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In my quest to reduce our grocery bill even further, I’ve been looking into new ways to be beautiful at a reasonable price. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned:
- Conditioner is great to use in lieu of shaving cream. It only takes a small amount and I already have some on hand.
- Cinnamon & honey (a very small amount of both) can be used to make a healthy facial mask. Massage it on to your face, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then gently wash it off with warm water.
- You can prolong the life of your razor by drying it off after your shower and applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to it. It keeps the blade from getting dull too fast and also keepts it from rusting.
- Try cutting your husband’s or children’s hair. We’ve been doing this for several years now and it really saves money. I attempted to let my husband cut my hair … needless to say, I won’t be doing that again. It was probably one of the scariest moments of my life when he grabbed all my hair in a fist and came at it with the scissors. I’m the only one in our family who still goes to the salon (but I pay less than $20 for my haircut twice a year).
- Pamper yourself with your own pedis and manis. We’ve stocked up our supply of fingernail polishes so that we have an assortment from which to choose. Plus, my daughter and I spend some quality time together giving each other manicures and pedicures. Do my toenails always look the best? No … but knowing that my daughter did them is priceless (and she gets better every time).
- Use petroleum jelly or cold cream to remove makeup. You can also use baby oil on a cotton ball.
- Use epsom salts as an exfoliator. Rub on to your skin after you bathe and rinse off before you get out! It’ll leave your skin soft.
- Add two cups of epsom salts to your bath plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil and relax in comfort (without spending a fortune).
Let me know if you have any other beauty tips!
With the rise of inflation we’re all seeing higher prices at the grocery store. One of the ways that we’re cutting back our grocery bill is to use baking soda for a number of uses around our home. I thought I’d share with you some of the ways we use baking soda:
- Toothpaste (simply take a small amount, add a little bit of water to make a paste, put it on your toothbrush and voila – toothpaste!).
- Drain Cleaner (Pour a tablespoon or two down your drain then pour a cup of vinegar over that. Stand back and watch the chemical reaction as your drain is cleaned! After a few minutes run hot water down the drain to rinse it all out.)
- Deodorant (dust some under your armpits to help with odor)
- General Cleaner (sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and clean the kitchen and bath, including the microwave)
- Oven cleaner (Sprinkle the bottom of the oven with baking soda, wet with water so that it’s damp and let it sit overnight. Clean it out in the morning.)
- Clean Coffee Pots / Stainless Steel Pots
- Odor Neutralizer for the fridge
- As an antacid (refer to package for directions)
- As a shampoo (In lieu of regular shampoo, make a paste with some baking soda and gently massage into your scalp. After you’ve covered all the areas of your scalp, rinse your hair. Spray your hair with raw vinegar (with the mother still in it) and rinse again. Use a conditioner as you normally would. This removes all the buildup of sprays, gels, etc. and leaves your hair incredibly soft.)
- Bath - Add a few tablespoons to your bath water to neutralize odors and remove oils from your body.
There are so many other uses for baking soda. These are just a few. If you have any other suggestions, leave me a comment! I’m sure others would love to know how this economical and budget-friendly cleaner can do more!
Bubba’s Beez (my son James aka Bubba) is supplying me (his good ol’ mom) with raw beeswax for making lip balm, hand salves, etc. The problem is, no one wants to buy lip balm with a bee leg in it (or any of the other various bee parts I’ve found over the past week). At least I wouldn’t want to so that makes me assume that others wouldn’t want to either.
So, how do you go from this:
Before I explain the steps involved, here are a few key tips to remember:
Use a pot or utensils that you don’t need any longer. Beeswax is very difficult to remove and it’s just easier to part with a pot you no longer want or need than to use one of your good ones.
- Do not leave the beeswax unattended. It can easily catch on fire (as any wax can).
- Melt the wax on a lower setting, not high.
- Be patient with this process, it takes awhile.
Okay, now that I’ve said those things, let’s move on to cleaning the wax.
UPDATE 3/1/2013: If the beeswax you have is black, do not use this wax. It is really old wax and will not render anything useful. I tried and it does not work. Try to use wax that is very pale yellow to a medium brown. This gives really beautiful clean wax when finished properly. Trust me. Do not use the old black wax. It will crumble and disintegrate into complete nastiness. Just thought I’d give you a heads up! Happy beeswax cleaning! One further update – we are now selling Bubba’s Beez non-petroleum jelly and lip balm in various flavors – all completely natural. Email me if you’re interested in purchasing any. You can find us on etsy under Bubba’s Beez. Thanks!