Archive for July, 2010

July 31, 2010

The Things We’ve Handed Down

Perfect for a pregnant mommy or a mother of a new baby.
My preggo friend on Facebook posted this tonight and I wish I would have found this while I was still pregnant. I love it.

The Things We’ve Handed Down by Marc Cohn

Don’t know much about you
Don’t know who you are
We’ve been doing fine without you
But, we could only go so far
Don’t know why you chose us
Were you watching from above
Is there someone there that knows us
Said we’d give you all our love

Will you laugh just like your mother
Will you sigh like your old man
Will some things skip a generation
Like I’ve heard they often can
Are you a poet or a dancer
A devil or a clown
Or a strange new combination of
The things we’ve handed down

I wonder who you’ll look like
Will your hair fall down and curl
Will you be a mama’s boy
Or daddy’s little girl
Will you be a sad reminder
Of what’s been lost along the way
Maybe you can help me find her
In the things you do and say

And these things that we have given you
They are not so easily found
But you can thank us later
For the things we’ve handed down

You may not always be so grateful
For the way that you were made
Some feature of your father’s
That you’d gladly sell or trade
And one day you may look at us
And say that you were cursed
But over time that line has been
Extremely well rehearsed
By our fathers, and their fathers
In some old and distant town
From places no one here remembers
Come the things we’ve handed down

July 21, 2010

Making Lotion

There’s not a lot to this post – I should be writing my research paper and folding laundry instead of thinking about making my own lotion and shopping for ingredients online. But if you’re anything like me, you know how well that works.

I’m going to try to attempt making my own lotion soon. I have eczema, so I can’t use a lot of the commercial lotions which is fine since I’m trying clear my household of products with unhealthy chemicals in them (I’m pretty sure my MIL thinks I’m nuts). I used to use Melaleuca’s ReNew lotion, which works great for me…but has some ingredients that I’m trying to steer clear from. Boo.

Anyway, I’ve stumbled upon some rather simple lotion recipes. It sounds like it’s going to take some experimenting, but hopefully I won’t get discouraged before I find a recipe/combination that works for me. I’ve got all my ingredients picked out at Mountain Rose Herbs.
They have some awesome stuff on there, including some cute glass jars – although canning jars would probably be cheaper. Will be checking into that.

I’ll keep you posted on my results.

Have you ever tried making lotion or body cream? How did it turn out? Do you make any other body products?

July 7, 2010

Shampoo Bar

I’ve been trying to slowly eliminate chemicals in my household products for some time now. Slowly being the key word…first it was the dish soap, then the all-purpose cleaner. Now I’m working on my body products (shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc) one at a time. I’ve been searching for a good shampoo product for awhile now. The other day I happened across a product review on Woman Uncensored’s blog for Prairieland Herbs shampoo bar.

I was skeptical at first, even though the reviews I’d read were good. I mean, a bar that lathers (without chemicals) enough to wash your hair?? I bought one (Peppermint & Tea Tree Oil) and prepared myself for the worst…even so, I got really excited when it came in the mail. I hopped in the shower to test it out and, lo and behold, it was AWESOME. And I mean, awesome. It lathered better than I ever could have imagined, even better than my normal store-bought, chemical-filled shampoo. And the smell…oh, the smell is wonderful. I can’t speak for the other scents (yet), but the peppermint made me feel so invigorated and refreshed. Yum. Oh, and my husband also likes it. He’s not as enthusiastic about it as I am (nor is he into the all-natural thing like I am either), but he loves that it can be used as a body soap as well (dare I mention that he said, “my genitals feel refreshed” after his shower this morning? That gave me a good chuckle). Also, did I mention that it makes my whole bathroom smell great?

Anyway, I’m SO excited about finding a wonderful shampoo that actually works great and is safe for me to use, I just had to share! I’m very excited about trying some of their other products. I ordered their bug repellent wand also, but haven’t had a chance to use it yet.

Let me know if you have tried, or do try, any of their products and tell me what you think about them! Or if you have tried any other chemical-free products that work well.