A few lovely things I came across during the week…
How to Create a Covetable Closet from Lonny Mag. Here is the link for more.
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I love body and face scrubs. I can’t get enough of that fresh feeling you get after using a good scrub. I also have come to realize that you don’t need to purchase expensive scrubs to get the benefits by making them at home. I’ve featured a two of my own recipes on the blog already (Lemon Sugar and Salt Scrub as well as a Cinnamon Sugar Scrub). I’m currently working on a new sugar scrub and a new combo sugar and salt scrub that are both a twist on the classics (will share soon!).
Whenever I make scrubs for friends and family I tend to get a few questions about the difference between a sugar and a salt scrub. I thought I’d share my knowledge to compare salt scrubs vs sugar scrubs.
- Right off the bat I’ll say that my skin can handle a high level of exfoliation so I happen to like using sea salt in my salt scrubs because you can feel a difference after even the first use. However, I’d never use salt on my face or in very sensitive areas. So for those of you that have super sensitive skin all over, I would stick to sugar or use super fine salt. You can even take sea salt and throw it in a food processer to create fine grains.
- Best for rough spots such as elbows, knees and the soles of your feet
- I like to combine bright citrus scents when I make a salt scrub such as lemon, grapefruit or lime.
- To me salt is more energizing and best for the morning to awaken the senses.
- By using a thicker carrier oil you can get a bit more moisturizing going as the salt itself is drying and really more of a buffer that rinses clean.
- Salt will help to detoxify skin where sugar only exfoliates.
- Sugar is best for sensitive skin and delicate areas such as the face and neck.
- Sugar is more moisturizing as it sticks to your skin leaving that dewy afterglow.
- Your decision for a carrier oil will again provide either a highly moisturizing experience (olive oil and almond oil) or light and clean (vegetable glycerin).
- I love warm scents such as honey, vanilla or floral such as lavender or rose for sugar scrubs.
- Since sugar scrubs tend to be gentler, I find them more relaxing and great for the evening before bed.
In the end, I love them both but for different reasons. Whichever you love best, the fun part of making your own scrub is the infinite recipe possibilities. Plus, they are such lovely gifts!
Common Salt Types:
- Mineral Salt
- Sea Salt
- Dead Sea Salt
- Table Salt
Common Sugar Types:
- Natural Cane Sugar
- Pure White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Raw Sugar
Common Carrier Oils:
- Olive Oil
- Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
Optional Extras (Don’t go nuts though):
- Essential oils such as lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus or rose
- Vanilla extract
- Used coffee grounds
- Ground oatmeal
- Herbs such as rosemary or basil
- Citrus zest
Now that Noah goes to school, I’ve already participated in two bake sales. Don’t get me wrong, if you know me, I love to bake. However, I’m low on time lately so I really wanted something easy, fun and of course yummy. My baked item of choice? Classic Rice Krispie Treats, but with a twist. I made what I’m calling, Krispie Pops.
- 6 cups of Rice Krispies
- 40 Marshmallows (one bag of the standard size)
- 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
- Heat the butter/margarine with marshmallows in either in a large bowl in the microwave for 3 min or in a large saucepan until melted.
- Add the Rice Krispies, I suggest slowly (yeah made a mess on the floor with a bowl a bit too small).
- Stir until coated and add to a greased pan based on your desired thickness.
- Now, regular square-style treats are great but I wanted to shake it up and really wow those little 2 and 3-year old kiddos…
- After mixing the krispies into the bowl, I placed it lightly into a pan to let it cool a little so they would be easier to handle rather than stick to everything.
- Once cooled slightly, not too cool, I formed them into little balls about 1 1/2″ diameters wide. I dipped the top of the ball in sugared sprinkles and let cool a bit more.
- Once all the balls were dipped and cooled, I added the stick and placed each one in a plastic treat bag and tied a ribbon.
I suggest grabbing the little treat bags that come with pre-cut ribbon and sticks from either the grocery store or Michael’s. Makes life easy.
Oh yeah, you get to scoop up whatever is left in that bowl. Purely for taste testing of course.
I’m a sucker for a sandwich. BLT, PB&J, cookie… I love them all. So when my family plans our Hanukkah party and says IF I want to bring dessert to go for it. I say YES and I’ll bring cookie sandwiches!
I broke out my fantastic cookie press (Hanukkah gift from my husband last year) and whipped up about 3 dozen vanilla spritz goodness with the recipe from this post.
For the center of my cookies, I opted for a mix of Nutella, melted chocolate and vanilla frosting. My favorite was definitely the Nutella.
For a little festive sparkle, I placed a dollop of either Nutella or vanilla frosting on the top and dipped in sugar.
If you don’t have a cookie press or don’t want to make spritz cookies, then just make a batch of sugar cookies. A simple rounded shape works best and you’ll be well on your way to cookie sandwich heaven.
What’s better than warm cozy sweat pants after a long day? Soft silky skin that smells like cinnamon sugar AND warm cozy sweat pants…
I hope you had a chance to try out this bright and cheery lemon sugar scrub from the spring. Now I highly suggest trying out this recipe for a scrub that will get you in mood for the upcoming holiday season.
1/3 cup almond oil
1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
1/3 cup of raw sugar
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
(Contents fit a 1/2 pint mason jar)