#ThursdayThought #7 The Car

I have always driven old cars. So when it comes to taking care of them I’ve gotten smart!  Let me tell you,  a tune up every 15,000-20,000 miles is well worth the money.  Remember to have the wheel balanced while the car is in there!  Did you know higher octane gas can actually be better for your engine and has nothing to do with better mileage and I hate to admit it however manual transmission uses gas better than automatic (I drive auto).  During the summer remember to check the battery water at least every two weeks, once a month during the winter.  You can save gas by reducing the use of the air conditioner.  Also, don’t forget to check your tire pressure every now and then because too little will reduce the mileage your car can get per mile as well as the life of your tire!  And ladies if you wear heals keep an old “right side” flip flop or  flat bottom shoe in the car (under the driver seat) so you can slip it on while you’re driving!!


#ThursdayThought #6 Home Spa Ideas

I love pampering myself, don’t you?  Here are a few ideas that will help you revitalize your hair, face, skin and even your feet.  As always there are a million different variations and someone always knows of another recipe so if you would like to add your ideas please share on the comments below I would love to try them!

For your hair a raw egg shampoo will help restore shine and bring back some life to dry hair.  I like to separate 2 egg yolks (save the egg white for later) mix in 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of honey.  Massage into your hair and let sit for 20-30 min.  Some people even wrap the hair in plastic wrap to contain any dripping or draining.  When your ready rinse it off and wash like normal.

While your hair is getting moisturized let’s move on to your face.  Remember that egg white you saved?  Its for your face.. the basic recipe is 2 egg whites, 1-2 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of turmeric powder.  The egg whites adds protein while shrinking your pores.  The lemon has antibacterial properties and makes a great toner while brightening your skin.  Turmeric fights off bacteria that lead to acne, reduces scars, has anti-inflammatory properties and absorbs excess oil from skin’s surface.  (Tips:  don’t talk while wearing the mask because you will stretch your skin adding more fine lines, avoid your eyes and mouth area.  Turmeric stains your nails so you can remove the stains by using lemon juice or milk) Like I said there are a lot of different variations to this recipe so if you would like to share yours please do so on the comments below.

Your body:  Did you know that coffee is good for the soul and good for the skin?!  Heck Yea!!  The recipe is simple and fun.  I like to buy ½ cup fresh coffee ground, ½  cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of coconut oil.  Mix in a small container take into the shower and enjoy.  Its fun and fresh and feels amazing.

For your feet mix ¼ cup of Listerine, ¼ cup of White Vinegar and ½ cup of warm water and soak your feet for 10 min, the skin literally rubs off.  Its the weirdest thing but it works and it leaves your feet fresh and soft.

So that’s it folks from your head to toes.  Simple spa day ideas that will help you feel fresh and pampered these are just a few ideas that can be changed and tweaked to match the occasion or surrounding.  Enjoy!

#ThursdayThought #5 #Sunburn #Remedies

Summer is here and even though a sunburn is avoidable it happens.  So here are some remedies that may help alleviate some of that pain.  Of course first and foremost try to avoid getting burned.

If you do end up looking like a lobster there are a few key ingredients that used alone or mixed together can help sooth your aching skin.  Cucumbers, Potatoes, Cold Milk, Baking Soda, Oatmeal, Green Tea with Mint, Witch Hazel and more…

Cucumbers!  You can cut up some slices and cover yourself like a pepperoni pizza or you can blend them and make a paste.

Potatoes! I heard work well, you have to wash and grate them into a blender to make a paste (leave the skin) and then apply to your skin like a lotion and cover with tissues for easy clean up.

Cold Milk Compresses you just soak a towel in the cold milk and apply to your skin until it becomes warm and then re-soak the towel in cold milk again.

A cool Baking Soda bath.  Just pour a box of baking soda into a cool bath and sit in it for 20- 30 min.

You can also do a different bath all together using Oatmeal instead.

I heard a liter of green tea with mint is soothing as well.  Make some hot green tea and add some mint.  Let it soak and cool off for about an hour or two.  Soak a towel in it and apply to your skin until it becomes warm or dries and then re-soak the towel in the cold tea again.  You can add some witch hazel and baking soda then put into a small spray bottle to take with you.

Or you can spray some apple cider vinegar or witch hazel on yourself and that is said to work.

Finally if you want to get fancy you can mix some of these ingredients together like:   Witch hazel, aloe, baking soda and mint add a little bit of water and put in a spray bottle.  Spray on yourself as needed.

I personally like ripping aloe straight off the plant and then ripping open the leaf.  Smearing fresh aloe gel all over its great for the skin no matter what!   Just make sure you avoid your eyes and mouth as it is extremely bitter.

O and drink plenty of water!!

#ThursdayThought #4 Laundry Love

If you’re like me you get annoyed when the lint sticks to your dark clothes or socks…  I found that adding a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle helps keep this from happening.  Also when it comes to socks let’s face it we all have the same universal problem there always seems to be a missing sock!  I resorted to pinning them together with a safety pin before washing I haven’t lost a pair so far.  If that idea doesn’t work I found that sticking them to a cork board on the wall is quite effective as well.  Hey if it’s clear that the sock has lost its soul mate then that one remaining sock is getting sacrificed to the daily sanitation ritual and used for cleaning mirrors, windows or floors…

ThursdayThought #3 Personal Possession Inventory

TT#3:  Keeping an inventory of your personal possessions may not seem important until you have a loss.  Did you know that your insurance company can reimburse you for your personal items after a loss? Keep track of antiques or high priced items such as computers, furniture, musical instruments and even surf boards by maintaining your receipts, getting items appraised and taking pictures.  If you used a credit card then you can access your monthly statements you can even be reimbursed for your designer clothes which can definitely add up.  And hey at the end of the day insurance is there to protect against the things that can ruin your day not ruin your life so why not be prepared?!

Thursday Thought #2: Ginger Root!

TT#2: Ginger Root!  One of my all time favorites did you know it has been known to help with stomach problems caused by chemo,  motion sickness, and gas.  It helps clear a cough caused by respiratory infections like bronchitis and may even lower your blood sugar.  It helps clear up your skin relieve arthritis and soothe muscle soreness since it has anti inflammatory properties. Did I  mention it has a great taste!!  The problem is when you buy it at the store you have to buy a big chunk when you don’t always have a use for it all.  Simple solution peel the unused part and put in a jar with some dry sherry and refrigerate! It can last for as long as 3 months or you can plant it in the backyard and have a endless supply, which is great too!

Warning: Medications that slow blood clotting interact with Ginger

#ThursdayThoughts: #HomeTips

I am starting #ThursdayThoughts : #HomeTips !!  I plan to bring you a new post every Thursday on ways that I hope will make your lives a little easier and also may help #savemoney . Truth is running our homes and lives takes a lot of time and effort from fixing it yourself to basic upkeep.  I hope to share with you:  How to save energy,  Gardening tips, Car Care, Clothes Care, Health & Safety Tips,  Kitchen Love, and Travel Tips that I have learned , tried and tested throughout the years.   Enjoy!!

TT#1:  Cleaning the oil off the garage floor can be done using kitty litter, sand or dry soil.  In my experience kitty litter works the best just sprinkle it on the stains and let it sit for a few hours then sweep it off!