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Homemade Body Scrubs You’ll Love

There was a time when my feet walked through sand whose grains were as fine as silk. There was a time I wore heels that were tall, delicate, and the envy of all. There were times when I would sneak into the spa and enjoy body scrubs from head to toe. There were times when I could read a book without pictures. That was before all this happened.

It started 14 years ago, the decline of my me time. It began in a Chinese restaurant of all places. I had just had a cup of tea saying a spot of tea in a Chinese restaurant doesn’t sound correct. I had just ordered, and then I had to go to the ladies room. I excused myself. I began to cry. I am not sure why I was crying. The tea had appeared and my day was going well. I was having lunch with the love of my life, my husband but I couldn’t stop crying. I knew then and there what was wrong but I needed to see for sure.

I rushed to the store, and I grabbed the test. I took the test and just like I did in school. I passed with flying colors or in this case a red line. We were having a baby. I can’t describe how happy I was, but I can tell you it was better news than thinking I lost my mind. I mean who cries over tea at a Chinese restaurant. That was the day my life changed. I began to live for my child. I gave up the fancy things in life so he could have a perfect life but I never gave up my desire to be pampered. I just had to make it fit in my budget.

That is how I came to make body scrubs. These are some Homemade Body Scrubs You’ll Love!

Pamper yourself by having a spa in your home. Check out these homemade body scrub recipes you'll love.

Easy Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

Manuka Oil Lemon Salt Scrub Recipe

1 Cup Fine Pacific Sea Salt
4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
A few drops of Manuka Honey Oil in Almond Oil
1 Tsp Lemon Juice

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1. Add 1 cup Pacific Sea Salt to your bowl.
2. Slowly add in your coconut oil and stir until wet.
3. Add Manuka Honey Oil.
4. Add lemon and stir.
5. Store in container with lid.

This is also a favorite recipe you can make using the Fine Pacific Sea Salt
Homemade Body Scrub inspired by my trip to the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe.

Homemade Vanilla Peppermint Scrub

Homemade Vanilla Peppermint Body Scrub Recipe

Energizing Sugar and Coffee Homemade Body Scrub

Energizing Sugar and Coffee Homemade Body Scrub

Homemade Body Scrub Sugar and Sage

Homemade Body Scrub Sugar and Sage

Once you buy the Manuka Honey Oil in Almond Oil you can use it in other ways.

PRI Manuka Oil from New Zealand is very gentle and can be used straight from the bottle for its antibacterial properties. It is a natural antiseptic suitable for the whole family (and pets) to use. It also has a wide range of antifungal activity. The difference from its Australian cousin Tea Tree Oil is that is has a pleasant aroma and will not burn or irritate the skin. Therapeutic Action Manuka Oil has been shown to be effective when used as an: antibacterial agent, antifungal and as an anti-inflammatory.

Manuka Oil has been shown to aid as an external application for treatment of: Abrasions — skin, abscess, acne, bed sores, blisters, boils, burns, carbuncles, cold sores, cracked skin, dandruff, dermatitis, ears and body-pierced infections, eczema, nail and fungal infections, insect bites, lice, ringworm, rhinitis skin-oily, sun burn, tinea, tonsillitis.

Suspended in an almond oil base, this highly purified essential oil has a unique floral note and high levels of active compounds to use for sore joints and inflammation. It is often used as a massage oil for lower back pain in pregnant women.

What Homemade Body Scrubs You’ll Love is your favorite?

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Superior Source Vitamins Giveaway

February is love month, and it’s a time to remind our loved ones how special they are to us. Why not give them the gift of health with some vitamins to boost their health? This month, we have an exclusive coupon code so you can save 15% and get free shipping. Another good news is that all of you can get FREE VITAMINS! Plus, we’re also giving away $90 worth of Superior Source Vitamins.

