Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub – So easy to make, and a great way to soften and revive dry, sluggish skin!

Hi! It’s Kara from Creations by Kara with a DIY recipe for all-natural sugar scrub that you will love! I don’t know about you, but during the winter months, my skin gets dry, itchy, and dull looking. I started using sugar scrub a couple weeks ago, and it has made a huge difference in the way my skin looks and feels!
Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub - So easy to make, and a great way to soften and revive dry, sluggish skin!

I’ve made other sugar scrubs before, but this time I decided to try adding cucumber. It’s full of antioxidants, and is very soothing to the skin. There’s a reason why people are always placing slices of cucumbers on their puffy eyes! I figured if it’s good for the eyes, it’s gotta be good for the rest of your skin as well. :)
Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub - So easy to make, and a great way to soften and revive dry, sluggish skin!
I also added some peppermint essential oil to the sugar scrub. I love the invigorating scent, and I think peppermint goes just perfectly with the green color of the cucumbers. This cucumber mint sugar scrub is a new favorite!
Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub - So easy to make, and a great way to soften and revive dry, sluggish skin!

This sugar scrub is so easy to make, you can whip up a batch in about 5 minutes. I store mine in the refrigerator, and it thickens up quite a bit. But don’t worry, it works just fine. If you want, you can take it out a few minutes before you want to use it so it will soften up a bit. I usually just scoop about a tablespoon into a small plastic bowl and take it into the shower in the morning. It’s a refreshing way to start the day!

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cucumber, unpeeled (about 4 slices)

3/4 cup white sugar

2 Tbsp coconut oil, softened

8-10 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

Puree cucumber till all the skin is in tiny flecks. Add the sugar and coconut oil and blend till oil is absorbed. Stir in peppermint oil. Store in an airtight container.

Because of the fresh cucumber, it is best to store this sugar scrub in the refrigerator. I just scoop out what I'll need into a little plastic bowl a few minutes before I'm going to use it.

 


Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub - So easy to make, and a great way to soften and revive dry, sluggish skin!I can’t even tell you how fabulous this stuff smells. And I know you’ll love the way it makes your skin feel! One word of caution – the oil can make the shower floor a tad bit slippery, so be careful not to slip. (No bustin’ out the dance moves!)

Thanks Kara!

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Link Party Palooza #131

Welcome back to the Link Party Palooza! I hope you all had a wonderful week! I can’t wait to see your ideas and feature YOU! Check back next Friday night to see if you were featured!Link Party Palooza Header

Features

Here are some of our favorites from last week’s link party. There were so many fabulous projects and recipes shared!

LPPJamielyn

Raspberry-Jello-Delight-14

Raspberry Jello Delight from Made to be a Momma

LPPJen

Rustic-Wood-Drink-Coaster.-Adorable-heart-coasters

Rustic Wood Drink Coaster from Live Laugh Rowe

LPPKristyn

Rustic Industrial Boy room makeover 2

Teen Boy Room Reveal from Remodelando la CasaLPPSteph

PulledPork

Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Carrie Elle

Here are some favorites from I Heart Nap Time this week:

EASY Ham and Cheese Roll Sliders with Poppyseed Sauce - perfect for game day, a picnic, party, appetizer or main dish for any day of the week! They are a crowd please EVERY time.

Easy Ham and Cheese Roll Sliders with Poppyseed Sauce

This homemade play-doh is great but the list of actives makes this post worth saving!

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas

pretzel pancakes-2

White Chocolate Pretzel Pancakes with Caramel

Turkey and Avocado Toast

Turkey and Avocado Toast – this toast recipe is made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast.  Ready in just minutes, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle.  It’s the perfect savory breakfast for busy mornings.

Turkey and avocados have to be one of my favorite flavor combinations right now.  The creaminess of the avocado pairs so well with roasted turkey flavor.  I love recipes that are made with just a few simple delicious ingredients and this turkey and avocado toast is definitely my new favorite.  I love making this recipe on mornings when I won’t be eating lunch for awhile.  This toast is satisfying and the best part is that it takes just minutes to make.

Turkey and Avocado Toast - this toast recipe is made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast. Ready in just minutes, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle. It's the perfect savory breakfast for busy mornings.

I love the textures of all the ingredients in this turkey and avocado toast.  You get a nice crunch from the whole grain toast, creaminess from the avocado, smokiness from the slow roasted turkey breast, and a nice spice kick of crushed red pepper flakes and ground black pepper to amp up the flavor.  Oscar Mayer Selects Natural deli meats contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, flavors, colors, no added hormones, no by-products, and no gluten.  It simply tastes amazing!

Turkey and Avocado Toast - this toast recipe is made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast. Ready in just minutes, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle. It's the perfect savory breakfast for busy mornings.

Start by toasting one piece of whole grain bread either in a toaster or on the stove.  While the bread is toasting, cut one avocado in half.  Scoop out one of the halves and place in a bowl.  Use a fork to mash the avocado.  I like to leave some chunky pieces for a nice bite.  Squeeze one lemon slice over the avocado.  This will prevent the avocado from browning and it also adds a nice acidic flavor.

