I made these forever ago… and finally got them uploaded. It’s fun to make cutey baby booties and hats. The fringe ones turned out so cute. If I ever do those again, I’ll add turquoise pony beads to the booties.
I last talked about my hair, and how I was trying to find the best possible detangling/conditioning rinse after I shampoo. I tried a lot of things that didn’t work well with my thin, fine hair. Coconut and olive oil left my hair a slick and took three to four days to wash out. Coconut milk, which was great, was also too heavy and made my hair look greasy and unkempt. I found and tried a mixture of lemon juice, water, and a dash of jojoba oil, but that didn’t work very well, either, and made my hair look unkempt. However, I’ve found something I really like – it makes my hair soft, shiny, and detangled. It’s regular ole apple cider vinegar. I have tons of it around for preserving, and after reading about its properties online, I decided to try it on my hair. Here is a picture of my hair after a wash with Dr Bonner’s soap and an apple cider vinegar rinse.
And here’s a picture of my hair after curling it with my ceramic curling rod.
As you can see, my hair is clean and detangled, and really holds a curl well. I am very pleased with apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse. Yes, it does leave a bit of a vinegar smell, but that disappears after it dries and only returns if my hair gets wet (like from rain or snow), which I find to be irrelevant based on the success of using such a simple product on my hair.
Finally, make sure that you find 100% apple cider vinegar and not distilled vinegar with apple cider flavoring. Sometimes that can be hard to find in large bottles (Winco has it, if you live in the west).
Last year, Dale and I tried out a primal/paleo diet, inspired by the wild successes enjoyed by one of my dearest friends. Although we haven’t been the best at it… our mutual weakness is pizza, my weakness is corn chips/tortillas for New Mexican food, and Dale sneaks an occasional coke, the change in our diet impacted our lives in huge ways. Between the two of us we’ve lost 65 pounds. My GERD completely disappeared – apparently, gluten is my acid reflux trigger, and removing it removed my GERD completely. Eventually, we moved our diet away from gluten, soy, sugar, dyes, preservatives, and anything processed. As a result, we started making our own things and became nearly self sufficent. Of course we hunt and filled our allotted quota for deer. We also bought part of a cow from a rancher about 30 miles away from us. Although the beef was grained about 6 weeks before butchering, the meat has no antibiotics or hormones, and is just delicious. We’ll buy pork from them when the pigs are ready in February.
It’s been a year, so it’s time to expand on our elimination of chemical and other unknowns from our lives, so this year’s work is to transition to all natural and homemade personal and cleaning products. I’m learning more about using essential oils and I plan to add more plants to my garden and property, and to build a still for extracting essential oils. Currently, I use and love Dr Bonner’s castille soap for face, body, and my hair. I’m still experimenting with conditioners; my hair is super fine and dry, and most natural conditioners are too heavy.
I also want to start putting more things up here to share our experiences with becoming more self sufficient and processed/chemical free. I’ll start with all my squash recipes… since we got about 50 pounds of squash from the garden this past year! I’ve gotten pretty darn good at making primal/paleo squash recipes these days… lol!
So that’s where we stand for this year. : )