DIY Sugar Scrub 

This week I’m sharing with you all my homemade sugar scrub recipe. This recipe is easy, literally takes about 5 minutes to throw together and then you have a really great gift! Don’t forget to keep some for yourself though cause this stuff is the best! Sugar scrub is such a simple luxury everyone should have a jar on their bathroom sink. 

Let’s get started –

 First you want to start with a Sugar and Sea Salt mixture. 

  • 2 parts Sugar – I like cane sugar it’s a little courser than regular sugar or brown sugar, but you could use either.
  • 1 part Sea Salt – Finely ground Sea Salt works best as it desolves and clings to the sugar granules, thus assisting your body in its obsorbtion of the many health benefits. Some of the benefits of Sea Salt are treating acne scars, tones the skin, removes dead skin particles, and assists in skin renewal. 

Next add a few drops of Essential Oils. I used Sandalwood and Lemon Essential Oils. 

  • Sandalwood Oil – Provides relief from inflammation, heals scars and spots, fights aging, tightens skin, soothes irritated skin, and works as an antiseptic.
  • Lemon Oil – Brightens skin and is a very effective in uplifting your mood.

Lastly add equal parts Honey and Avocado Oil till you get your desired consistency. I prefer my sugar scrubs to be a little crumbly (as you see in the picture) because I tend to sprinkle a little on my hands each time I wash them. You can make yours moister if you are planning on only using the scrub once a day. 

  • Avocado Oil – Slows wrinkling, heals burns, moisturizers skin, contains Vitamins A + E, stimulates collagen production, softens skin, improves elasticity, relieves eczema, reduces age spots, and reduces redness. 
  • Honey – Prevents acne, fades scars, fights aging, lessens fine lines, heals sunburn, and moisturizes skin.

Store in a jar next to your sink with a teaspoon. The ingredients included in this recipe will all keep for a very long time. With the addition of the Sandalwood oil that fights bacteria growth I would say you could keep this scrub for up to 6 months safely, but the odds are you will use it up before then. This is a very plain recipe that smells great and appeals to all skin types. If you wish to add things to this recipe to enhance the smell such as tea leaves, puréed fruit, or citrus zest that’s completely fine just keep in mind you are adding perishable items and that will lesson the shelf life of your scrub.

Happy scrubbing!! 

First Birthday Recap and NO EPISODE THIS WEEK!

Hey there my lovelies! So first let me just apologize for this post being super late. I know I promised it last week and then didn’t deliver so I am truly sorry. Also as you can tell by the title there is not a new podcast episode this week 😔 first week I’ve missed since June and I feel horrible about it. It was not my plan let me assure you! This past weekend was my sons official first birthday so we were busy doing things as a family and then Saturday morning I woke up feeling like crap. So I have been battling a cold all weekend as well. So I let my husband talk me into skipping a week and just making it all up to you next week with a really fantastic episode!!! So the bar is set, hopefully I can reach it! 😉

Onto the first birthday recap! 

The party was a slam dunk! Very small and friendly but bursting with tons of cutesy details that I photographed and will remember forever! Here are a few highlights!   

   
For more details you can listen to my Planning the First Birthday Episode and hear how I got organized and creative. But let’s move onto the toys! 

So my wee man got some pretty awesome toys for his first birthday (I may have influenced quite a lot what some people bought him but honestly what good mother doesn’t?!) I thought I would post some pictures and reviews/opinions to go with them to kind of help out those of you that are shopping.  

 First up we have the Vtech 2 in 1 Learn and Zoom Motorbike! As you can see it’s a little sit and scoot with lots of noisy buttons. So far this has just been sitting in our living room without much use because he isn’t quite to the point where he understands sitting and scooting. But all in all I’m sure once he gets the hang of it he will love it. It’s very lightweight and easy to take places. 

 Next we have the cutest popper ever! It’s the Fisher-Price Pop and Go Thomas! This guy is so cute and you can take the handle off and then he just becomes a popping train! My little guy loves him (what kid doesn’t love a popper!) and again this is super lightweight and an easy thing to take to grandparents house!  

 This guy is super fun and his songs he plays are slightly less annoying than other similar toys. It’s Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo! You press his tummy or his feet to watch him light up and dance. This is pretty amusing to our little guy he loves anything musical 😊 This is another toy that’s easy to take with you, although I do worry how well he will hold up if dropped. 

 So here we have Mega Bloks and a Wooden Block Train. These are nice cause I can just toss them into a backpack and tote them to wherever we are going. We aren’t quite to the stage yet of understanding building things. He can stack a few things but that’s about it. So these will be much appreciated in a few months I’m sure!  

 This is the Fisher-Price Little People Animal Friends Farm. It comes with 6 animals, one farmer, and some hay. When you open and close the barn doors it makes different animal sounds. I’m not sure if you can tell in the picture but the whole barn folds up. My only complaint is the barn doesn’t stay together very well when it’s folded up, so if you’re carrying it somewhere the pieces can fall out. It is portable though and my son loves all the little animals.  

 These were my parenting hack last week on the podcast! I love these things! They are WEDGiTS Building Blocks! They are crazy fun for all ages (yeah I’ve been playing with these 😬) and they are so simple! They are rubber, so easy to clean and great for teethers. Endless hours of fun! This is a toy that you won’t be bored playing along with them!  

