I spent most of last week trying to catch up from Hurricane Matthew and working on extra projects that were delayed due to the storm. We really needed to finish cutting up trees and cleaning up a few things in the yard over the weekend. However, I woke up on Saturday morning with a fever and chills. I know! What the what! I ate a healthy breakfast and tried to rally sure I would be able to tackle the to-do list and shake the sickies off.
But as the morning wore on, I started feeling worse and I realized I was at the crossroads of choice…solider on OR rest. In my mind, I couldn’t see how I could possibly give myself the day off. In my heart, I was 100 % sure my body was begging for a break. Have you guys ever felt that way?
I’m sharing this because most of you readers turned friends are women (although, can I just give a shout out to Brian right now?) and we girls have a lot of our plates. Can I get an amen? We’re running businesses & carpool, managing employees, sourcing everything from groceries to design elements all the while making dinner, tidying the house, racing to soccer practice and shining a light in the community.
Right? It’s crazy we feel like we have to do it all. Anyway, I did something I’ve been working on all year. I gave myself grace and a long nap, then I painted my nails, had a soak and read a magazine cover to cover. Saturday turned into Sunday and before I knew it I had spent the entire weekend resting and I not beating myself up about it. It felt so refreshing.
As October begins to wind down, we’re about to be in a really busy season of the year, you know? A season where we’re pulled in a lot of different directions and our schedules, weekdays and weekends may not be our own. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but sometimes so many commitments can feel exhausting. That being said, I’m hoping we can all find a way even if it’s just for an hour a day to decompress, relax and focus on the good things happening around us.
One small seasonal luxury we can give ourselves, friends and family members too is a homemade sugar scrub. They’re really easy to make in big batches and you don’t have to buy a lot of extra ingredients. Last year, I made a pumpkin spice latte sugar scrub that smelled SO good! Every morning it felt like I was standing in line waiting on fall in a cup. This year, I decided to make a sugar scrub with real pumpkin in it and it smells AMAZING! Here’s a look at what you’ll need to make a pumpkin pie scrub of your own…
Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe:
2 cups white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup of 100 % pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil.
Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Steps:
Place 2 cups of white sugar in a bowl. If you’re out of white sugar you can use raw sugar, sea salt or Epsom salt.
Add ½ cup of brown sugar
Add 2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the sugar
Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
Finally, add 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
Scoop the mixture into a jar with a sealing lid that has been well cleaned and is completely dry.
As with most homemade scrubs depending on the type of oil you choose to use, the oil may either settle at the bottom or will rise to the top so you may have to mix it up before use. Utilize common sense and take necessary precautions, as scrub will become slippery after use.
Given these ingredients are perishable, pumpkin pie sugar scrub should be used within 4 weeks and leftovers should be refrigerated.
Seriously you guys, this is such a simple thing we can do to celebrate the fall and upcoming holiday season and it’s easy to gift too!
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ve been working multiple jobs again this week with some fantastic ladies. I’ll share all the fun things I found around the web with a nod to the classy women I’ve been inspired by!