Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHappy Valentine’s Day loves! This homemade body butter is the perfect way to love on yourself today! Making homemade beauty products has turned into one of my favorite DIYs. And it’s one of my favorite ways to use oils. Last year, I made a really simple body butter, simply by whipping up (solid) coconut oil. It was a lot easier to use than straight coconut oil, which is what I mainly use as body lotion. But I’ve been wanting to try out a body butter using shea butter and finally got around to trying it out. It is amazing and I definitely recommend trying out this recipe. The body butter is smooth and creamy, smells amazing and is all natural!Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtI actually tried out a couple different “recipes”, just trying to see how simple I could keep this and still have it be really smooth. I tried using only shea butter and coconut oil, and while creamier & smoother than whipped coconut oil alone, it wasn’t as smooth as the recipe below. So for the most luxurious lotion, spring for the extra ingredients and really treat yo self! 😉
You can use whatever essential oils you’d like – I chose ones that were good for my skin and that I enjoy the smell of, this batch is lavender, frankincense and geranium. (If you’re curious about the essentials oils I use, you can learn more here).Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Whipped Body Butter

1/2 cup unrefined shea butter (I used this one)
1/4 cup solid coconut oil (I recommend organic, virgin coconut oil – I use Trader Joe’s – cheapest at the store)
1/4 cup of liquid oil – use jojoba oil, almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil or a combination of these (I used jojoba and fractionated coconut oil)
8-10 drops lavender essential oil*
3-5 drops frankincense essential oil*
3-5 drops geranium essential oil*
glass jar with lid (I used this one; it’s quite large, but I like the wide mouth for being able to reach in easily)

Add shea butter, coconut oil, and your liquid oils to a small glass bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (or double boiler). Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Allow mixture to cool, and become a soft solid. You can set the bowl in the fridge (or outdoors if it’s cold like it is here!) to speed up this process. It took about 20-ish minutes sitting outside for me. You want the mixture to be solid, but still able to indent easily with your finger. Using an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip mixture on medium high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to stir/scrape bowl as needed. Place in jar and use as needed.

*I used Young Living Essential Oils for this, which I love – do your own research on essential oils and do what works for you.Homemade Body Butter @themerrythoughtHomemade Body Butter w/ Essential Oils @themerrythought

-Manda

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DIY Bath Salts @themerrythoughtWe’re not sure if you can count bathing as a hobby, but we definitely would like to! Caitlin has long been a fan of soaking in the tub every chance she can get (she was so excited that her new house had a bath tub!), but I actually was not a fan of baths for a long time. And then I started running regularly, and having sore muscles, and baths suddenly became a lot more appealing. And with a new bathroom with a pretty tub, I love it even more! So we thought we’d indulge that luxury a little more by making some homemade bath salts to make our soaks even more enjoyable!
We’ve loved making our own beauty products in the past, and these salts are another favorite! They’re simple & quick to make, we made three different varieties – Rose, Lavender Mint, and Eucalyptus!  We made a video showing how to make the rose bath salts, which would also make the perfect galentine gift to give – treat all your gal pals to some bath bliss this Valentine’s Day!DIY Bath Salts @themerrythoughtDIY Bath Salts @themerrythoughtRose Bath Salts

2 tablespoons epsom salt
2 tablespoons himalayan pink salt
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
2-3 drops rose essential oil

Add all ingredients to a bowl, stir together, and pour into a jar. Go soak in the tub and enjoy!

Lavender Mint Bath Salts
2 tablespoons epsom salt
2 tablespoons sea salt
3-4 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
(you can add in dried lavender & mint leaves if desired, but it’s more just for looks)

Add all ingredients to a bowl, stir together, and pour into a jar. Go soak in the tub and enjoy!

Eucalyptus Bath Salts
2 tablespoons epsom salt
2 tablespoons sea salt
2-3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
(you can add in dried leaves if desired, but it’s more just for looks)

Add all ingredients to a bowl, stir together, and pour into a jar. Go soak in the tub and enjoy!

*For the essential oils, there are a lot of brands out there, I prefer Young Living (you can read more about that here), use what you like – just be sure to use high quality oils and do your research on them!

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  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:45 pm

    A. Barkley Akuffo-Afful - I absolutely love that you guys are recording your diy process now and these made a great gift for my girlfriends birthday gift. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 1:03 pm

    Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake - Oooohhhhh this looks glorious!! Still dreaming of that big soaking tub back in Carmel Valley, but this looks like a good substitute.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:35 am

    joanna // jojotastic - hi! where are those test tubes from? they are so cute!ReplyCancel

    • Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:24 am

      Caitlin McGrath - They’re from Michaels!ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:26 pm

    Eme - These not only look pretty but are so simple and easy to make, thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try them out.

