It has become plain to me that the pathway to progress in Pittsburgh is causing the early death of some wonderful murals. I have decided to attempt to photograph all the murals that I come across for the next few weeks. Today’s group was actually shot last Wednesday. They are from an area of Pittsburgh known as Uptown, on a Street named Gist. It’s a very small street, with some wildly creative residents.
The author of Simple Recipes for Easy Homemade Face Scrubs and Body Exfoliants (All Natural Cosmetics Book 3) (Vesela Tabakova) has granted me permission to share a few of her recipes.
This is one I made a couple of days ago and LOVED it!
Lemon Body Scrub:
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp almond oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1-2 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients and apply the mixture to damp skin. Gently exfoliate in small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Since I have been using her scrubs, and only natural ingredients on my face, my skin looks much softer and I have a natural glow. I even have less blemishes. Each morning, I am excited to try a new one. Today I will try this one because I have a banana that needs to be used right away:
Banana Sensitive Skin Scrub:
1/2 banana, mashed
1 tbsp oatmeal
Mash half banana with a fork and mix it with the oatmeal. Gently massage onto skin for a minute, then rinse off.
And the one I intend to make for tomorrow morning’s shower:
Simple Coconut Body Scrub:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix half a cup of coconut oil with one cup of brown sugar. Add a tsp of vanilla extract. Apply the mixture to damp skin. Gently exfoliate in small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water.
That’s all you get for free. If you like these, please purchase the book. It’s only $2.99, and worth every penny.
I was gifted a copy of Unexpected Giftsby the author after I read and loved Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads. She thought I would love it because I love historical fiction. She was totally right. I LOVED it! I was totally amazed with how much history she managed to fit into the lives of her characters and their ancestors. This should be required reading for a US History class, or at least an extra credit assignment. She covers the Vietnam War, Woodstock, The Great Depression, and SO much more. If you love historical fiction, this is one you should definitely add to your list.
Here are the purchase links for both books:
Okay, not my usual book review, but an attempt to make your lives more wonderful too.
In my attempts to pamper myself during a retreat week I gave myself, I pledged to make my own healthy skin products. One of the books I purchased was Simple Recipes for Easy Homemade Face Scrubs and Body Exfoliants (All Natural Cosmetics Book 3) I made the Peppermint Foot Scrub. It was a wonderful treat for my crusty feet. 🙂
Here’s the recipe:
1/3 cup sea salt
1/3 cup baking soda
4-5 T olive oil
15 drops peppermint oil
5 drops tea tree oil
Mix salt and baking soda, gradually add olive oil and stir until you have a slightly wet, but grainy consistency. Add the Peppermint Essential Oil and Tea Tree Oil.
Massage the homemade foot scrub in a circular motion into bottoms of feet. Rinse and dry feet.
I soaked my feet in a foot bath I purchased years ago, but hadn’t been using. Afterwards, my feet were soft and I felt like a princess.
I will try to contact the author and get permission to share a few other recipes. I love this book because most of the ingredients are even more common than the ones in the foot bath. Many use ingredients that most of us keep in our kitchens, and yet the products they produce are luxurious.