Sippy Cups and Your Child’s Teeth

sippycupAs soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay or nursing mouth syndrome) is frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liquids, such as fruit juice, milk or formula, which all contain sugar.

Tooth decay can occur when a baby is put to bed with a bottle. Infants should finish their naptime or bedtime bottle before going to bed. Because decay can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child, you should encourage your children to drink from a cup by their first birthdays.

Many training cups, also called sippy or tippy cups, are available in stores. Many are “no spill” cups, which are essentially baby bottles in disguise. “No spill” cups include a valve beneath the spout to stop spills. However, cups with valves do not allow your child to sip. Instead the child gets liquid by sucking on the cup, much like a baby bottle. This practice defeats the purpose of using a training cup, as it prevents the child from learning to sip.

Don’t let your child carry the training cup around. Toddlers are often unsteady on their feet. They take an unnecessary risk if they try to walk and drink at the same time. Falling while drinking from a cup has the potential to injure the mouth.

A training cup should be used temporarily. Once your child has learned how to sip, the training cup has achieved its purpose. It can and should be set aside when no longer needed.

Tips

For sipping success, carefully choose and use a training cup. As the first birthday approaches, encourage your child to drink from a cup. As this changeover from baby bottle to training cup takes place, be very careful:

  • what kind of training cup you choose
  • what goes into the cup
  • how frequently your child sips from it
  • that your child does not carry the cup around

Please go talk to pediatric dentists, Drs. Hardaway and Conn at Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Conn and Hardaway for more information. If your child has not had a dental examination, schedule a “well baby checkup” for his or her teeth. The American Dental Association says that it is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur within six months of the appearance of the first tooth, and no later than the child’s first birthday.

Make Your Own: Baby Food

Once upon a time, a company had a really great idea. They dreamed up this awesome little machine that would first steam, then puree any food one might wish to feed a baby. It even doubled as a bottle warmer. Then they charged buyers $99.00 each to buy one. I wish that had been my idea, because there are apparently a whole lot of people out there with three conditions I wouldn’t have expected to be so prevalent in these troubled times: enough money to buy one, enough kitchen space to store it, and a sore lack of frugal habits to prevent them from wasting said money and space.

More power to the manufacturers, I guess, but they’re not getting their hands on my money that easily! Neither are the baby food pushers on aisle 7 at the local grocery store. I could waste just as much money buying baby food as I would if I bought the aforementioned appliance. The frugal way, and the healthier one, is to make your own baby food. Making your own baby food is so easy that I swore off it not too long after my first baby started solid foods. (I admit, I’ve had to buy baby food to get the jars before because nothing else would do for a craft, but otherwise, there’s just no good reason to waste your money on pureed green beans.)

What do I feed my baby?

Whatever you eat, of course! While you don’t want to start baby on spicy black beans or anything, it is usually easy to plan your meals to include something a baby can have. For first foods, I start them around six months, except for this last baby who didn’t want food until he was 7 months old. Nearly any vegetable or fruit will do. I even do chicken or fish occasionally! Bananas and avocado are two of my favorite first foods, because you don’t need to do anything but smash them with a fork. Remember to always use a strainer for peas, as the hulls are yucky and hard to swallow no matter how soft they get. My babies also get a lot of plain yogurt mixed with banana, prunes, or apples. Don’t buy flavored yogurt for them (or yourself!), as it has a lot of junk in it.

prunes

A few foods that simply do not work for baby food? Corn, rice, beans (really hard to digest for a baby under one year of age), tomatoes (too acidic), and potatoes (maybe that’s just me). Skip the rice and oatmeal cereals in the baby food aisle, even if your doctor says to start with them. They just constipate the baby, and he doesn’t need those carbs anyway! Follow the usual advice to space new foods out with a few days between trials so you can be aware of allergic reactions.

How do I do it?

I guess you could do it the old-fashioned way and just pre-chew your baby’s food yourself, but…well…no. We won’t go there. Technology is good.

