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I keep at least 3 flip and tumble bags (which I adore) in mu purse all the time. For grocery days I have a big black thermal market basket (because cold things don't stay cold for long in Texas) sitting on the table that I leave my purse and work bag on. I put all my reusable produce bags, flip and tumble bags, and clean empty jars in the basket and my shopping list on top. That way when I'm ready to go to the store everything is in one place, nothing gets left behind, and the whole lot is staring at me when I grab my purse. Haven't forgotten my bags in two years. If I end up with extra bags that I don't want I just use them as gift bags or to bring food to friends in need of snacks.
2 years, 1 month ago on Beware the Reusable Bag Monster
Being a dancer by trade and living in Texas has made finding an effective and reliable natural deodorant very challenging for me. Here's the best combination (yes, I'm a sweaty girl so I need more than one thing to not be stinky) that I have come up with. Upon exiting the shower with clean, shaved pits I : 1. Spray pits with lavender witch hazel to combat razor burn 2. rub vigorously with crystal deodorant (got mine in a little velvet bag -no plastic) 3. spray pits lightly with a blend of 20 drops tea tree oil, 20 drops lavender oil, 10 drops rosemary oil, 2 tbls vodka, and 1/2 cup water (originally meant to sanitize counter tops...) 4. dust pits liberally with baking soda. I know it sounds like quite an ordeal but it is very effective even in 105 degree temperatures and through 10 hours of dancing. Tried Tom's of Maine at first; made me smell like kitty pee. Anyways, thanks for such a great comprehensive anti-stink article!
2 years, 6 months ago on Great Big Plastic-Free, Non-Toxic Deodorant Review
@Saltwater If you do mix too much henna you can always freeze it in a glass jar or old conditioner bottle and then thaw in a pot of simmering water. I've done this many times and it never seems to negatively impact the results. Its nice if you only have a bit left over to freeze it and use it to touch up roots/eyebrows throughout the month.
2 years, 6 months ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free
I have been ordering henna in bulk from mehandi.com for years. They ship the henna in a cardboard box with either little foil or plastic baggies of henna (depending on what kind you get) so its not really plastic free but its very light on plastic. They sell good quality ground henna without any additives and have a ton of recipes on the site for mixing the shade you want. I have blond hair that I color auburn and I get the Punjabi Prime and mix it with hibiscus tea, cloves, ginger, olive oil, and lemon juice and leave for for hours. Comes out very vibrant and leaves hair soft. By the way, a little goes a long way; 2 baggies will completely cover my two-and-a-half feet of very thick, wavy hair.