Jojoba & Coffee Body Scrub

Spring has finally arrived for us on the west coast, and if you’re like me from California, you may have realized we’ve gone straight to summer. These past few months bundled up in the “cold” and cloudy weather has left my skin dry and dusty pale. As the sunny and 75 degree days have started to transition into our busy lives so has my beauty routine, and to help give it a boost I love using my easy homemade Coffee and Jojoba Body Scrub! The ingredients give this scrub so many benefits; coffee helps eliminate cellulite while the brown sugar exfoliates and the natural oils moisturize the skin. Aloe vera helps any new sun damage and the lemon helps even out skin tone. There are so many great and gentle ingredients I’m tempted to use it every time I shower!

1 cup of ground coffee

½ cup of brown sugar

1 ½ tbsp of Jojoba Oil

1 tbsp of Sunflower Seed Oil

1 tbsp of Aloe Vera

Few squeezes of lemon (add in the lemon zest too!)

I bought all my ingredients at the local Whole Foods market, and the lemons are from my garden. Jojoba is worth the money and has many different beneficial uses! I use it as my facial moisturizer in the morning (Jojoba Facial Moisturizer) and its in my hair spray for after the shower. There’s also alternatives and add-ins for the wet ingredients in the recipe. Sometimes I use honey or olive oil if I don’t have something available.

Step 1

Mix together your brown sugar and coffee, stir until well combined. Make sure theres no clumps of straight sugar or straight coffee.

Step 2

Mix together all of your wet ingredients. I started with the oils but it really doesn’t matter which order you add them in. I zested a whole lemon and sprinkled it in for smell and color! If you want to substitute or add in honey its easy to mix in if you heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it a better consistency.

Step 3

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix. The mixture should look a little darker from what the dry ingredients looked like because of the now added moisture. If you like your scrubs dryer- only add 1 tbsp of Jojoba. If you like it a little more moist and/or for those with dry skin, add in another squeeze of aloe vera.

Step 4

Pack the scrub into a container that you can leave in the shower, glass jars are always my go-to. I add a lemon slice on the top until I open it!  Scrub in circular motions and remember- a little goes a long way. This recipe gives me about 5 full-body uses. If I have time I like to leave it on my skin to dry for a few minutes. I’ve noticed this helps get away all the dry and dead skin as well as improve circulation. Be prepared it gets a little dirty in the shower but it smells great and it’s fun to use! Enjoy!

Xoxo, Olivia Vigo

Gluten-Free Persimmon Cookies

Hi Everyone! I come bearing gifts just in time for the holidays. Gluten-free gifts!  The persimmons on our tree in the front yard were completely ripe and ready to picked. Growing up with a Jamaican mommy we would always just eat the persimmons. Now, they kind of tie up my tongue.  I wanted to make something with this sweet and succulent fruit that could please everyone. Being that it is the holidays, this yummy sweet and spicy persimmon cookie was the perfect fit for our family. I made these cookies gluten-free simply because my mother in law has become gluten-free recently and a lot of my readers on here have asked for yummy simple gluten free options. I hope you like this recipe. Be sure to comment below. Enjoy!

… and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families.

Ingredients 

1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar

1 Stick of Unsalted Butter

1 Organic Egg

1 Cup of Blended Persimmon Pulp (about 4-5 small persimmons)

1 1/4 Cup Gluten-Free Flour

1 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp of All Spice

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup of Chocolate Chips (Optional)

Handful of Chopped Walnuts (Optional)

Optional Lemon Glaze: 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter melted and hot, Juice of half of a lemon and 3 Heaping Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar

Directions 

Preheat your oven to 375. In a bowl mix brown sugar and room temperature butter together until smooth. Add in the egg and the persimmon pulp and mix until it forms a smooth wet batter.  Next, add in all of your dry ingredients and mix well until a thick batter is formed. Drop tablespoons of the batter onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for about 10-12 mins. Let them completely cool!

