Archive | December, 2013

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub :: nurturedmama.netThis time of year my skin is so parched. My lips are dry, my hands are scratchy, and my heels are cracking. This little jar in my shower has been a lifesaver.

It is so easy to make and feels so luxurious. If you need a last minute gift for someone or if you just need a little pampering in your shower every day, look no further.

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

Makes 1/2 cup

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1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup softened organic coconut oil
1 T aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp tea tree oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil
1 Vitamin E oil capsule, opened (optional)

Mix together all ingredients and store in a small jar. I like these small Weck jars.

To use, massage a dime-sized amount onto each foot. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so whatever is not absorbed by your skin will wash away pretty easily. But still, be careful getting out of the shower!

Want more ideas for from-scratch body products? Check out my DIY Beauty Products board on Pinterest.…

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Make A Little Room For Self Care

Make a Little Room For Self Care ::

This month I’m running the 21 Days to a Peaceful Holiday e-class. This is a sample of an email from that class that I thought would be useful to all of you as we hit the last stretch of the holiday countdown!

I think the term “self care” has become overladen. It has come to mean checking out entirely, walking away from responsibilities, turning it all over to someone else so that you can get a pedicure, take a bubble bath, or go on a girl’s weekend.

Really, who has time for all that? And what if you don’t actually like bubble baths?

Self care doesn’t have to be big. It is a mindset. It is the choice to feed your soul first sometimes. It is the practice of noticing when your heart needs to be heard or your body needs some down time. It is choosing rest over the “shoulds.” It is saying “no” when something feels like too much. Or just when it would take away from something else that feels like a resounding “Yes!”

Self care, in December, for me, is essential. I bet it is for you, too.

I realize it often feels impossible.

It isn’t. Self care can be mini and still be effective.…

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Pinned It. Did It: Salt Dough Leaf Ornaments (a guest post on Liz Lamoreux’s blog)

Guest Post: Pinned It, Did It: Salt Dough Leaf Ornaments | Nurturedmama.netI love Liz’s series of Pinned It. Did It. posts. Real people, trying out real Pinterest projects, with (mostly) good results. I’ve been following it for a few months now, and found my current favorite soup recipe as a result. So I’m especially excited that Liz agreed to share a salt dough Pinterest project I did with Bean a couple of months ago. Not only was it a fun project, but it reminded me of a useful parenting tool that has come in handy a lot recently.

Click here to read more about it.


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DIY Chai Tea Concentrate

DIY Chai Tea Concentrate |

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One of my favorite hot drinks is masala chai tea, sweetened with milk and honey.

But I’m particular. It has to be spicy, but not overpowering. A touch of sweet, but not super sweet. I’ve tried buying those cartons of chai concentrate, but not only do none of them taste quite right to me (and all are too sweet) but also they are expensive!

One day when I was ordering chai at the bagel shop in town that makes, in my opinion, the perfect chai, my eyes landed on the sign next to the register. It said, “We brew our own chai.”

Oh, right. I could make my OWN chai!

I swear, I’m a little slow to realize the obvious sometimes.

If I could brew my own tea, I figured, I could also make my own chai concentrate, sweetened just the way I like. And so I did. Here is the recipe for you. Two recipes, actually. One uses a pre-made masala chai blend from Adiago Tea.…

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