Tuesday, September 24, 2019

DIY Shaving Cream

Before I made this DIY shaving cream, I was using body wash. The problem is it would dry out my legs and wouldn't really work that well. At this point, I switched to using plain coconut oil, but I would often use too much or it wouldn't really work that well either.

 I then started to look for something better, I stumbled upon this recipe. I can't remember how I found it but I am so glad that I did!

Note: If you know who the creator is, let me know so I can properly acknowledge them in this post.

It's really easy to make and doesn't take a lot of time. You may use any fragrance you want,. It also moisturizes your legs and gives a close shave, Lastly, both men and women can use it!

What you will need:
Vitamin E oil or Cinnamon bark essential oil (for a preservative)
Your choice of essential oils for fragrance
Glass mixing bowl
A pot
A wisk
A glass container for your shaving cream—dark in color is preferable

Ingredients and measurements:
3/4 cup Shea or Cocoa butter
1/2 cup Coconut oil
3 tablespoons Almond oil
A few drops of Vitamin E oil or 10-15 drops Cinnamon bark essential oil (after cooling)

Add the shea—or cocoa—butter, almond oil, and if you are using Vitamin E oil you can also add it into your glass mixing bowl.

Put your glass mixing bowl into a pot. Add water to the pot (not the mixing bowl).

Once everything is melted put your mixture in the fridge for 8 hours, any longer and it will have to soften in order to use the wisk.

Wisk until creamy.

Once you are done, add the essential oils (10-15 drops) of your choice, then mix those in real quick.

Now add your mixture into your container.

Store in a cool dry place.

Monday, September 16, 2019

My favorite movies

I like to relax and watch a movie or show every day. Sometimes, when I'm watching a show I get a little caught up in it and watch it for hours or all day...

A lot of the movies and shows that I love are old, because I believe they are the best. Moreover, they are also clean and just so much enjoyable.

Some of the movies I'll be listing aren't necessarily my favorite but they are the movies I grew up watching.  They are worth seeing and if you know us personally we will ask you if you've seen them and then,  proceed to show them to you if you have not.

Singing in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. I can't begin to imagine how many times I have seen this movie. My family and I will quote a lot of this movie, When e hear certain words, we will randomly say an entire quote—in the correct tone of voice of course.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring Howard Keel, and Jane Powell. This is another movie I have seen too many times. It's also another movie we will quote if someone says the correct trigger word.

Ever After, starring Drew Berrymore, Dougray Scott, and Anjelica Huston. Now, this is my all-time favorite movie! I know most of this movie by heart and can recite a few complete scenes. I literally watch this movie about once a month and it never gets old. It's a Cinderella story but so so so good.

Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Another one of my favorite movies. It's a total chick flick! Surprisingly I actually don't quote this movie all that often. I do suggest watching this movie with subtitles the first few times just so you can completely understand what is being said.

The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright. I wouldn't say this is one of my favorite movies but it is definitely my dad's favorite so I love it because I love to see the excitement on his face when he watches it.

War Wagon, starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Howard Keel. So, a few of us kids are John Wayne fans. The first time I saw this one a few years ago I fell in love with it and it has now become one of my favorite John Waynes. If I can remember correctly we don't really quote this particular movie all the often. Shocker, I know!

The Comancheros, starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. The first time I watched this one it became my favorite and has remained there. Now, I could list so many John Wayne movies but I think  I will just keep it simple with only a few.

El Dorado, starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan. If I remember correctly this was my first favorite John Wayne movie but now it is shared with a couple others. This movie was also filmed in Tucson at Old Tucson Studios. I often quote from this particular movie, I just love it.

The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough. This is a sad yet beautiful storyline. It's based on a true story from World War II. It was so well done with a little comedy mixed in. It is also a wonderful view of what some of our men went through during that time in history.

Mom's night out, starring Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, and Trace Adkins. This is a hilarious movie! I am not a mom (yet) but I have kinda seen what motherhood is like. Another movie I have seen many times, it keeps me laughing at every turn. It also has a good reminder at the end.

Blue Bloods, starring Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, and Vanessa Ray. I am a big supporter of first responders so when my mom started watching this show a few years ago I also caught on to it. I love it. It can get a little intense and there is some language but its a wonderful show. It's about a family of cops working in New York. I can't wait for season 10 coming out in September!

Live PD on A&E. I ran across some of the episode clips on facebook and when I realized it was an actual show I couldn't get enough of it. I ended up watching as many old episodes as I could and now I watch it every week. Unfortunately, since we don't own a TV I can't actually watch them live so I have to wait until they are uploaded onto A&E which is about a week after the original air date. Live PD gives you a look into how law enforcement works across the US. Such a great way to learn a little about what our men and women in blue go through on a daily basis.

North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. I love Cary Grant! In his movies he was just awesome, he made some amazing movies and it's hard deciding which ones are my favorite because I like so many! But North by Northwest was able to make my list. It's an action and mystory a very good one at that.

To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. I think this was one of the first Cary Grant movies I ever saw. Such a great storyline that keeps you guessing until the end. Figuring out who the bad guy is can be very hard. It takes place in France so there is some French spoken but it only adds to the excitement of the movie.

White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney. We watch this movie every year around Christmas, all of us will sing along and even copy what the actors and actresses say. I have gotten a little tired of seeing this movie so many times around the same time but it holds so many special memories that it's still one of my favorites.

