My sister-in-law’s friend is an awesome resource for green living. When exchanging some information on green personal care products, she recommended trying witch hazel as an astringent. Now I haven’t used an astringent since the high school days of Sea Breeze when I thought I should parch my skin dry to get rid of a little pimple. So I was a little hesitant about drying my skin out with any sort of toner. But witch hazel is a winner! I have been using T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel for the last two months or so (usually twice a day) and the bottle is about 1/2 of the way gone. After it is finished, I am going to to give Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Rose Water a try as I have heard good things about it as well.
One thing I decided to give a shot at this past summer was attempting some of my own homemade personal care products. A great website a friend sent me that gave me most of the recipes is Wellness Mama. I found tons of great ideas and have been slowly implementing many of them. Here are some of the products I tried making on my own:
The recipes were all relatively easy and turned out pretty well. The bronzer was the only one that was a big flop for me. The two that I would make again are the all-purpose cleaner and the deodorant. It was fun to stretch myself and find some all-natural and cheap alternatives to purchasing products in the store!
Last year before we headed to Ukraine my mom came up to help me get the house in shape before we left. The area that needed the most help: our bath tub. I am not a fan of cleaning the tub. I know there are lots of great cleaners out there for the shower/tub, but so many of them have such harsh chemicals that I just can’t use them. I have tried more natural every day shower sprays, but they didn’t work that well.
But this summer I happened upon a great idea for cleaning the shower during one of my internet “bunny trails”. It suggested using a dish wand filled with dish soap (you can choose a natural one) and some white vinegar. Keep it int he shower and use it to wipe the shower down. It has been fabulous! Not only is the soap scum kept at bay, but I also wipe down the shower head in order to keep away build up from there. Cleaning the shower and tub is now really easy!
We are finally back into the swing of things here in the Crispin household after a busy and fun summer. The spontaneity of the summer is fun, but picking back up old routines is nice too. Blogging was hit or miss this summer, and I think may continue to be so as the pace of life doesn’t seem to be slowing down. But I did make a list of some things from this summer that I learned of or read about that I wanted to share. So over the next few days, I will post some of my favorite finds from the summer of 2012.
As a Penn State Alumni, the past year has brought about many emotions and thoughts. Both Joe and I have restrained from commenting publicly on everything that has transpired. But Joe has now broken the silence in what I have found to be the most helpful writing on the Penn State scandal:
The reality is, we need community in order to follow Christ radically. I am convinced that one reason many of us have not taken radical steps in our giving, for example, may not be so much because we love our possessions as it is because we fear isolation. If the radical, simple living we see Jesus talking about were more common in the church, it would be much easier for us to live simply as well. But we look around, and everyone else has nice cars, nice homes, and lifestyles characterized by luxuries, so we accept that this must be the norm for Christians. We may get convicted about our way of living when we look at the Bible, but then when we look at one another, we assume it must be okay because everyone else lives this way.
Platt, David (2010-04-17). Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (pp. 205-206). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.
- Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest, June 17 devotional
This summer has been a fun time of getting a little bit back into shape now that I finally have a break from pregnancy and breastfeeding, which I have been doing one or the other of for the last 8 years! Here are a couple of favorite tools that I have enjoyed this summer:
1. The Fitbit
Yesterday this was the inspirational quote on the wall on the gym that I go to:
“Don’t quit now. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Don’t miss out on the rewards.”
I found that to be close to one of our favorite verses to quote to encourage one another to persevere:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
May you persevere today for the reward of becoming more like Jesus.