Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Castor Oil

I have a friend who used castor oil to help her hair grow thicker.  She totally swears by it.  And she does have fantastic hair!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Moths

I recently had an experience with pantry moths.  I am 63 years old, and have never, to my knowledge, had pantry moths before.  I had no idea where they were coming from, and worked hard to make sure that no one stood with an outside door open to let them in.  I was sure they were entering my house when I let my dogs in.  I could see them on the ceiling of my pantry, and later on and under the shelves.  No matter how many I killed, there were always more.

A friend of mine had seen these in the past and talked to an exterminator friend of his.  I also did a little research on my own.  It turns out these annoying creatures probably came in with food I had purchased at the store.  The moths lay their eggs inside boxes and bags of rice, flour, cereal, and other yummy things like cake mix.  When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on whatever treats in which they have been deposited until they reach the pupa stage and make a cocoon.  From there, they emerge as adults and no longer feed.  They do, however, lay hundreds of eggs, continuing the cycle of life int he pantry.

My research showed that the best way to control these pests, is to take everything out of the pantry and wash the shelves with soap and water, and then vinegar water, to remove the eggs and kill any larvae.  I personally had to throw a lot of food away, and it is recommended to throw away infested food.  Any food that might contain moth eggs can be placed in the freezer for 8 days to help kill the eggs and then placed in an airtight plastic container, to eliminate ability for any new moths to feed.

These Rubbermaid containers will help store foods in your pantry as well as in the refrigerator.

Best of luck with controlling these pests!





Sunday, March 25, 2018

Furminator

These are fantastic.  The first time I groomed my cat with this comb, I had enough hair to make two more cats.  You will get excess hair from any dog, even short haired dogs.  So nice to have this extra hair where I can throw it out and not just all over the house!  It makes being a pet owner much more enjoyable, and that is what we all want, right?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Rustic Jewelry Organizer



I have always loved the rustic look, and this jewelry organizer will show your jewelry off.  Think of the contrast between shiny and rustic hanging on your wall.  This organizer has a shelf for small boxes, a rod for bracelets, and a place to hang earrings, and hooks for necklaces.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Goo Gone



Need I say more?  We've all had a need to remove sticky residue from objects.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Coconut Oil



I have been using coconut oil as part of my beauty regimen for  while now.  It is excellent as an after shower moisturizer for those of us with really dry skin.  It can also be used to remove eye makeup.  Coconut oil can be applied to your hair and scalp before shampooing to deep condition your hair.  Some people say it keeps your hair from turning gray, but mine turned white before I started using it.

There has been some research that ingesting coconut oil has added health benefits of adding good fats to the diet.  It can be added to your morning coffee or used with cooking.  One of the more compelling reasons for taking coconut oil is the research that shows how it can bring back memories to those with Alzheimer's disease.

I have no proof of its benefits for Alzheimer's disease, but it sure can't hurt, and so many of the medications given to the elderly with dementia seem to have such bad side effects. I figure it's worth a chance.

Give coconut oil a try for your own reasons.  I think you'll be happy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gratitude

There are so many things for which to feel grateful.  Sometimes we think about the big things in our lives such as winning a lot of money, having a great date, our children, spouses.  But I have been finding  happiness and gratitude in smaller things.  I love my shower and the hot water streaming down over me.  I love the way the shampoo feels in my hair, and the way the soap feels on my body.  I love the way my bed feels when I crawl into it after a long day.  I am so grateful for the quilts that cover me and keep me warm at night.

I am grateful for my friends and coworkers who love me.  I am grateful that I have comfortable and nice clothes to wear to work.  I am grateful  that I am able to do the dishes, clean the litter box, and do laundry.  I know so many people who would love to be able to do those things.

A minister in a church I belonged to challenged us to stop complaining for 3 weeks.  She suggested turning each complaint into a gratitude.  Grumpiness over having to clean the kitchen then, turns into being grateful to have a kitchen, to have strength to clean it, to have cleaning tools, and gratitude for whatever we cooked that messed the kitchen up.

Count your blessings.  Count your gratitudes.