Do you have a steamer basket? If not, that’s really the only tool you really need, so go buy one. A small metal colander will do just as well. Steamed foods retain color, flavor, and nutrients much better than boiled ones do. Carrots, broccoli, or sweet potatoes are some of my favorites. Some foods, like apples, are better peeled and cooked with a little water. Experiment with different ways for different foods. After steaming, you can strain your baby food through a fine sieve, or use an inexpensive stick blender to puree the food. If you want to do chicken or fish, you’ll have to use a stick blender. As baby gets a little bit older, you can easily add shredded cheese to many vegetables. Use your imagination.

For bigger babies (from 9 months on), all you need is to dice the foods very small and steam them enough for them to smash them. No pureeing required!

Make ahead.

Whether it’s because the meals I have planned aren’t going to be very good for a baby’s tummy or I have to travel and need convenient baby-sized portions, sometimes I need some fast baby food. I try to always have something in the fridge or freezer for those times. Bananas and avocado make perfect convenience baby foods. Just peel, smash, and serve. For veggies and other fruits, I steam and puree big batches and then store them in the freezer in single-serving sized plastic storage bowls.

What about prunes?

Babies can get constipated when they start solid foods, especially if there are a lot of bananas in their diet. First, lay off the bananas for a while. Then get some prunes! I had been in the habit of buying my prunes from the baby food aisle, because they were too sticky to blend. Then it occurred to me that the baby food factories didn’t have any special magic that I don’t have, so there must be a better way. I was right. You can steam those suckers and rehydrate them! A pack of baby food prunes costs about a dollar for two servings, and that’s not too bad. However, an 18 oz. canister of whole prunes only costs around three dollars, and you can get at least five times as many servings out of that. My homemade prunes are so much thicker that I think I must have been paying for a product that was mostly water! Steam whole prunes for 10 minutes, puree with enough water to make them the right consistency, and you’ve just saved yourself a few dollars a week. They taste better, too. I even put some on my own pancakes this morning. Almost as good as apple butter!

pancakes

Baby food makers like to let us think that there’s some unfathomable mystery about introducing foods to our babies, as if the human race has always had a Gerber plant right down the road. All it really requires is five or ten minutes a week (seriously) to give our babies foods that are as nutritious and fresh as the foods we eat.

Baking Soda Helps Clean Up Bedwetting Accidents

Bedwetting accidents happen. It’s plain and simple. They just happen. My oldest daughter not so much, but we went through a few accidents with my youngest daughter. A few years ago, I heard from a friend about a great tip. I have been passing on this tip to friends. Obviously, you cannot purchase a new mattress after every accident, so this tip is much more doable on a family budget. baking-soda

1. Once the accident happens, immediately strip the bed. Try to blot the mattress with a paper towel to soak up the urine. Do not rub as this will cause the stain to get bigger.

2. Take a box of baking soda and sprinkle all over. Allow to sit for at least 8 eight hours, so it can draw out the remaining moisture and also take away the smell.

3. Take the hose from your vacuum cleaner and vacuum up all the baking soda.

4. Take a mixture of 1 -cup vinegar and 1-cup of hot water. Spray all over the mattress where the accident happened.

5. Grab a hair dryer and dry the mattress. OR open the shades or blinds in the room and let it air dry.

6. After drying, spray febreeze lightly over the mattress.

This works as I have used this tip many times and friends have used the tip. Hope it helps you.

 

Child Diet and Dental Health Tips

Child DentalWe are 15 days into the New Year. Last year, I made big health and wellness changes in my life. I am making it my goal to implement changes into my daughters’ health and wellness for 2013. Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Martha Hardaway from the office of Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Conn and Hardaway in Boone, NC is sharing her child diet and health tips with us.

FACTS ON FOOD

If children have poor diets, their teeth may not develop properly. Children need protein, vitamins and minerals, especially calcium and phosphorous, to build strong teeth and resist tooth decay and gum disease.

