Sunday, October 30, 2011

...a new bedroom?

It's Sunday. I normally don't do much on Sundays but today was full of heavy lifting. I woke up this morning with the intention of doing a whole lot of nothing. I figured I would go for a short run- I bought this shirt about running and I feel that I have to be a runner to wear it- then come home take a shower and go to the market. Well, that didn't happen.

After my run, I walked into my room, looked at my floor and decided it needed to be vacuumed. Since I had already pulled my bed away from the wall- so that I could wash my sheets- I figured I would vacuum back there, too. While vacuuming, I thought to myself, "You really should vacuum behind all your furniture." And that one little thought caused me to rearrange all the furniture in my room, with the exception of my bed.

Although, after all that heavy lifting there is nothing better than curling up in a nice, warm, clean bed for the night.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

...pumpkin pie body scrub?

Um, yeah, No. So, I made the pumpkin pie scrub last weekend. In theory it sounded great, in actuality it failed. There are a few things I didn't like about it: 1. It resembled baby food in look, smell and texture. 2. I didn't like the consistency. It was too runny. I know I could have fixed the consistency issue by adding more sugar, but really I couldn't get over the baby food aspect of it. I am glad I tried it out in advance, because I would never give it out as a gift. Now I have some time to try some other scrubs.

Here is the recipe in case you want it:
1 cup sugar (any kind)
1/4 cup oil ( I used safflower oil because it doesn't have much smell.)
1/4 cup pumpkin pie mix
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Vitamin E (a natural preservative)
1 tablespoon Vodka ( a natural preservative)

Almost anything is better than curling up with this pumpkin pie body scrub.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

...a great home-made body scrub?

Two years ago, a co-worker gave me a home-made brown sugar and honey body scrub for Christmas. I loved the idea so much, that I went home and made some to give out myself. That year I made a simple scrub with white granulated sugar, grape seed oil, and vanilla extract. Last year, I made a brown sugar and honey scrub. Again it was a simple recipe: brown sugar, honey, and oil.

As October comes to an end my thoughts have drifted to the holidays. I have been thinking about what scrub I will make this year. I don't want to make what I've already made, so I've been searching the internet for different recipes. I just have a few requirements. The ingredients must be readily available and cheap. Preferably they are items I already have in my kitchen. Also I want it to last, so ingredients like milk and yogurt are out. It is amazing how many recipes are out there. Most of them are fairly similar, but occasionally one will stand out. (Pumpkin Pie Body Scrub!)

My next step is to try some of these recipes, and maybe a few of my own. I will let you know what I think, when I am done. Because...

There is almost nothing better than curling up with a home-made body scrub.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

…me and Curl Up With…?

I guess this should have been my first post, but oh well. Late is better than never. So, here is a little about me and what you can expect to find at Curl Up With.

I am a twenty-something educator of America’s youth in sunny Southern California. I love to ride my bike, and do ride whenever I can, which normally is after work Monday thru Friday. I also have a set date with the YMCA for muscle conditioning on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as, Pilates on Tuesday and Thursday, and yoga and muscle conditioning on Saturday. On Sunday, you will find me enjoying the three Rs. Rest. Relaxation. Reading.

Curl Up With… is my blog about things I feel like sharing. You will find book reviews, recipes, exercise ideas, and maybe just a little bit of randomness. My goal is to make "Curl Up With…" a fun and interesting place for you to stop by every once in a while.

Some up-coming posts include:
 …home-made jelly soap?
 …home-made pumpkin pie body scrub?
 …home-made vanilla extract?

There is almost nothing better than curling up with…