Frugal Living ~ Using Things Up

So, I was working in my bedroom recently and noticed a plastic tub that had gotten set on the bottom of a shelf and forgotten about.  As I looked through this tub, I realized that there were many partial bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotions and the like hiding in there.  Some of it is from where we moved a couple months ago and things just kind of got shoved here and there and I haven’t had a chance to organize things yet

As I looked through this tub, I realized that there were many partial bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotions and the like hiding in there.  Some of it is from where we moved a couple months ago and things just kind of got shoved here and there and I haven’t had a chance to organize things yet (it’s a much slower process when you’re disabled and have to take things in chunks).

Mostly, it’s where I tried using different brands of things and decided I didn’t care for it or where the shampoo outlived the conditioner and I bought a set of a different fragrance and put up the last little bit for “another time” that sometimes never comes.

Now, the FlyLady says “You can’t organize clutter”, and I agree with her, but I am also a very frugal person and it’s hard for me to throw away something that I know there’s nothing really wrong with if I can find a way to repurpose it.

So, here are a few ideas for using those bits and blobs of shampoo and conditioner that you have sitting around:

  1. Use old shampoo for cleaning.  The FlyLady also says, “Soap is soap”, and that’s something I agree with.  Those little bits of shampoo can be used to clean your sink, tub, toilet, etc.
    • One great idea is to put a little shampoo or body wash in the bottom of your toilet brush holder.  Whenever you pull it out for “Swish and Swipe”, there’s already soap on the brush!
  2. Use leftover conditioner to shave your legs instead of shaving cream.
  3. Use leftover conditioner to make homemade fabric softener.

I may come back and add to this post at a later date after I get some of the household cleaner recipes I personally use posted, but these are some ideas to get you started.

Do you use those bits and blobs of leftover hair and body products for something else?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

52-Week Blog Challenge ~ Week 3

Meet My Family

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to include myself here or not, but I figured, what the hell?  Right?  So, here is a peek at my family!

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Dawn (Kena), The Hearth Witch

 

I am 42 years old, as of March 2017.

I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother (GiGi).

I’m also a Hearth Witch (Domestic Pagan, Domestic Diva), blogger and avid gamer.

I like to make homemade things like cleaners and beauty products, and I support Green Living and Sustainability.

I like to grow things.

I love to cook.

I struggle with Mental Illness.

I am an Animal Rights advocate.

I support the LGTBQ movement.

I drink lots and lots of coffee.

My family, or The Tribe, are my world.  They mean everything to me.

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Paul (Drako)

I met this guy in December of 1995.  He’s my soulmate, Twin Flame and the love of my life.

We met while I was having a nervous breakdown in 1995 (another story for another time) and he loved me anyway and helped me through it.

In 1997, we married and he became part of mine and Mini-Me’s life and he helped me raise her.  He’s been her Daddy since she was three years old.

He’s a Taurus, the strong and silent type.  He was in the Army when I met him and that period of his life helped to shape the man he became.

Because we were so young when we met (I was 20 and he was 22), we practically grew up together.  We’ve both changed a lot, and trust me when I say that we have been through a lot, but my love for him has never changed.

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Me and my Mini-Me

The product of my very short-lived first marriage (again, another story for another time).

This girl is what my world has rotated around since I was 17 (almost 18) and first heard the words, “You’re pregnant”.

She has made me the woman I am today and although my first marriage didn’t make it, I consider her a gift and a blessing every day.

She’s gifted in ways that I never was.  Very artistic, has the voice of an angel, can make just about anything.

She loves to bake, sew, sing and make things.

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The Pain

This guy will officially be our son-in-law in June 2017.  He and Mini-Me have been together for four years now and are the proud parents of Squishy.

At first, Paul and I were upset about the age difference between Mini-Me and The Pain, but he makes her happy and they love each other.

He’s good to our family and is always there if I need him for anything.

He’s very protective of The Tribe.

He loves to hunt and fish and is almost always covered in camo.

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Squishy

This little girl has stolen my heart, just like her Mommy did.

