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Thursday, September 09, 2010


My Little Miss MoneyPenny turns 10 yrs old this Fall. She is a Miniature Pinscher.

Who Visits Me

This is who visits me at my bedroom window.

Uncle Glenn & Aunt Janis With Their Grandchildren

This is my Uncle Glenn and Aunt Janis with all their grandchildren (with another one on the way) at their beach house. Such a sweet picture!

Decorating For The Fall

Here are some ideas I gleaned from a Google search. Makes me ready to drag out my Fall decorations!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Hannah is 5 Months Pregnant!

My nephew's wife, Hannah, is 5 months pregnant with a little girl, Savannah Marie. I love this digital cherry paper and wanted to use it. I found digital cherry brads, ribbon and some Adobe Photoshop brushes. I thought it came together very well.

Luke And Stan Installing His New Mufflers

Luke And Stan Installing Luke's New Mufflers

Luke had time on his hands while he was in Iraq and he planned on upgrading his truck. He wants to fancify it! So he ordered his parts and they were shipped to his parent's house. As soon as he was home from Iraq, he and Hannah came up to spend a week and he started working on his truck. He replaced the front bumper. But the biggest thing he did was to add some new pipe mufflers. He had ordered the chrome pipes but he ended up not using them after all. He and his Uncle Stan designed what he needed and then went to a friend of Stan's shop to fabricate and weld them. They got them all installed. Luke and Stan love doing stuff like this together. Our other nephew, Evans, is also good at working on machines and cars. I bet Evans will want something like this on his truck too!

I used digital papers for the background and a digital frame for the journaling. I used some Adobe Photoshop brushes to add the smoke. I used a checkerboard border and the metal "You Did It" charm. All of these from my digital scrapbooking supplies.

It's A Girl!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Luke's Truck

Luke wanted big pipe mufflers on his truck. He and Stan figured out how to do it. They had a friend fabricate them and he and Luke installed and welded. It sounds really cool!

Hannah Shopping For Baby Clothes

Hannah went shopping for little girl clothes!

Another Cookout!

For Labor Day Stan smoked Boston Butts and Chicken on Luke's big grill.

Mom's Family Supper

Luke wanted to come out to the Farm so Mom invited us for spaghetti supper on their deck. Uncle Glenn and Aunt Janis came too. It was a very nice evening!

Welcome Home Luke!

Our nephew, Luke Harris, has spent the last 4 months in Iraq as a member of the Air Force. We really missed him! But he came home the weekend before Labor Day weekend and we celebrated with family cookouts for a week.

Luke had been planning for the last few months on upgrading his Ford truck. He had purchased some stuff online and had it shipped to his parents home. So he couldn't wait to get to work on it. Here he is taking off his old bumper to add a new bumper.


Hannah is 5 months along now





Monday, September 06, 2010

Cheap and Homemade Beauty Products

I have not tried any of these yet so I can't recommend them. But I deliberately tried to choose things that have easy to find ingredients, what you might normally have around the house, natural. So these are simple, safe and easy. At the end of this post I put some videos showing how to make and use some of these type of beauty treatments. Do a Google search yourself and see how many great ideas there are. Some, using essential oils, sound good but I didn't include them in my list because it's not something I normally have around the house and essential oils can be a little pricey. There were a couple of ingredients you might not normally have around but are worth investing in such as rose water, food grade vegetable glycerine, food grade aloe vera gel, Vitamin E oil, etc.

The biggest problem faced in making cosmetic products at home is shelf life. They can spoil after a certain amount of time, but the quality of the product and the knowledge you are using only the best ingredients far outweighs the small inconvenience. So make them in small quantities, or just enough to last until you know you will need to replace them. Another simple point to remember is - do not use your fingers because of the bacteria introduced from your fingers to the product. Use a spatula or plastic knife to lift product out of jar. Oils and waxes will remain stable. But when you introduce herbal infusion, or aloe gel, or unsterilized water that presents the problem of mold and bacteria. When using aloe vera gel, it's best to buy food grade which is already stabilized. Using it from your house plant... it will develop mold quickly. ALWAYS BOIL THE WATER AND STERILIZE YOUR CONTAINERS (since boiling water will destroy/melt some plastic containers, use alcohol to sterilize these). Grapeseed oil extract and Vitamin E oil are natural preservatives. Use it at one drop per ounce of other ingredients.

Hair Shampoos

1 large egg separated
3 Tbsp castile soap
In a bowl, beat egg white until foamy. Blend in yolk followed by the castile soap. Wet hair with warm water. Massage half the egg shampoo into scalp. Rinse well then massage remaining shampoo into scalp. Leave on hair about 1 min. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Castile soap is a name used in English-speaking countries for olive oil based soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. If soap is made from pure olive oil it may be called Castile soap or Marseille soap. The term "Castile" is also sometimes applied to soaps with a mix of oils, but a high percentage of olive oil. It comes in liquid or bar.

