Saturday, March 24, 2012

Project Simplicity On The Drawers

For the third week of Project Simplicity I decided to clean out a dresser that has been accumulating clutter for the last 12 years. Joe and I had an awesome date night last night so I did not get to this project until today. We placed this dresser in the basement when we moved to this house 5 years ago and just kept adding little things to it to store. Most of it needed to be tossed in recycling, a little in the giveaway bag and some needed to be put in a more useful spot.

Before: The bottom drawer had paper, empty CD cases, old maps, user manuals & so much more. 
Before: This drawer was full of cords. I needed Joe to decide on this stuff as I didn't know what all of it was.
 Before: I found lots of old pictures here and some old audio cassettes.

After: All the drawers are empty! I'm hoping we're going to find a new place for this dresser in our guest room and now it's ready.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Natural Anti-Frizz Hair Serum

Frizzy hair is no fun- as I can attest. I've been trying for a long time to tame my unruly mane. I've been looking for something to help with the frizz my wavy hair seems to often have. I like John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Hair Serum but was looking for a natural alternative. I think I've found it and it will ease your frizziness and save you some money too.

Nothing can compare to good old fashion natural ingredients when it comes to conditioning your hair. One of the best conditioners is Jojoba plant oil. Jojoba oil is light and non greasy and is very similar to our bodies' own natural oils in texture. It's been used for centuries by Native Americans and Mexicans as a hair and skin conditioner.

Anti-Frizz Hair Serum
1/4 cup jojoba
1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix together the oils and add a few drops of essential oil for scent if you like. Put a small amount on your palm and massage through your hair. Be careful to only use a small amount or your hair will look like an oily, unwashed mess.

I prefer to put my hair oil in a small spray bottle and spray it on my wet hair and then comb through. I like that better than massaging with my hands as I have sensory issues with getting my hands messy. That's probably just me, right?

This stuff really does help with the frizziness and a little goes a long way!

This post is part of: Natural Living MondaysBackyard Farming ConnectionLiving Green TuesdaysMake Your Own MondayFrugal Days Sustainable WaysHealthy 2Day WednesdaysSmall Footprint Friday

Monday, March 19, 2012

Menu Plan 3/19- 3/25

We're having a lot of chicken this week, even though I've got a freezer full of beef from the quarter steer I bought. Hmmm, I'll have to plan more beef recipes for after spring break. I'm heading to Florida in a week for spring break & taking my oldest with me. That means I won't be menu planning next week & my husband will be on his own.

Weekly Menu Plan 3/19- 3/25

Monday: Orange Chicken, quinoa, salad, corn
Tuesday: Baked Haddock, rice, steamed broccoli
Wednesday: Roast Chicken, carrots, potatoes
Thursday: Burgers, Homemade Buns
Friday: Dinner out for date night 
Saturday lunch:  Chicken Noodle Soup
Saturday dinner: Pizza
Sunday: You're on your own because I'll be in Florida!

Snacks: Honey Walnut Granola, Soft Pretzels

I'm linking to Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie. What are you eating this week?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weekly Goals 3/19-3/25

Goal Setting
I spent most of this week recovering from being sick. I was week & unmotivated so I didn't get much done.

Family/Mothering Goals
1. Help kids finish homework by 5pm on week nights
2. Continue using chore packs for morning chores  My kids are doing a great job on their morning chores!

3. Go to gym twice. I made it there once as I wasn't feeling healthy until the end of the week.
4. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. every night. I had trouble sticking with this.

Home Management
5. Work on Project Simplify 2012- for week two I'm organizing the kitchen cabinets
6. Follow 15 minute daily cleaning schedule. 
7. Make homemade English muffins. I couldn't work up the energy to make these once I saw it would take more than hour.

8. Plan for MOPS discussion group meeting

Here are my goals for this week. I'm keeping it simple as I continue to play catch up on my regular housework since I was sick.

Family/Mothering Goals
1. Help kids finish homework by 5pm on week nights

2. Read Stress Free Potty Training

3. Go to gym twice
4. Plan for Spring Break trip to Florida

5. Connect with (at least) 3 friends

Home Management
6. Work on Project Simplify 2012- week three
7. Make homemade Soft Pretzels

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share in the comments.


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