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Easter…Hopping into town…

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  I really have no idea why, but it is.  Maybe is because some magical bunny is supposed to come in the middle of the night and leave a basket of fun stuff.  Or, maybe it is because my mom was always so creative on Easter with the small little trinkets that can fit into an Easter basket.  It seems better than Christmas because it all had to be contained within that little basket which made the small finds even better.

The older I get, the less “stuff” I keep around to decorate for each holiday.  The reality is that I have just kept and continued to collect the things that I love rather than just a bag of “easter stuff”.  It makes each holiday worth looking forward to and makes the unpacking of all the little treasures even more fun.  So, rather than decorate my entire house, I pick several key areas and create small vignettes.  It makes it fun and challenging.

One of my favorite Easter things is this tree that my mom got for me over five years ago.  It is great with it’s painted eggs and other items I have added over time.  I kind of think every holiday should have a tree….don’t you?

Here is a closeup of the painted wood eggs.

I used the chandelier over the table to drape a cute egg garland.

And, a few of my favorite Easter accessories.  A crunchy old rabbit and some stuffed carrots that I placed in some decorative glass bowls on either end of the spring table runner.  I even crunched up a green table napkin in the bottom for a little extra color.

A close up of the egg garland.

I added some wicker/weaved charger plates and some colored napkins to the kitchen bar in bright spring colors.  It brought a whole new life to the kitchen without much work.

Here’s a bigger view of the table.

I also spend a little time decorating the inside of my china hutch with some colored eggs placed in the vases and a little easter garland.  It really added a nice touch without much effort.

What are your Easter traditions?  What are your favorite decorations?

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Sugar Scrub Scrub Scrub

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One of my goals this year was to make handmade gifts.  Well, I didn’t make every gift by hand, but I tried.  I baked my heart out and packaged up at least 15 plates of cookies and yummy holiday treats.  And, when I was done with that, I decided to try my hand at making some sugar scrub.  I love this type of body scrub and I was first introduced to it from L’Occitane.  No doubt, this scrub is amazing and I love it.  However, it is a bit pricey and I use it a lot!  Then, thanks to pinterest, I saw that people were making their own scrub.  So, I did my research and checked out a bunch of recipes on line.  Here are a few for reference:

So, with my research behind me, I decided to go at it alone and started mixing in the kitchen.  I decided upon a sugar scrub to start using olive oil.  I first was going to use essential oils, but then decided against it once I realized that I couldn’t taste it.  I know this sounds crazy, but when you are mixing oil and sugar it seems to me that you should be able to taste it.  And, adding essential oils made it not to tasty.  I know…weird, but I didn’t like the idea of adding an oil that smelled like perfume.  I went all natural with the ingredients and decided upon two mixes after some trial and error….vanilla sugar scrub and gingerbread sugar scrub.  I took my research into consideration and then did what I wanted.

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

  • 3 Cups plain old white sugar
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil – I used extra light olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla

Simple as that…just put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix it all together until the sugar is completely saturated.  I decided that I wanted my scrubs to look a bit festive for the season so I split the batch in half and colored half of it with a few drops of red coloring food.  That way, I could make red and white stripes in the container.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

  • 3 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves

Same as above…mix all together and it is ready to go.

I had the hardest time finding the containers for the sugar scrub.  I found some glass containers (the last four that were on the shelf) at Michael’s.  These had a screw on top like a mason jar.  And, then I found a set of four at Target that had a clasp top which I loved.  Too bad I didn’t pick up more when I got those.  I went back later to find that they were sold out!!  You want to make sure that the jar has a large enough opening that you can get your hand in to scoop out the scrub and that it is not too deep.  One idea for future batches is to include a cute wooden scoop.  I wonder where I could find those.

Last, but not least was decorating the container.  I choose to do a simple label on the top of the jar that I constructed using craft paper and mod podge.  Believe it or not, this was the first time that I used mod podge and I have to say that I was quite impressed.  I spent the evening making in a mess in my kitchen (again) and I loved it!  I kind of think that mod podge just might be elmer’s glue in a different package.  But, it was fun nonetheless.

Labels & Container Adornment

  • Craft Paper
  • Modge Podge
  • Ribbon (I always like wire ribbon because it holds it’s shape)
  • Foam Paint Brush (small)

 Tips

  • Make sure you wait to add any food coloring in until after the oil is well absorbed into the sugar.
  • Use a small measuring cup to scoop the scrub into the final container.
  • Use a small flexible spatular to pack in the sugar scrub into the container.  It works really well when you are trying to layer colors.
  • Stick with natural ingredients.
  • Be patient and let the mod podge dry … it takes a bit.  Don’t keep touching it like I did.
  • Have fun and be creative.

Happy scrubbing!!

The Weekend That Was….

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Busy busy in the Cohen household over the past few days.  The weekend was filled with the usual tasks as we get ready to move in the next few weeks…last weekend, we had the garage sale to get rid of the stuff that we no longer need, have grown out of or are still wondering why exactly we ever bought “that”.  This weekend was filled with removing everything off of the walls to find all the lovely surprises that lie behind….my husband’s favorite part.  We picked up the keys to our new place and I starting over thinking where every piece of furniture would go and would it fit right.  I actually like that part….it is a bit OCD I have to admit.  Mike has learned to deal with it I think (or he just ignores it).  It’s funny how when you plan a move, it seems like just the right time.  But, when it actually comes, you can’t believe all the other things that are going on at the same time (work trip for Mike to Las Vegas, work trip for Wendy to Nashville and a full plate for each of us when it comes to our “day jobs”.)  I have stopped thinking that this happens by chance and am just accepting that this is fun and how I actually like things….just a bit crazy and over the top.

The reality is that I can’t wait to move.  We are downsizing to a house that is just the right size for us and I can’t wait.  We have had a house (or two) that was much bigger than we needed and then I had to fill the house with a bunch of stuff that I didn’t really need.  Now, I get to have a house just the right size that has everything that I love.  It’s funny how it took me until this point in my life to realize that this is what I want and need.  Thank goodness….

So, here’s to the weekend that was….

Nothing like starting off with patching those holes….I like to paint 🙂

The Usual Suspects - Spackle & Touch Up Paint (I am pretty good at this 🙂

Starting to collect everything in special groups for packing or moving.  This is the part when you think in your head that everything will be completely organized and the move will go so easy.  It’s the part where you haven’t yet reached the junk drawer, the garage or even started packing the kitchen.

Starting to Pack

This is all the impossible to pack stuff….the stuff that will be shoved into the back of my car to wait until the moment that I can decorate again.

Favorite Stuff - All In One Place

All the laundry that I have been avoiding and putting off for weeks.  I cannot delay any longer  😦

Laundry & Lots of It

And, I cannot forget my amazing and wonderful team at work….never too old for a Halloween treat.  For all the hard work they do, it’s the least I could do.  I know they would prefer my homemade cream cheese sugar cookies, but I don’t have it in me right now to bake from scratch!

Never Too Old for Halloween Treats

And, a sneak peak of the kitchen at the new house….waiting for the soon to come Christmas cookie bake-a-palooza!!

Sneak Peak of the New House

So, here’s to the weekend that was and the the week that will be…..tomorrow, my focus will be back here with the amazing team of creative and inspiring people that have put their blood, sweat and tears into this amazing building.  I am so proud of each and every one of the people that have worked on this building.  This is their handiwork.  If this is not inspirational, then nothing is.  I am honored to be part of this team.

Palomar Medical Center West.....

What will inspire you this week?