on the eigth day of christmas…

8 Dec

today’s song is special because it is probably one of my least favorite christmas songs… ever. i really can only listen to this once or twice per season, but this person was special and today is the day to listen. so, for john lennon.

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happy xmas war is over by john lennon.

check out this site for people’s memories of john lennon (scroll down to the comments section). i feel incredibly lucky to have visited both where john lennon was born and where he died. i went to new york and liverpool a few years ago and words can’t even describe how emotional both spots were. in liverpool, i went to the beatles museum and, at the end of the walk-through tour, there is a room with only john’s glasses in a case and all you hear is imagine. total silent-tears-steaming-down-my-face moment.

another christmas gift idea. sugar scrub. i have made about ten jars of this so far and it is super easy and pretty cheap, if you make a lot.

mix: 1 cup sugar in the raw; 1/2 cup cane sugar; 2 tablespoons lemon juice; 1/4 cup oil (use jojoba, almond, apricot, grapeseed, etc., oil – not canola, vegetable, or olive oil!); essential oil drops (any flavor, using as much as needed to smell good to you!)

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if you double the recipe above, it should be enough to just fill three 1.2 cup twist & seal rubbermaid containers. i made my first few batches using grapefruit essential oil. then, a lady from my work started making them as prezzies and we switched scents. the second batch are orange-peppermint and smell so freaking good.

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i have a 2.5-inch round circle punch and used that to make labels/toppers for the jars. so easy. check out martha stewart for some more homemade bath goodies.

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