DIY: Scrubs: Brown Sugar Autumn Body Scrub

I love doing anything DIY if I can help it, especially if it will help save money in my pocket. Though I love Sephora, sometimes the things they sell can be a bit pricey when I could just make the item myself. For instance, I recently got a sample of a Brown Sugar Scrub and body wash. I thought “I could make this then I wouldn’t have to buy this!”

So I went searching around Google and Pinterest to see if I could find any DIY Brown Sugar Scrub but as I saw some Coffee scrubs, I thought “Wait, we use Rooibos loose tea, maybe I could incorporate this too!”

More searching only to find one or the other.

So…I made my own. Here’s how to make my Brown Sugar Autumn Body Scrub (I call it a Autumn Scrub because it smells more like Fall/Autumn time to me) :

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar or Brown Sugar (We don’t eat sugar in our house, so I used Truvia Crystals and added Molasses to make Brown Sugar until I got the consistency I liked, then added it to this recipe you might need only 1/3 cup if using Truvia. I did one cup and had to add more)
  • **1 tbsp Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea (or more if desired) (If you only have tea bags, just cut open the tea bags for the amount you need/desire)(You can leave this step out if you don’t want it. The tea crystals are pretty messy in the shower, but not so bad in a bath, though beware of clogging your tub)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E, (cut open vitamin 4-6 Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or your favorite citrus essential oil (optional)
  • 1/3 cup liquid oil – either almond, avocado, olive, or coconut. I like Olive Oil best but we also use Almond Oil in our house so sometimes I mix them together so I get a bit of both.
  • If desired for dry skin, add a tbsp of Raw Honey
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.
  2. Add your oil and mix together, it shouldn’t be to dry or two wet. If the mixture is dripping off your spoon, it’s too wet.
  3. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid and use whenever you feel the urge for a spa night!
  4. The above amount makes enough for your entire body, for a few washes.

 

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This is how it should look with the tea leaves

To Use: In the shower, apply Brown Sugar Body Scrub into skin and rinse. Can be used daily.

**Trixie Tip: Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery so remember to rinse well with hot water afterwards and wipe down so others (and yourself) do not fall. Also little rubber feet at the bottom of the shower or bath help you from sliding as well. If you don’t have that, I generally put a medium town down underneath me so I don’t fall.

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The finished product (this is without the tea leaves)

Gift Packaging Idea: Though Mason Jars are GREAT for this, not everyone has them. Instead, save plastic containers from other products and replace the label with one I made myself on the computer. I use Washi Tape and fabric and a bow. Tie it up with a colorful ribbon and you have a wonderful homemade beauty gift!

enjoy!

 

**Sugar Scrub Variations

Mad Men Monday: The Closet -Ally or Adversary?

mad_men_cd_cover_325x325Since we are all NOT Female stars in a wonderful TV Show like Mad Men, it would be rare to say we all have amazing dressing rooms and closets as well as fab wardrobes to chose from. We are all not lucky enough to have walk in closest and rooms where we can do fittings and change in.

Some may have these finer things in life, but I have found the common woman general has a closest she herself could barely fit in, much less all the wonderful clothes she desires to own and wear.

There are ways however to not only give yourself a fabulous dressing room but also to utilize the closest space and spaces you already have.

For instance, do you perhaps have a room in your home that is currently being unused? Perhaps it was formerly a children’s room or a den? What about in the basement? Do you have wide open spaces down there that is just waiting to be gobbled up by you? Perhaps you have a master bedroom and yet only a one you or you really only need a small bedroom to sleep in and could flip that mast bedroom around to be your own personal space?

The most important thing you can do is have a room where you can see all or as much of your items as possible. Now perhaps you will only be able to have a room to put your clothes in and will have the change nearby or somewhere else.  Do the best you can with what you have. But I bet you would be surprised when looking around that you DO have the space to make a more wonderful space for yourself.

Then there is the under used and under utilized items. What is in your closest that you haven’t worn in a year? More than a year? What about coats? Are coats taking up those spaces? The general rule of thumb for when to remove an item from your wardrobe is if you haven’t worn it in a year, you most likely are not going to. There are the exceptions however to formal gowns etc…but this is where we start separating.