Shakiest Gun in the West, starring Don Knotts and Barbara Rhoades. I wouldn't actually say this is one of my favorite movies but at the same time, it is, weird I know. It's a very comical movie so it's a good one to watch once in a while when I need a good laugh.

Sissi, starring Romy Schneider and Karlhinz Bohm. I saw this movie a very long time ago and as a young girl, I loved it. I could I not love an Empress loving horses, long beautiful hair and big beautiful hoop dresses? This movie is based on a true story about Empress Elizabeth of Austria. When I saw how long and beautiful her hair was along with the amazing hairstyles she does I wanted hair like hers and that is pretty much how I got started on my hair journey. It is in German so unless you know German you do have to watch it with English subtitles or whatever language you speak.

Gourmet Detective, starring Brooke Burns and Dylan Neal. I obviously like a good mystery movie or show. And this is one of my favorite series. Brooke Burns and Dylan Neal together in this show is just perfect. These movies are also perfectly clean, a big plus for me!

Zorro, starring Guy Williams, Henry Calvin, and Gene Sheldon. Now, this is THE best version of Zorro EVER. It was done by Walt Disney, they are clean and just so stinking amazing. I have seen these so many times and I plan to keep watching them. I will never get tired of these. This is probably one of my favorite shows. All the main actors were just perfect for each of their roles and no one could ever redo these and make them as well.

I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. I think this is by far my favorite show, I have seen them a million-plus times and I never get tired of them. They keep me laughing no matter how many times I see them or even if I know what is going to happen. Fred (William Frawley) is one of my favorites. All four characters are what made the show so amazing. My family and I will also be caught quoting and acting out parts from this entire show.

The High Chapparal, starring Leif Erikson, Cameron Mitchell, Mark Slade, Henry Darrow, and  Linda Cristal. Now, this would be my favorite western show. Plus it was filmed here in Tucson at Old Tucson Studios! This is an awesome western show that shows the beauty of Arizona, a little look into the western life here (with a little Hollywood drama) and some comedy. We will all be caught quoting this show as well...

The Dick Van Dyke Show, starring Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Morey Amsterdam, and Rose Marie. I don't particularly like Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) but I do love Rob (Dick Van Dyke) he is hilarious and so talented. It's not really one of my favorite shows but I will watch it quite often.

The Andy Griffith Show, starring Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier. We have been watching this show for a while, not as long as some but right away, we all loved the character Don Knotts played. He is hilarious, the show was really funny up until Don Knotts ended up leaving after and few seasons. It's definitely a show I will keep watching and one day, show to my kids.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Getting Rid of Dandruff with an Easy Remedy

For quite a few years, I had Dandruff.

For this reason, I washed my hair often—every other day—otherwise, it would just get to be too much for me.

If you are trying to grow your hair out, you may already know that washing every other day is not a clever idea.

In order to have healthier hair and yet, control my dandruff, I tried rinses, scrubs, shampoos, and even oil with garlic and tea tree.

Yes, I was so desperate.

One day my mom was reading a book about how the human body is made up of twelve different cell salts and we can be a little low on certain kinds.

There are little pellets—cell salts—you can take to help with a multitude if issues. She suggested this cell salt. The book said it should help.

I was of course more than willing to try it out if it would help my dandruff. I took it for a little bit but quickly fell out of the habit of taking it every day.

In the short time I had actually taken them I noticed a difference, Therefore, I got back into the habit of taking it every day a couple months ago. All I do is add 10 pellets (they disintegrate when wet) in my water bottle (it's 40 oz) each morning and drink it throughout the day. I did that for about two months and I have now lowered it to about 5-6 pellets a day. I no longer see dandruff! I am still taking it and probably will for a while longer but I may lower the amount I use over time until I can stop for a while.

You will notice your dandruff getting worse in about a month when you start taking the pellets and that's a wonderful thing! It means your body is getting rid of it all. After that, the dandruff will start to decline. The increase in dandruff doesn't last long—about a week for me but it may be longer or shorter depending on each person as we are all different.

The cell salts have no taste so you can take them without putting them in your water, and all you would do is two pellets directly in your mouth. You would do that 2-3 times a day.

This brush is also really nice to bring dandruff off your scalp, for me it felt so good to just scratch my head like crazy without using my nails and hurting myself. The bristles are made of silicone so it's strong but not harsh. You can also use this brush for everyday use or to brush the conditioner throughout your hair in the shower. You can read more about this in this post.

I am aware there are some people that swear that using a brush is horrible and you should use a wide-tooth comb, and brushing your hair while wet is HORRIBLE for your hair.

I would agree and disagree.

I have used a wide-tooth comb and I liked it. It does work well to detangle but I happen to like the brush more and I haven't noticed any damage although I've been using it for almost a year now. I also recently started using it in the shower to brush the conditioner through my hair.

I agree that brushing your hair while wet isn't a good idea but I think brushing it while you have a lot of conditioner is fine as that's the only way curly hair women—and girls—can brush their hair. I have noticed a big difference in my hair since using it in the shower. My hair isn't as frizzy. It is also softer, and just overall healthier so I will continue to brush.

All this to tell you that I highly recommend both the cell salt and the brush to help with dandruff.

Below is a hair picture just for fun. The style is by Torrin Paige. The butterfly u-pins are by Lillarose. I used the short u-pins for this style for decorating only. They are not holding anything.