Goodbye 2013… it’s been nice

New Year’s Eve has snuck up on me and I can’t help but reflect over this past year. It has been quite an incredible and rewarding year for DIY Confessions as well as with my family! I’m anxious to share some of the best of 2013 with you all so get ready for the sappiness!

First of all, I can’t round up this year without naming my continual blessings… My family. They are my everything, my heartbeat and the reason why I’m here. As many of you already know, I was blessed to deliver my second baby, Nolan, on Nov. 20th.. 4 days OVER his due date I might add. (I believe I literally cried every day after his due date came and gone… stupid hormones.) He was born at a whopping 9 lbs 7oz and 21 1/2 inches long. He is incredibly healthy, high maintenance and is quite the little haus who does not miss a single feeding time. He has stolen his place in my heart and I can’t wait to see what this boys personality will be like!

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My crazy, unpredictable husband… He is the most supportive person I’ve ever had in my life and has the upmost (sometimes unrealistic) faith in all my dreams. He keeps me on my toes, always gives me a boost of confidence when I need it and constantly states how proud he is of me. He deserves the world …

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Of course I can’t forget my spunky girl! I could write a book on her… She’s daily evolving into this little lady that is no doubt sassy, beautiful, smart, loving and straight up hilarious. Oh and did I say smart?! Yes! Smart, smart, smart. Sometimes too smart for her own good. I am beyond privileged to be her momma and play a rather large part in her life. I definitely love her more than I can ever express and I look forward to this upcoming year with her!

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It’s been an excellent year for DIY Confessions as well! I love interacting with all of you amazing DIY-ers and feel incredibly blessed that you take the time to read what this lady has to say. I felt it was fitting to share the top 10 posts from 2013 on DIY Confessions. (Some of them are from when I first started this site so excuse any poor quality pics.) Check them out and be sure to click on each link for full instructions…

1. Homemade Eczema Cream

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2. DIY Arm Knitting Infinity Scarf

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3. Hard Water Stain Remover

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4. Fancy Up Your Mason Jar

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5. 10 Makeup Mistakes

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6. The Miracle Mask

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7. DIY Body Sugaring 

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8. Detox Bath

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9. Banana Face Mask

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10. Protein Hair Mask

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Well folks, have a happy New Year! Bring on 2014 with lots of love and happiness…

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Homemade Eczema Cream/Skin Moisturizer

Happy Thursdayyy!

I’m anxious to share the recipe for this cream! DIY-ers, it’s a MUST try! In my little family all of us have eczema and we’ve used everything you can think of including prescription medications and nothing {Yes, nothing!} has worked. THIS is our life saver. {sighhh of relief} End. of. story. {dramatic much? ;-)}

This recipe can be used as a daily skin moisturizer to prevent eczema from flaring up. If by chance it does still appear this helps to nip it in the bud quickly! You ready for the best moisturizer recipe ever??? Well, let’s get to it!

HOMEMADE ECZEMA CREAM/SKIN MOISTURIZER

Items needed:

  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • Few drops of rosemary oil {optional}
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Recipe:

  1. Finely grind the oats to a powder/flour consistency and set aside. {You can use a blender, food processor or a Magic Bullet type of appliance.}
  2. Over a low heat, melt the coconut oil in a pan until it has a liquid consistency.
  3. Add in a few drops of Rosemary Oil. {If you are adding it.}
  4. Add ground oats in the pan and mix until well blended.
  5. Now, pour the olive oil into the mixture until blended.

{This is what it will look like once all items are added…}

6. Once all ingredients are mixed, remove from heat and pour in to a small storage container. {It filled up 1 1/2 baby food jars.} Let it harden for several hours.

Now that your recipe is complete… Apply to hands and skin as needed and feel the magic at work! ;-) This recipe lasts for a long period of time so enjoy!

  • WHY OATS?¬†Oatmeal contains healthy fats. When they come into contact with your skin, these fats help to add moisture to soften and repair your skin.
  • WHY COCONUT OIL? Coconut oil works wonders as a moisturizer for all skin types, especially dry skin and aging skin, leaving you refreshed and looking wide-awake. The fat in the oil helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles without any irritation.
  • WHY OLIVE OIL? It is a great skin moisturizer, in part because it contains linoleic acid, a compound not made by the body, but which prevents water from evaporating.
  • WHY ROSEMARY OIL? Rosemary essential helps in toning your skin and removing dryness.

Source: The Thrifty Couple

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