Friday, January 24, 2014

Day Trip and Body Scrub

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day. But it was to cold for us to do anything outside so we drove into Jacksonville for lunch and shopping.  

We tried a new place for lunch and while the food was good we were not impressed by the service.  I never did find out what kind of drinks they had even though there was a bar.  Our waiter just didn't appear to be interested in serving us.  Tablecloths and napkins were on all the tables.  Those already dining looked like office workers.  Groups of 5 or more at some tables.  We chose water to drink. We both had wraps that came with fries and slaw.  

After lunch we made a stop at Ace Hardware for some birdseed and free popcorn.  I looked around the garden center but left empty handed.  Our cold weather has me thinking about flowers and veggies...but our home isn't a greenhouse so I'll have to wait for warmer weather

Next stop was Whole Foods Market.  Didn't buy a lot, spending under $30 but it's fun going and seeing all the goodies I could buy!

We next headed for the Town Center shopping mall.  Only stopped in one store, REI. Jim is looking for a new jacket and while he tried on many he left empty handed.  He says he now knows what he's looking for and will keep an eye out for sales and bargains.

One more stop at Starbucks for coffee and we were soon on our way home.

In the winter do you find your skin to be dull?  Could be you need to remove the dead skin that we humans shed from time to time.  A good way to do this is with a body scrub that also babies your skin.  Coconut oil is the latest product to hit the beauty and cooking scene and I must say as a body oil it's wonderful.  Soaks right in with no greasy residue.

If you bathe in the mornings a refreshing oil like lemon or peppermint would be good.  For nighttime bathing use lavender.  Or choose one that suits your personal mood!

All of these oils can be purchased here Young Living Essential Oils

Brown Sugar and Coconut oil Body Scrub

1 1/4 cups of brown or raw sugar
6-8 tablespoons of organic unrefined coconut oil
15-20 drops essential oil of your choosing 
4 (4 oz) ball jelly jars

If your coconut oil is solid at room temperature, briefly warm just enough to aid in the melting the process. Then in a small bowl combine your coconut oil and brown sugar, blending well enough to eliminate any lumps. Then add your essential oil to the mixture drop by drop, being sure to blend mix after each addition. Once mixed, scrub should be placed in an airtight container or jelly jar and used within six months. 

Apply your scrub to moistened skin, being sure to massage it in using circular motions, then wash.

Makes a wonderful gift when placed in a decorative container!

If you try this,let me know how you like it!


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful outing! The sun has eluded us for many days has been freezing cold lately with temperature in the single digits! A body scrub sounds like a lovely idea...rejuvenates the skin and also makes a great gift! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us and also for visiting me! If the diameter of the votive is smaller then the diameter of the mason jar then it should be easy to insert the votive inside. However, most of the time votive holders are quite large....happen to be I have just one clear glass votive that is smaller than the jar and easily fits inside my mason jar beautifully:) Hope this helps! Have a great week! Hugs, Poppy

  2. thanks for stopping by Poppy! I love it when folks leave messages. I suppose what I was wondering about the votive is how you insert it in the jar. My hand being small it doesn't fit inside the jar with something in it....but I guess I'll figure it out


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