If you’re like me, your shaving routine involves body wash and a loofah a couple times a week. Now, that’s nothing to be proud of (and my legs were begging me for something new). So, the last time I was at Lush, I was trying some products and stumbled across D’Fluff and thought to myself…maybe it is time to finally step my shaving game up. This pink shaving cream soap is made with strawberries, egg whites, golden syrup, rosehip oil, coconut oil, maple sugar and cocoa butter.
It definitely gets its color from the strawberries. It is a super soft/beautiful pink. Makes you feel extra girly while shaving with it. And the egg whites give it that extra fluffy texture.
Now, let’s talk about scent. When I picked it up and saw the color I immediately thought it would smell like fresh strawberries, but NO…that rosehip oil dominates. If you don’t like a rose scent, you probably won’t like this. I’m not the biggest fan of rose, but the scent isn’t overpowering, so I can overlook it.
For the larger 5.3oz container it is $16.95. Not cheap, but I can say after using this the last couple weeks that I have seen an extreme difference in my legs post-shave. They are so much smoother and super moisturized from the cocoa butter. I’m not using this every day, because if I did, I’d be repurchasing every couple weeks. But only using this a couple times a week has been more than enough for me to see great results.
This recipe for Walnut Basil Pesto is a fun change from your everyday pine nut pesto. Basil, cheese, walnuts, EVOO and my one true love…garlic. Yum. How could that combo be anything but amazing?
Making pesto at home is one of the easiest things to do and it tastes a MILLION times better than any store bought pesto I’ve ever had. Plus there are no preservatives. Healthier AND tastier? Yaaaaas.
There is a lot of flexibility when making pesto. Add more oil, add less oil. Extra garlic? If you want. No cheese? You’re crazy…but it will still work.
I recently picked up a basil plant at Trader Joe’s. The longest I’ve kept one alive is a couple months – which was a big success in my book! I’m crossing my fingers that I can keep this one going through the summer.
Throw all of your dry ingredients in a food processor (or a high power blender), and blend away. *Side story – the first time I tried making pesto was in college. I didn’t have a food processor so I decided to use my cheap-o Target blender. Let’s just say it was a total fail – a $10 blender can’t blend things very well. Just an FYI 😉
Once the dry ingredients are at your desired consistency, turn your food processor on low, and drizzle your olive oil in. Add salt and pepper to taste. And that’s it. Easy, right?
Use this pesto over pasta or make it healthier with some zoodles (one of my faves). I also like to add mayo to this and make a chicken pesto panini – not so healthy but SO good.
IKEA RAST HACK!!! Do I need to say more? I have been admiring all of the rast hacks on pinterest for YEARS! That seems crazy. How have I not done this sooner?
So, this is obviously a long overdue project for me. I will say that everyone who blogs about these hacks makes them look sooooo easy. Maybe it is my lack of professional tools (I definitely broke the drill bit of my Ikea power drill while doing this), or my need to finish projects quickly, but this felt like a somewhat time intensive project. I will say that the end result is exactly what I wanted. Not only are these side tables an AMAZING upgrade from the Ikea Lack tables I’ve been rocking since my junior year of college, but…BONUS, they add a ton of storage.
Here is a list of the supplies I used:
I’m not going to go into all of the details of this project – since there are a ton of tutorials online already, but I will provide some tips and tricks I learned along the way:
*USE PRIMER. These dressers are made out of pine, and apparently pine will bleed through the paint over time if you don’t use primer. I used KILZ primer tinted to a light grey color. I did 2 coats to ensure the wood wouldn’t bleed through and to lessen the amount of paint I would have to use.
*Remember that each coat of primer/paint needs 2-4 hours to dry. Call me an ameteur, but I thought this would be an easy weekend project. Waiting at least 2 hours between coats definitely extended the project time – not to mention the couple hours it took me to get the dressers put together.
*Less hardware = a lot less time. Those corner brackets are what added a lot of time to this project. Don’t get me wrong, I think they were worth the time spent, but it was definitely draining adding each of them.
I know the styling has a ways to go. That blank wall definitely needs some love, but for now I’m so happy with these.
And of course this little model had to crash the photo shoot…
Has anyone else done a Rast hack? What finishes did you choose?
Making pizza at home is not only easy, but a fun way to come up with your own creations/re-create your restaurant favorites. This potato bacon jalapeño pizza is inspired by a local restaurant we love – URBN Coal Fired Pizza. They come up with some of the most interesting pizzas. For example: Fresh Clam, Eggplant Parmesan and our personal favorite…MASHED POTATO PIZZA. Who knew that was a thing? Well, it is, and it is seriously delicious.