Lemongrass Mandarin Body Wash & Confessions of a Tee Ball Manager

I finally did it.  I made my own homemade body wash.  I found this recipe on Pinterest.  The recipe is for sweet orange body wash, which sounds great, but I didn’t have any sweet orange essential orange, so I changed the scent.  I decided to make Lemongrass Mandarin.  Several years back Bath and  Body Works had lemongrass mandarin as a limited time scent.  I thought it was amazing.  At the time I was working as a security officer at a local mall, and would do regular walk-throughs at Bath and Body Works, just to get a whiff.  I still have some of their body spray, and will probably refill it with my own recipe once it’s gone.  But I digress.

Lemongrass Mandarin Body Wash:

  • 2/3 cup castille soap  – I used Dr. Brommer’s unscented Baby-Mild castille soap
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons oil (jojoba, sweet almond) – I used sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 25 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 30 drops of mandarin oil

 

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I used an empty foaming soap dispenser for my body wash because I really like my soap to foam, and mixed it right in the container.  Once all the ingredients were in I stirred it really well with a spoon, and shook it up before I used it.  It smelled heavenly, and I was able to use it with my loofah.

As you can see, the recipe doesn’t make very much, so if I decide I don’t like it I won’t be stuck with it for long.  But my first use was wonderful.  If I still like it this much when it’s time to make more, then I’ll double the recipe.

My tee ball team has been practicing for about 2 weeks now, and it has been a pretty fun experience.  The kids and I are learning a lot.  If you don’t remember, I volunteered to manage my son’s team with absolutely no experience.  Thankfully, four of my parents have volunteered to coach, and three of them have done this before.  However, on the first night of practice, (which was poorly attended as it was on a makeup day due to terrible weather on practice day), the only coach that was there, other than myself, was the other first time tee ball parent.  I had been watching some videos on youtube about how to conduct a tee ball practice, and had decided to start out playing catch.  The other coach and I split them into two groups of three and would throw the ball to one of the kids, who would try to catch it and then throw it back to me, and I would throw it to the next kid.  This would have been a great idea if I had any throwing skill at all.  None of the kids I was throwing to managed to catch the ball, usually because of my own lack of skill.  I would either be too careful and not throw it far enough, or throw it too hard and it would go way over their heads.  Thankfully, before my lack of skill became so apparent that even the five year olds started noticing it, another coach showed up and we moved the batting cage.  While they waited their turn, I had them play hot potato with the ball so that they could get used to catching the ball.  Unfortunately, the kids were so busy watching the kid that was batting that none of them paid enough attention to actually catch the ball, and I had to put a stop to it before someone ended up getting beamed in the face.

Since then practice has gotten better.  Now all the practices start with the kids throwing the ball to each other, rather than me throwing it to them, and I’ve learned proper throwing techniques from watching the other coaches.  Once all the kids arrive we do a mock game, so they get practice batting, running the bases, and catching and throwing the ball.

I’m proud to say that the girls on the team are some of my best players, and are even able to hold their own against last year’s returning players.  The other players vary in their ability, and how well they play usually depends on their level of interest, which is to be expected at this age.  One of my players, I’m convinced, is going to grow up to be a geologist.  I’ve never seen a kid that likes the feel of dirt so much.  I don’t mean that he plays in the dirt, all the kids do that, he actually likes the feel of the dirt.  Not only does he dig in the dirt when he is supposed to be in the outfield, but he will slow down as he runs the bases to lean over and run his hands along the dirt, as if he is comparing the feel of the dirt in different areas of the field.  It’s pretty hysterical.

We have our first game this Saturday and I’m both excited and nervous.   It should be fun and entertaining. I look forward to telling you about it.

 

Zumba! and T-Ball

I had an amazing weekend!  I drove to Gainesville, Fl last Friday, and Saturday I attended a Zumba! instructor training course.  It was such an incredible day.  It was long and a lot of work, but we had a ton of fun, and I met some amazing people.  We worked on Zumba! from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.  We learned the basic rhythms and how to identify them.  We learned the basic steps and how to make them more or less challenging depending on the needs of our class, and we learned how to put together a Zumba! routine.  As of Saturday I am officially licensed to teach a Zumba! class!

