A Coffee Lovers' Body Scrub & Weekend Recap

Goooooood morning, you lovely people! I hope that you all had a great weekend! It was really hot here this weekend, and we're hoping that after today things will cool down and start to feel like the beginnings of Fall. 

My weekend started off with a relaxing night at home with a short trip out to Sweet Nel's for some absolutely delicious ice cream. If you missed my Friday Favorites post you can read all about my love for Sweet Nel's here. I told you guys I would snap some pictures of our ice cream this time, and I delivered! I managed to convince my dad to let me take a picture of his before he dug in, and I resisted from taking a bit of my brownie sundae for a quick picture too ;P

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My brownie sundae was chocolatey, decadent, and delicious! I got chocolate raspberry chip ice cream on top of the brownie, with hot fudge, homemade whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is! The girl who made my sundae was a little heavy handed with the scoops of ice cream she gave me - good or bad thing??? Good at first and then bad when you eat wayyy too much and feel a little too full afterwards :) 

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My dad's absolutely in love with their caramel sundae, and rightfully so! Their caramel sauce is unlike any other caramel I've ever had. It's dreamy. It's delicious. It's just absolutely to-die-for. If you're local and you still haven't made your way over to Sweet Nel's, please do yourself a favor and treat yourself ASAP to some of their delicious ice cream!

Saturday my mom and I got out of the house for a bit and ran a few errands. I had a $20 coupon for DSW so we went to check some shoes out and I ended up bringing home two pairs to try on with jeans so I could figure out which ones to keep. These are the ones that I'm leaning on keeping (click here), but the other ones (click here) are super cute too! Ahhh, decisions, decisions. 

After we left DSW my mom and I went into Marshall's Home Goods just to walk around and browse. Anyone else love just walking around that store? We loved looking at the the Fall decorations that were out and ended up walking away with a few large containers to organize some of the kitchen pantry baking goods, like flour. 

On Saturday night I met up with two of my good friends, Meg and Lisa, for dinner at a local place called The Oyster House. I didn't snap a picture of my food (I got the fish tacos), but it was pretty delicious! I did happen to snap a picture of the drink I ordered which was a Peach Crush, which had some peach liquor, club soda, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Definitely a winner in my book, and I loved that they served the drink in a cute little mason jar. Again, for my local readers, I would recommend checking out The Oyster House for dinner if you haven't already. 

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It was great to catch up with Meg and Lisa and get to talk about some of Lisa's wedding planning. Lisa got engaged recently and is getting married next summer so the wedding planning is in full swing! Speaking of weddings, Meg is the Wedding Coordinator at her job and she'll be guest posting on Joyfully Jenna pretty soon with some tips for brides-to-be! I got a sneak peak at her content last night, and let me tell ya, you don't want to miss her post. Be on the lookout for it pretty soon :)

As I write this it's Sunday morning and I'm still in my pjs. I'm planning on getting a workout in today, finishing up a recipe, and then heading to my sister and fiancé's place to watch some football. Before I go though, I want to leave you with a homemade body scrub that you can make in a short 5 minutes and will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. Did I mention that the main ingredient is coffee? So, if you're a coffee lover (or just like the smell of coffee) you're gonna like this recipe!

I got this recipe from Kristin Cavallari's Instagram account - remember her from Laguna Beach and The Hills? All you need is: coffee grounds, almond milk or coconut oil, and unsweetened cocoa powder. 

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You'll take a 1/4 cup of finely ground coffee beans, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and either almond milk or coconut oil (start with 3 tablespoons and keep adding if you need more - you don't want the scrub too be chunky, or super liquid-y either, find a balance in the middle). 

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Once it's to a good point consistency-wise, you can go ahead and use your delicious smelling scrub! Just gently rub on your skin and rinse off, and voila! Smooth and soft skin with a natural scrub :) You could even make this scrub, put it in a cute container, tie it up with ribbon, and give it as a gift!

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Alright, friends, I'm signing off for today! Thank you guys as always for reading this post, it means a lot. I hope that you'll give this DIY scrub a try :) 

Question of The Day: What was the best part of your weekend? 

Catch ya next time!

DIY Mindfulness Glitter Jar

Hellllo there, friends! You've made it to Thursday - hooray! How are those goals going that you set at the beginning of the week? Make sure to take a few moments today to check in with yourself and identify any barriers that may be getting in your way - you've got this :)

Today I'm talking a little bit about mindfulness and a craft to go along with it.

How do you define mindfulness, or being mindful?

For me, I define it as being present in the moment and calmly acknowledging my any thoughts that are buzzing around in my mind. Sometimes it's hard to slow down and be present in our day-to-day lives though, isn't it? We're all so busy with work, school, kids, friends, significant others...the list could go on and on. 

I do think it's important to take a break from the craziness each day and take a few moments to slow down and check in with ourselves. These few minutes (or longer if you have it) can look different for everyone. Some people might want to do a breathing exercise (click HERE for a good YouTube video for breathing) during this mini break. Others may want to go for a walk, do yoga, or maybe go outside and just observe something in nature. 

Unfortunately, sometimes we aren't able to get outside or go for a walk when we're at work, and as we sit in our desk chairs we can feel the stress of the day building up. So, what can you do at your desk to decrease your stress and take a few moments to check in with yourself?

Make yourself a mindfulness glitter jar.

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I know, this may sound a little bit silly, but watching the glitter fall in the jar does seem to have a calming effect that may reduce your stress. I've seen tutorials around the Internet a lot for these and usually the tutorials are targeted for parents to make with their kids. So, if you're a mom or dad and feel that your kid may benefit from these, go for it! I do believe that a person of any age can benefit from this though. 

The jar can represent the mind settling (as the glitter settles to the bottom). You can also shake up your glitter jar and do some mindful breathing until the glitter settles. 

If you like DIYs and crafting, just making this jar may help decrease your stress! It's a fun little project, so let me tell you how to get the glitter jar started...

For this project you'll need (all of my supplies came from Michael's):

  • 1 mason jar 
  • 2 types of glitter (2 different sizes and any colors you want. I picked blue because I think it's a calming color, with some green and silver as well)
  • Clear glue 
  • Something to stir with - I just used a throwaway chopstick 
  • Superglue if you want to glue on the mason jar cap to prevent leakage

The steps you'll need to take are:

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  1. Boil enough water to fill your mason jar almost all the way to the top. You'll want to leave about an inch or so to have room to shake up the water. 
  2. Once you've filled up your mason jar with water (be careful, it's going to be HOT, so use oven mitts if needed) you're going to take your clear glue and pour in about 2-3 tbsp. Once you pour it in you'll want to stir it up until you no longer see it. The more glue you put in, the slower the glitter will settle.
  3. I then let my water cool until it was only about lukewarm. From there, I took my finer glitter and poured in about a tbsp and stirred. I added some of my larger glitter and stirred again. I would say I used about 3-4 tbsp of glitter, but I didn't measure it out. Once you put the first "round" of glitter in, put the cap on and shake it up. If you aren't seeing enough glitter, take off the cap and put more in! You can also add 1-2 drops of food coloring if you want the water to be colored and not clear. 
  4. Once you're happy with the amount of glitter, you can superglue the mason jar cap on to prevent leakage. 

Voila! You have a glitter jar that you can keep at your desk. Remember, you can always make a smaller version to keep in your desk drawer at work if you don't want to share your glittery creation with your co-workers (they're definitely going to be jealous). 

Let me know if you're going to try out the DIY mindfulness glitter jar, I would love to hear from you :)

See ya tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

Jenna