Emmanuel H. Bronner (February 1, 1908 – March 7, 1997) was the eccentric maker of Dr. Bronner's castile soap, a concentrated liquid notable for the vast amount of lather produced from a few drops and the vast amount of tiny text on its packaging. Although his parents were killed in the Holocaust, Bronner believed in the goodness and unity of humanity. He was born in Heilbronn, Germany, to the Heilbronner family of soap makers. He emigrated to the United States in 1929, dropping "Heil" from his name. As his father was Jewish, he pleaded with his parents to emigrate with him for fear of the then-ascendant Nazis, but they refused. His last contact with his parents was in the form of a postcard saying, "You were right. —Your loving father." He started his business making products by hand in his home. The product labels are crowded with statements of Bronner's philosophy. In 1947, while promoting his "Moral ABC" at the University of Chicago, Bronner was arrested and committed to a mental hospital in Elgin, Illinois from which he escaped after shock treatments. After moving his family several times, he settled in Escondido, California, where eventually his soap-making operation grew into a small factory. At his death in 1997, it produced over a million bottles of soap and other products a year, but was still not mechanized. After Bronner's death, his family continued the business. They have said the labels he wrote will not change except when required by government regulations. - Wikipedia


1 egg
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp castile soap
1/2 cup water or herbal tea
Drop of fragrant essential oil of your choice (optional)
Combine all in blender and whip until smooth. Shampoo with mixture using warm, not hot water for the shampoo and rinse. Store any remaining shampoo in the refrigerator for use the next day.


1/4 cup of your favorite herbal tea, strongly brewed
8 oz liquid castile soap
Add soap to tea. Stir over low heat until well blended. Store in a capped bottle.

Greasy Hair

Put powder on your hair heavily for 15 minutes; wash completely; condition lightly.

For Dandruff

Apple Cider vinegar is poured into the hair, massaged into the scalp, and left to dry for a few minutes. Then the hair is washed. The process is repeated daily until the dandruff disappears, usually within a few days.


Add six spoonfuls water, two spoonfuls pure apple cider vinegar and apply it on the scalp with cotton wool before going to bed. Tie a towel around your head to protect the pillow. Wash your hair next morning. After shampooing, rinse again with vinegar water. Continue this once a week for at least three months.


Mix a spoonful of lemon juice with two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and massage on the scalp. Wash your hair with an egg shampoo after this.


Beat two eggs and add two tablespoons of water to it. Wet the hair and apply the egg mixture over the hair. Now massage your scalp and let the mixture on for ten minutes to fifteen minutes. Then rinse the hair with lukewarm water. This will keep both dandruff and hair fall problem away from you.


Rosemary Leaves 1 handful
Water 1 litre
Apple cider vinegar 2 tsp
Boil the water and soak rosemary leaves in it. Let it stand for one night. Strain and add vinegar to it. After shampooing wash your hair with this preparation. It treats the hair very fast.


Dissolve 2 aspirins in your dandruff shampoo and watch how it clears up. Use a good moisturizing conditioner afterward.

Hair Conditioners

Stir 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water. After shampooing, pour the mixture through you hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.


1/2 cup Mayonaisse
Comb the mayonaisse through your damp hair, then wrap your head in a towel, let it penetrate for 20 minutes. Shampoo.
Special Note: Make sure the mayonaisse is real mayo and NOT salad dressing. It will dry your hair out.


1 teaspoon baby oil
1 egg yolk
1 cup water
Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again. Add to the water. Massage into the scalp and throughout your hair. Rinse well.


1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup lukewarm water
Beat egg yolk until it is thick and light colored. Slowly drizzle drops of oil into egg, beating well. Slowly add and beat the water into the egg mixture. Transfer mixture to a container. After shampooing, massage all conditioner into hair and leave on for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing.


1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 cups distilled water
Directions: Pour over your hair as the final rinse. It will leave your hair feeling soft. Good for all hair types


Cream Deodorant
1/2 ounce cocoa butter
1/2 ounce beeswax
1 Tbsp glycerine
1 Tbsp rosewater
Melt cocoa butter and beeswax slowly in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat, add glycerine and rosewater. Add several drops of one or more of the following deodorizing esssential oils: calendula, coriander, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, or thyme. Stir before use if cream seperates.


