Friday, February 3, 2012

Drowning in Technology

The joy of the 21st century, technology everywhere and easy to use. Sometimes it truly does get overwhelming the sheer amount of information, or how busy it can make you.

That's what happened to me. I found myself stressing over four square. Ridiculous as it may be, if it for whatever reason wouldn't let me check in or said I was too far so it didn't count, I was finding myself getting up set with it. Or help us all if someone took one of my precious mayor ships from me. And driving became stressful too. If I was stopped at a red light I found myself making sure to check in at that intersection.

I had to quit. And last week I did. I kept the app, so I can check in to places with friends, or to use it as a way to invite people to join me, wherever I might be, but otherwise I do not use it at all anymore. And it's great! I can truly feel the difference from just that much stress being going from my life. I'm happier just because I stopped playing a stupid game all the time.

It's made me question what else is stressing me out, that really is not a necessary or even useful part of my life. I'd totally suggest you do the same. Evaluate stuff in your life, and if it's causing you stress and isn't needed or useful get rid of it. It might not even be something technological. But get it out, feel better, and enjoy life.

The Hippie Homemaker ~ Homemade Face Wash

Hello again everyone!

It's been a crazy week and right now I'm in the middle of a potential blizzard! How fun!

If you get stuck in a blizzard and you ran out of face wash, what would you do? Well, I would head straight for the pantry. Yup, you can find everything you need for a lovely face wash in the pantry! It's so fabulous and it saves your skin from all of those chemicals that in the long run will just make it look worse. So open your pantries and let's get started.

Honey-Citrus Face Wash
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup fresh citrus juice (I use grapefruit)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup strong brewed green tea

So here's how this works. Get a bottle, preferably some sort of squirt bottle, but an old shampoo bottle of some sort will work. Add in all of the ingredients and shake.

To use it, squirt onto a washcloth and rub on your face. Let sit for 2-5 minutes and then wash off.

The Science
Honey is anti-bacterial, meaning that it will kill all of that nastiness that is on your face (it is great at preventing acne). The citrus juice is also anti-bacterial, but on top of that it will create a "natural shine" on your face (and this isn't that greasy shine that we all try to avoid).

Like we discussed with the homemade shampoo and conditioner post from last week, the vinegar will help to balance your skin. This means that your skin will produce less oil and therefore less of that greasy shine that we don't want.

I add green tea to mine because of it's soothing effects. Green tea helps to reduce redness of the skin (I happen to have a reasonable red complexion on my face, it doesn't tan it just gets burned).

Overall this homemade product has everything that you need, and it only cost you a couple of dollars to make and you found everything in the pantry! Score! Best of luck everyone, see you next week.

Grip of Winter

It can be beautiful, but it's also deadly. From Alaska around to Russia, the northern hemisphere is in the grips of winter. European reports have at least 164 people dead from the cold. Thousands have been cut off as entire areas of Eastern Europe are no longer reachable, except by helicopter. Air drops have been made in many places, to supply cut off towns and villages. Temperatures have been dropping to the mid negative 30s F.

Record snows have paused in Alaska, where some areas have seen temperatures reach below negative 60 F. And as we speak Colorado and other sections of the Rockies and western plains are experiencing a storm that could plant up to two feet of snow in metro areas, with mountain regions expecting between one and four feet.

If you're anywhere in the cold and or snowy regions, please remember to dress in warm layers. This isn't just to avoid getting sick. Your life could easily be on the line throughout the cold and snowing areas, so take care of yourself and your loved ones.