If you haven’t worn it and are not going to get rid of it. If it is a formal, collect all the formals and cover them with a wardrobe cover and hang them somewhere safe or cover them with a garbage bag and tie off the bottom. Attach a label to the hang so you know what they are.

If coats are invading your space, the remove all coats and put them in a coat closet or somewhere out of the way. I put even my formal coats with my other coats in the front hall closet, along with scarfs, hats and gloves for easier access when going out.

Once you have the items you are going to keep, you can start assessing the space. Make it an extension of you. Lighting(no fluorescent) (I prefer Daylight lamps) , colors on the walls( I prefer Pink on one wall) , pictures you desire (Anime images and things I have drawn make me feel pretty), a good full length mirror (one can be cheap for under $10 at Walmart) and perhaps a Vanity if you have the space for you to do your makeup(I found one at an Auction event but they can even be found at thrift stores or you can make a vanity from an old desk or computer stands work great to keep your makeup underneath on the keyboard tray).

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Put your shoes on a door hanging rack, or get a small shoes holder to put underneath your clothes. You can also have them in a foyer, or along the hallway. Look for spaces that might work for these.

If you have a small closet and just won’t be able to create a Dressing Room space here are some tips from the Mad Men Fashion Files book and a few hints from me:

  • Archive by season. (Clean things out and put in bins or boxes. I prefer plastic bins to keep my clothes fressh and I make a list of what is in them and then tape it to the top of the bin. Then I put them i the basement to rotate when the next season comes out)
  • Whose Bed are your Items under (Sorry that was a joke from Shania Twain song…) ( At Target and Walmart etc they have bins that slide under your bed. Put shoes, belts, scarves and other misc items underneath it all.You can also store all those seasonal items if you have no where else to put them
  • Hang it Up ( I use bulletin boards, tacks and nails to create a line up of my hair bandanas, scarfs, and belts. They are out in the open and it also uses the wall space. I mean why have a picture when You can have all your favorite items all around you. This also works for hanging up purses on the wall and many other items)
  • Become a Label Crazed person. Buy label maker or use Masking Tape and box, bin and label the heck out of things. Get Ikea drawer boxes or something similar at Target or Walmart or Shopko and put things away and label label label. Then it is out of the way and organized as well

The women of Mad Men are lucky. They not only have a fabulous Fashion and Costume Designer who helps them pick out everything to wear, but they each have their own fabulous space to dress and shoes and do their makeup in. Some may have these same types of places in their homes, but as  I said before the average woman does not.

Be creative.

Think outside of the box…this one being the box of your room.

When I was a teen and had no space, I learned how to put things under neath, hang things on walls and I tuned my bunk bed upside down and made it into a Wooden Futon/Daybed. I went to fabric stores and begged for remnants (the days when you didn’t have to pay for them)

A few years ago I live in a fabulous studio where there was a Murphy Bed. I love how it went up and got out of the way. Even Caroline on Two Broke Girls figured out a way to make a Murphy Bed and create more space for her and Max ( Yes I love that show)

Shop around thrift stores to find desk or things that will help you make a vanity or dresser or a space to put things away. Remember YOU can do nearly anything with something else. Refurbish it. Re Paint it, add different knobs. Transform a desk to a Vanity. Transform a TV cupboard into an Armoire. Unleash your creative side. Hang things up, put things out or label the heck out of them.

Make your closet your friend. Once you have the perfect space or cleaned out closet you can then put the items and things you DO need and WILL wear back in them. I organize by color, some organize by item (Dresses, skirts etc) That reminds me, I did add a pants bar in my tiny closet and gave myself another space for just my skirts. It completely transformed my closet. I also took off my door and hung a curtain for awhile but then I just took that down too.

Here are a few other images of my spaces and how I used them (Click on image to enlarge view and notes)

Here is an image of my full studio. I use my studio for dressing room, work space, create space and so much more…Perhaps you could use an area in your house for a dressing room and closest but make it the space you love to be in no matter what you do with it.

