Saturday, September 22, 2012

Natural Hair Shampoo & Natural Conditioner

Baking Soda Shampoo Filtered Water An empty container - I use an old shampoo bottle Baking Soda Measuring Cup Tablespoon 1 Funnel Approx. Ratio for the Recipe: 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 cup water OR make a paste with baking soda and a small amount of water and store in an old lotion tub. Just rinse thoroughly if you make a paste. The ratio for this recipe is flexible - there's really no right or wrong way to do it. Add more baking soda if your hair is thick and long, and less if it's short and thin. I use a little bit more, because my hair is so thick and long. So, for a 32 ounce container, I use 5 tablespoons of Baking Soda and 4 cups of cool water. I use the funnel to get the water and baking soda into the container. I've used warm water before (so I could use the shampoo right away and it wouldn't be cold), but warm to hot water causes the baking soda to break down and clump, rendering it ineffective. It's so easy! Takes me about 5 minutes to complete it. I take the bottle, flip my head upside down, and squirt the shampoo onto my scalp (the mixture is usually colder than room temperature, so it's COLD to just pour on the scalp, which I why I flip my head over!). Then, I take my fingers and rub my scalp in a circular motion, adding more shampoo if it feels like I need it, and rinse very thoroughly. TIPS: It's very important to rinse thoroughly or your hair will feel grainy and dry. Make the recipe with cool to lukewarm water, but not warm or hot. Warm/hot water reacts with the baking soda and causes it to clump up. Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner Empty container (I use an empty vinegar bottle) Measuring cup Funnel Apple Cider Vinegar (can get at the grocery store in the oil and vinegar aisle) Ratio for the conditioner is one tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar to one cup of filtered water. My hair is so dry, thick and long that I use a lot more and it works wonders for my hair - about 1 cup ACV with 1 cup water. I shied away from using this as a conditioner for a long time because as I used it in the shower, my hair did not feel soft and silky like it did with commercial conditioners, so I thought it wasn't working. Then, I bit the bullet and decided to try it without any commercial conditioner just to see what would happen. The result? After my hair dried (and I ignored that it didn't feel soft while wet), it was softer and smoother than when I had used commercial conditioner! I was amazed and now I'm HOOKED.

Best Ways To Get Rid Of Rotten Sponge Smell

Sponges go bad. Regardless of whether it's old or new, a sponge can pick up a funky smell that gets on your hands, the dishes, the counters… YUCK. And while many recommended solutions don't work, there is one that does. Sponge odor is caused by bacteria. Sponges provide a perfect environment for microscopic organisms to grow; they are soft, wet, warm, and full of food. What Doesn't Work There are many popular ideas about how to get rid of the smell: Wash with very hot water. Microwave the wet sponge. (Note: don't microwave a dry sponge - fire hazard) Soak in bleach. Soak in vinegar and then soak in a mixture of baking soda and water. Put the sponge in the dishwasher. I have tried all of these suggestions and none of them do the trick. The microwave has been noted to kill some of the dangerous bacteria, like salmonella and E.Coli, but in my extensive testing the reek remained. The vinegar and baking soda trick works for about half a day, but bizarrely the smell comes back. (I have been "testing" this method for the last year, willing it to work better every time. No luck. It's is a sponge tease). The New Solution I read an article in a women's magazine about the bleaching power of the sun for dealing with fabric stains. The article suggested that after soap, bleach, and stain removers failed, putting a clothing item out in the sun for a few days could remove the stain (especially in lighter colored fabrics and whites). Shortly after reading this, I was faced with the dreaded stinky sponge again and decided to try the sun. After a week outside on my porch, I brought the shriveled up sponge back into the kitchen, wet it, and leaned in for a tentative sniff. It was odor free! But I'd been fooled before, so I used it for a week, and each day checked again to see if the smell came back. Friends, our long national nightmare is over: the sponge remained smell free! Why This Works In researching the power of the sun's rays, I have hypothesized the following: the radiation and UV rays emanating from the glowing orb in the sky have disinfectant properties. Think of the UV wands and disinfectant lights used by hospitals and doctors. Those UV rays attack the bacteria in the sponge. Equally powerful: the sponge completely dries out. By putting the sponge outside, you turn the tropical rainforest environment of your wet sponge into a dry desert: hot during the day and cold at night, and eventually pretty waterless (at least in my Northern California climate). Results May Vary I'm sure results will vary based on your climate, season, rainfall and sun exposure. I've experimented with leaving the sponge out for only 4 days, and that shorter duration also eliminated the smell. Note: while some UV rays can permeate windows, you will get a much better result if you leave the sponge outside. So please give this a try, and let me know your results in the comments below and on our Facebook