 This here is a classic and beautiful toy! It’s the B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube! This toy is so fun! It has so much going on that it keeps little guy entertained for a decent amount of time. It’s also so educational (which my preschool teacher background loves) and safe. Notice the corners are flat! It has the play area on top and something manipulative on each side. On the right side in this photo you can see it has the whole alphabet! Love this one! 

 Aren’t these so cute! So since we had a Peanuts themed birthday party we had to get this birthday boy a Peanuts present! These figures are actually bath toys! Rubber, so again easy cleaning and happy teethers! But they are the perfect size! Each one is about 4-5 inches tall and really feel more like a “doll” then a “figurine”. I love them cause I feel like boys get left out at a young age on the whole doll scene and playing with dolls is a very important developmental play that every child (not just girls) needs to do. So I was so excited when I found these at Target! 

   Next up we have the Little Tikes Activity Garden! So this thing is awesome! Yeah it takes up a little space but it’s not that bad. This garden has everything! Ball drop by the window, piano keys on the door, shape sorter in the mailbox, slide, and so much more!! I love it cause it’s so gender neutral that it will be good for any kiddos that come along. Most importantly it encourages those gross motor skills to develope. 
 Lastly here we have a really cool book that me and dad got little man! As you can see it’s a Poke-A-Dot! Book! These books are so neato! I love it, you poke each dot and it pops. Then you turn the page and pop it back out. You can practice counting on each page with your kiddos! This book is hefty! However it keeps little dude entertained forever! He loves it! There are different books in the series and I highly recommend you check them out!

So that’s what our boy got! He made out pretty good right?! Of course he got some clothes too but I wanted to focus in on the toys. We are going to go pretty light at Christmas for this first year. Probably just get some fun stocking stuffers. 

Make sure you guys go check out my Instagram Here. I have a really special picture posted that I would love for you guys to see and be encouraged by this Christmas Season. I love you all and hope you all have a great week!

Xoxoxox 

My Random Musings

25 Family Friendly Christmas Activities

Hey there All! It’s that wonderful time of the year again; the time for love, laughter, giving, friendship, family, and memories. I wanted to complile MY list of 25 family Christmas activities that are gauranteed to get your family in the holiday spirit! So here it goes!

25 Family Friendly Christmas Activites:

  1. Make your own garland for your tree or banister using popcorn, paper chains, burlap, ribbon, etc.
  2. DIY Orange Slice Ornaments (Instructions here)
  3. Make a Bird Feeder (Instructions here)
  4. Make Festive Playdough and play with Cookie Cutters (Recipees here)
  5. Decorate Cookies
  6. Go for a drive to look at Christmas Lights (I spy sheets here)
  7. Have a Hot Chocolate Bar and Board Game Night
  8. Read a Christmas Story
  9. Make Paper Snowflakes and tape them to your windows and mirrors.
  10. Make Reindeer Food and go feed your local Reindeer (Recipee here)
  11. Watch a Christmas Movie
  12. Decorate a Gingerbread House
  13. Make Popcorn Balls (Recipe here)
  14. Make Christmas Cards to pass out at a Retirement Home
  15. Donate Canned Food to a Food Drive
  16. Go Caroling
  17. Choose 3 Toys to Donate to a Toy Drive
  18. Make a Snowglobe (Directions here)
  19. Camp out by your Christmas Tree
  20. Christmas Themed Pizza Night! Shape your dough into a tree and decorate with toppings. Or buy varying sizes of frozen cheese pizzas and build a snowman and then decorate him with toppings.
  21. Make Christmas Bark (Recipe here)
  22. Walk around town, a mall, or a hospital and hand out candy canes
  23. Get a Christmas Activity Book
  24. Collect Pinecones to decorate (an idea here)
  25. Make a kid friendly punch or mocktail for Christmas Day (recipe here)

Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

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You Baby Me Mummy

DIY Bumper Matress

Hey there all! I wanted to share some pictures from my recent DIY craft! 

Unfortunately I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out so I didn’t take pictures of the process (which is a bummer) but it’s not that difficult to understand how to do it, so hopefully that won’t keep you fabulous readers from doing it!

So I had a baby crib bumper that was given to me but never used (because of the severe risk of SIDS—-for more info on that be sure to listen to my Podcast Episode about SIDS) so I decided to take this bumper in all its softness and do something with it! 

  
I came up with the idea of cutting the two short ends off and sewing them together, so I would then have 3 long strips. I then took all three strips and tied them together with the ties that were already attached to the bumper. I did have to cut a few of the ties off and sew them back in so that they would line up with the other ties, but that was easy! 

  
The whole thing only took about 30 minutes and I think it was well worth it! Now we have this adorable play mat / matress! I totally see us pulling this out in the future when my son has little friends spend the night! And I haven’t mentioned the best part—it folds up super easily!  

 
I would love to get another bumper and make this one even larger! So there you go, if you have a bumper lying around that hopefully you aren’t using (again listen to the Episode on SIDS) then here is a quick easy craft that you can do so it doesn’t go to waste! Plus think about it—if you turn the bumper into something else then it won’t end up at goodwill and in someone else’s home that may not know what a risk it poses to SIDS. You could be saving a life! I think I may have just started the War On Bumpers!

In fact if you like this post you should tweet it with the hashtag #WarOnBumpers

Now go get yours and turn it into this adorable comfy cushion! (Would be great in a reading nook!)

Mami 2 Five
The Twinkle Diaries
A Cornish Mum