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Until next time,

XoXo~Trisha Trixie

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Trixie Tuesdays The Boyfriend Apron Continued…

Sorry it is so late. Been a crazy day getting pliers and zipper feet for my sewing machine and all sorts of crazy things for this seamstress and designer. I finally got around to finishing on of the parts of the Boyfriend Apron. Here is the outcome…

 

 

So what will i do with this? I think this would be a perfect apron for Housecleaning. It is already used, I don’t have to iron it, and if it gets dirty, it’s no big deal. Yes a housecleaning apron fer sure.I don’t event know if I will put pockets on it. To me this is like a shirt you make dishrags out of. You don’t have to put a lot of work into it because it is just going to get filthy.

What do you think? What would YOU use it for?

TrishaTrixie Tuesdays: The Boyfriend Apron

Do you have an old boyfriend shirts you just don’t know what to do with? I found a tutorial on how to take a shirt and make it into an apron and thought I would show you my process and how I did it for this Trixie Tuesdays

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I cut off the arms and then trimmed them for the ties

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I cut thae collar and used as much of the sleeve as I could for each set of ties

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I laid out each sleeve and then slit up the sides to open it up

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like this I laid it out and then counted four squares over and cut

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I also took what was left of the top part of the collar and trimmed it to use for puppy and cat scarves

Stay tuned later today to see how this turns out!

Until then,

 

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

 

Fabulous Friday: Is It Time to Be Fabulous Yet?

Nope, but we are not far off!

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Next week, August 2nd is our First Be Fabulous Friday to kick off my  NEW Be Fabulous Campaign aka Course for Fabulousness!

Want in on this? I still have room in my BETA group for the first round. Join the BE FABULOUS Facebook Group here!

What will be in store for you? Each of these are up to you to participate if you desire. I will give you the tools and info. You have to have the desire. The following week we will be sharing our thoughts, comments, awareness’s, and if you like any images you also choose to share from what you created. I have listed the basics of what I plan to offer you and if you choose to create any of the items what you will need for each week. Some people in my other courses I have taken sometimes even like to make one BIG Journal and clip, post and paste everything in one. This is YOURS. I want you to do whatever YOU want to do.  I will have info and print outs for each week. None of these things are set in stone. You can do online or handmade. You can just read them. You can do nothing.

BE FABULOUS in YOUR OWN WAY!

  • Week 1: Be Fabulous 

Envisioning Guided Fabulous Mediation by HypKnowTherapy Solutions with Betsy Bicsak, CHt 

You will receive an audio to download or listen to online (cd’s can be purchased for $10 which includes shipping and handling in the US)

We will discuss what is means to Be Fabulous and open your mind to what it might mean to you

We will be making a Be Fabulous Collage/Vision Board. I will give you some sheets you can print out for ideas and cut outs. It will be up to you to purchase or use materials as you desire. This could be a card, a poster board, a canvas, it it up to you.

If you desire to make a Pinterest Board or other online Board that is fine as well.

Items Needed:

Poster Board, Bristol Paper, Piece of Cardboard, Wood, or whatever you desire to put you Vision Board Collage on. I use Canvas Boards or Bristol Paper with a heavy thickness. You can use anything you just need something to glue your items on.

Magazine tear outs of things that you feel or are connected to as FABULOUS. This could be words, images, pictures, designs, etc.

ModPodge or Glue Sticks

Glitter if you want it or other embellishments

My printout for the week

  • Week2: Be Grateful

Week two we will talk about being Grateful and I will give you instructions on making a Mini Gratitude Journals you can carry with you so you can write down all the things you  are grateful for or notice to Be Grateful for during the day. I will also give you some sites for some Online Journals if you prefer to keep track that way.