Worst Ways To Clean Your TV

You've invested hundreds — maybe thousands — of dollars in your TV. So how should you clean the screen without risking ruining it? The Internet is full of ideas and ads touting the best products. I searched "How to clean a flat screen TV" and found a crazy set of suggested cleaning methods. So I sacrificed an LCD in order to put seven supposed solutions to the test. The Test Since most often, I find myself cleaning off kids' fingerprints, I first mixed up a concoction to simulate what they might have on their hands — cream cheese, sunscreen, and peanut butter. Next, I had the questionable pleasure of smearing this mess all over the screen (which I did while the kids were out of the house — gotta be careful what I role-model). I unplugged the TV for safety, then tested each product in turn: 1. Windex: I was nervous about using anything with ammonia, but it didn't seem to do any damage. On the other hand, it left a streaky residue. Just like when you clean your windows, the product isn't perfect. 2. Alcohol and Water: I like the idea of alcohol, because it should evaporate without leaving a mark. And in fact, the results were pretty good — at least with a soft rag. So next, I took the opportunity to test the same cleaner with a different cloth… 3. Alcohol and Water and Paper Towel: Disaster! Not only did the paper towel shed fibers on the screen, it streaked the screen so badly, I thought I might have permanently scratched it. Sure, some TV glass is more durable than others, but a scratched screen is something you definitely don't want to risk. 4. Furniture Polish: This is not something I would have ever tried had I not read it on line… And sure enough — the result was major streaks along with a cloudy residue. 5. Water and Vinegar: At first, this didn't seem to cut the grease, but once I buffed it out, this combo really worked. For a low-budget solution a product you might already have on hand, this does an admirable job. 6. Antistatic Cleaning Wipes: These come pre-moistened and are supposedly formulated specifically for cleaning TVs and electronics screens. Yeah, well, maybe they're designed just to deal with the dust that is naturally attracted to electronic screens, and their makers didn't foresee cream cheese. That could excuse the major streaks that remained after trying these wipes, but it doesn't excuse the hairy particles the cloth itself left behind. 7. Screen Guard and Microfiber: Of all the solutions I tried, Screen Guard was the most expensive; at $20, it's more than twice as pricey as the antistatic wipes — which may make many shy away. But the result? Perfection. No residue, no streaks, no fibers. In fact, after the test, I used this method to clean the entire screen of the mess left by all the other contenders. Bottom line: if you've spent hundreds or thousands on a TV, $20 on the right cleaner seems like a smart investment.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Timothy 5:8

1 Timothy 5:8 If any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied te faith, and is worse than an infidel. We live in an age of self-justification. We can excuse or explain almost any personal behavior or habit or shortcoming, making case for our own innocence. But Paul here very plainly cuts through all our layers of self-defense and states our obligation. If you, husbands and fathers,are not carefully laboring to provide the food, shelter, and clothing that are needed by your family-- to the best of your ability-- then you are not a Christian, no matter how much you may protest to the contrary. In fact, Paul says, you have denied the faith of Christ by your actions; therefore, you are worse than an unbeliever, because you are bringing reproach on the name of Christ. You cannot claim an allegiance to Christ, on one , and selfishly or carelessly deny the help to your family that Christ demands of you. These words may sound strong or harsh, but in reality they are helpful and loving. We might be tempted to deceive ourselves on this issue, if it were not so plainly worded for us. Our families might suffer because of our thoughtless neglect, except that Paul has forced us to consider them. If you have failed in this regard, do not give up; it is never too late to repeal your denial of the faith, to throw off your unbelief, and to show your commitment to Christ by laboring for the welfare of your family. ~John Nau

