NEW VIDEO: Girl Scout Cookie Thin Mint Body Scrub (Plus The Story Behind It)

Hello!

I just posted a new video to my YouTube Channel that shows you how to make your own body scrub that smells just like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie! You can watch the video here.

If you saw my Tree Hut products review then you may remember I mentioned that I wanted to try coffee body scrubs for their exfoliating and firming properties. Before I ran out and bought one I decided to make my own. I simply mixed coffee grounds and coconut oil together and scrubbed away in my bath. After I drained the water from my tub there was quite a mess so I whipped out my Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap to clean it up. As I was cleaning I noticed the coffee and Dr. Bronner’s scents combined smelled just like a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie. (light bulb moment!) I added one more secret ingredient (watch the video to find out!) and I had a delicious smelling body scrub.

So, that’s the little story behind this DIY. It’s super easy to make so check out my video and make your own!

Here are links to other related videos:

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Review
Tree Hut Products Review

Have a great day and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for my DIY videos! Also feel free to leave any video requests in the comments section. I am always open to suggestions.

Courtney

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Quick Coffee Creamer Idea

Good Morning!

Ever since I got back from Brazil I have been craving one of those decadent cafe com leite (coffee with milk) drinks every cafe and restaurant serves in Brazil. I think the coffee shops I went to used whole or 2% milk for their drinks which is not what I usually stock in my fridge at home. I also noticed in Brazil that the milk had a richer, more chocolatey taste to it. So I grabbed what I had on hand and I think I found a pretty good substitute.

Oh, and another genius thing Brazilian coffee shops do is keep their milk/creamer for coffee hot. I always saw a stainless steel server with hot milk (leite quente) sitting next to the coffee dispenser. Or if someone else was doing the pouring they had the metal hot milk server behind the barista bar.    Here in the US we add cold milk/creamer to hot coffee and then your coffee tastes luke warm. Why?!!

So, I heated up my concoction  and you should to!

1/4 cup-1/2 cup  unsweet almond milk (Or skim, soy, cashew, hemp, etc) depending on what kind of coffee to milk ratio you like
1 pkt stevia
1 tsp of raw cocoa powder. I’m using the dark chocolate kind my Hersey’s but according to the ingredients it’s just raw cocoa powder. Of course you could add more cocoa if you’d like to get a full-on Mocha flavor.

Mix and heat for 20 seconds. Do not heat for more than 20 seconds at a time as it will overflow and cause a giant mess in your microwave. I speak from messy experience.

I hope you enjoy and let me know your favorite morning coffee concoctions!

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How To Tuesday: Recycle Magazines and Boost Your Mood

Happy Tuesday!

In today’s post I want to share with you how I take a giant stack of magazines and turn it into a compact book. It’s super easy and a great way to have all your favorite articles in once place. Plus it is a great way to boost your mood! (keep reading to find out how)

What You Need:

  • Your stack of magazines. I like to stick with one type of magazine per book but you can mix magazines if you want.
  • Three-hole binder
  • Scissors
  • Clear sheet protectors. Make sure to get sheet protectors that already have holes punched in the side.

How To:

  • Grab your stack of magazines and organize them by type of magazine.
  • Flip through each magazine and cut out each recipe or article that you want to keep.
  • Create different piles for your articles. For example I divided mine into three piles: recipes, workouts, and beauty/fashion.

 

 

  • Slip the articles into the clear sheet protectors and then pop them into your binder. You may want to use a separate blank sheet of paper to make a divider to separate each of the different themes within your binder.
  • Optional: Make a decorative cover or label for the front of your binder.

To prepare for this project I like to make a cup of my favorite coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and get snugly on the couch. I also like to turn on my favorite music or movie. I found this project to be a great way to unwind while still keeping my mind active.
Sometimes a small project can have a big effect on your mood. The act of organizing stimulates the left side of your brain and when you are able to easily complete this project you are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment. In addition, the act of creating something or looking at creative content keeps the right side of your brain happy. In combination your brain produces more serotonin. (The chocolate can help too!) Serotonin makes brains happy. A happier brain means a happier you! So the next time you are feeling a little down grab that stack of magazines and those mood-boosting juices flowing.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little DIY. If you make a binder like this let me know what magazines or recipes you used in the comments below! You can also tweet me @imperfectperla.

Have a great day!

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How To Tuesday: Make Your Own Healthy, Travel-Friendly Coffee Creamer

Happy December Lovelies!

Today we’re talking about one my favorite things in this whole wide world: coffee. During the colder months I like to change up my morning coffee routine and add some creamer. There is just something so comforting about a hot, creamy cup of coffee on a chilly winter morning.  Usually I like to add almond, soy, or coconut milk as my creamer but I have been traveling a lot lately and it’s not easy to constantly have one of those on hand.

 So, I did some experimenting and found a way to create my own healthy travel-friendly dry coffee creamer. I know many people will be traveling for the holidays so I thought I would share this quick little “How To” in case you want to try it for your next trip.

I actually made this specific batch last week when I was traveling to a tiny town in Mississippi and I knew my options would be limited. I packed it beside the baggie of stevia packets that permanently lives in my purse.

What You Need:
~1-2 Scoops protein powder. Mine is the Vanilla Nutribiotic
~1-2 Packets of Stevia
~ 1 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can add more or less depending on what you prefer)

 
 
You just pour the ingredients into a travel size baggie and shake, shake, SHAKE! Make sure it’s  closed all the way before shaking. I learned the hard way.
 
It should look something like this:
 
 
 
Tip: I have found the best way to mix this into coffee is to add the creamer to your cup first with a little bit of coffee. Then, with a fork mix in the creamer really well. Add the rest of your coffee to the cup and enjoy! If you are at a coffee shop you can also ask the barista to add a splash of soy milk, which will help the creamer more easily blend.
 
Essentially the protein powder and stevia are the base for your creamer but you can add in whatever flavorings your like.

 
Here are some other flavor combinations I want to try:
 
Peppermint Mocha: Chocolate protein powder, stevia, cocoa, crushed all-natural peppermint sticks.
Flavor Of Fall: Vanilla protein powder, stevia, nutmeg, and cinnamon
Chai: Vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, allspice, and clove.
White Chocolate Mocha: Protein powder, cocoa, stevia, natural white chocolate chips (I found some at Trader Joe’s)
Peanut Butter Cup: Chocolate protein powder, cocoa,  stevia, and PB2
 
Let me know if you have any other flavor ideas in the comments below or tweet me @imperfectperla
 
 
Have a great day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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