Friday, February 22, 2013

Right the Wrongs

My son just shared this video with me.  Amazing.  Thought Proving. Profound.

Please watch.

I remember being made fun on in school.  I'm 45. And I remember things that happened back in elementary school.

This video is about one man's and his wife's story of the ridicule they went through in school.  It's heartbreaking and empowering and should instill a desire to right the wrongs of being mean to others.

Wow! This should be a must-see in every school across this nation.

"To This Day Project" by Shane Koyczan.
YouTube video.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Full Circle

Well..... it's been quiet in my soul lately.

I had so much to say.  I had so many posts to write.  But now... I seem to be in a holding pattern.

A long time ago I started out with DIY home decorating blogs and somehow moved to preparedness/ DIY personal products/ homesteading blogs.

I had surgery in December.

I go back to full time in a couple of weeks.

I won't be getting chickens anytime soon.  I didn't start seeds indoors.  I feel like I've come full circle- back to where I started.

I still want a garden - but I can sow seed directly or buy transplant.

I stopped my milk herd share for a few weeks.

It's ok to stop and make adjustments.

I'll get back into my 'normal' routine and slowly prioritize the things that matter most. :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thank you Lord

Not sure what to write.

I'm 8 weeks post op.  I had a hysterectomy on December 17.  I have good days and bad days.  Right now I'm tired.

I start back to work full time and already I'm feeling overwhelmed about what's to come.

BUT!  I won't focus on the negative part of my job- the long drive.  I'm going to focus on the wonderful job God has blessed me with!  Thank you Lord!

Thank you for providing this wonderful blessing for me and my family.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Say Yes to "Poo" by You

Well, I've read the blogs and seen the pictures of the no poo method.  I'll keep my comments to myself.

I work in a professional environment and I'm not even willing to try no poo or plain water.

AND I'm not going to spend like $8 for 'natural' shampoo at Earth fare or Whole Foods.

So here's 'my' shampoo recipe.  I start with a real 'natural' shampoo and add other ingredients to it to make the one bottle last longer and thus be more economical.

So far one bottle has lasted me over several months.

I found a shampoo on sale at

It's "Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo".

Here's the description....

Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo Biotin B Complex Therapy Description

  • Fortified with Biotin, Saw Palmetto, Wheat Protein and vitamin E for an energized scalp and thicker, fuller hair.

  • Helps build body in fine, thinning hair.
  • Stimulates scalp to encourage hair growth.
  • Cleans and nourishes hair from follicle through entire shaft
  • Strengthens hair strands
  • Boosts volume so hair feels thicker and softer
  • pH Balanced.

Free Of
Parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate and animal testing.


Here are my ingredients for 'my poo':

A used shampoo container (or other container) (rinsed out really well)
A "Natural" shampoo as the base
Aloe Vera Gel
Filtered water
Jojoba Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Witch Hazel

Now- I haven't measured the ingredients.  I guess at it.  I will probably leave out the tea tree oil next time.  I think it may be too drying for my hair.

I squirt some shampoo in the bottle.  I usually fill it about 1/4 full of the shampoo.

I had a large squirt of Aloe Vera gel to add volume. 

I add about 1/8 tsp of the jojoba oil.  

A few drops of Lavender Essential Oil (that's my favorite - add your favorite smell)

A quick squirt of the witch hazel.

I fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water.

(I forgot to put the essential oils in the picture.)

That's it.

Real easy.  Inexpensive.  These same ingredients have lasted for numerous months.

If "no poo" hasn't worked for you- do "Poo by You"! :)

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