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Making Pastel Hair Dyes - mermaid ombré hair color

Making Pastel Hair DyesYou can save lots of money mixing up your own shades of colour instead of buying multiple colours when you want to do your own ombre hair. Due to the pandemic, I've been finding ways to save money, but still have things like fun hair colours and styles. Follow along to find out how to get this thrifty yet beautiful mermaid-inspired ombre hair by making pastels.

 

Moisturizing Lavender Body Scrub - adding more sugar to create a stiffer texture as shown in maker's hand

Moisturizing Lavender Body ScrubThis is a great moisturizing scrub! Plus it smells great;). It can be used anytime and it is excellent for pampering yourself at home. I usually use it right after I shave to soothe my skin (I have very sensitive skin and this is wonderful for it!)

 

A mother putting sunscreen on a young girl.

Safe Sunscreens for KidsThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list each year of the safest sunscreens. They rate the sunscreens on five factors: health hazards, UVB protection, UVA protection, balance of UVA/UVB protection and sunscreen stability. From these analyses they give each sunscreen a score, the lower the score the better.

 

A man looking at a rack of different types of oil at a supermarket.

Choosing a Healthy Cooking OilThere are so many different choices for cooking oils. In a large natural foods store, there might be an entire aisle full of bottles and tins from all across the world. With nutritional studies emerging all the time that seemingly contradict each other, it can be hard to know exactly which oil is the best choice for your family. I decided it was time to find out for sure. I'm not an expert, but I thought I would share what I found out.

 

A woman relaxing with head and legs raised.

Coping Skills with Depression and AnxietyA few years ago, I needed help with coping with depression and anxiety. I went to classes to learn. I don't usually tell people this, but it helped me learn so much. It helped me then and it is helping me greatly now! A lot!

 

A doctor holding the hand of a patient in comfort.

Cancer: Health Isn't The Only Price You PayHearing a doctor tell you the hard truth, that you have cancer, takes your breath away. After a little while it becomes abundantly clear that the initial shock is compounded by the overwhelming costs involved. It's an added stress to you and your loved ones.

 

An exercise mat and a pair of dumbbells for exercising.

Frugal FitnessI am trying hard to stay healthy, isn't everyone? I've tried the YMCA, which was wonderful, but it isn't close by. Between the travel cost, time and membership, I looked for alternatives.

 

Create Bouncy Curls with Cardboard Tubes - long curly hair

Create Bouncy Curls with Cardboard TubesI flew up to visit my parents recently and realized I'd left my curling iron at home. Before I got the chance to even contemplate buying a cheap curling iron at one of the local shops, my thrifty mum suggested I make use of a big bag of toilet paper tubes and wrapping paper centers she had put aside for crafting.

 

DIY Long-Lasting Eyelash Lift - closeup of eyes after process

DIY Long-Lasting Eyelash LiftRecently, my girlfriends and I were part of our dear friend's wedding. Everyone decided to get lash lifts and lash extensions. I was interested in a long-lasting lash lift so I wouldn't have to curl my lashes anymore, however, the $80 base price was appalling. I decided to get an at-home kit.

 

A black and white photo of a man in a suit.

Simple Memories of Simple MomentsMy father shaved every Saturday night after his bath. The smell of the week's sweat was washed away, replaced by the clean light fresh smell of the Sweetheart soap he used.

 

A before and after weight loss photo of Atossa.

How I Lost 125 Pounds on a BudgetI'd always been a bit overweight growing up. I just thought that was the norm since most of my family members always carried extra weight. "We're a big-boned family," we'd joke. But our appetites were huge, especially coming from cultural backgrounds where food was the primary offering in times of celebration... or any occasion.

 

Honey in cut Turnip

Honey Turnip Cough SyrupMy parents have been using this all-natural method to make their own cough syrup since I can remember. Turnips and honey have awesome natural antibiotic qualities to them. When they meld together, they make a fantastic medicine. This is just as effective as store-bought syrups for cough and congestion, yet it has no side effects. You can keep refilling the turnip with honey to make more of the medicine.