    Eme x

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  • Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 3:11 pm

    Kirsty - I LOVE these and am going to make some. Would you mind letting me k ow where you got the test tubes with the cork stoppers from? Or what their dimensions are? I would like to buy some so I can give these as gifts, but am struggling to find any decent ones online. Thank you! xReplyCancel

    • Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:24 am

      Caitlin McGrath - We found ours in the dollar bins at Michaels!ReplyCancel

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Chocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtLately the boys have been all about these wafer cookies! They spotted them at the grocery store a few months back and always want to get a new flavor to try when they’re shopping with me (way more flavors now then when I was a kid!). We thought it’d be fun to fancy them up a little and turn them into an easy Valentine’s Day treat!
We’ve got a video below that shows just how easy these sweet treats are to make! And we’ve recently teamed up with Darby Smart and will be sharing new videos on our channel over on the app – like the one below! So be sure to follow us over there!Chocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers
strawberry & vanilla wafer cookies (we like the bigger ones found in the bulk section at our grocery store)
white candy melts (or white chocolate chips)
pink candy melts
sprinkles
In two separate bowls, microwave the candy melts, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and can be stirred smooth. Dip wafer cookies in melted chocolate, lay on wax paper. Add sprinkles. Let chocolate harden and enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythoughtChocolate Dipped Wafers @themerrythought

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DIY Geometric Clay Trivet @themerrythoughtI’ve had a few days since I got back from my 10 day road trip across the country (which was beyond amazing!) and I’m trying to get back into my normal routine. As usual, I’m playing a lot of catch-up with blog stuff as well as getting back on schedule with my other jobs. I spent the other afternoon doing some crafting and allowing myself not to get too stressed about projects that need to get done. I’ve had these trivets on my to-make list since I made these coasters but finding this amazing granite clay finally pushed me to get them done!DIY Geometric Clay Trivet @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
granite clay (at least 1 per trivet)
-rolling pin
-knife
geometric cookie cutters
rubber bumper feet

How to make it:
-Roll out clay until it is 1/4″ thick.
-Cut out shape.
-Use cookie cutters for designs if desired.
-Bake according to directions.
-Let cool completely.
-Attach rubber feet to the bottom of the trivets.
DIY Geometric Clay Trivet @themerrythoughtDIY Geometric Clay Trivet @themerrythoughtDIY Geometric Clay Trivet @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

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Chocolate Coconut Clusters @themerrythoughtWe have a fantastic local chocolate shop that sells some of our favorite chocolate – and ice cream! My dad is a coconut (and chocolate) lover and for his birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day, usually someone in our family will buy him a box of coconut clusters from there. This year for Christmas, I was feeling a bit more ambitious and thought I should try making my dad some homemade coconut clusters! After all, I’ve done coconut macaroons, and those turned out well, so I thought why not try this. These ended up being really easy to make – there’s only two ingredients – and everyone loved them! Plus they’re easy to tweak to your liking – pick your favorite kind of chocolate (I’ve made these with both milk chocolate & semi-sweet, milk chocolate are my favorite), milk, semi, dark – just be sure to use good quality chocolates! You can also adjust the toasting of the coconut to your liking (I like my coconut very toasted), just toast it lightly for a more chewy treat, and toast a bit longer for a more toasty, crunchy treat! And that’s it! A quick easy treat that’d make for the perfect homemade Valentine gift – especially when made in a heart mold! 😉Chocolate Coconut Clusters @themerrythoughtChocolate Coconut Clusters @themerrythoughtChocolate Coconut Clusters @themerrythoughtChocolate Coconut Clusters @themerrythoughtChocolate Coconut Clusters

7 ounces sweetened coconut flakes
11.5 ounces good quality chocolate, chopped

Spread a layer of coconut in the bottom of large skillet. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until most of coconut is light brown. Pour onto large plate or pan to cool. Repeat until all coconut is toasted. (I do a 7 ounce bag of coconut in two batches).

Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, drizzle about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over chocolate and stir to coat (this is optional, but I feel like it helps keep the chocolate smooth & creamy). Microwave on high, stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate can be stirred smooth.
Pour toasted coconut into melted chocolate and stir until combined. Drop by tablespoon full onto wax paper, or spoon into candy molds, and let cool. Once cool, store in an airtight container (if it’s warm, keep them in the fridge).
Chocolate Coconut Clusters @themerrythoughtChocolate Coconut Clusters @themerrythought(I found my heart mold at Michaels, it’s silicone and was $4.99 – couldn’t find it online to link to).

-Manda

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