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Tip of the Day! – 10 Uses for an Old Cutting Board

Ok...so you got that new cutting board you were wanting. Now what do you do with your old one? I have a few ideas that might come in handy while helping to prevent excess or unnecessary waste. Either wood or plastic boards can be used with most of these ideas. Use common sense when it comes to that.

1. Hang the cutting board on a nail on the pantry wall and screw several small hooks into its surface. Hang spare keys for the doors, car, shed, etc. on the hooks.

2. Park it in your workshop and let the cutting board take the damage – rather than your workbench – anytime you’re nailing, pounding, gluing or soldering. (Wood Board)

3. Take it into the garden and use it as a portable, temporary stepping stone for hard to reach places. Or add a padded top and “Voila” you have a sturdy knee pad.

4. Paint a nice scene on it, seal the whole thing with polyurethane and hang it on the wall.

5. Take it camping and throw it in the fire once you’ve used it to prepare the last meal of the trip. No Clean-up and you don’t have to take it back home. (Only do this with wood.)

6. Use it as an outdoor signboard. Paint your message on it, tie a loop of nylon rope to it, and hang outside.

7. Make a chalkboard. Paint with chalk board paint and you have an instant portable chalkboard. Attach a loop of rope and hang on the wall for a message board. (It is best to sand it smooth first.)

8. Stow it into the trunk of your car and put into service as a portable, all-purpose hard surface. Passengers can use it as a lap desk for writing, coloring or crafting. It can also be used when you need to look under the car and don’t want to get your knees dirty…or slide it under your jack when you need to change a tire on soft ground.

9. Make a game board. Paint a checker board pattern on it to create a new play area for the checkers/chess fans in your family. Or create your game board using mosaic tiles. Imagine the possibilities!

10. Put it in with your crafts to use as a cutting mat or as a surface protector when gluing.

Who knew there were so many ways to use that old cutting board?

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“Going Green” Simple Remedies For Hair Loss

Do you have issues with hair loss? Or maybe you just want your hair to grow longer….what ever your reasons are. I think you will find something useful here. It takes time but you should see some results within the first month.

Remember, no matter what you are trying….if you aren’t eating right and taking a vitamin supplement…you are actually encouraging hair loss. In our society healthy eating is just not something that is easy to do, so vitamin supplements are a necessity for most people. Even if you feel like you don’t need it….you probably do. Make sure to include all vitamins and minerals in your diet which would improve the general health of hair. Vitamin B, Zinc and Calcium are very important for proper growth of hair and to prevent hair loss.
If we want healthy hair, we need a healthy body! Good Luck!

1. It’s necessary to shampoo your hair at least three times a week. Try to use shampoos which are made from natural products like green tea and aloe vera. As these natural products contain ingredients which reduces hair loss and enhances long hair growth.

You can also rinse your hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar and sage tea…. this helps hair grow..

2. A medicine rich in sulfur is  recommended as sulfur plays an important part in the structure of the hair.

3. Massage with coconut or olive oil before going to bed at night and next morning, wash off the hair gently..Do this two or three times per week. Oil is essential for healthy hair growth.

4. To treat hair loss apply a little lemon juice with some black tea.Massage well and shampoo.

5. Apply eggs, mustard seeds and yogurt once in a week. This will enhance the health and beauty of your hair and will make your hair shiny.

6. Always consider natural products over commercial products. There are lots of advantages of natural products like; they are cheaper as compared to commercial products, no chances of side effects and result oriented.

Besides making sure we are getting plenty of the right nutrients in our bodies and on our hair…..we need to watch our stress levels. Stress in a major concern for women…it can actually make you look like you are pulling your hair out. To avoid this take plenty of vitamin C. Everyone should be getting at least 1500 mg of vitamin C in their diet every day. If you are stressed you should be getting 3000 mg of vitamin C per day. The easiest way to do this is to take a supplement. Eating foods high in vitamin C is the best but not always the easiest. I will list ways to increase your vitamin C intake in another post.

For now…..Happy Hair Growth!

“Going Green” Uses For Baking Soda

I was talking to a friend of mine recently about “Going Green” with Shampoo and the good qualities of Vinegar and Baking Soda being used for that purpose. She mentioned that Baking Soda was good for removing buildup but the amount to be used was undetermined….she didn’t know how much to use. Too much and it can break your hair…too little and you don’t get it clean. So I decided to do a little research on Baking Soda uses….. How much….What for….Etc. and came up with some good health and beauty uses. I will definitely be trying these out.

Naturally, it is only right that our list start with how to use on hair, since this is the reason I started my research! Hope this helps you as much as it has me. Enjoy!!

 

Squeaky clean hair: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your usual shampoo bottle to help remove buildup from conditioners, mousses, and sprays, and to improve manageability.

In emergencies, use baking soda as a dry shampoo on oily hair. Sprinkle on your hair and comb through, then fluff with a blow dryer.

Chlorine remover: Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water to remove the dullness or discoloration caused by chlorinated pools.

Combs and brushes: Hair spray and oil buildup on combs and brushes can be removed by soaking them in a sink of warm water and adding 3 tablespoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons bleach.

Hands: Remove fish, onion, or garlic odor from hands with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rub mixture in your hands, and rinse off.

Elbows: Rub a baking-soda paste onto your elbows to smooth away rough skin.

Feet: Soak tired feet in a basin of warm water with 3 tablespoons baking soda.

Add 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and soak feet for 10 minutes to relieve foot itch.

Smooth rough and hardened calluses and heels by massaging them with a paste of 3 parts baking soda per 1 part water.

Soothe minor mishaps: For sunburn pain, saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart water. Apply to affected area.

Ease windburn or poison ivy irritation with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Do not use on broken skin.

Relaxing baths: Baking soda added to the bathwater has a softening effect on the skin. Add 1/2 cup to a full bath.

Make bubbling bath salts with 21/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Mix them together, and store in a covered container. Use 1/4 cup per bath.

Relieve itchy winter skin in a bath with 1 cup baking soda and 11/4 cups baby oil in the water.

Sponge bath: Freshen up with a washcloth dipped in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water.

Deodorant:
Apply cornstarch to your underarms with a powder puff first, then apply the baking soda.

Nail care: Clean fingernails and toenails by scrubbing them with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda. This also softens cuticles.

Toothpaste: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.

Sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth.

Refreshing mouthwash: To freshen breath, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, swish the solution through your teeth, and rinse.

Dentures and other dental appliances: Soak dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in warm water.

  • Use baking soda to soak athletic mouth guards, retainers, or other oral appliances.
  • Scrub dentures, mouth guards, and retainers with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in a baking-soda solution overnight.

Facial Care

Baking soda can also do wonders for your face.

Exfoliating: Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, and use as a gentle, exfoliating facial scrub after washing with soap and water. Rinse your face clean.

Mix baking soda with oatmeal in your blender; it makes a great facial scrub.

Shaving: Men with sensitive skin may find that a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water makes a great preshave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse.

For instant relief of razor burn, dab on a baking-soda solution.

 

If you would like to read the article where I got a lot of  my info…click here.

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