Wednesday, September 30, 2009

No Poo Update

Just a little update. It has now been over a month since I last used shampoo or conditioner. My hair is still a little oily, but it's getting much, much better. I'm feeling really good about October and am pretty sure everything will be balanced back out and the way nature intended before the month is over. Keep checking back:)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monster Fluff

I just wanted to make a quick post about Monster Fluff Studio. After purchasing the wrong size and having to send Lyla's soaker back, I finally received her replacement today! I love, love, love it. Monster Fluff is ran by a mother/daughter team and their products are so cute. When I received the soaker today though, I noticed what I thought was a flaw in the stitching. After sending Amber a quick message to give her a heads up in case something was wrong with their sewing machine she promptly replied with this message:

"Hi Kyla, I'm glad you got it, and I hope it fits her well. The bunched part of the zigzag stitching is where we stop and start sewing on the doubler. Unfortunately it has to be there in order for the thread not to come unraveled, it's more noticeable with a zigzag stitch, but we use that stitch to insure the doubler and the soaker stay stretchy. I start it at the bottom of the soaker so it's less noticeable.Thanks again Kyla, Have a great week! Amber"

The stitching really doesn't bother me and she does put it in a not-so-obvious place so it's not a big deal. I just wanted to post about it though in case any of you mommas (or papas) out there want to purchase from them, you're not suprised like I was! I look forward to doing buisness with them again. Wonderful customer service:)

Here's the stitching:

And her cute fluffy butt:)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fluffy Mail

Ok, all of it wasn't fluffy, but I sure do love getting deliveries! First, I finally got Lyla's diaper present for daddy! He loved it as much as I did and Joyce even sent a surprise skirt to go with it! Joyce is a wonderful WAHM that makes the best onesize snappiable/pinnable fitted diapers called Bagshot Row Bamboo. They make up over half of our stash. I would definately recommend these diapers to anyone interested in cloth diapering. You get a perfect custom fit every time for your babe. And if snappis and pins aren't your thing, no need to worry, Joyce is now offering to add snaps to any diaper for $5. Personally, I love my snappi! Joyce stocks Thursdays at 7pm eastern. Previews go up about an hour before hand, so pick what you want and pray it's still there when it goes up! Just make sure you're signed it!

Next, I got Lyla's first fleece soaker. I absolutely love it! I've already ordered two pairs of longies from the same WAHM (one of the pairs will be made with the same St. Louis Rams fabric that Joyce used. I bet daddy will love it too!). Jenoa has been a wonderful momma to work with and she loves custom orders. For only $6 a soaker (longies are $9), they are definitely worth the money. Very nice sewing job. Beautiful craftsmanship IMO. Check out Jenoa's store, Pumpkin Pants, on etsy.

Today I received my new bag of Rockin Green Laundry Soap in Grape Soda. This laundry detergent is GREAT for cloth diapers! I was originally using Purex Free and Clear but I always seemed to be having to strip my diapers. I stripped my diapers before I used the Rockin Green for the first time and since then I haven't had to strip again. This detergent not only smells completely wonderful (she uses safe essential oils), it also rinses so clean! I've not only cut out frequent stripping sessions but I've also cut out extra rinses. Which saves me time and money! Who doesn't want that? Rockin Green is also made in the loving kitchen of a WAHM. Can you tell I love to support WAHM? Check out some Rockin Green; she has sample bags for $2 so you can try a few different scents. Use code "welcome" at checkout for 10% off!

Last, but not least, I finally got my Tooth Soap samples and Coconut Milk Shampoo and Body Bar from roseofsharonacres. I really have enjoyed both of these products. The tooth soap isn't "soapy" like I thought it would be. It foams up nicely like toothpaste and I got just a hint of the orange flavoring. My mouth felt really great and "squeaky" clean afterwards with no aftertaste. Jeremy said it left a "soapy" taste in his mouth afterwards, but he didn't rinse either, so make sure you rinse your mouth out afterwards! The shampoo and body bar has a nice smell to it. I used it on my hair today and was very pleased with the results. It lathered up nicely and my hair actually felt soft and silky while washing it. When I rinsed, my hair did have that kind of "rubbery" feeling that bar soap often leaves but it wasn't bad. I made sure to rinse really well and afterwards was pleased to find out I could brush through it just fine. Not knots or tangles. I look forward to continuing to use both of these products. I opened the soap and used it before I thought about taking a picture and I can't get a good one of the Tooth Soap, so I hope I don't get in trouble for using the pictures off her site!
Remember to check back for more updates and reviews! Have a wonderful day:)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Update on No Poo: Hair is definantly starting to wean now. It almost feels waxy like. Nothing I can't handle though! I heard about a good recipe for when your hair gets waxy that I plan on trying; 2 egg yolks, 1/4 c. milk, and 3-6 drops of tea tree oil. Mix it up, work it into your hair really well and rinse in COLD water (if you don't rinse in cold the egg will start to cook and be a gross, chunky mess!). It's supposed to clear your hair right up! But you can't do it very often or the protein in the eggs will cause your hair to break.

I did get bored today though so I took a trip to my local Akin's Whole Foods store. I ended up buying some Kiss My Face Moisture Soap in Peach and Crystal Roll-On Body Deodorant. I 'm sad to find out though (through stumbling upon a FAQ list tonight and looking at the ingredients on the bottle) that the KMF has Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate in it which is a cheap, harsh detergent used in shampoos for its cleansing and foam-building properties. Often derived from petroleum, it is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the phrase "comes from coconuts." It is known to causes eye irritation, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Though I've never had an allergic reaction to anything myself, I'm really wanting to avoid synthetic cosmetic ingredients. I was really wanting to like this soap too (it smelt wonderful). So I will be returning that tomorrow. As for the Crystal Deodorant, it only contains 5 ingredients, none of which I've found anything negative about. I'm a pretty bad sweater and if I don't wear something I can get pretty stinky. This worked great today though! No smell and I didn't sweat either. A+ from me for now.

I also ordered some tooth chips (soap for teeth) and a coconut milk shampoo and body bar from today. I can't wait to get them both to try and will post a review after receiving and using them! The FAQ I mentioned above was found on said website also or you can just click here.

Have a great night and remember to check back!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Happy Momma

I am very happy! It has been two days since I last washed my hair and it's not greasy yet! Usually my hair would already be feeling greasy by now, but it neither looks greasy nor feels greasy. Jeremy seems impressed too. Though I don't expect it to continue like this, because I know it will get bad during the weaning process, I am happy to know that after a BS/ACV wash it will look good for a couple of days.

I was given a recipe for deodorant the other day that I plan on trying out once we get paid again.
5-6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch (some people use arrowroot)

Mix it all up and spread on, but you don't need a lot.

I feel like I have nothing to lose, so why not? I also want to check out the book: Beauty Secrets of the Bible by Ginger Garrett. I hear it has a lot of natural recipes for skin care. I guess a trip to the library is in order. That is all for now. I have a load of diapers calling my name to be washed!