New Year’s Resolutions 2015

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

Hello 2015! I cannot believe we are here. Today is my 12th Wedding Anniversary! One dozen years! Our son’s 9th Birthday is in 2 days.

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How I spent my New Year’s Eve

My Reference Files

My Reference Files (Photo credit: Tim Morgan)

Happy New Year’s Day! Today is my Eleventh Wedding Anniversary! I woke up this morning at around 2:50AM because my husband’s cell phone was ringing! I was able to fall back asleep about two hours later until my son woke me up after a few hours more of sleep.

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Goodbye 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014 (Photo credit: Pepe Martin)

Goodbye 2013. Today is the last Monday of 2013. This is actually a busy week for my family! Wednesday, January 1st is my 11th Wedding Anniversary! Friday, January 3rd is our son’s 8th birthday!

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My New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

Hello 2013!  I have been ready for 2013 for several weeks now!

Today is my 10th Wedding Anniversary!  A decade of marriage.  I can’t believe my husband and I have been married for 10 years.  I am so glad we found each other.  We have the same values and thoughts about marriage and love.  We just click.

Our son will be 7 years old on January 3rd.

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Make your own shampoo

I recently made my first batch of homemade shampoo.  I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile and finally gathered all of the ingredients together.  I wanted to make my own shampoo because my hair can feel frizzy, dry and crunchy, and worst of all full of static.  I have been using my homemade shampoo for about a week now and love the results. 

I found 2 homemade shampoo recipes and they only have 3 or 4 ingredients.  If you are looking for all natural, environmentally friendly shampoo, you may want to try either of these recipes. 

Both recipes make a great 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner as well!

Homemade Shampoo #1

1 cup Dr. Bronner’s organic castile liquid soap (use baby mild for it’s versatility – works for the whole family)2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
¾ Tbs tea tree oil
¼ cup water
1 (16 oz) spray bottle or other container for application

Combine together and store in a spray bottle.  You can also add your own fragrances you desire, such as lavender, peppermint, etc.  This shampoo will be more liquidy than your standard shampoo.  Rubbing your hair first works well to activate the suds and then scrubbing into scalp.  Your hair will feel slightly more greasy than normal, but that is actually more natural anyway.  Most modern shampoos actually dry out your hair, removing the natural oils.

Homemade Shampoo #2

¼ Cup Water
¾ Cup Dr. Bronner’s organic castile liquid soap
4 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.

As you can see, both recipes are customizable and you can even create your own “herbal shampoo” by adding your favorite essential oils.  If you can do without the name brand label or fancy bottle, this could be for you.

You can find Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid soap and apple cider vinegar at any health food store.  Otherwise, you can find both online!

I made the first recipe, but I used ½ cup of liquid castile soap.  You can adjust the ingredients to your own desire.  Instead of a spray bottle, I used one of those soap dispensers that make liquid soap come out foamy and it works just as well.  I don’t mind the liquidy feel of the shampoo, I am actually tired of the store bought shampoos because they make so many bubbles and strip my hair of it’s softness. 

Since I started using my own shampoo, my hair feels so soft, full of volume, much less static too!  I do not have to use a separate conditioner either!  I also love that I am saving money! 

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

Hello 2011! I hope everyone had a relaxing Christmas vacation and a safe New Years!  My husband and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on New Year’s Day!  Today happens to be our son’s 5th birthday!  When I woke up our son for school, I kept tell him “Happy Birthday” and telling him he’s 5 years old today!  I still can’t believe he’s 5!  Our son has autism, so I don’t think he quite understands, but he does listen and he smiled like crazy this morning!

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It’s for the best

Earlier this week, I decided to apply for an online “position” with a website I have been a member of for a year and a half as a forum moderator or support staff.  The website is a paid to click site where members are paid to click on websites.  Anyone who wants to advertise their websites can advertise on paid to click sites.  It’s not a paid position, rather the website offers “bonuses” to where I can earn more money on their site as a member.  Anyway, I filled out the questionnaire and along with the questionnaire was a message stating if you don’t hear back from them, then your application was denied or the position was no longer available. 

I admit, I was a little hurt that I apparently didn’t meet their expectations, but realized that it’s for the best.  It means I have more time to devote to this blog!  I am having so much fun trying different products, writing product reviews and hosting giveaways.  I also love entering giveaways that others are hosting!  I have also found that fellow bloggers are really nice and willing to help each other.  I am so glad I stumbled upon the review and giveaway blogging world.  Before I started doing product reviews on my blog, I was doing video reviews and posting them on youtube.  I do have to say that I like blogging more!

I was really hoping to land a position as a forum moderator or support staff just because I wanted to earn a little extra money.  My husband and I have been unemployed for too long.  I haven’t worked since July and my husband has been unemployed for almost a year.  In the meantime, I am devoting as much time as I can to this blog.  I hope for good things in the new year!

Happy New Year everyone!  May 2011 bring you prosperity, luck, and more!