Social Distance Must Haves

Thank you all for joining my live today!  We are on day…. Can’t remember but we’ve been social distancing ourselves for over a week.  Our country needs us to do this and we are wearing our shirts to show our support!  Give a shout if you are interested in purchasing one.  All proceeds will be donated to a cause that in some way helps someone during this challenging time.  If you have a suggestion, let me know!

My husband and I are working from home now and we have 4 sons (3 are teens and consume a crazy amount of food) so I’ve been literally cooking, feeding and doing dishes on top of my FT job -- oh, and did I mention attempting to homeschool?  Yikes! Recently a local mom on a FB page said “turns out the only thing harder than being a stay at home mom or working mom is being a stay at home mom AND a working mom. She NAILED it. I have found this time to be really challenging being in that role myself now.   You want to be a good worker “yes, i can do all of that from home - I’m totally needed here at my day job - I’m super productive”!. You want to be a good mom “of course i can come look at what you made, did you read your book for 20 mins, i have another worksheet for you, another snack, don’t chase the cat, please don’t…. Ok, fine, you can use the ipad”.  It’s a struggle. However, I then think of those on the front lines of keeping us safe. Those that can’t even have these conversations with their families because they are social distancing when they aren’t working so that they can do what they can to keep their own families safe so… yeah, I got this. We will do whatever we can to stay healthy and be less people at the hospital using resources.   I promise this isn’t forever - we got this.

With all that said, I have a few important things I wanted to make quickly today -- sort of a DIY section to this little Live I have going on.  First up… body butter.

After all this excessive hand washing and hand sanitizing, hands are super dry.  Try this fantastic body butter. It’s called body butter but I have used it on elbows, face, knees - it’s great on dry spots.  It is a little oily so I typically use it at night.  

1 cup coconut oil (solid or very firm)

1 tsp vitamin E oil

30 drops essential oil (optional)

  • Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl (note:  do not melt the coconut oil first)
  • Mix on high speed with hand or stand mixer for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency
  • Spoon the whipped butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. 

Last but NEVER ever least…. Homemade baileys.  I cannot take credit for this wonderful creation - this was given to me by a friend (Jeanie and sis Carol) and it is truly like drinking cake.  

1 ½ cups of whiskey (any kind will work)

2 small cans of sweetened condensed milk

4 tbsp chocolate syrup

1 tsp almond extract (you could also use another flavor:  mint, vanilla, etc.)

1 pint of light cream

  • Mix all ingredients and keep refrigerated overnight.

These are just some quick DIY things that are useful and delish.  


Thanks for joining in!

Melissa & Jackson





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