Sugar Scrub Scrub Scrub

One of my goals this year was to make handmade gifts.  Well, I didn’t make every gift by hand, but I tried.  I baked my heart out and packaged up at least 15 plates of cookies and yummy holiday treats.  And, when I was done with that, I decided to try my hand at making some sugar scrub.  I love this type of body scrub and I was first introduced to it from L’Occitane.  No doubt, this scrub is amazing and I love it.  However, it is a bit pricey and I use it a lot!  Then, thanks to pinterest, I saw that people were making their own scrub.  So, I did my research and checked out a bunch of recipes on line.  Here are a few for reference:

  • Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub
  • Olive Oil Scrub
  • Lemon Salt Scrub
  • Sugar Scrub

So, with my research behind me, I decided to go at it alone and started mixing in the kitchen.  I decided upon a sugar scrub to start using olive oil.  I first was going to use essential oils, but then decided against it once I realized that I couldn’t taste it.  I know this sounds crazy, but when you are mixing oil and sugar it seems to me that you should be able to taste it.  And, adding essential oils made it not to tasty.  I know…weird, but I didn’t like the idea of adding an oil that smelled like perfume.  I went all natural with the ingredients and decided upon two mixes after some trial and error….vanilla sugar scrub and gingerbread sugar scrub.  I took my research into consideration and then did what I wanted.

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

  • 3 Cups plain old white sugar
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil - I used extra light olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla

Simple as that…just put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix it all together until the sugar is completely saturated.  I decided that I wanted my scrubs to look a bit festive for the season so I split the batch in half and colored half of it with a few drops of red coloring food.  That way, I could make red and white stripes in the container.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

  • 3 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves

Same as above…mix all together and it is ready to go.

I had the hardest time finding the containers for the sugar scrub.  I found some glass containers (the last four that were on the shelf) at Michael’s.  These had a screw on top like a mason jar.  And, then I found a set of four at Target that had a clasp top which I loved.  Too bad I didn’t pick up more when I got those.  I went back later to find that they were sold out!!  You want to make sure that the jar has a large enough opening that you can get your hand in to scoop out the scrub and that it is not too deep.  One idea for future batches is to include a cute wooden scoop.  I wonder where I could find those.

Last, but not least was decorating the container.  I choose to do a simple label on the top of the jar that I constructed using craft paper and mod podge.  Believe it or not, this was the first time that I used mod podge and I have to say that I was quite impressed.  I spent the evening making in a mess in my kitchen (again) and I loved it!  I kind of think that mod podge just might be elmer’s glue in a different package.  But, it was fun nonetheless.

Labels & Container Adornment

  • Craft Paper
  • Modge Podge
  • Ribbon (I always like wire ribbon because it holds it’s shape)
  • Foam Paint Brush (small)


  • Make sure you wait to add any food coloring in until after the oil is well absorbed into the sugar.
  • Use a small measuring cup to scoop the scrub into the final container.
  • Use a small flexible spatular to pack in the sugar scrub into the container.  It works really well when you are trying to layer colors.
  • Stick with natural ingredients.
  • Be patient and let the mod podge dry … it takes a bit.  Don’t keep touching it like I did.
  • Have fun and be creative.

Happy scrubbing!!

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The Week in Review

Loving the idea of phone photos  ( aka Insta Friday ) the week to catch life in action….this was a busy week for work and that’s mostly where I spent my time.
Gosh…she is beautiful…but, I am biased.  Quaint 750,000 square foot hospital in Escondido….she is coming along.  And, we are approaching the finish.  I cannot really believe it and take in all that has happened over the last few years.  It is amazing to work with such a talented group of men and women.  This building was built by the hands of over 5,000 hardworking individuals….we should all be proud.  One day sometime soon, this place will provide patient care to those in need.  Such an honor to be part of the journey.

Palomar Medical Center West....spending a lot of time here....still under construction....

