WFMW: Out with the Old, in with the Homemade

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Recently I have been looking for ways to replace my expensive beauty products with ones that I can make at home and save a lot of money. The added bonus of my search is that the recipes I have found (mostly through Pinterest, where else right?) are all natural alternatives. Good for the skin, bank account, and environment; doesn’t get much better than that!!

I took the recipes that I found and after trying them I tweaked them all a little bit to fit my tastes. Here is what I have come up with so far:

(At the end of this post I will link up to the original recipes)

Miracle Mask:

2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of brown sugar

The consistency should be like a thick paste. After it’s all mixed, apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, scrubbing softly in circular motion for exfoliation. I made a large batch of this and put it in a washer baby food jar so that it was ready for whenever I wanted to use it. It adds a lot of moisture to your face, which is great for these winter months. If you warm it up just a little bit it not only feels really nice on your skin but spreads a little easier.

Night Time Emollient Cream:

½ cup coconut oil
2 tsp. Vitamin E oil
A few drops of your favorite essential oil

Melt the coconut oil (coconut oil melts very easily so don’t overheat it) and mix all the ingredients together. At first they may start to separate (like a science class experiment) but if you keep mixing as the oil cools eventually they come together nicely. This is by far the best lotion/cream I have ever used! We put it on Ade too now instead of her Johnson’s baby lotion. She is super soft and I don’t have to worry about her having a reaction to any chemicals or fragrances. It works great on your face too. At first it feels a little greasy, but soon it soaks into your skin and leaves practically no residue! I am hooked!

Homemade deodorant:

3/4 a cup of baking soda
1 – 2 tablespoon of coconut oil (depending on how you like it, powdery or more of a paste)
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
a few drops of Tea Tree Oil (a natural antimicrobial, I also use a drop or two of this in my laundry because of this property)

Again carefully melt the coconut oil and mix all of the ingredients together. I pressed it into another washed baby food jar (these things are coming in handy) and just get a little bit out with my fingers to apply it. I really like this recipe, but it isn’t for someone who works a fairly physical job. If you tend to sweat a lot, you probably aren’t going to like it. I love the way it smells though!

Original Miracle Mask recipe.
Original Emollient Cream recipe.
Original Deodorant recipe.

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WFMW: Weirdest Thing That Ever Worked for Me

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This title and idea where stolen from shared by a fellow blogging friend recently on her blog, Alta on the Farm. You may have noticed her button hanging out on my sidebar, well that is because she is awesome. (That is the awesome blog spot by the way, in case you didn’t realize.)

Anyways, I was reading this post of hers a few weeks ago and decided I wanted to try out this crazy method. To give you a quick overview (she does a much better job, so make sure to read her post): The Oil Cleansing Method is a way to wash your face that is suppose to be a perfect balance between cleaning impurities from your skin while leaving healthy oils behind to nourish your skin. How is this achieved?

With castor oil and sunflower oil. Rubbed into your skin and then washed away with a wet cloth. PERIOD. As in that is it. Sound weird to you? Because it did to me. But Stephanie insisted that it worked for her.

Personally (don’t hate me) I have never really had a problem with acne. Small amounts, but not huge face covered break-outs. I do have a problem with my face drying out and as a result the products I would use to counteract that would make my face feel greasy and icky. And then I would break out. This means I am always on the look out for a way to keep my skin from drying out without breaking the bank or breaking out. So I decided to give this crazy idea a try.

Turns out that this cleanser keeps my face moisturized without drying out my skin and is by far the cheapest moisturizer/cleanser combo I have ever tried. You know something is dirt cheap when you can find both ingredients at WalMart for under $10 COMBINED and end up with over a liter worth of stuff (No coupons involved). I’m a believer now, and I just wanted to pass on the money-saving awesomeness to all of my followers while giving a shout out to Stephanie as a huge thank you for introducing me to it! This All-Natural Crazy-Sounding Facial Cleanser/Moisturizer Works for Me!!

4 Truths and 1 Lie: Day 1

I realized last night that I had been blogging in kind of  “a stick in the mud”, “bummed out”, “serious-ish topics only” kind of way for a little while now. So let’s do something fun!

