Homemade Deodorant and skin scrub

So I opted to try (ok well I opted Daddy Critter to try) deodorant  hair treatment & foot treatment for cracked heels.

First deodorant. I mixed equal parts of cornflour & baking powder. I gradually added coconut oil till it went to a smooth paste.

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The coconut oil comes solid so will have to melt a little. I just popped it in a cup in a bowl of hot water.

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Its hard to describe the texture but will be almost like a dry paste that’s very matt & smooth looking.

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Daddy Critter rides a bike a lot (pedal kind)  & tested this over 2 days. He favours the use of natural products & has reported them to be a little useless unless reapplied numerous times which isn’t always that easy.

You can put this in an old wind up deodorant ‘case’ for ease of use which means great recycling opportunity.

His verdict of this? worked fab!! Lot less sweat & smells & feel so much nicer. We added couple drops of tea tree oil & he much preferred the smell as a lot of natural are scentless or very mild.

I suffer a lot with cracked heels. I dislike socks so believe this doesn’t help. I looked after my feet but the cracks appear so quickly & so dramatically its difficult.

It was suggested I try mashed up banana but I decided to avoid that option & sought my own.

First I tried coconut oil for 2 days, my feet were same.

Then tried aloe vera gel ( yes not home made but natural & sometimes used in home made recipes) & was useless also. I found this actually hurt a little when applied so was maybe working a little but slowly too slow for me!

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My last option was lemon sugar scrub. Smell is lush to start with.

Its 2 cups of sugar mixed with 1/4 cup of olive oil, recipe said almond or coconut but I used olive oil. I also added a squeeze of lemon juice but you can use essential oil if prefer.

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I resembled slightly wet fluffy snow without being oily or sticky from either main ingredient. I tested it on my hand to start with just to check consistency was right.

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Don’t rub too hard cos this is tough stuff but works wonderfully. Left us all with lovely soft skin & not a hint of stickiness you can store in air-tight container.

tracy

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30 days of blog challenge: What I love

Finally a nice positive challenge blog.

Things I love are:

  • Smell of freshly cut grass
  • Soft things. I’m very tactile and soft cuddly things make me feel more secure
  • Pretty colours. The world is colour and the best colours are from nature
  • Mushrooms and Ladybirds. I collect both and both are spotty and girly but also perfect for boys

There’s few things I love and most are nature itself. Nature will win over us humans one day and I love the rebellious feeling of it reminds me of myself 😉

tracy

30 days of blogs Challenge: Pet Peeves

This is just an excuse to moan really isn’t it!

Whistling

I can’t explain it just grates on me when someone whistles for ages.

Finger Drumming

That’s up there with whistling. An annoying no need for it noise that displays impatience and/or boredom. It’s not something I do myself as bugs me to even do it myself haha.

Hair

Long hair in a pony tail being swung. I’ve tried it I actually have to make effort to make a long ponytail swing when I walk. Of course not everyone is same I appreciate that but ones that go a bit too swingy are the worst.

Flicking and flipping of hair, constantly messing … yes we know you have long hair stop touching lol! For this reason I never grow my hair very long as starts to get on my nerves.

Chewing noises

Not usual eating or crunchy noises the icky sticky wet noises that only come from over excited chewing gum chomping. Bleugh. Complete with open mouth it’s pure gross.

Now I’ve stopped complaining I’ll promise to do more upbeat challenge blogs for the rest of the week.

 

tracy

 

30 day blog challenge

You may notice this stopped rather abruptly. I have been in hospital so was unable to keep his updated! I promise to restart this over the weekend and not end up back in hospital 🙂

tracy

30 day blog challenge: fears

My fears have changed in the past year before I would be afraid of my death now I no longer am but I’m afraid others will die.

I don’t like usual things like spiders, clowns, dark spaces, huge crowds but genuine fears are difficult.

My main ones would be:

  • fear of others death
  • being alone as I grow old
  • being alone in general. losing my partner
  • losing more children

There’s a theme there but I’m sure we all have very similar fears the true fears that keep us awake not the silly ones that make us scream.

tracy

30 days blog challenge: anonymous letter

I struggled to think of who to write this to. There are so many people I would love to tell them exactly how they feel but I can’t. Maybe I could write a nice letter to someone.

