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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrub Recipe

Since Halloween is tomorrow, I'm not sure how much longer pumpkins have in the limelight before Christmas flavors take the center stage.  I love the flavors of Christmas, but not much compares to the skin-loving benefits of pumpkin.  I wanted to make one more pumpkin scrub for my feet and body before we say goodbye to pumpkin for the year, so I made this pumpkin spice coffee scrub recipe with Epsom salts that The Epsom Salt Council recently sent me.  Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrub Recipe Links in this post may be affiliate link, which means that I earn a small commission from sales. Pumpkin is natural chemical exfoliant, so it's a great addition to a body scrub.  I really like to use pumpkin on my feet because it removes dead skin cells while the fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate.   Pumpkin molecules are small enough to penetrate in to the skin.  The vitamins A and E soften the skin.  The coconut oil also nourishes the skin and softens it.  For mo

Pumpkin Spice Salt Scrub Recipe

I'm going to blame it on the crazy weather we're having this year, but my skin has been dry and tight.  The Epsom salt Council recently sent me some Epsom salts to use in a recipe, so I decided to try their pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe.  Normally, I use sugar in my body scrubs, but salt scrubs are more abrasive, so they exfoliate better.  I liked that this recipe also has pumpkin.  Pumpkin has many benefits for your skin and acts as a natural chemical exfoliant. Pumpkin Spice Salt Scrub Recipe Epsom salts serve as an exfoliant in this recipe because they slough off dead skin cells.  They also provide magnesium for your skin and body.  Most Americans are low in magnesium, but magnesium can be absorbed through the skin. Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient for skin care recipes because it has natural fruit enzymes and AHAs that act as a chemical exfoliant.  This helps smooth and brighten the skin while increasing cellular turnover. High in vitamins A and C

Green Tea and Peppermint Bath Salt Recipe

A great way to relax after a stressful day is with a bath soak.  After today, I could definitely use this green tea and peppermint bath salt recipe !  Nothing bad happened, but a lot of little things happened, and I just need a small break.   This bath soak recipe is easy to make.  You can make this right before you need it or make a few batches to keep on the shelf.  This also makes a great gift because who doesn't need to relax? 

That Time We Made A Free Library

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyLiteracyStory #DGMyStoryEntry #CollectiveBias When people ask me what I do for a living, I say that I'm a wordsmith, so it's probably no surprise that I love to read.  My mom taught me to read when I was four-years-old, and I haven't stopped since.  I started reading to my oldest when I was pregnant with him.  We read several stories a night for the first six years of his life.  I did the same with my younger two children.  Having them sit on my lap while reading book after book are my fondest memories of when they were little.  Today, my kids are 10, 11, and 15, and they are all advanced readers.  I can't say for sure, but I think all of those hours of reading helped them develop their reading skills and a love of reading.   We are the family who has to bring several bags to the library on our weekly trip because we can't carry all of our books by our

Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Balm Recipe

How to make a pumpkin spice latte lip balm recipe.  This tastes just like your favorite drink but with no calories! How many pumpkin spice lattes have you had this year?  Be honest; I won't tell anyone. What if you could get all the taste of a PSL without adding extra calories or spending much money?  With this pumpkin spice latte lip balm recipe, you get all the smell and taste of a PSL at any time without running to the coffee shop or drinking extra calories.   This pumpkin spice latte lip balm recipe is natural and made with essential oils for the scent.  It helps heal and protect the lips.  

How to Protect Little Lungs from RSV

This post was sponsored as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Ten years ago, David was four-years-old and Caleb was a newborn.  I wanted David to get back into his routine, so he went back to preschool the week after Caleb was born.  Three weeks later, David came home from school with the sniffles.  Kids get the sniffles all the time, so I didn't expect this time to be much different.  David was his usual self, playing, eating, and sleeping normally.  Even with a one month old baby, I didn't think this cold would be a big deal.  I couldn't have been more wrong. The next day, Caleb's nose started running and he had a little bit of a cough.  The cough concerned me, so I called the pediatrician to make an appointment.  Caleb didn't sleep unless I was holding him, so I sat up all night with him so I could keep him upright, which helped his runny nose and cough.   When we walked into the pediatricia

Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe

Fall is coming, so I'm changing the scents for my bath products.  In the summer, I like fruity scents, but in the fall, I switch to baking scents.  Pumpkin spice is always popular, but this warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe just screams hoodies and falling leaves. Notice that I never said boots or tennis shoes.  I will wear a hoodie or jeans, but I am not giving up my flip flops until the snow starts flying!

DIY Treat Puzzle Toy For Dogs

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group ® and The J.M. Smucker Company , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #miloskitchen http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I joke that if we get any more critters that I'm putting a booth at the end of the driveway and start charging admission to the petting zoo.  We have two dogs, two cats, goats, chickens, and homing pigeons.  With four animals, the dogs and cats, in the house, it can get a little crazy.  But we all love them so much, and they are very much a part of our family.  My son Caleb is 11-years-old and has autism.  He relates to animals better than he does to people.  If he has to read a story, he can't give me a summary, but he can sit beside the dog and tell him all about what he read.  He loves his cats, but our rottweiler/German shepherd mix, Dolph, is his best bud. I love our dogs, and I love to see the bond between the kids and the dogs.  Our dogs are like members o