No Shampoo or Conditioner for Me

My husband is starting to call me a hippie. I don’t think I really and completely fit that definition but okay. :)

Maybe you think so too with all my homemade, money saving posts about laundry detergent and now I’m throwing this at you-

I’m not using shampoo this month.

Here’s what’s been going on. As the weather here in Texas has been getting hotter and the humidity is higher than anywhere I’ve lived before my poor hair has been getting dry, rougher and I’ve been loosing more in the shower than before. I knew it was time for better shampoo than the cheap stuff I’ve been buying, but the natural good stuff I want is WAY out of our budget.

Then I found this article about a lady who has been washing her hair with baking soda for years.

Cheap. Natural. Healthy.

So I’ve decided to give it a trial run this month. Like anything, it takes time to adjust and see real results. I’m only in my first week but so far I like it. 

Here’s what I’m doing:

Hair Wash: 1 Tbs of Baking Soda per 8oz of water

Hair rinse: 1 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar per 8oz of water.

I put each mixture in a spray bottle and apply in the shower just as I would shampoo and conditioner.

My hair feels clean and so far it has gotten greasy at a much slower rate than before. It does not smell like vinegar; the vinegar completely rinses out. My hair doesn’t smell like anything because there are no chemicals to make it smell. If this works out, like I hope it does, I’ll be buying some essential oils to add to make my hair smell nice.

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes!

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Laundry Room Make Over

Decorating an apartment is difficult. I can’t do anything permanent and I always feel like I need more storage places to feel better organized. Way back in October I had a optimistic plan for how I was going to decorate and organize this cramped, complicated space: 

You can sort of see below a makeshift pantry I made in the laundry closet with a rolling cart and crates. It wasn’t very study and it took up a lot of space while not being very organized. And this was pre-cat cabinet as you can tell from the litter box in the corner. I have yet to blog about this wonderful cabinet- but you’ll love it. (see a teaser picture of what I’m talking about HERE.)
IMG_6491  Buying all that shelving I wanted in my drawing was too expensive for our limited budget so I went searching on Amazon and in my own stuff to find solutions.

You may remember these mattress springs from an Instagram post- I got them for FREE off Craigslist. I love that it is cute and handy. It’s hard to tell but there is about a foot of space between the wall and the back of the washers so any shelving would have been hard to reach back there. I plug in the lights on laundry day and it makes the chore just a bit more fun!

IMG_6661To the left side I installed (with the help of my handy husband) a wire shelving system I found on Amazon for under $20. I’m planning to get one more to put on the door eventually because space is still limited. I also want two of these, or something like them.

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To the right I hung some cleaning supplies. I’d like some sort of shelf over there too.

IMG_6659Do you remember when I made homemade laundry detergent? It’s been almost five months of using it and I love it! I’ve used maybe a 1/5 of what I made, clothes are always clean and smell good, and we haven’t had any problems with allergic reactions (but then we never have.) This stuff is way cheaper than buying a new bottle every few months and it’s so much prettier in its glass container. I’m never going back! (Here’s the original post and recipe) IMG_6657This little room is still a work in progress, but that’s okay since we plan on being here for at least the next year if not two. Now I’m off to do laundry! IMG_6663Like the signs I hung in my laundry closet? I printed them for free off of various blogs! Find them all HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty Laundry

This project has been on my To-Do list for years. No joke. Most of my t-shirts have deodorant stains, eww.IMG_6617

So I finally went through my closet and pulled out every shirt that needed armpit help. Total: 26. That’s most of my wardrobe! (since I’m a nanny I mostly wear old college t-shirts)IMG_6618

I did some online research (*read Pinterest and blogs*) and here is what I came up with using things I already had in the pantry:

What you need:

  • Vinegar
  • baking soda
  • old toothbrush
  • liquid laundry soap
  • patience

How To:

  1. Pour your vinegar into a small container (made it easier for me) and lay out your shirt.IMG_6614
  2. Sprinkle the stain with baking soda2014_ 4_14_15_32 (1)
  3. get your old toothbrush wet with vinegar and scrub away at the stain. The vinegar and baking soda will make some lovely fizz-this is what helps loosen the stain.2014_ 4_14_15_32 (2)
  4. I scrubbed until the fizzing stopped and then threw the shirt into on to the pile as I worked on the next one- allowing the vinegar to sit for awhile on the stain.
  5. Once all the stains have been scrubbed, go back and scrub the armpit stains with a toothbrush dipped in liquid laundry detergent.IMG_6619
  6. Then throw all the shirts in the washer and let them soak for a half hour. Then run a cycle as normal, but you won’t need to add anymore detergent.

