Body Butter Adventure

Lately I haven’t been getting the desired results when I purchase lotions and body butters. They felt watery and were lacking the creamy texture that would make my skin feel soft and smooth. Reading the ingredients were overwhelming when I couldn’t pronounce them or have knowledge of what they were.

I started searching online for instructions on how to create what I needed in my own kitchen. Since our skin is the biggest organ on our bodies, creating my own butter would be better because I would not be using the harmful chemicals.

One dilemma I came across in my search for the perfect recipe was do I melt everything and then harden it again in the freezer so I can whip it. Or do I make sure everything is room-temperature and whip it without the extra steps.

After going through the pros and cons I decided to whip the room-temp ingredients. That way I would bypass the possible grainy results of overheating and destroying the good qualities of the ingredients, thus being discouraged that I wasted products that aren’t cheap.

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On one you-tube video I watched the person said it’s easier if you use a Kitchen Aid mixer than a hand mixer if you have one. It just so happens I have a Kitchen Aid and I used it. It was true-she knew what she was talking about.

I think I purchased more products than I needed and I added a little of most of them to the mixture. At that point I wasn’t following any recipe and I couldn’t repeat it if I tried.

I have no knowledge of how the body butter is supposed to feel minus all the additives. The end result was creamy full-bodied butter. I smoothed it on my arms, legs and feet and they felt wonderful. That was on dry skin. I can’t wait to use it after a shower.

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If this works out I will try my hand at scrubs, lotions and who knows what else.

Alphabet

As I read the weekly photo challenge about alphabets I was reminded that I recently created a wall hanger that would be a reminder to me every morning when I awakened.

The three alphabets are J O Y. For the joy of the Lord is my strength.(Nehemiah 8:10d)

I painted them red for the blood of Jesus and added a little bling because He is the King of kings. I hung them on burlap as a reminder of why He died on the rugged cross.

I took photos of my progress to the finished product that is hanging in my bedroom so I can see it first thing every morning.

Stroke of Midnight

Where were you last night at midnight? Would you have wanted to be somewhere else?

At the stroke of midnight New Year’s Eve I was in the bed fast asleep.

My church started a four day conference that evening. I’d worked all day and then attended the conference afterwards. By the time it ended I was exhausted and made my way home to get in bed to get rested for the next three days.

If I wasn’t attending the conference I’d be at home wrapped in a warm blanket eating and drinking goodies, watching television and playing Words with Friends on my iPad.

Sounds like a safe, relaxing way to end one year and bring in the new.