers

Safeway knows that value is important to moms, so they have a line of baby products that they offer at a great value. We recently tried the Mom to Mom diapers from Safeway with Zac and I have to say I was impressed!

When it comes to newborns, I prefer diapers that let me know if the baby needs a change without me having to actually change them. Babies go through enough diapers at that stage- few things are more frustrating than going to change your baby, only to realize the diaper is still completely dry. Not only is it a waste of a diaper, but both of my boys have disliked changes as babies, so it upsets them unnecessarily. The Mom to Mom diapers have a line down the front that changes from yellow to blue when wet, so with just one quick glance you can see that baby needs a change.

Zac in Mom to Mom Diapers

I really liked the fit of these diapers. Babies at any age vary greatly in size, but no more so than in the newborn stage. That makes finding a diaper that fit s right pretty difficult, and a lot of the ones we’ve used thus far with Zac have been much too large in the back. These diapers fit really well and contained everything just fine.

I also liked the cute little characters on the diapers. I know it’s not something a diaper has to have, but babies are cute, so I like when their diapers are, too. The Newborn sized diapers that we tried had kangaroos on them, and I have seen some with tigers, lions, elephants, pandas, and giraffes- so cute!

On a more practical note, the diapers have a liner that is hypoallergenic and contains Vitamin E & Aloe to soothe baby’s sensitive skin. My boys take after me with their highly sensitive skin, so this is a much appreciated feature.

Mom to Mom Newborn Diaper Design


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