DIY Sugar Scrub

Lately I've been addicted to making my life a little more luxurious. You know, extremely comfortable, elegant, or enjoyable, especially in a way that involves great expense (or that's how Webster's defines it). Except, I don't necessarily have a lot of expense. I'm a teacher, not a football player or something.....

So a friend of mine introduced me to this amazing podcast/blog that has completely transformed my thinking on everyday tasks (thanks Genevieve!). The podcast is called The Simple Sophisticate, and it's based off of author Shannon Ables' blog, The Simply Luxurious Life. Her blog and podcast are all about living your best life through simple, everyday luxurious, focusing on quality over quantity, and  being content with where you are in life. You should definitely check it out <--------- 

Anyhow, listening to a few of her podcasts really got me thinking about my everyday life.
I get up at 5 AM and am out the door at 5:40 to head to work. I get to school around 7 AM if I'm lucky, sometimes more like 7:30. I am at school until 4/4:30, depending on the day, and then I have a two hour commute back home. I've really been struggling with my schedule since I started at this school, and there have definitely been some difficult days. What I started realizing, though, was that I needed to make my everyday tasks something to be enjoyed so that I could be happy.

Enter: sugar scrubs. Or rather, enter: my new bed routine.
I'll confess, up until the last month or so, showering was mostly just a hassle to me. I had to fit it in the last 15 minutes before I hopped in bed at night and it was nuisance, a necessarily evil. However, I have fully dedicated myself to a nighttime routine that I truly look forward to. On my drive home, if I get frustrated in traffic, I can focus on getting to do my bed routine and it cheers me up. One day soon I'll share that routine, but for now, all you need to know is that lavender sugar scrubs are a part of it :)

Sugar scrubs are SUPER easy to make and are so delightful! They smell great and leave your skin feeling like silk afterward. They are so fun to make and put in little jars in your bathroom. Here is the recipe I have been using:


DIY Sugar Scrub
1 portion sugar
1/2 portion oil
Essential oils
Flower buds

My specific recipe:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
A few drops of lavender essential oil
Dried lavender buds

Using this in the shower feels luxurious and I love the smell of lavender anyway. This is one simple idea to make an everyday task more enjoyable, that doesn't cost anything! There are many variations; you can use any essential oil, and you can eliminate flower buds if you don't have them. You can use almond oil or coconut oil, and you can even substitute the sugar for epsom salts. You create what you would enjoy the most, and then go enjoy it :)

Have you ever made a sugar scrub? Do you have any tips on making my everyday life more enjoyable and luxurious? Please share below!





It has officially been more than a YEAR since I wrote on here! How in the world did this happen?

I MISS blogging. A LOT. I loved this little blog and most importantly I loved the people I met through it. I miss writing. I miss sharing my life. A lot of things have happened in a year and I felt it was necessary to step away, without really knowing where this would go...but I genuinely miss it so much.

I really, really want to get this little guy up and running again. I don't think the title or layout fits anymore, and I want to get a variety of posts going, but I just miss this community and I miss writing so much, that I want to revive it somehow. This is my goal for September! In the meantime, here are a few updates:

Living in Chicago, with boyfriend and Rodney. 

We have a great little house in the suburbs, and it feels like HOME. Tommy has let me have complete control of decorating which I sincerely appreciated at first, and then realized that he is just as into it as I am, so it's made it even better. We've done a lot to the house in the 8 months I have lived there.


