Most of us ladies have done it. Made an impulsive decision in the hair color aisle or gotten a big surprise at the salon. I recently made a foray into the bad hair hall of shame. Got a wild hair and decided that I wanted my naturally blonde dirty blonde hair that has been bleached numerous times to be brown with a hint of red. I found the perfect color(on the box) and proceeded to apply as directed. I ended up with a bright fire engine red similar to this:
I hated it! Then it started to fade on the ends and I hated it more. So, I went to the beauty supply store for some help. The lady introduced me to a product called Color Oops. I bought it and came home but had second thoughts. I really didn’t like the thought of putting more chemicals on my head.
So I jumped on Google and found that lots of people use Vitamin C to remove unwanted hair color. I figured I didn’t have a lot to lose since Vitamin C is cheap. Ran to the Dollar General and picked up a bottle. This is the “recipe” I used.
30 – 500 mg Vitamin C tablets (not chewable)
Equal parts of cheap clarifying shampoo
I put the Vitamin C in a ziplock and crushed it into a fine powder and mixed it up in a bowl with Suave Clarifying Shampoo. Put the whole mixture on my head and covered with a shower cap. I left it on for 30 minutes. OMG what a difference. The ends are totally back blonde and the section closer to my head that still has red is about 4-5 shades lighter. I plan to do this again tomorrow. I am so thrilled. Even if I can’t get it totally out, I am to a place where I can dye it a much lighter shade that would have been possible before.
All in all I would say this is a success and my hair feels great. No breakage or dryness. I will deep condition just to make sure but it worked fabulously so far.
I know it’s not Spring Cleaning time yet but let’s be honest, lots of us made resolutions to keep our home cleaner and more organized. I have been scouring the web trying to find ideas that will get me motivated to get my butt in gear. I have decided to share some of my best finds for you. I am hoping this will save you time and allow you to put the energy into getting your home where you want it to be.
If you are technologically savvy, there is a fantastic app called Motivated Moms. It does cost $7.99 but there is a free version called Motivated Moms Lite to let you try it out and make sure it will work for you before you spend the money.
With the prices of food constantly rising, feeding your family gets more expensive every day. The trouble is that making homemade meals is often a chore we dread. Well, not anymore! Through the miracle of Pinterest, I have found some great recipes that are not only easy to make, but inexpensive as well. With healthy, affordable ingredients and simple preparation, these three dinner ideas should feed your family without breaking the bank.
Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole – I love adding beans to meals. It is such a cheap, healthy and nutritious way to fill everybody up. This recipe is very easy to put together and the taste is well worth it. I love spicy food myself, but you can change the recipe up to fit your family’s tastes. With shredded chicken, a little goes a long way. This is a great meal to make with leftover chicken from another recipe!
Million Dollar Spaghetti – The taste is worth a million dollars, though the price tag is super affordable! This yummy meal is filled with the best of dairy: cheddar, cream, and cottage cheese and sour cream. Yum! Add ground beef (or ground turkey for a healthier alternative), spaghetti and some sauce and you have a yummy, affordable meal the whole family will love.
Sour Cream Noodle Bake–I love this recipe! So simple and so tasty. Egg noodles make for great filler, and you can substitute ground turkey for hamburger with no problems. Nice and mild for picky eaters and a guaranteed family favorite. It is almost like a super easy lasagna, only cheaper.
These are just three samples of the wonderful variety of easy and affordable meal ideas I’ve discovered on Pinterest. There are so many great dinner recipes, wonderful snacks, delicious desserts, and appetizing appetizers that you could make a new recipe for every meal every day and never run out of ideas.
Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching all things related to childcare. They take care of all the necessary information related to “babysittingjobs.com/”. He personally thinks his blog will help finding information on all things related to a babysitter.
I know that many of you are bloggers as well as avid blog readers. I wanted to share a new blog with you all that a very close friend of mine has just started. You know how I love guest posts and I believe in paying it forward. I was taught well, thanks Mr.CBB. This blogging is a world unto itself and we should all help one another. So in the spirit of helpfulness, I would like to introduce you all to Dear Mom.
Today is the first day so please stop by and give a shout out. Tell her Thrifty Livin sent you. And hey, ask a question or leave a little wisdom behind while you’re over there. Don’t worry, men are welcome too. Those ladies could benefit from some testosterone based advice. LOL
This afternoon I was delighted to finish reading Educating Esme (Diary of a Teacher’s First Year) by Esme Raji Codell. For all you teacher’s out there, this is a hilarious, true, sometimes disturbingly honest account of what it’s really like in the classroom and the faculty lounge. This author pulls no punches and tells it like it is.
Written in diary form, this books takes you through her first year teaching 5th grade in an inner-city elementary school. She is the outcast because she seems to put in too much effort for the rest of the faculty. She dresses up, acts a fool and does whatever it takes to reach her students. Sometimes she succeeds, other times, maybe not.
If you are sensitive to language, this book may not be for you because she puts it all out there. If that doesn’t bother you, I highly recommend this book. If there is a teacher that you are close to, I recommend this book as a gift.
I must confess that I went against my cheap nature and purchased myself a Kindle Fire, which I love. I am a true bookworm and it has more than paid for itself by saving me gas running back and forth to the local library. Of course, this was not an impulse buy. It was my graduation gift to myself. And I did wait until Wal-Mart was offering a deal where you got a $50 gift card for buying.
Anyway, this book review is for an author I just discovered. His name is Dean Murray. Of course, I found this book when it was offered on Amazon for free. I have to say that I was up until 2 am this morning finishing this book because I could not put it down until I got to the last page.
Fantastic is not even a strong enough word to describe this book. The characters were developed so well that you seemed to be a part of the story. This particular book is written from the female perspective and there is a male perspective book entitled Torn. It was so refreshing to see such a well written romance novel written by a male author. I will be reading Torn as well because I can’t wait to see the other side of the story.
The main character is named Adri and this is basically a love story. She is torn between Brandon and Alec but there are some amazing twists that you never see coming. Paranormal romance at it’s best.
If you enjoyed Stephanie Myers, you must discover Dean Murray.
This is a recipe passed down to me from my granny – as with all these type of recipes it is cheap, adaptable and very healthy yet simple to make. You can adapt the amounts to suit the number of people you are serving.
Time to cook in oven 20 minutes, 180⁰C
4 pieces of cooked fish – I poach this in the microwave to cook, takes 5/6 minutes
1 pint white/parsley sauce – can be ready made in a packet or make your own
4/8oz grated cheese – I use cheddar and the exact amount you need depends on your taste buds!
1 or 2 tablespoons Wholegrain or Dijon mustard – again amount depends on taste preference
Salt & pepper
Mix white sauce with cooked flaked fish and place into a well greased dish. Season.
Combine the mustard with the grated cheese
Divide the mixture over the fish and sauce
Bake for 20 minutes
We often had this recipe served for an evening meal with either creamy mashed potatoes or new potatoes and my granny usually served up fresh green garden peas or beans with it too. As children we used to pick them for her from the kitchen garden which is why I remember the dish so well. I also grew up liking mustard!
About me: I have raised a family, had a career and run small businesses from home to make ends meet. I appreciate there are many benefits to be had through money saving and frugal living with cheap healthy food and so now I try to pass on some of these tips through my personal blog : www.frugalferret.co.uk