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vaseline Tips

1. Put a coat on your eyelashes before you go to bed. Lots of people swear by this – and say it will make your lashes grow longer and thicker over time. 2. Put a coat of Vaseline on your feet at night, cover them with socks and wake up to softer feet – every day! 3. Put Vaseline on your elbows every day – they will stay soft! 4. Put Vaseline on your cuticles several times a day for softer and better looking cuticles every day. 5. Put Vaseline on chapped lips 6. Use Vaseline as lip gloss 7. Mix a little Vaseline with a little Kool-Aid powder and make a colored and flavored lip gloss! 8. Melt Vaseline and one chocolate chip in the microwave, mix and let resolidify for chocolate lip gloss! 9. Maintains perfume scent longer when applied at perfume points before spritzing the perfume. 10. Can be used as a moisturizer for acne sufferers (it is a misconception that it clogs pores) 11. Moisturizes severe dry skin 12. Use Vaseline on your knees to prevent that dry, ashy look 13. Mix with sea salts to make a scrub! 14. Applying Vaseline on your teeth prevents lips from sticking to teeth for celebrities and contestants in beauty pageants who smile a lot 15. Applied on teeth before applying lipstick prevents lipstick from sticking on them 16. Massage, baby! 17. Warmed up can be used as a night cream 18. Makeup remover 19. Protects skin exposed to adverse weather 20. Applied under eye shadow it can create a shiny effect 21. Applied on cheeks for a dewy look 22. Can be used to smooth and soothe skin after shaving 23. Used in manicures under cuticles 24. Gets rid of dry skin lines which can arise from washing 25. Lubricates ear lobes and helps to make earring insertion easy and painless 26. Keeps fingernails pliable and resilient 27. Use with your lipstick to create a cream blusher for your cheeks 28. Helps to ease off stuck on rings 29. Tames unruly eyebrows 30. Defines eyelashes and leaves them with a glossy and waterproof look 31. Conditions scalp pre-shampooing 32. Can help prevent chaffing 33. Aids with healing after cosmetic surgery procedures 34. Reduces scaling and itching associated with dandruff 35. Theraputic when applied to lesions caused by poison ivy 36. Can help improve condition of those with atopic eczema 37. Helps heal and protect new tattoos 38. Can protect against harmful hair dyeing, perming and straightening chemicals when used as a mask around the hairline 39. Use a tiny dab to put a quick shine on your shoes and bags 40. Smear a tiny bit on your hands and scrunch through your hair for a choppy look 41. Use just a touch on the ends of your hair to hide dry and split ends 42. Remove makeup stains from clothing 43. Rub Vaseline on the neck of your nail polish bottles and they won’t get stuck to the caps 44. Make your week old nail polish look new again – rub a small dab over the polish. 45. Use a touch of Vaseline mixed with powder eyeshadow pigment to make new colors, or a more solid eyeshadow that won’t get all over your face when you put it on. 46. Stretch your favorite lotion by mixing it with Vaseline. 47. Put Vaseline on your lips, leave it a few minutes, then scrub your lips with a toothbrush to exfoliate and leave them SO smooth 48. Remove false eyelash glue from your lash line 49. Apply a small amount on dry spots on your body before fake tanning lotions are applied, and prevent uneven tanning! 50. Generously apply Vaseline all over before taking flights to combat associated dryness And just for fun, this one is totally not beauty related, but VERY timely – here is #51: Once you carve your Halloween pumpkin, rub Vaseline on the exposed edges. it keeps it from rotting or going dry. @ by

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Epilepsy & Seizure Petition Name March 26 National Purple Day in support of those who struggle with epilepsy and or seizures. This is important to me as I know many whom do and also have two sons whom have had seizures. Many thanks to those of your whom sign the petition and or share this!! We never know when it could happen to us!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012