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Once upon a time, farmers kept a jar of soap, water and sugar next to their sinks for cleaning off motor oil, paint and other hard-to-clean stains. The grainy texture of the sugar in the scrub helped to lift dirt better than regular soap could.

Today, gritty soaps with pumice provide the same service to mechanics and farmers, and spas use sugar scrubs for their rejuvenating properties. Sugar scrubs help to exfoliate dead skin. After using a sugar scrub, your own skin will feel softer and look younger. Best of all, the ingredients for a sugar scrub can be found in your own kitchen pantry.

A sugar scrub makes a nice gift for expectant mothers at baby showers, a housewarming gift for a new neighbor, or a great Christmas gift for multiple female friends. Here are several good recipes that you can try.

Lavender Sugar Scrub

1 tablespoonful of dried/crushed lavender petals
1 cup sugar
Olive oil

Combine lavender and sugar in a jar with a lid on it such as a canning jar. Place the jar into a cabinet well away from sunlight. Shake the jar every day to perfume the sugar. After 1 week, add enough olive oil to moisten the sugar. The moist sugar should be the same consistency as damp sand. Place the scrub into a smaller jar for presentation and seal with a ribbon.

Honey Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

1 tablespoonful of dark organic honey
4 tablespoonfuls of sugar
½ fresh grapefruit

Peel the grapefruit and place it into a blender. Add honey and sugar and pulse until the contents are blended into a smooth paste. Scrub your face and body for 2 to 3 minutes. Wash your body with alternating blasts of hot and cold water. Finish with cold water and pat dry before toning and moisturizing. Use this scrub immediately, or refrigerate for no more than 3 days.

Old Fashioned Homemade Sugar Scrub

1 ½ Cups Sugar
¼ Cup Olive Oil
Essential oil for Scent

Mix all the ingredients and store in a decorative bottle. This sugar scrub is good for removing stains on your hands such as oil and paint. Using it frequently in the winter helps to prevent dry, cracked and chafed hands from dry, winter air.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub

2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Mix the sugars together until they are smooth with no lumps. Add olive oil and vanilla. Mix until the concoction is thoroughly damp. Place in a sealable container and add a decorative bow.

by Tracy S. Morris

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Fitness Hacks to Keep You Healthy (Even Without A Gym Membership!)

by Erin Weaver

Staying fit is a vital part of wellness for your body and your mind. A good level of fitness boosts your immune system, gives you more energy throughout the day, and helps you feel strong, capable, and sexy. As busy women, it can be easy to let fitness fall by the wayside in favor of work, loved ones, and socializing, but a little time devoted to physical health can really pay off in the long run. Similarly, if you’re living on a farm in a rural area, you might not have access to a gym or the money to pay for membership. There are still plenty of ways to stay fit without spending a lot of time and money, like these helpful fitness hacks.

Netflix and No Chill

Marathoning a new TV series is always tempting when you’ve got some free time, but it doesn’t mean you have to laze around on the couch. Spend opening and closing credits, ad breaks, or even the whole show doing squats, lunges, planks, and other simple cardio exercises.

Say Yes To The Worst Parking Space

Save time and nurture your fitness by settling for the worst parking space in the lot. Yes, it might be a two-minute walk away from the supermarket, but those little bits of exercise add up. It’ll also stop you doing endless laps trying to find a closer space!

Take The Stairs

Whenever you get the chance, take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Stairs are an excellent form of cardio that tone your leg muscles too, so hitting the steps is a two-in-one workout that you won’t regret.

Weightlift At Home

Weightlifting has massive benefits for your fitness and strength, and you don’t need any expensive equipment when you’re getting started. Canned food, heavy books, and full backpacks are all perfect for at-home weightlifting workouts, and you can find plenty of workouts for them online.

Try Car-Free Days

Many of us fall into the lazy trap of driving everywhere, even if we really could spend the fifteen minutes walking instead. Some journeys require a car, but could you wander over to your friend’s house or walk your kids to school instead?

Keep On Moving

One of the easiest ways to increase your fitness is to integrate movement into usually stationary activities. Walk up and down the stairs while you’re talking on the phone, do some squats while you’re folding laundry, and suggest going for walk with your partner to catch up on each other’s days.

Dedicate Seven Minutes

A simple seven-minute workout will drastically improve your fitness if you make it part of your routine for most of the days of the week. Don’t let yourself think that you can’t manage a simple seven minutes if you make it a priority. There are many short workouts online to help you get fit without the big time commitment.

Physical health is important, and it goes beyond simple dietary factors. Fitness gives you the energy and confidence you need to excel in life, so don’t let yourself make excuses to neglect it. Try these fitness hacks and make way for a stronger, happier you!


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