How to make a two minute, two ingredient sugar scrub.

Homemade sugar scrubs are all the rage now, so of course I make them, too. But I am cheap and lazy so I make the easiest, least expensive version I can. And it’s fab! You just need some sugar (I’ll go into the different kinds in a minute, here) and some virgin, raw coconut oil (the non virgin, processed kind is ok, but it won’t have the nice scent we want for this scrub). Oh, you’ll also need some kind of plastic container to put it in.

sugar scrub ingredients

You just need some sugar and some coconut oil for a nice sugar scrub.

Put some of the sugar into the container- I usually fill it about half way. Then add the coconut oil- stirring in a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. If you add too much, just add some more sugar.

Stir the coconut oil into the sugar

Stir the coconut oil into the sugar

Ta da! You have a yummy sugar scrub.

You can make it whatever consistence you like- softer and more moisturizing, or stronger and more abrasive

You can make it whatever consistency you like- softer and more moisturizing, or stronger and more abrasive

You can use any kind of sugar you have around, different sugars give a different texture.

White Sugar: Softer, more liquidy. A good all around scrub for face and body. Not a lot of scent, just a nice vanilla, sweet scent.

Brown Sugar: Slightly more abrasive, with a very nice caramelly scent. Another good all around scrub, might be slightly abrasive on the face, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Evaporated Cane Juice: About the same abrasiveness as the brown sugar, but with a less caramelly scent.

Turbinado or Raw Sugar: Slightly caramelly, sweet scent, too abrasive for the face, but great for body skin, rough patches and dry feet.

It’s hard to believe something so simple can smell so wonderful and work so well, but it does!

 

 

The Container Store’s Omni Bucket

So, I just have to quickly tell you all about the best thing ever. As you know, I have a stupidly tiny kitchen. There’s actually a decent amount of storage but a lot of it is up high. I always have to drag a chair in to get to stuff off the top shelves which annoys me, disproportionately probably. I was looking for a real step stool for in there but they’re all so huge. The folding ones are better but I don’t have anywhere to put one of those, either. Since I hate my trash can, I was hoping someone made a combo step stool trash can. Someone does, but it’s not actually for sale. So anyway, my hopes of having a two for one item in the kitchen were dashed. UNTIL I came across this bucket from The Container Store.

The most excellent step stool/cat food container ever. The Omni Bucket from The Container Store

The most excellent step stool/cat food container ever. The Omni Bucket from The Container Store

I hardly ever shop there because it can be expensive for what it is. But I saw the buckets and thought they were cute and could replace some less cute storage I currently have, specifically cat food and other cat THINGS. When I saw that it was strong enough to step on, I about died. OMG I had to have it. Some of the colors are even on sale! So exciting. Now I keep the bucket on the floor filled with cat food. It can be gently slid across the floor to the kitchen, or if needed elsewhere, it has a handy handle. It’s plenty large enough and plenty strong enough to hold cat food and me! Genius!

Our Favorite Chicago Desserts

‘Nuf Said. Click the pictures for the restaurants websites.

apple pie from third coast, chicago

The best apple pie on earth- Third Coast Cafe and Wine Bar

hot chocolate, chicago

Hot Chocolate from Third Coast, Chicago

donuts from Beavers

Baby donuts from Beavers Donut Truck

beavers donuts

Did you need to see them up close?

bourgeoise pig carrot cake

Awesome carrot cake from Bourgeois Pig

Pecan Pie from Lovely

Pecan Pie from Lovely in Wicker Park

honey pastry in greektown at artopolis

Super tasty, flakey honey pastry and cafe latte from Artopolis in Greektown

 

New York City Pics

Last spring we went to NYC for a few days. I love New York! Who doesn’t?

the view from the High Line, new york city

The view from the HighLine

Spring flowers on the HighLine

Spring flowers on the HighLine

Buildings along the HighLine

Buildings along the HighLine

A pretty door in the Meatpacking District

A pretty door in the Meatpacking District

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Eataly, New York City

Eataly!

Schnippers, New York

Schnippers, New York

Stairs, New York City

Stairs, New York City

Delicious Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn.

Delicious Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, NYC

Brooklyn, NYC

Brooklyn, NYC

Brooklyn, NYC

Brooklyn, NYC

Brooklyn, NYC