Parents should select meals and snacks for dental health and for general health, providing sound nutrition as defined by “MyPlate” of the US Department of Agriculture. Snacks, served no more than three times a day, should contribute to the overall nutrition and development of the child. Some healthy snacks are cheese, vegetables, yogurt, peanut butter and milk.

Sugars are essentially the same, whether natural or processed, to cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. All types of sugars and the foods that contain them can play a role in tooth decay.

A child who licks a piece of hard candy every few minutes to make it last longer or slowly sips a sugared drink while studying, is flirting with a high risk of tooth decay. Such long-lasting snacks create an acid attack on teeth for the entire time they are in the mouth.

Cooked starches (fermentable carbohydrates) can lead to cavities just as sugars can. In fact, such cooked starches as breads, crackers, pasta, pretzels and potato chips frequently take longer to clear the mouth than sugars. So the decay risk may last even longer.

A food with sugar or starch is safer for teeth if it is eaten with a meal, not as a snack.

DIET AND DENTAL HEALTH

Children’s dental health depends less on what they eat and more on how often they eat it. Food does not cause tooth decay, but constant eating does.

About 90 percent of all foods contain sugars or starches that enable bacteria in dental plaque to produce acids. This attack by bacterial acid, lasting 20 minutes or more, can lead to loss of tooth mineral and to cavities.

Acids present in carbonated beverages can have a greater negative effect (ie, erosion) on enamel than the acids produced by bacteria from the sugars present in sweetened drinks.

Research showed 13 percent of children aged 2 through 10 had diets high in consumption of carbonated soft drinks, and these children had a significantly higher dental caries experience in the primary dentition than did children with other fluid consumption patterns.

CHEESE: THE CAVITY FIGHTER

Certain cheeses have been shown to have characteristics that disrupt the development of cavities when eaten alone as a snack or at the end of a meal.

Cheeses such as aged cheddar, swiss, mozzarella and monterey jack stimulate the flow of saliva, clearing the mouth of food debris and acting as a buffer to neutralize the acids that attack teeth.

The calcium and phosphorous found in cheese also reduce or prevent decreases in pH levels of saliva and promote remineralization of tooth enamel.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: DIET AND DENTAL HEALTH

  • Ask your pediatric dentist to help you assess your child’s diet.
  • Provide a balanced diet and save foods with sugar or starch for meal times.
  • Limit the number of snack times. Choose nutritious snacks.
  • Do not provide sodas or sweetened tea to your child.
  • Shop smart. Do not routinely stock your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks. Buy “fun foods” just for special times.
  • Do not put your young child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice.
  • If your child chews gum or sips soda, select products that are sugar-free. Recent evidence suggests the use of
    xylitol chewing gum can decrease a child’s caries rate.

Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Conn and Hardaway office is located at 373 Boone Heights Dr. in Boone. Please feel free to contact them via phone (828) 264-0110. If you have any questions, you may leave them in the comments section on this post or email us.

Canny Couponing Classes ~ “Where Savings Makes Cents!”

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing “Canny Couponing”

Reservations are now being taken for classes on the “ins & outs” of effective couponing. The new class will inform the user all about some unique ways of using coupons to lower their monthly grocery bill, using coupons in tandem to double their savings, where to find coupons, discovering sales cycles, and so forth. 

 The six week course is designed to help the user gain knowledge and understanding of the coupon process with an Introductory Class followed by an Advanced Class.

 With the downturn in the economy, many people across the nation have had to find new and additional ways and methods to make their food dollars go further.  Effective couponing by millions of women and men has become the rage thus saving many families hundreds of dollars normally spent on groceries, toiletries, medicines, school supplies, and many other items.

