Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub | The Happy Housewife

Taking the Valentine’s Challenge? Or just like making homemade gifts? Either way, homemade sugar scrub is a great (and frugal) way to give a sweet gift this Valentine’s Day or a great way to pamper yourself! There are SO many different recipes out there, some very simple and some with specialty oils & powders I don’t have. So, I kept it simple–all the ingredients were things I had in the kitchen (consequently, the scrub smells like baking).


  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 T colored sugar crystals (pink for Valentine’s day, red for Christmas etc.)
  • 4 T Canola oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • (optional: add 4-5 drops of any additional extract or essential oils you have in whatever “flavor” you like)

*some recipes call for extra virgin olive oil, but I found that the scent of the oil was hard to disguise


  • Mix sugars together.

sugar scrub1

  • Stir in oil & extracts (just enough for the sugar to be well-coated, not runny)

sugar scrub2

  • Place in a fun/decorative jar (this amount fit perfectly in an 8 oz. canning jar), add some ribbon, a decorative label, and give a sweet gift…or…go fill up the bath and pamper yourself a little. I used this on the back of my hands (rough from the dry winter weather) and they have been so soft the last couple of days! I’m thinking this would be GREAT on the feet!

sugar scrub jars

  • If you like the label, feel free to copy the picture below into a word doc and resize as you like.

sugar scrub poem

Have you ever made homemade sugar scrub? If so, share your favorite recipe!

*This post was written by Sara, a contributing writer for the Happy Housewife. Read more from her at Mom Endeavors.

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DIY Tank Top Dress

I’ve always wanted to make one of those cute tank dresses for my girls, but I never wanted to cut up one of their tank tops. I was at Goodwill the other day and found two orange tanks in my girls’ sizes. I thought a dollar for each was a little high, but I really wanted to make these dresses!

This project was so easy, and I wish I would have photographed the steps for a tutorial! I still have another one to make so there might a tutorial coming next week. Basically it is a bunch of rectangles, straight stitches, and a gathering stitch. The whole project took less than one hour from start to finish.

Total cost for the dress:

  • Tank $1
  • Fabric $2.50
  • Total $3.50

In the pictures she is wearing a shirt under her dress. It was about 50 degrees on the porch so she was a little cold!

I love this little dress. Someone is going to have to restrain me from buying every tank I find at yard sales this summer!

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Organizing Kitchen Towels

I have mentioned a few times I’m a closet paper towel user, but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying to change my ways. I have a drawer full of hand towels just waiting to be used, washed, used, washed, used, washed… you get the idea.

The problem is I have a drawer full of towels, so full it won’t close. The kids get frustrated when putting away laundry so they put the towels in other places around the kitchen, and eventually I can’t find any towels.

Then last week I remembered an idea my mom had for too full drawers.

Roll the towels.

I can fit almost twice as many rolled towels in the drawer as I can folded towels. I’ve been using the method for a few days now and I love my organized drawer! It almost makes me want to give up paper towels… almost.

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Theraflu WheresFlu Tracker

We are a pretty healthy family. My kids don’t get sick very often (except seasonal allergies) but when they do, they go down hard. This past week everyone in the house was sick with colds/ ear infections except me. I had kids at the doctor’s office four times and I was afraid to touch anything in the waiting room because everyone around me looked sicker than my children!

I’m glad my family has not been struck by the flu, minus the terrible winter of 2007. I think this is mainly due to a healthy diet, flu prevention at home, and our dislike of public places. I’m kidding about the last one, but in 2009, when the swine flu was rampant in our area we did avoid many public places and stayed healthy all winter.

Since I have chosen not to give my children the flu shot, I was excited to learn about Theraflu, WheresFlu tracker. This handy free app for Android, BlackBerry, and iTunes follows sickness incidence levels from week to week and keeps track of the current top 5 affected cities in the nation. The WheresFlu™ app will find your current location and provide you with results for that area. Or you can enter your ZIP code to get information for that area.

Wheresflu™ categorizes incidences of illness as follows: Low (0-5% population affected); Moderate (5-10% population affected); High (10-15% population affected); Very High (>15% population affected).

Thankfully our area is rated low, but I won’t be visiting Fort Smith, AR, Erie, PA, or Fort Wayne, IN, anytime soon. Those are the top three cities currently affected by the flu. If you are traveling soon, this is a great app to pinpoint cities to avoid! Or at least get a mask and some rubber gloves before you touch anything while visiting!

If you haven’t been able to avoid the flu this season you definitely want to download the WheresFlu tracker. The app has a $2.00 off coupon good for any Theraflu product. Just follow the directions on the app and the coupon will be emailed to you.

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