Make Your Own Sugar Scrubs

Do you like sugar scrubs?  Did you know you can whip up a batch or two or three in a matter of minutes? 

Why you should make sugar scrub

  • Smells yummy!
  • Edible
  • You control the quality of ingredients
  • Easy
  • Great way to pamper yourself
  • Gift idea
  • Efficient way to smooth out all those rough areas…knees, bottoms of feet, elbows
  • Most ingredients are already in your pantry

Recipes please

  • Peppermint Sugar Scrub (pictured)
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Brown Sugar Body Scrub (pictured)
    • 1 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Homemade Lemon and Thyme Salt Scrub
    • I haven’t made this one yet, but it is going to be stirred up soon!
  • Lavendar Salt Scrub
    • This one is a yet to be made scrub too.
  • Coffee Body Scrub, plus more



Day 25: Grounding! No, not your kids!!

Have you heard of grounding or earthing?  All it means is that you take off your shoes and socks and run or walk around in the grass or mud or natural surface.  I must admit that over the years I have heard many friends talk about Grounding (Earthing…same thing), but I have never actually looked at the research behind it.  It is something we can all easily do to improve our health and it is fun!  Your Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge for Day 25 is to take off those shoes and go Grounding (or Earthing)!


Here is a short list of some of the benefits thought to come from Earthing:

earthing benefits

Do you practice Earthing (Grounding) right now?  I know I practiced a ton of Earthing as a child.  It felt so natural to kick off my shoes.  My girls love to be barefoot in our grass too.  (Another reason to have a chemical free lawn.)

Day 26 has you doing less of something.  Can you guess what it is?  See you tomorrow.


Day 20: Make Your Own Body Care Products

Day 20 of the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge has you in the kitchen making some stuff to slather on your body.  Here is a nice article that tells you why you may want to make your own body products instead of purchasing the long, wordy, incomprehensible labeled brands.  I bet you will likely have most of the ingredients already in your pantry for today’s challenge.  I have a few of my favorites listed below for you, but you can putz around on Pinterest to find others you might enjoy.  You can give them as gifts too!  Your challenge for today is to pick and make one or more of these recipes.  Don’t be stingy though; share with a friend.


This recipe is the one that I use when I make my own deodorant.  I do not put mine in a bottle though, instead I use just a little glass bowl and apply the deodorant with a cotton ball.  I do not skip the essential oils in it, which one I add depends on what mood I am in at the time.


This is a great toothpaste recipe to try out.  You may not have the clay, but Amazon can easily solve that problem for you.  (Doesn’t Amazon solve a lot of problems!)

If you don’t want to try to make the recipe above, you can use baking soda and an essential oil.  It works really well.  If I am out of my homemade groove, I pick up some of the Dr. Bronner’s  Cinnamon Toothpaste.  It makes my teeth feel super clean, leaves me with fresh breath, and even whitens.

Body Scrub

I really like this site for homemade body scrubs, because it tells you what you need (1 part oil, 2 parts sugar) and it gives you some great add-ins (with the reasons why you would want to add each one).  I really like to have a scrub in a jar near the tub.  The few times a year that I get a bath to myself without the kids, I want to treat myself and enjoy a great smelling scrub.  I like to use coconut oil and coconut palm sugar (similar to brown sugar), then I add in a few drops of peppermint.

What are you going to whip up?  Do you have some favorite recipes to share?  Please post them in the comments.  See you all tomorrow!

Day 17: Alternatives to Traditional (aka chemically laden) Feminine Products

Day 17….awkward….  Is she really going to talk to me about my monthly cycle?  Well, yes, yes I am.  I never really gave a lot of thought to my feminine products until I started shedding conventional foods from our diet.  I just naturally started researching body care products and was surprised to find that most of the traditional products I had been using are chock full of nasty chemicals that I don’t want near my body let alone near my yoohoo.  Don’t worry, I have you covered!  The Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge for today is to browse and, or research alternatives to the feminine products you or a loved one is using.

I was planning to go on about a bunch of reasons why you should consider replacing your feminine products and offer you some alternatives, but then I stumbled on this post.  I would add that some friends of mine recently starting raving about Thinx underpants for your monthly cycle.  I have yet to give them a try, but my friends are loving them.  Here is one example of what a powerful impact you can make, not only for yourself, but for others too.

