Testy Tuesday–"Poo" Free is a Go; Interior Design Not So Much

Testy Tuesday here again. I’m giving the thumbs up to my poo free experience. I haven’t used shampoo to clean my hair since July 13th. Just about two weeks and my hairlooks and feels fine.

I didn’t spend a lot of money on shampoo, so this won’t make much impact on my budget. But it is making an impact on my peace of mind. One less product that I’m rely on means one less thing to worry about running out of. I’ll still be buying shampoo for the other members of my family–for now.

But hold on a minute . . . I had two topics in my title. So let me now tell you that my room arranging/organizing as of today has been a bust. I seriously need some inspiration here. I want my rooms to be relaxing and clutter-free. But the reality of too much stuff and too little storage space has been harshing my dream.

All I want is for everything I own to look tidy and comfortable without buying any new furniture. Is that too much to ask?

I’ll keep you posted.


Book Review: Success for Teens

I’ve started lesson planning for my daughter’s freshman year. I’m walking a fine line; I want her to be well-educated without my having to spoon-feed her every lesson every day. I’ll be homeschooling four kids this year: Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 9th. So I’m going to have to budget my time wisely. There are also other things I need/want to do, food prep and chores for example. I need to exercise more. And I have to give a good show at this blog thing. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a reluctant writer. I can’t usually sit right done and pound something out stream-of-consciousness style. I need a plan, and I need to edit, which makes blogging more time consuming and more work like.

But I found this book. It’s going to help me. Success for Teens published by the Success Foundation. Their website can be found at http://successfoundation.org/. I’ve just started reading, but the gist of the book is “small things matter.” Do a little every day; it adds up. So here I am doing a little bit again today.

Testy Tuesday–Going "Poo" Free–week 1

Testy Tuesday—I like alliterative titles for recurring weekly themes. So I’ll try this. Tuesday we’ll write about something we’re trying out, testing, if you will. So here goes the first ever blog test testing my Testy Tuesday blog.

Dun-da-da-da: I’ve gone “poo” free!

Yeah, so that means not using shampoo, in case you haven’t heard. The basic idea is to wash your hair with baking soda water and condition it with a splash of vinegar water. My good friend Toni told me that she had a friend who didn’t shampoo her hair but just washed it with water. That was back in the early nineties. Now that I have internet access, I can find out the nitty-gritty details of anything. I read up on the technique here: http://simplemom.net/how-to-clean-your-hair-without-shampoo/and was referred there from here: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/07/12-ways-to-save-on-household-expenses-frugal-friday.html. It is helpful hint number three and Life as Mom a blog I subscribe to and enjoy.

I stopped shampooing last Thursday so I’m on day (quickly counting . . .) 6. My hair feels sort of stiff and oily at the same time. But it looks fine, which surprises me a little. I’ve  shampooed  my hair 6-7 times a week for my whole adult life. And those rare days when I skipped, my hair appeared dirty at least to me by the end of the day. That is what’s making think that this will work. Tsh, of Simple Mom .net and the above link, said her hair was oily for about two weeks. I’ll post back how things are going after that deadline. Stay tuned!

Menu Plan Monday July , 23, 2012

Menu Plans are a big time help. Whether you’re trying to cut down on last minute fastfood runs, refrigerator science experiments, or that last minute scramble for something/anything to feed the fam, a menu can save you.
Rhubarb Muffins
Pumpkin Bread

Chicken Soup
Cornbread and Milk

Rice and Bean Burritos and Steamed Cauliflower
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches w/ Ranch Veggies
Chicken and Veggie Pie w/ Herb Biscuit Crust
Chili and Cinnamon Rolls
Ham and Spinach Calzones

My First Blog Post

I am a reluctant writer. I don’t even type. I’m beginning this blog in an attempt to get more serious with my writing. I mean, honestly, who ever heard of a writer who doesn’t write.

God told me I would be a writer when I was 19 years old. I spent my mid and late twenties getting a Bachelor’s degree in English to this end. Then I spent my thirties getting a husband and children. I figured I’d start writing in my forties. Well, here I am, thirty-nine, and I’ve stalled, squandered, and flat-out refused. But I’ve started to think that if I don’t get started, God will ask someone more cooperative to spread the messages which would have been mine. And I’ll lose my chance. Maybe he has already started.

I need to share my light. Otherwise I would be a truly ungrateful and rebellious spirit. I don’t want that.

So from time to time I’ll post thoughts on my various goings-on. I homeschool, cook, clean, and organize. I have interests in politics, religion, education, and the enviroment. So you may see posts on any of these topics.