So I guess it was back to reality so to speak this past week, how did you guys do? I remember that first week after holiday break we headed back to school was rough. I feel like I had to be pried out of my warm bed with a crow bar, ate a fair share of muffins for breakfast and I was always thankful I got several new outfits from Santa because it made my wardrobe choices so much easier.
I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things on the blog, at home and restocking items at my booth at The Pickers Market. I’ve even started training for a 15K run. Having goals to work toward gives me motivation to keep going when I’m really tired and want to sleep in instead of waking up at 5 am to get on the treadmill.
After being gently reminded recently that I tend to put myself last on the priorities list, I’ve been making a conscious effort to practice better self-care. This means listening to my body when I’ve worked 6 days straight, reestablishing my morning routine to include a faith based devotion, winding down each night with a lavender filled tub soak and not compromising on my set bedtime.
Back in November, I made a Rosemary and Lemon Balm Sugar Scrub I used it a days a week and it worked really well as a skin polisher. I’m out of that scrub so I decided to make a scrub that would help kick start my morning routine. This Rise and Shine sugar scrub uses 5 ingredients: grapefruit, orange, clove, oil and sugar.
Place 2 ½ 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 1 teaspoon of ground cloves to the sugar.
Next I added the juice from a very ripe orange and grapefruit. I used approximately ½ cup. You will need to strain the juice through a piece of cheesecloth to make sure you get out of the bits of seed and pulp.
Depending on how much juice you were able to extract you will either need ¼ cup juice and ½ cup of oil or ¼ cup oil and ½ cup juice. You should only need ¾ cup of liquid mixture. You can use grapeseed, coconut or even olive oil.
When you mix all of the ingredients together, it will look like this.
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. I’m choosing to store this scrub in the refrigerator, as I’ve never made a scrub that uses fruit juice before.
I’ll keep you guys posted on how this scrub helps my morning routine.
See you back here tomorrow, the Christmas decorations are finally back in the attic and I’ve got some easy tips on how to transition your holiday décor to winter décor.