So I decided to write it to a few people those who don’t realise what hurt they are causing

Dear whom it may concern,

Your youth shows through as you unknowingly crush my heart with every word. The brashness in which you share your news without thought to our situation makes me angry. You only contact to tell us more good news that destroys a tiny part of my soul each time.

You see you are pregnant and I am not. We not long lost our baby and yet you message telling us without thought how it may hurt us to hear of a new baby so soon. It’s not so much about the baby but knowing you couldn’t keep your first baby and won’t be able to keep your second makes this so much harder. Why is your baby allowed to live when mine died yet your baby won’t get to grow up with family and mine could have done.

You baby doesn’t deserve life any less than mine but why get pregnant on purpose knowing you’re not stable enough to be a mummy yet. This make it so much harder to control my anger at life.

I can’t tell you how hurtful this is as I’m afraid the effect it would have but I think you should be told even if it’s anonymously.

For those that spent the last year ignoring me, pretending to care through others but never approaching me to offer your support it’s too late. You avoid eye contact you walk, around me and you avoiding talking to me.

You all acted like you cared behind my back but to this day you never acknowledged my pain. Instead I heard second hand stories of how YOU felt, how this was affecting YOU and what YOU have been through that of course made you understand a little more.

Early labour that is stopped, a previous miscarriage you got over is nothing like losing a baby. It is nothing compared to what you have to do when you lose a baby. Nothing in your life will compare to that. I’ve been through some of the things you feel qualifies you to understand and believe me it doesn’t.

To those who did care. Why did you take so long? Why pretend you don’t know what to say. Hi is a good starting point the rest after doesn’t matter just never tell me you know how you feel the rest you really can’t go wrong. To those who cared then stopped caring why? I needed you.

I’m sorry this has been depressing and a little heavy but it is something that affects me daily and saddens me. I want my baby to be remembered but that’s so difficult when everyone wants to forget that babies die.

Read more at A Tiny Beauty.

tracy

Sewing Roll Tutorial

So pondering what to make for a present I decided a sewing roll would do the job so here’s my tutorial

First I decided on a size of the main body. Mine was 30 x 20 cm I added 3 cm to these measurements to ensure I had 1.5 cm seam allowance on each side.

My template was 15 x 20 cm so I placed it on the fold. You will need 2 of these plus wadding same size slightly trimmed.

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I placed the smaller pockets all with seam allowance added onto 2 lots of fabric because they will all be lined.

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I also cut the pockets from interfacing to give them some sturdiness.

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I cut a needle book from felt. This was only area that didn’t require extra for seam allowance.

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I wanted a pocket for some threads so decided to box the corners. To keep the original dimensions I added 2 cm to the width measurement to do this. Measure in from the side & up from the bottom 2 cm & mark a small box in the corner.

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Cut this out.

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Folding it so the 2 cut edges of the cut out met pin & sew.

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Do the outer & lining separate.

Now you need to create your pockets. Place either one with right side of fabrics together with interfacing layered on top & sew around 2 sides & the bottom.

Once sewn turn out & neaten corners. Turn the raw edges in at top & sew to neaten.

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Now were ready to attach them to the main body.

For the thread pocket I sewed the bottom part of bottom onto body on the inside then sewed the edges onto the body on the outside.

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Once pockets were on I placed the scissors into the pocket & pinned to tab to keep them in place above it to ensure was placed correctly

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I added buttons to this.

At this stage you need to decide how to fasten your roll. You can use velcro, buttons, magnets or a tie. I chose a tie, I just made a tie from a strip of fabric turning raw edges in & top stitching.

Layer the inner section to the outer right sides together sandwiching the tie between layers & laying wadding on top of all that.

Sew around leaving small gap for turning.

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Turn out & top stitch closing the gap up as you go.

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Here’s the roll I did

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You can use same idea for jewellery & other items. You can also use up scraps for this.

tracy