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A Quick Fix For Oily Hair . . . “Dry Clean” It

This post is brought to you by Amazon where you can get deals on household supplies! This stuff saved my life this week! Well, OK…maybe that’s a BIT of an exaggeration…but not much! Let’s just say I had a HAIR EMERGENCY on Tuesday and was VERY GRATEFUL I had recently seen this idea by Danielle on Hookable Designs. The funny thing is…I hadn’t originally intended on doing a post on this only because my hair is SO dry that I would never have the need to de-grease my hair. Here is my sad story…with a happy ending! Anyway…back to my sad…then happy…story. Sorry…having difficulty keeping on track today! So…I needed some professional “head shots” for some upcoming stuff and finally decided to bite the bullet and make an appointment. That morning I allowed myself plenty of time to get myself ready and went all-out in my primping session. I quickly located the recipe in my bookmarks and was thrilled to see I had all the ingredients on hand. I call it my: Oily Hair “Dry Cleaner” Ingredients: Related:  Health & Beauty

How to make your own exfoliating scrub Face and body exfoliators can set us back more money than we might like, and they're often filled with laboratory-concocted ingredients. Making your own natural exfoliators is easy and can save you a ton of money. Here are four easy exfoliator "recipes" to try. Exfoliating is a very important part of any skin care regime. As with any other exfoliating treatments, these should be used two to three times a week, not every day. Basic baking soda scrub The range of what baking soda can do just seems to be getting wider and wider. Nourishing sugar scrub Granulated sugar is another wonderful, natural exfoliant -- and with all these reports coming out that sugar may be toxic when ingested, I’m thinking we might be better served to use it on the body versus in the body. Invigorating coffee scrub Coffee is another fantastic natural exfoliant. Soothing oatmeal scrub People who use oatmeal as a natural face scrub swear by it, and now I know why. More green beauty ideas

These Photos Are Actually Pencil Perfect Drawings At just 22 years old, Italian artist Diego Fazo has developed the skill to create photo-realistic drawings using a simple charcoal pencil. His latest creation, pictured below, has drawn hundreds of positive comments on his Deviant Art profile. Don’t tell me you can tell the image below is a drawing and not a high-definition photograph, because I don’t buy it. In fact people were so skeptical this incredible piece of art was drawn by hand that young Diego Fazo had to put up some photos of the work in progress just to lay doubts to rest. Like other talented artists who started their careers on Deviant Art, Diego is a self-taught pencil master whose technique matured with the passing of the years. Scroll down for more of his awesome drawings, and check out his Deviant Art profile, as well. Reddit Stumble

Planning to Get Fit – design finch Ouch! I just completed week one of “Operation Get Fit” and every muscle in my body is begging for mercy. I’ve rediscovered muscles I’d forgotten I had….and somehow even managed to bruise my tailbone within the first ten minutes of bootcamp today. Dang you, Groupon, and your irresistible deal on bargain-priced fitness classes! I’m not really sure what the impetus was for the sudden burst of motivation to get in shape (besides the impulse Groupon purchase). I feel like we were so active in Montana this summer, then returned home and quickly fell back into our sedentary ways. Of course, I decided that before I could even think about getting fit, I first needed to design a cute planner to track my progress. With planner in hand, I then went to town penciling in a simple workout schedule that hopefully I’ll be able to stick with. Monday: Walk/Jog with the DogsTuesday: YogaWednesday: Walk/Jog with the DogsThursday: YogaFriday: Walk/Jog with the DogsSaturday: BootcampSunday: Bike Ride

Good Food Matters » Blog Archive » Home Remedy Today’s post is a bit of a departure. It is not focused on food or drink. There’s no stunning roast or plate of pasta. No cooling beverage. No beguiling dessert. And yet, there is a recipe. An easy one, too, using four items found in most pantries: Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Ginger, and Cayenne… plus some water. And, so quick to put together, so beneficial, I had to share it with you. Combined, I learned from Maggie, that quartet of pantry ingredients creates a potent remedy to some of the ails of winter: Sore throat, hacking cough, tight congestion. Combined, they turn into a curious orange syrup that can cut through the croup. And, the taste is really good! Like you, we’ve been trying to duck the dreaded cold germs: wash our hands, eat well, get enough sleep, stay warm. I first mixed up a batch for Bill over the holidays, when he caught a cold accompanied by a strangling cough. So, last month, when I felt run down, tight with a tickle in the throat, I shook up a little Remedy. Stay warm.

Sunday Planning – design finch I recently read a statistic that said every minute invested in planning will save you ten minutes down the road. I can personally attest that not only does a little planning ahead help with time management, but it also saves money and reduces stress. Don’t we all want more help in those areas? No matter how busy I am, I try to set aside about an hour on Sunday afternoons to prepare for the week ahead. Check calendar for appointments.Make a “to do” list.Jot down a plan for dinners.Create a shopping list.Take items out of the freezer to defrost.Check the weather forecast.Iron work clothes for the week. When I don’t take the time to do these things on Sunday, I feel like I spend the rest of the week playing catch-up. While my iPhone has certainly simplified things, I still find it helpful to make lists the old-fashioned way because I find great pleasure in checking things off! Download Printables Here: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 Download Printables Here: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Bath bomb recipe Here is a Friday Flashback about making bath bombs. Bath bombs make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift when packaged to look like a bomb along with a tag that says, “You’re the ‘bomb’!” They would also make cute teacher appreciation gifts! How to make foaming bath bombs Supplies: 2 Cups Baking Soda 1 Cup Citric Acid 4 teaspoons massage oil ( or 2 teaspoons essential oil and 2 teaspoons olive oil) Spray bottle with water mold (60 mm 2 part plastic ball) (I am also thinking the bottoms of two large Easter eggs could be used) This amount only made 5 bath bombs. Mix baking soda and citric acid in large mixing bowl. Add in 4 teaspoons of scented massage oil (or other combination of skin safe essential oil for scent and another oil for moisturizing the skin). This next step can be a bit tricky because you don’t want your bath bomb to start fizzing. You will continue spraying until the mixture will clump in your hand when squeezed. Fill one half of your mold. Gently remove the ball from mold. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Quote Wall | Pinching Your Pennies I love quotes and inspirational thoughts. They lift me up and help inspire me to be a better person. I have seen ideas online on creating a quote wall, so I decided to improvise and make my own. Instead of buying frames, I used canvases that I already had, except the 5×7 sizes. I printed my prints at Costco, high quality and the best price around. I am really pleased with it and my kids really like it. Here are where I got the free prints on my wall in case you are interested. CTR print..Choose The Right (free)We can do Hard Things (free)Home print…Eighteen25 (free) The other 3 prints were not free, but very reasonably priced at Simply Fresh Designs. Shrink a Size in 14 Days Intrigued by research spotlighting eccentric training as one of the most effective ways to get firm, we asked fitness expert Chris Freytag to create a superfast shape-up exercise routine using this unique technique. When we put a group of readers on the plan, the results were eye-popping: Testers had an average weight loss of 6 pounds and 10 inches in 14 days, with the most successful volunteers losing up to 12 pounds and more than 22 inches all over. The secret is in the program's slow-motion strength routine. Instead of lifting and lowering for 2 counts each, you'll double the lengthening "eccentric" phase of an exercise (i.e., straightening your arm during a biceps curl) to 4 counts. "Each muscle fiber works harder so you get firmer faster," explains Freytag. An East Carolina University study found that women who did eccentric training increased their strength nearly twice as much as those who lifted weights at a normal pace after just 1 week. The Expert Recommended For You

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