Day 16: Safer Sunscreens

Day 16 of the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge is all about safer sunscreens.  I would have to say that this is the question I get asked most frequently at this time of year.  What sunscreen is safe for my family and I?  I am here to help.  What I’d like you to do today is educate yourself about why a lot of store brand sunscreens are not doing you and your skin (or the people that are in the line of fire as you are spraying them on yourselves and your kiddos) any favors, and browse through EWG’s Safe Sunscreen List to pick a few safe options for you and your family.

Places you are likely to find safer sunscreen options


A lot of the Sunscreens are going to be available at places like Target and Wal-Mart, as they are hearing your voice (dollars) telling them it is time for safe options.  You should also be able to find that at Whole Foods, Health Food Stores, and C0-ops.  If you are having trouble finding a sunscreen on the list, give me a shout and I can help.


I am having so much fun with the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge!  I hope it is helpful to you!  You are making a huge difference!!  Thanks for hanging out with me and helping make our planet (and bodies) healthier one small change at a time!!!


Day 3: Finding Alternatives For Your Personal Care Dirty Dozen

Welcome to Day 3 of the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge!

You may be better off without your toothpaste, your deodorant, and your shampoo.  Throw me your blush and mascara too.  What the heck did she just say?  Is this girl serious? 

Check out this 2010 Dirty Dozen List.  I apologize in advance.  You may hate me.  Don’t hate the player.  Hate the game.  I am sorry, but not sorry.  It sucks, but as one of my college professors often said, “Knowledge is power.”  You have the power to decide what you want to keep or replace.  For Day 3 of the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge, I challenge you to read the ingredients on one of the 4 areas listed below.  Just pick one area to start with.  You can go to The Enviromental Working Groups Website for a ton of information.  You can search by product and see how it rates.  I initially did this with all of my products, little by little, when I was first starting on the road to a healthier body for myself.  One week it was mascara and then the next week it was something else.  I bought new stuff little by little.  I found I could live without some stuff and other stuff I just wanted in my life still, so those stuck around in various brands until I found something I loved and felt great putting on my skin (the largest organ in your body!).

If you want to dig in, I have a few suggestions below.

Soap and Toothpaste

Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is made from coconut and olive oils, are ultraconcentrated, and are made from entirely food-grade ingredients that are certified organic and fair trade. The company gives 40 to 70 percent of its profits to social causes, including orphanages throughout the world. The company is family owned and the highest paid employee makes no more than 5 times the salary of the lowest paid employee. (That is pretty rad to me!)  Not all castile soaps are created equally, so just buy the good stuff that I love.  If you are local to the Madison area, you can grab these at the Willy Street Co-op, Costco, or Whole Foods.  P.S.  You will LOVE their toothpaste!


Deodorants are tricky to swap out.  People do not want to smell.  People generally stick to what they use and what works.  A recent study showed that 9 out of 10 people would rather wear the same underwear for a week than switch their deodorant.  Okay, so I totally just made that up, but this is the kind of kickback I feel when suggesting a deodorant change.  A few deodorants that I rotate are:  a simple homemade baking soda with a little Lavender Essential Oil in (I prefer Young Living oils myself, but there are many good ones out there), a crystal deodorant, and Primal Pit Paste.  I tend to like to switch it up every few months, and that works for me.  I avoid all the potentially toxic ingredients in regular deodorant and my pits are happy about that!

Shampoo and Body Wash

I have a go to Shampoo and Body Wash that the whole family uses.  We really like the California Baby products because they are gentle and do not have harsh ingredients in them.  We buy in bulk from the California Baby site about 2 times per year.  Target sometimes will have a super sale on them, so if you frequent Target, just keep an eye out for a sale.  We also use the Body Cloths and Makeup Removal Cloths for our faces to keep them soap and chemical free.  We love that we can just use water with the cloths and can easily clean up when time is too short for a shower.  (People, I have 4 littles, animals to take care of, meals to plan, and life to live.  This happens more than I would like.  Thank goodness for my cloths!)  My good friend makes some really fantastic goat milk soap that we splurge on a few times a year as well.  If you are local, give me a shout and I can send you her information.


For me, makeup is another ballgame altogether.  There are some companies out there that are cleaner, but I have yet to find a makeup that is 100% clean.  Maybe that is like finding a unicorn.  And, I am not talking about the family I see at my local co-op who sport unicorn horn headbands.  Please be my friend lady-o!  I think you are cool and ballsy!  Okay, so rant over…..   I have been using the 100% Pure products now for about 2.5 years.  They offer a nice selection of various beauty products.  I have been happy with the quality of their products and it is what I would purchase in the immediate future.

Go dig through a drawer or two!  I would love to hear what you find!!