 

Girl with Homemade Facial

Homemade Facial RecipesThis page contains homemade facial recipes. You don't have to spend a lot of money at a spa to enjoy a facial. Here are a number of different facial recipes for various skin types and needs.

 

Applying Moisturizer

Using Petroleum Jelly as a MoisturizerPetroleum jelly, whether Vaseline or a store brand, can be used as a moisturizer. Dermatologists recommend it for dry skin. Some consumers will not use it because it is in fact petroleum based and choose to use other oils or commercial products. The controversy continues. This is a page about using petroleum jelly as a moisturizer.

 

Filing Nails

Treating Dry, Brittle NailsThere are a variety of suppliments you can take, and different things you can put on your nails to strengthen them. This is a page about treating dry, brittle nails.

 

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Woman Dyeing Her Hair

Gentle Hair Dye Advice?This page contains gentle hair dye advice. For many people, the harsh chemicals in hair dye irritate their skin or make then feel ill. Here are some suggestions for natural and less noxious hair dye options.

 

Woman biting her nails.

How Can I Stop Biting My Nails?This is a page about how to stop biting your nails. Nail biting is a common habit that can be hard to break. Many people begin biting their nails as children and it can continue into adulthood it you don't find an effective method to break the habit.

 

Health and Beauty Products

Using Up Health and Beauty ProductsHealth and beauty items that you don't use or want to use for their intended purpose can often be put to a different use such as using lotions for shaving. If unopened they could be donated to a shelter. This is a page about using it up health and beauty products.

 

Homemade mouthwash in a canning jar.

Homemade Mouthwash RecipesThis is a page about homemade mouthwash. Making your own mouthwash is easy and it can save you money. It also allows you to make one that meets your specific needs.

 

Pumping Hand Lotion

Getting The Last Bit Out Of Pump BottlesThis is a page about getting the last bit out of pump bottles. There is usually product left in the bottom of bottles, that the pump cant reach. Here are some tips about getting the last bit out, before throwing the bottle away.

 

Mature woman turning head, eyes closed, close-up

Going Permanently Gray Gradually?If you have been dyeing your hair to cover the gray you may want to work with a hairdresser to decide on the best approach to showing your natural hair color. A new shorter style or temporary color or highlights may work for you. This is a page about going gray gradually.

 

Ingredients for making beauty recipes with honey.

Honey Beauty RecipesFrom skin care to soaps, honey can be used in a myriad of ways. Here are some honey beauty recipes you can try at home.

 

testing blood sugar

Lowering Blood Sugar Without MedicationA proper diet is the best way keep your blood sugar low without medication. Lowering blood sugar without medication is possible but it takes dedication and close attention to what you eat and when.

 

A woman being examined by a dentist.

Finding Dental Care With Bad Credit?Dental care gets expensive very quickly, if you have bad credit it may make it more difficult to get the dental care you need. Finding dental care with bad credit can be difficult, but it's not impossible.

 

A woman holding her muscle.

Remedies for Muscle SpasmsMuscle spasms can be horribly irritating to deal with and even painful at times. This page has some ideas for remedies for muscle spasms.

 

An older woman with white hair.

Bleaching Yellow From White HairYellow stains on otherwise silver or white hair can be the result of using the wrong shampoo, side effects from some medications, smoking, or a myriad of other causes. This page has advice for removing yellow stains from white hair.

 

A dog being bathed in a kiddie pool outdoors.

Beat the HeatI live near Portland, Oregon and we are in the midst of a heat wave. We usually have temperatures in the 80s at this time of year, but today it is forecasted to be 105! Many people, including myself, don't have built in air conditioning. Here is what my family is doing to keep cool.

 

Diabetic Foot Pain

Home Remedies for Diabetic Foot Pain?Foot pain is common if you suffer from diabetes. Here are some ideas to help relive your pain at home. This is a page about home remedies for diabetic foot pain.

