Homemade Body Scrubs

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Body scrubs are an excellent way to exfoliate your body in the winter and summer.  They also moisturize and nourish your skin.  Store bought scrubs are expensive and contain all sorts of ingredients and sometimes the scent is overpowering.

We make our own and it’s very inexpensive and making it in small batches allows us to make many different scents.

Tonight I decided to make a quick Eucalyptus scent as both of my children are sick and I felt I needed a breath of fresh air in my scrub.  Eucalyptus reminds me of days spent in Florida years ago when my parents first moved there and I would visit. I would lay in the guest room and take in the wonderful fresh smell from the woods near their home.

Last week the tween queen and her friend made an almond scented scrub.  They used Almond flavored food extract to scent it and it smells fabulous.

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We use simple ingredients you can purchase right in your grocery store and they last a long time.  Here is how we make ours.  There is no “exact” measurements because sometimes I will make enough for 2 showers and other times I will make a larger batch as a gift for a friend.  There is no way to mess this up.

Ingredients:

Sunflower oil

Organic Cane Sugar

Extract or essential oil scent of your choice

Jar or plastic container with a lid

To make the scrub put the amount of cane sugar in your jar for a small or larger batch.  Pour in just enough sunflower oil to make it a bit runnier than a paste.  Add a few drops of your scent and mix.  Store in the shower area with the lid on closing after each use.

Scrub it on and feel the softness of your skin when you rinse it off.

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It also works wonders on those heels and your hands!!

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30 Day Fitness Challenge

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Well here goes nothing.  On Facebook someone posted this challenge and I’ve decided I am going to give it a whirl.  Working around the ranch and unloading 1200+ 45 lb bales of hay a year does keep my upper body in good shape but from there down oh boy.  I have the inherited lower ab “elmer” we call it which is a lower belly.

Before the kids and animals I had plenty of time for a 1 1/2 to 2 hour workout.  So for the past 12 years I’ve struggled to find 30 minutes to work out as I try to “do it all” and neglect the “me” time.

So today was day one and no problem with the squats or pushups but barely made the 15 leg lifts.  I think those will be the most challenging for me.  If you would like to join the facebook challenge here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1444809585761364/

Happy healthy June!!

 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Looking for the perfect healthy cookie?? Look no further…this is a homerun for sure!!

My mother made these cookies.  The neighbor kids were here with my 2 children.  They ate this entire container and never knew these were gluten and grain free.  They are that good!!

I do not have a food processor so my mother used my blender to make these which was not as easy to break down the chickpeas.  We had to do it in batches but they came out perfect.  Simple, healthy, full of good things and oooh so good.  I am going to make another batch as these will be gone by tomorrow night for sure!!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • ½ cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup vegan mini-chocolate chips (I used regular chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor. Blend for a few minutes, dough should be smooth and creamy.
  3. Transfer cookie dough to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Use a tablespoon and scoop dough into balls and drop onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Makes about 22-24 cookies

Fit Bit — Water

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Ok, I admit it…I love water in pools, surrounding the Island we live on, in ponds, lakes, streams and everywhere in between.  But when it comes to drinking it….UGH…I have to force it down.  I don’t know why.  I’ve always felt that way.  I would rather drink a glass of milk than water.  Knowing the body is made up of over 70% water, I am well aware of the importance it has in my daily life.  So I thought I would share a few ways I trick myself into drinking at least 6 to 8, 8 ounce glasses a day.

Lemon Peel — it’s no secret I love lemons and they are a happy thing to me.  So I will save lemon rinds after my daughter has juiced them or from a recipe and I cut them small and slip them into a water bottle or my cup.  Seeing that bit of yellow makes me happy and it adds just enough lemon flavor to the water.  Limes and Oranges work well too but I love the Lemon!!

Small bottles or glasses — seeing a smaller bottle tricks my mind into thinking this is just a little bit so drink till it’s gone which I will.  Then I will refill it and wait a bit and do it again.  Breaking it into small batches you drink all day helps with the digestion process and less running to the bathroom which happens after you chug an 8 oz glass.

Splash of cranberry or grape juice — let’s face it color is more interesting than clear.  So I splash a tiny bit to give the water a hue of color which makes it more appealing to drink in my mind.

Decorative water/sports container — if I am running around and need to drink I will fill a pretty container and keep it with me in the car.  It is easier to drink while driving or at a light from a bottle that has a controlled top or tip on it.  Again, I pick a pattern/colors that appeal to me so I like looking at it and it invites me to drink it (yes, I have to do this stuff!!)

Water is so important to your body.  When I don’t drink enough I can feel the affects immediately with dry hands, dry lips, fatigue, hunger (which is truly thirst), and even a cloudy mind.

I hope some of the tricks help you in reaching your daily ration of water!!!