If you had told me when I had Mini-Me that there was any love that compared to the love you feel for your own child, I would have told you that it wasn’t possible.  No way could you feel love as intense as what you do for your child.

I was wrong.

At the tender age of three, she has each of us wrapped around her chubby little finger, me especially.

She already shows signs of artistic abilities and loves music and Scooby Doo.

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Chicklet

Sometimes, adopted family can mean just as much to you as your actual family.  That’s certainly the case with Chicklet.

About 10 years ago, Mini-Me found her locked out of our next door neighbor’s house trying to get in to get to her dog, Smooches, who has now gone on over the Rainbow Bridge.  Mini-Me came and got me and we got her furbaby for her.

Somehow, she ended up sleeping on our couch a few weeks later and she never really left.

Since then, she’s become like a daughter to us and has been there for our family through thick and thin.

She loves our family and is fiercely protective of us.

She enjoys performing arts, music, reading and is very active in politics.

Daddy
My Daddy

This guy right here is super-special!

He wasn’t always my daddy, but he’s always been a father-figure.

When I was born, he was my mom’s best friend and he and his first wife were asked to be my godparents.  I called him “Uncle” until I was 10 when he and my mom finally decided to get married.

Since then, he has been Daddy.

He’s smart beyond reason and I’ve called him a “walking encyclopedia” most of my life.

He loves me and my little family and there’s not much he wouldn’t do for us.

He’s intelligent, artistic, loves to read and I have had some of the best conversations of my life with him.

He instilled in me a love and respect for nature and taught me nearly everything I know about everything.


So, now you’ve met the core family.  There are other people, like TimberLeaves and Sweetpea, that I do consider part of our family, but this is my Tribe.

Self-Care

I know, most people start their blogs with an “About Me” post. I decided to do that post later and to, instead, post about something very important to me. Self-Care.

I’ve always been a believer in the importance of caring for yourself, as well as your family, and not just your family.

When we pour everything we have, everything we are, into another person  (or people) -as we tend to do as parents and partners, we are giving away something important and it has to be replaced.  Without replenishing ourselves, we drain ourselves.

When we practice regular self-care, it allows us to give something back to ourselves to recharge our batteries, and it keeps us from getting worn down, and eventually resenting the people we care about.

I try to make self-care part of my daily routine, but failing that, at least a few times a week.

As a Pisces, there are a few things I need desperately when it comes to self-care.  One is some quality alone time.  I’m not much of a people-person by nature beyond my family anyway, but I find myself needing to step away even from them from time to time.  I need time to myself to just be me.  Not the me that wears all the hats and fulfills all the responsibilities, just me.  When my time is consumed by people outside my Tribe (what I call my family), I need it even more.

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Water.  Be it the lake, a pool or even just the bathtub, I need that time in the water. Also, if it’s here at home in the tub, it has to be as hot as my body can stand it.

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My own blend of bath salts

 

This is part of my cleansing and grounding ritual anyway.  As an empath, it’s important to get the “funk” of other people’s emotions off of me.  A feat that can really only be completely obtained through either natural running water or peel your skin off, hot water.

 

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Homemade lavender bath bombs

 

When I was young, I had no clue how important caring for my skin properly would become when I got older.  I cared for my skin, as in, I washed my face and body but that was about the extent of that.  Now, I look in the mirror and I realize how beneficial a good skin-care routine would have been in my youth.  I do it now, all the way down to exfoliating and moisturizing and toning, but I do wish I’d done this more when I was younger.  My skin might have been more youthful in appearance now that I’m in my 40’s if I had.

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Homemade Sugar Scrubs

I admit, other than keeping my hair clean and conditioned, I don’t do much else with it most days.  I prefer to let it be natural without a ton of products on it unless I’m dressing up to go out somewhere more than the grocery store.

I’ve found that it’s important to let your body breathe.  Less really can be more when it comes to dumping a bunch of chemicals all over your body, which has a lot to do with why I started making my own products instead of using the store-bought stuff.

So that’s a peek inside my self-care ritual.  What do you do to care for yourself?

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