 The “Canny Couponing” class will be held at MK’s Southern Cooking Restaurant & Bar (formerly known as Glidewell’s Tavern) located at 1182 Main Street in Blowing Rock.  The class begins on Monday, October 8th from 6-8 p.m. and repeats every Monday through November 12thIn December, there is to be a special Holiday Couponing class with a Christmas Recipe & Cookie Exchange with new classes at the beginning of the new year.

 The cost of the class is $15 for the first session and $8 for each of the next five classes.  Class fees may be paid weekly or paid in full at the beginning with $5 off the full payment. Fees include a coupon binder, coupon pocket sleeves, a labeling system, highlighter, pen, accessories, weekly sales lists, store coupon policies, information regarding weekly ads, coupon clip and swap, and much more. 

 To register or for more information, email Keri Hamrick at cannycouponing@gmail.com.  Give your name, email address, method of payment, and your choice of payment.  An invoice will be sent to your email for payment through PayPal.  If more info regarding PayPal payment is needed, notify Hamrick that another method is needed for payment and information will be sent to your email address.

 More information can be found about “Canny Couponing” on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CannyCouponing and Twitter@cannycouponing or email  cannycouponing@gmail or call 828.719.6615.

 

ReSound for Women! A New Christian Women’s Support Group in the High Country

ReSound for Women! is a new Christian Women’s Support Group right here in the High Country. This support group is a place where women can meet together, a place of healing and grace finding encouragement, not condemnation, empowerment and equipping to be all that God has for them to be! A ministry through Healing Waters Ministries, ReSound for Women is there to be a help and to support.

Healing Waters Ministries has just opened its doors recently, but has been in the works for quite some time. Founder Keri Hamrick has had a heart for women for many years. With her background in social work, Christian counseling and life coaching, she knows that this is a natural progression with an initial endeavor of this women’s group.

As the foundation of this support group, Healing Waters is a place of healing and restoring for those who have been through life circumstances causing “Heart Hurts”. It is a place of support, ministry, and prayer coming together to lift one another up and allowing God to bring wholeness to lives.

The mission of Healing Waters is accomplished through teaching, training, equipping, and empowering so that in turn women can find healing and wholeness. Come and discover your spiritual identity and authority as you take back surrendered ground from the enemy!

The next meeting of ReSound for Women! is this coming Tuesday, July 24th starting at 7pm. Monthly meetings are every 2nd & 4th Tuesday nights from 7-8:30pm held at 315 State Farm Rd., next to the VFW in the brown brick hexagon shaped building. Donations accepted. You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HealingWatersMinistriesOrg. For more info email healingwatersministries.org@gmail.com, or call 828-719-6615.

North Carolina’s No Kid Hungry Program ~ Summer Meals For Kids!

More than 16 million children in America struggle with hunger, and even more so during the summer months when kids are not in school to receive free or reduced meals. This is not in a rural area or third world country, this is right here in our own back yard. We might be the ones seeing our children suffer from this, or we certainly might know a family around us who this affects. Now, there is good news!

 

 

Recently, our Governor Bev Perdue joined with No Kid Hungry North Carolina and launched a partnership with Share Our Strength, a national non-profit organization that North Carolina works with, along with others like our Governments, Non-Profit organizations, and Businesses. The goal is to bring about more awareness of the childhood hunger issue in NC and to present solutions that work.

 

The No Kid Hungry program is ending hunger experienced by our kids on a daily basis by joining kids with the healthy foods they need. They bring Governors, Mayors, Businesses and Owners, Chefs, Federal and State Agencies, Educators, and Community Leader together where youth Live at home, Learn at schools, and Play with their friends. The No Kid Hungry program also helps families and teaches them how to prepare and cook healthy and inexpensive meals through another program called “Cooking Matters”.

