Fun Times Fly

Finding the fun in every day life.

Hairspray Free

My hair is very fine. It also happens to be pretty thin. So, I am a huge fan of hairspray! If I don’t use it my hair would be a limp, flat mess shortly after I fixed it. Even if I am pulling it up in a pony tail, I apply a little spray. Otherwise, the elastic would slide right out of my hair.

Hairspray is my friend. I love it. It is a product that I use daily. However, the downside is my bathroom always has a fine layer of residual hairspray all over it.

I wipe down the counters and sinks every day. I wipe down the door handles probably once a week. The problem is the floor. No matter how careful I am, hairspray always gets on the floor. Then hair gets stuck. It is an awful mess.

I hate trying to get the floors clean. I have to mop them at least twice before they are not sticky. Let’s face it, that rarely happens.

However, I was in the shower the other day, and it occurred to me that shampoo gets the hairspray out of my hair. Why would it not work on the floor?

I decided to test my theory. (I feel like I am a scientist trying to solve a world crisis. Let’s face it, this is not rocket science here. This is definitely a first-world problem.)

I hauled out a bucket, mixed in about a gallon of water with a fourth a cup of shampoo. I used cheap shampoo for this. I was not going to waste expensive stuff trying to get hairspray off the floor.

I have tile in the bathroom, so I didn’t worry about getting too much water on it.
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Isn’t that gross?  I swept the floor before I mopped.  All that hair and gunk was stuck in the hairspray on the floor.

I have to say I am pretty proud. My floors are clean and hairspray free.

Today anyway.

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Zip It Up

I have some jeans that I love, but the zipper sticks every time I try to zip it up. It drives me crazy. Even though this is one of my favorite pair of jeans, I would often wear a pair I did not like because of that zipper.

One day (when all my other jeans may or may not have been dirty) I decided to bite the bullet and wear those hard to zip jeans. After I put them on, I fought with that zipper for several minutes and several bad words flitted through my mind. (I didn’t say them out loud, so I think that counts as remarkable restraint.)

I am going to enter a disclaimer here. The jeans were not too tight to zip. In my younger days, that could have been the problem. The zipper just got stuck.  If you have never had to lay down on the bed to zip your jeans, then I don’t think we can be friends. I don’t do that anymore.  I am way past the age of fashion over comfort.

I don’t know what possessed me to grab a bar of soap, but I was just that frustrated. I rubbed the soap on each side of the zipper, and it worked like a charm.

There was a little problem, however, the soap I grabbed happened to be a white bar. It left residue on the jeans. A clear bar would be better.

Then, I remembered my candles. They are wax. If wax paper works on clothing rods, then a wax candle should work on a zipper.

My mind works in mysterious ways sometimes.

I wiped off the soap residue with a damp cloth, and grabbed a candle.  I rubbed the candle on each side of the zipper (it was unzipped, not the inside and outside).

It worked and it left no white residue!  I was happy, happy, happy!

I could now wear my favorite jeans.  I could zip them without any problem.  And I didn’t have to lay on the bed to do it!

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Funny Friday March 29

Every Friday I will post something that made me smile. Sometimes you just gotta laugh!

 

That is some incentive to turn those electronics off! That is some incentive to turn those electronics off

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Funny Friday March 22

Every Friday I will post something that made me smile. Sometimes you just gotta laugh!

Things that make you say AWWW

Things that make you say AWWW

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Oatmeal Face Mask

A few years ago I went to the doctor because I was extremely fatigued. I couldn’t figure out why. I did have a four year-old and a two year-old at the time, but I was more than just mom tired.

They ran some tests and discovered I had hypothyroidism. This was a possible cause of the fatigue. They were going to run some other tests, but they couldn’t do it if I was pregnant. I didn’t think I was, but I took a test.

Okay, so now I had two reasons for being so tired. I was pregnant on top of the hypothyroidism. I started taking prenatal vitamins, and a prescription for my thyroid, and things got a little better.

My skin, nails, and hair looked great when I was taking those vitamins.

But then my baby was born, and the prenatal vitamins were no longer necessary. I was still taking a multivitamin, but my skin, nails, and hair really started to suffer.

An unfortunate side effect of hypothyroidism is my hair got thin and sometimes falls out. My nails are brittle and break easily. My skin is EXTREMELY dry.