I was able to get most of the stains out! I think some of my shirts are too old to save unfortunately (like the blue one pictured.) So I’m going to cut the sleeves off and use it as a running tank until it falls apart. Waste not!IMG_6666

 

The Lupin Lady

 

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One of my favorite picture books is Mrs. Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. My mother read me this book when I was just a itty bitty girl, but its message stuck with me and inspired the name and purpose of this blog.

I found a Youtube video for you so that you can have this story read to you as well. Click HERE.

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Just like Miss Ruphius, I want to make the world a more beautiful place. Perhaps this blog part of my beautifying the world. What will you do to make the world more beautiful?

Getting Back to Making Life Beautiful

I’ve been feeling sort of stuck lately. Bloggers-block if you will. I have crafts to make, projects to share and plenty of decorating ideas but why the heck haven’t I blogged about them yet?

Some of it has been being busy with work, visiting family and the unending piles of dishes and laundry, but I think most of my problem is that I lost interest. I forgot why I started this blog in the first place.

I started blogging back in 2010 as a fun way to de-stress and keep my family informed on my college doings. Back then it was named “The Not So Secret Life of Bee” and it was just for me (and whoever happened by and stopped to read).

I changed my blog’s name to “Making Life Beautiful” around two years ago when my blogging focus turned outward toward you (the readers). My purpose was to continue sharing my life and the crafts I made, but put more emphasis on inspiring others to make life more beautiful.

Of late I think my focus has been so much on growing an audience and pleasing my readers that I lost sight of my purpose and fell out of love with blogging.

I do love blogging. I love connecting with others and the joy I get when others respond to my ideas. I love having a place to share my life and goings-on with family and friends. I love having the opportunity to influence people’s minds and get them thinking.

So I’m going to continue blogging here, but for a while I’ll be trying to turn my focus back to my mission: Making Life Beautiful.

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Oh Hi

You know how everyone older than you always talk about how time moves faster the older you get? It’s true. I can’t believe I haven’t written for a month!

In my defense I have been very busy, but it has been a fun busy!

I’m still in love with my job as a nanny. I seriously look forward to seeing my kids and families everyday, and on the rare day I don’t it’s only because I’m sick or coffee deprived and one sweet smile from my littles cures that (ok, and swinging by Starbucks on the way over).

I wasn’t grumpy at all this particular day, Starbucks just sounded great.

My parents spent five days with us over spring break which was amazing! I had so much fun setting up our bedroom to be a sweet little guestroom (Hubby and I camped out in the office on an air mattress), I’m kicking myself for not getting pictures! One day people, one day I will get good at this blogging stuff. I did get a few pictures from our adventures to the George W. Bush Presidential Library, tour of Baylor’s campus, and long walks. For the most part we just enjoyed being together and chatting in our cozy living room.

I haven’t done much by way of crafts and decorating lately because of work and making sure everything was clean when my parents visited. BUT we did finish the Cat Cabinet/ Coffee station. I just need to get some proper photographs and I’ll post a DIY how-to asap! Here’s a teaser :

Favorite Things

I’m feeling icky today. Sore throat and sore body. Maybe if the dog bit you, or you’re just feeling bad, some of my favorite things will cheer you up too.

  • Clean sheets. Soft, cozy, clean sheets.
  • Rain on the roof.
  • Steaming coffee in your cold hands and belly.

  • Fresh flowers on the table.
  • Purring cat rubbing up against your leg.
  • A hug and forehead kiss.
  • A child lighting up when you walk in the door.
  • New pens and a new journal.
  • Early morning bird songs.

  • My dad’s laugh.
  • long phone calls with my bestie.
  • Getting the mail, especially when there’s a magazine or letter waiting.
  • Flying. I love that take off feeling.
  • Long car rides with the windows down, sunglasses on, and radio turned up loud.
  • Hole-in-the-wall bookstores.

  • The way my mom strokes my face.
  • How my house smells when I’m baking.
  • Bubble bath with candles and acoustic music.
  • The tremble in my legs after a good run.
  • newly painted nails.
  • The smell of the Oregon forest after rainfall.