 

Just as North Carolina has school lunch and breakfast programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the USDA, now offers free summer meals to children across the state and is open to kids through age 18 who come to a summer meals site. Share Our Strength is making sure that the word gets out and lessens the barriers for kids and families to receive the assistance that is available to them. Some of those barriers include simple lack of awareness of the programs, a stigma or stereotype of people getting help, transportation problems, and parent’s trust. This program, along with the help of our communities, will tear these walls down as we come together. In addition, participating in this program helps to bring in federal funds to local communities resulting in a win-win situation. And, there are more than 1,000 sites serving free summer meals across the state, meaning that North Carolina has some great opportunities to help kids, families, and communities all in one!

 

Along with making sure kid’s nutrition needs are met through the summer months, many of the meal sites have exciting and fun activities for the children and youth so that they can stay active and be with their friends too.

Here are some specific details of the program:

  • All meals are FREE for kids and teens up through age 18 that come to a summer meals site.
  • All of the meals and food served follow the USDA nutritional rules and guidelines.
  • Foods and meals are funded by the USDA.
  • All summer meals sites are located at places that are safe for kids and teens to be at such as schools, churches, and community centers.
  • A lot of the meal sites have educational and recreational activities for kids of all ages to have fun, eat and be with their friends, and participate in.
  • There is no application for the program, parents can simply bring their kids to the meals site in their community.

 

In the High Country, summer meal sites are located at~

  1. Mountain View Elementary School – 2789 Hwy. 221 N. Jefferson, NC 28640  Open from June 7th through July 27th, 2012 from 8am – 12:15pm. Call 336-982-8493 with any questions.
  2. Alleghany High School – 404 Trojan Ave. Sparta, NC 28675  Open from May 24th through June 29th, 2012 from 7:30am – 12pm Noon. Call 336-372-8011 with any questions.
  3. Sparta Elementary School – 450 N. Main St. Sparta, NC 28675  Open from May 24th through June 15th, 2012 from 7:30am – 12pm Noon. Call 336-372-2169 with any questions.
  4. Piney Creek Elementary School – 559 Piney Creek School Rd. Piney Creek, NC 28663  Open from May 24th through June 15th, 2012 from 7:30am – 12pm Noon. Call 336-359-2988 with any questions.

Governor Perdue’s North Carolina’s No Kid Hungry program is sponsored generously by the Arby’s Foundation, supported by Weight Watchers, and is part of Share Our Strength’s national No Kid Hungry campaign. The campaign’s efforts are also supported by core partners in ConAgra Foods Foundation, Food Network and Walmart.

For more information or to get involved in any of these programs, visit their website at Strength.org. Also, to find a summer meals site online, go to NC.NoKidHungry.org, or text “FoodNC” to 877-877.

 

Glitter Glitz Productions Announces: Summer Camps & “Natural” Beauty Pageant

Glitter Glitz Productions is announcing their 2012/2013 upcoming Summer Camps and “Natural” Beauty Pageants open to all participants throughout the High Country area. The Summer Camps include Cheer, Pom Dance, and Dance Camp. It’s an exciting time of helping kids come out of their shell, and to become all that they can be, especially if there is talents shown in these areas.

 

Owners Lori Tolbert and Lee Marshall started Glitter Glitz Productions as an independent competition company which host Dance Competitions and Pageants promoting Self-Confidence as their number one goal in a fun family-friendly atmosphere. It has truly evolved into a family and they are always welcoming more students. Students will learn skills in Non-Competitive Cheering, Competitive Pom Dance, and Competitive Dance  with Glitter Glitz’s own Dance Team and hosting Competitions held throughout the region.

 

Glitter Glitz is having a New Sign-Up Night on May 7th and May 10th from 4-7pm held at the Home Builders Association on Hwy. 105 Bypass next to the Coca Cola Plant. The Summer Camps new season will be held from June 11th-16th and July 16th-20th from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Kids and Youth ages 3 to 16 are eligible and the cost is $100 per week, with each person receiving a Camp T-Shirt. What a steal! While there, the students will learn Stunting, Tumbling, a Cheer Routine, and then on the last day, they will perform what they have learned.