 

Bottle of white glue like Elmer's Glue.

Using Elmer's Glue as a Face MaskAlthough Elmer's Glue is non-toxic, it is probably not the best ingredient to use as a face mask. Dermatologists generally discourage this beauty treatment and recommend purchasing something formulated for delicate facial skin.

 

A smiling woman cleaning her face.

Using Vinegar as a Face CleanserVinegar is a light astringent that can be used to cleanse the face. This is a page about using vinegar as a face cleanser.

 

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Tattoo on Woman's Back

Protecting a Tattoo When TanningSunscreen and moisturizer are important to apply to any tattooed area that may be exposed while you are tanning. This is a page about protecting a tattoo when tanning.

 

Easy Dry Shampoo

Make Dry Shampoo With Baking Soda and Baby PowderWhen you don't have time to wash your hair this homemade dry shampoo is just what you need. This is a page about make dry shampoo with baking soda and baby powder.

 

Flowers and leaves with natural cosmetics

Personal Care Recipes from the GardenDid you know that you may have what you need to make shampoos, rinses, hair sprays, etc. in your garden? This is a page about personal care recipes from the garden.

 

Fingers getting Vaseline from Tin

Use Vaseline for Young Looking SkinVaseline, when used in moderation, can help keep your skin moisturized which will aid in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. This is a page about use vaseline for young looking skin.

 

Three heads of garlic on a wooden surface.

Using Garlic For Stronger NailsApplying garlic directly to your nails may help to strengthen them. This is a page about use garlic for stronger nails.

 

Woman Applying Witch Hazel to Her face

Witch Hazel as a Facial AstringentWitch hazel can be a very effective natural astringent and facial cleanser. This is a page about witch hazel and tea for facial astringent.

 

Oats and milk to make a milk bath.

Oatmeal Milk Bath RecipeThis relaxing bath additive is easy to make and can also be given as a gift. This page contains an oatmeal milk bath recipe.

 

Coconut Oil

Using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer?This natural oil is healthy for the inside and the outside of our bodies. This is a page about using coconut oil as a moisturizer.

 

A jar of coconut oil next to a cracked coconut.

Using Coconut Oil for Damaged HairThis is a page about using coconut oil for damaged hair. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. A small amount goes a long way.

 

Container with face cream and chamomiles

Buying an Inexpensive Face Moisturizer?There are natural oils, vaseline and even dollar store face creams that give people good results. This is a page about inexpensive face moisturizer.

 

Woman with tea bags on her eyes

Using Tea Bags to Relieve Tired EyesTea bags, both black and green, are said to help revive tired eyes, as well as reduce dark circles, and puffiness. This page contains ideas about using tea bags to relieve tired eyes.

 

Pampering Lemon Peppermint Bath Bombs - Supplies

Pampering Lemon Peppermint Bath BombsThese bath bombs combine two popular scents, citrusy lemon and relaxing peppermint. Make some of them for yourself and prepare to be pampered.

 

Baking Soda

Use Baking Soda as Underarm DeodorantA natural and inexpensive underarm deodorant can be easily made from baking soda, either alone or mixed with products such as cornstarch, and a fragrance, if desired. This is a page about use baking soda as underarm deodorant.

 

A woman eating an apple.

Healthy Living Tips To Keep Weight OffKeeping weight off is typically more difficult than losing it in the first place. This is a page about healthy living tips to keep weight off.

 

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion Tea RecipeThis page contains a dandelion tea recipe. Dandelion tea has long been used as an herbal remedy. The tea can be made from flowers and roots. It has been found helpful for an upset stomach. There can be side effects so do your research.

 

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Homemade Cough Drops

Making Homemade Cough DropsThese little drops are easy to make and come in handy during cold season. This is a page about making homemade cough drops.

 

A woman's feet wearing sandals.

Getting Your Feet Ready for Sandals?When the weather finally warms up you are ready to don a pair of sandals, but are your feet ready? This is a page about getting your feet ready for sandals.

