Make your own lotion!

I’m never buying lotion again! I’m serious! I just found out how easy it is to make!

I was thinking about why I buy the things that I do, especially self care products. There is this illusion that things like soap, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant are things you can’t make yourself because of all the chemicals you see on the ingredients list. I found out that those chemicals are not necessary to make lotion (or any other product). You only need a few ingredients that you use already: water, oil and wax! Believe it or not, I already have alot of the ingredients needed to make not only lotion, but creams, lip balms, toothpaste and soap! You probably do too!

I found this basic recipe at Wabi Sabi Baby. It’s a good place to start if you want to try doing this. I’m having fun testing out all kinds of lotion recipes, but I haven’t created ‘the one’ yet. Just like any recipe, sometimes it takes time and a little tweaking to find the one you like!


CheapSexyEats: Avocado Tuna Salad

No bread, no problem, No mayo, no problem!
Avocados were on sale last week, and I bought a few, still green. It takes me a few days to dream up what I want to do with them. By then, they are nice and ripe. This is probably the last time you’ll get cheap tomatoes for the year. We’ll see.

1 can of water packed tuna
1 hard boiled egg
1 avocado, cubed
1 tomato, seeds removed and diced
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1 teaspoon mustard powder or prepared mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
juice from 1/4 lemon
salt and pepper
the best leaves from your head of Napa Cabbage, or use lettuce leaves if that’s what you have.

Mix together your mustard, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside. Combine your tuna, boiled egg, avocado, tomato, onion in a bowl, Pour over your dressing, toss to coat and served inside the leaves from your cabbage or lettuce.

Serves two. Easily doubled.

I love free organizing!

Of course we always do a free “box run” when moving. Who pays for boxes??!!
I also do box runs when organizing. I consider myself lucky when I can find alot of them that are the same size. Sure, I could’ve made them more spiffy, but the need to organize was more immediate. I’ll decorate them later.

The Moneyless Man: Mark Boyle

Crazy? Yes! Sexy? In a weird way, it is! Frugal? This guy is past that!

You can read more about how Mark lives money free on the Huffington Post. He has a book out now, so I know he won’t be money free for long!

Pet Love: Easy DIY Pet Beds

I have two crazies…I mean kitties! They have actually been very good companions and have seen me through many tough times. They still wanted me to be their master after all, so I do my best to keep them happy and healthy.

Keeping them that way doesn’t mean that you have to spend a whole lot of money to do so, but you would think differently every time you walk into the pet store!

I made a vow to never again buy two things: pet beds and pet toys! They are too easy to make! Here’s a pet bed I made using an old bleach stained towel that one of my cats loved to nap on, and a bunch of t-shirts that I had lying around. This is easy to clean, and heat.

See how to make them here!

CheapSexyEats: Pear swirl mini coffee cakes

I had alot of pears that I couldn’t get to right away and they softened too much to be eaten fresh. They were perfect for this recipe though. Add your favorite (homemade) frilly coffee (or tea) drink, and you won’t even need to go by Starbucks!

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of:
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
about 1-1/2 cups of pureed pears (I used 2 medium pears)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup molasses

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Sift together all of your dry ingredients into a bowl. Set aside. Mix together all your wet ingredients, except the molasses. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix until just combined, no dry streaks! Pour about 1/2 cup of your batter in another small measuring cup and stir in the molasses. Fill your prepared muffin tin (greased or lined) with the light colored batter, then top off with the darker batter. Make swirls with a knife.
Bake for about 25-30 or until tooth pick or knife comes out clean.

Makes 12

CrazySexyCrafty: DIY Flexible LED Light

Dear Prym-Dritz:
Your Flexible LED Light is very cool! But, I found these at the dollar store:

and I had this in my stash:

It was easy enough for me to do this:

and this:

It works very well. I don’t mean to reduce the sales of your wonderful LED light, but I think I will spend $16 on something that I think is a better value from your company. I like many of your cool products, so I’m sure that there is something else that I will like!

Thank you,