Rule of thirds III:
Simple, Frugal, Creative Living
20 Feb 2015 4 Comments
Rule of thirds III:
20 Feb 2015 2 Comments
Rule of thirds II:
27 Jan 2015 Leave a comment
Spring will be here before you know it and I really wanted to speak up on behalf of the birds and the bees. I have a page called green gardens where I gave rather vague information in regards to having an organic garden in a small city yard. I will be moving out of my home this year, due to an expected foreclosure due to being “Po'” for real. I still plan on posting more information on gardening organically this year whether or not I am still doing much of it.
If you have a balcony, patio or an actual yard, the very least you should do is get some flowers planted. You can start early with seeds or just grab a few hardened plants later in spring to plant. Do what you can to provide food for our nearly depleted honey bees and please don’t use herbicides or pesticides in your area. They are not usually needed. Our society thrives on commerce and through the years a number of large corporations have used advertisement in the hopes to convince people how much better their gardens and lives will be with their dangerous products. Products that may give greener, more perfect lawns but at what price? The loss of most of our much-needed honey bees as well as the dangerous Runoff poisoning other wildlife, polluting of our waters and needlessly destroying other vegetation.
Any day now all your hardware stores will begin to stock rows of herbicides and pesticides that most of us really have no need of. Many of us are only too eager to waste money on products that are ruining our environment and the world as a whole with little gained in return. If these products were marketed fairly, not one person would purchase them. Yes most have warnings, but how many read that far down? I remember lawns before these products were invented and they were full of clover, wild violets, dandelions and other ground cover we call weeds. They were beautiful and full of bees as God and nature intended. Someone decided by brainwashing the public to want lawns that only the lords and ladies had in England so as gullible and easily swayed as most of us are, we bought it, literally.
Now we need to break those bad habits and get some exercise weeding instead of spraying. I have lived here 10 years, only used weed and feed once a couple of years after my freshly seeded lawn came in, but made up my mind, never again! I have a metal telescoping weeder that is fantastic because I don’t have to bend down and it grabs and pulls the weeds out easily. I do allow clover and wild violets, but anything else goes because living in a city requires that you keep your property up to code. I will do just what I have to do to conform, but I do refuse to go against my own principles anymore. I never use chemical fertilizer, but fork in humus, manure and compost as needed. As I previously mentioned on my GREEN GARDENS page, be sure your plants and seeds purchased are non-GMO. There is a difference between this and hybrids. Hybrids are fine.
24 Jan 2015 Leave a comment
in Frugal living, Health Tags: 365, beauty, bliss body butter, body wash, CeraVe, conditioner, Curel, Desert Essence, Dove, fragrance free, frugal living, health, hypo-allergenic, shampoo, skin care, soap
At my age it’s moisturizer all the time, especially in Michigan’s dry winter heat. These are the products I swear by at the present due to quality and cost. There was a time before the availability of hypoallergenic, fragrance free that I had to use almost strictly Clinique, which is a good product but very expensive relative to what I now use.
For cleaning and bathing I prefer Dove hypoallergenic, fragrance free body wash with nutrium moisture and their soap of the same type. Witch hazel is great for any areas of your skin that is oily or irritated, so two birds! I don’t normally even need skin cream when I use the body wash, it’s that rich. Dove does have other types of body wash so if you are not fragrance sensitive, you can feel free to try other types, deep moisture and winter care being two. Even if you don’t think you have sensitive skin, try a bar vs your regular soap and you may not go back.
There are various skin polishers you can choose from but I have found a washcloth to be my favorite. The brushes are nice to reach your back with either natural boars hair or the mesh bath sponges. I found one with a plastic handle so you can replace the sponge as needed. It really makes a difference to lightly scrub your skin when you bath, being sure not to rub so hard that you cause irritation.
Since I am fragrance challenged I have managed to find this great shampoo and conditioner at Whole Foods that is fragrance free for normal to dry hair. It is 365 everyday value. I think they were $2.99 each for the 16 oz. I purchased the Desert Essence Organic fragrance free shampoo out of necessity one day because the Whole Food stores are quite far from my home but I think I paid $7 or $8 for 8 oz., but it actually does make my hair much nicer and it’s very concentrated.
I have been using CeraVe as a facial cream because it’s very light and really moisturizes. Curel itch defense is great for the body and really does feel soothing. It is just a little thicker of a cream so not something I would use on my face, but I’m sure you could. The bliss body butter is very thick and emollient and I use this for my hands and feet for extra protection. It comes in great fragrances that are natural and not super strong. I don’t have a reaction to their scents, but usually opt for “naked” which is their fragrance free.
Hope this gives you some information about what is out there for dry sensitive skin that is affordable and actually works. The bliss body butter is not available near me, but I have found it online. FYI, that product is very expensive! Click on the product names for more information and possible coupons.
22 Jan 2015 Leave a comment
The landscape is so serene in early spring at the old Henry Ford Estate, Fair lane Manor in Dearborn Michigan. I hope you enjoy the following slideshow.