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!
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. :)
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!
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
1/4 cucumber, unpeeled (about 4 slices)
3/4 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp coconut oil, softened
8-10 drops peppermint essential oil
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.
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!)
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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!
Here are some of our favorites from last week’s link party. There were so many fabulous projects and recipes shared!
Raspberry Jello Delight from Made to be a Momma
Rustic Wood Drink Coaster from Live Laugh Rowe
Teen Boy Room Reveal from Remodelando la Casa
Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Carrie Elle
Here are some favorites from I Heart Nap Time this week:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
2 oz Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Slow Roasted Turkey Breast
1 slice of whole grain bread
Juice from 1 lemon wedge
Salt, to taste
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
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.
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!
Here is how I made mine…
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
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
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.
This project takes about a half hour including the cooling time, making it the perfect project to accomplish with your kids.
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.
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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?!
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!
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. ;)
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- LEGO mold
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.
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!
Check out the video tutorial below:
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the freebies! Have a great day :)
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