This bitter cold winter is taking a toll on my skin, especially my hands. So I whipped up my favorite homemade sugar scrub and have a small jar at both my kitchen and bathroom sink. It smells and feels amazing on my hands!
It’s like a mini spa treatment every time I wash my hands. Not only can you use it on your hands but it’s also great for your feet, and body. I do recommend that you be careful if you take it in the shower with you as the coconut oil can make the bottom of the tub super slippery. Alright, so let’s get to the recipe. Ingredients
1/2 Cup coconut oil (I love Trader Joes organic virgin coconut oil)
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
10 drops of your favorite essential oil, I used lemon and lavender
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. If you want a more coarse texture add more sugar to the mix. Once all the ingredients are combined you’re all set, grab a small scoop and massage into your hands for about 30 seconds with a little bit of warm water. Rinse and pat dry.
If you don’t have essential oils you can omit the oils for a fragrance free scrub or zest a lemon and add to the mixture.
I have one of the worlds pickiest blandest eaters in my home, but this soup just happens to be her FAVORITE!
If you like tofu and don’t mind the subtle taste of coconut then give our coconut soup recipe a try, I have learned to keep these ingredients on hand weekly during the winter months.
What you will need:
2 bags of frozen broccoli florets
2 containers of veggie stock
1 can organic coconut milk
1 package extra firm tofu
2 cups rice ( jasmine or brown rice)
5 cloves garlic
seasoning (sea salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, turmeric)
How to make Skys Coconut Soup:
Cook veggie stock on medium heat add in broccoli, seasonings,& garlic then cover (add rice now too if not using instant)
Cut tofu in small cubes and add into pot (I’m lucky if any tofu makes it into the pot! my kids swipe it and LOVE to eat it raw!! I don’t get it, but they love it that way…. maybe since it was one of their first foods as a baby, taste buds are just used to tofu that way…not sure… but either way they’re eating it !!)
Cook on medium high heat for 35 minutes
Add in the rice ( if instant or frozen) and coconut milk then cook for another 15 minutes
* If your littles are not as picky as mine, I like to saute the tofu with onion and pepper before adding in 🙂
(Around Christmas time I like to call this Christmas soup and add in fresh red peppers so it’s green , red and white!)
In America we celebrate New Years Eve transitioning into New Year’s Day on January 1st. In China, New Year’s Day is also the first day of the first month but of the Lunar Calendar!
Chinese New Year dates vary each year and could fall at the end of January or February. This Year Chinese New Year will fall on February 19th and last for 15 days ending on the first full moon of the year.
Each year is assigned an animal according to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the goat!
Here is a list of fun crafts and recipes to try for each day in the Chinese New Year celebration:
Today, February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Here are some ideas of what you can do to help spread the kindness.
10 Random Acts of Kindness
Make a phone call. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Tell them how much you miss them and tell them how important they are in your life.
If you live somewhere where it’s snowing go ahead and shovel a neighbor’s driveway or clean the snow off their car or walkway. If you live in the warmer climates, then go ahead and help a neighbor with some gardening. Pick a few weeds, mow their lawn, sweep their front porch.
Send out a handwritten letter to someone. We are all consumed with cell phones, texting, computers…. shut it all down! Grab a pen and some nice paper and write away!!!
Smile at everyone you see today. Work in a big city? Take your ear buds out look up and smile 🙂 That’s right at every single person. You will be amazed what a smile will do, you may make someone’s week.
Make dinner for someone you know that could use some help. Maybe it’s an overwhelmed mom or maybe it’s someone who lives alone and doesn’t usually cook for themselves. Better yet find a local group of people in need on Facebook and make a beautiful dinner for a complete stranger!! Not a great cook? No worries order something and have it delivered…even if it’s pizza 😉
In line for coffee today? Pay for the person behind you. Who wouldn’t love a cup of joe from a perfect stranger??
Leave a special treat for the mailman with a special note. Let them know that you appreciate them.
Leave hidden dollars at the dollar store! I read this once a while ago and it’s a great idea. You can even do it at a grocery store!!! Leave them under cans or boxes it will really brighten someone’s day.
Say thank you to a police officer, fireman or anyone in the military that you see. They dedicate their lives to helping everyone around them.
Keep the kindness going all year long! Keep a bowl or jar in a central location in your home filled with random acts of kindness. If you have kids have them help you think of kind acts and have them help write out the cards. Every person in your family can pick out a random act each day. Keep spreading the kindness all year long.
Graham crackers (we used the Annie’s organic brand, when breaking the crackers you have two size options perfect for the roof, a long piece for the flat part connecting pretzels and short pieces for the peak)
If you look at the Lincoln Memorial on the back of an old penny, you can see Abraham Lincoln sitting inside!
We would love to hear how you incorporate the presidents on Presidents Day!
Some of you might remember Ed Jarrett, four time Guinness World Record holder for the tallest sand castle!
He is also the man who built the Sandy-castle to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims right here on Point Pleasant Beach. We had the chance to meet him back then and volunteer in his bucket brigade to help in the build of the Sandy-castle.
From sand to snow he has now teamed up with the Ice Sculpture Festival at Laurita Winery and will have sculptures on display for the whole family to enjoy Saturday, February 21 11am-8pm and Sunday, February 22 11am-7pm.
Sculptures on display:
Fire & Ice truck where you can sit in the driver’s seat
Fire-breathing dragon luge
“Warm Hug” field of Snowmen
An ice sculpting demo stage
A frosty photo booth
With temperatures dropping the weather is perfect for the ice sculptures, but be sure to bundle up to stay warm you will be outside!
Laurita Winery will be serving up some food and a list of warm drinks for you to enjoy while you explore the festival.
Award winning wines
Spiked hot chocolate
Hot apple wine ciders
Grab the family for this winter wonderland event, go early to enjoy classic winter activities and entertainment. Then stay late for the lighting ceremony at dusk and fireworks at 7pm (Saturday night only).
*A portion of the proceeds of this event will go directly to benefit Big Brother Big Sister of Ocean County. http://www.bbbsoc.org/
Since February is Heart Health Awareness Month, Jamberry is happy to announce that they’ve partnered with the American Heart Association to create a new charity wrap that will help the fight against heart disease.
On average, 1 in 3 women dies from heart disease, and as an organization founded by women, Jamberry wants to join the fight. The Heart Health Awareness wraps (which is a There’s More wrap) are available for purchase and a $2 donation will be given to the AHA with each wrap sold.
***Contest*** 1 winner will receive a FREE Heart Health Awareness wrap!
Dress warm and in layers Jenkinsons, the sweet shop, arcade and aquarium are all close but you will be in and out of warm buildings going to each location
Bring cash for parking (on event days they usually charge for the parking lot directly by the aquarium) but there is always street parking for free in the off season so if it’s not too cold and you don’t mind a short walk you can save a few dollars
Hang on to your playcards, you can reload the dollar amount when they are done and save them for the summer
Bring a camera, Jenkinsons always does a great job decorating for the holidays so keep an eye out for some festive photo opportunities