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Friday, August 19, 2011

Making my own natural shampoo! Safe for everyone in your family!

Happy Friday!

This past week, I have been thinking about how important it is to pay attention to what is  in our foods, soaps and many other things.  Sometimes, we do not read labels because we are in a rush at the grocery store.  Last Friday, I went grocery shopping with my hubby and we took an extra hour just reading ingridients in the food, soaps and detergents that we usually buy.  I was in SHOCK!  The sandwich meat is full of food color and fillers, the soap full of sulfate, and everything has soy in it.  I am not sure if you know, but Soy it's not as good as you think it is for you.  My daughter was allergic to soy as a baby and will get eczema from it.  Anyway,  when they were little I used California Baby bath products and lotions.  They are really expensive, but worth it. I would love to continue using them, but they are now bigger and need more.  So, the little bottle do not last and i can't afford that.  Well, I am going to try making my own! Wish me luck! 
Ingredients You Will Need:

  • First you need to decide how "homemade" you want to get. If you really want to start from scratch, you would need ingredients such as vegetable shortening and lye. But that takes a bit more skill and precautions in handling and measuring the lye, especially for babies' delicate skin. The more popular and easier to execute recipes begin with a base of pure soap flakes. Castile soap works very well and is known for its gentle, natural cleansing abilities. Castile is made only from pure vegetable oils, mainly olive oil, as opposed to animal fats. It is usually unscented so you will need a nice, pure essential oil if you want your shampoo to be scented; the oil is also a delicate moisturizer for your baby's scalp. Lavender is a good choice for babies because of its safety and calming effect. You will also need distilled water. Other water--even pure spring water--has traces of minerals.


    • 12onz of distilled water
    • 4 tablespoons Castile soap flakes (or shavings from a Castile bar)
    • 1 to 2 drops of pure essential lavender oil
    • Boil the distilled water and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. Pour the water into a glass bowl and add the soap flakes, allowing them to dissolve while stirring. Next add the lavender oil and keep stirring until everything is blended. Pour carefully into a squeeze bottle or a bottle with a dispenser pump for ease of use while bathing your baby. Store your shampoo in a cool, dry place and shake the bottle gently before every use. Once you get used to making your own baby shampoo you can start experimenting by adding chamomile tea or herbs to the boiled water while it is cooling.
  • Important Reminders

    • All of the ingredients are gentle enough even for a newborn, but it is always best to do a skin patch test in case your baby has very sensitive skin. Rub a bit of the finished shampoo on the inside of your baby's arm and wait at least 48 hours to see if there is a reaction.
      Your homemade baby shampoo will not feel or look like a commercial shampoo. It will be a thinner consistency and will not lather up or be sudsy. Sudsing agents are used in commercial shampoo and are not necessary. You will only need a dime sized amount of this natural shampoo for your baby or a bit more if you want to use it on your own hair. This shampoo will clean hair just as well as any of the high-priced shampoos, but is made especially for your baby by you with no chemicals that are not needed or that may be harmful.

  • I will keep you updated on how this works for my family.  Give it a try!!!

    Have a great weekend!  Besos!

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Got tangled necklaces? I got a cute solution!

    Hi lovely ladies!

    I took this idea from my gorgeous sis in law Norma.  Thank you Noni!

    Don't you hate it when your long necklaces get all tangled and they are impossible to get them ready for you to wear.  Well, this might work for you.  All you need is:

    1. A small curtain rod--I purchased at Ross for $5.99
    2. You necklaces...
    3. A designated space to do this

    My hubby put it up for me in my closet.  It looks nice and my necklaces are always ready for me to wear.  You can even put it behind a door or any little corner.... Give it a try!  Enjoy your untangled necklaces!

    Take care!  Besos!

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Remember my frame project! It is finally done!

    Happy Tuesday!

    Can you believe it's the mid of August already?  Time is flying by... When we least expected it will be December again.  OMG! Anyway,  I finally finished my frame project.  I wanted to share it with my blog friends & family.  I love the outcome!  What do you think of it?
    I purchased the small clothes pins at the dollar store( $1.00), printing the pics at walmart ($4.00), the frame $1.50 at savers, blue spray paint $3.99 wth a grand total of $10.49.  I already had guitar wire, so I used that.  You canuse any wire that you can nail to the back of the frame.  And of course, my hubby already had the nails. 
    This is so cool because you can rotate pics from holidays, or any other event.  I have so many projects in my head... and so little time...

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Mexican Classic Reinvented! Getting creative with my kids pictures!