Turkey and Avocado Toast - this toast recipe is made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast. Ready in just minutes, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle. It's the perfect savory breakfast for busy mornings.

Use a knife to spread the mashed avocado onto the piece of toasted whole grain bread.  Sprinkle with salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste.

Turkey and Avocado Toast - this toast recipe is made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast. Ready in just minutes, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle. It's the perfect savory breakfast for busy mornings.

Add 2 oz which is one serving of Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Slow Roasted Turkey Breast onto the toast.  Sprinkle with ground black pepper.

Turkey and Avocado Toast - this toast recipe is made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast. Ready in just minutes, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle. It's the perfect savory breakfast for busy mornings.

Turkey and Avocado Toast

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

2 oz Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Slow Roasted Turkey Breast

1 slice of whole grain bread

1/2 avocado

Juice from 1 lemon wedge

Salt, to taste

Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Toast whole grain bread in either a toaster or on the stove.  While the bread is toasting, cut avocado in half and place one half in a bowl.

Mash the halved avocado with a fork leaving bit size pieces.  Squeezed the juice from 1 lemon wedge into the avocado.  Use a knife and spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted whole grain bread slice.  Add salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste.

Place 2 oz of Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Slow Roasted Turkey Breast on top of the toast.  Top with ground black pepper to taste.

Turkey and Avocado Toast - this toast recipe is made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast. Ready in just minutes, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle. It's the perfect savory breakfast for busy mornings.Sink your teeth in and enjoy!

This post was brought to you by Oscar Mayer  #spon

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas – Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

As a former elementary education teacher, I can attest that, working with play-dough is a multi-faceted activity that can be used to teach, entertain, and create. With a lot of us still in the throes of winter, this is a great activity to pass the time – better yet, extend the activity by making your own!

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Here is how I made mine…

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Homemade Play-doh

Simple, easy, and always fun - this homemade play-doh recipe will produce hours of fun!

Yield: 5 mounds

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (I used white in the first batch and wheat in the last)
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons oil - I used coconut oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup water
food coloring

Directions:

1. Mix flour, salt, oil, lemon juice, and water in a pot.
2. Place on medium heat and continue to stir until it forms into a stiff ball.
3. Remove from heat and place onto parchment paper to cool.
4. Once it is cool enough to touch, knead the dough for a few minutes.
5. Last, divide the play-doh, add food coloring, and knead until the color is consistent throughout.

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

This project takes about a half hour including the cooling time, making it the perfect project to accomplish with your kids.

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Some of my very favorite activities to do with kids ages 2-5 include:
1. Using cookie cutters to make shapes.
2. Rolling into a snake.
3. Practicing cutting with a knife.
4. Poking shapes or letters into the play-doh with a straw or fork.
5. Talking about color names and making new colors by mixing.
6. Rolling pieces into balls to practice counting.
7. Sculpting imaginative characters/animals.
8. Story telling.
9. Pattern making.
10. Practicing simple addition and subtraction.

Homemade Play-dough + 10 Educational Activity Ideas - Keep this recipe and list handy for the next snow day or any quiet afternoon!

Thanks, Kelly!

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How to Make LEGO Crayons and Free Printable Tag

How to make LEGO crayons and free printable tags that would make a great party favor or Valentine! Such a fun way to recycle old broken crayons!

One of my kids favorite activities to do with me is make homemade crayons. No joke. They beg to make them just about every day. We have made them with several different molds, but the LEGO ones have been a recent favorite. Don’t they look AWESOME?!

How to make LEGO crayons and free printable tags that would make a great party favor or Valentine! Such a fun way to recycle old broken crayons!

These would be so fun to pass out as a little party favor or gift. We’ve got 4 different versions of the free download below, that are perfect for boys or girls!

How to make LEGO crayons and free printable tags that would make a great party favor or Valentine! Such a fun way to recycle old broken crayons!

My kids had a lot of fun coloring with these. They are already asking to make more! So now we are starting to collect all the broken crayons again. I think they are secretly breaking them on purpose now. ;)

How to make LEGO crayons and free printable tags that would make a great party favor or Valentine! Such a fun way to recycle old broken crayons!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Supplies:

Instructions:

Place crayons in luke warm water and let sit for 10 minutes, or until the wrapper slides off. Remove wrappers and place on a paper towel to dry.

Break crayons into small pieces and then place in the crayon molds. Place mold in the microwave on cook for 10 minutes, or until melted. You can also place on a baking sheet and cook in the oven at 200°F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until melted.

How to EASILY remove paper wrappers from crayons and bake them into different shaped mold ... this is so simple that it's sort of genius!

Free printable:

Click the link below to download. Print on card stock paper with a color printer. Cut along the yellow line.

You could also use this printable tags for party favors with LEGO candy. I found the candies on Amazon and everyone thought they were so cool!

Free printable LEGO tags that would make a great party favor or Valentine! So fun!
Check out the video tutorial below:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the freebies! Have a great day :)

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