 

woman with shiny hair

Using Mayonnaise in Your HairThis is a page about using mayonnaise in your hair. For years many people have used mayonnaise to condition their hair and give it a healthy looking shine.

 

A woman noticing dandruff in her dark hair.

Using White Vinegar for DandruffThis is a page about using white vinegar for dandruff. Instead of trying expensive medicated shampoos, try using vinegar instead.

 

A person rubbing lotion on their hands.

Solutions for Dry HandsThis is a page about solutions for dry hands. Weather and cleaning products are two things that can cause your hands to get really dry.

 

facial wipes in container

Make Your Own Facial WipesInstead of buying facial wipes make your own!

 

Close up of the mouth of a smiling senior woman with her hands on either side of her jaw

Getting Used To Wearing Dentures?This is a page about getting used to wearing dentures. Getting used to wearing dentures takes time.

 

Woman hugging an aloe frond

Using Aloe Vera for SunburnsThis is a page about using aloe vera for sunburns. Aloe vera is well known for its soothing effect on burns.

 

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner Solution

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner SolutionThis is my homemade version of a makeup and brush cleanser solution that works as well as the $12 ones at the shops. It's easy to make and easy to use. If you don't have coconut oil, you can also use olive oil.

 

rosemary branches

Natural Rosemary Breath FreshenersAfter stripping rosemary leaves off their branches (which is actually part of the mint family) cut small branch pieces to use as free and easy breath fresheners!

 

Jar of Aloe Very Juice surrounded by chopped aloe plant leaves and a wooden spoon holding the gel from the inside of the plant

Homemade Aloe Vera JuiceThis is a page about homemade aloe vera juice. Typically thought of as a topical treatment, many people drink the juice to treat a wide variety of internal conditions and ailments.

 

Dark hair having a lice comb run through it

Natural Remedies for Head LiceHead lice often seem to be an annual plague for families with school age children. This is a page about natural remedies for head lice.

 

eyebrow closeup

Homemade Coffee Eyebrow TintI have patchy eyebrows from years of over plucking back in the day. Loving a very full looking pair of brows, I have gone through quite a bit of eyebrow pencils and tints. I now make my own with my used coffee grounds in the morning.

 

Natural Remedies for Head Lice

Natural Remedies for Head LiceMy husband and I discovered head lice in our teenagers' long hair. It has been a few years since our last outbreak so I did some quick research online to make sure I was treating the infestation correctly.

 

Shave For $10 Per Year

Shave For $10 Per YearRemember the old style razors you may have used or seen your dad or Grandfather using way back? The "double edge safety razor" is what I'm talking about. Guess what? You can still buy and use them!

 

A blood pressure reading of 105/78

Walk to Lower Blood PressureI downloaded a free pedometer app to my smartphone. I also have audio books on my phone. The pedometer tracks my steps and plots them showing my progress. Today, I walked two miles or 6,089 steps according to the pedometer while finishing a book. My blood pressure went from 140 to 107 in that two mile walk.

 

Hair being dyed red at the roots.

Re-Dyeing Your HairTake a look down any aisle devoted to hair care products. More than likely, you will find a section displaying hair coloring products. You may see a myriad of different brands, colors,and degrees of permanence. What you won't see, is the word 'dye'.

 

Dealing with A Broken Shoulder

Dealing with A Broken ShoulderFour months ago, my feet went out from under me when I walked on a glazed concrete garage floor that had become wet from rain. I landed on my shoulder and knew from the crack I heard that I'd broken it. X-ray confirmed that I had a fractured proximal humerus bone.

 

Marbled Nail Art

Marbled Nail ArtThis is a page about creating marbled nail art. This marbled effect is eye catching and easy to apply to your nails.

 

Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel

Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel?This is a page about home remedies for treating carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel can be very painful and debilitating. Finding home remedies to alleviate the symptoms can very useful.

