Easy Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Recipe

Tis the season for candy canes and my family could not be any happier.  Not only do I love the TASTE of candy canes, but I love the smell of them as well.  This easy candy cane sugar scrub recipe requires no actual candy canes, although you could crush some up and put them in there if you would like.  During the winter, I probably make a sugar scrub recipe just about every month.  The exfoliating and moisturizing properties of homemade sugar scrubs help keep skin smooth and silky during the dry winter months.  My whole house smells wonderful … [Read more...]

Easy Lavender DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath Recipe

The last few weeks have been fairly stressful.  I finally got the taxes finished (YAY!) and the check has been sent off to the IRS (BOO for no refund this year!)  I spent the weekend teaching a 17-year-old how to drive and volunteering at my daughter's Girl Scout cookie booth sale. Between paying the bills and dealing with housework, there wasn't a lot of 'me time' and I am determined to change that this week.  My need of stress reduction led me to today's project.  This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe serves multiple purposes and is … [Read more...]

Magnesium Body Butter Recipe Soothes Muscles and Improves Sleep

If you suffer from chronic pain, restless leg syndrome or insomnia, this magnesium body butter recipe may be just the thing you need.  After several years of dealing with chronic pain, I have come to realize that there are a number of ways to tackle it.  Lots of exercise, a healthy diet and a few key supplements have done wonders for improving my pain levels.  One of the things that has been recommended to me for chronic pain is magnesium. There are a ton of health benefits of magnesium including calming nerves, soothing anxiety, and relief … [Read more...]

Honey and Almond Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the habits I acquired during our years of poor graduate student life is always hitting the clearance shelves at the grocery store.  You might wonder how this plays into my brown sugar scrub recipe but I found a deal I couldn't pass up.  Marked down to a ridiculously cheap price was a TON of organic brown sugar.  Seriously.  I picked up a dozen bags of organic brown sugar for about $10.  Woo-hoo!  Of course, now I'm looking for ways to use brown sugar so it doesn't go bad!  Sugar scrubs are always a huge hit in my house so I did a little … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe with Vanilla

This cranberry sugar scrub recipe was inspired by my latest trip into the freezer.  I'm one of those people that stocks up on cranberries after the holidays and buys WAY too many of them.  Hey, they're on clearance for pennies, right?  Why not stock up and find some creative cranberry recipes all the way through June!  Well, I still have several bags of cranberries in the freezer so I decided to make this cranberry sugar scrub recipe.  I added a little bit of vanilla along with the cranberries and will be enjoying some seriously yummy showers … [Read more...]

How To Get Aloe Vera Gel From Your Aloe Plant

My son recently had a bad experience with a chemical hand sanitizer.  We rarely use them but we were out and about and I didn't have any other option.  After the rash cleared up,  I decided to make homemade hand sanitizing spray for those times when we couldn't get to soap and water.  I searched around on Pinterest and Googled a few things to find out how to do this.  I came across a ton of posts that all seemed to say "combine alcohol with aloe vera gel and add essential oils'.  I could do that!  I have a nice sized aloe plant and would just … [Read more...]

How To Make Rose Water And What to Do With It

When my husband and I bought our house 10 years ago we purchased it from a couple that had a lot of money and a lot of free time.  They spent $20K landscaping the backyard and it was amazing.  Needless to say, I have significantly LESS time and money than they did so the backyard has gone a bit wild in the last 10 years!  The one thing that has managed to survive despite my lack of landscaping skills are the 15 knockout roses that line the perimeter of my yard.  Yes, there are 15 rose bushes out there and they are in full bloom right now.  … [Read more...]

Rose Petal Sugar Scrub is an easy DIY Mothers Day Gift

This weekend I sent my husband an email at work to remind him to buy his mother a card for Mothers Day.  It is approaching rather quickly and I need to figure out what to get my own mom for this special day.  Mothers Day isn't something I want my family to make a big deal of.  I don't need jewelry or fancy trips or any of the other extremely expensive Mothers Day gift ideas I see advertised recently.  All I really want is some time to relax and a few hours to do something fun with my family.  I am a simple creature.  My ideal way to spend the … [Read more...]

Pucker Up with this Raspberry Sugar Scrub for Lips!

Winter is harsh on our lips and some days I feel like I am applying lip balm just about every hour. I am the queen of lip balm....I find them in my pants pockets, in the car, and quite often I find them in the dryer.  I would say I am a bit of a lip balm addict, especially in the winter!  However, lip balm application is not always enough to keep my lips smooth and soft.  And with Valentine's Day fast approaching, we all want soft, kissable lips, right?  I might be old and married but I do like a nice kiss from my husband on Valentine's Day!  I … [Read more...]