I’m sure some of you have played this game before in person, it’s a get-to-know-you kind of game. I’m going to tell you 4 truths and one lie. Please vote in the poll below (and leave a comment with your reasoning as to why you choose the one that you did as the lie!). Then check back every day and I will reveal one of the truths (plus the story were appropriate!) and a new poll.

Fun right? I hope so 🙂 Here goes nothing:

Today’s todo List and some Crafty-ness

  • Wash 3 Loads laundry.
  • Sing and Dance with Ade to her new Winnie the Pooh CD
  • Dry/Hang to dry 3 loads laundry.
  • Fold dry laundry.
  •  Refold laundry because Ade-Tude keeps throwing it out of the basket and running away giggling.
  • Chase baby around giggling.
  • Finish up on dishes in the sink and load the dishwasher (with Ade’s help but of course)
  • Prevent baby from crawling into dishwasher
  • Look up luggage requirements for carry-on and checked luggage for upcoming trip (Has it really been this long since I’ve been on a plane? UGH!)
  • Where did these coffee filters and mini aluminum pie pans come from? Put away and make sure kitchen cabinet is securely latched.
  • Return to computer.
  • Rejoice because I CAN bring milk for Ade along with snacks onto the plane (Happy dance)
  • Hear ruckus and go to find that Ade has figured out how to push down the baby gate corralling her into the living room.
  • Put baby gate back up in a better position, checking to make sure it is steadier and relocate baby back into the living room.
  • Refold laundry that Ade had found while roaming free after toppling the baby gate. Quick little bugger.
  • Put new (hopefully stronger) baby gate on shopping list (she goes through these things like crazy)
  • Put all folded laundry away.
  • Chase baby through house holding my underwear.
  • Catch baby and corral her in her room while putting her folded cloths away.
  • Laugh at Ade and the dog she has cornered under her bed.
  • Go to take picture of dog and baby and realize I have no idea where my phone is.
  • Find phone in the dishwasher where baby must have planted it. Thank goodness I hadn’t started it.
  • Take picture.
  •  Dust Living room.
  • Put away DVDs that were scattered around the living room whilst I was dusting. Where are these coffee filters coming from?
  • Bake some delicious banana bread.
  • Pick up magazines that were scattered about while cooking. Seriously Ade you have a basket of perfectly fine toys. Geez. Oh look, our electric bill!
  • Feed Ade banana bread for the first time (Shhh, don’t tell Bran he missed it!)
  • Attempt for the first time to make some fabric hair bows when Ade goes down for nap.

And these my friends are my first attempts at making fabric hair bows. Keep in mind that I just used supplies around the house and that I am in no way a professional at this.

Pain in the youknowwhat.

Love the detail of this fabric!!!

This one on the other hand was so incredibly simple!

Such a pretty green button.

Weekly Top Ten

Oh yes, you read that right. I’m absolutely going to start making Top Ten lists. I’m hoping it will be a nice way to interact with all of you out there that I see coming to my blog. Yes, you, I am talking to YOU! Hi, how are you today? What have you been up to?

Wait. What? Sorry I got side tracked. Anyways, I’ll post my top ten for the week (no promises that it will always be on Sunday, I mean, Saturday at 10pm is still totally part of the week right?? Ok, I promise I won’t be that late. Geez. No faith people) and then you can post your top ten, a suggestion for a top ten that I could do, a link to your blog with a top ten post, or a general agreement in the awesomeness of my top ten. (OR NOT!)

To start us off I’m going to do an easy one: Top ten things I found on Pinterst that I am going to make and then plan to blog about. (Yes,I’m serious. Hold me accountable and I will cross these off the list as I go!)

1. Christmas Cards using Ade-tude’s hand print. Hmmm, wonder if she will cooperate? Obviously this one with have to wait until Christmas.

2. DIY I Spy books. Love this idea so much!!! I realize baby girl is too small for these, but I have a niece and nephew that I think would love these and can’t wait to make them. Then I will have practice for making AJ some.

3. Awesome room decoration idea for a kid’s play room. Seriously, this looks like so much fun! The end product is so fun looking too. So bright too! Crayons pushed through a glue gun (I will have to buy a cheap glue gun for this one because I get the vibe it will ruin the gun.)