We need to make sure our whole family’s health is in tip top shape. It’s important to make sure to have a healthy diet and we give our body a boost of vitamins. Superior Source is my choice of vitamins for my family. I highly recommend you check out Superior Source Vitamins. They have a wide variety of vitamins for adults and even for kids, best part is you can get FREE products below! The Microlingual® tablets from Superior Source are perfect for kids because they dissolve fast.

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February is love month. Show your love to your family and friends with the gift of health. Hurry and join our giveaway for a chance to win $90 worth of Superior Source vitamins.

This is a great reminder for us to focus our attention on family time to spend time together doing healthy and active pursuits. Let’s all eat better, exercise more and make the health of our family a priority every day!

Start giving some time for yourself. Being healthy is a combination of getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising daily (here’s a printable daily fitness goal), relaxing and taking some vitamins and supplements to boost your body’s defenses.

Superior Source Vitamins.

Superior Source Vitamins

Superior Source Vitamins has many great vitamins to choose from for supplementation! Being healthy inside is just as important as outside, and a great way to get the inside of our bodies healthy is to give it good vitamins to promote energy, heart health, bone health, etc.

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Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Be Prepared This Winter with PRI Manuka Honey and more!

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Winter is here! Sadly it’s also the season for cold and flu, so you should take care of your health and do some precautions. I highly suggest you check out for their health-centric products. Did you know that Manuka Honey is an age-old Maori remedy to treat a cold or flu? PRI has an assortment of New Zealand’s finest healthy Manuka products are designed to soothe, comfort and build a strong defense.

Increase your body's defenses this Winter with all natural manuka honey from New Zealand.

New Zealand is an environmentally protected and GMO Free region. That’s why their Manuka honey is the gold standard for honey and is produced exclusively in New Zealand from bees and flowers that are environmentally protected. No artificial flavors, colors, no corn syrup or refined sugars and NO preservatives.

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Don’t forget to try my Best Chicken Marinade Recipe with Manuka Honey

The secret to a great treat is trying something new that is made with quality ingredients. The Pacific Resources International company brings the best products to their consumer at affordable prices. I am a “home” cook with gourmet taste buds. I was so impressed by the products that sent me that I set out to make an easy to follow recipe that tasted amazing. I used their Manuka Honey in my chicken recipe it is divine. Did you know that Manuka Honey is directly from New Zealand and it is verified by the UMFHA and it retains the benefits of raw honey? It is also certified kosher. I also used some of the flaky sea salt from New Zealand. It was very flavorful. PRI products are truly amazing and makes the perfect ingredients that will turn your recipes into gourmet quality because of these gourmet seasonings from down under.

Just mix manuka honey, soy sauce, white wine vinegar, chili flakes , flaky sea salt and some flour.
Then pour or baste it on chicken.
That’s it!
Easy and so delicious!

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Best Natural Skin Care For 40 Year Olds

Best Natural Skin Care For 40-Year-Olds

Skincare Products are a must for looking young! Check out our tips for skincare products and a beauty routine for women over 40!

Do you wake up some mornings and think whose face is this? I do. I look and think gosh my face has spots on it. It looks tired. I am not tired. I feel full of life. I am ready to take on the world. I do not believe in miracles and I have a daughter so I do not believe in “procedures” to look younger. I do my best to work out even when I am home I do the free Beach Body Workout in 30 Days. I also prepare healthy meals. I try to drink a lot of water and I track it in my water tracking printable in my How to Lose Weight by Drinking More Water post.

The truth is your face doesn’t lie. It tells your story. It talks even when you do not want it to. That is why I decided to answer my issues with a real solution. I did whatever girl does. I googled how to get rid of age spots. I found a couple of great ideas. I then decided I needed a system to accomplish my goal of having my face look as good as I feel. I then went further and went and found the Best Natural Skin Care For 40-Year-Olds.

This is the routine I am following.  This is what my skin looked like when I started Instranatural skincare.

 This is what my skin looked like when I started Instranatural skincare.

My InstaNatural Review 

I was provided these products for free to try out. I reached out to them after seeing all of their positive reviews. I wanted to share what I learned with you in my InstaNatural Review.