 

These ongoing activities really boost self-esteem, teaching kids and youth how to have poise, discipline, grace, along with building character and how to be a team player. The Beauty Pageant also brings about social learning for everyday situations like proper speaking, eloquence around a group, and standing tall. How could we not want these desirable qualities for our younger generations and all in a fun and safe environment?

 

The “Natural” Beauty Pageant is coming up on July 28th for Infants through 18 years of age. By “Natural”, Lori Tolbert states that, “everything with the participants are natural. Their natural hair – no wigs, natural teeth – no vaseline for a fake smile, and such. (See example picture on side) The Dresses also don’t have to be like a Pageant Dress, it can be a beautiful Sunday Dress”. This helps to make it more affordable and putting the emphasis on the person and not the clothing.

 

Here are the Age Divisions: Baby Miss (0-1 yrs); Wee Miss (2-3yrs); Tiny Miss (4-6yrs) ; Little Miss (7-9yrs); Jr. Miss (10-12yrs); Teen Miss (13-15yrs); and Miss (16-18 years). There are also several categories of the Pageant as well. The Categories of Competition are: Baby & Wee Miss – which will model Sunday or Short Pageant Dress and Swim Wear; Tiny & Little Miss Divisions – in which will model attire will be Short Pageant or Sunday Dress, Sports Sportswear, Swim Wear, and Talent; and then lastly the Jr, Teen, and Miss Division – where they will model attire in Short Pageant or Sunday Dress, Sports Sportswear, Swim Wear, and Talent too. The stage and walkway for the Pageant will be in a “T” shape so that the models and participants will know how to walk, where to stop, and turn.

 

The culmination will be Awards, Age Division Queens, Beautiful Crowns, Custom Sashes, the Photogenic Queen, and then the Overall Queen with the Highest Score. A very exciting time for sure!

 

For more information, visit their website at http://www.glitterglitzproductions.com, contact Lori Tolbert at 828-773-9079 or Lee Marshall at 828-964-3569. Glitter Glitz Productions also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glitter-Glitz-Productions/217327818296954 and you can follow them on Twitter at @ glitterglitz11.

 

 

 

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System: Upcoming Classes and Events for May 2012

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System here in Watauga County is a network that offers a variety of services. You will find Doctors from general practice to specialist, the Wellness Center for fitness, and Educational Classes to keep our community informed about medical issues.

Here is a list of exciting upcoming events to empower each of us to be more healthy and health conscious.

 

On Tuesday, May 1st, the Watauga Medical Center will present the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED Course from 6-9pm. Held in the Auditorium, this Basic Life Support type course will help anyone who would like to learn CPR for infants through adults. Also taught will be how to help someone who is choking, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator or AED if someone’s heart stops or they stop breathing. Upon completing the 3-hour course, a Completion Card will be issued which is good for a 2 year period.  The cost for this course is $40 and class size is limited, with Pre-registration and Pre-pay expected. For more information, contact Candy Jones through the ARHS Community Outreach by email at cfjones@apprhs.org or call her at 828-268-8960.

 

 

Also on Tuesday, May 1st, the Watauga Medical Center will again host the American Heart Association BLS for HCP Part II- Skills Check from 5-6 pm in the Auditorium. As a little bit further advanced class, this course is geared to Healthcare Providers who are wanting to have an initial or a renewal of the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course completion card. There are two parts to this course and Part 1 is available to be completed online at onlineAHA.org  and takes between 1-2 hours. A Part 1 Completion Certificate will be issued and must be brought to the class for Part 2. Part 2 of the course will take about 1 hour. The cost of the class is $15 and again, class size is limited, and must be Pre-registerd and Pre-paid. For more information, contact Candy Jones through the ARHS Community Outreach by email at cfjones@apprhs.org or call her at 828-268-8960.

