Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

Herbalicious May 13, 2009

Filed under: frugal living,gardening,green living,organic — razberiswrl @ 9:55 pm

It’s that time of year again, the time where I get the itch to go outside and make something grow.  Of course, I’ve never been all that successful, but year after year, I keep trying.  So, until I can get someone to till up a freaking little patch in the yard, I decided to start small.

Saturday was a gorgeous warm, sunny day with a soccer game bright and early, then a elementary school spring fair in the afternoon.  Once we were through with all of that, it was yardwork time.  After I finished trimming my evergreen hedge within an inch of its life, I decided to empty some pots that contained dead mums, and plant some herb seeds.  It took maybe 5 min.  Hopefully in a few days we’ll start to see sprouts of basil, chives, sage, rosemary, and cilantro.

M and I also filled the area around our dogwood tree with nasturtium seeds.  If they come up, there will be LOTS!  I put 3 seed packets worth in, LOL!  Overkill?  Maybe.  Fun?  You betcha!  I really should try harder to find my camera cable so I can empty the sd card and take some more damn pictures.  Stupid runaway cord.  😦

Speaking of nasturtium, I read that if you plant it and/or marigold in and around your vegetable garden, they will attract bugs thereby keeping them off your produce.  Nifty concept.  If I ever get that tilling done … I’m def gonna give it a shot.  The last time I had a garden, I relied on praying mantises to eat all my bugs (I bought an egg sack, and at least 100 of those suckers hatched!  It was cool as hell!!), the problem with them though, is that they have legs.  I still see mantises on occassion, but they can’t be kept in one spot.

Oh, and I think I’m going to try to DIY a “Topsy Turvy” upside down tomato contraption.  I got this cheapy bucket o’ margarita mix thing last week, and now that the ritas are gone, the bucket remains.  It’s kind of small though.  A gallon I guess.  So, I don’t know if the plant and soil and all that would be too heavy.  I’m going to have to research to see if there are smaller plants or something.  I’m thinking cherry tomatoes …

And now, it’s time for bed.  Night!

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One whole month without washing my hair. OMG! May 12, 2009

Filed under: cleaning,frugal living,green living,no poo — razberiswrl @ 10:01 pm

FREAK!!!  That’s me …

I’m still completely astonished that SHAMPOO isn’t a necessary part of life.  I never ever ever even considered that something as basic as shampoo was optional in life until a month ago.

Anyway, the update is that it’s going well.  I wash with baking soda (1 tb to 1c water) with a few drops tea tree oil, and rinse with apple cider vinegar (1:10 ratio with water).  I let it air dry, and then rub a drop of olive oil between my palms to smooth over the top layer and ends to control frizz.  I straighted as usual with a flat iron, and then use another drop of olive oil if needed.  I do this every 4th day.

Several people I associate with over at BabyCenter Canada are also trying out the no poo lifestyle, but most of them are following the “Curly Girl” method of conditioner only washing.  Basically, you condition twice.  First time, you scrub your hair and scalp with the conditioner in the same manner you would with shampoo.  Second time is conditioning as usual.  It’s important to use a conditioner with no silicon derivative ingredients, so, nothing that ends in CONE.  Also stay away from sodiums, sulfates and words ending in XANE.  Most of the super cheap products foot the bill.  I have started this method with M.  I felt it appropriate because, well, she’s a curly girl.  So far, so good, although, it’s a gigantor pain in the ass. We have 6 varieties of V05 conditioner right now (not to use all at once) because it was $0.66/bottle at the grocery store last week.

Basically, my curly girl’s curls have been disappearing, especially in the back.  The back of her hair is just wavy these days, while the front is still spirally.  Her whole head used to be spirally.  When I read that the CG method helped restore curl, and then saw the pics, I knew I had to give it a shot with her.  We have CO washed exactly 3 times, and I’m starting to see more curl in the back of her hair!  This is very exciting.  I know that once we get it cut (she is growing it very very long to donate to make hair for sick kids), there will be more curl simply because of the weight difference, but even when it was shoulder length in September, there wasn’t a whole lot going on at the back of her head.  Hopefully that will change with prolonged CO washing.

So, as I’ve been typing this, A asked what I was writing about.  I told him I was blogging no poo.  He said “You better not start not washing my children’s hair …”  I told him that I had already started M, and he’s not happy.  Whatev.  He doesn’t deal with her crazy hair, so he has no say, MUAHA!  I told him as much, and he just rolled his eyes.  I really would like to test out BS/ACV on the boys.  I don’t think they would mind too much.  I just don’t think A would stand for it.  It’s already bad enough to listen to him whine and cry about the smell in the bathroom when I shower (the tea tree is strong, the vinegar is strong, I’ll admit it, it doesn’t smell good at ALL, but I deal.  I mean, the smell is GONE as soon as it’s down the drain.  Small price, ya know?).  And I’ve been thinking about the whole peer thing.  What if they told their friends “I don’t use shampoo …”  Geeze, I imagine that wouldn’t go over well with the elementary school crowd, LOL!  Teachers would probably call CPS on me or something …  EEK.  I dunno.  I still need to figure out a better way to mix up my potions for ease of use  (it’s kind of a pain to mix everything downstairs in drinking cups, and taking it upstairs to the bathroom, LOL), then I can worry about ‘dragging my family kicking and screaming …’

 

… but not THAT green … (no boys allowed) May 5, 2009

Filed under: frugal living,green living,laundry,recycling — razberiswrl @ 10:37 am

I’m going there. Menstruation … HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Look, I’m all for cloth diapering, washable pads, and menstrual cups, but … this stuff???