I decided to do two batches, one with chocolate chips and one with walnuts and the lemon glaze. They were both absolutely delicious. This is a great cookie to package as a gift or take to a holiday party. It will not disappoint! Enjoy 🙂

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Homemade Scents for The Home

One of my fondest memories is the smell of our home during the holidays growing up. The scent was so subtle and delicious and I would feel so warm and cozy coming home from school. I grew up in Toronto, Canada so fires, candles, and anything to make the home feel warm and inviting during the winters were a must. The delicious smell that I grew so fondly of was actually a homemade concoction that my mom would make on the stove to infuse our home with the aroma of love. Sounds so strange but thats really what I feel when I walk into my home and smell this delightful scent.

I called my mom a couple of nights ago to let her know that I was going to blog about this and share the recipe with you guys. She was thrilled and both delighted and surprised to know that I remembered her doing that as a child and have continued to do it myself. It’s the little things that stick with you it seems. My goodness do I LOVE tradition. I hope that this becomes a staple in your home as well during the holidays. If you try it please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

1-2 Cinnamon Sticks

Peels of an Orange

Peels of an Apple

Cloves (a tablespoon or so)

2-3 cups of water

*This recipe is such great way to get the most out of your fruits and use up those unwanted orange peels!

Directions

Simply place of the ingredients into a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer on extra low for a long as you want! As the water evaporates add more! Such a natural way to infuse your home with a yummy smell. This recipe is so addicting and will be on my stove all through the holidays.

FITNESS FRIDAY: Easy Caprese (and video update)

Hi Guys !

I hope you all enjoyed your week! Here is a super simple caprese salad recipe that i’ve been making and eating all week long! So easy and so delicious! I also wanted to update you all by video this week about my/our fitness journey. Please share yours in the comments below. Enjoy the weekend!

Easy Caprese Salad 

Ingredients

6 -8 small fresh mozzarella balls

8-10 Cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

3 Leaves of fresh Basil (chopped)

A Drizzle of Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Directions 

Comine all of the ingredients into a bowl, drizzle with balsamic and enjoy! It’s really that simple, I love it. Be sure to use aged balsamic as it has a thicker and sweeter consistency.

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Everyday Makeup

Hey guys! I hope the week has been treating you well! We have been super busy over here in the Curry house. We just got back from San Antonio and are settling back in. I wanted to quickly share with you guys what makeup I use on a daily basis. These are the products I carry around with me in my purse and travel with. I almost have no time to get ready each day with a 9 month old ALMOST running around. If you have 3 mins, you’ll be able to apply these products and not worry about looking crazy! Let me know if you use any of the products.  Enjoy!

Products

1) Suki Tinted Moisturizer

2) Hourglass Eyebrow pencil (I love a bold brow!)

3) Benefit “Speed Brow” Brow Gel

4) L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara (I’ve been using it since high school!)

5) Tarte Cheek Stain or Hourglass Bronze Light cream to powder bronzer (depends on how I am feeling that day, but I always use a non powder cheek product because its easier to apply)

6) All Natural Lip Balm (so I don’t have to worry about giving Riley any toxic kisses!) (I like the Honest Co lip balm in sweet orange vanilla!)

That’s pretty much it! If I am going to a game or out with my husband, I’ll usually spice it up a bit more but i’ll save that for another post.

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Another Target Post

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Hey guys!

The weather has been fantastic here in the bay lately, so I decided to pick up some fun spring outfits for Riley! Naturally, I went to Target! They currently have the most adorable mix and match pieces. I got a couple of colored lace shorts and cute tanks for her at $8 and $12 a piece. Not bad right?

Just wanted to share with you guys in case you were on the hunt for some cute spring baby apparel! Have a great weekend. Enjoy!

Family Style Featuring “Target”

My favorite store to go to for my family is Target! They have a little bit of everything in there and I can always find something for everyone in the family. I find myself in there about 2 times a week! A couple of days ago I went to Target to get an outfit for our family to wear to Stephen’s basketball game that night. I was in and out of the store within 30 mins and picked up everything I needed. Target is a great place to find quality looking pieces at great prices. Nothing I purchased was over $30. The jeans I bought for Stephen fit him true to size and were long enough! They were a better fit than some of the higher priced jeans he has in his closet!!! Riley’s entire outfit cost an outstanding $12.00. I LOVE TARGET.

I hope this inspires some of you to find a great look for less! Enjoy!

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