Items needed:

Mini Composition Journal (you can buy a 4 pack at Target or Walmart generally for $1-$2)

Scrapbook paper

Modpodge or Glue Sticks

Other items you want to add (i.e. stickers, glitter, etc)

  • Week 3: Be Strong

In week three we will discuss Toxic People and how they affect us and how to overcome this with some hints tips and tricks from my OWN life. We will go over jealously, saboteurs and haters and how to move past those who try to deter you from your Fabulous journey. I will give you a few book ideas as well as some other quotes and info from others I have learned throughout the years.

(We will not be making anything this week but you can make a Pinterest Board or another Vision Board here if you like. I will share my Strong Vision Board with you all for suggestions)

  • Week4: Be Enlightened

In week four, our FINAL WEEK, we will discuss how our lives have changed. How you can Be Enlightened and stay enlightened.  I will share some of my favorite sites, people and things that will help you and guide you along your path to continued power and positive thinking so you can always carry that Be Fabulous attitude with you.

The final thing you will receive is the Be FABULOUS Mantra. I have a mantra I have made FOR YOU but desire you to add to it and make it yours as well. I hope that you will print the Mantra out and post it where you can see it so you will be able to Be Fabulous every day! You can also collage it and frame it or have it online. As long as it is something you will see, read and feel in your heart regularly.

Is it Time to Be Fabulous for you?

Come join our group of nearly 50 participants now! CLICK HERE to JOIN!!

All items for this will be posted in here. I am currently offering this for FREE to test it out, get your input and feedback and make this the best course ever with YOU in mind!

Want a great way to remember to Be Fabulous? Order this “Time to Be Fabulous Hourglass Double Ribbon Necklace” and wear it with pride! This can also be Converted to a Zipper Pull or whatever you desire. Custom Orders are encouraged.

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Until Next Time,

Xoxo Be Fabulous

Trisha Trixie

Try It Tuesday: Ridding your home of those nasty gnats (by special guest Jessi Wilson)

Getting rid of Pesky gnats (Jessi Wilson)

Okay, so how many of you have woken up in the middle of the night to that annoying buzzing sound in your ear? Yep, me too. When spring comes those little gnats sneak their way in unnoticed and prey on you nearly 24/7 but mostly at night. I use to be a firm believer in fly strips until the day I backed into the one hanging in my dining room and got my hair stuck. And after many a “sentence enhancer” (cuss words for short) I decided, in desperate times I will use these.

Not anymore, I have found an at home safe and beyond effective method of getting those little gnats and fruit flies out of your life if not for good, pretty close, and you have all of these ingredients IN YOUR KITCHEN!

This is what you will need:

Wide mouth plastic bottle with tight fitting lid (Lipton Pure Life Tea bottles work great!!) or
Pint or Quart Mason jar with ring

Saran Wrap –if using the mason jar

Apple Cider Vinegar or Left Over Wine (WHAT!?! You say?!? Who has left over Wine? It happens, *laughs* I’m proof)

Dish Washing Soap (like for your sink, not dishwasher)

Water

Okay, these ingredients look pretty simple, right? This is where it gets even easier.

Method 1:
You are going to rinse out the contain you decide to use, shake it out so you get most of the water out of it, and measure out 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar or Wine(if you have that much left Emoji) and pour it into your container, add approximately 1 squirt (1 tablespoon) of your Dish Washing Soap. Now if you use the Mason Jar, you can take your little piece of Saran Wrap, put it over the top of your jar, and apply your lid and poke some holes in your wrap. You dont want them too big or too small, because you want these little buggers to get in, and not be able to get out, set it in the place your flies are gathering and… wait. (You may want to change this solution every couple days, where in method 2, I put put the lid back on shook it again, and started over)

Method 2: (Which is the one I used)
Put all ingredients from above into your Tea Bottle, when finished add 1/4 c of water and apply your lid. This is where your kids can help, have them shake the bottle until you have bubbles forming to the top of your bottle. Remove your lid, set it in place, and wait. The cool part about this method, is you can see these little bugs gather on the bubbles, and it traps them so they can fly in, but not out. Genius, Right?!

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Good Luck with your options, I would really recommend this over any other product out there. But ill let you decide for yourself. — Jessi

I found this idea at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080323033742AAlzDst