 

 

Then the following Tuesday, May 8th, the Watauga Medical Center has made available the  American Heart Association First Aid Course from 6-9 pm held in the Auditorium. This course is for all of the community who want to learn the Basic First Aid, First Responder skills to help in emergency situations until medical help comes. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to a variety of emergencies including a Heart Attack, Stroke, Choking, Bleeding, Seizures, Diabetic Reactions, Breathing Problems, Shock, and Environmental emergencies. Perfect for Babysitters, Life Guards, Day Care Providers, and virtually everyone, the cost is $30, the class size is limited and must be Pre-registered and Pre-paid. For more information, contact Candy Jones through the ARHS Community Outreach by email at cfjones@apprhs.org or call her at 828-268-8960.

 

And, on Friday, May 11th, the Boone Dermatology Clinic is offering a Free Skin Cancer Screening from 10am – 2pm. Sponsored also by the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, the Clinic will not require any appointments for the screenings, and they are done on a first come, first serve basis. A full body check or a spot check is available for any suspicious areas and is a painless screening. Family members are encouraged to come along as well to be a part. For more information, call the Boone Dermatology Clinic at 828-264-4553.

 

 

Look for other helpful classes and upcoming events throughout the year and make sure to take part in these exciting, important life-saving courses. You may save a life one day!

 

 

 

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Make-your-own Coffee Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Last week I had the privilege of hanging out with our local MOPS group and I learned a great new way to use good food to make something….great! But this time, it’s not actually MORE food.

Many of the young moms are on a tight budget and don’t have discretionary funds to buy luxury items like bath scrubs very often. One of the (extremely) creative Moms, Becky Parker, taught us all how to make our OWN body scrubs with items that most of us have in our cupboards already. (And check out Becky’s FB page. Her sweet treats are delicious!)

Coffee Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Coffee Brown Sugar Body Scrub

So, here’s my confession: I’ve never been a bubble bath/body scrub kinda gal. I’ve also never been even remotely willing to fork out a lot of money for things like bath salts or body scrubs. So I am ECSTATIC to find something so easy, inexpensive, and simple. I also love the fact that I know exactly what is going into these body scrubs. I’m not worried about chemicals or fragrances. In fact, I can pronounce all the ingredients….which is far more than I can say for my bottle of shampoo. If you want to take this recipe up a notch in terms of the healthy quotient, use organic ingredients.

Brown Sugar Coffee Body Scrub

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar Coffee Body Scrub

This Coffee Brown Sugar Body Scrub only requires 3 ingredients

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. ground coffee
  • 1/4 c. olive oil

Directions: 

This is such an easy recipe to follow. Measure out each ingredient into a medium-sized bowl. Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed. Store in an airtight container.

Variations:

Use brown sugar, olive oil, and non-iodized salt for a finer scrub. You can also substitute coconut oil for the olive oil. If you want something scented, a few drops of your favorite essential oils will make your scrub smell nice.

Brown Sugar & Salt Body Scrub

Brown Sugar & Salt Body Scrub

As I was exploring the world of DIY body scrubs, I noticed that some folks use twice or three times as much oil as this recipe. The resulting scrub is more like a thick liquid paste that you could spoon out. I like the granular texture of this recipe, but I do plan to experiment with the ratios. I also plan to try this with coconut oil.

To use this scrub, take a handful and smooth on your skin, using circular movements. Rinse off well. Having a handheld shower head makes rinsing out the shower or tub a lot easier. If you don’t have that type of shower head, plan to use rags or paper towels to wipe up the coffee grounds. It’s also important that you use a little soap to remove the slick of olive oil from the bottom of the shower so that the next person in the shower doesn’t slip.

I love the idea of using common food items to make a product that would cost me a LOT of money to buy at my local Bath & Bodyworks. Rumor has it that this bath scrub does wonders on rough, calloused feet; that’s what I’m trying next.

And as long as you’re pampering yourself, this might be a great time to grab a yummy slice of cheesecake or flourless chocolate torte from Stick Boy Bread Company. Their desserts are delicious and a great special treat.

Coffee Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Barb, writing for My Sister’s Kitchen

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