4 ounces cornstarch
2 ounces baking soda
1 ounces liquid chorophyll
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces distilled water
8 ounces beeswax
10-15 drops of honeysuckle, rose, coriander or essential oil of your choice.
Mix all ingredients except wax and chorophyll in a bowl, stir thoroughly. Melt wax in top of a double boiler over very low heat, remove from heat. Add the other ingredients and blend well. If the wax thickens too much to be workable, heat again. As the mixture begins to cool, but before it hardens, add the liquid clorophyll and essential oils. Pour into molds. Let harden. Remove from molds. Store in a tightly closed container away from heat to avoid shrinkage.


Wash your mouth with half a glass of warm water containing a teaspoon of table salt.


Mix 2 ounces of Water, 1/4 Teaspoon of baking soda or Sea Salt, 1 drop of Pure Peppermint Oil, and 1 drop of Tea Tree oil. This Homemade mouthwash recipe leaves a great refreshing minty taste in your mouth and helps prevent bad breathe.


Rub a lemon rind on your teeth to remove brown stains. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.


Hydrogen peroxide (a few drops)
Baking soda
Make a paste by combining the two ingredients. Use this paste on your teeth and also gently rub along your gums two times a week.


2 Tbsp dried lemon or orange rind
1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tsp salt
Place rinds in food processor, grind until peel becomes a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt then process a few seconds more until you have a fine powder. Store in an airtight tin or jar. Dip moistened toothbrush into mixture, brush as usual.


Dry Skin
Apply natural mayonnaise, either homemade or from natural foods store. Massage into skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water.


1/4 cup olive oil1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup shaved or grated beeswax
Fill a small saucepan with tap water and heat it over medium low to use as a water bath. Mix the olive oil and beeswax together in a microwave and heatproof glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup containing the wax & oil mixture into the water bath and allow the wax to melt fully, stirring the two together completely.
Fill another microwave proof bowl or cup with 2 cups of water. Heat it in the microwave on high for 2 minutes or until boiling. Add the boiling water to the wax/oil mixture. The lotion will now have the consistency of skim milk. If you wish to add an essential oil, do so now, mixing it in well by stirring with a spoon.
Allow the lotion to cool slightly. Stir with a spoon or whisk and pour the lotion into a container while it's still warm and easy to pour. Leave the container open to allow the lotion to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator. Leave out the water in this recipe if you want to make a lotion bar (like a soap bar but you use it without water).


This is a re-mix of products but it should give you a lot of lotion from inexpensive products.
2 jars store-brand Vitamin E cream
2 store-brand baby lotion bottles
1 jar of the store-brand vaseline (this is a petroleum based product which might be too harsh for face)
1. Dump above into a large mixing bowl. Cutting apart the baby lotion bottles helped you get more out of it. Use a bigger mixing bowl than you think you're going to need or it'll be messier than you thought.
2. Mix with mixer. Don't overheat a hand-mixer.
3. Put the new lotion into clean jars or bottles.
4. Apply to skin. It absovbs quickly. For best results, apply after bathing. For dry, cracked heels apply after bathing and before bedtime (sleep in socks).


1/4 c. distilled water
1/8 tsp. borax
1/4 c. oil of your choice (any light oil and at room temperature) such as olive oil
2 tbsp. beeswax
herbs, tea or fragrance (optional)
Combine the water and borax in a pot and heat until boiling. The borax is a preservative. Borax = Sodium Borate and is rated pretty high in the toxicity scale at Cosmetic Safety Database. So you can leave it out if you want. If you'd like to add herbs or flowers to the mixture, do so now. You may also steep a few teabags in the boiling water, which adds fragrance and antioxidants to your mixture. Combine the beeswax and oil in a double boiler on the stove and heat until the wax melts completely into the oil. If you are using a butter, such as cocoa butter, add it to this mixture. Use medium heat, and take the mixture off the stove as soon as the wax is fully melted into it. Certain oils, such as avocado oil, can be damaged by excess heat. Pour the hot wax mixture into a blender and slowly mix in the water mixture as you blend. The oil and water mixtures should be at about the same temperature when you combine them. You may use a hand blender or mixer for this step if you prefer. Continue blending until oil and water have been mixed together and let cool, stirring occasionally as needed to release air bubbles. The lotion should thicken as it cools. Add fragrance to the lotion after it has cooled to room temperature, if you plan to do so. Avoid candle fragrances as they may have chemicals in them that you do not want on your skin. If you already steeped your water in herbs or tea, you can probably skip this step. Pour the room temperature lotion into a sterile airtight container and seal.


1.Separate one egg and place the yolk only in a saucepan.
2.Stir in three tablespoons each of glycerin and lemon juice.
3.Simmer until thick, stirring as needed.
4.Remove mixture from heat.
Once the lotion is ready, you can put it in a resealable container. Be sure to keep it refrigerated. It works best on the hands as opposed to on the face or more sensitive areas.

Acne Solutions

1 medium size apple, grated fine
5 tbs. honey
Mix the grated apple and honey well. Smooth over skin and let sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse off with cool water.