 

Cocoa Butter Cream Moisturizer Recipe - jar of cream

Cocoa Butter CreamThis all natural moisturizer smells as good as it works. I had dry patches on my face for weeks, the morning after using this they were gone. This is first and foremost a face lotion. Yet it also works wonders on any other area of your body, hands, elbows, etc. A little goes a long way.

 

spray bottle of detangled

Hair DetanglerThis is an all natural de-tangling aid for use in the shower. It is chemical free and nearly free to make.

 

July 4th Nail Polish Idea

July 4th Nail Polish IdeaI took my daughter for a pedicure as a birthday present. Since her birthday is on the 4th of July she decided to get red, white, and blue toes. She did her big toes with blue and a star decal. Then she alternated red and white on her little toes, adding red and blue glitter over the white.

 

DIY Eyelash Adhesive

DIY Eyelash AdhesiveI started making my own eyelash glue when I realized the store brand ones I was using was making my lids a bit itchy. This adhesive is made of a few simple household products and keeps your lashes on all day.

 

Pushing back cuticles

Remedy for Thin and Weak NailsAs a recent avid nail biter, I have found a solution to help grow nails that is not only inexpensive but natural and healthy. My nails were really thin and would chip and peel.

 

pump bottles filled with liquid soap

Homemade Liquid Hand SoapMake your own liquid hand soap or foam hand soap from soap scraps that normally go to waste!

 

blossoms and jar of

Dandelion Oil for Joint PainDid you know that dandelions are one of the most useful plants to reduce joint pain and aching muscles?

 

decorated jar of drops

Homemade Cough DropsIf you can't pronounce the ingredients, chances are you probably don't want to be putting it into your body. I read some of the ingredients in the cough drops I usually buy and was not too happy. I usually go through quite a bit of these, especially during allergy season to sooth my irritated throat.

 

tea in a foot bath

Treat your Tired FeetBy the end of the day my feet usually let me know they've had enough! Recently after seeing a spa offer foot soaks with various ingredients while you sip tea (for $50 or more!) I realized I could treat myself to a foot spa even though I'm frugal.

 

Pampering Lemon Peppermint Bath Bombs - Supplies

Pampering Lemon Peppermint Bath BombsThese bath bombs combine the refreshing scent of lemon with the relaxing scent of peppermint to create a bath bomb that will knock the socks off the ones you buy at the mall. With an infusion of oil and sea salt in them, your skin will feel like it has spent the day at the spa.

 

Glam up Gray Hair

Glam up Gray HairI like my gray hair but I did want to glam it up, so I got creative. I low lighted my hair myself, inexpensively! Of course I have shorter hair which simplifies the process but I get quite a few compliments and I really like the look.

 

Spooky Eyes Nail Art

Spooky Eyes Nail ArtIf you are looking for a quick and fun Halloween nail art design, try these spooky eyes! Simply paint your nails black. Allow polish to dry and apply a large dot of white polish. Once the white polish has dried...

 

DIY Makeup Setting Spray

DIY Makeup Setting SprayStop reapplying your makeup and use a setting spray for all-day wear. Here's how to make your own at home for a few bucks.

 

antique castor oil bottle

Uses for Castor OilCastor oil has amazing healing properties. It can be used to help heal small wounds and even small burns. It can help with a pulled muscle, inflamed tendons, and even some tummy issues. Just place it on a cotton ball or piece of gauze for small wounds, then place it on the skin.

 

lavender flowers and bottle of essential oil

Uses for Lavender Essential OilSoothing Sunburns: It's that time of year again. The sun is out there baking our brains and our bodies. Did you know that one of the fastest and safest ways to cure minor burns including sunburns is with lavender essential oil?

 

jello in hair

Jello Didn't Dye HairMy daughter recently asked to color the ends of her hair. A friend of hers had used Jello successfully so we decided to give it a try. I researched it online and found a method that combined Jello and conditioner, making it into a paste.

 

red ombre hair color

Dyeing Hair With Kool-AidMy daughter wanted to color the ends of her hair for the last week of school. The Kool-aid created a very pretty ombre look!

