Friday, April 12, 2013

Cleaning Therapy




Today I needed some cleaning therapy. And I don't call it therapy often. But today, I found myself with some ever elusive time on my hands. Combine that with a perfectly gray rainy day and a heavy heart, and I was ready to clean. I needed to clean because I needed to clear my thoughts just as much as I needed to clear the kitchen counters.

I have two sons that I am absolutely smitten with. I mean I adore them in an "I can't stop staring at you both and I want to follow you around to protect you from everything in life but that would be creepy so I don't" kinda way. My oldest son is in high school. He is a varsity athlete and for the first time ever, he got benched. It is breaking my heart. He is an amazing athlete, an outstanding student, and a kind and sweet soul all rolled up into a handsome disheveled boy/man work of perfection. But what I know won't make it better. This is life in sports and he plays sports in one of the best schools and in one of the most competitive states in the country. So that's fine, he can take it, I can take it. He will only get stronger from this.

So, with the hum of the washer going and the repetition of wiping and dusting, I don't dwell quite so much on what I can't change. I have faith, like a mustard seed, in the paths my children will take and at least, I can give them what I can. A comforting and (sometimes) clean home for them to come home to.



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Luscious Lemon Sugar Scrub for Hands


lemon hand scrub


For the past few months, I have been busy, busy, busy working on new items for my shop. In January, I opened my store on Etsy.com and by February I was almost sold out of inventory! So, I have been surrounded by old furniture, all of it clamoring for a makeover.

 In the process of painting, sanding and all that fun, I destroy my hands. My only saving grace is to wash my hands with my lemon scrub throughout the day. Without it, a farmer would have better looking hands and nails than me!

For all of you out there that love to DIY, I thought I'd share my recipe. It's easy, inexpensive and your hands will love it.

Here's what you need to gather on up:




  • 1 cup safflower oil (great soothing properties and no scent)
  • 1 cup white sugar (finer sugar makes a smoother scrub for hands)
  • 5-10 drops lemon essential oil (I got mine at a local health food store) to your liking...it smells amazing!!
  • 1 medium sized mason jar


Add oil to sugar

Add  essential oil drops and mix

Fill a medium size mason jar with the mixture. This pack of jars I picked up at Wal-Mart
just to have mason jars available
...they have a million uses, are inexpensive and have chic country style!

Now, simply keep beside your kitchen sink and use daily!







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