I am back! I left the blogging world to focus on some personal goals and I am back at a place where I can sit down and finally write up some of the posts I've been saving up!
I am starting out with a small post on coconut oil. This stuff is awesome - it's good for you to eat and it's good for your skin too! I have used it in some baking recipes, vegetable stir fry and as a super moisturizer for my legs and makes awesome lip gloss/chap stick replacement.
Thankfully, I live in Maine so it pretty much stays as a solid and the most "liquid" it has become is like Vaseline consistency. I love it, I use it on me and I use it on my kid.
I bought mine at Traders Joes in a 16 oz jar for $5.99 (the same size jar at a regular grocery store was $21.95) The ONLY ingredient is "Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil" - so you know its good! I wanted a "travel size" version so I picked up three "cosmetic cases" at target for $1.
I scooped out about 6 tablespoons of the coconut oil and heated it in a glass jar (30 seconds in the microwave) until mostly liquid. Divided it between the three jars, put the lids on and froze overnight. Now I can have one in my purse, one at my desk and an extra for my car.
If you are not familiar with coconut oil, check out this giant list of 101 Uses for Coconut Oil