 

Brush and baking soda for deodorant

Baking Soda as a Natural DeodorantI keep a small jar of baking soda along with a blush brush to lightly brush under my arms after a shower. Keeps me fresh smelling AND dry. You could also use this on the feet after your shower, before dressing.

 

Who's to Blame for Your Bad Nails?

Who's to Blame for Your Bad Nails?I hear it over and over, clients and others blaming acrylic or gel polish or some other service for damage to their nails. It's not the product doing the damage. It's people who do damage to the nails, not the product.

 

A girl with blonde hair.

Getting Hair Color Back to Natural After DyeingWaiting for your hair to grow out to your natural hue can take longer than you want to wait. This page is about getting hair color back to natural after dyeing.

 

A woman having her hair dyed.

How Long Should You Wait Before Re-dyeing Hair?Many times after dyeing your hair you decide you don't like it and want to try a different color. This page has advice about re-dyeing your hair, including how long you should wait before dyeing it again.

 

finished nail wraps

Applying Nail WrapsNail wraps come in many designs and colors. There are so many advantages in using wraps, instead of polish or applying acrylic nails.

 

Tips for Removing Blemishes Naturally

Tips for Removing Blemishes NaturallyMany factors contribute to acne outbreaks and everyone's skin is different, so remember that what works for one person might not work for you.

 

bite plane in mouth

Maintaining a Bite PlaneOur son was recently fitted with a bite plane to correct his overbite. It is similar to a retainer and is removable. The first thing we noticed it that it gets stinky pretty quickly.

 

A woman trying to choose between an apple or a cupcake.

Dieting Tips and TricksEvery year thousands of people start a diet to lose weight, but many times they fail or lose the weight only to gain it back. This is a page about dieting tips and tricks.

 

Dirty Blonde Hair Highlights

Dirty Blonde Hair HighlightsThis is what your dirty blonde hair will end up looking like. Looks like a pro did it, don't you think?

 

Acne Scars

Remedies for Acne ScarsThis page is about remedies for acne scars. It is a challenge to be self confident if you feel your complexion doesn't match your self image.

 

A Healthy Path For Losing Weight

A Healthy Path For Losing WeightMy neighbor recently contacted me to ask for some weight loss tips. She had noticed me gardening last week and was struck by how much weight I had lost. It didn't happen overnight but as my mentor would say, "You didn't gain the weight overnight either".

 

A woman treating a blemish.

Natural Blemish RemoversThis is a page about natural blemish removers. You may have the ingredients needed for a natural blemish treatment in your fridge.

 

Lemon Juice

Lightening Hair With Lemon JuiceLemon juice is often recommended as a safe way to help lighten your hair color. This page offers advice about how to use lemon juice to lighten your hair.

 

Permed Hair

Straightening Permed HairThis is a page about straightening permed hair. Sometimes a perm is used to give your hair body, but you still want to have a more sleek style.

 

sore nails

Remedies for Nail Pain After Removing Acrylic...Your own fingernails can hurt after taking off fake nails. This page is about remedies for nail pain after removing acrylic nails.

 

woman wearing a bra

Keeping Bra Straps from SlippingThis page is about keeping bra straps from slipping. Having your straps come off your shoulders, is very irritating.

 

removing a ring

Removing a Ring That is Stuck on Your FingerThis is a page about removing a ring that is stuck on your finger. Many of us have on occasion had the misfortune to have a ring stuck on our finger. It can be painful, cause swelling, and can be difficult to remove.

 

Bottle of paprika.

Banish the January Blues with PaprikaI can give you this tip with the knowledge that this has worked incredibly well on my friend who's been going through a bad time. Paprika enhances your mood. And it works.

 

Hair Curling Tips

Hair Curling TipsWhether using a curling iron or rollers there are things to learn to get the curl you want. This page contains hair curling tips.

 

Woman with holding her mouth in pain.

Remedies for Pain from Wearing DenturesGetting your mouth accustomed to false teeth can be uncomfortable. This page is about remedies for pain from wearing dentures.

 

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