Lavender Oatmeal Bath Bombs for Soft Skin and a Good Night Sleep

Georgia isn't exactly known for it's cold winters and dry air but the minute that heat comes on in the fall, I start battling dry skin.  It's a good thing I don't live in Minnesota or my skin would seriously resemble alligator scales by the time spring rolled around again!  I have decided that the best way to treat dry skin is to moisturize it multiple times a day.  Once is NOT enough, at least for me.  That means morning lotion and evening lotion and hand lotion about 15 times a day.  I get sick of lotion, to be quite honest!  Well, there is … [Read more...]

Your DIY Beauty Pantry: 10 Must Have Ingredients

Over the last couple of years I have become very interested in making my own diy beauty creations. I have made everything from sugar scrubs to homemade mouth wash and overall have been very pleased with the results. Some recipes have come out better than others and I have learned quite a bit along the way. As we move into the new year I would like to encourage everyone to try their hand at a few easy diy beauty recipes,  They are incredibly easy to make and cost only a fraction of what those expensive spa products cost you.  Not only will you … [Read more...]

Orange and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub and a Stress Free Holiday with Sams Club #SimplyHealthy

This sugar scrub recipe and Sams Club shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.We all know that Sams Club is a great place to stock up on huge boxes of cereal for hungry kids and giant bags of chocolate chips for holiday baking. You can find frozen pizzas by the dozen or packages of toilet paper so big you practically need a fork lift to carry them.  But, have you ever checked out the produce section of Sams Club?  With the chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, there … [Read more...]

Ginger Detox Bath: Sweat those toxins out!

Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating.  According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me.  Except that I hurt.  All. The. Time.  My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet ache...it is incredibly frustrating.  They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it.  Really not a huge fan of the medical community at this point and for years I have been using an assortment of natural and holistic remedies to deal with my pain. … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Avocado Hair Mask for Dry Hair

The weather is finally cooling off and the humidity is dropping.  I actually turned the heat on in the house for the first time this morning to get rid of the chill.  With the onset of winter and dry air comes dry hair and skin as well.  My daughter's very thick and wavy hair is tough to tame and the change in weather means her dry hair starts to frizz out of control.  She has a tendency to tame her hair with a pony tail most days of the week but she gets a little tired of that look every once in a while!If you are trying to tackle your … [Read more...]

Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe

As we move from summer into fall I am excited for the temperatures to drop and am looking forward to some seasonal fall foods.  One thing I am NOT looking forward to as the weather cools off is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in the house.  During the summer, I don't suffer from dry skin but the minute the air outside starts to cool off and I have to turn my heat on I start getting dry and itchy.  Having a milk bath every once in a while is a great way to pamper your skin so that MAYBE you won't end up itchy and dry this … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Mojito Foot Scrub Recipe

Things have been very stressful the last couple of weeks as I prepare to head out on vacation.  I am running around trying to get the dog's vet records updated, buying food for our trip, and getting the garden squared away the best I can.  My feet are tired and I have not painted my pore nails in weeks.  Needless to say, before I hit the beach or even think about putting on a pair of sandals my feet need some serious pampering.  Nothing helps relax me and get my feet flip flop ready more than a nice foot scrub!  When I was trying to come up … [Read more...]

Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

This post about magnesium oil is NOT sponsored in any way, shape, or form.  I am simply sharing information that I have found useful.  Keep in mind that I am NOT a doctor and if you have questions about your health you should visit a physician!Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way.  Muscle knots that won't go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues.  I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional … [Read more...]

Natural Remedies for Headaches

This post about natural remedies for headaches has been sponsored by Amoil Natural Healing Oils and Boombox Network. This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions expressed here are my own. I have always suffered from frequent headaches.  Sometimes I feel like I have more headache days in a month than NON headache days!  This gets extremely frustrating since I don't get much accomplished when my head is throbbing.  It also makes me very irritable which forces my children and husband to tiptoe around the house for fear of getting their … [Read more...]

All Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve

Spring is finally here and with the warm weather comes lots of planting.  Gardening is not always easy work and after a day of turning soil, lugging around bags of compost, and bending over to plant seeds my entire body is usually one gigantic knot of muscle pain.  I have been buying Tiger Balm for years but have you seen the size of those tiny containers?  Yeah, the stuff works really well but it's expensive if you need more than just a finger full of pain relieving salve on your aching body.  I decided to try my hand at making my own pain … [Read more...]