Like most people, the beginning of March marks the end of my tolerance of winter. Even though I’ve learned to like the season, by my birthday, I’m ready to ditch the heavy coats and gloves and embrace warmer weather. In less than a week, I’m headed to St. Maarten, where my wish for sun and fun will be realized.
For those of you sticking around for my unpredictable birth month, fear not. You can reap the benefits of an island vacation at home with my guide for a DIY Island Staycation.
Healthy Piña Colada
When embarking on any holiday of the tropical variety, you are almost always greeted with a cocktail upon arrival. This gesture is welcomed after a possibly stressful flight and is a quick reminder that you are on vacation and should behave accordingly. Many different syrupy concoctions are popular at these beachside resorts, but I think the reigning queen of frozen cocktails is the piña colada. You can stick with the classic recipe, of if you’re trying to get bikini ready, try this healthier option instead.
1 1/2 c almond milk
1 c fresh pineapple, diced
1/4 small avocado
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Ice cubes (4-5)
1 Tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
1 shot of rum (optional)
Combine almond milk, pineapple chunks, avocado, coconut oil, ice cubes, and rum (if using). Blend on high for about 1 minute, or until completely combined. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with shredded coconut, a pineapple wedge and a straw. Enjoy!
Coconut Wave Spray
Beach waves are a must for any true island vacation. There are many wave enhancing sprays on the market, but to achieve this look at home, you can make your own with just a few ingredients.
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp hair gel
1 c warm water
Mix together sea salt, coconut oil, and hair gel in medium bowl. Add water, stir, and transfer to a spray bottle. To use: Spray onto damp or dry hair and scrunch with fingers for gorgeous, messy waves.
Coconut Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub
If you plan on using the aforementioned self-tanning moisturizer, you definitely want to have an even, smooth base to work with. The quickest and easiest way to rid yourself of dry or dead skin in to exfoliate with a sugar scrub. Keeping with the island theme, coconut oil makes another appearance, not only for its scent, but incredible moisturizing capabilities.
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
3/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together the coconut oil, brown sugar, sea salt, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until mixture appears to be whipped. Transfer to a mason jar or other airtight container.
One of my favorite things about the Caribbean is the magnificent color of the water. If you love the gorgeous blues as much as I do, you can create your own private ocean with the Big Blue Bath Bomb from Lush. Made with sea salt and arame seaweed, it’s moisturizing and helps the body rid itself of toxins. It has a fresh seaside scent and I found it difficult to leave my mermaid bath long after the water cooled.
I hope you enjoyed your Island Staycation. Are you heading anywhere for spring break? Let me know, below!