Citrus Sugar Body Scrub

So Easy! So Awesome! So Yummy! So Moisturizing! So Cheap!

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Sugar
  • Zest of 2 Lemons
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Lime Essential Oil

I used one of my empty body scrub jars. I added all the ingredients together, closed the jar and shook it all up. That’s it, it is ready to use. I use it every time I shower and I don’t have to use body lotion anymore. I buy the coconut oil in bulk from Costco. I get a huge jar for $15. 

–update–
In times when I am out of my awesome body scrub and I am in a super hurry, I just throw some sugar (usually part raw part organic regular sugar) with the coconut oil. I leave out the zest and oils. And it still still fantastic!! I use it on my face and body. It makes my lips so soft.

Remineralizing Tooth Powder

Tooth decay, demineralization and remineralization found on Wikipedia

Tooth decay is an infectious disease, the key feature of which is an increase within dental plaque of bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus. These produce organic acids when carbohydrates, especially sugar, are eaten. When enough acid is produced so that the pH goes below 5.5 the acid dissolves carbonated hydroxyapatite, the main component of tooth enamel, in a process known as demineralisation. After the sugar is gone, the mineral loss can be recovered,or remineralised, from ions dissolved in the saliva. Cavities result when the rate of demineralisation exceeds the rate of remineralisation and the latticework is destroyed,typically in a process that requires many months or years.

I recently decided to try my best to go chemical free. I stopped using shampoo (I only wash my hair with water), got rid of all my hair products, body lotions, store bought facial cleaners, toothpaste, makeup and soap. I am now making many of these at home with simple safe ingredients. It is actually way easier than I thought it would be 🙂

Here is the recipe for my remineralizing tooth powder that I found on wellnessmama.com

Remineralizing Tooth Powder

* I ground up some dried mint leaves that are used for mint tea.
** Just used cooking spices

To Use:
I dip my wet tooth brush into to powder and brush as I normally would. I have been using this for about a month and I really think my teeth are whiter. I also scrub my tongue with it, and I feel like I have a happy mouth 🙂

Homemade Cleaner

I found an excellent homemade cleaner that I love and use on everything. It smells great and cleans up every mess I have tried it on. I keep a pretty container of old kitchen towels and rags in the kitchen. I just grap one for every new mess. I then actually have enough whites to make a full laundry load of whites!!
I found it in the Rodale, “Where Health Meets Life” online blog called “The Nickel Pincher”.

Check out the article “The Nickel Pincher: Spring-Cleaning, Naturally (and Affordably)”

Almost Everything Cleaner Taken from The Nickel Pincher with a few of my own notes
2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon washing soda (not baking soda)
Hot water
4 tablespoons vinegar (I use white)
½ teaspoon natural liquid soap
¼ teaspoon tea tree oil
8 drops rosemary oil
8 drops tangerine oil
8 drops lavender oil

Dissolve borax and washing soda (you’ll find both in the laundry boosters section of the supermarket) into 2 cups very hot water, strain the mixture through a very fine sieve (I use a paper towel inside of my funnel), and funnel into a 1-quart spray bottle (or pour in slowly, leaving behind any undissolved powder). Add the rest of the ingredients (you can find essential oils at a health-food store or for a lot less online) and shake to blend. Top off with more hot water and shake again.

This spray cuts through even the greasiest grime, and the essential oils help chase away germs and odors while leaving behind a delightful (and healthy) fragrance. The ingredients will cost you a bit more up front than buying a bottle of ready-made cleaner would, but in the long run they will make dozens of bottles of cleaner, costing far less per bottle.

To use, spray onto any hard surface, scrub as needed with the rough side of a kitchen sponge (give really yucky areas an extra squirt and a few extra minutes to soften before sponging), and wipe off dirt and cleaner with a dry cotton cleaning cloth. Toss the cleaning cloth (I use cloths cut from old terrycloth towels) in the wash basket when you’re done.

Installing Jelly Bean on my Kindle Fire

I decided that I wanted to try out the new Android Operating System (JellyBean) on my Kindle Fire instead of the default OS (highly modified Gingerbread). JellyBean is what is used on the Google-Nexus7 Tablet.

I found this good tutorial. This tutorial uses a PC and the PC-Kindle Fire Utility Software, but you can use the Mac app. See another of my posts, Rooting Kindle Fire on the Mac

for more information watch this video:
How to Install Jelly Bean on the Amazon Kindle Fire

The links for jellybean and the googleApps (gapps) were found on xda

Rooting the Kindle Fire (1st Gen) v.6.3.1

I have a first Generation Kindle Fire. I rooted it when I first got it Christmas 2011, but with each upgrade it gets unrooted. I just found and tried out this great tutorial on rooting your KF using a Mac. Most tutorials are for the PC. This tutorial is specifically for the 1st Gen KF with the 6.3 or 6.3.1 OS.

To use the Kindle Fire Utility Software on my Mac I had to enable execution of “Applications downloaded from Anywhere” in the Security Settings.

Great Tutorial for Rooting your 1st Gen Kindle Fire on a Mac is here

Root Kindle Fire Mac (6.3 & 6.3.1)

My new garden

August 08, 2012:
This past week I was quite busy. I started my new garden!! I had to get new soil, dig holes, mix up the old and new dirt, fix the irrigation, and plant seeds!!

I started a ton of plants. I already have seedlings. My beets, collard greens, and lettuce mix have sprouted. I am anxiously waiting for the rest.



August 22, 2012:

Almost all of my seeds have sprouted!! I am still waiting on the peppers, parsnips, parsley, and sage.

I had to put sticks up around some of the plants to keep them safe from dog paws 🙂

Riverside Greenery

Most mornings I am up and out of the house before 7AM to take my best friends on a walk through the neighborhood and nearby hills. I often see beautiful flowers, and I can’t help but to take pictures. Here are some of my morning flower sitings 🙂

Moving!!


Hello to anyone and everyone that visits my site. Next Friday and Saturday, July 20th and the 21st, I will be moving. Because I host this site myself, when I unplug my computer the site will go down. So if you find that you cannot access the site on Friday or Saturday it is due to this. I hope to only be down for a few hours.

Sofia