Hand and Heel Scrub

This scrub is perfect for buffing your heels and keeping your hands moisturized for the winter months.

You can make this in about 5 minutes total.  Very economical and a little goes a LONG way.

I posted how we make ours on my Facebook page and see my step by step pictures of the Teen making a batch last night here:  Hand and Heel Scrub

It’s literally 3 ingredients:

1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

Honey (until your desired consistency)

Mix all together, store in an air tight container.  Use in the shower by scrubbing on heels and hands and rinse.  Apply a daily moisturizing lotion and you can keep the dryness at bay!

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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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Easiest Meatloaf

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Sometimes taking a shortcut is the only way to go.

This meatloaf is one of those shortcut meals.

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1 lb of ground beef (turkey works as well and venison/pork)

1 packet of onion soup mix (any brand is fine)

Mix all together and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until cooked through.

The flavor is fabulous and you won’t have any leftovers!!

Juice Popsicles

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Natural Juice pops are very expensive in our area. $4.99 for a 6 pack. But they are sooooo good and we are an all year round popsicle eating family.
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Every week I buy a different type of juice and make our own juice pops. This week is Orange Peach Mango juice.
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Making your own is a great way to save a few $$’s

Frugal Homemade Pancakes

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FRUGAL KITCHEN TIP: Store bought pancakes are expensive and take the time to read the ingredients on the box. What is half of that stuff???

Pancakes are a favorite of the kids. One likes Chocolate Chip and the other likes Sprinkle Pancakes (using the rainbow jimmies).

When I make them I always make a few extra to keep in the freezer so they can pull them out on school mornings and microwave them for a quick breakfast.

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Today we made 4 packages of both kinds for the freezer as well as a few for breakfast this morning.

You can find our basic pancake recipe on my blog here:
https://chasenchanceranch.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/sunday-blessings/

This is a great recipe you can add berries, wheat germ, flax seed, chocolate, butterscotch, or white chips, pecans etc. to as it works with anything!

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Baseball

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You should always try to find a way to support your local sports teams.  I am not a huge baseball fan, but we have a team in Buffalo, the Buffalo Bisons, and I think it’s important to support that team.  Tonight my friend took her daughter, my daughter and another friend to watch the team play.  You can always find deals and tonight’s game was $5.00 to get in and you received a $5.00 food voucher FREE with your purchase. It’s also fireworks Friday so they will get to see a free fireworks show after the game.

Where there’s a will there’s a way to get yourself out and enjoy all the little treasures your area offers!!

Waste not Want not

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That is something my Italian grandmother used to always say.  I heard it so many times it is a continual thought in my mind.  About 6 years ago a friend of ours was getting rid of his wicker furniture for a new set.  It was heavy duty and solid.  However it was badly faded.  Grandma’s words echoed through my head and I spoke up “if you decide to get rid of it, let us know”.  We got it a few days later.

I bought a spray paint for wicker furniture ($4.99 USD) that was very close in color to the original.  We then spray painted each piece and picked up some cushions from a great store by us (Pier One).  We have used it on our deck for the past 6 years.  I have touched it up every year and it’s perfect.  Waste not Want not!!

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touched up and drying

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Table before touch up

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After touch up and set up for the summer