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I heart lemongrass

lemongrassI was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.

I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home! 🙂

Here’s great website for oils, and some excellent info on lemongrass: http://www.justaromatherapy.co.uk/acatalog/Lemongrass.html

Isn’t that amazing?  Have a great weekend!

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So Funny! To all us ladies who have waxed…

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(CAN YOU PLEASE NOTE I DID NOT WRITE THIS – IT WAS SHARED ON FACEBOOK AND I FOUND IT FUNNY SO SHARED HERE – ;)

Yeah, so I just about pulled something in my neck laughing at this..I just had to share. (I highly recommend that you DO NOT drink anything while reading.)

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, and play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours: ‘Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.’

So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one of those ‘cold wax’ kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.

No mess, no fuss.

How hard can it be?

I mean, I’m not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. (‘Cold wax,’ yeah…right!)

I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull.

It works!

OK, so it wasn’t the best feeling, but it wasn’t too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me!

I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north after checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship.

I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip) ..

I inhale deeply and brace myself…RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I’m blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!….OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I’ve only managed to pull off half the strip.

CRAP!

Another deep breath and RIPP!

Everything is spinning and spotted.

I think I may pass out…must stay conscious…must stay conscious.

Do I hear crashing drums???

Breathe, breathe…OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy – a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip!

There’s no hair on it.

Where is the hair???

WHERE IS THE WAX???

Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip…it’s not! I touch. .. I am touching wax!!

I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake…remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut!

I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself ‘Please don’t let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!’

What can I do to melt the wax?

Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!!

I’ll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right???

*WRONG!!!!!!!*

I get in the tub – the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment – I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub…in scalding hot water.

Which, by the way, doesn’t melt cold wax.

So, now I’m stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It’s a very good conversation starter ‘So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!’

There is a slight pause.

She doesn’t know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, ‘Are we talking cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?’

She’s laughing out loud by now…I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box.

YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else’s night.

While we go through various solutions, I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!

By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace….the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.

What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and … OH MY GAWD!!!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend.

Its sooo painful, but I really don’t care.

‘IT WORKS!!

It works!!’ I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair…?

THE HAIR IS STILL HERE…….ALL OF IT!

So I recklessly shave it off.

Heck, I’m numb by now.

Nothing hurts.
I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I’m going to try hair color……

Now share this one and give your friends a good laugh!

(Facebook source – original writer not know )

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Homemade perfume UPDATE

Remember my post about 6 weeks ago on Homemade perfume? Well, I am using it and loving it!

I don’t own a spray perfume bottle, so I am using a small glass blue bottle spray I’ve had forever. I knew it would have a great purpose someday.

The amount of alcohol to water to oil ratio is perfect. The scent does last too. Remember, you don’t need expensive essential oils, even just lavender is wonderful, or maybe cedarwood? Check my past blog posts to find the Homemade perfume and try it yourself! Even with the more expensive essential oils you could save a ton of $$ (I love a nice perfume and they are not cheap!) plus, make some for gifts.

Ciao for now!

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DIY liquid soap

Making liquid soap
Making liquid soap

I love a large bar of soap.  I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally.  Now is not the time in my life to bother with two types of soap (no time!), but I have made liquid soap with my bar soap which is working out nicely for us!

Try this: 

Using a grater on a smaller side, shred your bar of soap (use homemade soap for nice, homemade liquid!). Bring to a boil on the stove with 6 cups of water then turn to low for about a half hour. Keep watch on it, mine boils over sometimes! Cleans the stove nicely though!  Stir frequently with a whisk. Turn off the heat and let rest and cool. Pour into soap dispensers.  I did this today with my Beeswax Honey soap and have done it in the past with my Lavender soap. Scent keeps nicely! Water and oils naturally separate, so every so often (twice a week at least) you need to shake it up in the dispenser. Will immediately become a nice consistency, and will thicken over time.

 I really love doing this as I don’t need to be dependent on the grocery store.  You can also pour into a plastic shampoo type bottle and use as a body wash in the shower..but I save my bar soaps for that. Recipe will fill at least two dispensers and I keep leftovers in a glass jar for future use. You could make this and give as a gift in a mason jar with a bow. Pretty and sincere! Make sure you use homemade soap for a true all-natural gift.

Click here for making a mason glass jar soap dispenser. I think it adds some down home whimsy whether you live in a mansion or a shack. 🙂  As you can see below I don’t have one of that type at the moment.  Ciao for now!

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Homemade Perfume

Here is something I just made while my dear son was still sleeping this Sunday:

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Homemade perfume.  This was super easy since we keep vodka in the house (for tinctures..I’m not a fan of vodka for drinking). If you don’t have jojoba oil, I would suggest another like Vegetable oil. I wouldn’t recommend Olive oil–the kind I keep around the house is so fragrant and flavorful it could alter the scent you wish to create!

I used whatever essential oils I had on hand. This is the mix I am trying: 6 drops Ylang Ylang, 5 drops lavender, about 20 drops ‘Meditation’ which consists of cedar, sandalwood, and patchouli oils.  Turns out, lavender is REALLY strong, so I couldn’t use more than 5 drops as it really overpowers the other scents!! I mixed this up and I am storing it in a reused baby jar in the back of the cupboard for one month. So I hope to find a pretty bottle to store it in by then and I’ll let you know how it works out! Will you try this? Even just lavender would be lovely; it lifts moods and keeps bugs like mosquitoes away pretty well. If you do try it, let me know what you think. Ciao for now, ladies!!  Men out there..this would make a thoughtful gift!! 🙂

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Making Yogurt at Home

Makes 7 pint jars of creamy yogurt. Has directions for almond milk yogurt too!
Makes 7 pint jars of creamy yogurt. Has directions for almond milk yogurt too!

I have made yogurt in the crock pot before and it turns out okay … sometimes! Even if it seems I am doing the same thing, at the same temperatures, sometimes the yogurt is too liquid-y, or smells bad.

We finally bought a Euro Cuisine yogurt maker at Target ($23.00) which basically heats the milk to a consistent temp and we have had delicious, organic (using organic milk) probiotic yogurt every time. After you heat milk on the stove and allow it to cool a bit, you add some yogurt that has the live cultures, whisk it in, and then pour the milk into these 7 pint sized jars that come with the kit. 8-12 hours later, yogurt! You do have to turn the heat off yourself, it does NOT stop automatically like a crock pot. Well, it’s cheap lol. But I love it.

Here is one link  out of many for instructions on homemade yogurt (FYI: that is one excellent homestead link called Granny Miller). I love doing this and there is SO much you can do with yogurt. I love it in the morning with fruit and honey. Add some granola! In smoothies it’s the best too. I like using it in place of sour cream and I LOVE sour cream so this is good healthy substitute for me. Have you made your own? How do you like your yogurt? Even our vet said if we give our cat anything that is ‘people’ food, a bit of probiotic yogurt is perfect for him!