Tours, tours and more tours.  Hard to be mad at all the people that want to come and see this great place.  It is not every day that a new hospital is built.  Tours…some nice and curious people, some not so nice and just plain rude people.  But, all in all, mostly respectful and gracious folks who just want their experience in this place to be before it opens and not after.  You can respect that.

lots of tours....people coming to check out the new hospital...

Lots of blue booties….on every foot that enters to minimize dust.  Kind of like blue smurfs but not as cute.

Lots of blue booties.....

She sure is pretty on the outside, but all the hard work is covered that went on behind the scenes.  This is the ceiling space…really a work of art and true craftsmenship in the finest sense.  Did I tell you how proud I am of this place and these people?

Checking out stuff in the ceiling....

Cruising west on Thursday evening towards an evening event….the sun was stunning and I tried to capture the moment without ending my life….beautiful.  And, I lived.  :-)

cruising on the freeway...

And, a surprise award for Board Member of the year.  I joined this board a year ago unsure of myself and my surroundings.  I took on a challenge with a group of people that weren’t so sure of me either.  I found strength in trying to figure it out and believing that I really could do something out of my comfort zone.  It has been a growth experience for me and something that has challenged me in ways I didn’t quite expect.  Another blessing…not the award, but the experience.

Getting an Award

And, the tulips that continue to amaze and open day by day until the first petal falls to the ground.  I love that quite sound and I heard it just a bit ago as the flowers start to deconstruct and gravity takes over.  So common, yet so amazing all at the same time.

Watching the Tulips open....

Still inspired by this shape …

Still daydreaming about quarterfoils

and those stripes….hopefully, I will find the time to sew those window panels this weekend.

and thinking about horizontal stripes

I am linking up with..

The Trunk   and  Mrs. DIY

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life rearranged

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In the Moment

In an effort to live in the moment, I am jumping on the InstaFriday band wagon with a bunch of other bloggers.  It is a great way to remind myself that it is the little things that count each day.  I sometimes get so focused on what is coming and  what I should be doing that I forget about the now.  I worry about how it’s going to turn out, who is going to talk to who and what will come of anything and everything that I lose site of the right now and do not enjoy the moment.  I was reminded by several wise people of that this week (my husband credit for this).  I think it comes from lack of control, but the reality is that you only have this very moment and nothing else is promised.  So, why worry about every single moment that is to come.  You will be there quick enough.

Of course, my first reaction when I was told to live in the moment and the here and now was HOW????  I don’t even know what that is.  Or, do I?  The moment seems so fleeting nowadays, but then I was reminded that it is all around us.  It just means taking in what is before you…the smell, the sight and the sound.  And, appreciating all of those things in that very moment.

So, here goes my appreciation of the moments over the last few days…

Starting at Target before the Black Friday crowds….wandering the aisles looking at the Christmas Decorations.  I like these lighted branches…at first I thought they were kind of corny, but they have grown on me.

Shopping at Target...I am in love with these lighted branches....

Then, a little daydreaming with a cookbook…so much possibility in one little book.

Daydreaming about these magazines

And, oh, my stubborn chocolate lab Cali.  She is exploring the new backyard and continues to push the limits.  She goes up on the banked portion of the yard and won’t come down.  Each time you get close enough to help her down, she makes herself so heavy that you couldn’t possibly lift her.  Life is always on her terms.  Hmmm…interesting.  Maybe I should consider that a bit.

My stubborn dog Cali....

I really forget how much I like baking until I set aside time for me to actually do it.  And, the mess I make is half the fun.

Let the Baking Commence

My best recipes look like this….they are covered in drips and drops all over.

Well Worn Recipe

And, the finished pumpkin cheesecake…nummy!

Pumpkin Cheesecake.... :-)

I am linking up with..

Not Just 9 to 5   and  Good Times Never Sewn So Good

Now it’s your turn!!!

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life rearranged

Have a great day!  My goal is to continue to live in the moment….how do you live in the moment?