Okay, so let’s be honest. The thought of being snowed in with three kids ages 2, 4 and 7 can be a little daunting. I mean, they are going to argue and bicker and have tantrums no matter how many activities I engage them in or tricks I pull out of my magic hat. So when the kids are finally quiet and watching a movie, napping (this doesn’t happen too often anymore!) or crafting to their hearts content (I swear, sometimes I mistake my kitchen for an art studio!), it gives me a few minutes to whip up a few things that I can enjoy and indulge in once they are fast asleep for the night.
My typical nightly routine after I make lunches, finish cleaning up the kitchen, fold the 100th load of laundry and get everything ready for the next day when the troops arise, is to slip on my pj’s, make a cup of herbal tea and relax in the living room with the hubster (I usually read a magazine and he’s glued to the TV). But on snowy winter days when the kids are stuck inside, I feel like I deserve a little more pampering. Here are two easy recipes for do-it-yourself body products to help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth during this cold season. I like to follow up my in-home spa treatments with a cup of Boozy Hot Cocoa (get my recipe below).
This homemade, exfoliating Almond Lip Sugar is made with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. It gently removes the chapped skin on your lips, leaving them soft and supple. Make a big batch and give some to your friends, too. I’m warning you — it’s good enough to eat!
1 Tbsp. white sugar
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tsp. olive oil
1 Tsp. coconut oil, softened slightly in microwave
A drop or two of pure almond extract
- Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of sugar together in a small bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and mix well.
- Add 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil and mix well.
- Add almond extract; mix well.
- Spoon into a container and use within 1-2 weeks.
To use, take a dime size amount of scrub and rub gently onto dry lips. Gently rub until some of the sugar has dissolved. Rinse well with warm water. Follow with your favorite lip balm.
Homemade Vanilla-Brown Sugar Foot Scrub
Slough this over dry, tired feet for an instant pick-me-up.
1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Drop of pure vanilla extract for fragrance
In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until well combined. I used the back of a spoon to ensure that the sugar was broken up and well-incorporated.
Use on your feet, elbows or other rough areas. I find that scrubs like this work best on slightly wet or damp feet. Rub into heels and all over feet. You may also want to scrub with a foot file or pumice stone. Rinse with warm water and follow with a nice lotion or foot cream.
Store in container for 1-2 weeks.
Boozy Hot Cocoa
Long day with the kids or at the office? No problem! Indulge in this rich, decadent, chocoholic’s dreamy hot cocoa. I used Godiva Chocolate Liqueur to booze it up a bit, but feel free to use whatever you prefer or have on hand. Amaretto is an excellent choice, as is Frangelico or even a light rum.
(Makes 2 servings)
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. espresso powder
1/3 cup dark chocolate morsels/chips
2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
In a small pot, begin to heat the milk over low heat. Once the milk is warm, add the cocoa powder and espresso powder. Whisk until the powders dissolve into the milk.
Next, add the dark chocolate. Using a spoon, stir the mixture until the chocolate melts.
Add the sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Stir for a few minutes longer. Once the sugar is dissolved and steam begins to come off the pot, it’s done. Remove from the heat. You want to be careful not to burn the milk.
Stir in the Godiva liqueur. Ladle into mugs. Top with whipped cream and serve hot.