Monthly Archives: July 2012



Last Friday for my Friday 5 I posted that I start cooking by filling putting hot soapy water in the sink. While very helpful for keeping my kitchen less of a disaster zone, my aunt pointed out it is not a very good use of resources. Water is precious and so I have been thinking of what can I do and so far my very simple greener solution is the above bowl.

I am keeping it in my sink. when I wash my hands the water falls in the bowl. When I rinse something the water stays in the bowl. When I start to cook I fill the bowl half way full and use it as I was my sink. When the bowl gets mostly full I take it outside and water the plants on my porch. So far today I think I have emptied it 5 times on to plants. It might not be the best grey water system but it is better than what I was doing and it is easy.

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Bright colors


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What flower is this?


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No shampoo

lets talk some vanity first. As you know if you have read my blog. I am vain, or at least I think looks matter.  I will also admit I will judge some one based on their looks. Not really how they look but if they look like they took some time to care about themselves. I don’t care what your body shape or income level or type of clothes you wear there is nothing more attractive than a smiling and confident person who is comfortable with who they are.

So just because I care about my looks doesn’t mean I want to spend a ton of mula, or time. Over a year ago one of the bloggers I was following on twitter (Shana aka Gluten free Girl) talked about not using shampoo because a lot of them had gluten in them. I tried to give up shampoo then but it didn’t work. True to me I thought I don’t need to figure out how do it. I will just jump in and make it work. After about a month my hair was gross and I couldn’t stand it so I started washing it again.

Then several months ago I read Hair Gone Wild by Diane Kidman. Ah ha! that is how you do it. and so I decided to try again with the no ‘poo thing. This time it worked and I am so happy I would never go back. She has a ton of fun recipes in her book some of which I use and some like the honey I have been to chicken to use yet.  This is the basics though that use.



My products and tools. I reused my sea salt jar and my baking soda in there. Apple cider vinegar and my cup. Yes I ‘m a Packers fan!


A close up of my shaker for the baking soda. This is how I always thought shampoo should be like. It apples to my lazy self and hey my hair looks great. At the end of a long day when I am washing my face and getting ready for bed I shake this into my hair much like you would use dry shampoo. I use my fingers and rub it along my scalp.

When I get in the shower the next morning I get under the water and rub my scalp again. the baking soda has already absorbed a lot of the oil and now it is scrubbing my scalp.  At this point it is like I am washing shampoo out of my hair.


Next comes the vinegar a teaspoon or so in half a cup of water. Pour slowly over your hair and rinse.

This whole process leaves my hair nice, soft and shiny with no dandruff which used to be an issue for me. I have been doing this now for 5 months or so. Not quite sure and my hair has never looked better and I am sure has never been healthier.

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So funny! US Olympic Swim Team call me maybe

Hilarious! I particularly like the guy in the video who is staring at the other guy singing like “what the heck are you doing” also they just look like they are having fun!

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Add on cooking tip

6.  I am adding this because well it is good. I like bacon. I cook it on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20 min. When I pull it out I have this ready. foil in a mug. I pour the grease off into the foil and then can toss the foil when its full.


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Friday 5 (7/27)

Its time for the Friday 5 don da da daaaa (this is how the trumpet sound sounds in my head just go with it).  I feel like talking about food and so I will. Todays five are tips and tricks that make me happy in the kitchen and a gluten-free pizza recipe 🙂

  1. First Know what you’re doing. Have a plan so you don’t have to think about it. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! Need help with a plan? Here is my menu plan/ shopping list.
  2. make your self some thing nice to drink before you start making your meal for you family. I prefer tea though a glass of wine or beer or even water are all nice things.
  3. next fill sink with hot and soapy water. I didn’t learn this trick till I was an adult but it was a light bulb moment. As I dirty things I toss them in the sink of water. At the end of cooking when I am usually waiting 15 min for whatever it is to cook, I take that time put the now rinsed items in the dishwasher and clean the kitchen. by the time we sit down to eat dinner most of the clean up work is done!
  4. I am not what you call a good multi-tasker.  There for I sometimes get distracted in the middle of adding my ingredients and I can’t remember what went in already. For that reason (and I got this from a Nora Roberts Novel of all places!) I march my ingredients across the counter with my bowl in the middle. things on the left still need to go in. Things on the right already went in.
  5. Last but not least I love this pizza Of course I found it on Pinterest. You can get the recipe here. Even if you don’t do the Gluten free thing maybe your on a low carb diet this would work for you too or if you just like yummy food. The crust is made from cauliflower I know sounds crazy but it was good. Really good and it really made me happy. 
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Little suns from the garden


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Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Wow wee The fabulous Elfkat  ( nominated me for the inspiring blog awards.To be honest I am humbled, and not sure that I deserve it but, tickled pink just the same. When you get one of these you have to agree to the Rules.

So here they are:

So, here are the rules…

1. Display the award certificate on your website.
2. Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
3. Present 7 awards to deserving bloggers. Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
4. Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

To be fair I love so very many blogs and I usually find several new ones a week that I just adore. I don’t always have time to read everything I want to  (pretty much I want to read everything I want to learn it all) and right now I have 100 posts waiting to be read ekk! Also it probably wouldn’t be fair to nominate Elfkat but besides her “adult blog” she has a “kids” blog The Littlest Druid. Not only do I love it for the stories that I can read my little red-head but spiritual information is presented in such a clear and simple way that child and adult can benefit from the lessons.So here are my 7 nominations, but I love many, many more:

  1. a blog I found while I delve into all things waldorf. I also just love her knit flowers.
  2. So far I have liked it all though I am particularly drawn to her sabbat posts. Little and I made her sun disks that she posted about for Lithia
  3. I love love love this blog for all kinds of natural remedies and toiletries.
  4. a mama and crafter. More Waldorfy stuff. She was the inspiration for the Hand Kite I made Little.
  5. just beautiful she is quite the artist!
  6. I have no idea how this woman does it. Frankly I am amazed by her energy and abilities. She has 5 kids and 1 on the way! Just thinking of that makes me tired but she has a good heart and is funny and strong in her faith which is very different then mine.
  7. flat-out just funny! This is always good for a laugh and plus well I love pinterest so a lot of the stuff she is testing out I have seen. Hilarious!

7 interesting facts
humm hard to say what others will find interesting
1. I am a make up expert. bet you didn’t know that! I was a beauty consultant with Mary Kay for quite a while. loved it and learned a lot. Now I do makeup for pretty much all my friends weddings.
2. I thought (because the doctors told me so) that I could never have kids and yet we have our amazing Little spit fire.
3. I’m very bossy and sometimes I forget to think before I open my mouth and let my opinions tumble out.  my best friend calls me Hermione for that reason.
4. I have been a stanch feminist I am guessing since I was in the womb. Thank you Mom!
5. I have a younger brother who is BRILLIANT and I love to pieces and I am so so so glad I was born first so I didn’t have to live up to him.
6. I have never met a potato I didn’t like.
7. I am barely over my states legal height requirement for needing a booster seat! LOL

Thank you Elfkat!

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pagan kids

For all of you out there with little Witches the Pooka Pages Lughnasadh Issue has been posted.  It is filled with fun activities to do and stories to read.  It is one of my favorite places for Pagan kids. The other hands down favorite is The Littlest Druid, but I am sure most of you know that.

I have decided that in a lot of ways I prefer the kids stuff to the adult stuff. It is just more fun and less stuffy and less oh I  know so much more than you. Not that all of the adult stuff is that way but the kid stuff is never that way.


*Mom told me the pooka page link was broken. sorry for that I think it is fixed now.
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