There are several things I do to combat the dry skin. One is an oatmeal face mask.

I do this about once a week and it really seems to help my face.

The recipe is simple and the ingredients are ones that are everyday household supplies.

OATMEAL FACE MASK
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 egg white
2 tablespoons honey

Put the oatmeal in a food processor and grind to a fine powder. Add egg white and honey. Mix thoroughly.

Apply to face and wear for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Your pores will be tightened and your skin will be soft and smooth.

This really helps with my dry skin. And although it smells good enough to eat, it really is not that tasty. (You don’t want to know how I know.)

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Funny Friday March 8

Every Friday I will post something that made me smile. Sometimes you just gotta laugh!

 

gas hose

Sometimes it is just one of those days!

(This is why we need Funny Friday.)

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Funny Friday March 1

Every Friday I will post something that made me smile. Sometimes you just gotta laugh!

hot dogs

I guess this is one way to cook for a crowd.

(I really hope he washed that rake)

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Funny Friday February 22

Every Friday I will post something that made me smile. Sometimes you just gotta laugh!

 

 

political promises

“I don’t care who you are, that’s funny!”

Bragging rights to whoever knows this quote!

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Busy Life

I read an article recently about some really successful people. It really made an impression on me because the one thing these really successful people don’t do  — multitask.

They concentrate on one thing at a time. I thought that was a remarkable idea.

Now, these were people at their workplace. In an office. And the only person they had to take to the bathroom was themselves. (I am assuming)

But sometimes life gets busy. And as moms we have to multitask. Otherwise things are not going to get done.

For instance, I was dealing with a phone call, making lunch, and loading the dishwasher. It was a good day.

And then…

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I burned the grilled cheese sandwich.  The day could have just taken a turn for the worse.

But, unlike the business people who get to concentrate on one thing at a time, moms have to be resourceful.

So, I finished up the phone call.

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(That is cheese on the sandwich and not mayo.)

I pulled the burned piece of bread off of the sandwich, and replaced it with a new piece of bread.

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Ta-da.  A beautiful grilled cheese sandwich.  The kids had no idea.  They happily ate lunch.  The day was back to being a good one.

Now, while it would be lovely to be able to have singular focus, as a mom that is not possible at this stage of my life.  I have balls to juggle.  Lunches to fix.  Kids to taxi all over creation.

Right now in my life, I don’t have the luxury of single-tasking.  In order for things to stay semi on track, I have to multitask.

Someday soon I will be able to focus just on the task at hand.

And I will miss the days when I had to take the top off of a burned grilled cheese sandwich.

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All Natural Face Moisturizer

I have mentioned my dry skin. It is really a pain to deal with. In the winter, my face can get so dry it chaps and my makeup looks horrible.  I have written about my oil cleaning method.

I have been on a quest to find a great moisturizer for my face for a long, long time.

I have tried many different products from the drugstore to the really expensive stuff you buy at home parties.

To be honest they all worked about the same for me. I would start the day with my skin feeling pretty good, but by the afternoon, my skin would be dry. It could literally get to the point it hurt.

I have been reading a lot of things about natural products, so I thought I would try creating my own moisturizer.

I had to be careful because not only is my skin dry, it is extremely sensitive. Great combination, huh?

I tried mixing coconut oil and shea butter. I mixed it in equal parts.
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The hardest part of making the moisturizer was finding a container to keep it in. I found some really cute little containers at the dollar store.

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It worked. I have been using it for a couple of months now. It is working really well. I have had not had nearly as many problems with my skin this winter.

My makeup is smoother and my face does not chap.

I love knowing I am not putting something with a lot of chemicals on my face.  It makes me even happier that it works better than anything I have tried.  It makes me the happiest that I made it myself and it is not outrageously expensive.

The shea butter was $8.25.  The coconut oil was $15.00.  I only used about 2 tablespoons of each.   Even if I had used all of each it would only cost $23.25.

That is about what drugstore moisturizers cost.

I love saving money.  I love using this moisturizer.  I especially love the way my face feels after I use it.

Cheap and easy.  (Sounds like the name of a rock band.)  And it works.  What more could a girl want?

Edited to add:  I mixed up another batch of this, but added 2 tablespoons of beeswax.  The beeswax makes the moisturizer a little firmer. I like the consistency better with the beeswax.

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