How to sooth dry peeling lips in the winter!!

Continuing the #DIYBeauty series … I do this on most winter nights before bed.  Some nights only steps 1-3 are needed (always follow up with lip balm).  Other nights all 7 are a MUST!  Hope this helps you too!! Enjoy 🙂

Winter is so harsh on our skin.  Dry peeling skin and lips are so hard to control this time of year so it’s a constant battle!  Here is one way I’ve been able to control pealing chapped lips.

You will need:

  • Wash cloth
  • 1 “drop” coconut oil
  • 1 “pinch” sugar


  1. Get the washcloth wet with very warm water and wring out all the excess water.  
  2. Hold the warm damp washcloth on your lips for one full minute (this feels so good!!)
  3. Use the wash cloth to wipe away some of the dead skin.
  4. Massage one drop of coconut oil onto the lips (I lightly swipe my ring finger over the solid oil.  What melts onto my finger in one swipe is enough for this)
  5. With the oil still on your finger, dip into sugar and massage the “pinch” of sugar onto your lips sloughing away the remaining dead skin.
  6. Wipe off lips with the wash cloth
  7. Follow up with your favorite lip balm (or another “drop” of coconut oil).  Note:  Don’t skip the re-moisturizing step.  It is very important to reintroduce oils back into your lips/skin after exfoliating.

How I use kitchen scraps to scrub away cellulite and dry skin!!

Winter always brings on dry skin – everywhere!  I have a go-to body scrub that I use all year long that is hands down better than anything you can get at the store … and it uses kitchen scraps.  
Bonus, it SIGNIFICANTLY reduces cellulite (trust me … when Farmer J notices it MUST be good haha)
Warning: Do not use this scrub before bed!!   Your skin will absorb the caffeine and you will get the same energy kick you get from a strong cup of coffee.

What you will need:
1/4 Cup used coffee grounds
1/3 Cup coconut oil
Fork to mix
Lightly warm up the coconut oil so you can mix in the coffee grounds easily (I use thisglass Pyrex measuring cup and a fork to mix and keep beside the shower.)  Add the coffee ground and mix until the ingredients are fully incorporated and set aside to cool.  When ready to use, scoop out a large spoonful and lightly scrub, concentrating on areas that tend to have more cellulite (I do this in the shower because it can get messy).  Leave the scrub on for about 3 minutes and rinse off with warm water.   Skin will feel smooth and moisturized. 
I do this at least twice a week.

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Bone broth – liquid gold fountain of youth

I recently posted a picture on our Facebook page of a large pot of bone broth and received lots of questions.   Here are a few answers.

Bone broth is a nutrient, mineral and collagen rich broth that has a long list of health and beauty benefits.  To name a few – it aids in joint health, digestion,  building the immune system and is great for hair, skin and nails.  A cup a day in cooking or just to sip warm out of a mug is recommended.

Bone broth with rosemary and pink salt

Here is how I make mine.  (Note: you can use any kind of roasted bones for this broth.  I’ve tried it with beef, lamb and turkey as well)


  • Roasted chicken (bones must be roasted for optimum benefits and taste)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Veggies (I use onions, carrots, celery, and garlic)
  • Bay leaves
  • Pepper corns
  • Salt
  • Chicken feet (cleaned, skinned and declawed, this is optional but they significantly increase the collagen)


  1. Roast a chicken for 75min at 350°F with salt/ pepper and whatever else we want to spice it with for dinner (last night I used it for onion chicken). 
  2. Pull off all the meat for dinner and put the bones in a large pot. Cover with cold water and 2 Tbls of apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 20 min. 
  3. While waiting prepare the veggies (I use onions, carrots, celery, and garlic). 
  4. Add veggies and throw in some bay leaves, pepper corns and salt. 
  5. If you also have the cleaned chicken feet throw them in there too (I know it sounds weird but the collagen boost is worth it!!). 
  6. Fill the pot with cool water and simmer on low for 12-24 hrs.  *Update* I now only use the crackpot for this recipe as it produces a richer more flavorful broth.  I start it on high for 6 hours and then let it run overnight on low for at least another 10hrs.
Large pot of bone broth that has been simmering for 16hrs 

After the broth is done cooking let cool and strain.  You can freeze, can and refrigerate this broth.  Consume one cup a day in cooking or just sip warm out of a mug.  Flavor with herbs, spices and salt/pepper when sipping it or using it in cooking.

Cheers to yummy health!