Crocheted tampons!!

Rolled up baby socks!!

SPONGES!!  OMG!!

 

End of week 3, no poo, plus a funny May 2, 2009

Filed under: cleaning,frugal living,green living,no poo — razberiswrl @ 9:45 pm
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I must say, I’m pleased.  My hair doesn’t look any different than it did when I used shampoo, A confirms that I don’t stink … so … looks like I’m on the fast track to coolsville.  I’m still working on confirming whether or not one particular regimen provides consistent results.  I figure 2 more weeks with a baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar will be enough.  Oh, and I added a few drops of tea tree oil to the baking soda wash to see if that would help my scalp.  It didn’t, but it’s stupid to expect immediate results.  I’m not sure if I even added enough or that it actually made it to my scalp, so, yeah, time and experimentation will tell …

OK, the funny:

No poo can be hazardous to your health!  I have been mixing my hair tonics downstairs in the kitchen, and then carting them up to the shower.  Well, since I use 1tb baking soda to 1c water, I naturally use a measuring cup …

Yeah, I dropped that sucker on my FOOT yesterday in the shower!  OWWWIE!!!  Thank goodness pyrex doesn’t break, LOL, that would have been an issue …

Lesson?  Plastic, people.  Plastic.  Ha!!

 

Dare I??

Filed under: frugal living,green living — razberiswrl @ 9:30 pm
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An internet acquaintance shared that she uses homemade deodorant! Whoa! Once again, my mind has been blown. I may have to try this …

Gory details

 

So maybe the egghead wash DID do something … April 26, 2009

Filed under: cleaning,frugal living,green living,no poo — razberiswrl @ 2:48 pm

So, I washed this morning with baking soda again, and it feels clean yet a little waxy again, just like it did when I did the 2nd BS was last time.  Hmm … I think I might be figuring out a routine here!  BS wash (1tb +1c water) with conditioner, 2 days later eggs and milk (2 yolks +1/4c milk, to be specific), 2 days then BS/conditioner … rinse … repeat … (HA!  Punny!!)  Or maybe it was the honey last time that took care of me.  SHIT!  Foiled again!  I need to be less willy nilly about this, and more precise if I’m every going to make it work.

I meant to add a couple drops of tea tree oil this morning to see if it would help my scalp condition (because being poo free has NOT helped one bit, it actually seems a little worse), but I was in a rush, and it wasn’t in either of the places I looked.  I thought it was in the bathroom behind the mirror, but nope.  I also looked under the kitchen sink since I use it for cleaning on occasion.  Nope.  *shrug*  I’ll have to find that.

Another thing I haven’t tried yet is the apple cider vinegar rinse yet.  I just don’t think I’m ready to go there, and I think it’s supposed to be in lieu of using conditioner.  I’m not totally clear on that just yet.  Have to do more reading …

Additionally, I think my hair has taken on a more ash tone, like it’s being washed out.  I don’t like this one bit, but I can’t be certain because my hair color is currently from a box (I’m going to grow out all color, but I last dyed it a shade similar to my natural around mid-March, it’ll take about a year to grow it all out), so you never know if it’s a function of the dye or something else.  Anyway, I read something about using lemon juice instead of BS.  Interesting, no?  I may give that a try too, after having read more.

It’s been TWO WEEKS since I used shampoo.  Weird.

 

Clean at last April 23, 2009

Filed under: 1 — razberiswrl @ 11:51 am

OK, I figured it out. The baking soda wash is very precise. It HAS to be a full tablespoon to do any good. I read that doing the baking soda wash more than once a weekish would really dry out the hair, so, Monday the 12th I used 1tb baking soda dissolved in 1c water to wash my hair, and then conditioned. It was great. THEN I washed with just water 2 days later, and it was ick. THEN I was afraid to wash with full strength baking soda again, so I used 1/2tb with 1c water the next day. Hair was still ick. *GRRR* So THEN, at the recommendation of another no poo-er, I washed with egg and milk … well, you read how well THAT turned out.

So, yesterday, I washed with 1tb baking soda and 1c water (I also added some honey because that was recommended too, don’t know if that actually mattered though), and my hair was FINALLY CLEAN!! No greasy or waxy feeling at all. Although, my scalp is a bit itchy. It usually is with shampoo anyway though, so *shrug*.

So, I will probably use the baking soda wash twice a week.

This might actually work!