Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes - Instantly Soothe Sunburned Skin

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You may have noticed that I didn't post on Wednesday as I normally do.  I was at the beach.  My kids are getting older, and we only have a few summers left.  I only have two summers after this one before my oldest is 18, and hopefully he still wants to hang out with us for his remaining summers.  I've decided that this will be our summer of fun.  We've done a lot of day trips, including Kings Island, Kalahari, and other local things.  One of the major perks of working from home is that I can take a day off during the week so avoid the weekend crowds.  Normally, I schedule my posts, but I didn't this week.  I was probably in our pool, looking for dive sticks, instead of writing.  

This week, we drove an hour away to a public lake with a beautiful swimming beach.  They have inflatables for the kids to play on, camping areas, fishing, and trails.  We swam and played at the beach for most of the day and then cooked out and caught crayfish.  My mental health needed a beach day to recharge.

As you all know, I'm a huge advocate of wearing sunscreen.  The kids and I wore La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Sunscreen and reapplied at every hourly break.  It's waterproof, but it wasn't enough.  I got a little burnt on my shoulders and upper arms, like I always do at the beach, and the kids got red on their cheeks.  

Luckily, I had already made these frozen aloe vera cubes, so they were in the freezer waiting on me.  See, sometimes it really does pay to plan ahead!

Frozen aloe vera cubes for instant sunburn relief.

Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes

If you've had a sunburn, you know it feels good to get something cold on it.  You can use a cool compress, but you should never put an ice cube on your burn.  The ice can actually burn your skin on top of the sunburn, which is the last thing you need!  Ice can also restrict blood flow to the area, which can delay healing.

Aloe vera is full of vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin while it heals, and it can soothe irritated skin on contact.

Making the frozen aloe vera cubes is really easy.  You can use aloe from a plant or 100 percent aloe vera.  I do not have my own plant, so I used store bought aloe.  I just squeezed some into a soap mold, but you could also use an ice cube tray.  Freeze for at least half an hour.

When you get the cubes out, they melt quickly.  It will be messy, but the quick, natural relief is worth the mess.

You can make several of them and store them in a bag for when you need them.

Calendula is very good for burns and irritated skin.  You could also grind the leaves with a mortar and pestle to mix with the aloe before you freeze it.

If you like this frozen aloe vera cube recipe, then you'll love these posts:
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What's In My Gym Bag

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm a very type A person, so I keep things organized.  I have bags packed for our different activities so I can grab them and go.  This reduces a lot of stress when trying to get out the door with three kids, two with autism who have trouble transitioning to a new activity.  My tai chi nights are especially hectic because the kids have martial arts after my tai chi class, so I have to get all five of us there on time.  Needless to say, we all have bags packed and ready to go.

I don't go to the actual gym often because I work out at home.  However, there is a punching bag and weights at the community center where we have martial arts.  With my bag packed, I'm ready to head to the gym or to the community center to work out or attend tai chi.

Michael Todd Total Refresher Review

Michael Todd Beauty sent me a Total Refresher to review, but I was not compensated for my review.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.

As a Michael Todd ambassador, I was lucky enough to get their newest device, Total Refresher, before it will be released for sale on 7/24/17.  My complexion is fairly good, but I do have some fine lines that are creeping up on me.  I also struggle with large pores on my nose and cheeks and blackheads on my nose.  

The Total Refresher is one device that works in three ways.  It exfoliates, extracts debris from pores, and sprays your favorite toner to infuse your skin to soothe and refresh.  Keep reading for my Michael Todd Total Refresher review.

Michael Todd Total Refresher Review

Watermelon Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

I'm a Chick Fil A ambassador this year, so that means a lot of visits to Chick Fil A.  My closest one is half an hour away, but we go there a few times a month for appointments, so it makes a good reward for the kids.  They sent me some gift cards for their new watermelon mint lemonade, so I got one last week.  I like strawberry lemonade, but I wasn't sure about the mint.  I'm happy to report that it was a very tasty drink and perfect for a 90 degree Ohio summer day.  There was just enough mint to taste, but it wasn't overwhelming.  

That drink was the inspiration for this watermelon mint sugar scrub recipe.  I omitted the lemonade because I think three main fragrances would have been a little much.  You could add some lemon essential oil if you wanted, but I liked it just at watermelon mint.

Easy DIY watermelon mint sugar scrub recipe.

Watermelon Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

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What You Need

To make the scrub, just combine the sugar and oil and stir.  I used grapeseed oil because it's a light oil.  You can use any carrier oil like olive oil or even coconut oil.  Coconut oil will alter the scent unless you use refined oil, but that strips out some of the properties for your skin.  Olive oil is readily available, but it is a very oily oil, if that makes sense.  You'll want to use a soap to wash your hands after you use this, which means washing away the oil that will nourish your skin for hours after you've used the scrub.  

After you mix the sugar and oil, add food coloring if you want to until you get the desired color.  

Then add the watermelon fragrance oil and peppermint essential oil.  I would start with the lowest number of drops, stir, and then smell it.  Add more of each as needed.  Depending on your preference and the oils you use, you might not need as many drops as I recommended. 

When you are happy with the scent, put it in a glass jar with a lid.  Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the watermelon mint sugar scrub recipe to use on your body.  This is really good for your hands and feet, but don't use it on your face.  Rinse well.  I don't generally use soap after I use a scrub, but you can if your skin is really oily.  

Learn how to make 30 different body scrubs in my ebook, Body Scrubs!

If you like this watermelon mint sugar scrub recipe, then you'll love these recipes:

Matcha Green Tea Sugar Scrub Recipe

Salt Scrub Vs Sugar Scrub 
Coconut and Calendula Sugar Scrub 
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Unicorn Snot Glitter Gel Recipe

I have a new obsession.  Unicorns!  My daughter and I love all things unicorn.  The pink/blue/purple color combination has always been my favorite color combo.  And who can resist all of that glitter?  Not I!  My daughter is active in our community theater, so she needs specialized makeup sometimes.  She will need some sparkle for the next play, so we made this unicorn snot aka glitter gel.  We picked blue/green, pink, and purple glitter to make ours, but you can use any color that you want.  You can also make it as glittery as you want it.  I wanted her to sparkle a little bit from stage and not be completely covered, so we went with a lighter look.  You can totally customize it to fit your needs.