Logo courtesy of www.zumba.com
Logo courtesy of www.zumba.com

I was able to use the information that I learned on Saturday to finish a routine that I had been struggling with.  I also got down a routine that we worked on on Saturday so that I could add it to my repertoire.  That brings my grand total of choreographed routines to two, yes you read that right, two.  So I have a lot more work to do.  Thankfully, I was given a DVD of routines on the day of class, so I don’t have to come up with all original ones.

I also signed my son up for a T-ball team for the spring season.  My husband and I have been wanting to get him into a sport for a while, but most sports don’t let kids join until age 5.  We had him in gymnastics for a while, but I became unhappy with the gym that I was taking him to, and it was a pretty good drive to get there.  There is a gym closer to us, but when my husband took him to his first free class he wasn’t allowed into the actual gym.  He was able to sit at a window and see the classes going on, but couldn’t see clearly enough to determine if our son was having a good time, following instructions, or able to keep up with the rest of the class.  I understand the logic behind keeping parents out of the gymnastics area, but an exception should be made when parents are trying to decide whether or not to give your gym their money.

Anyway, my husband and I went back and forth about whether or not to sign the little guy up for soccer or t-ball.  Finally I pulled up two pictures on Google, one of a child playing t-ball and one of a child playing soccer, and asked him what he wanted to do.  He chose t-ball and the decision was set.  A few days ago an e-mail was sent out asking someone to volunteer as a team manager, and I raised my hand.  I let them know that I didn’t know anything about t-ball or managing a little league team, so they gave me a team with two returning coaches, so I’ll have some support.  I think it will be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it.  I’m also looking forward to sharing my experiences as an inexperienced manager with you.  They should make for some interesting reading.

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Homemade All Purpose Cleanser

Sorry for my extended absence, I’ve been a little distracted the last couple of weeks.  My son had to have his adenoids removed and tubes put back into his ears.   So the last few weeks have seen Dr. Visits, antibiotics, and of course, surgery.  Not to mention the rush to figure out how to pay for said surgery, and I have my family to thank for that.  I’m happy to say that my little man came out of surgery like a champ.  He didn’t shed a single tear when he came out of anesthesia, and he never complained once about any pain, though I still gave him Ibuprofen regularly just in case.

A few months ago I made some all-purpose cleanser, but I wanted to thoroughly test it before boasting about it.  This is not a quick solution for when you need to clean the bathroom but are out of Scrubbing Bubbles, but it is crazy simple to make.  Here’s the list of ingredients:

Citrus peels (I used orange)                                                                                                                                    Vinegar

That’s it.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.  Put the peels in a mason jar and fill it with vinegar.  Seal the jar and let it sit for a month to six weeks.

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The picture on the left is the vinegar and orange peels after six weeks.  I put a coffee filter in a strainer, and put the strainer in a funnel in order to strain it into the spray bottle.  It was so pungent that I actually split it into two spray bottles and filled them the rest of the way up with water.  It is an excellent cleanser.  It cuts through grease in the kitchen, cuts through grime in the bathroom, and even cleans the bathroom mirror without leaving streaks.  Awesome!

I’ve been trying to keep up with my new year’s resolution, but it’s been tough with everything going on…not to mention that jogging in the morning is hard to do when it’s cold outside.  I have kept up with my short morning workout.  On Pinterest it was called a six minute workout, but it doesn’t take me six minutes to do it.  I assume that means that I’m supposed to keep doing it for six minutes, but I’ll tell you, it is seriously intense.

The workout is listed below:

15 squats (be sure to keep your weight on your heels and your abs tight)                                       15 push ups                                                                                                                                                                 30 second plank (support your upper body with your elbows, lower body with toes, and use your ab muscles to keep your body straight)                                                                                         30 bicycle crunches

 

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photo courtesy of www.somastruck.com

 

That’s it, that’s the workout, but I can feel that little workout for the rest of the day.  And it takes so little time that even I have a hard time finding an excuse not to do it!