4.  Homemade deodorant. I can’t wait to see if this works!

5. DIY Soy candles. These are meant to be wedding favors, but I see so much potential. Especially since my mother and mother-in-law both love candles! Oh, and me of course!

6. Sophisticated pumpkins. I really think this dresses up Halloween. (Ok, lame I know, sorry.)

Tacked Pumpkins

7. Heart Decorations for our bedroom, but with a twist. You cut out of the map the place where you first met, got married, and went on your honeymoon. Awesome no? Perfection!

8. Buttons and Ruffles T-shirt, yeah I know this looks really difficult. But what is a list for if I’m not going to push  myself? So, hopefully I can pull this off…


9. Mason jar pictures to decorate the kitchen.

10. A homemade sugar scrub just for me!! How delicious!

The Insanity continues…

At the urging, okay mention, of my coworker to use Twitter to further the reach of my blog I set up @ChemInclined. Now, I have gone one step further and added a Facebook page. Seriously. I know this probably shouldn’t be post worthy, but it’s me. I am apparently quite behind the times. Come on, those of you that are now following me on Twitter and attest to this, I have no idea how to properly Tweet. But I’m working on it!

Good thing about my new Facebook page is that I have a personal Facebook page so I’m much more familiar with the layout. So, since I am not to proud for beggin’ please be my FB friend!! I promise we will have a lot of fun. True.Story. Now come join the party.

Oh, and I have a cool new button. This is worth mentioning because it took me FOR.EVER. to get to work properly. Tech Fail. 😦

Baby Shower Fun Update!

Since making my second diaper cake a number of people have asked my how/why I make them the way I do. Couldn’t be because a lot of the same people were at both showers. 🙂 Anyways, there are a few reasons why I chose to make my diaper cakes this way.

   1. They are a ton easier to make!! The cakes were you roll up every, single diaper and put a rubber band around it are so tedious. Each of the cakes above has 100 diapers in it. Can you seriously except me to roll up 100 diapers? Yeah, I don’t think I like anybody that much. Sorry.

2. You can fit tons more diapers in a normal sized cake. Seriously, if you are wanting to save some money then don’t make them this way. Instead put your time, sore fingers, and carpal tunnel syndrome into lovingly producing the rolled up version of these. Personally, I would rather buy one more package and get done in 1/4th the time, but everyone is different.

3. I think they look more ‘professional’ this way. But I have seen a number of rolled up versions that look very good. Maybe it just comes down to how they are decorated? These do seem to come out more uniform though. But that is because of how they are made.

4. Easier on the recipent.I recieved a rolled up diaper cake at one of my baby showers. I LOVED it!! I waited until the night before AJ was to be induced to take it apart because I just didn’t want to take it apart. I sat down, cut the ribbon off and started  unwrapping all the diapers. Since you use rubber bands to roll up the diapers, some of them would tear as you pulled the rubber band off. By the time I was 20 or so in I was contemplating just throwing them all away. It is a pain in the you know what. Instead, when you give this version of a diaper cake all the momma has to do is cut the ribbon on each layer and put the diapers away. Takes 2 seconds tops!

Okay now that I have talked you into my version, I think you should know that I learned how to do this on YouTube. Oh, heck yes. Don’t know how to fix your facet? YouTube. Don’t know how to crochet baby booties? YouTube. Want to learn what not to do to propose? YouTube. Want to learn to make a bomb? Yeah, don’t do that the FBI disapproves.

This is the particular video I watched, I’m sure there are others:

Baby Shower Fun

Recently at my church we have had a little bit of a baby boom. In fact, the other day I was talking to my co-worker and he got so confused about which lady-having-a-baby or which lady-who-recently-had-a-baby I was talking about that he suggested that our church just had a big baby shower for everyone every 6 months. Celebrate everyone’s baby and divy up presents at the end.

Anyways, today was a shower for a boy (one of the very few that we have around these parts!) I made a diaper cake for the last baby shower I went to and enjoyed it so much that I decided to make another one.


Only thing is, it was a girl cake last time so I had to rack my brain to think of a way to make the cake decorative without being crazy girly. So I came up with this:

What do you think? What kind of things do you always get the future momma for her shower?

 

For instructions on how to make these, check out this post.