Morning routine:

Vitamin C Cleanser

Rose Water (this will help balance any redness and calm the skin) <— I get red easily.

Skin Brightening Serum

Can be used to help the Serum

Organic Rosehip Serum

Eye Cream

Vitamin C Moisturizer SPF 30


Night routine:

Vitamin C Cleanser (it’s great for removing makeup at the end of the day)

Rose Water

Skin Brightening Serum

Eye Cream

Retinol Moisturizer

Weekly Treatment


Glycolic Peel – 1x a week as exfoliation


This is the advice I received based on my concerns: age spots, wrinkles, red skin, dry patches, and I just look tired. I want that dewy look without makeup.

Additionally, if you tend to be drier and somewhat prone to sensitivity, we would recommend the Complete Organics Argan Rosehip Therapeutic Serum, and we would recommend applying a few drops of that after the Skin Brightening Serum and before the Vitamin C/Retinol Moisturizer. This will drive the serum deeper, provide some hydration and further your anti-aging benefits.

Of course, I needed to try the  Eyelash Enhancing Serum

You do need to apply it twice a day for 30 days. The natural lash growth cycle takes about a full month to see full results and consistency is key! I know you need lashes now so check out my post on How to Choose the Best Mascara

Have you tried an Eyelash Enhancing Serum? I tried one and I'm documenting my progress. Here's my before photo.

My before eyelashes serum photo

Do not forget that being 40 means you have experience and the best years are still to come! These are my Natural Beauty Tips for Women Over 40

What To Do When a Friend Has Cancer

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What To Do When A Friend Has Cancer

You want to be the answer, but you can’t provide the solution. You want to help so desperately that you lay awake at night wishing there was a formula.

It all started back in 1991 in the sweltering heat of Texas. I usually say nothing good grows out of the sweltering heat, but this time something grew that would continue to grow long after 1991. There was this blond girl with an infectious laugh. She was captivating from across the room. She would smile and laugh and talk to anyone that would listen in fact she would talk even if no one was listening. She wasn’t the type that didn’t stand out. She is the girl that people look at with disbelieving eyes and then just as suddenly a smile would fall over their lips.

We fell in love on that trip. The kind of best friend love where we couldn’t spend enough time with one another. We were like peanut butter and jelly before anyone had nut allergies. We spent our entire school trip giggling, singing, finishing each other sentences. There was always happy music in our story that was until the music stopped.

The day the song ended was a day somewhere between the start of our friendship, make up and the breakups, and weddings to our forever guy, the daily calls, and the trips around the world. I can’t think of a single time when we didn’t speak to one another. That day was the first day that her voice lost its joy.

Her laughter no longer melodically tumbled out but it was forced like air out of an obstructed vent. She told me, “You aren’t going to believe what happened to me now. ” I was busy typing while trying to get dinner completed before the “waking hour.” I said, “Probably not.”

Then she told me. She said the words that could end our song forever. The words you never want to hear. It was with a shaking voice, and three hard breaths that I heard her say: “I have breast cancer.” I tried to calm my voice, I turned off the stove, and I listened to her cry.

My mind tried to process the why and the how while my heart felt broken. How could someone so young be facing something so horrible? How was I going to help?

What To Do When A Friend Has Cancer

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10 Easy Tips For Improving The Amount Of Sleep You Get

We all know how important getting a good night sleep is. And as much as we all wish we could get 8 hours of sleep a night, it doesn’t always happen like that does it? As a mom of 3, I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. I have a million things in my head, fellow moms have to understand me there. In bed awake wondering if you remembered to pack everyone lunch, was the laundry done, and did you pay that bill that was due today? It can be frustrating to try to turn your mind off and go to sleep.

And I know I’m not the only one that has some trouble in the sleep department.

So what can you do to improve the amount of sleep you get?

10 Easy Tips For Improving The Amount Of Sleep You Get

Improving The Amount Of Sleep You Get
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