With the arrival of fall, it seems we're surrounded by all things pumpkin. I'm adding it to smoothies and love using pumpkin in our Pumpkin Pie body scrub, due to its high levels of Vitamin A.
Topically, the University of Maryland Medical Center has said that Vitamin A helps "help repair skin damage due to sunburn and natural aging, such as fine wrinkles, liver spots, and rough skin." So, I'm even using this body scrub as an at-home facial.
More geared toward the kids, though it doesn't look like pumpkins or smell like pumpkins, since it's the pie spices, I recently made playdough that like our scrubs smells good enough to eat. Super simple and super fast, this no dye playdough will certainly get you in the mood for fall and provide your kids with hours of fun, though be careful to remind them a few times not to eat it. If you don't have the pumpkin pie spice at home, you could always use a combination of allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and get a similar aroma.
~Have fun and live healthy!
Pumpkin Pie Spice Playdough
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1/4 cup baking powder
1 - 0.75 oz. container of pumpkin pie spice
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1) Add all ingredients to a large sauce pan and mix until combined.
2) Place sauce pan on stove over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.
3) Cook approx. 10 minutes until the dough is formed and not sticky.
4) Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before use. Can be stored in an airtight container.