End of School Year Teacher’s Gifts: Lemon Sugar Scrub

Last year we had a Moms Spa Night with our playgroup and it was amazing! We had a massage therapist on hand giving massages throughout the night, there was decadent desserts, savory treats, wine, and conversations flowing like a river, it was the best!  The main event that evening was, Cortnie, the owner of Spa Fogo, who came and discussed the important of skin care with all the moms. Most of us had 3 rough spot that can be so embarrassing and totally exposed in our summer wardrobe; elbow, knees, and ankles.  She mentioned one of the most important steps towards minimizing these rough patches, a step that we moms often forget, mostly due to time constraints, exfoliation.  In an effort to get us on the path towards eliminating our rough patches of dry skin she had us each make a sugar scrub that we could take home and use as an exfoliator. Ever since that night I have been hooked on this simple recipe for making your own sugar scrub. No more spending a lot of money at the bath and body stores, all you need is sugar, oil, and whatever essential oil/scent you wish to include.

So, fast forward to today and the end of the school year is here!! Along with the end of the school year comes gifts for the amazing teacher that give so much of themselves to our children each and every day.  I am so grateful for the compassion, patience, and guidance teacher give our children.  After I drop my children off at school know I can go on about my day knowing that my child is being well cared for by their teacher and that is a feeling that can hold no monetary value. So then, what do you get the amazing person that greatly influences your child and puts your mommy mind at ease when you are not present?

While I wish I could give each of them a day at the Spa because, let’s face it, they totally deserve that, can you imagine being with 28 preschoolers or 24 Kindergarteners every day? So, I figure why not give them a little bit of the Spa treatment at home with some Lemon Sugar Scrub!! I know I always feel like a million bucks after shaving and using the sugar scrub so hopefully they will also enjoy the renewing feeling that comes after exfoliating with a sugar scrub. I have also found it to be extremely useful in the kitchen after I have handled garlic, onions, or fish. It is also great after gardening, my hands look disgusting, caked with soil but the sugar scrub makes them good as new.

Here are the simple steps to make Sugar Scrub for the special teachers in your life or make some just for yourself, because you deserve it too!

Ingredients:

(This recipe will fill 6 12 oz Mason Jars)

6 cups of sugar

2 cups of oil (I like using olive oil but it can detract from the lemon or essential oil scent so I have been using 1 cup olive oil and 1 cup canola oil)

7 Tablespoon lemon juice (or you can add an essential oil like lavender, vanilla, peppermint, I have seen recipes where pumpkin pie spice has been used, coffee grounds and cocoa, baby oil, your imagination is the limit)

Directions:

Simply mix everything together, the sugar, oil, and whatever scent you prefer.

To decorate the Mason Jars I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased yellow fabric to glue on the top of the jar. I just use a good old glue stick.

Next I added the monogram to the top and black and white ribbon to tie the craft stick to the jar. The stick is necessary to stir the scrub before use since the oil and sugar will separate. It is also helpful for removing scrub from the jar.

Finished product….

This is what my kiddos are giving their teachers’ this year but we have many many more years ahead so please spill, what are you giving, have given, or plan to give in the future, to your children’s teachers? Or, maybe you are a teacher, what are some of the gifts you received that you really enjoyed? Any gifts we should avoid?

Momup! Monday: Ever woke up feeling like Scrooge?

Momup! Monday:  Ever woke up feeling like Scrooge?

I am finding it difficult to maintain the “normal” day-to-day routine while preparing for Christmas festivities.  I woke up this morning wanting to throw a full-fledged mommy tantrum. I am talking kicking and screaming until my face turns blue tantrum.  I have this overwhelming anxiety that just hit me like a freight train this morning. I kinda knew it might hit me eventually because I have been breezing though the past few weeks cool as a cucumber, eager to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and spend time with friends and family (you know, the true meaning of Christmas). Then this morning I awoke with a Scrooge attitude, I realized that I have exactly one week, not even, make that five days, to complete everything for Christmas (mostly the materialistic things).

Then I started going through my “To Do” list in my head:

  • Need to get my 16 month old in for her 15 month doctor’s appointment (feeling sooo guilty for this one).
  • Need to fill out permission slips and get money for field trips, due today (it’s gonna be late).
  • Son needs a dress shirt for Christmas (sounds so simple but those crazy stores strategically place all toys or “cool” expensive character PJs next to the dress clothes, I am sure he will be asking for everything under the son.  I need one of those “that was easy” buttons that say “no, it is not in our budget right now”).
  • Need to finish purchasing some Christmas Gifts, I would rather go into labor again than fight the traffic and crowds of crazy people, seriously, is there such a thing as a surrogate laborer? Sign me up!!
  • Contact family and see if anyone can make it to son’s Christmas program tomorrow (so last-minute, I meant to say something weeks ago, honestly!)
  • Need to wrap gifts, I am a greenie so, I try to wrap with whatever I have on hand at home. Last year it was brown packaging paper with pine cones, twine, and clips of evergreen. The year before I included cloth/linen, you can wrap small gifts in linen napkins and the person receiving the gift gets a bonus gift, linen napkins! This year I am using magazine pages to wrap gifts.
Reusing Magazine pages as gift wrap this year, going green and saving green!
  • Need to finish a few gifts for our playgroup kiddos.
Gift for kiddos’ friends - Noodles, the Dog, I love Christmas book and Scooby Snacks
  • Remember to move the elf! Poor guy has spent a few days just hanging around in the same location, I think he had one to many eggnogs and couldn’t fly back to the North Pole; he took the mature route and avoided a DWF (Drunk while flying).
Fisbee, our Elf on the Shelf
  • Finish teacher’s gifts.  This year they are getting Eco-friendly soap and air fresheners.
Teachers’ gifts
  • Get Christmas morning PJs for my daughter (it has been tricky trying to find little girl PJs in a size 8, she is really tall for her age)
  • Address and send Christmas Cards (or save them for next year?)
  • Change sheets and much more but I don’t want to eat up any more of your time, you have your own list that I am sure is escalating as we speak/type.

I would like to just go back up to bed and call in overwhelmed. I need an assistant but I think they are expensive, anyone know anyone willing to work for Cheerios? Or, maybe I could multiply myself like in that Michael Keaton movie multiplicity? Although, if I remember correctly that just ended up being more work keeping track of all of his multiple selves. So, instead I am going to put some Christmas potpourri on the stove to get back into that Christmas spirit and take Julia Andrews /Froilan Maria’s advice and start at the very beginning; it is a very go place to start.

Christmas Potpourri from my friend Tammy, the aroma of Christmas will be lingering through my house. It’s a great way to get you back into the sprit of Christmas.

Please share your “to do” list, what’s the weirdest thing on your list? What are you dreading the most? Or, maybe you are on target, and have little left on your “to do” list, if so I am jealous and I would love to hear your secret.