Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub at The Happy Housewife

This homemade sugar scrub recipe comes from a reader, Sara. She uses it on her face and feet.

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Fill a baby food jar 3/4 full with sugar.

2. Pour in just enough fatty oil to blend with the sugar. Stir well.

3. Add in a little extra oil or castile soap (approximately a teaspoon full) to ensure the sugar will not dry out.

4. Add 8 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir well. Warning – peppermint is not something I would suggest using around the eyes. However, when I used this it was the perfect amount of tingle. It makes you feel super clean and fresh.

5. Use a dab with warm water to scrub your face or feet with warm water.

  

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31 Days of Read-Alouds: The Story of Ferdinand

In The Story of Ferdinand

Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers, but the men have other plans for Ferdinand. My kids loved this book when they were little and it is still a favorite today.

Apparently Ferdinand is quite the favorite, since while searching for activities I found tons of images of Ferdinand tatoos!

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Activities for The Story of Ferdinand

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How You Can Make a Difference #ShopTobaccoFree

Over the past several months I’ve been working to help promote shopping at tobacco free retailers. Before participating in this campaign I was unaware of the facts about our tobacco industry.

When I learned that tobacco kills 1,300 people every single day and costs our country $289 billion a year in health care and lost productivity, I knew it was important to get the message out to the public.

What really struck me was that 90% of all smokers start before they turn 18.

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If you think tobacco companies are not marketing to kids you are wrong! In an industry where almost all of their users start before their 18th birthday, it would be bad marketing not to.

When kids are young, they often mimic or assume the values of their parents. If I talk to my kids and explain why we shop at stores like CVS, Aldi and Target, I’m starting a dialogue with them about making choices that support our values as a family. As parents we have the opportunity to be a positive influence on our children and help them make smart choices as they grow up.

Also, if I can avoid exposing my young children to some of the 8 billion dollars spent on tobacco marketing I will.

If you think one person doesn’t make a difference, think again. Since the tobacco free campaign launched late last year over 700 stores have stopped selling tobacco products! That’s 700 fewer places our children will be exposed to tobacco.

Unfortunately stores like Walmart, Publix, Walgreens, and Safeway are still selling tobacco products in their stores.

Even though we’re wrapping up the campaign it’s not too late to get involved and encourage more stores to stop selling these harmful products.

Here’s what you can do:

Check out the list of tobacco free retailers and support those stores. You can find a list of retailers who are tobacco free here.

Find out which of your local stores are still selling tobacco products and send them a message on social media. Here are some sample messages you can use.

I am proud to #ShopTobaccoFree at my local tobacco free retailers! Find out where you can shop tobacco-free at shoptobaccofree.org

Want to know my #OneGoodReason to #ShopTobaccoFree? Putting my family’s health first! Learn more at shoptobaccofree.org

I learned where I can #ShopTobaccoFree from @TobaccoFreeKids’ shoptobaccofree.org. Check it out!

Join the movement & #ShopTobaccoFree with me! Encourage your retailers to take tobacco off their shelves! shoptobaccofree.org

Add a Shop Tobacco Free badge to your social media profile. (Right click and download)

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Download the shopper toolkit for more information. 

Follow Tobacco Free Kids on social media and use the hashtag #ShopTobaccoFree.

As for my family, we will continue to support our tobacco free retailers like Aldi and Target and encourage other retailers in our area to stop selling tobacco. What will you do to make a difference?

This post is in partnership with The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, all opinions are my own.

 

  

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31 Days of Read-Alouds: Inch by Inch

Inch by Inch

Of course the robin wants to eat the little worm but the inchworm convinces the robin he is useful and will measure the robin’s tail.

Throughout the book the inchworm measures many birds until he inches his way out of sight of away to safety.

This is a great book to read when your kids are learning how to measure and also a great introduction to several birds.

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Birds mentioned in Inch by Inch

  • Robin
  • Flamingo
  • Toucan
  • Heron
  • Pheasant
  • Hummingbird
  • Nightingale

Activities

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