Well, I am teaching again! I am working at a charter school in the city, teaching 8th grade ELA, so right where I belong! Unfortunately the commute really sucks but I am glad to be in a classroom again and to have health insurance once more :)


Oooooh my goodness. Yeah well. This year has been a crapshoot for fitness, and my health in general. If you follow me on social media at all, you know I moved from Asheville to Chicago in December. I can't even begin to explain how much adjusting I did.....going from AZ to NC to IL in less than a year was traumatizing, and then I went from the hot hot desert to mild, green woods and thrown directly into midwest winter. It kind of sucked. I hate winter. The days were so short and we couldn't leave the house or get outside and I seriously think that last winter confirmed my seasonal depression, so we will see how this year goes. I was unmotivated, to say the least, and I couldn't afford to join a gym or anything like that, because I was working as a sub during the day and nights and weekends at Athleta and barely scraping by. I could not get myself off the freaking couch and moving. It was really, really hard. Also, my boyfriend is a chef, and we were newly moved in together, so basically I just ate everything I could get my hands on for about three months straight and barely blinked an eye. 

Once spring started to roll around, things turned up a little. We got outside more and I felt more motivated when I could actually see the sun. We took a few trips:

We went to Starved Rock and also to the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan, which was just so cool!

I started going to a yoga studio with one of my Athleta coworkers and that really changed everything. I MISSED YOGA so so so much. I stopped doing the online challenges on Instagram because of everything in life that was going on, and I think that made a huge difference. 

Now, this summer, I have been more committed to working out and getting back into a normal eating routine. However, I still have a few pounds left over that I NEED to get rid of, so after many years of shunning Beachbody coaches, I did a turnabout and signed up to do the 21 Day Fix! I am on day four now and already the portioning is making a huge difference. I just feel so much better. So hopefully the next two weeks will continue going well, and a week from Monday my challenge group starts!

I never wanted to be a Beachbody coach but at the point I am at now, I feel like it is a really good thing for me. I desperately need the accountability, and to get myself back where I want to be I really needed to commit to a simple program that was laid out already. I know it's not for everyone, but I am really, really excited to see where this takes me. I am loving all the food and workouts so far!

Finally, I got to meet my idols this spring!!! Yes, that is me with KARENA AND KATRINA OF TONE IT UP!!! Seriously the coolest day of my life. They are so amazing and sweet in person!

So, now I am in a situation where I am leaving at 6 am every day for work, getting home at 6 pm or later, and I have very little free time. This has made me realize that I want to utilize this free time and do something good for me that I love to do, that isn't related to my career. I loved this little blog, and I want to become more invested in it. I think that as I start to recreate it, I will add more lifestyle posts in- DIY, decorating, personal development, etc. But this was, for two years, my little space to connect with like minded people, and it was my creative outlet as well. I want to recommit to that. So, have a wonderful evening, and hopefully I will be talking to you again soon!



I'm Baaaack!!

Well....it's definitely been awhile, people. I hope all of you had a fabulous summer! Between the busyness at home and my big move I had no time to put together any posts, and now that I'm at my house I found out that I can't get Internet in my area (that should tell you how far in the mountains I'm living!). But, I'm at school with some down time and am making blogging a priority again, mostly because I miss it SO much, and because I miss the people I have made relationships with through this venue :) Here's a little update on my life since June!

This summer I:

Did a ton of DIY for my house!
Developed an addiction to iced coffee
Got to spend time with friends and family that I haven't seen in a long time
Hung out with Rodney
Went out to eat (a lot)
Moved to Asheville!
Went hiking
Started dating someone :)
New boyfriend came to NC to visit this weekend, and we went to the Biltmore Estates
Got flowers
Made homemade pasta with an antique pasta maker
Went to Lake Michigan
Spent a lot of time in Chicago

And I think that's as short of an update as I can give! 

In terms of food and fitness, I have to say this wasn't my best summer, but....I kind of don't care. I had such a wonderful summer and enjoyed every second of being back in Illinois. Now that I'm in my own place and doing my own grocery shopping though I'm back on track. I have also taken a few yoga classes here in Asheville and have gone hiking twice so I'm feeling much more normal! 

So far I LOVE Asheville. The atmosphere is so cool and my school is really amazing. I really miss my boyfriend, friends and family back home but overall I think it's going to be a good year. I am so happy to be back on the blog!!

What was the highlight of your summer?