DreamWorks & DIY

The planned post for today was about making a coffee scrub. And I’ll get to that. But first, last night my older sister and I went on a date to the DreamWorks animation exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History while my boyfriend third-wheeled.

Talk about nostalgia.

I didn’t realize just how many of my childhood movies DreamWorks created. Like Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and The Prince of Egypt. They also created some of my new(ish) favourite animated movies like Rise of the Guardians, The Croods and How To Train Your Dragon.


I can’t adequately describe how beautiful the art was – character design, backgrounds, sculptures. My sister and I bounced from display to display, completely delighted with the memories the art recalled and in awe of the skill, time and talent.

Two really cool features of this special exhibition included Dragon Flight, which was an animated scene from How to Train your Dragon that gave you a dragon’s eye-view of the world of the Vikings and the animating stations where you got to use a tablet and make your own hand-drawn animation.

If you live in Ottawa, haven’t seen it, and that type of thing interests you – better hurry! It’s only on until April 2.

DIY Coffee Scrub

The recipe I used came from http://www.stylecaster.com.

  • 3 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (another recipe said honey)

Knowing how long it takes me to use up product, I decided to forgo making a whole batch. I made 1/3 of the recipe and used coconut oil in place of olive oil. I also chose fresh, dry coffee, instead of used grounds (I’ve seen recipes for both). I tried with used coffee first and found the mixture, even without oil, way too wet. It would have dripped everywhere.

Maybe I missed a step…

Using dry grounds and coconut oil instead of olive oil meant the final scrub was dry and crumbly and it didn’t stay on my face well. It’s a good thing I did it over a sink because it was messy! But my face felt clean and fresh after I washed it off.

To hold the scrub, I reused my Lush coffee scrub container. I loved my original Lush scrub but I wanted to try my hand at a simple DIY.

Next time, I think I’ll go with used grounds and try and press the water out of them first.

I’m sure there’s virtues for each of the ingredients that I could expand on, but as far as I’m concerned they did their job. The coffee and sugar exfoliated my skin and the coconut oil moisturized it.

Done and done.

Among my highlights this week was finding exactly what I wanted, plus a little extra, at Value Village. I went twice in one week, two days apart.

The first time was all about the books. Buy four, get one free.

The second time I found a pair of Gap jeans for $15 and as well as a pair of Gap trousers (so I stop wearing jeans five days a week to work) for $13. My other scores included a pair of American Eagle leather sandals for $12 and slip on Airwalk shoes for $4.

Bonus: a pair of $4 sunglasses.

For people wanting to start a low-waste lifestyle, thrift stores are an awesome first step. The fashion industry produces a lot of waste, so by buying used, you’re not adding to the heap. You’re recycling, saving money and often you can find brand name, quality items.

That’s just about all for this post. I’m very excited for April’s content, so please come back! I’m going to be talking about a product that I use every single day and completely adore and I have an interview with an awesome young woman that’s on her own journey to low-waste.

See you in a bit, MJ.


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