Friday, October 28, 2011

Winter Hair Beware!

The problem
Yes, I'm a Leo and I care about my hair! In my shower and under my sink you will find a ton of hair care products. Not ECO GROOVY! So, last month I looked into finding a shampoo and conditioner that will not dry out my hair and fits better into my eco-conscious lifestyle.

Living on the coast, it's not such a big deal. The humidity is there and keeps the moisture in my hair. Living in the high country of the midwest my hair dries out in an instant! Adding oils just makes it dried out and oily looking.

So I went online, read reviews and watched other women on You-Tube with the same issues. From the search I discovered Hair One hair cleanser.

It's sulfate free and is a cleanser and conditioner. I've been using it for a month now and no longer need to use my deep conditioning conditioner, leave in conditioner and night hair conditioner.
The proof? My husband no longer tells me I look like Monfils in the morning. :)

The savings
Now I calculate my savings.
By switching to Hair One for my cleansing and conditioning needs, I can stop using:
Natures Gate Shampoo $5
Natures Gate Conditioner $5
Nexus Split End repair $11.50
Aveda Sun Care After Sun Masque $25
Roots of Nature Shea Butter $5
Total $51.50 every 3 months

Hair One $12-$15 depending on the scent

Total Savings!!! About $36 per quarter or $144 per year!

I'm also saving the cost of plastic.
Instead of 20 plastic bottles, I'm only using 4 per year!

The best way to lessen the environmental impact is to Reduce the Use!

What am I doing with the unused conditioners?
- Conditioning my leather boots, jacket and purse

- Conditioning my dog Lucy

I hope this gets you interested in shrinking your footprint!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkins are not just for jack o lanterns!

I love finding new ways to make gifts, and the more organic the better! During the month of October a great gift can be a carved pumpkin.

Here are two pumpkins that I carved after watching the pumpkin carving challenge on Food Network. (Isn't it funny how sitting on your couch, you can watch professionals creating masterpieces and you think...I can do that.)

4 hours later...
The eagle is made by thinning out the rind of the pumpkin. I gave it to a friend who was promoted to Colonel in the US Air Force. I used an Exacto knife, paring knife and a lemon zester. It took 2 tea light candles to light this puppy up, so next time I'll keep scraping to make the rind thinner.

My hubby is a Saints fan so I made this after the Saints beat the Colts 60 something to 7. Geaux Saints! To make this simple lantern I drew on the logo, used an Exacto knife and paring knife and then went back over the outline with a black marker.

Now, go out and create your own masterpiece!

Cool Crafting

I'm going craft crazy!
Along with carving bio-degradable pumpkins.... I've continued my need to make new things out of old! I splurged and bought a Cricut. With this I'm able to create some very spiffy new items from old.

Below is an example of what will be a Happy Birthday sign and cheesecake decoration for my hubby. I used blue craft paper craps and an old calendar. This machine cuts so precisely, what was old really looks new!

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