Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How to Make Easy, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

Have you ever tried  brown sugar scrub on your skin? If not, you absolutely must! It is an excellent exfoliator and a luxurious moisturizer...not to mention, it smells simply delicious! And if you make it yourself with a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, it is frugal as well!

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Vitamin E capsules

Simply mix all ingredients together, and put into the lovely container of your choice!

For those who love the scent of fall, here is a nice variation:

Pumpkin Pie Brown Sugar Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup honey
1 Vitamin E capsule
3 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 TBS cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Repurposed Entertainment Center as Shoe Organizer

For years I struggled with what to do with the mess  of strewn shoes inside the front door. Not only was it an eyesore, but it was a hazardous danger zone! For a family of nine, coat closets and small ready-made shoe shelves just did not cut it.

Then we decided to no longer use our entertainment armoire for our TV. ..it was too big and in the way in our family room.  Being the thrifty person that I am, I could not bear the thought of just throwing it out. And  I probably couldn't even give it away, as entertainment centers are becoming obsolete with the advent of flat-screen TV's.  So, I started looking around the house for a new use for the behemoth. 

Then, I  thought of our front-door shoe problem! It was  certainly large enough for all our shoes. And better yet, it had doors to hide the unsightly collection! Why not? So, we got shelving to go inside of it, and presto!...We had a perfect storage solution for our shoes!

Not only does it organize our shoes, but it is a perfect "landing station" by the front door. The top shelf is perfect for holding things that need to be returned to the store or library, as well as items that need to be returned to friends.

I know that there will soon be a glut in the garage sale market of old obsolete entertainment centers in need of repurposing, so why not try a front door shoe organizer!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Super Moon

These are photos of the awesome Super Moon out our backdoor this evening:

The full moon came as close to Earth tonight, May 5, as it will all year. It was 14% closer to Earth and 30% brighter than when it is at its furthest point. Most definitely a beautiful sight to behold!