Make a face pack of bran plus baking soda and water. Mix into a paste, apply to the face, leaving on for 15 minutes. Rinse with solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 8 parts water.


Parsley: Use an infusion of fresh parsley to wash the skin


Peppermint is an excellent antiseptic wash for acne.


Wine: Breakouts can be controlled by applying wine with a cotton ball, white wine for fair skin, red wine for darker complexions.


After washing skin rinse with any of the following herb infusions:
a) chamomile which is purifying
b) yarrow to eliminate toxins
c) catnip which is an antiseptic
d) lavender which is antiseptic
e) thyme which is a strong germ killer


Dilute some lemon juice with water, dab pimple with solution to kill germs, cool inflamation and improve blood circulation.


Extract juice of one lemon and mix with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. About a 15 days application.


Use 2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply with cotton ball.


Blend cucumber and make a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it for 1/2 hour and then rinse.


Grind some nutmeg with milk and apply on affected area.


Apply fresh lime juice mixed to a glass of boiled milk as a face wash.


Combine equal parts baking soda and water in your hand and rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


For a gentle sensitive skin exfoliator, mix 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup milk, two teaspoons baking soda, one tablespoon olive oil and five drops of tea-tree oil in a bowl, then apply to your skin.


After showering, the Epsom Salt Council recommends massaging handfuls of Epsom Salt over wet skin to exfoliate the body.

Facial Masks

2-3 large carrots
4 1/2 tablespoons honey
Cook carrots, then mash. Mix with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.


1 tsp plain yogurt (I chose Balkan Style)
juice of 1/4 of an orange
Stir to mix and then dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. The sensation is both cool and relaxing. Leave on for a five minutes and then rinse. If you are feeling sluggish, this is the perfect mask for you.
Yogurt will cleanse and nourish your skin
The orange is full of Vitamin C and AHA's.


Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


1 egg white
6 drops witch hazel
6 drops lemon juice
Whisk the egg white until it's stiff, and then add the remaining ingredients. Gently apply the mixture to your face, avoiding your eyes. Leave to dry for 15 minutes or so. Rinse well with warm water.


Warm a small pot of honey in a double boiler, then test a small amount on your hand to make sure it's not too hot. When warm, apply the honey generously over your entire face. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm, then cool water.


Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin and enough flour to form a paste. (Approximately ¼ cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


Juice of one lemon
4 tbsp cup non-fat dry milk powder
1 tbsp witch hazel
Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix well. Alternatively, you can blend them together by using a fork or a wire whisk. Apply the mixture to your face, neck and chest and allow it to dry for around 15 minutes. Use the remaining cream as a cleanser to remove the mask. Then, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

Facial Moisturizers

Use 2 parts rose water and 1 part glycerin to make a lotion. Apply nightly and work into skin.

Glycerin can also be used in its pure form, but in limited quantities. It can be used directly on the skin as a moisturizer or it can be added to bath water, creams, cleansers or lotions. Use only food grade vegetable glycerin. If it is used by itself in very dry climates it will attract moisture from your skin and hair instead of from the air. This can result in blisters on the skin and brittle locks. Add a teaspoon of jojoba oil to your products to prevent this.

3 cups rosewater
6 teaspoons of glycerin
1 ¼ cup aloe vera gel
12 - 20 drops of rose essential oil
2 teaspoons royal bee jelly
Vitamin E oil from 4 vitamin E capsules
2 teaspoons grapefruit seed extract
Take 3 cups of rosewater into the clean bowl and add glycerin, rose essential oil, grapefruit seed extract, aloe vera gel and royal bee jelly to it. Nip the tips of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze out the vitamin E oil from them into the mixture in the bottle. Using a whisk or spoon, whisk the mixture well. Dollop the mixture into the sterilized bottle and refrigerate. When needed take a cotton ball and apply some cream on it and then, massage the face with the natural glycerin and rosewater cream before going to bed.

Makeup Remover

Apply milk or plain yogurt to face with a cotton ball, then rinse.


1/2 cup green tea
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
Mix in a bowl. Put in spray bottle and lasts about a month.


For sensitive skin, use 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water. Lavender oil may be added for fragrance and skin rejuvenation.


Grate a cucumber. Then use a wash cloth and apply the cucumber juice to your face. Cucumber juice is a natural astringent.


1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup distilled water
2/3 cup witch hazel
Combine all ingredients. Pour into a clean bottle or decorative cosmetics container. Shake well before using. Apply with a clean cotton ball.


1/2 pint olive oil
1 ounce rose water
a few drops of glycerin
1 ounce vodka


Use an extract of witch hazel as an astringent, a skin freshener and to soothe skin irritations.

Sugar Facial Scrub

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