A couple months ago I taught myself how to use Pinterest (better late than never) and instantly became addicted. In fact, I already pinned close to 2,000 inspiring images, articles, recipes and DIYs to all my boards and completed five of my fav findings from the site. Winter tends to make people–including myself–a little restless, and there really is no better cure for cabin fever than working on a few beautiful and functional do-it-yourself projects.

As I continue to explore Pinterest, I will most definitely be updating this list a few times over. I cannot wait to get started on some of the stunning makeup tutorials the site has to offer. But for now, the following are the five best DIYs to hit my feed. Be sure to follow my boards for instant updates!

Coconut-rose body scrub is almost too pretty to use! I love displaying mine on the bathroom counter in a simple ceramic bowl.

Coconut-rose body scrubNot only does this body scrub smell amazing, it is 100 percent natural AND it actually works. Coconut oil moisturizes skin, while pink Himalayan salt exfoliates, leaving my entire bod feeling smooth and silky. In addition to the hydration and salt your skin craves, this scrub includes rose oil, which tones and tightens skin, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. As with all beauty products that contain coconut oil, you should only make this scrub with organic, extra virgin coconut oil–otherwise, you’ll end up with clogged pores and breakouts.

Hair-thickening mask: This is another all-natural beauty product–can you tell I have a type? I don’t always take the greatest care of my mane, so it has definitely thinned out over the last couple years. Coconut oil is my go-to hair treatment once a week when I have time to pamper myself, but I wanted to see what else the world of Pinterest had to offer my tresses.

I quickly discovered this 10-minute thickening mask that combines castor oil, coconut oil and honey. In addition to promoting hair growth, this mask also leaves hair feeling soft and looking shiny. And, after I did a little research, I discovered that castor oil, its main ingredient, also promotes eyebrow and eyelash growth. What more could a gal want?

Cereal box organizersOver the years I’ve accumulated a ton of magazines and journals, making this DIY a must-do for me. As my collection grows over the years, I will definitely be recreating variations of this project–this link alone offers 15 different ways to turn cereal boxes into perfect space-saving storage containers for magazines, journals, folders and books.

Brass hoop earrings with suede laceSo, this one isn’t technically a DIY (it’s a link to an Etsy shop), but instead of purchasing these earrings, I decided to make my own. A quick trip to AC Moore for some brass hoops and suede lace was all it took to create a super unique pair of statement earrings.

These babies may seem like pricey vintage jewelry (aka my motif), but in reality I made them in half an hour and for under $20. I absolutely love pairing them with a plain white t-shirt and blue jeans for a casual, yet polished daytime or weekend look.

Cucumber-avocado smoothieI am a total sucker for a green smoothie, and this recipe offers a unique spin on the usual spinach/kale blends. Don’t get me wrong, spinach and kale smoothies are great, but sometimes I need a change. Enter: the cucumber-avocado smoothie.

The base ingredients, i.e., cucumber and avocado, combine to create a creamy, yet refreshing texture, while lime and cilantro give the smoothie a zesty twist, making it the perfect micronutrient-rich post-gym or afternoon pick-me-up. I will definitely be adding this recipe to my weekly wellness regimen. For an extra nutrition boost, I may try adding a cup of spinach–which is virtually tasteless in smoothies–to the smoothie the next time I whip it up.

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Although I stay away from dairy on a day-to-day basis, I love preparing cheese boards for special occasions and get-togethers. Entertaining at home can be tons of fun when yummy hors d’oeuvres and rich red wine are included–especially now that Sunday night football and Monday night Bachelor are both in full-swing. On a chilly night, nothing beats relaxing with friends and family over good food and a game of Cards Against Humanity or poker.

There is no actual cooking involved when it comes to wowing your loved ones with a Pinterest-worthy cheese board; the only skill tested here is how well you can organize various cheeses and other goodies on your favorite cutting board! A cheese platter also makes the perfect appetizer to a thoughtful home-cooked meal for your significant other on Valentine’s Day (don’t forget the chocolate-dipped strawberries and flirty lingerie). And, the leftovers are great to have on-hand for lunch during the week!

Start with:

  • A cutting board or platter (duh!)
  • Enough plates and wine glass for all your guests
  • Butter knives
  • Napkins

Cheeses: So that there is something all your guests will love, consider choosing one cheese from each of the main categories.

  • Soft: Brie, goat cheese, mozzarella
  • Semi-firm & firm: Gouda, provolone
  • Aged: Asiago, Parmigiano, white cheddar
  • Blue: Gorgonzola

Add:

  • Cold cuts: Prosciutto, salami
  • Fresh fruit: Berries, figs, olives
  • Dried fruit: Apricots, figs, prunes
  • Nuts: Cashews, marcona almonds, pistachios
  • Crackers and/or fresh bread: La Panzanella Original Mini Croccantini are my favorite crackers, but I also love honey wheat brown bread (recipe here) and traditional French baguette.
  • Spreads: Natural fruit jams, honey

Wine pairings: I am definitely a red wine type of gal! In addition to being a great way to unwind at the end of a long day, there are tons of health benefits associated with having a glass of red at dinner, including lower cholesterol, heart-healthy antioxidants, controlled blood sugar, a sharper memory, an immune system boost and levels of resveratrol that act as an antioxidant, preventing the growth of both fat and cancer cells, according to Prevention.

  • Pinot noir: Gouda, feta, Swiss
  • Cabernet sauvignon: Blue
  • Zinfandel: Blue, cheddar, feta
  • Merlot: Brie, cheddar, gorgonzola
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