Monday, January 13, 2014

Adventures with Coconut Oil

Hello! Sorry for the (not so) brief hiatus. Anyways...

Everyone (pinterest) is going on about coconut oil and how it's basically the second coming of Christ and how it will solve all the world's problems. So, in absence of anything better to do, I got myself some and decided to try it out.

What I used it on:
  • Hair
  • Legs
  • Face
  • Boots
  • Hands
  • Teeth (?)


What you'll need:

  • Coconut oil (thank you, Captain Obvious)
  • Towel
  • Comb (if you have straight hair, you lucky bitch)
  • Clothes you won't mind getting oil on or just go naked (hey, now)
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner
  • A bit of time (2-3 hours or overnight)
  • Shower cap (if you're going to be daring and leave it in overnight)
What to do:
  • Using my massive jar of oil (~$16 - $17 at Sam's Club), I kept spooning out oil and melting it in my hands (yes, you really can melt this in your hands) by rubbing them back and forth. 
  • When it melted, I gently massaged it into my roots and then down to the ends. I made sure my hair was well saturated in it. (If you have straight hair, you can comb it through)
  • I let it sit for about 2 hours. I don't flat iron or blow dry my hair a lot, so my hair is in pretty good health, but if you do straighten it or attack it with heat a lot, you should leave it in longer. 
  • Once was all said and done, I shampooed my hair about three times, until the shampoo started lathering up. (I used this, which is what swimmers use but it works really, really well (just don't use it everyday because it will kill your hair))
  • Condition, condition, condition. Seriously, especially if you're obsessed with conditioner like I am or have curly hair. 
  • Style as usual!
  • Voila! You look fabulous, darling and may I say... oooh, shiny!! 

What you'll need:
  • Coconut oil 
  • Razor
  • Cup of warm/hot water
What to do:
  • Melt with your hands then moisturize your legs with the oil, especially if you've embraced your Yeti side since it's January and freezing cold out (me!).
  • Using more oil, melt and rub it all over
  • Shave (rising your razor frequently with the warm water)
  • Once you're looking somewhat like a human, massage more oil into your legs as a moisturizer. If you got any cuts from your razor, this will help them to stop bleeding, too.
  • Pull your hands away from your legs because yes, they are silky smooth. 

What to do:
  • Melt it in your hands
  • Rub it all over your face, avoiding your eyes

What you'll need:
  • Leather boots
  • Cotton rags
  • ...Coconut oil
  • A microwave safe dish to melt it in
  • Microwave
What to do:
  • Melt some* oil in the microwave - about 30 - 45 seconds
  • Dip your rag into the oil
  • Buff into the leather

*You can determine how much oil you need. I melted about a tablespoon at first which only did one half of my boots, so I had to melt more. But use your good judgement.


I did all of the above while my hair was moisturizing, so my hands are seriously soft and my nails are shiny and nourished. 


So I was researching this thing called oil pulling, which basically means that you use coconut oil instead of regular mouthwash, only it takes like 100 times longer to do. I'm thinking about doing it, but I haven't yet. 

Have any of my lovely readers tried this and how has it worked for you?

See you soon!!

xoxo g

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lexi Buchanan: Rapture Book 2

Lexi Buchanan: Rapture Book 2: McKenzie Brothers Book 2 September 2013 Meet Michael, Sebastian, Ruben, Lucien and Ramon McKenzie. Five hot brothers who are about...

This book is going to be so HOT! Go read the first one, it's so sexy!:) I love her books

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Making Chocolate "Bark"

Hi!! I hope everyone had a great holiday season!

Today, I'm going to switch it up and show you how to make bark, which is this delicious chocolate goody. Just in time to make for New Years before we all start our diets. This is great because you can put whatever you want in it.

What you'll need:

  • Cookie sheet with lips
  • Parchment paper or waxed paper
  • Spatula 
  • 2 bags of chocolate chips (approx. 11.5 oz each or the equivalent of 4 cups)
  • Stuff to put in the bark. I used:
    • Pretzel sticks
    • Peanuts
    • Peanut M&Ms
    • Regular M&Ms
  • Empty shelf in the fridge
  • Double boiler - deep pot and shallow pot that are the same circumference.
 Step 1:
Start by making a  "double boiler." This is wicked easy. All you need is a big, deep pot and a shallower pot that fits on top.

Fill the large pot halfway with water. Bring to a boil with the shallower pot on the top to heat up.

Step 2:

While the water is heating up, prepare your stuff. In a bowl, I mixed all the goodies together; the M&Ms and peanuts, and pretzels. I also lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper. This step will be important later.

 Step 3:

Once the water is boiling, empty both bags of chips into the shallow pan on top, stirring the chips so that they melt evenly.
Step 4:

Once the chips have completely melted, pour the chocolate into the pan, spreading and evenly distributing it. Save a little chocolate in the pot for step 7.

Step 5:

Immediately after step 4, drop your mixture of goodies into the chocolate. The chocolate starts to harden fast, so you have to be quick.

Step 6: (optional)

If you did not put enough stuff in the bowl, you can just put more stuff into the chocolate. I used half a (big) bag of both M&Ms, 3/4 of a can of peanuts and a couple handfuls of pretzel sticks. I did break the pretzel sticks up into halves or thirds because they are so long.
Step 7: 

Once you have finalized you placement of goodies, use the left over chocolate from step 4 to drizzle over the top to hold everything in.
Step 8:

Put it in the fridge and let harden for an hour or so and then break into pieces. If you value your hands, do not try to use a knife to do this. Use clean hands to do this.


xoxo g