Summer Slow Downs & DIY Recipes

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Savor Summer Slow Downs

As we start to lean into summer, here’s a few ideas to remind you to slow down and enjoy it. It’s easy to forget to stop and smell the roses or invest in some “self-care” during this time of the year. Kids are out of school, vacations, camping trips and let’s not forget those family reunions. As the days get longer, we tend to pack in more “stuff” to do throughout our day.

Try not to sacrifice your self-care with all the hustle and bustle that is summer.  We may feel more productive when we cram in those 12-16-hour days, but it’s a recipe for “burn-out”.

Plan with purpose to savor your summer slowdown. Listed are a few ideas:

Schedule your “ME” time on your schedule / Take a break from Social Media- unplug for a few days / Go to the beach by yourself and really enjoy the beach- practice your yoga or meditation there / Take a morning/evening hike if the temperatures get too high / Journal / Camp in your own backyard / Read a book / Plant-tend to a garden / Do absolutely nothing for the entire day (a favorite of mine 😉) / Organize your pantry-spice rack / Relax at your local park-pack a picnic for one / Learn a new hobby or spend time with an existing one / Donate-volunteer at your favorite charity / Try a new recipe / Create your own sugar scrub.

 

DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe from The Wellness Mamma

This is the perfect recipe for beauty DIY beginners. Sugar scrubs take under ten minutes to make and you can have fun customizing them with endless ingredients for your desired outcome.

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar, either white or brown, preferably organic

½ cup oil (olive oil and coconut oil work great)

essential oils of your preference (optional)

1 small wide-mouth glass mason jar

 

How to Make It

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container, such as a mason jar.

Use 1 tablespoon as needed in the shower. Scrub skin with the mixture and rinse will. It will leave your skin feeling like silk. Goodbye dry skin!

Sound simple? It is!

Sugar Scrub Variations

Ready to mix it up? Change your sugar scrub to suit the season. All of these variations use simple ingredients found at most grocery stores.

Pumpkin Pie Scrub: 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup coconut oil, ½ tsp vitamin E oil, and ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice (or just ½ tsp cinnamon)

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub: 1 cup brown sugar, ½ cup almond oil, ½ tsp vitamin E oil and 1 tsp real vanilla extract

Lemon Sugar Scrub:  Great hand scrub for after washing dishes! 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup olive oil, ½ tsp vitamin E oil, 15-20 drops (or more) of lemon or orange essential oil

Gentle Lavender Sugar Scrub for Face: 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup almond oil, ½ tsp vitamin E oil, ½ tsp real vanilla extract, and 15 drops lavender essential oil. Or make this gentler oatmeal version.

Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub: Need I say more? Seriously… make sure you have coffee on hand to make a vanilla latte because it will have you craving the real thing. Find the recipe here.

Sugar Cookie Lip Scrub: Better than lip balm, in my opinion, since it exfoliates and moisturizes in one step. Here’s the recipe.

Homemade Foot Scrub with Magnesium: Perfect for pedicure season, this foot scrub is therapeutic as well with the addition of magnesium.

Cumin Sugar Scrub for Face or Body: Not all sugar scrubs have to smell like dessert. This more exotic scrub is packed with antioxidants for glowing skin.

Himalayan Salt Scrub: Salt is typically coarser than sugar and slower to dissolve, which makes this salt-based scrub recipe great for heavy-duty exfoliation. (If you have sensitive skin, stick to sugar scrubs.)

Sugar Scrub Cubes:  Make this cute and compact version of sugar scrub in single-use cubes. No mess and you can even make them colored with purifying French rose clay. Here’s how to make them.

How to Store

These last on the counter for up to 2 months (or more). Take care that extra water doesn’t get into the scrub when you use it as it won’t last as long or work as well.

 

If you enjoyed this blog and want to learn more fun simple recipes or ways to “Savor your Summer”  Fill out the Contact form on my site and lets connect!

Remember to Stay Amazed!

Kris

 

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