Thursday, February 26, 2009

How Clean Is Your Hair?

A week or so ago I decided to stop using shampoo and conditioner. In the winter, I always get a very dry scalp and right now I'm nursing. I didn't want to use anything heavily medicated for my hair so I decided to go for a dip into the ole' world wide web and see what I could find.

Baking soda and apple cider vinegar is what I've settled on and I don't wash it everyday. I have seen a very big difference in my scalps well being. It isn't as itchy or flakey. I take a small palm full of the b. soda (1/2-1 Tablespoon), get it slightly wet and massage it into the scalp. Obviously this will not lather up like normal soap but the point of washing your hair is to clean it and this definately does the trick. The rinse is what you can play with and by this I mean you can add scents and essential oils. I'm not quite there yet because I wanted to see if there were results with just plain vinegar first. Now that I know there are I'll probably take on infusing my vinegar with herbs to suit my needs.

Here is one site I've found that was pretty helpful:
http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com/shampving.htm

While I know this isn't for everyone there is something freeing about not being reliant upon industry, this is their kick in the pants.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Practical Tip Tuesday

Super Easy Oatmeal Bars

I usually have these on hand and we eat them for breakfast with some fruit or as an after dinner treat! I use honey instead of sugar and decrease the water to 1/2. They're good both ways and I add different things each time I make them...

1 c. Sugar
2/3 c. Water
1 c. PeanutButter
1 T. Vanilla
5 c. Whole Oats
1 c. Chocolate Chips (or raisins or peanutbutter chips)

Heat in saucepan water, sugar and pb. When sugar disolves cool 3 min and add vanilla. Stir in oats and choc chips. Press into 9x13 pan (I've never had any problems with not greasing it) refrigerate 2hrs. Nice simple recipe, no fat and very tasty! (T=tablespoon)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

While we still can...

Read the bible in public (like a park or coffee shop)
Paddle our children
Own and operate a wood burner in the home
Outdoor grilling and campfires
Sing Christmas songs about Jesus
Nativity scenes
Fourth of July fireworks (unless they're green!)
Homeschool
Home births (already taken from us here in Indiana)
Fast Food
Natureopathy/Homeopathy (until the AMA takes it over)
Vote
Free Speach
Arm ourselves

Taking the high road doesn't always have to be a quiet one. Speak up for what you hold to be true... what you believe. Our children are watching us.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Practical Tip Tuesday

Ok so here's my tip: How to easily double your expensive jam

I've only done this with the 'simply fruit' type of jam not jelly so I'm not sure how it would work but anyway when you have an empty jar of jam, save it. Then when you buy jam again take half out, add some water (i buy the small jars so i only add about 1/4-1/3 cup water per half), then heat thru in the microwave until just hot. Pour back into the jar and refrigerate. That's it. It gels back up and will be firm just like before. If your unsure then just start out with less water, but anyway it's a great way to make your jam last longer, definitely worth it for us!