    It was a long Tuesday for me and I need it something to cheer me up.  So, my daughter gave me the idea of taking pictures.  She is now 6 1/2 yrs old and loves posing for them. I figured let's have fun with it.  I got my camera and some of my hair accesories and it was on!  We both had so much fun together.  I think it's memories that will never leave her soul.  We both enjoyed it so much!  I will hold to these memories forever.  I hope you like them and maybe give them a try!  Of course, my son does not let me do anything like this... This is when I realize having a daughter is a blessing!
    Below are some of the pics with the boys:

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Our new entertainment center for $34.98... Just a visit to the 2nd hand store, some sanding and cool paint!

    Hola Mujeres!

    My husband & I love colorful furniture.  Can you tell?  Our home is full of color and not only the furniture... I consider our family so full of love & lots of color! Anyway, we needed a new entertainment center for our TV.  We did not want to spend $$$.  So, we took a trip to out favorite 2nd store and found an old one for $25.  It was the perfect size and it was in good condition.

    We used:
    1. Three cans of purple spray paint (for furniture-$3.99/each)
    2. Sand paper ($3.00/pack)
    3. New knobs ($2.99/each)
    4. The old entertainment center $25
    Total spent: $34.98

    It came out nice and clean.  It goes with our colorful family and TV is off my kids hands.  No more prints in the screen or wires everywhere.  I love home projects. It brings us together.  You girls should try it....maybe start with something small. I hope you girls liked it.  It's not PIER 1 furniture or from a fancy store... But I loved it!
    Talk to you later mujeres!

    Mi esposo y yo nos encanta muebles coloricosNuestra casa está llena de color y no sólo los muebles ... Considero que nuestra familia esta llena de amor y lleno de mucho color! Bueno, necesitamos un centro de entretenimiento para nuestra TV. No queríamos gastar $ $ $. Entonces, hicimos un viaje a la tienda de segunda y nos encontramos con un mueble viejito por $ 25. Que era del tamaño perfecto y estaba en buenas condiciones.

    Se utilizó:

    1. Tres latas de pintura en aerosol color púrpura (para muebles $ 3.99/cada una)

    2. Papel de lija ($ 3.00/pack)

    3. Nuevos agarraderos (perillas) ($ 2.99/cada una)

    4. El centro de entretenimiento  $ 25

    Total gastado: $ 34.98

    Salió muy bien y va con nuestra familia de colores. La televisión ya tendra marcas de los deditos de mis hijos o cables por todas partes. Me encantan los proyectos en el hogarporque nos une.  Traten de empezar algo asi y veran los resultados son maravillosos. Espero les haiga gustado.  No es un mueble de lujo, pero a mi me encanta!

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Whooping Cough is still lingering in California...

    Happy Monday Mujeres!

    Did you have your tea, coffee, or energy  boost yet?  I did!  Anyway, I was talking to my sis in law about whooping cough in California.  My niece is going to be a sophomore in high school and they are asking for another Whooping Cough (Pertussis) shot.  She is not happy to get another shot. Poor baby girl.  Who likes shots right? So, I looked into it and now I know why. I found this information about other rare diseases that are still around in 10 States!  Check out the link I found in Yahoo:

    I also found the Vaccination Schedule 2011 for kids up to 18 yrs old:

    In a few words, take a look at your kids Immunization card and see what else is needed.  I understand lots of people don't like vaccinations because of famous side effects.  My humble opinion is: get the most important shots!  They will protect your kids.  I personally do not like the flu shot and my kids have survived without it for 2 years.  I load them up with tons vitamin C and green veggies!  I hope you find this information helpful!

    Have a great Monday! Muchos besos y abrazos! 

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    A unique way of framing your pictures! Cheap and easy!

    Hola Mujeres!

    I hope your week treated you good.  I personally had a bad week.  I got a root canal and my left cheek was swollen for like 2 days... Ouuchh!  Well, I am feeling better and ready for a new weekend project... So this is it!  A new fun way to frame your pictures!
    You are going to need:
    1. A wood frame ( any color, because you could spray paint it).
    2. Chicken wire or any wire that you could pull
    3. Small nails
    4. Clothes pins (maybe some nice ones... decorated ones ...or colorful ones)
    5. Maybe some nice ribbon to hang the frame instead of using wire to hang it.
    You can add your special touch.  I start my weekend project tomorrow.  I got the frame at savers for $1.50 (second hand store), some bling to put on the frame ($2.99), ribbon (1.99), and spray paint (4.97).  I can't wait to start it.  I know I am going to love the outcome!  Try it out!  You can make it fancy, natural look, or loud colors!  I will post my outcome during the week!  Have a great weekend!

    Forget the old veggies platters!

    I think this is perfect for any casual party.  This is more practical, clean and you would not eat any double dipping from anyone else.  I tried it with my kiddos and they ate it all.  Give it a try in any of your parties! Let me know if your guests like it! You can even use other containers... Try some fancy glasses!  Anyway... have fun!