Sunday, November 23, 2008

light or dark?

i'm talking about hair ladies! i made the mistake {ok, several mistakes} of trying to color my own hair. i know, i know..... anyway, i colored it 2 shades darker than i really wanted, so, instead of coloring it again, i.............. washed my hair with baking soda. yes, another use for baking soda.

here's what i did....

1/4 cup of baking soda in a bowl and mixed it with baby shampoo to make a smooth frosting like consistency.

in the shower, i put the mixture in my hair and let it sit for 3 minutes while i shaved my legs... rinsed my hair and double conditioned my hair with my normal conditioner.

and it worked!! it totally worked!!! it turned just the shade i wanted. i read that you should not do this on a daily basis- it will dry your hair out, but, again, another economical, safe way to lighten your hair.

now, for dark hair.... { i have not tried this, but have heard that it works great}

In a Hurry Rosemary Rinse

One of the simplest ways to use Rosemary is to mix 10 drops of essential oil with 1 ounce of water. After shampooing pour the solution over your hair and work with your fingers to blend evenly. Do not rinse. This solution helps to condition your hair and makes it easier to comb through tangles. It will also help to control dandruff and itching.

if you have any other hair/color suggestions, please share!



Lover How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead.
Song of Songs 4:1

Friday, November 21, 2008

i only clean with....

I was chatting with a dear friend and I was telling her about what I clean my house with and she asked me to post this, so here you go my friend.

{here's a little history} I tossed all the chemical cleaning products awhile ago and strictly only use vinegar, baking soda, and washing soda to clean my home. I know this is not new to most of you, but I thought I'd share the recipes. Not only do I feel better about using chemical-free products, but my children can help me clean and I know that they're not ingesting toxic fumes. Actually, just today my 4 year old grabbed the spray bottle and wiped down the cabinets and refrigerator. My grandmother was a strong believer in child labor and I can see why.

You will need: 3 large spray bottles, box of washing soda { I found at Smiths grocery store}, box of baking soda, 1 gallon jug of vinegar.

Soft Scrub-great for showers, tubes and stainless steel.

1/2 cup baking soda
Enough liquid soap or detergent to make a frosting-like consistency

**Pour the baking soda in a bowl; pour in the liquid soap or detergent, stir until you reach the consistency of frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse.

Window Cleaner- the best i've ever used!
1/4 cup vinegar (distilled, white, 5%)
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups of water

***Combine in a spray bottle. Shake to blend.

All-Purpose Cleaner-LOVE IT!!
1/2 teaspoon washing soda {not baking soda, i found this in our Smith's grocery store-$3.00 for a box that will last a lifetime}
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

**Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

Deodorizer, Toilet Bowl Cleaner-fantastic!!

studies say vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs.

5 percent straight white distilled vinegar

***Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray directly onto areas to be cleaned or deodorized. you do not need to rinse!!!

I hope you found these to be helpful. It's so much more economical and less harmful to clean this way. Let me know what you think!!

In His Grace-


OOPS... forgot to mention.... Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda- you can call 1-800-524-1328 and give them your zip code and they'll tell you which store carries it. It's worth the call- it's changed my life... ok, not my LIFE, but the way i clean.


Welcome Friends

This blog has been on my heart for many months now and I've been praying over how I would like to use it. I'm the wife of a pastor, the mother of three beautiful children, the daughter of wonderful parents, the sister of two sweet friends and more importantly a child of the most amazing God.

I want to learn from you, my sweet sisters in Christ and grow into a deeper knowledge of who God is calling me to be. I thought we could venture this road together. My desire for this blog is to be full of fun, practical ways to care for our homes, husbands, children, and friends, but mostly I want to glorify God throughout the posts of this blog.

Come along with me. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us......